[[caption-width-right:320:A major example of being OneOfUs.]]

->''"I thought it was brilliant satire, not only of [[Franchise/StarTrek Trek]], but of fandom in general. The only thing I wish they had done was cast me in it, and have me play a freaky fanboy who keeps screaming at the actor who played 'the kid' about how awful it was that there was a kid on the spaceship. Alas."''
-->--'''Wil Wheaton's [[http://www.wilwheaton.net/mt/archives/000768.php review]] of ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.'''

Will Wheaton (July 29, 1972-) is a [[OneOfUs geek]], [[http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/ blogger]], [[http://thebloggess.com/heres-a-picture-of-wil-wheaton-collating-papers/ paper collator]], and actor best known for ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''WebVideo/TableTop'' on Creator/GeekAndSundry's YouTube channel.

Born in Burbank, California, he became a full-time actor at the age of 8, scoring small roles and a large voice-acting credit for the classic ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH.'' Then in 1986, he was cast as the lead in the Rob Reiner movie based on Creator/StephenKing's novella ''The Body,'' called ''Film/StandByMe.'' This got him plenty of public exposure, enough for him to land the job that he's most known for:

[[TheScrappy Wesley]] [[CreatorsPet Crusher]] of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration.''

Imagine that you're playing a character that you know is [[TheScrappy hated by the fandom]] that [[PromotedFanboy you're a part of]]. Imagine reading the hate mail it gives you, despite the great feelings you have of the cast, the crew, and the creator himself. Now, imagine you're 15, and thus interpreting all the hate as hate against you (which, [[IAmNotSpock unfortunately, some of it was]]). Now you'll understand Wil Wheaton's demeanor towards fans until his epiphany in the late '90s (as chronicled in his story ''The Saga of [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Spongebob Vega$pant$]], or [[Film/DrStrangelove How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Star Trek]]'').

Believe it or not, ''he'' hates [[CreatorBacklash Wesley]], or rather what the writers had him do as Wesley. [[http://www.aoltv.com/bloggers/wil-wheaton His reviews]] of the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episodes are sure to mention exactly how annoying Wesley is each time he appeared in the show. Unfortunately his review column was discontinued in early 2008 when TV Squad was bought by AOL, but he has collected his reviews of the first 13 episodes, expanded them and put them in a book called ''Memories of the Future: Volume 1'' released in late 2009. ''Memories of the Future Volume 2'', due to be released whenever, will cover the rest of the first season, most of which he didn't get the chance to review before the aforementioned discontinuing.

Since embracing his inner geek, he's written four compilations of memoirs, has a famous blog, and is embraced by geekdom as their avatar. It doesn't hurt that many of the mostly guest acting gigs he's scored these days are as geeks or voices of comic book heroes such as [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Aqualad]] and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold the second Blue Beetle]]. He was a caustic comic book collector on an episode of ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' that took place at a comic convention, a supremely creepy unsub (as if there's any other kind) on ''Series/CriminalMinds'' and a {{Jerkass}} computer hacker on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', a role which he has reprised several times.

He also did a hilarious take on KentBrockmanNews as Richard Burns on ''Radio/GTARadio'', plays [[StrawNihilist Fawkes]] on ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' and was a frequent guest on the [[WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated Dungeons & Dragons podcast]] alongside his fellow geek luminaries from ''WebComic/PennyArcade'' and ''Webcomic/PvP''. He also plays Darkstar (imagine if Wesley was more obnoxious and villainous) in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'', and ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]''. He also had a recurring role as Dr. Isaac Parrish, a {{Jerkass}} [[TheAce Ace]], [[spoiler:unsuccessful]] astronaut candidate, and Fargo's [[TheRival long time rival]], on ''Series/{{Eureka}}.'' He is also the host of ''WebVideo/{{Tabletop}}'' and its RPG spin-off ''WebVideo/TitansgraveTheAshesOfValkana'', and plays a gleefully evil version of himself as a recurring character in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. In addition, Wil, like his ''The Guild'' co-star Creator/FeliciaDay, has a voice role in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', as the voice of the Robobrain enemy. In ''VideoGame/CodeNameSteam'', he voice-acts UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. He used to host ''The Wil Wheaton Project'', a show which could be described as ''Series/TheSoup'' for sci-fi/fantasy and geek culture in general, but it was cancelled after a single season. In 2014, he was cast as recurring character Earl Harlan in ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''.

Offscreen (well, and on, really), he's become pretty much the poster boy for OneOfUs.

At PAX 2007, he coined what has become known as Wheaton's Law: "Don't Be a Dick." The irony of this, considering most of his TV roles are {{Jerkass}} characters, has not been lost on the fandom. This has led to the corollary of Wheaton's Law, "Don't be a dick, [[ImNotADoctorButIPlayOneOnTV but you can play one on TV]]."

He's quite active on both [[http://www.twitter.com/wilw Twitter]] (incidentally, [[Webcomic/QuestionableContent Jeph Jacques]] drew his profile image) and, these days, on [[http://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/ Tumblr]].

!!This actor provides examples of:

* AsHimself[=/=]AdamWesting: On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': He plays Sheldon's (ex-)ArchEnemy, an antagonistic version of his real life persona ("Evil Wil Wheaton").
* BornUnlucky: Wil's dice rolls are ''legendarily'' terrible, to memetic degrees. It's at a point where Wil has legitimate reason to fear his bad luck rubbing off on those in his immediate vicinity; to quote the man during one of his guest appearances on WebVideo/CriticalRole:
-->'''Wil:''' I would like to apologize in advance to [[Creator/LiamOBrien Liam]] for having to share a table with me. I am ''sorry'' for what's going to happen to your dice on account of how close we are to each other tonight.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: From his website:

-->"The blog of actor, author, ''WebVideo/{{Tabletop}}'' creator, and [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Sheldon]] [[AdamWesting nemesis]], Wil Wheaton."

-->"I specifically requested that my information not be shared, rented, given, sold, gifted, delivered, or handed off in a dark alleyway dead drop to any third parties."
* FriendToAllChildren: In the Catan Jr. episode of ''WebVideo/{{Tabletop}}'', as opposed to the massive salt in most episodes, he's all smiles when playing with the children in the episode.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Quite a few of his characters are massive, insufferable jerks. He's, of course, polite, friendly and nice.
** In fact, he wrote an ESSAY on this:
--->[[http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/2010/03/hi-im-wil-wheaton-im-not-a-dick-but-i-play-one-on-tv.html "Hi, I'm Wil Wheaton. I'm not a dick, but I play one on TV..."]]
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: In 2016 he [[https://twitter.com/wilw/status/688127971337449475 went on record]] to say he's now instantly blocking anyone on Website/{{Twitter}} who tells him to [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration "Shut up, Wesley"]], even in jest.
* OneOfUs: As stated above, he's pretty much the Poster Boy.
* PlayingAgainstType: He played a rapist[=/=]{{serial killer}} on ''Series/CriminalMinds'' and a cowardly hipster-lumberjack in ''VideoGame/BrokenAge''.
* PromotedFanboy: He was a big ''Star Trek'' fan. [[CreatorBacklash Not as much as nowadays, of course, but...]]
* RealMenHateSugar: He's stated on ''Tabletop'' that he hates sweets.
* RunningGag: Wil has ''horrible'' luck with dice, to the point where thanks to ''Tabletop'' and ''Critical Role'', he is said to be haunted by "The Wheaton Dice Curse." This extended to ''WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated'' as well as his ''own TV show.''
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: In ''Tabletop'' episodes featuring games with a traitor mechanic, Wil almost always ends up being evil and winning, in contrast to his prolific losing streak in free-for-all games.
* TabletopGames: He's ''really'' good at it.

->''... and until then, [[CatchPhrase play more games!]]''