Created By: Rabbi106 on October 1, 2011

Nerd Humor

Any jokes involving video games, fantasy, sci-fi, or actual science and history.

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Do We Have This One?? We probably do, but I couldn't find it anywhere. Nerd Humor is a style of humor with many sub-categories, because nerds themselves (or, ourselves) have many sub-categories. A joke is Nerd Humor when it revolves around Sci-Fi books and movies, Fantasy books and movies, video games (excluding the really old ones), or actual science, history, math, etc.

This also applies when a person in a work makes a nerd joke that flies over everyone else's heads. Bonus points if the person making the joke is surrounded by Hollywood Nerds who all laugh at the joke.

There are so many examples, I don't even know where to start.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • October 1, 2011
    AaronHong
    There's a good example in Friends - Ross and Chandler knew this Van Wilder-worthy party maestro in their high school days, who went by the nickname Gandalf. The reference goes over the other four's heads, of course.
  • October 1, 2011
    randomsurfer
    A staple on The Big Bang Theory, especially when they want to show Penny as a Fish Out Of Water.
  • October 1, 2011
    Rabbi106
  • October 2, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    It seems like I saw a real life example of this at a White House Correspondents' Dinner with President Obama in attendance, involving his knowledge of references to Dune. I don't know about the President, but I knew them all.
  • October 2, 2011
    X2X
    Ah. I had this idea in my mind, but it looks like you beat me to the punch. Since my idea would be redundant, I'll just give you what I had brainstormed.

    Nerd Comedy could be a redirect. This could be indexed under Comedy Tropes, Rule Of Funny, and (given the context) Just For Pun.

    While the delivery of the joke is usually no different from most jokes of the same basic mold/caliber, the subject material is really understood by those with a thorough interest in the topic at hand. It's the kind of joke that is delivered between and can only be appreciated by overly nerdy people. As such, those who don't get the joke tend to lampshade the circumstances. When taken to extremes, the jokes are sometimes delivered in the form of Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, Techno Babble, or both.

    Compare Genius Bonus.
  • October 4, 2011
    ArtFever
  • October 4, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
  • October 4, 2011
    Rabbi106
    A good nerd joke: So, a proton walks into a bar and asks the barkeep for a drink. The barkeep says, "Are you sure you want to be drinking this late at night?" The proton replies, "I'm positive."
  • October 4, 2011
    LiberatedLiberater
    • This trope is the entire point of xkcd, as evidenced by its slogan - "A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language". Its humor covers topics from particle physics to internet jokes.
  • October 4, 2011
    lamoxlamae
    This would make a better index than a trope as it's a genre and not a simple phenomena.

    There's too many examples: you could easily end up with a page as big as Lord Of The Rings! There also would be a million subpages, more than enough to make an index. An index is mostly a collection of subpages and works within a genre/theme, so making this an index and not a trope works!

  • October 5, 2011
    TonyG
    Futurama is full of references to classic sci-fi and advanced physics concepts. Mostly it's in the form of background gags and throwaway asides, but occasionally there's a whole episode devoted to it, such as the Star Trek tribute "Where No Fan Has Gone Before".
  • October 5, 2011
    Psychobabble6
  • October 6, 2011
    Rabbi106
    Bump.
  • October 9, 2011
    Rabbi106
    Bump.

  • October 15, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
    • Weird Al Yankovic's White and Nerdy may be more humor about nerds (albeit good-natured), but with that many references to nerd culture, may nevertheless fit in here.
  • October 15, 2011
    GreatHylianKing
    In the Youtube star Richalvarez's "Shtar Warsh", there are nerdy jokes that are relatively easy to get.

    E.G.: A: "I'll shummon the Dark Lord..." *Rolls up sleeve* B: "No! He hash mucsh more important mattersh to attend to!"

    C: "You are both SO lame! You need to grow a backbone!" B: "All mammalsh have a backbone, shilly! *Snort* Heh *Snort* Heh *Snort* Heh A: "Hicshishishishishishish" (<-- Laughter /)
  • February 5, 2012
    Octagon8
    Most of the humour in VVVVVV consists of science jokes in level names.
  • February 5, 2012
    RedneckRocker
    Tragically, some writers have very Small Reference Pools, so they tend to use similar jokes repeatedly. Like with The Big Bang Theory: We get it, Aquaman sucks.
  • February 6, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Running Man. Resistance members Mic and Stevie are preparing to make their broadcast.
    Mic: Mr. Spock, you have the conn.
    Stevie: Who is Mr. Spock?
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