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- Jose Rodriguez, Ken Murata's doctor in Kyo Kara Maoh! is an Ambiguously Brown (Afro-Latino judging from his name) American with dreadlocks and glasses who is obsessed with Japanese culture and runs off to Akihabara whenever he goes to Japan.
- Milton from Peepo Choo is an obsessive anime fan.
- Nils Nielsen from Gundam Build Fighters is known in-universe as "The Early Genius," for an intelligence that has him performing doctoral studies as a teenager, and "Samurai Boy," for his apparent passion for Japanese culture. He enters the world tournament with his Sengoku Astray not to win, but specifically to discover the properties of the Plavsky particles that allow the series' titular toy mechas to move and fight like the machines in the show they are based on. Oh, and he's also a ninja.
- Donna King from Marine Corps Yumi is a Yaoi Fangirl and the smartest of the four main characters. Once she's out of boot camp, the first thing she does is go to a comic convention in San Diego.
- George Hamilton III in Peter Bagges' Slice of Life Comic Book Hate. (He appears as a supporting character, and, no, the title does not refer to racism.)
- Alex Wilder, in Runaways. He's even introduced playing a Marvel MMORPG.
- The upper-class psychiatrist in Watchmen is a black man, contrasted with the low-class, street-smart, red-headed Rorschach.
- Static. And for that matter, his inspiration, schoolteacher Jefferson Pierce a.k.a. Black Lightning.
- Miles Morales, the second Ultimate Spider-Man.
- Michael "Mr. Terrific" Holt, the third (yes, third) smartest man in the DCU.
- Victor "Cyborg" Stone, who, while not quite as smart as Holt, is still extremely intelligent and one of the premier scientific authorities in the DCU.
- Black Panther is one of the smartest heroes in the Marvel Universe, though people tend to forget this because he's also a supreme badass.
- Patriot of the Young Avengers. While not immediately evident, it's mentioned in passing that he works as a librarian and attends the Bronx High School of Science, a very prestigious magnet school.
- Marcus in FoxTrot. He's actually the Black Best Friend of equally nerdy Jason Fox, and his dad is apparently some sort of scientist; Jason borrows his oscilloscope on one occasion.
- Oliver Wendell Jones, from the comic strip Bloom County. Probably best illustrated in the strip sequence when his mother tries to get him to act a little more 'black' by wallpapering his room with a huge picture of Michael Jackson's face. Oliver responds by hanging a picture of Albert Einstein over it.
- Lemont Brown from Candorville is a rare main character example of this. He never acts in a manner contrary to the trope, so he can be a bit weak for a protagonist, but thanks to Character Focus he's more fleshed out than most examples.
- Huey and Caesar from The Boondocks fit this to a T, especially Huey (who frequently references Star Wars). Riley has actually called them nerds on occasion.
- In Frazz, Caulfield. A third grader who regularly reads Shakespeare, Hemingway, Vonnegut, etc.
- Louis Starsky from Concept Road.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom, when it comes to humanized fan-art, Twilight Sparkle's color scheme (consisting of varying shades of purple) leads to her often being drawn as black, or at least noticeably tanner than the rest of the cast. She is of course a highly Adorkable bookworm.
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- Taylor Mckessie, the African American head of the chemistry club from the High School Musical movies, with a straight A grade point average.
- In the first Die Hard film, the computer hacker is black, wears glasses, and doesn't have any combat skills. He spends most of his time making basketball references, as if to prove that he's black.
- Anthony Anderson as Glen Whitman in the 2007 Transformers movie, to the extent that when Epps compares claw slashes in a steel wall to Freddy Krueger, Glen jumps in and geeks out by insisting that it was Wolverine, his reasoning being there were three claw marks (Wolverine has three claws on each hand) and Freddy Krueger has four claws. After a beat, Simmons claims this outburst to be "very funny". Despite his nerdiness, the novelization has him end up with Maggie.
- Dear White People: Seeing how the entirety of the film is set in an Ivy League-like university, most of the characters are nerdy to some extent. Most notably though are Samantha White, a burgeoning filmmaker/film buff and leader of the university's militant black students, and Lionel Higgins, an introverted, gay, black sci-fi nerd who — for his sexuality and geekiness — never gets any respect from anyone, white or black.
- Ving Rhames in the Mission: Impossible movies. Like other iffy examples of the trope, he's not really a nerd at all. In fact, he's arguably a Scary Black Man who happens to be a super-hacker as well. Most likely his race is a reference to Barney Collier in the original TV show, who really is a nerd.
- Brian in The Day After Tomorrow puts a lampshade on it: "Sir, I am president of the electronics club, the math club, and the chess club. Now, if there is a bigger nerd in here, please point him out."
- Dean Cain, the villain of How High. A subversion of sorts, since he's repressing an inner Soul Brotha, which is unleashed by THC.
- Miles Dyson in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, is a genius black man in a nerdy field, though he displays no nerdy qualities.
- Ray Arnold, played by Samuel L. Jackson, in Jurassic Park is the park's chief engineer, a nerdy field, though he displays no nerdy characteristics. Contrasting him is Wayne Knight's character Dennis
NerdyNedry, who is a standard, fat, white computer nerd.
- Colin Powell (Jeffrey Wright) and especially Condoleezza Rice (Thandie Newton) come off this way in W., Oliver Stone's interpretation of the presidency of George W. Bush.
- Jeffrey Wright plays a version of this in Source Code, although he was also rather a Mad Scientist.
- And in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jeffrey Wright plays the nerdy Beetee (whose race was not identified in the book, although many people seem to have pictured him as Asian). Perhaps the fact that Wright often wears glasses in real life might explain the type-casting.
- Ethan in Sky High (2005) is this, right down to the button-up shirts and dorky glasses.
- Duncan Pinderhughes in Class Act, he is a genius high school student who was getting ready for graduation, but is somewhat disheartened to find out that, despite his perfect SAT score and 4.0 GPA, Harvard University will not admit him unless he can pass phys. ed.
- Jamie Foxx's character in Collateral
- Max Dillon/Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The comic version of Electro is a blue-collar thug, while the film version is a meek scientist and Spider-Man fanboy.
- Johnson, Bob Morton's friend and fellow exec at OCP in the Robocop movies.
- Lamar Latrell, The Camp Gay, Twofer Token black nerd in the Revenge of the Nerds films.
- Thoth in Gods of Egypt is played by Chadwick Boseman.
- Ronald Wilkes in Cedar Rapids, a straight-laced and nerdy insurance salesman. In one scene, however, he lapses into a Scary Black Man impersonation in order to get his friends out of a fight. He reveals afterwards that he was impersonating a character from "the HBO program The Wire," of which he is a huge fan. Fittingly, the actor had a role in The Wire.
- Effectively enforced within the setting itself for Elijah in Unbreakable: intelligent, black, and suffering from a congenital disorder that makes physical activity impossible. His mother introduces him to comic books to give him something to do, and by the time he is adult he owns and runs a comic arts gallery.
- In the Jim Carrey comedy Me, Myself, and Irene, the protagonist's three black (technically, multiracial, as their mother is white) sons: Jamaal, Shonté Jr. and Lee Harvey are simultaneously Black Nerds as well as Slang-Speaking Scary Black Men.
Shonté Jr.: Damn. I can't figure out the atomic mass of this motherfuckin' deuteron!
Jamaal: Shit, man, that shit's simple! Okay. Tell me this. Tell me this.
Shonté Jr.: What? What?
Jamaal: What's a deuteron made up of?
Shonté Jr.: Duh, a proton and a neutron.
Jamaal: Then what's this motherfuckin' electron doing right there?
Shonté Jr.: Shit, I don't know!
Jamaal: Well, get it outta there then!
Shonté Jr.: Okay, so, you're sayin' I add up the atomic masses of the proton and the neutron, right, I see's that, but what do I do with the goddamn electron? Can I bring it over here?
Jamaal: Enrico Fermi'd roll over in his motherfucking grave if he heard that stupid shit. I mean, he'd just turn over ass up in your face. He wouldn't give a fuck!
- Paul "Lord Nikon" Cook from Hackers. Hosts viewing parties of pirate TV show Hack the Planet, Squees over Acid Burn's new laptop, has legendary hacker Zero Cool's exploits memorized (then again, his Photographic Memory means he doesn't have to actively memorize anything).
- Ford Prefect as played by Mos Def in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This, however, may be the result of the film, being produced by Disney, having downplayed (but didn't completely eliminate) aspects of Ford's character such as habitual drunkenness and womanizing.
- Harry in Michael Crichton's Sphere.
- Crooks in John Stienbeck's Of Mice and Men is one of the first examples of a black nerd.
- Yo-less in the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy. So called because he never, ever says "Yo". "He was born with a defective cool."
- There was a character like this in the novel The Lost World (1995) — the sequel to Jurassic Park, that is, not the one by Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Hiro Protagonist in Snow Crash combines this trope with Asian and Nerdy, being half black and half Japanese as well as one of the better hackers and programmers around. However, he's not much of a nerd at all. In fact, he's got a beautiful ex-girlfriend, a bunch of friends, and badass sword skills both in and out of Cyber Space.
- Óscar de León in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is Dominican and Nerdy.
- Fat Charlie of Anansi Boys, in contrast to his cool "brother", Spider.
- In the Rivers of London books, by his own admission PC Peter Grant is more than a bit nerdy, gangly and tends to have a shaggy-looking haircut. Not that you'd know by the American covers where he is inexplicably metamorphosed into a Scary Black Man with a Bald of Awesome.
- Isaiah in Someone Else's War. (Well...all the characters are black, but he's the only one who's nerdy.)
- Olamide from The Cavaliers Series. In Oxford Blood is by far the hardest working of Harriet’s group of friends. She dresses in a fairly dowdy manner, has an equally nerdy boyfriend and is generally more at home in the library than the bar In Screaming Spires, she reacts to the trauma of her boyfriend’s murder by becoming glamourous and barely working, to the extent that she’s almost kicked out of Oxford. :
- Nicole in Beauty Queens is very smart and wants to be a doctor. However, she isn't socially awkward and Beauty Queens explicitly discusses race.
- George "Sticky" Washington from The Mysterious Benedict Society is a neurotic boy who is highly intelligent due to his photographic memory. His parents abused this by forcing him into contests, which is why he ran away. Sticky is the the only kid to wear glasses, though the others are smart in their own rights as well.
- Angel: Gunn references Daredevil #181 as part of a Perp Sweating and later name-drops several versions of The Flash.
- Steve Urkel in Family Matters. Also his Stalker with a Crush Myra.
- One of the earliest examples is Sergeant Kinchloe (played by Ivan Dixon) in Hogan's Heroes, the camp's radio and electronics genius.
- Only a year later, Barney Collier (played by Greg Morris) was the Token Black on the original Mission: Impossible team, hired specifically for his electrical/mechanical genius. In the 1980's revival series, Grant Collier (Barney's son, played by Greg Morris's real life son Phil Morris).
- Cookie in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
- Malcolm and Hal's primary friends are a father and son team of these on Malcolm in the Middle. Stevie was also a Genius Cripple, making him a Twofer Token Minority.
- Power Rangers has had a couple of these.
- Damon in Lost Galaxy is the team Grease Monkey and Mr Fix It, whose duties include helping repair their city-sized spaceship's engines.
- An even better example would be Ethan from Dino Thunder — gamer, comic fan and nearly inseparable from his laptop (his first scene shows him hacking the school sprinkler system for a prank). He does have a hidden athletic side that got brought out in "Leader of the Whack".
- Power Rangers Megaforce has self-described computer geek Noah, complete with Nerd Glasses.
- Moss, from The IT Crowd, is the extreme variation of this trope. He's nasally, awkward, timid, has no fashion sense and works in IT. He even has his afro parted to the side.
- The Cat's alter-ego Duane Dibbley in Red Dwarf. He was introduced as the Cat's worst nightmare in the Despair Squid episode, then proved popular enough for a return appearance when a psychic monster sapped the Cat of his cool. John-Jules' claims the character is so popular because "no-one's ever written a black nerd before.
- 30 Rock:
- Toofer. In the pilot, he's told "Are there other black nerds or is it just you and Urkel?"
- In Season 7, Tracy dismissed Barack Obama as "that half-nerd".
- Tracy himself would count. He's definitely nerdy, he just doesn't display any of the common drawbacks (in that he's popular, cool, and has lots of sex). He's stated to be a big fan of both Star Trek and Star Wars, and one of his most famous scenes has him running around while screaming "I am a Jedi!" at the top of his lungs. This would be a bit of Real Life Writes the Plot, since Tracy Morgan is a big fan of Star Wars in real life.
- Also Grizz and Dot Com (to an extent), as they're both very well read, speak in soft eloquent voices, and are cultured in art and music, but their physical appearance suggest big, scary, black body guards.
- Gus in Psych. Shawn disapproves of all Gus's comic books, spelling bee and grammar fixations, but almost every episode some of Gus's obscure nerd knowledge comes in handy. He also likes tap dancing (Lassie ends up trying it and realizing that it helps him concentrate on solving crimes).
- Alec Hardison, The Smart Guy of the Leverage team. Subverted in that he's also the coolest guy in the room. Any room.
- On the short-lived Comedy Central series Halfway Home the character Sebastian wants people to think he's a gangsta when the fact is he is a suburban kid who got arrested for hacking.
- Dr. Miranda Bailey from Grey's Anatomy. An interesting example as she is also the resident Sassy Black Woman. A flashback has her being very shy and awkward and even used to wear glasses.
- Micah from Heroes is a child prodigy, and probably the smartest character on the show. Technically he is multiracial (as is the character's actor), as his mother is white.
- Alexandra Moreau from Poltergeist: The Legacy is the rare female (and positively portrayed) example of this trope.
- In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge. His inability to get a date is a Running Gag.
- Turk from Scrubs is both a black nerd (Or "blerd", as he calls it) and one of the show's cooler characters. He actually referred to his cousin as one. One episode had him as a temporary medical resident after breaking his arm and he wore Nerd Glasses to appear nerdier.
- Henry Deacon on Eureka, although he is also pretty outgoing and sociable. It's pretty much a given that any black character in the town will fit this trope.
- Marcus "Augur" Devereaux on Earth: Final Conflict, although he's a downtown cyber-punk hipster kind of nerd.
- Franklin Aloysius Mumford from My Wife and Kids.
- Brother Mouzone from The Wire is exhibits some nerdy traits, such as being immaculately dressed in a bow-tie suit, a high-brow speaker, an avid reader, and an intellectual. However, he's also a ruthless drug gang enforcer.
- Jal from Skins: smart, sensible, and a talented musician. Often teased for being too uptight.
- In Degrassi: The Next Generation, Liberty Van Zandt is the queen of the nerds. Lakehurst's Damian might also count for this trope. In later seasons, Connor takes over Liberty's role as Supreme Black Nerd.
- Raj from What's Happening!!!! . He's the original black nerd! Besides wearing big glasses he was seventeen and still getting spanked with a belt by his mama!
- Darius Hawthorne on Aaron Sorkin's short lived series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
- Holby City neatly subverts this trope, with La Charne Jolly being a rare female example. Alternatively, Ric Griffin...no, not related to Peter...
- Leo of Fairly Legal is an avid World of Warcraft and Magic: The Gathering player.
- Chris Rock expresses this opinion of his childhood self in Everybody Hates Chris: "Before the Internet, there were only two black nerds. Me, and this guy."
- Community: due to Character Development and Flanderization, Troy goes from being a ditzy Jerk Jock to a huge geek, who is still a ditz.
- Cash from Breaking In is such a big Trekkie the agency found him stalking William Shatner, and was able to get Captain Kirk's chair as a reward for keeping him away. He also wanted to do a paired Star Wars cosplay, and was offended when the protagonist refused to join.
- David, the Black Best Friend in Wishbone, fits the smart, competent black computer geek kid stereotype.
- Mac from The Fades, who has a very wide variety of geeky interests to which he compares the show's central premise.
- Boomer from the classic Battlestar Galactica can fit this trope, since he does have a knack for hot-wiring, such as on 'hovormobiles' as revealed in the episode 'Fire In Space'.
- Clarence from Boston Legal although not strictly a nerd, was intelligent and socially awkward. The difference was that instead of replacing socialisation with intellectual pursuits, he found that he could socialise confidently in drag.
- Rocky from Shake It Up is the biggest nerd opposed to Henry on the show.
- In Continuum, Lucas Ingram is the Liber 8 group's science and tech expert. As a zealous political terrorist, however, he doesn't actually have any nerdy mannerisms.
- Friends: The "Morning's Here!" guy who lives across from Joey's bedroom.
- In the Supernatural episode "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20), there is a black college anthropology professor who is wearing glasses, a sweater, and a button up shirt.
- Max Lewicki in Perception is a graduate student in Neuroscience and not only works as a teaching assistant to his brilliant professor boss, but also is in charge of figuring out ways to keep said boss grounded and in control of his schizophrenia. Max is also a cultural nerd who is sometimes seen indulging in Star Wars themed pastimes (including wielding a light saber in an unidentified game where he claims to "whipping some Jedi ass" and also attending a scifi convention dressed as Lando Calrissian).
- In Rizzoli & Isles, Detective Barry Frost is well versed in computer technology, action figures, and MMORPGs.
- One Hundred Things To Do Before High School has Fenwick, who is said to be the smartest student in his grade.
- In Beverly Hills 90210, Steve's friend Herbert, who helped "hack" into the school's computer to change his grades.
- Captain Ray Holt from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, who finds things like obscure historical references to be absolutely hysterical.
- Ice-T played a frighteningly convincing criminal version of this trope on New York Undercover. His intelligence made him one of the most difficult villains to stop on the show, taking multiple episodes before he is defeated.
- The African love interest in Kent Jone's Don't Mind:
- "She got that high grade, Her weed come with diplomas"
- Harvard Law graduate David Otunga qualifies, what with his goofy bowties and argyle sweater-vests.
- Xavier Woods definitely qualifies. He's a fan of anime, comic books, video games, and pretty much anything from The '90s. Not only is he One of Us, Xavier Woods is also educated. One of his degrees is a Master's in Psychology and he's working on getting a PhD.
- Woods later carried this trope into The New Day, a trio of gleefully nerdy black men. Their pinnacle of nerdiness came at WrestleMania, when they came out into the ring dressed in Saiyan armor. When Woods isn't wrestling, he also has his super-successful YouTube gaming channel, where many of his wrestling co-workers appear.
- Warhammer 40,000:
- Vulkan, the black Primarch of the Salamanders Space Marine chapter was, with the possible exception of Ferrus Manus, the most technologically savvy of the Emperor's sons, being an expert weaponsmith. His chapter carries on this legacy as they often design and build their own weapons, particularly flame throwers and the eponymous war hammers (playing their John Henry iconography for all it's worth), and are generally one of the more intelligent, or at least reasonable, Imperial factions.
- The Space Wolves chapter is also something of an example, as the few dark-skinned members come from a mercantile culture that lives on their planet's southern islands rather than the more primitive vikings in the frozen north the chapter usually recruits from. As a result, Black Wolves are more familiar with technology and more likely to take up skilled positions like tank commanders or Techmarines rather than foot soldiering.
- The rock musical Passing Strange focuses on a middle-class young black man from L.A. who is into Zen Buddhism and spirituality, and leaves home to travel Europe and commune with other artists. Somewhat subverted in that he's also rock musician. The character is actually based upon the show's co-writer and narrator Stew, of the band The Negro Problem.
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to feature Afro-British actress Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger. The Harry Potter fandom has been floating the idea of Hermione as black for quite some time now, and although the idea is still controversial (partly due to ambiguous descriptors — her eyes are brown and her hair is dark and curly, but her face is described as various colors in different scenes), J. K. Rowling (the author of the books) and Emma Watson (a white actress who played Hermione in the movies) have spoken in support of this casting choice.
- Bully's Cornelius and Sheldon, played straight.
- Your Voice with an Internet Connection in Red Faction, Hendrix. Needless to say, he doesn't make it to the end of the game.
- Louis from Left 4 Dead works in IT. That alone might not be enough to make him into a nerd, but in comparison to Bill and Francis, who are a retired Green Beret who served two tours of duty in Vietnam and a Badass Biker, he can come across as a mix of one and an Action Survivor. The Sacrifice DLC shows him to be a bigger nerd than once originally thought: he can read Japanese, makes a joke by comparing computer firewalls with molotovs, and is worried about having no internet or Xbox to play with when he and the other survivors go to the Florida Keys to live on an island.
- Jim Chapman in Resident Evil Outbreak enjoys crossword puzzles, and is rather wimpy in all other respects.
- Donald Anderson in Metal Gear Solid and Sigint in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (who are actually the same character), They're not exactly as nerdy as Otacon or other scientist characters, but they're not exactly skilled soldiers either.
- Dr. Diggins from Fossil Fighters. Brilliant scientist, able to understand alien technology. Lover of dinosaurs. Dorky enough (or just that Crazy Awesome) to wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt beneath his lab coat.
- Meredith Baker from Bliss Stage: First and Final Act was the top of her class before The Bliss hit, and a literary Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fangirl to the point of wearing a freaking House Ravenclaw scarf.
- The computer game adaptation of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream makes Ellen a computer scientist and engineer.
- From Dino Crisis we have Rick, who spends most of the time in the control rooms as well as fixing technical problems.
- Nishan of High School Story is a black nerd with a mohawk. He used to do homework for jocks before transferring to your school in addition to maintaining his own high grades, and eventually builds a scale model of a Venusian volcano complete with toxic gas clouds.
- Amani Ronga, who functions as Mission Control in Waking Mars. She occasionally drifts into Technobabble in her conversations with her expedition partner Liang, who politely says "Yes" whenever she does so.
- James Parnell of Evolve happens to own a fairly large collection of comic books and is mentioned to be expanding it. He's also eight feet tall, ex-military, ex-mercenary, owns an armor plated combat suit and fights multi-story tall monsters for a living.
- Duane in Penny and Aggie, who is a huge English nerd to the point that his class presidency reelection campaign logo was just the letter A.
- Ian Jones-Quartey, author of RPG World, if his portrayal of himself in his autobiographical series IanComix is anything to go by.
- Sensei Greg of El Goonish Shive is obsessed with anime, and even invented anime style martial arts.
- Brandi of Wapsi Square is a female example. While her intellect isn't always apparent, she's still a huge fan of Star Trek and other such shows.
- Probably Dale, now that he's getting some Character Development, though use of technology doesn't reliably indicate nerdiness in the Questionable Content-verse. Although defining himself by his World of Warcraft faction counts.
- Jacob of Shortpacked!. As almost everyone in the cast is also a nerd, the main contrast is that he's a 90s kid who makes Ethan and Amber (who grew up with Transformers and the Ninja Turtles) feel old.
- Morgan in Nerf NOW!!, originally a female Demoman of Team Fortress 2. She's the cast member with the clearest preference for classic, pretentious, and/or just plain brutally difficult games, the most disdainful of fanservice, and generally goes for the most complicated strategy in any game. On the rare occasions the Author Avatar appears based on Jo's actual appearance instead of the usual "purple tentacle," he also counts.
- Justin "Ransom" Oluransi of Check, Please!, while also the bro-est of bros, is a 4.0 gpa biology major and is frequently seen thinking in protein folding diagrams.
- The Onion:
- Racial Harmony Achieved By Casting of Black Actor as a Teen Computer Whiz.
"You wouldn't normally think a black kid would be running a high-school computer lab, but we have one doing just that," Blochner said of her show, whose uplifting and dignified portrayal of black youths in America is being widely credited for the sudden flowering of racial justice and harmony across the nation.
- African-American Community Calls For New Black Nerd Archetype.
- Racial Harmony Achieved By Casting of Black Actor as a Teen Computer Whiz.
- The Legion Of Extraordinary Dancers has The Fanboyz, a trio of, well, Ascended Fanboys all of whom are Black and Nerdy.
- The Nitro Game Injection podcast has this in Larry Oji. Not only does he love video game music, he is also a huge Professional Wrestling geek.
- Jericho of the Whateley Universe. He's fifteen years old and is building power armor. Working power armor. His clothes are also the most horrible thing on a campus full of Half-Human Hybrids and other monstrosities.
- Friendly Neighborhood Librarian is the epitome of black and nerdy, geeking out over books in general, manga, and especially Dragon Ball Z.
- Andre the Black Nerd invokes this in his name, and loves his video games and cartoons.
- The Once and Future Nerd has Nelson as a black fantasy video game Genre Savvy nerd who indulges in Conversational Troping as the story proceeds.
- Wyatt from 6teen isn't a complete nerd, but he is the most intellectual of the group. Though he looked very geeky as a kid (complete with glasses and vest).
- Walter "Doc" Hartford of Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers both fits and subverts the trope. A bona-fide computer psychiatry Ph.D. and top-notch hacker, he is also prone to making pop culture wisecracks and fond of jive slang, often acting as the team's comic relief. However, he also acts as the team's Deadpan Snarker and the Badass Normal.
- Alan Powers ("Brain") from Arthur. He's an animal like everyone else — a bear to be exact — but he celebrates Kwanzaa and has relatives in Senegal.
- The Falcon in Avengers Assemble. In the show, he even designed his own wings/flight suit (as opposed to the comics, where they were built by the Black Panther).
- Max Gibson from Batman Beyond is a computer hacker and scored a perfect 2400 on her SAT expy.
- Jodie from Daria. She wasn't that nerdy, but her parents were constantly on top of her to do well, often at the expense of a social life. Mack was also one of these to an extent, although he was also a football player and one of the popular kids.
- AJ in The Fairly Oddparents, along with his cousin Tucker in Danny Phantom (both were created by Butch Hartman). Although AJ has been Flanderized into an Insufferable Genius with a touch of Positive Discrimination.
- Brock from The Godzilla Power Hour isn't particularly nerdy, but he is Dr. Darien's science intern and definitely a smart guy.
- Irwin from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, yo. He's very intelligent, and socially inept. He also frequently hits on Mandy despite the fact that she can't stand him.
- Wade from Kim Possible. He's a ten year old genius who already completed college and makes all of Kim's gadgets.
- One of the members of Minoriteam is Fasto, the jive-talking, womanizing fastest man alive. His civilian identity is that of Lando K. Dutton, a nebbish bookworm and professor of Women's Studies.
- Salma from ParaNorman, which is fitting for an admitted Velma Expy.
- The Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters have Winston Zeddemore and Roland, respectively. Winston's frequently seen brushing up on historical texts (a trait carried on to the 2009 video game) and is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, while Roland loves classical music. Of course, they're both very experienced with advanced technological equipment as well, due to their jobs.
- In Recess, Vince's older brother Chad is this, though it's used only to illustrate a difference between him and Vince, who's an ace athlete. Also Rodney, one of the Pale Kids.
- Cassidy Williams, the Velma-counterpart in the previous incarnation of Mystery Inc in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, As Angel Dynamite, not so much.
- The Simpsons:
- One of the three nerds who roomed with Homer at Springfield U. The character in question, Benjamin, was once mistaken for Urkel in the comics.
- Also Lewis, Bart's friend, in some incarnations.
- Static/Virgil from Static Shock. He's an honor roll student that's heavily into Comic Books/Superheroes and occasionally gets bullied around (especially pre-series).
- Cyborg in the animated Teen Titans series. Unlike the other interpretations of Cyborg over DC history, this version learned robotics and rebuilt himself. Also a Genius Bruiser.
- In Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic, Steel is a history buff, but mildly nerdy.
- Cameron from Total Drama Revenge Of The Island. He's spent most of his life reading due to growing up in a bubble (literally), knows a good deal about psychology, and tends to trip up in conversation due to his lack of social skills.
- Cleo Carter from Tutenstein, when it comes to Egyptology.
- Taranee from Witch is both Black and Nerdy and Asian and Nerdy. She's especially bookish in the cartoon adaptation. Taranee is quite smart and wears glasses.
- Nicely summed up by Donald Glover (famous for being a black nerd on Community)
"...I'm a black nerd and that shit was illegal 'till like, 2003."
- Further expanded upon it by stating that nerds are people who like "strange, specific things" and that Urkel doesn't qualify due to being "retarded."
- R. Talsorian founder Mike Pondsmith, however, started his pen-and-paper roleplaying company in 1982, and is responsible for Cyberpunk, Teenagers from Outer Space, Castle Falkenstein, and Mekton (which was inspired by Mobile Suit Gundam.) He also has a B.A. in graphic design and B.S. in psychology, and was roped into roleplaying in 1977 when he was introduced to Dungeons & Dragons and Traveller.
- Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States, is an avowed fan of Star Trek, collected Conan the Barbarian and Spider-Man comic books, is hopelessly addicted to his Blackberry, follows Aperture Science on Twitter, and made Internet culture and technology concerns a cornerstone of his campaign.
- Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, JCS Chairman, and Star Trek fan.
- Tay Zonday.
- Washington DC has a substantial black anime community.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and host of NOVA ScienceNow on PBS.
- Pierre Bernard, Conan O'Brien's graphic designer.
- Rosario Dawson. Also Puerto Rican and still nerdy. Not to mention hot.
- Lupe Fiasco. Loves Anime, manga, videogames, skateboarding, martial arts, and coincidentally is one of the most creative and talented rappers out there.
- Pharrell Williams played in a marching band in high school, enjoys Star Trek and the words of Carl Sagan, and one of his bands is named N.E.R.D.
- Mendel Bij de Leij of Aborted and System Divide fame is well-known for his love of video games and anime.
- US immigration policy gives strong preference to people with skills and education, which means that this trope is often Truth in Television when it comes to African immigrants and their children. (This policy is also one of the main causes of Asian and Nerdy.) Statistically, sub-Saharan African immigrants have higher levels of educational attainment than all other American ethnic/immigrant groups, including whites and Asians. Nigerian Americans, as a migrant group, are the most educated in the U.S.
- The Atlantic's senior editor and blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates. Aside from his more obvious American history and music nerdom, he's a huge fan of comic books and plays World of Warcraft. According to his memoir The Beautiful Struggle, he was also a bit of a Cloud Cuckoolander as a kid.
- SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott.
- "Popular gaming pundit" N'Gai Croal, of Edge and (formerly) Newsweek, among others.
- Aisha Tyler has a "I Can Kick Your Ass At Halo" shirt, and in one stand-up routine claimed that she would never have kids because that would eat into her Halo time.
- Players of the Yu-Gi-Oh TCG who play in California will attest that there are a lot of black players. This wouldn't be noticeable aside from that black players from California tend to act in a manner that wouldn't clue you in that they were nerdy in the slightest, acting as street tough, like the people who you would expect to make fun of you in school for playing the game.
- Alfonzo Rachel of the Macho Sauce Productions fame is a huge Battlestar Galactica fan and, in his own words, a sci-fi dork. Of course, he himself doesn't look all that nerdy.
- Rapper MF DOOM, full-stop. His stage persona is, quite literally, Doctor Doom as a rapper, and in almost any given song, he makes it very clear that he is One of Us, frequently including shout outs to Star Trek, Fist of the North Star, Predator, Scooby-Doo, and more.
- Jay-Z isn't really this, but his engineer Young Guru is, and when he was working with Jigga on his then-new album back in 2005, Guru was reading a comic called Kingdom Come. He saw the parallels between Superman's place in the comic, and Jay-Z's place in hip-hop. As a result, in 2006, Jay-Z released his comeback album — entitled Kingdom Come.
- Otaku ASSEMBLE.
- LeVar Burton plays these sorts of characters a little too well to be entirely acting, as evidenced by his work as Geordi LaForge (who really ought to be the trope image) and his work on Reading Rainbow.
- Many of the top fighters within Fighting Game tournaments are black.
- Especially Marvel vs. Capcom. It's Mahvel, baybee! Incidentally, the guy who said that is actually Hispanic, but most people assume he's black and a lot of people see him as the face of the Mahvel side of the FGC, at least until the third game (where he was referenced)
- The 2011 and 2012 EVO champion of Mortal Kombat 9, is a black guy named PerfectLegend. In 2013, Perfect Legend's was dethroned as the Mortal Kombat 9 EVO champion, only for another black and nerdy guy named C88 DJT to take the title.
- Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team. The Onion's portrayal of him takes this Up to Eleven.
- Kiera Wilmot, a black teenager who got expelled from school for a science experiment gone wrong.
- To elaborate, the girl was an ace student and had no previous record of doing anything wrong, but was expelled and charged under Zero Tolerance policies. But, in a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming; fellow nerd Homer Hickam, a retired lead astronaut trainer for Spacelab and the ISS, learned of her story and got scholarships for both her and similarly academically accomplished sister to attend Space Camp. Is Nerds Stick Together a trope?
- Twin valedictorians Marcos and Malcolm Allen who are graduating high school with 4.8 GPAs.
- The runner of Your Yu-Gi-Oh Channel.
- Cory Booker - former Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, currently Senator from New Jersey. Not only did he graduated from both Yale and Stanford, he was also a Rhodes Scholar.
- Tosin Abasi has a huge understanding of musical theory and puts all his knowledge into his music. Though...
- Berhan Ahmed, receiver of the Australian of the Year award, is an Eritrean-Australian social activist and science nerd with a PhD in forest science. He has changed from his enviable role as an expert in termite taxonomy and its effects on crops, trees, and buildings, to become the chairman of the Victoria-based Africa Think Tank.
- Charles Frank Bolden, Jr, the current Administrator of NASA. As well as having a science degree, he is a a retired United States Marine Corps Major General and a former astronaut.
- Lonnie G. Johnson, the inventor of the Super Soaker, is an engineer who owns a technology development company with over 80 patents.
- Furbearingbrick, a personality in the Creepypasta community best known for the "Worm Jeff" saga, is an African-American woman with a fondness for obscure Japanese video games and video game trivia.
- Magic: The Gathering pro player and commentator Cedric Phillips.
- Percy Julian, who developed an interest in plants as a child, and would grow up to receive more than 130 patents for his work synthesizing medicines from them. He pioneered the development of cortisol, steroids and the birth control pill. His wife, Anna Johnson Julian, may also count as a female example of this trope as she was the first black woman to earn a PhD in her field (sociology) at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Larry Wilmore is a self-proclaimed "blerd" (black nerd); on one episode of The Nightly Show he mentioned President Roslin in a discussion on women in politics.
- Wayne Brady has stated that in order to be a good improv actor, you need to be a nerd. He's dropped many an obscure reference to prove his point.
- Phil Morris was already familiar with the origin of Vandal Savage before voicing the character on Justice League. Bruce Timm also related a tale on one of the Justice League: The New Frontier commentariesnote of running into Morris at the San Diego Comic Con—Morris was there, not to promote any projects he was working on, but purely as a fan to buy comics and other stuff.
- Many Youtubers have literally made successful careers being Black and Nerdy. Examples include: Marques Brownlee, Soldier Knows Best, and many others.