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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
Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name
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Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
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Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added
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Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
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Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
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Bulma is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball
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Ed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop
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Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note
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Uryū Ishida is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody
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Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
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Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
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Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jasmine Saghafifar added
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Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea
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Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club
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Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added
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Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass
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Near is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note
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Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
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Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
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Dr. Briefs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dragon Ball Z, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan
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Sailor Mercury is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie, Sailor Moon R the Movie: Promise of the Rose
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Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
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Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Digimon Adventure
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Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu
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Izuku Midorya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
SophiaThompson added Izuku Midorya