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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

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Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Gray Fullbuster Fairy Tail

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Ban is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Ban Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

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

The 15 Greatest Anime Villain Backstories

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Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Obito Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

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Scar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Scar Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

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

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Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added Levi Ackerman

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Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Natsu Dragneel Fairy Tail

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Yato is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ghostsickness added Yato Noragami

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Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Haha Hoho added Rin Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

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

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

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Zeref is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Zeref

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Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

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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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Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Spike Spiegel Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Corrina Johnson added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

Real Animals with Stuffed Animals

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

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

The Best African-American Characters in Film

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Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 33 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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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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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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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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Guts is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Van Hohenheim is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Van Hohenheim

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

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

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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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Tsunade is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Chelsey May added Tsunade Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

The Best Characters on The Sopranos

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

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Alucard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Alucard Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

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

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Allen Walker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

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