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Betty Childs: Are all nerds as good as you?
Lewis: Yes.
Betty: How come?
Lewis: 'Cause all jocks ever think about is sports. All we ever think about is sex.

Sometimes nerdy characters are depicted as being naive and ignorant about sex. Other times, however, nerdy, dorky, and geeky characters are shown to be hyper-focused on sex, to an almost unhealthy or creepy degree. note 

Like with Nerds Are Naïve, this seems to be related to the stereotype that Nerds Are Virgins; the typically No Social Skills-having nerdy characters can't flirt well enough to successfully attract suitors, leaving them with a lack of personal experience regarding sex that becomes a fixation. Such nerds might think about sex constantly, drool and ogle over the bodies of their peers, playfully grope their friends, have a robust collection of porn, Hentai, and/or H-Games (depending on the flavor of nerd they are), try to peep at the popular cheerleaders or the unsuspecting in the privacy of their own homes, steal the underwear of classmates, engage in a perpetual Quest for Sex, etc.

At best, these nerds will be depicted as a Chivalrous Pervert. Sure, they may think about sex constantly, but that doesn't mean they lack morals or boundaries or will force their desires onto others. Or they'll be shown as a Covert Pervert: nerdy Shrinking Violets or The Quiet Ones who nonetheless have a hidden perverted side that is only revealed to the audience and other characters every now and then, often by them Nosebleeding (and other actions to indicate horniness) in the background.

Less favorable depictions will be like the Casanova Wannabe, constantly trying and failing to sleep with people. These characters seem to be either unaware of or simply not concerned by their own nerdiness. Or they're more like the Lovable Sex Maniac, whose behavior towards others toes the line between acceptable and predatory, but is treated In-Universe as ultimately harmless. note 

But when a work isn't going for a sympathetic portrayal, nerdy characters will have an interest in sex bordering on the depraved. They'll masturbate to the worst horrors Rule 34 has produced involving just about every fetish known to man, lecherously stalk and predate on the uninterested objects of their affection, put explicit Candids for Sale, attempt to trick or coerce girls into sex or just zapping them with The Nudifier in public, or have a Perverse Sexual Lust that crosses over into full-blown delusion. Many in this category are Extreme Omnisexuals or Depraved Bisexuals, having few limits as to who (or what) helps get them off and willing to do the unthinkable to get off. The Basement Dweller and Otaku of all stripes are the most susceptible to this portrayal. Loners Are Freaks and Fetishes Are Weird go hand-in-hand with this version. Closely related and on a slightly more positive note is Brains and Bondage, since many nerds are genuinely intelligent. However, this can veer very quickly into Bondage Is Bad and Unsexy Sadist.

A trait of many Stereotypical Nerds and very prevalent in the teen Sex Comedy genre. Hormone-Addled Teenager tends to overlap, but there are plenty of adults depicted in this way and often the more critical and negative portrayals are of adults. Horny Scientist is very closely related and will often overlap. Male nerds are far more likely to be coded as perverted than female nerds as A Man Is Always Eager and All Men Are Perverts. But when a female nerd is shown to be a perv, there's often a high chance she's a Yaoi Fangirl and/or just loves to write fanfic.

As always, being that this is a sex trope, No Real Life Examples, Please!


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Strips 
  • FoxTrot: Nerdy characters Jason and Marcus are both source(s) of the strip's science and Nerd culture Shout-Out humour. A few early strips have some punchline(s) where this trope is in play:
    • One strip in a story arc depicting the Fox family getting internet has Andy comment about all the things the kids can learn. Cut to Jason and Marcus looking at the computer, where Jason comments that "Ms. October sure has big hooters!" and Marcus pondering if that might affect the download speed.
    • Another comic strip depicts Jason and Marcus stargazing. Jason adjusts the telescope so he can view other celestial bodies...then tilts it so he can see a couple making out with a smile on his face.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • American Pie: The film's a high school Sex Comedy about a group of friends on a Quest for Sex to fulfill their destiny as men to lose their virginities before college, so all of the main characters are Hormone Addled Teenagers trying to get laid. But for this trope:
    • Protagonist Jim is Jewish and Nerdy, turns into an awkward, silent mess around girls he's interested in, boasts about his high SAT scores at a party, and opens the film (after the Cold Open where he's Caught With His Pants Down) discussing how hot Ariel from The Little Mermaid is. He also infamously "has sex" with an apple pie after he asks his friends what third base feels like and one replies, "like warm apple pie."
    • Chuck Sherman, so nerdy that the idea of him getting laid before Jim and his friends is the motivation behind their Quest for Sex, is a Casanova Wannabe who has been spreading lies that he slept with a girl at Stifler's party, and many others. When she gets wind of this, she publicly exposes him at prom, revealing he's not only a virgin, but he also once tried to have sex with a grapefruit.
    • Michelle, the band geek that Jim eventually takes to prom who goes on and on about inane stories of her time at band camp, reveals herself to be a sexually dominant super freak, who shares how she used her own flute to masturbate in an infamous Wham Line and only agreed to be Jim's prom date because she knew he'd be an easy lay. In fact, according to her, all band geeks are sex-obsessed Covert Perverts who use band camp as a place to hook up with each other. She gets flanderized in the sequels, in which she becomes a full-blown Dominatrix.
  • In Back to the Future, the young, nerdy George McFly climbs a tree to spy on Lorraine changing in a window.
  • Revenge of the Nerds: The members of the all-nerd frat at war with the jocks from the other frats are all sex-obsessed. They place spy cams in all of the bedrooms and showers at the sororities and spend hours watching the girls sleep. Lewis even commits Rape by Fraud, pretending to be head cheerleader Betty's boyfriend while wearing a mask to have sex with her. As the protagonists of a teen sex comedy though, they're portrayed as nothing worse than Lovable Sex Maniacs, and even Betty allows Lewis to continue after finding out about the Bed Trick because he's so good in bed.
  • Superbad: Geeky high school outcasts Seth, Evan, and Fogell are obsessed with getting laid before they graduate high school and leave for college. In the very first scene, Seth and Evan have a discussion about what pornography website he's planning on subscribing to.
  • Weird Science: The film is a Wish-Fulfillment story about Gary and Wyatt, two socially awkward nerds who are so desperate for romantic and sexual female attention, they decide to build a simulation of their perfect woman, Lisa, that ends up coming to life due to a freak thunderstorm. Their main priorities are her physical specs and they raid Wyatt's Porn Stash for material to base her off of. They also take advantage of Lisa being an Innocent Fanservice Girl to shower with her: them, clothes on, her, completely nude.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • Howard Wolowitz, pre-Character Development, is a lecherous twerp who starts hitting on every pretty girl, most often Penny the moment that he meets them. He has been known to have masturbatory fantasies involving Katee Sackhoff, and was caught by his Love Interest Bernadette having online sex with "Glucinda the Troll", causing a temporary break-up between the two.
    • Amy Farrah Fowler also qualifies. When Penny pays her a compliment while chaperoning an early date between Sheldon and Amy, Amy asks if Penny is a lesbian, then notes that she'd have been more flattered if that was the case. When doing research on slumber parties on her smartphone, she notes that girls engage in "harmless experimentation in lesbianism", and attempts to put this into practice with Penny, while Bernadette says she would have just stuck to eating raw cookie dough. And lest anyone think that this behavior extends solely to Penny, when Sheldon catches Amy faking sick to get attention from him, she suggests (with barely contained enthusiasm) that he spank her.
  • Seinfeld: George Constanza is a short, balding, Pathetically Weak man with nerdy hobbies—he claims his greatest life achievement is getting the high score on a local Frogger machine. He's also constantly scheming to have sex. In one episode, a period of forced abstinence inadvertently turns him into a genius: he's able to perfectly hit home runs by describing the geometry and physics involved and becomes fluent in Portuguese simply by hearing other people speaking it. Jerry determines that since the majority of George's brainpower goes toward getting laid, not being able to do so has forced that brainpower to spend its energies elsewhere. Of course, by the end of the episode, George finally has sex and becomes an idiotic nerd again.

  • In Avenue Q, Trekkie Monster has only one thing on his mind: internet porn. He even has an entire song about how great the internet is...for finding porn. His nerdiness is implied by his name, which is a deliberate Shout-Out to Star Trek, as Trekkie Monster was originally supposed to be a Trekkie, until copyright concerns led the creators to remove all traces of the franchise, save for the name.
  • Be More Chill: Jeremy is an anxious video-game-playing nerdy "loser," made clear by his Establishing Character Moment: he's almost late for school because his online porn won't load, leaving him "uncomfortable" all day. One of the first things his SQUIP (a supercomputer in the form of a pill that enters one's brain) does is punish him for masturbating, instead trying to get him to hook up with a popular girl.
  • Heathers: In "Beautiful", while all the other kids are fawning over the Heathers and what it would be like to be noticed by them, the Beleaguered Geek says, "I'd like to kidnap a Heather and photograph her naked in an abandoned warehouse and leave her tied up for the rats."

    Video Games 
  • Bully: Earnest Jones is a parody of Lewis Sholnick from Revenge of the Nerds. Earnest is obsessed with getting revenge on the Jocks for bullying him and his clique and seducing the girls of Bullworth. In "Paparazzi", he convinces Jimmy to take scandalous pictures of the head cheerleader, Mandy Wiles, to rile up the jocks but it's soon revealed that he only wanted the pictures for his personal pleasure. The following missions "Defender of the Castle" and "Discretion Assured" show that the nerds have posted them across Bullworth as revenge porn, inciting the jocks to assault the observatory out of disgust for what the nerds did and Jimmy atoning for what he did by taking down the pictures.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Tora (as well as his father and grandfather) is a Gadgeteer Genius, a Driver Fanboy, and The Smart Guy of the main cast, who is passionate about creating an artificial blade, Poppi. Prior to the story, he became The Shut-In out of fear of the people who killed his granddad and to focus on his work, causing him to have No Social Skills. Tora shows a very clear fetish for maids (that he tries to hide), which heavily influences the design and functions of Poppi: he has several maid outfits for Poppi and has programmed some... questionable fanservicey functions into the blade. Poppi QT and Poppi QTπ even take the respective forms of a maid girl and a riff on the Stripperiffic Pyra & Mythra. Considering that the artificial blades his dad and grandfather created also have some maid motifs, the fetish appears to run in the family.

    Visual Novels 
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Sal Manella, the director of The Steel Samurai, is a sweaty otaku who speaks in Leet Lingo and meme references. He's also disgustingly lustful, literally drooling over the teenage Maya and having a Power Dynamics Kink for his abusive producer, Dee Vasquez. This apparently works its way into his shows at time, as the studio turned down some of his scripts as "not appropriate for children."


    Web Original 
  • Jõtaider: Despite his many good qualities, the story doesn't hide the fact that stereotypical nerd Tsubasa Sato has certain feelings going through his body when coming across some of the corrupted Jõtaijin. He usually channels his perverted thoughts into his writing.

    Western Animation