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Kevin Tran from Supernatural

On the CW show Supernatural, Kevin Tran (played by Osric Chau) is originally introduced as an extremely intelligent high school student who is dedicated to maintaining straight As.  However, he is soon transformed into a prophet of God, and helps Sam and Dean by translating tablets related to the Leviathans, Demons, and Angels.  Kevin is eventually killed and now roams the Earth as a ghost rather than return to Hell.  Finding a Supernatural-style tablet can be difficult and expensive, but you could DIY your own stand-in with a slate charcuterie board or tile and a fine tip chalk marker.

Melvin Sneedly from Captain Underpants

Melvin Sneedly (voiced by Jorge Diaz in the TV show and by Jordan Peele in the movie) is the central antagonist of the Captain Underpants series.  Melvin is incredibly smart, but is also a tattletale, which often puts him at odds with his fellow classmates, including Harold Hutchins.  There is some variation in Melvin’s costume, depending on which version you choose, but he always wears oversized glasses and a bow tie.

white and nerdy weird al

White and Nerdy Weird Al

White and Nerdy is a persona of Weird Al Yankovic
shown in the music video for the titular song from his 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood. The look and song is a parody of Chamillionaire’s hit song “Ridin’ Dirty.”

Comic Book Guy

The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy is notoriously pedantic, annoying, and above all else, lonely. You may want to trim the wig a little bit to really capture his receding hairline. Also: grabbing a slushie from your local 7-Eleven on the way to your event would definitely help breathe authenticity into this cosplay.

Amy Farrah Fowler

In Big Bang Theory, Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) is Sheldon Cooper’s friend who is a girl but not his “girlfriend”. She’s rational, blunt, and socially awkward – can’t imagine why Sheldon doesn’t want to date someone who’s basically his female counterpart.

Lewis Skolnick

In Revenge of the Nerds, Lewis Skolnick (Robert Carradine) is comfortable with being a nerd. In fact, the computer science geek shamelessly embraces every stereotype imaginable from wayfarer eyeglasses to pocket protectors. He doesn’t even have to worry about getting wedgies from the jocks. His pants are already pulled up as high as they can go.

Velma Dinkley

Velma Dace Dinkley is the brains behind the Scooby Doo gang, as the homely fashion and big glasses attest. She frequently loses her glasses and reminds everyone, “I can’t see without my glasses!” as if they didn’t already know. Jeepers Velma, why don’t you look into contacts already?

Steve Urkel

Steven Q. Urkel, played by Jaleel White, lives next door to the Winslows on the TGIF show Family Matters. Urkel is the ultimate nerd with his awkward fashion, high-pitched voice, and unrequited love for Laura Winslow — at least until he drinks his cool juice and transforms into Stefan Urquelle.