10 Smartest Anime Characters Of All Time

From My Hero Academia to Death Note and Dragon Ball, which anime has the smartest characters?

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Anime is known for its larger than life, massively powerful characters. All Might in My Hero Academia, Goku in Dragon Ball, Saitama in One Punch Man - characters like these litter the anime universe.

However, what's often overlooked is that, along with physically strong badasses, anime has a vast share of smarty-pants.

When we talk about intelligence, what we often think of is books smarts - physics, computers, and whatever the hell trigonometry is. But, what we forget is that there's more than one type of smart. Emotional intelligence, mechanical skills, deductive reasoning - these, and plenty more, are different facets of intelligence.

Hell, Goku is undeniably a huge idiot, but when it comes to fighting knowledge, the man is a mastermind.

The wonderful thing about the anime medium specifically is that it is filled with a variety of different characters. So, while there are of course going to be some traditional geniuses on this list, there are also going to be just as many out-of-the-box picks.

With that in mind, it's time to put on your thinking hat as we dive into the ten smartest anime characters of all time.

10. Winry Rockbell - Fullmetal Alchemist Series

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There may be other characters in the Fullmetal Alchemist series who are more book smart than Winry, but not a single character - in either the 2003 adaptation or Brotherhood - has saved the day more with their knowhow than Winry Rockbell.

The reason for this is pretty simple. Everyone seems to completely ignore the fact that if it weren't for her vast mechanical knowledge (primarily when it comes to automail), Edward and Alphonse Elric, the eventual saviors of the day, would have never made it as far as they did.

She was such a brilliant automail technician that even the military, not only regarded her work as genius, but envied it. Her automail held up against things that military grade gear would crumble at, and she didn't even have that much to work with. Winry built unparalleled automail in her garage with a box of scraps. It only ever broke because of Ed's idiocy.

Winry wasn't just a supporting character, but a vital part of the success of the Ed and Al's mission. It's about time she gets the respect she deserves.


Part-time writer, full-time Kurt Russell enthusiast.