There are many anime series out there that explore aspects of human psychology and complex scientific concepts that are much beyond the scope of the typical Saturday morning cartoon. Here is a list of 8 characters who both provoke thought and elicit emotion in accordance with those themes.
Vash the Stampede
Someone who is equally smart and fortunate comes first on this list. Trigun’s first episode made Vash’s identity clear to viewers, and if it weren’t for Vash’s quick thinking, his identity would have been revealed right away and there wouldn’t have been a second episode.
Vash is an expert at shaping his persona, frequently exuding an enthusiasm that doesn’t seem to befit such a legendary felon. Vash definitely qualifies on this list even while that may not be an example of intelligence in the manner that most of us think of it. It requires a strong mind to successfully control everyone around you.
What else is there to be said about Bulma? She held the title long before the anime boom and is one of the most recognizable intelligent characters in anime history.
Since her debut, Bulma has consistently shown up with a brand-new invention that quickly and neatly solves the problem. Even while she sometimes causes more harm than good, as in the instance of the now-canonical Blutz Wave Ray, geniuses who do wicked things are still geniuses, right?
Armin Arlert is the most intelligent character in Attack on Titan, despite the fact that he lacks his teammates’ physical strength. When the Survey Corps is on a mission, he almost never lacks a plan, and his friends frequently see him as their leader.
Without Armin, neither the Female, Colossal, or Armored Titans’ identities nor the Survey Corps’ ability to vanquish them would have been known.
Simply put, Madara is without a doubt the best tactician in Naruto lore. It is difficult to survive death given the laws of the Naruto Universe, yet Madara succeeded. He is a master of several Jutsu, and his voice is capable of summoning entire armies.
Madara is pretty much the epitome of intelligence done in a way that completely screwed everyone else. Beyond that, he was free to live his life as he chose, dying only when he was ready, unlike many other villains in the annals of anime.
From Death Note, L is the world’s top detective. He started his job at a relatively young age and over the years solved many crimes. The Kira Investigation was the only case that truly tested him.
He soon found out that Kira was in Japan. After that, he started working with a task force there, and as a result, he discovered that Kira was Light Yagami. It was challenging for him to demonstrate this, though, and as a result, he and Light had one of the best rivalries in all of anime.
In all honesty, this list could get by with just Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure antagonists. To the developer of the property’s great credit, the antagonists in this series are immensely inventive and cunning. Dio is unquestionably the most cunning Jojo villain, and his extraordinary ingenuity is what made him such a persistent danger to the Joestar family.
Anyone else holding a Death Note would have instantly recognized and apprehended the user. Even though L was wise enough to prove that he was in Japan, Light was allowed to continue killing for years.
He was only defeated and killed identically to his victims because of his hubris and because he faced off against multiple opponents who were equally talented. Whatever the case, it’s obvious that no one else in that planet, given the same resources, could have wreaked as much havoc.
Johan possesses genius-level intelligence and he is capable of perfectly memorizing anything.Johan excels in whatever he studies and has a natural affinity for learning new abilities, as well as the ability to pick up difficult skills fast and retain them. This is mentioned by both Karl, who asserts that no one could match Johan in anything, and Schuwald, who praises Johan’s expertise in law and economics. Johan is multilingual; at the age of twelve, he is able to become perfectly fluent in both English and French over a thirteen-month period, in addition to the Latin he quickly learns and masters while volunteering as one of Schuwald’s readers. He is genetically and physically flawless, and he has uncanny charisma and manipulative skills. He excels at analysis and deduction, especially when it comes to the psychology of people.