Anime Underground The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories  

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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.
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4,616 995
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

2
3,821 1,011
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

3
3,400 1,755
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

4
2,284 1,311
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

5
2,247 1,297
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

6
2,518 1,467
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

7
1,664 942
Ban is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

8
1,589 896
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Isaac Hanan added Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute, Bleach: Vol. 36

9
1,502 843
Scar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

10
1,239 681
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter

11
1,607 909
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added

12
2,320 1,351
Alphonse Elric is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

13
1,471 829
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail

14
2,296 1,340
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

15
1,028 555
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Rurouni Kenshin

16
1,386 778
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

17
2,832 1,678
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

18
1,046 569
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Meliodas

19
928 496
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

20
1,817 1,058
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass

21
1,192 669
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

22
343 135
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom

23
1,297 736
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

24
1,021 563
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

25
1,102 615
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
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