Celibate Eccentric Genius

He just wants to show off his latest electrical wonder.

Okabe: Bite your tongue! My IQ is on par with Sir Isaac Newton's, and like his august self, I have no use for the fairer sex! Hououin Kyouma is devoted to higher purposes than these ridiculous flights of fancy!—
Kurisu: Yes, we get it - you're a genius as dedicated to science as you are to virginity.

In Fiction Land, being very smart can damage your social prospects. This can hold particularly true in the area of sex and dating. However, this character doesn't care about driving off potential suitors with their intelligence or unusual interests. The Celibate Eccentric Genius knows that there are many more interesting and intellectually stimulating activities in this world than dating.

The Celibate Eccentric Genius is Exactly What It Says on the Tin - an intellectually brilliant, eccentric character who does not, in canon, engage in sexual or romantic entanglements. They may or may not be considered a potentially desirable partner by others, but to count as this trope, their celibacy must be, to some degree, voluntary - an eccentric genius who just can't get a date does not qualify.

Possibly due to the influence of Sherlock Holmes, these characters are usually introverts, often lack interest even in conventional social activities that don't involve the pursuit of romantic partners, and tend to suffer from Intelligence Equals Isolation.

These characters often lack a canonical sexual orientation, but are often perceived as Asexual by the fandom, or, for the ones involved in close same-sex platonic friendships, Ambiguously Gay. However, a heterosexual Celibate Eccentric Genius is possible.

See also Celibate Hero, Confirmed Bachelor, and Intelligence Equals Isolation.


Anime and Manga
  • Lloyd from Code Geass - an eccentric scientist known as the earl of pudding. He seems to show no interest in his fiancee and doesn't seem to mind when his engagement is broken off. In fact, he outright admits that the only reason he agreed to marry her was solely so he could inherit the old Ganymede-class Knightmare Frame her family owned.
  • L from Death Note appears to be this. He avoids thinking about anything other than detective work, which honestly seems to be only thing he's interested in. He's partly based on Sherlock Holmes, which might explain this.
    • While his Arch-Enemy Light has at least two relationships in the series, both are based entirely on manipulation and usefulness, so he may qualify as this as well. Its not clear how far either girl "gets" with him, but the second isn't with him very long before he murders her and as for the first, Misa, he only shows interest in her when he wants her to kill or otherwise do something for him; he also thinks about killing her on several occasions, and the only reason Misa lives is due to Xanatos Speed Chess necessitating Light keeping her alive. It's established early on that Light is quite popular with the ladies but rarely showed interest in them even before becoming a Serial Killer.
  • Steins;Gate's Okabe Rintarou claims to be one of these, though mostly it's an excuse for his social and romantic inexperience.
  • Sasuke from Naruto seems to be this, since though he plans to eventually revive his dead clan, he shows zero interest in all of the In-Universe fangirls who have been throwing themselves at his feet since he was at least 8.

  • Adrian "Ozymandias" Veidt from Watchmen, maybe. In the original graphic novel, "the smartest man in the world" is shown totally devoid of any visible romantic or sexual interest (and doesn't appear to be repressing it a la Rorschach, either), despite being regarded as something of a celebrity sex god in-universe (reporter Doug Roth comments "[e]very girlfriend [he's] had in the last four years has wanted to lay this guy") and thus implicitly having his free pick of partners, if he wanted them. Rorschach believes he is "possibly homosexual", but this is never elaborated upon.

Fan Works
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic An Extended Performance, this is one of the reasons why The Great and Powerful Trixie is alone. As least if you ask her it is.
  • Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm: Jason Shepard possesses extreme intelligence (enough to completely memorize the entire inner workings of 3 long-dead superheroes and himself), yet never gives any indication of wanting a relationship, physical or otherwise. When Luna first takes Sailor Moon to see him, he is living a quiet (read: lonely) life far from Tokyo, yet evidence in the stories indicate that he preferred the isolation because it gave him peace. Combined with the fact that he seems to dislike the idea of intimacy, Jason seems to be quite celibate and no worse off because of it.



Live Action TV
  • The title character of Sherlock considers himself married to his work, though that doesn't stop an intense - but brief - relationship from blossoming between him and Irene Adler in A Scandal in Belgravia, the exact romantic/sexual nature of which is not discussed; and then there's the Ho Yay between him and John Watson that certain fans claim to see all over the place (and which is occasionally referenced in-universe to John's annoyance).
  • In The Big Bang Theory, Dr. Sheldon Cooper before Amy Farrah Fowler came along. Even his dynamic with Amy isn't particularly conventionally romantic.
    • Sheldon and Amy both qualify. Ironically, it's the very thing that brought them so close together - they understand each other's disdain for sex better than anyone else.
    • In the backstory Leonard's parents only had sex in order to procreate. Once that was done, they were done.
  • This was essentially Gil Grissom for the first few seasons of CSI; he did make a few remarks to Sara that ship fans now adore, but he really didn't seem interested in romance at all up until it was revealed he was with Sara in the season 6 finale. We don't know the exact time they became an item, but we know it wasn't the entire series.
  • In Seinfeld, men become more intelligent when they stop having sex, because most of their brains are always obsessed with sex, and that part begins to function properly when sex is no longer a factor in their lives.
  • The Doctor in Doctor Who, depending on his regeneration. Five and Seven were extremely celibate, which became a plot point with some frequency in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe. From his Eighth regeneration onwards, the Doctor starts getting more and more intimate with his companions (though Tom Baker loves to imply that this started way back with Four). And of course, the First Doctor had a granddaughter and even got engaged to a Girl of the Week.
    • Eleven certainly fit this trope for a while, though it went away somewhere between the Battle of Demons Run and when he got married.
  • Atlantis has Pythagoras, who is explicitly more interested in his triangles than women.

  • Played with and Deconstructed in Hawkwind's ''Quark, Strangeness, and Charm,''. The song pokes fun at certain acclaimed scientists throughout history, such as Einstein and Galileo, as being lovelorn through missing that one titular piece of discovery (and if you're wondering, no, Lemmy was not involved).

  • In My Fair Lady, the linguist Henry Higgins has two whole musical numbers about how much he hates women and loves being a confirmed bachelor.
  • In Chess, Freddie prefers to get his kicks "above the waistline". He's also the second-best chess player in the world. He's also freaking insane.
  • In the Mrs Hawking play series, the deductive genius titular character Victoria Hawking is, according to Word of God, an aromantic asexual.

Video Games


Western Animation

Real Life
  • In general, not uncommon for people with Schizoid Personality Disorder.
  • Nikola Tesla, real-life Mad Scientist and life-long bachelor.
  • Isaac Newton supposedly said on his deathbed that his proudest accomplishment was managing to die a virgin.
  • Henry David Thoreau: Poet, hermit, nonconformist, life-long virgin.
  • Andy Warhol was another eccentric artist who remained celibate throughout his life.
  • Lewis Carroll is often interpreted as this, given that he was an eccentric genius and a life-long bachelor. There's still debate as to whether he had certain...unsavory sexual interests, though. He sometimes took naked pictures of little girls (granted, this wasn't uncommon in Victorian Britain), and he hung around with a lot of little girls (like ten-year-old Alice Liddell, the inspiration for that other Alice). But it's not certain that that behavior was due to any perversions, and even if he did have any shady urges, there's no evidence that he took his urges any further than that.
  • The great philosopher Immanuel Kant never took any interest in sex during his lifetime.
  • William James Sidis was a child prodigy who entered Harvard at age eleven and excelled in most fields throughout his life...and was also celibate.