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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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Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World
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Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison
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Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
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Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom
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Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
LindseyElmore added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
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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
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Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 7 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?

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Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter
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Ban is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
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Scar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
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Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added
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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
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Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail
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Gaara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
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Sanji is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added
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Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Rurouni Kenshin
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Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden
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Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Isaac Hanan added Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute, Bleach: Vol. 36
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Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass
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Van Hohenheim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added
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Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
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Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden
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Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 24 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
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Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom