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
10,641 3,422
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
11,232 2,424
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
5,984 2,909
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
6,020 1,897
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
4,710 3,251
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
3,286 1,755
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

7
5,332 2,098
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

8
4,851 1,906
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
3,196 1,670
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
4,042 2,132
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
3,324 1,651
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
3,570 1,311
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

13
2,325 1,633
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

14
2,779 1,575
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
2,520 1,654
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
2,389 1,600
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
3,086 1,612
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Armin Arlelt Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

18
2,889 1,106
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

19
1,642 1,312
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

20
3,176 870
Sora is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora No Game No Life

21
2,150 1,293
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added Mavis Vermilion

22
2,414 2,141
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
896 920
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

24
1,284 963
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

25
1,359 1,123
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

26
1,274 829
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
1,947 966
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba The Irregular at Magic High School

28
1,742 921
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
712 293
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

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30
2,024 962
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

31
1,924 822
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

32
1,460 842
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added Jellal Fernandes

33
2,750 657
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Korosensei Assassination Classroom

34
1,552 648
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
1,045 824
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Shinya Kogami Psycho-Pass

36
2,024 1,578
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
1,448 1,472
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

38
1,658 1,040
Takumi Usui is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

39
1,850 1,086
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Erza Scarlet

40
1,206 1,041
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
991 1,228
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

42
1,056 630
Mello is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Guest_5619d0bf-05b3-4b42-bdf9-0f639a522e44 added Mello Death Note

43
1,101 834
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Gin Ichimaru

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44
1,258 694
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
1,800 1,246
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Georgina Bézsenyi added Kirito Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online

46
1,028 674
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
522 702
Booker Kudo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Booker Kudo Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

48
1,508 673
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Cyvonnie Pascual added Levy McGarden

49
863 562
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Osamu Dazai Bungo Stray Dogs - Bungou Stray Dogs

50
1,031 451
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time