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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
461 99
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
269 82
Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

3
329 140
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
217 75
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Levy McGarden

5
245 95
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

6
237 92
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

7
159 54
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jasmine Saghafifar added Ken Kaneki

8
207 106
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
236 108
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
206 94
Near is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

11
249 104
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

12
177 84
Uryū Ishida is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Uryū Ishida Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

13
150 73
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

14
210 72
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

The Best R-Rated Anime Movies

15
161 66
Ed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop

16
129 60
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
136 85
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

18
164 78
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
134 84
Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Gohan (adult)

20
121 71
Dr. Briefs is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
131 84
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

The Best Comedy Movies of 2014

22
128 94
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
145 71
Sailor Mercury is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
98 58
Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Izzy Izumi Digimon Adventure

25
97 75
Miles
Miles "Tails" Prower Sonic X, Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

26
64 50
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu

27
94 47
Shinra Kishitani is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinra Kishitani Durarara!!

28
107 83
Tōshirō Hitsugaya is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Tōshirō Hitsugaya Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

The Biggest Anime Perverts of All Time

29
99 106
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

30
41 53
Houka Inumuta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Gea Loro added Houka Inumuta Kill la Kill

31
49 49
Sora is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
-1457839622895 added Sora No Game No Life

32
61 66
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dr. Eggman Sonic Underground, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X

33
33 32
Shion is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
MKS22 added Shion No. 6

34
50 58
Lloyd Asplund is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lloyd Asplund Code Geass

35
66 58
Ash Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 35 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

The 7 Greatest (True) Johnny Depp Stories Ever Told

36
37 46
Kotomi Ichinose is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kotomi Ichinose Clannad

37
22 9
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
49 67
Videl (adult) is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Videl (adult)

39
61 61
Hatori Sohma is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Hatori Sohma Fruits Basket

40
34 48
Negi Springfield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Negi Springfield Negima!?

41
54 54
Kurama is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurama Yu Yu Hakusho

42
12 9
Hōtarō Oreki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
1516613443906 added Hōtarō Oreki Classic Literature Club

The Best Anime Characters That Use Guns

43
40 50
Lettuce Midorikawa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lettuce Midorikawa Tokyo Mew Mew

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

45
14 37
Shiroe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jessica Lyn added Shiroe

46
9 11
Izuku Midorya is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
SophiaThompson added Izuku Midorya

47
3 4
Haruhi Suzumiya is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Josiah Joestar Doran added Haruhi Suzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

48
14 43
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
2 4
Yuki Nagato is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Josiah Joestar Doran added Yuki Nagato The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

50
28 45
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