Anime Underground The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time  

Ranker Anime
Originally by
504.3k votes 46.6k voters 298.4k views 191 items

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.

list ordered by

1
18,505 5,881
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

2
19,157 4,369
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
11,490 4,954
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

4
10,922 3,216
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass

5
8,382 5,840
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

6
10,026 3,450
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

7
5,851 3,275
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

8
6,013 2,719
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

9
9,351 3,208
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
6,581 2,286
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

11
7,243 3,610
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
marcopolo3001 added Attack On Titan

12
6,341 2,991
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
5,409 2,659
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

14
5,626 2,885
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

15
4,262 2,640
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Bleach

16
4,721 2,643
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

17
5,172 1,947
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Black Butler

18
4,642 2,721
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

19
5,225 1,650
Sora is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

20
3,004 2,298
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Hunter x Hunter

21
2,629 1,922
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Steins;Gate

22
3,801 2,068
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added

23
2,425 1,588
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Case Closed, Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century, Case Closed: Countdown to Heaven

24
3,973 3,227
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

25
5,492 1,240
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Assassination Classroom

26
3,561 1,562
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Black Butler

27
2,266 1,643
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

28
1,628 1,647
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Monster

29
2,193 915
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mostafa Sh Negm added Hunter x Hunter

30
2,694 2,423
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

31
3,469 1,533
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
The Irregular at Magic High School

32
3,424 1,653
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

33
2,868 1,501
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added

34
3,301 1,474
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Durarara!!

35
1,280 309
Shikaku Nara is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
SageX4 added

36
3,726 2,594
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

37
2,942 1,212
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Emily Stubbs added Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

38
1,794 1,359
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Psycho-Pass

39
3,322 1,806
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

40
2,721 1,650
Takumi Usui is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kaichou wa Maid Sama

41
2,221 1,731
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

42
1,948 1,348
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

43
1,570 509
Erwin Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
1519487300639 added Attack on titan

44
1,543 1,780
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

45
1,959 1,185
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aziliz Minoc added Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

46
2,198 1,237
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Gracie Martin added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

47
2,216 1,476
Mello is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

48
1,661 988
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Bungo Stray Dogs - Bungou Stray Dogs

49
2,691 1,162
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

50
3,366 2,446
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Georgina Bézsenyi added Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online