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Pop goes the geek god


Sheldon Cooper The #1 geek from the hit TV series The Big Bang Theoryhas everything going against him: lack of empathy, failure to understand human emotions, strange fetishes that inconvenience others and a general impossibility to live with (he has a day-of-the-week chart for what kind of takeaway food to order). Yet, Sheldon is probably the most-loved geek on the planet today. Probably helps that he's played by the super-cute Jim Parsons, who embodies geekiness in the way he walks and talks. He even uses a contraption to fold his T-shirts into exact squares.

Joss Whedon |

The rest of the world is often thrown into a tizzy trying to figure out the appeal Whedon's series'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' holds for the geek universe, where whatever Whedon touches turns to gold, be it his TV shows, indie films or comic books. His coolth can be measured by the dynamic way he uses English, which often changes the way all of us speak it: adding suffixes -y to make adjectives out of nouns ('listy' ) and -age to create new words ('lurkage' ), and getting rid of the 'out' from phrases like 'hang out' and 'freak out'. Whedon is perhaps the most influential figure in pop culture today, besides being a strong feminist and a selfconfessed mommy fan. What's not to love?

Batman |

Despite his lack of ostensible and visible superpowers, or more probably because of it, Batman is the favourite superhero of a superhero-loving population. Geeks love most caped crusaders, but Batman, with his angsty, brainy appeal, his nerdy friends and his love of gadgets - not to mention Gotham City, one of geekdom's favourite alternate universes - holds a special place in their heart. And we are talking about the comic book, not the films.

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