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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3,428 848
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
2,712 788
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
2,655 1,118
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

4
832 323
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
1,479 747
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
2,156 1,132
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
1,059 563
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added

8
1,039 551
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail

9
1,937 1,099
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

10
1,560 869
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

11
783 395
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Meliodas

12
1,114 597
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

13
1,848 1,045
Alphonse Elric is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

14
1,943 1,103
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

15
991 522
Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Haha Hoho added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

16
1,258 685
Ban is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

17
1,823 1,030
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

18
1,074 573
Scar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

19
414 170
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Corrina Johnson added Black Butler

20
1,498 832
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass

21
761 382
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added

22
895 464
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

23
620 296
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Fairy Tail

24
669 326
Yato is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ghostsickness added Yato Noragami

25
664 323
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
754 378
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added

27
847 435
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter

28
1,097 593
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
846 440
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Rurouni Kenshin

30
664 332
Lucy / Nyuu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Landon Nunnery added

31
777 411
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

32
681 360
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
683 375
Vash the Stampede is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
April Culala added

34
796 458
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
435 217
Van Hohenheim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added

36
822 481
L is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

37
752 440
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
877 527
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
486 273
C.C. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Code Geass

40
301 142
Tsunade is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Chelsey May added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

41
555 331
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

42
242 110
Crona is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Star Shadoww added Soul Eater

43
641 407
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

44
102 18
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom

45
333 213
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

46
518 367
Saber is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Zero

47
488 346
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Hunter x Hunter

48
536 386
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Fairy Tail

49
365 255
Hiei is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Yu Yu Hakusho

50
923 746
Nico Robin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories