Top Ten Smartest Fictional Characters

The Top Ten
1 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.

L is known as the greatest detective in the world and for a good reason. He thinks in unconventional but genius ways. He doesn't fear taking risks and confronting the culprit. He fools everyone with his appearance and looks. He solves every case he takes without letting his emotions get in the way. For these reasons, he definitely deserves to be number 1.

L was introduced as a mysterious character who had known to solve every case assigned to him. He had also tackled the greatest mysteries the world had ever known. Unlike other detectives, he barely relies on physical evidence and uses his intelligence and wits to solve the puzzle. His deduction is that of a mad genius that no fictional character can ever compete with. Definitely deserves the spot as number 1.

he has a higher IQ than Sherlock Holmes and, from personal opinion is more entertaining. He even beat the most wanted criminal and solved many other difficult cases. Soichiro Yagami says, and I quote "L is like the polices' trump card." You might be asking, "But he dies, how could have he beat Kira?" Well, l was the one who started the case and inspired both near and Mello to win against Kira.

He's smart but not smartest. For sure he is the most overrated detective ever. Sherlock is a much better detective, and I really don't think L is smarter than Lelouch. I think Artemis Fowl is number one.

2 Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Referring to himself as a "consulting detective" in the stories, Holmes is known for his proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients, including Scotland Yard.

While L definitely has intuition and deductive reasoning I believe Sherlock has even more variety on his overall knowledge. I mean yes L did get a perfect on those entrance exams but so could a lot of characters on this list including Sherlock.

Don't forget Sherlock didn't have access to technology and as a detective still caught his man every time.

In the game of shadows he played the professor in many different ways, genius.

Sherlock Holmes could figure out impossible cases in at max only a few days.

3 Rick Sanchez (Rick and Morty) Rick Sanchez is a fictional character from the American animated television series Rick and Morty, aired on Adult Swim.

His character isn't designed to be the smartest person on earth, but to be the smartest person in every conceivable universe. He easily outclasses the counterpart genius of every other franchise

Tony Stark built an arc reactor "in a cave, with a box of scraps", but this guy built a spaceship in a garage made of junk, which can obviously go pretty damn fast since they travel all over the universe, whereas Stark could barely get his first suit in the air.

Rick invented a portal gun that can transport him to wherever he wants to go, whether it be on the opposite side of the galaxy, or the opposite side of the galaxy in an entirely different universe. He also turned himself into a pickle once

Rick Sanchez is easily the smartest on the list. Simply due to the fact that he created a spaceship out of garbage from out of a garage. This was a debate for me whether Rick or L would be the smartest in my opinion but I must say, even though I don't watch the show. Rick is definitely the smartest.(Show wise I would probably choose death note tho)

You're talking to a guy who can sentence you to the machine of unspeakable doom, which swaps your conscious and unconscious minds, rendering your fantasies pointless, while everything you've known becomes impossible to grasp. Also every ten seconds it stabs your balls.

4 Batman Batman aka Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. In film, he has been portrayed by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck. He has been voiced by a variety of voice actors, including Olan Soule, Kevin Conroy, Rino Romano, Diedrich Bader, and Jason O'Mara.

Batman might not have the highest IQ (192) but he has still managed to out smart lex luthor, brainiac and joker. He also has beaten darkside twice ( once with the hell bat suit and with the radion bullet ) and people think iron man is smarter because he build's more advanced suits batman can and has built very advanced suits like the justice buster, hell bat suit, the batman beyond suit and the sun box armour the reason he doesn't really on them like iron man is because he doesn't need to iron man with out his suit is just a rich and smart guy batman without a suit is still one of the most dangerous man in the world. To make it even more insane batman is said to be peak human but we have seen him do thinks which a human even with training can't do like dodge a bullet after it leaves the barrel from a distance that's less than 5 meters , has leg pressed a train , escaped from being buried alive in straitjacket while it's raining , rips a sewer grate with his bare hands , a lifted bane ...more

I voted for lisa, for L, for emmet but Batman should be the first, being a master in several areas, and the iconic world symbol that he is, as it says in the batman biography Arkham Asylum, trained to the apex of physical and mental condition, e ponto final, the guy is the foda.

He earned 6 Ph.D's before the age of 21 in chemistry, biology, engineering, psychology, computer science, and forensics (solving crimes using science). He was able to outsmart Brainiac who is the smartest being in the DC universe. He is a better detective than Sherlock Holmes.

Batman is number 1. He found an ancient group of unfindable sorcerers multiple times after they erased his memory. He was able to outsmart Brainiac who's IQ is greater than all of the population of earth. Etc, etc.

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

L, who is number 1 on this list told Light that he was more capable than he was and said he would surpass him. Light thought of things quicker than L did, and the author stated if Light never found the Death Note he would work with L and surpass him as a detective. Light is the smartest

If L deserves the top spot then Light deserves the 2 spot.His plans were always perfect but the reason he is not sarter than L is because he shows his smartness because of resources

He beat the person who is Number 1 on this list by outsmarting him

If L is number 1, which I agree with, then Light would have to be number 2

6 Anthony Stark

Tony Stark should be no.3 instead of Batman. Iron Man is intelligent enough to make armours that have broken the light barrier, can lift over 100 tons, has fought gods and even cosmic beings to a standstill. His armors have no limits whereas Batman is just a man with simple gadgets, he's nowhere near as intelligent as Tony Stark. Batman has his own butler (Alfred) whereas Tony INVENTED his own butler (JARVIS, FRIDAY). In fact both Reed Richards & Tony Stark should be above Batman, this list is bs.

I voted just to say this batman literally in the comics makes a device that allows him to become the god of knowledge so... I disagree that tony stark should be higher than batman. If you need proof just surch god of knowledge batman.

If Batman were this smart, he'd be in a flying suit too. Instead, he's in a fast car with a glass pack on it. Cool car, but it doesn't fly.

Has detective skills,creativity, street smarts, leadership skills
Genius, billionaire, philanthropist, scientist and engineer. Deserves to be number 1, or at least 2

7 Zarbon (Dragon Ball) Zarbon is Frieza's right hand man and highest ranking Commander and General in an army of millions. He is always beside his master and emperor, Lord Frieza, following his orders and carrying out his dirty work alongside his comrade, Dodoria. Zarbon is responsible for advising Frieza on numerous matters, more.
8 Peter Strahm (Saw)
9 Hannibal Lecter Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. Lecter was introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.
10 Hermione Granger

People say she's just into books. But she acts quickly and is able to think extremely rapidly on her feet, as can be observed during the confrontation with Bathilda Bagshot/Nagini. Hermione's the character who figured out that the Heir of Slytherin had a Basilisk in the castle, and was smart enough to find a way to tell Harry about the Basilisk. Hermione was the one who suggested they escape from Gringotts on a dragon. Hermione is the voice of reason and rationality within the Trio, and there's a lot more to her character besides memorizing a bunch of facts. Hermione is the one who Apparated the Trio out of Bill and Fleur's wedding, and she's the one who made sure the Trio had all of their supplies in case they needed to flee. That's not just reading a stack of spellbooks. That's coming up with an ingenious idea and having the skill to pull it off.

Come on! It was a no brainer. Even the Professors say that she's the brightest witch her age. If it wasn't for her bravery, in less than a minute the Sorting Hat would've sorted her in Ravenclaw.

definitely needs to be number 1, think about it without her there wouldn't be 7 Harry Potter Books Or 8 Movies Because Without Hermione Harry Would Of Died In The First Book! Because of HER The franchise survived

Should be top 5

The Contenders
11 Reed Richards

Has defeated multiversal beings, FTL spaceships that can travel 37 light-years in seconds, the bridge which can look through all space and time (and collapse universes), remade the marvel universe with his mind (aka the omniverse), drained galactus of his powers, etc. Can't believe rick Sanchez is above him. That guy is a hack and overrated. Tbh he should be the first

8th?!? HOW?!?!?! Sure L and Sherlock Holmes are better detectives, but people can't seriously think that all it matters to be smarter is detective work? Really? Never mind the fact he could be a better detective using math and science. A discipline combining history, sociology, and mathematical statistics to make general predictions about the future behavior of very large groups of people. He made that, a new science field, at 12 years old. Mad thinker (a genius who is LEAGUES smarter than both), said his work was flawless and it was hurting his brain trying to comprehend it because his math wasn't good enough.

Now onto Batman. There's... Absolute no discussion. The only reason he is even top 5 is because of Batman fanboys. He's the most overrated in DC. I seriously want to see someone saying he's smarter than Reed and I want to embarrass them lmao. Maybe when he creates a planet-busting weapon then come to me. But so far, Reed stomps so much. By the way, he didn't create the ...more

It has been officially stated that Reed Richards is smarter than Tony Stark.

How is he not at least 4

12 Jack Vincennes
13 Maes Hughes Maes Hughes is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.
14 Johan Liebert Johan Liebert is a character in the anime and manga series Monster, created by Naoki Urasawa. He is the twin brother of the main character, Dr. Kenzo Tenma, and serves as the primary antagonist. Johan is a highly intelligent, manipulative individual with a mysterious past, capable of bending people to his will. His enigmatic, malevolent nature has earned him the nickname "the Monster," as he orchestrates a series of grim events throughout the narrative.

Are you kidding? He is hands down the smartest human anime character of all time. If You thought L, Light, Bulma and Lelouch were impressive, then you haven't heard of this monster. This man is indisputably the most cunning and manipulate character of these five. He was just as smart as L when they were eight years old. Unlike L, he was financially independent and flawless strategists. He sees existence as meaningless.

15 Black Panther T'Challa, better known as the Black Panther, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, first appearing in Fantastic Four #52 (cover-dated July 1966) in the Silver Age of Comic Books. He is known to be the first black superhero in mainstream American comics and hails from the fictional African country of Wakanda. The character has been portrayed by Chadwick Boseman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

From this list, there are these whose intelligence is defined by their expert level and knowledge in science. We have Rick Sanchez and Reed Richards for instance. There are also those who define themselves with natural wisdom capable of tackling societal problems. Such individuals include the "detectives" and "leaders" like Lelouch as well as petty criminals like Yagami and masterminds like Liebert. But then there are those who own both two "types of geniuses". Black Panther is the only I see worthy on the list for now. Armed with so much scientific wisdom and blessed with natural leadership, Panther is the near perfect genius.

Black Panther is below 20? and Annabeth Chase, Hannibal Lecter,Granger, Simpson, and that Nick Wilde are higher? What kind of joke is this? Juddy Hoops and Nick Wilde are characters that appeared in some few movies. Panther has been around for 60+ years and yet he isn't recognized for all his smarts? In the Marvel world, he's part of the top 8 most intelligent beings. He's also the leader of Wakanda, the Black African nation which is the most advanced on Earth and recently, the Galaxy. He's received better education than L, Light, Lelouch, Sherlock and has better tech than Batman, Iron Man. One great thing about Panther is that he excels in every field. He's a good engineer since he developed a suit at just 12 years old. He also has the Captain America battlefield leadership as he's led the Avengers and Wakanda countless times against very dangerous foes. Infact, Richard Reeds considers Panther the only one suitable besides him to lead the Fantastic 4. Black Panther also has great ...more

Black Panther is supposed to be in top 3. 60 is shameful. He is one of Marvel''s smartest characters. First of all, he commands the most advanced civilization on Marvel Earth and is far ahead of Sherlock, L, Light , Lecter and Batman's basic knowledge. Black Panther's most lethal intelligence weapon is his prep. He preps ahead of the Fantastic 4 and beats Richards who is far smarter than L who I'm shocked is first on the list. Tchalla easily disables a nuclear war head mid flightwhile depowered. He invented Falcon's wings as well as the Avenger's quinjet which can travel anywhere in the Galaxy and other dimensions. He mentally tricks Mephisto a being more powerful than a death note. Panther created a corrosive gel that eats Iron Man's armor . He led Wakanda to war in defeating the Skrull, one of Marvel universe's superpowers. He also created a device which takes out Thanos on the fly with no prep. Tchalla created cells which can cure death itself. In my opinion 60 is stupidity above ...more

I decided to vote black panther because his Co equals; Stark, Batman and Reeds are all in top 10. My only concern is that the newer Black Panther comics are downplaying Tchalla's intelligence and making Shuri take the "genius spotlight". I don't have any problem with Shuri but for the past century, panther's intelligence are what makes him a likeable character. Without it, he's just an empty shell character with no interesting detail unlike Iron Man, Spider man, Hulk, Captain America etc. I kmow Marvel has many geniuses but Panther was always unique.

16 Gregory House

How is he 19?
I love him because he is so sarcastic and doesn't care about people. Also being an atheist I relate to him

17 Lisa Simpson 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.
18 Roger "Verbal" Kint
19 Annabeth Chase Annabeth Chase is a daughter of Athena and one of the main characters of both the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and the Heroes of Olympus series. She's also Percy Jackson's girlfriend and has no particular powers aside from her brains and tactics.

One of my favorite book characters of all time.

20 Lelouch vi Britannia 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.

Lelouch is the smartest Anime character at least top ten fictional characters. However, L, Light, Bulma should be below him. Dude can pre record a video of himself and predict what people will say. Lelouch also built a terrorist group who were ragtag at first to a powerful society capable of fighting the civilization that owned 1/3 of the Earth. Lelouch has outsmarted people who can read minds with his own mind. Unlike Light who was under the surveillance of only L and a few Japanese police, Lelouch was able to fool the surveillance of the whole Empire. His deduction and prediction is so cool. Like how he freed millions of Japanese legally from Brittania's rule and gained control of China the second word power at the same time.

L and Light are overrated . Too overrated. Lelouch is supposed to be Anime's representative here. He outsmarted a being that can slow man's perception of time, a being that can read minds and a being who can go back in time hours before her defeat, as well as an empire with 25th century tech, not with brute strength but his mind.

Unlike L, Lelouch is not bound by decency and law. This is L's major weakness . He knew Light was Kira but couldn't prove it. In fact some of his methods would have gotten him arrested. Lelouch can act and make the dirt all by himself. This is why Mello was able to do more harm to Light than all L did in the space of some 25 episodes.

L and Light are in top 10 and lelouch is in what? 22? Even if he isn't smarter, he's always in the same league as them. In Code geass S2 Lelouch fools the surveillance of an entire empire by causing an alarm at the mall. Saves the very dumb jerks called black knights from Guilford and gets Rolo to join forces with him in the space of 24 hrs. Lelouch fooled Rolo by using the Geass on David to pretend to shoot Rolo and he Lelouch comes in to take the bullet making it look like he truly loved Rolo as a brother and doesn't want to see him die. Rolo falls hard for it but is all an act.

21 Chief Louis Banks
22 Stewie Griffin Stewart Gilligan "Stewie" Griffin is a main character from the animated television series Family Guy. Obsessed with violence and matricide, Stewie is the youngest child of Peter and Lois Griffin, and the brother of Meg and Chris Griffin.
23 Rinaldo Pazzi
24 Adrian Veidt

He literally kept his plan to destroy half of Manhattan to save the world secret from the omniscient Dr. Manhattan. Pretty impressive I'd say.

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