Naruto: Every Member Of The Akatsuki, Ranked By Intelligence
Nagato : The Akatsuki was a group of powerful S-ranked rogue ninja who worked as mercenaries, but their true goal was to capture the Tailed Beasts in order to change the world. Aside from Zetsu, every single member of the group was a Kage-level ninja, which means that they were both strong and smart, but when it comes to pure intelligence, some members were smarter than others.
Nagato experienced a great deal of pain throughout his life, but it was Hanzo’s betrayal and Yahiko’s death that pushed him over the edge. For the most part, Nagato served as the Akatsuki’s leader, but he also governed over the Hidden Rain Village from the shadows along with Konan.