Strongest/Smartest Anime Characters

Out of all, which deserves the title? Who is the most powerful in terms of Strength and Intelligence?

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.

He should be first on this list. L is a genius. Even smarter than Light and Near. His loss to Light was simply due to the fact that he had never had a friend, and he was somewhat blind to Light, even though he knew who he was. And, I see that somebody said that Near was smarter. This is in no way, shape, or form true. Near himself said that he wasn't as smart, and he only beat Light because of Mikami's incompetence. Had Mikami not screwed up, Light would have won. Therefore, proper order is 1. L 2. Light 3. Near. At least within the Deathnote universe.

Most people already him as the smartest manga character, imagining being the theif but he was actually the detective a way harder role. Though there are manga characters that are also geniuses like Light, for me he is the 2nd smartest manga character but lost to Near because of Teru Mikami and Lelouch is brilliant strategist,3rd for me. These are the top 3!

He is different, his way of thinking is different than any other anime character that I've seen so far. His brilliance and insane intelligence totally mesmerize me

Ofc he is 1st that's my boy he was made to be the best :D
he is smart cool and funny what else!

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2 Vegeta - Dragonball Z Vegeta - Dragonball Z Vegeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

Vegeta is both strong and smart.

If you think back on how Vegeta had to go about surviving Frieza's awful treatment, you'd realize Vegeta is both book and Street smart. Even Goku wouldn't have been alive were he in Frieza's army because he's not smart.

He has to be a secret brainiac. Who else can keep up with Bulma, the smartest woman in the world?

Power full saiyan and prince of planet Vegeta

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3 Light Yagami - Death Note Light Yagami - Death Note Light Yagami is a fictional character and the protagonist of the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Light Yagami is the smartest character because of his deductive ability, his ability to make plans and use the disadvantages in his favor. Remember that he was the only one with the intellect able to think of a plan so impeccably brilliant to kill L without being at any visible point involved, besides the other plan he made so the death note would come back to him after so many months, while demonstrating his innocence. He made everything with such precision and perfection that even L, the greatest detective in the world, even though he knew that he was Kira, was unable to prove it, despite being guarded and watched 24/7, including all the pitfalls that L tended him. Despite that, they could not catch him before 6 years and there were required 3 genius detectives, of whom two died in the process, Interpol, the FBI, the mafia, three shinigamis, the betrayal of his own colleagues in the Japanese police and disadvantages as Rem and Misa, who were a delay. And finally, when he was caught, ...more

Am I the only one who thinks that Light was smarter than L? He was really farsighted and even though it was based on mostly luck, he had necessarily thought of all precautions before hand. He was ruthless, but behind it he had good intentions, although the power drove him mad. He also killed -ehm- a really great character, who may have revealed him to be Kira, by cheating, he had the upper hand over him. I know the majority probably doesn't agree with me, but Light is one of those villains actually having good intentions behind their stone hearted demeanor. He may have used certain people, even have debated killing his own family, but in the end only driven mad by power and to make the world a better place.

He has got hell of a superhuman brain. He gets himself out of every dangerous situation anyhow by using his ability and can deceive anyone. If it were not to end the story he could have cleared the whole world.

Never ever underestimate GOD

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4 Trunks Trunks Trunks (トランクス, Torankusu) is the first Earthling and Saiyan hybrid son of Bulma and Vegeta, and the older brother of Bulla .

I don't know about Future Trunks, but Kid Trunks is a DUMBASS!

What is he doing here



5 Aizen - Bleach

When you think of smart compared to strong, you might think of one person for each, nope. This man is both. - wren6

He is the mastermind to those who speaks about him. The true character

Yhwach make aizen look like a kid who has dropped his ice cream

Yeah aizen is strong u can't kill him agh woah for the cutest villains

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6 Lelouch Lamperouge - Code Geass Lelouch Lamperouge - Code Geass 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.

How is this even a discussion? Lelouch is obviously the smartest character in all of anime.He managed to take over the world, without the superhuman strength that other characters have. All he used was his strategy. Even if you make the argument that he had a geass to help him, his power is actually so much more limited than the other people on this list. He can predict exactly what people say and record a conversation to play to them, IN THE FUTURE! On top of all that, he even managed to manipulate the entire world into creating world peace, with none of them knowing.

His Geass has the power to manipulate anyone's mind to obey any order without resistance! That means he could order you to kill yourself, while he stares with a smile. Plus, he is insanely intelligent! Even for Light and L!

The resolve shown by Lelouch to sacrifice himself for the greater good despite already owning the world shows his strength both physically as well as mentally.. Also, the execution of his plan so effortlessly says something about his tactics and intelligence.

she smart

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

When intelligence can far surpass strength. Shikamaru would have been literally the most overpowered character in the entire Naruto Universe. Take this into concept, Batman is considered one of the strongest heroes in the DC Universe... He's a man with nothing but wit and tools. If Shika was actually given something that wasn't used primarily as a stalling technique and had actual jutsu to use like everyone else, no one would actually be able to fight against him.

Shikamaru is smart, even as a former dragon ball fan, I think he qualifies to be a lot more smarter than Vegeta. He displayed an amazing performance defeating an Akatsuki on his own, I think he is qualified to be the smartest.

While Shikamaru is intelligent, it has been said that Kakashi is smarter. So, come one. There's no way that he's as smart as anybody in Deathnote. Even Mello.

He is not smarter than L from death note but he is the best and the smartest in his anime

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8 Sesshomaru - Inuyasha Sesshomaru - Inuyasha

Yay yay yay Finally yay yay *fangirling*

9 Toshiro Hitsugaya - Bleach Toshiro Hitsugaya - Bleach

I mean, come ON.

Hitsugaya taichou isreally strong and smart, he should be secound

10 Itachi Uchiha - Naruto Shippuden Itachi Uchiha - Naruto Shippuden Itachi Uchiha is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

He deserve to be in top 10 he slayed whole uchiha clan and sasuke didn't kill him he died because of the disease

Should be in top five. Made everyone think he was a villian while he was actually protecting konoha and sasuke. Can win almost any battle with his wit and deceptive skills. Selfless and sacrificed himself for the greater good.
Third Hokage himself said "Itachi Uchiha had the reasoning skill of a Kage at the age of seven". This sums it all

He is stronger than Madara. He should be number 1!

Itachi Uchiha My favourite character is finally on here and I am really glad he is in the top 10. The reason is for this he is very smart and Intellegent because he always analyze his opponent and always find weakness of everything.My favorite quote is "Every strong opponent has a weakness therefore you can use that to your advantage"

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The Contenders

11 Urahara Kisuke - Bleach

Urahara deverves at least second place, and shikamaru is the only other anime character than can rival his intelligence. By all means a complete genius. They may not be the greatest fighters, but by far, the smartest. Anybody who has read/watched naruto or bleach would know this. I also think his intelligence surpasses that of lights, L's, and lelouches.

Well he isn't the strongest character comes in my mind when I hear "Bleach", but he's the smartest.

He is the smartest character in history of bleach because without his bankai he with ichigo destroyed Aiken. He is cooler than all animes with very great care to his friends. The only top one of all times.

You must be high. Kisuke should be the first in this list

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12 Frieza - Dragonball Z Frieza - Dragonball Z Freeza (Pronounced "Frieza" in the Funimation dub) is fictional character in the Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama as the primary antagonist of the Freeza Saga. He is a galactic tyrant who governs the Planet Trade Organization and is feared by the universe for his sadistic and brutal nature. He is more.

Even if he is rude and straight up cruel, Frieza is undoubtedly strong and intelligent.

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13 Goku - Dragonball Z Goku - Dragonball Z Son Goku (Kakarrot) is the main protagonist in Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. He had many abilities like, super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability. more.

Who ever called Goku an idiot and think he was dumb all deserves a good lecture. Goku learned Kamehameha after seeing it once while it took Master Roshi 50 YEARS, he's also a genius tactician and strategist in battle, figured out powering up would only decreases speed during Cell saga, being the only one able to find out that mastering SSJ1 and use it effectively would be better than Vegeta's way, who's stupid and just train as hard as he could without even thinking and let envy engulfs him, and Goku was the only one capable of deducing Cell's actions... Many thought that Goku was stupid, which he was DEFINITELY NOT, he's actually one of the most,if not the most, intelligent characters in the series. He's just NAIVE and INNOCENT because he grew up in a forest and didn't go to school, and people misunderstood him for being stupid. About his being not able to do even the simpliest math problems, is because of him not going to school. If he did, he's an exremely fast learner. You can't ...more

Yeah, true enough. Just have to disagree with you a bit. Goku's indeed one of the best anime tacticians, but he isn't THE very smartest. But he's definitely smarter than he's thought to be. - Goku02

Woah, how are these people so simple-minded? If Goku doesn't have battle smart and just attacking without thinking, he would be nowhere this powerful. Goku has some of the best strategies and tactics, and he always comes up with the best training methods.

True, Goku isn't that smart based on understanding logics or academics, but you have to admit he is smart in fighting other enemies. Look, he even learned kamehameha in less than a year while master roshi needed 50years to learn it?!? truly remarkable

Why, he's just the celverest when it comes to fights. He only keeps in his head what's useful for him, and of course he doesn't need maths and all that. And for that stupid reason everyone's calling him dumb. Can you even come up with strategies half as brilliant as his? Sherlock Holmes doesn't even know that the Earth goes round the Sun, 'because he doesn't need that infromation, he let it out of his head. But has anyone ever heard ANYONE says that Holmes is stupid? No. - BigBadWolf

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14 Edward & Alphonse Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist

Both of them OBVIOUSLY are smart, they're alchemists, plus Ed went thruthe Gate so he knows more than almost everyone! AND they were both physically trained to the extreme, thrown onto a deserted island and being constantly hunted/chased by a madman with a knife for a month! And they were little kids when that happened!

The power to summon/fix/build anything at your own will, is obviously gonna make these two powerful!

They're geniuses and very strong at fighting

Yes the elric brothers areally the smart one

15 Natsu Dragneel - Fairy Tail Natsu Dragneel - Fairy Tail Natsu Dragneel is a Mage of the Fairy Tail Guild.Natsu is carefree and reckless in nature, and, despite his consistent brawls with the other members of Fairy Tail, he is a fiercely loyal and protective friend. He is willing to go down fighting for his friends, regardless of how futile it might seem. more.

Natsu is still smart so yea

Yes Natsu is a total badass

He can emit flames from any part of his body! He gets even stronger when it comes to defending friends.

Natsu is the best because he can beat sting rogue in a minute also he have the power of laxus dreyar now.please voted for NATSU DRAGNEEL

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16 Hisoka - Hunter x Hunter Hisoka - Hunter x Hunter

Hisoka is the smartest for sure, he can read his enemies mind, he can see how strong they're and he knows exactly what's going on around him. He's doing whatever he wants to, well at least he's the smartest anime character I know.

He is extremely smart and one of the strongest characters in the series.

He is the most cunning thing I've ever seen

He may not be the strongest on this list, but he is the smartest and extremely strong..there is only one person I would put above him..that's KILLUA

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17 Erza Scarlet - Fairy Tail Erza Scarlet - Fairy Tail Erza Scarlet is an S-Class Mage from the infamous magic guild Fairy Tail . Erza starts off as a lone wolf and stays loyal to following the rules. As the story develops Erza changes into loving mage strong and independent. As her terrible past haunts her she ignores her friends' calls that they want more.

Actually someone named Zoro from one piece is the best swordsman I've ever since, and no the sexiest but that's opinion

For me she has a great mastery in swordsmanship and she uses her intellect and will to beat all of her opponents no matter what, even hundreds are against her that's why she deserves to be on this list.

I mean come on no one can be better at swordsmanship than erza why is she here she is smart and most sexy girl I have ever seen.


18 Hinagiku Katsura - Hayate The Combat Butler Hinagiku Katsura - Hayate The Combat Butler

Fits perfect into strongest and smartest category...

Indeed, against a battle of brains, you will be at wit's ends against the genius of Hakou, and in battle, Hina-mon will easily slice you to pieces... Unless your the unluckiest butler in the world :P.

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19 Ichigo Kurosaki - Bleach Ichigo Kurosaki - Bleach Ichigo Kurosaki is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

His power maybe limited but from his emotion comes great strength. He is not smart as urahara but his skills are not to underestimated

He is a Shinigami, meaning only the spiritual can see him. He deserves the top five at least!

He is really handsome

Ichigo $?! =%#'3

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20 Luffy D. Monkey - One Piece

He uses his knowledge on how rubber works and elastic potential energy to increase his fighting strength and speed also know as gear second very smart if you ask me - Jamal10

This guy's dumb but really strong, I love those kind of characters!

He is not smartest.. He's reckless, but he is strongest!

He is strong but he's dumb

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