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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5,755 1,085
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
4,945 1,148
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
4,270 2,380
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
4
2,327 1,260
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
3,333 1,845
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
2,294 1,243
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added
7
2,111 1,137
Ban is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
8
2,996 1,650
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
9
1,959 1,049
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail
10
2,982 1,642
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
11
3,189 1,762
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
2,923 1,608
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
1,741 923
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
1,803 959
Scar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
15
2,981 1,642
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
16
2,241 1,213
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass
17
1,558 817
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added
18
1,875 1,001
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter
19
1,088 545
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
607 267
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom
21
500 205
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 21 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?

22
1,616 857
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
316 107
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
LindseyElmore added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
25
1,068 565
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds