Smartest Naruto Characters

The Top Ten

1 Itachi

No words can describe this legend

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

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

Itachi was a genius

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

Imagine how smart he is now if he had 200 IQ at age 13

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

He has an IQ of 200. Objectively, he's smarter than anyone on the show as far as we know. Itachi might be able to compete with him somewhat, but even then, as smart as Itachi was, he was not as smart as Shikamaru. - aidanpscott

Has an IQ of over 200, that's over 10 smarter than Sherlock holmes

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3 Madara 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!

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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!

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

Kakashi is much faster than shikamaru at thinking of strats

Kakashi is part of the Hatake Clan, a clan which has produced tons of incredibly smart people. Also, in the game Shinobi Striker, his title is "Genius Ninja."

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.

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).

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6 Orochimaru 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.

Orochimaru should bi N1

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

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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 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.

9 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

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10 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

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

He's a Smart asf

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The Contenders

11 Sasuke 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?

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12 Tsunade 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?

13 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 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

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!

Get him to 1

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14 Danzo Shimura Danzo Shimura Danzō 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.

strongest

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

Naruto is very dumb I just put this for a good laugh

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 - Goku02

Naruto is smart because of his ways to throw people off the strategy he planned, and create a new direction for it in a completely different way

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

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16 Neji

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 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. - jonesn17

Neji is smart although he is not as smart as shikamaru

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

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

If he wasnt there konoha wouldn't be konoha I mean he find a lot of jutsus on top of that he was a politician master mind

18 Sakura 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 ...read 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.

Is supposed to be smarter than Sasuke... - pxtato_

She did study medical ninjutsu so she should be higher

She is 4 that means it is higher than sasuke who is 3.5

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19 Shino

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.

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

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

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

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20 Jacksfilms Jacksfilms

He Mind Got Ultiamte level he killed zero he's A good no I Since he is Me me big boy

ITS JACKSFILMS

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

21 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

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22 Temari 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

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23 Kakuzu Kakuzu

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.

24 Hinata

I know that Hinata is not that smart. But she knows about other people’s chakra. And know their strengths and weaknesses. We makes her a pretty smart character.

25 Darui

He should be number one

26 Fugaku Uchiha
27 Konan Konan Konan 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.

She is definitely one of the smartest characters in the series. From the beginning of the Akatsuki, she knew perfectly what will happen, but stayed only because of Nagato/Pain. When he died, she immediately left the Akatsuki. But she knew that Tobi/Madara will come and try to get Rinnengan. And then the fight. She knew exactly how and when he is going to attack, and prepared perfect counter- attack. I belive that she maybe would even be able to beat him if she has seen Izanagi and all his techniques before. But she didn't and that killed her. This shows how amazing strategist she is and compared to the others, even number 5 would be underestimating her.

28 Jiraiya Jiraiya

Jiraiya is a real one he should be top 15

If he is an idiot then how did he figure out pains secret

Jiraiya is a idiot like Naruto and Goku. Who ever put Jiraiya here is messed up

29 Deidara Deidara Deidara 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 is intelligent

Why isn't his intelligence and creativity recognized😕

Who the hell put deidara here.he was smart enough to capture gaara,he almost killed naruto and his gangs if not for kakashi

HE dfsf

30 Gaara Gaara Gaara is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto. He is the jinchuuriki of the one-tailed shukaku and can control sand that is stored in his gourd.

I think Gaea should be among top ten he much smarter than many of carractes of his age

31 Ichiraku Ramen Dude

During Naruto's wedding, everyone was in a dilemma and was trying to choose what to give to Naruto. This dude wrote something on a paper and gave it to him which is the infinite ramen thing. As we see in Baruto, he keeps this most dear to himself.

Ye! HE BEST BOI! SMARTEST OUTTA EVERYONE! THE ONLY SMART ONE IN NARUTO/BORUTO

32 Sasori Sasori Sasori is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Why is he this low? He's a genius.

Are you crazy? He is a genius.He should be higher.😡😡😡

33 Boruto Uzumaki Boruto Uzumaki

LITERALLY STRONGER THAN EVERY CHARACTER AND HANDS DOWN THE SMARTEST CHARACTER EVER! I MEAN, DID YOU NOT SEE HIM BEAT THE OTSUTSUKI GUY ALL BY HIMSELF

34 Nagato Nagato Nagato (Also known by his alias "Pain") is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

He is smarter than tsunade by a lot

35 The Fine Bros The Fine Bros

Also the fine bros are smarter then tobi apparently

I got sued for reacting

WHY IS THIS HERE?

36 Hashirama

Hashirma is 101% smarter than Shikamaru

Yo t agree with doo hashirama is smart

37 Tenten Tenten

Tenten is smart because she can calculate the distance between her and her opponent she can also use unfamiliar weapons without training with it.

Seriously! Who was the person that put Tenten on here and as far as I know she didn't display any intelligence throughout the whole series.

38 Ino

Ino is very smart! She was the best in her class (she even surpassed Sasuke, the "genius")! While she may not be as smart as Shikamaru, she is certainly gifted and intelligent.

39 Asuma Sarutobi Asuma Sarutobi Asuma Sarutobi is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Come on guys sarutobi sensei was really smart and was the strongest in Naruto and is really cool to!

40 Anko

Anko is definitely highly intelligent and very skilled in her artistic ability especially that episode where she was instructor for the chunin exam in Naruto season 1 and she was sitting on a tree branch and she drew the logo of the leaf village with the chopstick and she did with her eyes closed and too me I found that very impressive and she has great combat skills, sarcastic, great sense of humor and she is seen messing with Naruto in more than one occassion.

41 Lee

Ok I gotta agree lee may be nobel but he's not the sharpest knife in the disposal bin

Lee reatarded

42 Karin Karin
43 Onoki
44 Kiba

Why is Kiba even on this list?

45 Gai
46 Swoozie
47 Tobi Tobi Tobi 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.

Are we this dumb to put him on this list? I mean I love him but, really?

48 Sarada Uchiha Sarada Uchiha
49 Kurenai
50 Kushina Uzumaki Kushina Uzumaki Kushina Uzumaki is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.
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