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Buffy's Willow tops list of pop culture's greatest nerds

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 3rd 2009 5:01PM
willow buffy alyson hanniganOK, so she turned evil and veiny and almost destroyed the world after someone murdered her hot lesbian lover. But at heart, Willow Rosenberg was always a computer-hacking, research-loving nerd.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer character landed at number one on Topless Robot's list of "Pop Culture's 10 Greatest Nerds." I was surprised by the pick at first, but I can't think of a better choice to top the list. Willow was a great character, and will probably always be actor Alyson Hannigan's best role (sorry, HIMYM fans, but it's true).

I loved watching Willow grow up and progress, and change hairdos, over seven seasons of Buffy. I was happy to see her stay true to her nerdy self until the end – even after she temporarily morphed into a glowing goddess in the series finale.

Other TV nerds on the TR list include Family Matters' Steve Urkel (he was everywhere and annoying, but great?) and Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory (a great pick from the nerd-friendly '90s). Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory is second only to "nerd for all seasons" Jeff Albertson, a.k.a. Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons. Check out the full list.

Got anyone to add to the list? Off the top of my head, I'd want to include Landry from Friday Night Lights, Geordi Laforge from Star Trek: The Next Generation and, of course, Bunsen the Muppet.

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StillBash

Geordi?

Wesley!

June 04 2009 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mdk

Ah, Allison Hannigan... every true geek's dream girl.

June 04 2009 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RobynM

Toshiko from Torchwood - alien technology, faulty blueprints, nothing phased this girl tech-wise.

Brian Johnson from The Breakfast Club - still wound up doing everyone's homework even in detention.

Wesley Crusher from ST:TNG - Barely hit puberty and could outdo most of Engineering.

June 03 2009 at 9:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich

Although Willow is easily the #1 NILF, I can't imagine that anyone surpasses Sheldon and Urkel as the greatest nerds of all time.

June 03 2009 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sancty

...or Paul from The Wonder Years?

June 03 2009 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sancty

What about Abby from NCIS - I know she's kind of a goth-geek but a geek nonetheless!

June 03 2009 at 6:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Backing Logan on this one

I endorse Willow as the top pick, but I can't believe that David Lightman from Wargames (played by Matthew Broderick) isn't on that list!!! For chrissakes.

June 03 2009 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian

How about Marshall from Alias?

June 03 2009 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
borgetas

Garcia from Criminal Minds...she may not be the best but she's still awesome!

June 03 2009 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TheGudy

Easy - Chloe from 24

June 03 2009 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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TeenWolfie

That's a good pick. Maybe Chloe from Smalville too.

June 03 2009 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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