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->''What Montgomery said next was unimportant. She could have called him a '' "[[Franchise/StarTrek tin-plated dictator with delusions of godhood!]]" '' She could have gone with the classic '' "[[Franchise/StarWars scruffy-looking nerf-herder!]]" '' She might have chosen, appropriate to the situation, ''[[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 "gods-cursed TOASTER frakker!"]] ''\\
But in the end it was unimportant what ''exactly'' she said.\\
Because the entire population of Springfield High heard Montgomery use an insult so geeky, so extreme, that there was no doubt in any other stealth geek's mind what she was.\\
''One of them''.''
-->-- ''Literature/GeektasticStoriesFromTheNerdHerd'', "One of Us"

This trope defines a character who is interested in fantasy, sci-fi, computer stuff, or other manner of geeky pastimes. The difference between this character and a [[ProudToBeAGeek proud geek]] is their total lack of embracing their geeky nature. To a vast majority of the population, they appear normal, but a certain group of friends is privy to their true nature.

Reasons for covering up their geekiness may stem from a perceived image of themselves they desire to maintain or running with a group of friends who aren't normally interested in that kind of stuff. Expect {{Freudian Slip}}s when their topics of interest are discussed, and cries of OrSoIHeard in a vain attempt to cover it up.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'' has Nogizaka Haruka. It's her secret, [[JustifiedTrope and rightfully so]]. Society in general looks down on {{Otaku}} as [[DoubleStandard nothing more than disgusting and perverted freaks]]; and coming from a rich family, she has [[TheAce a certain image]] to maintain. She even got a HeroicBSOD back in elementary school over being discovered and ridiculed for being one of these. [[FromBadToWorse Worse]], her strict OverprotectiveDad doesn't approve of this hobby either.
* Yukari in ''Manga/AiKora'' is secretly part of a ''doujin'' circle and loves to play video games.
* Closet {{otaku}} Kanji in ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}''.
** Ogiue takes this to rabid levels, telling everyone how she HATES otakus. Strangly enough, it's completely justfied, complete with probably the most disturbingly realistic FreudianExcuse ever seen in manga.
* Sana in ''Anime/MyselfYourself''. He has an entire box of full of anime stuff (including an VisualNovel/{{AIR}} artbook) which he hides from his friends. He also plays visual novels on his laptop in his spare time.
* Yua in ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead''. Whilst appearing to be a normal honor student, she keeps up with the latest anime and starts to buy the collectible figures, whilst maintaining her flawless image. [[spoiler:However, her geek side may be a ploy to earn Takumi's trust.]]
* Kirino Kosaka from ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}''. She's the person you would expect the least to have anime - and much less, eroge.
* Izumi Wakase, one of the post-anime characters from ''Manga/LuckyStar''.
* [[SergeantRock Ben Clouseau]] of ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' is a secret anime nerd, as we find out in the OVA. He tries to keep his DVD stash a secret, but [[TheGadfly Kurtz]] finds them and sows havoc (read: extensively taunting him then corrupting the videos).
* In ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'', Tomoko's middle school friend Yuu became one of these to fit in after entering high school.
* Kurisu from ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate''. Daru and Okabe discover that she reads [[{{imageboards}} 2channel]] (or "[[BlandNameProduct @channel]]") when she accidentally references its memes.
* Chisame from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is a huge otaku and an online Idol in secret, but denies all of this in the real world due to overwhelming embarrassment about her hobbies.
* Yayoi Kise from ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' is an {{otaku}} who dreams of being a manga artist, but hides it for fear of being teased.
* Jotaro Kujo from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is a stoic, tough-as nails badass delinquent... who reads technical books about boats and planes for fun, developed his GeniusBruiser tendencies by obsessively watching ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', and whose favorite movie of all time is nature film/fictionalized biopic about a guy studying caribou.
* Eriri from ''LightNovel/HowToRaiseABoringGirlfriend'' is a massive otaku and doujinshi artist, but due to past events hides it from the general public.
* Akina Shinozaki of ''Manga/DontBecomeAnOtakuShinozakiSan'' is a Closet Geek. Or, it may be more accurate to say, she ''thinks'' she's a Closet Geek, as she tries very hard to hide her growing interest in otaku activies, but everyone in her class is fully aware of it and even regard her as the oddest of the three otaku in their class.
* Salia from ''Anime/CrossAnge'' is secretly a MagicalGirl aficionado and a CosplayOtakuGirl, but does her hardest to conceal her hobby, going as far as threatening violence against anyone who may expose her.
* The core of ''Manga/HimoutoUmaruChan'' is that Umaru is the image of refined perfection in public, but is really an anime-loving GamerGirl in her private life (in addition to being a [[PrettyFreeloaders lazy slob]]). She does her best to ensure that none of her friends find out, and has actually invented two separate [[SecretIdentity Secret Identities]] to cover up: when hanging out with Kirie she pretends to be her own younger sister "Komaru", and with Sylphinford she dons a DominoMask and goes by "UMR-san".
* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'', while fighting with a ''Franchise/KamenRider'' Otaku, Akune admits that he prefers the Heisei-era Riders[[note]]The shows made from 2000 onwards[[/note]] and, in the original manga, goes so far as to say that ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' is his favorite.
* According to the question corner of the 82nd volume of ''Manga/OnePiece'', the {{bishounen}} and somewhat emo pirate captain Trafalgar Law collects commemorative coins in secret.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''The Avenging Comicbook/SpiderMan'', ProudToBeAGeek Peter Parker is ecstatic to discover that Steve Rogers used to draw comic books, and Steve is less than happy to talk about it because he doesn't think it's very Comicbook/CaptainAmerica. He relents at the end, though, when he realises this attitude has somewhat dented Spidey's view of him, and the story ends with him showing Peter some new comics he's drawn and asking what he thinks.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Patchouli Knowledge in ''Fanfic/MonstersInParadise'' is portrayed as this. Several of her library's bookcases are devoted entirely to stories that she enjoys reading whenever she isn't doing something magic-related, such as The Canterbury Tales, the works of Shakespeare... and ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Star Wars: Heir to the Empire]]''.
* [[TheOjou Erina]] in ''Fanfic/{{Nouvelle}}'' reads shojo manga in her spare time and catches Soma's ''Manga/DragonBall'' reference in the first chapter.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Sam the weather girl in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' is obsessed with meteorology, and becomes the weather girl to make it seem perfectly natural. Develops a habit of [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness saying something really smart]] and then backing away from the statement to try not to sound too clever due to a history of being teased for her "nerdiness" as a child.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Elsa. According to one of the book adaptations, she loves geometry. This is implied in the movie when she creates her ice castle. (It even gets a shout-out in the lyrics of her character-defining song. Where else would she learn the phrase "swirling fractals"?)

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Airheads}}'', the LAPD digs up dirt on would-be rock star Chazz Darvey, who has [[ItMakesSenseInContext taken a radio station hostage]]. SWAT team leader Carl Mace reveals to the crowd (that has come to cheer Chazz and his band on) that Chazz is actually Chester Oglivue. Chazz admits that he was a nerd in high school, and tells his girlfriend that he understands if she doesn't love him anymore. But members of the crowd start shouting that they were nerds in high school, too, and the FBI's gambit fails. To make things more funnier, one of those people is Lemmy from Music/{{Motorhead}}.
* ''Film/TheyLookLikePeople'' has a twist in Christian, a handsome, weight-lifting businessman who was a geek in school and has become deeply insecure with feelings of inadequacy and self-loathing. Whenever he reminisces about the past, he hollowly laughs about what a total loser he ''used'' to be. One scene shows that he still has his old ''Tabletop/MagicTheGathering'' cards stored in a box of mementos.

* Kirsty from the [[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Johnny Maxwell]] series. In ''Only You Can Save Mankind'', she's very cautious about admitting that, in the game, she calls herself [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Sigourney]]. And in ''Johnny and the Bomb'' she accidentally admits to having a shelf full of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' videos, and immediately claims that "the programme happens to be an accurate reflection of late 20th century social concerns, ''actually''." When non-closeted geek Yo-less asks if she has a Starfleet uniform, she refuses to answer.
* In the ''Literature/AuntDimity'' series, retiree George Wetherhead is initially presented as this over his model trains; he's so shy and retiring about his hobby that when Lori first comes to his door, he seizes her and pulls her inside his cottage so as to avoid having the impending train whistle blast audibly outside his home. Eventually, he is persuaded to show his collection to paying customers, first for a village festival and later on a scheduled basis.
* In the second book of the ''Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass'' series, the viewpoint US Marine character is this until outright ''asked'' about his knowledge of science fiction, it having been decided that such knowledge might be useful for the crew of humanity's first starship. The implication is that many of the personnel aboard the ''Vorpal Blade'' were closet geeks until they were thrown together.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'' Jack had a cookie jar collection, which he forced himself to get rid of in order to be able to climb the corporate ladder.
* Colin Fisher, one of the rotating set of interns on ''Series/{{Bones}}'', actually admitted to being a closet sci-fi geek. Given their line of work, however, did this really come as a shock to anyone?
-->'''Fisher:''' Okay, I admit. I'm a geek.\\
'''Brennan:''' You're Greek?\\
'''Angela:''' No, geek, sweetie.\\
'''Fisher:''' I love it all, ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Series/{{Buffy|The Vampire Slayer}}'', ''Series/{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}}'', ''Manga/{{Akira}}''. [[TakeThat I even watch]] ''Series/{{Fringe}}''.
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' has Alan, a bully who picks on Sam, Neil, and Bill; after hospitalizing Bill in a prank gone awry, he reveals that the reason he picks on them is because he secretly likes science-fiction and comic books. Bill even invites him to an upcoming convention, but Alan chooses not to go.
* Freddie Prinze, Jr.'s character on ''Series/{{Psych}}'', who, after being a not-so-closet geek in high school, has grown up to be, well, Freddie Prinze, Jr., but still has a secret room (even from his wife) of nerd paraphernalia. Naturally, they had to make a "closet nerd" joke when the room was first revealed. Also naturally, [[spoiler:his wife turned out to be a closet geek as well.]]
* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
** ''Series/StargateSG1'': Jack O'Neill from [[ObfuscatingStupidity obfuscates stupidity]] about science, but he's an amateur astronomer; he denies liking "that sci-fi stuff" and claims to have never seen ''Star Wars''. Yet it's him who suggests the name ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]'' for their first big ship, and on a mission in the X-302 he wants his code name to be [[Franchise/StarWars Red Leader.]] Also, from Season 6's Episode "Redemption", while going through an X-302 Pre-Flight Checklist:
--->'''Carter:''' Navigation?\\
'''O'Neill:''' Check.\\
'''Carter:''' Oxygen, pressure, temperature control?\\
'''O'Neill:''' All check.\\
'''Carter:''' Inertial Dampeners?\\
'''O'Neill:''' Cool!... and check.\\
'''Carter:''' Engines?\\
'''O'Neill:''' All Check. Phasers?\\
'''Carter:''' Sorry sir.
** From ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', we have [[TheBigGuy Ronon]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Dex]]. At first, he doesn't get why someone would "watch a box" for fun, but after he's been exposed to enough Earth culture, he's making references to ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' and ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** [[ActionGirl Faith Lehane.]] She reads comic books, [[WaxingLyrical references songs]], discusses Creator/DrSeuss, suggests Angel claim someone was cosplaying as him, wore a Franchise/{{Batman}} t-shirt when working with Giles, references ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' and especially Franchise/StarWars, compares herself to Yoda, likes {{Transformers}} and Mayor Wilkens buys her off with a UsefulNotes/PlayStation.
** Here's one better: Angel has admitted -- if only in his thoughts -- to being a serious Creator/DouglasAdams fan. Yes. [[TheStoic That]] [[TheComicallySerious Angel]]. Reading ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Apparently it helped him through a [[NoodleIncident difficult period]] in TheEighties.... They'd end up sharing their own series. BirdsOfAFeather indeed.
** Spike. While the Scoobies are holding him hostage in Season 4, his biggest concern is missing the next episode of ''Series/{{Passions}}''.
** Buffy herself shows signs of this, one specific example when the Scoobies make up a gym for her to train in she says they're like [[Franchise/JamesBond Q.]] Okay, fair analogy, one most fans would get. She then amends it by saying she didn't mean the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' character...wow, most fans would not have even made the obscure connection.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Penny is ''not'' this... in the first season. But after spending time with the guys she's slowly become one, able to recall ''Star Trek'' plots (and use them as metaphors), kick ass at video games, and quote ''Star Wars''. But of course she's not going to admit there's a difference between ''Star Wars'' and ''Star Trek'' to her (very smart, but not into fandoms) friends. Nevermind that she saw the new ''Star Trek'' movie on her own and of her own accord before [[ProudToBeAGeek Sheldon]] did. Although granted there's still a lot of fandoms she really genuinely does not have much interest in (like anything to do with comic books). The 6th season has Penny not only get into comics, but drag Bernadette and Amy down with her in a battle over the exact mechanics of Thor's hammer.
** Also Leonard, who is usually a proud geek, attempted this once, it failed.
--->'''Penny:''' What are you doing?\\
'''Leonard:''' No, don't tell her\\
'''Sheldon:''' Playing Klingon Boggle.\\
'''Leonard:''' Ugh.\\
'''Howard:''' Oh come on, like she doesn't know we're geeks.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has an unexpected example in Captain Picard, diplomat, badass, and [[TheStoic very serious man]], who much to his officers' amusement had a huge geek-out over the realism of the [[FilmNoir "Dixon Hill"]] holodeck program. Picard also gets really excited about archaeology, and on the away team exploring an old ship he behaved like a child in a chocolate factory. He's also pretty geeky about Shakespeare to the point where he keeps a treasured ''Complete Works of Shakepeare'' in his ready room, usually protected under glass the same way an action figure collector might display his treasures.
** In a season one episode, they run a feed from Geordi's VISOR to the bridge view screen. Captain Picard sidetracks the mission for a few minutes watching in amazement and asking Geordi what several things are. It takes Commander Riker clearing his throat to remind Picard that they are there because of a distress signal.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s Dean Winchester. He teases Sam for being a geek, but he drops references to ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', amongst others. Especially apparent in LARP and the Real Girl, when Sam pulls up a video of the LARP group's activities, Dean comments it looks awesome, but turns stoic when Sam turns to look at him.
* Lexi Reed from ''Series/ANTFarm''. Her AttentionWhore tendencies came to the fore in the Season Three premiere, when she felt so jealous that she applied for the ANT Farm boarding school; however, she still prefers to be the resident LovableAlphaBitch.
* Clara Oswald from ''Series/DoctorWho'' doesn't really come off as the geek type. Until the Doctor agrees to take her to meet Robin Hood (and she decides to go into full-out cosplay mode), and she totally geeks out about Jane Austen to the point of claiming to know more about her than the Doctor, and this is turned UpToEleven after an OffScreenMomentOfAwesome where she not only met Jane, but apparently ''snogged her'', a fact that she can't resist boasting about to her students.

* In ''Radio/NewDynamicEnglish'', Max likes to play "Computer Soldier", which is most likely a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'', but hides it despite that he used to for a computer company and married a computer programmer (which supposedly removes the oddness of his geekiness).
-->'''Larry:''' Actually, I was thinking I might give some of these computer games a try. ''Computer Soldier'' looks like a fun game.\\
'''Max:''' That's a great game!! I play… I mean, my son plays it all the time.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Fuuka Yamagishi from ''VideoGame/Persona3'' is initially one of these, before the protagonist helps her accept this.
* In the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC for ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[RobotBuddy Legion]] is revealed to be a gamer on its own time, having quite an extensive record of achievements.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
** Rozalin in ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' is shown to be a Prism Rangers fangirl. She gets annoyed when the Rangers membership lacks all 7 colors of the rainbow, and applauds them when fill the roster later on. Then she becomes jealous when Adell is dubbed 'Prism Black'.
** Mao from ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceofJustice'' claims that all the manga, anime, and comics he consumes about superheroes is merely research so that he can discover the source of a hero's power and use it to overthrow his father, but really he's a much bigger fanboy than he lets on.
* Cassandra Pentaghast, [[LadyOfWar of all people]], is revealed in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' to be a hopeless {{fangirl}} of Varric's writings, particularly of the ones he himself considers [[OldShame personal failures]]. After this is discovered, she keeps pestering him about obscure details of his books, much to his amusement.
-->'''Cassandra:''' [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain Pretend you don't know this about me]].
* In ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' it's revealed that Moxxi is secretly a mechanical geek, just like both her children and the rest of her former bandit clan, the Hodunks. She threatens the player with death if they tell.
* Undyne in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is head of the royal guard and she is as tough as she looks. She also has a secret hobby she likes getting into, but you won't know about it unless you spared and befriended her. [[spoiler:Turns out that she is a massive geek when it comes to anime due to reading about them in human history and she'll even ask you if anime is real.]]
* Victoria in ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' can be considered a closet geek. In episode 3, Max Caulfield finds a newly bought, glow-in-the-dark action figure of a character named "Blubery" inside Victoria's room to which she remarks "Victoria's Secret? She's a geek!"
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2'', it's revealed crime boss Vinnie Gognitti is a huge [[ShowWithinAShow Baseball Bat Boy]] fan, and collects every piece of merchandise available. Vinnie tries defending his geek hobby to Payhe by saying he's only collecting them for the money they might be worth in the future. Too bad this [[DeathByIrony came back to haunt him]].
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', hacking Maximilian Strauss' computer reveals that he -- a centuries-old vampire warlock, regional leader of the Tremere Clan -- plays the setting's version of ''World of Warcraft'' online with some friends.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* [[Franchise/AceAttorney Miles Edgeworth]] is a "closet" ''Steel Samurai'' fan, in the sense that nobody knows he's a fan. In truth, he makes barely any effort at all to hide it, even displaying some ''Steel Samurai'' merchandise in his office right out in the open. It's just that everyone assumes that someone with as much BritishStuffiness as Edgeworth couldn't ''possibly'' like a kids' TV show, so they simply dismiss anything that suggests he does.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Joe from ''Webcomic/ItsWalky''. He acts like a macho man but hides an inner brainiac. His profile even calls him a closet nerd.
* Billie from ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' might be a [[GloryDays former cheerleader]] who likes to call people NERDS but she uses phrases like "life-force" in casual conversation. The glasses and somewhat chubby physique don't help either...
* Sean [=McNinja=] from ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheWotch'', one of the [[JerkJock Jerk Jocks]] that Anne [[GenderBender transforms]] into the Cheer! Squad turns out to have been a closet geek, playing D&D with the local nerd-squad... who were sworn to secrecy on penalty of severe beatings. His new female form, Lita Harper, is somewhat more open and outgoing about her geeky interests, which includes both D&D and [=WoW=].
* Shanna from ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' spends much of the early part of the series denying her geek-ness. Justified in this case because obsessive fangirl behavior was one of the early symptoms of her mother's mental breakdown; Shanna's afraid that her own fangirl tendencies are signs that [[AdultFear she's going insane, too]].
* Maggie from ''Webcomic/GeeksNextDoor''.
* Mark of ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'' is literally the 'were'geek of the title. When the full moon rises, he gets more interested in geeky hobbies. He hides it from his co-workers and girlfriend for fear of being laughed at, but gradually starts to feel interested in the geeky things on a more regular basis. Eventually, he is simply an outright closet geek rather than responding to the full moon.
* Cecilia from ''Webcomic/{{PHD}}'', when she was an undergraduate.
* According to ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'', all the references to ''Film/TheyLive'' and ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' made by VideoGame/DukeNukem were not coincidental.
* Amal from ''Webcomic/TheLessThanEpicAdventuresOfTJAndAmal''. [[http://tjandamal.com/starfleet.jpg Here he is]] with his [[Franchise/StarTrek Starfleet uniform.]]
* ColonelBadass Maxima shamefully admits to having been a gamer in ''Webcomic/GrrlPower''.
* Nancy from ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' takes things very seriously, but she does like her [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/06242010/ science fiction.]]
* Mr. Verres from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': If he's not into geeky things, he's at least extremely familiar with them in his role as the man behind covering up real-life SF & fantasy shenanigans. He's been stated to be familiar with the term "Delayed Blast Fireball". For example, when Grace wanted to wear some alien spandex for a workout.
-->'''Mr. Verres:''' Okay, ''fine''. But if anyone asks, you're {{cosplay}}ing as an [[OriginalCharacter OC]] from your [[Creator/DCComics DC]] superheroes [[FanFic FF]].\\
'''Grace:''' I'm ''what''?
* Colbie from ''Webcomic/RadioSilence''. Colbie tries to play off his obsession with the {{Harry Potter}} franchise.
* Lily from ''Webcomic/ScalieSchoolie'' enjoys {{Magical Girl}}s, cosplay, and anime figurines, all of which she tries to keep secret from her students.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Even though the mask slips ridiculously often, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick will never embrace the nerdy fangirl within.
* WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses makes constant references to geeky stuff, has written fanfiction and prefers instead to mock the living hell out of nerds.
* Carl Copenhagan from ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' mocks Donnie and Uncle Yo for their dorky con bromance, but knows enough about ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' to make sexual puns about it to sexy cosplayers.
* Website/FourChan refers to this trope as "[[Anime/DragonBallZ hiding your power level]]". The general opinion is that your power level must be hidden at all costs, and nobody must ever know that you have such "shameful" interests as anime, video games, comic books, etc. Overlaps with EvenNerdsHaveStandards, as many power level hiders look down on open/proud nerds, and think that if you aren't ashamed of having nerdy interests, then there must be something wrong with you.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Sierra, the AlphaBitch on ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'', has a secret love of a Franchise/StarTrek expy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' Chrissy is a big Franchise/StarWars geek but hides it from her popular friends, "The Clones", who are three {{Alpha Bitch}}es who act and dress exactly the same. She'd always been the most independent of them.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** Candace attends a sci-fi/fantasy convention to get merchandise from her favorite childhood cartoon, but is terrified of having anybody know about it.
** Whatever [[PunchClockVillain so-called bully]] Buford says about being there to beat up nerds, the fact is he was at that same convention. ''In {{Cosplay}} gear.''
* Trixie Tang from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' loves comic books, but hides it because the other popular kids would probably reject her if they knew.
* John Stewart's ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' cartoon incarnation. As an adult, he's a no-nonsense former marine, but as a kid he was an avid comic book reader. When a dimension-hop allows him to meet his childhood heroes, he admits to a bemused Flash that if he hadn't had those stories as a kid he might not have ended up wearing the GreenLanternRing. When he, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are changed into pre-teens, he uses the power ring to create giant mecha-armour for himself. He also used to wear glasses (making him look like [[Series/FamilyMatters Urkel]]), but change it into a stylish mask (resembling Kyle Rayner's in the comics).
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', football jock [[DumbJock Kevin Thompson]] is a fan of ''Series/TheXFiles'' and attended ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' with his girlfriend, [[DumbBlonde Brittany]]. He's also apparently a fan of a comic book called ''Ratboy.''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep Read It and Weep]]", the ever-athletic Rainbow Dash discovers she enjoys reading and is both ashamed to admit it and ridiculously determined to secretly finish her first book by any means necessary.
* As an ActorAllusion of above, in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', Raven, voiced by [[Creator/TaraStrong the one voicing Twilight Sparkle]], turns out to be a closet fan of ''[[MyLittlePhony Pretty Pretty Pegasus]]''. After spending the duration of an episode trying to hide it, it turns out the other Titans (or at least Robin) are ''un''-closeted fans of the show.
* The AlphaBitch Trina in ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' is a closet math geek, who attends math competitions as a glasses-wearing nerd with a pencil in her hair and the nickname "Trigonometrina". During one of the competitions, Tina becomes ''real'' friends with her NumberTwo and fellow math geek Mina.
* Lana Kane of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' is an ActionGirl, SassyBlackWoman who is secretly (or not so secretly) a CovertPervert, familiar with cosplay, likes dressing up, and going by her familiarity of Palpatine and even imitating Vader a big ''Franchise/StarWars'' fan.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' episode "The Maltese Mantis", Master Shifu forbids Po from attending the Festival of Figurines, a convention for kung fu action-figure combat... out of fear that Po might see ''him'' there. Which, of course, Po does, and eventually persuades Shifu to embrace his inner geek.