"I'm an artist, torture is a prerequisite," Dawson Leery once said, perhaps to cheer himself up. Because through his multiple breakups, constant over-analyzing and really bad luck, Dawson goes down in history as the most heartbroken character of all time.

Here's why:

Just as his formative teen years began, a hot blonde moved to Capeside and started dating Dawson. But before their romance could really begin, she dumped him.
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His heart started to heal, but then he found out his mom was cheating on his dad.
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Just when he realized Joey was his soulmate, Joey was like, "But Dawson, I want to go to Paris!"
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Well, Joey didn't end up going to Paris, but she did end up ditching Dawson for the ever-so-handsome new kid in town, Jack McPhee.
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Then Dawson's parents -- his perfect, wonderful parents -- got divorced.
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Dawson finally got distracted by a mysterious new girl, which gave his best friend Pacey a chance to get a lot closer to Joey.
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Then Joey was like, "Sorry Dawson, I'm spending the summer on a boat with Pacey."
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Which meant that Dawson lost his soulmate and his best friend. Rough.
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Then, on the same day Joey got into the school of her dreams, Dawson got rejected from NYU ... the school of his dreams!
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Dawson ended up going to USC, which was great, until he dropped out and moved to Boston to be with Joey. But the timing just wasn't right ... again.
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Then, right after a big father-son fight, Dawson's dad died in a car accident.
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Dawson finally headed back to LA, where he fell for an actress in a movie he was working on. But she cheated on him.
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Sure, Dawson got to live out his dreams of being a famous filmmaker. But Joey and Pacey ended up together, and Dawson ended up completely, utterly alone.
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Really, is it any wonder that this happened?

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