In the time-honored tradition of last summer's Superhero Movie Tournament, Cinematical humbly presents its first ever Geek-Off, pitting the most endearingly nerdy characters of the silver screen against one another, armed with nothing but their wits and their pocket protectors.

As we mentioned yesterday, we've excluded the likes of Peter Parker because of his involvement with the above-mentioned superhero showdown, and after much discussion, we've decided to also leave out C-3PO on the grounds that he was programmed to be geeky as no other characters here have. Also, to prevent any sort of monopoly, we've only selected one character per movie -- the only pick this really seems to have any bearing on is Revenge of the Nerds, but your vote counts whether it's for the ensemble or just for that one character. (We honestly wouldn't know the difference.)

The first pairing out of sixteen characters is listed below, with more after the jump and even more coming over the weekend (so don't lose it if you don't see a fave -- there are sixteen more to come). Ready? Set... Vote!

Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), Jurassic Park vs. Erwin "Whistler" Emory (David Strathairn), Sneakers

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Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder), Napoleon Dynamite vs. Enid (Thora Birch), Ghost World


Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), Ghostbusters vs. Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids


Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell), The 40-Year-Old Virgin vs. Kyle Edwards (DJ Qualls), Road Trip


Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon), Election vs. Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock), All About Steve


McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Superbad vs. Elias (Trevor Fehrman), Clerks II


Chris Knight (Val Kilmer), Real Genius vs. Boris Grishenko (Alan Cumming), GoldenEye


Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), Rushmore vs. Richard "Data" Wong (Ke Huy Quan), The Goonies


Special thanks go out to our own Peter Hall, as well as Brian O., Tyler A., and Maxim P., for all of their help in setting this up. Thanks to the rest of you for participating, and keep an eye out for the next round over the weekend.
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