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
8,819 2,913
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L

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2
9,237 2,101
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
5,076 2,461
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
5,057 1,641
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
4,026 2,746
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
4,519 1,787
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
4,091 1,620
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
2,747 1,496
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
2,813 1,463
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
3,497 1,829
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
2,884 1,384
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
2,036 1,397
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

13
3,046 1,145
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

14
2,310 1,344
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
2,148 1,421
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
2,007 1,361
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
2,491 937
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

18
2,652 1,387
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
1,386 1,111
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

20
1,884 1,106
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added Mavis Vermilion

21
2,196 1,870
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
2,628 745
Sora is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

23
1,076 813
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

24
724 777
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

25
1,171 980
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

26
1,025 704
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
1,446 745
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
1,785 843
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

29
1,647 842
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

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30
1,249 693
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added Jellal Fernandes

31
1,334 520
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
1,687 1,359
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
1,245 1,278
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
915 1,088
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Retsu Unohana Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

35
2,269 556
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Korosensei

36
1,037 890
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
1,424 906
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

38
1,589 928
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Erza Scarlet

39
1,665 691
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

40
954 716
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Gin Ichimaru

41
893 539
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
1,075 579
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
502 179
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
1,497 1,015
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
926 709
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
423 593
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
1,303 557
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Cyvonnie Pascual added Levy McGarden

48
715 457
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
1,021 778
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
805 453
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