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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2,716 747
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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2,328 721
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

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2,092 678
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto Uzumaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

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1,702 635
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 4 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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1,651 624
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 5 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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1,662 650
Alphonse Elric is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Alphonse Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

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1,656 654
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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1,091 412
Ban is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Ban Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

9
1,369 549
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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1,597 719
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

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918 374
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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932 382
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Obito Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

The 15 Greatest Anime Villain Backstories

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884 381
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added Levi Ackerman

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1,369 643
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

15
463 158
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Gray Fullbuster Fairy Tail

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875 392
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Natsu Dragneel Fairy Tail

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559 219
Yato is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ghostsickness added Yato Noragami

The Best Tasting Whiskey

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882 399
Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Haha Hoho added Rin Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

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653 278
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Zeref

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637 276
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added Jellal Fernandes

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656 287
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Meliodas

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1,167 583
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 22 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

The Hottest Cartoon Characters Of All Time

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724 329
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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815 382
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Spike Spiegel Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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328 105
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Corrina Johnson added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

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537 235
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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777 400
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Himura Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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146 17
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 28 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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608 296
Lucy / Nyuu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Landon Nunnery added Lucy / Nyuu

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1,004 555
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 30 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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712 374
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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636 344
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 Fictional Characters Who Turn Evil

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579 324
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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743 438
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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701 414
Guts is listed (or ranked) 35 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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809 495
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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697 417
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 37 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

Words That Definitely Should Be Real... But Aren't

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362 190
Van Hohenheim is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Van Hohenheim

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603 378
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

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427 253
C.C. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
C.C. Code Geass

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232 107
Tsunade is listed (or ranked) 41 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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479 299
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

The 10 Most Bad Ass Vampire Slayers of All Time

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198 88
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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488 344
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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297 193
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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468 344
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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430 320
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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329 232
Hiei is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hiei Yu Yu Hakusho

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298 210
Allen Walker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

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772 683
Nami is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Nami One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Film: Strong World