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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4,451 974
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
3,708 952
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
3,272 1,724
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

4
1,519 847
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
2,147 1,241
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
1,525 874
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added

7
1,161 647
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter

8
2,225 1,315
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

9
1,574 907
Ban is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

10
2,239 1,324
Alphonse Elric is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

11
2,409 1,431
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

12
1,398 797
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail

13
1,420 811
Scar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

14
2,765 1,655
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
1,070 592
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added

16
864 463
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

17
1,150 643
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
1,774 1,037
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass

19
854 458
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
315 119
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom

21
576 284
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Corrina Johnson added Black Butler

22
1,312 749
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

23
979 541
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Rurouni Kenshin

24
944 520
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

25
873 476
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Fairy Tail