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.

1
18,003 5,744
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L Death Note

2
18,643 4,261
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
11,167 4,834
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
10,597 3,161
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
8,176 5,679
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
9,736 3,376
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
5,704 3,206
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

8
5,855 2,657
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Kisuke Urahara Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

9
9,091 3,141
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
6,379 2,241
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

11
7,014 3,539
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
6,176 2,923
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
5,238 2,593
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

14
5,440 2,818
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Armin Arlelt Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

15
4,190 2,600
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

16
5,039 1,898
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

17
4,575 2,574
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

18
4,509 2,656
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
5,106 1,612
Sora is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora No Game No Life

20
2,910 2,245
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

21
2,543 1,879
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

22
3,695 2,024
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added Mavis Vermilion

23
2,350 1,552
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
3,910 3,170
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

25
5,338 1,205
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Korosensei Assassination Classroom

26
3,466 1,523
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

27
2,203 1,603
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

28
1,571 1,611
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

29
2,099 876
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

30
2,616 2,360
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

31
3,367 1,498
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba The Irregular at Magic High School

32
3,318 1,609
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
2,777 1,460
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added Jellal Fernandes

34
3,220 1,441
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

35
2,866 1,176
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
3,619 2,534
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
1,163 282
Shikaku Nara is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
SageX4 added Shikaku Nara

38
1,749 1,326
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

39
3,230 1,757
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Erza Scarlet

40
2,650 1,617
Takumi Usui is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

41
2,167 1,689
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

42
1,891 1,319
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Gin Ichimaru

43
1,471 480
Erwin Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
1519487300639 added Erwin Smith Attack on titan

44
1,513 1,748
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

45
1,901 1,155
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
2,143 1,211
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Gracie Martin added Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

47
2,147 1,427
Mello is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mello Death Note

48
2,589 1,134
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

49
1,606 970
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
3,273 2,382
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Georgina Bézsenyi added Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online