->''"This is a site populated by militant movie buffs: sad, pathetic little bastards living in their parents' basement downloading scripts and what they think is inside information about movies and actors they claim to despise yet can't stop discussing."''
-->— '''[[Creator/BenAffleck Holden MacNeal]]''', ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''

A good fandom is successful by having a diverse community of people who share a mutual interest in the shared object of the fandom, but nevertheless remain mature and sensible enough to tolerate and respect differences of opinion. [[SilentMajority Most people in fandoms]] are actually like this.

Then there's Fan Dumb. Fan Dumb is the underbelly, where SeriousBusiness becomes obsession. They are the fans who claim to be the [[MediaWatchdog watchdogs]] of their fandom, [[KnightTemplar but in reality]], they're the [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings dog in the manger]].

The key characteristics of a Fan Dumb tend to be someone with an overdeveloped sense of entitlement and/or victimization, and (usually) an underdeveloped sense of [[NoSenseOfHumor humor]] or perspective about the subject of their fandom, coupled with an obsessive level of an interest and (frequently) some rather irrational views on the whole thing. Finally, we can also mix this with the inability to distinguish fact from opinion and/or [[CantTakeCriticism disagreement from hatred]] that so many people on the internet seem to be suffering from these days (despite these lessons typically being instilled in ''kindergarten''). They usually believe that the very fact that they are a fan of something somehow entitles them to special or exclusive treatment, or that they are being persecuted by numerous different parties (the creator, the producers, other fans, the world at large, etc.) because of their fandom.

They are nearly always someone who has completely lost perspective on [[MST3KMantra exactly how important or special the franchise, the fandom and their views on same is in the scheme of things]], and [[OpinionMyopia don't understand why others don't feel the same as they do]]. As such, they tend to view even polite or minor disagreement with them and their views as a personal attack, which often leads to them adopting an irrationally combative, defensive tone towards others in response; in discussion, they will usually resort to unrelated {{ad hominem}} attacks on others and place value judgments on ''them'', not their arguments — expect snide comments about race, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc. (the correct response to such insults is to say "not an argument"). And any jokes made about the subject of the fandom (or them) will be responded to either with out-of-proportion offense (often peppered with [[ClusterFBomb plenty of F-bombing]]) or [[CompletelyMissingThePoint a humorless deconstruction of why the joke is "inaccurate"]]. Particularly nasty examples may [[InternetToughGuy invite others to fight them]] or insinuate that they are too cowardly to say anything in person, make threats of violence, "doxx" the other party (that is, publish their contact info online without their consent), or (on occasion) actually engage in violent or threatening behavior in person.

The end result of all this is someone who believes passionately that they're the champion elite of the fandom, guarding and preserving what makes it special, whilst ultimately contributing little of any actual value to the property or the fandom, even contributing to its ruining in the process. As a general rule of thumb, the phrase [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/True_fan "True Fans"]] (or some variation thereof) being thrown around is often a red flag that you're dealing with Fan Dumb, particularly if it's being self-applied; the subtext (or text), of course, is [[FandomHeresy "I'm a True Fan, and]] [[NoTrueScotsman you're not."]]

Although a Fan Dumb often holds idiosyncratic views about the franchise and demonstrates a passionate interest in it, it is important to note that neither controversial views nor intense interest are necessarily an indication of Fan Dumb in and of themselves. Differing viewpoints are inevitable in a large gathering of people (and knee-jerk objection to a differing opinion simply because it's a differing opinion is often a good sign that you belong in Fan Dumb yourself), and most people join fandoms in the first place ''because'' they're [[SeriousBusiness passionate about something]] and they want to celebrate it with other people who find it special. Many people manage to hold contrary or passionately enthusiastic viewpoints whilst still remaining civil and decent; similarly, many dismissed as Fan Dumb hold views that, on the surface, are actually quite reasonable. The problem with Fan Dumb is not necessarily the level of interest or the viewpoint, but the way it is expressed; even a reasonable argument will sound insane if it's being screamed in someone's face.

Taking these fans too seriously is a mistake. Although they tend to be louder than the rest of the fanbase combined, [[VocalMinority they are a decided minority in almost every fandom]] (though [[{{Astroturfing}} they often claim to be a majority]]). Fan Dumb also tends to suffer from an extreme case of FanMyopia, regardless of what kind they are; in any variation, they are often intractably convinced that the views of "the fans" (or more accurately, their ''personal'' views [[OpinionMyopia that they've confused with the majority's views]]) are both more widespread and more mainstream than they are. If you're a producer, [[PanderingToTheBase pandering to them]] is usually a good way to make your franchise crash and burn. And to add insult to injury, they usually won't be very grateful that you were thinking about them, but will instead start whining about how you made the franchise crash and burn.

See also SingleIssueWonk. A specific example is DieForOurShip. Fan Dumb is a number one contributing factor to both ArtistDisillusionment and FanDisillusionment. Although often a minority, the shrill obnoxiousness of this kind of fan has nevertheless permeated enough people's impressions to construct the stereotype of the StrawFan. Can be confused easily with a {{Troll}}, but, as a rule of thumb, bear in mind that a Fan Dumb is NOT a Troll. See also UnpleasableFanbase and BrokenBase for the massive versions of this.

Compare with ViewersAreMorons. Contrast with HateDumb, although the two ''have'' been known to spawn one another. Not to be confused with the WebComic of the same name, the first page of which can be found [[http://neodusk.deviantart.com/art/Fandumb-1-Fandom-Come-488419194 here]].

Sadly, every fandom has to deal with this and all of its variations, no matter how much they deny it and how much they wish this problem didn't exist. Trust us, these people even annoy the creators of the things that you like as much as they annoy the rest of us. We admit that even ''Wiki/TVTropes'' has its problems with Fan Dumb of its own. Don't worry, Fan Dumb are usually just a VocalMinority. Keep that in mind if you decide to put this as an example to any media or see this in any media here. [[SilentMajority Most fans of a thing]], including yourself (unless you actually do fit this (and you know if you do)), are not complete and utter morons and just want to enjoy it like everyone else. And on the same flip of the coin, ''everyone'' (yes, including ''you'') has probably been guilty of at least one Fan Dumb moment at some point in their lives if they're being honest; the key thing is being grown-up enough to be able to recognize, acknowledge, and correct your mistake, then move on rather than getting locked near-permanently into that mindset.

As a footnote, to a devoted member of the {{Hatedom}}, ''any'' form of {{Fandom}} appears like Fan Dumb. Fan Dumb and HateDumb are light and darkness in these regards in that one cannot exist without the other (and that in this case they're usually equally bad). In fact, the two can often fuel each other, with Hate Dumb causing normally rational fans to become overly defensive and engage in Fan Dumb behavior, while Fan Dumb can transform reasonable critique into a whirlwind of hatred directed at the fandom itself, contributing to Hate Dumb behavior.

''Please do not put this on a work's main page and sub-pages. The only exception is if it is {{invoked}} canonically as a character trait someone has. In that case, mark it as such.''

!! Common Fan Dumb variants include:

The opposite of the '''Theocrat''' (see below), and often veering into HateDumb territory as well, these are fans who, above all else, prefer ''only'' the {{fanon}} explanations, or, even better, their own explanations of canon events and characters. Often found twisting a character's personality into a DracoInLeatherPants[=/=]RonTheDeathEater and saying that those should be the true characters, heaping scorn on the [[OfficialCouple canon pairing]] and propagating DieForOurShip, taking WordOfDante over WordOfGod and declaring the latter as a result of {{bad writing|Index}}, erasing any and all clarifications of {{Plot Hole}}s to fit their own personal canons, the list goes on and on. Ironically / hypocritically, while this type of fan will stubbornly challenge and reject anything the author says, they'll usually react with anger and offence if anyone dares question ''their'' preferred interpretation. When dealing with this kind of Fan, it may be helpful to construct an analogy of a student taking an exam who insists on only giving answers that she herself and/or her classmates came up with, even when they contradict answers the teacher himself has provided, and she even argues with the teacher after getting her "incorrect" paper back. The student treats these answers as the goal of the exam. Then, ask the Anarchist "Now, considering that this is in fact [insert creator's name]'s story and not ''your'' story, how are you any different from this bizarre student?"
''A fan who takes DeathOfTheAuthor too far and ignores everything from WordOfGod.''

[[folder:The '''Character Lover''']]
The Character Lover is identified through their fixation on a particular character appearing within the story rather than the story itself, which they then take to extremes. They often come in one of two variants:

* '''Mad Bride/Groom''': This fan is more a fan of a specific character than the franchise, with the series largely being a vehicle to enjoy them. They often take this to the extent that they refuse to follow the franchise if/when their favourite character is [[PutOnABus left out of it]]. The lack of this character's involvement in the series or characterization going off in another direction than expected often turns this fan into a more personalized version of the '''Tinfoiler'''; in this case, according to the Mad Bride/Groom, the producers are doing what they do because they have a personal vendetta against this character, rather than because they're unable to fit them into the story (which begs the question of why the producers don't simply [[KilledOffForReal kill the character off]], or why they went out of their way to create them in the first place). Tellingly, the fan often has a [[DracoInLeatherPants rather idealized, if not distorted, view of the character]] that they adore. [[{{Shipping}} Shippers]] are heavily associated with these sorts of fans; this can become doubly worrisome if the character they like is involved with another character with whom the fan actually identifies directly, or if they become involved in a LoveTriangle. Contrast with (and sometimes rivals to) [[HateDumb the Hate Monger]]. One should ask the Mad Bride/Groom to compare the amount of screentime they want of their crush to the amount the central protagonist already gets (unless their crush ''is'' the central protagonist, in which case you should point out that any character would quickly become dull in a vacuum), and also point out that the producers would then get numerous other complaints from the Mad Bride/Grooms of all the other characters. For their own sake, it should also be pointed out to them that [[StalkerWithACrush people who display this degree of affection for real-life people]] tend to get restraining orders placed upon them.
** '''Mad Protector''': When a Mad Bride/Groom gets a bit too overprotective, they take tips from the HateDumb. They like a character and spew bile at any other character they perceive to be mean or doing horrible things to the character. It doesn't matter if the "meanie" did mean or horrible things because it makes sense in the story, they're just doing their job as a villain, or even if they’re ''[[{{Revenge}} retaliating]]'' for something mean that was done to ''them'' — what matters is "how dare that character be mean to my baby!" And so begins the Mad Protector's hatred to those "meanies," putting them into a disliked list, demonizing and maybe even becoming a Hate Monger for that meanie, on the basis that they are so mean to the character they love. Sometimes, if the meanie is just exceptionally mean and [[HateSink universally hated]], this might not look like not quite a Fan Dumb. Most of the time, though, they love to attack "meanies" with their own reasons to be mean.
* '''Insane Avatar''': A fan who associates themselves with a single character and hates any who criticize that character. This fan will idolize, nay, see ''themselves'' as a character from something they love. Everything associated with said character is something they would or should do. Everyone who has a slightly different opinion other than that the character in question is "awesome" is wrong. "''Those people'' cannot understand why [Character X] does those things! How could they?! Only ''I'' understand them!" is a common mantra for this fan, who will also reduce all sorts of questions to "WhatWouldXDo" This fan will also fight tooth and nail when defending any ships this character is in. The Insane Avatar should be asked one simple question: "Why on Earth should we all be forced to place character X on such a high pedestal solely because ''you'' have so much in common with them? Fact and opinion are not the same thing." It's also worth noting that the sheer amount of utter blind zeal that the insane avatar feels is normally only ever felt by [[TheFundamentalist religious extremists]] towards their religion's founder. In fact, come to think of it, how often do you see a fundamentalist Christian or Muslim [[BlasphemousBoast outright proclaim to see]] ''[[AGodAmI themselves]]'' [[BlasphemousBoast as Jesus or Mohammed?]]
''A fan whose mania revolves around a character or a few specific characters more than the work as a whole.''

[[folder:'''Chicken Little''']]
Chicken Littles see doom in every raindrop, and lives in perpetual terror that the sky is about to come crashing down on top of them. Whilst no franchise can claim to be entirely perfect and flawless, the Chicken Little is terrified that any misstep on the part of the producers [[JumpingTheShark will inevitably result in cancellation]]. While it is, in fact, possible for [[SeasonalRot franchises to]] [[DorkAge get worse]], Chicken Little responds to every proposed change, [[TaintedByThePreview every teaser, every trailer]], and every bit of KudzuPlot with paranoia. Chicken Little also has almost no hope for any spinoffs. Expect these guys to scream "[[ThisIsGonnaSuck This film/game/show/book/etc. will SUUUUUUCK!]]" or "This will singlehandedly [[DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER ruin the franchise forever!!!]]" A Chicken Little may also see any signs of slowing down, fall in popularity, or decline in the size of the fanbase, however tiny, as a sure sign that the work is doomed to fail and are often wondering how long it will be until support is completely killed off. While it is rare for a franchise ever to have a consistently steady increase in views or fans (other franchises can also grab a fan's attention since people do like more than one thing), in the eyes of a Chicken Little, the loss of a few fans may as well be a death sentence. Often combined with the Old-Timer. This person is [[TheParanoiac paranoid]], plain and simple. When you point this out to them, make sure to mention the fact that franchises never get canceled for things as minor as what Chicken Little is getting so anxious over, and in fact it takes something much bigger.

A variant exists in the form of the '''Bizarro Chicken Little''', who operates under the belief that even the tiniest voice of criticism will reach the ears of the PowersThatBe, who will immediately cancel the franchise in the belief that nobody likes it anymore. Ergo, all voices of criticism must be silenced with prejudice in order to keep the franchise on the air.
''A fan who's paranoid about their favorite franchise being [[DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER ruined]] or cancelled.''

[[folder:'''Culture Alien''']]
This fan often seems to have no WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief, often leading them to criticize or refuse to accept plots, characters and themes that might be [[NecessaryWeasel necessary or even essential for that franchise or genre to function]]. They often appear to be a member of a PeripheryDemographic who cannot or does not wish to accept that the franchise is not actually aimed directly at them (if at all), and yet resents the fact that it is not actually aimed at them. Therefore, any complaints about how it's ''not'' aimed at them are legitimate complaints and considered "weaknesses." If the work in question is aimed specifically at children, expect this kind of fan to pick out dubious evidence from the work as "proof" that it is ''actually'' for adults.
''Fans outside the franchise's demographic who complain because the franchise isn't being directed at them.''

The opposite of the Fandom Moral Guardian, this fan demands that a work go DarkerAndEdgier, even when it would be to the detriment of the work. Furthermore, their idea of a darker turn is usually exceedingly puerile, devoid of nuance, and overall sophomoric and immature. Instead of more complex and difficult themes, they would be ''far'' happier with [[BlackComedy unfunny anti-PC humor]], [[BloodierAndGorier gratuitous violence and bloodshed]], [[HotterAndSexier oversexualization and adolescent-level depictions of sexuality]], and [[{{Wangst}} overwrought melodrama and blind pessimism and nihilism]]. In short, they don't actually want a truly DarkerAndEdgier work, they want one that caters to their own underdeveloped, childish tastes. In practice, they are most commonly the purveyors of cringeworthy fanfics and fanart; if you spot a fanwork that has the above characteristics, you're probably witnessing one of these in action. Overly edgy and one-dimensional [[OriginalCharacter OCs]] are another dead giveaway; on the rare occasions where they make themselves known to the creators, they're probably complaining about the "kiddification" of a work or trying to insinuate that it hasn't been keeping up with the times (in spite of the fact that most of their suggestions will ''instantly'' [[WereStillRelevantDammit date a work]] if taken seriously).
''Fans who want a work to take a DarkerAndEdgier turn despite their idea of "dark and edgy" being exceedingly juvenile.''

This fan tends to spring up when the franchise goes from being a cult favorite to the mainstream. They present themselves in contrast to these 'mainstream' fans, and look down on fans who did not like it when it was niche. They are often prone to "I judge you if you like..." or "I judge people based on whether they have seen..." They tend to resent the influx of new fans as "plebeians" and "Johnny-come-latelys" who are infiltrating and bringing down the tone of their previously exclusive, niche little club. As an [[SmallNameBigEgo ego-stroking exercise]], they might actually try to set themselves up as an elite and attract any lickspittles and [[InternetMimic mimics]] they can find; alternatively, expect to hear a lot of whining about how the franchise has [[ItsPopularNowItSucks "Sold Out" or "Gone Commercial"]], whether it's true or false. Ask this person why on Earth their enjoyment of a franchise should be affected by the fact that some guy 2,000 miles away is also enjoying the franchise but without being of group X.
''The cliché hipsters of a fandom.''

[[folder:'''Foul Fan Artist''']]
Who doesn't love a good FanArt, right? If it's flattering and high-quality, it helps prop up the culture, and it gives it its due. ''However''... there is a dark side to it. You might run into the kind of fan who posts outright creepy stuff, like {{fetishes}} such as ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' characters fighting over dirty diapers.[[note]]That ACTUALLY exists. Look it up at your own risk.[[/note]] They have no shame, and fans beg them to stop, yet they do it anyway, attracting a crowd of depraved individuals, possibly even triggering [[PaedoHunt creeper witch hunts.]] Others are just plain terrible artists and their work looks like someone ralphed all over the canvas, but tell them that and they'll give you a tantrum in return. We also have artists with a disturbing obsession with Rule63 and Rule34, and while some approve of this kind of work if it is done tastefully, others are just there to get off on it. As disgusting as that sounds, it is unfortunately the stone cold truth of the Internet, and there is no tiptoeing around it. Websites which promote artistry such as Website/DeviantArt have suffered great blows to their reputations because of the sheer number of perverts who choose to use the nearly free reign given to them to post artwork to their own nefarious ends.
''A person who posts unsavory fan art of a series online and makes the rest of the fans look freakish by example.''

People who like only the original installment of a series, primarily because it was the original. This type of fan does not care how many people like the newer versions of a particular franchise, how successful they are, or if the original work is viewed with disdain because other fans think what came later improved on it or that it is [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny clearly outdated]]. To them, only the original is worthy of being called good. These guys have a very powerful NostalgiaFilter in place and any change will be reacted to with [[TheyChangedItSoItSucks extreme dislike]]. Trying to defend the newer entries (especially if the defence involves pointing out the elements a Genwunner hates about latter entries [[FranchiseOriginalSin showed up in the original work too, even if it was worse then than now]]) or pointing out the original's flaws to them will be met with either extreme anger or a response that the new entries are still worse. Usually overlaps with the '''Old-Timer'''.
''A fan who thinks the original entry in a series is the only good one.''

[[folder:'''Fandom Moral Guardian''']]
This kind of fan is very concerned with the moral influence of their chosen series. While they may be part of the target audience themselves, the Fandom Moral Guardian focuses their attention on criticizing adult- or teen-oriented books or programs [[ThinkOfTheChildren for being inappropriate for children]], even though younger audiences clearly aren't what the creators had in mind. The Fandom Moral Guardian sees a lot of fiction in terms of [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black and white]]; there are "dark" works that only adults can enjoy and there are "light" works which are only appropriate for children. However, if creators working in the latter category decide that they'd like to make their work even a little bit darker — maybe they want the work to age alongside its original audience or hope they'll have greater story opportunities — the Fandom Moral Guardian is convinced that the work is irretrievably shifted into the "dark" category, so they'll be there to [[ContractualPurity complain about the creator "betraying" them]] and berate other fans for continuing to enjoy such [[TheNewRockAndRoll immoral material]]. Accordingly, expect this type of fan to be a little bit oversensitive about tropes like {{What Do You Mean Its For Kids}}/[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids Not for Kids]] and the AnimationAgeGhetto.
''A self-appointed {{Moral Guardian|s}} who will scream about any sign of "dark" or mature themes in works, fan-made or otherwise.''

[[folder:The '''Follower''']]
This is the kind of fan that hates/likes something about their series simply because others do too. They can't find legitimate things to talk about so they just follow a bandwagon. These people tend to have little interaction with other fans and they also usually hide their personalities online, instead acting anonymous. Similar to the Hipster Fan, but is actually a fan of the series.
''A fan who complains and praises about things in their fanbase only because others are doing the same.''

[[folder:The '''Highbrow''']]
Like the Elitist, you can identify Highbrow fans by an apparent belief that they are somehow superior to other fans or the public at large; in this case, however, their superiority stems from their (supposed) sophistication and intellectual prowess. Tends to come in one of three variants:

* '''Toxic Genius''': A fan who seems to believe that the fact that other people are disagreeing with their strongly held opinions is not because they have different but equally strongly held opinions, but because they're just so much smarter than they are that they can't recognize their correctness. The operative term is usually "you just don't get it" (i.e."you're much stupider than I am and thus can't see why this franchise is amazing/dreadful"), couched in as patronizing and condescending a fashion as possible. This variant can also be found engaging in slightly pretentious (and often [[EpilepticTrees wildly off-mark]]) analysis of the franchise. Many times the Toxic Genius is often shown as being a single-character-interpreter blind to AlternateCharacterInterpretation, believing that only ''their'' interpretation of the character is correct. (Seen especially in character-heavy works like books, film, and some video games.) Likewise, they will [[FanHater not allow anyone to view the character any differently]].
* '''Toxic Visionary''': Like the Genius, the Toxic Visionary uses his perceived intelligence as a weapon ... except they think they're smarter than the creators. A self-proclaimed (if falsely-humble) expert on everything, the Visionary is given to long discussions about how the creators clearly don't understand their own work as much as they do, often peppered with phrases such as "I don't like the direction [the creator] is taking in [insert work here], "I'm not an expert on [X], but..." and even, in sufficiently bare-faced examples, outright coming out and saying "I could have written it better," said completely without irony. They can usually be found picking over the work for nonexistent {{Subtext}}, earnestly trying to settle questions [[ShrugOfGod the creators would rather leave unanswered]] and overestimating the significance of "hard" fandom as a whole.
* '''Toxic Missionary''': This one has an idea of TrueArt as a method of education, and not necessarily an entertaining one. The Toxic Missionary may criticize the frothier parts of the franchise for detracting from the all-important message. Their version of ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow is that their franchise ''ought'' to make people feel uncomfortable, at least on first impression; it's a pill they should take along with the mindless entertainment they seem to prefer. Admittedly, many an AuthorTract is trying to produce missionaries to spread its message, but Toxic Missionaries can be seen even in fanbases of franchises with no apparent WriterOnBoard. Like the Toxic Visionary, these latter cases are all-too-often guilty of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic seeing things that aren't there]], and are often guilty of over-subscribing to the idea that they should stick it to "The Man." As such, they hate the RuleAbidingRebel with a passion and live in constant terror of their favourite franchise being perceived as one, fairly or otherwise. Very frequently overlaps with the '''Edgelord'''.
''Fans who are convinced that they are so much more sophisticated and intelligent than those around them.''

[[folder:'''Hipster Fan''']]
A fan of the franchise, but only as long as it's cool to be so. This is somewhat the inverse of ItsPopularNowItSucks, but it's mostly the inverse of HePannedItNowHeSucks, since many of these fans only like it because a reviewer said something good about it, so clearly, [[ReviewsAreTheGospel it must be good and]] [[ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow if you disagree with them]], TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong. Overlaps ''heavily'' with PraisingShowsYouDontWatch. In some extreme cases, these fans have no will of their own, relying ''entirely'' on reviewers and sometimes QualityByPopularVote. When the inverse happens and it becomes cool to ''hate'' it instead of like it (see HateDumb), these are the people who turn their backs on the fandom and deny having ever had anything to do with it.
''Someone who associates with a work, but only because it's cool or because a reviewer praised it, not because they actually ''like'' it.''

Sometimes a fan's frustration towards the Fan Dumb goes full circle and [[HeWhoFightsMonsters creates its own Fan Dumb]]. A Litter-Bearer seems to [[FanHater hate his fellow fans]] to the extent that even valid criticism can be dismissed simply because it's coming from a fan and not an "approved" source like an outside critic. Convinced of the stupidity and utter worthlessness of their fellow fans, they begin to see things from such a skewed perspective that in their eyes, any disapproval from the fanbase just proves that the creator is right and the franchise is good. They tend to leap upon all complaints in the same fashion as the Misplaced Champion, only replacing the aggression with sneering condescension. In extreme cases, this can extend to the Litter-Bearer himself, who believes that if they, or any other fan, doesn't like the product, "it's fine the way it is, and if we don't like it, that's ''our'' problem." Litter-Bearers can often be identified by their liberal use of the word "we" in complaining about the fandom.
''A fan who thinks that fans are brainless masses and not a valid source of opinion.''

[[folder:'''Loyalist Complainer''']]
A fan who appears to have nothing in their heart but loathing towards the franchise, and yet still keeps coming back, often proclaiming their UndyingLoyalty to it in the process. Often a fan who's been burned in the past, they nevertheless keep hanging around purely to complain about how they've been burned. The Loyalist Complainer is very fond of announcing that they have been burned once too often by the franchise and will be leaving the fandom, and yet they never actually seem to leave. Despite the fact that they just complain nonstop about it, should anything threaten the franchise's existence (such as a cancellation threat), theirs will be among the loudest voices raised in protest of the cancellation. Basically, if you've worked in a business or public-service job, the Loyalist Complainer is, in summary, the type of customer who says they will not be coming back to do business with you, but yet comes back again and again while declaring their loyalty. May be their {{Guilty Pleasure|s}}; in fact, they may proudly proclaim it as such in an effort to establish themselves as smarter than other fans.
''Someone who claims to be a fan despite having only negative comments for the work.''

[[folder:'''Mad Matchmaker''']]
This fan is marked by an obsession with romantic relationships in a work that was never intended to be a romance. Related to the Culture Alien, they're the kind of person who, instead of criticizing the tacked-on romantic subplot, criticize the alien invasion for getting in the way of the B plot, and when called on it they refuse to take "It's not a soap opera" for an answer. They will pitch a fit — possibly even [[HateDumb flounce from fandom]] — if their OneTruePairing is {{Jossed}}. If their favorite pairing is same-sex, they may well launch a campaign for "LGBT representation" that is suspiciously narrowly focused on "make that one pairing with the two hot actors canon". They may be a fanatical fan of one character or one pairing, or they may just have an uncontrollable desire to PairTheSpares — or just the entire cast with little logical reason. They take {{crack pairing}}s seriously and will never shut up about it. Either way, there is no situation where romance is too frivolous, inappropriate, or [[NoYay downright creepy]] for them.
''A fan of romance to the exclusion of all else (in non-[[LoveTropes romance]] genres).''

[[folder:'''Mad Scholar''']]
Similar to the Theocrat below, the Mad Scholar places too much emphasis on the overall importance of {{Canon}} and the WordOfGod, and will dismiss {{Fanon}} as being unacceptable. Where they differ is that while the Theocrat only views that which WordOfGod has declared as being "true", the Mad Scholar demands that everything in the story fits together neatly and that every loose end is tied up. They hate ambiguity and consequently demand that every single NoodleIncident, CrypticBackgroundReference, and throwaway InJoke or backstory reference have an official WordOfGod explanation and/or eventually be shown onscreen in precise detail, however redundant or boring this would be to watch, and complains loudly if it isn't. It's almost as if they're keeping detailed charts or spreadsheets of what's happening in the narrative and insists that everything be filled in. This fan can often be heard erroneously complaining about {{Plot Hole}}s; the difference is that while a genuine plot hole is a failure in story-logic that can be annoying and intrusive to the point where it ruins the work, what the Mad Scholar often complains about is either ''supposed'' to be ambiguous and left up to the reader's imagination without explanation, or is so mind-bogglingly trivial to the overall narrative that it doesn't ''matter'' if it's not explained or shown. The typical stereotype of this fan is the person who can be found at conventions insistently demanding that the creator answer every single question they have about every arcane little detail of the story in detail, no matter how trivial or ridiculous.
''A fan who demands that every gap or ambiguity in {{canon}} be explained, even if it was supposed to be ambiguous.''

[[folder:'''Mainstream Militant''']]
This fan has an overdeveloped sense of entitlement, believing that certain works are aimed ''only'' towards members of their demographic. While it is true that certain works are, in fact, marketed towards specific demographics, the Mainstream Militant will insist that this means [[PeripheryDemographic members of other demographics]] are not allowed to enjoy those works. They'll typically act as if those fans who fall outside the target demographic somehow "cheapen" their own enjoyment of those works. They may fear that the existence of a PeripheryDemographic will "taint" the direction of the work, and that the writers will bring undesired changes to cater to the periphery. They will make it known loud and clear that such fans are undeserving, and will attempt to run them out of the fandom. Often SuffersNewbiesPoorly.
''Someone who only sees fans as those within the demographic of the franchise and thinks that "[[PeripheryDemographic outsiders]]" are not ''allowed'' to like the franchise.''

[[folder:'''The Memeist''']]
Every work and fandom has its own share of in-jokes and [[MemeticMutation memes]]. In small doses and at the right time, memes can be considered amusing and even clever. The Memeist, however, overuses memes to such a degree that it becomes horribly obnoxious. Memeists often care more about the memes associated with the work than the work itself, often resurrecting old memes that are out of date by several years in order to create groan-worthy new ones (usually [[StylisticSuck deliberately]] if they're intended to be shitposts or dank memes). They are also considerably more immature and crass than other fans and are easily angered when their predictable attempts at humor are met with a negative response. Thankfully, they tend to congregate on meme and shitposting/dank meme pages on social media and largely avoid interaction with the parent fanbases, which makes them fairly easy to avoid even if they are still very irritating.
''A fan who frequently overuses [[MemeticMutation memes]] to obnoxious and childish levels''.

[[folder:The '''Monomaniac''']]
Although not the only type of Fan Dumb by any means, this is probably the most classic example of it. The Monomaniac is SeriousBusiness taken to the extreme. ''Nothing'' outside of the object of the fandom exists for this person, except perhaps the fandom itself. This means that they will attempt to discuss the object of their adoration every single chance they get, often attempting to twist or divert other discussions to this end, regardless of how awkward or nakedly inappropriate this is ("Yeah, it sucks that your father died; I felt exactly the same way when Captain Magnatron failed to defeat the Zargons in Episode 19"). This often leads them to exaggerate the actual significance of the work in a general context — [[UpToEleven and then some]] ... and, naturally, leads to nothing but contempt from those who aren't quite as committed to the franchise as they are, or who (''gasp'') aren't part of the fandom at all and are sick of "don't they realize how ''important'' it is?" lectures. Naturally, any of the other listed types of Fan Dumb may find themselves ending up here. Unfortunately, this is how the vast majority of fandom is portrayed in the media, which is why [[StrawFan we have a trope specifically for that]].
''The classic Fan Dumb variant: a fan whose life revolves around the franchise and nothing else.''

[[folder:'''Newbie Prankster''']]
When first happening upon a fandom or getting involved in a new work, one must beware an impish figure that is often afoot. The dreaded '''Newbie Prankster''' has one mission in mind: make you look like a fool. They'll give you fake information about the story, rehearse the classic ways fans have made mistakes in the past, and invent hilariously wrong conclusions. Unless the fandom is one that wants to jump on the bandwagon of hazing a newbie or a downright predatory place like Website/FourChan, it is generally safe to ask an honest question. However, when ''these'' nimrods are amok, you risk being mocked and humiliated all in one go. Proceed with caution.
''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A fan who loves to prank newcomers.]]''

The Old-Timer has been around for a very long time, maybe even since the beginning, and they won't let you forget it. They have an overdeveloped sense of entitlement based on how much time they've invested, rather than money or devotion. Because they've stuck with it over the years, they believe that they're far more important to the franchise than these kids and "Johnny-come-latelys" who have only just arrived, and resent the franchise changing in any way to include them. They view the franchise through a sharp NostalgiaFilter; the franchise is [[NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe never as good as it used to be]], and any criticisms raised of the franchise at/before this point will be viciously rebuffed. LongRunners especially will attract Old-Timers who will resent and attempt to get rid of younger fans who had the misfortune of liking the thing after the Oldtimer did. It can also happen to works that are no longer in production (classics) — but still manages to attract [[PeripheryDemographic younger fans]]. Essentially, they're the [[GrumpyOldMan grumpy old men]] of the fandom, constantly complaining about the good old days and shouting at the "young whippersnappers" to "get off their lawn", saying that they're too young to deserve it. Very commonly they may be found complaining about something that back in their day was a problem ... yet they complain at the lack of it now, acting like those adults who make better lives for their children yet say "back in my day we [did unpleasant action X] and we liked it." Or alternatively, if a franchise (or medium) tries to get some newer fans, they complain about people who [[NoTrueScotsman are not true fans]] and act like a five-year-old upset that their newborn baby sibling is getting more attention than they are. Point out to this fan that they and the members of their group are ''old'', and that a franchise that isn't able to recruit new fans to replace the members who leave will die.
''A fan who feels entitled to special treatment because "I was here first!" Frequently suffers from NostalgiaFilter and TheyChangedItNowItSucks.''

The Perfectionist is consumed with a particular ''means'' of enjoying the product; [[StopHavingFunGuy there is only one correct way to play this game]], or listen to this music, or watch this film, and that's their particular way. Many times, the Perfectionist will claim an update makes a product inferior because it deviates from their accepted {{Metagame}}, bonus points for products when the {{Metagame}} tended to be based around [[AscendedGlitch exploitation of glitches, shortcomings in the game engine]], or [[LoopholeAbuse exploiting loopholes in the rules]]. Very commonly they [[SuffersNewbiesPoorly scorn newcomers]] for changing the present community and try to chase them out.
''A fan who has a preferred way to experience a work and doesn't enjoy it otherwise.''

A fan who has an idealised vision of what the franchise should be and refuses to let anything or anyone affect or change that vision ... [[FanonDiscontinuity not even the franchise itself]]. They tend to react to any changes made in the franchise's format with [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks hostility]] and suspicion. Although often a fan who's been burned one time too many by AdaptationDecay, SeasonalRot, or obvious [[MerchandiseDriven merchandise pandering gone wrong]], some just simply don't like change and respond to it with pram-shaking tantrums. They usually also hate non-canon entries in a work simply for ... well, not being canon.
* A subspecies of the Purist is the '''Imperialist'''. This fan is normally found around works that were translated from another language (Usually things from Japan - as these are most commonly found around Japanese localisations). The tropes {{Woolseyism}}, SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing, and CulturalTranslation ''do not exist'' to these people, as any changes made to the script, even if it's to avoid something being LostInTranslation or a DubInducedPlothole, is a {{Macekre}}. Expect these people to frequently cry "bad translation" and "Memes for Memes sake" when something is localised, and assume for them to cry BlindIdiotTranslation when the translation is actually accurate and faithful to the original, just not a word-for-word translation. A frequent source of MisBlamed. If any change is made, even if it is to comply with local laws to even [[NoExportForYou allow the work to be marketed there legit in the first place]], it is because the company assumes ViewersAreMorons. Puns that would otherwise [[LostInTranslation go far over the heads of viewers who aren't familiar with that language]] and changed to something they would be familiar with? ViewersAreMorons. In spite of their extreme insistence of cultural purity in translations, expect many Imperialists to actually be [[ValuesDissonance somewhat blind to how different cultures truly are]], and are only familiar with [[TheThemeParkVersion an idealised version from the limited insight they have]]. A frequent example is viewers complaining at changes to the script while expressing {{Squick}} at works that originate from countries with a lower age of consent or less liberal views.
''A fan who has a strict and unchangeable vision of the franchise and will react badly to any changes outside of this vision.''

[[folder:'''Royal Customer''']]
This fan thinks that money equals control; having pumped a crapload of money into merchandise related to the fandom, they believe that they now own the fandom and that all creative and executive decisions must be run through them first. This tends to translate to an insanely overdeveloped sense of entitlement; the producers must bow to his every wish, regardless of how impractical or impossible this would be. He is prone to gloating over/complaining about the amount of money he has invested in the fandom, with the idea that nobody forced or continues to force him to buy every single piece of merchandise apparently not occurring to him. Whenever exclusive sweepstakes or promotional events happen, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Royal Customer may be the first one complaining how it should be available to ''everyone'', which may be justified in certain cases, but not for stuff like Collector's Editions or tours. This is the same type of person who will attempt to fight a speeding ticket with the line "My taxes pay your salary!"
''A fan who feels entitled to special treatment and priority because he owns lots of merchandise from the franchise.''

[[folder:'''Spoiler Fiend''']]
Probably the single-most hated of all the categories listed here, this one is unquestionably the greatest blasphemer among them. The '''Spoiler Fiend''' is the [[LooseLips loose-lipped]] scumbag we all dread to run into- one who will gleefully reveal every major plot twist and turn to newcomer fans and viewers and leave them apathetic and disillusioned because they know the story already. Moderators will ban the living daylights out of these tyrants, and put explicit rules on message boards NOT to unveil anything beyond the animated adaptation's current point, but do these punks listen? Heck, they probably have no extant mechanism to even stop flapping their gums.
''A fan who wants to [[SpoileredRotten let every cat out of the bag]] and ruins the viewing experience for everyone else.''

[[folder:The '''Strawstuffer''']]
This fan might express what is a healthy amount of criticism ... but ignores the chain of decay, middle management and [[ExecutiveMeddling all those who contribute to decision-making]] as an explanation to why things go poorly, instead preferring to focus their ire on an easily named and recognized target regardless of what their involvement in this might have actually been. This target then becomes the subject of blame for all of the things that go wrong with the franchise, [[MisBlamed whether they can reasonably be blamed for it or not]]. Furthermore, any genuine failings or missteps from the subject of the Strawstuffer's ire are subsequently treated not as human error or the kind of slip-ups that any creator may encounter from time to time, but evidence that their target is out to spite them personally. This is the type of person who will yell at a retail clerk for an item being out of stock or not being on sale that week; it's directed at the wrong person, since the clerk has no control over what's on sale or how many items are ordered.

An extreme version of the Strawstuffer can risk becoming the '''Tinfoil Hatter''', a more paranoid and tragic creature. Like the Strawstuffer, the Tinfoil Hatter ignores CreativeDifferences or apathy to figure out why things occur. However, they instead believe that everything they don't like is evidence that the creators are out to attack ''them'' personally and deliberately. They see slights and attacks everywhere, and blame everything on a vitriolic creator who has a personal vendetta against her/him. This extends to intentional {{deconstruction}}s of their favourite plots and characters, {{Creator Breakdown}}s and characters (especially those the fan identifies with) presented as [[ThisLoserIsYou less than ideal]] or in an unconventional way. Tinfoil Hatters are usually involved in {{Periphery Demographic}}s and, more tellingly, {{Misaimed Fandom}}s.
''A fan who hates someone or something for ruining the franchise, despite it not being responsible.''

A fan who takes WordOfGod to its logical extreme. While some fans take the DeathOfTheAuthor and FanonDiscontinuity concepts too far and call out the creator for things in canon they don't like, some fans simply like to dabble in the occasional bit of FanonDiscontinuity or perhaps pen an AlternateUniverseFic. This is something which does not sit well with the Theocrat, who will demand that all "true fans" adhere to WordOfGod to the letter. Things such as [[ShipToShipCombat expressing support for a non-canon couple]] or casually stating that you don't consider a statement a creator made at a convention about a plot point in the series finale to be part of your personal canon will get you stoned or burned at the stake by these fans, and if you dare write a fanfic that deviates from canon even a tiny bit, expect this fan to bombard you with flames in your review section or endlessly nitpick "what you got wrong", even if the fic itself is well-written and compelling. They might even go so far as to flame you for speculation on the series that later gets {{Jossed}}, demanding that you go back and delete your own posts if later story revelations contradict what you wrote.
''A fan who expects everyone to adhere to WordOfGod to the exact letter (even in media where [[LooseCanon canon is kept ambiguous]]).''

[[folder:'''Undesired Champion''']]
"Fandom — love it or leave it!" Usually a supportive variant, this fan gets a bit too confrontational when it comes to criticism of the object of their fandom. However mild or gentle the criticism. However valid or reasonable the criticism. Regardless, in some cases, of how ''even the WordOfGod'' may agree with the criticism. They feel that anyone who considers their object of affection flawed is nothing more than a {{Troll}} or a misguided fanboy, and needs to be set straight and see the work is perfectly fine. The minute someone doesn't like something in a work or finds something in the work that bugs them, you can bet that the Undesired Champion will show up like lightning and try their hardest to squash these criticisms, simply because (in their mind) the work is just so good that there cannot be any legitimate criticism for it. The number one culprits of ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow, tied with the Willfully Blind; a common line of argument is something along the lines of "why don't you go and watch something else if you hate [the franchise] so much?", even if the critic has made perfectly clear that they ''don't'' hate the franchise ''at all''. If a new installment in a series involves any sort of change, you can also expect them to respond to ''any'' criticism of the changes (however reasonable) with accusations of closed-mindedness and "just wanting the same thing again and again." Attempt to assert your case, and they'll likely accuse you of being the reason why the series will die.
''A self-appointed guardian who will defend their precious work or fandom from ''any'' criticism and any "haters", even constructive criticism or fans who don't like a certain aspect.''

[[folder:'''Unpleasable Fan''']]
This type of fan is someone who complains about a flaw or something in the work. But, once the flaw is fixed, the Unpleasable Fan finds something else to complain about, pull one of the ItSucks cards on it, or simply insist that the improved version or a sequel that fixes the flaws is "not a true entry" '''''because''''' [[ILikedItBetterWhenItSucked it fixed the flaws]]. This form of Fan Dumb is so prevalent that it got its very own trope — see UnpleasableFanbase. Especially commonly overlaps with the '''Old-Timer'''.
''A fan who ''always'' finds something to complain about and is rarely content.''

[[folder:'''The Warmonger''']]
This fan loves something to such a powerful extreme that they constantly feel that it's threatened by a franchise [[DuelingShows competing]] [[DuelingMovies against it]]. Thus, they feel they ''must'' defend it at all costs, even if it means starting a war. Even if the other franchise has a friendly [[FandomRivalry rivalry]] with it (and even if the two franchises overlap in some way), the two franchises being compared with each other at all is simply too much for the warmonger. They will go out of their way to bash the competing franchise and attack its fans, using their passionate love for a certain franchise as a weapon by citing how much more successful/popular/well-reviewed/enduring it is in comparison (they will then [[HypocriticalFandom hypocritically take offense to being fired back at by the opposing fandom]]). They will also push away any fans that happen to like both the franchise they like and the competing one simultaneously, because they regard that as betrayal.
''A fan who frequently and passionately engages in FandomRivalry, using the thing they like as a weapon against the thing they hate by bitterly attacking and belittling fans of a competing franchise.''

[[folder:'''Willfully Blind''']]
This fan refuses to see any faults in the object of their love at all, even if they're staring them right in the face. Tends to go beyond merely liking something to an irrational state of mind where their appreciation of it means that it cannot possibly have any faults at all. They will also [[OpinionMyopia not realize how other people could possibly not like it]], and will likewise [[ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow tell them they're worthless]] for not finding it the best thing since sliced bread even though this mentality can lead to ''massive'' HypeBacklash. The Willfully Blind are fond of the QualityByPopularVote and ReviewsAreTheGospel lines of argument, often insistently referring to reviews, ratings or sales figures to support this assertion. If they encounter evidence of a flaw that even they cannot ignore, they are then likely to rationalize it with the excuse that "It's still better than [optionally, [[SturgeonsLaw ninety percent]] of] everything else" or "The rest will make up for it." When encountered here on Wiki/TVTropes, these people tend to be fond of attributing any and all criticisms to an alleged UnpleasableFanbase, as if that automatically invalidates them.
''A fan who insists their favorite work is flawless and perfect and anyone who says otherwise is '''WRONG'''.''

[[folder:'''Zealous Overanalytic''']]
This is the fan who desperately needs an intervention... or at least human company. Someone who has gotten addicted to too many theories and rumors that they begin to lose sight of what actually ''is'' or ''isn't'' in a story and starts to take extreme measures to try and string theories together and it snarls conversations about the work into a highly distorted pandemonium. This is the type of person who will try to convince you that [[Franchise/StarWars Jar Jar Binks is really Supreme Emperor Snoke]], and may be adept and charismatic about how they go about explaining the theory. If done skillfully, it's worthy of a good laugh or two, or may even be right on the money in the end. However, when they don't know when to cool it, that's when a problem arises. Their outrageous claims will start to proliferate the Internet so badly that any hope of finding the ''actual'' truth behind plot and story is muddled underneath this loud and out of control fan who is rallying others to back up this preferred idea just because of how amazing it would be if it was true, or a spiteful creator may lash out by deliberately changing the planned outcome of their story, either for the better or worse. Unfortunately, this can affront the visions of the work's actual creators and developers, and depending on their reaction, they might be incorrectly associated with putting out these ideas or {{Misblamed}} for starting the mess, and usually the end result is someone having to go in and tell this pest to SHUT UP, point-blank.
''A [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy addict]] fan who draws [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory overblown and illogical conclusions about every story mystery]] to a neurotic degree and wants to be the one who got it right first.''