Anime Underground The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time  

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For this poll we're ranking the nerdiest anime characters of all time, but don't be surprised to see some entries that might be controversial. The words nerd or geek are kind of convoluted these days, but traditionally they describe someone who studies a lot, is intelligent, and maybe has some awkward tendencies. Some of the geeky anime characters on this list are nerdy because of their hobbies, like how Cowboy Bebop's Ed is a brilliant hacker that spends a lot of time online. Others like Light Yagami may be handsome or smooth with the ladies, but still get perfect grades in school and appear to be outwardly nerdy.

You can add any anime nerd characters to the list if they're not already here, so please contribute some of your favorites. Don't forget to check out the best anime characters with glasses too, where you'll probably see some of the same characters.
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1
316 71
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
L Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

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2
222 98
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

3
157 55
Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

4
132 48
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Levy McGarden

5
153 61
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

6
160 69
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

7
169 74
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

8
153 74
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

9
164 81
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shikamaru Nara Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

10
147 54
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

11
131 61
Uryū Ishida is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Uryū Ishida Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

12
140 70
Near is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

13
91 32
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jasmine Saghafifar added Ken Kaneki

14
106 52
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

15
103 52
Ed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop

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16
104 55
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

17
110 64
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Trunks

18
86 45
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

19
95 53
Dr. Briefs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dr. Briefs Dragon Ball Z, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

20
95 60
Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Gohan (adult)

21
104 54
Sailor Mercury is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Sailor Mercury Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie, Sailor Moon R the Movie: Promise of the Rose

22
69 41
Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Izzy Izumi Digimon Adventure

23
90 66
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

24
88 70
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

25
62 34
Shinra Kishitani is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinra Kishitani Durarara!!

26
67 58
Miles
Miles "Tails" Prower Sonic X, Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

27
69 64
Sakura Haruno is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sakura Haruno Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

28
43 30
Ash Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
mohammadakhlaq added Ash Ketchum Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Pokémon 4Ever

29
76 66
Tōshirō Hitsugaya is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Tōshirō Hitsugaya Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

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30
35 34
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu

31
50 43
Hatori Sohma is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Hatori Sohma Fruits Basket

32
32 31
Sora is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
-1457839622895 added Sora

33
31 36
Houka Inumuta is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Gea Loro added Houka Inumuta Kill la Kill

34
44 49
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dr. Eggman Sonic Underground, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X

35
29 31
Kotomi Ichinose is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kotomi Ichinose Clannad

36
42 48
Videl (adult) is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Videl (adult)

37
15 8
Edna Mode is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Guest_b0c02179-4caa-4b5e-8a00-d7937b6d9e20 added Edna Mode The Incredibles

38
37 44
Lloyd Asplund is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lloyd Asplund Code Geass

39
39 42
Kurama is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurama Yu Yu Hakusho

40
25 35
Negi Springfield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Negi Springfield Negima!?

41
15 21
Shion is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
MKS22 added Shion No. 6

42
11 20
Shiroe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jessica Lyn added Shiroe

43
24 33
Shion Karanomori is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shion Karanomori Psycho-Pass

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44
29 40
Lettuce Midorikawa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lettuce Midorikawa Tokyo Mew Mew

45
20 32
Kimihiro Watanuki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kimihiro Watanuki xxxHOLiC, Xxxholic: The Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream

46
17 31
Chiyo Mihama is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Chiyo Mihama Azumanga Daioh, Azumanga Daioh

47
22 39
Shu Ouma is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shu Ouma Guilty Crown

48
10 31
Rika Shiguma is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
llshadowknightll added Rika Shiguma Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

49
15 31
Ryou Shirogane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ryou Shirogane Tokyo Mew Mew

50
20 39
Sagara Sanosuke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Sagara Sanosuke Rurouni Kenshin