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Top 10 Smartest Anime Characters Of All Time

1. L Lawliet
2. Light Yagami
3. Lelouch Lamperouge
4. Shikamaru Nara
5. Shiro
6. Near
7. Johan Liebert
8. Victorique De Blois
9. Edward Elric
10. Ginko

1. L Lawliet from Death Note

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L is very intelligent, though his disheveled and languid appearance masks his great powers of deduction and many questions his abilities upon viewing him. He tends to second-guess everything he is presented with and is extremely meticulous and analytical. He is good at deceiving his opponents and is willing to take drastic measures to solve a case.

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L also has several quirks, such as preferring to crouch rather than sit, eating only sweet foods (like desserts, candies, and fruits) and holding items by using only a thumb and a finger. He also has an unusual way of sitting, with both of his feet on the chair. L claims that if he sits normally, his reasoning ability would drop 40%.

2. Light Yagami from Death Note

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Light Yagami is the main protagonist of the Death Note series. After discovering the Death Note, he decides to use it to rid the world of criminals. His killings are eventually labeled by people of Japan as the work of “Kira.”

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Light is characterized as hardworking, talented, and a natural genius. Highly perceptive and good with problem-solving, Light was a skilled planner and good at mapping out scenarios. Light is decisive and driven to achieve his ambitions, without faltering one bit in his beliefs.

3. Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass

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Lelouch is a highly intelligent individual who is also calm, sophisticated, and arrogant due to his aristocratic upbringing. While at school, Lelouch conducts himself as a sociable, likable, and often easygoing student. However, this is really a mask to hide his true nature. While as Zero his true nature is expressed. His charisma and beliefs in justice gain him the trust and respect of many soldiers and leaders.

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Lelouch is known for having a very stoic personality. He never cared about schoolwork, seeing the entire thing as trivial, even though his high intelligence would make it easy for him.

4. Shikamaru Nara from Naruto

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Shikamaru Nara is a shinobi of Konohagakure’s Nara clan. Though lazy by nature, Shikamaru has a rare intellect that consistently allows him to prevail in combat.

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After Shikamaru was assigned to Team 10, Asuma noticed that Shikamaru was much sharper than his Academy scores indicated. By disguising a number of intelligence tests as games and puzzles – the only way Asuma could get Shikamaru to be interested – Asuma discovered that Shikamaru has an IQ of over 200; his poor grades were because he was too lazy to take any of the written exams.

5. Shiro from No Game No Life

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Shiro is the main female protagonist of the No Game No Life (Series) and the calm and calculative half of the siblings. She is described as a genius in logic and problems but has difficulty understanding emotions or behavior, relying on Sora to help her defeat beings with emotions such as Tet in their chess match. She also rarely shows much emotion at all on her face and, despite her genius intellect, speaks in short terse sentences and in a third-person perspective.

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Shiro is a master of Chess and has won every chess game that she has played. She can speak 18 languages and learns Imanity’s language in 15 minutes (while Sora needed one hour). She is also excellent with games and, along with her brother, is the best in more than 280 games.

6. Near from Death Note

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Near is very intelligent, although his childish appearance and demeanor can cause others, such as David Hoope, to question his abilities. He has an obsession with solving complex problems and views an investigation as solving a puzzle. He is highly observational and was once seen piecing together a puzzle that was almost entirely colored white. Near is proficient when it comes to multitasking and is able to monitor multiple computer screens at once. Near also appears to be ambidextrous, playing darts with his left hand and stacking dice with his right.

7. Johan Liebert from Monster

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Johan Liebert is the titular monster and the main antagonist in the manga and anime series Monster. He can perfectly memorize, recall and understand anything in limitless volumes without stress.

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Inheriting his mother’s genius intellect and deductive reasoning capabilities, Johan is prodigiously brilliant and impressive in whatever he studies and the absolute best in anything he pursues. This is noted by Schuwald when praising Johan’s knowledge of law and economics, and by Karl, who notes that none could surpass Johan in anything.

8. Victorique De Blois from Gosick

Victorique possesses perfect, superhumanly keen observational skills, and can notice even the smallest details. She possesses superhuman senses, intuition, comprehension, adaptability, perception, and superhuman detective/investigation skills, deductive/inductive reasoning skills, strategic/tactical skills, analytical skills, problem-solving skills, logic skills, and calculating skills.

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She can easily and perfectly analyze multiple streams of information simultaneously, and perform an infinite amount of calculations and simulations (from simple to unimaginably complex) simultaneously in her head without any outside aid, without stress or problems on her part. This allows her to practically predict the future to a very accurate degree, quickly solve any puzzle or problem, work any situation into her favor by instantly coming up with perfect plans (adjusting if necessary) and always knowing the right move needed for success.

9. Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Edward Elric is an alchemical prodigy of genius level intellect. From early childhood, he displayed proficiency for alchemy, acquiring self-taught alchemy skills and comprehension from the advanced literature in his father’s abandoned study at an age that shocked even his mother. Having incorporated alchemy into his life during his developmental stages, Edward sees the world alchemically and is, therefore, able to solve complicated codes, puzzles, and mysteries much more easily than normal.

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He has also shown himself to be exceptionally adept at chemistry and reasonably competent with biology; indeed even his preparations for the failed attempt to resurrect his mother were indicative of these. Edward’s near-encyclopedic knowledge of alchemical theory is astounding and contributed to his incredible success with emergency Soul Bindingexperimentation.

10. Ginko from Mushishi

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Ginko always knows what’s up. It doesn’t matter if you’ve suddenly lost your sense of smell, grown horns, or your foot has fallen off. Ginko can take one look at you and instantly tell you what’s wrong. That admittedly might be because the answer is almost always “a mushi did it”, but I like to assume that it’s because we never see the episodes where Ginko just tells the person they’ve got chickenpox and leaves the village. It just wouldn’t make for a terribly interesting episode.

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