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11th Jul '17 8:49:57 PM Fireblood
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->'''Homer Simpson:''' When will you Australians learn? In America we stopped using corporal punishment and things have never been better, The streets are safe, old people strut confidently through dark alleys and the weak and nerdy are admired for their computer programming abilities. So like us, for, as the old saying goes, "Let your children run wild and free.".

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->'''Homer Simpson:''' When will you Australians learn? In America we stopped using corporal punishment and things have never been better, better. The streets are safe, old people strut confidently through dark alleys and the weak and nerdy are admired for their computer programming abilities. So like us, for, as the old saying goes, "Let your children run wild and free.".
6th Jul '17 6:19:33 PM billybobfred
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* In ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'', when Marcus is walled, he asks Junior and Terra to describe [[AuthorAvatar Tailsteak]] to him. Terra figures that as a computer geek he must be either really fat or really skinny. Junior just lists a string of insults -- but since one of them was [[YouAreFat that he's fat]], Marcus concludes that as one of the few points the two agreed on, it must be true, and his Tailsteak effigy is made in that image.
4th Jul '17 7:51:47 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'': W4RL0Q

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* ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'': W4RL0Q[=W4RL0Q=]
26th Jun '17 8:58:33 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Harold from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland.''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'':
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Harold from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland.''



* Gretchen Grundler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.
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Gretchen Grundler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.Grundler.



* Parson Gotti was a classic roleplaying nerd till he was summoned to ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}''. He's slimming down recently.
** Those daily patrols through the whole city and the long rooms and tall stairwells in the main building must be helping.
** Natural Signamancy (the magic of making the appearance of things reflect their roles and personalities) would also play its part; Parson's determination to be more personally involved in the battles he directs is being represented in his physique.

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* ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}'': Parson Gotti was a classic roleplaying nerd till he was summoned to ''{{Webcomic/Erfworld}}''. summoned. He's slimming down recently.
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recently. Those daily patrols through the whole city and the long rooms and tall stairwells in the main building must be helping.
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helping. Natural Signamancy (the magic of making the appearance of things reflect their roles and personalities) would also play its part; Parson's determination to be more personally involved in the battles he directs is being represented in his physique.



* The Comic Book Guy on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In one episode Comic Book Guy attempts to return a Franchise/StarTrek belt he won as a prize because it was sized medium, and "the average Trekker has no use for a ''medium-sized'' belt".
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Wade Load, the overweight variety

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': The Comic Book Guy on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
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Guy. In one episode Comic Book Guy attempts to return a Franchise/StarTrek belt he won as a prize because it was sized medium, and "the average Trekker has no use for a ''medium-sized'' belt".
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
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Wade Load, the overweight variety



* Barry on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is obese.
** However, it's implied that the anti-psychotic meds he takes make him eat more.
*** Steve is unusually strong when he's angry, but always comes across as weedy whenever Stan tries to encourage him to do anything that involves strength. This is largely a case of DependingOnTheWriter.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''
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Barry on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is obese.
** However, it's
obese. It's implied that the anti-psychotic meds he takes make him eat more.
*** ** Steve is unusually strong when he's angry, but always comes across as weedy whenever Stan tries to encourage him to do anything that involves strength. This is largely a case of DependingOnTheWriter.
26th Jun '17 8:53:59 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* The protagonists in ''Film/FreeEnterprise'' are hardcore sci-fi nerds (especially concerning ''Franchise/StarTrek''), but are both in pretty good shape and are occasionally shown shooting hoops. One of them gets laid on a regular basis.

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* The protagonists in ''Film/FreeEnterprise'' are hardcore sci-fi nerds (especially concerning ''Franchise/StarTrek''), ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'': Vaughn is a typical short, skinny, bespectacled nerd, but are when he takes his shirt off in the desert, both in pretty good shape his best friend and worst enemy are occasionally shown shooting hoops. One of them gets laid on a regular basis.
shocked by how "weirdly buff" he is. He explains that he's been using the gym equipment in his office.



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* Billy on ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. Justified because he, you know, fights monsters every week.
** Early on, the costume department made a valiant attempt to make him look like a Thin Geek, but they gave it up for a bad job after a season or two (FYI, David Yost was a ''GYMNAST'' before playing Billy.)
* Connor Temple from ''Series/{{Primeval}}''. One hell of a geek, but managed to carry Cutter, who is at least as tall as him, maybe taller, out of a collapsing building. If you ever see him sleeveless, you'll see why.
** He also manages to survive in prehistoric times for a ''year'' and comes out pretty badass to the point where it's strange to him after coming back to London that he doesn't constantly have to worry about survival and that both him and Abby can sleep at the same time without a dinosaur eating them.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Hardison is pretty fit for a guy who spends days at a time staring a computer screen. Even before the team formed and he had to do more physical stuff he was only lanky, not out of shape.
** This point is driven home in the hazing scenes of "The Experimental Job" where he is forced to strip down to his underwear and run the length of a college campus and he's basically the most cut guy of the group.
* Daniel Jackson on ''Series/StargateSG1'' is given as much action as any of the other members of the team. While they try to hide his actor's actual physique, it's never implied that he's physically less able than the other members - sporting heavier weapons in later seasons as he becomes a more experienced combatant. Of course, he ''is'' an archaeologist by profession and presumably did a certain amount of field-work, which can be pretty physical.
* On a related note, most of the field archaeologists on ''Series/TimeTeam'', particularly Phil Harding.
* Roy, from ''Series/TheITCrowd''. He is tall, oafish and slightly pudgy in the middle. His attire could be described as geek-chic, though somewhat boyish,and is shown to be socially confident to a fault. In fact, his love life cases him trouble on more than one occasion. Moss, however, is an example played hilariously straight.
* Freddie from ''Series/ICarly'' in later seasons. Puberty has been kind to him.
* While K.C. and Connor both check off all the appropriate geek checkboxes as Gifted Program students that built a robot, then went on to join the academic quiz team? They also are both on the football team. K.C. was always a bit physical, but Connor's actor was blessed by puberty and gained several inches in height since he started on the show.
* Will from ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' is actually the least slim of the four protagonists, but he is still not overweight by any account.

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* Billy on ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. Justified because he, Justin from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' works at a comic shop, and has pretty much the personality you know, fights monsters every week.
** Early on, the costume department made a valiant attempt to make
would expect considering his workplace, but since he's been doing martial arts for years he's actually in shape. Catalina's remark upon seeing him look is [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-04-16 "Holy crap! Aren't comic book guys supposed to be grapefruit shaped?"]] like a Thin Geek, the nameless extras in the last panel (later [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1873 identified]] as Rich [fat] and Larry [skinny]).
* Naps from ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' actually works out, which is why Anne [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20080515.html doesn't believe he worked in IT]] (not that he actually did,
but they gave it up for a bad job after a season or two (FYI, David Yost was a ''GYMNAST'' before playing Billy.his former co-workers did fit into both stereotypes.)
* Connor Temple from ''Series/{{Primeval}}''. One hell of a geek, but managed to carry Cutter, who is at least as tall as him, maybe taller, out of a collapsing building. If you ever see him sleeveless, you'll see why.
** He also manages to survive in prehistoric times for a ''year'' and comes out pretty badass to the point where it's strange to him after coming back to London that he doesn't constantly have to worry about survival and that both him and Abby can sleep at the same time without a dinosaur eating them.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Hardison is pretty fit for a guy who spends days at a time staring a computer screen. Even before the team formed and he had to do more physical stuff he was only lanky, not out of shape.
** This point is driven home in the hazing scenes of "The Experimental Job" where he is forced to strip down to his underwear and run the length of a college campus and he's basically the most cut guy of the group.
* Daniel Jackson on ''Series/StargateSG1'' is given as much action as any of the other members of the team. While they try to hide his actor's actual physique, it's never implied that he's physically less able than the other members - sporting heavier weapons in later seasons as he becomes a more experienced combatant. Of course, he ''is'' an archaeologist by profession and presumably did a certain amount of field-work, which can be pretty physical.
* On a related note, most of the field archaeologists on ''Series/TimeTeam'', particularly Phil Harding.
* Roy, from ''Series/TheITCrowd''. He is tall, oafish and slightly pudgy in the middle. His attire could be described as geek-chic, though somewhat boyish,and is shown to be socially confident to a fault. In fact, his love life cases him trouble on more than one occasion. Moss, however, is an example played hilariously straight.
* Freddie from ''Series/ICarly'' in later seasons. Puberty has been kind to him.
* While K.C. and Connor both check off all the appropriate geek checkboxes as Gifted Program students that built a robot, then went on to join the academic quiz team? They also are both on the football team. K.C. was always a bit physical, but Connor's actor was blessed by puberty and gained several inches in height since he started on the show.
* Will from ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' is actually the least slim of the four protagonists, but he is still not overweight by any account.




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* The [[http://plantsvszombies.wikia.com/wiki/Arcade_Zombie Arcade Zombie]] from ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'' is a gamer geek who's addicted to arcade games... and is one of the most muscular zombies in the game, second only to the [[GiantMook Gargantuars]]. He uses said physique to push an arcade machine that spawns 8-bit zombies when his 8-bit Jam plays.
* ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'': Vaughn is a typical short, skinny, bespectacled nerd, but when he takes his shirt off in the desert, both his best friend and worst enemy are shocked by how "weirdly buff" he is. He explains that he's been using the gym equipment in his office.
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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Justin from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' works at a comic shop, and has pretty much the personality you would expect considering his workplace, but since he's been doing martial arts for years he's actually in shape. Catalina's remark upon seeing him is [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-04-16 "Holy crap! Aren't comic book guys supposed to be grapefruit shaped?"]] like the nameless extras in the last panel (later [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1873 identified]] as Rich [fat] and Larry [skinny]).
** Elliot isn't as geeky as the rest of the main characters, but he does have some tendencies, and he's easily the most fit out of them all. [[AvertedTrope Or he might be the closest thing Dan Shive could write to a meat-head jock while still making him fit into the ensemble.]]
* Naps from ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' actually works out, which is why Anne [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20080515.html doesn't believe he worked in IT]] (not that he actually did, but his former co-workers did fit into both stereotypes.)

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' has a fair number of attractive geek types, though most of those seem to be [[HotScientist female]], for some reason. Anyone who is both a Devisor or Gadgeteer and an [[TheBeautifulElite Exemplar]] will count. Several [[PowerUpgradingDeformation GSD]] cases, such as Montana and Gadget (who resemble a sasquatch and a [[PettingZooPeople humanoid squirrel]], respectively), would also be subversions, but not in a positive sense.

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26th Jun '17 2:18:01 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'': Vaughn is a typical short, skinny, bespectacled nerd, but when he takes his shirt off in the desert, both his best friend and worst enemy are shocked by how "weirdly buff" he is. He explains that he's been using the gym equipment in his office.
26th Jun '17 2:09:09 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': L, a pale, skinny man who eats like a fat geek. He's partial to sugar.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': L, L is a pale, skinny man who eats like who, in spite of being a fat geek. He's partial BigEater, uses so much energy to sugar.think that he's rail thin. He also turns out to be an adept martial artist.
26th Jun '17 2:07:55 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Fans like to believe that Sherlock is slightly heavier in Series 2 because [[TheWatson John]] has been making him eat, but in reality Benedict [[http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/the-game-is-on-an-afternoon-with-mark-gatiss-and-friends-at-the-criterion-theatre/ gained weight]] to prepare for his role in ''Series/ParadesEnd'', which was going to be filmed shortly afterward. [[HollywoodPudgy Not that the weight gain is terribly obvious]]...
* Sheldon Cooper of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is one of these. He was described by another character as looking like a praying mantis. The other three geeks also have skinny physiques. It's just that Sheldon's is more pronounced due to being a head taller than the other three.
** However, Leonard's default outfit appears to put about 20 pounds on him.
** Howard is described as looking "like a human chicken wing" in his bathing suit. He also has only 3% bodyfat, and is ''very'' proud of this. Of course, he also appears to have only 3% muscle.
** It was mentioned on the making of that Leonard's clothing is deliberately oversized to hide the fact that the actor is quite well built in order to fit in with this trope. Likewise, Howard's clothing is overtight to make him look even more skinny.

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** Fans like to believe that Sherlock is slightly heavier in Series 2 because [[TheWatson John]] has been making him eat, but in reality Benedict [[http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/the-game-is-on-an-afternoon-with-mark-gatiss-and-friends-at-the-criterion-theatre/ gained weight]] to prepare for his role in ''Series/ParadesEnd'', which was going to be filmed shortly afterward. [[HollywoodPudgy Not that * ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': All of the weight gain is terribly obvious]]...
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geeks have skinny physiques. Sheldon Cooper of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is one of these. He was described by another character as looking like a praying mantis. The other three geeks also have skinny physiques. It's just that Sheldon's is more pronounced due to being a head taller than the other three.
** However, Leonard's default outfit appears to put about 20 pounds on him.
**
Howard is described as looking "like a human chicken wing" in his bathing suit. He also has only 3% bodyfat, and is ''very'' proud of this. Of course, he also appears to have only 3% muscle.
** It was mentioned on the making of that Leonard's clothing is deliberately oversized to hide the fact that the actor is quite well built in order to fit in with this trope. Likewise, Howard's clothing is overtight to make him look even more skinny.
muscle.



** Averted by Caleb, who is a PlayfulHacker. His appearance could be described by MrFanservice.



* Abed in ''Series/{{Community}}'', though it's very much averted with Troy.
** "Fat" Neil.

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' Abed is rail thin in ''Series/{{Community}}'', though it's very much averted with Troy.
** "Fat" Neil.
spite of constantly eating buttered noodles.



* The ''[[Series/AmericanGods2017 American Gods tv adaptation's]] version of the Technical Boy, as part of his "Silicon Valley" look representing an updated face of the internet.

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* ''Series/AmericanGods2017'': The ''[[Series/AmericanGods2017 American Gods tv adaptation's]] version of the Technical Boy, as part of his "Silicon Valley" look representing an updated face god of the internet.
internet, looks like a skinny teenage hipster.



* Otacon in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' was going to be fat, but wound up a skinny nerd in the finished product.
** And by ''Sons of Liberty'', they'd [[{{Bishonen}} forgotten he was even supposed to be a nerd at all]].

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* Otacon in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' was going to be fat, but wound up a skinny nerd in the finished product.
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product. And by ''Sons of Liberty'', they'd [[{{Bishonen}} forgotten he was even supposed to be a nerd at all]].
7th Jun '17 5:47:34 PM Malady
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* Ferret of the WhateleyUniverse. So was Jobe, before he accidentally pulled a ProfessorGuineaPig and turned himself into a statuesque drow elf girl.

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* Ferret of the WhateleyUniverse.''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. So was Jobe, before he accidentally pulled a ProfessorGuineaPig and turned himself into a statuesque drow elf girl.



* ''WhateleyUniverse'' examples: Overclock, the Mountain Dew guzzling computer deviser, and Erlenmeyer, the chem deviser both. Belphegor (yes, his codename is Belphegor) definitely counts too.

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* ''WhateleyUniverse'' ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' examples: Overclock, the Mountain Dew guzzling computer deviser, and Erlenmeyer, the chem deviser both. Belphegor (yes, his codename is Belphegor) definitely counts too.



* WhateleyUniverse has a fair number of attractive geek types, though most of those seem to be [[HotScientist female]], for some reason. Anyone who is both a Devisor or Gadgeteer and an [[TheBeautifulElite Exemplar]] will count. Several [[PowerUpgradingDeformation GSD]] cases, such as Montana and Gadget (who resemble a sasquatch and a [[PettingZooPeople humanoid squirrel]], respectively), would also be subversions, but not in a positive sense.

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* WhateleyUniverse ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' has a fair number of attractive geek types, though most of those seem to be [[HotScientist female]], for some reason. Anyone who is both a Devisor or Gadgeteer and an [[TheBeautifulElite Exemplar]] will count. Several [[PowerUpgradingDeformation GSD]] cases, such as Montana and Gadget (who resemble a sasquatch and a [[PettingZooPeople humanoid squirrel]], respectively), would also be subversions, but not in a positive sense.
24th May '17 4:58:43 PM zarpaulus
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* The ''[[Series/AmericanGods2017 American Gods tv adaptation's]] version of the Technical Boy, as part of his "Silicon Valley" look representing an updated face of the internet.




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* In ''Literature/AmericanGods'' the Technical Boy, new god of the Internet, is more often referred to as "the fat kid" because he looks like a portly BasementDweller crammed into a Matrix-reject trenchcoat. The tv series went for the opposite stereotype.
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