Have you ever been watching an anime and though “shit that character is smart.” I know I have. It’s an inevitable fact that sometimes in anime ridiculously intelligent personalities surface. It’s also a fact that these characters, and in particular, their insanely savvy minds – make me feel dumb. And while i’m sure you’re quick-witted and as insightful as a wise monk, the following characters may make you feel a little dopey too.
Without further ado, here are the anime geniuses you definitely don’t want to vs in trivia.
Lelouch Lamperouge – Code Geass
The only thing that’s more scary than a genius is one with superpowers. Not only can he outsmart you, but he can literally coerce you into doing anything he wishes. Lelouch may be a genius, but this doesn’t mean everything goes his way, or that he’s entirely emotionally stable – so you one-up him there!
Light Yagami – Death Note
I know what you’re thinking. What is it with these super intelligent people being bestowed withl insanely strong powers/devices? But there’s a purpose – and that is to keep you hooked. Notably, smart people are fun to watch. And yes Light Yagami you crazy megalomaniac, I am looking at you.
L Lawliet – Death Note
If I mentioned Light without L you would rightfully think I had lost my mind. Arguably the most notable detective in the universe of anime, L is filled with enough off quirks and mannerisms to justify his acute thinking – he see’s things from all angles. I apologise for the bad pun. Moving on…
Teletha Testarossa – Full Metal Panic!
When I was 16 I was struggling to understand algebra. Teletha on the other hand is heading anti-terrorist organisation ‘Mithril’. While I appreciate her quick judgement my main love comes from her very real emotions and the care she has for her subordinates, as well as the fact she doesn’t shy away from a little crush. She’s proof that intelligence in anime doesn’t always kill a characters affinity for love.
Shiroe – Log Horizon
King of managing politics from the shadows – Shiroe definitely knows how to swing things in his favour. Sometimes you want to tell him to stop adjusting his glasses, which he does at least every three minutes, but besides this he’s a gripping strategist operating in a new, RPG-based world.
Nara Shikamaru – Naruto
While Shiroe manages things from the shadows he has nothing on Nara Shikamaru, who controls shadows themselves. Intelligent yet unenthusiastic to the point where it’s mildly sassy. This is a character who goes beyond being solely defined by his quick-wit through his very relatable laziness.
Sora – No Game No Life
A master at reading others and manipulating them accordingly, Sora isn’t someone you want to cross. That is, unless he’s parted from his sister Shiro – in which case his confidence deflates like a balloon with a gaping hole.
Shiro – No Game No Life
A genius of logical thinking at just 11 (nothing like attributing a brilliant mind to tiny people to up that ‘wow’ factor), Shiro probably puts us all to shame. But this analytic mastermind does have a few weak points, lacking emotional intelligence as well as being somewhat dependant on her brother, Sora. Yes, the two are co-dependent on each other.
Armin Arlert – Attack on Titan
One of the more modest tacticians, Armin knows how to draw valid conclusions from the logic available to him without it feeling unrealistic. It’s nice for a super smart character to avoid the smug persona that so often comes with it.
Kougami Shinya – Psycho Pass
A list of geniuses wouldn’t be complete without a detective in it. Kougami backs up his ability to track clue to clue with the fact that he’s hot. Yeah – I said it. But he’s also a good guy at heart which makes it all the more exciting when his detective pursuits go well.