The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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List Criteria: Only anime characters who are smart in a way that is obvious.

In anime, physical power isn't always everything. Very often brains will win over brawn, and because of that, we're ranking the smartest anime characters of all time. Do you have a favorite smart anime character? Now would be a good time to show it by voting up your top choices on the poll below. From master strategists like Shikamaru (Naruto) who plan one hundred steps away, to analytical geniuses like Death Note's L who can predict his opponents moves before he even makes them, these anime characters are much smarter than the average human.

Vote up the intelligent anime characters that you believe to be the smartest, and downvote any that you don't think could hang intellectually with the top contendors on this poll.


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    the people's #1 & most listed

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  2. 2
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    Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

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  3. 3
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    Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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    Code Geass

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    Death Note

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    - 270

    added by John92
    Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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  7. 7
    + 721
    - 336

    added by shaurya-kapoor
    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

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    - 253

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

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    added by -1449698025537
    Bleach

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  10. 10
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    ranked low on reranks & added by shaurya-kapoor
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon ...

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    Attack On Titan

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    FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist ...

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  13. 13
    + 535
    - 287
    Shiro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time


    Shiro No Game No Life

  14. 14
    + 883
    - 555


    Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

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    added by shaurya-kapoor
    Naruto Shippūden

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    + 469
    - 301


    Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

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    added by John92
    Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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    added by Mark Anthony Maraño

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    often listed & added by shaurya-kapoor
    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

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    - 178

    often listed & added by Tray Trey
    Hunter x Hunter

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    + 194
    - 60

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    Black Butler

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    often listed & added by shaurya-kapoor
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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    - 54
    Sora is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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    Sora

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    - 209

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    Durarara!!

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    - 253

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    Steins;Gate

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    + 362
    - 243


    Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie, Sailor Moon R the Movie: ...

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    + 256
    - 186

    added by shaurya-kapoor
    Bleach, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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    Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time


    Tatsuya Shiba

  29. 29
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    - 228
    Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time


    Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

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    often listed & added by Owen_Paul_Sloane
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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    added by riley-erdmann
    Psycho-Pass

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    - 173
    Nico Robin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

    added by -1457191633500
    Nico Robin One Piece

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    + 148
    - 55

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    Black Butler

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  36. 36
    + 156
    - 121

    added by shaurya-kapoor
    Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

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    + 139
    - 106
    Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

    added by ShrishVashishth
    Makise Kurisu Steins;Gate

  38. 38
    + 208
    - 159


    Classic Literature Club

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    + 141
    - 115

    added by Son Goku
    Case Closed, Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century, Case Closed: ...

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    + 172
    - 150

    added by shaurya-kapoor
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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    + 114
    - 121

    often listed
    Monster

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    + 91
    - 24
    Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by Pancakemix
    Korosensei

  43. 43
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    - 139

    often listed & added by shaurya-kapoor
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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    + 95
    - 33

    added by Gracie Martin
    Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

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    - 240
    Sora is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time


    Sora

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    - 226

    ranked low on reranks & added by shaurya-kapoor

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    - 64

    often listed & added by Son Goku
    Case Closed, Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century, Case Closed: ...

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  48. 48
    + 46
    - 81

    often listed & added by Son Goku
    Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

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  49. 49
    + 49
    - 21
    Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

    added by Dachi Nho
    Osamu Dazai Bungou Stray Dogs

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    - 28

    added by ahmed-maklad
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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