Let's talk about nerds.

And by nerds, we mean [[MostTropersAreYoungNerds us]]. In the course of [[AcceptableTargets mocking us endlessly]], the media seem to have developed an interesting [[HollywoodNerd set of stereotypes]] about the common {{geek}}. No, not the glasses or the acne or the pocket protectors, but the things we actually get geeky ''about''.

There is a very specific set of interests that Hollywood ascribes to anybody who is identified as a [[http://laughingsquid.com/wp-content/uploads/nerd-venn-diagram-20110626-192132.jpg nerd, dork, geek, dweeb]], [[TotallyRadical spazzoid]], what have you. Not only is that the Holy Canon of Geek Interests, but for some reason, ''every geek'' is obsessed with not one, or some, but ''all of them''. The only time ([[OneOfUs mostly]]) any shows [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] that last part, it's to make a joke where [[HypocriticalHumor one stereotype calls another stereotype a dork]] for liking one geeky thing instead of another geeky thing ''([[InternetBackdraft cough]])'', which of course never happens in real life ''([[CoughSnarkCough cough]])''.

This is a SubTrope of SmallReferencePools and exists for the same reason that trope does. Namely, the show is targeting a general audience with only limited familiarity with geeky and nerdy interests.



!!Examples from {{Canon}}

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* If non-{{hentai}} anime [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles exists at all]], it consists solely of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Creator/StudioGhibli movies (and even then, only ''[[Anime/MyNeighborTotoro Totoro]]'' and ''Anime/SpiritedAway''), ''Anime/{{Akira}}'', ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', and ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' in order from most likely to least likely to exist. Something like ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' might exist if writers didn't do their research. [[TheNewTens In more recent years]], you might be able to see ''Anime/AttackOnTitan'' and ''Anime/OnePunchMan'' acknowledged if you're lucky.
* In Japan itself, you have non-shonen series usually representing manga as ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' or a very ''Jump''-like magazine. The titles that usually run in it will be action-packed where EveryoneHasASpecialMove in the vein of ''Dragon Ball'' or ''One Piece''. Expect the characters who read from them to rattle off about friendship, effort, and victory (''Jump'''s main motto) or having a warped BlackAndWhiteInsanity view on the world for reading it. If girl's media is shown, it will likely be a pastiche of that year's ''Franchise/PrettyCure''.
* {{Shoujo|Demographic}} books in a given series are likely going to be based around ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'', ''Manga/GlassMask'', or ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. In some cases, it may even be all three combined into one.

* Geekdom on Television and in movies also often has a high correlation with the collecting of large numbers of either comic books or action figures (both likely in mylar or in their original packaging)óbecause apparently mainstream interest in either kind of collectible is non-existent and successful movies based on comic books are just an illusion. [[DoubleStandard Meanwhile, the exact same hording and protection provided to sports memorabilia is perfectly acceptable]]. Also, the pre-1970s equivalent of playing with action figures (playing with green plastic army men, or astronauts, or CowboysAndIndians) is ''never'' depicted as geeky - only as childish.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* There are no ComicBook/XMen other than Cyclops, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Professor X, Nightcrawler, Storm, Jean Grey (a.k.a. Marvel Girl or Phoenix), and, if we're lucky, Gambit and Rogue. Because everyone remembers [[WesternAnimation/XMen the animated series]] and some people saw [[Film/XMenFilmSeries the movies]]... more often than not, however, WolverinePublicity wins out every time. There exist no X-Villains besides Magneto, Sabertooth and Mystique, and they are always affiliated with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.[[note]]Mystique was in '''a''' Brotherhood only once and it quickly turned into the government-sponsored Freedom Force. She mostly operated solo after the 1970s ended, Sabertooth never was in ANY iteration of the Brotherhood, with or without the name, but ChronicBackstabbingDisorder does not make good referential jokes, does it?[[/note]] There may also be a character actually ''named'' X-Man.[[note]] Though that won't be a reference to Nate Grey (who starred in a comic called ''X-Man'' but didn't actually call himself that) but rather a case of research failure.[[/note]]
* There are no Creator/DCComics heroes that were not created in the Silver Age. Etrigan? [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]]? A GreenLantern who is not a WASP? What vivid imagination you have, you NERD!
* Franchise/WonderWoman is the only female superhero (with the possible exception of Batgirl and Supergirl). There are no non-Caucasian superheroes (with the possible exceptions of the ones created for ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}})''.
* All comic books are about superheroes. [[note]]Though thanks to [=McCarthyism=], this ended up almost actually being true of American comic books for decades as comic books were seen as a kids medium which led to the death of Crime, Horror and Romance and the creation of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} style[[/note]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'', which is ''[[CriticalResearchFailure not the same thing]]'' as ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (''Star Wars'' is the one with an actual ''war'', and on ''Star Trek'', they're actually ''on a trek through the stars'' [[note]]except for ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', anyway[[/note]]). Tends to be more popular than the alternative, so expect its fans to be portrayed less negatively, mostly due to how stunningly obsessed most {{Trekkie}}s are portrayed as being. Also expect:
** A ''[[MayTheFarceBeWithYou massive]]'' number of visual and dialogue references to scenes from the original trilogy, mostly because every living human being has seen them.
** Speaking of Original Trilogy, any work made since the release of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' will be lousy with geeks bitching about the prequels. Okay, that part is true.
** Common before 1999 but after 1997 (and common since then, but overshadowed by the above) is bitching about the Special Editions of the Original Trilogy, well-known mostly because they were actually released theatrically. Nobody knows who Greedo is, but he apparently shot somebody before they shot him, and it's "[[HilarityEnsues hilarious]]" to hear geeks complain about it.

* Thanks to the movies, ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings,'' ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' and ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' exist. Fanboys can be heard occasionally complaining about someone named Tom Bombadil who was apparently cut from the movie. More often, they can be seen clutching some prized collectible and calling it their "precious", but that's RuleOfFunny. The main thing known about ''Harry Potter'' is that dressing up as the title character consists of drawing a scar on your forehead, putting on round glasses, and constantly raving about being a wizard.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has turned Creator/GeneRoddenberry into some kind of patron saint of [[NerdsAreVirgins male virginity]]. Every geek in fiction can speak Klingon, name every species in the Federation, draw a diagram of the original Enterprise freehand, and fight with a Bat'Leth ''if you know what that even is''.[[note]]It's a Klingon blade weapon[[/note]]. Expect:
** Fights about whether Kirk or Picard is the one true captain. Nobody will ever argue for Sisko or Janeway. Nobody will argue for Archer either, but that's [[{{Hatedom}} accidental accuracy]].
** Going on from that, the only two franchises that exist are the Original Series and The Next Generation.
** References to notable moments from [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the Original Series]] and/or ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]'', also known by television writers as "the ones I've seen" (or [[PopCulturalOsmosis seen parodies of]]).
** Costumes. ''Also'' dating back to the Sixties series. If a scene takes place at a sci-fi convention, there will be a Klingon. We ''dare you'' to name an aversion[[note]]''Film/GalaxyQuest'' doesn't count![[/note]]. A Vulcan is also likely. The Klingon is a ''metaphysical certitude''. Although, ironically, it will ''not'' be an original series Klingon.
** ...and when ''Wars'' and ''Trek'' geeks collide, expect battles on whether the Death Star/Imperial Cruiser or the ''Enterprise'' (or a Borg cube) is superior.
* For a while, ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' was allowed to replace ''Franchise/StarTrek'' as the go-to reference for something geeks take too seriously, but now it's been off the air [[ViewersAreGoldfish long enough]] for non-geeks to completely forget it ever existed.
* If you are a [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furry]], or know one, you may be aware of the infamous ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Fur and Loathing" (not to be confused with the [[FurAndLoathing trope of that name]]), which tried to go nuts with the fetishy aspects of fandom, but even woefully failed at being that. Probably because the creators did not even want to be aware that fur suit sex sounds more attractive to people outside of the fandom than people inside it. If you would do that there is after all a very big risk that you would die out of heat exhaustion.
* For a period somewhere roughly between 1980-2005, giving a character an interest in ''Series/DoctorWho'' and its trappings was to the United Kingdom what ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is to America; the best way to create a character instantly identifiable as a hopeless, socially awkward geek. The popular success of the new series has largely returned the show to its pre-1980 mainstream status, but the image of the ''Doctor Who'' geek does linger on in several ways.
** A prediliction towards [[Creator/TomBaker wearing a ten-foot-long multicoloured scarf]] or [[Creator/PeterDavison a piece of celery on one's lapel]] are excellent indicators of classic ''Who'' fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' probably doesn't exist, but in the rare cases where it does, it's either the show that true hardcore nerds despise as a pale imitation of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' or it's the show that true hardcore nerds embrace because ''Trek'' is too mainstream. It's impossible to like both.
* Wherever tabletop wargaming with military figures (please, not ''toy soldiers'') is depicted on TV, this is a drama shorthand for "this person/people are socially maladjusted and incapable of dealing with the real world. Like model railway enthusiasts (another particularly British TV shorthand for loner geek) they have given up trying to deal with the complexities of the real world and instead have created worlds of their own where they are God".
** In an episode of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'', a teenage boy with a massive collection of Creator/GamesWorkshop miniatures was depicted as having a stalker obsession with a beautiful girl who was - naturally - way out of his league; he was depicted as obsessed with sculpting and painting her as an Elven princess.
** American TV has used this trope too: an episode of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' depicted the murderer as a manipulative and devious strategist. Proof of his manipulative and coldly calculating nature was established in the first few minutes of the show as he was seen setting up the Battle of Gettysburg with "toy soldiers" on a finely detailed representation of the battlefield.
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', O'Brien and Bashir enjoyed using the holodeck to take part in famous battles, such as the Battle of Britain and the Alamo. In the case of the latter, they became obsessed in later seasons with trying to figure out a way to win the battle with what the actual combatants had on hand. They went so far with it that O'Brien built a scale model of the battle, and figures for both armies. Worf at one point derisively referred to this as "playing with toys." That's right, these guys were [[EvenNerdsHaveStandards too geeky]] even for ''Star Trek characters.'' It was played with in that Dax actually made fun of ''Worf'' for this attitude.
* An episode of hospital melodrama ''Series/{{Casualty}}'' set up Tonight's Emergency Hospital Admission in its usual way. A married couple, the husband recently made jobless, are having trouble making ends meet. She becomes a prostitute to pay the mortgage. The husband is portrayed as so amazingly useless that in addition to being unemployed, his hobby and recreation lies in making plastic model kits of the Airfix variety. As his missus leads a paying customer into the bedroom, he is seen, miserably, working on the Airfix kit of the Tiger tank. (Bonus points awarded to watching nerds who correctly identified the model as the 1942 Pnz VI "Tiger" ausf b.) ... plastic kit modelling is used a shorthand for ''"complete waste of space who cannot pay his bills. A complete and utter failure as an adult man who allows his wife to screw other men for money" ''. Although a razor-sharp modelling knife is used to good effect later. Hey, this is ''Casualty''!

* All geeks can do calculus in their heads, have the periodic table memorized, have ''pi'' [[MouthfulOfPi memorized to four hundred places]], and know what [[EEqualsMCHammer those weird symbols you see on the blackboard whenever a science or math class appears on television]] mean. You only need a high school education or [[GenreSavvy a background in troping]] to know what any of them mean: on most shows, absolutely nothing.
** Additionally, nerds will ''only'' be either math, science, or engineering nerds. While English/Humanities or drama nerds do ''occasionally'' show up, they usually won't be identified as nerds (aside from possibly being goody-two-shoes obsessed with getting good grades for the former and overly stressed out drama queens for the latter).
** Alliteratively, in some cases even if a geek is primarily fixated on artistic subjects they'll still be ridiculously good at math, despite the fact that WritersCannotDoMath.

* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9qYF9DZPdw "White and Nerdy"]] by Music/WeirdAlYankovic shows a fairly comprehensive list of the Geek Reference Pool. It's sufficiently over-the-top, that it pokes more fun at the stereotypes than the nerds though.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has become ''the'' shorthand for social failings and maladjusted virginity. Sure, it's one step better than [[YouCanPanicNow the Satanic Panic days]], but really. And apparently the hobby consists ''only'' of ''Dungeons & Dragons'', and games like ''Warhammer'' and ''Vampire: the Masquerade'' do not exist (unless [[TheNewRockAndRoll you're doing a true crime show on a "vampire killer"]]).
** Although the ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' episode referenced above does use Warhammer setings and figures as a plot point.
** Since the writers will have no idea how the game is actually played, depictions will vary wildly if characters actually play on screen instead of just refering to the game, but there are a few constants: expect players to wear costumes and use elaborate props (at the very least the Dungeon Master, if there is one, will wear [[RobeAndWizardHat a cape or pointy "wizard" hat]]), speak in YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe, and engage in ritualistic behavior like chanting "all hail the Dungeon Master!" at the start of each session (if a non-geek regular character has been dragged to the game -- which one probably has, or we wouldn't be seeing the scene -- the geeks will be confused or outraged that they don't know or want to take part in this behavior).
** Its also common to depict the death of a player's character as having an unusual level of finality to it. There is no resurrection ([[DeathIsCheap very common in D&D]]) or even rolling up a new character. Similar to the way when your character dies in SuperMarioBros the cartridge permanently self destructs and you kill yourself out of grief. This is getting better with the widespread popularity of MMO's and Console RPG's helping more writers and audience members realize how ridiculous this is.
** What the hell is ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}''? Some gross bodily function?
* See Live Action TV for examples of how TV drama stereotypes D&D players and tabletop wargamers in general.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* When it comes to VideoGames, one game genre geeks usually will play UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000. Unless they've caught PacManFever and still play 8-bit games. These days they've started mentioning ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' (for [[MurderSimulators its bad influences]]) and ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.
* The other main genre of games that are commonly mentioned is the [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMO RPG]]. With ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' as the main example of a specific game.
** The only MMO Geeks ever play is ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Older shows will occasionally do something loosely parodying ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' or a more general parody, but... well, as expected, any video or computer game parody will be [[PacManFever to a real video game what]] ''[[PacManFever A Trip to the Moon]]'' [[PacManFever is to the Apollo program]]. They might as well just call them ''[[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Video Game]]''. Judging by subscriber stats, this one is borderline TruthInTelevision.
** The main character's online avatar will either be a hulking, muscular swordsman who looks like either [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] or [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]], or a beautiful woman. The gender of the character does not affect which of those choices they take, but expect the male character playing a female character to be played for laughs and/or the idea that the character secretly wants to be a woman. It will always be a human, an elf, or too heavily armored to determine its species.
* In Japan, [=JRPG=]s are usually represented by some parody of ''Franchise/DragonQuest'' or ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. If you see an RPG hero referenced in anime, manga, or light novels, expect it to be a [[VideoGame/DragonQuestIII Loto]] clone. Also expect that hero (or the guy playing him) to be taken the piss out of to establish his world does not work the way he (or his player) thinks it does. In western media, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' are the only [=JRPGs=] that exist. [[ShowWithinAShow If a fictional]] [=JRPG=] exists, it will ''always'' have some sort of [[ShonenHair spiky haired]] [[{{Bishonen}} pretty boy]] [[{{BFS}} with an overly large sword]] as a protagonist, with some sort of convoluted, angst-ridden plot that is instantly confusing to anyone that hasn't played it.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The Canadian comic strip ''Webcomic/LarryLeadhead'' is all about self-mocking humour from and about the rather unworldly types who collect and game with military miniatures.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The only Western cartoons nerds ever watch are ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and, in recent years, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. In the case of the latter, [[EvenNerdsHaveStandards expect even other nerds to scoff at the thought of liking a girl's show,]] because it's not like people actually watch it in real life, right?


[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/SpiderMan1'', Peter has a ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' poster in his room.
* ''Magic'' is getting slightly more play in film nowadays (read, Hasbro is willing to shell out for more ProductPlacement).
* Creator/KevinSmith is a geek, and his movies show it.
* What's the one major difference between those girls in ''[[Film/{{Grindhouse}} Death Proof]]'' who get killed and those who get the killer? While the former seem not to be interested in anything apart from sex and gossips, the latter are movie geeks (knowledge of the semi-obscure pictures that are mentioned in each part of the movie, seems to be some kind of ''kudos''). Otherwise they make quite similar impressions, so that the difference doesn't surface until Creator/ZoeBell shows up. By the [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Geek God]].
* In ''Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial'', Elliot's older brother and his friends have a remarkably realistic session of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. No funny clothing or strange language, just arguments about pizza and whether the DungeonMaster is allowed to bend the rules. They even have all the right sorts of dice. D&D hadn't yet caught the eye of [[NewMediaAreEvil hysterical news pundits]] back in '82, so they had few negative stereotypes to work with.
* In ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', the only video game anyone plays is "Starfighter". Justified as it is the {{Macguffin}} of the movie.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' is in the "by geeks" category. An odd example, though, in that the writers are older than the characters and it shows. At least half the geeky references are from the 80s, but considering that the title character was born in 1981, it strains credibility that he's personally a fan of all of it. Given that Chuck's dad was also geeky, and they were raised by him, it makes sense that Chuck would have access to, and an appreciation for, the older stuff.
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' is likewise "by geeks". The "Homage-o-meter" on the [=DVDs=] will point out references you missed the first time around. Yes, you. [[ParanoiaFuel Adrian]].
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Kutner is depicted as a geek, referencing ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' and comic books, collecting action figures and stuff. He also used to be quite a popular person and also a bully at school. Far from stereotype. It doesn't count as "made by geeks", does it? Considering how many Internet/meme references House makes on a regular basis (especially in the most recent seasons), the show could be classified as at least "written by geeks" a lot of the time.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has many easy jokes from within the reference pool, some of which are a little outdated, however the references are usually ''exactly correct''. It also includes a lot of science jokes and more obscure references. There have been moments in episodes referencing the then-ongoing ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batman: Battle for the Cowl]]'' and ''[[ComicBook/TheFlash Flash: Rebirth]]'' storylines. Definitely in the "made by geeks" category.
** The guys are also fans of ''Series/{{Firefly}},'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles,'' ''Star Trek,'' ([[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original]] and [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]) and ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''. Creator/StanLee, Creator/LeonardNimoy, Creator/KateeSackhoff, and Creator/SummerGlau also make guest appearances. Creator/WilWheaton makes regular appearances.
** Unfortunately, this just means that when the show gets things ''wrong'' (such as Sheldon's affirmation that Alfred kept the secret of Batgirl's real life identity of Barbara Gordon from Batman... in 2010 when Stephanie Brown was Batgirl) it's all the more frustrating.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had an episode about a murder at a Brand X ''Franchise/StarTrek'' convention, which may seem bizarre at first; CBS and Paramount, which owns the Trek rights, are both Viacom subsidiaries (sort of. It's complicated). Turns out they needed to obscure the name for plot purposes. Also turns out [[ShownTheirWork they did their research]] into Trek {{In Joke}}s and culture, as well as cameoing ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' producer Ronald D. Moore and Ellen Tigh.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', resident geek Hiro Nakamura usually stays within the GeekReferencePool (which is a little odd, since he's Japanese and originally spoke no English, yet almost all his references are to American media). However, when he used his [[TimeStandsStill time-stopping]] ability to mess with Daphne, he taunts her by saying, "Muda muda muda", the catchphrase of Dio Brando, another time-stopping character from the very obscure (to Americans) manga series ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
** Hiro's actor translates the lines the writers give him into Japanese himself, sometimes [[BilingualBonus inserting references which don't show up in the subtitles]].
** Hiro's CharacterBlog makes his geekery over ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' more obvious.
-->"Now I know how [[Anime/DragonBallZ Trunks]] felt!"
** Hiro makes another reference outside of the "pool" when describing his love interest to his past self:
-->"She's the Mary Jane to your Franchise/SpiderMan! The [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Marle to your Crono!]]"
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' goes takes the ''made by geeks'' UpToEleven -- including arguments about ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' raids and if CGI or puppet [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]] was better, {{Shout Out}}s to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' when Creator/WilWheaton appeared as a SpecialGuest, and using {{fanfic}} vocabulary:
-->'''Parker:''' I really like Elliot slash Sophie. Could you do Nate slash me? No! Nate slash you!\\
'''Hardeson:''' Please, please stop.\\
(in fairness, she was talking about Hardeson's combining the photo-[=IDs=] used in their covers for different members of the team when he had to adapt one he set up for Elliot to work for Sophie).
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'': Written by, well, freaks and geeks. Including, among other things, period-accurate Dungeons and Dragons played accurately. Interestingly enough it doesn't really stereotype any particular group with everyone from jocks to hippies to somewhat naively well-meaning guidance counselors all getting enough depth and understanding to explain them as more than just a poorly understood straw man for their particular subculture.
* The final episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' included a brief appearance by ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' -- including the actual 3rd edition PHB -- and the depiction of how the game plays is spot-on:
-->'''Murch:''' Okay, it's a large room, it's dark, it's quiet, it's impossible to see. You may wanna roll a scan.\\
'''John Henry:''' I'll roll a scan. I rolled a one.\\
'''Murch:''' One. Oh, okay. Tough luck. You don't see the umber hulk as it crawls from its nest in the stone and attacks you. You take three hit points of damage from a bite to the shoulder.\\
'''John Henry:''' I attack the umber hulk. Twenty.\\
'''Murch:''' Wow. Okay, that's a crit with the vorpal longsword to the umber hulk. Unbelievable. Lucky roll.\\
'''John Henry:''' Hello, Ms. Weaver. I just delivered a crit hit to the umber hulk.\\
'''Weaver:''' Congratulations. Mr. Murch? Who's winning, Mr. Murch?\\
'''Murch:''' Oh, it's not really that kind of game. But I'm a little bummed that he killed the umber hulk so fast.\\
'''Weaver:''' I'm sure you've considered the possibility he can roll whatever number he desires?]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{Community}}'' shows the characters playing D&D, and while a few details are off, it gets ''much'' more right than it gets wrong. Except for the adventure they play, every D&D product shown is real (albeit from a mix of different and largely incompatible editions), and even that adventure looks like something Creator/{{TSR}} might actually have published circa 1984. The gameplay is depicted in a mostly realistic manner (with the exceptions being mostly RuleOfFunny-driven), including some of the same questions Dungeon Masters often have to address from actual first-time players.
* ''Series/MrYoung'': The geeky characters (Adam, Derby and Principal Tater) don't show any interest in fiction, and only Adam knows anything about science or math. It's the popular kids (Echo and Ivy) who show interest in "geeky" things.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheSorcerersApprentice'', the main character is a nerd...whose interests are in history and fashion design. Not a Star Trek model in sight.
* One ''Webcomic/VGCats'' strip details a discussion between Aeris and Leo about ''Star Trek'' - Aeris is a ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' fan, but [[SubvertedTrope in defiance of this trope]], Leo doesn't mention the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]] as a counterpoint; instead, it looks like he's a [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Niner]]. (And apparently isn't aware at all of any other Star Trek series, somehow.)

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In the "by geeks with doctorates" category.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', written by two tried-and-true geeks, to the point where almost everyone in the cast makes references far geekier than anything that would be considered geeky in another show. This is even mentioned in the commentaries during the episode O.R.B. From Creator/AleisterCrowley, to Literature/{{Fantomas}}, to Creator/OscarWilde. It's a love-letter to late-19th / early 20th century culture; or, as they say, "things that Creator/{{Doc|Hammer}} likes."
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' has sketches that demonstrate an encyclopedic knowledge of cartoons, toys, video games, comic books and science-fiction movies (especially ''Franchise/StarWars''). Generally plays it straight when it comes to the subject of anime, though, aside from one skit spoofing ''Anime/RanmaHalf''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' tends to stray a bit outside the canon, varying from full-fledged "made-by-geeks" territory (generally, anything about anime or video games) to "at least bothered to do the research" territory (they'd clearly seen ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'' and knew at least the general plot of the later books (which hadn't been released in movie form when they did their ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' parody episode) but they also apparently thought there are paladins in Middle Earth).