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.


1
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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
+ - 4,468 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
+ - 2,814 1,328
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
+ - 2,647 1,010
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
+ - 2,402 967
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
+ - 2,090 839
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
+ - 2,117 1,396
Near is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

8
+ - 1,631 826
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
+ - 1,795 996
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

10
+ - 1,397 828
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
+ - 1,521 700
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
+ - 1,194 452
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

13
+ - 1,538 691
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

14
+ - 1,171 809
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

15
+ - 1,118 795
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
+ - 1,142 666
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

17
+ - 1,371 795
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
+ - 1,145 413
Sora is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

19
+ - 1,034 609
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

20
+ - 1,025 703
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 1,105
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
+ - 1,031 331
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Korosensei

23
+ - 714 603
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

24
+ - 500 262
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

25
+ - 567 194
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

26
+ - 1,007 514
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

27
+ - 817 389
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

28
+ - 874 555
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

29
+ - 833 509
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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30
+ - 605 577
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

31
+ - 627 282
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

32
+ - 632 649
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

33
+ - 519 378
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

34
+ - 667 354
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
+ - 529 474
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

36
+ - 491 385
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
+ - 747 572
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

38
+ - 541 293
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

39
+ - 662 723
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

40
+ - 550 441
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

41
+ - 816 683
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
+ - 645 499
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
+ - 604 328
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
+ - 423 248
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
+ - 722 533
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
+ - 524 471
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
+ - 307 373
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

48
+ - 414 353
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu Steins;Gate

49
+ - 407 282
Aru Akise is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aru Akise Future Diary

50
+ - 556 449
Nico Robin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Nico Robin One Piece