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8th Jul '16 8:11:37 PM Tallens
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* ''Webcomic/FurryExperience'': Cat loves anime and manga to the point of getting up at three in the morning on Saturdays to watch them , and sometimes explains certain aspects of them to Ronnie and Dawn. Extends to live-action shows as well, such as knowing why the ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' equivalent show has a hand-puppet for the Luna-style character. She also decides to do her art research paper on Japanese comics.
6th Jun '16 2:37:11 AM AHeroIsYou
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* Nearly ''every'' character in ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' in an Otaku with varying degrees of obsession. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since the show is set in Akihabara, which is the center of Otaku culture in Japan.
23rd May '16 1:07:22 PM MiinU
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* Many of the characters in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' are otaku, and indeed their otaku-ness drives a few major plot points.

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* %%* Many of the characters in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' are otaku, and indeed their otaku-ness drives a few major plot points.
6th May '16 12:06:18 PM DavidDelony
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Neither ''{{geek}}'' nor ''{{nerd}}'' is an adequate translation. However, in modern use, both words may carry a shadow of the right connotations of obsessive interest and/or social ineptitude; see the {{geek}} and {{nerd}} pages for details. Think of the older, more pejorative senses of ''{{geek}}'' and you're on the right track. The British term ''anorak'' and the American term ''wonk'' are also close translations, and in more dickish corners of TheInternet, autism-related terms like ''aspie'' get slung around in a similar manner. The closest troper-speak cognate would be "LoonyFan." In Japan, the term Otaku does not carry a positive meaning, at all. One of the first things most Japanese language classes often have to teach people is that [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch calling yourself an Otaku in Japan]] is a ''very'' bad thing. (Although it must be said that in more recent years this sense is mellowing out, to the extent that more Japanese are self-identifying as Otaku. See the {{Other Wiki}}'s page on this for more info.)

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Neither ''{{geek}}'' nor ''{{nerd}}'' is an adequate translation. However, in modern use, both words may carry a shadow of the right connotations of obsessive interest and/or social ineptitude; see the {{geek}} and {{nerd}} pages for details. Think of the older, more pejorative senses of ''{{geek}}'' and you're on the right track. The British term ''anorak'' and the American term ''wonk'' are also close translations, and in more dickish corners of TheInternet, autism-related terms like ''aspie'' get slung around in a similar manner. The closest troper-speak cognate would be "LoonyFan." In Japan, the term Otaku does not carry a positive meaning, at all. One of the first things most Japanese language classes often have to teach people is that [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch calling yourself an Otaku in Japan]] is a ''very'' bad thing. (Although it must be said that in more recent years this sense is mellowing out, to the extent that [[ProudToBeAGeek more Japanese are self-identifying as Otaku.Otaku]]. See the {{Other Wiki}}'s page on this for more info.)
2nd May '16 2:22:08 PM Willbyr
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* Most of the cast of ''Manga/{{Kuragehime}}'' are otaku of some variety (jellyfish, dolls, ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', etc). Of particular note are Kuranosuke and Hanamori, who are more-or-less obsessed with dresses and Benzes, yet avoid most of the other negative stereotypes and are generally not lumped in with the other otaku.

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* Most of the cast of ''Manga/{{Kuragehime}}'' ''Manga/PrincessJellyfish'' are otaku of some variety (jellyfish, dolls, ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', etc). Of particular note are Kuranosuke and Hanamori, who are more-or-less obsessed with dresses and Benzes, yet avoid most of the other negative stereotypes and are generally not lumped in with the other otaku.
28th Apr '16 5:15:49 PM lenne18
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* The josei manga ''Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii'' deals with romance between different types of otaku. Momose Narumi is a Fujoshi, Nifuji Hirotaka is a video games otaku and Koyanagi Hanako likes crossplaying. Kabakura Tarou is an anime and manga otaku, but he isn't as passionate about it as the rest of them.
11th Apr '16 2:02:26 PM Willbyr
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* The titular character of ''NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu''. Being an infamous {{Ojou}}, she had to hide the fact that she's also an Anime Otaku, otherwise people will look down on her... and then the male protagonist caught her red-handed and she became completely scared that he'd use that knowledge to that advantage (turns out he didn't). This is an in-anime example where people do look down on anime {{Otaku}}, if it gets blown out of proportion... like the male protagonist's best friend, whose otakuness is shown right off bat.

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* The titular character of ''NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu''.''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu''. Being an infamous {{Ojou}}, she had to hide the fact that she's also an Anime Otaku, otherwise people will look down on her... and then the male protagonist caught her red-handed and she became completely scared that he'd use that knowledge to that advantage (turns out he didn't). This is an in-anime example where people do look down on anime {{Otaku}}, if it gets blown out of proportion... like the male protagonist's best friend, whose otakuness is shown right off bat.



* ''[[Manga/{{Dragonball}} Dragon Ball G.T.]]'' features a [[PathOfInspiration deceptive cult leader]], Dolltakkii, who is creepily obsessed with dolls, even turning girls into dolls for him to coo over, and his cult revolves around bringing a giant killer doll to life by sacrificing his followers. His very name is even a pun on the term ''doll otaku''.

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* ''[[Manga/{{Dragonball}} Dragon Ball G.T.]]'' ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' features a [[PathOfInspiration deceptive cult leader]], Dolltakkii, who is creepily obsessed with dolls, even turning girls into dolls for him to coo over, and his cult revolves around bringing a giant killer doll to life by sacrificing his followers. His very name is even a pun on the term ''doll otaku''.
26th Mar '16 7:10:16 PM Willbyr
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* Takumi Nishijō, the protagonist from ''ChaosHead'', is a {{hikikomori}} and a massive otaku (Dolls, Anime, and Gamer) to the point of spending all of his time in his room (a cargo container on the roof of a building) and vastly preferring the company of his anime-based dolls to any real girls; this preference exhibits itself most strongly (besides his constant exclamations to that effect) by him [[spoiler:dreaming/hallucinating about his favorite doll being real, alive and talking to him in virtually every episode (as well as being married to him, iirc)]]. Ironically enough, it turns out that [[spoiler:Takumi himself is a hallucination-made-real, answering the age-old question, "Can dreams dream?" with a very emphatic "Yes." Evidently, the trouble is getting them to ''stop''.]]

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* Takumi Nishijō, the protagonist from ''ChaosHead'', ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead'', is a {{hikikomori}} and a massive otaku (Dolls, Anime, and Gamer) to the point of spending all of his time in his room (a cargo container on the roof of a building) and vastly preferring the company of his anime-based dolls to any real girls; this preference exhibits itself most strongly (besides his constant exclamations to that effect) by him [[spoiler:dreaming/hallucinating about his favorite doll being real, alive and talking to him in virtually every episode (as well as being married to him, iirc)]]. Ironically enough, it turns out that [[spoiler:Takumi himself is a hallucination-made-real, answering the age-old question, "Can dreams dream?" with a very emphatic "Yes." Evidently, the trouble is getting them to ''stop''.]]
25th Feb '16 12:00:59 PM Willbyr
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* Tomoya, Eriri, and Utaha of ''LightNovel/SaenaiHeroineNoSodatekata'' are all otaku to a large degree. Tomoya is very open about it, Utaha doesn't bring it up, and Eriri tries to hide that aspect of her from the public.

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* Tomoya, Eriri, and Utaha of ''LightNovel/SaenaiHeroineNoSodatekata'' ''LightNovel/HowToRaiseABoringGirlfriend'' are all otaku to a large degree. Tomoya is very open about it, Utaha doesn't bring it up, and Eriri tries to hide that aspect of her from the public.
12th Feb '16 10:26:44 AM rafi
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* Western (sort of) example: Hiro from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.



* The geeks in ''FreaksAndGeeks'' as well. One episode has them cosplaying for a convention as [[StarWars Luke Skywalker, Yoda]] and the [[Series/DoctorWho Fourth Doctor]].

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* The geeks in ''FreaksAndGeeks'' ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' as well. One episode has them cosplaying for a convention as [[StarWars Luke Skywalker, Yoda]] and the [[Series/DoctorWho Fourth Doctor]].Doctor]].
* Western (sort of) example: Hiro from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Even if is japanese, Hiro is an avid fan of western superheroes and science fiction.
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