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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3,700 918
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
2,960 873
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
2,805 1,307
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

4
1,026 457
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
1,657 889
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
2,325 1,286
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
896 476
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Rurouni Kenshin

8
471 212
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Corrina Johnson added Black Butler

9
722 368
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
1,620 926
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

11
1,179 652
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

12
1,937 1,123
Alphonse Elric is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

13
2,019 1,174
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

14
709 360
Lucy / Nyuu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Landon Nunnery added

15
2,059 1,199
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

16
1,153 636
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

17
1,357 763
Ban is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

18
1,965 1,141
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

19
1,159 640
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added

20
863 456
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Meliodas

21
1,043 568
Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Haha Hoho added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

22
731 374
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Fairy Tail

23
1,170 647
Scar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

24
1,149 634
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail

25
726 371
Yato is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ghostsickness added Yato Noragami

26
901 480
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter

27
835 439
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added

28
822 431
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added

29
830 436
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

30
1,557 889
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass

31
927 498
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

32
727 386
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
867 481
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
711 391
Vash the Stampede is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
April Culala added

35
865 499
L is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

36
785 456
Guts is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
155 30
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom

38
458 235
Van Hohenheim is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added

39
341 156
Tsunade is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Chelsey May added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

40
902 542
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
277 122
Crona is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Star Shadoww added Soul Eater

42
504 290
C.C. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Code Geass

43
581 346
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

44
664 420
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

45
581 408
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Fairy Tail

46
124 41
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
LindseyElmore added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

47
348 224
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

48
115 34
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
waldenschmidt added Hunter x Hunter

i am just wondering how the fuck does Yugi,Juvia, lucy,nami Franky even Zoro is above Kurapika?

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511 361
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Hunter x Hunter

50
535 381
Saber is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Zero