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* Izuku Midoriya from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is a hero {{Otaku}} to the nth degree, to the point that he memorizes the favorite foods and ''trees'' of the world's most famous heroes. After obtaining One For All, he eventually becomes a brawler who rushes into the middle of the fight to deal serious hurt and overpower his opponents with his SuperStrength, going so far as to break a limb if he needs to use 100% of his new power. But his greatest strength is his nigh-encyclopedic hero knowledge and knack for strategy.

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* Izuku Midoriya from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is a hero {{Otaku}} to the nth degree, to the point that he memorizes the favorite foods and ''trees'' of the world's most famous heroes. After obtaining One For All, he eventually becomes a brawler who rushes into the middle of the fight to deal serious hurt and overpower his opponents with his SuperStrength, going so far as to [[HeroicRROD break a limb limb]] if he needs to use 100% of his new power. But his greatest strength is his nigh-encyclopedic hero knowledge and knack for strategy.


* ''Literature/{{Sourcery}}'' has Nijel, a weedy kid who's taking a CorrespondenceCourse in heroism (of the [[ThudAndBlunder barbarian variety]]) and [[TookALevelInBadass ends up being pretty good at it]]. Good enough to run off with Conina, daughter of the Disc's most famous hero.

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* ''Literature/{{Sourcery}}'' has Nijel, a weedy kid who's taking a CorrespondenceCourse in heroism (of the [[ThudAndBlunder [[HeroicFantasy barbarian variety]]) and [[TookALevelInBadass ends up being pretty good at it]]. Good enough to run off with Conina, daughter of the Disc's most famous hero.


Compare the SuperLoser, an uncool superpowered being, and SuperZeroes, who are ineffective at heroism. For characters who generally take GuileHero or TheSmartGuy roles to the point where viewers might even forget they're devastatingly effective at getting physical, they might have MinoredInAssKicking. Can also be a WorkingClassHero if the nerdy hero is also from the lower working-class backgrounds.


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Compare the SuperLoser, an uncool superpowered being, and SuperZeroes, who are ineffective at heroism. For characters who generally take GuileHero or TheSmartGuy roles to the point where viewers might even forget they're devastatingly effective at getting physical, they might have MinoredInAssKicking. Can also be a WorkingClassHero if the nerdy hero is also from the lower working-class backgrounds.

backgrounds. Compare PopCulturedBadass, who is often this trope.



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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'' has Spider-Man, who uses battle strategies from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. He also compliments Falcon and Winter Soldier on their tech ''while fighting them.''


* This trope is all over the place in Series/TheFlash2014, especially in Team Flash. Cisco is a GadgeteerGenius who has some combat training (and picks up metahuman powers as well), [[spoiler: ''both'' versions of Harrison Wells are pretty badass]], and Patty Spivot is an {{Adorkable}} police detective who enjoys reading Barry's lab reports [[spoiler: and leaves to become a CSI herself]]. Barry Allen himself evenly splits the difference between being a {{Nerd}} and an ActionHero -- he catches bad guys both as a CSI tech and as the Flash.

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* This trope is all over the place in Series/TheFlash2014, especially in Team Flash. Cisco is a GadgeteerGenius who has some combat training (and picks up metahuman powers as well), [[spoiler: ''both'' versions of Harrison Wells are pretty badass]], and Patty Spivot is an {{Adorkable}} a dorky police detective who enjoys reading Barry's lab reports [[spoiler: and leaves to become a CSI herself]]. Barry Allen himself evenly splits the difference between being a {{Nerd}} and an ActionHero -- he catches bad guys both as a CSI tech and as the Flash.


%%* Daniel Jackson of ''Series/StargateSG1'' eventually developed into this.

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%%* * Daniel Jackson of ''Series/StargateSG1'' eventually developed into this.this. He started out as the bookish archaeologist / linguist of the team, usually wielding only a sidearm and having to be defended by others while he translated the inscriptions on whatever ruins they investigated. He continued [[TookALevelInBadass multiclassing into badass]] thorough the series, becoming as competent with weapons and military tactics as the soldiers on the team. This becomes extremely obvious in the season 8 two-parter finale [[Recap/StargateSG1S8E19MoebiusPart1 Moebius]] in which we get a peek into an alternate timeline where he didn't gain said badass levels and remained a meek nerd.


Compare the SuperLoser, an uncool superpowered being, and SuperZeroes, who are ineffective at heroism. For characters who generally take GuileHero or TheSmartGuy roles to the point where viewers might even forget they're devastatingly effective at getting physical, they might have MinoredInAssKicking.


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Compare the SuperLoser, an uncool superpowered being, and SuperZeroes, who are ineffective at heroism. For characters who generally take GuileHero or TheSmartGuy roles to the point where viewers might even forget they're devastatingly effective at getting physical, they might have MinoredInAssKicking.

MinoredInAssKicking. Can also be a WorkingClassHero if the nerdy hero is also from the lower working-class backgrounds.


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* Billy, the Blue Ranger of the ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers]]. A walking stereotype of a nerd, complete with a {{Technobabble}} way of speaking, NerdGlasses, and overalls. Becoming a Ranger actually improves his nerd cred, since now he gets to tinker with the super-advanced technology of the Command Center and and thus is able to create a horde of impressive machines, as well help make minor upgrades to their Zords, that aid in their fight against the forces of evil. In subsequent seasons, he gets much less stereotypically nerdy, reducing his technobabble speech, and wearing less baggy clothes[[note]]subsequently revealing the actor's impressive physique that the overalls only mostly hid[[/note]], as a result of CharacterDevelopment and becoming a much more confident fighter.
** Really, any especially geeky and/or nerdy Ranger count, especially Billy's two {{Expies}} [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Ethan]] and [[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Noah]]


* ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' has Nijel, a weedy kid who's taking a CorrespondenceCourse in heroism (of the [[ThudAndBlunder barbarian variety]]) and [[TookALevelInBadass ends up being pretty good at it]]. Good enough to run off with Conina, daughter of the Disc's most famous hero.

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* ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' ''Literature/{{Sourcery}}'' has Nijel, a weedy kid who's taking a CorrespondenceCourse in heroism (of the [[ThudAndBlunder barbarian variety]]) and [[TookALevelInBadass ends up being pretty good at it]]. Good enough to run off with Conina, daughter of the Disc's most famous hero.


* Milo Thatch in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' starts out as an out-and-out nerd, but [[TookALevelInBadass mans up]] and leads the final assault on the bad guys.

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* Milo Thatch in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' ''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' starts out as an out-and-out nerd, but [[TookALevelInBadass mans up]] and leads the final assault on the bad guys.



%%* Pretty much the entire cast of ''Disney/BigHero6'', but ''especially'' Hiro Hamada.

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%%* Pretty much the entire cast of ''Disney/BigHero6'', ''WesternAnimation/BigHero6'', but ''especially'' Hiro Hamada.


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* Yomiko Readman of ''Anime/ReadOrDie''.

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* %%* Yomiko Readman of ''Anime/ReadOrDie''.



* Ishida Uryuu from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.

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* %%* Ishida Uryuu from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.



* Mr. Fantastic of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' qualifies, DependingOnTheWriter.

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* %%* Mr. Fantastic of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' qualifies, DependingOnTheWriter.



* Professor William Race of ''Temple'' by Creator/MatthewReilly definitely qualifies.

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* %%* Professor William Race of ''Temple'' by Creator/MatthewReilly definitely qualifies.



* Series/{{Chuck}} is a textbook example. Complete with ActionGirl girlfriend.
* Daniel Jackson of ''Series/StargateSG1'' eventually developed into this.
* As did Rodney [=McKay=] of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', who started out ejecting the clip from his gun while attempting to fire it to carrying and effectively wielding a P-90 and acting just as physically competent as Sheppard, the Lt. Colonel team leader.

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* %%* Series/{{Chuck}} is a textbook example. Complete with ActionGirl girlfriend.
* %%* Daniel Jackson of ''Series/StargateSG1'' eventually developed into this.
* As did Rodney [=McKay=] of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', who started out ejecting the clip from his gun while attempting to fire it to carrying and effectively wielding a P-90 and acting just as physically competent as Sheppard, the Lt. Colonel team leader.



* Ernie Eaglebeak of ''VideoGame/TheSpellcastingSeries''. He's got an atomic dragon and a sea monster on his tally, plus, you know, saving the world a few times.
* Filia from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}''.

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* %%* Ernie Eaglebeak of ''VideoGame/TheSpellcastingSeries''. He's got an atomic dragon and a sea monster on his tally, plus, you know, saving the world a few times.
* %%* Filia from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}''.



* Both Lloyd and Jeff from the ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}}'' series are perfectly capable of taking out the bad guys despite not having any Psychic powers like their companions.

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* %%* Both Lloyd and Jeff from the ''Videogame/{{MOTHER}}'' series are perfectly capable of taking out the bad guys despite not having any Psychic powers like their companions.



* Pretty much the entire cast of ''Disney/BigHero6'', but ''especially'' Hiro Hamada.

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* %%* Pretty much the entire cast of ''Disney/BigHero6'', but ''especially'' Hiro Hamada.


Compare the SuperLoser, an uncool superpowered being. For characters who generally take GuileHero or TheSmartGuy roles to the point where viewers might even forget they're devastatingly effective at getting physical, they might have MinoredInAssKicking.


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Compare the SuperLoser, an uncool superpowered being.being, and SuperZeroes, who are ineffective at heroism. For characters who generally take GuileHero or TheSmartGuy roles to the point where viewers might even forget they're devastatingly effective at getting physical, they might have MinoredInAssKicking.



For characters who generally take GuileHero or TheSmartGuy roles to the point where viewers might even forget they're devastatingly effective at getting physical, they might have MinoredInAssKicking.

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Compare the SuperLoser, an uncool superpowered being. For characters who generally take GuileHero or TheSmartGuy roles to the point where viewers might even forget they're devastatingly effective at getting physical, they might have MinoredInAssKicking.MinoredInAssKicking.


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* Rick from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is the smartest being in existence and is capable of all kinds of action whenever needed.


* In ''Fanfic/AmazingFantasy'', Izuku is surprised when Bakugou doesn't refer to him as a nerd for ten minutes. It's immediately lampshaded how pathetic that sounds.

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* In ''Fanfic/AmazingFantasy'', Izuku is surprised when Bakugou doesn't refer to him as a nerd for once in the first ten minutes.minutes they're sitting next to each other at the U.A. Entrance Exam. It's immediately lampshaded how pathetic that sounds.


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* In ''Fanfic/AmazingFantasy'', Izuku is surprised when Bakugou doesn't refer to him as a nerd for ten minutes. It's immediately lampshaded how pathetic that sounds.
-->'''Izuku:''' Oh man, that just sounds sad...
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