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10th Sep '16 6:56:53 PM SamCurt
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* Hajime of ''Manga/NewGame'' is a tomboy (who also falls into BoyishShortHair and WhoWearsShortShorts) that is a {{tokusatsu}} fan, and has a collection of model swords at her cubicle, including a ''lightsaber''.
10th Aug '16 10:51:28 AM SheldonDinkleburg
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One aspect of BishoujoSeries, and the cause of many tropes such as the UnwantedHarem and an ImprobablyFemaleCast, is that you really shouldn't have too many important male characters. But, y'know, girls like ''girly'' things.

So instead, why not have a girl who likes the things that guys do? You may not want to use a [[{{bifauxnen}} crossdressing girl]] or even a {{tomboy}} -- just give her a FanBoy personality. And if you're a male author, this is even better, because you can go for authenticity the reader immediately understands.

A lot of this depends on what the current stereotype of a fan is and finding a fandom that is noticeably gender-skewed ({{Moe}} and HumongousMecha are popular targets) but the cast will still have ''only'' one character who is a fan of something with an overwhelmingly male fandom, and especially for obscure ''older'' things the adult audience immediately recognizes.

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One aspect of BishoujoSeries, and the cause of many tropes such as the UnwantedHarem and an ImprobablyFemaleCast, is that you really shouldn't have too many important male characters. But, y'know, girls like ''girly'' things.

However, the assumed male demographic supposedly has trouble relating to female characters.

So instead, why not have a girl who likes the things that guys they do? You may not want to use a [[{{bifauxnen}} crossdressing girl]] or even a {{tomboy}} -- just give her a FanBoy personality. And if you're a male author, this is even better, because you can go for authenticity the reader immediately understands.

personality.

A lot of this depends on what the current stereotype of a fan is and finding a fandom that is noticeably gender-skewed ({{Moe}} and HumongousMecha are popular targets) but the cast will still have ''only'' one character who is a fan of something with an overwhelmingly male fandom, stereotypically coded male, and especially for obscure ''older'' things the adult audience immediately recognizes.



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* [[WebVideo/PressHeartToContinue Brooke 'Dodger' Leigh Lawson]], human definition of the trope with a manga, game and anime collection that would make most gamers drool as shown in some of her DexBonus vidos.
* A number of entertainers associated with the anime industry have "come out" as self-styled otaku. Probably the most famous example is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoko_Nakagawa Shoko Nakagawa]]. It is not clear whether these individuals are actually interested in otaku-ish pursuits, or simply consider it a smart career move to cash in on a ready-made fanbase. It almost certainly differs from individual to individual, and could well be a bit of both in many cases.
* [[http://feliciaday.com/ Felicia Day]]. Star of Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}} and [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]], among others, and creator of "The Guild", a web series about a bunch of {{MMORPG}} gamers. She even based her character's addiction to MMO gaming to her own self-diagnosed addiction to WorldOfWarcraft.
* [[Film/KillBill Chiaki Kuriyama]], according to video interviews, has a house full of ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' stuff.
* Brittany Diamond of ''WebVideo/TheShipsCloset''
* In general, it often seems that, in certain parts of the west, there are more {{Occidental Otaku}} Surrogates than actual Occidental Otaku.
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29th Apr '16 10:43:44 AM Willbyr
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* In ''Manga/IchigoMashimaro'', Nobue is jokingly described by fans as the OtakuSurrogate of manga author Barasui, due to her much mellower personality and tendency to hug little girls.

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* In ''Manga/IchigoMashimaro'', ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'', Nobue is jokingly described by fans as the OtakuSurrogate of manga author Barasui, due to her much mellower personality and tendency to hug little girls.



* Konata in ''Manga/LuckyStar'' (the current page image for CosplayOtakuGirl) is a complete over-the-top {{otaku}}, obsessed with anime and video games, mostly to allow for [[ShoutOut mentions]] of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya, [[VideoGame/GalaxyAngel Galaxy Angel II]], VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}, [[ActorAllusion Haruhi Suzumiya]], VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}, VisualNovel/ToHeart,'' ''[[RuleOfThree Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', and so forth... but very little of what most [[{{Shoujo}} girls are expected to watch]], save for [[RuleOfFunny a notable brush with]] ''[[LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru Mari Mite]]'' (and a brief reference to ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' while the other girls talk about wedding dresses). This is lampshaded when Konata explains them as habits picked up to be closer to her father, although her friends then have more questions about [[DirtyOldMan her father's choice of habits]]...

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* Konata in ''Manga/LuckyStar'' (the current page image for CosplayOtakuGirl) is a complete over-the-top {{otaku}}, obsessed with anime and video games, mostly to allow for [[ShoutOut mentions]] of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya, [[VideoGame/GalaxyAngel Galaxy Angel II]], VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}, ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel II'', ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'', [[ActorAllusion Haruhi Suzumiya]], VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}, VisualNovel/ToHeart,'' ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', ''VisualNovel/ToHeart'', ''[[RuleOfThree Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', and so forth... but very little of what most [[{{Shoujo}} girls are expected to watch]], save for [[RuleOfFunny a notable brush with]] ''[[LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru Mari Mite]]'' (and a brief reference to ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' while the other girls talk about wedding dresses). This is lampshaded when Konata explains them as habits picked up to be closer to her father, although her friends then have more questions about [[DirtyOldMan her father's choice of habits]]...
16th Apr '16 10:39:09 AM nombretomado
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* Wendy Watson in ''TheMiddleman'' knows a great deal about sci-fi and comic books, especially years-old series with predominantly male fandoms.

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* Wendy Watson in ''TheMiddleman'' ''Series/TheMiddleman'' knows a great deal about sci-fi and comic books, especially years-old series with predominantly male fandoms.



* SeventhHeaven's Simon was going to get his first kiss from a pretty and experienced girl but when they were supposed to be kissing they started talking about comic books.

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* SeventhHeaven's ''Series/SeventhHeaven'''s Simon was going to get his first kiss from a pretty and experienced girl but when they were supposed to be kissing they started talking about comic books.
9th Feb '16 10:51:54 AM Oecchi
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* Tomoko Kuroki from ''[[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Watamote]]'' is a downplayed example, since she likes anime and video games aimed at male otaku but she also likes things aimed specifically at girls, like otome games. However, at the same time she's also an example of this gone ''horribly wrong''; her knowledge of perverted media only makes her that much more unapproachable, and ''because'' she's so obsessed with that stuff she initially had no idea how to approach real life and real people. She's horribly antisocial and judgmental, and even her closet kin, her brother, is annoyed with her. Luckily over the course of the series she starts to get better, but she's still the universe's ChewToy.

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* Tomoko Kuroki from ''[[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Watamote]]'' is a downplayed example, since she likes anime and video games aimed at male otaku but she also likes things aimed specifically at girls, like otome games.{{otome game}}s. However, at the same time she's also an example of this gone ''horribly wrong''; her knowledge of perverted media only makes her that much more unapproachable, and ''because'' she's so obsessed with that stuff she initially had no idea how to approach real life and real people. She's horribly antisocial and judgmental, and even her closet kin, her brother, is annoyed with her. Luckily over the course of the series she starts to get better, but she's still the universe's ChewToy.
7th Feb '16 6:28:50 AM Oecchi
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* Tomoko Kuroki from ''[[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Watamote]]'' is an example of this gone ''horribly wrong''. Her knowledge of perverted media (though she does also like {{Otome Game}}s) only makes her that much more unapproachable, and ''because'' she's so obsessed with that stuff she initially had no idea how to approach real life and real people. She's horribly antisocial and judgmental, and even her closet kin, her brother, is annoyed with her. Luckily over the course of the series she starts to get better, but she's still the universe's ChewToy.

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* Tomoko Kuroki from ''[[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Watamote]]'' is a downplayed example, since she likes anime and video games aimed at male otaku but she also likes things aimed specifically at girls, like otome games. However, at the same time she's also an example of this gone ''horribly wrong''. Her wrong''; her knowledge of perverted media (though she does also like {{Otome Game}}s) only makes her that much more unapproachable, and ''because'' she's so obsessed with that stuff she initially had no idea how to approach real life and real people. She's horribly antisocial and judgmental, and even her closet kin, her brother, is annoyed with her. Luckily over the course of the series she starts to get better, but she's still the universe's ChewToy.
6th Dec '15 2:02:56 AM harostar
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* Saiko Yonebayashi in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]''. Her bedroom is plastered with anime posters and figures, and she would rather spend her days playing video games or goofing off online than doing her job as a Ghoul Investigator. In an omake, her introduction to her new mentor was a speech bubble taking up the entire panel, listing off her various geek-related interests. As the resident Otaku, she is a constant source of {{Shout Out}}s.
21st Nov '15 1:31:22 PM Oecchi
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* Tomoko Kuroki from ''[[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Watamote]]'' is an example of this gone ''horribly wrong''. Her knowledge of perverted media only makes her that much more unapproachable, and ''because'' she's so obsessed with that stuff she initially had no idea how to approach real life and real people. She's horribly antisocial and judgmental, and even her closet kin, her brother, is annoyed with her. Luckily over the course of the series she starts to get better, but she's still the universe's ChewToy.

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* Tomoko Kuroki from ''[[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Watamote]]'' is an example of this gone ''horribly wrong''. Her knowledge of perverted media (though she does also like {{Otome Game}}s) only makes her that much more unapproachable, and ''because'' she's so obsessed with that stuff she initially had no idea how to approach real life and real people. She's horribly antisocial and judgmental, and even her closet kin, her brother, is annoyed with her. Luckily over the course of the series she starts to get better, but she's still the universe's ChewToy.
29th Oct '15 11:32:32 AM SunflowerDream
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*** Of course, a lot of women ''do'' play eroge with naked women. Some of these games have huge female fanbases, like ''Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke Wo'', to the point of most Sonohana fanart being done by female fans. The author himself was surprised about it. This may be TruthinTelevision. Later made stronger by the introduction of two friends, one of whom is more of an '[[YaoiFangirl Bukuro]] than [[OtakuSurrogate Akiba]]' fangirl while another (relevant to the series) is a YuriFan.

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*** Of course, a lot of women ''do'' play eroge with naked women. Some of these games have huge female fanbases, like ''Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke Wo'', to the point of most Sonohana fanart being done by female fans. The author himself was surprised about it. This may be TruthinTelevision. Later made stronger by the introduction of two friends, one of whom is more of an '[[YaoiFangirl Bukuro]] than [[OtakuSurrogate Akiba]]' fangirl while another (relevant to the series) is a YuriFan.
23rd Aug '15 11:03:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* Kimiko of ''DresdenCodak'' has been accused of fitting this trope by various critics, as an attractive female transhumanist and extreme technophile in a comic written by a man who has also written for various futurist publications. {{Mad Scientist}}s, {{otaku}} or otherwise, tend to be rather thin on the ground in real life.

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* Kimiko of ''DresdenCodak'' ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' has been accused of fitting this trope by various critics, as an attractive female transhumanist and extreme technophile in a comic written by a man who has also written for various futurist publications. {{Mad Scientist}}s, {{otaku}} or otherwise, tend to be rather thin on the ground in real life.



* Italy from her {{webcomic}}, ''{{The Lounge}}''. Not only does she like {{video game}}s, {{comic book}}s, and {{anime}}, she fancies women too.

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* Italy from her {{webcomic}}, ''{{The Lounge}}''.''Webcomic/TheLounge''. Not only does she like {{video game}}s, {{comic book}}s, and {{anime}}, she fancies women too.
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