Smartest Anime/Manga Characters

The Top Ten

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

L was literally the greatest detective in the world at age 24, he easily deduced Kira's general location after a few weeks ago, it could have been anywhere in the world. Throughout most of the series, he was 99% sure that Light was Kira, and only the lack of evidence was what stopped him from saying 100%. Despite lacking several key pieces of information, L still came pretty close to discovering who Kira was, and he only died due to a illogical and unknown factor. Also, L was specifically designed to not be attractive, but there are probably more girls who want his ass than there are who'll even look at you or me. Just saying... T-T

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 is smarter than L, the 13th volume manga even says so lol. Smartest anime character of all time.

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

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!

What is dbz characters doing here...
Dbz is literally the stupidest anime along with fairy tail...

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

Lelouch - Code Geass Lelouch Lamperouge, whose real name is Lelouch vi Britannia, is the title character and protagonist of the Sunrise anime series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.

Lelouch was better than L and Light because they couldn't get their hands dirty and their allies were weak. Light is the bigger fool. With such great power, he could have mobilized an effective force from his Kira Supporters. Even after getting the USA as an ally, he didn't make any use of it instead, he killed his own supporters. Lelouch created a powerful nation on his own without even using the Geass on his allies to control them. L was not also effective because he couldn't play dirty. Look at Mello, dude caused more harm to Light than all Lawliet could do. This is because Mello could activate the initiative. Lelouch destroys cities and mountains as well as oceans and gets away with it. Lelouch didn't even use the Geass that much but he was little by little able to create a powerful force as Brittania all with his brain. Light was so stupid and power drunk. After winning over the United States, he should have used his head to form a force. He would have owned the whole world and ...more

What I want to say is that Lelouch isn't the smartest anime character in history but for now he deserves the number one spot. First of all, in code geass R3 2019, Lelouch outsmarted Shanna who has the ability to go back in time 6 hours at the time of her death. Her power defies logic. How can L and Light defeat someone like that? He killed the Viceroy, sealed the escape routes of the black knights and hid in the Chinese federation at the same time hours after REGAINING HIS MEMORY. He easily outsmarted Rolo who is Op as Light and his death note, to join forces with him. He made the black knights a force to be reckoned with from scratch and fought against an advanced civilization far ahead of the Japan and US in Death note's universe. And remember all of his last stands battles! The one he blew up a mountain and also the last stand in the Japanese ocean. This shows his high scientific knowledge as he easily hacks complicated computers. He's a born leader. He easily outsmarted Jeremiah ...more

Remember how he fooled the surveillance system of Brittania. That's more impressive than Light fooling L and some 4 or 5 detectives. Lelouch used the Geass to make David shoot Rolo then he took the bullet pretending it was out of love and winning his fake brother's heart. He came back depressed for the kidnap of his sister and took charge of the black knights in a war of the Japanese oceans where he froze Brittania's ships after exploding methane hydrate. Liberated 1 million Japanese legally. Lelouch pretended to be villain to kidnap the empress and fight the Chinese Federation but his kidnap crashed the empress' marriage to the Brittanian prince and during the fight against the Chinese governors, he exposed their corruption to the Chinese populace with the video he recorded of their conversation saying the empress was easily replaceable and that the Chinese people were merely peasants . This ignited a Coup on the governors and after Xin Ke and the Empress gladly agreed to cooperate ...more

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

He's smartest character in Naruto

Shikamaru is the 2nd smartest Naruto character, following Itachi Uchiha, but I think he's at least number 4 on this list

Zarbon - Dragon Ball Zarbon is Frieza's right hand man and highest ranking Commander and General in an army of millions. He is always beside his master and emperor, Lord Frieza, following his orders and carrying out his dirty work alongside his comrade, Dodoria. Zarbon is responsible for advising Frieza on numerous matters, ...read more.

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.

Dr. Brief - Dragon Ball Z

He invented the capsules.

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

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

Come on people your kinda dissing Itachi by making that wench sakura be higher than him...I mean if your clan was going to be at war and you had to find a way to keep the peace while protecting your village and younger brother...could you plan an amazing plan in a short time as Itachi Uchiha? No I thought so. In anyway case please fix this list Itachi isn't stupid plus he's way smarter than sakura...

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

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 got it from his mama. Literally the smartest kid after Bulma.

The Contenders

Dr. Gero - Dragon Ball Z

He's a an evil genius.

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.

Unbelievably smart

He planed the main characters life

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 Sh┼Źnen Jump magazine on October 24, 1988. Chi-Chi is a strict and protective ...read more.

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

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.

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

Conan Edogawa - Detective Conan Jimmy Kudo, known in Japan and internationally as Shinichi Kudo, is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the manga series Case Closed and its adaptations, created by Gosho Aoyama.

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

He's a guy or a boy with unusual intelligence he solves many cases and he's so smart and his curiosity is very present in his personality...

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 Has To Be The Cutest Muffin-
I Mean
Near Is Smart In Every Way...

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

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

Why's Near so low down the list?

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.

Brilliant, strong, beautiful... THERE'S NO ONE WHO CAN TOP HER!?!?!

Kisuke Urahara - Bleach Kisuke Urahara is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

Even aizen admits that kisuke is the only soul reaper that has greater intellect than him

Definitely smart, should be part of top ten.

Smartest badass in all of anime

Cleverest bleach character, should be in the top ten.
Even Aizen admits that Kisuke is the only soul reaper that is more clever than him, created the hogyoku. Founded the research and development.

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.

Izaya is much smarter than what people think...

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

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.

How is Killua not on here.

Sora - No Game No Life

How is he not higher on this list. Sora is a master manipulator and tactician.

In raw calculating intelligence, his sister actually beats him. But in games where you need to play the player, not the game (which, to be honest, is most of them in this show) he comes out on top. He's an absurd genius, capable of forming extremely accurate profiles of people he's just met and able to use those to manipulate them. He thinks several steps ahead of pretty much anyone, and has contingency plans for days.

I'd rank him around Shikamaru in tactical and strategic ability, and above in mental processing power (he's not as good as his sister here, but he still learned an entire language in like an hour, and can make amazing mathematical projections).

The only reason he's this low on the list is because NGNL is a bit niche in comparison to things like Naruto and Death Note. He does kind of fail at normal life, but that's not a product of intelligence (or lack thereof) more like a form of PTSD (that's played for laughs in the show) and the natural result of ...more

He is like the father of all geniuses! Go Google it out

This is his second time on this list

Mello - Death Note Mihael Keehl, universally referred to by the mononym Mello, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

He outmaneuvered Light and Was also the reason for Kira's downfall He should be at least Top ten

The anime doesn't do this character justice. In the manga and the Death Note novel he's a genius.

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.)

Johan Liebert - Monster

Most of the characters on this list feel like, they're smart because author said that... and that's all. In many cases when author tries to support this claim, it ends up more as a meme than anything else. That's why we all love L, we see his schemes and planning with some reasoning, but in my opinion Johan Liebert would see pretty easily through his schemes and only reason, why he is so low on this list is because not that many people have watched the anime or read the manga.

Can someone explain to me why Sakura is in the top10 and this guy isn't? He's far smarter than Lelouch and Light. He should be at least top 3. I swear, these top 10s are so biased.

The true God of manipulation, his genius has no limits and he doesn't even need a book that kills people whose names are written in it or an eye power that controls people.

I find it truly criminal that some people have not experienced the masterful manipulation that his character executes.

The Monster. At 10, he manipulated a whole orphanage to kill each other. At 15 he created a money loundering company and just left once he got tired of it. At 20 he was a serial killer that nobody believed he existed, could manipulated anyone to kill themselves or to obey him.

General Blue - Dragon Ball General Blue is an antagonist in the Dragon Ball manga and the anime Dragon Ball, and also makes an appearance in Dragon Ball GT.
Sakura - Naruto Sakura Haruno is the main heroine of the series "Naruto Shonen Jump!" and Naruto Shippuden. She is the only female ninja of Team Seven. Her family consists of her mother, Mebuki Haruno and her father Kizashi Haruno. Her clan is likely not very well known around Konoha and up until "Boruto: Naruto Next ...read more.

Sakura is above Itachi and Kakashi? THAT WAS FUNNY!

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

Sakura is pretty quick thinking and intelligent, but crap! I didn't mean to actually click on her!

She did do some quick thinking against the sound ninja, though, and is still pretty smart throughout the series.

However, I still think she's an annoying, useless, fangirling crybaby.

She is smart and knows a lot of things but her pure intelligence can't be compared to, for an example, Shikamaru's.

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