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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950 247
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
720 165
Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
3
561 166
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added
4
570 174
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
5
598 199
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
6
649 308
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
538 202
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
425 199
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
367 128
Ed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop
10
557 206
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
11
388 156
Uryū Ishida is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody
12
462 129
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
366 165
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jasmine Saghafifar added
14
323 144
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass
15
281 113
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea
16
406 200
Near is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note
17
292 145
Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added
18
256 157
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
271 143
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
318 156
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
289 105
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
208 119
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
211 99
Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Digimon Adventure
24
156 86
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu
25
161 40
Izuku Midorya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
SophiaThompson added Izuku Midorya