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In popular media, nerds are often depicted with nasally voices. This is sometimes rationalized by nasal congestion stemming from a lower resistance to allergies, or perhaps a sense of social awkwardness. As such, goes along part and parcel with the Sickly Neurotic Geek, though other types of nerd sport it as well.

This often overlaps with having a Jewish/Brooklyn Accent even if the character is Ambiguously Jewish at best, stemming from the fact that a lot of Nerd stereotypes are based on Jewish stereotypes.

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May go along with a Nerdy Inhaler or Annoying Laugh. It can also be combined with other Speech Impediments.


Examples

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    Film — Animation 
  • In Shrek the Third, whilst wandering through a medieval high school, Shrek runs into two nerds playing a dungeons and dragons style game. They both have nasally voices.

    Film — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Family Matters: Uber-nerd Polka Dork Steve Urkel has a very distinctive nasal voice, right down to the trademark Annoying Laugh.
  • Parodied on Bones when agent Booth dresses as a lab tech for Halloween, and purposely starts talking in a nasal voice. Nobody in the lab actually talks like that, he just thought it made him sound less like the aging jock he actually is.
  • Starsky & Hutch: Hutch speaks with a nasally voice while undercover as a dweeby accountant in "The Groupie".
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    Web Animation 
  • The Four Gregs of Homestar Runner, who all embody different nerd stereotypes, all speak with a similar nasally voice.

    Web Original 
  • Game Grumps:
    • Dinkles the Buff Nerd, as voiced by Arin and Ross, speaks in a nasally voice, showing just how nerdy he is despite being a buff bully.
    • The nerd Dinkles makes fun of speaks in a similar nasally voice.

    Western Animation 
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Numbuh 2 speaks with a nasal voice, emphasizing his nerdiness.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • Dexter's rival Mandark is nerdy genius who speaks with a very nasally voice provided by Eddie Deezen.
    • Dexter is pretty nerdy (a scientific genius boy who owns a secret lab in his house). His original voice actress Christine Cavanaugh doesn't portray him with one, however after her retirement, the replacement voice actress Candi Milo gives Dexter an incredibly nasally voice.
  • Kim Possible: Ned, the recurring Bueno Nacho employee, speaks with a very nasally voice, signifying him to be even nerdier than the show's main nerd, Ron.
  • The Loud House: Lisa Loud, the Child Prodigy of the family, speaks with a nasally voice and a pronounced lisp.
  • Recess:
    • Gretchen Grundler, the resident Smart Girl with large Nerd Glasses to match, speaks with a very nasally voice.
    • The Pale Kids, the kids who never went outside for recess and instead, stayed indoors to read comic books or play an in-universe equivalent of Dungeons & Dragons, speak with nasally voices.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • The Nerd, among other stereotypical nerd traits, speaks with a very nasal voice.
    • "Gyrorobo", the fat nerd who runs a podcast, is an avid LARP-er, and a Challenge Of The Go Bots fanboy, has a more baritone, but still nasally-sounding voice.
  • Rugrats: Chuckie Finster has a perpetually constipated nose, giving him a nasal voice. One episode has him trying a treatment to cure his condition, but it only works for a short time.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Professor Frink, an exceedingly awkward TV Genius Mad Scientist, has a very nasally voice. He also tends to end phrases with "nghagle".
    • Benjamin, Doug, and Gary, the three college nerds who first appeared to help Homer earn his college degree in "Homer Goes To College", each have nasally-sounding voices to emphasize their nerdy social awkwardness.
  • South Park:
    • Kyle's cousin Kyle is a stereotypical Jewish nerd. He wears large glasses, he has heavy breathing, due to asthma and he exaggerates his nasally voice. He invokes the Jewish stereotype, much to the former's chagrin.
    • Craig Tucker is a kid known for his nasally voice and ugly laugh. If his room is any indication, he's a nerd who likes space and science in general. He also likes Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
  • Steven Universe: Peridot speaks in this sort of fashion in a nasal voice, befitting her decidedly awkward social nature and fascination with earthly things.

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