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10 best anime strategists of all time

10 best anime strategists of all time

Anime is known not only for its exciting battles, but also for the planning and strategy work behind each move. Some characters, such as Gilgamesh and Quinella, won the game before starting to play the others like a fiddle. While some of these ingenious characters are prodigies, some work hard to be where they are and improve their skills all the time.



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These characters are known for predicting the unpredictable and manipulating people and situations to suit their needs. Although many of these masterminds can fend for themselves in a battle, their real strength lies in their mental abilities.

10 Sora is an outgoing NEET (No Game No Life)

No games, no life‘s Sora is half of the sibling duo Blank. Sora is a hikikomori, and prefers to stay indoors and spend time with her step-sister Shiro, the other half of Blank. Sora’s strength lies in his negotiation and diplomacy skills, which help him in the game work.

Both Sora and Shiro are extremely intelligent, and often help each other where they are missing. Sora is a master manipulator whose style of play focuses more on emotions, tactics and human logic, and gives him the upper hand when dealing with difficult opponents.

9 Armin is the strategic voice of reason (Attack On Titan)

Attack on Titan is known for its complex and well-written characters. Armin Arlert is one of the main characters in the series, along with Eren Jaeger and Mikasa Ackerman. Armin is a strategic genius, especially when paired with Hange Zoe.

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Armin is not much help with physical battles. His actual mastery lies in his deduction and planning skills, both in advance and on the go. Armin found out that Annie was the mole and saved his teammates in a short time, given his tactical skills.

8 Norman is a mathematical genius (The Promised Neverland)

Norman is one of the three main characters in The Promised Neverland. Norman, a mathematical prodigy, was the smartest boy at Grace Field House. He was smart enough to surpass peers, seniors and adults in mental prowess.

Aside from having enormous abilities in mathematical calculations, Norman is aware of the smallest and seemingly insignificant details. He was the only one who found out that Ray was a spy for Isabella, and set a trap to get him to confess. Norman ties allies and escapes when he is sent to a facility for further experimentation.


7 Shiroe is a political mastermind (Log Horizon)

Shiroe is the main character in Log the horizon. Shiroe, a skilled tactician, chose his character and his class in the MMORPG Elder Tale based on its compatibility with his personality and a somewhat challenging achievement of being useless without other characters.

Despite being introverted and naturally cautious, Shiroe showed tremendous political prowess as he gathered allies and rose through the ranks to become a guild leader. Shiroe has extensive knowledge of the game, so he can experiment and discover more than his peers.

6 Shikamaru is lazy but intelligent (Naruto Shippuden)

Naruto fans are well aware of the mental flexibility that Shikamaru Nara possesses. One of the main characters in the Akatsuki Suppression Mission Arc in Naruto Shippuden, Shikamaru is one of the most talented strategists in the show. Despite his lazy mind, Shikamaru had a firm moral compass and was willing to face death.

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Shikamaru defeated Hidan on his own using his shadow techniques and strategic powers, and avenged his teacher Asuma Sarutobi. After World War II, Shikamaru became an adviser to the leader of Hidden Leaf Village.


5 Ayanokoji is perceptive and cunning (Elite classroom)

The second season of Elite classroom has fans on the edge of the seat looking forward to more of Kiyotaka Ayanokoji’s intellectual commitments. Ayanokoji shows enormous control over his intelligence, and scores exactly 50% on the entrance exams.

Perceiving, misleading and manipulative, Ayanokoji knows how to get what he wants without showing his hand. He allies himself with different people and uses their strengths along with his skills to get the best out of each situation. He is a brain that always leans back and observes before making a move.


4 Yumeko is an experienced gambler (Kakegurui)

Kakegurui follows Yumeko Jabami, a second-year transfer student at Hyakkaou Private Academy, where gambling determines everyone’s social status. Yumeko likes to play and is quick to spot the opponent’s cheating. Yumeko is extremely attentive and does not withdraw from a match even though she seems to lose and expects the same fair play from her rivals.

Yumeko likes the thrill of gambling more than anything else. She starts from the bottom and rises to the top, plunging them to the top of the social ladder using her intelligence and raw gambling skills.


3 Senku is a scientific genius (Dr. Stone)

When humanity returns to life after centuries of petrification, Senku Ishigami, a teenager with outstanding scientific knowledge, strives to rebuild civilization from the bottom up and advance beyond what humans have ever done. In addition to being a scientific genius, Senku is also well versed in rhetoric and politics.

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Along with his superior intellect, scientific knowledge and craftsmanship, Senku has an exceptional memory, which allows him to remember the essential steps of building things from scratch. Also blessed with impressive linguistic abilities apart from his innate charisma, Senku can understand and cruise people.


2 Light Wreaks Havoc In The World (Death Note)

Light Yagami is the main character Obituary. Light is an honors student in high school who is always at the top of his class. Tired of his monotonous life, Light comes across Ryuk’s obituary and takes justice into his own hands. Under the alias Kira, Light executes criminals to make the world a better place.

The Japanese police, the FBI and an independent investigator L are all trying to catch Kira and reveal his true identity. Given his superior intellect, Light hides his identity from the law and kills L when he discovers he is Kira.


1 Aizen is a master manipulator (bleach)

Aizen conspired against the Soul Society and used both Hollow and Shinigami to achieve the deity he believed was his right. Extremely powerful and immortal, Aizen has the advantage of incredible experience on his side, along with his outstanding manipulation and tactical skills.

As the main antagonist of Bleach, Sosuke Aizen has ravaged and set everyone against each other without lifting a finger. Fans are sure that Aizen’s action-breaking omniscience makes him a scary brain who can read his opponents like an open book.

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