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.

1
674 160
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

2
483 117
Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

3
418 137
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

4
362 112
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Levy McGarden

5
468 216
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

6
357 131
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

7
365 149
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shikamaru Nara Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

8
307 147
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
373 145
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

10
269 114
Uryū Ishida is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Uryū Ishida Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

11
301 145
Near is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

12
250 109
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jasmine Saghafifar added Ken Kaneki

13
228 99
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

14
252 94
Ed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop

15
318 100
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

16
192 86
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

17
209 111
Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Gohan (adult)

18
188 119
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

19
193 109
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

20
226 117
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
167 94
Dr. Briefs is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
204 86
Sailor Mercury is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
145 77
Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Izzy Izumi Digimon Adventure

24
104 66
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu

25
160 126
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Trunks Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

26
126 104
Miles
Miles "Tails" Prower Sonic X, Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

27
135 65
Shinra Kishitani is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinra Kishitani Durarara!!

28
73 70
Houka Inumuta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Gea Loro added Houka Inumuta Kill la Kill

29
82 75
Lloyd Asplund is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lloyd Asplund Code Geass

30
74 67
Sora is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
-1457839622895 added Sora No Game No Life

31
136 111
Tōshirō Hitsugaya is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Tōshirō Hitsugaya Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

32
56 24
Izuku Midorya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
SophiaThompson added Izuku Midorya

33
83 88
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dr. Eggman Sonic Underground, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X

34
126 151
Sakura Haruno is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
46 23
Hōtarō Oreki is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
1516613443906 added Hōtarō Oreki Classic Literature Club

36
43 49
Shion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
MKS22 added Shion No. 6

37
43 23
Shizuku Mizutani is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
6666 added Shizuku Mizutani Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

38
48 60
Negi Springfield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Negi Springfield Negima!?

39
49 60
Kotomi Ichinose is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kotomi Ichinose Clannad

40
8 0
Winry Rockbell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
karenb13835 added Winry Rockbell Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa

41
73 70
Kurama is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurama Yu Yu Hakusho

42
75 74
Hatori Sohma is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Hatori Sohma Fruits Basket

43
34 47
Shiroe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jessica Lyn added Shiroe

44
61 88
Videl (adult) is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Videl (adult)

45
23 13
Yuki Nagato is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Josiah Joestar Doran added Yuki Nagato The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

46
89 108
Ash Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
50 62
Lettuce Midorikawa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lettuce Midorikawa Tokyo Mew Mew

48
46 58
Shion Karanomori is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shion Karanomori Psycho-Pass

49
21 54
Rika Shiguma is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
llshadowknightll added Rika Shiguma Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

50
36 52
Kimihiro Watanuki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kimihiro Watanuki xxxHOLiC, Xxxholic: The Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream