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5th May '17 4:12:35 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''{{Pokemon}}'' has been doing this since the ''Gold/Silver'' days. The Pokemaniac and Pokefan trainer types (among others) are usually given dialogue that cements them as parodies of some of the franchise's more unhinged fans. The most recent games took this a step further by including a class of young trainers who all cosplay as Pikachu, and claim that their lifelong dream is to [[LoonyFan grow up to become one]].

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* ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has been doing this since the ''Gold/Silver'' days. The Pokemaniac and Pokefan trainer types (among others) are usually given dialogue that cements them as parodies of some of the franchise's more unhinged fans. The most recent games took this a step further by including a class of young trainers who all cosplay as Pikachu, and claim that their lifelong dream is to [[LoonyFan grow up to become one]].
30th Apr '17 4:25:38 PM nombretomado
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23rd Apr '17 2:35:06 PM nombretomado
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* As odd as it sounds, ''TheWestWing'' had an example of this. Following a semi-publicized incident where Aaron Sorkin got in a fight with his fans (and a fellow writer) on TelevisionWithoutPity, Sorkin wrote an episode called "The U.S. Poet Laureate", where Josh gets in a scuffle with a fan site devoted to him and the incident gets publicized. He refers to the site webmaster as "a dictatorial leader who [he's] sure wears a muu-muu and chain-smokes Parliaments." The episode got bonus ego points for having the U.S. Poet Laureate explain that her works meant to serve as a distraction, not to make any higher point. Of course, considering the real life site's policies about criticism on their forums, Sorkin's probably not all that wrong. It doesn't lessen how utterly petty the stunt was, but he's not ''wrong''.

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* As odd as it sounds, ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' had an example of this. Following a semi-publicized incident where Aaron Sorkin got in a fight with his fans (and a fellow writer) on TelevisionWithoutPity, Website/TelevisionWithoutPity, Sorkin wrote an episode called "The U.S. Poet Laureate", where Josh gets in a scuffle with a fan site devoted to him and the incident gets publicized. He refers to the site webmaster as "a dictatorial leader who [he's] sure wears a muu-muu and chain-smokes Parliaments." The episode got bonus ego points for having the U.S. Poet Laureate explain that her works meant to serve as a distraction, not to make any higher point. Of course, considering the real life site's policies about criticism on their forums, Sorkin's probably not all that wrong. It doesn't lessen how utterly petty the stunt was, but he's not ''wrong''.
21st Apr '17 4:09:43 PM StFan
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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' includes a quest in the revamped, post-Cataclysm Azeroth in the undead area where the PC takes on the role of a questgiver and hands out three quests to various computer-programmed NPC players. All three are digs at various groups of fans: the "Kingslayer" (character who killed the Lich King) who can't play, the total noob and "Johnny Awesome", decked out in full heirloom equipment (items which can only be bought by people who had a max-level character in the ''Wrath of the Lich King'' expansion) and riding [[BrokenBase Sparklepony]]. All three then make an appearance in the Hillsbrad area of the game as mercenary computer-controlled aides - or rescue objects - to the PC.

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' includes a quest in the revamped, post-Cataclysm Azeroth in the undead area where the PC takes on the role of a questgiver and hands out three quests to various computer-programmed NPC players. All three are digs at various groups of fans: the "Kingslayer" (character who killed the Lich King) who can't play, the total noob and "Johnny Awesome", decked out in full heirloom equipment (items which can only be bought by people who had a max-level character in the ''Wrath of the Lich King'' expansion) and riding [[BrokenBase Sparklepony]]. All three then make an appearance in the Hillsbrad area of the game as mercenary computer-controlled aides - -- or rescue objects - -- to the PC.



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* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan video ''WebAnimation/ElementsOfCringe'' features a group of bronies crossing over into Equestria to drain their magic and turn into their {{Original Character}}s, while showing no actual empathy towards the ponies or world they claim to be fans of.
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* At least half of the humor in ''WebComic/{{Shortpacked}}'' comes from various [[StrawFan Straw Fans]] of the various franchises and hobbies he follows. Some are recurring characters, some only show up once, but it's clear that Willis has an axe to grind with certain sections of fandoms in general. Sometimes certain fans in particular. When someone's been annoying Willis on his toy message boards, he's not very subtle about doing a comic about them. (The "I knew about that!" guy strip being the best example.) Some of the strips are near-verbatim from discussions at the Allspark ({{Transformers}}) message boards or similar. Willis even occasionally parodies his own fan madness.

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* At least half of the humor in ''WebComic/{{Shortpacked}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' comes from various [[StrawFan Straw Fans]] of the various franchises and hobbies he follows. Some are recurring characters, some only show up once, but it's clear that Willis has an axe to grind with certain sections of fandoms in general. Sometimes certain fans in particular. When someone's been annoying Willis on his toy message boards, he's not very subtle about doing a comic about them. (The "I knew about that!" guy strip being the best example.) Some of the strips are near-verbatim from discussions at the Allspark ({{Transformers}}) message boards or similar. Willis even occasionally parodies his own fan madness.



* ''WebComic/BrokenPlotDevice'' has the "Idea Man", an obese penguin wearing [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom kitty ears and a matching tail]] who, as the name implies, is the sole source of weird, offensive, and downright perverted ideas for the character's in Lizardbeth's in-comic comic.
* This [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0221.html comic]] of ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' where they fight a troll who accused the comic of being an ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' ripoff.

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* ''WebComic/BrokenPlotDevice'' ''Webcomic/BrokenPlotDevice'' has the "Idea Man", an obese penguin wearing [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom kitty ears and a matching tail]] who, as the name implies, is the sole source of weird, offensive, and downright perverted ideas for the character's in Lizardbeth's in-comic comic.
* This [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0221.html comic]] of ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' where they fight a troll who accused accuses the comic of being an ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' ripoff.



* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan video ''WebOriginal/ElementsOfCringe'' features a group of bronies crossing over into Equestria to drain their magic and turn into their {{Original Character}}s, while showing no actual empathy towards the ponies or world they claim to be fans of.
22nd Mar '17 12:10:42 PM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' all have M'aiq[[note]](pronounced ''my-eek'')[[/note]] the Liar who makes jokes about, rebuts, and insults fan complaints about elements which were not included in the game, some of which are in past installments.
** ''Oblivion'' also has the devoted fanboy you pick up when you become grand champion of the arena battles, who is essentially a strawman for every overenthusiastic fan who won't take the hint to go away and die somewhere. If the idea was to drive home how annoying such a person can be, it worked... fans of the game [[MemeticMutation have a long and noble history]] of finding horrible things to do to him.
** ''Skyrim'' then uses a similar fanboy for another TakeThat. If the Assassin missions are played, you learn that one of the assassins once killed a Grand Champion by disguising himself an annoying fan.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'',
''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' Skyrim]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'' all have M'aiq[[note]](pronounced ''my-eek'')[[/note]] the Liar who makes jokes about, rebuts, and insults fan complaints about elements which were not included in the game, some of which are in past installments.
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** ''Oblivion'' also has the devoted fanboy you pick up when you become grand champion Grand Champion of the arena battles, Imperial City Arena, who is essentially a strawman for every overenthusiastic fan who won't take the hint to go away and die somewhere. If the idea was to drive home how annoying such a person can be, it worked... fans of the game [[MemeticMutation have a long and noble history]] of finding horrible things to do to him.
** ''Skyrim'' then uses a similar fanboy for another TakeThat. If the Assassin Dark Brotherhood missions are played, you learn that one of the assassins once killed a Grand Champion by disguising himself an annoying fan.
17th Mar '17 11:27:22 PM CerotechOmega
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* During Nintendo's E3 2014 Digital Direct, Nintendo had a scene done by the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' crew. Someone sitting in the audience complains of Nintendo announcing another ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' game and that Nintendo should give them ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. Instead, Reggie Fils-Aime eats a fire flower and shoots a fireball at the obnoxious fan. Later on, the fan shows up again complaining about a ''VideoGame/StarFox'' game, and Reggie gives a DeathGlare to him.

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* During Nintendo's E3 2014 Digital Direct, Nintendo had a scene done by the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' crew. Someone sitting in the audience complains of Nintendo announcing another ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' game and that Nintendo should give them ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''. Instead, Reggie Fils-Aime eats a fire flower and shoots a fireball at the obnoxious fan. Later on, the fan shows up again complaining about a ''VideoGame/StarFox'' game, and Reggie gives a DeathGlare to him.fries him with EyeBeams.
11th Mar '17 9:31:46 AM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Fillmore}}'' episode "The Unseen Reflection" featured some fans of a young-adult sci-fi fantasy book series who took it far, far too seriously. This particular episode is a good skewering of fans and fandoms in general, complete with FandomRivalry and the MST3KMantra.

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* The ''{{Fillmore}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' episode "The Unseen Reflection" featured some fans of a young-adult sci-fi fantasy book series who took it far, far too seriously. This particular episode is a good skewering of fans and fandoms in general, complete with FandomRivalry and the MST3KMantra.
12th Feb '17 1:12:25 AM ablackraptor
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* ''Series/AgentsOfShield'' did this towards Ward fans in Dirty Half-Dozen, taking several arguments Ward fans used and dumbing them down to be easily responded by May's "We all have our traumas. Get over it." The fact that there is response to that or the fact SHIELD also killed two innocent to save one of their own was not addressed left many Ward fans unamused.
** The season finale was even more unsubtle, using a character as an obvious stand-in for Stand With Ward fans by having her quote the name verbatim while condoning him torturing someone because she is in love with Ward; never mind that most Stand With Ward fans are people who believe he can be redeemed and sympathize with him, not people who think his actions are justified or agree with what he is doing.
25th Dec '16 8:30:23 AM Basara-kun
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* Although there is more to the character, Superboy-Prime from Franchise/TheDCU. Certain fans tend to focus on nothing but this one aspect of his character, largely because it sometimes reaches a very mean-spirited pitch.

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* Although there is more to the character, Superboy-Prime ComicBook/SuperboyPrime from Franchise/TheDCU. Certain fans tend to focus on nothing but this one aspect of his character, largely because it sometimes reaches a very mean-spirited pitch.
14th Dec '16 6:00:57 PM rjd1922
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* The WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fan video ''WebOriginal/ElementsOfCringe'' features a group of bronies crossing over into Equestria to drain their magic and turn into their {{OriginalCharacter}}s, while showing no actual empathy towards the ponies or world they claim to be fans of.

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* The WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan video ''WebOriginal/ElementsOfCringe'' features a group of bronies crossing over into Equestria to drain their magic and turn into their {{OriginalCharacter}}s, {{Original Character}}s, while showing no actual empathy towards the ponies or world they claim to be fans of.
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