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

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.

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. Compare TheWhitestBlackGuy, which often overlaps. Contrast PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy.


[[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.
* Donna King from ''Manga/MarineCorpsYumi'' is a YaoiFangirl and the smartest of the four main characters. Once she's out of boot camp, the first thing she does is go to a comic convention in San Diego.

[[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}}. He was not particularly brilliant in the original continuity, but the Comicbook/{{New 52}} reboot made him a science whizz so that he could be the "brains" of Firestorm (essentially filling the role held by Professor Stein in the original series).
* ComicBook/{{Static}}. And for that matter, his inspiration, schoolteacher Jefferson Pierce a.k.a. ComicBook/BlackLightning.
* Comicbook/MilesMorales, the [[AffirmativeActionLegacy second]] ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan.
* Michael "ComicBook/MisterTerrific" Holt, the third ([[ComicBook/LexLuthor 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.
* ComicBook/BlackPanther is one of the smartest heroes in the Marvel Universe, though people tend to forget this because he's also a supreme badass.
* Thunderball of the Wrecking Crew was originally a brilliant physicist who was said to be on par with [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]]. The only reason he turned to crime in the first place is because his employer screwed him over and stole his work.
%%* Ken of ''Webcomic/DorkTower.''
* The [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate]] version of ComicBook/TheFalcon is a gifted scientist and engineer, and is actually the one who designed his wing suit in this continuity.
%%* Mike Peterson of ''ComicBook/TheAwesomeSlapstick''.
* Prodigy of the ''ComicBook/NewXMen'' used to be a variation; his mutant powers allowed him to passively borrow information from everyone around him, but precisely what he knew depended on who was around him at any given time. Later, when he lost his powers, Emma Frost enabled him to remember everything he had absorbed, making him a straighter example.
* 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 Franchise/{{Superman}} comics.
* Lunella Layfayette from ''ComicBook/MoonGirlAndDevilDinosaur'' is a 10-year-old black girl who also happens to be the smartest person in the Marvel Universe.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* 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 ''ComicStrip/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 ''ComicStrip/{{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 ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' fit this to a T, especially Huey (who frequently references Star Wars). Riley has actually called them nerds on occasion.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'', Caulfield. A third grader who regularly reads Shakespeare, Hemingway, Vonnegut, etc.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Louis Starsky from ''Fanfic/ConceptRoad''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom, when it comes to humanized fan-art, 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.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* [[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.
* [[InsufferableGenius Salma]] from ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'', which is fitting for an [[WordOfGod admitted]] [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Velma]] {{Expy}}.
* Wasabi from ''Disney/BigHero6'' is a huge science nerd and the most timid member of the group.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* Smart Brother from ''Film/UndercoverBrother''.
* Taylor Mckessie, the African American head of the chemistry club from the ''Film/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.
* Anthony Anderson as Glen Whitman in the 2007 ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' movie, to the extent that when Epps compares claw slashes in a steel wall to [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]], Glen jumps in and geeks out by insisting that it was ComicBook/{{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". Despite his nerdiness, the novelization has him end up with Maggie.
* ''Film/DearWhitePeople'': [[IvyLeagueForEveryone Seeing how the entirety of the film is set in an Ivy League-like university]], most of the characters are nerdy to some extent. Most notably though are Samantha White, [[TheMovieBuff a burgeoning filmmaker/film buff]] and [[SoapboxSadie leader of the university's militant black students]], and Lionel Higgins, an introverted, gay, black sci-fi nerd who -- for his sexuality and geekiness -- never gets any respect from anyone, white or black.
* 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."
* Dean Cain, the villain of ''Film/HowHigh''. 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]].
* And in ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'', Jeffrey Wright plays the nerdy Beetee (whose race was not identified in the book, although many people seem to have pictured him as Asian). Perhaps the fact that Wright often wears glasses in real life might explain the type-casting.
* Ethan in ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' 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}}''
* Max Dillon/Electro in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''. The comic version of Electro is a blue-collar thug, while the film version is a meek scientist and Spider-Man fanboy.
%%* 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 ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' films.
* Thoth in ''Film/GodsOfEgypt'' is played by Creator/ChadwickBoseman.
* 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 ''Series/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 ''Film/MeMyselfAndIrene'', the protagonist's three black (technically, multiracial, as their mother is white) sons: Jamaal, Shonté Jr. and Lee Harvey are simultaneously Black Nerds as well as [[JiveTurkey Slang-Speaking]] {{Scary Black M|an}}en.
-->'''Shonté Jr.:''' Damn. I can't figure out the atomic mass of this motherfuckin' deuteron!\\
'''Jamaal:''' Shit, man, that shit's simple! Okay. Tell me this. Tell me this.\\
'''Shonté Jr.:''' What? What?\\
'''Jamaal:''' What's a deuteron made up of?\\
'''Shonté Jr.:''' Duh, a proton and a neutron.\\
'''Jamaal:''' Then what's this motherfuckin' electron doing right there?\\
'''Shonté Jr.:''' Shit, I don't know!\\
'''Jamaal:''' Well, get it outta there then!\\
'''Shonté Jr.:''' Okay, so, you're sayin' I add up the atomic masses of the proton and the neutron, right, I see's that, but what do I do with the goddamn electron? Can I bring it over here?\\
'''Jamaal:''' Enrico Fermi'd roll over in his motherfucking grave if he heard that stupid shit. I mean, he'd just turn over ass up in your face. He wouldn't give a fuck!
* 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 (then again, his PhotographicMemory means he doesn't have to actively memorize anything).
* Ford Prefect as played by Mos Def in the film version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. This, however, may be the result of the film, being produced by Creator/{{Disney}}, having downplayed (but didn't completely eliminate) aspects of Ford's character such as habitual drunkenness and womanizing.
%%* The main three characters in ''Film/{{Dope}}''
* Creator/WhoopiGoldberg plays this in one of its first instances in film, ''Film/JumpinJackFlash''.
* Rich Purnell from ''Film/TheMartian''. He is the one who comes up with the idea to save Mark once everyone gives up. He is portrayed as a stereotypical nerd.

* Harry in Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/{{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 Creator/MichaelCrichton's novel ''Literature/TheLostWorld1995''.
* Hiro Protagonist in ''Literature/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 ''Literature/{{Everworld}}''.
* Óscar de León in ''Literature/TheBriefWondrousLifeOfOscarWao'' is Dominican and Nerdy.
%% * Radar in ''Literature/PaperTowns''.
* Fat Charlie of ''Literature/AnansiBoys'', in contrast to his cool "brother", Spider.
* In the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' books, by his own admission [[UsefulNotes/BritishCoppers PC]] Peter Grant is more than a bit nerdy, gangly and tends to have a shaggy-looking haircut. [[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.
* George "Sticky" Washington from ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' is a neurotic boy who is highly intelligent due to his photographic memory. His parents [[FinancialAbuse abused this]] by forcing him into contests, which is why he ran away. Sticky is the [[SmartPeopleWearGlasses the only kid to wear glasses]], though the others are smart in their own rights as well.
* ''Literature/AVisitFromTheGoonSquad'': Sasha's college friend Bix, who is always bent in front of his computer and predicts, in 1993, that computer messaging is going to be a big deal and that social networking will make falling out of touch a thing of the past.
* Seika in ''Literature/PrincessHolyAura'', who is a black bookworm and computer nerd.
--> "I wasn't just a geek, I was a geek without any ''friends''."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Gunn references ''Daredevil'' #181 as part of a PerpSweating and later name-drops several versions of Franchise/TheFlash.
* [[TropeCodifier Steve Urkel]] in ''Series/FamilyMatters''. Also his StalkerWithACrush Myra.
* Carlton Banks in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' is this, especially when compared to his cousin Will.
** Arguably, Carlton is more of a preppy than a nerd since he has no interest in science or technical fields and never displayed any stereotypical nerdy interests. His character revolved more around just being the TheWhitestBlackGuy due to his relatively conservative, affluent, upper class leanings (voting Republican, Ivy League culture).
* 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. In the 1980's revival series, we get Grant Collier (Barney's son, played by Greg Morris's real life son ''Creator/PhilMorris'').
* 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]]'' is the team GreaseMonkey and MrFixIt, whose duties include 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 gets brought out in "[[EverybodyMustGetStoned Leader of the Whack]]".
** ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' has self-described computer geek Noah, complete with NerdGlasses.
* Moss, from ''Series/TheITCrowd'', is the extreme variation of this trope. He's nasally, awkward, timid, has no fashion sense and works in IT. He even has his [[FunnyAfro afro parted to the side]]. That said, his blackness is rarely if ever referenced. Incidentally, Creator/RichardAyoade, who plays Moss, is [[MixedRace half Nigerian and half Norwegian]].
* 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 dismisses 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. He also likes tap dancing (Lassie ends up trying it and realizing that it helps him concentrate on solving crimes).
* Alec Hardison, TheSmartGuy of the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' team. Subverted in that he's also [[HollywoodNerd the coolest guy in the room. Any room.]]
--> "[[CatchPhrase Age of the geek, baby!]]"
%%* 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. His inability to get a date is a RunningGag.
* 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}}'', although he is also pretty outgoing and sociable. It's pretty much a given that any black character in the town will fit this trope.
* 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 ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie''.
* Jordan from ''Series/TheBernieMacShow''.
%%* {{Adorkable}} Becca of ''Series/{{Huge}}'', an ardent [=LARPer=].
* Raj from ''Series/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 ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'': "Before the Internet, there were only two black nerds. Me, and [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama this guy]]."
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': due to CharacterDevelopment and {{Flanderization}}, Troy goes from being a [[TheDitz ditzy]] JerkJock to a huge geek, who is still a ditz.
* 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 ''Series/{{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|1978}}'' 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 science and tech expert. As a zealous political terrorist, however, he doesn't actually have any nerdy mannerisms.
* ''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.
* Max Lewicki in ''Series/{{Perception}}'' is a graduate student in Neuroscience and not only works as a teaching assistant to his brilliant professor boss, but also is in charge of figuring out ways to keep said boss grounded and in control of his schizophrenia. Max is also a cultural nerd who is sometimes seen indulging in Star Wars themed pastimes (including wielding a light saber in an unidentified game where he claims to "whipping some Jedi ass" and also attending a scifi convention dressed as Lando Calrissian).
* In ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'', Detective Barry Frost is well versed in computer technology, action figures, and [=MMORPG=]s.
* ''Series/OneHundredThingsToDoBeforeHighSchool'' has Fenwick, who is said to be the smartest student in his grade.
%%* Dominic Vail of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''.
* In ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', Steve's friend Herbert, who helped "hack" into the school's computer to change his grades.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine''
** Captain Raymond Holt who finds things like obscure historical references to be ''absolutely hysterical''.
** Also Terry Jeffords, who despite looking like a ScaryBlackMan, is actually a huge nerd. He enjoys fantasy books in particular, and used to dress up as a superhero when he was a kid. It's also discovered in a Season 4 episode that he secretly writes fanfiction in his spare time.
* Music/IceT played a frighteningly convincing criminal version of this trope on ''Series/NewYorkUndercover''. His intelligence made him one of the most difficult villains to stop on the show, taking multiple episodes before he is defeated.
* ''Series/DearWhitePeople'': Lionel. He dressed as [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Geordi LaForge]] at a high school dance, causing some mockery from other black guys.
* Chidi from ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' was an ethics scholar and professor who dedicated his life to understanding ethics and morality born in Nigeria and raised in Senegal in his earthly life. Eleanor calls him a "human sweater vest" and he considers rowing out to the middle of a lake while reading French poetry to be his idea of a good time in paradise.
* Byron is this on ''Series/IAmFrankie''. He's Cole's best friend, he's black, he builds his own little robots, he cries when his robot is damaged, he's one of the smart kids...
* Miles Hawkins, the title character of ''Series/{{MANTIS}}'', is a scientist and has an interest in the arts.

* The African love interest in Kent Jone's ''Don't Mind'':
--->"She got that high grade, Her weed come with diplomas"

[[folder:Pro 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=].
* Woods later carried this trope into Wrestling/TheNewDay, a trio of gleefully nerdy black men. Their pinnacle of nerdiness came at Wrestling/WrestleMania, when they came out into the ring dressed in [[Anime/DragonBallZ Saiyan armor]]. When Woods isn't wrestling, he also has his super-successful [=YouTube=] [[WebVideo/UpUpDownDown gaming channel]], where many of his wrestling co-workers appear.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** Vulkan, the black Primarch of the Literature/{{Salamanders}} Space Marine 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.

* The rock musical ''Theatre/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.
* ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'' is set to feature Afro-British actress Noma Dumezweni as [[TheSmartGuy Hermione Granger]]. The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fandom has been floating the idea of Hermione as black for quite some time now, and although the idea is still controversial (partly due to ambiguous descriptors -- her eyes are brown and her hair is dark and curly, but her face is described as various colors in different scenes), Creator/JKRowling (the author of the books) and Creator/EmmaWatson (a white actress who played Hermione in [[Film/HarryPotter the movies]]) have spoken in support of this casting choice.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'''s Cornelius and Sheldon, played straight.
* Your VoiceWithAnInternetConnection in ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/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 ''[[VisualNovel/BlissStageLoveIsYourWeapon 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.
* Amani Ronga, who functions as MissionControl in ''VideoGame/WakingMars''. She occasionally drifts into {{Technobabble}} in her conversations with her expedition partner Liang, who politely says "Yes" whenever she does so.
* James Parnell of ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}'' happens to own a fairly large collection of comic books and is mentioned to be expanding it. He's also eight feet tall, ex-military, ex-mercenary, owns an armor plated combat suit and fights multi-story tall monsters for a living.
* Marcus "Retr0" Holloway from ''VideoGame/WatchDogs2''. A glasses-wearing hacker who loves old-school media (hence the username) and cheesy movies. A quick look at his internet history reveals a search for sexy anime elf babes, as well.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
%%* Steve in ''Webcomic/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 ''Webcomic/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 ''Webcomic/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.
%%* Webcomic/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 ''VideoGame/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.
* Morgan in ''WebComic/NerfNow'', originally a female Demoman of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. She's the cast member with the clearest preference for classic, pretentious, and/or just plain brutally difficult games, the most disdainful of fanservice, and generally goes for the most complicated strategy in any game. On the [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/478 rare occasions]] the AuthorAvatar appears based on Jo's actual appearance instead of the usual "purple tentacle," he also counts.
* Justin "Ransom" Oluransi of ''Webcomic/CheckPlease'', while also the bro-est of bros, is a 4.0 gpa biology major and is frequently seen thinking in protein folding diagrams.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Website/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.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/africanamerican-community-calls-for-new-black-nerd,18389/ African-American Community Calls For New Black Nerd Archetype.]]
* 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 ''Literature/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.
* WebVideo/FriendlyNeighborhoodLibrarian 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.
* ''Podcast/TheOnceAndFutureNerd'' has Nelson as a black fantasy video game GenreSavvy nerd who indulges in ConversationalTroping as the story proceeds.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Wyatt from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' 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.
* 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.
* ComicBook/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).
* Max Gibson from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' is a computer hacker and scored a perfect 2400 on her SAT {{expy}}.
%%* J.D. Bennett/I.Q. from ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix''.
%%* Darryl from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''.
* Odie in ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans'': he's the team [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]], being the distant descendant of [[Literature/TheOdyssey Odysseus]].
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'': Cleveland's son Cleveland Jr. (and Cleveland himself, to a slightly lesser degree).
%%* George Washington Carver from ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''.
%%* Tucker from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. And proud to be the latter.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'': Downplayed with Jodie. She's black and sacrifices a social life in order to do better in school, but she is not necessarily nerdy. She's considered "cool" by the others.
%%* Twins Orangella and Lemonjella [=LaBelle=] from ''Detention''.
* 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.
* Brock from ''WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour'' isn't particularly nerdy, but he is Dr. Darien's science intern and definitely a smart guy.
* Irwin from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', [[VerbalTic yo]]. He's very intelligent, and socially inept. He also frequently hits on Mandy [[AbhorrentAdmirer despite the fact that she can't stand him.]]
* Wade from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. He's a ten year old genius who already completed college and makes all of [[GadgeteerGenius Kim's gadgets]].
* One of the members of ''WesternAnimation/{{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.
%%* Dutch Gordy in WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}.
* ''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.
* 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.
* Cassidy Williams, the Velma-counterpart in the previous incarnation of Mystery Inc in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', [[spoiler: As Angel Dynamite, not so much.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** One of the three nerds who roomed with Homer at Springfield U. The character in question, Benjamin, was once mistaken for Urkel in the comics.
** Also Lewis, Bart's friend, in some incarnations.
* Static/Virgil from ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''. He's an honor roll student that's heavily into Comic Books/Superheroes and occasionally gets bullied around (especially pre-series).
* 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TenkoAndTheGuardiansOfTheMagic'', Steel is a history buff, but mildly nerdy.
* Cameron from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaRevengeOfTheIsland''. He's spent most of his life reading due to growing up in a bubble (literally), knows a good deal about psychology, and tends to trip up in conversation due to his [[NoSocialSkills lack of social skills]].
* Cleo Carter from ''WesternAnimation/{{Tutenstein}}'', when it comes to Egyptology.
* Taranee from ''WesternAnimation/{{Witch}}'' is both BlackAndNerdy and AsianAndNerdy. She's [[AdaptationPersonalityChange especially]] bookish in the cartoon adaptation. Taranee is quite smart and [[SmartPeopleWearGlasses wears glasses]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* 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."
** Further expanded upon it by stating that nerds are people who like "strange, specific things" and that Urkel doesn't qualify due to being "retarded."
* 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}}''. He also owns a BadassBaritone voice, and more than a few fans want him to voice a character in ''Videogame/Cyberpunk2077''.
* UsefulNotes/BarackObama, 44th president of the United States, is an avowed fan of ''Franchise/StarTrek,'' collected ''ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian'' and ''SpiderMan'' comic books, is hopelessly addicted to his Blackberry, follows [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Aperture Science]] on Website/{{Twitter}}, and made Internet culture and technology concerns a cornerstone of his campaign.
** Of course, ''Website/TheOnion'' [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/obama_disappointed_cabinet_failed took a shot at this.]]
*** [[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.
* [[Music/BlackEyedPeas will.i.am]] has included more than a few cyberpunk references in his music.
* Music/TayZonday.
* [[Music/MerShoppingMissbrukForStudenter murderdartxker]].
* Washington DC has a substantial black anime community.
* UsefulNotes/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.
* Music/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 [[http://www.theatlantic.com/ta-nehisi-coates senior editor and blogger]] Creator/TaNehisiCoates. 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.
* ''Series/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.
* 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 WebVideo/MachoSauceProductions fame is a huge ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' fan and, in his own words, a sci-fi dork. Of course, he himself [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye doesn't look all that nerdy]].
* Rapper Music/{{MFDOOM}}, full-stop. His stage persona is, quite literally, Doctor Doom 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'', ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'', ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', and more.
* Music/JayZ 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 ComicBook/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''.
* [[https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCRTAkgIRP-0CRTGYD4ZzVDg Otaku ASSEMBLE.]]
* [=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]] and his work on ''Series/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. Website/TheOnion'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.
* Percy Julian, who developed an interest in plants as a child, and would grow up to receive more than ''130 patents'' for his work synthesizing medicines from them. He pioneered the development of cortisol, steroids and the birth control pill. His wife, Anna Johnson Julian, may also count as a female example of this trope as she was the first black woman to earn a [=PhD=] in her field (sociology) at the University of Pennsylvania.
* Creator/LarryWilmore is a self-proclaimed "blerd" (black nerd); on one episode of ''Series/TheNightlyShow'' he mentioned [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 President Roslin]] in a discussion on women in politics.
* [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Wayne Brady]] has stated that in order to be a good improv actor, you ''need'' to be a nerd. He's dropped many an obscure reference to prove his point.
* Creator/PhilMorris was already familiar with the origin of ComicBook/VandalSavage before voicing the character on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Creator/BruceTimm also related a tale on one of the ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]'' commentaries[[note]]Morris voiced King Faraday in the movie and the book's creator, Darwyn Cooke, did a second commentary[[/note]] of running into Morris at the San Diego Comic Con--Morris was there, not to promote any projects he was working on, but purely as a fan to buy comics and other stuff.
* Many Youtubers have literally made successful careers being Black and Nerdy. Examples include: [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBJycsmduvYEL83R_U4JriQ Marques Brownlee]], [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMgCvJ3_QahXgvwj6LjOd-w Soldier Knows Best]], and many others.