It doesn't seem this needs much introduction; the title should explain it all. Enjoy!
Thomas Barrow(Downton Abbey)--
Thomas Barrow, is the most "tricksy and false" character ever birthed in the history of television. The thing with him is that most of the bad things that happen to him are his own doing.
If you don't want to be shortchanged out of a lot of money, don't purchase a shed-full of illegally purchased food.
If you don't want your friends to be suspicious of you, don't kidnap Lord Grantham's dog.
And if you don't want to be blackmailed, don't go into evil cahoots with an equally evil lady's maid.
But then the occasional something sad will happen that isn't his fault, like when Sybil died and *End of Spoilers* he'll start crying, and I'll forget all of the terrible things he ever did and POOR THOMAS. POOR, POOR THOMAS.
He's tricky like that. :)
Smeagol/Gollum(Lord of the Rings)-
For those of you who haven't had the immense and incandescently perfect pleasure of watching or reading the works of Tolkien(and for those of you who don't like Tolkien-- it's okay, I still like you :D), Gollum is a hobbit-like creature who stumbled on a magic ring-- a ring is so powerful and enticing that he ended up murdering for its possession and eventually became an outcast of society.
He's always controlled by his passion for the ring, which leads him into doing some really nasty things. Obviously, it's his fault for not exercising self control, but you still feel bad for him, especially with all the abuse he receives at the hands of Mordor and even Sam. :(
Oh, Dustfinger. He's simultaneously selfish and selfless. He was one of the best characters in the book and his actor, Paul Bettany, made the movie worth finishing.
I just really liked him, okay? :)
Mary Bennet(Pride and Prejudice)-
|She's the one on the right, if you haven't seen it. :)|
Of all the characters here, she's the most moral. She even reads theology volumes for fun! (No offense if you do that too, I don't mind the infrequent theology book myself :) )
But what makes her not so awesome is that she's really very stuck-up and stand-off(ish). She prioritizes books over getting to know people, and would probably be a terrible mother. If she even found some guy willing to marry her.
But poor Mary regardless, because I relate to her in many ways. :)
Anakin Skywalker(Darth Vader from Star Wars)-
I find your lack of faith...disturbing.
Darth Vader. The iconic villain. He's murdered hundreds, maybe thousands, of people, nearly including his own son.
Just. I actually really pity him. You know the scene with the Emperor, Darth Vader, and Luke in Return of the Jedi? Besides being one of the most...I dunno, powerful? moments to ever grace the cinematic screen, it really opens a view into Darth Vader's character and pain.
Another Downton character! Coincidence? I think not.
Like Thomas, Edith just can't get it right. Every time I turn around, she's making another bad decision, especially in the later seasons. :/ She seriously gravitates towards the worst suitors ever. *Spoilers* One dumped her during their wedding. *End of Spoilers*
She's pathetically foolish, but some of her misery isn't her fault, like the way Lady Mary ceaselessly bites at her("I'd rather sleep on the roof than share a room with Edith").
So that's that! The five most pathetic and pitiable characters I can think of.
Who are some characters who've unfairly won your pity?