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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
8,841 2,918
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
L

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2
9,256 2,109
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
5,088 2,467
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
5,071 1,644
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

5
4,030 2,755
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

6
4,528 1,792
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
4,102 1,622
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
2,755 1,501
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
2,817 1,466
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
3,505 1,831
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
2,889 1,387
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
2,038 1,400
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

13
3,051 1,147
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Shiro No Game No Life

14
2,318 1,346
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
2,153 1,423
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
2,010 1,364
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
2,492 939
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Sebastian Michaelis Black Butler

18
2,658 1,390
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
1,389 1,114
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

20
1,886 1,109
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added Mavis Vermilion

21
2,197 1,875
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
2,634 746
Sora is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Sora

23
1,078 815
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

24
726 778
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

25
1,173 981
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Rintarou Okabe Steins;Gate

26
1,028 705
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
1,449 748
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
1,786 844
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Izaya Orihara Durarara!!

29
1,650 843
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tatsuya Shiba

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30
1,250 694
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added Jellal Fernandes

31
1,337 521
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
1,691 1,363
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
1,248 1,281
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 1,090
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
2,276 557
Korosensei is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Korosensei

36
1,040 891
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
1,425 908
Usui Takumi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Usui Takumi Kaichou wa Maid Sama

38
1,592 928
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Erza Scarlet

39
1,666 691
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Ciel Phantomhive Black Butler

40
955 717
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Gin Ichimaru

41
894 540
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
1,077 579
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
503 180
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
1,500 1,016
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
927 710
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
423 594
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
1,305 557
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Cyvonnie Pascual added Levy McGarden

48
716 457
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
1,022 780
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
807 453
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