Why are dorks so lovable? What is it about us that people adore even if we’re so painfully awkward?
Amid all our quirks and silliness, there’s a bit of courage lying somewhere in us. It takes a lot of courage not to conform to what the society regards as normal. It takes guts to not care about how people judge you.
It also helps that many of the most popular characters on TV and in movies have something in them that make the audience love them no matter what.
We list down the most famous and lovable dorks we’ve ever seen on the boob tube and the big screen.
J.D. Dorian in “Scrubs”
The total embodiment of a dork, J.D. is a skilled doctor who has personal neurosis and his own share of mistakes and quirks. He loves daydreaming and tilting his head back and to his left, which allows him to be in two places at once.
Andy Stitzer in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”
Steve Carell plays Andy Stitzer in the American sex comedy movie that tells the story of a nice single guy who, at the age of 40, has never been laid. He meets a single mom, Trish, and they fell in love with each other. It’s Andy’s being innocent and vulnerable that make him loved by fans all the more.
Dwight Shrute in “The Office”
Portrayed by Rainn Wilson, Dwight’s character is your relentless type of dork. Some of his weird quirks include performing his own circumcision, owning a beet farm, and looking up to his boss who happens to be just as dorky as he is. And even as his officemates would gang up and pull pranks on him, he doesn’t effing care. He embraces his dorkiness with all of his heart. This non-apologetic attitude is what makes him such an endearing character in the TV comedy series.
Michael Scott in “The Office”
Another Steve Carell and “The Office” entry on this list, Michael Scott’s character may not be the best boss to his colleagues at Dunder Mifflin, but he surely captured hearts with his funny antics that had millions of viewers burst out laughing. Remember the “World’s Best Boss” mug scene? It may be his witty lines, hilarious bloopers, or his inherent dorkiness that make Michael stand out.
Matt Flamhaff in “13 Going On 30”
Matt is the stubby teenager who is oblivious to the presence of the popular girls, plays the keyboard, and transforms into a hot successful photographer years later. Sean Marquette plays the young Matt, while the older version is portrayed by Mark Ruffalo.
So there you have it: five of the most popular and well-loved dorks in movie and TV history. What does it mean to you as a regular guy who happens to be a dork? A lot! These fictional characters may not exist in real life, but their stories can inspire you to be proud and accepting of who you are, regardless of how people view and treat you.