Smartest Naruto Characters

The Top Ten

1 Itachi

He is most likely the smartest character in the series, he made up a full And detailed plan based in predictions And analysis. His fight against Sasuke was just like he had predicted it to be And eveything went according to his plan, he did get to do what he wanted to, free sasuke from orochimaru And give him his power, just as he had planned, not to mention his incredible analysing skills and how he was practically able to read people and their feelings. He was a person who could plan even his own death, he could escape from the edo tensei, even though that was supposed to be impossible, he was able to defeat Kabuto, (along with sasuke but he pretty much made up the whole plan) who is another of the smartest characters in Naruto by using a powerful Justu that of course, requires intelligence, itachi was a genjutsu user and we've heard more than enough times that a genjutsu user has to be smart. It's also claimed that he is smarter than Sasuke, and sasuke it's pretty smart too. He ...more

He is the smartest naruto character because he graduate in academy inearly age amd became an anbu in age of 14

He is one of the smartest charcter's by far, although I havn't finished shuppidun I can alredy tell he is very smart. One thing I love about him is his gen jutsu.

Smart, Strong, Skillful, best character in the whole naruto universe

2 Shikamaru Shikamaru Nara is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Shikamaru is very good at working under pressure. For example, when Shikamaru and asuma sensei where fighting hidan, asuma sensei and shikamaru where doing all the work, while the men in the back where just standing around.

This dude beat hidan with his intelligence. Yes Itachi can to but shikamaru was out of his leave but still won

Ok, itachi is smart yes but shikamaru had an IQ of 200+ at 13 years old! Itachi is first because of fan boys so overrated

For his age and limited abilities he is able to conjure strategies in under minutes. He doesn't even let his emotions get in the way of that, in fact his emotions sometimes drive him to make plans that are even more thought out.

3 Madara Madara Uchiha is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

He should be 2nd below itachi. His battle analytical skills are close to itachi. And HE LITERALLY PLANNED HIS OWN REANIMATED COMEBACK.

He has learned all his power by himself. He has lived more than once. Everything he does has a thought behind it.

Come on he planned to his revival after death and always have a backup plans during forth ninja

More smart than shikamaru!

4 Shikaku Nara

He planned out strategy after strategy for everything in the Fourth Ninja War. He's too smart.

He basically saved the world with his strategy to win the war! And he is the father of Shikamaru.

Shikamaru's father, from a genius clan. Enough said.

He should be a lot higher than this, I mean he is the FATHER of Shikamaru and e is the one who came up with all of the strategies for the war and ALL of them worked. He is also high up BECAUSE of his BRAINS!

5 Orochimaru Orochimaru is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

Everyone who commented above actually watch and read Naruto. Orochimaru is definitely a genius. I don't know how in the world sasuke is 6? Makes no sense.

Orochimaru should at least be in top 3 with itachi

Should be higher on the list, I mean after all he does not die

Orochimaru was a genius, deserves to be at least in top 10

6 Kakashi Kakashi Hatake is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Kakashi has a very great skill allowing him to copy any jutsu at the exact same time as his opponent, although I'm not sure if he still knows how to do the jutsu afterwards. I think kakashi is very good at tricking his opponent and such things.

Kakashi is incredibly smart, though he doesn't always have the assets to act on it. He was the youngest to ever graduate from the Academy, invented his own jutsu, and has an experienced, methodical fighting style (as evidenced in his fight against Pain, where he used incredible analytical skills to immediately figure out the powers of two of the Pains).

I'm disappointed that he is lower than Sasuke because Kakashi is the one who taught him all about his chidori which is one of his most powerful moves, not only that, but Kakashi is smart enough to know how to use his Sharaingan even when he isn't part of the Uchiha clan. Kakashi has also been taught by the fourth and he is brilliant too, so I don't know how you could put him lower than someone as awful as Sasuke! That is totally backstabbing Kakashi!

He is the first mentor of team 7, the team who were later called the strongest ninja in their time, passing on the noble thought which he learned in hard way from his friend obito, - In the ninja world those who break rules are scum, but those who abandon their comrades are worse than scum - and he is cool.

7 Kabuto

He was messing up with Kakashi. Orochimaru taught him well, and now he is even stronger than Oro. If Itachi wasn't Edo tensei zombie, Kabuto would defeated Itachi and Sasuke easily. And Itachi is on the top of this list, so Kabuto should be at least in the first 5.

Easily one of the smartest shinobi on the spot. His chakra paths were all mixed up during a fight and he was able to still manipulate his body which would take anybody hours he did it in sheer seconds...

Was outsmarting the person this list has ranked as number 1 while that same person was receiving help. He possesses 5 different chakra natures while most people have 2 or 3. He also knows a very wide range of jutsus. Was the strategist of the Akatsuki side in the war and was also the first person to perfect Edo Tensei.

8 Obito

The freak... Uh he fueled everyone, he was cunning ands slick and used people just like Madara tried to use him, but he defied him in the end. He should be number 2 behind Shikamaru. Itachi may be wise, but come on...not the smartest.

He even outsmarted most of the characters and making them to believe he was the real madara uchiha and trolling on all of them and getting them to dance at the palm of his hands.

He. Is the mastermind and created the. Pass through defense jutsu. Rock on tobi

The manipulator

9 Minato

He should be first because he is actually smartest character alongside Itachi and Shikaku

1. Created the ultimate shape transformation. Earned praise for his exploits with the flying thunder god from the techniques creator himself lord 2nd. Was able to attain kyubi mode right after edo tensei. These does seem like from more of talent. But without unnatural level intellect this would have been impossible.

2. Was very intuitive, observant, and planned strategies in advance. During a fight was able to correctly deduce the mechanism of a technique, it's pros and cons often from limited evidence and use that to his advantage. Which were evident during his fights.

3. During a fight he used to mark opponents in the smallest contacts thus showing his strategic nature. Also placed outhouses in the outskirts of konoha to which he could teleport by will, also proving to be a brilliant move during the nine-tails attack.

4. During the fight with TOBI correctly concluded that harbinger of trouble in future thus sealing yang kyubi inside his son giving him the power ...more

The smartest character is the black zetsu. He fooled and used everyone.

Nonstop deserves to be higher in the list. He is second only to Itachi.

10 Sasuke Sasuke Uchiha is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Sasuke is extremely intelligent because he has fast calculations in battling like when he fought Itachi at their final battle.

Well, Sasukes goals are great and when he fights he always know how to move and he acknowledges his opponent quickly. All his fights have just been amazing to watch. This due to he really thinks it through before he does anything!

SASUKE is the smartest, have you seen the latest manga it is awesome! He wants to become hokage! I mean that is the best goal if he wants to restore his clan! Nevertheless make Konoha acknowledge his clan as the kind people they where!

Sasuke isn't smart. He just has the goal to restore his clan, and kill itachi. Without even knowing why itachi did what he did. Sure he's a great ninja by overall strength and power, but he didn't even pull his head out of his ass until he lost an arm?

The Contenders

11 Danzo Shimura Danz┼Ź Shimura is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

Although I hate this guy with a burning passion, he seems very smart.


12 Hiruzen

He was called the "Professor". Although Hiruzen isn't the strongest Hokage, he is defintenly the smartest Hokage. He was also very wise. He didn't want to slaughter the Uchiha clan and tried to end it peacefully. He new a war with the Uchiha clan was the last thing they wanted.

Hiruzen was so smart that he defeated Orochimaru during their at age 75.
Orochimaru summoned the first and second Hokage but that din't stop him. He defeated the first and second Hokage and sealed them which prevented Kabuto from summoning them during the fourth great ninja war. He also sealed Orochimaru's hands.

He is very smart.

13 Kaguya Otsutsuki Kaguya Otsutsuki is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.
14 Tsunade Tsunade is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Greatest medic ninja of all time who is well known to heal injuries seen as lethal and impossible to cure as well as psychological damage done from genjutsu. She also most likely knows every antidote and concoction known to man. Tsunade created the strength of a hundred seal and technique and her creation rebirth which most likely required many years of research and knowledge of how the human body works. Tsunade runs the village and chooses specific teams to go on specific missions. She created the Medical Ninja system. She's known to be able to tell what a person's ailment is just by looking at them. She has taught Shizune and Sakura, making them the next two greater medical ninjas from Konoha. She's is very quick on picking up on an opponent's fighting style by observing their body and is a master at evasion thanks to her quick learning and thinking as the greatest medical nin in the series.

What she is at 29?

15 Black Zetsu

He is the smartest. He has more than 1000 years old and he have photographic memory.
He manipulated the entire Uchiha clan, Akatsuki and even Madara and Itachi.
Itachi didn't even noticed Black Zetsu's true intentions. If Itachi knew Zetsu's true plan, then Itachi would easily stop Black Zetsu or Konoha people would be transformed into White Zetsus and all the sacrifices Itachi did would be in vain.
Zetsu is weak in power (that's why he needed people to work for him to bring his mother back), but I am sure he is the smartest Naruto character ever.

He knows everything! He's the mastermind of the entire manga he's Kishimoto in the manga! Black Zetsu wrote the story he planned it all out. Madara was his pawn!

He created the entire story of naruto to his will, manipulated madara to manipulate obito, who manipulated nagato to make akatsuki bad. Itachi, shikamaru and kakashi may be smarter on paper, but what zetsu did was insane

Get him to 1

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17 Neji

Neji doesn't receive much credit but he is highly intelligent. Neji is the only one in his class to become a jonin, he is the most talented and strongest of the hyuga clan. Neji was highly aware of his blind spot but yet he managed to overcome this.. Neji may not be the strongest but his intellect surpasses even Sasuke's..

Neji is smart, but where is Kidomaru (of the Sound Ninja 4 or 5) on the list when Naruto, Shikamaru, Choji, Neji, and Kiba look for Sasuke. He was a great strategist when he fought Neji, he found Neji's blind spot and almost successfully killed him.

Negi is intelligent and he most definitely surpasses Naruto, he thinks of many ways to beat his opponents he had to learn all his skills by himself he even mastered one of the most rare skills of his clan.

Neji is smart although he is not as smart as shikamaru

18 Tobirama Senju Tobirama Senju is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Tobirama was a very analytical shinobi he set up most of the tactics during the fourth war. He also created majority of the jutsu used throughout the series. Not to mention tobirama was known for making people think he was beat then,he would kill them when they're guard as down

Easy Top 5...way too much bias from people here.
Not only is he the creator of so many Jutsu, he is also the creator of Konoha as a functioning society.
He seems to have knowledge of seemingly every jutsu he sees including even jutsu used by the Sage of the Six Paths, and has knowledge of the ninja world (like identifying the toads of Mount Myoboko) or even knowing about the Sage of Six Paths.
Finally he is shown time and time again to develop tactics and strategy on the fly, and to work with others to utilize them.

Literally every jutsu that anyone uses is either made of based off a jutsu made by Tobirama. This guy was a prodigy and a genius, even though his "Kill all Uchihas" personality is kinda creepy.

He created Justus that everyone uses

19 Naruto Naruto Uzumaki is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Who the hell put Naruto here!?!? He's an idiot like Goku

Goku is not an idiot. Naruto went to school to learn things but still, he is terrible academically. Goku on the other hand never went to school. In terms of battle smart, Goku may as well be the smartest warrior in the series, since he is able to outsmart even Piccolo at times

I mean I'm not surprised that he's way down here but honestly he should be a bit more high in the iq levels I'm just saying

Naruto is smart too, because during fights, he'll surprise people by coming up with creative ways to win.

Think he could be a bit higher, the guy has always found ways around issues, he might not be the best at planning but in terms of quick thinking in the moment decision making he can be incredibly pragmatic and come up with plans nobody else would think up. Hence "The number one Ninja at surprising people" title.

20 Sakura Sakura Haruno is the main heroine of the series "Naruto Shonen Jump!" and Naruto Shippuden. She is the only female ninja of Team Seven. Her family consists of her mother, Mebuki Haruno and her father Kizashi Haruno. Her clan is likely not very well known around Konoha and up until "Boruto: Naruto Next more.

I think she is one of the smartest female characters. She is called a medical prodigy by all. Her battle tactics are near perfect. So I'm of the opinion that she is the smartest and strongest of the females.

I think that Sakura should be higher on the list.

She is definitely in top 10...and not below

Wait do you guys know anything about naruto at all? if you are judging according to the characters you like the most then you are not being honest, because naruto has databooks and according to them Sakura ties with shinnoh for second smartest and apart from that she is a medical ninja which requires a high degree of smartness, her attack is also close ranged which sometimes requires her to smartly lure her opponents closer, she is also quickly able to understand situations and improvise even sasuke which is ahead of her on this list deems her analytical skills better than his sharingan plus she is smart enough to easily answer the written portion of the chunin exam which normal genin are not supposed to be able to do

21 Shino

Aburame shino is a very smart shinobi remember how he caught zetsu when zetsu disguised as hinata

He should be in top 10 easily, only if we had seen him more we could have actually figured out his true potentially, including the part where he wasn't driven to power like sasuke nor knucklehead like naruto.

Fairly smart shinobi, he is a fast thinker and extremely good in situations...

Should be next to Shikamaru. Shino is very smart yet underrated.

22 Shisui

Shisui along with Itachi at a young age took on ANBU black ops. An incredible feat for them. He understood and calculated his and itachi's power for their missions. He was one of the few Uchiha who understood what was going to happen and the seriousness for their clans sake. If we could've seen more of him he would probably be one of the smartest on this list but sadly he died as a young man still developing and he already gets a spot on this list, Impressive...

This guy is as smart and strong as Itachi! and he should be in the second maybe first place! I'm crazy about Itachi but the truth should be told

I am quite dissapointed that Shisui is not in the top 10 at least.

This guy is serious when fighting enemies and he died early because of suiciding but at personal this guy has lots of known jutsus and he can control everything at thingking he needs to be 3rd place at lest

23 Jacksfilms

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He's too op, he take down hagoromo full power susanoo rinnegan with sharingan eternal mangekyou sharingan with sennin mode with just one finger DUUUDE.

Probebly in the top 10 strongest too his strenght is increadible he is also increadibly fast. Throughout the series he has defeated many such as Orochimaru, Itachi, Madara Obito, also as a kid destroyed kid kakashi ;D

24 Temari Temari is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Good strategist and Shikamaru and her make a good team.

She is coolest chick ever

She has all three moons and can fly on her fan.

She is damn smart

25 Kakuzu Kakuzu is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Kakuzu has almost 100 years of battle experience and I loved when he showed his intelligence and strategy!

Kakuzu should be higher. I do not understand why he is under Sakura.

I think he's not smartest character in Naruto, but I think he is very skilled and intelligent. Kakuzu can use his intelligence, battle skills, multiple hearts, and Hidan's immortality in fights and that's very dangerous combinations. He found out how is working Kotetsu and Izumo combo and he escaped from Kage Mane shuriken no jutsu.

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