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
19,372 6,143
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

2
20,029 4,589
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
12,050 5,189
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
11,525 3,326
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass

5
8,759 6,113
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

6
10,538 3,583
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
6,126 3,413
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
6,314 2,838
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
9,787 3,324
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
6,946 2,384
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

11
7,599 3,770
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
marcopolo3001 added Attack On Titan

12
6,640 3,138
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
5,708 2,775
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

14
5,916 3,017
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

15
5,459 1,728
Sora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

16
4,428 2,718
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Bleach

17
4,970 2,760
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

18
5,394 2,048
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Black Butler

19
4,859 2,827
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

20
3,187 2,405
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Hunter x Hunter

21
3,659 1,593
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
The Irregular at Magic High School

22
5,828 1,293
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Assassination Classroom

23
2,798 1,984
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Steins;Gate

24
4,005 2,149
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added

25
2,538 1,653
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
4,095 3,336
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

27
3,728 1,630
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Black Butler

28
1,730 1,709
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Monster

29
2,380 1,700
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

30
2,378 972
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mostafa Sh Negm added Hunter x Hunter

31
2,832 2,511
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

32
3,578 1,728
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
2,998 1,575
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added

34
3,442 1,517
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Durarara!!

35
1,465 348
Shikaku Nara is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
SageX4 added

36
660 296
Kiyotaka Ayanokoji is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Kiyotaka Ayanokoji

Classroom of the ellite

37
3,060 1,267
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
3,902 2,694
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

39
1,607 434
Karma Akabane is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
violetblack added Karma Akabane

40
1,879 1,410
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Psycho-Pass

41
987 1,298
Booker Kudo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Son Goku added Case Closed, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street

42
1,731 557
Erwin Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
1519487300639 added Attack on titan

43
2,826 1,707
Takumi Usui is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kaichou wa Maid Sama

44
3,460 1,890
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

45
2,312 1,788
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

46
2,031 1,398
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

47
2,033 1,235
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aziliz Minoc added Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

48
1,586 1,826
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

49
1,714 1,011
Hōtarō Oreki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Classic Literature Club

50
2,272 1,280
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Gracie Martin added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist