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
20,800 6,546
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

2
21,438 4,927
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
12,470 3,535
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass

4
12,940 5,462
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
9,325 6,547
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

6
6,526 3,635
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
11,289 3,782
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
7,493 2,542
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

9
10,439 3,517
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
6,752 3,001
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
8,191 3,999
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
marcopolo3001 added Attack On Titan

12
7,129 3,338
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
6,349 3,250
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

14
6,125 2,946
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

15
5,885 1,842
Sora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

16
4,646 2,822
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Bleach

17
5,783 2,167
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Black Butler

18
5,299 2,920
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
5,163 2,991
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

20
3,486 2,557
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Hunter x Hunter

21
3,957 1,703
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
The Irregular at Magic High School

22
6,384 1,365
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Assassination Classroom

23
3,028 2,103
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Steins;Gate

24
4,321 2,245
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added

25
1,854 1,815
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Monster