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->'''Okabe:''' Bite your tongue! My IQ is on par with Sir Isaac Newton's, and like his august self, I have no use for the fairer sex! Hououin Kyouma is devoted to higher purposes than these ''ridiculous'' flights of fancy!--
->'''Kurisu:''' Yes, we get it - you're a genius as dedicated to science as you are to virginity.
-->-- ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate''

In Fiction Land, being very smart can [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation damage your social prospects]]. This can hold particularly true in the area of [[NerdsAreVirgins sex and dating.]] However, ''this'' character doesn't care about driving off potential suitors with their intelligence or unusual interests. The Celibate Eccentric Genius knows that there are many more interesting and intellectually stimulating activities in this world than dating.

The Celibate Eccentric Genius is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - an intellectually brilliant, eccentric character who does not, in canon, engage in sexual or romantic entanglements. They may or may not be considered a potentially desirable partner by others, but to count as this trope, their celibacy must be, to some degree, voluntary - an eccentric genius who just can't get a date does not qualify.

Possibly due to the influence of Literature/SherlockHolmes, these characters are usually introverts, often lack interest even in conventional social activities that ''don't'' involve the pursuit of romantic partners, and tend to suffer from IntelligenceEqualsIsolation.

These characters often lack a canonical sexual orientation, but are often perceived as {{Asexual}} by the fandom, or, for the ones involved in close same-sex platonic friendships, AmbiguouslyGay. However, a heterosexual Celibate Eccentric Genius is possible.

See also CelibateHero, ConfirmedBachelor, and IntelligenceEqualsIsolation.

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!!Examples:

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* Lloyd from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' - an eccentric scientist known as the earl of pudding. He seems to show no interest in his fiancee [[spoiler: and doesn't seem to mind when his engagement is broken off. In fact, he outright admits that the only reason he agreed to marry her was solely so he could inherit the old ''Ganymede''-class Knightmare Frame her family owned.]]
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote'' appears to be this. He avoids thinking about anything other than detective work, which honestly seems to be only thing he's interested in. He's partly based on Literature/SherlockHolmes, which might explain this.
** While his ArchEnemy Light has at least two relationships in the series, both are based entirely on manipulation and usefulness, so he may qualify as this as well. Its not clear how far either girl "gets" with him, but the second isn't with him very long [[spoiler: before he murders her]] and as for the first, Misa, he only shows interest in ''her'' when he wants her to kill or otherwise do something for him; he also thinks about killing her on several occasions, and the only reason Misa lives is due to XanatosSpeedChess necessitating Light keeping her alive. Its established early on that Light is quite popular with the ladies but rarely showed interest in them even before becoming a SerialKiller.
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'''s Okabe Rintarou ''claims'' to be one of these, though mostly it's an excuse for his [[NerdsAreVirgins social and romantic inexperience]].
* Sasuke from ''{{Naruto}}'' seems to be this, since though he plans to eventually revive his dead clan, he shows zero interest in all of the InUniverse fangirls who have been throwing themselves at his feet since he was at least '''8'''.

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* Adrian "Ozymandias" Veidt from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', maybe. In the original graphic novel, "the smartest man in the world" is shown totally devoid of any visible romantic or sexual interest (and doesn't appear to be repressing it a la Rorschach, either), despite being regarded as something of a celebrity sex god in-universe (reporter Doug Roth comments "[e]very girlfriend [he's] had in the last four years has wanted to lay this guy") and thus implicitly having his free pick of partners, if he wanted them. Rorschach believes he is "possibly homosexual", but this is never elaborated upon.
** This is not the case, however, in ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' (which has a throwaway implication that he is [[BiTheWay bisexual]] and his later celibacy is a kind of permanent mourning for his [[StuffedInTheFridge dead girlfriend]] Miranda St. John) or the film version (which gave him what may or may not have been a [[PornStash collection of gay porn]] and -- in tie-in materials -- described him as having dated Music/{{Madonna}}, Music/StevieNicks, and Music/SheenaEaston).

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* In WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic Fanfic/AnExtendedPerformance, this is one of the reasons why [[TheAdjectivalSuperhero The Great and Powerful]] [[LargeHam Trixie]] is alone. As least if you ask ''her'' it is.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/FlashGordon'', Professor Zarkov, ''Half''-MadScientist is the ''only'' named character in the entire movie who doesn't express interest in anything romantic or sexual at any point. This especially noticeable given that everyone around him is ''incredibly lustful'', and even TheHero is NotSoAboveItAll.
** This may be justified InUniverse. While his memories are being drained, one of the scenes is his beloved wife drowning in a pool accident and him mourning her. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e-V1YV3mLI#t=1m0s here]].
* Emmett "Doc" Brown in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' finds the notion of LoveAtFirstSight to be ridiculous, until he finally meets Clara Clayton in Part III.
* ''Film/GhostBusters'': Egon Spengler is TheSpock and a bit of an eccentric, though not nearly as eccentric as either Ray Stanz or [[DeadpanSnarker Peter Venkmann.]] Yet he's the one their SassySecretary, Janine, has the hots for. Too bad Egon's [[ForScience married to science.]]
* The title character of ''LawrenceOfArabia.''

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' in the original novels by Arthur Conan Doyle, may very well be the TropeCodifier, despite what most later, non-Doylean, adaptations will have you believe.
** Sherlock's brother, Mycroft Holmes, as well.
* Literature/NeroWolfe. The "celibacy" part is due to being rather unsociable and [[HeManWomanHater not fond of women]].
* Arguably, Granny Weatherwax in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novels is a variation of this trope. Celibacy: her known romantic history consists of an unconsummated youthful romance with Ridcully, and as an old woman she's still capable of [[VirginPower attracting unicorns]]. Eccentricity: she's proud, intimidating, solitary, would have made an impressive WickedWitch under different circumstances, and rides [[TheAllegedCar an alleged broomstick]]. Genius: she's a powerful witch and accomplished GuileHero.
** Interestingly, both Weatherwax and Sherlock Holmes are thin and wiry, have intense light-colored eyes, and are interested in apiculture.
* This trope is [[DiscussedTrope discussed briefly]] in the Creator/RobertAHeinlein novel Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand. [[AuthorAvatar Jubal Harshaw]] explains that Great Men, particularly the great founders or reformers of religions, are either completely celibate, like Jesus, or the complete opposite of celibate, like Mohammed and Joseph Smith.
* The title character of the Literature/MediochreQSethSeries is one of these. The genius is [[InsufferableGenius natural]], the eccentricity is implied to be a coping mechanism, and he forces the celibacy on himself because he's [[MayflyDecemberRomance functionally immortal]] and [[{{Shotacon}} trapped in the body of a fifteen-year-old]], so things would be too confusing otherwise.
* [[Literature/MediochreQSethSeries Mediochre Q Seth]]. Celibate because he's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld but CantGrowUp, so a sexual relationship would be awkward to say the least. Eccentric because, having lived for four centuries, he's not the most obviously sane of individuals. The genius, however, is just natural.

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* The title character of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' considers himself [[MarriedToTheJob married to his work]], though that doesn't stop an intense - but brief - relationship from blossoming between him and Irene Adler in ''A Scandal in Belgravia'', the exact romantic/sexual nature of which is not discussed; and then there's the HoYay between him and [[HeterosexualLifePartner John Watson]] that certain fans claim to see all over the place (and which is occasionally referenced in-universe to John's annoyance).
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Dr. Sheldon Cooper before Amy Farrah Fowler came along. Even his dynamic with Amy isn't particularly conventionally romantic.
** Sheldon and Amy both qualify. Ironically, it's the very thing that brought them so close together - they understand each other's disdain for sex better than anyone else.
** In the backstory Leonard's parents only had sex in order to procreate. Once that was done, they were done.
* This was essentially Gil Grissom for the first few seasons of ''Series/{{CSI}}''; he did make a few remarks to Sara that ship fans now adore, but he really didn't seem interested in romance at all up until it was revealed he was with Sara in the season 6 finale. We don't know the exact time they became an item, but we know it wasn't the entire series.
* In ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', men become more intelligent when they stop having sex, because [[AllMenArePerverts most of their brains are always obsessed with sex]], and that part begins to function properly when sex is no longer a factor in their lives.
* The Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'', depending on his regeneration. Five and Seven were extremely celibate, which became a plot point with some frequency in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse. From his Eighth regeneration onwards, the Doctor starts getting more and more intimate with his companions (though Creator/TomBaker loves to imply that this started way back with Four). And of course, the First Doctor had a granddaughter.
** Eleven certainly fit this trope for a while, though it went away somewhere between the Battle of Demons Run and when he got married.

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* In ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', the linguist Henry Higgins has ''two'' whole musical numbers about how much he hates women and loves being a confirmed bachelor.
* In ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'', Freddie prefers to get his kicks "above the waistline". He's also the second-best chess player in the world. He's also ''freaking insane''.

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* Prof. Mordin from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series. Eccentric genius: double check. Celibate: because his entire species has very little sexual drive.
* Jade Curtiss, the party's reformed MadScientist in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', has [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove enough trouble grasping friendship]] as a concept that might apply to his own relationships with others, let alone romance. He seems for the most part to regard emotional closeness as something that [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation happens to other people]], although [[CharacterDevelopment he does get a bit better about this]] as the game progresses.
* Fumi Kanno in ''DevilSurvivor2''. She isn't above jokingly flirting with the protagonist, but at a whole shows little interest in love or romance.

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* At the beginning of ''Webcomic/Chester5000XYV'', [[NoNameGiven The Scientist]] is so uninterested in sex that he builds his wife a {{sexbot}} so she'll stop pestering him. Later, he has a GreenEyedEpiphany and tries to confiscate the robot and sell it to someone else. Drama Ensues.
* Professor Twiggit, from ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', is another female example of the trope. She appears to be middle-aged, and fairly attractive, but has yet to show any interest in romance. And calling her eccentric, [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/being_picky would be putting it mildly.]]

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* For a value of "genius" that includes "CrazyAwesome schemer," the Joker in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. He's too focused on his schemes to care that his minion is throwing herself at him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'': Much like the film entry, Egon is still in it ForScience and still oblivious to Janine's affections. It's eventually subverted when he finally notices and reciprocates; likely helped by the fact that, here, Janine is a SexySecretary. Whereas her film counterpart is just [[SassySecretary sassy.]]

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* In general, not uncommon for people with Schizoid Personality Disorder.
* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, real-life MadScientist and life-long bachelor.
* IsaacNewton supposedly said on his deathbed that his proudest accomplishment was managing to die a virgin.

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