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
20,309 6,424
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

2
20,973 4,831
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
12,166 3,475
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass

4
12,686 5,377
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

5
9,127 6,433
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

6
6,398 3,574
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

7
11,090 3,729
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

8
7,323 2,499
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

9
10,249 3,458
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
6,639 2,957
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

11
8,011 3,935
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
marcopolo3001 added Attack On Titan

12
6,993 3,280
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
6,211 3,194
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

14
5,999 2,902
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

15
5,741 1,814
Sora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

16
4,589 2,800
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Bleach

17
5,673 2,131
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Black Butler

18
5,203 2,876
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

19
5,066 2,943
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

20
3,403 2,513
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Hunter x Hunter

21
3,864 1,670
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
The Irregular at Magic High School

22
6,213 1,344
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Assassination Classroom

23
2,940 2,068
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Steins;Gate

24
1,815 1,786
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Monster

25
2,542 1,040
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mostafa Sh Negm added Hunter x Hunter

26
4,212 2,212
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added

27
2,641 1,732
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
3,168 1,664
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added

29
4,249 3,443
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

30
3,928 1,689
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Black Butler

31
2,474 1,772
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

32
4,045 2,800
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

33
2,957 2,602
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

34
861 349
Kiyotaka Ayanokoji is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Kiyotaka Ayanokoji

Classroom of the ellite

35
3,723 1,806
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

36
3,575 1,567
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Durarara!!

37
1,034 1,363
Booker Kudo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

38
3,614 1,975
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

39
1,641 397
Shikaku Nara is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
SageX4 added

40
1,894 615
Erwin Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ha22440 added Attack on titan

41
1,800 480
Karma Akabane is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
violetblack added Karma Akabane

42
3,204 1,312
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

43
2,377 1,325
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Gracie Martin added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

44
1,954 1,455
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Psycho-Pass

45
2,938 1,764
Takumi Usui is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kaichou wa Maid Sama

46
2,114 1,448
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

47
2,394 1,844
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

48
2,126 1,286
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aziliz Minoc added Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

49
1,808 1,057
Hōtarō Oreki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Classic Literature Club

50
1,638 1,877
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion