My top 10 movie geeks, nerds and dorks

It is a great comfort to those of us that are less than cool (and that’s probably most recreational bloggers… why would we be writing all these obsessive little posts otherwise) that the movies aren’t always totally focused on jocks, stoner slackers and superheroes. We need some non-mainstream, very slightly obsessive characters to keep things real and to kick some ass, with their brains. With that in mind I bring you my top ten movie geeks, nerds and dorks. Please see below from Great White Snark, for those who don’t know the difference.


Scott Pilgrim
Played by: Michael Cera
Film: Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)
Obsessions: Music, video games, Ramona Flowers
Geek, nerd or dork: Geek
Scott Pilgrim: When I’m around you, I kind of feel like I’m on drugs. Not that I do drugs. Unless you do drugs, in which case I do them all the time. All of them.”

McLovinFogell AKA McLovin
Played by: Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Film: Superbad (2007)
Obsessions: “The ladies”, his fake ID
Geek, nerd or dork: Dork
“Evan: [examining the fake ID] Hawaii. All right, that’s good. That’s hard to trace, I guess. Wait… you changed your name to… McLovin?
Fogell: Yeah.
Evan: McLovin? What kind of a stupid name is that, Fogell? What, are you trying to be an Irish R&B singer?
Fogell: Naw, they let you pick any name you want when you get down there.
Seth: And you landed on McLovin…
Fogell: Yeah. It was between that or Muhammed.
Seth: Why the FUCK would it be between THAT or Muhammed? Why don’t you just pick a common name like a normal person?
Fogell: Muhammed is the most commonly used name on Earth. Read a fucking book for once.
Evan: Fogell, have you actually ever met anyone named Muhammed?
Fogell: Have YOU actually ever met anyone named McLovin?”

lisbethLisbeth Salander
Played by: Noomi Rapace/Rooney Mara
Films: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009), The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009), The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (2009), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Obsessions: The Internet, security, revenge, data
Geek, nerd or dork: Nerd
Mikael Blomkvist: What are you doing?
Lisbeth Salander: Reading your notes.
Mikael Blomkvist: They’re encrypted!
Lisbeth Salander: [Looks up at him] Please.

Played by: David Krumholtz
Film: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Obsessions: His moped, Lord of the Dance, getting the best of Bogie Lowenstein
Geek, nerd or dork: Nerd
“Michael: Sweet love, renew thy force.
Patrick: Hey! Don’t say shit like that to me. People can hear you. “

hermione-granger-in-hp-and-the-sorcerer-s-stone-hermione-granger-13574341-960-540Hermione Granger
Played by: Emma Watson
Films: Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010), Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
Obsessions: Exams
Geek, nerd or dork: Geek
“Hermione: Look at you playing with your cards. Pathetic! We’ve got final exams coming up soon.
Ron: I’m ready! Ask me any question.
Hermione: All right, what are the three most crucial ingredients in a Forgetfulness Potion?
Ron: I forgot.
Hermione: And what, may I ask, do you plan to do if this comes up in the final exam?
Ron: Copy off you?
Hermione: No, you won’t! Besides, according to Professor McGonagall, we’re to be given special quills bewitched with an anti-cheating spell.
Ron: That’s insulting! It’s as if they don’t trust us!”
dj_qualls_mia_amber_davis_road_trip_001Kyle Edwards
Played by: DJ Qualls
Film: Road Trip (2000)
Obsessions: Larger ladies, hip hop music… his dog
Geek, nerd or dork: Dork
“Kyle: It’s not cheating if you spread peanut butter on your balls and let your dog lick it off.
[Josh, Rubin and E.L. are understandably repulsed]
Kyle: Because it’s your dog.
Rubin: Jesus Christ!
Kyle: You know, because it’s YOUR dog, get it?
Rubin: Yeah, we’ve got it. “

02-sixteencandlesThe Geek
Played by: Anthony Michael Hall
Film: Sixteen Candles (1984)
Obsessions: Samantha Baker
Geek, nerd or dork: Geek
“The Geek: This information cannot leave this room. Okay? It would devastate my reputation as a dude.
Samantha: No problem.
The Geek: I’ve never bagged a babe. I’m not a stud.”

3833-caowenChuck Sherman AKA The Sherminator
Played by: Chris Owen
Film: American Pie (1999)
Obsessions: The Terminator films, losing his virginity
Geek, nerd or dork: Dork
“Chuck Sherman: I’m a sophisticated sex robot, sent back in time to change the future for one lucky lady. “

8Dr Emmett Brown
Played by: Christopher Lloyd
Films: Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1999)
Obsessions: Time travel
Geek, nerd or dork: Nerd
“Dr. Emmett Brown: If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit. “


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    1. Abbi

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

  2. jennypugh

    Haha, love it, great post! I love Road Trip, it’s one of my favourite films of all time. I also love 10 Things I Hate About You. I haven’t seen either of them in ages, so I might have to rectify that soon! πŸ˜€

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! 10 Things I Hate About You is one of my absolute favourites.

      1. jennypugh

        I love to watch it but it always makes me sad that Heath Ledger is no longer with us. I love the bit when he’s singing to her then getting chased by security! πŸ˜€

  3. I love this list! McLovin’ haha.

    1. Abbi

      I am MCLOVIN!!!

  4. Great list! So glad Farmer Ted is in here. And I love that chart – Now I know the difference! πŸ™‚ But… Wait. Wait wait wait! Where’s Garth?!?!?

    1. Abbi

      I really, really should have put Garth in there. I hang my head in shame.

  5. I find Sixteen Candles such a conflicting film. I love the main storyline but the Geek arc makes me extremely uncomfortable mostly because of the way it makes it seem OK to take advantage of a drunk girl. I think Anthony Michael Hall’s character in the Breakfast Club a lot more likeable.

    1. Abbi

      Yeah… it has several very dodgy elements. A lot of films from that era do. I know what you mean about his Breakfast Club character.

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