film 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
+ - 4,463 1,283
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
+ - 2,810 1,327
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
+ - 2,643 1,010
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
+ - 2,398 965
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

6
+ - 2,088 838
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

7
+ - 2,114 1,396
Near is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

8
+ - 1,628 825
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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Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

10
+ - 1,396 827
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

11
+ - 1,193 451
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

12
+ - 1,520 699
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
+ - 1,536 691
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

14
+ - 1,171 808
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

15
+ - 1,116 795
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

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16
+ - 1,141 666
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

17
+ - 1,369 795
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Armin Arlelt Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

18
+ - 1,143 413
Sora is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

19
+ - 1,031 609
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

20
+ - 1,022 703
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

21
+ - 1,557 1,104
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

22
+ - 1,030 331
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Korosensei

23
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Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

24
+ - 567 193
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

25
+ - 498 262
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

26
+ - 1,005 513
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

27
+ - 816 389
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

28
+ - 872 555
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

29
+ - 831 508
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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30
+ - 605 576
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

31
+ - 626 280
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

32
+ - 632 648
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

33
+ - 518 377
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

34
+ - 665 354
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
+ - 528 474
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

36
+ - 491 384
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
+ - 747 570
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

38
+ - 539 293
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

39
+ - 549 441
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

40
+ - 659 723
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

41
+ - 814 683
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

42
+ - 645 497
Mayuri Kurotsuchi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mayuri Kurotsuchi Bleach, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

43
+ - 603 326
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

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44
+ - 422 246
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Byakuya Kuchiki Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

45
+ - 722 532
Sailor Mercury is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
+ - 524 470
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

47
+ - 307 372
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

48
+ - 413 352
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu Steins;Gate

49
+ - 406 282
Aru Akise is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aru Akise Future Diary

50
+ - 556 447
Nico Robin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Nico Robin One Piece