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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4,150 956
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
3,413 922
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
3,059 1,561
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

4
1,335 717
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
1,951 1,113
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
2,594 1,542
Sanji 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
2,188 1,312
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

8
2,065 1,234
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

9
2,120 1,269
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

10
1,464 852
Ban is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

11
2,060 1,231
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
1,253 718
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

13
1,264 725
Scar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

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921 507
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added

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1,097 619
Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Haha Hoho added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

16
902 495
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added

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1,317 759
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added

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795 427
Yato is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ghostsickness added Yato Noragami

19
1,721 1,016
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

20
809 436
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
1,628 957
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass

22
801 431
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Fairy Tail

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977 543
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
947 524
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Meliodas

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1,233 706
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail