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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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
+ - 212 95
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
+ - 145 53
Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

4
+ - 123 46
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

5
+ - 154 67
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

6
+ - 141 59
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

7
+ - 150 72
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

8
+ - 159 73
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

9
+ - 158 80
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
+ - 139 53
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
+ - 127 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
+ - 133 66
Near is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

13
+ - 85 31
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

14
+ - 101 50
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

15
+ - 99 50
Ed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop

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16
+ - 101 52
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

17
+ - 94 51
Dr. Briefs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Dr. Briefs Dragon Ball Z, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

18
+ - 107 63
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

19
+ - 82 45
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

20
+ - 91 58
Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

21
+ - 101 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
+ - 86 64
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

23
+ - 66 41
Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Izzy Izumi Digimon Adventure

24
+ - 84 69
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
+ - 60 34
Shinra Kishitani is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinra Kishitani Durarara!!

26
+ - 65 58
Miles
Miles "Tails" Prower Sonic X, Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

27
+ - 65 62
Sakura Haruno is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Sakura Haruno Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

28
+ - 42 28
Ash Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ash Ketchum Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Pokémon 4Ever

29
+ - 74 64
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
+ - 48 43
Hatori Sohma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Hatori Sohma Fruits Basket

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

32
+ - 42 47
Videl (adult) is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

33
+ - 43 49
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Dr. Eggman Sonic Underground, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X

34
+ - 29 36
Houka Inumuta is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Houka Inumuta Kill la Kill

35
+ - 27 30
Kotomi Ichinose is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kotomi Ichinose Clannad

36
+ - 30 34
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu

37
+ - 36 44
Lloyd Asplund is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lloyd Asplund Code Geass

38
+ - 11 7
Edna Mode is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Edna Mode The Incredibles

39
+ - 38 42
Kurama is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurama Yu Yu Hakusho

40
+ - 15 20
Shion is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shion No. 6

41
+ - 25 35
Negi Springfield is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Negi Springfield Negima!?

42
+ - 10 20
Shiroe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

43
+ - 28 39
Lettuce Midorikawa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lettuce Midorikawa Tokyo Mew Mew

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44
+ - 23 33
Shion Karanomori is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shion Karanomori Psycho-Pass

45
+ - 18 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
+ - 15 30
Ryou Shirogane is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ryou Shirogane Tokyo Mew Mew

48
+ - 20 39
Shu Ouma is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shu Ouma Guilty Crown

49
+ - 19 38
Sagara Sanosuke is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Sagara Sanosuke Rurouni Kenshin

50
+ - 9 31
Rika Shiguma is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Rika Shiguma Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai