The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

Over 3.6K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

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.
Most divisive: Dr. Eggman
Ranked by
  • L
    1,785 votes
    Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name
  • Zoe Hange
    1,326 votes
  • Kyoya Ootori
    771 votes
    Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club
  • Armin Arlelt
    1,138 votes

    Armin Arlelt

  • Izuku Midorya
    484 votes

    Izuku Midorya

  • Shikamaru Nara
    1,033 votes
    Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds