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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
8,888 2,930
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L

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2
9,311 2,117
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
5,106 2,482
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
5,099 1,650
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
4,047 2,770
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
4,550 1,800
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
4,124 1,627
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
2,763 1,510
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

9
2,825 1,472
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
3,517 1,837
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
marcopolo3001 added Levi Ackerman Attack On Titan

11
2,898 1,392
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

12
2,050 1,406
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

13
3,061 1,153
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

14
2,326 1,352
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

15
2,161 1,428
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

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16
2,016 1,370
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

17
2,503 941
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

18
2,670 1,394
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Armin Arlelt Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

19
1,400 1,117
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

20
1,891 1,114
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added Mavis Vermilion

21
2,211 1,881
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

22
2,647 750
Sora is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

23
1,085 818
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

24
732 782
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

25
1,175 984
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

26
1,034 708
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
1,454 753
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
1,793 848
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

29
1,658 847
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

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30
1,255 698
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added Jellal Fernandes

31
1,343 524
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
1,700 1,367
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
1,250 1,285
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

34
2,288 561
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Korosensei

35
916 1,094
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

36
1,042 895
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

37
1,429 913
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

38
1,670 695
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

39
1,597 933
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Erza Scarlet

40
959 721
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Gin Ichimaru

41
900 543
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aziliz Minoc added Byakuya Kuchiki Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

42
1,081 582
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Gracie Martin added Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

43
508 183
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mostafa Sh Negm added Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

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44
1,507 1,021
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Georgina Bézsenyi added Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

45
933 713
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

46
426 597
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
1,309 561
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Cyvonnie Pascual added Levy McGarden

48
718 459
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Osamu Dazai Bungou Stray Dogs

49
1,024 785
Mayuri Kurotsuchi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Mayuri Kurotsuchi Bleach, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

50
814 460
Mello is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Guest_5619d0bf-05b3-4b42-bdf9-0f639a522e44 added Mello Death Note