There’s a saying—A story is run by its characters. This is true for all forms of storytelling including Anime. Characters are what breathe life into the screen. Today we are going to rank the best of the best, smartest anime characters. We feel that male characters are widely talked about when we talk about intelligence. Anime is rich with amazing and brilliant female characters as well but they are routinely overlooked. And coming closer and closer to International Women’s Day, we thought what better than to make a list dedicated to the smartest female characters in all of anime.
So this article will rank the smartest anime girls. Their intelligence acts as a catalyzer for their beauty and fierceness. Some are brilliant at battle tactics, some unbeatable at science and some are straight-up all-rounders.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in.
10. Saiko Intelli
At number 10, we have Saiko Intelli. She has this rank because in spite of her intellect she gets beaten fairly easily. That is thanks to overconfidence. But still, there is no question when we talk about her intelligence. She is from My Hero Academia where everyone possesses a quirk of some sort that gives them superhuman abilities. Saiko’s quirk is, you guessed it, intelligence. Or as called in the show, 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 plan. She can clearly make far better use of her intelligence than she actually does. And for that reason, she is in the 10th spot.
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. She holds the rank of Major General at the North end of the country where it’s the coldest. She is a very strong character who can defeat enemies without having any alchemy skills. What makes her worthy of this spot is her tactical brilliance. Armstrong was able to fool the entire higher-ups at Central, sneak her entire battalion into Central and plan and execute an all-out attack on the government without anyone having any idea. She is strong, brave, and amazingly brilliant when it comes to military tactics. This makes her worthy of the 9th spot.
No Game No Life is an anime all about games. Sora and Shiro are two step-siblings famous for their abilities at playing games. They get challenged by a god from another dimension to a game of chess which they win. Tet offers to transport them to a world where games determine the way citizens would live with each other. Shiro is simply brilliant. She has superhuman reflexes and intellect great enough to beat AI at games. She can strategize and analyse any logical problem with relative ease and is regarded as a genius in general. She struggles with understanding human emotions which puts her at a disadvantage at times. But apart from that, her intelligence is mind-blowing.
7. Yumeko Jabami
From the anime Kakegurui, where rich and influential individuals attend a school where gambling is the law. Gambling decides social status and even future life aspects for people studying in the school. Yumeko is the protagonist and an exceptional gambler. We see her eyes turn to a signature red whenever she gets excited. She can easily tell the opponent’s plans and analyze their entire strategy. This is what keeps her on the top ranks of the ladder in the anime. She also takes massive risks even after knowing her opponent’s strategy just for the sake of it. And her gambling addiction surpasses every other desire. A scary, worrisome, and highly intelligent character without a doubt.
6. Hange Zoe
No one would fail to recognize the amazing Hange Zoe. Hange is a brilliant all-out scientist. She can cut down Titans, save her comrades and then experiment on Titans to uncover their secrets. Before her, no one even thought of the idea of catching Titans alive. The idea was deemed too risky to try. What makes Hange great is her courage and confidence in her methods. Without her efforts, the government of Paradis would have known nothing about the Titan’s anatomy. Her study proved central to defeating the Titans and discovering their mysterious origins as much as possible. 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. It’s an anime about Haruhi who is unaware of her overpowering supernatural abilities. She can alter reality but she does so subconsciously without fully being aware of it. Yuki is one of the people who have to cover up the damage and side effects of Haruhi’s powers and she’s amazing at the job. She has a memory good enough to easily learn any piece of music by looking at it only once. She can even bring into her own mind data which has been erased. This makes her a great asset to the team. Her greatest ability perhaps is being able to brilliantly multi-task with ease.
Holo from Spice and Wolf is a wolf deity. Her brilliance can be called true wisdom as she has dwelled on the Earth for over 500 years. She is not immortal but also possesses eternal youth which keeps her looking young in spite of her actual age. The anime is about Holo and Lawrence. Holo looks forward to seeing the world outside of her village as the village people gradually turn their backs to her. Lawrence is a traveling merchant who dreams to have his own shop. Holo helps Lawrence increase his profits with all her wisdom and in exchange Lawrence takes her along on his merchant trips to trade items.
3. Eto Yoshimura
Eto is someone who can plan ahead and fool the whole world. From the infamous anime Tokyo Ghoul, 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 towards deadly intentions. Tokyo Ghoul is about a world where humans and ghouls exist. Ghouls are basically super-powered flesh-eating creatures who survive on human meat. Eto’s code name is the Owl for her frightening abilities and appearance.
2. Motoko Kusanagi
From the anime Ghost in The Shell, Motoko is the leader Major of Public Security Section 9. Ghost in the Shell is a show where human parts can be switched or completely replaced by cybernetic organs. This allows for enhancements in the body itself, however, the mind still remains to some extent. Makoto is the Major for a reason and has brilliant tactical and intellectual abilities. She was the only one capable to handle complicated cases like The Puppet Master’s ordeal. The Puppet Master is a sentient AI who is different from the social norm in the show and looks for existential meaning. This draws Makoto’s attention and she too slowly decides to look for this meaning.
1. Kurisu Makise
Steins Gate is an anime all about time travel and the science behind it. Kurisu is a brilliant neuroscience researcher who is dead in the main universe. However, she is saved because of the time travel phenomenon which she later helps develop. She was able to create a device that allowed time travel by sending memories through a microwave oven. Imagine that!
Kurisu is number one on the list because she is a perfect all-rounder when it comes to real life and science. She graduated from her university at the tender age of 17 and was a member of a prestigious Brain Science Institute. She is calm and collected and can easily deal with problems, both of the quantum and real-life nature. She is someone who strongly values her beliefs and opinions. So much so that even after co-incidentally being saved by time travel, she disregarded its existence. It took much convincing and a look at SERN’s (a research organization based on CERN) data about time travel to make her believe. She is practical and very realistic, this makes her especially skilled at making judgments and decisions. This makes her worthy of the first spot on the list.
And with that, the list ends. Do you agree with this ranking? Let us know in the comments.