Top Ten Smartest Fictional Characters

The Top Ten Smartest Fictional Characters

1 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.

There is no worthy rival to even be considered half as smart as L and Light. This position is reserved for masterminds only.

L was introduced as a mysterious character who had known to solve every case assigned to him. He had also tackled the greatest mysteries the world had ever known. Unlike other detectives, he barely relies on physical evidence and uses his intelligence and wits to solve the puzzle. His deduction is that of a mad genius that no fictional character can ever compete with. Definitely deserves the spot as number 1.

He's smart but not smartest. For sure he is the most overrated detective ever. Sherlock is a much better detective, and I really don't think L is smarter than Lelouch. I think Artemis Fowl is number one.

L is a detective from the show Death Note. Although he was up against someone with supernatural powers, he managed to keep up with every nook and cranny of the mystery.

2 Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Referring to himself as a "consulting detective" in the stories, Holmes is known for his proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs more.

Don't forget Sherlock didn't have access to technology and as a detective still caught his man every time.

While L definitely has intuition and deductive reasoning I believe Sherlock has even more variety on his overall knowledge. I mean yes L did get a perfect on those entrance exams but so could a lot of characters on this list including Sherlock.

He is the best character in ficitonal world I ever watch in sherlock webseries.Might be webseries is in the form nowadays. Best his presence of mind,mind palace and thinking ability and knowledge.

Such As Exception Character

3 Batman Batman aka Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. In film, he has been portrayed by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael more.

Hacked into Darkseid's ship (near impossible). Created suits such as "The Justice Buster", "The Final Suit", "Batman Beyond suit", "The Insider Suit", which are all more powerful than any of Iron Man's Armors. Defeated Darkseid 2 times. BECAME THE GOD OF KNOWLEDGE. Smarter than Sherlock Holmes. Deserves to be #1.

Batman is number 1. He found an ancient group of unfindable sorcerers multiple times after they erased his memory. He was able to outsmart Brainiac who's IQ is greater than all of the population of earth. Etc, etc.

He earned 6 Ph.D's before the age of 21 in chemistry, biology, engineering, psychology, computer science, and forensics (solving crimes using science). He was able to outsmart Brainiac who is the smartest being in the DC universe. He is a better detective than Sherlock Holmes.

His detective skills are often compared equal if not higher to Sherlock Holmes. His immense knowledge in science, technology, martial arts together makes him one of the most smartest fictional character

4 Rick Sanchez (Rick and Morty) Rick Sanchez is a fictional character from the American animated television series Rick and Morty, aired on Adult Swim.

He is the smartest person in all universes. That should say a lot

Rick's mind made a device go through universe and made a mini universe and pickle rick

Even 2nd is too low for him, 4th seriously? This guy created a suit using dead cockroaches!

You're talking to a guy who can sentence you to the machine of unspeakable doom, which swaps your conscious and unconscious minds, rendering your fantasies pointless, while everything you've known becomes impossible to grasp. Also every ten seconds it stabs your balls.

5 Anthony Stark

His iq is 270 in comic

Has intelligence but his father is much smarter than in all occasion

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

If L is number 1, which I agree with, then Light would have to be number 2

He beat the person who is Number 1 on this list by outsmarting him

Smarter than L yet is lower than him, should be 1

L, who is number 1 on this list told Light that he was more capable than he was and said he would surpass him. Light thought of things quicker than L did, and the author stated if Light never found the Death Note he would work with L and surpass him as a detective. Light is the smartest

7 Reed Richards

It has been officially stated that Reed Richards is smarter than Tony Stark.

He has a IQ of 251 smarter than any person on this list

Highly intelligent and supreme

8 Tony Stark

I voted just to say this batman literally in the comics makes a device that allows him to become the god of knowledge so... I disagree that tony stark should be higher than batman. If you need proof just surch god of knowledge batman.

Tony Stark should be no.3 instead of Batman. Iron Man is intelligent enough to make armours that have broken the light barrier, can lift over 100 tons, has fought gods and even cosmic beings to a standstill. His armors have no limits whereas Batman is just a man with simple gadgets, he's nowhere near as intelligent as Tony Stark. Batman has his own butler (Alfred) whereas Tony INVENTED his own butler (JARVIS, FRIDAY). In fact both Reed Richards & Tony Stark should be above Batman, this list is bs.

Has detective skills,creativity, street smarts, leadership skills
Genius, billionaire, philanthropist, scientist and engineer. Deserves to be number 1, or at least 2

If Batman were this smart, he'd be in a flying suit too. Instead, he's in a fast car with a glass pack on it. Cool car, but it doesn't fly.

9 Hannibal Lecter Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. Lecter was introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.

What the fk about the place?

10 Adrian Veidt

He literally kept his plan to destroy half of Manhattan to save the world secret from the omniscient Dr. Manhattan. Pretty impressive I'd say.

The Contenders

11 Annabeth Chase

One of my favorite book characters of all time. - Alpha101

12 Hermione Granger

Not actually smart, there's a difference between basic memorization, and actual geniuses like Sherlock, Hannibal Lecter, and literally all important death note characters.

People say she's just into books. But she acts quickly and is able to think extremely rapidly on her feet, as can be observed during the confrontation with Bathilda Bagshot/Nagini. Hermione's the character who figured out that the Heir of Slytherin had a Basilisk in the castle, and was smart enough to find a way to tell Harry about the Basilisk. Hermione was the one who suggested they escape from Gringotts on a dragon. Hermione is the voice of reason and rationality within the Trio, and there's a lot more to her character besides memorizing a bunch of facts. Hermione is the one who Apparated the Trio out of Bill and Fleur's wedding, and she's the one who made sure the Trio had all of their supplies in case they needed to flee. That's not just reading a stack of spellbooks. That's coming up with an ingenious idea and having the skill to pull it off.

Should be top 5

13 Will Hunting
14 Victor Frankenstein
15 Emmett Brown

This has to be higher I mean he invented time travel

He made time travel, bye bye.

16 Catwoman Catwoman is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman. more.
17 Hank Pym
18 Bruce Banner

He got smart and now has to that currently

19 Judy Hopps Officer Judy Hopps is the protagonist in Disney's 2016 animated feature film Zootopia. The first rabbit to be in Zootopia's police force, Judy is determined to make the world a better place while breaking preconceptions about other species. Teaming up with a fox named Nick Wilde, she sets off on her more.
20 Gregory House

How is he 19?
I love him because he is so sarcastic and doesn't care about people. Also being an atheist I relate to him

There is no way judy hopps is smarter

21 Lelouch vi Britannia 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.

L and Light are overrated . Too overrated. Lelouch is supposed to be Anime's representative here. He outsmarted a being that can slow man's perception of time, a being that can read minds and a being who can go back in time hours before her defeat, as well as an empire with 25th century tech, not with brute strength but his mind.

Lelouch is the smartest Anime character at least top ten fictional characters. However, L, Light, Bulma should be below him. Dude can pre record a video of himself and predict what people will say. Lelouch also built a terrorist group who were ragtag at first to a powerful society capable of fighting the civilization that owned 1/3 of the Earth. Lelouch has outsmarted people who can read minds with his own mind. Unlike Light who was under the surveillance of only L and a few Japanese police, Lelouch was able to fool the surveillance of the whole Empire. His deduction and prediction is so cool. Like how he freed millions of Japanese legally from Brittania's rule and gained control of China the second word power at the same time.

Unlike L, Lelouch is not bound by decency and law. This is L's major weakness . He knew Light was Kira but couldn't prove it. In fact some of his methods would have gotten him arrested. Lelouch can act and make the dirt all by himself. This is why Mello was able to do more harm to Light than all L did in the space of some 25 episodes.

L and Light are in top 10 and lelouch is in what? 22? Even if he isn't smarter, he's always in the same league as them. In Code geass S2 Lelouch fools the surveillance of an entire empire by causing an alarm at the mall. Saves the very dumb jerks called black knights from Guilford and gets Rolo to join forces with him in the space of 24 hrs. Lelouch fooled Rolo by using the Geass on David to pretend to shoot Rolo and he Lelouch comes in to take the bullet making it look like he truly loved Rolo as a brother and doesn't want to see him die. Rolo falls hard for it but is all an act.

22 Lisa Simpson Lisa Marie Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. She is the middle child and most intelligent of the Simpson family.
23 Mr. Spock
24 Artemis Fowl

He is way too smart. Remember he was only eleven (or twelve? ) during the first book, where he conducted some intricate kidnapping plots and schemes. And he was already doing this for a while. In the later books he's older and still freaky smart, like, a genius.

Artemis Fowl is the smartest in his generation (and perhaps of all time, but you can't believe everything he says). When he is being modest, he describes himself as 'three-quarters of a DaVinci'. Artemis took out a scheme conducted by a mayor's twin when he (Artemis) was six. Also at six, he pointed at a wall with cracks and said, "See father? The cracks form a map of Croatia, once part of the Roman, Ottoman, and Australian Habsburg empires. Were you aware that Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991? " (The Last Guardian) He has several degrees in several subjects. Artemis can also keep track of a bomb's erratic countdown, as well as retroactively save Holly. (The Lost Colony) The only thing he seems to be lacking, it seems, is being nice and having good motor skills.

Artemis Fowl would write MULTIPLE research papers at age 11. Better than all of those above him, including sherlock holmes. Batman is overrated and all he does is thrive off his money. Artemis Fowl holds a criminal empire at the tip of his fingers.

A mastermind teenager who has the capability to invent, innovate, and lie his way to the top.

25 Bulma 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.
26 The Joker The Joker is a fictional super villain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, more.

I think it's the joker because he is just so anarchist and all what he wants is to proof that he is right. He also uses his surroundings as a guide like how he created Harley Quinn and how he showed gotham
s the monster inside Harvey dent(two face) then he turned Robin into the red hood. I'm not saying that Batman isn't as smart as the joker, but when you remember that Batman uses technology and joker just uses a deck of cards and a couple of bullets, and he is that smart an able to proof that he is right every time. I think that makes him at least at the top 5 smartest fictional characters. The joker is a genius in my personal opinion

27 Nick Wilde Officer Nicholas Piberius "Nick" Wilde is a male red fox and the deuteragonist of Zootopia. He is the son of Mrs. Wilde. He was voiced by actor, Jason Bateman.
28 Dr. Doom Doctor Doom is a Marvel comic book supervillain. His first appearance was in The Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962).
29 Brainiac Brainiac is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of Superman.
30 MacGyver

Who else can get away from terrorist with flamethrowers with nothing but a mirror and a shoelace...

31 Shinichi Akiyama
32 Living Tribunal
33 Beyond Birthday
34 Sheldon Cooper Sheldon Lee Cooper, Ph.D., Sc.D., is a fictional character in the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory, portrayed by actor Jim Parsons.

His iq is 187

35 Gordon Freeman Dr. Gordon Freeman is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Half-Life video game series, created by Gabe Newell and designed by Newell and Marc Laidlaw of Valve Corporation.
36 Shikamaru Nara Shikamaru Nara is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.
37 Lucifer Morningstar

How isn’t he above these characters? He is the most cunning character on this list; he was outside of God’s Masterplan in the Continuity, as we can see him rejecting to join God. He outwitted The Eastern Deities while powerless in his state. We see that he shaped existence to form the DC Multiverse, which encompasses nearly all knowledge he has created in the cosmology. He also has eons of experience.

38 Walter White Walter "Walt" Hartwell White Sr. is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Breaking Bad, portrayed by Bryan Cranston.

He is Smarter than you,he is luckier than you!

39 Egon Spengler
40 Angus MacGyver
41 Black Panther T'Challa, better known as the Black Panther, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, first appearing in Fantastic Four #52 (cover-dated July 1966) in the Silver Age of Comic Books. He is known to be the more.

Dude is one of the best prep masters. He has prepped and kicked the butts of the Avengers including Hulk and Thor and even the Fantastic 4. He's also a leader capable of taking back his country when it was captured by Doom. Doom in my opinion is smarter than 50% of the people on the list.At one time, he invented a device that could survive a universal destruction.

Spies on Avengers without their knowledge. Frees Lorna when Red Ghost, one of Marvel Earth's smartest was unable to. Designed his thrice blessed armor at 12 years old. Black Panther is good at deductions too. He deduced Reed Richard's ship would be trapped by Wizard. Hacks Deadpool' s teleportation device. Created a prison capable of holding THE SENTRY!

Black Panther is supposed to be in top 3. 60 is shameful. He is one of Marvel''s smartest characters. First of all, he commands the most advanced civilization on Marvel Earth and is far ahead of Sherlock, L, Light , Lecter and Batman's basic knowledge. Black Panther's most lethal intelligence weapon is his prep. He preps ahead of the Fantastic 4 and beats Richards who is far smarter than L who I'm shocked is first on the list. Tchalla easily disables a nuclear war head mid flightwhile depowered. He invented Falcon's wings as well as the Avenger's quinjet which can travel anywhere in the Galaxy and other dimensions. He mentally tricks Mephisto a being more powerful than a death note. Panther created a corrosive gel that eats Iron Man's armor . He led Wakanda to war in defeating the Skrull, one of Marvel universe's superpowers. He also created a device which takes out Thanos on the fly with no prep. Tchalla created cells which can cure death itself. In my opinion 60 is stupidity above ...more

LOL Lisa Thompson, Bulma and Nick Wilde are above B. Panther?! Where are the Marvel fanboys? The guy rules a nation on Earth that has begun colonizing other planets. He creates a whole forcefield from just hardware devices. He creates an x-genes suppressant. B. Panther has also defeated the likes of Thanos, Green Scar Hulk, Mephisto and Logos with his genius mind. Logos is the other embodiment equal to Chaos. Together, they've killed The living tribunal and erased 97% of the Marvel multiverse.

42 Ford Pines (Gravity Falls)

He had a lot of PHD's, plus he might have an IQ of more than 280

43 Tails The Fox Miles "Tails" Prower is a fictional character in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series, and the title character's best friend and sidekick.

He has a 300 IQ

44 Stewie Griffin Stewart Gilligan "Stewie" Griffin is a main character from the animated television series Family Guy. Obsessed with violence and matricide, Stewie is the youngest child of Peter and Lois Griffin, and the brother of Meg and Chris Griffin.

how ids

45 Twilight Sparkle Twilight Sparkle is the primary main character of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. She is a female unicorn pony who transforms into an Alicorn and becomes a princess in Magical Mystery Cure.

Good. I think should be first in the list because she has magic and outsmarts everyone.

46 Bean

A weak Greek boy in Ender's Game has become the smartest person in the world in the distant future

He is pretty smart ig

47 Kyle Broflovski Kyle Broflovski is a main character in the animated television series South Park. He is voiced by and loosely based on co-creator Matt Stone.
48 Azathoth
49 Michael Corleone Michael Corleone is the main character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and the three films based upon it, all directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

This is probably one of the worst lists in TheTopTens, lmao,well,this is just a normal list,if you know what I mean.

50 Gromit

A mute beagle who is smarter than his owner.

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