Top 10 Smartest TV Characters


The Top Ten

1 Data (Star Trek)
2 Gregory House (House)

He's number one
Sherlock should be number two what

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

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

3 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.

Michael scofield is the smartest character to be potraited in a series he's one of a kind my suggestion is that scofield should be number one


Outsmarts everyone and he is never stopped by anyone.

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

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.

The multiverse is his play ground

It's Rick Sanchez. End of story.

I'm pickle Rick!

Titled Smartest Man in the Universe in infinite universe.

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

5 Professor Farnsworth (Futurama)

In france its called a guillotine

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

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

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

6 Dr. Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)

Oh yeah

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.

He's fascinating

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

7 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

8 KITT (Knight Rider)
9 Dr. Raymond Langston (CSI)
10 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.

The Contenders

11 Freddie Benson (iCarly) Freddie Benson (iCarly)
12 Velma Dinkley (Scooby Doo) Velma Dinkley (Scooby Doo) Velma Dinkley is a fictional character in the Scooby-Doo franchise. She is usually seen wearing a baggy orange turtleneck, short red pleated skirt, knee socks, Mary Janes, and most prominently, a pair of square glasses, which she frequently loses.
13 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.

14 Jimmy Neutron (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) Jimmy Neutron (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) James "Jimmy" Isaac Neutron is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Jimmy Neutron franchise . He is most notably the main protagonist of the 2001 American 3D computer-animated comic science fiction film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and the main protagonist of the American computer animated more.
15 George Hearst (Deadwood)
16 Walter ''Heisenberg'' White (Breaking Bad)

Definitely one of the smartest criminal master minds of all time!

Smartest criminal I know and that's a fact

Oh come on! He is the smartest ever.

17 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.

18 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

19 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.

She’s a 2nd grader. And she’s almost as smart as some of these people.

20 Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes)

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.

How the hell is sherlock so low on this list

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

How the crud is Logan above Sherlock?

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21 Peggy Olson (Mad Men)
22 Olive Doyle (A.N.T. Farm)
23 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

24 Patrick Jane (The Mentalist)

Why is he so far down this list? He deserves top 3 no doubt

He knows you more than you do

He is not lower than top 3

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.

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25 Professor Frink (The Simpsons)

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

26 Kyle Broflovski (South Park) Kyle Broflovski (South Park) Kyle Broflovski is a main character in the animated television series South Park. He is voiced by and loosely based on co-creator Matt Stone.

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

27 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.

28 Mister Peabody (The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show)
29 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.

30 Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

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

31 Harold Finch (Person of Interest)

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

32 Mycroft Holmes (BBC Sherlock)
33 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

34 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?

35 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.
36 Blossom (Powerpuff Girls) Blossom (Powerpuff Girls) Blossom is the leader of The Powerpuff Girls and one of the three main protaganists of the show. She was created in 1992 by Craig McCracken. She has long, red hair up in a ponytail with a giant red bow, pink eyes, pink dress with black belt, and white socks with Mary Jane shoes. She is intelligent, more.
37 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.
38 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

39 Brainy Smurf (The Smurfs)
40 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.
41 Brain Griffin (Family Guy)
42 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.
43 Pink Panther (The Pink Panther) Pink Panther is a fictional animated character who appeared in the opening and closing credit sequences of every film in the Pink Panther series except for A Shot in the Dark and Inspector Clouseau.

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

44 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.

45 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.

46 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.

47 Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Afterall, He was head-boy!

48 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.

49 John Locke (Lost)

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

50 Sam Puckett (iCarly) Sam Puckett (iCarly)
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List StatsCreated 8 Oct 2013
Updated 17 Nov 2018

500 votes
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Top Remixes

1. Professor Farnsworth (Futurama)
2. Data (Star Trek)
3. Gregory House (House)
1. Cody Martin (Suite Life)
2. Data (Star Trek)
3. Dr. Raymond Langston (CSI)


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