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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4,905 1,029
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
4,126 1,059
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
3,685 1,950
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
4
1,817 941
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
2,536 1,378
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
1,281 685
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added
7
1,484 807
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter
8
1,359 732
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
1,852 1,028
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added
10
2,558 1,452
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
11
436 178
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom
12
2,539 1,441
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
1,961 1,094
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass
14
2,522 1,431
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
15
2,765 1,577
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
299 96
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 16 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?

17
2,996 1,719
Sanji 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
1,764 978
Ban is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
19
1,120 592
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Meliodas
20
1,628 899
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail
21
1,595 880
Scar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
22
1,503 825
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden
23
938 487
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
997 528
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
25
1,077 578
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Rurouni Kenshin