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

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2
+ - 5,349 1,438
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
+ - 3,280 1,518
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
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Near is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

5
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Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

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

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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

8
+ - 1,890 944
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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Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

10
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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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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
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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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Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

14
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Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

15
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Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

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16
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Shiro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

17
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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
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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)

19
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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
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Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

21
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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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Sora is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

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

24
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Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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

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

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Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

28
+ - 994 831
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

29
+ - 627 529
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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30
+ - 707 262
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

31
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Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

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

33
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Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
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Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

35
+ - 1,005 450
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

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

37
+ - 1,152 573
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

38
+ - 1,270 377
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Korosensei

39
+ - 627 499
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

40
+ - 226 352
Booker Kudo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Booker Kudo Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

41
+ - 729 557
Mayuri Kurotsuchi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mayuri Kurotsuchi Bleach, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

42
+ - 809 471
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

43
+ - 785 337
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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44
+ - 628 545
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

45
+ - 810 412
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Neji Hyuga Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

46
+ - 514 302
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Byakuya Kuchiki Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

47
+ - 652 345
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

48
+ - 226 336
Harley Hartwell is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
+ - 476 385
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu Steins;Gate

50
+ - 790 581
Sailor Mercury is listed (or ranked) 50 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