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Feeling emotionally connected to a character is not a new concept. Since the dawn of modern entertainment, many of those in fandoms seek comfort in knowing that there are characters out there that they can relate to and sympathize with. Sometimes you can't help but feel empathy for certain characters, despite them being, ya know, not real. No shame in that.

perungoldeneyes asked: What fictional character do you feel bad for the most?

Harry Potter characters are, of course, at the top of the list.

"Remus Lupin. Bitten by a werewolf as a child, only allowed to go to Hogwarts because of Dumbledore, as soon as he's out of school two of his best friends die and the other goes to Azkaban. He lives life in rags, unable to find work due to his condition. Finally gets a job at Hogwarts because nobody else wants to teach, reconnects with his best friends son, life starts looking up- then he finds out his only living friend was innocent, his dead friend was actually a traitor, and watches him go free- then he loses his job. A few years later, the friend he just got back dies. Then he finds love, gets married, has a child and right when things are looking up again, he dies."

AndroidMyAndroid

Black Mirror is such a mindf**k.

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"From the Black Mirror episode "White Christmas", the guy who was trapped in the snowglobe with that Christmas music playing and they had it set so for him it would feel like thousands of years or something... he was 100% guilty and I know the point is to show how advances in technology can lead to adverse effects like greatly increasing our capacity for cruelty.

Just so awful to imagine that punishment, or similarly when they had that woman's consciousness in an empty globe and they wanted her to just be a personal assistant forever and she refused so they made her experience 6 months of doing absolutely nothing in an empty space, and then she begged for the job just to have anything to do. Gah.

You know what, a lot of Black Mirror characters come to mind for this."

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Everyone in The Gang is objectively terrible.

"Rickety Cricket from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - the downfall poor Matthew "Cricket" Marra suffers at the hands of the Gang is monumental. From respected man of the cloth to a lowly mutilated street urchin."

VictorBlimpmuscle

Not just for kids.

"The Trix rabbit. Those kids were f**king a**holes."

Shipnutz

Does anyone on that show have a happy ending?

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"Donna Noble from Doctor Who. Her life changed dramatically for the better, traveling through all of time and space. It seemed like this was how it was going to be for her forever, all for it to get taken away from her so quick and she doesn't even remember any of it. Going from no one special to the most important woman in the Universe, then back to square one."

ANALOGPHENOMENA

2-4-6-0-DONE.

"Jean Valjean. 19 years for some f**king bread."

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All work and no play....

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"Jack Torrance in The Shining. The novel paints a very deep picture of a depressed man struggling with alcoholism and the fact he's trying to make something of himself. The supernatural stuff is just icing on the cake in comparison to his real demons."

LDexter

Perhaps the saddest Disney movie.

"I'm sure everyone would agree with me when I say Carl from 'Up' (2009).

Carl gets married to the love of his life Ellie and has a wonderful life for the most part of his adult life. And then Pixar decides they want to set a record for the most tears shed by people of all ages.

The two loving couple want to have baby to enrich their lives but faces miscarriage.

They have a wonderful dream of one day having a house on top of a waterfall. They decide to save money for it, but hardships cause them to constantly bail out on their savings.

When they finally have enough money, they are too advanced in their years to travel to their dream destination.

And then Ellie passes.

With no friends, Carl becomes a bitter man.

Fast-forward to the end of the movie, he accomplishes his promise with Ellie in getting their house on top of the waterfall; but does not have Ellie to celebrate with.

Thought the ending was more bittersweet rather than the happy ending most people thought it was."

AppleHelpTips

He was NOT the danger.

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"Gale Boetticher from Breaking Bad. He knew what he was doing, that it was wrong and could be dangerous, but he was one of the only genuinely good-hearted people on the show and didn't deserve what happened to him. It was kind of satisfying that his murder eventually (indirectly) led to Walt getting caught though."

maxverchilton

Poor Jerry/Garry/Larry/Terry

"Jerry from Parks and Recreation. I know in the show he ended up living his very best life but everyone gave him so much sh*t I still felt so bad for the poor guy."

DopeAzFuk

Oompa Loompa doopity doo....

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"The Oompa Loompas...slaves snatched from their homes and convinced working in a factory forever and never leaving was their best life. FU Wonka!"

JaiSellers

The best part of the prequels.

"Anakin Skywalker, all he wanted was to love and the jedi order drove him to the dark side."

SinthoseXanataz

Spoilers!

"Thanos at the start of Endgame. HE WAS JUST TRYING TO MAKE SOUP."

Raptor12225

So sad.

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"Simba.

He believed almost his whole life that he he was the cause of his own father's death."

Pretty-Pink-Queen

Another MCU sob story.

"Loki.

He was confused and felt overshadowed by his brother as a kid, found out Odin lied to him about his heritage and simply meant to use him as a tool, he did a bunch of bad stuff, he changed sides multiple times and finally dies trying to do something good and doesn't even succeed in that."

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