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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1
911 236
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
691 158
Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
3
541 161
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added
4
547 167
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist
5
578 194
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
6
631 294
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
517 195
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
416 191
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
541 199
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
378 151
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
355 124
Ed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop
12
447 127
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
395 192
Near is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Death Note
14
313 138
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Code Geass
15
351 161
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jasmine Saghafifar added
16
265 110
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
279 144
Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added
18
247 153
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
260 137
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
302 153
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
278 105
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
202 119
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
201 99
Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Digimon Adventure
24
149 86
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu
25
146 40
Izuku Midorya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
SophiaThompson added Izuku Midorya