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
23,839 7,433
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note
2
24,535 5,589
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
14,793 6,160
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
14,495 3,898
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass
5
10,562 7,458
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note
6
8,614 2,920
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life
7
12,836 4,196
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
7,437 4,073
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea
9
11,786 3,962
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
9,477 4,543
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
marcopolo3001 added Attack On Titan
11
7,683 3,306
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion
12
6,751 2,115
Sora is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life
13
8,038 3,786
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
14
7,379 3,663
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)
15
6,526 2,427
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Black Butler
16
6,914 3,309
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
17
5,142 3,032
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Bleach
18
6,002 3,255
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
5,812 3,300
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden
20
7,485 1,521
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Assassination Classroom
21
4,513 1,906
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
The Irregular at Magic High School
22
3,555 2,298
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Steins;Gate
23
4,087 2,851
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Hunter x Hunter
24
3,310 1,269
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mostafa Sh Negm added Hunter x Hunter
25
1,638 517
Kiyotaka Ayanokoji is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Kiyotaka Ayanokoji

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