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
+ - 7,065 1,752
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
+ - 4,141 1,917
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
+ - 3,952 1,374
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
+ - 3,228 2,129
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
+ - 3,624 1,403
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
+ - 3,233 1,247
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
+ - 2,165 1,203
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
+ - 2,347 1,200
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
+ - 2,839 1,487
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

11
+ - 1,820 1,024
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

12
+ - 2,326 1,074
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
+ - 1,668 1,141
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

14
+ - 1,702 1,149
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

15
+ - 2,418 934
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
+ - 1,972 715
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

17
+ - 1,595 1,066
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
+ - 2,175 1,117
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
+ - 1,929 1,515
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
+ - 1,538 871
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

21
+ - 2,015 596
Sora is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

22
+ - 1,083 888
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

23
+ - 939 810
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

24
+ - 1,480 701
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

25
+ - 956 518
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

26
+ - 538 604
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

27
+ - 806 926
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

28
+ - 820 659
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

29
+ - 1,005 1,036
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
+ - 1,316 715
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

31
+ - 1,028 389
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
+ - 1,315 1,081
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
+ - 820 691
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
+ - 1,105 547
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
+ - 785 557
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
+ - 879 437
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

37
+ - 775 570
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

38
+ - 1,157 735
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

39
+ - 1,277 750
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

40
+ - 1,737 453
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Korosensei

41
+ - 1,337 557
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

42
+ - 1,143 753
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

43
+ - 692 402
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
+ - 764 593
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

45
+ - 321 465
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
+ - 1,059 426
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

47
+ - 549 336
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Osamu Dazai Bungou Stray Dogs

48
+ - 876 661
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
+ - 231 73
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

50
+ - 483 253
Mello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mello Death Note