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
21,520 6,837
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

2
22,215 5,129
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
13,484 5,623
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
12,974 3,628
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass

5
9,636 6,770
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

6
6,748 3,758
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

7
11,704 3,893
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

8
7,756 2,628
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

9
10,828 3,627
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
7,069 3,064
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

11
8,500 4,124
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
marcopolo3001 added Attack On Titan

12
7,402 3,449
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
6,587 3,357
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

14
6,348 3,044
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

15
6,081 1,904
Sora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

16
4,769 2,865
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Bleach

17
5,985 2,225
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Black Butler

18
5,506 3,002
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

19
5,353 3,073
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

20
3,625 2,625
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Hunter x Hunter

21
4,092 1,752
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
The Irregular at Magic High School

22
6,637 1,405
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Assassination Classroom

23
3,150 2,142
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Steins;Gate

24
1,923 1,860
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Monster

25
4,466 2,291
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added