One of the biggest appeals to any good anime is probably the number of excellent characters associated with it and how it treats various characters with notable personalities. It’s not overstating to say that a well-weaved character can get even the non-anime fan invested into a series. A lot of shows manage to handle them exceptionally well, but some fail to do so.
There are many interesting character tropes, but the one trope that only a few creators manage to portray exceptionally well is the smart character trope. One of the main reasons that make them unique and stand out from the rest is their distinct characteristics of sharp intellect, good judgment calls, the ability to read others, determine intent, and take quick action.
The smart character trope does a great job of transforming the sequence of events in every episode in an exciting way. With their wit and keen intelligence, smart characters make any anime narrative feel less gimmicky and a lot more powerful, and you can’t help but admire them for their intellect. So here’s our list of the smartest anime characters.
Smartest Anime Characters
01. Inaho Kaizuka (Aldnoah.Zero)
Inaho Kaizuka may look like an average high school student by appearance. However, he is an intelligent character with amazing piloting talent and is skilled at figuring out various tactics to deal against the opponent’s powerful weapons.
02. Near (Death Note)
After L’s death, Near becomes L’s youngest successor and a key figure in finding the true identity of Kira. Introduced in the second half of the series Near is one of the characters to share similar or even better intelligence than L itself.
03. Yumeko Jabami (Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler)
Behind her charming facade of an ideal student, Yumeko Jabami is a genius and a natural-born gambler. Despite facing several odds in her gambling matches, she somehow manages to turn the tables against her opponents through various tactics and her deceptive skill.
04. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
Lelouch vi Britannia, aka Lelouch Lamperouge, is a highly intelligent student who excels at chess. He secretly leads a vigilante rebel group called The Black Knights. His main goal is to end the war and bring world peace.
05. Conan Edogawa (Detective Conan)
Known as the greatest detective of all time, Conan is a high level-intellect possessing extraordinary facts and incredible deductive ability. He may look like a little kid, but he is a grown adult man stuck inside a small child’s body.
06. Senkuu (Dr. Stone)
Senku is the smartest character in the Dr. Stone series, having a vast knowledge related to science. After being de-petrified and seeing the current world’s state, Senku decided to rebuild the civilization from scratch by using his knowledge of science.
07. Meruem (Hunter x Hunter)
As one of the offspring born from the Chimera Ant Queen, Meruem is the strongest and smartest character in the HxH series. He possesses an intellect and tactic skill that he even outmatched Isaac Netero, the strongest character during his fight against him.
08. Houtarou Oreki (Hyouka)
Houtarou likes to live an unconcerned and lazy lifestyle by getting an average score in all his school tests and never putting any effort into anything unless necessary. However, he is surprisingly a genius when it comes to solving mysteries and possesses great deduction skills.
09. Kiyotaka Ayanokouji (Classroom of the Elite)
Although he didn’t show himself to be smart, Kiyotaka Ayanokouji is extremely intelligent as he’s able to make and enact any plans in advance and is also able to manipulate others easily. He even purposely scores 50 in all subjects in the entrance exam to get accepted in the worst class at school.
10. Ranpo Edogawa (Bungo Stray Dogs)
Ranpo Edogawa is one of the smartest characters and a great detective who works at the Armed Detective Agency, who claims to solve any case in mere seconds. Although many think he has a supernatural ability that he calls Super Deduction, it’s not an ability but his incredible intelligence and deduction skill.