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->''"Ahh, fan clubs. Sweet, innocent, restraining-order-inducing fan clubs."''
-->-- '''Strong Bad''', ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''

A character is considered so awesome that not only do they have notable admirers, but their fans become so organized that they are also the character's personal assistants, chauffeurs, and army. They will follow their idol 24/7, always available whenever there is need, but otherwise politely remaining [[BehindTheBlack just off-screen]].

If the character is sufficiently cool this may happen practically overnight (i.e., within a few episodes of them being introduced), although the subject of admiration typically has mixed feelings about the entire affair.

If an [[TheOjou ojou]] or an AlphaBitch has an InstantFanClub, these are typically her minions (and may form a GirlPosse). This points out a major feature of the fan club; they don't necessarily have to be close friends, and the idol may not even like them.

Note that this is in fact an aspect of Japanese culture -- fan clubs of this type can and do form spontaneously around particularly popular and/or successful students in Japanese high schools. Contrast ThePaidForHarem.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] producing a PaperFanOfDoom from {{Hammerspace}}.
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* ''{{Shuffle}}'' parodies this rather sharply. The fanclubs have even [[SeriousBusiness carried over into real life]], with all the seriousness of ShipToShipCombat - their object of affection might be a [[{{Yandere}} psycho]], but ''don't'' say this in front of members of ''Kitto Kitto Kaede''!
* Kakashi is implied to have one of these in ''RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth''. Strangely enough Yamato/Tenzou also appears to be a part of the club. Don't believe me? Take a look at [[http://miyukicosplay.deviantart.com/art/A-fangirl-xD-337755942 this]]
* In ''LightNovel/MayoChiki'' Subaru has an all-female one. It undergoes a schism as some members don't object to Jiro's (alleged) relationship with Subaru, while others do.
* Motoko Minagawa's "Prince Yuki" Club in ''FruitsBasket''.
* Mitsuki's Fanboys in ''HeIsMyMaster''.
* The all-male fan club that worships a pretty nurse on the Nautilus, in ''NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''.
* The second episode of ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'', "Golden Shoes," revolves around a sixth grade boy's InstantFanClub and the pressure he feels to keep up appearances.
* Megumi attracts an InstantFanClub in ''TenshiNaKonamaiki'', much to her disgust.
* Lum's Stormtroopers and Mendou's army of fangirls in ''UruseiYatsura''.
* The [[SchoolgirlLesbians Zuka Club]] in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', especially Benio Amakusa ("Benibara"), have their own legion of screaming fans, who are organized, drilled, and kept disciplined (with the threat of massive violence) by officers of the Benibara Society.
** A less obvious but more prevalent example: the fans of the Host Club itself. Perhaps they were once a loosely-related group of fangirly teenagers, but they organized fast, especially once Renge took the lead. She even made Host Club doujinshi.
* Haruto Sakuraba from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is frequently harassed by mobs of girls who are members of his fan club. After he gives up being a teen idol to focus on football (and, in the process, abandons his clean-cut pretty-boy look by [[ImportantHaircut growing a beard and getting a buzzcut]]), most of them drop out.
** Aaand then comes back. With some guys to boot.
* Rukawa's admirers in ''SlamDunk'', complete with bandanas with his name, and the propensity to transform into an instant cheerleading club when in actual games.
* The males at the school in ''SetoNoHanayome'' (pictured above) are divided into two militant, warring fan clubs over San and Luna. Luna personally leads ''her'' club in efforts to take over the school. Mawari is left leading an equally-violent third club comprised of the girls, united under "[[KnightTemplar restoring order]]" with the motto "All men are beasts."
* Fuuko's fanboys in ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', whom she gains when Tomoya and Nagisa teach her how to make friends.
* Daichi and Kouichi in ''HimechanNoRibon'' get one. Daichi's club causing direct trouble for Hime-chan when the rumours of them dating start spreading around. At least the main leaders of said group have badges with his face on it.
** Sei gets a fan club the very same day he transfers to the school, with members from the other clubs instantly switching to his.
* Used straight and subverted in ''ThePrinceOfTennis''. Subverted: [[GenkiGirl Tomoka Osakada]] does her best to create and form a fanclub for [[TroubledButCute Ryoma Echizen]] but in the end she and [[ShrinkingViolet Sakuno]] are pretty much the only stable members. Played straight: Wakato's fangirls from the Jyousei Shounan arc and the Rikkaidai cheerleaders. And there's no forgetting Atobe's ''army'' of fangirls, who can become even ''[[YokoOhNo violent]]'' towards the main girl of the DatingSim ''Gakuensai no Oujisama'' if you have her befriending Atobe.
* In ''RanmaOneHalf'' we even have a mini-arc dedicated to Kuno's biggest fangirl: Cheerleader Queen Mariko Konjou. She uses cheerleading pretty much as a ''fighting style'', too, and yes - Ranma (as a girl) and Akane have to "fight" her, if not for Kuno, for their sports teams.
** Much to [[{{Tsundere}} Akane Tendo's]] [[DoesNotLikeMen despair]], she also had a fanclub in the beginning of the series. After [[KendoTeamCaptain Tatewaki]] [[StalkerWithACrush Kuno]] said that the Furinkan guys [[BestHerToBedHer would have to beat her in combat to date her]], ''many'' guys from the sport teams would wait for her every morning at the school gates to try beat her up, and she had to defeat ''every single one'' to go to class. They didn't give up until they learnt that Ranma not only was Akane's fiancé, but he had defeated Kuno in a fight.
* Sakaki acquires one at the beginning of her second year in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', but they don't really figure into the plot beyond a quick scene. On the other hand, Kaorin might constitute a "Sakaki [[{{Fangirl}} fan club]]" all by herself.
* In the first episode of ''NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'', we're treated with the InstantFanClub of the titular character, who proceed to clobber the male protagonist for chasing her, even though it's just to clear up some misunderstanding.
* About half of the school instantly becomes Nagi's fanclub/bodyguards in ''{{Kannagi}}''.
** She even has her own webpage and a good balance of male and female fans! Her good looks and comical personality wouldn't be enough to explain this ordinarily, but it may be a JustifiedTrope if you add in the speculation that a goddess would naturally, subconsiously draw followers.
* ''RosarioToVampire'''s first season has Moka, Kurumu and Yukari having three "fanclubs" made up of lame fanboy stalkers who cause more harm than good. By the second season, they (and Mizore) have developed large, screaming mostly ''female'' fanclubs.
* ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' shows that Utena is extremely popular for her {{Bifauxnen}} qualities and all of the female students address her as "Utena-sama". To the point where photos of her acting feminine (due to a BodySwap with the extremely feminine Anthy) start selling like hot cakes.
* There's one for Tsukasa in ''[[StrawberryOneHundredPercent Ichigo100%]]'', who won't even allow her one-time-and-possibly-again-depending-on-how-the-plot-unfolds semi-boyfriend talk to her without him disguising as one of them and slipping through the crowd. It's a rather organized fanclub at that, complete with identification numbers and hierarchy.
* ''KamenNoMaidGuy'' has an even more specific variation. Naeka has fan club for her breasts. Not her, [[GagBoobs her breasts]].
* While not prominent, both Arima and Miyazaki develop them early on in ''KareKano''. One arc deals with what happens when Yukino's turns against her.
* In ''KamichamaKarin'', both Kazune and Micchi have fanclubs like this.
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'' pretty much half of Negi's class turns into this as soon as they see him. Then when he goes to the magic world, he and Kotaro enter a tournament and become celebrities, complete with legions of fangirls.
** And in the magic world, Nagi and the members of Ala Rubia have their followers.
* In ''{{K-On}}!'', Mio gets one after [[PantyShot a minor incident]] during a concert.
** Another [[LightNovel/{{MM}} Mio]] get one too just for an entirely different reason.
* Misaki of ''Manga/MaidSama'' gains one for an episode. She finds it difficult to keep her secret life from them.
* Duke Devlin gets one in his first appearance in ''Anime/YuGiOh'', and three of them become his cheerleading squad for the next few episodes. They disappear when Duke joins the TrueCompanions.
** They seem to be quite fickle; they were previously seen hanging out with Bakura.
* High school sports start Aizawa Suguru in ''Manga/AreaNoKishi'' is nearly always hounded by throngs of squealing fan-girls whenever he's at school.
* [[SmallNameBigEgo Gary Oak]] of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fame had an InstantFanClub in the form of a group of [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders cheerleaders]] who followed him ''everywhere'' in the first season.
* In ''[[LightNovel/{{Kampfer}} Kämpfer]]'', there is the "Mistress Shizuku, Please Violate Me" club, which is briefly mentioned but never shown.
* Fakir and Mytho of ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' also have been mentioned to have their own fan clubs. Pique is part of Fakir's fanclub and Lilie is presumably part of Mytho's group.
* In ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' both Kurama and Tomoe get one the minute they start attending Nanami's school.

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* In the SilverAge, JimmyOlsen had a club of bowtie-wearing dweebs who hung on his every word. As creepy as it sounds.
** Besides the Jimmy Olsen Fan Club, there was also (in BronzeAge comics) the ''[[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]]'' Fan Club, consisting of female fans of Clark (from his WGBS evening newscasts).
* Also pre-Crisis, {{Robin}}, whilst attending Hudson University as Dick Grayson, had his own on-campus fan-club, and occasionally attended meetings of the self named (at least one hopes so) Robin-Rooters, whose members were mostly female, but not exclusively so. They even designed new costumes for him, which they then had made up for him to wear, which he did.
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[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* The ''RanmaOneHalf'' fanfic ''GirlDays'' has fun with this. When Ranma starts attending Furinkan High as a girl as part of the Girl Days training, a bunch of fan clubs almost immediately break out. One, the Ranma-chan club, is a group of girls devoted to Ranma remaining a girl; another, the Ranma-kun club, are girls who want their male Ranma back, no matter the cost. A third, a group of guys, have deluded themselves into thinking Ranma will go out on a date with them. Ranma and her friends simply call this club 'The Idiots'. And once Shampoo starts attend school as well, she gets her own fan club.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Mulan's girl followers in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' II.
* This is the function that the Blue Blaze Irregulars serve in TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension.
* {{Deconstructed}} in ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' -- the mob of kids who follow Bernardo O'Reilly around everywhere [[spoiler:end up [[StopHelpingMe getting him killed]] as they wander out into a gunfight and he tries to get them into cover.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'': "You have saved our lives! We are eternally grateful!"
* In the 2011 film ''Film/{{Warrior}}'': Tommy gets one on the second day of the tournament. %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* During ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'', AlphaBitch Candacye Chambers is put into the body of a small dinosaur called a Leptoceratops, much to her dismay. Other, real Leptoceratops take a great interest in her and follow her wherever she goes, trying to feed and groom her. Reminded of when guys would flock around her human body she assumes it's this trope and nicknames them the Leptomaniacs. While this is a factor, it's largely because they are concerned about [[TyrannosaurusRex the company she's keeping]] and would like her to be safe.

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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Angelus' groupies, Karl and Paco.
* A one-episode character of ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' gets an ''extreme'' version of a fan club, who actually worship him, as part of being the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' combines this with several other tropes but the cult of Saxon is dedicated to resurrect their former prime-minister through human sacrifices.
** A lighter example is the "London Investigations 'N Detective Agency" a.k.a "LINDA" who make it their business to track down the Doctor... mostly because they are huge fans of his adventures, so wind up being more of a fanclub. The Doctor is aware of them and even though they established themselves mostly by looking for his Tenth Incarnation he's been aware of them since at least his Fifth. He mostly finds them annoying.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', in one of the worlds the group visits, Tsukasa is scouted while walking down the street and becomes a male model, gaining a following of fangirls with screen-printed clothing and signs. While this sort of thing isn't unusual for a handsome celebrity, it's implied that this took place ''in a day or two''.
** Even worse, [[spoiler:since this is the Nega World, all the fangirls are actually monsters in human form, which makes the cold and jealous way they glare at Natsumi when Tsukasa says he knows her all the more scary.]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''{{Exalted}}'', this is represented with the Followers merit. And if you're someone from the Underworld, your fan club can consists of ''ghosts''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' featured this with Quistis Trepe, the youngest instructor in the history of the school. In the American translation they are called "Trepies."
* ''{{Persona 3}}'' has two senpais in the main cast. Akihiko, the male senpai, is shown early on to attract squealing hordes of fangirls with minimal effort (or desire). Mitsuru Kirijo's otaku are a lot more subtle, but the player can find any number of [=NPCs=] that all fantasize about attracting her attention, especially one that just plain fantasizes about anything Mitsuru does or could potentially do to her.
* After winning the S.T.A.R. Game in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', Link ends up with one.
* The {{Pokemon}} games will give you your own personal fan club after meeting certain requirements like beating the Elite Four and [[GottaCatchEmAll catching all Pokémon.]]
* ArTonelico2 provides something just a touch more realistic. It takes time for Reine to build the Cloche fanclub but otherwise they fit perfectly. They tell people how great Cloche is, protect her in battle, and provide the energy for [[CombinedEnergyAttack Replakia.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'''s Kimiko suddenly acquires an enormous horde of fanboys when she mouths off on public radio in their defense. Erika also has a fanclub so obsessed that they stay loyal to her even after she disappears from the public eye for years. The series goes deeper into exploring the phenomenon than just using it for comedy, portraying the fanboys as [[YouSuck everything from sympathetic losers (Piro) to immoral, pathetic perverts (Kuro)]].
* Shion [[http://www.tsunamichannel.com/index.php?date=2003-12-09&comic=ExCoKo gets one of these]] in ''Experimental Comic Kotone''.
* [[TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred Wiglaf]] gains one of these pretty much whenever he goes out in public.
* ''EverydayHeroes'': Goldie had a [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=124081 good-sized following]] during her senior year. The following year, [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=129947 Jane followed in her footsteps]] [[spoiler: before dropping out of school.]]
* In ''TaikiTheWebcomic'', Kai has one.
* The Mayor in ''{{Homestuck}}'' (VW, Warweary Villein, Wandering Vagabond.) Many unlikely allies have taken up arms for him, and even the kids and trolls traveling with him agree that he's awesome, even though they don't know him or anything he's done.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the WhateleyUniverse, teenager Fey is horrified to find out that she has a fan club of girls her own age. Her teammates on her super-team tease her about it now and then.
* In SurvivalOfTheFittest V4, Reiko Ishida got one of these due to her success in ice skating, often referred to as her "entourage". Bit of a subversion, though, as, unlike most characters that have found themselves in this trope, she's actually quite close friends with them.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Three Js (Joey, Jeffy and Jamie) who hung on Quinn Morgendorfer's every word in ''{{Daria}}''.
* Supergirl attracts one of these during a trip to Japan in the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Chaos at the Earth's Core", which makes Stargirl extremely jealous.
* In ''TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'', Beast Boy gains a literally instant fanclub when the Titans go to Japan after he wows a horde of Japanese school girls at a local arcade. [[spoiler:The one he's after, however, turns out to be an evil catgirl ink monster.]]
* The three girls obsessed with Gaston in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* In ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Prince Naveen takes all of three seconds to acquire a(n all-female) fanclub upon stepping in New Orleans.
* Speaking of sexy princes, Prince Zuko of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' gets a sudden audience of blushing girls (complete with floating hearts!) when he takes off his shirt in the BeachEpisode.
** Aang gets one when he visits Kiyoshi village for the first time.
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