20 classy high school outcasts
SETH AND EVAN, 'Superbad' (2007)
High school seniors, reluctant virgins, and co-dependent best friends Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) have had a less-than-impressive social life. Besides the companionship of the even-nerdier McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), the two mostly get crap from bullies everywhere they go. Of course, in the end, they get the last laugh. In fact, they get laughs the whole movie.
DANIEL LARUSSO The Karate Kid (1984)
There's nothing tougher than being the new kid (Ralph Macchio) in school, especially when you're sort of a scrawny dweeb who shows up to Halloween dances dressed as a shower curtain. Having a leg-sweeping punk (William Zabka) constantly on your case doesn't help much either. But young Daniel-san's fortunes shift, thanks to the help of a pretty girl (Elizabeth Shue) and one particularly badass sensei (Pat Morita).
CARRIE WHITE Carrie (1976)
Living with her religious zealot nutbag mother would have been enough to send the strange and sad Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) over the edge, but throw in a couple of mean-spirited classmates intent on making her life a living hell and well, you get what you give. Her stint at the prom won't win her any popularity points, but she certainly one-upped her bullies.
THE WHOLE CAST OF Freaks and Geeks (1999)
It would be impossible to just pick one of the kids from William McKinley High School, as they all pretty much embodied outcasts. From stoner burnout Desario (James Franco) to wannabe drummer Nick (Jason Segel) to the hopelessly nerdy Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr), they were all, easily, the most lovable losers to ever grace TV's high school halls.
DARIA MORGENDORFFER Daria (1997-2002)
Sure, it would be easy to pigeonhole Daria Morgendorffer as the animated high school equivalent of Janeane Garafalo, but she was so much more than that to the late-'90s MTV after school set. Daria's, carefree, sarcastic attitude (heck, even her theme song droned), along with her arty best friend Jane, struck a chord with angsty teens everywhere.
TRACY FLICK Election (1999)
Face the facts, Gleeks, without Tracy Flick, there'd be no Rachel Berry. Reese Witherspoon's manipulative, Type-A politically-charged (and, yes, a little promiscuous) Tracy made life for her teacher Mr. McAllister (Matthew Broderick) and most everyone she came in contact with, a nightmare. Hell hath no fury like a high school presidential candidate scorned.
JAMES STARK Rebel Without a Cause (1995)
No one represented teen defiance quite like James Dean did. In this classic, Dean plays Stark, a rebellious 17-year-old who grapples with his status as the new kid in town. Of course, his bullies learned about messing with him the hard way during a fateful game of ''Chicken.''
ALLISON REYNOLDS The Breakfast Club (1985)
One could argue for brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) or the criminal Bender (Judd Nelson) here, but it takes a special kind of outcast to be referred to as the ''basket case.'' The quiet, discontent Allison (played to perfection by Ally Sheedy) was so translucent even her parents forgot she existed. We'll still never understand, or accept, her final transformation at the end. We liked her just the way she was.
GEORGE MCFLY Back to the Future (1985)
With a dad this nerdy, how did Marty McFly get so cool? Somehow he did, even though his pops, the wimpy George McFly (Crispin Glover), spent his youth as a punching bag for Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson). His ''bird watching'' hobby certainly didn't make him any better, but his gentlemanly nature did win over the girl (Lea Thompson) in the end.
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Gawky doofus Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) spends his days tending to his pet llama, Tina, working on his ninja skills, and wearing the most tragic outfits this side of Preston High School. This member of the ''Happy Hands'' club would never be the coolest kid on the block, but his campaigning skills for pal Pedro (Efren Ramirez) were certainly admirable.
MAX FISCHER Rushmore (1998)
Obnoxiously arrogant and aggressively odd, Fischer (played by Jason Schwartzman in a star-making performance) is hardly one of the popular kids at Rushmore Academy. Perhaps that's why he invests so much energy and time fighting with Herman Blume (Bill Murray) over a pretty teacher (Olivia Williams).
ANDIE WALSH Pretty in Pink (1986)
It's a testament to Molly Ringwald and writer-director John Hughes that even though Andie was hardly the popular girl in school, we always thought she was incredibly cool. Plus, her homemade fashions are now surprisingly timely.
MARK HUNTER Pump Up the Volume (1990)
Christian Slater followed up his iconic performance in Heathers with this similarly dark teen flick. Mark Hunter (Slater) becomes an underground sensation when he begins broadcasting from a pirate radio station out of his room.
LUCAS Lucas (1986)
Poor little Lucas (Corey Haim) is a total dork, big glasses and all. But that doesn't stop him from joining the school football team in order to impress his class crush (Kerri Green).
ROCKY DENNIS Mask (1985)
Based on a true story, Rocky Dennis (Eric Stolz) is a sweet teen but spends much of his time with his biker mother (Cher) due to his cranial deformity. He eventually finds romance with a blind girl, played by a young Laura Dern.
TERRY GRIFFITH Just One of the Guys (1985)
Terri (Joyce Hyser) actually begins the movie quite popular and it isn't until she begins masquerading as a guy that things take a turn towards Nerdsville. She even falls for her new geeky buddy (Clayton Rohner), which leads to a climactic party full of revelations and boobs.
PATTY GREENE AND LAUREN HUTCHINSON Square Pegs (1982-1983)
Patty and Lauren (Sarah Jessica Parker and Amy Linker, respectively) try desperately to hang out with the popular crowd, like uber-snob Muffy Tepperman (Jami Gertz). Alas, the four-eyed Patty and braces-adorned Lauren never quite fit in...cue the title!
KENNY JENKINS Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
Striving to be hip-hop cool and suave with the ladies, Kenny Jenkins (Seth Green) is actually just a big joke (the dude wears goggles!). But he finds the girl of his dreams in his former pal, the sarcastic Denise (Lauren Ambrose).
RONALD MILLER Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
Popular girl Cindy (Amanda Peterson) transforms nerd Ronald Miller (a pre-McDreamy Patrick Dempsey) from ''totally geek to totally chic,'' which, like many of these films, means he simply ditches his glasses. And, of course, the geek ends up getting the girl.
DONNIE DARKO Donnie Darko (2001)
Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is definitely not your typical high school teen. For one, he has conversations with a big scary bunny rabbit who warns him of the apocalypse. So you can kinda see why he didn't fit in with the cool kids.