Top Ten Smartest Fictional Characters

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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.

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.

He's there only for 25 short 20min episodes.. but that was enough for him to get his position as the smartest mind humanity have ever witnessed.Penned by a normal magaka it's amazing to know people can think of detectives even smarter than Sherlock!

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2 Sherlock Holmes 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 ...read more.

Such As Exception Character

The man of iron! Holmes is really smart without a doubt.

How is he only second?

Second? What kind of joke is this?

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3 Batman 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 ...read more.

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

But batman is smarter than sherlock

Better than Sherlock Holmes - letdot52

BATMAN IS STRONG, SMART, AND HAS NEVER LOST IN THE LONG RUN.

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

Tony Stark built an arc reactor "in a cave, with a box of scraps", but this guy built a spaceship in a garage made of junk, which can obviously go pretty damn fast since they travel all over the universe, whereas Stark could barely get his first suit in the air.

Rick invented a portal gun that can transport him to wherever he wants to go, whether it be on the opposite side of the galaxy, or the opposite side of the galaxy in an entirely different universe. He also turned himself into a pickle once

Why isn't he top. He's literally stronger than Thanos without an infinity gauntlet. Even in infinite timelines, he's still the smartest man in the universe (or entity, for that matter).

Oh well if sherlock is so smart I would like to see him create an universe.

He's so smart that he could create a portal gun too other realities and build a conucil of himself of different timelines, and destory most of the council just by himeself along with the galatic council which has some of the smartest minds in the galxys, and he's also able to outsmart the fourth wall.

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5 Anthony Stark

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

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

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 Adrian Veidt
8 Reed Richards

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

Highly intelligent and supreme

9 Hannibal Lecter 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 Victor Frankenstein

The Contenders

11 Will Hunting
12 Emmett Brown

This has to be higher I mean he invented time travel

He made time travel, bye bye.

13 Tony Stark
14 Hank Pym
15 Bruce Banner

He got smart and now has to that currently

16 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

17 Shinichi Akiyama
18 Bulma 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.
19 Artemis Fowl

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.

Artemis fowl has a IQ if 200+ {although it doesn't show us how much} he is easily classified as the smartest fictional character at all times

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20 Beyond Birthday
21 Hermione Granger Hermione Granger
22 MacGyver
23 Brainiac Brainiac Brainiac is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of Superman.
24 Lelouch vi Britannia 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.
25 The Joker 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, ...read 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

26 Sheldon Cooper 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.
27 Gordon Freeman 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.
28 Egon Spengler
29 Angus MacGyver
30 Walter White 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!

31 Ford Pines (Gravity Falls)

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

32 Azathoth
33 Tails The Fox 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.
34 Twilight Sparkle 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.

35 Shikamaru Nara Shikamaru Nara Shikamaru Nara is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.
36 Annabeth Chase Annabeth Chase

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

37 Lucifer Morningstar
38 Phoenix Wright Phoenix Wright Phoenix Wright, known as Ryūichi Naruhodō in the original Japanese-language versions, is a fictional defense attorney in Capcom's Ace Attorney video game series.
39 Stewie Griffin 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.
40 Gromit

A mute beagle who is smarter than his owner.

41 Samwise Gamgee Samwise Gamgee
42 Bean

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

43 Abraham Van Helsing
44 Jessica Fletcher
45 Sol
46 Kyle Broflovski Kyle Broflovski
47 Clarice Starling
48 Beyonder
49 Living Tribunal
50 Michael Demiurgos
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