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If you watch a lot of anime, you know almost every anime character has some kind of backstory. That being said, what are the best anime backstories of all time? We want to know which characters you think have the most interesting pasts, so vote up the anime characters with the best backstory on this list. In long form Shonen Jump anime like One Piece and Naruto, exploring the past of a character takes place in almost every story arc. We've included plenty of those types of characters here, but also characters like Spike Spiegel and Edward Elric who aren't featured in such long shows.

Which anime character has the most interesting past? Vote up your choices below, and add any characters to the list if you feel their backstory is compelling enough.
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
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Naruto Uzumaki


Appears In: Naruto, Naruto Shipp┼źden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower, + more

Powers & Abilities: Healing factor, Shadow clone, Rasengan

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#2 on The Best Anime Characters With Blond Hair

#4 on The Most Powerful Anime Characters of All Time

#51 on The Most Annoying Anime Characters of All Time

#3 on The Best Naruto Characters

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Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
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Appears In: Code Geass

Powers & Abilities: Mind Control, Geass, Genius-level intellect

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#82 on The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

#65 on The Most Powerful Anime Characters of All Time

#4 on The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

#6 on The Best Anime Characters With Brown Hair

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Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
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Appears In: Naruto Shipp┼źden, Naruto, Ninja World

Powers & Abilities: Superhuman speed, Pyrokinesis, Illusion, Power Mimicry

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#12 on The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

#10 on The Most Powerful Anime Characters of All Time

#7 on The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

#1 on 50+ Anime Characters Who Deserve Their Own Show

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Sanji is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
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Sanji


Appears In: One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta, One Piece: The Cursed Holy Sword, One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, + more

Powers & Abilities: Agility, Superhuman strength

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#6 on The Best Anime Characters With Blond Hair

#50 on The Most Powerful Anime Characters of All Time

#19 on 50+ Anime Characters Who Deserve Their Own Show

#31 on The Best Anime Characters That Wear Glasses

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