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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
7,804 2,623
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L

The Best Anime Series of All Time The Best Current CBS Shows

2
8,102 1,917
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
4,590 2,179
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
4,473 1,497
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
3,624 2,415
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
4,066 1,578
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

7
3,668 1,413
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

8
2,435 1,333
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
2,581 1,324
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Kisuke Urahara Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

10
3,171 1,653
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
marcopolo3001 added Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

11
2,070 1,178
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

12
2,598 1,220
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

13
1,861 1,256
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

14
1,936 1,275
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

15
2,724 1,024
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
2,237 824
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

17
1,792 1,207
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

18
2,429 1,247
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
2,054 1,681
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
1,702 975
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added Mavis Vermilion

21
1,246 977
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

22
2,319 659
Sora is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

23
1,061 897
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

24
641 681
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

25
1,642 773
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

26
946 731
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

27
1,116 603
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added Jellal Fernandes

28
1,471 775
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

29
1,128 1,153
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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30
871 998
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

31
1,182 446
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Emily Stubbs added Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

32
1,508 1,220
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

33
940 792
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

34
886 620
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Jimmy Kudo Case Closed, Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century, Case Closed: Countdown to Heaven

35
1,280 634
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Neji Hyuga Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

36
871 637
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Gin Ichimaru

37
1,285 821
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

38
1,987 499
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Korosensei

39
1,432 830
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Erza Scarlet

40
808 460
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aziliz Minoc added Byakuya Kuchiki Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

41
1,502 618
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

42
978 502
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Gracie Martin added Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

43
1,325 876
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Georgina Bézsenyi added Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

The Best Black Anime Characters of All Time The Best Luxury Cruise Lines

44
365 523
Booker Kudo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Booker Kudo Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

45
845 647
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

46
373 119
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mostafa Sh Negm added Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

47
1,189 482
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Cyvonnie Pascual added Levy McGarden

48
634 390
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Osamu Dazai Bungou Stray Dogs

49
960 712
Mayuri Kurotsuchi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Mayuri Kurotsuchi Bleach, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

50
656 342
Mello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Guest_5619d0bf-05b3-4b42-bdf9-0f639a522e44 added Mello Death Note