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* Landon from ''Chrono Days Sim Date'' actually used to be fat and unattractive when he was young, but has [[FormerlyFat slimmed down]], [[TheGlassesGottaGo gotten contacts]], and [[SheIsAllGrownUp grown up]] into a HotScientist since then while keeping his shy and awkward personality. The game even lampshades this trope with a cheat code obtained from his best ending reading (sans spaces) "nerds irl dont look this handsome".
5th Jan '17 8:39:49 PM Lemia
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* Bailey from ''Avialae'' wears NerdGlasses, is socially awkward (especially around people he has a crush on), has next to no sexual experience, and enthusiastically rambles on about bird anatomy whenever given a chance. He's also quite attractive even with the NerdGlasses on and has a ripped body underneath his clothes from being on the track team; even at the start of the webcomic when Gannet wants nothing to do with him, he can't help but admire his ass.

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* Bailey from ''Avialae'' ''Webcomic/{{Avialae}}'' wears NerdGlasses, is socially awkward (especially ([[CrushBlush especially around people he has a crush on), on]]), has next to no sexual experience, and enthusiastically rambles on about bird anatomy whenever given a chance. He's also quite attractive even with the NerdGlasses on and has a ripped body underneath his clothes from being on the track team; even at the start of the webcomic when Gannet wants nothing to do with him, he can't help but admire his ass.
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' tends to have a 50/50 split between realistic nerds (fat Edgar Styles, frumpy Chloe O'Brian) and conventionally attractive ones, such as Morris O'Brian, a brilliant hacker and womanizing, alcoholic ladies' shoe salesman. As Chloe has become more popular with fans, her character has received far more makeup and hairstyling, which (atypically) brings with it an increased amount of attention from the opposite sex.
** Perhaps pulled off successfully with Chloe, as while she's rather frumpy on the show, her actress, Mary Lynn Rajskub, is very attractive after being dolled up.
** Chloe still got noticeably more attractive as the show went on. Compare her hair, outfits, etc. in a season 3 episode with her appearance in a season 8 episode and it's pretty obvious.
* It could be argued that ''Series/ThirtyRock'''s Liz Lemon is an example. However, this is somewhat excusable given that the character is essentially a fictionalized version of TinaFey, who also plays her. Fey says that "[[SelfDeprecation I'm really not that attractive]]. Until I met my husband, I could not get a date. I promise you it's true." This is lampshaded during the first season. When Liz leaves New York to visit Cleveland, suddenly people can't stop complimenting her looks.
--->'''Jenna''': "We're all models west of the Allegheny."
* Felicity Smoak in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', played by Emily Bett Rickards, is pretty much the embodiment of this. Even her NerdGlasses and persona hardly do anything in the way of covering it up, and the show doesn't even bother to pretend she's not stunning.
* ''Series/AustinAndAlly'': Ally Dawson, portrayed by Laura Marano. [[http://www.sitcomsonline.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/279256/ppuser/47 Especially]] during the [[http://austinally.wikia.com/wiki/File:Sexy.jpg second season.]]
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Howard's fiancee/wife Bernadette, who earns a Ph.D. in Microbiology. He is at first afraid to get into a serious relationship with her because she was "not Megan Fox in ''Transformers''". Take a look at Melissa Rauch out of costume ([[http://www.polyvore.com/bernadette_red_forever_21_dress/thing?id=77077086 or even in it]])and these objections fly straight out the window.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' at least has the good grace to lampshade Brennan's looks.
** Sweets? Yes please.
** Just about all members of the Jeffersonian fall under this trope, with the notable exception of Angela, who inverts it. She's an emotionally intuitive, sexually liberated party girl Visual Arts major who often acts as TheHeart of the team and is acknowledged as gorgeous by men and women alike, yet is also a top notch forensic reconstructor using software she made herself. (She minored in Comp Sci.)
** It's telling that Carla Gallo, who plays the geeky, socially awkward Daisy, previously played a ''stripper'' in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''.



* Averted in ''Series/{{Lost Girl}}'' by Lauren, a smart blonde scientist who wears no glasses, and is socially accepted (though a member of a [[SlaveRace slave race]]).
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Clark Kent, the future Superman, and of course, the nerdy everyman who kept his virginity until he was out of high school, and folded into an awkward mess when a hot cheerleader was throwing herself at him. And he's played by an underwear model. Yeah... Its not so much that Clark's a nerd per se, in fact he's shown to be baffled by real-nerd behavior, he's just socially awkward due to having to keep the secret that he's got super powers and is an alien.
** Chloe, who while for the first four seasons she's constantly playing the part of the nerdy sidekick and best friend, she ends up being a massive subversion. In the first few seasons, she has no trouble getting male attention, with two different Meteor Freaks, Pete Ross, and Jimmy Olsen all finding her attractive, but her main problem is that [[StubbornMule her]] [[IntrepidReporter attitude]] is rather off-putting to those who don't know her well. The Prom episode, however, reveals that most of the student body actually rather like Chloe, but a resident, though not-previously seen, AlphaBitch (Smallville High has a lot of them, they all jut seem to be off-camera for most of it then end up dying or turning evil) picked up a strong dislike of Chloe and uses her rumor mill to keep people from befriending her, which also explains why her friends are stuck as outcasts too. Clark himself lampshades this by telling Chloe that "For years we've all been fighting to break out of the stereotypical roles that we've been forced into...and you're the battle cry."
*** "Allison (the actress for Chloe) was listed #22 among the 50 Sexiest Women in the Femme Fatales magazine in its January–February 2005 edition." Does any more need to be said?



* ''Series/TheNewNormal'': David is shown as having been a textbook example of this when he first graduated from med school and met Bryan. Played by handsome, well-built actor Justin Bartha, David was literally given nerd glasses, unfashionable clothes and frizzy hair in order to create the nerd look. Bryan is immediately smitten when David removes his nerd glasses, allowing an unobstructed view of his startlingly blue eyes.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' tends to have a 50/50 split between realistic nerds (fat Edgar Styles, frumpy Chloe O'Brian) and conventionally attractive ones, such as Morris O'Brian, a brilliant hacker and womanizing, alcoholic ladies' shoe salesman. As Chloe has become more popular with fans, her character has received far more makeup and hairstyling, which (atypically) brings with it an increased amount of attention from the opposite sex.
** Perhaps pulled off successfully with Chloe, as while she's rather frumpy on the show, her actress, Mary Lynn Rajskub, is very attractive after being dolled up.
** Chloe still got noticeably more attractive as the show went on. Compare her hair, outfits, etc. in a season 3 episode with her appearance in a season 8 episode and it's pretty obvious.
* Connor, the irritating PluckyComicRelief in British scientists-vs-dinosaurs show ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', often makes cack-handed 'geek' references and is shown to be clueless around women. However, he looks like a cross between Johnny Depp and a young Rob Newman. His two best friends are more conventionally unattractive nerds.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Samantha Carter is assumed to be one of the most intelligent people on the planet. She's also an attractive blonde. (Both of these were intentional on the part of the writers). Ah well, at least she dresses like you would expect from a military officer. Daniel Jackson fits the trope as well.
** The show later subverted this in a LowerDeckEpisode which featured geeky scientists who followed every stereotype, down to the action-figures collection. The show also subverts this every single time it shows Dr. Lee.
* Jennifer Keller (played by Jewel Staite) from ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Plus Carson Beckett, Radek Zelenka, Elizabeth Weir... Rodney [=McKay=] is somewhat less attractive, but he has his fans too.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'''s Will Zimmerman is supposed to be a somewhat reclusive nerdy scientist. Robin Dunne, who plays him, is ridiculously attractive. There was a [[ShirtlessScene certain scene]] the first season finale that, while incredibly hot, strained the bounds of credulity: Will strips to his boxers to make the Invisible Girl, who has to get naked for her power to be effective, less self-conscious. Cue biceps and abs that VERY few real-life scientists have.
** Henry's not half bad either, and the nipple/belly button piercings aren't exactly conventionally nerdy in any case.
* Cute, goofy computer geek and budding hacker Mac of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' is a Hollywood Nerd in the grand tradition, and particularly owes much to ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer's Willow. Mac is not a stick figure and has the shape of someone healthy but who could perhaps benefit from more exercise and less sitting in front of the computer.
** Ironically, played by the same actress as one of the nerds from ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'', which is listed as an aversion above. Also, Mac is far from even chubby, never mind overweight - she's just standing next to the 5'1" stick-thin Kristen Bell most of the time. In the ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats'' movie, Rosario Dawson looked like an elephant next to Rachael Leigh Cook and Tara Reid - just look at her in Sin City to see how not true that is.
* Every season of ''PowerRangers'' with a geek for a Ranger (except a CousinOliver in season 5) suffers horribly from this, generally shifting between Calvin Klein-worthy Blue Rangers who just speak a lot of {{technobabble}}, to stunningly beautiful Pink Rangers who overwork themselves while on the job. Insert dorky glasses where necessary, on either gender.
** The [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers original series]] had both, only with the Yellow Ranger instead of Pink.
** Amusingly, of the original MMPR cast, David Yost (the Blue Ranger) was built like a brick shithouse in spite of being cast as the "weak nerd" character. The costuming department tried ''very'' hard to disguise this fact, with varying levels of success.
* It could be argued that ''Series/ThirtyRock'''s Liz Lemon is an example. However, this is somewhat excusable given that the character is essentially a fictionalized version of TinaFey, who also plays her. Fey says that "[[SelfDeprecation I'm really not that attractive]]. Until I met my husband, I could not get a date. I promise you it's true." This is lampshaded during the first season. When Liz leaves New York to visit Cleveland, suddenly people can't stop complimenting her looks.
--->'''Jenna''': "We're all models west of the Allegheny."
* Seth from ''Series/{{The OC}}''. He is supposed to be an unattractive nerd due to his social awkwardness and huge interest in comic books and science fiction. This doesn't really work since he's also sweet, funny, and played by the attractive Adam Brody.



* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Fox Mulder. His private life is non-existent, he has a vast collection of porn, he sleeps on the sofa since his bedroom is filled ceiling-high with cardboard boxes, he throws pencils at the ceiling in his office to see if they stick, he spends his free time hunting aliens, and he likes theorising about aliens or monsters from folklore in front of complete strangers. And yet Mulder is tall, fit and attractive, to the extent that in the episode "Humbug" one of the circus "geeks" sarcastically remarked how one day all the freaks like him would be done away with by science and society and everyone would be "perfect" and boring like Mulder. Being an active FBI agent, he would be required to occasionally pass some physical fitness tests. Mulder is one of the few TV characters shown practising the kind of physical training which might lead to a physique like the actor's; he is seen swimming laps in a pool, jogging and playing basketball in the gym.
** Mulder's trio of {{sidekick}}s, a team of tech-geeks and conspiracy theorists calling themselves Lone Gunmen, are far less attractive and very bad with women. They have their short-lived spin-off ''Series/TheLoneGunmen''.
* Charlie Eppes (and thus the man who plays him, David Krumholtz) on ''Series/NUMB3RS''. And his improbably-good-looking computer/math/physics geek girlfriend, Amita.
* For a forensic pathologist, Creator/EmiliaFox's Nikki Alexander from ''Series/SilentWitness'' is seriously attractive.
* The absolutely gorgeous engineer Trip on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', though his case is also justified by the nature of his job; being the Chief Engineer of a starship owned and operated by a [[MildlyMilitary paramilitary organisation]] whose role is somewhat analogous to the US Coast Guard presumably involves some minimum physical-fitness standards. Hoshi Sato counts as well, perhaps even more so as her specialisation is Xeno-Linguistics.
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Howard's fiancee/wife Bernadette, who earns a Ph.D. in Microbiology. He is at first afraid to get into a serious relationship with her because she was "not Megan Fox in ''Transformers''". Take a look at Melissa Rauch out of costume ([[http://www.polyvore.com/bernadette_red_forever_21_dress/thing?id=77077086 or even in it]])and these objections fly straight out the window.
* ''Series/ICarly'' played with this when Freddie brought over a fellow [[TwoDecadesBehind AV club]] member who the girls found so attractive that the whole episode was about their fighting over him. Freddie himself is also an example, especially in the later seasons.
* Rusty Cartwright (Jacob Zachar) on ''{{Greek}}'' straddles the types. His roommate Dale is a type 1, with a dash of southern hick. Meanwhile, his TA Max is a Type 2. He has good nerd-ish qualities, but he's played by Michael Rady. And he scores with Rusty's sister, who is a sorority chick. How many nerds (who aren't frat boys themselves) get to say that?
** Meanwhile, the Psi Phi Pi is a fraternity of Type 1's, which sort of begs the question of [[FridgeLogic why Rusty didn't pledge to them]].

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
Annie in ''Series/{{Community}}''.
** Fox Mulder. His private life Troy and Abed, too—while Donald Glover is non-existent, he has a vast collection of porn, he sleeps on the sofa since his bedroom is filled ceiling-high undeniably hunky, Danny Pudi definitely isn't homely, either.
** Justified
with cardboard boxes, he throws pencils at the ceiling in his office Troy, former JerkJock turned open ClosetGeek.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds''
** Dr. Spencer Reid. The show tries hard
to see if they stick, he spends his free time hunting aliens, nerd him up with bad hair and he likes theorising about aliens or monsters from folklore in front of complete strangers. clothes, but Matthew Gray Gubler is still sex on a stick. And yet Mulder is tall, fit and attractive, to the extent that in show's credit, they never try to pass him off as unattractive (just overwhelmingly awkward); he has, after all, had two girlfriends during the episode "Humbug" show's run, and that's not even mentioning Ethan. Then there's Morgan's [[PrettyBoy nickname for him.]]
** Kevin Lynch,
one of the circus "geeks" sarcastically remarked shows main technical analysts could also qualify for this trope. The show's casting department seems to think a little pudge and bad clothing sense helps avert this trope. Kevin Lynch is played by Nicholas Brendan (aka [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander Harris]], again in a "too hot for this role" paradigm.
* Fargo's current (the only one for all we know) girlfriend Julia Golden on ''Series/{{Eureka}}''. She's a HotScientist (or research assistant?), but fits this trope better, because during one episode she kept yammering about
how one day all the freaks invisible she is and that she wants to be like him would Deputy Lupo. Not just living her exciting life, no, be done away as beautiful as her. Boo hoo!
* Oliver in ''Series/FakingIt'' could pose for the page pic. He's a socially awkward good looking guy
with by science and society and everyone would be "perfect" and boring like Mulder. Being an active FBI agent, he would be required to occasionally pass some physical fitness tests. Mulder is one of the few TV characters shown practising the kind of physical training which might lead to a physique like the actor's; he is seen swimming laps in a pool, jogging and playing basketball in the gym.
** Mulder's trio of {{sidekick}}s, a team of tech-geeks and conspiracy theorists calling themselves Lone Gunmen, are far less attractive and very bad with women. They have their short-lived spin-off ''Series/TheLoneGunmen''.
glasses.
* Charlie Eppes (and thus the man who plays him, David Krumholtz) Alex P. Keaton on ''Series/NUMB3RS''. And his improbably-good-looking computer/math/physics geek girlfriend, Amita.
* For a forensic pathologist, Creator/EmiliaFox's Nikki Alexander from ''Series/SilentWitness'' is seriously attractive.
* The absolutely gorgeous engineer Trip on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'',
''Series/FamilyTies'' probably counts, though his case is character breaks the stereotype in that he was never intended to be a 'nerd,' per se. He's a hypercompetitive, straight-A Young Republican who was also justified by the nature of his job; being the Chief Engineer of a starship owned and operated by a [[MildlyMilitary paramilitary organisation]] whose role is somewhat analogous to the US Coast Guard presumably involves some minimum physical-fitness standards. Hoshi Sato counts as well, perhaps even more so as her specialisation is Xeno-Linguistics.
* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Howard's fiancee/wife Bernadette, who earns a Ph.D. in Microbiology. He is at first afraid to get into a serious relationship with her because she was "not Megan Fox in ''Transformers''". Take a look at Melissa Rauch out of costume ([[http://www.polyvore.com/bernadette_red_forever_21_dress/thing?id=77077086 or even in it]])and these objections fly straight out the window.
* ''Series/ICarly'' played with this when Freddie brought over a fellow [[TwoDecadesBehind AV club]] member who the
constantly chasing after girls found so attractive that the whole episode was about their fighting over him. Freddie himself is also an example, especially (at least in the later seasons.
* Rusty Cartwright (Jacob Zachar)
earlier seasons). Skippy on ''{{Greek}}'' straddles the types. His roommate Dale is a type 1, with a dash of southern hick. Meanwhile, his TA Max is a Type 2. He has good nerd-ish qualities, but he's played by Michael Rady. And he scores with Rusty's sister, who is a sorority chick. How many nerds (who aren't frat boys themselves) get to say that?
** Meanwhile, the Psi Phi Pi is a fraternity of Type 1's, which sort of begs the question of [[FridgeLogic why Rusty didn't pledge to them]].
other hand...



** Also, given the sheer amount of pop culture references Crichton drops, he is most definitely a nerd
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' at least has the good grace to lampshade Brennan's looks.
** Sweets? Yes please.
** Just about all members of the Jeffersonian fall under this trope, with the notable exception of Angela, who inverts it. She's an emotionally intuitive, sexually liberated party girl Visual Arts major who often acts as TheHeart of the team and is acknowledged as gorgeous by men and women alike, yet is also a top notch forensic reconstructor using software she made herself. (She minored in Comp Sci.)
** It's telling that Carla Gallo, who plays the geeky, socially awkward Daisy, previously played a ''stripper'' in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''.
* The Keeper on ''Series/TheInvisibleMan''.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** With the show filled with [[TheBeautifulElite beautiful people]], the two Ghost Facer nerds are two attractive men. But seeing as how they're both [[JerkAss jerkasses]], you can see why very few people like them.
** And [[MrFanservice Sammy]]. Ruby even tells him that he's "pretty buff for a nerd."
** Then there's Charlie (played by FeliciaDay), who [[{{Adorkable}} isn't made out to be unattractive]], though she is a fan of [[GeekReferencePool every geeky thing the writers can think of]] and is also a PlayfulHacker.
* Quinn in ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''. She [[FanServicePack gets a makeover later on]] in the show.
%%* Quinn Mallory in ''Series/{{Sliders}}''.

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** Also, given the sheer amount of pop culture references Crichton drops, he is most definitely a nerd
nerd.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' at least has the good grace to lampshade Brennan's looks.
** Sweets? Yes please.
** Just about all members of the Jeffersonian fall under this trope,
Dr Harrison Wells in ''Series/TheFlash'', as played by Tom Cavanagh, is an extremely handsome man even with NerdGlasses and all-black clothes that hide his athlete's physique. However, he goes the notable exception of Angela, who inverts it. She's an emotionally intuitive, sexually liberated party girl Visual Arts major who often acts as TheHeart of the team and is entire first season with his looks never once being acknowledged as gorgeous by men any of the other characters due to a combination of being confined to a wheelchair, being the resident genius science nerd, a complete lack of a social life outside of STAR Labs, and women alike, yet is also a top notch forensic reconstructor using software she made herself. (She minored in Comp Sci.)
** It's telling that Carla Gallo, who plays
fulfilling the geeky, socially awkward Daisy, previously played ParentalSubstitute role to most of the main cast.
* Spinelli from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' appears to be
a ''stripper'' in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''.
* The Keeper on ''Series/TheInvisibleMan''.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** With
type 1, though anyone who's seen Bradford Anderson outside the show filled will probably put him into type 2 range. Ditto for his short-lived DistaffCounterpart Winnifred.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has a few examples of this, notably Rachel Berry, who although being a music 'geek' and a member of a host of nerdy clubs, is rather attractive. InUniverse, the reason for Rachel being considered uncool is her thoroughly objectionable personality. A more traditional example would be Artie, portrayed by former BoyBand member Creator/KevinMcHale, though it's less noticeable in later seasons. On the other hand, the trope is thoroughly averted
with [[TheBeautifulElite beautiful people]], Jacob Ben Israel.
* Rusty Cartwright (Jacob Zachar) on ''Series/{{Greek}}'' straddles
the two Ghost Facer nerds are two attractive men. But seeing as how they're both [[JerkAss jerkasses]], you can see why very few people like them.
** And [[MrFanservice Sammy]]. Ruby even tells him that
types. His roommate Dale is a type 1, with a dash of southern hick. Meanwhile, his TA Max is a Type 2. He has good nerd-ish qualities, but he's "pretty buff for a nerd."
** Then there's Charlie (played
played by FeliciaDay), Michael Rady. And he scores with Rusty's sister, who [[{{Adorkable}} isn't made out to be unattractive]], though she is a fan of [[GeekReferencePool every geeky thing sorority chick. How many nerds (who aren't frat boys themselves) get to say that?
** Meanwhile,
the writers can think of]] and Psi Phi Pi is also a PlayfulHacker.
* Quinn in ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''. She [[FanServicePack gets a makeover later on]] in
fraternity of Type 1's, which sort of begs the show.
%%* Quinn Mallory in ''Series/{{Sliders}}''.
question of [[FridgeLogic why Rusty didn't pledge to them]].



* ''Series/ICarly'' played with this when Freddie brought over a fellow [[TwoDecadesBehind AV club]] member who the girls found so attractive that the whole episode was about their fighting over him. Freddie himself is also an example, especially in the later seasons.
* Averted in ''Series/{{The IT Crowd}}'', where Moss and Roy generally show a mix of realistic nerd tropes.
%%* The Keeper on ''Series/TheInvisibleMan''.
* The titular character in ''Series/{{Jake20}}'', played by Christopher Gorham, is yet another TV geek who is 18 varieties of hot by any real-world standard. One can argue that the {{Nanomachines}} in his bloodstream are what give him a [[ShirtlessScene physique that could cut glass]], but still ...



* ''Series/CriminalMinds''
** Dr. Spencer Reid. The show tries hard to nerd him up with bad hair and clothes, but Matthew Gray Gubler is still sex on a stick. And to the show's credit, they never try to pass him off as unattractive (just overwhelmingly awkward); he has, after all, had two girlfriends during the show's run, and that's not even mentioning Ethan. Then there's Morgan's [[PrettyBoy nickname for him.]]
** Kevin Lynch, one of the shows main technical analysts could also qualify for this trope. The show's casting department seems to think a little pudge and bad clothing sense helps avert this trope. Kevin Lynch is played by Nicholas Brendan (aka [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander Harris]], again in a "too hot for this role" paradigm.
* Fargo's current (the only one for all we know) girlfriend Julia Golden on ''{{Series/Eureka}}''. She's a HotScientist (or research assistant?), but fits this trope better, because during one episode she kept yammering about how invisible she is and that she wants to be like Deputy Lupo. Not just living her exciting life, no, be as beautiful as her. Boo hoo!
* The titular character in ''Series/{{Jake20}}'', played by Christopher Gorham, is yet another TV geek who is 18 varieties of hot by any real-world standard. One can argue that the {{Nanomachines}} in his bloodstream are what give him a [[ShirtlessScene physique that could cut glass]], but still ...
* Eric Forman on ''Series/That70sShow'', though he's not a total nerd (it's referenced several times he's [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy an average joe with rather pitiful grades]]), but he does have quite the obsession over ''StarWars'' and is a square compared to his friends.
* Justin in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' is a nerdy sci-fi geek who is absolutely attractive. During the big crossover he's dressed solely in trunks at one point showing that he has got absurdly well defined pecs and abs.
** It would be interesting to point out that despite his nerdiness Justin has no problems with finding a girlfriend. Even the main character's best friend has a huge crush on him.
---> '''Justin''': "Why does everyone think I don't date? Remember the centaur, the werewolf and the [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking goth girl]]?"
*** And then [[FatalAttractor vampire and the angel]] [[spoiler: Of Darkness]].
* Eli Loker in ''Series/LieToMe''.

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds''
** Dr. Spencer Reid. The show tries hard to nerd him up
Phillip from ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' is effectively a walking computer with bad hair very poor interpersonal and clothes, but Matthew Gray Gubler is still sex on a stick. And to the show's credit, they never try to pass him off as unattractive (just overwhelmingly awkward); social skills, since he has, after all, had two girlfriends during the show's run, and that's not even mentioning Ethan. Then there's Morgan's [[PrettyBoy nickname for him.]]
** Kevin Lynch, one
spent most of the shows main technical analysts could also qualify for this trope. The show's casting department his youth in a lab. Most of his "nerdiness" seems to think a little pudge come from the unusual and bad somewhat effeminate clothing sense helps avert this trope. Kevin Lynch is played by Nicholas Brendan (aka [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander Harris]], again in a "too hot for this role" paradigm.
* Fargo's current (the only one for all we know) girlfriend Julia Golden on ''{{Series/Eureka}}''. She's a HotScientist (or research assistant?), but fits this trope better, because during one episode she kept yammering about how invisible she is and that she wants to be like Deputy Lupo. Not just living her exciting life, no, be as beautiful as her. Boo hoo!
* The titular character in ''Series/{{Jake20}}'', played by Christopher Gorham, is yet another TV geek who is 18 varieties of hot by any real-world standard. One can argue that the {{Nanomachines}} in his bloodstream are what give him a [[ShirtlessScene physique
he wears, though that could cut glass]], but still ...
* Eric Forman on ''Series/That70sShow'', though he's not a total nerd (it's referenced several times he's [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy
be seen as an average joe with rather pitiful grades]]), but he does have quite the obsession over ''StarWars'' endearing quirk by some, and is a square compared to it certainly doesn't stop one of his friends.
* Justin in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' is a nerdy sci-fi geek who is absolutely attractive. During the big crossover he's dressed solely in trunks at one point showing that he has got absurdly well defined pecs and abs.
** It would be interesting to point out that despite his nerdiness Justin has no problems with finding a girlfriend. Even the main character's best friend has
partner's high school-age informants from developing a huge crush on him.
---> '''Justin''': "Why does everyone think I don't date? Remember the centaur, the werewolf and the [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking goth girl]]?"
*** And then [[FatalAttractor vampire and the angel]] [[spoiler: Of Darkness]].
* Eli Loker in ''Series/LieToMe''.
him. He's also played by newcomer actor Masaki Suda, who looks like [[http://ameblo.jp/suda-masaki/ this]].



* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' featured a character in one episode who was ''both''. As a kid, he was a fat, UFO-obsessed geek who wore a wizard cape. As an adult, he'd dropped the pounds and hidden his geekiness from his hot wife, who he thought would disapprove of it, becoming a literal closet geek. As it turns out, his wife is also a geek.
** Even better is the fact that he is played by Freddie Prinze Jr. who was the popular male lead in ''ShesAllThat''.

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* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' featured a character %%* Eli Loker in one episode ''Series/LieToMe''.
* Averted in ''Series/LostGirl'' by Lauren, a smart blonde scientist
who was ''both''. As a kid, he was a fat, UFO-obsessed geek who wore a wizard cape. As an adult, he'd dropped the pounds wears no glasses, and hidden his geekiness from his hot wife, who he thought would disapprove is socially accepted (though a member of it, becoming a literal closet geek. As it turns out, his wife is also a geek.
** Even better is the fact that he is played by Freddie Prinze Jr. who was the popular male lead in ''ShesAllThat''.
[[SlaveRace slave race]]).



* Spinelli from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' appears to be a type 1, though anyone who's seen Bradford Anderson outside the show will probably put him into type 2 range. Ditto for his short-lived DistaffCounterpart Winnifred.
* Alex P. Keaton on ''Series/FamilyTies'' probably counts, though his character breaks the stereotype in that he was never intended to be a 'nerd,' per se. He's a hypercompetitive, straight-A Young Republican who was also constantly chasing after girls (at least in the earlier seasons). Skippy on the other hand...
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has a few examples of this, notably Rachel Berry, who although being a music 'geek' and a member of a host of nerdy clubs, is rather attractive. InUniverse, the reason for Rachel being considered uncool is her thoroughly objectionable personality. A more traditional example would be Artie, portrayed by former BoyBand member Creator/KevinMcHale, though it's less noticeable in later seasons. On the other hand, the trope is thoroughly averted with Jacob Ben Israel.



%%* Ethan and Benny in ''Series/MyBabysittersAVampire''.
* Parodied in ''NTSFSDSUV NTSF:SD:SUV::''. All the characters refer to the "nerds" as unattractive, despite being played by models wearing lab-coats and glasses.
* Charlie Eppes (and thus the man who plays him, David Krumholtz) on ''Series/NUMB3RS''. And his improbably-good-looking computer/math/physics geek girlfriend, Amita.
* Jess from ''Series/NewGirl''. No one pretends she isn't pretty, but she still acts ridiculously awkward.
* ''Series/TheNewNormal'': David is shown as having been a textbook example of this when he first graduated from med school and met Bryan. Played by handsome, well-built actor Justin Bartha, David was literally given nerd glasses, unfashionable clothes and frizzy hair in order to create the nerd look. Bryan is immediately smitten when David removes his nerd glasses, allowing an unobstructed view of his startlingly blue eyes.
* Seth from ''Series/{{The OC}}''. He is supposed to be an unattractive nerd due to his social awkwardness and huge interest in comic books and science fiction. This doesn't really work since he's also sweet, funny, and played by the attractive Adam Brody.



* Phillip from ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' is effectively a walking computer with very poor interpersonal and social skills, since he spent most of his youth in a lab. Most of his "nerdiness" seems to come from the unusual and somewhat effeminate clothing he wears, though that could be seen as an endearing quirk by some, and it certainly doesn't stop one of his partner's high school-age informants from developing a huge crush on him. He's also played by newcomer actor Masaki Suda, who looks like [[http://ameblo.jp/suda-masaki/ this]].
* Annie in ''Series/{{Community}}''.
** Troy and Abed, too—while Donald Glover is undeniably hunky, Danny Pudi definitely isn't homely, either.
** Justified with Troy, former JerkJock turned open ClosetGeek.
* Ethan and Benny in ''Series/MyBabysittersAVampire''.
* Jess from ''Series/NewGirl''. No one pretends she isn't pretty, but she still acts ridiculously awkward.
* Parodied in ''NTSFSDSUV NTSF:SD:SUV::''. All the characters refer to the "nerds" as unattractive, despite being played by models wearing lab-coats and glasses.

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* Phillip from ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' is effectively ''Series/{{Portlandia}}'' deconstructed this trope in a walking computer sketch. It begins with very poor interpersonal and social skills, since he spent most of his youth an attractive woman in a lab. Most of his "nerdiness" seems to come from the unusual and somewhat effeminate clothing he wears, bar, wearing glasses, talking herself up as though that could she were a geek. This is then interrupted by a ''real'' geek who proceeds to give a PSA about how real nerds aren't proud to be seen as an endearing quirk by some, called nerds, and it certainly doesn't stop one are hurt by people pretending to be nerds because they think it's cool.
* Every season
of his partner's high school-age informants ''Series/PowerRangers'' with a geek for a Ranger (except a CousinOliver in season 5) suffers horribly from developing a huge crush on him. He's also played by newcomer actor Masaki Suda, this, generally shifting between Calvin Klein-worthy Blue Rangers who just speak a lot of {{technobabble}}, to stunningly beautiful Pink Rangers who overwork themselves while on the job. Insert dorky glasses where necessary, on either gender.
** The [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers original series]] had both, only with the Yellow Ranger instead of Pink.
** Amusingly, of the original MMPR cast, David Yost (the Blue Ranger) was built like a brick shithouse in spite of being cast as the "weak nerd" character. The costuming department tried ''very'' hard to disguise this fact, with varying levels of success.
* Connor, the irritating PluckyComicRelief in British scientists-vs-dinosaurs show ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', often makes cack-handed 'geek' references and is shown to be clueless around women. However, he
looks like [[http://ameblo.jp/suda-masaki/ this]].
* Annie in ''Series/{{Community}}''.
** Troy
a cross between Johnny Depp and Abed, too—while Donald Glover is undeniably hunky, Danny Pudi definitely isn't homely, either.
** Justified with Troy, former JerkJock turned open ClosetGeek.
a young Rob Newman. His two best friends are more conventionally unattractive nerds.
* Ethan ''Series/{{Psych}}'' featured a character in one episode who was ''both''. As a kid, he was a fat, UFO-obsessed geek who wore a wizard cape. As an adult, he'd dropped the pounds and Benny in ''Series/MyBabysittersAVampire''.
* Jess
hidden his geekiness from ''Series/NewGirl''. No one pretends she isn't pretty, but she still acts his hot wife, who he thought would disapprove of it, becoming a literal closet geek. As it turns out, his wife is also a geek.
** Even better is the fact that he is played by Freddie Prinze Jr. who was the popular male lead in ''ShesAllThat''.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'''s Will Zimmerman is supposed to be a somewhat reclusive nerdy scientist. Robin Dunne, who plays him, is
ridiculously awkward.
* Parodied in ''NTSFSDSUV NTSF:SD:SUV::''. All
attractive. There was a [[ShirtlessScene certain scene]] the characters refer to first season finale that, while incredibly hot, strained the "nerds" as unattractive, despite being played by models wearing lab-coats bounds of credulity: Will strips to his boxers to make the Invisible Girl, who has to get naked for her power to be effective, less self-conscious. Cue biceps and glasses.abs that VERY few real-life scientists have.
** Henry's not half bad either, and the nipple/belly button piercings aren't exactly conventionally nerdy in any case.



* Felicity Smoak in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', played by Emily Bett Rickards, is pretty much the embodiment of this. Even her NerdGlasses and persona hardly do anything in the way of covering it up, and the show doesn't even bother to pretend she's not stunning.
* Dr Harrison Wells in ''Series/TheFlash'', as played by Tom Cavanagh, is an extremely handsome man even with NerdGlasses and all-black clothes that hide his athlete's physique. However, he goes the entire first season with his looks never once being acknowledged by any of the other characters due to a combination of being confined to a wheelchair, being the resident genius science nerd, a complete lack of a social life outside of STAR Labs, and fulfilling the ParentalSubstitute role to most of the main cast.
* ''Series/AustinAndAlly'': Ally Dawson, portrayed by Laura Marano. [[http://www.sitcomsonline.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/279256/ppuser/47 Especially]] during the [[http://austinally.wikia.com/wiki/File:Sexy.jpg second season.]]
* Oliver in ''Series/FakingIt'' could pose for the page pic. He's a socially awkward good looking guy with glasses.
* ''{{Series/Portlandia}}'' deconstructed this trope in a sketch. It begins with an attractive woman in a bar, wearing glasses, talking herself up as though she were a geek. This is then interrupted by a ''real'' geek who proceeds to give a PSA about how real nerds aren't proud to be called nerds, and are hurt by people pretending to be nerds because they think it's cool.
* Averted in ''Series/{{The IT Crowd}}'', where Moss and Roy generally show a mix of realistic nerd tropes.

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* Felicity Smoak For a forensic pathologist, Creator/EmiliaFox's Nikki Alexander from ''Series/SilentWitness'' is seriously attractive.
%%* Quinn Mallory
in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', ''Series/{{Sliders}}''.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Clark Kent, the future Superman, and of course, the nerdy everyman who kept his virginity until he was out of high school, and folded into an awkward mess when a hot cheerleader was throwing herself at him. And he's
played by Emily Bett Rickards, is pretty an underwear model. Yeah... Its not so much the embodiment of this. Even her NerdGlasses and persona hardly do anything in the way of covering it up, and the show doesn't even bother to pretend she's not stunning.
* Dr Harrison Wells in ''Series/TheFlash'', as played by Tom Cavanagh, is an extremely handsome man even with NerdGlasses and all-black clothes
that hide his athlete's physique. However, he goes the entire first season with his looks never once being acknowledged Clark's a nerd per se, in fact he's shown to be baffled by any of the other characters due to a combination of being confined to a wheelchair, being the resident genius science nerd, a complete lack of a social life outside of STAR Labs, and fulfilling the ParentalSubstitute role to most of the main cast.
* ''Series/AustinAndAlly'': Ally Dawson, portrayed by Laura Marano. [[http://www.sitcomsonline.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/279256/ppuser/47 Especially]] during the [[http://austinally.wikia.com/wiki/File:Sexy.jpg second season.]]
* Oliver in ''Series/FakingIt'' could pose for the page pic. He's a
real-nerd behavior, he's just socially awkward good looking guy due to having to keep the secret that he's got super powers and is an alien.
** Chloe, who while for the first four seasons she's constantly playing the part of the nerdy sidekick and best friend, she ends up being a massive subversion. In the first few seasons, she has no trouble getting male attention,
with glasses.
* ''{{Series/Portlandia}}'' deconstructed
two different Meteor Freaks, Pete Ross, and Jimmy Olsen all finding her attractive, but her main problem is that [[StubbornMule her]] [[IntrepidReporter attitude]] is rather off-putting to those who don't know her well. The Prom episode, however, reveals that most of the student body actually rather like Chloe, but a resident, though not-previously seen, AlphaBitch (Smallville High has a lot of them, they all jut seem to be off-camera for most of it then end up dying or turning evil) picked up a strong dislike of Chloe and uses her rumor mill to keep people from befriending her, which also explains why her friends are stuck as outcasts too. Clark himself lampshades this trope by telling Chloe that "For years we've all been fighting to break out of the stereotypical roles that we've been forced into...and you're the battle cry."
*** "Allison (the actress for Chloe) was listed #22 among the 50 Sexiest Women
in the Femme Fatales magazine in its January–February 2005 edition." Does any more need to be said?
* The absolutely gorgeous engineer Trip on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', though his case is also justified by the nature of his job; being the Chief Engineer of
a sketch. It begins with starship owned and operated by a [[MildlyMilitary paramilitary organisation]] whose role is somewhat analogous to the US Coast Guard presumably involves some minimum physical-fitness standards. Hoshi Sato counts as well, perhaps even more so as her specialisation is Xeno-Linguistics.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Samantha Carter is assumed to be one of the most intelligent people on the planet. She's also
an attractive woman blonde. (Both of these were intentional on the part of the writers). Ah well, at least she dresses like you would expect from a military officer. Daniel Jackson fits the trope as well.
** The show later subverted this
in a bar, wearing glasses, talking herself up as though she were a geek. This is then interrupted by a ''real'' geek LowerDeckEpisode which featured geeky scientists who proceeds followed every stereotype, down to give a PSA about how real nerds aren't proud to be called nerds, and are hurt by people pretending to be nerds because they think it's cool.
* Averted in ''Series/{{The IT Crowd}}'', where Moss and Roy generally
the action-figures collection. The show a mix of realistic nerd tropes.also subverts this every single time it shows Dr. Lee.
* Jennifer Keller (played by Jewel Staite) from ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Plus Carson Beckett, Radek Zelenka, Elizabeth Weir... Rodney [=McKay=] is somewhat less attractive, but he has his fans too.


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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** With the show filled with [[TheBeautifulElite beautiful people]], the two Ghost Facer nerds are two attractive men. But seeing as how they're both [[JerkAss jerkasses]], you can see why very few people like them.
** And [[MrFanservice Sammy]]. Ruby even tells him that he's "pretty buff for a nerd."
** Then there's Charlie (played by FeliciaDay), who [[{{Adorkable}} isn't made out to be unattractive]], though she is a fan of [[GeekReferencePool every geeky thing the writers can think of]] and is also a PlayfulHacker.
* Eric Forman on ''Series/That70sShow'', though he's not a total nerd (it's referenced several times he's [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy an average joe with rather pitiful grades]]), but he does have quite the obsession over ''StarWars'' and is a square compared to his friends.
* Cute, goofy computer geek and budding hacker Mac of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' is a Hollywood Nerd in the grand tradition, and particularly owes much to ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer's Willow. Mac is not a stick figure and has the shape of someone healthy but who could perhaps benefit from more exercise and less sitting in front of the computer.
** Ironically, played by the same actress as one of the nerds from ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'', which is listed as an aversion above. Also, Mac is far from even chubby, never mind overweight - she's just standing next to the 5'1" stick-thin Kristen Bell most of the time. In the ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats'' movie, Rosario Dawson looked like an elephant next to Rachael Leigh Cook and Tara Reid - just look at her in Sin City to see how not true that is.
* Justin in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' is a nerdy sci-fi geek who is absolutely attractive. During the big crossover he's dressed solely in trunks at one point showing that he has got absurdly well defined pecs and abs.
** It would be interesting to point out that despite his nerdiness Justin has no problems with finding a girlfriend. Even the main character's best friend has a huge crush on him.
---> '''Justin''': "Why does everyone think I don't date? Remember the centaur, the werewolf and the [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking goth girl]]?"
*** And then [[FatalAttractor vampire and the angel]] [[spoiler: Of Darkness]].
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Fox Mulder. His private life is non-existent, he has a vast collection of porn, he sleeps on the sofa since his bedroom is filled ceiling-high with cardboard boxes, he throws pencils at the ceiling in his office to see if they stick, he spends his free time hunting aliens, and he likes theorising about aliens or monsters from folklore in front of complete strangers. And yet Mulder is tall, fit and attractive, to the extent that in the episode "Humbug" one of the circus "geeks" sarcastically remarked how one day all the freaks like him would be done away with by science and society and everyone would be "perfect" and boring like Mulder. Being an active FBI agent, he would be required to occasionally pass some physical fitness tests. Mulder is one of the few TV characters shown practising the kind of physical training which might lead to a physique like the actor's; he is seen swimming laps in a pool, jogging and playing basketball in the gym.
** Mulder's trio of {{sidekick}}s, a team of tech-geeks and conspiracy theorists calling themselves Lone Gunmen, are far less attractive and very bad with women. They have their short-lived spin-off ''Series/TheLoneGunmen''.
* Quinn in ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''. She [[FanServicePack gets a makeover later on]] in the show.
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* Belle from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is viewed as "odd" by the other townspeople [[DeliberateValuesDissonance because she's a woman who likes to read]]. That doesn't stop her from being the most beautiful girl in her village.


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* Bailey from ''Avialae'' wears NerdGlasses, is socially awkward (especially around people he has a crush on), has next to no sexual experience, and enthusiastically rambles on about bird anatomy whenever given a chance. He's also quite attractive even with the NerdGlasses on and has a ripped body underneath his clothes from being on the track team; even at the start of the webcomic when Gannet wants nothing to do with him, he can't help but admire his ass.
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* Cleveland cult figure Toby Radloff seems to have taken this image and run with it, as he often wears flood pants and thick glasses, talks in a nasal monotone, and formerly played up the "nerd" image for videos on local access TV. He also played the title role in ''Killer Nerd''.
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* Cleveland cult figure Toby Radloff seems to have taken this image and run with it, as he often wears flood pants and thick glasses, talks in a nasal monotone, and formerly played up the "nerd" image for videos on local access TV. He also played the title role in ''Killer Nerd''.
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** Lara herself qualifies, but ''especially'' in 2013's ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider]]''. She's only a grad student, but displays ''remarkable'' knowledge of the various artifacts she discovers during the game, wears an artifact she found on one of her father's digs (her own first find) as a necklace, and her enthusiasm for archaeology is outright {{Adorkable}}. Information you learn later in the game reveals Sam needed to practically drag her away from her books to get her to go out, and that "adventures" to Europe's hot spots had Lara more interested by libraries and historical sites than the clubs, bars and parties. However even before [[TookALevelInBadass Taking Levels In Badass]] Lara is an athletic and quite beautiful young woman, who showed no problems meeting guys whenever Sam could get her nose out of her books.

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** Lara herself qualifies, but ''especially'' in 2013's ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider]]''. She's only a grad student, college graduate, but displays ''remarkable'' knowledge of the various artifacts she discovers during the game, wears an artifact she found on one of her father's digs (her own first find) as a necklace, and her enthusiasm for archaeology is outright {{Adorkable}}. Information you learn later in the game reveals Sam needed to practically drag her away from her books to get her to go out, and that "adventures" to Europe's hot spots had Lara more interested by libraries and historical sites than the clubs, bars and parties. However even before [[TookALevelInBadass Taking Levels In Badass]] Lara is an athletic and quite beautiful young woman, who showed no problems meeting guys whenever Sam could get her nose out of her books.
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* In ''TheGuild'' Codex (played by the aforementioned Felicia Day) and Tinkerballa are both quite hot. Zabuu and Bladezz are good looking as well. Vork and Clara on the other hand look the part of the nerd/geek stereotype.
* In the WhateleyUniverse, this is written as a partially JustifiedTrope: a relatively common [[EmpathicShapeshifter superpower]] makes people really attractive, however the geeks without this power tend to look like believable geeks, and those who have it don't always have fashion sense.

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* In ''TheGuild'' ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' Codex (played by the aforementioned Felicia Day) and Tinkerballa are both quite hot. Zabuu and Bladezz are good looking as well. Vork and Clara on the other hand look the part of the nerd/geek stereotype.
* In the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, this is written as a partially JustifiedTrope: a relatively common [[EmpathicShapeshifter superpower]] makes people really attractive, however the geeks without this power tend to look like believable geeks, and those who have it don't always have fashion sense.
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* ''Film/XMen'':

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* ''Film/XMen'':''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
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* ''Film/SkyHigh''. Sue Tenny/Gwen Grayson in her first childhood.

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* ''Film/SkyHigh''.''Film/SkyHigh2005''. Sue Tenny/Gwen Grayson in her first childhood.
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