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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2
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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

3
+ - 2,796 1,319
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

4
+ - 2,626 1,003
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
+ - 2,384 960
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

6
+ - 2,077 829
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

7
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Near is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

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Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kisuke Urahara Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

9
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Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

10
+ - 1,383 822
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

11
+ - 1,513 691
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

12
+ - 1,179 446
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

13
+ - 1,527 683
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

14
+ - 1,168 799
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

15
+ - 1,110 787
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

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16
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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

17
+ - 1,363 787
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Armin Arlelt Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

18
+ - 1,133 408
Sora is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

19
+ - 1,026 606
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

20
+ - 1,014 700
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

21
+ - 1,553 1,094
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

22
+ - 1,022 327
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Korosensei

23
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Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

24
+ - 559 190
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

25
+ - 491 259
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

26
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Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

27
+ - 806 385
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

28
+ - 863 550
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

29
+ - 827 503
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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30
+ - 601 573
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

31
+ - 622 275
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

32
+ - 631 644
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

33
+ - 516 373
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

34
+ - 662 351
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Neji Hyuga Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

35
+ - 527 471
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

36
+ - 743 566
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

37
+ - 486 382
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
+ - 537 288
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

39
+ - 546 439
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

40
+ - 810 677
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

41
+ - 654 719
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

42
+ - 598 318
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

43
+ - 643 494
Mayuri Kurotsuchi is listed (or ranked) 43 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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44
+ - 421 243
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Byakuya Kuchiki Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

45
+ - 722 530
Sailor Mercury is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
+ - 519 468
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

47
+ - 410 349
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu Steins;Gate

48
+ - 304 371
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

49
+ - 402 280
Aru Akise is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aru Akise Future Diary

50
+ - 551 444
Nico Robin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Nico Robin One Piece