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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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Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Monster
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Karma Akabane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
violetblack added
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Bulma is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball
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Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added
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Sora and Shiro (Blank) is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
srobinette09 added
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Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
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Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Black Butler
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Shikaku Nara is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
SageX4 added
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Erwin Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ha22440 added Attack on titan
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Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Case Closed, Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century, Case Closed: Countdown to Heaven
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Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
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Takumi Usui is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kaichou wa Maid Sama
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Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added
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Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
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Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
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Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Psycho-Pass
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Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Emily Stubbs added Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club
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Hōtarō Oreki is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Classic Literature Club
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Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
StaB added Hunter x Hunter
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Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added
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Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
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Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Gracie Martin added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
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Mello is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note
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Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Durarara!!
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Booker Kudo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street