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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
+ - 7,201 1,783
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
+ - 4,221 1,954
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
+ - 4,041 1,391
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
+ - 3,295 2,170
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
+ - 3,695 1,435
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
+ - 3,311 1,275
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
+ - 2,206 1,226
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
+ - 2,388 1,217
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
+ - 2,899 1,510
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

11
+ - 1,861 1,055
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

12
+ - 2,374 1,095
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
+ - 1,699 1,159
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

14
+ - 1,738 1,172
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

15
+ - 2,482 942
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
+ - 2,023 732
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

17
+ - 1,629 1,088
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
+ - 2,221 1,141
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
+ - 1,945 1,542
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
+ - 1,561 887
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

21
+ - 2,078 604
Sora is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

22
+ - 1,109 904
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

23
+ - 958 824
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

24
+ - 1,513 710
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

25
+ - 992 529
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

26
+ - 554 615
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

27
+ - 843 667
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

28
+ - 1,353 719
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

29
+ - 1,065 392
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

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30
+ - 815 936
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

31
+ - 1,022 1,057
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

32
+ - 1,343 1,104
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
+ - 835 709
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
+ - 800 563
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
+ - 1,130 561
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Neji Hyuga Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

36
+ - 1,310 759
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

37
+ - 789 579
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

38
+ - 897 451
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

39
+ - 1,783 460
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Korosensei

40
+ - 1,373 564
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

41
+ - 1,190 766
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

42
+ - 1,164 764
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

43
+ - 711 411
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
+ - 778 597
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

45
+ - 325 470
Booker Kudo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Booker Kudo Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

46
+ - 1,085 434
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

47
+ - 565 342
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Osamu Dazai Bungou Stray Dogs

48
+ - 888 665
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
+ - 261 79
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

50
+ - 511 262
Mello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mello Death Note