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I disagree, Light Yagami was obviously academically gifted but he was also "wise to the world". It's partially why he was able to fool so many people. Also, his ego had nothing to do with his intelligence. Him thinking he was in the clear after L's death was valid since L confirmed that the top 3 detectives in the world were all him under different aliases. And since Light proved that he was as smart as the "top 3 detectives" he legitimately had nothing to fear.

Also, I wouldn't put Okabe anywhere near the top in terms of intelligence. Like you said, the time travel was discovered by accident, and pretty much everything that they discovered about the properties of time travel was figured out by Kurisu; so she gets the majority, if not all of the credit there. But even then, I wouldn't say she's one of the most intelligent characters in anime.


The reason he was able to fool so many people is because he was a very charismatic person. Tons of girls wanted to date him, he was a model student, and was from a good family and was respectful to others. Charisma has little to do with intelligence. Let's remember that L was suspicious of Light pretty much before he even met him, and L held on to that suspicion until he died, because he didn't fall for Light's charismatic personality like mostly everyone else. His ego didn't have anything to do with his intelligence. What I meant there was that he was foolish enough to let his ego get so big, because he saw himself as some divine judge of the world, meant to eliminate all crime and the such, all because he got lucky and found a supernatural book. His ego kept growing until it was the cause of his demise. And you even showed why I say L is one of if not the smartest characters, as he kept his entire back-up plan hidden. L had basically trained Near and Mello to come in whenever he met his demise and to finish the job, whatever it may be. Who all knew this? Pretty much L, his butler guy, and Near and Mello, except Near and Mello didn't realize they were basically the tools to finish L's job. Light thought he was in the clear and the ruler of the world, but L had left behind Near and Mello, which ended up being the ultimate demise of Light. If Light was truly one of the smartest anime characters, then he would have known to keep on his guard the whole time he was using the Death Note, even after his supposed one opponent was killed. Light THINKS he's extremely smart, but he really makes many stupid mistakes along the way, which is why he isn't one of the smartest.


I'll concede that Light's ability to fool everyone around him is due to his charisma. However, I don't think that being aggrandized by one's ego shows a lack of intelligence or even necessarily denotes foolishness.Smart people are prone to lapses in judgment and can very easily have their egos inflated by success. And I think it's a bit unrealistic to assume that an intelligent person would think to himself "I have to keep my ego in check" I don't think L was consciously thinking to himself that he shouldn't be arrogant. Now about L's contingency plan. I'm not really sure if L having a backup plan in Near and Mello in case of his death really shows a clear gap in intelligence between himself and Light. I think that can be attributed to equanimity rather than intelligence. L was more methodical and composed than Light, but I'm very hesitant to assume that he was more intelligent.
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Izuko Gaen, she knows everything
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Kuroba Kaito otherwise known as
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Toshino Kyoko.
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Ichika Orimura - To dodge so many advances, truly he is worthy of the title genius.
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Keima Katsuragi. He thinks and adapts on the fly, is an analytical and strategic genius, and shows creativity in his decision making.
Johan Liebert from Monster.
Shiro and Sora from No Game No Life. Coming up with a plan that succeeds despite them being erased from existence that's impressive.
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Lelouch from Code Geass, Sora and Shiro from NGNL and Light and L from Death Note.
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I will go with Light.

He was so intelligent that the authors had to contrive the hell out of the story just to bring him down in the second part.

Yang Wenli was really high up there too. He was smarter than Reinhardt, BUT he was probably not smarter than Kiercheis or Oberstein.

In recent years though, Inaho from A/Z



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Lelouch vi Britannia,
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I've gotta agree with asharka.
Hakase may not have ingenious schemes, but she does have an impressive engineering intellect.
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I know light yagami would be up there from Death Note.
Shikumaru from Naruto.
Aizen and urahara from Bleach

Just a few off the top of my head.
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I like the Inaho pick, but honestly, I'd have to say someone like the JAXA Director from Space Brothers. His intelligence is implied by his position, not by what he did in the show. If you want someone who did more, there was also Brian Jay. But if you want a "main" character, that's a more subjective pick. Well, I mean, there are obviously smart characters as much as there are stupid ones, but at least we're not trying to find "the least baka".
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It has to be Izuko Gaen from the monogatari series, she knows EVERYTHING.
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Nate River (outsmarted Light in the very end)
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