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
16,705 5,396
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L Death Note

2
17,397 3,948
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
10,214 4,568
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
9,818 2,952
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
7,585 5,299
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
8,929 3,187
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
5,275 2,987
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
8,337 2,945
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
5,387 2,512
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
5,881 2,115
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

11
6,417 3,343
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
5,682 2,703
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
3,957 2,475
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

14
4,783 2,445
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

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15
4,993 2,653
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Armin Arlelt Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

16
4,675 1,774
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

17
4,157 2,424
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
4,139 2,512
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
4,800 1,503
Sora is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora No Game No Life

20
2,694 2,093
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

21
2,310 1,754
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

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22
3,413 1,913
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added Mavis Vermilion

23
2,164 1,437
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
3,642 3,015
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
4,839 1,142
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Korosensei Assassination Classroom

26
3,205 1,420
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

27
2,048 1,501
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

28
1,464 1,507
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

The Best Anime Characters With Red Hair

29
1,859 784
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
2,403 2,223
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
3,127 1,411
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
3,040 1,501
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
2,531 1,365
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added Jellal Fernandes

34
3,004 1,367
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

35
3,324 2,376
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 35 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

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36
2,627 1,098
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
1,627 1,251
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

38
2,477 1,525
Takumi Usui is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

39
2,962 1,649
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Erza Scarlet

40
1,990 1,583
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

41
1,749 1,248
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Gin Ichimaru

42
1,431 1,666
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

The Top Anime Characters That Use Swords

43
1,745 1,082
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aziliz Minoc added Byakuya Kuchiki Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

44
1,997 1,136
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
2,337 1,017
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

46
876 1,141
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
3,034 2,202
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Georgina Bézsenyi added Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

48
1,453 910
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Osamu Dazai Bungo Stray Dogs - Bungou Stray Dogs

49
2,463 1,077
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Cyvonnie Pascual added Levy McGarden

50
1,719 1,275
Mayuri Kurotsuchi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Mayuri Kurotsuchi Bleach, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion