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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5,728 1,084
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
4,920 1,148
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
4,248 2,368
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
4
2,312 1,252
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
2,964 1,632
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
6
1,860 992
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter
7
1,946 1,042
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail
8
2,277 1,234
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added
9
2,908 1,600
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
3,327 1,843
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
2,094 1,128
Ban is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
12
3,175 1,755
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
13
1,730 917
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
2,230 1,207
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass
15
2,980 1,642
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
16
2,964 1,633
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
17
1,796 956
Scar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
18
1,546 811
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added
19
605 265
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom
20
1,086 545
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
497 203
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 21 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?

22
1,615 857
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden
23
316 106
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
LindseyElmore added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
24
1,140 604
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Rurouni Kenshin
25
1,068 564
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds