Top 10 Most Intelligent DCU Characters

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#51 Edited by Morpheus_ (34616 posts) - - Show Bio
@AtPhantom said:

" Also, I think we should differentiate between humans and Gods/Abstracts. Lucifer/Darkseid/Himon/Dream understand the universe on far more levels than normal humans or aliens do.  Or maybe I'm just overthinking this thread. "

While I agree, they are characters that appear in the mainstream DCU, and have interacted with characters from it. 
 
On the other hand, no matter how smart an ant will get, it can never surpass the smartest human, so I am torn - on one hand you are correct about their intellect and understanding being superior, but on the other hand, the characters are eligible.
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#52 Edited by The_Warlord (1831 posts) - - Show Bio
  1. Metron
  2. Brainiac
  3. Ray Palmer
  4. Lex Luthor
  5. Bruce Wayne & Riddler
  6. Mister Terrific & Ryan Choi
  7. Doctor Sivana
  8. TO.Morrow
  9. Gorilla Grodd
  10. John Henry Irons
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#53 Posted by OhTru (1603 posts) - - Show Bio
@Son_of_Magnus said:
" @OhTru: Deathstroke is still a better tactician strategist and planner mutha fu@$@ uses 90% of his brain "
See this is the problem, he uses 90% of HIS Brain
 
and his brain at 100% can not even compete with Adam Wests brain working at 2%
 
That's how smart Adam West Batman was
 
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#54 Posted by the creator (8570 posts) - - Show Bio
@OhTru said:
" @Son_of_Magnus said:
" @OhTru: Deathstroke is still a better tactician strategist and planner mutha fu@$@ uses 90% of his brain "
See this is the problem, he uses 90% of HIS Brain
 
and his brain at 100% can not even compete with Adam Wests brain working at 2%
 
That's how smart Adam West Batman was
 
"

Firstly Adam West in not a character in the DC Universes 
Secondly, if you want to use the Adam West Batman, again he is not part of the Dc Universes. 
Hell, that character version comes from the Silver Age, so theres another reason for not being applicable.
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#55 Edited by The_Ghostshell (84303 posts) - - Show Bio
@OhTru said:

" Deathstroke Normally I rank him below Batman
 

So do I. There's no doubt that Deathstroke is a tactical and strategical genius, but so is Captain America and I doubt anyone would say he's smarter then Reed Richards (not saying Batman is on Reed's level, just showing the flawed logic). I also dont believe Deathstroke has any feats in either area that would suggest he is better then Batman. But for the sake of argument lets just say he is and concede that Batman is at least somewhere around the ball park. Tactics and Strategy would only be one part of a bigger picture when looking at ones intelligence. Batman has a much wider range of knowledge. Engineering, Forensics, Technology, etc etc. The dude is like a one man swiss army knife of intelligence, were as Deathstroke's expertise seems to be limited to one area. Even before he became Batman his intelligence was described as genius. Deathstroke just doesn't have the feats to support him being smarter then Batman.
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#56 Edited by kenshiroo (1107 posts) - - Show Bio

1) Brainiac

2) Batman

3) Lutor

4) Joker

5) Black Adam

6) Sinestro

7) Riddler

8) Deathstroke

9) Scarecrow

10) Dr. Psycho

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#57 Posted by ragdollpurps (16890 posts) - - Show Bio

oracle may not be one of THE smartest, but i think she deserves honorable mention. :P who else could keep a whole bat-family in the loop?
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#58 Posted by imrigone (68 posts) - - Show Bio

The Presence/Yahweh/The Source- Omnscient
Destiny of the Endless- His book is omniscient
The Other Endless, Spectre and the Entities of the various corps have access to omniscience as relates to their missions. The Anti-Life Entity likely falls into this category
Metron, the Guardians (before they got killed and later restored), the Monitors, the Controllers, the Time Trapper- all have access to all availiable knowledge  
Brainiac, Himon, possibly Pariah and the Phantom Stranger- for various reasons related to these characters
Mokaari and Simian, Highfather, Desaad, Darkseid, high ranking Dominators and Coluans- all have demonstrated extremely advanced intellects

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#59 Posted by imrigone (68 posts) - - Show Bio

As far as Earth Based?
Lex Luthor is often called the smartest, although the new Toyman may be superior. Mr. Terrific is typically said to be third.
Batman, Ray Palmer, Oracle, Will Magnus, the Chief, T.O. Morrow, Professor Ivo, Dr. Sivana, Mr. Mind and the Brain all seem to be up there. Deathstroke DOES supposedly have super-intelligence, but he doesn't seem to use it to great effect like the rest here do. John Henry Irons, Prof. Hamilton  and Rha's al Ghul should get honorable mention.

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#61 Posted by Ciriel (414 posts) - - Show Bio
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#62 Edited by Durakken (1930 posts) - - Show Bio

Zordon

Bob the Builder

April O'Neil

Lt Commander Data

Pinky

Cypher Raige

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Rocky Balboa

Sky Net

Jack Slater

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#63 Posted by lightsout (1886 posts) - - Show Bio

The universe? That might be hard, since there would be many "cosmic" characters/species where a not-top scientist is smarter than the smartest on Earth. If we're just talking Earth, it'd have to include: Lex, Batman, Mr Terrific, Ray Palmer, your various mad-scientist types (Ivo, Marrow, Caulder, etc etc).

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#64 Posted by bigcimmerian (10340 posts) - - Show Bio

This is my list, Earth based characters only.

1) Lex Luthor

2) Batman

3) Mr Terrific

4) John Henry Irons

5) Ray Palmer

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#65 Edited by ViperKing (424 posts) - - Show Bio

This list is based on Earth inhabitants, though it does not include the metahuman population. I compiled this list to give my own opinion of which inhabitants deserves each position in the DC Universe.

1. Lex Luthor is the most intelligent human being on Earth and one of the most intelligent beings in DC Comics. He has seemingly mastered every science known to the universe. He is able to execute the most effective and efficient solution possible in any given situation. He stands out due to his ability to master any situation, usually against staggering odds.

2. The Atom, Ray Palmer, is not only a world-renowned physicist but a genius with a Ph.D. He invented a matter-compression technology that allows him to shrink to subatomic levels as he maintained his mass. He also found limitless applications for this technology including gliding on air currents to simulate flight, riding on phone signals for handheld-enabled transportation, and rearranging atoms into Kryptonite in Superman's bloodstream. He is able to produce the most useful, original, and refined solutions to any given problem.

3. Mr. Terrific is quite the polymath, able to learn complicated skills with ease. He specializes in multiple fields of engineering, medicine, and science. He currently has 14 Ph.D's due to his natural aptitude for learning. He is a self-made multi-millionaire, due to his tremendous intelligence. By six years of age, he not only had learned the theory of time and space continuum but he had read and assimilated the works of Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein, Max Planck, and Richard Feynman. Blindfolded, he also took down both Black Canary and Green Lantern at chess at the same time.

4. T.O. Morrow is a scientific genius, unmatched in the field of robotics. He is responsible for creating Red Tornado, Red Inferno, and Red Torpedo. He also was the partner of Professor Ivo in building Red Volcano. He also built an artificial soul for Tomorrow Woman, which is incredibly for any human being. He has created incredibly complex schemes and insanely futuristic inventions.

5. Toyman, Hiro Okamuru, is a teenage genius that has an IQ level of 210. He has been building incredible technologically advanced devices, including a giant Composite Superman-Batman robot since the age of 7. He specializes in biochemistry, cybernetics, genetics, physics, robotics, computer programming, and weapons technology. He is also an expert engineer, able to fix most machinery, robots, and computer programming given enough time.

6. Professor Ivo is a genius, specifically specializing in cybernetics. He has built Amazo, Amazoid, Composite Superman, and Kid Amazo. He was also the partner of T.O. Morrow in building Red Volcano. He also build the body of Tomorrow Woman. He is insanely intelligent and is the precursor of the android race.

7. The Brain is a former polymath, criminal mastermind, and is more than capable of plotting out perfect crimes. He is also a master of biology and robotics. He is also incredibly adept at coercion, deceit, and manipulation. He is a genius and is incredibly intelligent.

8. Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, is a genius, with an IQ level of 192, that has been said to be more intelligent that Batman. Despero once claimed Ted Kord's mind was only second to J'onn J'onzz. He is also proficient in numerous sciences including aircraft, chemistry, engineering, physics, and solar technology. He also had an deep understanding of alien technology.

9. Doctor Sivana has an incredible intellect, using unique methods to take on Shazam. He is a brilliant inventor, manipulator, and strategist. His gadgets, weapons, and other inventions are matched by no other being. Even though he is quite insane, he is one of the most intelligent "mad scientists" there is.

10. Batman is brilliant polymath, being one of the most analytical minds on the planet. He gained degrees in biology, chemistry, advanced chemistry, computer science, criminal science, engineering, forensics, physics, and technology by the age of 25. He is also capable of forensic investigation, observation, and inductive/deductive reasoning of the highest caliber. Given any mystery, he can arrive at any conclusions with a fraction of data. He also stands out as the only non-metahuman in the Justice League, being able to stand for himself against incredible odds.

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#66 Posted by 2cool4fun (2418 posts) - - Show Bio

People pleasr STOP SPAMMING BATMAN, he is not even that smart, he is the best detectiv there is, but not one of the smartest people out there, if he was he would be building his gadgets and not lucius fox, and superman would not be able to see a way to improve them. Even bane is smarter, yes, bain! The guy knows a minimum of 5 languages, has photographic memory and figured out that Bruce is Batman in 1 freaking year!

Any way here is my list, also i`m only counting people in this time line, so no brainiac 5 or other future smart asses:

10. Cyborg? Sorry don`t know who to put here, but he is connected to every thing, which means he knows every thing that exists on any computer right? Well if that is true than him, if not, well then dunno correct me or something!

9. T.O. Morrow

8. Gorilla Grod

7. Deathstroke ( he uses 90% of his brain, and if you watched teen titans, you should have also seen that side of him )

6. The Atom

5. Vandal Savage ( he does have improved intelligence and has thousands of years of wisdom )

4. Mr. Terrific ( DC says he`s third, but i don`t think they counted the guardians )

3. Lex Luthor

2.Brainiac

1. The Guardians ( i put them as 1 person, cause this list could be filled with only them )

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#68 Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg (2452 posts) - - Show Bio

This list is based on Earth inhabitants, though it does not include the metahuman population. I compiled this list to give my own opinion of which inhabitants deserves each position in the DC Universe.

1. Lex Luthor is the most intelligent human being on Earth and one of the most intelligent beings in DC Comics. He has seemingly mastered every science known to the universe. He is able to execute the most effective and efficient solution possible in any given situation. He stands out due to his ability to master any situation, usually against staggering odds.

2. The Atom, Ray Palmer, is not only a world-renowned physicist but a genius with a Ph.D. He invented a matter-compression technology that allows him to shrink to subatomic levels as he maintained his mass. He also found limitless applications for this technology including gliding on air currents to simulate flight, riding on phone signals for handheld-enabled transportation, and rearranging atoms into Kryptonite in Superman's bloodstream. He is able to produce the most useful, original, and refined solutions to any given problem.

3. Mr. Terrific is quite the polymath, able to learn complicated skills with ease. He specializes in multiple fields of engineering, medicine, and science. He currently has 14 Ph.D's due to his natural aptitude for learning. He is a self-made multi-millionaire, due to his tremendous intelligence. By six years of age, he not only had learned the theory of time and space continuum but he had read and assimilated the works of Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein, Max Planck, and Richard Feynman. Blindfolded, he also took down both Black Canary and Green Lantern at chess at the same time.

4. T.O. Morrow is a scientific genius, unmatched in the field of robotics. He is responsible for creating Red Tornado, Red Inferno, and Red Torpedo. He also was the partner of Professor Ivo in building Red Volcano. He also built an artificial soul for Tomorrow Woman, which is incredibly for any human being. He has created incredibly complex schemes and insanely futuristic inventions.

5. Toyman, Hiro Okamuru, is a teenage genius that has an IQ level of 210. He has been building incredible technologically advanced devices, including a giant Composite Superman-Batman robot since the age of 7. He specializes in biochemistry, cybernetics, genetics, physics, robotics, computer programming, and weapons technology. He is also an expert engineer, able to fix most machinery, robots, and computer programming given enough time.

6. Professor Ivo is a genius, specifically specializing in cybernetics. He has built Amazo, Amazoid, Composite Superman, and Kid Amazo. He was also the partner of T.O. Morrow in building Red Volcano. He also build the body of Tomorrow Woman. He is insanely intelligent and is the precursor of the android race.

7. The Brain is a former polymath, criminal mastermind, and is more than capable of plotting out perfect crimes. He is also a master of biology and robotics. He is also incredibly adept at coercion, deceit, and manipulation. He is a genius and is incredibly intelligent.

8. Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, is a genius, with an IQ level of 192, that has been said to be more intelligent that Batman. Despero once claimed Ted Kord's mind was only second to J'onn J'onzz. He is also proficient in numerous sciences including aircraft, chemistry, engineering, physics, and solar technology. He also had an deep understanding of alien technology.

9. Doctor Sivana has an incredible intellect, using unique methods to take on Shazam. He is a brilliant inventor, manipulator, and strategist. His gadgets, weapons, and other inventions are matched by no other being. Even though he is quite insane, he is one of the most intelligent "mad scientists" there is.

10. Batman is brilliant polymath, being one of the most analytical minds on the planet. He gained degrees in biology, chemistry, advanced chemistry, computer science, criminal science, engineering, forensics, physics, and technology by the age of 25. He is also capable of forensic investigation, observation, and inductive/deductive reasoning of the highest caliber. Given any mystery, he can arrive at any conclusions with a fraction of data. He also stands out as the only non-metahuman in the Justice League, being able to stand for himself against incredible odds.

I agree with this, but I'd add Martian Manhunter.

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#69 Posted by 2cool4fun (2418 posts) - - Show Bio
@toplel said:

@2cool4fun said:

10. Cyborg? Sorry don`t know who to put here, but he is connected to every thing, which means he knows every thing that exists on any computer right? Well if that is true than him, if not, well then dunno correct me or something!

Knowing everything (knowledge) and intelligence are very different things.


7. Deathstroke ( he uses 90% of his brain, and if you watched teen titans, you should have also seen that side of him )


Humans use 100% of their brains, so that actually makes him inferior to humans, if anything.

Um...no,no they don't! I don`t wanna be rude but you should know that, it`s common knowledge...

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#72 Edited by THEGODAMNBATMAN (1024 posts) - - Show Bio

@2cool4fun said:

People pleasr STOP SPAMMING BATMAN, he is not even that smart, he is the best detectiv there is, but not one of the smartest people out there, if he was he would be building his gadgets and not lucius fox, and superman would not be able to see a way to improve them. Even bane is smarter, yes, bain! The guy knows a minimum of 5 languages, has photographic memory and figured out that Bruce is Batman in 1 freaking year!

Any way here is my list, also i`m only counting people in this time line, so no brainiac 5 or other future smart asses:

10. Cyborg? Sorry don`t know who to put here, but he is connected to every thing, which means he knows every thing that exists on any computer right? Well if that is true than him, if not, well then dunno correct me or something!

9. T.O. Morrow

8. Gorilla Grod

7. Deathstroke ( he uses 90% of his brain, and if you watched teen titans, you should have also seen that side of him )

6. The Atom

5. Vandal Savage ( he does have improved intelligence and has thousands of years of wisdom )

4. Mr. Terrific ( DC says he`s third, but i don`t think they counted the guardians )

3. Lex Luthor

2.Brainiac

1. The Guardians ( i put them as 1 person, cause this list could be filled with only them )

Actually he is "that smart". He was originally meant just to be a detective but over time he became one of the greatest minds on the planet. If you don't believe here are is post crisis intelligence feats: http://batmanfeats.blogspot.ca/p/intellectresources.html

As for current feats:

The Justice Buster - The Justice Buster that has the Ability to subdue the other main seven members of the Justice League.

The Watchtower - and all of it's defense systems which includes: escape pods, a force-field, it's defense systems, teleportation systems, etc.

He also created a machine that can copy the pattern of brain waves and inject them into a person. With this a person can gain years of experience, wisdom and knowledge in a matter of seconds. The fact that he created this speaks volumes about his intelligence.

I could bring up more examples but I think I made my point.

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#73 Posted by Endanger (218 posts) - - Show Bio

Brainiac 5 should be the smartest, followed by Lex, Batman and Terrific

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