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->''"Are there other black nerds, or is it just you and [[Series/FamilyMatters Urkel]]?"''
-->-- '''Frank''' to '''[[TwoferTokenMinority Toofer]]''', ''Series/ThirtyRock''

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a {{nerd}} who is black.

The Black Nerd is a countertrope to [[WhiteDudeBlackDude common racial stereotypes]]. Most nerds are portrayed by races with the stereotype of being weak or bookish, such as whites, Asians, and Jews. Black people, on the other hand, are often portrayed as [[JiveTurkey jive-talking]] {{Soul Brotha}}s, {{Gangbangers}}, or {{Scary Black M|an}}en. The Black Nerd upsets these trends by being, well, a [[ShapedLikeItself Black Nerd]]. This is especially common in comedies, where writers are often reluctant to feed into racial stereotypes, but need flaws to make their characters funny. Giving a black character personality flaws which run counter to common stereotypes is a convenient way to add diversity, while trying to avoid accusations of discrimination.

Writers might deliberately invoke the trope to shake things up and challenge the audience's assumptions, but other times the trope is only used to turn a smart supporting character into the TokenBlack. The Black Nerd character is usually intended to ignore racial issues at least onscreen. He is rarely ever perceived as acting white, however.

Often the Black Nerd is simply an expert in a nerdy field, such as computers, and doesn't really possess many negative characteristics commonly found in nerds of other races. This variant of the Black Nerd may become a case of PositiveDiscrimination if they have an [[MarySue overly high level of overall competence]] resulting from their intelligence, [[OnceAcceptableTargets without flaws to counterbalance]]. There are also quite a few people that have a thing for geeky black guys/girls, mostly due to them not being as prominent. A popular type of BlackBestFriend. See also AsianAndNerdy and just plain {{Nerd}}.

When this trope shows up in rap music, it's ComicsRuleEverythingAroundMe. Contrast PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Jose Rodriguez, Ken Murata's doctor in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh!'' is an AmbiguouslyBrown (Afro-Latino judging from his name) American with [[DreadlockRasta dreadlocks]] and glasses who is [[OccidentalOtaku obsessed with Japanese culture]] and runs off to Akihabara whenever he goes to Japan.
* Milton from ''Manga/PeepoChoo'' is an obsessive anime fan.
* Nils Nielsen from ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' is known in-universe as "The Early Genius," for an intelligence that has him performing doctoral studies as a teenager, and "Samurai Boy," for his apparent passion for Japanese culture. He enters the world tournament with his Sengoku Astray not to win, but specifically to discover the properties of the Plavsky particles that allow the series' titular toy mechas to move and fight like the machines in the show they are based on. Oh, and he's also a ninja.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* George Hamilton III in Peter Bagges' SliceOfLife ComicBook ''Hate''. (He appears as a supporting character, and, no, the title does ''not'' refer to racism.)
* Alex Wilder, in ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}''. He's even introduced playing a Marvel MMORPG.
* The upper-class psychiatrist in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' is a black man, contrasted with [[spoiler:the low-class, street-smart, red-headed Rorschach]].
* Comicbook/{{Hardware}}'s best friend Deacon "Phreaky Deak" Stuart.
* Jason Rusch, the second ComicBook/{{Firestorm}}.
* ComicBook/{{Static}}.
* Miles Morales, the [[AffirmativeActionLegacy second]] [[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate Spider-Man]].
* Michael "Mr. Terrific" Holt, the third ([[CutLexLuthorACheck yes]], [[Franchise/{{Batman}} third]]) smartest man in the DCU.
** Victor "Comicbook/{{Cyborg}}" Stone, who, while not ''quite'' as smart as Holt, is still extremely intelligent and one of the premier scientific authorities in the DCU.
* Ken of ''DorkTower.''
* The [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] version of TheFalcon.
* Mike Peterson of ''TheAwesomeSlapstick''.
* Prodigy of the ''[[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} New X-Men]]''.
* Patriot of the ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers''. While not immediately evident, it's mentioned in passing that he works as a librarian and attends the Bronx High School of Science, a ''very'' prestigious magnet school.
* Albert Cleary of ''ComicBook/DamageControl''.
* Ron Troupe, Daily Planet reporter and husband of Lucy Lane in the {{Superman}} comics.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Louis Starsky from ''FanFic/ConceptRoad''.
* In ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom, when it comes to humanized fanart, Twilight Sparkle's color scheme (consisting of varying shades of purple) leads to her often being drawn as black, or at least [[ButNotTooBlack noticeably tanner than the rest of the cast]]. She is of course a highly {{Adorkable}} bookworm.
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[[folder:Film]]
%%* Smart Brother from ''Film/UndercoverBrother''.
* Taylor Mckessie, the African American head of the chemistry club from the ''HighSchoolMusical'' movies, with a straight A grade point average.
* In the first ''Film/DieHard'' film, the computer hacker is black, wears glasses, and doesn't have any combat skills. He spends most of his time making basketball references, as if to prove that he's black.
* Creator/AnthonyAnderson as Glen Whitman in the 2007 ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers movie]]'', to the extent that when Epps compares claw slashes in a steel wall to Freddy Krueger, Glen jumps in and geeks out by insisting that it was Wolverine, his reasoning being there were three claw marks (Wolverine has three claws on each hand) and Freddy Krueger has four claws. After a {{beat}}, [[BunnyEarsLawyer Simmons]] claims this outburst to be "very funny".
* Ving Rhames in the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' movies. Like other iffy examples of the trope, he's not really a nerd at all. In fact, he's arguably a ScaryBlackMan who happens to be a super-hacker as well. Most likely his race is a reference to Barney Collier in the original TV show, who really is a nerd.
* Brian in ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'' puts a lampshade on it: "Sir, I am president of the electronics club, the math club, and the chess club. Now, if there is a bigger nerd in here, please point him out."
%%* Wybie from ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''.
* Dean Cain, the villain of ''How High''. A subversion of sorts, since he's repressing an inner SoulBrotha, which is [[StonerFlick unleashed by THC.]]
%%* Sonar man Jonesey in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''.
%%* Dee Jay from ''Film/StreetFighter''.
* Miles Dyson in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', is a genius black man in a nerdy field, though he displays no nerdy qualities.
* Ray Arnold, played by Creator/SamuelLJackson, in ''Film/JurassicPark'' is the park's chief engineer, a nerdy field, though he displays no nerdy characteristics. Contrasting him is Wayne Knight's character Dennis [[strike:Nerdy]] Nedry, who is a standard, fat, white computer nerd.
* Colin Powell (Jeffrey Wright) and especially Condoleezza Rice (Creator/ThandieNewton) come off this way in ''Film/{{W}}'', Creator/OliverStone's interpretation of the presidency of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush.
* Jeffrey Wright plays a version of this in ''Film/SourceCode'', although he was also rather a [[spoiler:Mad Scientist]].
* Ethan in ''Film/SkyHigh'' is this, right down to the button-up shirts and dorky glasses.
* Duncan Pinderhughes in ''Film/ClassAct'', he is a genius high school student who was getting ready for graduation, but is somewhat disheartened to find out that, despite his perfect SAT score and 4.0 GPA, Harvard University will not admit him unless he can pass phys. ed.
%%* Jamie Foxx's character in ''Film/{{Collateral}}''
%%* That really tall convict from ''Film/BadBoys''.
* Johnson, Bob Morton's friend and fellow exec at OCP in the ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' movies.
* Lamar Latrell, The CampGay, [[TwoferTokenMinority Twofer Token]] black nerd in the ''RevengeOfTheNerds'' films.
* Ronald Wilkes in ''Film/CedarRapids'', a straight-laced and nerdy insurance salesman. In one scene, however, he lapses into a ScaryBlackMan impersonation in order to get his friends out of a fight. He reveals afterwards that he was impersonating a character from "the HBO program ''TheWire''," of which he is a huge fan. Fittingly, the actor had a role in ''Series/TheWire''.
* Effectively enforced within the setting itself for Elijah in Film/{{Unbreakable}}: intelligent, black, and suffering from a congenital disorder that makes physical activity impossible. His mother introduces him to comic books to give him something to do, and by the time he is adult he owns and runs a comic arts gallery.
* In the Jim Carrey comedy ''Me, Myself & Irene'', the protagonist's three black sons: Jamaal, Shonté Jr. and Lee Harvey are simultaneously Black Nerds as well as [[JiveTurkey Slang-Speaking]] {{Scary Black M|an}}en.
* Paul 'Lord Nikon' Cook from ''{{Film/Hackers}}''. Hosts viewing parties of pirate TV show ''Hack the Planet'', {{Squee}}s over Acid Burn's new laptop, has legendary hacker Zero Cool's exploits memorized.
* Max Dillon in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderman2''.
* Ford Prefect as played by Mos Def in the film version of ''TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. This, however, may be the result of the film, being produced by {{Disney}}, having downplayed (but didn't completely eliminating) several aspects of Ford's character such as habitual drunkenness and womanizing.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Harry in MichaelCrichton's ''{{Sphere}}''.
* Crooks in John Stienbeck's ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' is one of the first examples of a black nerd.
* Yo-less in the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy''. So called because he never, ever says "Yo". "He was born with a defective cool."
* There was a character like this in the novel ''TheLostWorld1995''- the sequel to ''Franchise/JurassicPark'', that is, [[Literature/TheLostWorld not the one]] by Creator/ArthurConanDoyle.
* Hiro Protagonist in ''SnowCrash'' combines this trope with AsianAndNerdy, being half black and half Japanese as well as one of the better hackers and programmers around. However, he's not much of a nerd at all. In fact, he's got a beautiful ex-girlfriend, a bunch of friends, and [[BadassBookworm badass sword skills]] both in and out of CyberSpace.
* Jalil in {{Everworld}}.
* Óscar de León in ''Literature/TheBriefWondrousLifeOfOscarWao'' is Dominican and Nerdy.
* Radar in Creator/JohnGreen's ''PaperTowns''.
* Fat Charlie of ''Literature/AnansiBoys'', in contrast to his cool "brother", Spider.
* In the ''RiversOfLondon'' books, by his own admission [[UsefulNotes/BritishCoppers DC]] Peter Grant is more than a bit nerdy, gangly and tends to have a shaggy haircut looking. [[AmericanKirbyIsHardCore Not that you'd know by the American covers]] where he is inexplicably metamorphosed into a ScaryBlackMan with a BaldOfAwesome.
* Isaiah in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''. (Well...''all'' the characters are black, but he's the only one who's nerdy.)
* Olamide from ''Literature/TheCavaliersSeries''. In Oxford Blood is by far the hardest working of Harriet’s group of friends. She dresses in a fairly dowdy manner, has an equally nerdy boyfriend and is generally more at home in the library than the bar [[spoiler: In Screaming Spires, she reacts to the trauma of her boyfriend’s murder by becoming glamourous and barely working, to the extent that she’s almost kicked out of Oxford. :]]
* Nicole in ''Literature/BeautyQueens'' is very smart and wants to be a doctor. However, she isn't socially awkward and ''Beauty Queens'' explicitly discusses race.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Gunn references ''Daredevil'' #181 as part of a PerpSweating and later name-drops several versions of TheFlash.
* [[TropeCodifier Steve Urkel]] in ''Series/FamilyMatters''. Also his AxCrazy StalkerWithACrush Myra.
* One of the earliest examples is Sergeant Kinchloe (played by Ivan Dixon) in ''Series/HogansHeroes'', the camp's radio and electronics genius.
* Only a year later, Barney Collier (played by Greg Morris) was the TokenBlack on the original ''Series/MissionImpossible'' team, hired specifically for his electrical/mechanical genius.
* Cookie in ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide''
* Malcolm and Hal's primary friends are a father and son team of these on ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Stevie was also a GeniusCripple, making him a TwoferTokenMinority.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has had a couple of these. Damon in ''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]'' was the team GreaseMonkey and MrFixIt, whose duties included helping repair their city-sized spaceship's engines. An even better example would be Ethan from ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'' - gamer, comic fan and nearly inseparable from his laptop (his first scene shows him hacking the school sprinkler system for a prank). He does have a hidden athletic side that got brought out in "[[EverybodyMustGetStoned Leader of the Whack]]".
** ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' has self-described computer geek Noah, complete with NerdGlasses.
* Moss, from ''Series/{{The IT Crowd}}'', is the extreme variation of this trope. More so than Urkel. He even has his [[FunnyAfro afro parted to the side]].
* The Cat's alter-ego Duane Dibbley in ''Series/RedDwarf''. He was introduced as the Cat's worst nightmare in the Despair Squid episode, then proved popular enough for a return appearance when a psychic monster sapped the Cat of his cool. John-Jules' claims the character is so popular because "no-one's ever written a black nerd before."
* ''Series/ThirtyRock''
** Toofer. In the {{pilot}}, he's told "Are there other black nerds or is it just you and Urkel?"
** In Season 7, Tracy dismissed UsefulNotes/BarackObama as "that half-nerd".
** Tracy himself would count. He's definitely nerdy, he just doesn't display any of the common drawbacks (in that he's popular, cool, and has lots of sex). He's stated to be a big fan of both ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Franchise/StarWars'', and one of his most famous scenes has him running around while screaming "I am a Jedi!" at the top of his lungs. This would be a bit of RealLifeWritesThePlot, since Tracy Morgan is a big fan of ''Star Wars'' in real life.
** Also Grizz and Dot Com (to an extent), as they're both very well read, speak in soft eloquent voices, and are cultured in art and music, but their physical appearance suggest big, scary, black body guards.
* Gus in ''Series/{{Psych}}''. Shawn disapproves of all Gus's comic books, spelling bee and grammar fixations, but almost every episode some of Gus's obscure nerd knowledge comes in handy.
* Hardison, TheSmartGuy of the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' team. Subverted in that he's also [[HollywoodNerd the coolest guy in the room. Any room.]]
* Carlton from ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''
* On the short-lived Comedy Central series ''Halfway Home'' the character Sebastian wants people to think he's a gangsta when the fact is he is a suburban kid who got arrested for hacking.
* Ollie Creekly from ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.
* Dr. Miranda Bailey from ''Series/GreysAnatomy''. An interesting example as she is also the resident SassyBlackWoman.
** A flashback has her being very shy and awkward and even used to wear glasses.
* Micah from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is a child prodigy, and probably the smartest character on the show. Technically he is multiracial (as is the character's actor), as his mother is white.
* Alexandra Moreau from ''Series/PoltergeistTheLegacy'' is the rare female (and positively portrayed) example of this trope.
* Gary on ''Series/WhatILikeAboutYou'', at least before the SeasonalRot.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge.
* Jake Sisko on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' generally fits the trope.
** One could argue he is the ultimate subversion of nerd in all of Trek fandom. The majority of human characters on the show that we have seen are science nerds who work in Star Fleet or are preparing to do so. Jake rejects this and just wants to be a writer. He's a non-nerd in a society compromised of nerds...and he's black.
*** He's a LITERATURE nerd, not a SCIENCE nerd. In the tech-heavy civilization of the Federation, being into literature is about as nerdy as being into computers and technology is in ours.
* Turk from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' is both a black nerd (Or "blerd", as he calls it) and one of the show's cooler characters. He actually referred to his cousin as one. One episode had him as a temporary medical resident after breaking his arm and he wore NerdGlasses to appear nerdier.
* Henry Deacon on ''Series/{{Eureka}}''.
* Marcus "Augur" Devereaux on ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'', although he's a downtown cyber-punk hipster kind of nerd.
* Franklin Aloysius Mumford from ''Series/MyWifeAndKids''.
* Brother Mouzone from ''Series/TheWire'' is exhibits some nerdy traits, such as being immaculately dressed in a bow-tie suit, a high-brow speaker, an avid reader, and an intellectual. However, he's also a [[BadassBookworm ruthless drug gang enforcer]].
* TJ Henderson, TheSmartGuy from, err, ''Series/SmartGuy''.
* Jal from ''Series/{{Skins}}'': smart, sensible, and a talented musician. [[YouNeedToGetLaid Often teased for being too uptight.]]
* In ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'', Liberty Van Zandt is the queen of the nerds. Lakehurst's Damian might also count for this trope. In later seasons, Connor takes over Liberty's role as Supreme Black Nerd.
* P.J.'s [[BlackBestFriend best friend]] Emmet from ''GoodLuckCharlie''.
* Jordan from ''TheBernieMacShow''.
* {{Adorkable}} Becca of ''Series/{{Huge}}'', an ardent [=LARPer=].
* Raj from ''WhatsHappening!!'' . He's the ''original'' black nerd! Besides wearing big glasses he was seventeen and still getting spanked with a belt by his mama!
* Darius Hawthorne on Aaron Sorkin's short lived series ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''.
* ''Series/HolbyCity'' neatly subverts this trope, with La Charne Jolly being a rare female example. Alternatively, Ric Griffin...no, [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy not related to Peter]]...
* Lem from ''Series/BetterOffTed''.
* Dexter, Alfonso's uncle on ''Series/SilverSpoons''.
* Leo of ''Series/FairlyLegal'' is an avid ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' and Magic: The Gathering player.
* Chris Rock expresses this opinion of his childhood self in EverybodyHatesChris: "Before the Internet, there were only two black nerds. Me, and [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama this guy]]."
* Troy in ''Series/{{Community}}'', although being a former prominent high-school jock, shares a lot of geeky pursuits with his pal Abed.
* Cash from ''Series/BreakingIn'' is such a big [[Franchise/StarTrek Trekkie]] the agency found him stalking Creator/WilliamShatner, and was able to get Captain Kirk's chair as a reward for keeping him away. He also wanted to do a paired Franchise/StarWars cosplay, and was [[MistakenForRacist offended]] when the protagonist refused to join.
* David, the BlackBestFriend in {{Wishbone}}, fits the smart, competent black computer geek kid stereotype.
* Mac from ''Series/TheFades'', who has a very wide variety of geeky interests to which he compares the show's central premise.
* Boomer from the classic ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' can fit this trope, since he does have a knack for hot-wiring, such as on 'hovormobiles' as revealed in the episode 'Fire In Space'.
* Clarence from ''Series/BostonLegal'' although not strictly a nerd, was intelligent and socially awkward. The difference was that instead of replacing socialisation with intellectual pursuits, he found that he could socialise confidently in drag.
* Rocky from ''Series/ShakeItUp'' is the biggest nerd opposed to [[ChildProdigy Henry]] on the show.
* Leo from ''Series/LabRats''.
* In ''Series/{{Continuum}}'', Lucas Ingram is the Liber8 group's physicist and IT expert.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': The "Morning's Here!" guy who lives across from Joey's bedroom.
* Nick Shay in ''Series/InvasionEarth''
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], there is a black college anthropology professor who is wearing glasses, a sweater, and a button up shirt.
* In ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'', Detective Barry Frost is well versed in computer technology, action figures, and [=MMORPG=]s.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Marcus in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. He's actually the BlackBestFriend of equally nerdy Jason Fox, and his dad is apparently some sort of scientist; Jason borrows his oscilloscope on one occasion.
* Oliver Wendell Jones, from the comic strip ''BloomCounty''. Probably best illustrated in the strip sequence when his mother tries to get him to act a little more 'black' by wallpapering his room with a huge picture of Michael Jackson's face. Oliver responds by hanging a picture of Albert Einstein over it.
* Lemont Brown from ''{{Candorville}}'' is a rare main character example of this. He never acts in a manner contrary to the trope, so he can be a bit weak for a protagonist, but thanks to CharacterFocus he's more fleshed out than most examples.
* Huey and Caesar from ''TheBoondocks'' fit this to a T, especially Huey (who frequently references Star Wars). Riley has actually called them nerds on occasion.
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[[folder:New Media]]
* From ''TheOnion'': [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/racial-harmony-achieved-by-casting-of-black-actor,1277/ Racial Harmony Achieved By Casting of Black Actor as a Teen Computer Whiz]].
---> "You wouldn't normally think a black kid would be running a high-school computer lab, but we have one doing just that," Blochner said of her show, whose uplifting and dignified portrayal of black youths in America is being widely credited for the sudden flowering of racial justice and harmony across the nation.
** Also from TheOnion: [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/africanamerican-community-calls-for-new-black-nerd,18389/ African-American Community Calls For New Black Nerd Archetype]].
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Harvard Law graduate David Otunga qualifies, what with his goofy bowties and argyle sweater-vests.
* Xavier Woods definitely qualifies. He's a fan of anime, comic books, video games, and pretty much anything from TheNineties. Not only is he OneOfUs, Xavier Woods is also educated. One of his degrees is a Master's in Psychology and he's working on getting a PhD.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Vulkan, the black Primarch of the {{Salamanders}} SpaceMarine chapter was, with the possible exception of Ferrus Manus, the most technologically savvy of the Emperor's sons, being an expert weaponsmith. His chapter carries on this legacy as they often design and build their own weapons, particularly [[KillItWithFire flame throwers]] and the eponymous [[DropTheHammer war hammers]] (playing their John Henry iconography for all it's worth), and are generally one of the more intelligent, or at least reasonable, Imperial factions. The Space Wolves chapter is also something of an example, as the few dark-skinned members come from a mercantile culture that lives on their planet's southern islands rather than the more primitive vikings in the frozen north the chapter usually recruits from. As a result, Black Wolves are more familiar with technology and more likely to take up skilled positions like tank commanders or Techmarines rather than foot soldiering.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The rock musical ''PassingStrange'' focuses on a middle-class young black man from L.A. who is into Zen Buddhism and spirituality, and leaves home to travel Europe and commune with other artists. Somewhat subverted in that he's also rock musician. The character is actually based upon the show's co-writer and [[LemonyNarrator narrator]] Stew, of the band The Negro Problem.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'''s Cornelius and Sheldon, played straight.
* Your VoiceWithAnInternetConnection in ''RedFaction'', Hendrix. Needless to say, he [[BlackDudeDiesFirst doesn't make it to the end of the game]].
* Louis from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' works in IT. That alone might not be enough to make him into a nerd, but in comparison to Bill and Francis, who are a retired Green Beret who served two tours of duty in Vietnam and a BadAssBiker, he can come across as a mix of one and an ActionSurvivor.
** The Sacrifice DLC shows him to be a bigger nerd than once originally thought. He can read Japanese, makes a joke by comparing computer firewalls with molotovs, and is worried about having no internet or Xbox to play with when he and the other survivors go to the Florida Keys to live on an island.
* Jim Chapman in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak'' enjoys crossword puzzles, and is rather wimpy in all other respects.
* Donald Anderson in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' and Sigint in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' ([[spoiler:who are actually the same character]]), They're not exactly as nerdy as Otacon or other scientist characters, but they're not exactly skilled soldiers either.
* Dr. Diggins from ''FossilFighters.'' Brilliant scientist, able to understand alien technology. [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Lover of dinosaurs.]] Dorky enough (or just that CrazyAwesome) to wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt beneath his lab coat.
* Meredith Baker from [[BlissStageFirstAct Bliss Stage: First and Final Act]] was the top of her class before The Bliss hit, and a literary SciFi and {{Fantasy}} FanGirl to the point of wearing a freaking [[Literature/HarryPotter House Ravenclaw scarf]].
* The computer game adaptation of ''VideoGame/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'' makes Ellen a computer scientist and engineer.
* From ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'' we have Rick, who spends most of the time in the control rooms as well as fixing technical problems.
* Nishan of ''VideoGame/HighSchoolStory'' is a black nerd with a mohawk. He used to do homework for jocks before transferring to your school in addition to maintaining his own high grades, and eventually builds a scale model of a Venusian volcano complete with toxic gas clouds.
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[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Steve in KhaosKomix.
* Duane in ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'', who is a huge English nerd to the point that his class presidency reelection campaign logo was just the letter A.
* Ian Jones-Quartey, author of ''RPGWorld'', if his portrayal of himself in his autobiographical series [=IanComix=] is anything to go by.
* Sensei Greg of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is obsessed with anime, and even invented [[SupernaturalMartialArts anime style martial arts.]]
* Brandi of ''WapsiSquare'' is a female example. While her intellect [[DitzyGenius isn't always apparent,]] she's still a huge fan of Franchise/StarTrek and other such shows.
* GraffitiOntheSun's The Kid With The Cubed Fro
* Probably Dale, now that he's getting some CharacterDevelopment, though use of technology doesn't reliably indicate nerdiness in the ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''-verse.
** Although defining himself by his WorldOfWarcraft faction counts.
* Jacob of ''WebComic/{{Shortpacked}}''. As almost everyone in the cast is also a nerd, the main contrast is that he's a 90s kid who makes Ethan and Amber (who grew up with Transformers and the Ninja Turtles) feel old.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* The ''Series/LegionOfExtraordinaryDancers'' has The Fanboyz, a trio of, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well]], [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fanboys]] all of whom are BlackAndNerdy.
* The Podcast/NitroGameInjection podcast has this in Larry Oji. Not only does he love video game music, he is also a huge ProfessionalWrestling geek.
* Jericho of the WhateleyUniverse. He's fifteen years old and is building ''power armor''. Working power armor. His clothes are also the most horrible thing on a campus full of {{HalfHumanHybrid}}s and other monstrosities.
* {{Friendly Neighborhood Librarian}} is the epitome of black and nerdy, geeking out over books in general, manga, and especially Dragon Ball Z.
* ''WebVideo/AndreTheBlackNerd'' invokes this in his name, and loves his video games and cartoons.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* AJ in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', along with his [[{{Expy}} cousin]] Tucker in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' (both were created by Butch Hartman). Although AJ has been [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] into an InsufferableGenius with a touch of PositiveDiscrimination.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', Vince's older brother Chad is this, though it's used only to illustrate a difference between him and Vince, who's an ace athlete.
** Also Rodney, one of the Pale Kids.
* One of the three nerds who roomed with Homer at Springfield U. in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** The character in question, Benjamin, was once mistaken for Urkel in the comics.
** Also Lewis, Bart's friend, in some incarnations.
* Wyatt from ''[[{{Sixteen}} 6teen]]'' isn't a complete nerd, but he is the most intellectual of the group. Though he looked very geeky as a kid (complete with glasses and vest).
* Walter "Doc" Hartford of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' both fits and subverts the trope. A bona-fide computer psychiatry Ph.D. and top-notch hacker, he is also prone to making pop culture wisecracks and fond of jive slang, often acting as the team's comic relief. However, he also acts as the team's DeadpanSnarker and the BadassNormal.
* Odie in ''ClassOfTheTitans'': he's the team [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]], being the distant descendant of [[Literature/TheOdyssey Odysseus]].
* Cyborg in the animated ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' series. Unlike the other interpretations of Cyborg over DC history, this version learned robotics and rebuilt himself.
** Also a GeniusBruiser.
* Cleo Carter from ''{{Tutenstein}}'', when it comes to Egyptology.
* Jodie from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''. She wasn't ''that'' nerdy, but [[EducationMama her parents]] were constantly on top of her to do well, often at the expense of a social life. Mack was also one of these to an extent, although he was also a football player and one of the popular kids.
* In ''TenkoAndTheGuardiansOfTheMagic'', Steel is a history buff, but mildly nerdy.
* [[TheClevelandShow Cleveland's]] son Cleveland Jr. (and Cleveland himself, to a slightly lesser degree).
* J.D. Bennett/I.Q. from ''BionicSix''.
* Irwin from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', [[VerbalTic yo]].
* Twins Orangella and Lemonjella [=LaBelle=] from ''Detention''.
* Max Gibson from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' is a computer hacker and scored a perfect 2400 on her SAT {{expy}}.
* Brock from ''TheGodzillaPowerHour'' isn't particularly nerdy, but he is Dr. Darien's science intern and definitely a smart guy.
* Alan Powers ("Brain") from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''. He's an animal like everyone else - a bear to be exact - but he celebrates Kwanzaa and has relatives in Senegal.
* One of the members of ''{{Minoriteam}}'' is Fasto, the jive-talking, womanizing fastest man alive. His civilian identity is that of Lando K. Dutton, a nebbish bookworm and professor of Women's Studies.
* Static/Virgil from StaticShock. He's an honor roll student that's heavily into Comic Books/Superheroes and occasionally gets bullied around (especially pre-series).
* TheFalcon in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''. In the show, he even designed his own wings/flight suit (as opposed to the comics, where they were built by the Comicbook/BlackPanther).
* Wade from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. His blackness might be borderline, but his nerdiness is not.
* Cassidy Williams, the Velma-counterpart in the previous incarnation of Mystery Inc in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', [[spoiler: As Angel Dynamite, not so much.]]
* Dutch Gordy in WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}.
* [[InsufferableGenius Salma]] from ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'', which is fitting for an [[WordOfGod admitted]] [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Velma]] {{Expy}}.
* WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters and WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters have Winston Zeddemore and Roland, respectively. Winston's frequently seen brushing up on historical texts (a trait carried on to the 2009 video game) and is a huge fan of Literature/SherlockHolmes, while Roland loves classical music. Of course, they're both very experienced with advanced technological equipment as well, due to their jobs.
* [[EmbarrassingFirstName Wyborne]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', who spends his [[FriendlessBackground considerable]] free time riding his [[CoolBike customized dirt bike]] and hunting for slugs. Admittedly, he's AmbiguouslyBrown, but his grandmother is clearly black.
* George Washington Carver from ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''.
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* Nicely summed up by Donald Glover (famous for being a black nerd on ''Series/{{Community}}'')
-->"...I'm a black nerd and that shit was illegal 'till like, 2003."
* R. Talsorian founder Mike Pondsmith, however, started his pen-and-paper roleplaying company in 1982, and is responsible for ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}}'', ''TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'', ''TabletopGame/CastleFalkenstein'', and ''TabletopGame/{{Mekton}}'' (which was inspired by ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.) He also has a B.A. in graphic design and B.S. in psychology, and was roped into roleplaying in 1977 when he was introduced to ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}''.
* This may come as a shocker for most people, but Creator/SamuelLJackson is also a nerd. Granted, he's a nerd who can kick your ass for calling him a nerd, but he's a nerd still. (As if major roles as [[Franchise/StarWars a Jedi]], [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles two]] [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse superheroes]], [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas a big time crooked cop]] and [[{{Unbreakable}} a supervillain]] didn't give that away).
* UsefulNotes/BarackObama, 44th president of the United States, is an avowed fan of ''Franchise/StarTrek,'' collected ''ConanTheBarbarian'' and ''SpiderMan'' comic books, is hopelessly addicted to his Blackberry, follows [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Aperture Science]] on {{Twitter}}, and made Internet culture and technology concerns a cornerstone of his campaign.
** Of course, ''TheOnion'' [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/30853 took a shot at this]].
*** [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/obama_disappointed_cabinet_failed There's plenty more where that came from]]
*** [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/obama_depressed_distant_since Obama Depressed, Distant Since Battlestar Galactica Series Finale]]
* Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, JCS Chairman, and Franchise/StarTrek fan.
* TayZonday.
* [[Music/MerShoppingMissbrukForStudenter murderdartxker]].
* Washington DC has a substantial black anime community.
* NeilDeGrasseTyson: astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and host of NOVA [=ScienceNow=] on Creator/{{PBS}}.
* Pierre Bernard, Conan O'Brien's graphic designer.
** Also, the wizard that shows up 4 minutes into Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome legendary]] ''[[Franchise/StarWars Attack of the Clones]] premiere [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zWNJHS9PBE clip]].
* Creator/RosarioDawson. Also Puerto Rican and still nerdy. Not to mention hot.
* LupeFiasco. Loves Anime, manga, videogames, skateboarding, martial arts, and coincidentally is one of the most creative and talented rappers out there.
* Pharrell Williams played in a marching band in high school, enjoys ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and the words of Carl Sagan, and one of his bands is named N.E.R.D.
* Mendel Bij de Leij of Music/{{Aborted}} and System Divide fame is well-known for his love of video games and anime.
* US immigration policy gives strong preference to people with skills and education, which means that this trope is often TruthInTelevision when it comes to African immigrants and their children. (This policy is also one of the main causes of AsianAndNerdy.) Statistically, sub-Saharan African immigrants have higher levels of educational attainment than all other American ethnic/immigrant groups, including whites and Asians. Nigerian Americans, as a migrant group, are [[http://www.chron.com/news/article/Data-show-Nigerians-the-most-educated-in-the-U-S-1600808.php the most educated in the U.S.]].
* ''The Atlantic'''s senior editor and blogger [[http://www.theatlantic.com/ta-nehisi-coates Ta-Nehisi Coates]]. Aside from his more obvious American history and music nerdom, he's a huge fan of comic books and plays VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft. According to his memoir ''The Beautiful Struggle'', he was also a bit of a CloudCuckoolander as a kid.
* ''SportsCenter'' anchor Stuart Scott.
* "[[http://kotaku.com/5163638/ngai-croal-leaves-newsweek-and-game-journalism Popular gaming pundit]]" N'Gai Croal, of Magazine/{{Edge}} and (formerly) Newsweek, among others.
* Aisha Tyler has a "I Can Kick Your Ass At Halo" shirt, and in one stand-up routine claimed that she would never have kids because that would eat into her Halo time.
* KanyeWest comes across as this on a lot of his songs (especially on his first three albums). Even his dark, angry, experimental effort of ''Yeezus'' includes a line referencing Franchise/StarWars.
* Players of the Yu-Gi-Oh TCG who play in California will attest that there are a lot of black players. This wouldn't be noticeable aside from that black players from California tend to act in a manner that wouldn't clue you in that they were nerdy in the slightest, acting as street tough, like the people who you would expect to make fun of you in school for playing the game.
* Alfonzo Rachel of the MachoSauceProductions fame is a huge ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' fan and, in his own words, a sci-fi dork. Of course, he himself [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye doesn't look all that nerdy]].
* Rapper {{MFDOOM}}, full-stop. His stage persona is, quite literally, DoctorDoom as a rapper, and in almost any given song, he makes it very clear that he is OneOfUs, frequently including [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'', ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', and more.
* {{Jay-Z}} isn't really this, but his engineer Young Guru is, and when he was working with Jigga on his then-new album back in 2005, Guru was reading a comic called KingdomCome. He saw the parallels between Superman's place in the comic, and Jay-Z's place in hip-hop. As a result, in 2006, Jay-Z released his comeback album - entitled ''Kingdom Come''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTOq7aN1OX4 This guy]], so ''so'' much.
* [=LeVar=] Burton plays these sorts of characters a little too well to be entirely acting, as evidenced by his work as [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Geordi LaForge]] (who really ought to be the trope image) and his work on ''ReadingRainbow''.
* Many of the top fighters within FightingGame tournaments are black.
** Especially VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom. It's [[MemeticMutation Mahvel, baybee!]] Incidentally, the guy who said that is actually Hispanic, but most people assume he's black and a lot of people see him as the face of the [[FanNickname Mahvel]] side of the FGC, at least until the third game (where he was [[AscendedMeme referenced]])
** The 2011 and 2012 EVO champion of Mortal Kombat 9, is a black guy named [[https://twitter.com/PerfectLegend PerfectLegend.]] In 2013, Perfect Legend's was dethroned as the Mortal Kombat 9 EVO champion, only for another black and nerdy guy named C88 DJT to take the title.
* Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team. [[TheOnion The Onion's]] portrayal of him takes this UpToEleven.
* [[http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/04/florida_teen_girl_charged_with.php Kiera Wilmot]], a black teenager who got expelled from school for a science experiment gone wrong.
** To elaborate, the girl was an ace student and had no previous record of doing anything wrong, but was expelled and charged under Zero Tolerance policies. But, in a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming; fellow nerd Homer Hickam, a retired lead astronaut trainer for Spacelab and the ISS, learned of her story and got scholarships for both her and similarly academically accomplished sister to attend Space Camp. Is Nerds Stick Together a trope?
* Twin valedictorians [[http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2013/07/black-excellence-twin-valedictorians-headed-to-stanford-university/ Marcos and Malcolm Allen]] who are graduating high school with 4.8 [=GPAs=].
* The runner of [[http://www.youtube.com/user/YourYUGIOHChannel Your Yu-Gi-Oh Channel.]]
* Cory Booker - former Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, currently Senator from New Jersey. Not only did he graduated from both Yale and Stanford, he was also a Rhodes Scholar.
* [[Music/AnimalsAsLeaders Tosin Abasi]] has a huge understanding of musical theory and puts all his knowledge into his music. [[HollywoodNerd Though...]]
* Berhan Ahmed, receiver of the Australian of the Year award, is an Eritrean-Australian social activist and science nerd with a [=PhD=] in forest science. He has changed from his enviable role as [[BoringButPractical an expert in termite taxonomy and its effects on crops, trees, and buildings]], to become the chairman of the [[UsefulNotes/AustralianStatesAndTerritories Victoria]]-based Africa Think Tank.
* Charles Frank Bolden, Jr, the current Administrator of NASA. As well as having a science degree, he is a a retired United States Marine Corps Major General and a former astronaut.
* Lonnie G. Johnson, the inventor of the [[WaterGunsAndBalloons Super Soaker]], is an engineer who owns a technology development company with over 80 patents.
* Furbearingbrick, a personality in the CreepyPasta community best known for the "Worm Jeff" saga, is an African-American woman with a fondness for obscure Japanese video games and video game trivia.
* ''MagicTheGathering'' pro player and commentator Cedric Phillips.
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