Created By: Dawnwing on April 23, 2012 Last Edited By: Dawnwing on October 4, 2013
Nuked

Fandom Slang

Slang used specifically by one fandom. Trivia.

Name Space:
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Trope
10/4/13 - Discarding, as it's been sitting here for almost a year, and I hadn't realized that it's almost the same as Fan Speak, which is now listed as being Not a Trope.

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Might need a better name. Fanspeak? Fandom Speak? Other suggestions?

Description could also use some beefing up.

This would be a Trivia page when launched, and if there are enough examples, it may be split into sub-pages by media.

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Fandom Slang is when a fandom has the tendency to use specific words and phrases that come from, or are inspired by, the work that they are fans of. It can be used in a regular conversation with other fans of the same work without sounding strange at all to either of them.

Compare Fan Nickname, which is when a fandom community creates nicknames for characters/etc, and Fan Community Nickname, which is a nickname for the fandom and the fans themselves. May tie in to Acronym and Abbreviation Overload as well.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion fans use "Tang" to refer to the infamous beginning part of the ending sequence.
  • Pokémon fans have been seen to use 'Arceus' in place of 'God' in phrases.

Film
  • Star Wars fans will often use "May the Force be with you" as a goodbye.

Literature
  • Warrior Cats fans use "Great StarClan!" or "Oh my StarClan" (OMSC for short), and "May StarClan light your path", as well as some of the series' Hold Your Hippogriffs words like "mouse-brained".
  • Fans of the Ratha series - and also the current publisher - sometimes use "May you eat of the haunch and sleep in the driest den", a greeting/farewell from the series.
  • Dinotopia fans often use the books' greeting (or use it as a sig) 'Breathe deep, seek peace'. Sometimes it's altered, like the canon Skybax riders' "Fly high, seek peace" or certain fan alterations.

Live-Action TV
  • Star Trek fans might use "Live long and prosper", the Vulcan greeting first seen in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Amok Time".
  • Some of Barney (from How I Met Your Mother fame)'s catch phrases are this, such as "It is known", "True Story", and even "suit up". And, of course, "LEGEND - wait for it - DARY".
  • For the Supernatural fandom, "kripke'd" is the opposite of jossed, and Chuck and Cas are both used in place of God. Also, while never said on the show, "Get the motherfucking salt" has become a catchphrase of the rather paranoid fandom.
  • Red Dwarf fans use "smeg" sometimes as a curse word.
  • Doctor Who fans occasionally use the terms "Sweet Rassilon" and "Oh my Gallifrey".

Video Games
  • "Pawesome" is a common word of approval among WolfQuest fans.

Web Games
  • Dragon Cave players use "LagCave" to refer to the site being laggy. "Eggspam" is when you post your eggs on the forum, trying to garner views/clicks.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • April 24, 2012
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
  • April 24, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Anime and Manga
  • April 24, 2012
    chicagomel
    Dinotopia fans often use the books' greeting (or use it as a sig) 'Breathe deep, seek peace'. Sometimes it's altered, like the canon Skybax riders' "Fly high, seek peace" or certain fan alterations. (literature)

    Pokemon fans have been seen to use 'Arceus' in place of 'God' in phrases.

    I hope someone can clarify if this is Fan Nickname or a subtrope. It could work, but IDK.
  • April 24, 2012
    TheNinth
    ^ It says right in the description to compare it to Fan Nickname. I think it's clear how they're different. (the "Derpyhooves" example wouldn't apply to this trope/trivia).

    Live Action Film Star Wars fans will often use "May the Force be with you" as a goodbye.
  • April 24, 2012
    ScanVisor
    ^ Sorry.
  • April 24, 2012
    Sligh333
    Some of Barney's (from How I Met Your Mother fame) catch frases are this. I've seen people use "It is known." "True Story." And even "suit up".
  • April 25, 2012
    wanderlustwarrior
    For the Supernatural fandom, "kripke'd" is the opposite of jossed, Chuck is used in place of Arceus/God, and... there's really too much for me to remember right now.
  • April 25, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    ^^Don't forget his most famous: LEGEN--wait for it--DARY!
  • April 30, 2012
    ChibiRegalli
    Transformers fans sometimes use "slag" as a swear. They also use the phrase "Furmanism" to refer to comics writer Simon Furman's Creator Thumbprint lines, and co-opted Mystery Science Theater 3000's "Dull Surprise!" after artist Pat Lee's inability to portray any emotion other than... well, Dull Surprise.
  • May 1, 2012
    chicagomel
    Oh yeah, there is the Arceus=God thing with Pokemon fans.

    Isn't the 'Merlin's pants' thing popular with Harry Potter fans? Not totally sure as I'm not in the fandom...
  • May 29, 2012
    Alvin
    ^^I think Red Dwarf fans use 'smeg' sometimes and in general if a TV show has an idiosyncatic swear word (forgot the name of the trope, but it's here) I think the fans will use it.
  • May 29, 2012
    colaproduct
    Doctor Who fans occasionally use the terms "Sweet Rassilon" and "Oh my Gallifrey"

    Supernatural fans use Cas in the place of God (in addition to Chuck). Also, while never said on the show, "Get the motherfucking salt" has become a catchphrase of the rather paranoid fandom.
  • May 30, 2012
    peccantis
    ^^^ "Merlin's X" type of curses are widespread in HP fanfic but as far as I know, it hasn't entered RL usage.
  • July 30, 2012
    Dawnwing
    I apologize for not updating this in a while... Anyway, what category does Transformers go under? I know they've got movies and TV shows and stuff but I'm not too familiar with it.
  • July 30, 2012
    ArkadyDarell
    ^ Toys is the easiest catchall, when talking about the franchise as a whole.
  • July 30, 2012
    TropeEater
    Doesn't Fan Nickname cover most of this?
  • September 23, 2012
    AryaAdrianiel
    The Lord Of The Rings fans often use "Ai Valar" in the place of "Oh God."
  • December 7, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Bump. Can we get more examples? And what is the relation between this and Fan Speak?
  • December 8, 2012
    Dawnwing
    ^ I didn't see the Fan Speak page. Is this one still needed, then, since we have that?
  • December 8, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Well, you didn't see that it doesn't have any examples. I'll ask in Ask The Tropers.
  • December 8, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    The Fan Speak page does not lack examples because no one thought of any.
  • December 9, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    ^"Too many examples to be useful to list" (the basic Ask The Tropers argument) is an argument you could apply to anything ever on this wiki, and the current example section doesn't sound long enough. So I disagree with that argument.
  • December 9, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    It isn't an argument. That page doesn't list examples: statement of fact. I am pointing out that your question implies an argument that it should.
  • December 9, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    ^Because this does have examples, and it would be duplicate of Fan Speak. That is why it implies a "should"
  • December 26, 2012
    Dawnwing
    So.... do we continue with this YKTTW? Discard?
  • December 27, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Yes.
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