Smartest Anime/Manga Characters
The Top Ten
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 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
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
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
Girl built a time machine. Enough said.
What is dbz characters doing here...
Dbz is literally the stupidest anime along with fairy tail...
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!
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?
I think we can all agree that the Zero Requiem was insanely clever and badass and heroic. It was the smartest plan to achieve what he wanted the whole time. In the end he used himself as a playing piece in his own game (kind of like Light) and to me, that is what makes him so smart. He was able to trick EVERYONE.
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 is the 2nd smartest Naruto character, following Itachi Uchiha, but I think he's at least number 4 on this list
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
He's smartest character in Naruto
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.
He invented the capsules. - Goku02
Another genius member of the Brief family. Should be right up there with Bulma.
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...
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.
He's a an evil genius. - Goku02
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
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
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 Has To Be The Cutest Muffin-
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?
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!?!?!
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...
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.
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.
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.)
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
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.
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 becaue not that many people have watched the anime or read the manga.
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.
Can someone explain to me why Sakura (ffs) is in the top10 and this guy isn't? He's far smarter than Lelouch and Light. He should de at least top3. I swear, these top10s are so biased. - Galahad
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.
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
You all say Shikamaru is smart well his father is 100x more intelligent. He commanded all by himself every single able ninja in the war all by himself with no help. Every kage and ninja commended him as his plans were the greatest.
Shikaku is so smart he was placed as temporary supreme commander of the allied shinonbi force by the raikage who hardly knew him
Shikaku is as smart as Shikamaru. And so Shikadai is
I can't believe no-one added Piccolo yet. He's one of the wisest Dragon Ball characters. - Goku02
How is Piccolo not the highest dragon ball character on the list. He literally has 3 people including himself inside him. Early in z you already started to see his battle smarts become front and center in battles with Nappa and Raditz. He originally had all the knowledge of his father, who keep in mind I believe lived for hundreds of years. After absorbing nail, he learned about Namek. That's an assumption but he does recognize Dende who piccolo himself never met. Once trunks arrives he's the one to inform the others of the androids and takes on a leadership role. Though this was stupid, he got cell to expose his plan. One thing to keep in mind is that he's similar to trunks and wants to get things done unlike the saiyans who are just looking for a challenge. But what really seals the deal was when he absorbed Kami and gained all the knowledge the guardian had accumulated over the earth and beyond. Piccolo knows so many techniques and has taught 3 students. He's definitely up there. - Heatnix23
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.
She's the fairy tactician, she's brilliant
How the hell Sakura is above her? She must be at Top 10. No Game No Life characters aren't on the Top 10 althought they deserve, too. This list is lame.
A.k.a fairy tactician, smartest in that anime I guess
She should be waaayy higher than Gray, even in the top 5
What is Buggy doing above Robin and Sanji? - lilyflower
This idiot?! LOL - Tia-Harribel
Zeref is a prodigy. He figured out how to revive the dead at such a young age. - Goku02
Smarter than Gray, Erza, Lucy, Levy and even Mavis. - Goku02
Bulma could make a way to reverse time, but he could bring the dead back, I think they are almost equal still why is there a huge difference between these two?
She's an extraordinary agent. She's the smartest Death Note female character. She should be higher. - Goku02
Naomi is very intelligent it is a shame that Light managed to trick her.
Why is he not ranked higher? :IHe, along with his sister, should be ranked about 4 or 5 on the list. The main reason they aren't higher is that they are terrible at doing anything in real life. They are geniuses at games, and nobody on this list could defeat them in one. If they could get over their fear of the real world, they would be the smartest anime characters to ever live.
Sora is a genius he plans so far ahead to make the next move to his advantage. He and his sister are an unstoppable team.
Sora is extremely smart and is admittedly an unstoppable intellectual team with his sister, Shiro.
Smartest Anime character ever, even better than lelouch and yagami light
Come on Shiro-kun is A PRODIGY he reaches captain at such you age!
How is Shiro not higher on this list. She is literally the youngest person on this list! So having that intellect at that age should automatically put her in the top 10.
Shiro is able to figure out games and schemes in a matter of seconds! She is able to learn a new language in a matter of minutes! She never lost a game of chess- and on top of that she's only 11!
She memorised all states of the Chess board and even said "It's no different from tictac toe". She learnt a whole new language in an hour too.
What the... she's 22? Oh God, but she definitely deserves to be in top 5, she's amazing!
Naruto himself noted that kakashi was smarter than shikamaru and this guy is just too good as a tactician, able to anticipate unpredictable opponents such as itachi and zabuza
There's too many geniuses in Naruto if we had more point of view we'd see that Kakashi is as smart or even as I dare say smarter than shikamaru
How is Kakashi ranked below Sakura!
Why isn't he up there with shikamaru
Obviously the smartest character, everything he does is calculated, he is a mastermind for all the games and can trick and manipulate others so easily. He has a degree in psychology and got into an elite university despite being extremely poor, only by using his wits, he even brought down an MLM. Smarter than lelouch, light, L, and Kudo. Definitely deserves number 1 spot, he could outsmart L and light and lelouch any day.
Liar Game isn't mainstream so many people haven't read it. And boy are they missing out. Plot-wise, Liar Game is hands down the smartest series on this list and as its genius mastermind, Akiyama deserves the number one spot on this list.
In my opinion he's smarter than Lelouch. And yeah, I've watched Code Geass so don't tell me I don't know my stuff.
Akiyama is so amazing, I actually think that even L would not be able to beat him if they both were in the Liar Game. Please vote for this... Akiyama deserves a higher rating than this!
Yes Armin is smart but what is Hanji Zoe not on this list. She is the smartest person in snk. Her intelligence stat is literally 11/10
Armin is smart
Yes this is gay
Armin really isn't getting he credit he deserves. Out of a desperate attempt to save himself and his friends (which worked) he actually managed to help come up with the plan that resulted in humanity's first victory against the Titans (Eren plugging the hole in
Trost). (Not sure how accurate this part is though)
Then, out of nothing but observed and remembered behaviors and events, Armin manages to deduce the identity of the Female Titan and help come up with a plan to capture her.
Remember that this kid is like 15 but already has the genius of a commander.
May not be smart in the traditional sense, as he often become caught up in his emotions, but the fact that he knows the chemical composition of pretty much everything certainly counts for something, also after being taught by Izumi he understands how everything is connected in the world. He has on multiple occasions cracked very difficult codes, and not to mention the sheer determination of the character.
This site is completely based on votes Edward elric is second smart after conan /shinichi
Oh yeah, Edward is very clever, until someone calls him short
He was the youngest state alchemist and has the knowledge of alchemy,chemistry&biology with a detective like reasoning.
He's a genius and child prodigy! He has mastered various types of magic including Heavenly Body Magic, Darkness Magic, Magic Staves, Fire Magic, Water Magic, Earth Magic, Air Magic, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Thought Projection,... He was able to copy Mystogan's magic in an extremely short amount of time. He has deceived the whole Magic Council into believing him and is certainly one of the most intelligent Fairy Tail characters. - Goku02
Why is he at 49? I mean he fooled the entire continent using nothing but a thought projection! At the age of nineteen! Plus nobody ever doubted him before he revealed himself!
He should be higher than Gray, Lucy, Erza, Levy and probably Mavis too. - Goku02
How the hell is he in no. 93? he is extremely smart and intelligent. Child prodigy is an understatement for him
I really feel like he should be a little bit higher up on the list, a few places before Mello.