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Nerdgasm

Oh... My... GOD! Commander Kokonoe, that is soooo awesome! No, seriously... I'm feeling a tingly sensation in my naughty bits...

For some reason, geeks like to make jokes that geeks actually have sexual arousal about their geek interests. Not sex or fetishes, this is about the latest technology or something like that. Basically, it's the geek factor that is turning them on. If the thought of Wonder Woman fighting Storm turns someone on because it would be an awesome comic, and not because it's two hot chicks fighting, you have this trope.

Just one of the many ways TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life. Also, some of the examples would be Not Safe for Work.

This also doesn't count if a guy just has raging hormones and gets erections at anything, nor does it count if it's merely Squee or And the Fandom Rejoiced. There has to be implications of sexual arousal.

This can happen even when Nerds Are Virgins.

Compare with Geeky Turn-On, Squee, Why Don't You Marry It?, Awesomeness Is Volatile.

In-Universe Examples Only:

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    Comic Books 

  • Spider-Man cites the trope by name in an issue of New Avengers when he sees the inner workings of an Ultimo the team is helping Iron Man with.

    Film 

     Live Action TV  

  • Yellow Overdrive Power Ranger Ronny seemed to get quite hot and bothered when she saw the zords her team were going to be driving. The fans, of course, latched on to her "zordgasm", and soon put her in a Cargo Ship (with drills, after she had a similar reaction to the Drill Blaster in a later episode).
  • Stephen Fry has a nerdgasm in this video after spotting a Tesla Roadster in traffic and hearing how big of a touchscreen the new Model S will have in the dash. During his second appearance in the "Star In A Reasonably-Priced Car" segment on Top Gear, he got more than a little excited while driving his fast lap and Jeremy asked him if he'd had a crisis.
    • On Stephen's quiz program QI this is a Running Gag. Following a particularly impressive display of obscure knowledge, someone will suggest that they, Stephen, or another guest (often Phill Jupitus) are now aroused.
  • Parodied on an episode of Saturday Night Live with a fake commercial for a sex chat line featuring women dressed as different geek icons (including Princess Leia, Uhura, and Galadriel) who speak only in references to their respective works.
  • On an episode of HGTV's Room Crashers, the host gave a cluttered couple a really cool shelving unit where, upon a button press, their flat-screen TV rose from its hidden compartment. The homeowner squealed "It's so nerdy! I love it!"
  • Adam Savage of MythBusters plays it straight and references it by name in one Indiana Jones-themed myth when he dresses up as Indy.
  • In The Big Bang Theory, Amy tries to induce this in Sheldon so that the good feelings are associated with her. It works.
  • Stephen Colbert had a four-day Nerdgasm in December 2012 in the form of "Hobbit Week" on The Colbert Report, celebrating the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in which he interviewed Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, and Peter Jackson—in which he seemed genuinely excited to talk—and decked out the whole set in Tolkien paraphernalia. There was probably some kind of deal involved, but no doubt Colbert (described by Jackson as "the biggest Tolkien geek I have ever met") would have done it regardless.
  • Liz Lemon finally gets her sex life on track after a rather... interesting scene where she discovers she has a huge scheduling fetish. Then she goes to get some office supplies with Criss...

     Newspaper Comics  

  • A PG version of this trope occurs in FoxTrot with Jason ogling a computer ad in a magazine the way an older boy would ogle a magazine centerfold. Peter's done the same thing with a guitar magazine.
    • Jason and Marcus have both ogled a National Geographic with no-holds barred, fully detailed diagrams of the Apollo 11 lunar lander.

     Video Games  

  • Naked Snake/Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid 3 had one when EVA gives him the .45. He's got a woman with her boobs out in front of him, but he's staring at that gun and gushing over it like he might just try and have sex with it!
  • From the forums of Halo:
    'I didn't like the way they were driving the jeep though, it didn't look as good as in the other movies. But when he showed off the "inverse kinematics" I achieved an immediate erection!
  • This writer for Destructoid admits getting a stiffie when Golden Sun had the third game announced.
  • From Moviebob:
    "A few months back, Capcom gave old-school gamers like myself the world over a Sizemorean-level affliction of acute priapism, by announcing it was revisiting the world of Bionic Commando..."
    • Followed immediately by disappointment at the Real Is Brown take and later by the poor control layout.
  • In Disgaea 3, Comedic Sociopath Mao has a tendency to do this whenever he witnesses something particularly evil. His reaction is complete with labored breathing and drooling. (It's probably worth mentioning that Mao embodies a number of stereotypes of RPG gamers.)
  • Makoto Nanaya of BlazBlue literally does this in Tager's Continuum Shift joke ending, when Tager transforms into a giant gold-plated Humongous Mecha in order to fight a giant robot version of resident Cat Girl Taokaka. Don't ask.
    Makoto: "Oh... My... GOD! Commander Kokonoe, that is so awesome! No, seriously, I'm getting a tingly sensation in my naughty bits... Please, can I have control? Please? Pretty please!?"

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  • Kevin Smith commented on this at a Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined) panel at Comic Con that he was moderating. Tricia Helfer (Number Six) revealed that at one point she used to date Nathan Fillion (Captain Mal Reynolds of Firefly). At this Smith remarked that the knowledge that Number Six used to go out with Captain Mal "would make most nerds cum in their pants". Helfer's response was "That's why we don't tell". Fillion confirmed it at San Francisco WonderCon 2007.
    • A few years later, on a panel for the very same show, Smith commented that a special effects-heavy scene of the Galactica jumping into a planet's atmosphere was so awesome that he came.


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