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
18,954 6,017
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

2
19,607 4,481
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

3
11,768 5,074
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

4
11,224 3,277
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass

5
8,585 5,967
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

6
10,268 3,517
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

7
5,985 3,341
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

8
6,153 2,779
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

9
9,562 3,267
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

10
6,772 2,333
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

11
7,424 3,691
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
marcopolo3001 added Attack On Titan

12
6,483 3,071
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

13
5,557 2,717
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

14
5,768 2,953
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

15
4,349 2,681
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Bleach

16
4,843 2,702
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

17
5,283 1,998
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Black Butler

18
4,744 2,777
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

19
5,341 1,693
Sora is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

20
3,094 2,354
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Hunter x Hunter

21
2,714 1,956
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Steins;Gate

22
3,914 2,105
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added

23
3,571 1,562
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
The Irregular at Magic High School

24
2,487 1,623
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
5,658 1,265
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Assassination Classroom

26
4,035 3,282
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

27
3,648 1,605
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Black Butler

28
2,332 1,672
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

29
1,684 1,681
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Monster

30
2,274 950
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mostafa Sh Negm added Hunter x Hunter

31
2,760 2,472
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

32
3,491 1,697
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

33
2,937 1,537
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added

34
3,371 1,503
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Durarara!!

35
1,382 328
Shikaku Nara is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
SageX4 added

36
3,813 2,648
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

37
2,992 1,243
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Emily Stubbs added Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

38
1,829 1,388
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Psycho-Pass

39
978 1,271
Booker Kudo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

40
3,396 1,849
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

41
1,655 531
Erwin Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
1519487300639 added Attack on titan

42
2,779 1,682
Takumi Usui is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kaichou wa Maid Sama

43
2,259 1,762
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

44
1,988 1,374
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

45
1,997 1,208
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aziliz Minoc added Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

46
1,564 1,801
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

47
2,236 1,258
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Gracie Martin added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

48
2,266 1,513
Mello is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

49
1,704 1,006
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Bungo Stray Dogs -

Bungou Stray Dogs

50
2,773 1,198
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time