The Most Screwed-Up Fictional Orphans

Over 300 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Most Screwed-Up Fictional Orphans
Voting Rules
Orphans from works of fiction only.

Do you want to see a movie or read a book about orphans? From the most screwed-up fictional orphans to the least, this list provides you with numerous options to choose from. If you don’t agree with the ranking, go ahead and vote up the fictional orphans you think are the most screwed-up and see them rise to higher spots on the list.

If you don’t see a particular fictional orphan listed, but you know they're a nut job, go ahead and add him or her to the list. There have been many books and movies about orphans. However, some fictional orphans manage to overcome all odds and become a success, such as little orphan Annie, while some fictional orphans are controlled by their circumstances and become insane, such as Frodo.

Sometimes there is disagreement about whether or not a fictional character is actually insane. Some fictional orphans may seem normal, but may not be behaving exactly normal. Browse through this list to find new information about fictional orphan characters you remember, and then place your votes. If you are looking for a specific book or movie about orphans but can’t remember the name, you may find what you are looking for on this list.
Most divisive: Octavia Blake
Ranked by
  • Bruce Wayne
    187 votes
    Batman Beyond, Young Justice, Batman
  • Hannibal Lecter
    138 votes

    Hannibal Lecter

    The Silence of the Lambs
  • Dexter Morgan
    98 votes
  • Wolverine
    107 votes


  • Luke Skywalker
    156 votes
    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Magneto
    108 votes