DC has given the greatest fictional heroes, anti-heroes, and supervillains to the world. To say that DC is a parable of talents, wouldn't be an understatement. The who's who of DC consists of varied talents that specialize in engineering, maths, medicine, science or general debauchery.
Consider Batman, for example, even without the superpowers, DC touts Batman to be an embodiment of everything humans are capable of achieving. He may have had money, but without his brains, it wouldn't have served the purpose. Batman is just one of the many examples of DC characters who possess brain over brawn. Here are the 10 smartest superheroes in the DC universe, ranked. Yes, Batman's a part of the list.
10 TIM DRAKE
The Boy Wonder Tim Drake is ridiculously street smart. Although, his intelligence is not comparable to the likes of Lex Luthor or Ray Palmer. Tim is smart in his own right, in that he possesses the greatest detective capabilities in not just the Bat-family but DC. Even when he wasn't trained at being Robin, it was fairly easy for Tim to decode who Batman actually was.
Tim Drake throughout DC (pre and Post Flashpoint) is blessed with Sherlockian senses. In Robin #1, DC conferred upon Tim the title of the world's greatest detective.
9 BARBARA GORDON
Barbara Gordon, the ex-Batgirl was shot by Joker in the 1988 comic The Killing Joke. Barbara didn't just give up on life, despite her leg paralysis. Instead, she honed her skills of computers and operated as Oracle. Her career as Batgirl was incredibly successful too, she was savvy and street smart. On top of everything, Barbara's training with Batman bolstered her natural intelligence.
Later, Babs as Oracle served as a witch, behind-the-screens woman who aided Justice League and Bat-family in their key affairs. Babs holds the record of being the most-computer savvy Bat-family member ever.
8 MISTER MIRACLE
Mister Miracle is lauded as the world's greatest escape artist, with twin qualities of resourcefulness and intelligence. There's an interesting backstory to why he is called Mister Miracle. He was raised on Darkseid's Apokolips as a bounty for peace. Condemned to slavery in hell, Mister Miracle suffered enormously at Darkseid's behest.
Because of the immense torture, Mister Miracle numbed his sense of touch but activated his reasoning, logic, and problem-solving. Within no time he planned his escape from Apokolips, he reached Earth and became the smartest 'escape' superhero.
What do you call a storehouse of knowledge in human form? Cyborg. The name says it all, Victor stone aka Cyborg has been leading the technology department of Justice League for a while now. Consider him the IT guy of Teen Titans and League.
Cyborg was injured badly in an accident, and his one chance to survive was to graft him into a robot. So most of his body parts are cybernetic. All of this tantamounts to the fact that Cyborg can perform any standard computer function. Such as manipulating and interface with other forms of technology. Due to his constant upgrade, Cyborg acts as a firewall to his allies.
6 RAY PALMER
Raymond Carson Palmer isn't your regular superhero. He is the guy allies seek on matters of science. With a Ph.D. in physics, Ray likes to boast "I'm Ray Palmer. I can science my way out of anything." He started out as a college professor, teaching physics to the likes of William Gates Sr, the father of Bill Gates. In the beginning, Ray built himself a powerful Exosuit with shrinking technology to conduct vigilante operations around Starling City.
Like a regular scientist, Ray met failures but that didn't deter him. Some of his greatest achievements are building the A.T.O.M (Advanced Technology Operating Mechanism) suit to protect the citizens of Starling City. Ray is also the creative most person on every team he's served. From Arrowverse to Justice League, he's used his knowledge of engineering to enhance types of equipment.
5 TOY MASTER
Inspired by Manga and Comics, Toy Master aka Hiro Okamura is a child-genius from Japan. He appeared first in House of Mystery #169. As the name suggests, Toy Master devises whimsical toy-based gadgets and gizmos, capable of high-performance. The boy has helped Superman and Batman on countless occasions. These contributions have earned him an honorary membership of Justice League.
Toy Master once devised a Composite Superman robot, that countered the threat of a Kryptonite meteor coming toward Earth. His greatest feats are attempting to get rid of the world of Kryptonite / Kryptonite meteors by building Kryptonite collecting nanobots and the giant Batman-Superman robot.
4 BRAINIAC 5
Querl Dox aka Brainiac 5 was born on the super-intelligent planet Colu. Brainiac 5 is blessed with a 12th-level intellect, reaching almost the literal gods. Unlike other superheroes that possess both brains and superhuman strength, Brainiac 5 is all about brains.
Brainiac possesses twice the amount of intellect that the present-day humans have, allowing him to do intense calculations. His areas of expertise are bio-engineering, physics, applied sciences, and alien technologies.
3 TED KORD
Under the alias Blue Beetle, Ted Kord was a child prodigy. He appeared first in Secret origins Vol 2 #2 but remained an understated hero. It's often been said that Ted Kord was smarter than Bats but nobody noticed. With an IQ of 192, Ted Kord is a graduate in Physics, English Lit and Theoretical Mathematics.
Ted's breakthrough was when he sought help from his archaeology teacher Dan Garrett to defeat his mad-man uncle. From then on, Ted never looked back. From devising himself a Blue Beetle vigilante costume to building the biggest R&D companies, Ted has achieved everything under the sun.
2 MISTER TERRIFIC
Michael Holt aka Mister Terrific is noted as the most intelligent member of JSA. Living 100% up to his name, Mister Terrific created the threat tracker, Brother Eye with Batman. It is a supercomputer that warns the League of any oncoming threat to Earth.
Mister Terrific's knowledge is physics is astounding, 14 Ph.D.'s, to say the least. Having read the works of Neils Bohr, Einstein, Feynman, Mister Terrific has become the third smartest man in the universe. He's rather haughty about his smartness, calling it "a natural aptitude for natural aptitude."
Batman occupies the top spot on the list of the smartest superheroes, like always. Batman didn't stop with his pursuit of knowledge, despite having an IQ of 192. His grasp is over a multitude of subjects such as Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, applied sciences. They don't call him Polymath for anything.
Sure, Batman was blessed with money, but other than that, the Caped Crusader has worked every day to better the conditions of Gotham. Ever since Batman made the promise of "Never Again" on the tragic night of his parents' murder, he didn't look back. His pursuit of knowledge will always be an ongoing journey and that's what makes him stand out. Like other heroes, he wasn't blessed with superhuman knowledge or capabilities, but he earned them.