A few decades ago, people laughed at the quiet, socially awkward kids with thick glasses. These kids usually didn't have many friends and had to endure a lot of teasing when they received high grades in school. They were known as nerds or geeks; those who just didn't have what it took to be one of the cool kids.
But fast forward to the year 2019 and we find that nerds are no longer the outcasts. Today being brainy is totally in, because we live in a tech-driven world, and we know that the smart folks are the ones who make that possible. They are the ones with the degrees and the know-how and there's nothing that can stand in their way.
Today it's cool to be as geeky as we like, and it reflects in the popularity of nerdy TV show characters like Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory and Jess from New Girl. These characters have learned to embrace all their quirks and just be themselves, and we love them for that!
For today's quiz, our readers simply need to choose their favorite geeks and we'll guess who their dream nerd girl would be. Grab those big frame glasses and let's get started!
Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory):
Anyone who loves all things science and everything nerdy is sure to know who this guy is! Sheldon Cooper is one of the main characters in The Big Bang Theory and he's everything we picture a classic nerd to be; from his germophobia to his love of comic books and games.
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter film series):
There were many times during Harry's journey that Hermione's love of books saved them from danger. She might have been a little bit of a know-it-all at times but when things got hairy, she was always the one everyone turned to. That's what made her such a great character! Pick or pass?
Elle Woods (Legally Blonde):
In the 2001 romcom Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon plays a sorority girl (Elle Woods) who goes to study law at Harvard in an attempt to win her boyfriend back. The film also starred Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, and Jennifer Coolidge. Pick or pass on this character.
Ross Geller (Friends):
According to Wikipedia, David Schwimmer was the first person to be cast on Friends. He played the role of Ross Geller and was most certainly the brainiest member of the group. He had a degree in paleontology and dated Rachel on and off throughout the seasons. Pick or pass on Ross.
Morty Smith (Rick and Morty):
Poor, poor Morty, he really has a grandfather like no other! Rick is a mad scientist in every sense of the word and he often takes his grandson Rick, on crazy adventures. Morty is a bit of a geek himself but nowhere near as eccentric as Rick. Pick or pass on Morty.
Jessica Day (New Girl):
In the sitcom New Girl, Zooey Deschanel plays the lead role of Jessica "Jess" Day, a young vibrant woman looking for a fresh start. She moves into a Los Angeles loft apartment as the sole female roommate. This show was nominated for several awards, including five Golden Globe Awards and five Primetime Emmy Awards, during its seven-season run (as per Wikipedia).
Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz (The Big Bang Theory):
Initially, many fans of The Big Bang Theory wondered whether or not Howard would ever have a special woman in his life. That was until the lovely Bernadette came along! Although the pair have had some ups and downs, they are one of the cutest nerd couples we know! Pick or pass on Bernadette.
Wade Watts (Ready Player One):
In the 2018 Steven Spielberg-directed film Ready Player One, the lead character is Wade Watts. Wade is an orphan trying to make his way in the year 2045, a time when resources are low and most people chose to rather live in a virtual reality world. Pick or pass on Wade.
Abby Sciuto (NCIS):
In the police procedural drama NCIS, members of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service rely on this quirky lady to help them with the details. Abby, played by Pauley Perrette, was well-known for her gothic style outfits, jet black hair, and bubbly personality. And as long as she had caffeine she was always ready to go!
Temperance Brennan (Bones):
Emily Deschanel plays the role of Temperance Brennan in the series Bones, along with FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (played by David Boreanaz). Temperance is a leading authority in the field of forensic anthropology and works with Seeley to help solve difficult cases. Go ahead and pick or pass on this super smart character.
Amy Farrah Fowler (The Big Bang Theory):
In The Big Bang Theory, Mayim Bialik plays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler, a neuroscientist who falls for Sheldon. Amy is the quintessential nerd girl, complete with glasses and a love for all things logical. According to Wikipedia Bialik not only plays a doctor on the show but also has a Ph.D. in neuroscience in real life too.
Lisa Simpson (The Simpsons):
Lisa is by far the smartest person in the Simpson family. While she doesn't have that many friends, she always gets good grades and loves to spend her free time perfecting her music skills and raising awareness about environmental issues. She might be an overachiever but that doesn't make her any less interesting!
Will Hunting (Good Will Hunting):
In the 1997 drama film Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon plays the role of a young janitor with a genius-level IQ who works as a janitor at MIT. After he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, some of the professors start to take an interest in him. Pick or pass on Will Hunting.
Doc Brown (Back to the Future):
The role of Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown, Ph.D.is played by Christopher Lloyd in the Back to the Future movie trilogy. In the films, he is the inventor of the first time machine, which he builds out of a DeLorean sports car. This scientist and physicist was everything we expect a mad professor to be!
Where would 007 be without this guy? Q (which stands for Quartermaster) is the head of Q Branch; the fictional research and development division of the British Secret Service (as per Wikipedia). He's been played by a number of different actors including Desmond Llewelyn, John Cleese, and, most recently, Ben Whishaw.
Napoleon Dynamite (Napoleon Dynamite):
According to Wikipedia Jon Heder, who plays the title character in this 2004 comedy film was initially only paid $1,000 for his work. But after the film became a runaway success, Heder re-negotiated his compensation and received a cut of the profits. Today Napoleon Dynamite still has a strong cult fan base.
Alice (Alice in Wonderland):
Let's be honest, Alice was more than a little bit of dreamer, right? She was a creative soul with plenty of ideas but when it came to social interaction, well, let's just say she was a little awkward. So was Alice a little bit geeky? We'd definitely say so! Pick or pass?
Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter film series):
Remember the scene in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban where Professor Lupin is showing the children how to face off against a boggart? This creature takes on the form of whatever the children are most afraid of and in Neville Longbottom's case, that was Professor Snape! Pick or pass on this character.
Fogell AKA McLovin (Superbad):
In the 2007 coming-of-age comedy Superbad, Jonah Hill and Michael Cera play two teenage best friends (Seth and Evan) who are determined not to arrive at a house party without supplies. Their friend Fogell has a plan to use his fake ID to get what they need but ends up spending time with two crazy cops instead.
Alan Garner (The Hangover):
Alan is always the one who seems to start all the trouble and although he may be a little spoiled and a little self-centered, The Hangover films just wouldn't be the same without him. This geeky character is played by Zach Galifianakis, who also provides the voice for Joker in The Lego Batman Movie.
Fox Mulder (The X-Files):
In the X-Files, David Duchovny plays the role of Fox Mulder, an FBI agent who along with his partner, Dana Scully, investigates cases involving extraterrestrials or paranormal activity. He's more of a believer than her when it comes to the world of the supernatural. Go ahead and pick or pass on Fox Mulder.
Rory Gilmore (Gilmore Girls):
In the series Gilmore Girls, Lorelai Gilmore lives in Stars Hollow with her daughter Rory. The two share a close bond and are always able to confide in each other. Rory is a smart girl who, after completing high school, heads off to study at Yale University. Pick or pass on Rory.
Pam Beesly (The Office):
In The Office, Jenna Fisher plays the role of Pam, who starts out in season one as a receptionist at the paper distribution company Dunder Mifflin. She, later on, becomes a saleswoman and eventually an office administrator. She and Jim Halpert have a romantic relationship and eventually get married. Pick or pass on Pam?
Liz Lemon (30 Rock):
Tina Fey plays the role of Liz Lemon in the series 30 Rock. Liz is the creator and writer of a fictional comedy-sketch show. Fey not only plays the title role but is also the creator of the series. According to Wikipedia, she's won a number of awards for her performance as this character, including a Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.
Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation):
In the sitcom Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler plays the role of Leslie Knope, the Deputy Director of the Parks and Recreation Department of the fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana. Poehler has received much praise for her portrayal of this character and won a Golden Globe for her performance in 2014 (as per Wikipedia).
Samwell Tarly (Game of Thrones):
In Game of Thrones, Samwell Tarly was forced by his father to abandon his birthright and join the men of the Night's Watch. But Samwell isn't like the other men there because he prefers to read books rather than practice fighting. But he finds his true calling in the end!
Brick Tamland (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy):
Brick Tamland is part of the news team in the 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Will Ferrell plays the title role, with Steve Carell co-starring as Brick, the weatherman. He's very awkward when it comes to social situations but thankfully his buddies at the station don't seem to care. Even when he eats candles.
Diane Nguyen (BoJack Horseman):
What do you do if you're a forgotten celebrity who needs an autobiography to make a comeback, but there's no way you could write one? Well Bojack Horseman, a washed out 90's sitcom star, decides to hire Diane, a ghostwriter, to write it for him, not knowing that she'll become one of his closest friends.
Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones movie franchise):
Now when you think of nerds and geeks Indiana Jones might not be a name that immediately springs to mind, but bear with us for a moment. Jones may have been an adventurer but don't forget that he was also a professor of archaeology and quite a brainy guy. Pick or pass?
Juno MacGuff (Juno):
In the 2007 coming-of-age film Juno, the title character (played by Ellen Page) falls pregnant and decides to give her baby up for adoption. Juno is a clever girl who should have known better, but who also deals with her situation maturely. She chooses parents for her unborn child and slowly gets to know them.
Leonard Hofstadter (The Big Bang Theory):
Before landing the role of Leonard Hofstadter, experimental physicist and roommate of Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory, Johnny Galecki had small parts in movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Bookies. But he's come a long way since then and, according to Wikipedia, Forbes named him the world's second highest-paid TV actor in 2018.
Harold Lee (Harold & Kumar films):
The Harold & Kumar film series consists of three movies; Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004), Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008), and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011). The role of Harold is played by John Cho while Kumar is played by Kal Penn.
Thomas A. Anderson AKA Neo (The Matrix):
Before he becomes The One, Thomas Anderson lives a double-life, operating by day as a computer programmer and then hacking at night under the alias "Neo". He meets Trinity who takes him to Morpheus, who offers him the ultimate choice; to either wake up in the real world or continue inside the Matrix.
Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption):
Imagine being wrongly convicted of a crime and forced to serve time for something you didn't do. What could be more tragic than that? That's the world Andy Dufresne found himself in when he was sent to Shawshank State Penitentiary to serve a life sentence. But he used his smarts to finally ensure his freedom.
Emma Decody (Bates Motel):
In the thriller series, Bates Motel, Olivia Cooke plays the role of Emma Decody, a teenage girl who has cystic fibrosis. During the series, she slowly gains Norman's trust and becomes his best friend. Cooke is also well known for her roles in movies like Thoroughbreds and Ready Player One.