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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895 233
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

2
681 158
Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

3
541 165
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

4
530 161
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

5
568 192
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

6
622 290
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

7
511 194
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

8
410 189
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

9
529 198
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

10
374 151
Uryū Ishida is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

11
347 122
Ed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop

12
440 126
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

13
388 191
Near is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note

14
306 136
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass

15
345 159
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jasmine Saghafifar added

16
259 109
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

17
275 143
Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added

18
243 152
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

19
255 137
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

20
298 151
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
274 104
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

22
197 119
Dr. Briefs is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
197 97
Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Digimon Adventure

24
143 85
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu

25
187 151
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan