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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3,104 802
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

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2,429 733
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto Uzumaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

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

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541 142
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Isaac Hanan added Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute, Bleach: Vol. 36

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1,910 867
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Sanji One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

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1,839 871
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Gaara Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

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1,841 899
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

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Alphonse Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Alphonse Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

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Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

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1,209 575
Ban is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Ban Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

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1,016 469
Scar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Scar Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

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985 452
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added Levi Ackerman

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565 221
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Gray Fullbuster Fairy Tail

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1,752 874
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

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1,481 726
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

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1,057 493
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Obito Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

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950 436
Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Haha Hoho added Rin Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

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982 454
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Natsu Dragneel Fairy Tail

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632 261
Yato is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ghostsickness added Yato Noragami

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736 322
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Meliodas

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721 318
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Zeref

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796 364
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

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706 317
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added Jellal Fernandes

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1,268 642
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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608 268
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Son Goku added Tony Tony Chopper One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

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867 419
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Spike Spiegel Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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379 137
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Corrina Johnson added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

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827 428
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Himura Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin

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1,066 580
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

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639 320
Lucy / Nyuu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Landon Nunnery added Lucy / Nyuu

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752 398
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
InuYasha Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

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645 344
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Jiraiya Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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668 364
Vash the Stampede is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
April Culala added Vash the Stampede

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797 465
L is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added L Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

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758 442
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Monkey D. Luffy One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

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859 517
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Trunks Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

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409 207
Van Hohenheim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Van Hohenheim

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727 434
Guts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Guts Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey, Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King

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277 128
Tsunade is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Chelsey May added Tsunade Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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464 266
C.C. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
C.C. Code Geass

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Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

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628 399
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

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221 102
Crona is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Star Shadoww added Crona Soul Eater

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511 358
Saber is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Saber Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Zero

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323 204
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Alucard Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

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512 370
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Lucy Heartfilia Fairy Tail

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470 336
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Gon Freecss Hunter x Hunter

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356 248
Hiei is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hiei Yu Yu Hakusho

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70 11
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Koro-sensei Assassination Classroom

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Nico Robin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories