There are many intelligent characters, and they use that intelligence to do anything from building a time machine to capturing a serial killer to illegally brewing potions in a bathroom. But who is the smartest fictional character? Let’s look at some of the most intelligent fictional characters ever created.
While the Marvel Universe has many geniuses, including characters like Peter Parker, Hank Pym and Bruce Banner, there is no question that Tony Stark is one of the most intelligent characters, both in the films and in marvel comics. He built a miniaturised arc reactor in the middle of nowhere with a box of scraps, built his own iron man armour and designed it to withstand even the worst elements, and invented time travel just to see if he could.
The only person more intelligent than Tony is Reed Richards, who got slightly dumber when Tony altered reality and made everyone as smart as him.
2. Sherlock Holmes
This brilliant detective is one of the most iconic fictional geniuses of all time. Sherlock was considered to be smarter than Albert Einstein. He has an intuitive understanding of most concepts and solves many of his crimes in entertaining ways that sometimes get him badly hurt.
The Sherlock TV show has done the best job of showing off just how clever the beloved detective is.
3. Hermione Granger – Harry Potter Series
Hermione is at the top of her class and one of the most intelligent female characters alive. She has often perfected spells on her first try and saved herself and the boys multiple times through her creative thinking. While she might not be the chosen one, she is the intelligent leader of the group, a role that she is happy to take on when she deems it necessary.
While he can sometimes be highly irritating, there’s no denying that Jim Parsons’s character is incredibly intelligent. His eidetic memory ensured that he was a certified genius, and by the end of the series, he’d earned a well-deserved Nobel Prize (and slap).
His admiration of Mr Spock’s intelligence and lack of showing emotion makes his character more entertaining.
5. Elle Woods – Legally Blonde
Elle Woods doesn’t seem like one of the smartest fictional characters, but she proves she is multiple times. Not only did she get into Harvard Law School with a 179 on her LSAT, but the film also revealed that she had a GPA of 4.0. In addition, she used her fashion knowledge to crack open a case better than any other character and managed to win over the man of her dreams without much difficulty.
She did all this and more without sacrificing her beliefs.
6. Rick Sanchez – Rick and Morty
This alcoholic inventor with a habit of destroying universes is definitely one of the most intelligent characters. He has built portal guns, robots and theme parks inside people. He has the highest IQ of any fictional character (over 300), and he reminds everyone just how smart he is.
Hannah Lieberum is, first and foremost, a geek with a passion for writing. Her love for reading, from the classics through to sci-fi, often needs her to focus and overanalyse the narrative of films and games, while her love for art allows her to see the beauty in unexpected shots. An excellent backstory will always win her over, and she will never pass up the opportunity to sit back, relax and watch Star Trek while petting her permanently grumpy cat.