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

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    - 527


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  3. 3
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    - 356


    Code Geass

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  4. 4
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    - 414


    Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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    - 380

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Death Note

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    - 224

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

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    - 488


    Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

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    - 291

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

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    Bleach

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  10. 10
    + 440
    - 249
    Shiro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time


    Shiro No Game No Life

  11. 11
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    - 144

    added by shaurya-kapoor
    FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist ...

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    - 249

    added by shaurya-kapoor
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon ...

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    - 270

    added by marcopolo3001
    Attack On Titan

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  14. 14
    + 356
    - 205


    Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

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    + 307
    - 200

    added by John92
    Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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    + 378
    - 257


    Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

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    - 171

    added by Mark Anthony Maraño

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    - 219

    added by shaurya-kapoor
    Naruto Shippūden

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  19. 19
    + 338
    - 201


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

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    + 329
    - 179


    Durarara!!

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  21. 21
    + 103
    - 26

    added by HuriyyahH
    Black Butler

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    + 238
    - 166
    Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time


    Tatsuya Shiba

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Steins;Gate

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    - 164

    added by shaurya-kapoor
    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

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    + 216
    - 152

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

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    + 208
    - 177

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

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    + 202
    - 144

    added by Tray Trey
    Hunter x Hunter

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  28. 28
    + 239
    - 193
    Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time


    Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

  29. 29
    + 212
    - 143
    Nico Robin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

    added by -1457191633500
    Nico Robin One Piece

  30. 30
    + 171
    - 135


    Classic Literature Club

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    + 109
    - 55

    added by shaurya-kapoor

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    + 164
    - 123

    added by riley-erdmann
    Psycho-Pass

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    + 104
    - 28
    Sora is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time


    Sora

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    + 169
    - 153


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    + 245
    - 215
    Sora is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time


    Sora

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    + 109
    - 80

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

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    + 191
    - 221

    added by Owen_Paul_Sloane
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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  38. 38
    + 131
    - 88

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

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    + 102
    - 78
    Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

    added by ShrishVashishth
    Makise Kurisu Steins;Gate

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    - 142


    Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

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    + 296
    - 198

    ranked low on reranks & added by shaurya-kapoor

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    + 73
    - 53

    added by Charles Olsen
    Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The ...

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    + 107
    - 111

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

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    + 117
    - 116

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

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  45. 45
    + 69
    - 65

    added by Rebecca Garza
    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

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    + 82
    - 24

    ranked low on reranks & added by HuriyyahH
    Black Butler

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  47. 47
    + 79
    - 51
    Mr. Brief is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

    added by shaurya-kapoor
    Mr. Brief

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    + 35
    - 35

    added by Katerina Ruud
    Future Diary

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    - 72

    added by shaurya-kapoor
    Psycho-Pass

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    - 90

    added by Son Goku

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