There is a saying – A story is carried on by its characters. This applies to all story forms including Anime. It is this character who animates the screen. Today we are going to rank the best anime characters of the best and the smartest. We feel that male characters are talked about a lot when we talk about intelligence. Anime is rich with amazing and brilliant female characters too but they are often overlooked. And getting closer and closer to International Women’s Day, we thought what could be better than making a list dedicated to the smartest female characters in all anime.
So this article will rank the smartest anime girl. Their intelligence serves as a catalyst for their beauty and ferocity. Some are brilliant at combat tactics, some are unbeatable in science and some are straight-forward.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.
10. Saiko Intelli
At number 10, we have Saiko Intelli. He had this rank because despite his intelligence he was beaten up quite easily. That’s thanks to overconfidence. But still, there is no question when we talk about his intelligence. He comes from My Hero Academy where everyone has some kind of uniqueness that gives them superhuman abilities. What makes Saiko unique is, you guessed it, intelligence. Or as they call it on the show, IQ. He gained a lot of intelligence by drinking tea. He is able to calculate the many possible outcomes of a single event and plan accordingly. What saddened him was his overconfidence in his abilities and plans. He could clearly use his intelligence way better than he actually did. And for that reason, he’s at 10th point.
9. Olivier Mira Armstrong
One of the absolute best characters from the famous series Fullmetal Alchemist. Olivier Mira Armstrong is a different kind of smart person. He held the rank of Major General in the coldest northern tip of the country. He is a very strong character who can defeat enemies without possessing alchemy skills. What earned him this place was his tactical intelligence. Armstrong was able to deceive all the higher ups in Central, smuggle his entire battalion into Central and plan and carry out an all-out assault on the government without anyone knowing. He was strong, brave and extraordinarily brilliant in terms of military tactics. This earned him a 9th point.
No Game No Life is an anime about games. Sora and Shiro are two half brothers who are famous for their ability to play games. They were challenged by a god from another dimension to a game of chess they won. Tet offers to take them to a world where games define how citizens live with one another. Shiro was brilliant. He has reflexes and superhuman intelligence that is great enough to beat the AI in the game. He can strategize and analyze any logical problem with relative ease and is considered a genius in general. She struggles with understanding human emotions which sometimes puts her at a disadvantage. But other than that, his intelligence was extraordinary.
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7. Yumeko Jabami
From the anime Kakegurui, where rich and influential people attend schools where gambling is law. Gambling determines social status and even aspects of future life for people studying at school. Yumeko is an excellent protagonist and gambler. We see her eyes turn a signature red whenever she’s excited. He can easily tell the opponent’s plan and analyze their entire strategy. This is what keeps him at the top of the charts in anime. He also took huge risks even after knowing his opponent’s strategy just for that. And gambling addiction more than any other desire. A scary, worrying and very intelligent character without a doubt.
6. Hange Zoe
No one will fail to recognize the amazing Hange Zoe. Hange is a brilliant all-out scientist. He can cut down the Titans, save his comrades, and then experiment with the Titans to uncover their secrets. Before him, no one had thought of the idea of capturing the Titans alive. The idea was deemed too risky to try. What makes Hange great is his courage and faith in his methods. Without his efforts, the Paradisian government would have known nothing about Titan’s anatomy. His studies prove crucial in defeating the Titans and discovering their mysterious origins as much as possible. He was and always will be a genius.
5. Yuki Nagato
From the anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Yuki is an alien with extraordinary intelligence. It was an anime about Haruhi not realizing her extraordinary supernatural abilities. He can change reality but he does it subconsciously without being fully aware of it. Yuki was the one who had to cover the damage and side effects of Haruhi’s power and she was excellent at her job. He has a good enough memory to easily learn any music just by looking at it once. He could even bring into his own erased mind data. This makes him a great asset to the team. His greatest ability is perhaps the ability to multitask with utmost ease.
Holo from Spice and Wolf is the wolf god. Her brilliance can be called true wisdom because she has lived on Earth for more than 500 years. She is not immortal but also possesses an eternal youth that makes her look young despite her real age. This anime is about Holo and Lawrence. Holo hopes to see the world outside his village as the villagers gradually turn their backs on him. Lawrence is a traveling salesman who dreams of owning his own shop. Holo helps Lawrence increase his profits with all his wisdom and in exchange Lawrence takes him on his merchant journeys to trade goods.
3. Eto Yoshimura
Eto is someone who can plan ahead and deceive the whole world. From the famous anime Tokyo Ghoul, Eto is the most famous ghost who acts like a human for most of the series. He plays the role of famous writer Sen Takatsuki while secretly leading an organization called Aogiri Tree towards deadly intent. Tokyo Ghoul is about a world where humans and ghosts reside. Ghouls are basically super-powered flesh-eating creatures that survive on human flesh. Eto’s code name is Owl because of his abilities and terrifying appearance.
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2. Motoko Kusanagi
From the anime Ghost in The Shell, Motoko is the leader of the Major of Public Security Part 9. Ghost in the Shell is a show where human body parts can be replaced or completely replaced by cybernetic organs. This allows an increase in the body itself, however, the mind still remains to some extent. Makoto is a Major for a reason and has brilliant tactical and intellectual abilities. He was the only one capable of handling complicated cases like The Puppet Master’s ordeal. The Puppet Master is a living AI that differs from the social norm in the show and seeks existential meaning. This caught Makoto’s attention and he was too slow to decide to find this meaning.
1. Kurisu Makise
Steins Gate is an anime about time travel and the science behind it. Kurisu is a brilliant neuroscientist who died in the main universe. However, he was saved because of a time travel phenomenon which he later helped develop. He was able to create a device that made time travel possible by transmitting memories via a microwave oven. Imagine that!
Kurisu is number one on the list because she is an all-round perfect person in both real life and science. He graduated from university at the age of 17 and is a member of the prestigious Institute of Brain Science. He is calm and collected and can easily handle problems, both quantum and real-life. He is someone who really values his beliefs and opinions. So much so that even after being coincidentally saved by time travel, he ignored his existence. It will take a lot of effort to convince and look at SERN (research organization based CERN) data on time travel to make him believe. He is practical and very realistic, this makes him very skilled at making judgments and decisions. This makes it worthy of the first place on the list.
And with that, the list ends. Do you agree with this rating? Let us know in the comments.