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->''"Why is being a nerd bad? Saying "I notice you're a nerd" is like saying 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Creator/LindsayLohan.... Why is that?'"''
-->--'''Creator/JohnGreen''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy1M5VHF3no in a Brotherhood 2.0 video]]

Strictly speaking, the {{Geek}}, the {{Nerd}}, and the {{Otaku}} are characters who are, well, uncool. But a rising trend in modern fiction is to show one of these character types as being downright outspoken. Maybe they missed the memo informing us that geek culture is supposed to be uncool, or maybe they think that popular culture sucks and being geeky is the best way to express your individuality in the face of a hopelessly conformist mainstream. [[IAmWhatIAm But these are the people who are proud of their geekiness and won't hesitate to flaunt it.]] And why shouldn't they? After all, [[MostTropersAreYoungNerds we]] always come up with the cool stuff years before it's in, we invent the neat gadgets, we made the Internet and video games what they are today...ahem. Sorry.

In fiction, expect the outpouring of this belief to manifest in the form of an IAmWhatIAm, WhoopiEpiphanySpeech, or at least sheer shamelessness. In [[TruthInTelevision real life]], look more to writers and actors being open and honest about the [[OneOfUs things they do]] which seem, well, almost inappropriate considering how awesome and cool they are.

Bear in mind, of course, that it's quite possible that the geek in question is a HollywoodNerd, and when it really happens, it becomes OneOfUs. Which can sometimes [[BrokenAesop break the aesop]].

The perhaps inevitable outcropping of BeYourself. Considerably overlaps with {{Nerdcore}}. The polar opposite is the ClosetGeek.

See also InsufferableGenius for a more negative take, where 'pride' is warped into outright arrogance and condescension towards others.

TruthInTelevision as most geeks are very proud of their status. As seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsbkNSI28kU&feature=feedf here]], from Connecticon Cosplay Masquerade 2011

Compare NerdsLoveToughSchoolwork.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The anime series ''{{Genshiken}}'' stars a cast of {{Otaku}} characters more or less comfortable with their hobbies, within limits. Kuchiki, however, has less shame than a drunken frat boy at a toga party and will engage in loud conversations over [[{{Hentai}} pornographic doujinshi]] in public.
* Konata of ''Anime/LuckyStar'' certainly doesn't hold reservations about her hobbies. [[{{Lolicon}} Her dad's]], on the other hand...
** Also Patricia, who works at the same CosplayCafe as Konata. In the Comptiq continuity she downright ''broadcasts'' her geekery, to the level Hiyori commented, "Her communication issue is not language per se, but industrial terminology."
* ''GreatTeacherOnizuka'' himself is kind of a complete loser (and he's cosplayed as Devilman in class), but he still manages to be really, really confident in his ability to do everything but reach the kids in his class.
* Nobunaga Asakura in ''NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'' is openly {{Otaku}}; he doesn't mind showing off anime figures and magazines, and speaks about them with enthusiasm. As opposed to Haruka herself, who had to be a [[ClosetGeek closet fan]] due to... things in the past. She may be getting out of it as of late.
* Eitaro, Professor Stein and Agaliarept in ''MacademiWasshoi'' are three of the most powerful men in the show. They're also huge geeks and demand that the world bow down to their fetishism or else. This combination of power and fanboy madness is a major driving force of the show.
* Keima Katsuragi from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' is obsessed with games (specifically {{dating sim}}s) and is very vocal about that fact.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': It takes a ''lot'' to get her to admit it, but deep down Chisame is proud of her geeky-ness. [[{{Otaku}} Haruna]] also qualifies in a big way.
** She's actually so proud and comfortable with it that when [[spoiler: Negi's party were attacked by Poyo's LotusEaterMachine, she was not affected by it]]. And that is even taking into account that she has been complaining how crazy it has been for a normal girl like her to be thrown into such a crazy world. She wasn't exactly happy about the revelation though.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds'' has what amounts to being the most well-known epiphany speech, where at the end, in front of all the fraternities, the geeks go on about how great it is to be a nerd and how empowering they feel. In front of a giant room filled with fraternity men, no less.
** Toby Radloff in ''ComicBook/AmericanSplendor'' feels much the same way and was quite empowered by the movie. Indeed, he had a brief but memorable FifteenMinutesOfFame based on his popularity in the comics for his forthrightness.
*** Ironically, all of this comes up largely because Harvey Pekar, writer of ''ComicBook/AmericanSplendor'', felt very strongly the opposite way about this trope. He dismissed the nerds in the movie as being [[HollywoodGeek Hollywood Geeks]] and saw the whole thing as insulting to "genuine" nerds like Radloff, who didn't go to college but had built his own computer over one summer through true grit.
* The film adaptation of ''TheKingOfFighters'' is trying to invoke this trope in actor interviews, in a desperate attempt to attract fans of the games. It fails miserably.
* Mr. Fantastic's speech in ''Film/FantasticFour: Rise of the Silver Surfer'' counts as this.
-->'''General Hager:''' [to Reed] Let me make this clear for you and your pack of freaks. I'm the quarterback, you're on my team. But I guess you didn't play football in high school, did you, Richards?
-->[Hager starts to walk away]
-->'''Reed Richards:''' You're right. I didn't. I stayed in and studied like a good little nerd. And fifteen years later, I'm one of the greatest minds of the 21st century. I'm engaged to the hottest girl on the planet. And the big jock who played football in high school, he's standing right in front of me asking me for my help, and I say he's not going to get a damn thing, unless he does exactly what I say and starts treating me and my friends with some respect.
-->'''General Hager:''' [understandingly] Give him what he wants.
-->[Hagar walks away]
-->'''Susan Storm:''' [to Reed] I'm so hot for you right now.
-->'''Johnny Storm:''' [hugging Reed and switching powers] [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Me, too!]]
** This was, of course, taken word-for-word from an exchange with Nick Fury during [[UltimateMarvel the Ultimate Galactus]] storyline. (But it was much more badass because, among other things, he was saying it to ''[[Creator/SamuelLJackson Nick Fury]]'').
* ''Film/PiratesOfSiliconValley'' has some elements of this, especially with the relationship between HollywoodNerd Bill Gates and [[WackyFratboyHijinks drunken fratboy]] Steve Ballmer, and all the money Bill Gates scores when signing the MS-DOS licensing deal with IBM.
* In ''SydneyWhite'', the title character, running for student body president, gives a speech that explains how everyone is a dork in their own way. Several people in the crowd then stand up one at a time and explain what makes them a dork. By the end, of course, everyone cheers for Sydney.
* Pretty much everyone in ''Film/RealGenius'', except the main character Mitch, who has to grow into his geekdom with the help of his more worldly roommate, Chris.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Spencer Reid of ''CriminalMinds'' could be argued to be this. He certainly makes no secret of the fact that his brain is of a higher order than the average person.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Hiro Nakamura openly and proudly proclaims his geekiness at nearly every opportunity, regardless of how inappropriate. He is dedicated to being a superhero and cites actual comic books as his guide - he never strays from his mission even when faced down by his disapproving father who clearly sees Hiro's attitude as being, well, kind of shameful.
** Eagle-eyed tropers will notice that in Hiro's first scene, his desk at work is littered with popular manga figurines. This is at work. Where he's the son of the company's president.
** Hiro also refers to himself and his comrade as being "on the team of good guys"... this is the source of the utterly incomprehensible English translation issue, where his friend says "We?" in a very querulous tone.
** Hiro also appears to refer to that sword as if it was [[{{Slayers}} Gourry's Sword of Light]] (aka something uniquely his and a part of him). This also doesn't come through in the English, at all. I swear, heroes was written with a much more international audience in mind.
*** The actor, Masi Oka, based much of Hiro's geekiness on his own.
** Hiro has a blog, and he once wrote there that he wants to fight evil like [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure JoJo]].
* In ''FamilyMatters'', Steve Urkel was like this most of the time, except when they wanted to give (or [[BrokenAesop screw up]]) AnAesop about being happy with who you are. Most of the time, however, he seemingly didn't give a rats ass that everyone referred to him as a nerd, especially since he was probably the coolest person in the school despite his labeling.
** His being a complete klutz, however, ruins a lot of the coolness.
* Creator/StephenColbert, in the very first episode of ''Series/TheColbertReport'', explained to Stone Phillips how much he admired "the greatest neck in news".
-->'''Stone Phillips''': Thank you very much, pencil-neck.\\
'''Stephen Colbert''': Sir, I believe the term is pencil-necked ''geek''.
* Sara Sidle on ''Series/{{CSI}}''
--> ''Sara'': Geeks should be revered.
* Series/{{House}}. His geek culture references are plenty, and he knows when things should [[ThisIsSpinalTap go to eleven]].
** House obsessively follows soap operas, and when he discovers that one of the members of his team does as well, but refuses to ever admit to it in public, he berates him for being ashamed of his position as a geek.
* ''{{Chuck}}''. Chuck Bartowski's geekiness is almost always the key to saving the day in any given episode. He once saved the day [[spoiler:playing Missile Command]] for crying out loud.
** While, if memory serves, Rush was blaring in the background.
*** It gets even better. He saved the day by playing Missile Command ''in time'' with a Rush ballad.
* The Series/KnightRider reboot gave us Billy and Zoe, who were both proud of their skills with computers and who came to work dressed up as characters from Torchwood and Heroes on Halloween.
* Obnoxiously turned inside out on fourth season episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'', where a woman wearing a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' pin in the office tells Josh that she wears it because the Starfleet symbol is, to her, a symbol of honor and civic duty, and Josh should commend her for such pride in her job-- Josh quickly grinds what would be a nice little speech into the ground by basically saying "it's okay to like Star Trek, but do it in the privacy of your own home". [[WarpedAesop By explicitly comparing her display of a pin to a fetish]]. (Note that it's apprently fine to be a ''sports'' fan in the White House, as several of the leads have sports paraphernalia in their offices.) Way to go, Sorkin.
* Hardison on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is the resident hacker and very proud of his geekery, with such lines as, "Age of the geek, baby. We rule the world." (He's also a fan not only of StarWars but also of Series/DoctorWho.)
* Even if the other three male leads are not, Sheldon of ''TheBigBangTheory'' is proud of his geekiness (or he's just that obtuse).
** Leonard, as the straight man, is most frequently embarrassed by his geekiness when in the presence of "normal" people. Howard and Raj, while aware of the social awkwardness it can cause, seem quite content with their geekiness. Sheldon...simply refuses to be anything else.
** And even Leonard's had his fair share of proud moments, such as when he declared himself to be "king of the nerds" during a [[spoiler:daydreamed]] date with Penny and outdid Sheldon's glow stick power with his lightsaber (worth noting during that instance Penny had a proud "that's my geek" smirk on her face).
* A less sympathetic example is [[TheOffice Dwight Schrute]] who is obsessed with archaic weapons, ''StarWars'', and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}''. Recently, he created Recyclops as a mascot for recycling, but his geekish tendencies have given Recyclops a bizarre and tragic narrative to the point that Recyclops now seeks vengeance upon the environment.
* Gus of ''{{Psych}}'' tries to deny it at first but eventually has a CrowningMomentOfAwesome explaining to Shawn how cool geeks are and how proud he is to be one in "Shawn Vs. the Red Phantom".
* Subverted rather unsympathetically in ''[[BeverlyHills90210 90210]]'' where the LovableAlphaBitch Naomi fell in love with the geeky Max and had to put up with a lot of crap from his similarly geeky friends because her tastes were more mainstream.
** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Well, maybe if she had taste, she wouldn't get ragged on in the first place]]
* The entire point of ''{{QI}}''. If you're not prepared to show off your bucketloads of useless knowledge... You're on the wrong show.
* Abed from {{Community}}, who views the world through the lens of tropes and is proud of it. Much of ex-quarter back Troy's arch is coming to realize his own geekiness, and eventually show pride in it, too.
* Fabian on ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' gave us this little gem (after everyone teased him for being a nerd):
--> '''Fabian:''' So I'm a massive nerd. There's nothing wrong with that! It's geeks like me who invented the telephone, the internet, and basically all the things you couldn't live without...
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[[folder:Music]]
* A number of bands take this route. See the page quotes.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLBb58iHiRA The Nerd Anthem]]'' by Marian Call.
* The "White and Nerdy" video by Music/WeirdAlYankovic is so upfront about geeking out!
---> "When my friends need some code ''who do they call?''"
** The popular web music video for LemonDemon's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbDV1afDSn0 "Geeks In Love"]] is a stellar example of the 'geekiness is an expression of individuality and helps you find what truly makes you happy' viewpoint. Good song too.
** The Arrogant Worms song "Great To Be A Nerd".
** FiveIronFrenzy loved this trope: "Suckerpunch," "You Can't Handle This," "Wizard Needs Food Badly," and much of "At Least I'm Not Like All Those Other Old Guys."
** Felicia Day (see Real Life) and her song ''I'm the One that's Cool''
* Canadian electropo singer {{Lights}}. She's an avid gamer as well as a fan of comic books and other nerd culture, and it really shows in some of her music videos. It's also worth mentioning that her song "Lions!" was inspired by one of her favorite computer games, WorldOfWarcraft.
** She once joked that her middle name was Two-Handed Weapons, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ-omMi-WMs Lights Two-HandedWeapons Poxleitner]]
* Rapper [=ZeaLous1=] in his songs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5M2XnT9VbI&feature=fvw Level Up]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v91AFb2-NqM Headshot]].
* The members of MachinaeSupremacy
* Music/{{Devo}} probably originated the trope among mainstream bands.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBCWsZX4u3I Here they are proving it while hawking cherry-red Honda scooters.]]
* TomLehrer was the musical geek of the 1950s, having written songs to show off his knowledge of the chemical elements, math, and physics. He even put on a [[http://www.haverford.edu/physics/songs/lehrer/physrev.htm stage show]] with several colleagues at Harvard, entitled ''The Physical Revue'', which consisted of his own parodies and original songs about science.
* Starting to spill over to country music as well. At least one song on every Brad Paisley album celebrates geekdom in one way or another (Paisley himself is a confessed geek).
* "Hail to the Geek" by Deaf Pedestrians.
* Building on the Nerdfighter example below, the artists on DFTBA Records tend to exemplify this:
** Hank Green has to his credit no fewer than 4 wizard rock songs, and songs about particle physics, historical figures such as Queen Ranavalona the First and Phineas Gage, anglerfish and their mating habits, as well as a ''traditional Irish song about a homicidal squirrel''.
** Chameleon Circuit, the band that started time lord rock.
** ALL CAPS (made up of two people from wrock bands) have many love songs, between people such as Ron and Hermione, Katniss and Peeta, Ash and Misty, robots, and zombies.
* Music/TheProtomen, who are creating a rock opera based upon what little plot the VideoGame/MegaMan games have.
* LadyGaga, whose videos have included shout-outs to OnePiece and {{Dune}}.
-->"I am very nerdy every day. Right now the Haus of Gaga and I are in the middle of trying to extract the effect the smell of blood has on people. [[CloudCuckooLander We really want to know."]]
* Singer Grimes on the album Geidi Primes which is Dune-themed.
* Allegra Rosenberg, possible the most adorable ukulele Trock star ever. She's recently diversified from Doctor Who for her subjects, doing songs about Teen Wolf, Homestuck, Gravity Falls, Sherlock and shipping
* DelTheFunkyHomosapien and Busdriver as evidenced by their Creator/G4TV freestyle raps.
* Music/AdamWarrock is the physical embodiment of this trope.
* Touched on in a number of songs by ''Music/TheAquabats'', but especially "Nerd Alert!"
-->We're fat, young, and hungry\\
But we don't care, we got big ol' brains\\
Like Mexican candy\\
We got some complex flavors running up in here
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The growing popularity of the video game industry has helped push this trope, since the gamer geek sub-culture has become an object of nostalgic reverance.
* Travis Touchdown in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''.
** Not sure this counts. It's not that Travis is proud to be a geek, it's that he's completely oblivious to his being one in the first place.
* Otacon, in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, is very up-front about his love for things nerdy, especially anime and manga. The guy's self-selected codename is after the frigging Otaku Convention (Otakon), after all!
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'': You. Yes, you, Adrian.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The entire staff of ''PvP'' except probably Jade. Francis cosplayed as Chun Li to a convention without any insecurity whatsoever. Brent will fight you, but not before saying "It's Amok Time!", etc.
** What do you mean, "[[http://www.pvponline.com/2008/07/01/welcome-back/ except]] [[http://www.pvponline.com/2009/01/13/time-and-relative-dimension-in-office-space/ Jade]]?"
* http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20000604
* [[strike: Ethan]] Everyone from ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''.
* Gabe and Tycho from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'' is all about Mark, a closet geek, being teased out of his closet by a group of quite shameless geeks.
* The cast of ''FullFrontalNerdity'' fits this trope pretty well, as you may expect from the title. Though how much they have to be proud about is debatable; they do fit a fair number of negative nerd/geek stereotypes, and each seems at least somewhat aware of the others' faults in this respect.
* Quincy from ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'' is quite proud. He once refers to a baseball bat as a [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/11/22 "Wand of Awesome Power"]]
* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Walky]], and [[CharacterDevelopment eventually]] [[ThePollyanna Joyce]] and [[HandsomeLech Joe]] from the WalkyVerse. Also, nearly the entire cast of ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'', when Maxima quietly admits to a nerdy past, [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/479 Sydney responds forcefully.]] Likewise, the team hacker Leon is pretty clear about his nerd/geek status, and about the advantages it grants him.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Warrick Kaine in ''Literature/TheDescendants''. Many in the supporting cast and also Juniper to a lesser extent, but Cyn is geeky but mocks geek culture constantly.
* ''WebVideo/TheTotallyRadShow'': [[BadassCreed "Nerd is the new cool"]].
* In the WhateleyUniverse, at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy, all the gadgeteers and devisers are this, but Generator (Jade Sinclair) fits this too. She sings anime theme songs in public. In Japanese. She invents shoulder angels. ''Working'' shoulder angels, which start a fad across campus. She is one of the founding members of Team Wondercute. She says she is building a working model of [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Raising Heart]].
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Über and Leet's main goal for their crime sprees in Brockton Bay has been to raise awareness of classic video games.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Comic Book Guy from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', is a notable example of the rising popularity of geekdom. In the eighth Simpsons Halloween special (aired in 1996), just before dying, he sadly realizes he wasted his life. In the 2007 movie however, when he believes he will die he looks over his collection, and happily concludes he had a perfectly worthwhile existence.
** Lisa usually follows this trope, though many episodes involve her giving in to peer pressure and trying to act "cool" or otherwise reinventing her social persona. They always end with an {{aesop}} about being yourself, and with Lisa regaining her geek pride.
*** Played with in "Lard of the Dance," where Lisa is pressured to both give up being nerdy and to act like an adult. She ends up making a speech about how she's not ashamed of her geekiness, and that she wants to enjoy being a kid while she still can. Which is a bit of a BrokenAesop since Lisa will ''always'' be a kid.
** Martin Prince is a more straightforward example. Like Lisa, he may wish for popularity, but he'll never give up an ounce of his geekiness to accomplish this.
* The title characters of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' and most of their friends, if you think about it; at the very least nobody ever objects to having the title bestowed on them. In "Nerds of a Feather" the only characters who seem embarrassed at their geekiness are Candace (who fears being outed for her love of a childish toy) and Buford, who uses his "[[PunchClockVillain bully]]" label as an excuse for {{Cosplay}}ing at a sci-fi/fantasy convention:
-->"I'm sure you're wondering why I, Buford, have taken a leadership role in such a geek-centered enterprise. Well, take a look around. This place is crawling with nerds! I'm like a kid in a candy store! Plus, [[OneOfUs I relate to the character of Odar Underhump]] [[HiddenDepths and his complex emotional inner journey]]."
* [[TeenGenius Gretchen Grundler]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.
* [[GadgeteerGenius Tucker Foley]] from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Donald Faison's (of ''Film/{{Clueless}}'' and ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' fame) admitted to seeing ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' over 300 times, and has apparently been working on his Dr. Evazan impression. He was mentioned in the VH1 special "undateable" by one of his girlfriends as to partake in long, multihour [[DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] sessions
* Vin Diesel once related a story about how, during the filming of ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', he and Karl Urban (both D&D fanatics) were discussing games, when out of the blue Judi Dench came along and started a conversation about the campaign she regularly [=GMs=] for her grandchildren. Turns out the [[CoolOldLady old broad]] was as much a D&D geek as the two guys were. And let's face it: A campaign narrated by '''[[IncrediblyLamePun D]]'''[[IncrediblyLamePun a]]'''[[IncrediblyLamePun m]]'''[[IncrediblyLamePun e]] Judi Dench would be ''awesome''.
* [[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4616592653905673144 The "I Am A Gamer" keynote speech at the 2007 Penny Arcade Expo, courtesy of Wil Wheaton]]. There's a reason he's known as King of the Nerds. Wheaton is such a geek icon and so proud of it that he has redeemed himself in the eyes of nerds even though he was [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the original]] [[CreatorsPet Wesley.]] He openly admits that when he [[http://www.tvsquad.com/bloggers/wil-wheaton/ views]] a ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode, he never misses a chance to yell "Shut up Wesley!" at his younger self.
* Creator/SethGreen has a huge collection of action figures and has written a few comic books. Said collection was featured in the "White and Nerdy" video. He also turned his love of action figures [[RobotChicken into a popular TV show.]]
* JossWhedon is pretty geeky, as are almost too many of his characters to list.
* Say what you will about the [[SoBadItsGood quality]] of [[Literature/InheritanceCycle Christopher Paolini's]] work, but the guy is clearly proud of his geekiness. He never misses an opportunity to speak Dwarvish.
** ...and then you remember it's the Dwarvish language ''he himself'' invented. Also his ShoutOut in Brisingr, explained in the Acknowledgements section in the back:
--> '''Paolini:''' Also, for those who understood the reference to a [[LastOfHisKind "lonely god"]] when Eragon and Arya are sitting around the campfire, my only excuse is that [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] can travel everywhere, even alternate realities.
--->Hey, I'm a fan too!
* BarackObama as of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW7OPByRGDY the radio and television correspondents dinner.]]
* AlbertEinstein may be the trope originator.
* KevinSmith. He makes films featuring nerds debating which ''StarWars'' movie was best, the ethical implications of the destruction of the second Deathstar, the status of the ''{{Transformers}}'' as a gift from God, and whether ''StarWars'' or ''LordOfTheRings'' is the true trilogy of Geekdom.
* In addition to being a charming fellow and a stellar voice actor, Creator/CrispinFreeman wins over many because he is a "first generation otaku"...as in, he's been a huge anime fan himself since the day they started popping into the states. In addition to acting, he also hosts discussion panels about certain topics related to anime (and animation in general) and even runs voice acting classes.
* John and Hank Green of the VlogBrothers/Brotherhood 2.0 have successfully developed a community of "Nerdfighters" centered around this pride.
* Creator/FeliciaDay. After a two-year addiction to WorldOfWarcraft, she decided she needed to do something productive with her time and began writing a television show pilot. What was it about? [[TheGuild Online gaming.]]
** She also wrote, directed and starred in ''WebVideo/DragonAgeRedemption'', a webseries of ''Franchise/DragonAge''.
* In the commentary of the first Film/ResidentEvil movie both Michelle Rodriguez and Milla Jovovich talk about their love of video games, especially the Franchise/ResidentEvil games.
* Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' is a proud comic book nerd, ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fan, and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' fan.
* MeganFox. No, ''seriously,'' she is a major anime fan. And it's confirmed in COSMO of all places.
* Gene Simmons of Music/{{KISS}} and ''Series/GeneSimmonsFamilyJewels'' is a proud comic book geek. He has even based his costume off of Black Bolt, Franchise/{{Godzilla}}, and various stuff.
* [[http://kotaku.com/5674604/geek-is Geek Is...]] knowing of a speech that sums up the meaning of the term, and our identification with it.
* Long-time comic-book critic Matt Morrison, whose personal blog is called [[http://www.mygeekygeekyways.com My Geeky Geeky Ways]].
* Creator/SimonPegg. Writer and star of ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', a 'love letter' to zombie films, ''Film/HotFuzz'', an AffectionateParody of action films, and ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', a show made by geeks for geeks.
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