In Hollywood High School the nerds are not simply smart, they also tend to be the nicest guys you can ever hope to meet. They might be snarky but most of the time their cutting sense of humour will be directed only at themselves or evil jocks. Nerds are sensitive, chivalrous, romantic and simply better than the popular kids. Give Geeks a Chance is about a geeky guy ending up with a hot babe. Nerds Being Nicer is usually a big part but Give Geeks a Chance is more of an actual plot while Nerds Are Nicer is more of a stock characteristic. Nerds Are Nicer doesn't even strictly need the hot babe. Contrast Jerk Jock, The Libby, The Cheerleader and Popular Is Dumb. Compare with Cool Loser. See also Adorkable. See also: Nice Guy, Dogged Nice Guy Seen It a Million Times
ExamplesFilms — Animated
- Milo Thatch in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, who is the only genuinely nice person on the team, and isn't in it for the money.
- Can't Buy Me Love (and presumably its Ethnic Remake Love Don't Cost a Thing): nerd cons his way into Jock lifestyle and becomes a Jerk, realizes that Nerds Are Nicer.
- (needs more context) 30 Rock subverts this by revealing that Liz Lemon was actually a pretty mean person in high school.
- Zero-Context Example Carol Seaver from Growing Pains.
- Zero-Context Example Screech from Saved by the Bell.
- Zero-Context Example Steve Urkel from Family Matters.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Doctor Who
- Subverted in the Sabrina the Teenage Witch episode "Geek Like Me": Sabrina turns her popular rival Libby into a nerd to give her a taste of what it's like to be teased. Unexpectedly, Libby remains a jerk, and winds up turning the science club into the same kind of clique the cheer squad had been.
- A rare subversion in Beverly Hills 90210 where the Lovable Libby Naomi fell in love with the geeky Max and had to put up with a lot of crap from his similarly geeky friends because her tastes were more mainstream.
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