I think Manga Envy should be on this poll too. I emphasised with him like crazy, especially when he died [sorry, spoilers]. His self-loathing was so great, and short-comings so glaringly and painfully obvious, he denied it for all he was worth and turned his hatred on humanity [this part doesn't apply to me btw], whom, in his subconcious, represented everything he was not and would never have, and in the end it ended up destroying him. Very ironic, since envy is a self-destroying sin.
I felt so badly for Nina as well--reduced and demeaned as a 'sacrifice at the altar' for her twisted father's sick amibition of 'greatness' which he did not possess. And worse, she didn't seem aware of this fact at all, and cried at her father's death, and was doomed to die--no less at the hands of a man who was nearly as corrupt as her father at the time, even if he killed her in all good intention. .
Scar, I did not feel for at all at first. When I did, it was only pity at what he had become. He was, and kind of continued to be, the biggest hypocrite on the face of the earth--using the alchemy that destroyed his people to destroy state alchemists and anyone else. Alchemists who had not harmed either him or his countrymen (Ed and Al). He was even willing to kill innocent people to achieve his goals. Then the flashbacks of his past came around, and I pitied him. Kind of. He was still a murderer comsumed by revenge. And a hypocrite. I did pity him that he had to endure such unimaginable suffering--but that did not excuse any of his adominable actions, as with Envy.
Alphonse. Poor, poor Alphonse, never being able to express his true feelings--even to his own brother, concerning his existence in that metal body of his. No wonder he snapped. And what did he get for expressing his deepest feelings? A beat-up by Winry and yelling. Wow. How understanding. I know where Winry was coming from, but still. Nobody could truly understand Al's suffering, and he knew it. Nobody could identify with him. He was, in that sense, all alone. He was so desperate to be understood and appreciated that he trusted and befriended everyone--even the father whom he knew full well had left them all alone after their mother died, and having been around Ed and his felings of hatred for the man.
I felt for 1st Anime Wrath too. All he had was Izumi to love him, but when this was taken away, he had no one, and thus attached himself to Sloth. It was sheer desperation and loneliness on his part, and he did not know what to do with himself but mourn and beg for her revival after her death. Sloth never really cared for him either. He was just a tool for her mothering urges. And in the end, realising that his true mother, who genuinely cared for him, was Izumi...SHE died on him!! And he was left with nothing. He couldn't bear to live without her, and killed himself to be with her and make amends for his misdeeds. He could only be happy in death...T_T
Havoc--manipulated and robbed of his ability to physically help his comrades and country. That was awful. But not as pitiable as the above, in my opinion. The empaty, however, left me when Havoc began training to recover--mostly because this, to me. was a sign that he would indeed recover and be back for more. He became too important to be discarded from the plot, and thus was given the means to overcome his supposed irreversable handicap. And, lo and behold, HE DID. So much for the tragedy. .
There are just so many characters to pity and emphasise with in turns...