Somewhere at the three-way intersection of the HollywoodNerd, the DoggedNiceGuy and TheWoobie, there is a character who is, quite frankly, a huge dork. He is [[NoSocialSkills socially awkward]], [[HollywoodHomely not conventionally attractive]], and a failure at his attempts to win the pretty girl ([[HeroicMime if he can even get a complete sentence out in her presence]]). And we root for him, because he's just so humble and adorable in between [[ExpospeakGag his flashes of brilliance]]. He might be capable of heroics if pushed, but he is generally not the BadassBookworm ([[TookALevelInBadass at least,]] [[CharacterDevelopment not yet]]). He's smart but [[TVGenius generally only in the hard sciences or obscure topics]], giving him a possible foot in the door as a tutor to TheChick or an [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection assistant]] to TheHero. Obviously, in a FiveManBand, LovableNerd will be TheSmartGuy. Often subject to [[GeekyTurnOn geeky turnons]].

For a ''lust''able nerd, see NerdsAreSexy. Has a high chance of being {{Adorkable}}.
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!! Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Jou from DigimonAdventure is a definite qualifier.
** Koushiro and Miyako (DigimonAdventure02) have their moments too.
* Madarame from ''{{Genshiken}}'', though the entire cast could fall under this trope.
* Kohta Hirano from ''HighSchoolOfTheDead''.
* Eiichirou from ''Manga/BabySteps'', even in universe. Despite the fact that he's pretty nerdy and always at the top of his class, he seems to win the respect and admiration from the majority of his classmates.
* Haruyuki "Haru" Arita from ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' is [[{{Gonk}} short, fat]], socially awkward, and gets beaten up by bullies regularly. Once he gains some self-esteem, however, he quickly reveals himself as a {{Determinator}}.
* Clemont from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' got a huge amount of fangirls (and a lot of fanboys as well) after only a couple of episodes starring him.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Clark Kent in some incarnations, likely to set himself apart from his {{Superman}} alter ego.
* "Gene" Strausser, who's essentially a big kid playing with ComicBook/DamageControl's collection of super-powered construction equipment.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Most of the protagonists in the ''RevengeOfTheNerds'' movies.
* Michael Cera tends to be typecast as the LovableNerd in most of his movies.
* ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''.
* Flynn Carsen, the title character in ''TheLibrarian'' series of movies. His nerdiness is a big selling point... considering he's an action hero. Who has 22 college degrees. And who's also the biggest nerd in the world. And, oh yeah... he has an adventuring partner.
* Dave Stuttler in ''TheSorcerersApprentice''. He can barely talk to the girl of his dreams, but HE MAKES MUSICAL LIGHTNING! (Sometimes he even uses a Tesla coil, too.)

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Ponder Stibbons, to a point. He's a wizardly quantum physicist who looks like Franchise/HarryPotter, age 25, for heaven's sake.
* Waldo Butters of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. It's hard not to like the little guy, what with his cheery demeanor, polka obsession, and occasional flashes of pure awesome.
* Tre from Literature/{{Stuck}}, as well as his even more nerdy friends Cale and Grassy.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Conner from ''{{Primeval}}''.
* Roy and, to an extent, Moss from ''TheITCrowd''.
* Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj from ''TheBigBangTheory''.
* Daniel Faraday from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' definitely counts.
* The eponymous character in ''{{Chuck}}'' -- at least before he starting [[TookALevelInBadass Taking Levels In Badass]]. Also an example of NerdsAreSexy.
* Charlie Eppes in ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}''.
* Spencer Reid from ''Series/CriminalMinds'' -- though he's been known to get the girl from time to time, and he's ''definitely'' capable of being a {{Badass}}. But he is very beloved, so you can't argue with that.
* Both Tams in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
* Bart from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfShirleyHolmes'' has quite a few admirers among the fandom. Also Matt, Shirley's genius LoveInterest.
* Marshall from ''Series/{{Alias}}'' fits this trope to a T.
* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'' Liz thought herself to have been one of these in high school. However, her classmates remembered her as a jerkass bully
* Billy from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. He's a fan favorite for a reason.
* [[ExtravertedNerd Steve Urkel]] from ''Series/FamilyMatters''.
* Both Fabian and Mara from ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''.
* Ross Geller from ''Series/{{Friends}}''.


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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Otacon in ''Franchise/MetalGear''. When Snake first meets him, he is a computer hacker and an otaku, and so terrified by recent events (particularly an encounter with Grey Fox in which Snake intervenes) that he has wet himself. And he is definitely Captain Awkward with Naomi Hunter in [=MGS4=].
* [[Videogame/BackyardSports Reese Worthington]].
* Shad from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' just can't stop nattering on about his esoteric studies. And is adorable while doing it.
* Jeff from ''Videogame/EarthBound''.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''{{Drowtales}}'': [[http://www.drowtales.com/~wiki/index.php/Yafein_Val%27Sullisin%27rune Yafein]], the inspiration for the DesignatedMonkey trope.
* Marten from ''QuestionableContent'' starts out as one of these.
* John Egbert of ''{{Homestuck}}'' is positively {{Adorkable}} in his awkward nerdiness and earnest, friendly personality.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Doctor Horrible]] is a LovableNerd trying to be a badass, at least at the beginning.
* Tyler from ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYLdM8wXkzM&feature=related Disappointing Gay Best Friend]]'' is a nerdy bookworm type who's constantly annoyed by his friend Mikala's attempts at making him a PetHomosexual, but if the videos' comments are to be believed, he has built up more than a few admirers.
* Most of WebSite/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses are a mix between HollywoodNerd and {{adorkable}}. Despite their penchant for AccentuateTheNegative, the {{fanboy}} and {{fangirl}} inside them come out for regular super-sonic {{squee}}.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* And Lexington from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''? ([[WordOfGay OK]], [[StraightGay so he'd really rather have the handsome guy than the pretty girl...]])
* Harold from ''TotalDramaIsland''. Also Cody, with even more emphasis on the DoggedNiceGuy part.
* Gretchen and Gus from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' are both {{Adorkable}} and really sweet.
* Edd (Double D) from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''.
* Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. She's a BadassBookworm who starts the series as an IneffectualLoner. Even after she learns to socialize she's still depicted as being organized almost to a fault and as a compulsive studier whose joy for learning is absolutely [[{{Adorkable}} adorable]]. In one episode, she hosts a sleepover by reading a guidebook to slumber parties with (somewhat) successful results, in another she dresses up for [[AllHallowsEve Nightmare Night]] as an obscure historical character that no one recognizes (And is surprised by this), and in another she's so scared of bruising her study grades that she actually kicks off a moderately large crisis in her town.
** YMMV. Later episodes focus less on Twilight loving books and not being sure of Ponyville customs to becoming a princess and an alicorn, starring in more episodes than ever before (while she is the Main Protagonist the series USED to be about the Mane 6 and rotate protagonists more regularly), her friendless background is retconned into Twily having a BBBFF (Big Brother Best Friend Forever) and living a fairly normal life in her hometown, albeit being a little too distracted by books to always notice her surroundings, and as of the spin-off movie Twilight is now the first main character to be involved in a Ship Tease.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Creator/MasiOka.
* Creator/DavidTennant.
* The VlogBrothers.
* Half of TheYogscast.

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