Created By: DaibhidC on January 4, 2012 Last Edited By: Laevatein on January 6, 2012

Fan Outsider Nickname

A fandom has a name for non-members of the fandom.

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Many fandoms have Fan Community Nicknames. Some of them take this a step further. After all, the point of a subculture is that there are people who are part of it, and people who aren't. So shouldn't there be a term for them as well?

That's the Fan Outsider Nickname. A term used by the fans that basically means "people who don't know what we're talking about, and don't care". Sometimes used disparagingly, especially if the fandom is feeling defensive, but often just a handy peice of terminology, especially if some aspect of the fandom has "gone mainstream" (as in "Even the Fan Outsider Nicknames know about...").


  • Science Fiction, Fantasy and Roleplaying fans in general sometimes use "mundanes".


  • Potterites, of course, have "Muggles" for those who lack their connection to the wizarding world. Other fandoms have picked up on this.

Live-Action TV

Real Life
  • Some members of the Gay community derisively refer to straight people as "Breeders".
  • Some LARP groups also use "mundanes".

Western Animation

Any others?
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • January 4, 2012
    • Several fandoms and hobbies have adopted "muggles" as well.
  • January 4, 2012
    "Mundanes" has been used in several SF/Fantasy and RPG communities, although in recent years it seems to have been somewhat supplanted by "muggles".
  • January 4, 2012
    Does this apply to those who are hostile to a fandom, not just not part of it? If so, those who are vehement about their dislike of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic or its fanbase are often referred to by fans as 'parasprites', Big Eater monsters from the show.
  • January 4, 2012
    In Universe, in My Immortal the cool kids are Goffs and they consider all others Preps.
  • January 4, 2012
    Real life example: Some members of the Gay community derisively refer to straight people as "Breeders"
  • January 5, 2012
    There is a depressing tendency for people who aren't within the Punk Rock or Heavy Metal communities to simply be referred to as "Gay" by said fandoms.
  • January 5, 2012
    @Eomega Either, so yes, that counts.

    @Scan Visor That's more "general abuse" than a "nickname" as such...
  • January 5, 2012
    Some LAR Ping groups refer to people who do not play their game as "Mundanes."
  • January 6, 2012
    ^ And one common policy among LARPers is "Don't freak the mundanes" - i.e. don't act in an outrageous, apparently criminal or violent manner in public where non-players can see you.
  • January 6, 2012
    I've also run across "(don't) freak the mundanes" in some SCA groups.

    Another Real Life example: some members of childfree organizations refer to any woman who has given birth as a "moo" (alluding to cows).