In the world of anime, few characters are as intellectually formidable as Light Yagami from Death Note. Sure, he appears calm and collected on the outside, but beneath the surface, he’s always plotting ways to take out his opponents. What makes Light so truly dangerous is his duality – even L Lawliet, the genius detective, couldn’t crack his innocent facade. And as we all know, this ultimately led to L’s undoing.To defeat Light, one needs more than just raw intelligence. Only a select few smart anime characters who can think several steps ahead in multi-dimensions can hope to outsmart him, given his multifaceted nature and gifted ability to deceive others.
Makima from Chainsaw Man may appear to be an airhead. But she is far from a dense anime character. As one of the heads of the Public Safety Devil Hunters, she’s got a solid understanding of human behavior.She is very manipulative and will stop at nothing to capture her prey. Light and Makima are very alike in asserting power and control. While Light may be a genius at mind games, he wouldn’t be able to keep up his facade in front of Makima. This gives her an edge over even the great L.Only a few would have expected to see Oreki on this list. He is, after all, infamous for being a slacker. His catchphrase, “If I don’t have to do it, I won’t. If I have to do it, then make it quick,” pretty much sums up his laid-back approach to life. But here’s the thing: once Oreki puts his mind to something, he gets it done in record time and with impressive results.
Whether it’s the case of the missing anthology in his high school’s library or the mysterious circumstances surrounding a student’s uncle’s death, Oreki has showcased his impressive deductive reasoning skills and cracked seemingly unsolvable problems. Oreki may be a high schooler, but his detective skills are terrific enough to expose Light’s identity and methods.