I’m the villain, so I tame the final boss is an otome isekai anime starring villain-turned-heroine Aileen Lauren d’Autriche. In many ways, Aileen is the new Katarina Claes, but without the “Bakarina” density and goofy antics. Aileen is a sharp and resourceful villain who can rewrite the entire story of an otome game to ensure her own survival.
Aileen has no magic or weapons, so she relies on her extensive meta-knowledge and suave social graces to take the otome game story on a whole new path. She is also smart enough to thwart the evil plans of Lilia Rainworth and the corrupt members of the Church. Still, a handful of isekai protagonists are even more brilliant than Aileen in one way or another.
10/10 Kazuya Soma inherited a kingdom and transformed it for the better
How a royalist hero rebuilt the kingdom
The isekai hero Kazuya Soma wasn’t beaten up by Truck-kun or lived as a NEET like some isekai leaders, but he teleported to Elfrieden realm anyway. Kazaya, who had been preparing to start university, found himself king of an isekai nation.
Kazuya is a down-to-earth hero who has a thoughtful and practical approach to everything, hence the title. How a royalist hero rebuilt the kingdom. He still makes mistakes, but overall, Kazuya is recognized as one of the smartest isekai heroes. Unlike Aileen, he rebuilt an entire kingdom from within, enacting rapid progress for the benefit of all citizens.
9/10 Shiroe used his gaming experience to his advantage.
Once known as Kei Shirogane, engineering graduate student isekai protagonist Shiroe found himself in his favorite MMORPG world of taller tale. He loved to play that game in the registration horizon anime, but now the game is his reality, and there is no going back. Fortunately, Shiroe knew exactly what to do.
A naturally gifted and cautious person, Shiroe soon found great success in the taller tale world with his ingenuity and his analysis of everything around him. He made the most of his knowledge of the game to get ahead and soon established himself as the main tactician for the Debauchery Tea Party when he fought in raids.
8/10 Tsukasa Mikogami is a political expert
High school prodigies have it easy even in another world
White-haired Tsukasa Mikogami was one of the seven young geniuses who achieved an isekai in the fantasy world aboard a rogue plane. These seven young men were starting from scratch, but they had brilliant minds and unique talents to offer, from medicine to advanced technology to political theory.
The “main” character of High School Prodigies, Tsukasa Mikogami, is a political expert and can influence any nation or world leader to see things his way. He played a pivotal role in reshaping the world around him, beginning with the local Elm Village and its animal-like people.
7/10 Tanya Degurechaff is a brutal military mastermind
Saga Of Tanya The Evil
Saga of Tanya the Evil features one of isekai’s most memorable anti-heroes, petite blonde Tanya Degurechaff. Tanya was once a vicious and selfish salaryman in Japan, only to be transplanted by Being X to a parallel world where World War I raged until the 1920s.
Now, the hireling is Tanya Degurecheff, and she will succeed or die trying. Tanya made the most of the Empire’s military and rose through the ranks with ease, all while he led armies to success in the endless war. Tanya also helped pioneer some remarkable technology to increase the effectiveness of her squad.
6/10 Rimuru Tempest learned to lead an entire nation
That time I got reincarnated as a slime
In any story, a character is definitely smart if they can run a kingdom, nation, or army effectively without screwing everything up. Such is the case with the slime Rimuru Tempest, the OP hero of That time I got reincarnated as a slime.
Rimuru may be powerful, but his mind is his best asset. Rimuru used careful diplomacy to unite all the feuding monster races of the Jura Forest and built an entire nation for them while he served as their leader. Rimuru then became a world leader and entered the international political stage of the isekai world.
5/10 Ainz Ooal Gown is the new skeleton king of Isekai
Mister stars an OP skeleton anti-hero named Ainz Ooal Gown. Despite his immense power, Ainz is not completely dependent on his magical power to get his way and defeat his enemies. As overlord, Ainz can order his many minions and spies to do his dirty work for him.
Slowly but surely, Ainz reshaped the isekai game world around him and controlled everyone and everything like a true overlord. No matter what any person, organization or kingdom did, Ainz would know about it and send his agents to carry out an ingenious plan to help his allies and crush his enemies.
4/10 Naofumi Iwatani survived on his wits alone
The Rising of the Shield Hero
The squire Naofumi Iwatani of The Rising of the Shield Hero he absolutely has the street smarts necessary to survive in the isekai world, even when at a complete disadvantage. At first, Princess Malty Melromarc framed him for a crime, meaning Naofumi was alone.
Naofumi was a resourceful and intelligent hero who thought a lot about everything to survive. He also planned ahead to ensure that his actions would not have dire consequences, setting him apart from the other Cardinal Heroes. Only Naofumi was smart enough to see the world as a real place, not a video game.
3/10 Myne made books on her own
rise of a bookworm
The rise of a bookworm stars the blue-haired young Myne, who is reborn into an impoverished working-class family in a new world. On Earth, Myne loved her books, but she can’t afford them in her new family, so she’ll make them on her own.
The resourceful and optimistic Myne became one of isekai’s best entrepreneurs despite the youth and poverty of her new body. Myne used trial and error, new business connections, and her own ingenuity to start making her own books and become a business leader fit to achieve her dreams.
2/10 Senku Ishigami can reinvent anything in the Stone Age
dr stone is an offbeat isekai anime starring the genius scientist Senku Ishigami. Before being petrified and reborn in the new Stone Age, Senku had studied a lot and invented many things to exercise his powerful mind, making him a one-person research laboratory.
Now, Senku will reinvent everything with his advanced knowledge of mechanics and chemistry to rebuild civilization himself. He started with ropes and pulleys, then moved on to working light bulbs, working gas masks, steam engines and more. He is also smart enough to relegate tasks and manage a large team of assistants.
1/10 [Blank] he is the master of games
no game no life
In no game no lifeThe protagonist [Blank] is an identity shared by two people, the adoptive brother/sister duo Sora and Shiro. They always play online games as a team, using their identity. [Blank] to crush all opponents with ease.
They got isekai in a world where games alone can resolve conflicts, which means they’re in their element now. [Blank] he thrived quickly in that world, even if the games were skewed and opponents sometimes cheated. Sora and Shiro’s only weakness is that they become defenseless and vulnerable if separated.
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