Who is the cleverest television character?

To be honest we have had the most evil character on television debate, but what i have been deliberating about for a while is who is the cleverest? Now there are some strong candidates, to name a few; Sheldon (The Big Bang Theory), Temperance Brennan and Zack Addy (Bones), Dexter Morgan (Dexter), Gregory House (House), Michael Scofield (Prison Break), Marshall Flinkman (Alias) and obviously there are more, but I was just wondering if anyone there could be clarification on the subject?

Who do you think?



Default avatar cat
Mar 11, 2010 12:05PM EST

well it is obvious that Sheldon from TBBT is the most intelligent, however seeing how he deals with all day life no one would consider him to be really clever.Gregory House on the other hand knows exactly what the people around him are thinking, sometimes even before they do. So my vote goes definitely for HOUSE

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Mar 11, 2010 1:57PM EST

I've got to go with Dexter Morgan. While Sheldon, Temperance and Zack all have extraordinary IQ levels, they lack the basic social skills that get us through everyday life. Dexter on the other hand is clearly intelligent given his job and manages to kill hundreds of people without anyone ever knowing...that it was him at least!

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Mar 11, 2010 3:56PM EST

OK ... Seriously the mentalist is the cleverest BY FAR...
Close second goes to Micheal WESTEN(Burn Notice)
I canot beleive you did not even mention these two ...they are no brainers IMO!!

Mar 11, 2010 6:04PM EST

I would say it goes to Micheal Westen (Burn Notice). Followed by Shawn (Psyhc)

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Mar 11, 2010 7:08PM EST

Just off the top of my head, some of the cleverest characters I remember:
Cal Lightman (Lie to Me)Peter Bishop (Fringe)Rodney McKay (Stargate Atlantis)Topher Brink (Dollhouse)Sheldon Cooper (TBBT)

Mar 11, 2010 7:33PM EST

Temperance Brennan (Bones)Dana Scully (The X Files)Fox Mulder (The X Files)House (House)Gil Grissom (CSI)Robert Romano (ER)Mark Greene (ER)Alex Cabot (Law and Order SVU)

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Mar 11, 2010 9:47PM EST

I would say House because sometimes its easy to forget exactly how clever he is, and then he'll do something awesome, or notice some obscure little detail that is really important, or manipulate someone in a hilarious way... Bones and some of the others can be really oblivious to things even though they are really smart.

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Mar 13, 2010 4:48PM EST

Topher Brink Topher Brink Topher Brink.
Although... I don't actually watch any of those other shows, except Bones. But still. Has to be Topher.

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Mar 13, 2010 5:41PM EST


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Mar 13, 2010 8:34PM EST

I am going to have to go with Willow and Buffy from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Actually Tara and Anya as well. Cordelia of course from Buffy until she moved onto Angel. Darla and Drusilla because the actresses that played them are without a doubt gorgeous and talented actors. Faith too because she was a kick ass slayer. And on Smallville, Lana Lang. She was beautiful and talented. Barney on How I Met Your Mother. He's hilarious. Finally, the housewives on Desperate Housewives.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel
Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar)Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hanigan)Cordela Chase (Charisma Carpenter)Anya Jenkins (Emma Caulfield)Tara Maclay (Amber Benson)Darla (Julie Benz)Drusilla (Juliet Landau)Faith (Eliza Dushku)
SmallvilleLana Lang (Kristin Kreuk)
How I Met Your MotherBarney (Neil Patrick Harris)
Desperate HousewivesAll the Housewives. Especially Edie and Gaby.

Default avatar cat
Mar 13, 2010 9:08PM EST

Cleverest in general? well, it has to be Peter Bishop (Fringe) because he can pick locks, speak several languages and do magic tricks as well as solve scientific problems and charm his way out of any problem.
If it was just plain smarter, on the other hand, it has to be Sheldon Cooper (TBBT), the funny situations just turn that way because of his applied logic.
Other people it's just because they're really good observants, and come to conclusions fast and properly.

Mar 13, 2010 9:51PM EST

Michael Schofield (Prison Break) definately. No-brainer.

Mar 14, 2010 7:41AM EDT

The Joker, Nuff said

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Mar 20, 2010 12:38AM EDT

Clever is not genius.
Genius:BonesSheldon CooperAbby Sciuto!
Clever:Peter BishopGregory HousePatrick Jane

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Mar 21, 2010 5:16PM EDT

@cx7171"Other people it's just because they're really good observants, and come to conclusions fast and properly."
Isn't that the definition of clever?
webster's definition: mentally quick and resourceful

Mar 24, 2010 10:31PM EDT

As the definition says it would definately have to Michael Weston from Burn Notice (as i said earlier).

Default avatar cat
Apr 4, 2010 8:19AM EDT

the hero of this show is very good but I dont know why this is going towards nudity, you know what I mean but i really like this show and I watch all the parts of this show from here

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Apr 11, 2010 10:40PM EDT

the cleverest can mean many things and house is clever in a very narcissistic way hey may be intelligent and devious when he cannot keep friends or even have the good sense to take cuddy but a true hero is barney stinson who has come up with fool proof plans to get with women as the play book has proven. but the true cleverest has to be dexter the psychopath who is able to kill at night come home and take care of a loving family even though he has no emotional output and still pull it all off.

Default avatar cat
Apr 12, 2010 9:20PM EDT

Just showing up here to say that Bones isn't clever. She's very, very smart, but lacks the practical knowledge of contemporary human interactions needed to be considered clever.
Personally, I would almost say House is the most clever, but that's not really the right word for him. He's easily the wittiest character on TV, but razor-sharp jabs aren't quite the same as being clever.
Most of the posts in this thread are offering up the smartest people in television rather than the cleverest. The best character that comes to mind is MacGuyver, but that's no longer running new shows obviously. The closest I can come up with in current television is Michael Westen (Burn Notice) or maybe Walter White (Breaking Bad).

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Apr 15, 2010 8:54PM EDT

I would have to to agree with Drinkie. The cleverest character not only need to be smart but resourceful, able to think on their feet, and are different from justbeing smart.
Therefore I nominate House cause come on, he is not only witty but clever too. Plus Shawn from Psyc.
You gotta saw WTF! I didn't think of that! Now that's clever. Someone who possibly thinks outside the box? This distinction needs to be clarifids or we could just have the smartest and cleverest separate.

Jul 26, 2010 9:48PM EDT

Mmmm...Dexter Morgan

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