Created By: Kattie on September 10, 2011 Last Edited By: Kattie on October 6, 2011

Nobody Likes Nerds

For when the only justification for abusing or picking on someone is because that person is nerdy.

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Bob is a jock. His cheerleader girlfriend, Alice, broke up with him. He got an F on his Math quiz. He got yelled at by his coach for not trying hard enough during practice. And his parents took away his allowance until his grades improve.

Who does Bob take it out on? The nerd, of course!

Nobody Likes Nerds occurs when the only reason for picking on, making fun of, and downright abusing a character is because that person is nerdy. This justification can be given through Word of God (when the author insists nobody should like this character because he/she is nerdy) or implied (when the character in question has never did anything wrong to deserve the abuse, but is nerdy).

This trope is frequently the reason why Nerds Are Virgins. There are also instances when the nerd is oblivious to how much he/she is unliked.

Compare Butt Monkey. Contrast Lovable Nerd. For when the audience has sympathy for that nerd, he/she is The Woobie. For when the audience doesn't care that the abuse for that nerd is unjustified and finds the abuse amusing, he/she is The Chew Toy. For when the nerds in-universe have Jerk Ass tendencies (like bragging about how smart he/she is and belittling others for how much stupider they are), this may become a Justified Trope.

See also Even Nerds Have Standards for when nerds pick on other nerds for their nerdishness.

There is some Truth in Television, as some people get picked on just for being a nerd. There are people that will even admit they are afraid to look "too nerdy" for this reason.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Dragon Ball Z, Gohan starts to attend a public high school. Sharpner starts picking on him pretty much immediately, despite him being obviously strong and attractive in the eyes of their mutual female friends. It lessens after Gohan accidentally demonstrates his athletic skills.

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Film

Western Animation
  • Meg Griffin from Family Guy takes a lot of abuse from the popular kids and her parents for little or no reason. The justification? The creator stated that Meg was unpopular.
  • Both played straight and parodied on The Simpsons. While Nelson, Jimbo, Kearney & Dolph play it straight most of the time, when Lisa was the bullied, she later discovered that the bullies were incited by a pheromone produced by the nerds and even created a repellent for it (it was just salad dressing).
    • In another Simpsons when Homer went Back to School he assumes that he's a jock and it's his job to pick on the nerds.
  • Dean from The Venture Bros.

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Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • September 10, 2011
    GinaInTheKingsRoad
    Frequently the root of Nerds Are Virgins. The TRS discussion for The Urkel (geek unaware of how unliked he is) may also be of use.
  • September 11, 2011
    NetMonster
    Bragging about your good grades certainly doesn't justify abuse. It would justify unpopularity, though.
  • September 11, 2011
    fishsicles
    The antagonists of Revenge Of The Nerds have no justification other than this.
  • September 11, 2011
    Kattie
    @Net Monster I didn't say bragging about grades. I said bragging about how smart you are and putting down others. There's a difference. Grades don't always indicate how smart someone is and insulting others generally evokes getting picked on. Also, abuse has many forms. There's just verbal abuse, where someone gets called names. Being a rude, arrogant person that doesn't have any respect for others is a justification for name-calling because the character actually did something offensive. And it's a better justification than just being nerd, where nothing offensive was done. I might reword that though because I can see that Your Mileage May Vary on that.
  • September 11, 2011
    Damr1990
    • Both Played Straight and Parodied on The Simpsons while Nelson, Jimbo, Kearney & Dolph play it straight most of the time, when lisa was the bullied, she latter discovered that the bullys were incited by a pheromone produced by the nerds and even created a repellent for it (it was just salad dressing)
  • September 11, 2011
    wanderlustwarrior
    • In Dragonball Z, Gohan starts to attend a public high school. Sharpner starts picking on him pretty much immediately, despite him being obviously strong and attractive in the eyes of their mutual female friends. It lessens after Gohan accidentally demonstrates his athletic skills.
  • September 11, 2011
    VampireBuddha
    This seems to be the entire reason Dennis the Menace picks on Walter the Softy.
  • September 11, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In another Simpsons when Homer went Back To School he assumes that he's a jock and it's his job to pick on the nerds.
  • October 1, 2011
    Kattie
    Forgot about this. Bump~
  • October 2, 2011
    azul120
    Would Dean from The Venture Bros count?
  • October 2, 2011
    randomsurfer
    See also Even Nerds Have Standards for when nerds pick on other nerds for their nerdishness.
  • October 2, 2011
    Kattie
    @azul120- Never seen it, but I'll add it until someone disputes it. ^^
  • October 5, 2011
    Kattie
    This still needs more examples. Anyone have more to add?
  • October 5, 2011
    LOAD
    Scarecrow from Batman perhaps
  • October 6, 2011
    Worldmaker
    This is the only reason George Mc Fly gets picked on in Back To The Future
  • October 6, 2011
    Kattie
    Nevermind. ^^

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