Anime Underground 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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1
+ - 6,942 2,357
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L

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2
+ - 7,102 1,759
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
+ - 4,160 1,928
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
+ - 3,983 1,377
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
+ - 3,246 2,142
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
+ - 3,643 1,412
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

7
+ - 3,255 1,254
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

8
+ - 2,178 1,210
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
+ - 2,358 1,206
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

10
+ - 2,853 1,494
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

11
+ - 1,830 1,033
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

12
+ - 2,335 1,082
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

13
+ - 1,675 1,148
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

14
+ - 1,710 1,155
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

15
+ - 2,431 937
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

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16
+ - 1,983 720
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

17
+ - 1,604 1,072
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

18
+ - 2,184 1,123
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)

19
+ - 1,933 1,523
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

20
+ - 1,543 875
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

21
+ - 2,029 597
Sora is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

22
+ - 1,090 891
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

23
+ - 942 813
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

24
+ - 1,488 703
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

25
+ - 965 521
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

26
+ - 541 607
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

27
+ - 826 661
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

28
+ - 808 929
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

29
+ - 1,009 1,040
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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30
+ - 1,324 717
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

31
+ - 1,038 390
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

32
+ - 1,323 1,085
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

33
+ - 823 694
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

34
+ - 1,112 551
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
+ - 787 559
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 35 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

36
+ - 884 442
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

37
+ - 777 574
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

38
+ - 1,750 455
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Korosensei

39
+ - 1,164 743
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

40
+ - 1,283 755
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

41
+ - 1,345 559
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

42
+ - 1,148 758
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

43
+ - 696 405
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 43 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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44
+ - 323 466
Booker Kudo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Booker Kudo Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

45
+ - 768 594
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

46
+ - 1,066 430
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

47
+ - 554 338
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Osamu Dazai Bungou Stray Dogs

48
+ - 878 663
Mayuri Kurotsuchi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mayuri Kurotsuchi Bleach, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

49
+ - 237 75
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

50
+ - 493 255
Mello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mello Death Note