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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
11,845 3,779
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L Death Note

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2
12,566 2,640
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
6,640 3,230
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
6,721 2,063
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
5,277 3,609
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
3,693 1,960
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

7
5,926 2,303
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

8
5,406 2,112
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

9
3,495 1,840
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Kisuke Urahara Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

10
4,012 1,428
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

11
4,459 2,370
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
marcopolo3001 added Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

12
3,655 1,853
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

13
3,463 1,778
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Armin Arlelt Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

14
3,587 966
Sora is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora No Game No Life

15
2,535 1,794
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

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16
3,130 1,758
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

17
3,229 1,208
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

18
2,806 1,809
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

19
2,705 1,760
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

20
1,819 1,461
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

21
1,515 1,222
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

22
1,447 917
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Jimmy Kudo Case Closed, Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century, Case Closed: Countdown to Heaven

23
2,410 1,411
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added Mavis Vermilion

24
2,143 911
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

25
3,131 734
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Korosensei Assassination Classroom

26
1,471 1,061
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

27
1,032 1,032
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

28
2,579 2,323
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

29
921 377
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mostafa Sh Negm added Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

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30
2,189 1,046
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba The Irregular at Magic High School

31
1,603 1,597
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

32
1,969 1,042
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Neji Hyuga Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

33
2,195 1,038
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

34
1,648 938
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added Jellal Fernandes

35
1,761 729
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Emily Stubbs added Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

36
2,273 1,719
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

37
1,142 908
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

38
1,845 1,125
Takumi Usui is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

39
2,050 1,189
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Erza Scarlet

40
1,343 1,138
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

41
1,215 898
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Gin Ichimaru

42
1,384 764
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Gracie Martin added Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

43
1,058 1,308
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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44
2,035 1,413
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Georgina Bézsenyi added Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

45
1,144 743
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aziliz Minoc added Byakuya Kuchiki Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

46
584 770
Booker Kudo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Booker Kudo Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

47
1,697 745
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Cyvonnie Pascual added Levy McGarden

48
1,271 550
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

49
993 625
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Osamu Dazai Bungo Stray Dogs - Bungou Stray Dogs

50
1,268 751
Mello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mello Death Note