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10 fandom-inspired backpacks that are too cool for school

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Ninja Turtles or Power Rangers? Lisa Frank or Pokémon? Those were the hard choices we faced as children deciding on a new backpack for school. Now as nerdy adults, if you want to add some personality to your everyday bookbag, the choices are a little more complicated. When it comes to pop culture-inspired bags and backpacks, it can be hard to find options that don’t make you look like a fourth grader.

Of course, both fashion and fandom are in the eye of the beholder, but, at least in the Polygon office, finding a cute, nerdy and (somewhat) professional bag is hard. From subtle Star Wars ships to splashy Studio Ghibli illustrations, we’ve rounded up our favorite grown-up backpacks, tote bags and yes, one fanny pack.

Whether you’re heading back to school, prepping for a convention or just looking for something fun to haul your laptop in, check out the gallery for backpacks and bags with an adult take on the classic character backpack.

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