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
+ - 6,231 2,194
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L

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2
+ - 6,422 1,625
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
+ - 3,824 1,754
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
+ - 3,635 1,271
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
+ - 2,939 1,943
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
+ - 3,315 1,284
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
+ - 2,941 1,140
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
+ - 2,181 1,095
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
+ - 1,959 1,100
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
+ - 2,573 1,358
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

11
+ - 1,674 916
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

12
+ - 2,109 977
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
+ - 1,541 1,054
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

14
+ - 1,560 1,055
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

15
+ - 2,188 862
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
+ - 1,776 639
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

17
+ - 1,443 977
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
+ - 1,978 1,036
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
+ - 1,824 1,404
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
+ - 1,417 794
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

21
+ - 976 815
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

22
+ - 1,785 547
Sora is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

23
+ - 848 749
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

24
+ - 1,355 657
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

25
+ - 762 863
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

26
+ - 844 458
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

27
+ - 476 548
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

28
+ - 920 340
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

29
+ - 742 610
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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30
+ - 916 970
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

31
+ - 1,212 677
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

32
+ - 1,193 992
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
+ - 747 633
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
+ - 995 497
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
+ - 1,173 677
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

36
+ - 707 512
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
+ - 1,011 640
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

38
+ - 708 531
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

39
+ - 1,550 416
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Korosensei

40
+ - 1,205 512
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

41
+ - 1,044 703
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

42
+ - 281 416
Booker Kudo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Booker Kudo Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

43
+ - 706 563
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

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44
+ - 958 390
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

45
+ - 822 618
Mayuri Kurotsuchi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mayuri Kurotsuchi Bleach, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

46
+ - 494 302
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Osamu Dazai Bungou Stray Dogs

47
+ - 789 396
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

48
+ - 615 365
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Byakuya Kuchiki Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

49
+ - 561 438
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu Steins;Gate

50
+ - 278 393
Harley Hartwell is listed (or ranked) 50 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