->''STFU, n00b!''

Simply put, a noob is a novice at a particular game. The word was twisted from the term "newb", a shortened form of the word "newbie". Usually has a negative connotation. Often spelled "[=n00b=]", or even further degenerated to "nub" by the particularly lazy.

They tend to be disliked by more experienced gamers because (from the veterans' point of view) they ask extremely simple or obvious questions, [[{{Jerkass}} lack proper etiquette]] or, in team games, [[TheMillstone drag down the performance of the rest of the team]]. In the most extreme forms, they become GodModders. They also ''[[NeverMyFault never]]'' admit to being wrong or belligerent, and will often accuse more experienced players that ''[[PsychologicalProjection they're]]'' the [[{{Scrub}} stupid ones]], often with InsaneTrollLogic, when they try to correct them.

Some people make a distinction between a noob and a newb, with a "newb" being a level-headed beginner who is polite, heeds advice, and honestly wishes to improve, while a "noob" is [[SmallNameBigEgo obnoxious, annoying, and overconfident]]. In other words, everyone starts as a newb -- you're only a noob if you don't grow out of it. The difference is described in [[http://cad-comic.com/comic/glossary-newbnoob/ this comic]].

A stereotypical "noob" will usually join a group with little regard for his (relative) lack of ability; many (but certainly not all) will enter a dungeon and [[LeeroyJenkins immediately run right into danger]], thinking either that he can hold his own (despite being vastly outnumbered and overwhelmed), or that the other players are right behind him and will pick up the slack (which they very likely won't and can't).

The newbie and noob also appear in other cooperative and competitive genres besides the MMORPG. In less-structured games, newbies may just get rolled over, insulted, and forgotten; noobs are the ones who have picked up on the [[ComplacentGamingSyndrome least-inspired or lamest strategies]] and earn the ire of those who are [[StopHavingFunGuys playing more "skillfully" and getting beaten]]. In teamplay-oriented games, the team often helps the polite newbie along, as it may result in their team winning more often; the noob will probably be the [[CoolButInefficient guy crashing planes into individual enemies]] or [[LeeroyJenkins charging into the enemy base carrying the flag]], and so other players will probably just try to steal the helicopters before they can. In cooperative games, the teams tend to be small and everyone's contributions important: the newbie is [[TheLoad exasperating]] to have on your side; the noob is [[JustEatGilligan usually booted from the server very quickly]].

Of course, using the word seriously is an indication of ''being'' a noob. It gets thrown around all the time and has decayed enormously to the point of often being used completely uninformatively, like just calling someone "stupid" for no very good reason.

A really bad noob may sometimes spell the term as "nub". Amazingly, the term "nub" has a corresponding meaning in naval jargon, referring to a "newbie" (who doesn't stand watches and is considered "deadweight" to his naval department), with a literal meaning of "non-usable body".

Not to be confused with a certain [[Franchise/MortalKombat Noob]]. See also {{Scrub}}. If you're looking for the French multimedia franchise (that started with a WebOriginal anglophone audiences are more likely to know about), this page is pretty much the only one using the "Noob" name that is ''not'' associated with it. Otherwise, [[Franchise/{{Noob}} here]] is a good place to start.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Lord En, of ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}''. A preteen demon who loves video games, he is nonetheless horrible at them. So he gets his demon maidservants to help him out by altering the game (from activating basic hacks and glitches with magic to enabling things not available in a game so he can win). Notably, these maids know he is really a Noob, but since whenever he cries the surrounding area is drowned in a sea of fire, they don't let him catch on.
** He gets one hell of a butt-kicking when Himekawa, [[EvenEvilHasStandards infuriated by En's maids introducing an invisibility mode for their team into a game where such a thing does not exist]], ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome buys the entire game from the company so he and his associates can win]].''

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* The term appears in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'', though occasionally something else is used. Mattagandas refers to beginning adventurers as “newborns.”
** The four are essentially demigod-strength noobs. This is problematic for everyone, including themselves.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ForumWarz'', a game about {{Troll}}ing message boards, gives the title of "Permanoob" to the [[JokeCharacter excessively weak class]].
* Any form of the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' online multiplayer will see this a lot; players will be called noobs for such things as using grenade launchers ("noobtubing") or random spray fire from the hip.
* In the {{MMORPG}} ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'', the term "noob" is often used as a very derogatory term -- akin to calling someone a "knob" -- regularly thrown about with no prior provocation. Players were reported for this so much, the rules now clearly state that use of the term "noob" (or any variant thereof) ONLY means "newb/new player" and is not a reason to report players. Try telling ''that'' to veteran players when they're called a noob...
** The character Meg in the Player-Owned Ports is an in-universe new adventurer, though she behaves more like a "newb" than a "noob". Once a week, she'll ask you for advice on an adventure, take your advice to heart (whether it's [[VideoGameCaringPotential good]] or [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential bad]]), and give you a share of her loot after a successful adventure.
* Go to any online multi-player game and make a new character. Anyone who's even one level above you will refer to you as a n00b.
* If you do not follow the generally-accepted strategy in a MOBA game like ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' or ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'', you are likely to get called this in the first 30 seconds and pretty much continuously for the next 40 minutes. A highly-competitive team-based game where one weak link on your team can ruin your chance of victory [[{{GIFT}} will do that to otherwise normal players]].
* The ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' boards look very poorly on using "noob" as a derogatory term. A) the moderators are fairly strict. B) everyone who's played any of the ''X'' games remembers vividly their own time as a noob, [[EarlyGameHell because it lasts so long]]. The net result is that any time someone comes on the board whining about how stuck he is (happens once or twice a week), you've usually got five or six veteran players who step in to help him get unstuck.
* The fourth generation of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', namely ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond and Pearl]]'', used internet-speak a lot, mostly as a ShoutOut to the Website/SomethingAwful forums. Explicitly, in front of the Oreburg Pokemon Gym, the trainer there to help you does imply that people look down on trainers who don't know anything about the world of ''Pokémon'' as noobs.
* The ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' community has a term for this player, [=F2P=] or "Free to Play". A [=F2P=] is a new player that doesn't have a premium account which means they're either extremely new to this game or they don't want to bother to get into it, both of which implies they have no idea how the game works[[labelnote:an example]]A Sniper trying to shoot through a window pane to no success but keeps trying anyway[[/labelnote]]. [=F2P=] also means any item a new player can easily get like [[https://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Ghostly_Gibus "Ghostly Gibus"]], a worn-out old tophat. [=F2P=]s are [[SuffersNewbiesPoorly often held in contempt]] as they are seen at best endearingly incompetent and in need of help from more experienced players or {{Scrub}}s that should go back to Call of Duty/Battlefield. In general, [=F2P=] is thrown around as a catch-all term for a Noob and/or {{Scrub}}.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20060823 A "Gamer's Glossary" segment]] of ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' tackled the differences between a ''newb'' and a ''[[Letters2Numbers noob/n00b]]''. Neither know what they're doing at first, but a ''newb'' will learn from mistakes while a ''noob'' will never admit to any wrongdoing.
* MMORPG webcomic ''Webcomic/TheNoob'' is built around this, thought the titular character may be more of a newb after a few strips: most of the times he does something he shouldn't, it's because nobody bothered telling him. Though [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=444 he sometimes relapses]].
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', Jason's toddler daughter [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07182010.shtml picks this up very quickly]] when Daddy introduces her to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Then she takes it into [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07192010.shtml the playground]].
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''[='=]s ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' parody, "Years of Yarncraft", in-game culture considers being a newb tantamount to being a noob, and people who show evidence that they're unfamiliar with the game are treated with even less respect than those who show evidence of being raging douchebags. Don't associate with these people, or you're a newb too.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Series/{{Noob}}'' and [[Franchise/{{Noob}} the franchise that spawned from it]] are about a guild for newbs, in which most of the members are Noobs in one way or another.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Headmaster in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' uses a lot of gamerspeak and often refers to his enemies as n00bs when gloating.
* Stan's father from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is, somewhat predictably, this when he tries to join Stan in playing ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Somewhat oddly, he ends up becoming essential in saving the World of Warcraft from the {{Griefer}} who's killing everyone's characters off.
-->'''Blizzard Executive:''' We can't trust the Sword of A Thousand Truths to a noob!