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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3,187 810
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
2,499 744
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
2,558 942
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

4
621 193
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
1,972 946
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
1,786 938
Alphonse Elric is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

7
711 321
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ptnn added

8
1,021 499
Scar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

9
1,857 979
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
960 464
Rin Okumura is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Haha Hoho added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

11
1,216 611
Ban is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

12
993 483
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
RandalScott added Fairy Tail

13
730 332
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added

14
1,491 769
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

15
742 339
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Meliodas

16
1,764 926
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

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1,856 979
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

18
573 242
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Fairy Tail

19
801 373
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Hunter x Hunter

20
1,457 750
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Code Geass

21
1,072 529
Obito Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

22
997 486
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
hotchocolate added

23
638 280
Yato is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ghostsickness added Yato Noragami

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1,273 648
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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615 271
Tony Tony Chopper is listed (or ranked) 25 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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869 422
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

27
384 141
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Corrina Johnson added Black Butler

28
829 431
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Rurouni Kenshin

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1,070 581
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

30
643 322
Lucy / Nyuu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Landon Nunnery added

31
754 399
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
649 346
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
668 366
Vash the Stampede is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
April Culala added

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802 467
L is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

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764 445
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 35 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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411 208
Van Hohenheim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added

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860 519
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 37 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

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731 436
Guts is listed (or ranked) 38 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

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279 129
Tsunade is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Chelsey May added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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467 267
C.C. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Code Geass

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533 324
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

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629 400
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories

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222 104
Crona is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Star Shadoww added Soul Eater

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511 360
Saber is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Zero

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324 206
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

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516 371
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
ShrishVashishth added Fairy Tail

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470 338
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
akraut added Hunter x Hunter

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357 249
Hiei is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
Yu Yu Hakusho

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75 12
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories
AbhijeetBhagat added Assassination Classroom

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886 738
Nico Robin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 40+ Best Anime Character Backstories