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
10,478 3,377
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L Death Note

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2
11,076 2,398
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
5,905 2,872
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
5,934 1,875
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
4,657 3,204
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
5,263 2,076
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
3,242 1,732
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
4,790 1,879
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
3,158 1,648
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
3,999 2,106
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
3,514 1,295
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

12
3,290 1,623
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
2,299 1,609
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

14
2,745 1,553
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
2,488 1,637
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
2,359 1,582
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
2,862 1,092
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

18
3,053 1,595
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
3,127 856
Sora is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora No Game No Life

20
1,617 1,295
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

21
2,132 1,278
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added Mavis Vermilion

22
2,393 2,124
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

23
879 906
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

24
1,270 950
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

25
1,342 1,110
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

26
1,258 817
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
1,713 911
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
1,917 954
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba The Irregular at Magic High School

29
2,007 952
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

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30
1,900 811
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

31
1,443 827
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added Jellal Fernandes

32
1,035 812
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

33
1,992 1,556
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
1,535 639
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
2,714 649
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Korosensei Assassination Classroom

36
1,430 1,458
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

37
1,643 1,031
Takumi Usui is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

38
982 1,218
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

39
1,826 1,072
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Erza Scarlet

40
1,190 1,029
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
694 281
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mostafa Sh Negm added Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

42
1,085 824
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Gin Ichimaru

43
1,240 686
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Gracie Martin added Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

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44
1,771 1,220
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
513 697
Booker Kudo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Booker Kudo Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

46
1,008 663
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aziliz Minoc added Byakuya Kuchiki Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

47
1,494 663
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Cyvonnie Pascual added Levy McGarden

48
853 556
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
1,003 435
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

50
1,122 886
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