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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.


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


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    Fan Works 
  • In RWBY ABRG, Jaune has a slight nasally tone to his voice. He's a Butt-Monkey and the most average of the characters (ability wise).

    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.
  • Nicolás Mora of Yo soy Betty, la fea is a grown-up version of the trope, given that he's already an adult office worker instead of a student. In the Animated Adaptation it's even lampshaded in one instance where another character is impersonating him and Betty takes notice that his voice is not as nasal as usual.
  • Starsky & Hutch: Hutch speaks with a nasally voice while undercover as a dweeby accountant in "The Groupie".
  • One Day at a Time (2017): Syd is a geek (just like their girlfriend Elena) with a nasally voice.
  • The IT Crowd: Moss is a stereotypical nerd (socially awkward, works in IT, loves technology like robots, has almost no fashion sense). He's also very nasally.


    Web Animation 

    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.
  • The Call of Warr: Durkin is the most nerdy of the group, and he also has the highest-pitch voice of the cast.

    Western Animation 
  • As Told by Ginger: Macie Lightfoot, of many allergies and a nervous Little Miss Snarker personality has this voice.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: Numbuh 2 speaks with a nasal voice, emphasizing his nerdiness.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • Dexter's rival Mandark is a 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.
  • Edd in Ed, Edd n Eddy speaks in a nasally, slightly high-pitched voice, giving him that nerdy sound to his vocals, though it's debatable on whether his voice sounds effeminate or like the nerdy preteen boy he is.
  • 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. Being voiced by Eddie Deezen helps a great deal.
  • The Loud House: Lisa Loud, the Child Prodigy of the family, speaks with a nasally voice and a pronounced lisp.
  • Over the Garden Wall: Jason Funderberker, who's even more awkward than Wirt, has a squeaky, nasally, unsteady voice to go with his dorky mannerisms.
  • 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. He fits other nerdy stereotypes: he's gawky, neurotic, jumpy and bespectacled. One episode has him trying a treatment to cure his condition, but it only works for a short time.
    • Chuckie's father Chas Finster has a nasally voice, complete with Nerdy Inhaler. He wears glasses and looks like a typical adult nerd who is awkward and nervous in most situations.
  • Entrapta of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is a reclusive Gadgeteer Genius with a very nasal voice and laugh. When Scorpia starts imitating Entrapta in an effort to find her notes, she makes her own voice much more nasal.
  • 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.
    • In "The Last Temptation of Homer", when Bart is being given a series of medical treatments that coincidentally make him appear a nerd, one of them is a throat spray that makes his voice sound like this.
  • 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 a nasal voice, befitting her decidedly awkward social nature and fascination with earthly things.


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