film The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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List Rules 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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L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L

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Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors Death Note

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Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shikamaru Nara Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

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Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Ninja World

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Near is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

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Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

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Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

9
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Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kisuke Urahara Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

11
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Shiro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

12
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Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

13
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Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist

14
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Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

15
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Bulma is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai Dragon Ball

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Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

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Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

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Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Armin Arlelt Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

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Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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Sora is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

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Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

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Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

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Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

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Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

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Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Korosensei

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Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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Sailor Mercury is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sailor Mercury Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie Sailor Moon R the Movie: Promise of the Rose

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Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

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Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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Mayuri Kurotsuchi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mayuri Kurotsuchi Bleach, Bleach: Memories of Nobody Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

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Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

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Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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Nico Robin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Nico Robin One Piece

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Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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+ - 211 202
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Jimmy Kudo Case Closed, Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century Case Closed: Countdown to Heaven

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+ - 169 122
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Neji Hyuga Naruto, Naruto Shippūden Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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+ - 262 249
Hōtarō Oreki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Hōtarō Oreki Classic Literature Club

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+ - 189 198
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu Steins;Gate

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Trunks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Trunks Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

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Uryū Ishida is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Uryū Ishida Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion Bleach: Memories of Nobody

45
+ - 178 120
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

46
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Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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+ - 107 65
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Byakuya Kuchiki Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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+ - 82 147
Harley Hartwell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Harley Hartwell Case Closed, Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century Case Closed: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital

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Sora is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora