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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3,435 852
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
2,720 791
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
2,655 1,130
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

4
839 329
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
1,486 753
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
2,165 1,140
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
1,062 567
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added

8
1,849 1,050
Alphonse Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

9
1,114 600
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

10
1,943 1,108
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

11
1,259 689
Ban is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

12
665 325
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
895 466
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

14
784 398
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Meliodas

15
1,823 1,035
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

16
1,500 837
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass

17
991 525
Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Haha Hoho added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

18
761 384
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added

19
1,937 1,105
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

20
1,074 576
Scar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

21
1,560 874
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

22
415 172
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Corrina Johnson added Black Butler

23
847 437
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter

24
754 380
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added

25
1,039 555
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail

26
669 328
Yato is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ghostsickness added Yato Noragami

27
620 298
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Fairy Tail

28
1,097 593
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

29
846 440
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Rurouni Kenshin

30
665 332
Lucy / Nyuu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Landon Nunnery added

31
777 411
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

32
681 360
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

33
683 375
Vash the Stampede is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
April Culala added

34
796 458
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
435 217
Van Hohenheim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added

36
822 481
L is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

37
752 440
Guts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey, Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King

38
877 527
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

39
486 273
C.C. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Code Geass

40
301 142
Tsunade is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Chelsey May added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

41
555 331
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

42
243 110
Crona is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Star Shadoww added Soul Eater

43
641 407
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

44
102 18
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom

45
333 213
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

46
518 367
Saber is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Zero

47
488 346
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Hunter x Hunter

48
536 386
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Fairy Tail

49
365 255
Hiei is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Yu Yu Hakusho

50
924 746
Nico Robin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories