15 Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

Goo Ranking asked the Japanese community to rank the smartest anime characters from Weekly Shounen Jump.

That must have been a tough task since the manga magazine is home to hundreds of excellent characters to pick from!

Here are top 15 smartest anime characters from the poll.

15. Kars From JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency (84 votes)

Kars Smartest Anime Characters

Kars is the main antagonist and Smartest Anime Characters of the second part of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series, Battle Tendency, and the second main antagonist of the series. 

Kars is the leader of the Pillar Men, and the designer of the Stone Mask.

14. Mayuri Kurotsuchi From Bleach (89 votes)

Mayuri Kurotsuchi Smartest Anime Characters

Mayuri Kurotsuchi is Smartest Anime Characters in the Bleach anime and manga created by Tite Kubo.

He is the current captain of the 12th Division of the Gotei 13 and overseer of the Soul Reapers’ Research and Development Institute.

13. Tensaiman From Tottemo! Luckyman (91 votes)


Tensaiman also called “Genius Man” and “1031” by some fans, is a super hero and, as his name suggests, a self-proclaimed born genius.

His super power is his incredible acuity, which makes him good at deduction, and a master tectitian, and equally as strong and powerful. In the anime, he appears in 5 episodes (46-50), and is voiced by Tomokazu Seki.

12. Great Priest From WāqWāq (92 votes)

Great Priest

The world of Waq Waq is a place where machines attack the black-blooded humans, whose only defense are the Sakimori, humans chosen to partner up with the Goujin-zou.

A race of machines that grow stronger when melded to humans. Shio and his Sakimori father, Al, upon entering a village, are attacked by the machines.

11. Neuro Nougami From Neuro: Supernatural Detective (106 votes)

Neuro Nougami – Neuro: Supernatural Detective

Neuro Nōgami the title character of the Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro series, is a demon detective from hell. He looks for mysteries in the minds of humans for sustenance.

When he dismantles the mystery and strips the culprit of all of their defenses, it releases the negative energies that caused the culprit to commit the crime, which he then consumes.

10. Kurama From Yu Yu Hakusho (122 votes)

Kurama – Yu Yu Hakusho (

Yoko Kurama also known as Shuichi Minamino is one of the main protagonists in the anime/manga series of YuYu Hakusho.

The word Yoko, despite being portrayed as a name in the dub, actually literally translates to “demon fox” in Japanese.

9. Saiki Kusuke From The Disastrous life of Saiki K. (122 votes)

Saiki Kusuke

Kusuke is prideful and competitive when it comes to Kusuo. He would have done anything to win against him when they were kids.

However, he would always lose against his little brother. Thus, he became addicted to playing/fighting with Kusuo.

8. Seijuro Akashi From Kuroko no Basket (142 votes)

Seijuro Akashi

Seijūrō Akashi was the captain of Generation of Miracles. He is the only person that the Generation of Miracles knuckles under.

He is the point guard and captain of Rakuzan High and later on for Team Vorpal Swords as well.

7. Kankichi Ryotsu From Kochikame (204 votes)

Kankichi Ryotsu

Kankichi Ryotsu often affectionately called “Ryo-san” is the main male protagonist/antagonist of the long-running Japanese manga and anime series KochiKame by Osamu Akimoto.

He is appointed as the Chief Patrol Officer of the Kameari Kouen-Mae Police Box.

6. Senbei Norimaki From Dr. Slump (221 votes)

Senbei Norimaki

Senbei Norimaki also known as Dr. Slump, is the deuteragonist of the Dr. Slump series. He is Penguin Village’s goofy and lecherous genius inventor and creator of Arale.

Even though the series is named after him, he has often pushed aside in favor of the stories revolving more around his android creation Arale instead.

5. Bulma Briefs From Dragon Ball (241 votes)

Bulma Briefs

Bulma is a brilliant scientist and the second daughter of Capsule Corporation’s founder Dr. Brief and his wife Panchy, the younger sister of Tights, and is Goku’s first friend.

She used to be the girlfriend of Yamcha, but moved on and, eventually, became the wife of Vegeta, as well as the mother of Trunks and Bulla.

4. Nara Shikamaru From Naruto (244 votes)

Nara Shikamaru

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.

3. Light Yagami From Death Note (417 votes)

Light Yagami

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 labelled by people of Japan as the work of “Kira.”

2. Koro-sensei From Assassination Classroom (430 votes)


Koro-sensei Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese); Sonny Strait (English) Koro-sensei is a Demon King who intentionally offered himself to be the teacher of Class 3-E so they could defeat him someday.

1. L From Death Note (454 votes)

L – Death Note

L is a world-renowned detective who takes on the challenge of catching the mass murderer known as Kira. In his investigation, L becomes suspicious of Light Yagami and makes it his goal to prove that Light is Kira.

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Anukul Saini

Anime and gaming enthusiast with a passion for sharing my knowledge and insights. I've watched over 1000 anime and spent countless hours playing video games.


Where is Lelouch of Code Geass. Lelouch is the smartest anime protagonist, no question. He started a rebellion, manipulated an entire country and restored order all by himself. Light Yagami played tag with L for 40 episodes. He can never be compared to Lelouch. This is chess, not checkers

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