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[[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 [[CastingGag cast me in it]], and have me play a [[FanDumb 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''.'''

Writer, actor, [[OneOfUs geek]], [[http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/ blogger]], [[http://thebloggess.com/heres-a-picture-of-wil-wheaton-collating-papers/ paper collator]], and all-around nice guy.

Born in Burbank on July 29, 1972, 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:

[[CreatorsPet Wesley 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.tvsquad.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 world-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 is a frequent guest on the [[WebOriginal/AcquisitionsIncorporated Dungeons and 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 plays 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. He now hosts ''TheWilWheatonProject'', a show which is pretty much ''TheSoup'' for sci-fi/fantasy and geek culture in general.

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]].

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!!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").
* BaconAddiction: In one episode of ''WebVideo/{{Tabletop}}'', it's revealed that Wil is a patron of "Bacon of the Month" club (which sends him packages of specialty bacon), and that he considers cooking bacon in a microwave to be [[SeriousBusiness a crime against nature]].
* 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."
* GatewaySeries: [[DiscussedTrope Has stated]] on his blog that ''Anime/{{Akira}}'' is what led him to watch anime including ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'', Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's films, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and one]] accidental {{hentai}} film [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles with "tentacle dicks"]].
* 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..."]]
* 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.
* RealMenHateSugar: He's stated on ''Tabletop'' that he hates sweets.
* TabletopGames: He's currently the [[Pantheon/{{Gaming}} God of this medium]].

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