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Top 50 Smartest Cartoon Characters Of All Time
Shivam-Updated Jan 25, 2023
Many of us are of the firm opinion that cartoons are only for children. But, there are a ton of cartoons that are filled with smart jokes and life lessons that mainly the older viewers can rightfully comprehend.
That is precisely why there are certain animated shows that adults of all age groups end up enjoying far more than kids.
While cartoons and cartoon characters are expected to make us laugh, sometimes, they even come up with a recipe of lessons that can give us different perspectives on various issues in life.
Some of us even sit to watch certain cartoons courtesy of the smart characters that they comprise in their storytelling.
Needless to say, with time, it has become crucial to merge the slapstick humor of the cartoons with a certain amount of wisdom.
Not only does this give a very unique flavor to cartoons but it also manages to leave a healthy impact on the minds of their very many viewers.
So, in this highly anticipated list, we have tried to do a compilation of some of the smartest and most intelligent cartoon characters that have tried to make us think about one thing or another; all in good faith.
Another reason why we are working on this list is that several sharp cartoon characters set great examples for young adults to follow.
Not only can they give ideas on how to study but they can even end up telling a lot about how one should stay focused at work; something that makes these characters even more relatable to the common man.
Needless to say, these cartoon characters have helped us both in molding our personalities and take care of ourselves during difficult times.
Therefore, we sincerely hope that we have not missed out on any significant character and that our readers enjoy going through the list.
1. Jimmy Neutron (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius)
Jimmy Neutron is similar to Dexter in more ways than one. Not only has he managed to develop his full-fledged laboratory but he also works on himself to adjust to life outside of work as well.
Genius as he may be, Jimmy Neutron maintains an active social life and even ends up romancing Cindy. However, there is one trait that makes him different from Dexter; unlike him, Jimmy Neutron makes fewer common sense mistakes.
Some of his finest inventions include an anti-aging tonic, the time machine, and his mechanical dog Goddard, among other things.
2. Dexter (Dexter's Laboratory)
Our beloved protagonist Dexter might just be a young lad but he is genius enough to both construct and finance his secret laboratory.
It is in the laboratory where his intellect is put to full use. Dexter ends up developing certain powerful creations such as dimensional portals, giant robot mechs, and an unbelievable dream machine that can help prevent one from having nightmares.
Like every master, Dexter has his minor flaws. He is so busy taking pride in his inventions that he sometimes ends up overlooking the obvious deficiencies that come with them.
However, one cannot entirely blame the daring Dexter for his shortcomings. His little sister, Dee Dee, is more often than not at fault; often bugging him while he is at work.
3. Rick Sanchez (Rick and Morty)
Rick and Morty is probably another animated program that the adults might end up understanding and enjoying more than the kids.
This is because its zany humor and audacity to cast a light on the precarious issues in life often take precedence in its storytelling.
Its titular character, named Rick Sanchez, seems to have been inspired by the character of Doc Brown from the classic 'Back to the Future franchise of feature films.
While Rick Sanchez does care about his family, he is skeptical of things. He also tries to duplicate Doc Brown's brains.
Something that has motivated him to construct combat suits, cloning facilities, and a compact dimension-crossing portal gun. Be that as it may, Rick Sanchez is also seen having his fair share of alcohol now and then.
4. Chancellor Palpatine (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Chancellor Palpatine from the computer-animated series, titled Star Wars: The Clone Wars, is a true genius. We say so because he was the one true mastermind behind the fall of the Jedi Order.
His gimmicks ushered in the reign of the Sith successfully; all this without his intentions ever coming within the ambit of suspicion.
Also known as Darth Sidious, his unparalleled strategies turned him into the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. Arguably the most intelligent character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Chancellor Palpatine made appropriate use of both his allies and enemies to get what he wanted.
5. Batman (Batman: The Animated Series)
Often, the people who have a tragic past can end up becoming heroes who can dedicate themselves to saving the masses.
This is exactly how our hero, Bruce Wayne, comes into the picture. Bruce Wayne, who swore to fight crime after his parents were massacred, has an alter ego that takes control of Gotham City during the night.
The crime-fighting Batman may not have startling superpowers. But his phenomenal physique, brilliant mindset, and high-tech devices end up making him one of the most competent characters to ever exist in the world of cartoons.
Also, how can one ever forget his sharp deduction skills as a relentless detective?
6. Stewie Griffin (Family Guy)
Even though a lot many family-oriented cartoons have come to dominate the scene today, the one that is titled 'Family Guy' may, ironically, not exactly be appropriate for children.
There is no doubt about the fact that the humor and casting in the show are amazing. Nowhere is this more noticeable when we, as viewers, are introduced to Stewie Griffin.
Stewie Griffin may still be an infant but the intellect that he possesses can put adults of all age groups to shame.
The young one has allowed himself to be equipped with creations such as a time machine, laser gun, and teleportation device, among others.
7. Donatello (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
The purple-headbanded Donatello is quite possibly the most significant member of the much sought-after reptilian squad. When his brothers are out there engaging in combat, the onus is on Donatello to continue to invent new machines and gadgets so that he can assist his comrades.
What truly brings his genius to the fore is that he can invent valuable stuff even from a pile of trash.
He is, therefore, the official weaponeer of the team and their go-to man. The fact that Donatello's scientific brain ends up helping the group in times of need speaks volumes about his ingenuity and the importance of his character sketch.
8. Phineas Flynn (Phineas and Ferb)
Phineas Flynn is one of the two titular characters of the cartoon show, titled Phineas and Ferb. He is an optimistic individual who not only sees the bright side of things.
He also hopes to make every single day better by engaging in something productive. Phineas Flynn, who always knows what to do and when, is an incredibly intelligent, innovative, and determined personality.
He is hell-bent on ensuring that he can make the most of his summer vacation to avoid the potential boredom.
Therefore, he is often seen designing stuff that his brother Ferb Fletcher ends up developing.
9. Mr. Peabody (Peabody's Improbable History)
It would be safe to say that Mr. Peabody first came across as someone who was a headstrong and no-nonsense mentor to a young Sherman.
However, his most recent appearances, including that in an animated flick, go on to demonstrate that the loving dog can also be a trusted and overprotective father figure when he wishes to.
Mr. Peabody is one of the smartest characters to make it to our list. The authenticity of this statement gets even more real when one takes note of the fact that he is a canine.
Not only does Mr. Peabody aces it at science but he is also comfortable with music, athletics, and artistry.
10. Susan and Mary Test (Johnny Test)
While it may be true that Johnny Test is not as popular as several other cartoon shows today, it is also equally true that it comprises two really smart characters.
Johnny Test's red-headed twin sisters Susan and Mary are 13 years old. But they go on to show extraordinary engineering skills on the show, thus, impressing their niche audience.
Not only have they managed to develop the time machine but they have also invented a cloning facility and a device to control the psyche.
However, they cease to win the admiration of their good-looking neighbor Gil.
11. The Brain (Pinky and the Brain)
Pinky and the Brain is a spin-off from the equally gleeful and entertaining Animaniacs. The story of this cartoon follows two mice who can talk, plan and plot.
While Pinky is not as smart, Brain often dreams about conquering the world. This is precise because he thinks that he can do a better job than the so-called leaders of the world.
Even though most of his plans fail courtesy of Pinky's clumsiness and interference, what is commendable about Brain is that he thinks about the wellness of humanity.
The fact that he can invent devices to control the mind and high-tech robots speaks volumes about his caliber.
12. Velma Dinkley (Scooby-Doo Where Are You!)
Our next protagonist on the list is the inimitable Velma Dinkley; someone who is as reasonable as she appears. Considered to be the "brain" of the much-loved group, she is a genius who is often seen deciphering the codes, understanding clues, and solving mysteries.
Velma Dinkley has a knack for mystery and she can turn out to be very competitive if she stumbles upon someone who seems to be as smart as she is.
We would also like to add that she keeps losing her glass and can be a serious skeptic when she intends to.
Even though Velma Dinkley is sarcastic and sharp-witted, she cares about nothing more than the well-being of her little gang.
13. Gretchen Priscilla Grundler (Recess)
She is arguably the most intelligent member of the 'Recess' squad. Gretchen Priscilla Grundler might also possibly be smarter than everyone else residing in her town, including her well-read teachers.
Gretchen Priscilla Grundler, who often acts as an elder sister to T. J. and Gus, is probably closest to Spinelli than any other member of the group.
Even though she is incredibly intelligent, Gretchen can also come across as both sweet and naive from time to time.
Especially while hearing fictitious stories from other kids in the playground. That said, she can often be seen with Galileo, which is a portable computer with a talking frog mascot.
14. Dr. Benton C. Quest (Jonny Quest)
Dr. Benton C. Quest is the genius father of the titular character of the animated television series, titled Jonny Quest.
He is the second most important character of the Jonny Quest franchise. He is a science expert who happens to work for the government of the United States of America.
Also an explorer, he wants to help mankind with his groundbreaking work and innovative ideas. Needless to say, whatever he has invented so far is either for the defense or to enhance the health and livelihoods of the people who are in dire need of assistance.
In addition to all this, Dr. Benton Quest is also a very kind and devoted father to his children.
15. Gadget Hackwrench (Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers)
Meet the quirky inventor named Gadget Hackwrench from Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers. This lovable mouse can only carry a limited number of materials.
She does her best to make full use of them while working on her creations. A fearless character, her will to solve problems that others may have overlooked is what makes her stand out from the crowd.
Gadget Hackwrench has managed to invent and design the airplane that is backed by a toy balloon and is, in fact, capable of intercontinental flight.
16. Daria Morgendorffer (Daria)
Daria Morgendorffer is the series' eponymous protagonist. Used to be a supporting character in the popular animated television show, titled Beavis and Butt-Head.
However, the character got prominent enough to get a series of its own. Daria Morgendorffer's character is shown to evolve quite brilliantly in the series.
The fact that she is inherently intelligent works magic for the viewers. Like most of the genius people out there, she also comes across as a bit cynical.
Her wry humor is not something that everybody would be able to easily comprehend. Arguably one of the deepest characters to make it to our list, Daria Morgendorffer is the perfect example of how one can refine their intelligence.
We say so because even when her intellect distances her from her peers, she makes it feel very natural and uses the distance to excel at other things.
While she is academically superb, Daria Morgendorffer is barely ever seen partaking in extracurricular activities.
17. Dr. Gallio (Snorks)
Even though he is known to be a little clumsy, Dr. Gallio from The Snorks is one of the nicest and probably the smartest of all snorks.
While he should be appreciated for his willingness to help others, one also has to praise him for making sure that his creations are in working order.
All great minds tend to get a bit impatient from time to time. That's also the case with the reliable Dr. Gallio. Also, he has a fierce rival in Dr. Strangesnork and their rivalry is a treat to watch.
18. Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes)
Whoever said bunnies cannot be smart enough to take care of themselves is certainly not smart enough to have known the existence of the brilliant Bugs Bunny.
Bugs Bunny is known to have won hearts during the Golden Age of American Animation. Bugs Bunny is a cultural icon who can turn into a bonafide trickster at will.
A thrilling character, Bugs Bunny can outsmart anyone who tries to antagonize him; all while making his viewers laugh out loud.
The fact that he is a shrewd personality gives him an advantage over his foes and arch-rivals. Bugs Bunny is known to greet everyone he meets by uttering his widely popular catchphrase, "Eh, what's up, doc?"
19. Grey Matter (Ben 10)
Grey Matter's short stature may not come across as intimidating to anyone. But this grey-skinned, frog-like alien is one of the most valuable characters in the acclaimed animated series.
Even though he may not exactly be a physical threat to anyone, the fact that he can use his intelligence as a weapon makes him one of Ben's favorite aliens.
Needless to say, whenever Ben is in a dilemma, Grey Matter is the one who usually turns up with a solution.
He can grasp new skills and information at a rapid pace.
20. Tintin (The Adventures of Tintin)
Tintin is a reporter, adventurer, and traveler, and we all know that to excel at all three, one would have to be super skilled.
A very inquisitive personality, Tintin is a well-read young adult who never compromises on his ethics. He is an athletic individual who wishes to get done with every task that he undertakes.
This only means that he does not take his gifted intelligence for granted and that he is truly responsible. In addition, Tintin comes across as an efficient driver who can deal with almost any vehicle that he gets his hands on.
It is also apparent that he likes to do yoga and is barely ever seen smoking or drinking.
21. Professor Ludwig Von Drake (Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color)
Donald Duck's paternal uncle, Professor Ludwig Von Drake, is one of the most eccentric characters in Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.
One can even go on to call him a multi-talented personality. This is because this self-proclaimed genius is not only a lecturer but also a scientist and psychiatrist par excellence.
Needless to say, he does not let go of an opportunity to broadcast his wide range of knowledge about different topics.
That said, one can hear Professor Ludwig Von Drake speaking in his trademark Austrian accent. Also, to do justice to his genius image, he can be seen in an overcoat and specs.
22. Road Runner (The Road Runner Show)
Road Runner, who is a recurring character in the Looney Tunes franchise, is best recognized by his signature sound, "Beep beep." While one may associate Road Runner with speed, one cannot deny the fact that he is exceptionally smart and always a step ahead of his rival Wile E.
Coyote. That said, Road Runner is also a fun-loving and cheerful bird who is constantly looking for a happy ending.
Furthermore, Road Runner also comes across as mature. We say so because he understands that Wile E. Coyote trying to get the better of him is nothing more than nature working its course.
23. Jerry Mouse (Tom and Jerry)
Tom and Jerry is a series of outstanding short films created during the golden age of American animation. Being one of the most loved and popular cartoons of all time, it also comprises two of the most liked cartoon characters in animation history, namely Tom and Jerry.
Out of the two, it is the brown house mouse Jerry who is often seen using his wits and courage to outsmart Tom, the cat.
Jerry may come across as cold and careless from time to time but he wants nothing more than to have fun and live an exciting life.
That said, he can also come across as both cheeky and sweet, depending on the need of the situation.
24. Blossom (The Powerpuff Girls)
Blossom is one of the three main protagonists of the blockbuster animated series, titled The Powerpuff Girls. Along with her other two sisters, namely Bubbles and Buttercup, she has sworn to fight crime and for the freedom of every man, woman, and child in her town.
Although each of the sisters has their strengths, it is Blossom who seems to be in control of the situation most of the time.
She is supposed to be the most mature and level-headed girl in the trio. She even tries to play the peacemaker when the other two end up fighting.
Having said that, Blossom herself can come across as a bit egocentric and overbearing at times. But, then, who doesn't?
25. Professor John I.Q. Nerdelbaum Frink Jr.get (The Simpsons)
This superbly entertaining recurring character in the hit animated television series titled The Simpsons is the one to truly watch out for.
Even though he may be socially inept, there is no arguing the fact that he is a magnificent scientist and nerdy professor.
Doctor Frink tries to put his various inventions to use as he strives to come to the town's aid in times of grave crises.
While he intends to safeguard the interest of the town's residents, his inventions somehow end up making things worse than they usually are.
That said, he is also known for uttering words that seldom make sense when he is overexcited about something.
26. Gyro Gearloose (DuckTales)
Gyro Gearloose is an anthropomorphic chicken from the animated television series, titled DuckTales. Even though Gyro Gearloose is arguably Duckburg's most sought-after inventor, not all his inventions work in the way that he wants them to.
He always manages to come up with new and creative ideas, making him outrageously productive. However, sometimes when his creations lack a feature or two, it is Scrooge or Donald who is compelled to bear the brunt of the same as they are often seen buying stuff from Gyro Gearloose.
That said, the fact that Gyro Gearloose is kind to others gives an added advantage to his smartness.
27. Cyborg (Teen Titans)
One of the five founding members of Teen Titans, Cyborg is a technological expert who is half-cybernetic and half-man. The viewers may catch his half-human side being carefree and cracking jokes but when it comes to his half-cybernetic side, one can't help but admire his wealth of scientific knowledge and mastery over his work.
It is not difficult to guess why Cyborg is a certified genius. He has a background in computer science, physics, robotics, and engineering.
More importantly, he has the acumen to put his knowledge to appropriate use. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to claim that without his efforts, the rest of the Teen Titans would find it difficult to top their enemies.
28. Doraemon (Doraemon)
The next hugely admired cartoon character to make it to our list is Doraemon. Not only is he the smartest character on his show but he is also very caring and helpful towards others.
Having said that, coupling a bit of silliness with his intelligence is what makes Doraemon even more interesting to catch on the screen.
This male robotic earless cat has managed to win hearts worldwide with his endearing personality. He is not a high-tech product himself.
There is enough heart and maturity in him to understand the pain of others; especially his dear friend Nobita.
29. Nigel 'Numbuh 1' Uno (Codename: Kids Next Door)
There are polarizing opinions about Nigel 'Numbuh 1' Uno. While some consider him to be a tactical genius, others call him paranoid.
Be that as it may, he is the son of the first KND agent. He leaves no stone unturned to ensure that his missions are accomplished.
Not only that but he also strives to deter Father and other adults from taking full control of the world.
Needless to say, Numbah 1 is a great leader who has the zeal to outsmart some of the smartest secret agents.
It is not surprising then that he was once even a potential candidate to become the Supreme Leader of the KND.
30. Mojo Jojo (The Powerpuff Girls)
Mojo Jojo is the main villain of the blockbuster Cartoon Network animated series, titled The Powerpuff Girls. Since the girls are powerful, determined, and smart, it would make no sense for their rival to be any less.
Needless to say, Mojo Jojo is a supervillain who has enhanced intelligence and the will to defeat his foes. He is the only antagonist who has managed to get the better of the formidable girl trio.
Their face-off is one of the most entertaining things to catch in the show. That being said, Mojo Jojo has also used his cunning nature to good effect on rare occasions.
31. Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth (Futurama)
Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth is popularly known as Professor Farnsworth. He is one of the smartest fictional characters from the admired American animated television series, titled Futurama.
He showed grave interest in science ever since he was a teenager and it reflects in his work. Professor Hubert Farnsworth is mainly seen spending a lot of time with his inventions.
What makes them different is the fact that several of them are capable enough of disobeying the known laws of physics.
His greatest strength is the fact that he is ridiculously intelligent. However, his intelligence has arch-rival in his senility.
32. Ferb Fletcher (Phineas and Ferb)
Ferb Fletcher is the big executioner of ideas and designs that come from Phineas Flynn. Needless to say, one cannot be on this list without the inclusion of the other.
Ferb Fletcher, who is one of the three siblings of the Flynn-Fletcher household, may come across as shy at first glance.
However, the reason he does not speak much is that he does not have a lot to talk about.
What is praiseworthy about Ferb Fletcher is the fact that he can manage to keep his calm even in the most difficult of situations.
33. Professor Utonium (The Powerpuff Girls)
We all need to come together and thank Professor Utonium for having created and taken care of the lovely Powerpuff Girls.
A scientist and inventor par excellence, his conversations with the girls at home are endearing, to say the least. Powerpuff Girls and Professor Utonium are excellent at what they do.
One cannot help but admire how normal they make the house feel despite their respective genius traits. Needless to mention, there is a sense of familiarity and ingenuity that come into play when we sit to watch The Powerpuff Girls, thus, making it even more relatable to the viewers.
34. Princess Bonnibel "Bonnie" Bubblegum (Adventure Time)
Princess Bonnibel "Bonnie" Bubblegum, who is often referred to as Princess Bubblegum, is a great scientist and inventor. It is not surprising then that the ultimate ruler of the Candy Kingdom used her skills to develop her laboratory and created the Candy People to live in her realm.
Not all her inventions turn out to be as she originally intended them to be. Princess Bubblegum is still capable enough of helping Jake and Finn when they need support.
Besides, what good is a ruler if they can't back the people who need good backing?
35. Skips (Regular Show)
Skips is one of the most pleasant characters on Regular Show. Skips may come across as modest when you first catch him on the screen.
He is unassuming sometimes. He is an immortal character who has had the privilege of experiencing much more than what most people experience throughout their lives.
Skips has his share of preaching and wisdom to impart to the others and he is often seen helping both Mordecai and Rigby through the course of the show.
The aforementioned traits make him one of the most distinct characters to feature on our list.
36. Lisa Marie Simpson (The Simpsons)
Lisa Marie Simpson is the middle child of The Simpsons clan in the hit animated television series, titled The Simpsons.
She happens to be the most accomplished and often the most misunderstood member of the family. Sometimes, her ideas are too intellectual to make sense to her folks.
Lisa Marie Simpson is blessed with a high IQ and is undeniably cute. However, occasionally, while dealing with personal issues, she does require adult intervention.
Be that as it may, one cannot deny the fact that Lisa Simpson is one of the smartest and most relatable characters in the much-loved animated show.
37. Joker (Batman: The Animated Series)
Joker has to be one of the smartest supervillains of all time. This includes the characters depicted both in the animated television series and in the motion pictures that have been released since the success of the said animated series.
Batman's archrival, Joker is as merciless as he is shrewd and as intelligent as he is manipulative. His wicked tricks might be sound enough to threaten Gotham City.
The many mind games that he plays have also been shown to have impacted Batman both mentally and physically. It is not surprising then that he can exploit his lover Harley Quinn at will.
Wrong as Joker may come across, one simply cannot deny the fact that you need brains to ensure that all of your strategies are executed without fail.
38. Professor Pat Pending (Wacky Races)
Professor Pat Pending is one of the most intriguing characters in the cartoon series, titled Wacky Races. There is no doubt about the fact that, like other characters on our list, he is also a genius.
We say so because he is credited with developing one of the most remarkable vehicles of all time the Convert-a-car; something that he is seen driving himself.
Also, what's special about this creation by Professor Pat Pending is the fact that his vehicle is equipped with updated gadgets.
They even help the vehicle transform into just about anything in motion on the road.
39. Leonardo (The Alvin Show)
Leonardo, who is a recurring character in the vintage American animated television series titled The Alvin Show, happens to be the assistant of a scientist named Clyde Crashcup.
He is a cute-looking, almost bald short man with a football-shaped head. Even though he is an underrated chap, Leonardo is someone who is often seen whispering ideas in the scientist's ears.
Since his suggestions are mostly great, Clyde Crashcup works on them and ends up taking all the credit for the same.
Also, Leonardo gets displeased with Clyde Crashcup whenever he is seen questioning his intelligence.
40. Phineas J. Whoopee (Tennessee Tuxedo and his Tales)
Phineas J. Whoopee from the animated television series, titled Tennessee Tuxedo and his Tales, is considered to be "The Man With All The Answers." He is shown to be having a 3D blackboard with the help of which he can educate one about any topic that they would wish to learn of.
He is a polymath in the true sense of the word and is quite knowledgeable. His understanding of subjects such as the history of dentistry, hot air balloons, and repairing of television sets is only a reflection of the wide range of subjects that he may have information about.
41. Robert "Bob" II (Bob the Builder)
Robert "Bob" II, is known to his close friends and viewers as Bob the Builder. He is the most sensible character in the smash-hit animated television series, titled Bob the Builder.
Bob is an exceptionally kind-hearted individual who cares about everyone who works for and with him. He is a hard-working man who understands the importance of work.
It is not surprising then to see him taking pride in his work. Better still, he is even observed encouraging others to focus on their work.
An inspiration to his co-workers, Bob is also incredibly fun-loving. And, even though he is the most intelligent character in the show, he is never seen bragging about it.
42. Dr. Noreen "Nora" Wakeman (My Life as a Teenage Robot)
Dr. Noreen "Nora" Wakeman is popularly known as Dr. Nora Wakeman. She is an elderly robotics scientist who is credited with the creation of Jenny Wakeman.
Needless to say, she is Jenny's beloved mother and is referred to as such by her and her sisters. There is no denying the fact that this scientist loves her daughter.
But, she is often seen calling her up during the most awkward of situations. Also, Dr. Nora Wakeman is seen having a tough time trying to understand the modern-day slang used by teenagers.
This makes her come across as a stereotypical embarrassing parent from time to time.
43. Egghead Jr. (Looney Tunes)
Egghead Jr. is quite possibly one of the smartest and among the most underrated characters of Looney Tunes. The studious young lad, who happens to be a master of physics, applied sciences, and chemistry, has a large head and is unquestionably intelligent.
He is often seen with a book in his hands and he does not come across as someone who is loquacious.
That said, Egghead Jr. is seen making an appearance in several shorts with Foghorn Leghorn. Since Looney Tunes is a show that encompasses a lot many popular characters, it is possible that a lot many of us cease to remember Egghead Jr.
44. Linus van Pelt (The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show)
Linus van Pelt from the animated American series, titled The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, is a well-intentioned character. The middle child of the Van Pelt family, Linus does not harbor ill intentions in his heart and is always looking forward to solving problems among his people.
Even though he can come across as a bit naive, he is often belittled by his little sister Lucy. That said, we would also like to mention that Linus van Pelt is Charlie Brown's best friend and someone who is in love with his teacher.
45. Tracy the Gorilla (Ghostbusters)
Tracy the Gorilla, from the popular animated series from the 1980s, is almost a genius gorilla who looks for ways to get the Ghostbusters out of a tricky situation.
Even though he can't speak, he can convey what he thinks or feels by drawing sketches or through a game of charades.
Tracy the Gorilla is also credited with creating some of the team's newest anti-ghost gadgets. Since he is a gorilla, he is incredibly powerful and does not shy away from showing his strength from time to time; like once when he threw the Statue of Liberty into the ocean.
46. Spider-Man (Spider-Man: The Animated Series)
Spider-Man: The Animated Series focuses on Spider-Man and his alter ego, Peter Parker. It comprises one of the smartest animated characters to make it to our list.
Spider-Man's public image takes a beating now and then. But his endeavors to save the people of his city and fight crime using his bravery and intelligence can never be ignored.
This is precisely what makes him one of the greatest superheroes on planet Earth. Spider-Man's alternate personality, Peter Parker, is also someone who is shown to be somewhat nerdy.
He looks up to his Uncle Ben who taught him to fight for everything right. He even tries to get a better understanding of science courtesy of a genius scientist named Otto Octavius.
47. Benjamin Kirby "Ben" Tennyson (Ben 10)
Benjamin Kirby "Ben" Tennyson is popularly known as Ben Tennyson. He was an ordinary ten-year-old boy until he stumbled upon the Omnitrix.
Omnitrix is a potent watch-like device that enabled Ben to turn into ten different aliens at will. This is something that turned him into a hero of sorts to people around him.
Even though Ben Tennyson could risk coming across as cocky and arrogant at times, one cannot deny the fact that he has an inherent desire to help people.
While he may not be great at his studies, he is forgiving and compassionate by nature.
48. Aimee Brightower (Galaxy High)
From the obscure cartoon, Galaxy High comes our next high and mighty character, named Aimee Brightower. The thing with smart students is that even though they are popular among the teachers, they are deemed to be nerds by other students in the classroom.
The case does not seem to be very different for Aimee Brightower. Nevertheless, she was able to earn both a scholarship and a space car courtesy of her good grades.
Having said that, it has also been demonstrated that Aimee Brightower might have a crush on Doyle. However, they are not exactly shown ending up like a couple.
49. Iron Man (Iron Man: The Animated Series)
Iron Man from the animated television series, titled Iron Man: The Animated Series, has to feature on our list of the smartest cartoon/animated characters of all time.
Even though Tony Stark may not have a lot of powers of his own, the Iron Man Armor ends up bringing his strong side to the fore to get things done effectively.
The business magnate has been seen working on a molecular expander to increase the food supply. He oversees a company that deals with advanced weapon and defense technologies.
Also, he is known to be both a competent scientist and a charming playboy, depending on what the situation demands of him.
50. Big Ears (Noddy's Toyland Adventures)
Big Ears, who is known to have big ears, is one of the most likable characters from Noddy's Toyland Adventures.
He has a long white beard and can be seen in a red and pointy cap. Big Ears resides in a toadstool near Toytown.
Not only is he one of Noddy's finest friends but also his only mentor. Whenever Noddy finds himself in a situation of crisis, he tries to confide in Big Ears.
More often than not, the suggestions given by the wise Big Ears work for Noddy and turn him into the jovial chap that he is again.
Needless to say, Big Ears has to be the smartest of all characters in the show. Also, he is arguably the most underrated character to make it to our list.
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