Total Nerd The Smartest Characters in Comic Books  

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When it comes to comic book super powers, brains are every bit as handy as brawn — but props to those who have both. From cosmic powers of superhuman intelligence, to good old fashioned book smarts, there are plenty of comic book characters that prove the powers of the mind can be just as effective as any other super power. 

There are always the old fallbacks like our good pals Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark, but Ironman and the “World’s Greatest Detective” himself are far from the best of the best when it comes to super smarts. From near god-like obscurities like the High Evolutionary to the more forgettable guys like Calculator, genius intellects for both heroes and villains alike create some of the most clever story lines in all of comic history. There are even some characters you might never have known to possess super smarts all along; you can’t really blame someone on the fringes of comic book culture if they didn’t realize that the hulking ape beast, Gorilla Grodd, is actually a genius advanced weapons manufacturer. 
 

 

So just who are the smartest of the comic book characters? The classics or the obscurities, the mighty or the meek? Well, good people, that is up to you. Be sure to cast your votes for your picks on this list of the smartest comic book characters of all time to see if you can’t tip the scales in favor of your favorite geniuses, and as always, feel free to leave a comment below if you think a deserving intellectual is missing. 

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Brainiac is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Characters in Comic Books
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As one of Superman's greatest enemies, Brainiac boasts a "12th-level intellect," allowing unparalleled calculation abilities, enhanced memory, and advanced understanding of mechanical engineering, bio-engineering, physics, and other theoretical and applied sciences. For comparison, the population of 20th century Earth as a whole constitutes a 6th-Level intelligence and the population of 31st century Earth as a whole is a 9th-Level intelligence.

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Smartest Characters in Comic Books
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In the DC Universe, Batman is considered the world's greatest detective, and able to solve practically any crime. While Bruce Wayne has no actual super powers, he boasts a genius intellect and is a noted polymath. It also doesn't hurt that Wayne's near inexhaustible wealth grants him access to scores of advanced technology, and as a scientist, he is able to freely modify this tech to his advantage.

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Doctor Doom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Smartest Characters in Comic Books
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Doctor Victor von Doom is the main antagonist of the Fantastic Four comics, and considered to be one of the Marvel Universe's most intelligent minds. From the invention of his Doombots to developing his powerful suit of armor, Dr. Doom constantly uses his intellect to outwit the Fantastic Four. 

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Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Characters in Comic Books
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Lex Luthor is Superman's greatest adversary and considered the most intelligent human in the DC Universe. With his genius level of intelligence, he has mastered nearly every known form of science, including space and extra dimensional travel, biochemistry, computer science, robotics, munitions, transportation, holography, energy generation, spectral analysis, and more.

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