Well, I'm a huge fan of anime and manga (though not nearly as big a fan as some of our fellow tempers). Being born in the Asia-Pacific region, I've a distinct advantage, but not really all that much. Anyway, as much as anime and manga are filled to the brim of superpowered (aka shounen) characters, I've learned to appreciate the really cunning, intelligent, etc etc etc kinds of characters. Characters who survive (hell, thrive, even) by using their heads. The way some of them are still there despite being massively outnumbered is a testament to the power of a protagonist (or anatagonist) who has a brain and knows how to use it. So, anyway, just thought I'd ask all our manga and anime loving tempers which characters they think are the most intelligent from all the stuff they've read/watched. Of course definitions differ between different people, but really, any input is appreciated NOTE: This is just out of curiosity. Please, no trolling, flaming etc. Peace. Anyway, from all the manga/anime I've had the experience of reading and watching, I think I have at least 3 characters 1. L - Would a death note fan forget this mastermind? In my opinion, L is the prototype near-unbeatable character who survives almost purely on his mental abilities. The only reason he ended up the way he did was coz he was up against a ruthless character who had shinigami on his side. If not for that supernatural angle, Kira would have been child's play, really. 2. Akiyama, Shinichi - I am not sure how many people read/watched Liar Game, so perhaps not many people are aware of who this guy is. Akiyama is really more of a master at dealing with people, creating and analyzing scenarios, and of course, deception (it is Liar Game, after all). I think the manga is in hiatus but can't wait what tricks he'll pull off next time. 3. Kudo, Shinichi - I grew up watching Detective Conan, and aside from the fact that the protagonist is a rather naive detective who's been shrunk into a mere boy, it was really engaging. Conan, as he's most commonly known, excels in, well, detective work (scenario, evidence, questioning) but really, his most consistent ability is alibi-creation (joke). Anyway, anyone else?