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
9,890 3,213
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L

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2
10,435 2,291
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
5,610 2,723
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
5,599 1,796
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
4,424 3,042
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
4,995 1,983
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

7
4,527 1,790
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
3,057 1,642
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

9
3,032 1,585
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
3,818 2,011
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
marcopolo3001 added Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

11
3,148 1,545
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

12
2,210 1,529
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

13
3,333 1,245
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

14
2,587 1,478
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

15
2,363 1,559
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

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16
2,230 1,503
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

17
2,734 1,030
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

18
2,913 1,516
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Armin Arlelt Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

19
1,527 1,233
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

20
2,025 1,223
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added Mavis Vermilion

21
2,917 816
Sora is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

22
2,314 2,032
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

23
1,204 895
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

24
819 863
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

25
1,270 1,067
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

26
1,163 782
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
1,604 858
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
1,826 918
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

29
1,935 919
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

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30
1,813 769
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

31
1,375 782
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added Jellal Fernandes

32
1,000 777
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

33
1,462 604
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
1,875 1,490
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
1,366 1,403
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

36
2,557 623
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Korosensei

37
1,571 985
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

38
950 1,180
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

39
1,134 984
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

40
1,734 1,030
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Erza Scarlet

41
622 244
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mostafa Sh Negm added Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

42
1,036 789
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Gin Ichimaru

43
1,667 1,141
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Georgina Bézsenyi added Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

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44
1,182 656
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Gracie Martin added Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

45
964 621
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
477 665
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
1,422 628
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Cyvonnie Pascual added Levy McGarden

48
808 522
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Osamu Dazai Bungou Stray Dogs

49
1,084 847
Mayuri Kurotsuchi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Mayuri Kurotsuchi Bleach, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

50
906 391
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time