Top Ten Smartest Fictional 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.

he has a higher IQ than Sherlock Holmes and, from personal opinion is more entertaining. He even beat the most wanted criminal and solved many other difficult cases. Soichiro Yagami says, and I quote "L is like the polices' trump card." You might be asking, "But he dies, how could have he beat Kira?" Well, l was the one who started the case and inspired both near and Mello to win against Kira.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

He could destroy universes if he wanted to he could kill god I think he deserves #1 he is the smartest man in the multi verse I think he is the smartest

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.

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).

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 deserves the top spot then Light deserves the 2 spot.His plans were always perfect but the reason he is not sarter than L is because he shows his smartness because of resources

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

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

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?

Anthony Stark

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

His iq is 270 in comic

Reed Richards

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

Highly intelligent and supreme

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

Tony Stark

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.

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.

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.

Annabeth Chase Annabeth Chase is a daughter of Athena and one of the main characters of both the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and the Heroes of Olympus series. She's also Percy Jackson's girlfriend and has no particular powers aside from her brains and tactics.

One of my favorite book characters of all time.

The Contenders

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.

Hermione Granger

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.

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

Should be top 5

Will Hunting
Victor Frankenstein
Emmett Brown

This has to be higher I mean he invented time travel

He made time travel, bye bye.

Catwoman Catwoman is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman. ...read more.
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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 ...read more.

I can't believe Granger, Catwoman , juddy hops , Nick Wilde, pulma, L and light are above Panther. Black Panther has been around for over 50 years and has so much intelligent feats. He outsmarted Doom. Created a quantum teleportation room called Nowhere Room allowing instaneous travel across time, alternate universes and enable the location of Doom as well as people to sneak past Doom's defences. Panther has created an ENTIRELY NEW BRANCH OF SCIENCE. He's led the ultimates and Avengers to defeat Galactus and Thanos. Black Panther has drained the silver surfer of his power and destroyed Logos who can easily kill celestials. Tchalla can prevent psychics like Nathan Summers and Emma Frost from reading his mind. BP outsmarted Mephisto. B P tech can sense invisible woman.

Black Panther is below 20? and Annabeth Chase, Hannibal Lecter,Granger, Simpson, and that Nick Wilde are higher? What kind of joke is this? Juddy Hoops and Nick Wilde are characters that appeared in some few movies. Panther has been around for 60+ years and yet he isn't recognized for all his smarts? In the Marvel world, he's part of the top 8 most intelligent beings. He's also the leader of Wakanda, the Black African nation which is the most advanced on Earth and recently, the Galaxy. He's received better education than L, Light, Lelouch, Sherlock and has better tech than Batman, Iron Man. One great thing about Panther is that he excels in every field. He's a good engineer since he developed a suit at just 12 years old. He also has the Captain America battlefield leadership as he's led the Avengers and Wakanda countless times against very dangerous foes. Infact, Richard Reeds considers Panther the only one suitable besides him to lead the Fantastic 4. Black Panther also has great ...more

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

Rules the most advanced nation on Earth. Definitely he should know more than the average genius. He's the king! He's received the best of education and he has access to technology unknown to many parts of the world. And unique to him only is the fact that he knows how to deal with the other unexplainable science, magic which most of the geniuses here don't even believe in.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bruce Banner

He got smart and now has to that currently

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

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 ...read more.
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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.
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