Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader (The Evil Hurt Puppy)
His sad story:
He was born into a life of slavery. His mother was also a slave, and he had no father. He was won in a dice game, separated from his mother, and taken by a Jedi knight to a counsel where he was rejected by those by whom he had been promised sanctuary.
After several years of training, against counsel orders, and the death of his first mentor, he returned to his home planet to find his mother kidnapped, and eventually beaten and starved to death. He takes refuge in a manipulative, corrupted politician who eventually warps Anakin's mind and uses his powers for his own benefit.
On Devil's Night, the night before Halloween, he and his fiance were attacked in the apartment that they had refused to sell to high end, seedy developers. Draven was forced to watch four men gang rape his fiance nearly to death. He was then beaten, shot, and thrown out a three story window where he died.
He comes back with both his and his fiance's dying memories, and must relive them again and again while looking for their murderers.
What didn't happen to this child? He was born a slumdog in some of the poorest neighborhoods in India. His mother was killed in anti-Muslim uprisings. He and his brother were forced to sleep in garbage heaps and were eventually taken in by a man who blinded children with acid in order to make more money begging.
They escaped, but the girl that he loved was left behind. When he finally finds her again, his own brother threatens him at gunpoint if he doesn't leave the girl alone with him. Years later, he finds her again, but she has been turned into the prostitute of an Indian head of mafia who captures her as she's trying to escape and cuts her face.
Jamal goes on a national gameshow to try to contact her and instead is beaten and tortured under the suspicion that he cheated.
His mother left him at an early age. He accompanied his brother's into World War One for the sole purpose of watching his younger brother. Instead, he watched that brother get hung up and gun down by enemy fire only feet in front of him.
When he finally arrives home, he marries his brother's widow who can't bear children. He leaves to confront his demons and comes back to find that she has married his older brother. He falls madly in love with another woman, marries her, and has two children with her before she is also killed by stray gun fire meant for him.
He was born on the poorer end of South Boston. He passed into the foster care system at a very young age, and was bounced from one abusive home to the next. He was removed from several of them because of serious pysical abuse including stabbings, cigarette burns, and beating with wrenches.
Hannibal Lecter (The Hurt Puppy Who Eats Other Hurt Puppies)
His sad story: His family was forced to leave their estate and flee to their cabin during World War II. While in hiding, his mother and father were killed and local traitors and looters took Hannibal and his sister hostage through the harsh winter. Food ran short, and the looters eventually killed and ate Hannibal's sister.
Sawyer's mother cheated on his father when he was a child. The man she cheated on him with turned out to be a conman that took all of their money and left his father without anything. In a fit of rage, his father killed his mother and Sawyer was forced to grow up hard.
He took on the persona and the qualities of the conman who caused his predicament, all the while secretly plotting and searching for him. When he finally believed that he'd found him, he shot the man and only then realized that he was being used to carry out a vendetta that was not his.
Not to mention, the poor guy survives a massive plane crash, the ire of everyone around him, Iraqi torture, and the death of almost everyone he touches during the show!
When he was nine years old, his father tied him to the radiator and beat his mother to death in front of him. He was in the room three days with his dead mother before someone came to untie him. He does not tolerate wife beaters from that moment on.
Sam and Dean Winchester (The Daddy's Boys Hurt Puppies)
Their sad story:
Their mother was burned to death by a demon when they were very young. Their father dedicated the rest of his life to hunting demons, and dragged his sons around with him, teaching them that all of the monsters that all the other children feared were real. They never stayed in one place long enough for wither brother to make any friends or even finish a grade.
Dean was old enough to remember his mother, and followed his father blindly without question even when it brough about the rejection of any close relationships, and even the estrangement of his own younger brother.
Sam was fed demon's blood when he was a baby. He grew up isolated from all of his peers, and when he finally thought he had escaped, the demon found him again and killed his girlfriend.
Both brothers are suffering the loss of their father, the loss of most of their family and friends, a trip into and out of Hell, and constant harassment by the two celestial beings who want to claim them both as vessels.
We don't know much about the youngest of the Four Brothers, because most of the story focuses around Marky Mark, but from what I can gather, Jack was bounced around foster homes much like Mr. Will Hunting. He was abused in at least one of them before he landed with a good old lady who took in lost causes...and then gets herself shot.
OK X-men nerds, I'm going strictly by the movie here. That's why it's a movie list.
His father was killed one night when he was very young and too sick to do much. He discovered his mutation committing another murder in order to avenge his father and is forced to become a child on the run.
Together with another mutant that he considers almost a brother, they spend a good part of a century fighting in every war that they can handle. When war and death wears on him, Wolverine leaves and takes on a peaceful life of hiding. He even has a girlfriend, who betrays him, pretending that she's dead to get him to join a team of mutants.
Wolverine gets involved in a military program that takes advantage of his immortality to cut him open and fuse his bones with adamantium. It does not kill him, but the trauma of that, and the escape from the facility leave him without a memory of his long life and he wanders several years without knowledge or purpose, known as a freak and earning money where he can.
That's right. It may be for children, but the back story isn't to laugh at. Mr. Potter's mother and father were murdered in front of him when he was only a year old. He was also the victim of attempted murder that left him scarred for life. He was placed with his only known living relatives who physically and emotionally abused him and neglected him to the point of stunting his growth. He was taken away at the age of eleven, but forced to return to those same relatives until he was of legal age.
During his stay away from his abusive aunt and uncle, Harry was the victim of several assassination attempts, many of which resulted in serious injury. He witnessed the murder of a fellow student, as well as his mentor, his pet, and several of his closest friends.
Another character that we don't know much about. He was experimented on by an insane scientist, and kept isolated from all humankind in the attic of a dreary house until the death of said scientist. When he was finally brought out of isolation, he was exposed to a world that only looked on him as a delinquent and a freak.
Shakes Carcaterra and Micheal Sullivan (The JD Hurt Puppies)
Their sad story:
Yes, there are two others in this plot line that suffer the same back story. They, however, take their revenge in an appropriate manor and are therefore not mentioned.
As children, Shakes and Michael, along with two other boys are placed in a juvenile detention center where they are beaten, molested and raped on a nightly basis until they are allowed to leave. They spend their entire adult lives carrying the secret.
Aaron was raised by an abusive father. When he was a teenager, he ran away from his home and was forced to panhandle on the streets of New York. While there, he was found by a benevolent archbishop who...as per every Catholic figure of authority in every film...forces Aaron and several others to perform sexual acts while he recorded them. His personality fractures...or does it?
Charlie lost everything in the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers. His wife and children were among the thousands killed, and he has given up trying to deal with the enormity of that and chosen a life on the streets.
He lost his wife and son in a car accident that he also is not willing to face. Haven't seen this one in a while. I only remember that you just want to hug him when he's talking to his wife's tombstone.
He is from Croatia. He had gone out to buy medicine at a store when the air sirens sounded. He ran back to find that his apartment building had been bombed. His son was already dead under the rubble, and his daughter needed constant CPR to live. While he was performing what would turn out to be futile CPR on his daughter, he had to slowly watch his wife bleed to death before any help got to them. He lost his entire family.
Drug dealers that he had previously busted show up at his family reunion. They kill all of his relatives and, after a painful car chase and a hunt down the docks, they finally also murder his wife and his son. They fill him full of bullets himself, but he manages to float away and live to become his fractured alter ego. Ain't it always the way.
The love of his life, who also happened to be the assistant in the magic show that he performed with his best friend, drowns right in front of him because of a mistied trick knot that she can't break free of. He dedicates the rest of his life to besting his former best friend.
Don Juan Demarco (The Hurt Puppy I have never wanted to comfort more in my life!)
His sad story:
Depending on who you hear it from. His father was killed in a duel defending his mother's honor, forcing him to live the rest of his life until he had avenged his father's murder in a mask. His tutor "took advantage" of him at a very young age, and he was practically "forced" into hundreds of sexual acts. When he finally discovers the girl that he loves, she rejects him upon hearing about his history.
Poor guy is just looking for a break! His wife (a rather dirty tramp if you ask me) took off, leaving him alone with his son. He'd been in search of a reputable job forever, and was obsessed with the sales of one extremely expensive yet not quite so useful contraption that eventually gets stolen. He ends up living on the streets and in shelters, doing anything he can to make his child at least momentarily happy.
Another one we don't know too much about. Just enough to make his quietness mysterious. Will is a war veteran who suffered enough injuries during his tour in Iraq to send and to keep him stateside. He is also very obviously suffering from Post Traumatic Strees Disorder from the events that occured overseas.
He grew up with a cruel father who drank too much and beat up on him, his mother, and his little brother. When he grew big enough to try to defend the rest of his family, Eugene's dad clubbed him alongside the head. While he was still dazed, his father doused him with gasoline and looked him in the eye as he lit the match that set his son on fire.
It doesn't really give much of a back story. It was only something mentioned by Det. Novak in one fleeting scene in the movie that makes him infinitely more likeable in my book. According to that scene, Peter suffered terrible abuses at the hands of his parents for quite a long time and still managed to hunt serial murderers and not be one.
His wife and the mother of his child died not long ago, and he doesn't know how he can move on without her. He still thinks about her every minute, despite his son's constant attempts to find him another wife.
Lost for the most part because he gave up all of his childhood memories for the amount of computer storage space that we could now fit into a chip the size of my fingernail. Now that he's got an overload that is slowly eating his brain though, I bet he really wants them back!
The boys with the terrifying back stories that just make us want to hug them and make all the pain go away. I do so have a weakness for hurt puppies.
These are the characters that are trying to cope with (or overcompensate for) one of more life altering tragedies in their lifetime.