Top 10 Smartest Naruto Characters

The Top Ten
1 Itachi Uchiha

Yeah he is the smartest Naruto character. He was able to graduate in the academy at only 6 years old. He was only a child but is said to have a mind of a hokage. At 8 years old, he defeated an ANBU with analysis. He wa already a genius from the begining. Him joining the akatsuki was part of his plan in leaking info about the organization the village. Even though he killed his clan, he understood that it was for the sake of the village and his brother. His plans are the best when it comes to analytical and strategical battles. Also, his fight with Sasuke was only to free him of Orochimaru's curse. Also knowing that that will be his last fight. He is a great character, smart, strong and loyal to his village.

He is most likely the smartest character in the series, he made up a full And detailed plan based in predictions And analysis. His fight against Sasuke was just like he had predicted it to be And eveything went according to his plan, he did get to do what he wanted to, free sasuke from orochimaru And give him his power, just as he had planned, not to mention his incredible analysing skills and how he was practically able to read people and their feelings. He was a person who could plan even his own death, he could escape from the edo tensei, even though that was supposed to be impossible, he was able to defeat Kabuto, (along with sasuke but he pretty much made up the whole plan) who is another of the smartest characters in Naruto by using a powerful Justu that of course, requires intelligence, itachi was a genjutsu user and we've heard more than enough times that a genjutsu user has to be smart. It's also claimed that he is smarter than Sasuke, and sasuke it's pretty smart too. He ...more

Read people's mind and intentions through sheer intelligence (said Kabuto), learned how to counter Nagato's rinnegan's powers in no time (Jiraiya and Kakashi needs more time to comprehends Nagato sharing eyes abilites), grasp the bigger picture of Narutoverse history on his childhood, and lastly Black Zetsu said Itachi is smarter than the end of series Sasuke.

He had a Kage's intelligence and mind at like 10 or something, maybe even less I forgot. You don't see anyone else at that age with that intelligence. I don't even think Shikamaru was that intelligent at that age, but Shikamaru is definitely also a super genius. My vote goes to Itachi for now.

2 Shikamaru Nara Shikamaru Nara is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

I don't know why people keep saying Itachi is so smart. He failed at keeping the village safe from Pain. He also failed at changing Sasuke. I think having an iq over 200 at the age of 7 is muuuch smarter than having the wisdom of a Hokage at the age of 7, also no Kage in the history of Naruto has had an iq anywhere near 200. Also the Nara Clan is to Superhuman Intelligence as the Uchiha Clan is to Sharingan; it's an ability not a trait. So genetically Shikamaru is waay smarter than Itachi.

Itachi has first place? You have got to be kidding me. Itachi has first place in almost all of the positive catagories because Itachi fanboys. Shikamaru is literally remembered because of his insane intelligence. Itachi is remembered because he's an Uchiha, and that gives him an automatic tragic backstory, amazing good looks, and... ugh.

For his age and limited abilities he is able to conjure strategies in under minutes. He doesn't even let his emotions get in the way of that, in fact his emotions sometimes drive him to make plans that are even more thought out.

Shikamaru is very good at working under pressure. For example, when Shikamaru and asuma sensei where fighting hidan, asuma sensei and shikamaru where doing all the work, while the men in the back where just standing around.

3 Madara Uchiha Madara Uchiha is a fictional manga and anime character in the Naruto series created by Masashi Kishimoto. He appears for the first time in "Part II" of the manga and the Shippuden anime adaptation, as a major villain.

He has learned all his power by himself. He has lived more than once. Everything he does has a thought behind it.

Madara is way more intelligent than Itachi. It's not even a contest.

More smart than shikamaru!

Planned the entire show.

4 Shikaku Nara

He should be a lot higher than this, I mean he is the FATHER of Shikamaru and e is the one who came up with all of the strategies for the war and ALL of them worked. He is also high up BECAUSE of his BRAINS!

He planned out strategy after strategy for everything in the Fourth Ninja War. He's too smart.

He basically saved the world with his strategy to win the war! And he is the father of Shikamaru.

Shikamaru's father, from a genius clan. Enough said.

5 Orochimaru Orochimaru is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

Come on, this guy knows the way in and way out of everything, genius of his generation and dotted pupil of his sensei, even after turning evil.

The plethora of intel he has cannot be surprassed by anyone, adding to the mastery of almost every ninjutsu.
the only guy who can join an organization like akatski and come out of it alive even after betraying them.

So many labs, filthy rich and a mass of willing followers,

He is one and only of its kind and a true genius even praised by the God of Shinobi.

Everyone who commented above actually watch and read Naruto. Orochimaru is definitely a genius. I don't know how in the world sasuke is 6? Makes no sense.

Are y'all on bath salts! He should be in the top 5, he was going to he kage and he masterd damn there every jutsu he is almost immortal. He killed the 3rd hokage and is clearly a genius

Orochimaru should be number 1. he has many abilities. no fear of anybody. he perfected edo tensei which is the strongest jutsu. he couldn't have been mastered senjutsu but find an alternative way which allows him to use and make people be able to use. he never read a stone or something like that to get close to rikudo sennin. his downfall was always his arrogance to believe that no one can defeat him. he was able to get free from 3rd hokages sealing jutsu which people believe its imposible. he is definitely too smart to be able to reach that level which is far greater than anybody who could reach as much as a regular shinobi who is not uchiha, hyuuga, uzumaki or senju or from any other special clan. lets get real is he use edo tensei seriously and attach someone who can stop him

6 Obito Uchiha Obito Uchiha, also known by his alias Tobi, is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

Obito isn't the smartest person in his team but he's always perceptive and his time with Akatsuki made him seem calculated and cunning. He is well versed in the Uchiha lore and being trained by his ancestor made him a formidable enemy of the shinobi world.

He's clever and used that advantage to manipulate everyone including Madara whom he defied (except Black zetsu who betrayed him). His intelligence maybe on par with Kakashi as he is seen performing surgical feat in Sasuke which requires med skill and a keen tactician.

The freak... Uh he fueled everyone, he was cunning ands slick and used people just like Madara tried to use him, but he defied him in the end. He should be number 2 behind Shikamaru. Itachi may be wise, but come on...not the smartest.

He even outsmarted most of the characters and making them to believe he was the real madara uchiha and trolling on all of them and getting them to dance at the palm of his hands.

7 Kakashi Hatake Kakashi Hatake is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto. In the story, Kakashi is the teacher of Team 7, consisting of the series' primary characters, Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, and Sakura Haruno.

Trained itachi. Trained sasuke. Studied with the third, and fourth. Adviced the fifth on many matters. Kakashi had unrestricted access to konoha library. The man invented techniques based off of theoretical principles that actually work. Side note. Does anyone else in the manga even read besides kakashi? I acknowledge minato and Jyaria as readers, but they are dead, and the fifth reads scrolls along with orochimaru, and although kakashi spends his free time reading kissing tactics ah I didn't make a good point there... but he is a real fart smeller!

I'm disappointed that he is lower than Sasuke because Kakashi is the one who taught him all about his chidori which is one of his most powerful moves, not only that, but Kakashi is smart enough to know how to use his Sharaingan even when he isn't part of the Uchiha clan. Kakashi has also been taught by the fourth and he is brilliant too, so I don't know how you could put him lower than someone as awful as Sasuke! That is totally backstabbing Kakashi!

Kakashi is incredibly smart, though he doesn't always have the assets to act on it. He was the youngest to ever graduate from the Academy, invented his own jutsu, and has an experienced, methodical fighting style (as evidenced in his fight against Pain, where he used incredible analytical skills to immediately figure out the powers of two of the Pains).

He is the first mentor of team 7, the team who were later called the strongest ninja in their time, passing on the noble thought which he learned in hard way from his friend obito, - In the ninja world those who break rules are scum, but those who abandon their comrades are worse than scum - and he is cool.

8 Hiruzen Sarutobi

Hiruzen was so smart that he defeated Orochimaru during their at age 75.
Orochimaru summoned the first and second Hokage but that din't stop him. He defeated the first and second Hokage and sealed them which prevented Kabuto from summoning them during the fourth great ninja war. He also sealed Orochimaru's hands.

He was called the "Professor". Although Hiruzen isn't the strongest Hokage, he is defintenly the smartest Hokage. He was also very wise. He didn't want to slaughter the Uchiha clan and tried to end it peacefully. He new a war with the Uchiha clan was the last thing they wanted.

He is very smart.

9 Danzo Shimura Danz┼Ź Shimura is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

Although I hate this guy with a burning passion, he seems very smart.

10 Kabuto Yakushi

Was outsmarting the person this list has ranked as number 1 while that same person was receiving help. He possesses 5 different chakra natures while most people have 2 or 3. He also knows a very wide range of jutsus. Was the strategist of the Akatsuki side in the war and was also the first person to perfect Edo Tensei.

He was messing up with Kakashi. Orochimaru taught him well, and now he is even stronger than Oro. If Itachi wasn't Edo tensei zombie, Kabuto would defeated Itachi and Sasuke easily. And Itachi is on the top of this list, so Kabuto should be at least in the first 5.

Easily one of the smartest shinobi on the spot. His chakra paths were all mixed up during a fight and he was able to still manipulate his body which would take anybody hours he did it in sheer seconds...

The Contenders
11 Minato Namikaze Minato Namikaze was the fourth Hokage of Village Hidden in the Leafs and the man responsible for sealing the nine-tailed demon fox inside Naruto Uzumaki when he was born. Doing so cost him his life, and before dying he asked that the villagers not see Naruto as the monster within him, instead wanting him to be viewed as a hero, a request ignored by the villagers. Naruto Shippuden reveals that Naruto is the son of Minato, born to Kushina Uzumaki. In his youth Minato, along with two other unknown Genin, was a student of Jiraiya. Prior to becoming Hokage, he was also the sensei of Kakashi Hatake, Obito Uchiha, and Rin Nohara. Minato is said to be one of the greatest ninja the Hidden Leaf has ever more.

1. Created the ultimate shape transformation. Earned praise for his exploits with the flying thunder god from the techniques creator himself lord 2nd. Was able to attain kyubi mode right after edo tensei. These does seem like from more of talent. But without unnatural level intellect this would have been impossible.

2. Was very intuitive, observant, and planned strategies in advance. During a fight was able to correctly deduce the mechanism of a technique, it's pros and cons often from limited evidence and use that to his advantage. Which were evident during his fights.

3. During a fight he used to mark opponents in the smallest contacts thus showing his strategic nature. Also placed outhouses in the outskirts of konoha to which he could teleport by will, also proving to be a brilliant move during the nine-tails attack.

4. During the fight with TOBI correctly concluded that harbinger of trouble in future thus sealing yang kyubi inside his son giving him the power ...more

An entire team including kakashi fought against a none serious obito, an he didn't figure out how to defeat obito until long into them fighting.
Although minito didn't know every detail on obitos jutsu he worked out how to beat him in seconds once he committed to his fight.
Also created the rasengan, was a hokage, an was considered the child who would save the world be our man J the toad sage.. another intelligent character

The smartest character is the black zetsu. He fooled and used everyone.

As the smartest character he should deserves the 1st position overall..

12 Tsunade Tsunade is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Greatest medic ninja of all time who is well known to heal injuries seen as lethal and impossible to cure as well as psychological damage done from genjutsu. She also most likely knows every antidote and concoction known to man. Tsunade created the strength of a hundred seal and technique and her creation rebirth which most likely required many years of research and knowledge of how the human body works. Tsunade runs the village and chooses specific teams to go on specific missions. She created the Medical Ninja system. She's known to be able to tell what a person's ailment is just by looking at them. She has taught Shizune and Sakura, making them the next two greater medical ninjas from Konoha. She's is very quick on picking up on an opponent's fighting style by observing their body and is a master at evasion thanks to her quick learning and thinking as the greatest medical nin in the series.

What she is at 29?

13 Sasuke Uchiha Sasuke Uchiha is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

SASUKE is the smartest, have you seen the latest manga it is awesome! He wants to become hokage! I mean that is the best goal if he wants to restore his clan! Nevertheless make Konoha acknowledge his clan as the kind people they where!

Well, Sasukes goals are great and when he fights he always know how to move and he acknowledges his opponent quickly. All his fights have just been amazing to watch. This due to he really thinks it through before he does anything!

Sasuke is even smarter than Shikamaru. He graduated at the top of his class, recognized as the best student. I think that's enough evidence to show how smart he is!

Sasuke is extremely intelligent because he has fast calculations in battling like when he fought Itachi at their final battle.

14 Tobirama Senju Tobirama Senju is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Easy Top 5...way too much bias from people here.
Not only is he the creator of so many Jutsu, he is also the creator of Konoha as a functioning society.
He seems to have knowledge of seemingly every jutsu he sees including even jutsu used by the Sage of the Six Paths, and has knowledge of the ninja world (like identifying the toads of Mount Myoboko) or even knowing about the Sage of Six Paths.
Finally he is shown time and time again to develop tactics and strategy on the fly, and to work with others to utilize them.

Tobirama was a very analytical shinobi he set up most of the tactics during the fourth war. He also created majority of the jutsu used throughout the series. Not to mention tobirama was known for making people think he was beat then,he would kill them when they're guard as down

Literally every jutsu that anyone uses is either made of based off a jutsu made by Tobirama. This guy was a prodigy and a genius, even though his "Kill all Uchihas" personality is kinda creepy.

15 Shisui Uchiha

Shisui along with Itachi at a young age took on ANBU black ops. An incredible feat for them. He understood and calculated his and itachi's power for their missions. He was one of the few Uchiha who understood what was going to happen and the seriousness for their clans sake. If we could've seen more of him he would probably be one of the smartest on this list but sadly he died as a young man still developing and he already gets a spot on this list, Impressive...

This guy is as smart and strong as Itachi! and he should be in the second maybe first place! I'm crazy about Itachi but the truth should be told

16 Kaguya Otsutsuki Kaguya Otsutsuki is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Alright, I'm going to get a lot of hate because of this, but the case I'm making is that Kaguya, even though she is so hated, a boring final villain, and lost as soon as she was on-screen...she was pulling the strings on EVERYONE. I mean, Madara, Pein, ect.

17 Sasori Sasori is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Why is he so so low? He is very intelligent! He turned his body into a puppet without dying,he killed the strongest kazekage in history and he was the greatest puppet master in the shinobi world! How he can be that low?!

Sasori Isn't even close to one of the smartest characters, but I think it is very cool that he was prepared to fight someone strong and he was very good at fighting under pressure. Although he was only at the begining of shipudun.

Why is he this low? He's a genius.

18 Shikadai Nara
19 Jiraiya Jiraiya is a fictional character in the Naruto anime and manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. Introduced in the series' first part, he was a student of Third Hokage Hiruzen Sarutobi and one of the three "Legendary Sannin" along with Orochimaru and Lady Tsunade, his former teammates.

Jiraiya is a idiot like Naruto and Goku. Who ever put Jiraiya here is messed up

20 Konan Konan is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

Not even close, Obito gained an upperhand and managed to outmanoevre her. She's at a loss against fighting an Uchiha. We were outsmarted by the fact Obito came unprepared and he defeated her easily. The anime made it more dramatic but the result is inevitable.

She is definitely one of the smartest characters in the series. From the beginning of the Akatsuki, she knew perfectly what will happen, but stayed only because of Nagato/Pain. When he died, she immediately left the Akatsuki. But she knew that Tobi/Madara will come and try to get Rinnengan. And then the fight. She knew exactly how and when he is going to attack, and prepared perfect counter- attack. I belive that she maybe would even be able to beat him if she has seen Izanagi and all his techniques before. But she didn't and that killed her. This shows how amazing strategist she is and compared to the others, even number 5 would be underestimating her.

21 Black Zetsu

He is the smartest. He has more than 1000 years old and he have photographic memory.
He manipulated the entire Uchiha clan, Akatsuki and even Madara and Itachi.
Itachi didn't even noticed Black Zetsu's true intentions. If Itachi knew Zetsu's true plan, then Itachi would easily stop Black Zetsu or Konoha people would be transformed into White Zetsus and all the sacrifices Itachi did would be in vain.
Zetsu is weak in power (that's why he needed people to work for him to bring his mother back), but I am sure he is the smartest Naruto character ever.

As of black zetsu being created by Kaguya Ootsutsuki's will and inherited a lot of intelligence, also being the one who planned everything out to eventually revive kaguya which he does. I'm not sure of he's intelligence as of creating plans such as Shikaku Nara but manipulating people. That's his strong side as he manipulated Indra (Hagoromo's son), madara and basically all others.

He created the entire story of naruto to his will, manipulated madara to manipulate obito, who manipulated nagato to make akatsuki bad. Itachi, shikamaru and kakashi may be smarter on paper, but what zetsu did was insane

He knows everything! He's the mastermind of the entire manga he's Kishimoto in the manga! Black Zetsu wrote the story he planned it all out. Madara was his pawn!

22 Neji Hyuga

Neji doesn't receive much credit but he is highly intelligent. Neji is the only one in his class to become a jonin, he is the most talented and strongest of the hyuga clan. Neji was highly aware of his blind spot but yet he managed to overcome this.. Neji may not be the strongest but his intellect surpasses even Sasuke's..

Neji is smart, but where is Kidomaru (of the Sound Ninja 4 or 5) on the list when Naruto, Shikamaru, Choji, Neji, and Kiba look for Sasuke. He was a great strategist when he fought Neji, he found Neji's blind spot and almost successfully killed him.

Negi is intelligent and he most definitely surpasses Naruto, he thinks of many ways to beat his opponents he had to learn all his skills by himself he even mastered one of the most rare skills of his clan.

Now Neji should be at #7

23 Izuna Uchiha
24 Shino Aburame

He should be in top 10 easily, only if we had seen him more we could have actually figured out his true potentially, including the part where he wasn't driven to power like sasuke nor knucklehead like naruto.

Why did neji beat shino? Neji is only good at analyzing and he has byakugan too. But shino usually does something badass and wins the a fight before anything major happens, like hiding a bug or something

Don't get into a fight with Shino. He always win before the fight starts. All because of his brain. Remember his fight with Kankuro or with Torune. He's just awesome

Fairly smart shinobi, he is a fast thinker and extremely good in situations...

25 Naruto Uzumaki Naruto Uzumaki is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Think he could be a bit higher, the guy has always found ways around issues, he might not be the best at planning but in terms of quick thinking in the moment decision making he can be incredibly pragmatic and come up with plans nobody else would think up. Hence "The number one Ninja at surprising people" title.

Naruto is amazing at making strategies even if he looks like an idiot sometimes. If naruto has all his focus on a fight, he could be as smart as Sasuke and make surprising plan. Also Naruto is full of luckiness so yeah...

Now ill admit it Naruto is pretty stupid cause he just rush and attack, sometimes when he knows the opponent is stronger but in fights he had pretty good tactics.

Naruto is way intelligent that he's made out to be. he has amazing tacts and battle strategies, but he also has one more incredible accomplishment: He keeps on adding to his jutsus and increases them. he figures out ways to do different thing on his own. he may not be smart academically, but he is pretty smart when he thinks. Plus, let's not forget that the academy teachers before iruka must have sabotaged Naruto, because he didn't even know what chakra was. sasuke, you call him smart, but he rarely is smart. he knows only basic abilities whil itachi learne them when he was far younger. and you say the battle with itachi and sasuke... well, sasuke didn't kill itachi, he died because he was ill idiots.

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