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  • Pierre Curie the genius physicist in Madame Curie. He is socially awkward, and nearly flees in terror when he sees his professor's dinner invitation is actually an invitation to a large party. When he asks Marie (his future bride Marie Curie) out on a drive into the country, he stammers and twists the hat in his hands.
  • Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards from Eddie the Eagle. He's an enormous klutz, wears glasses, drinks milk, and ultimately manages to achieve his dream of becoming an Olympic athlete.
  • While he grows out of it by the next film, Luke is pretty adorkable in Star Wars. He's endearingly naïve and somewhat geeky, while sporting a ridiculous 70s haircut.
  • Rey in The Force Awakens is a huge dork, between eating dinner while wearing a Rebel Pilot's helmet, nerding out as a Wrench Wench, and her excitement over meeting the Power Trio from the originals. On the other hand, she's a capable Action Girl, and Force-sensitive, effectively kicking Kylo Ren's ass in the climax.
    • As well as Rey, Finn's appeal is pretty much made on Adorkable, with his Cowardly Lion tendencies balanced with his compassionate nature.
  • Kickass:
    • Chris D'Amico/Red Mist could be a villainous example, given his love of comic books, his slight lisp and the fact that he and Dave have a silly bonding moment jamming in Chris's car while on the way to a crime scene. Unfortunately, his lovable dorkiness disappears pretty quickly afterwards.
  • Riley Poole from National Treasure. In particular when he manages to call Ben and Abigail on a historical fact they don't know offhand (that they can still get to Independence Hall in time to solve the clue because daylight savings time did not exist back in the 1700s and, thus, the time shown on the back of the $100 bill would not have been adjusted when it was painted). He even takes a moment to absorb the moment and remarks that Ben must feel like that all the time.
  • Major Hank Marshall in Blue Sky: a nuclear physicist who wears glasses, can't dance, is extremely socially awkward, and plays the clarinet (canonically because he was a band geek at school). He's idealistic, supportive and affectionate, and at one point makes a pun and then announces that he made a pun.
  • Charlie Chaplin's Dogged Nice Guy Tramp persona, known for his comical mugging, pratfalls and also woobie-ness, is Older Than Television and may well have been the Ur-Example: awkward yet charming to no end.
  • Harold Lloyd's Nerd Glasses-wearing characters:
    • In The Freshman, he plays a cluelessly uncool yet ultimately charming college newbie.
    • In Girl Shy, he visibly stutters in the presence of a pretty woman.
  • Clerks II has Elias, a The Lord of the Rings and Transformers-obsessed Jesus freak who's afraid to have sex with his (possibly imaginary) girlfriend because he thinks she has a penis-eating troll that lives in her lady parts.
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  • Abe Sapien was always the smart one of the group in Hellboy (2004), but it wasn't until the sequel he became full-on adorkable. It might have something to do with gaining his first love interest (any time he interacts with her is stuffed full of awkward), but even before that he can be seen geeking out over some rare Victorian goggles. Fangirls are split somewhat between this portrayal and the more traditionally Badass character in the comics.
  • Amélie: Amelie and Nino are quiet oddballs that are kind but have a hard time making friends.
  • Barnes Wallis (played by Michael Redgrave) in British war film, The Dam Busters, is a Downplayed Mad Scientist whose nerdiness is offset by his earnest good nature and inability to hide how queasy he becomes in tense moments, albeit in a very Stiff Upper Lip way.
  • Seth Brundle (played by Jeff Goldblum, who has played characters of this stripe on several occasions) in The Fly (1986) is one of the more nuanced and darker takes on this trope. He's a genius scientist, not so good at talking to women. As he enters a relationship with a beautiful reporter, it turns out that his sweet awkwardness is accompanied by severe insecurity; when he mistakenly believes she is still carrying on a relationship with an ex-lover, jealousy overtakes him. He gets drunk and in his compromised mental state decides to jump ahead to the finale of his experiments in teleportation and teleport himself. This turns out to be a Tragic Mistake — there's a fly in the telepod with him, and he ends up genetically fused with it, resulting in a Slow Transformation into a gruesome mutant undergoing a Split-Personality Takeover. An early sign that something is wrong with him is that he loses his adorkable nature and becomes agressive and quick to anger; once he realizes what's actually happening his sweeter self returns, but only for a while.
  • Bill Pullman as Dr. James Harvey in Casper. Seriously, the guy wears glasses, multiple nerdy sweaters and makes several attempts to be a stern father towards Kat - all of which fail.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X2: X-Men United: Nightcrawler loves to give (often interrupted) long-winded introduction speeches, playfully spies on secret meetings, and awkwardly flirts with Storm.
    • X-Men: First Class:
      • Charles Xavier was a cute geek during his childhood, as demonstrated by the framed pictures of his favourite scientists next to his bed. As an adult, he uses his nerdy knowledge to woo girls at bars.
      • Hank McCoy. Soft spoken, stutters, asks Raven Darkholme out on the pretext of getting a blood sample and then apologizes for being forward.
    • Deadpool (2016): Colossus' first couple scenes have him eating cereal out of a bowl at least three sizes too small for him and lecturing his ward on the importance of eating breakfast in the morning. Near the end of the film, he catches a ride with Deadpool in Dopinder's cab—he's squished in the backseat next to Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and he's casually sipping a drink from a cup that's probably normal-sized, but comically small in his giant hands.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse:
      • This is Kodi Smit-McPhee's assessment of Nightcrawler from the May 2016 issue of Empire.
        "Kurt's an affectionate, cute character. He's almost a cute animal to me. [...] He's awkward and weird and amazing in a different way."
      • When Charles meets Moira at her office, he acts like a nervous and love-struck teenager, and the frequent fumbling of his words embarrasses Alex.
      • Hank stammers when he unexpectedly sees Raven again for the first time in a decade.
  • Griff the Invisible is probably the shyest, meekest, sweetest wannabe-superhero you will ever meet, and fulfils this trope to the point that you almost need a teddy bear while watching so you'll have something to huggle when he's sad. Also his love interest/self-appointed sidekick Melody, a klutzy but very sincere girl with no comprehension of social norms and a lot of strange psuedo-scientific theories. Watching them dash around playing superhero is cute to a possibly lethal degree.
  • James Spader as Dr. Daniel Jackson in Stargate. He looks cute and vulnerable, and he's a geeky and quirky linguist, specializing in ancient languages. And he wears round glasses and looks like John Lennon.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Iron Man: Tony Stark. While he's a snarker and showboater in public, his adorkableness is on full throttle when he's around the few close people he has, teasing them and giving them nicknames. (Like Rhodey.)
    • Thor:
      • Jane's usually a level-headed girl, but anytime Thor turns on the charm, she turns to a giggling school girl. Being played by Natalie Portman certainly didn't hurt.
      • Thor himself applies when he's on Earth. Despite being completely ignorant to how the mortal world works, he is a polite and chivalrous gentleman towards women, Jane in particular, even before his redemption. He even kisses Jane's hand and bows in farewell to Darcy and Erik for their help.
      • The Warriors Three and Sif demonstrated adorkability tapping on the glass window with huge grins when they found Thor.
    • Captain America: The First Avenger: Even after becoming the peak of physical human perfection, Steve Rogers is still the earnest and kind-hearted man that he was prior to the Super-Soldier procedures.
    • The Avengers:
      • Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner. Quiet, nerdy, wears glasses, has rumpled hair, and a slightly nervous demeanor, as he's working for a company he doesn't exactly trust, with other super-powered people who won't get along, and he's trying his hardest to stay calm and not to let "The Big Guy" out. Also, he rides a tiny motorcycle at one point. And with the return of the previously mentioned Steve Rogers and Thor, the film is just FULL of adorkable-ness.
        Bruce: I'm sorry. That was mean...
      • Usually dry and deadpan S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson turns out to be quite adorkable too, particularly as an Ascended Fanboy. For example, he tells Captain America, "I watched you while you were sleeping," before realizing how creepy that sounds.
    • Captain America: Civil War: The Vision, after a year of two of being alive, hasn't quite gotten the hang of interacting with other people, leading to scenes like him not yet knowing he's supposed to use doors, or valiantly trying to make sense of a cookery book, all while decked out in casual clothing (despite being a hyper-advanced android).
      Vision: A pinch of paprika... a "pinch"?
      • And C'MON, the introduction of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in this film is this trope personified! He is a complete fanboy throughout his first battle ("Hey, Captain. Big fan. I'm Spider-Man.") and even the battle plans he suggests are nerdisms ("Hey guys, you ever see that really old movie, Empire Strikes Back? And y'know they were one the ice planet... with the walking thingies?")
    • And then in his own solo MCU outing, Spider-Man: Homecoming: Spidey dials it Up to Eleven. As evidence? This is your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man circa 2016 [1]
    • Black Panther: King T'Challa of Wakanda, ruler of the most advanced nation on Earth, unstoppable badass... cannot talk to the woman he likes without freezing up, so much so even his stoic bodyguard taunts him about it.
      Shuri: Did he freeze?
      Okoye: Like an antelope in headlights!
  • Kishore Kumar from 70's Bollywood film Johnny Mera Naam, at least when he's singing "this oddly stalkerish song".
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
    • Sir Galahad the Pure/Chaste. Zoot and other ladies from Castle Antrax find him irresistible. Unfortunately, they scare him off by being too advancing (they even ask him to spank them). When he seems like he might get into the mood, he's "saved" by one of his friends.
    • Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot. How else do you explain that his favourite minstrels and his group still followed him, even though when he ran away from the danger instead of fighting?
  • Napoleon Dynamite:
    • Napoleon himself has almost No Social Skills, a sometimes strange misunderstanding of the world (ligers do what?), and a general appearance of inferiority, but we appreciate his well-meaning and occasionally successful efforts to help.
    • Deb makes gawky door-to-door sales pitches and cries easily from it, which draws Napoleon's...well, some sort of interest.
    • Pedro is a Fish out of Water exchange student who tries to become popular mainly by being a Nice Guy
    • Kip - Computer geek - hours of online chatting a day, socially awkward, stereotypically nerdy looks. Sings an ode to technology. Attractive to La Fawn Duh.
  • Elliot from Bedazzled (2000) is adorkable, at least at first. Although it's rather negative in that he has no friends and his co-workers actively avoid him because of it, this movie needs a diabetes warning.
  • R in Warm Bodies. He has a bit of trouble communicating with his love interest, being a shambling corpse and all.
  • Bo Baker from from High Stakes is Mr. Imagination, The Pollyanna and Cute Clumsy Boy.
  • Ben Whishaw's Q from Skyfall. Glasses? Check. Sweater? Check. Computer whiz? Check. Nerdy? Check. Check. Check.
  • Star Trek (2009):
    • Chekov, the ship's seventeen-year-old Russian whiz-kid who speaks with a funny accent, gets over-excited and runs in the most adorkable way possible. Taken Up to Eleven in the sequel, in which he gains super adorkable goggles.
      "I ken do zat!"
    • Spock definitely has his moments, especially when he's around his girlfriend, Uhura. Helps that he doesn't seem to comprehend human sense of humour.
      Uhura: Are you sure you don't want me to go instead?
      Spock: That would be highly illogical as I am already outfitted-
      Uhura Spock, I was kidding.
      Spock: Uh... [looks adorkably confused as Uhura kisses his helmet]
  • Detective Alma Dray from Now You See Me when it comes to magic. She looks delighted after pulling off a card trick and claps enthusiastically during the Horsemen's show.
  • Elaine May's character in A New Leaf. Not only is she socially awkward, but she also forgets to take price tags off her clothes; spills multiple cups of tea in one sitting; has to be vacuumed after she eats; doesn't know how to put on a nightgown ("You've got your head in the arm hole") ... and she's a botanist.
  • Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins as this in The Hobbit. He was also pretty adorkable in the original novel, what with his fondness for flowers, maps, and calligraphy and a Cowardly Lion personality that manages to combine bumbling with Guile Hero cleverness, but the films take it Up to Eleven. He faints at Bofur's description of death by dragonfire, mutters nervously to himself a lot, is very nervous about (and mildly allergic to) horses, and he's a Motor Mouth with a tendency to stutter and funny physical mannerisms.
  • The hero of Bringing Up Baby is a young, handsome, yet nerdy and somewhat ditzy scientists — an irresistible combination for the female lead.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), there are a few times when the turtles really do act like teenagers, treating their own exploits like kids would. A particularly funny moment has the group in an elevator right before the climax and they all start beatboxing and using their weapons as instruments in turn, including Raph and Leo. Another funny moment had Donatello wonder if his telescoping staff had the punch to flip a humvee, and as it does so in slow motion the camera lingers on his glee-filled face.
  • The Imitation Game: Some of Alan's scenes with Joan are geeky, slightly awkward and utterly endearing. For instance, they have lunch together outside in what appears to be a picnic date, but they are solving complex mathematical equations. Alan later steals encrypted messages from Bletchley Park, throws little rocks at Joan's window as if he were a would-be suitor, and then sneaks into her room past visiting hours to see if they can find a pattern that can help them break the Enigma code. When Clarke's parents pressure her to quit her job to get married, Turing proposes to Joan on the spot despite not being fully dressed (his shirt is untucked while his suspenders are loose) and there is still a little bit of shaving cream on his face; he then creates a makeshift engagement ring from a string that he finds in his pocket.
  • The Miracle Woman: In true Frank Capra spirit, our leading man does ventriloquism and gets pretty nervous around his crush, Florence Fallon.
  • Stig-Helmer Olsson from the Swedish {{Sällskapsresan}} movie series is this almost to the point of parody. Gangly and awkward, with thick and unfashionable glasses, neat hair and a thin moustache; retreating, softspoken and shy, and topped off with a genuine nice-guy personality that has people asking "Is this guy for real?". Also wears outdated fashion, drives a Messerschmitt, has an overbearing mother, and loves trains (models and real ones). Nonetheless, each movie has one girl falling for him, presumably due to this exact trope.
  • In The Mask, Stanley Ipkiss was most definitely this before he took a level in badass near the end. Because even after he found the mask, he'd still be reduced to a shy, soft spoken sweetheart whenever he was around Love Interest Tina.
  • Creator/Christopher Reeve Superman movies, he plays Clark Kent as an adorkable bumbling dork (although it's just an 'act' and only involves adult Clark).
  • Phoebe from Once I Was a Beehive. This girl is obviously sweet and cute, but have too much of fears of everything and she's very shy and socially awkward sometimes. She's so afraid of go to camp that when her 'leader' want talk about this, she's almost cried until Lane agree to go with her. After that, she immediately go packing.
  • In The Duff, when he's not falling into his jock persona, Wes is this: his childlike enthusiasm for the dumbest things, his penchant for crude humour, and his surprising love of certain things nerdy (like Bianca's "monster voice") make him oddly endearing.
  • Many, many characters played by Leslie Howard qualify, but honorable mention goes to Atterbury Dodd in the 1937 screwball comedy Stand-In. The glasses, the pristine suit, the obsession with mathematics, the awkward fumbling around his love interest Miss Plum....
  • Viago in What We Do in the Shadows, despite being a decidedly non-vegetarian vampire, utterly fails at being a seductively menacing creature of the night. His fussiness, Fang Induced Lisp, and quasi-maternal care for his vampire flatmates are quite endearing.
  • Most of the characters from Don't Think Twice, although deconstructed with Miles whose dorkiness combined with his age and habit of picking up younger women from the classes he teaches demonstrates an outright lack of maturity.
  • In Irreconcilable Differences, Albert and Lucy are both this when they first meet. As time passes, Albert becomes increasingly cold and slick and Lucy turns into a self-absorbed diva, but by the end of the movie, some of their old personality traits appear to be returning.
  • In Back to the Future, George McFly is a scrawny, spineless nerd who takes notes on what to say to the girl he likes, and then gets the words wrong ("Lorraine, my density has popped me to you!" "... What?").
  • The Martian: Both Mark Watney and Mindy Park are this on steroids.
  • Wonder Woman (2017): Etta has an almost fangirl-like fondness for Wonder Woman starting with her first impression.


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