Top Ten Smartest Fictional Characters

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The Top Ten

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.

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

Such As Exception Character

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 Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, ...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.

To be fair, you have to have high IQ to...

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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 Reed Richards

Highly intelligent and supreme

8 Adrian Veidt
9 Hannibal Lecter Hannibal Lecter
10 Will Hunting

The Contenders

11 Victor Frankenstein
12 Emmett Brown

This has to be higher I mean he invented time travel

He made time travel, bye bye.

13 Hank Pym
14 Tony Stark
15 Bruce Banner

He got smart and now has to that currently

16 Gregory House
17 Shinichi Akiyama
18 Beyond Birthday
19 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.
20 Hermione Granger Hermione Granger
21 Artemis Fowl

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 should be

Artemis was stated to have the highest IQ in Europe. Which roughly puts him at 190+. Though that score doesn’t determine everything, it does go to show you. Artemis is also young and has plenty of that childlike creativity which is an intelligence of its own form.

22 MacGyver
23 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.
24 Brainiac Brainiac Brainiac is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of Superman.
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 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.

34 Annabeth Chase Annabeth Chase

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

35 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.
36 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.
37 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.
38 Gromit

A mute beagle who is smarter than his owner.

39 Samwise Gamgee Samwise Gamgee
40 Bean

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

41 Abraham Van Helsing
42 Jessica Fletcher
43 Sol
44 Kyle Broflovski Kyle Broflovski
45 Clarice Starling
46 Beyonder
47 Living Tribunal
48 Lucifer Morningstar
49 Michael Demiurgos
50 The Spectre
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