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Happy Techie Day! Our 10 Favorite Techies

by Sharon Knolle, posted Oct 3rd 2010 11:00AM
Chuck - Buy MoreHappy Techie Day!

In celebration of the day (sadly, it's not a national holiday), we drew up a list of some of our favorite hackers, forensics specialists, mad scientists, and gadget-wielding experts. They have all, in their own heroically geeky way, saved the day from serial killers, demons, vampires, global conspiracies, rogue spies or just boring old computer meltdowns.

Read on for our list of the smartest, savviest (and occasionally ass-kicking) techies to ever grace the airwaves. Don't see your favorite techie listed? Tell us your own!

(We left off all the good folks at Buy More on 'Chuck'; there were just too many of them to single out just one worthy Nerd Herder. But as a group, consider them on the list.)

10. Auggie Anderson, 'Covert Affairs' (Christopher Gorham)
Office-bound CIA agent Auggie may be blind, but he definitely has his operative's backs. And he's ready for any thing the spy world can spring on him, like when an old-school analog radio code is intercepted, he drags out a Cold War-era code decipher that just happens to be in the basement and puts it to work. Plus, defying the usual techie curse, he's a total ladies' man.

9. Toshiko Sato, 'Torchwood' (Naoko Mori)
While working for the British Ministry of Defence, she single-handedly built a working sonic modulator from an incomplete schematic, which was impressive enough to get her hired by Captain Jack Harkness. She quickly became Torchwood's resident technical expert and "computer genius." In the tradition of socially challenged techies, shy Toshiko crushed unrequitedly on fellow teammate Owen, but still managed to get her fair share of action.

8. Artemus Gordon, 'The Wild Wild West' (Ross Martin)
'The Wild Wild West' took the '60s spy craze and transplanted it to the Old West, complete with all the latest spy-tech gadgets, courtesy of one Artemus Gordon. Secret service agent Artie supplied his partner, James West, with all kinds of clever contraptions, from goop that would let him hang from the ceiling to an early version of an oxygen mask. Sure, Jim had the impressive abs, but Artie, who was also a master of disguise and a gourmet cook, did just fine with the women.

7. Willow Rosenberg, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (Alyson Hannigan)

Nerdy Willow Rosenberg was the brainiest of Sunnydale High's Scooby Gang and so computer-savvy, she was able to fill in for her teacher at a moment's notice. At first, she mostly aided Buffy by doing research on the various demons and vamps that prayed on the Hellmouth, but once she began dabbling in magic, she soon became an extremely powerful witch. Sure, she eventually went off the deep end with the magicks, but she always was a very thorough student.

6. Marshall Flinkman, 'Alias' (Kevin Weisman)
The world's fastest-talking CIA techie was an expert on robotics, chemistry, electronics, biometrics, and explosives, and prone to oversharing his abundance of knowledge during briefings. He was occasionally sent into the field to hack a network or override a security code, and his big moment came when he was the only agent available to rescue Sydney. He found love with fellow minutiae-loving NSA Agent Carrie.

5. Professor Frink, 'The Simpsons' (voiced by Hank Azaria)
Life would be a lot more boring without Springfield's resident mad scientist, who's known for his bizarre and often useless inventions, like a house that runs away from burglars, mood pants, and a sarcasm detector (which fellow Mensa member Comic Book Guy destroyed with the utterance, "Oh, that's real useful.") He also invented the matter transporter that Homer bought for 35 cents and Bart then used to merge himself with a fly in the 'Treehouse of Horror VIII' episode.

4. Chloe O'Brian '24' (Mary Lynn Rajskub)
Without cranky Chloe in his corner, Jack Bauer would never have been able to save the world. She was always opening up sockets (whatever that meant!) and re-positioning satellites on his command -- and covering up the fact that she was helping him against CTU orders. Geeks around the world were stoked when Chloe finally got to hit the field and deliver some satisfying firepower of her own in Season 5.

3. Abby Sciuto, 'NCIS' (Pauley Perrette)
It's not just her Goth style that sets her apart from every other forensics expert, it's her mastery of every kind of evidence, whether it's DNA, ballistics, audio, chemical, mineral or animal. (She once sealed herself in her office with a German Shepherd to prove that it didn't maul its trainer.) She earned a triple major in sociology, criminology and psychology and a Master's in criminology and forensic science. Abby is constantly wooed by top recruiters, but refuses to leave her post at NCIS.

2. Sayid Jarrah, 'Lost' (Naveen Andrews)
So you thought The Professor from 'Gilligan's Island' was handy? The man never met Sayid Jarrah, who could fly a helicopter, triangulate a radio signal, and fix anything from a broken music box to a sabotaged ship radio. (The epic Desmond/Penny phone call was entirely thanks to Sayid's mad MacGyvering skills.) Every inch of Sayid is impressively capable. Did we mention that this master assassin can kill people with his feet? Techies rarely come in such a hot package.

1. Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott, 'Star Trek' (James Doohan)
There wasn't a dlithum crystal, warp drive or transporter Scotty couldn't eventually master. Hot-headed Scotty set the mold for all other techies: Good at his job, but still apt to complain heartily about his boss's unrealistic expectations. He was routinely asked to push the Enterprise beyond her limits -- "Captain, she can't take much more!" was his oft-heard refrain -- but in the end, the ship and everyone aboard made it safely to the next port, thanks to Scotty's expertise.

Who's your favorite TV techie?

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Koral Porter

How can Penelope Garcia,Criminal Minds, not be on here! She,Abby and Auggie are the best ^_^

November 22 2010 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cherie spooner

Penelope Garcia aka Kirsten vangsness is got to be in the top 10 off criminal minds!

October 04 2010 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Definitely Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds, Adam Ross from CSI NY, Rodney McKay from Stargate Atlantis, Eli Wallace from Stargate Universe, and Samantha Carter from Stargate SG-1!!!

October 04 2010 at 5:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Penelope Garcia from "Criminal Minds," hands down!

October 04 2010 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So glad Auggie from Covert Affairs is on the list, and agree with most of your choices, but how about Topher from Dollhouse?

October 04 2010 at 7:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about the guys from BBT? As a group they should definitely be on the list. At the very least Sheldon should be included!

October 03 2010 at 10:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Cathy's comment

Where is Rodney McKay (Stargate Atlantis) on this list?

October 03 2010 at 11:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

Another list that should be put to an open vote. Certainly room for a lot of opinions here.

October 03 2010 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Abby totally wins this one.

October 03 2010 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

Why the hell isn't CHUCK on here???!!!!

October 03 2010 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you're going to put Scotty on the list you need to put Kaylee (Firefly) too. She was constantly living up to Mal's unrealistic expectations of keeping Serenity in the sky while running on nothing.

Also Garcia from Criminal Minds is a pretty good techie/hacker too. Her mad skills help put psychopaths away.

October 03 2010 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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