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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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341 74
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
173 56
Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

3
240 103
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

4
167 64
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

5
174 70
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

6
143 51
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Levy McGarden

7
177 78
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
160 78
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
172 83
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
155 55
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
137 63
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
147 74
Near is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

13
98 36
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jasmine Saghafifar added Ken Kaneki

14
116 54
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
113 54
Ed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop

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16
111 56
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

17
91 47
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

18
112 68
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Trunks

19
97 56
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
97 64
Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Gohan (adult)

21
107 57
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
94 66
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
93 70
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

24
72 44
Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Izzy Izumi Digimon Adventure

25
67 34
Shinra Kishitani is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinra Kishitani Durarara!!

26
71 59
Miles
Miles "Tails" Prower Sonic X, Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

27
81 67
Tōshirō Hitsugaya is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Tōshirō Hitsugaya Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

28
42 35
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu

29
73 70
Sakura Haruno is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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30
47 35
Ash Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
51 44
Hatori Sohma is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Hatori Sohma Fruits Basket

32
34 33
Sora is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
-1457839622895 added Sora

33
31 38
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
43 51
Videl (adult) is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Videl (adult)

35
29 33
Kotomi Ichinose is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kotomi Ichinose Clannad

36
44 53
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dr. Eggman Sonic Underground, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X

37
38 46
Lloyd Asplund is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lloyd Asplund Code Geass

38
19 22
Shion is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
MKS22 added Shion No. 6

39
18 14
Edna Mode is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Guest_b0c02179-4caa-4b5e-8a00-d7937b6d9e20 added Edna Mode The Incredibles

40
40 45
Kurama is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurama Yu Yu Hakusho

41
26 37
Negi Springfield is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Negi Springfield Negima!?

42
26 35
Shion Karanomori is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shion Karanomori Psycho-Pass

43
11 23
Shiroe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jessica Lyn added Shiroe

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44
0 0
Haru Yoshida is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
6666 added Haru Yoshida Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

45
0 0
Shizuku Mizutani is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
6666 added Shizuku Mizutani Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

46
30 42
Lettuce Midorikawa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lettuce Midorikawa Tokyo Mew Mew

47
25 40
Shu Ouma is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shu Ouma Guilty Crown

48
20 34
Kimihiro Watanuki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kimihiro Watanuki xxxHOLiC, Xxxholic: The Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream

49
17 33
Chiyo Mihama is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Chiyo Mihama Azumanga Daioh, Azumanga Daioh

50
11 33
Rika Shiguma is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
llshadowknightll added Rika Shiguma Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai