Super Nerd (Trainer class)

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Super Nerd
理科系のおとこ Science Man
VSSuper Nerd PE.png
VS model from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Other names Nerd (Stadium)
Introduced in Generation I
Appears in Red, Blue, and Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
FireRed and LeafGreen
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Stadium, Stadium 2
Gender Male
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Conway, Miles
Anime debut Tag! We're It...! (Series)
File 2: Cubone (Origins)
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut Whacked by Marowak! (Adventures)

A Super Nerd (Japanese: 理科系のおとこ Science Man; in Generation I, also known as りかけい Science) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation I games. They are generally depicted as skinny young men with long hair and glasses, and are grown-up male School Kids.[1] In HeartGold and SoulSilver, they are accompanied by a remote-controlled robotic Pikachu holding a Poké Ball.

They generally use a combination of Poison- and Electric-type Pokémon based on inanimate objects, except those in the Cinnabar Gym, who specialize in Fire-types instead.

In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Super Nerds battled outside of Gyms will award three Poké Balls along with prize money upon being defeated.

In Pokémon Stadium, they are referred to as Nerds and specialize in Pokémon knowing Selfdestruct or Explosion.


Sprites and models

In the core series

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Spr RG Super Nerd.png Spr Y Super Nerd.png Spr GS SW97 Super Nerd.png Spr GS Super Nerd.png Spr FRLG Super Nerd.png Spr HGSS Super Nerd.png VSSuper Nerd PE.png
Sprite from
Red and Blue
Sprite from
Prototype sprite from
Spaceworld '97 demo
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Rocker I OD.png Super Nerd II OD.png Scientist FRLG OD.png Super Nerd OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

In other games

SJP Super Nerd.png S2 Super Nerd.pngS2 Super Nerd alt.pngS2 Super Nerd Defeated.png
Nerd portrait from
Portraits from
Stadium 2

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon Stadium 2

In the anime

Main series


Conway, a recurring character, seems to be based on the Super Nerd class. He first appeared in Tag! We're It...!. Later, he appeared in the Pokémon Summer Academy arc from Camping It Up! through One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!. He became Ash's official rival during the Lily of the Valley Conference in the episodes An Old Family Blend through Working on a Right Move!, where he lost to Ash. Unlike the Super Nerds featured in the games, he is not known to own any Poison-, Electric-, or Fire-type Pokémon. However, he did train a Venonat during the Pokémon Summer Academy.

A Super Nerd in Pokémon Origins

Pokémon Origins

Super Nerd Miguel appeared briefly in File 2: Cubone. He was shown hogging the Dome and Helix Fossils when Red was at Mt. Moon. Red battled him off-screen, after which he presumably gave Red one of his Fossils.

In the manga

Super Nerd Miles in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Miles (Adventures)

A Super Nerd named Miles is a recurring character who debuted in the Yellow arc. He was hired by Agatha to steal Red's Pika, but joined the side of good after being defeated by Yellow.


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 理科男 Léihfō Nàahm
Mandarin 理科男 Lǐkē Nán *
理工科的男生 Lǐgōngkē de Nánshēng *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Vědátor
Denmark Flag.png Danish Overnørd
Finland Flag.png Finnish Supernörtti
France Flag.png French Intello
Germany Flag.png German Tüftler (VII)
Streber (I-IV)
Italy Flag.png Italian Cervellone
South Korea Flag.png Korean 이과계의 남자 Igwagye-ui Namja
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Super-nerd
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Supernerd (PS153-present, The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Super Nerd (PS046-PS076)
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cerebrito (VII)
Científico (IV)
Supernecio (III)
Súper Necio (I-II)
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Nhà khoa học


  1. 1.0 1.1 (July 2000). 『ポケットモンスター』開発スタッフインタビュー (ページd)Nintendo Online Magazine (N.O.M). No.23. (archive of translation by TCRF admin GlitterBerri)

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSSPE
ChannelerElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSPEEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanGym Leader*GSCFRLGHGSSPE
HikerJugglerLassPicnicker*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Trainer*GSCPEPsychicRivalFRLGRockerRoughneck*
SailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Boss*FRLGHGSSPETeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Coach TrainerPEKarate MasterPEPunk GuyPETeam RocketPETeam Rocket AdminPE
Master TrainersPE
Unused Trainer class:
Sevii Islands Aroma LadyBikerBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCamperCool CoupleCooltrainerCrush Girl
Crush KinCue BallFishermanGentlemanHikerJugglerLadyLassPainterPicnickerPokéManiac
PKMN BreederPKMN RangerPsychicRuin ManiacScientistSis and BroSwimmerTamer
Team Rocket AdminTeam Rocket GruntTwinsTuberYoung CoupleYoungster
Trainer Tower only:
BeautyBurglarEngineerRockerSailorSuper Nerd
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalHGSSSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery Man*CHGSSDouble TeamHGSSElderHGSSPasserbyHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Battle Frontier only:HGSS

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollectorCowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdol
JoggerLadyNinja BoyParasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerRancherReporter
Rich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialiteTuberVeteranWaiterWaitressWorker
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

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