Five Smartest Anime Characters Of All Time

smartest anime characters

It is easy for someone new to anime to assume that it’s filled with nothing more than constant battles.  However, there are much more thought-provoking anime with some of the most intelligent characters in the genre. Here is everything you need to know about the five smartest anime characters of all time.

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Light Yagami (Death Note)Light Yagami

In anybody else’s hands, the user of the titular notebook in Death Note would have been identified and caught quickly. However, Light Yagami continues to kill for years, despite L being smart enough to confirm that he is in Japan.

It is only thanks to a combination of Light’s own hubris and underestimating fellow geniuses like Near that he is defeated. Regardless, it is clear that no other person in that world could have caused as much societal impact if they were given the same tools.

Senku Ishigami (Dr. Stone)Senku Ishigami

Senku is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the world of science in Dr. Stone. While somebody like Bulma from Dragon Ball focuses mainly on tech, Senku is a master of just about everything, from physics to chemistry to biology, and can make just about anything, even with very few resources.

Beyond Senku’s immense breadth of knowledge is his ability to draw complex conclusions from new information. Senku is also a competent strategist, leading the charge against Tsukasa and other threats in the Stone World.

Shikamaru Nara (Naruto)Shikamaru Nara: smartest anime characters

Shikamaru Nara is a shinobi and member of the Nara Clan in Naruto. Shikamaru’s greatest wish is to be lazy, yet his knowledge and battle prowess prevent him from living a carefree life. He has not only mastered the Nara Clan’s shadow-based jutsu, but he has even gone on to invent some of his own.

Shikamaru is a loyal friend who does his best to protect his allies at all costs. Though this often leads to him taking on more responsibility, Shikamaru always chooses his friends over his desire to be free.

Tenya Iida (My Hero Academia)Tenya Iida

Where other anime characters are great at improvising when things go wrong, My Hero Academia’s Tenya Iida is a master at planning, so he will never have to. Taking into account his age, he is an incredibly resourceful hero hindered only by his self-doubt.

With more confidence, Tenya’s brains and might could easily allow him to exceed his brother, Tensei, as a speedy Engine hero. Until then, his training at U.A. High will shape him into a better man, hopefully preparing him for such a responsibility one day.

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Bulma (Dragon Ball)Bulma: smartest anime characters

Bulma is one of the most iconic smart anime characters. She held the title long before the anime boom. Since her introduction to Dragon Ball, Bulma has always come through with a new invention that conveniently helps the situation.

For instance, Bulma created the Dragon Radar and helped perfect time travel. In the case of the now non-canon Blutz Wave Ray, she sometimes has hurt more than helped. However, Bulma’s genius still shines through, even when working for the bad guys.

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