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* Satsuki Shishio, the protagonist's teacher in ''Manga/HirunakaNoRyuusei'', a history geek and a fan of shoujo manga who is also incredibly handsome.

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* Satsuki Shishio, the protagonist's teacher in ''Manga/HirunakaNoRyuusei'', ''Manga/DaytimeShootingStar'', a history geek and a fan of shoujo manga who is also incredibly handsome.

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*Comedian and character actor Chris Elliot has made a career out of playing off-putting-but-friendly nerds, spazzes, and other outcasts in such films as ''Film/GroundHogsDay'' and ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary." While he's not classic leading-man handsome, Elliot isn't hideous, and in many roles he's forced to wear baggy clothes and loose shirts and jackets to hide the fact that, in real life, he runs Ironman Triathlons as a hobby and has the muscled, athletic physique such a hobby requires.


** ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' has Anna Belknap's Lindsay Monroe. Who herself was a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Vanessa Ferlito as Aiden Burn.
** At least until the character of Jessica Angell was introduced...as an even ''more'' Suspiciously Similar Substitute.

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** ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' has Anna Belknap's Lindsay Monroe. Who herself was a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Vanessa Ferlito as Aiden Burn.
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Burn. (At least until the character of Jessica Angell was introduced...as an even ''more'' Suspiciously Similar Substitute.) They also have Hill Harper's Dr. Sheldon Hawkes and A.J. Buckley's Adam Ross, both handsome guys with advanced degrees...just in different fields. Actually, then whole cast here could arguably be classified as {{Adorkable}} as well, come to think of it.


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** ''Series/CSINewYork'' has Anna Belknap's Lindsay Monroe. Who herself was a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Vanessa Ferlito as Aiden Burn.
** A rare InUniverse LampshadeHanging occurs on an episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' when the killer of the week, a cast member of a ''Series/JerseyShore'' {{Expy}} (and repeatedly mentioned to be incredibly hot), is discovered to have a masters in Engineering from M.I.T., and is not the only genius of the group. Turns out that she got so mad with the rush of popularity that came with being a cast member (which she apparently had to sacrifice to get her Masters in record time) that she killed another cast member that was going to blow the FlockOfWolves secret wide open (because she was sick of having to pretend being a debauched bimbo, ratings be damned).

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** ''Series/CSINewYork'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' has Anna Belknap's Lindsay Monroe. Who herself was a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Vanessa Ferlito as Aiden Burn.
** At least until the character of Jessica Angell was introduced...as an even ''more'' Suspiciously Similar Substitute.
** A rare InUniverse LampshadeHanging occurs on an episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' when the killer of the week, a cast member of a ''Series/JerseyShore'' {{Expy}} (and repeatedly mentioned to be incredibly hot), is discovered to have a masters Masters in Engineering from M.I.T., and is not the only genius of the group. Turns out that she got so mad with the rush of popularity that came with being a cast member (which she apparently had to sacrifice to get her Masters in record time) that she killed another cast member that was going to blow the FlockOfWolves secret wide open (because she was sick of having to pretend being a debauched bimbo, ratings be damned).


* [[http://ca.jezebel.com/5786058/why-do-movies-hate-nerd-love?skyline=true&s=i This article]] is a highly critical look at the trope (specifically, it asks why {{Hollywood Nerd}}s never end up paired with ''[[PairTheSmartOnes each other]]'' rather than the jock[=/=][[AlphaBitch popular girl]] of the day.

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* [[http://ca.jezebel.com/5786058/why-do-movies-hate-nerd-love?skyline=true&s=i This article]] is a highly critical look at the trope (specifically, it asks why {{Hollywood Nerd}}s Hollywood Nerds never end up paired with ''[[PairTheSmartOnes each other]]'' rather than the jock[=/=][[AlphaBitch popular girl]] of the day.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': George is a rather attractive gal despite her usually intentionally baggy clothes and androgynous look, which is even more evendent when she cosplays. She's also BlackAndNerdy and of course wears [[NerdGlasses glasses]].


** And then there's TheMovie(s) where is portayed by Linda Cardellini and goes from [[http://www.selectspecs.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/velma3.gif this]] to [[http://humordistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/velma-movie-196x300.jpg this]]. As the felines say, [[AdaptationalAttractiveness Rrrrrrrroowwwwlll]].

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** And then there's TheMovie(s) where is portayed by Linda Cardellini and goes from [[http://www.selectspecs.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/velma3.gif this]] to [[http://humordistrict.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20101103092327/http://humordistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/velma-movie-196x300.jpg this]]. As the felines say, [[AdaptationalAttractiveness Rrrrrrrroowwwwlll]].


* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' parodied this in one episode where Schwarzenegger parody Ranier Wolfcastle stars in a movie called "Undercover Nerd". Worth seeing for one of the [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments funniest]] {{Bond One Liner}}s ever:

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' parodied this in one episode where Schwarzenegger parody Ranier Wolfcastle stars in a movie called "Undercover Nerd". Worth seeing for one of the [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments funniest]] funniest {{Bond One Liner}}s ever:





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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]], UNIT scientist Malcolm Taylor is a classic, with NerdGlasses, a nasal voice, a shy personality and a passionate love for his gadgets.



* ''Series/GoodOmens'': Newton "Newt" Pulsifer is a classic. He has {{nerd glasses}}, messy hair, is quite socially inept, and remains a virgin in his 20s (he'd never even ''kissed'' anyone prior to meeting Anathema).

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* ''Series/GoodOmens'': ''Series/{{Good Omens|2019}}'': Newton "Newt" Pulsifer is a classic. He has {{nerd glasses}}, messy hair, is quite socially inept, and remains a virgin in his 20s (he'd never even ''kissed'' anyone prior to meeting Anathema).



* The titular character in ''Series/{{Jake20}}'', played by Christopher Gorham, is yet another TV geek who is 18 varieties of hot by any real-world standard. One can argue that the {{Nanomachines}} in his bloodstream are what give him a [[ShirtlessScene physique that could cut glass]], but still ...

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* The titular character in ''Series/{{Jake20}}'', ''Series/Jake20'', played by Christopher Gorham, is yet another TV geek who is 18 varieties of hot by any real-world standard. One can argue that the {{Nanomachines}} in his bloodstream are what give him a [[ShirtlessScene physique that could cut glass]], but still ...



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* With her braided hair, her OpaqueNerdGlasses and her conservative style to wear her uniform, Osaragi from ''Manga/KaguyaSamsaLoveIsWar'' comes off to the reader as this, but in-universe, she is seen as a very attractive woman who has lots of boys fawning over her. Onodera is surprised to see that despite her looks, Osaragi is actually very nerdy.

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* With her braided hair, her OpaqueNerdGlasses and her conservative style to wear her uniform, Osaragi from ''Manga/KaguyaSamsaLoveIsWar'' ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' comes off to the reader as this, but in-universe, she is seen as a very attractive woman who has lots of boys fawning over her. Onodera is surprised to see that despite her looks, Osaragi is actually very nerdy.

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* With her braided hair, her OpaqueNerdGlasses and her conservative style to wear her uniform, Osaragi from ''Manga/KaguyaSamsaLoveIsWar'' comes off to the reader as this, but in-universe, she is seen as a very attractive woman who has lots of boys fawning over her. Onodera is surprised to see that despite her looks, Osaragi is actually very nerdy.


* Creator/SandraBullock's character in ''Film/TheNet''.

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* Creator/SandraBullock's character in ''Film/TheNet''.''Film/{{The Net|1995}}''.



* Velma from ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' franchise. In the original ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?]]'', Velma was decidedly plain - there was nothing particularly interesting about her face, her hairstyle was at best unflattering, and her sweater made her look approximately like a barrel on legs. Then, in ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' she was redesigned - her hairstyle and face were subtly changed, and her waist was pinched in, giving her an actual figure. Now she's kind of cute. From aversion to straight as an arrow in one shot.

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* Velma from ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' franchise. In the original ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?]]'', ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'', Velma was decidedly plain - -- there was nothing particularly interesting about her face, her hairstyle was at best unflattering, and her sweater made her look approximately like a barrel on legs. Then, in ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' she was redesigned - -- her hairstyle and face were subtly changed, and her waist was pinched in, giving her an actual figure. Now she's kind of cute. From aversion to straight as an arrow in one shot.



* Sam from ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''. She's a bookish and studious girl, but also gorgeous and popular.

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* Sam from ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''. ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' She's a bookish and studious girl, but also gorgeous and popular.



* Jane Douglas of [[WebVideo/OutsideXbox OutsideXbox]] has a masters degree in physics and has done astronaut training with the European Space Agency - with a [[Franchise/MassEffect talking Elcor plush]] keeping her company.

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* Jane Douglas of [[WebVideo/OutsideXbox OutsideXbox]] ''WebVideo/OutsideXbox'' has a masters degree in physics and has done astronaut training with the European Space Agency - -- with a [[Franchise/MassEffect talking Elcor plush]] keeping her company.


* Tails from the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series fits this trope quite well. His mechanical expertise rivals Dr Robotnik's, and his cuteness is legendary.

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* Tails from the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' series fits this trope quite well. His mechanical expertise rivals Dr Robotnik's, and his cuteness is legendary.


* Henry Higgins, as played by Rex Harrison in ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', may qualify. He's a phonologist/linguist/dialectician with few social graces -- a nerd even for his time -- but he's not unattractive for a fella his age. He even gets away with attending that royal ball he's testing Eliza Doolittle with, and while he might not have been super-refined, he wasn't kicked out early, either. Again, this likely has to do with the casting of Rex "Sexy Rexy" Harrison, who was married six times.

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* Henry Higgins, as played by Rex Harrison in ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', ''Film/MyFairLady'', may qualify. He's a phonologist/linguist/dialectician with few social graces -- a nerd even for his time -- but he's not unattractive for a fella his age. He even gets away with attending that royal ball he's testing Eliza Doolittle with, and while he might not have been super-refined, he wasn't kicked out early, either. Again, this likely has to do with the casting of Rex "Sexy Rexy" Harrison, who was married six times.


* Every season of ''Series/PowerRangers'' with a geek for a Ranger (except a CousinOliver in season 5) suffers horribly from this, generally shifting between Calvin Klein-worthy Blue Rangers who just speak a lot of {{technobabble}}, to stunningly beautiful Pink Rangers who overwork themselves while on the job. Insert dorky glasses where necessary, on either gender.

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* Every season of ''Series/PowerRangers'' ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' with a geek for a Ranger (except a CousinOliver in season 5) suffers horribly from this, generally shifting between Calvin Klein-worthy Blue Rangers who just speak a lot of {{technobabble}}, to stunningly beautiful Pink Rangers who overwork themselves while on the job. Insert dorky glasses where necessary, on either gender.

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