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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5,774 1,087
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
4,961 1,150
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
2,339 1,266
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Isaac Hanan added Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute, Bleach: Vol. 36
4
4,282 2,392
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
5
3,344 1,855
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
1,809 964
Scar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
7
2,932 1,616
Alphonse Elric is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
8
2,305 1,252
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added
9
505 207
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 9 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?

10
610 268
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom
11
2,990 1,650
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
12
2,990 1,650
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
13
1,750 930
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
3,007 1,660
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
15
2,251 1,221
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass
16
2,120 1,145
Ban is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
17
1,965 1,055
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail
18
3,196 1,770
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
19
1,565 823
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added
20
1,885 1,009
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter
21
1,092 549
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
1,616 859
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden
23
1,141 605
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Rurouni Kenshin
24
317 108
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
LindseyElmore added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
25
1,115 593
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie