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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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Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass
2
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note
3
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note
4
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
5
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto
6
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Assassination Classroom
7
Sora and Shiro (Blank) ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
srobinette09 added No Game No Life
8
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto
9
Erwin Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ha22440 added Attack on Titan
10
Shikaku Nara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
SageX4 added Naruto
11
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life
12
Karma Akabane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
violetblack added Assassination Classroom
13
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Durarara!!
14
Senku Ishigami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
fejv10 added Dr. Stone
15
Sora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life
16
Kiyotaka Ayanokoji is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Classroom of the Elite
17
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Black Butler
18
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Emily Stubbs added Ouran High School Host Club
19
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Black Butler
20
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Cyvonnie Pascual added Fairy Tail
21
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
The Irregular at Magic High School
22
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Bungo Stray Dogs
23
Gowther  is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Taradomi added The Seven Deadly Sins
24
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto
25
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tokyo Ghoul