Characters / Revenge of the Nerds

Characters from the classic 80's comedy Revenge of the Nerds with some backround information on the characters and some tropes they provide examples of.

The Nerds

Lewis Skolnick

The main nerd in the film. He starts out at Adams College with an optimistic attitude. He later learns to stand up for himself and "the rights of other nerds", as he puts it.

  • Motive Decay: So in the first movie he learns to be proud of being a nerd, and then in the second one he doesn't like being called a nerd? In the third, he's shed his nerd persona and ends up taking it back up again.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: "All jocks ever think about is sports, but all nerds ever think about is sex" gets him the girl in the end.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: He actually loses his virginity in the movie though, to an Omega Mu.

Gilbert Lowe

Lewis's best friend, who starts at Adams at the exact same time. He has a habit of seeing the negative.

  • Annoying Laugh: Not quite to the same extent as Lewis, but still quite bad, especially when he and Lewis laugh together.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Just about every noteworthy character appears in the fourth movie - except Gilbert.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the second movie, he doesn't go with the others thanks to a broken leg, only talking to them on the phone.
  • Epic Fail: He manages to break his leg offscreen during a chess match.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: He and Lewis make a speech about this at the end.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lewis. They grew up together and share a room in their original dorm until the Alphas throw everyone out after burning down their own house.

Dudley "Booger" Dawson

Booger, who's real name is Dudley Dawson, may not be a "traditional nerd" like the rest of them, but he's still an outcast. Also he's around as smart as the rest of the nerds.

  • Badbutt: Easily the toughest of the Lambdas.
  • The Casanova: In the third and fourth movie it is implied that he's humped and dumped most of the Omega-Mu's. This becomes a bit of a plot-point in the latter movie when he's accused of having fathered a child and can't be sure he didn't.

Takashi Toshiro

  • Super Gullible: Believes anything people tell him, and thanks them for it.

Harold Wormser

  • Child Prodigy: He's a preteen who's attending Adams college.
  • Dirty Kid: At the party with the Omega Mus, its shown that because of his height he's about eye-level with the girls' chests. He's quite pleased. He also gleefully partakes in the voyeuristic observation of the Pi's after the Nerds install secret cameras in their dorms.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Because his actor aged in the three years between films, he's noticeably older in the second film.
  • Tagalong Kid: Because he's much younger than the others, being still a child while in college, he fills this role.

Lamar Latrell

Arnold Poindexter



The Jocks

Stan Gable

  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Revealing he's a Closet Geek is deliberately played as like someone revealing being gay, including the phrase "coming out of the closet".
  • Easily Forgiven: Played with in the third movie. Lewis is perfectly willing to put past bullying behind him, but Betty is apprehensive and Booger is outright antagonistic. After exonerating Lewis at the trial and revealing he's a Closet Geek, though, everyone embraces him as a friend.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: After Lewis gets arrested, Betty asks him if he's trying to coerce her to get back with him in return for Lewis' freedom. He replies that he'd never try something like that.
  • Friendless Background: Implied during the third movie. Stan tells Betty that no one has any real friends, just people who use each other before moving on.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the third movie when he realises that he has some geeky tendencies (such as being able to operate a computer), he actually eventually sides with the nerds.
  • Jerk Jock: In the first film, he's the captain of the football team and makes life hell for the nerds.

Betty Childs

  • The Cheerleader: Head cheerleader, in fact. She always wears the uniform.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: She thinks so near the end anyways.
  • Sex–Face Turn: After she and Lewis have sex, she realises that she actually likes him due to his skill.

Frederick Aloysius "Ogre" Palowakski

  • The Brute: The largest of the Alphas, he is the muscle for them.
  • Catch-Phrase: "NERRRRRRRRRRRRDS!"
  • Jerk Jock: In the first two films, he goes along with the Alphas in their torment of the nerds.
  • Mook–Face Turn: In the second movie, the Alpha Betas strand him along with the nerds when they realize he won't keep quiet about their misdeeds, and he ends up bonding with the nerds and taking their side. At the end, he's made a Tri-Lamb proper.
  • Popular Is Dumb: As an Alpha Beta, he's pretty much a big, dumb, violent brute, and they make use of him as one. Subverted in the fourth movie, when an offhand comment about working with relief efforts in Africa suggests that he shaped up after joining the nerds.



Coach Harris

Played by John Goodman

Mr. Skolnick

Played by James Cromwell

Lewis' father.

Edgar Po Wong/Master Snotty

Played by James Hong