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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5,789 1,088
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
4,975 1,152
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
4,294 2,398
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
4
2,346 1,273
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
1,095 550
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
1,757 935
Monkey D. Luffy 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
2,125 1,149
Ban is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
8
3,202 1,775
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
9
1,571 827
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added
10
1,891 1,013
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter
11
2,937 1,621
Alphonse Elric is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
12
2,997 1,656
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
13
2,314 1,259
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added
14
3,346 1,859
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
3,014 1,666
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
16
2,995 1,655
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
17
2,257 1,226
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass
18
1,973 1,061
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail
19
1,812 968
Scar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
20
508 210
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 20 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?

21
614 272
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom
22
1,618 860
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden
23
1,144 605
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Rurouni Kenshin
24
320 109
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
LindseyElmore added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
25
1,942 1,094
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories