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->''[[Literature/SherlockHolmes Holmes]] is as inhuman as a Babbage's Calculating Machine, and just about as likely to fall in love.''
-->-- '''Creator/ArthurConanDoyle''', in a letter to Joseph Bell

In Fiction Land, being very smart can [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation damage your social prospects]]. This can hold particularly true in the area of [[NerdsAreVirgins 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 ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - 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 Literature/SherlockHolmes, 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 IntelligenceEqualsIsolation.

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, AmbiguouslyGay. However, a heterosexual Celibate Eccentric Genius is possible.

See also CelibateHero, ConfirmedBachelor, and IntelligenceEqualsIsolation. Often overlaps with TVGenius and/or AbsentMindedProfessor.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Lloyd from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' - an eccentric scientist known as the earl of pudding. He seems to show no interest in his fiancee [[spoiler: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 ''Manga/DeathNote'' 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 Literature/SherlockHolmes, which might explain this. Also played straight with [[spoiler:his successor]] Near. Possibly Mello, too, who although he licks chocolate bars in a provocative manner and dresses in revealing leather, [[IgnoreTheFanservice is never seen snuggling up with girls (like the other Mafia members do), and ignores Halle's attempts to seduce him]].
** While his ArchEnemy 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 [[spoiler: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 XanatosSpeedChess 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 SerialKiller.
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'''s Okabe Rintarou ''claims'' to be one of these, though mostly it's an excuse for his [[NerdsAreVirgins social and romantic inexperience]].
* Sasuke from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' seems to be this, since though he plans to eventually revive his dead clan, he shows zero interest in all of the InUniverse fangirls who have been throwing themselves at his feet since he was at least '''8'''. [[spoiler:This all changes by the end of the series, however, as he marries Sakura Haruno and has a daughter with her named Sarada.]]

[[folder: Comics]]
* Adrian "Ozymandias" Veidt from ''ComicBook/{{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.
** This is not the case, however, in ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' (which has a throwaway implication that he is [[BiTheWay bisexual]] and his later celibacy is a kind of permanent mourning for his [[StuffedInTheFridge dead girlfriend]] Miranda St. John) or the film version (which gave him what may or may not have been a [[PornStash collection of gay porn]] and -- in tie-in materials -- described him as having dated Music/{{Madonna}}, Music/StevieNicks, and Music/SheenaEaston).
* In the ''ComicBook/Grendel'' comics, Hunter Rose appears uninterested in sex or romance except for the memories he carries of his first and only love: Jocasta Rose (he was fourteen; she was thirty six).

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''Fanfic/AnExtendedPerformance,'' this is one of the reasons why [[TheAdjectivalSuperhero The Great and Powerful]] [[LargeHam 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.

[[folder: Film]]
* In ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'', Professor Zarkov, ''Half''-MadScientist is the ''only'' named character in the entire movie who doesn't express interest in anything romantic or sexual at any point. This especially noticeable given that everyone around him is ''incredibly lustful'', and even TheHero is NotSoAboveItAll. This may be justified InUniverse. While his memories are being drained, one of the scenes is his beloved wife drowning in a pool accident and him mourning her. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e-V1YV3mLI#t=1m0s here]].
* Emmett "Doc" Brown in ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' finds the notion of LoveAtFirstSight to be ridiculous, until he finally meets Clara Clayton in ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII Part III]]''.
* ''Franchise/GhostBusters'': Egon Spengler is TheSpock and a bit of an eccentric, though not nearly as eccentric as either Ray Stantz or [[DeadpanSnarker Peter Venkmann.]] Yet he's the one their SassySecretary, Janine, has the hots for. Too bad Egon's [[ForScience married to science.]]

[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' in the original novels by Arthur Conan Doyle, may very well be the TropeCodifier, despite what most later, non-Doylean, adaptations will have you believe. Sherlock's brother, Mycroft Holmes, is another example.
* Literature/NeroWolfe. The "celibacy" part is due to being rather unsociable and [[HeManWomanHater not fond of women]].
** It's come out over the course of the books that Wolfe was married before immigrating to America, and that he discovered his wife was attempting to slowly poison him. (Her fate is officially unknown, although the author once said he assumed Wolfe murdered her and got away with it.) Both Wolfe and Goodwin have made comments to the effect that Wolfe ''does'' have a continued interest in women but is determined to avoid showing it; he's certainly celibate from the first novel on but has at times tolerated a woman's presence - or even residence - to a degree that makes ''Goodwin'' uncomfortable.
* Arguably, Granny Weatherwax in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novels is a variation of this trope. Celibacy: her known romantic history consists of an unconsummated youthful romance with Ridcully, and as an old woman she's still capable of [[VirginPower attracting unicorns]]. Eccentricity: she's proud, intimidating, solitary, would have made an impressive WickedWitch under different circumstances, and rides [[TheAllegedCar an alleged broomstick]]. Genius: she's a powerful witch and accomplished GuileHero.
** Interestingly, both Weatherwax and Sherlock Holmes are thin and wiry, have intense light-colored eyes, and are interested in apiculture.
* This trope is [[DiscussedTrope discussed briefly]] in the Creator/RobertAHeinlein novel Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand. [[AuthorAvatar Jubal Harshaw]] explains that Great Men, particularly the great founders or reformers of religions, are either completely celibate, like Jesus, or the complete opposite of celibate, like UsefulNotes/TheProphetMuhammad and Joseph Smith.
* The title character of the Literature/MediochreQSethSeries is one of these. The genius is [[InsufferableGenius natural]], the eccentricity is implied to be a coping mechanism, and he forces the celibacy on himself because he's [[MayflyDecemberRomance functionally immortal]] and [[{{Ephebophile}} trapped in the body of a fifteen-year-old]], so things would be too confusing otherwise.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' reveals that [[spoiler:Severus Snape]] remained celibate due to a failed relationship in his youth. WordOfGod confirms that [[spoiler:Albus Dumbledore]] became this as well, also due to a failed relationship in ''his'' youth.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' gives us Lord Varys (as does [[Series/GameOfThrones the TV adaptation]]). Celibacy? Check (he's a eunuch, so that's kind of a given). Eccentricity? Check (due to his creepy, effeminate appearance and mannerisms). Genius? ''Check'' (he's TheSpymaster, so all the tropes related to {{Magnificent Bastard}}ry and [[TheChessmaster Chessmastery]] would naturally apply).

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* The title character of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' considers himself [[MarriedToTheJob 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 HoYay between him and [[HeterosexualLifePartner John Watson]] that certain fans claim to see all over the place (and which is occasionally referenced in-universe to John's annoyance).
** Sherlock in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' (the [[DuelingWorks American show]]), on the other hand, has lots of sex. It's ([[GenderFlip Joan]]) ''Watson'' who isn't getting any. A fact regarding which [[{{Jerkass}} Sherlock]] is entirely too happy to {{troll}} her.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''
** 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.
** However, that may be changing. As Amy spends more time with Penny and Bernadette, she does begin presenting the desire for more intimacy in her relationship and it's implied some of her celibacy at least was from restraint. With Sheldon though, it's just how he always was. However, when Penny and Leonard asked him, if he would ever become intimate with Amy like that, he paused to think about it before mentioning it is a possibility, showing CharacterDevelopment on his part. [[spoiler:Sheldon and Amy do finally engage in coitus a few episodes after they get back together.]]
** 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 ''Series/{{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 fact, he gets divorced offscreen, and then doesn't reconcile with Sara until the end of TheMovie.
* In ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', men become more intelligent when they stop having sex, because [[AllMenArePerverts 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 ''Series/DoctorWho'', depending on his regeneration. Five and Seven were extremely celibate, which became a plot point with some frequency in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse. From his Eighth regeneration onwards, the Doctor starts getting more and more intimate with his companions (though Creator/TomBaker 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 GirlOfTheWeek.
** Eleven certainly fit this trope for a while, though it went away somewhere between the Battle of Demons Run and when he got married.
** For Five, WordOfGod was a strong influence. Producer John Nathan Turner was famous for saying that "There is no hanky panky aboard the TARDIS". To stress this, he also went as far as to forbid Peter Davison and his female co-stars from any physical contact.
* ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' has Pythagoras, who is explicitly more interested in his triangles than women. [[spoiler:Subverted when it's revealed that's because he's interested in men.]]

[[folder: Music]]
* Played with and Deconstructed in [[Music/{{Hawkwind}} Hawkwind's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYVx178VlZ8 ''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 [[IncrediblyLamePun titular]] piece of discovery (and if you're wondering, no, [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Lemmy]] was not involved).

[[folder: Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', the linguist Henry Higgins has ''two'' whole musical numbers about how much he hates women and loves being a confirmed bachelor.
* In ''Theatre/{{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 Theatre/{{Mrs Hawking}} play series, the deductive genius titular character Victoria Hawking is, according to WordOfGod, [[http://www.mrshawking.com/our-ace-heroine/ an aromantic asexual]].

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Prof. Mordin from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series. Eccentric genius: double check. Celibate: because his entire species has very little sexual drive.
* Jade Curtiss, the party's reformed MadScientist in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', has [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove enough trouble grasping friendship]] as a concept that might apply to his own relationships with others, let alone romance. He seems for the most part to regard emotional closeness as something that [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation happens to other people]], although [[CharacterDevelopment he does get a bit better about this]] as the game progresses.
* Fumi Kanno in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2''. She isn't above jokingly flirting with the protagonist, but at a whole shows little interest in love or romance.
* Prosecutor [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney Miles Edgeworth]] is certainly a genius in his own field and appears to be at least above-average in general intelligence. He has no sort of romantic inclinations at any point in the series; in fact, he seems genuinely astonished that the ladies find him irresistible (or, in the case of people like [[AbhorrentAdmirer Oldbag]], flat-out horrified). Any advances from the opposite sex he generally ignores, choosing to expend his energy on his work instead.
-->'''Edgeworth:''' D-do I really inspire this sort of frothing desire from the female masses?

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* At the beginning of ''Webcomic/Chester5000XYV'', [[NoNameGiven The Scientist]] is so uninterested in sex that he builds his wife a {{sexbot}} so she'll stop pestering him. Later, he has a GreenEyedEpiphany and tries to confiscate the robot and sell it to someone else. Drama Ensues.
* Professor Twiggit, from ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', is another female example of the trope. She's in her early 30's and fairly attractive, but has yet to show any interest in romance. And calling her eccentric, [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/being_picky would be putting it mildly.]]
* Frank from ''Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy'' has admitted to [[http://www.twogag.com/archives/852 "...[turning] down romance in favor of science."]] His lack of a love life is later addressed in [[http://www.twogag.com/archives/3338 this]] GuestStrip.
--> '''Wayne''': Frank, how come you don't go out on dates?
--> '''Frank''': Dating takes away from my important [[BuffySpeak sciencing]] time.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* For a value of "genius" that includes "CrazyAwesome schemer," the Joker in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. He's too focused on his schemes to care that his minion is throwing herself at him. Disturbingly, this series includes probably one of the most brutal (halfway realistic) depictions of DomesticAbuse ever put to western animation.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'': Much like the film entry, Egon is still in it ForScience and still oblivious to Janine's affections. It's eventually subverted when he finally notices and reciprocates; likely helped by the fact that, here, Janine is a SexySecretary. Whereas her film counterpart is just {{sassy| Secretary}}.
* William "Master Billy Quizboy" Whalen from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' is this, although he's BrilliantButLazy and [[spoiler:''does'' end up getting laid]].

[[folder: Real Life]]
* In general, not uncommon for people with Schizoid Personality Disorder.
* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, real-life MadScientist and life-long bachelor.
* UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton supposedly said on his deathbed that his proudest accomplishment was managing to die a virgin.
* Creator/HenryDavidThoreau: Poet, hermit, nonconformist, life-long virgin. This could be a case of SingleTargetSexuality, as he and his brother had a falling-out over a woman (whom neither ended up with).
* Thoreau's contemporary Creator/EmilyDickinson was another ReclusiveArtist and experimental poet who stayed single for life (although there is speculation, largely fueled by the many love poems she wrote, about secret romantic relationships).
* The wildly eccentric and avant-garde artist Creator/AndyWarhol remained celibate throughout his life, possibly due to his Catholic faith.
* Creator/LewisCarroll 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...''[[PaedoHunt unsavory]]'' sexual interests, as he sometimes took naked pictures of little girls (granted, [[ValuesDissonance this wasn't uncommon]] in UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain), and he hung around with a lot of little girls (like ten-year-old Alice Liddell, the inspiration for [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland 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. What's more, Carroll appears to have had a number of love affairs with adult women, but his family swept those under the rug.
* Cambridge don, medievalist, and ghost-story author Creator/MRJames was a lifelong bachelor -- although some who knew him have said that he was probably what we would call a "non-practicing" homosexual.
* 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.
* Temple Grandin. At 69 years old she still hasn't had romance or sex (and adamantly refused to let the makers of [[Film/TempleGrandin the film about her]] put romance in it) and wears cowgirl shirts even when not in Colorado where she lives and works in the cattle industry; in spite of being born to an upper class family in Massachusetts.
* Lise Meitner was a physicist who was a driving force behind the discovery and articulation of nuclear fission and even seemed to be a [[PlatonicLifePartners platonic life partner]] to her married collaborator Otto Hahn, yet there is no evidence of romance in her life.
* Author and artist Creator/EdwardGorey professed to be asexual and to find the whole question of sex "tiresome", and devoted his life to his work and his hobbies (like attending every performance of the New York City Ballet for about two decades straight) -- not that this stopped him from producing works that treated sex in a satirical manner, most notably ''The Curious Sofa''.
* TruthInTelevision: Historically, ''all'' dons at [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford and Cambridge universities]] were required to take a VowOfCelibacy. This had a fair bit to do with the expectation that they would also serve in the priesthood or holy orders. The rule remained in place until the late 1800s. (Though by that time, it was tacitly understood as a prohibition on ''marriage'', not on love affairs.)