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
+ - 6,323 2,209
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L

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2
+ - 6,509 1,637
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
+ - 3,862 1,775
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
+ - 3,677 1,281
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
+ - 2,971 1,971
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
+ - 3,354 1,300
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
+ - 2,973 1,154
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
+ - 2,201 1,107
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
+ - 1,984 1,112
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
+ - 2,606 1,376
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

11
+ - 1,686 931
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

12
+ - 2,137 989
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
+ - 1,555 1,063
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

14
+ - 1,578 1,068
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

15
+ - 2,211 871
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
+ - 1,798 646
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

17
+ - 1,460 987
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
+ - 2,003 1,047
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
+ - 1,838 1,418
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
+ - 1,426 803
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

21
+ - 989 824
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

22
+ - 1,811 554
Sora is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

23
+ - 859 756
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

24
+ - 1,369 662
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

25
+ - 767 871
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

26
+ - 849 466
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

27
+ - 486 554
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

28
+ - 751 614
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

29
+ - 930 346
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
+ - 925 978
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
+ - 1,224 680
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

32
+ - 1,204 1,010
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
+ - 757 640
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
+ - 1,007 504
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
+ - 716 517
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
+ - 1,182 689
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

37
+ - 1,026 650
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

38
+ - 714 537
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

39
+ - 1,571 420
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Korosensei

40
+ - 1,216 517
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

41
+ - 1,056 711
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

42
+ - 286 423
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
+ - 712 566
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
+ - 967 397
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

45
+ - 503 307
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Osamu Dazai Bungou Stray Dogs

46
+ - 826 624
Mayuri Kurotsuchi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mayuri Kurotsuchi Bleach, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

47
+ - 800 400
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

48
+ - 621 371
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
+ - 567 441
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu Steins;Gate

50
+ - 379 198
Mello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mello Death Note