!!Curtis Armstrong

* LargeHam
* MoodWhiplash: Invoked in his pre-elimination speech every episode:
-->'''Curtis Armstrong:''' "The winner will stay to compete for the crown, $100,000, and the right to sit atop The Throne of Games!"
-->*''Cue grandiose sequence of the Throne of Games shot from several angles''*
-->'''Curtis Armstrong''' ''(talking fast):'' "The loser goes home immediately."

!!Robert Carradine

* AnnoyingLaugh: And yet, also strangely endearing. This is also a ShoutOut to his role as Lewis in ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds''.

[[folder:Season 1 Contestants]]
!!Alana Smith-Brown
->'''Age: 26'''
->'''From: Corning, NY'''

A [[{{LARP}} live-action roleplayer]] and comic book fan.
* InformedAbility: In her bio video, she declares that her greatest strength is her ability to be flirtatious to get what she wants. We... don't really see much of that in the show.
* {{Onomatopoeia}}: Likes to use them in the place of adjectives.

!!Brandon Moore
->'''Age: 25'''
->'''From: Nashville, TN'''

Aspiring neuroscience Ph.D. student with two college degrees.
* CantHoldHisLiquor
* DrunkenMaster: Delivers a tipsy albeit cogent lecture on neuroanatomy.
* TheHeart: Referred to as being the soul of the Servants of the Forsaken Orb.

!!Celeste Anderson
->'''Age: 22'''
->'''From: Orillia, Ontario'''

A professional gamer, who is just a handy with a Rubik's Cube as she is with a controller.
* AsianAndNerdy
* BewareTheNiceOnes / BewareTheQuietOnes
* CharacterDevelopment: She stated that her time in Nerdvana has helped her gain confidence in herself.
* PerformanceAnxiety: Has trouble dealing with the pressure of speaking or performing in front of an audience.

!!Danielle Mackey
->'''Age: 23'''
->'''From: Rome, NY'''

Video game [[VlogSeries vlogger]] and ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' enthusiast.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Makes several scathing comments about the other contestants in confessionals, often unprovoked. Joshua is the only one who receives these in person.
* [[spoiler:BreakTheHaughty: For all her snarks and large ego, she gets reduced to tears after losing the quiz challenge in the season finale.]]
* {{Gasshole}}
* {{Jerkass}}
* MyFistForgivesYou: Agrees to end the feud between her and Joshua by slapping him. [[spoiler:Subverted when it becomes apparent that she still holds a grudge against him anyway.]]
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Pink Hair]]

!!Genevieve Pearson
->'''Age: 27'''
->'''From: Studio City, CA'''

A novelist and comic book expert.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She's is friendly, courteous, and polite, but God help you if you get in her way. Even Genevieve describes herself as "sweet on the outside, Machiavellian on the inside."
* CuteButCacophonic: Loves to sing, and this annoys Danielle.
* {{Determinator}}: Goes as far as [[spoiler:winning ''three'' Nerd-Offs, making it all the way to the Final Two.]]
* GenkiGirl
* {{Hypocrite}}: Somewhat. [[spoiler: She goes along with Danielle's idea to send Celeste to the Nerd Off, even though herself and Celeste were allied. Later, when Celeste turns against Genevieve, she gets mad at Celeste for "betraying" her when she did the same to ''her''.]]

!!Hendrik Lentferink
->'''Age: 26'''
->'''From: Somerville, MA'''

An MIT graduate who specializes in geophysics.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Once you hear that he loves to forage for and eat wild mushrooms, and see him wandering about Nerdvana in the early hours of the morning wearing a space helmet, hiding in bushes and climbing trees... it's difficult not to get this impression of him.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Subverted. His picture shows him having a snake, though he himself isn't a villain at all.
* [[spoiler:WeHardlyKnewYe]]

!!Ivan Van Norman
->'''Age: 27'''
->'''From: Torrance, CA'''

Developer of {{Tabletop RPG}}s and a fire dancer.
* CatchPhrase: "They/You have awoken the dragon."
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Shows hints of it, especially when he does his Chicken Panda routine in the third episode.
* FightingYourFriend: [[spoiler: He ends up defeating Joshua in a Nerd Off, just after they had made an alliance.]]
* LargeHam
* TheLeader: Fulfills this role for the Servants of the Forsaken Orb, as a Type II with a bit of Type IV mixed in.

!!Jon Paprocki
->'''Age: 22'''
->'''From: Atlanta, GA'''

A mathematician and theoretical physicist who loves Music/HeavyMetal.
* {{Metalhead}}: Loves to throw up the horns and do his best heavy metal roar.

!!Joshua Ovenshire
->'''Age: 24'''
->'''From: Los Angeles, CA'''

Host/producer of a geek-themed web show, and all-around nerd culture enthusiast.
* JackOfAllStats: Of all the competitors, he's one of the most well-rounded, having dabbled in many different areas of geek culture.
* SatelliteCharacter: He's practically invisible until the third episode, when Danielle becomes agitated with his behavior. Apart from that, he's only defined by his friendship with Ivan.

!!Moogega Cooper
->'''Age: 26'''
->'''From: Pasadena, CA'''

A planetary protection engineer at NASA with a bachelor degree in physics and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.
* BlackAndNerdy
* GenkiGirl: Ranks among the most excitable and outgoing contestants.
* HoistByHerOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Stopped attending to her tower in order to start trying to shoot down Genevieve's, only to have it come crashing down because she wasn't paying attention.]]
* HotScientist: Oh ''hell'' yes.

!!Virgil Griffith
->'''Age: 28'''
->'''From: Pasadena, CA'''

An accomplished computer hacker and Ph.D. student who enjoys the study of brains.
* BrokenRecord: "I was thinking... oh, sorry. I was, I was, I was thinking relative. I was thinking relative again. Yeah, I was thinking relative. Yeah, I was thinking relative."
* CharacterDevelopment: You can tell [[spoiler:from his elimination speech]] that Virgil grew tremendously due to his time at Nerdvana. Perhaps the most obvious sign of this: [[spoiler:by the time he was eliminated, he had almost completely lost the stutter he had at the beginning]].
* HeelFaceTurn
* HiddenDepths: He is rather proficient at dance video games.

[[folder:Season 2 Contestants]]
!!Brian Davidson
->'''Age: 27'''
->'''From: Denver, CO'''

A library science scholar and trivia expert.
* ActionGirlfriend: Brian's lady-friend Liz Thomas is a well-traveled adventure athlete most known for breaking the women’s unsupported speed record on the Appalachian Trail in 2011.
* BadassBeard: Obviously.
* BewaretheNiceOnes: We all may just want to rub his fuzzy head, but he was happy to keep Zack in as long as possible to crush his opponents.
* CarpetOfVirility: It can usually be seen peeking out from the collar of his shirt.
* CatchPhrase: He has "Mad research skills!" Also he's "Wacky."
* CuteBookworm: Come on... Brian is actually studying library science.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: See s2 e4, "Ready, Set, Robot Dodgeball". Makes a comeback in the laser challenge.
* ExpressiveHair: If you look closely, Brian's beard actually delivers his lines during the LARP challenge.
* {{Hipster}}
* {{Hobbit}}: Describes himself as one.
* HotLibrarian: Blinding us with library science.
* LovableNerd: Obviously.
* PettingZooPeople: Okay, slight exaggeration, but he's pretty furry.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Library. Science.
* TheSmartGuy: Okay, fine, on this show they all are...
* {{Trekkie}}

!!Chris Jackson
->'''Age: 27'''
->'''From: Waco, TX'''

A structural engineer and MENSA member.
* TheAce
* BlackAndNerdy
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He believes that his attempts to play mind games with Zack and Jack just motivated their team to finally win after a long losing streak. [[spoiler:He gets eliminated in the Nerd-Off later, with his mind games being a big part of why they nominated him.]]
* JerkAss: In "Nerds To the Rescue," he tries to play mind games with the other team, trying to convince Jack he's angry at him for picking him to be electrocuted in the previous Nerd-Off and constantly trying to annoy or otherwise set off Zack's HairTriggerTemper
* TheLeader
* TheStoic
* TheStrategist
* {{Trekkie}}

!!Jack Hou
->'''Age: 24'''
->'''From: Urbana, IL'''

An M.D./Ph.D. student who specializes in bioengineering.
* AsianAndNerdy
* BaldOfAwesome: After he shaved his head for the LARP challenge. Subverted, though, in that he clearly did it to impress the judges... who had no prior knowledge of whether he was bald or not.
* NiceGuy: Seems to be the only person that is generally nice to Zack.
* KarmaHoudini: Well, he didn't really ''deserve'' much karma for dropping the ring during the challenge and thus preventing "lava" from coming out of their volcano, but with the way the rest of the team acted, you'd think he was bound to go to the Nerd-Off. Instead, he only got one vote (that was shown, at least), and everyone seemed to forget about it.
** To be fair, nobody tried to help him find the ring, and his mistake was overshadowed by Zack's obnoxious behavior.
* MoralityPet: Develops into this for Zack in later episodes.
* SelfDeprecation: On Zack's bad go-karting skills: "An ''Asian'' just told you to drive better!"

!!Josh Wittenkeller
->'''Age: 23'''
->'''From: Grayslake, IL'''

Video game [[VlogSeries vlogger]] and Pokémon enthusiast.
* DeadpanSnarker: Zack cuts him off, and his response is just "That's fine, I didn't want to finish anyway..."
* NamesTheSame: Not to be confused with Joshua from the first season.
* [[spoiler: UnwittingPawn: To the Purple Team. The Purple Team sent Josh to the Nerd-Off in the hopes that he would lose against Zack, as Zack himself was a detriment to his own team. Josh lost.]]

!!Katie Correll
->'''Age: 24'''
->'''From: Pittsburgh, PA'''

A roboticist and puppeteer whose claim includes best-dressed.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl
* MarionetteMaster
* NerdsAreSexy
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]

!!Kayla Lafrance
->'''Age: 28'''
->'''From: Greenacres, WA'''

Aspiring space explorer whose sight is set on Mars.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Essentially states it in the third episode, saying the pirate ship has something for everyone including "tons of cute guys... for Xander".
** She also says in the semifinal episode that she's used to being around guys, but isn't used to the guys paying attention to her, referring to how she's the only girl left in the house.
* ForTheEvulz: She has first place in the "Nerdio Kart" race, outlapping other people, and still proceeds to crash into them to hinder their progress. Zack fiercely believes she did it on purpose, since after she crashed into him and drove off, she laughed. It's not unlikely.
* LesbianJock: Hinted at.
* NeverBareheaded: Almost always seen with her trademark [[NiceHat backwards baseball cap]]. In "Nerdio Kart", she trades it in for a Tron-like racing helmet.
* {{Trekkie}}: Is a HUGE StarTrek fan, to the point where she does not have a high opinion of StarWars.
** Or the new Creator/JJAbrams StarTrek films, for that matter.

!!Kelsey Syers
->'''Age: 23'''
->'''From: Canton, GA'''

A quad-lingual Japanophile and graduate student.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: She was described as being a lot like [[Literature/HarryPotter Luna Lovegood]].
* TheDitz
* GratuitousJapanese: has a tendency to use Japanese words when English ones work just as well
* [[spoiler:WeHardlyKnewYe: Lost the nerd-off in episode 1.]]

!!Mary Kate Smith
->'''Age: 23'''
->'''From: Starkville, MS'''

An aerospace engineering student who gets fired up by rockets.
* BigBeautifulWoman : Has a pretty face and a buxom build.
* BrokenTears: She was not happy and started crying when [[spoiler: Josh]] was eliminated, as she really wanted to see Zack eliminated.
* FagHag: Seems to be very close with contestant Xander
* {{MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic/Brony}}
* SouthernFriedGenius

!!Nicole Evans
->'''Age: 28'''
->'''From: Milwaukee, WI'''

A chemist and roller derbier who is passionate about vanadium compounds.
* GenreSavvy: In Episode 1, she openly explained in her confessionals that she was not going to reveal her chemistry background in the fears that she would have a target on her back.
** Subverted in the fact that she did tell one person, Zack (in order to set up a two-person alliance), who ultimately told everyone in Episode 2 that she was a chemist due to the science-based task that the teams were participating.
* HypocriticalHumor: Her stated reason for helping [[spoiler:Kayla]] over [[spoiler:Jack]] is that latter's argument's for why the former "shouldn't" be the King of Nerds annoyed her since she doesn't like people proclaiming others "shouldn't" be anything for arbitrary, trivial reasons. Undermining her sentiment was that in a previous confession cam the former also argued that the latter shouldn't be King of Nerds because of [[spoiler:a lack of pop culture knowledge]].
* ManipulativeBitch: Knows that psychological warfare is the way to win and isn't afraid to prod Zack's ego to get him to do what she wants, as seen in Episode 3.
* MoralityPet: Was this for Zack.
* TeamMom: Was the only member of Midas Touch Attack that was trying to bring the team back together after Zack's outbursts.
* TheStarscream: Because of Zack's ego, and the fact that he destroyed the alliance between him and Nicole by revealing her chemistry background, motivated her to send him to the Nerd-Off.
** [[spoiler: She's also the only member of Midas Touch Attack to aid Kayla in the finale and that proves to be crucial to the end result.]]

!!Xander Jeanneret
->'''Age: 27'''
->'''From: Los Angeles, CA'''

A [[{{LARP}} live-action roleplayer]] and gamer whose personal motto is "be an open book".
* CampGay: A minor example of this.
* CatchPhrase: "Glitterfit"
* TheDandy: Wears multiple costumes throughout the show, especially in the finale
* GayBestFriend: Is friends with almost everyone on the show, and provides commentary throughout
* GentleGiant: 6'2"
* GreekChorus: Gives running commentary on multiple episodes
* LargeHam: Especially during his team's presentation during the challenge in Episode 2.
* LovableNerd: Generally loved by the other contestants and fans
* NiceGuy: He's probably the nicest guy on the show.
** Subverted temporarily in his threatening proposal to Kayla to try and remain safe from elimination; he basically tells her that if she votes for him, he'll see to it that something bad happens to her. Though as it turns out, he's not very good at ''being'' threatening, because as soon as Kayla points out what he's doing he suddenly gets sheepish and mutters "Awkward..." before proceeding to worry about what might happen.

!!Zachary "Zack" Storch
->'''Age: 21'''
->'''From: Minneapolis, MN'''

A fantasy writer and ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' enthusiast who loves swords and belts.
* AnnoyingLaugh
* BreakTheHaughty: In the robot dodgeball challenge, Midas Touch Attack seems ready to possibly win, with the challenge being close...and then Zack accidentally drives the robot backwards a bit, getting it stuck on a bar and making it an easy target. Instead of getting angry at the controller or something like a sore loser, he gets mad at ''himself'' for screwing up so badly despite being a gamer and his team assuring him for a while beforehand that he could do it. Even the other team acknowledges this, saying to themselves not to rub salt in the wound and staying quiet rather than celebrating like the winning team normally does after these challenges.
* BrilliantButLazy: His team accused him of this during the Volcano task, as he would meditate, then nap to help their team.
* TheCaligula: As he is the leader, he's pretty much shaping up to be this.
* CantHoldHisLiquor
* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Titans of Rigel have this feeling towards him; they want him gone as much as Midas Touch Attack does, but they also know the most strategic move is to keep him in the game to cause chaos for Midas Touch Attack, and so force themselves to vote weaker players to face against him to ensure he wins.
* CatchPhrase: "Victory for [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Sylvanas]]!"
* TheDogBitesBack: In his eyes, this is what he's doing; getting back at his team for not "appreciating" him.
* FaceHeelTurn: In Nicole's eyes, he pulled one when he revealed her chemistry background, destroying their alliance. To the rest of his team, he pulled one when he didn't seem to help much in the challenge, then had a bit of a rant when he was sent to the Nerd Off.
** HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: He was nice in the first episode, and in the second until after the challenge. Then he became a jerk, but a dangerous jerk, even to the others on his team, until the preparation for the Nerd Off in the third episode. He made a speech to everyone else (on both teams) and seemed ready to change his ways, but he was still blurring the line between "good" and "bad" until episode 4, where - while still an InsufferableGenius - he seemed to get along with everyone again. But seeing as they still sent him to the Nerd Off that episode, the rest of his team don't believe the change has stuck.
* HairTriggerTemper: What triggers some of his more JerkAss moments. He has a tendency to go from happy and calm to RAAAAAAAAAGE within a few seconds of something not going his way or him feeling disrespected or unappreciated.
* InsufferableGenius: While he seems to have no idea how to interact with others, his intelligence gives him a legitimate chance at winning.
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He seems like he genuinely wants to be friends with the people there, but from his perspective, the other people don't appreciate him. And he did hate going against Nicole, saying he really doesn't want to send her home.
* SmallNameBigEgo: His bragging (and berating) of Josh before the Nerd-Off in Episode 2 certainly did not go over well with his team.
* SweetTooth: Zack is often seen with a lollipop in his mouth.
* TokenEvilTeammate


[[folder:Season 3 Contestants]]
!!Amanda Liston
->'''Age: 25'''
->'''From: Gilbert, Arizona'''


* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Heather

!!Ben Tully
->'''Age: 29'''
->'''From: Los Angeles, California'''

Marine biologist.

* TheAce

!!Colby Burnett
->'''Age: 29'''
->'''From: Chicago, Illinois'''

''Jeopardy!'' champion.

* JackOfAllTrades: Trivia-wise, Colby has a very vast knowledge base and for what he doesn't know, he knows how to study and retain information.
* TheStoic

!!Heather Wensler
->'''Age: 24'''
->'''From: Denver, Colorado'''


* BiTheWay
* DeadpanSnarker
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Amanda

!!Jacob Rubin
->'''Age: 25'''
->'''From: Oakland, California'''

* WeHardlyKnewYe: Lost the nerd-off in episode 1.
** Averted a little in the season finale, where he's maybe the most prominent nerd who isn't actually one of the finalists.

!!Jonathon Adler
->'''Age: 28'''
->'''From: Tempe, Arizona'''


* TheChessmaster
* TheStrategist

!!Kaitlin Spak
->'''Age: 26'''
->'''From: Redwood City, California'''

NASA engineer.

!!Lily Rutledge-Ellison
->'''Age: 21'''
->'''From: Denver, Colorado'''

Competitive cosplayer.

!!Ori Perl
->'''Age: 22'''
->'''From: Silver Spring, Maryland'''

* ButtMonkey: Nobody on his team seems to like him very much.
* TheDitz: His clumsiness messes them up while putting together their Rube-Goldberg Machine, he takes a long time making oars for a boating challenge (and said oars end up falling apart), and in general he doesn't seem too bright.
** GeniusDitz: When he gets voted into the first Nerd-Off, it's about anime. He gets ''every'' question right and outright decimates his opponent.
* TheLoad: Though subverted as, in the episodes where this comes across most apparently and causes him to get ragged on the most, his team still wins.
** He also proves valuable in the cosplay skit challenge thanks to his ability to choreograph fights.
* NiceGuy

!!Raychelle Keeling
->'''Age: 26'''
->'''From: Springfield, Missouri'''


!!Thomas Vollum
->'''Age: 21'''
->'''From: Huntington Beach, California'''


!!Todd Landree
->'''Age: 26'''
->'''From: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania'''

Comic book nerd.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He was a NiceGuy in episodes one and two. Then in the third, he learns that he's being ''unanimously'' voted into the Nerd Off, even though he had done his job to a tee and Lily was slacking off in favour of flirting with Ben, making her a better one to send home. He held it in as TranquilFury until he ''exploded'' on Lily in a massive TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, which ''everyone from both teams'' had to intervene in. Whether this was a FaceHeelTurn or JerkassHasAPoint is up to the viewers, but everyone on both teams seemed to see it as the former.
* FaceHeelTurn: In episode three, as seen under BewareTheNiceOnes above. Much like Zack from season two, he went from a NiceGuy to a TokenEvilTeammate. [[spoiler: Unlike Zack, though, he didn't stick around long enough to really follow through.]]
** HeelFaceTurn: In the season finale, he atones for his previous actions by choosing to support Lily in the second-to-last Nerd-Off.

[[folder:Season 1 UK Contestants]]


!!Curtis Reubens
->'''Maths nerd'''

!!Emily Jones
->'''Star Wars nerd'''

!!Hannah Harle
->'''Role-play nerd'''

!!Karen Dawson
->'''Doctor nerd'''

!!Kenny Lam
->'''Cosplay nerd'''

!!Kerry Allingham
->'''Gamer nerd'''

!!Mark Hughes
->'''Trekkie nerd'''

!!Matt Barr
->'''Trivia nerd'''

!!Robyn Potter
->'''Potter nerd'''

!!Ryan Macdonald
->'''Space nerd'''

!!Yasmeen Ojeleye
->'''Manga nerd'''