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
18,442 5,869
L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

2
19,095 4,360
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
11,461 4,941
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
10,890 3,213
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass

5
8,354 5,827
Near is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

6
9,999 3,444
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
5,835 3,269
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
5,993 2,718
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
9,319 3,204
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
6,557 2,285
Shiro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

11
7,211 3,605
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
marcopolo3001 added Attack On Titan

12
6,323 2,990
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
5,392 2,655
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

14
5,609 2,880
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kjoyin)

15
4,256 2,637
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
-1449698025537 added Bleach

16
4,709 2,637
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

17
5,155 1,944
Sebastian Michaelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
HuriyyahH added Black Butler

18
4,629 2,716
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto Shippūden

19
5,215 1,646
Sora is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
No Game No Life

20
2,994 2,292
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Tray Trey added Hunter x Hunter

21
2,621 1,918
Rintarou Okabe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Steins;Gate

22
3,786 2,066
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mark Anthony Maraño added

23
2,416 1,585
Jimmy Kudo is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
3,970 3,219
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

25
5,477 1,238
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Pancakemix added Assassination Classroom

26
3,546 1,559
Ciel Phantomhive is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
CosplayNightmare added Black Butler

27
2,256 1,641
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

28
1,623 1,645
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Monster

29
2,181 913
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Mostafa Sh Negm added Hunter x Hunter

30
2,688 2,416
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

31
3,453 1,531
Tatsuya Shiba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
The Irregular at Magic High School

32
3,413 1,651
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
2,856 1,501
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
ptnn added

34
3,289 1,474
Izaya Orihara is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Durarara!!

35
1,271 307
Shikaku Nara is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
SageX4 added

36
3,715 2,589
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

37
2,938 1,211
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
1,789 1,357
Shinya Kogami is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
riley-erdmann added Psycho-Pass

39
3,305 1,802
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

40
2,716 1,648
Takumi Usui is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Kaichou wa Maid Sama

41
2,214 1,729
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

42
1,558 507
Erwin Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
1519487300639 added Attack on titan

43
1,940 1,346
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

44
1,538 1,779
Retsu Unohana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
John92 added Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

45
1,949 1,184
Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Aziliz Minoc added Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

46
2,189 1,235
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Gracie Martin added Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

47
2,207 1,472
Mello is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

48
1,653 987
Osamu Dazai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Dachi Nho added Bungo Stray Dogs - Bungou Stray Dogs

49
2,676 1,162
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

50
3,355 2,437
Kirito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time
Georgina Bézsenyi added Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online