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40 D&D Fighter Backgrounds

In Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), the fighter class is one of the most versatile and popular options for players. Whether you prefer to wield a mighty sword, specialize in a specific fighting style, or become a master tactician, there's a fighter subclass that will suit your playstyle. However, creating a well-rounded and interesting fighter character background can be a challenge, especially if you're new to the game or unsure of where to start.

In this article, we've compiled 40 unique fighter background ideas to help inspire your next player character. From seasoned war veterans to exiled nobles and everything in between, these backgrounds offer a variety of options to help you create a compelling and engaging character.

This is the core of character creation, here we take dice rolls, stats and proficiency bonuses and create an entire life from them. A fighter is not simple the combination of ability scores, ability checks, hit points and each ability score improvement. A fighter character is the product of the story you tell about them, it is the history of the hero. Were they from the rural areas of your world or from a small town or small village? Does the character's race (origin) have a bearing on their background?

Have they been adventuring a long time? Were they mentored by retired adventurers? This doesn't have to be hard work, as we've created prompts for you below, but it does require taking that amazing imagination you have and creating the story that the character arrives with at the start of their adventures .