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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4,199 961
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
3,466 929
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
3,086 1,596
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

4
1,364 760
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
1,972 1,137
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
2,623 1,572
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
1,007 563
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
2,213 1,332
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

9
2,067 1,240
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
1,239 712
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail

11
800 432
Yato is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ghostsickness added Yato Noragami

12
1,648 973
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass

13
894 492
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

14
955 531
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Meliodas

15
817 443
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
1,273 734
Scar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

17
2,127 1,279
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

18
1,102 625
Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Haha Hoho added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

19
530 260
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Corrina Johnson added Black Butler

20
1,340 777
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added

21
1,470 860
Ban is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

22
2,070 1,243
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

23
1,263 728
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

24
804 435
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

25
1,725 1,023
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories