In anime, it is often not about muscle but about wits. We often see brainy anime characters put their intellect into good use to get themselves out of of almost impossibly difficult situations — and why not?!

Now, in a poll conducted by Japanese media website Goo, they asked which smart anime and manga do respondents think are the cleverest. The results are in and here are their top 20:

20- Toua Tokuchi from One Outs– 6 votes

19- Harunobu Madarame from Genshiken-9 votes

18- Dr. Vegapunk from One Piece- 19 votes

17- Shigeru Akagi from Akagi– 27 votes

16- Yoichi Hiruma from Eye Shield 21– 46 votes

15- Hidetoshi Dekisugi from Doraemon– 49 votes

14- Taikobo from Hoshin Engi– 57 votes

13- Shinichi Akiyama from Liar Game– 58 votes

12- Kaiji from Kaiji– 89 votes

11- Lelouch Vi Britannia/ Lamperouge from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion– 100 votes

10- Kurapika from Hunter X Hunter– 129 votes


9- Hajime-chan from Tensai Bakabon– 132 votes


8- Light Yagami from Death Note– 138 votes


7- Kurama from Yu Yu Hakusho- 179 votes


6- Shikamaru Nara from Naruto– 196 votes


5- L from Death Note– 288 votes


4- Ikkyu from Ikkyu-san– 376 votes

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3- Hajime Kindaichi from Kindaichi Case Files– 433 votes


2- Kaito Kid from Detective Conan– 506 votes


1- Conan Edogawa from Detective Conan– 1766 votes


There you have it, Goo’s 20 smartest characters in anime. #1 ain’t so surprising as Conan really uses his wit to solve mysteries, as with his in-series rival, the #2 ranked Kaito Kid. Hajime Kindaichi also uses his vast amount of logic to get himself out of situations and solve mysteries. He has even teamed up with Conan in a couple of special edition cross-over mangas.

L and Light also made it to the top 10 as their epic battle of logic, wits and trickery became the basis for the popular anime Death Note. The mischievous monk, Ikkyu also made it to the top 10 as he has used his own intellect to not only play pranks but also help people out.

The “manipulative” Lelouch didn’t make it to the top 10 however but be sure that this chess master can make you do things you don’t want to do, and he doesn’t need to mind control you to do it.

Do you agree with Goo’s list?

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