Top 10 Smartest TV Characters


The Top Ten

1 Gregory House (House)

House has intelligence that is not one dimensional. He excels in science, medicine, language, human nature, biology, music and has the best jokes.

He's number one
Sherlock should be number two what

Simply has the most intellectual brain power in television history. I'd put Dr. Hannibal VERY close behind him, and Walter White at 3rd.

2 Professor Farnsworth (Futurama)

Only smarter than all of the others because of his futuristic intellectual resources

He's an total idiot you're a buffoon your whole lists are jokes - Kevinsidis

In france its called a guillotine

Good news, everybody...I'm smart hehhee - fuadmondeo

3 Data (Star Trek)
4 Michael Scofield (Prison Break) Michael Scofield (Prison Break) Michael J. Scofield, played by Wentworth Miller, is a fictional character and one of the two protagonists of the American television series Prison Break.

A literal genius, breaks his brother and 6 other guys out of a high security prison and that's just the beginning

A proven intellectual genius. Broken out of 2 top security prisons, extremely pretty and a very good guy.

The structural engineer who broke out from two prisons that were never supposed to be broken. - San_Lakshitha

Genius. Best T.V. series ever

5 KITT (Knight Rider)
6 Spock (Star Trek) Spock (Star Trek) Spock is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise. Spock was first portrayed by Leonard Nimoy in the original Star Trek series.
7 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.

Titled the "smartest man in the universe" by so far everyone in the universe. He even managed to be the smartest of all the alternate versions of himself, he's manipulative, brilliant and logical. - lifeofgod

Titled Smartest Man in the Universe in infinite universe.

That technically makes him smarter than any other entity in any fictional universe.

Rick Sanchez knows everything. Rick Sanchez can do everything. Rick Sanchez is easily the smartest guy in the universe. He is basically God.


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8 Velma Dinkley (Scooby Doo) Velma Dinkley (Scooby Doo)
9 George Hearst (Deadwood)
10 Dexter Morgan (Dexter) Dexter Morgan (Dexter) Dexter Morgan is a fictional character and the antihero of a series of novels by Jeff Lindsay, including Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dearly Devoted Dexter, Dexter in the Dark, Dexter by Design, Dexter Is Delicious, Double Dexter, and Dexter's Final Cut.

Combined, his practical and theoretical intel could defeat any opponent, and he should definitely be higher ranked on this list.

Simply the smartest criminal of all time.

The Contenders

11 Peggy Olson (Mad Men)
12 Dr. Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)

He's super smart, and he's just plain adorable. I know that doesn't have anything to do with the question, but it had to be said.

You know what, I think this page is stupid, Spence is the smartest and he always will be

He's smart & cute

He is near the top of my favorite geniuses. I always love when he isn’t up to date on the pop culture stuff because he’s just not interested and has more important things to do!

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13 The Doctor (Doctor Who) The Doctor (Doctor Who) The Doctor is the title character and protagonist in the long-running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.

The only one on this list I would mark as more intelligent than the Doctor is Rick Sanchez. And even then, it's a barely there difference.

Bro he is smarter than any one on this list he literally knows everything not joking, everything

He is very smart and got out of very tough spots with only words. He fights things with his mind all the way to blood thirsty aliens to carnivorous planets(Don't ask).

He can defeat everything, even when the villains think they outsmarted him, it turns out that even that was all part of his plan. he saved entire multiverses multiple times.

14 Walter ''Heisenberg'' White (Breaking Bad)

Smartest criminal I know and that's a fact

Oh come on! He is the smartest ever.

15 Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory) Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory) 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.

How come Sheldon's not first? He went to college when he was 11, for crying out loud!

He's insanely smart its annoying (for the other characters) but hilarious to the viewers watching!

He is knows just about... Everything.

He is really smarter than that

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16 Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes)

Sherlock is on every other top list and he has the smarts to prove it.

How the hell is sherlock so low on this list

Huh? There isn't a single character within top 10 who is as smart as him. Also, Leonardo from Da Vinci's Demons should be here too, maybe the only one smarter than Sherlock among show protagonists.

31, 31, you have got be kidding youself. He is by far smarter than everyone in the list, apart from gregory House and maybe Microft holmes. Also considering his idea of almost all fields and unmatched memory, he can be compared to few Star Trek characters who don't belong in this list in the first place.

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17 Huey Freeman (The Boondocks) Huey Freeman (The Boondocks) Huey Freeman is one of the main protagonists and antihero in The Boondocks syndicated comic strip written by Aaron McGruder, as well as the animated TV series of the same name.

A 10-year-old revolutionary left-wing radical, whose knowledge and understanding of the world around him far surpasses his age. Also a disciplined and extremely skilled martial artist

A incredibley intelligent 10 year old who can chose so wisely is so brave and make a glove that creates electricity he's a amazing detective fights like Bruce lee and creates super smart sayings he is incredibly smart

18 Patrick Jane (The Mentalist)

He can read minds and he is number 18 on this list. He is so much smarter then the Breaking Bad guy, Mister Peabody and Walter Bishop.

He knows you more than you do

He is not lower than top 3

Just The Mentalist..

19 Kyle Broflovski Kyle Broflovski

How the hell is Cartman higher up on the "SMARTEST characters" list than Kyle?! This just proves how Kyle is sorta underrated nowadays!

20 Mister Peabody (The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show)
21 Walter Bishop (Fringe)

Hands down top ten. Anything else is an insult. He basically understands everything physical.

He is Brilliant in his feild and anyone that can do lab experiments like he does deserves to be at number 4.

How can Reid be ahead of Dr. Bishop? Sacrilege! He traveled between universes and did a host few crazy sh*t like a juiced up Einstein. Low blow people, low blow.

22 Harold Finch (Person of Interest)

The Guy creates the Machine that watches everybody in the world and is a big time hacker

23 Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Bones)

Denfinitely bones. half the time you don't even have a clue what she is even saying. she is the smartest person I have ever seen on a T.V. show.

24 Mycroft Holmes (BBC Sherlock)
25 Dexter (Dexter's Lab) Dexter (Dexter's Lab) Dexter is a fictional character and the titular protagonist of the Cartoon Network animated series, Dexter's Laboratory.

He is the smartest boy you every seen. - toy

26 Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons) Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons) 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.
27 Eric Cartman (South Park) Eric Cartman (South Park) Eric Theodore Cartman is one of the main characters in the animated television series South Park, created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and voiced by Trey Parker.

Why is he on this list?

28 Blossom Blossom
29 Rachel Berry (Glee) Rachel Berry (Glee) Rachel Barbra Berry is a fictional character and de facto female lead from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee.
30 Olive Doyle (A.N.T. Farm)
31 Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)

I'm not that into the show or anything but I have seen it a couple of times and to be fair he deserves to be up here.

Already on here lol

32 Dr. Raymond Langston (CSI)
33 Cody Martin (Suite Life)

So smart that he had no life. By the way tat sexist liberal Brian is the dumbest person in T.V., third next to ozzy lusty, and Lois pewtershmit. - q1q1q1q1q1

34 Brainy Smurf (The Smurfs)
35 Adam Young (Mr. Young) Adam Young (Mr. Young) Adam Randal Young is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for creating the synthpop/electronica project Owl City. Other important projects he has taken part of are Sky Sailing, Port Blue, Swimming With Dolphins, Seagull Orchestra and Adam Young Scores.
36 Freddie Benson (iCarly) Freddie Benson (iCarly)
37 Brain Griffin (Family Guy)
38 Lisa Simpson (Simpsons) Lisa Simpson (Simpsons) 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.
39 Logan Henderson (Big Time Rush) Logan Henderson (Big Time Rush) Logan Phillip Henderson (born September 14, 1989) is an American actor and singer. He is best known for his role as Logan Mitchell on the Nickelodeon series, Big Time Rush, as well as being a former member of the Big Time Rush band itself. He, along with the band, have won and been nominated for multiple more.
40 The Pink Panther

I think its clever smart enough to be the no.6, also, its pink panther come on!

41 Dr. Jack Hodgins (Bones)

He may not be the genius level that bones is, But he's bugs and dirt and he did save their butts when they were buried alive.

42 Dr. Gregory House (House)

Has to be smart to be the top of his career and be as respected as he is. great charactor.. for the most part, great show. even though this season isn't as good.

43 Winifred "Fred" Burkle (Angel)

Fred was one of my favorite charactors from angel and even though she didn't work in a lab or have the doctor title doesn't mean she wasn't just as smart. when Fred would go on about physics you could tell that she was scary smart.

44 Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

He was smart, but not half as smart as the rest of the people on this list.

45 Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Afterall, He was head-boy!

46 Mohinder Suresh (Heroes)

On heroes he was the smartest. he knew exactly what was happening even nobody else did.. he was the professor that brought everyone together after his fathers' passing.

47 John Locke (Lost)

While, not as smart as the rest. he sure kept everyone on their toes in a tough situation on lost.

48 Sam Puckett (iCarly) Sam Puckett (iCarly)
49 Professor Frink (The Simpsons)

How is he not smarter than Lisa? Has anyone seen this show?

50 Dr. Dick Solomon (3rd Rock From The Sun)
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