The Hottest Nerds and Geeks on TV and Film

The Hottest Nerds and Geeks on TV and Film

You might expect us to celebrate Embrace Your Geekness Day by putting a squeeze on the video games that put the joy in our joystick, or the iPad we stare at all day to avoid looking other human beings in the eyes, but we actually prefer to embrace the dorky girls from films and TV shows who would understand us doing either. These are the girls (or at least the characters based on the girls) who got tormented as kids for wearing glasses and actually having a brain. Here at Complex, we've always appreciated weird, quirky girls as much, if not more, than assembly-line dimes. After all, it's not the cheerleader who blossoms into the hot art-school chick who gets freaky thanks to being plagued with insecurities during her formative years. So embrace your geekness while embracing your own geek girl and check out who made our list of the the hottest nerds and geeks on TV and film...

samanthabaker

15. MOLLY RINGWALD IN SIXTEEN CANDLES (1984)

Character: Samantha Baker

Geek cred: Saving her virginity for a popular jock who doesn't even know she existed.

Complex says: Molly Ringwald is adorable in this John Hughes classic. C'mon, an awkward, angst-filled redhead? If that Jake doesn't want to pop your cherry, we're available!

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Jessie Spano

14. ELIZABETH BERKLEY IN SAVED BY THE BELL (1989-1993)

Character: Jessie Spano

Geek cred: This tall, brainy chick with the kinked and curly 'fro is the epitome of the feminist geek.

Complex says: Who could forget the infamous episode where Jessie takes caffeine pills to juggle her academics and singing career? That's what we call a party girl! She isn't as hot as Kelly Kapowski or Lisa Turtle, but she definitely has the brains to keep everyone in check, and probably the brains to keep A.C. Slater happy.

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margaretyang

13. SARA TANAKA IN RUSHMORE (1998)

Character: Margaret Yang

Geek cred: Margaret tries to help Jason Schwartzman's character fit in at the new school, but he completely ignores her...probably due to those glasses. They never see past the glasses.

Complex says: Disregard the awkward style and take a deep look at Sarah's features. That's a doable chick hiding under all that tweed. Always look past the wardrobe—you never know how they'll turn out!

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Jamie Sullivan

12. MANDY MOORE IN A WALK TO REMEMBER (2002)

Character: Jamie Sullivan

Geek cred: She's the pastor's quiet and religious daughter (who's probably a superfreak waiting to be unleashed on the world like Lucifer).

Complex says: Jamie is prude and dorky but looks super-hot when she's singing in the school play. We too started auditioning for musicals around that time—which would've been a lot less weird if we hadn't gone to an all-boys school.

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Diane Court

11. IONE SKYE IN SAY ANYTHING... (1989)

Character: Diane Court

Geek cred: One word: valedictorian.

Complex says: Most guys would be too intimidated to approach the smartest and prettiest girl in school, choosing instead to make fun of her behind her back. John Cusack, however, is a braver man than most in this flick and was willing to hold a boombox over his head. We don't hold anything for girls—not hands, not purses, not stereos. Wait, grudges. Grudges we'll hold.

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