Smartest Anime/Manga Characters

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The Top Ten

1 L - Death Note L - Death Note L Lawliet, exclusively known by the mononym L, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Fisprst of all, L is the epitome of intelligence. People keep saying that Light has more IQ than him because he won, however light had an advantage thanks to the Death Note and Rem. Without those two factors, Light would be helpless even though he can escape. Without the Death Notes and the shinigami, Light would be helpless against L.

The Death Note defies logic, and L is logic himself. The Death Note does note apply to the laws of physics, making Light have a better and unfair advantage since he could easily kill L, but L was smart enough not to give him his real name.

And by the way, L deduced that slight was in Kanto, Japan with a simple (or complicated) test. He even deduced that Light was a student, but since Light changed the death times, L's deduction was considered useless, however, this may cast the thought that Light IS an honor student since if he didn't change the time, L would simply conclude that Kira wasn't a student since he got no reaction from him but ...more

Do any of people know the reason either Beyond Birthday or L Lawliet is the one of the smartest anime character that exist one thing that L special is he could access the world and police while, constantly uses cameras to watch any accident or cases. Another L Lawliet is smarter than all death note characters is because, he could manipulate, lie, trick, and very mysterious or foolish. The reason I think should be at the top of the list is because, it was the most probably difficult case for L Lawliet to solve and he was maybe the greatest criminal at the world. Especially, Beyond Birthday use his tactics or strategy to use wara ningyo to create identical humans he could possibly die mysterious for some reason but is menace, extremely intelligent. Beyond Birthday would be foolish copy of L Lawliet. I meant foolish by being notorious for his capability of acting usually be the copy of L a highly exotic ability he could the best known criminal prodigy

L deserves to be number one. Why do people keep on saying that Light is supposed to be number one? Light had an unfair advantage since he had the Death Note in his possession. His deductions were very on point and the fact that he drives that Light was a student was amazing and mind you; Light changed the time of the killings which was to mislead L and the police however, he didn't think that L could've confirmed his hypothesis because he got a response because if Light didn't respond, L would simply deduce that he was not a student because he received no negative response and Light could've used this for an advantage.

The Death Note defies logic and Light got help from Rem, Misa, Ryuk, Minami, and Takada but L hardly received assistance from the police as he deduced some facts about Kira himself. Light had to rely on Ryuk to find about Raye Penner, Misa to know some criminal's names and to escape to feign innocence, Rem to kill L, Mikami to kill in his place, and Takada to ...more

With out of doubt, the single most intelligent character in all of anime history, with only Light Yagami to match him. But I would have to go team L, for the fact that he is slightly more intelligent than Light.

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2 Light Yagami - Death Note Light Yagami - Death Note Light Yagami is a fictional character and the protagonist of the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Light isn't the smartest by IQ, but he's the type of smart who would be capable of taking over the world. Here's how. He should have left Mikami alone, as he was the reason he died. Then, he should have become a politician, and as popular and competent as he is, he could've easily become president of Japan. Then, Light could proceed by starting war with China, and winning by killing off all of the leaders of that country, to demonstrate his power. Now that he has the Chinese army, he does the same with Russia, including an entire army to his command in case it doesn't work. Now that he has both the Chinese and the Russian millitary at his command, he takes over the USA using either the same method or starting war and overpowering America. Now, he is officially the leader of the strongest millitary in history. Then he can easily take over the other countries. Niw that he is the World Leader, he established the New World Order to create justice around the world. Also, he's the leader of ...more

Light is a super genius, let's face it. Why people seem to think L's smarter than him is a mystery, as Light clearly beat L. He manages to pull off many tricky situations without breaking a sweat and he was rated 9/10 in the Death Note: how to read book while L was rated 8. He's really amazing; he can manipulate, lie and think of genius plans and this us why I think he's the smartest.

I think people put L higher because Light already had Knowledge of the unknown namely the DEath NOte and for L to guess these things out of the blue, it made him seem smarter but for me I think they had the same level of intellect but I just liked Yagami better given he was the 1st character introduced to us

I haven't watched a lot of animes. Death Note is the only one I've completed. But here I see L at the top of the list.
People are voting for L as they like him. I love L too, and hate Light (who is every bit of evil, selfish and greedy, despite his intentions). But, as far as intelligence is concerned, its Light all the way.
He leaves nothing to chance, while L appears to have made several assumptions in his reasoning.
I am an engineer, and from a professional standpoint, I was amazed by the solution he designed to keep the note safe in his drawer.

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3 Bulma - Dragon Ball Z Bulma - Dragon Ball Z Bulma is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. Bulma is the most significant female character in the series.

Girl built a time machine. Enough said.

Time machine is possible when u travel faster than light. Bulma is the real badass!

Don't forget she made a very powerful laser gun and knew how to drive an alien space ship at 5 years old!

She built a time machine, and the super radar!

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4 Lelouch - Code Geass

My only problem with Lelouch being so high is that he isn't as smart about people as other characters like, say, Light Yagami. Lelouch continuously meticulously maps out plans and I will give him the fact that these plans are well made and all around genius, but he isn't able to predict people's reactions as well as he should. The only time his plans fall apart is when some factor comes into play that he didn't calculate because he doesn't exhaust every possibility that the enemy has. For example, one of the first few battles, Lancelot comes shooting into play and Lelouch is completely shocked and realizes this will mess up his plan, but he already knew that the enemy had Lancelot and even if he was aware, he didn't think of any sort of backup or escape in case they did use Lancelot (which they did). He doesn't map out every scenario and that's why I don't think he's the smartest character. I do believe he deserves to be on this list because he is obviously a genius, just not this ...more

How is this even a discussion? Lelouch is obviously the smartest character in all of anime. He managed to take over the world, without the superhuman strength that other characters have. All he used was his strategy. Even if you make the argument that he had a geass to help him, his power is actually so much more limited than the other people on this list. He can predict exactly what people say and record a conversation to play to them, IN THE FUTURE! On top of all that, he even managed to manipulate the entire world into creating world peace, with none of them knowing.

In my humble opinion he deserves the number one spot more than L, oh and another thing some of the characters listed here like Luffy, Naruto, Sakura are what world?

ALL HAIL LELOUCH! HE IS THE SMARTEST OF ALL!

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5 Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z Vegeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

Badass, sexy, a prince, strong, proud, a complete genius he is just perfect. Bulma is so lucky but she deserves him. They were meant to be.

Goku is not stupid. This guy is stupid too. He got his ass kicked by Android girl. Trunks told him to wait for Goku but he didn't and got his ass kicked. This is a sign of idiocy. He slayed beerus like a dog while bulma slapped beerus. Sign of less courage. I am not a Vegeta hater. I like Vegeta but I like Goku more than everything. So if anyone says him stupid get prepared for a spirit bomb

Sorry guys if he was smart he should have known he can't surpass Goku. I am a big dbz fangirl but still Vegeta was not that genius

Strong yes, but in the ways of intelligence he is not this high on the list but he does have a lot of battle intelligence.

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

Shikamaru is smart in a way that he can be a great leader. But he doesn't possess the deductive reasoning like that of L's. I've never seen him like a real detective, tactician maybe.

He is an ultimate strategist. You would think that he lost the fight but then an epic attack emerges from him - Mslola637

Shikamaru is a genius ninja in Naruto! Strategy is number one for him

He has a IQ of 200.

That's higher than Einstein!

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7 Zarbon - Dragon Ball Zarbon - Dragon Ball

Acting as Frieza's advisor for many years, Zarbon caused many of Frieza's diabolical decisions, including Burdock's team being decimated, the wiping out of the Saiyan race, and pointing out Vegeta's betrayal. All the things Zarbon warned Frieza about came true and his intelligence played a large factor in adding to Frieza's hatred toward his opponents and fueling the rage against the Saiyan race. As Dodoria was Frieza's deadly brute, Zarbon was the intellectual aide, helping Frieza achieve further grandeur, conquering numerous planets, and even aiding in the collection of the Dragon Balls. The success of Frieza's forces are largely thanks to Zarbon's patience and diligent loyalty. Even as the Ginyu Force served as a backup mercenary squadron for emergency situations, no one was more trustworthy and loyal to Frieza than Zarbon, which is why he was kept at his side at all times, not just to protect the Emperor but also to contribute guidance and recommend battle maneuvers that resulted ...more

Zarbon becomes such a fierce and brutish monster; a great parallel to the calm and collected demeanor seen in his initially handsome appearance. However, he uses this to his severe advantage as he is not only a master tactician and military leader but also a fierce combatant when necessary.

Zarbon had to be intelligent to be Frieda's adviser for decades and successfully aid in conquering the North Quadrant of the universe alongside Frieza and Dodoria.

Zarbon holds the most beastly and demonic transformation which happens to be the fastest and most surprising as well. He goes from a handsome guy to a monster in an instant; that was amazing and awesome all at the same time.

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8 Trunks - Dragon Ball Z Trunks - Dragon Ball Z Trunks (トランクス, Torankusu) is the first Earthling and Saiyan hybrid son of Bulma and Vegeta, and the older brother of Bulla .

Take him off. He's incredibly stupid.

Trunks has shown any signs of being smart. People are just biasing him because he's Bulma's son.

My trunks is actually pretty smart he at least needs to be a bit higher like at ten or something...

He's a Briefs. They're all brilliant.

Mrs. Brief and Bulla aren't so brilliant... I don't hate them though, but they're kinda... 'just there'. - Goku02

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9 Dr. Brief - Dragon Ball Z

He invented the capsules. - Goku02

Another genius member of the Brief family. Should be right up there with Bulma.

10 Conan Edogawa - Detective Conan Conan Edogawa - Detective Conan

This guy's a genius who's only 17 years old (well but in a 7 year old body... ) Still, this guy's smarter than all.

Conan is smart, the smartest on the show (besides KID) but I think he flaunts it to much. He assumes no one can figure out anything without him speaking for them (though he is right, I mean his best friend can't see it's him even after all the hints? ). I guess that's his fatal flaw but I am not disagreeing with his IQ because...like people have said, he is only 17 and a great detective.

He's the smartest seven years old! Well technically he is seventeen but stuck in the body of seven years old so yeah. He should be at least in the top five

This guy is a legend - Princevegeta112

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The Contenders

11 Itachi Uchiha - Naruto Itachi Uchiha - Naruto Itachi Uchiha is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

The fact that Itachi Uchiha isn't at least in the top 10 of this list makes no sense whatsoever. The fact that Sakura, SAKURA, has taken his place at number ten leaves me in absolute disbelief. Let's start and take a look at all of Itachi's feats of intelligence. First, he was the second youngest Academy graduate behind Kakashi at a mere age 7. Second, this man is responsible for quite possibly one of the most intricate and deceiving plans in all of anime history. Not only did he destroy the Uchiha clan and fool his entire village and his younger brother (save for a select few of elders) for half of his lifetime, he fooled the people who thought they had control over him. This man is so intelligent, appearing as a villain to both of the parties he was serving (Akatsuki and Konoha), and he planned it out so perfectly that in the end, had it not been for Obito working with him to destroy the Uchiha, the secrets behind his true intentions would have long been forgotten. Itachi is a ...more

Normally I would've voted for L or Shikamaru but seeing how close Sakura and Itachi were on this list created a max rage to make sure Itachi moves up. I won't allow some pink haired, loud mouthed, annoying, crybaby to be listed as smarter than someone who outsmarted his entire village and most of Akatsuki. Sakura couldn't even trick Sasuke properly or fight one Akatsuki member on her own. She needed to act like a puppet..She might have been good in school but that's not the even on the same level as anyone on this list! Many of the people on this list are geniuses! Itachi deserves to be on it and much higher! It's a disgrace to the genius of Itachi, L, and the others on this list to rank someone as dim as Sakura next to Itachi..just no. Itachi is so many moves ahead of his opponent that he's already won before his enemy even realizes.

How can Itachi possibly be no 12. He is arguably the greatest warrior in all of Naruto. He deceived his blood brother and everyone else. He spied on the Akatsuki without them knowing a single detail about it for over a decade. He thought of every single thing in a plan and is the only reason why Naruto is still alive and sasuke

Are you guys serious putting Itachi at number 12? he is by far the most intelligent person on the history of Anime second only to L. HE NEEDS TO RANK UP.HE WAS THE BEST IN THE SERIES OF NARUTO. WITHOUT HIM NOBODY I MEAN NOBODY would have watched the series.
he is simply the GENIUS WITHOUT A DOUBT.

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12 Gohan - Dragon Ball Z Gohan - Dragon Ball Z Son Gohan is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. Gohan is introduced as the first son of the protagonist Goku, and his wife Chi-Chi, in chapter #196 Kakarrot, first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on October 24, 1988. Chi-Chi is a strict and protective ...read more.

The only reason I think gohan is the smartest is because spoilers he is the main tactical leader for the universe seven team ahead of people like vegeta and 18.

Gohan is so smart. He's the smartest in the series, second only to Bulma.

I used to wonder how Gohan got so smart when his parents are so dumb. The. I realize he was around Bulma and Piccolo a lot. They unleashed the nerd in him.

Gohan is very smart, though his anger might cloud his judgement at times

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13 Android 18 - Dragon Ball Z Android 18 - Dragon Ball Z

My number one anime girl

Guys you said dbz characters are stupid more than five characters from dbz are in top ten. I am sorry guys but she is smarter than Vegeta. Vegeta is somehow a Baka

18 is not smart at all. She's a brainless fighter. Without orders program into her, she's be a brain dead robot.

Why is she even on here. I mean 18 is not even smarter than half the cast... really, but still she is an awesome character nonetheless. - Heatnix23

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14 Near - Death Note Near - Death Note Nate River, exclusively known by the mononym Near, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Near was able to almost match Light in intelligence. He gets my vote.

Why's Near so low down the list?

Near is so smart... I'm jealous...

Why is he lower than Mello

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15 Sakura - Naruto Sakura - Naruto Sakura is the heroine of the series NARUTO and the only female ninja of Team 7. During the first chapters, she is physically weak and has an immense crush on Sasuke and dislikes Naruto . Her strengths include her excellent chakra control and being generally smart as shown by in the first part of the ...read more.

She's just book smart. Other than that, she's one of the stupidest anime characters I've ever known. Seriously, what kind of so called 'smart' person would make fun of an orphan to another orphan? - Goku02

Sakura is above Itachi and Kakashi? THAT WAS FUNNY!

She ain't smart

The fact that she's even on here makes this list an entire joke

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16 Aizen - Bleach

Simply because of how well he formulates his grand plan, one that spans over 100 years and all goes perfectly for him. He is also one of the few villains in all of anime that actually succeeds in becoming immortal, not much you can do about that.

Genius.. Although Gin is about the same.

He planed the main characters life

Why is he 14 tf

17 Ging Freecss - Hunter x Hunter

He predicted his son's life from A to Z, and the votes of the Zodiacs. He also got a huge knowledge and is the only one for the moment who can match Pariston's intelligence.

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18 Skuld - Ah! My Goddess

She's just a kid and already building robots. She's one of the three kid geniuses in manganime I know. (The others are Negi Springfield and Toopie.)

19 Izaya Orihara - Durarara!! Izaya Orihara - Durarara!!

This is my all time favorite character. He maybe a troll but he's a sexy troll. He is smart enough to take on gangs and come out with them listening to every word he says

He may not seem overly smart at first, but to be able to manipulate and lie to people as successfully as him you need to be very intelligent. Aside from also being fluent in Russian, his little rants about the afterlife and nothern mythology show that he can be very book smart and philosophical as well.

This guy made a girl he just met attempt to commit suicide... And why is Luffy here? I love him but...

Izaya is not only intelligent but he is also able to manipulate others behaviours by merely saying a few words, not only that but it is shown that he can fight quite a bit. He is also fluent in Russian and hell, he can escape and injure the strongest man in ikebukero.

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20 Pariston - Hunter x Hunter

One of the zodiacs, predicted the outcome of the new election shortly after the death of the previous chairmen, netero.

He deduced the result of a chairman election from a simple sentence and manipulated more than 300 people to do so. enough said.

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