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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3,709 918
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
2,969 873
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
2,811 1,314
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

4
1,033 460
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Isaac Hanan added Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute, Bleach: Vol. 36

5
1,663 892
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
2,331 1,291
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
724 369
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Son Goku added One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

8
711 361
Lucy / Nyuu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Landon Nunnery added

9
1,943 1,126
Alphonse Elric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

10
727 371
Yato is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ghostsickness added Yato Noragami

11
1,624 928
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

12
1,152 635
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail

13
1,970 1,143
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

14
1,163 642
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added

15
865 457
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Meliodas

16
902 480
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter

17
2,064 1,202
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

18
1,180 653
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

19
472 213
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Corrina Johnson added Black Butler

20
1,360 765
Ban is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

21
837 440
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added

22
1,046 570
Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Haha Hoho added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

23
1,559 889
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass

24
2,020 1,176
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

25
1,171 648
Scar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

26
732 375
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Fairy Tail

27
830 436
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

28
1,153 637
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

29
897 478
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Rurouni Kenshin

30
823 432
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added

31
929 498
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

32
728 386
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

33
869 481
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
711 391
Vash the Stampede is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
April Culala added

35
865 499
L is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

36
157 30
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom

37
786 456
Guts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey, Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King

38
341 156
Tsunade is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Chelsey May added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

39
458 236
Van Hohenheim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added

40
902 542
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

41
278 122
Crona is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Star Shadoww added Soul Eater

42
505 290
C.C. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Code Geass

43
581 346
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

44
664 420
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

45
582 408
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Fairy Tail

46
126 41
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
LindseyElmore added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

47
116 34
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
waldenschmidt added Hunter x Hunter

i am just wondering how the fuck does Yugi,Juvia, lucy,nami Franky even Zoro is above Kurapika?

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348 224
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

49
512 361
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Hunter x Hunter

50
535 381
Saber is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Zero