15 of the best ugly sweaters for your inner geek

Ugly sweaters are like Pokemon—you'll want to collect them all.

 

Lisa Granshaw

Internet Culture

Published Dec 18, 2014   Updated May 29, 2021, 11:06 pm CDT

The holiday season is underway, and the popular tradition of wearing an ugly sweater is here again. Whether you’re going to an office party or family event, many of you will be wearing these ugly sweaters by choice, even if it’s not the theme of the gathering. 

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At one time, ugly holiday sweaters were a dreaded gift often presented by a clueless great aunt. But in the age of irony, they’ve been embraced. There are more faux “ugly” sweaters than ever before, and many are actually kind of stylish.

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Since these ugly sweaters are quirky anyway, it makes sense that the style would lend itself to being transformed into geeky themes as well. After all, who wouldn’t want to wear a warm, cozy ugly sweater with a Street Fighter theme? From Harry Potter to Star Wars, it turns out there are ugly sweaters for basically any fandom you’re interested in. Check out 15 of our favorites here. 

Star Wars

Ugly Rebels Sweater, $50.

Ugly Rebels Sweater, $50.

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Supernatural

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A Very Supernatural Christmas, $25.

A Very Supernatural Christmas, $25.

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Frozen

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Olaf Holiday Crewneck Sweatshirt, $29.20.

Olaf Holiday Crewneck Sweatshirt, $29.20.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Ninja Turtle Faux Christmas Sweater, $35.

Ninja Turtle Faux Christmas Sweater, $35.

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Doctor Who

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Doctor Who Scarf Ugly Holiday Sweater Hoodie, $27.95+.

Doctor Who Scarf Ugly Holiday Sweater Hoodie, $27.95+.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Holiday Mix Vol.1 sweatshirt, $25.

Holiday Mix Vol.1 sweatshirt, $25.

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Batman

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Jingle Bells Batman Smells Ugly Sweater, $39.

Jingle Bells Batman Smells Ugly Sweater, $39.

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My Neighbor Totoro

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My Neighbor’s Holiday, $25.

My Neighbor’s Holiday, $25.

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8-Bit Video Game

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Ugly Sweater Hoodie, $20.99.

Ugly Sweater Hoodie, $20.99.

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Harry Potter

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The Sweater That Lived, $25.

The Sweater That Lived, $25.

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The Hobbit

Hobbit Christmas Sweater, $30.

Hobbit Christmas Sweater, $30.

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Game of Thrones

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Winter is Coming Christmas ugly sweater, $19.99.

Winter is Coming Christmas ugly sweater, $19.99.

Photo via GreenTurtleTshirts/Etsy

The Legend of Zelda

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Zelda Art Christmas Design Sweater, $29+.

Zelda Art Christmas Design Sweater, $29+.

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Thundercats

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ThunderCats Ugly Faux Christmas Sweater, $35.

ThunderCats Ugly Faux Christmas Sweater, $35.

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Star Trek

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Captain’s Christmas Sweater, $25.

Captain’s Christmas Sweater, $25.

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*First Published: Dec 18, 2014, 11:18 am CST