Today we’re entering the latest in the Nerd Role Models series, wherein we look at popular characters in geek culture and break down just what it is about them that makes them so special… and what you can learn from them. And in this case, we’re talking about the tricky subject of attractiveness.
It can feel so unfair when some people just glide through life, attracting women the way that cheese attracts mice while others have to struggle to build that desirability. Moreover, attraction can seem overwhelmingly complex at times – the questions of how much of attraction is physical rather than emotional attraction, how much good looks count versus personality and so forth. There are so many variables that it can be hard to keep it all straight in your head, especially when you’ve grown up holding onto the belief that only certain guys get the girls.
It’s interesting to note, however, that there are plenty of characters in pop culture whose appeal transcends their looks. In fact, their desirability is based about who they are as a whole person rather than just whether they have dreamy eyes or glamorous hair.
They may have weird faces or large noses, too many teeth or freaky ears… but they still inspire a level of passion that the Dirk Chestmeat casting of the CW can’t match.
We’re talking about someone who is romantic without being sappy, sexy without being sexualized. Someone who isn’t conventionally attractive yet has launched a thousand ‘ships1 inspired more cosplays than any other single character and set fangirl’s hearts a-flutter around the world…
I give you: