There is a saying: a story is run by its characters. This is true for all forms of storytelling, including Anime. The characters are what brings life to the screen. Today we’re going to rank the best, smartest anime characters. We feel that the male characters are largely evoked when we speak of intelligence. The anime is also rich in amazing and brilliant female characters, but they are consistently overlooked. And as we get closer and closer to International Women’s Day, we thought what better way than to make a list dedicated to the smartest female characters in all of cartoons.
So, this article will rank the smartest anime girls. Their intelligence acts as a catalyst for their beauty and ferocity. Some are brilliant at combat tactics, others unbeatable in science, and others are versatile.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in.
10. Saiko Intelli
At number 10 we have Saiko Intelli. She has this rank because despite her intelligence, she gets beaten quite easily. It is thanks to overconfidence. But still, there is no question when talking about his intelligence. She comes from My Hero Academia where everyone has some sort of quirk that gives them superhuman abilities. Saiko’s quirk is, you guessed it, intelligence. Or as it is called in the series, IQ. She gains a lot of intelligence by drinking tea. She is able to calculate the many possible outcomes of a single event and plan accordingly. What brings her down is her overconfidence in her abilities and her plan. She can clearly make much better use of her intelligence than she actually does. And for this reason, she is in the 10e place.
9. Olivier Mira Armstrong
One of the absolute best characters from the famous Fullmetal Alchemist series. Olivier Mira Armstrong is a different type of intelligent. She holds the rank of major general at the northern end of the country where it is coldest. He is a very strong character who can defeat enemies without having alchemy skills. What makes her worthy of this place is her tactical talent. Armstrong succeeded in deceiving all of Central’s superiors, sneaking his entire battalion into Central, and planning and executing an all-out attack on the government without anyone having a clue. She is strong, courageous, and incredibly brilliant when it comes to military tactics. This makes her worthy of the 9e place.
No Game No Life is an anime devoted to games. Sora and Shiro are two half-siblings famous for their game playing skills. They are challenged by a god from another dimension to a game of chess they win. Tet offers to transport them to a world where games determine how citizens would live with each other. Shiro is just awesome. She has superhuman reflexes and an intelligence big enough to beat AI in games. She can strategize and analyze any logical problem with relative ease and is generally considered a genius. She has trouble understanding human emotions, which sometimes puts her at a disadvantage. But other than that, his intelligence is mind blowing.
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7. Yumeko Jabami
From the Kakegurui anime, where wealthy and influential individuals attend a school where gambling is the law. The game decides the social status and even the future aspects of the life of the people who study in the school. Yumeko is the protagonist and an exceptional player. We see her eyes turn a signature red whenever she gets horny. She can easily tell the opponent’s plans and analyze his whole strategy. This is what keeps her at the top of the ladder in the anime. She also takes huge risks even after knowing her opponent’s strategy just for fun. And his gambling addiction surpasses any other desire. A scary, disturbing and very intelligent character without a doubt.
6. Hange Zoe
No one would fail to recognize the incredible Hange Zoe. Hange is a brilliant all-round scientist. She can take down Titans, save her comrades, then experiment on Titans to uncover their secrets. Before her, no one had even thought about the idea of catching Titans alive. The idea was deemed too risky to attempt. What makes Hange great is his courage and confidence in his methods. Without his efforts, the Paradise government would have known nothing of the anatomy of the Titan. His study proved essential in defeating the Titans and uncovering as much as possible of their mysterious origins. She is and always will be a genius.
5. Yuki Nagato
From the anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Yuki is an alien with great intelligence. This is an anime about Haruhi who is unaware of his overwhelming supernatural abilities. It can alter reality but it does so unconsciously without being fully aware of it. Yuki is one of the people who has to cover the damage and side effects of Haruhi’s powers and she is amazing at this job. She has a good enough memory that she can easily learn any piece of music just looking at it once. It can even remember data that has been erased. This makes her an important asset for the team. Perhaps his greatest ability is being able to multitask brilliantly.
Holo from Spice and Wolf is a wolf deity. Its glow can be called true wisdom because it has lived on Earth for over 500 years. She is not immortal but also possesses an eternal youth which keeps her young despite her real age. The anime is about Holo and Lawrence. Holo can’t wait to see the world outside his village as the villagers gradually turn their backs on him. Lawrence is a traveling merchant who dreams of having his own shop. Holo helps Lawrence increase his profits with all his wisdom and in return, Lawrence takes him on his trading journeys to trade items.
3. Eto Yoshimura
Eto is someone who can plan ahead and fool the whole world. From the infamous Tokyo Ghoul anime, Eto is the most notorious ghoul who acts like a human for most of the series. She plays the role of famous author Sen Takatsuki while secretly leading an organization called Aogiri Tree to deadly intentions. Tokyo Ghoul is about a world where humans and ghouls exist. Ghouls are essentially overpowered flesh-eating creatures that survive on human meat. Eto’s code name is the owl for its frightening abilities and appearance.
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2. Motoko Kusanagi
From the Ghost in The Shell anime, Motoko is the leader of Section 9 of Public Safety. Ghost in the Shell is a show where human parts can be swapped out or completely replaced by cybernetic organs. This allows for improvements in the body itself, however, the mind still remains to a certain extent. Makoto is the major for a reason and possesses brilliant tactical and intellectual abilities. She was the only one capable of handling complicated cases like the puppeteer ordeal. The Puppet Master is a sentient AI who is different from the social norm of the series and seeks existential meaning. This catches Makoto’s attention and she decides too slowly to look for this meaning.
1. Kurisu Makise
Steins Gate is an anime devoted to time travel and the science behind it. Kurisu is a brilliant neuroscientist who died in the main universe. However, she is saved due to the phenomenon of time travel which she later helps develop. She was able to create a device that allowed time travel by sending memories to a microwave. Imagine that!
Kurisu is number one on the list because she’s the perfect all-rounder when it comes to real life and science. She graduated from her college at the age of 17 and was a member of a prestigious Brain Science Institute. She is calm and collected and can easily cope with problems, both quantum and real. He is someone who highly values his beliefs and opinions. So much so that even after being saved by chance by time travel, she was unaware of its existence. It took a lot of conviction and a look at SERN (a CERN-based research organization) data on time travel to make it believe. She is practical and very realistic, which makes her particularly good at making judgments and making decisions. This makes her worthy of the first place on the list.
And with that, the list ends. Do you agree with this ranking? Let us know in the comments.