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->"''Worst Cosmic Wars ever! I will only see it three more times... today.''"
-->-- '''[[HollywoodNerd Comic Book Guy]]''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Co-Dependent's Day"

A Straw Fan is a character or plot meant as a not-so-thinly veiled attack on the fans for their complaints about the work. It can be either perfectly justified or the sign of [[SmallNameBigEgo an ego run rampant.]] Take your pick. Or maybe the creator has trouble telling the difference between legitimate criticism and FanDumb or HateDumb (or is just too lazy to tell the difference).

See also LoonyFan and OccidentalOtaku. Sometimes can cross into AffectionateParody territory if the fans are good-humoured (and the StrawFan similarly affectionate); likewise, an AffectionateParody of one's fandom can drift here. Expect this person to say [[ImYourBiggestFan "I'm your biggest fan!"]] at least once. Also expect this person to embody at least one or more of the characteristics of FanDumb.

Compare with TakeThatAudience and StrawCritic.



* During Nintendo's E3 2014 Digital Direct, Nintendo had a scene done by the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' crew. Someone sitting in the audience complains of Nintendo announcing another ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' game and that Nintendo should give them ''VideoGame/Mother3''. Instead, Reggie Fils-Aime eats a fire flower and shoots a fireball at the obnoxious fan. Later on, the fan shows up again complaining about a ''VideoGame/StarFox'' game, and Reggie fries him with EyeBeams.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Although there is more to the character, ComicBook/SuperboyPrime from Franchise/TheDCU. Certain fans tend to focus on nothing but this one aspect of his character, largely because it sometimes reaches a very mean-spirited pitch.
** Also he gets saddled with some hilariously bad dialogue. Which may be [[FanFic part of the satire]].
** The really amusing thing is that while DCU writers use Superboy Prime as a Straw Fan, they also use him as a crutch for their own RunningTheAsylum tendencies. Anything they didn't like as readers is often changed or undone as a result of his punching the reality wall... so it's sort of a case of "Well it's okay when ''we'' do it!"
* ComicBook/WonderMan has turned into Marvel's most explicit version of Superboy Prime.
* When Peter Milligan relaunched ''ComicBook/XForce'' as ''ComicBook/XStatix'' following the death of fan favorite Edie Sawyer, the new book opened with an arc about a RealityWarper fan boy who couldn't get over the fact that they'd "gotten rid of" Edie and was holding his town hostage. However, not only does he ultimately become a sympathetic character, he joins the team and in their desire to not let him down the group actually gels somewhat for the first time. Although he's still an unstable, horribly dangerous psychotic who the team end up murdering.
* Dan [=DiDio=] [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100706192704/http://www.schwapponline.com/2010/05/new-low.html created one named "Harold Winer" for a specific fan]][[note]]link via archive.org.[[/note]]. And set him up as a supervillain, so he could get beaten up. Oh, and made sure to make him CampGay.
* Peter David created a StrawFan in ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' #13 to retaliate against a complaint he'd received about issue 7, only the fan was made into a cowardly bystander who made stupid speeches rather than a supervillain. Parts of the bystander's dialogue were taken from an online argument with the fan in question virtually word for word.
* Creator/JhonenVasquez wrote a comic where he is confronted by five stereotypes of his weirdest, creepiest, or most annoying kinds of fans and must fight them all to the death when they merge into a bloated abomination.
* In the 2017 ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' series, Abby, with her obsession with keeping Molly young forever, is meant to be a stand-in for fans who supposedly refuse to let the Runaways grow up.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The entire plot of ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' involves the title characters trying to sabotage a movie based on them to stop a flood of half-wit internet criticism. Once they receive a large cash payout for the film, they literally track down ''every last internet troll and beat them up.'' This was in part based on a FlameWar between creator Creator/KevinSmith and fans over the movie ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'' (referenced when a particularly inarticulate fan has the screenname "[=MagnoliaFan=]").
* In ''Film/StardustMemories'', Sandy, the AuthorAvatar for Creator/WoodyAllen, is beset on all sides by fans who complain about how they prefer his "early funny films" to his more recent semi-dramatic work.
* Some viewers feel that the {{Documentary}} ''Film/SpecialWhenLit'' casts pinball collectors and fans in this light, particularly the less-than-flattering portrayals of [[{{Otaku}} Josh "Pingeek" Kaplan and Sam Harvey.]] Others, however, have argued that the movie is simply accurately reflecting their RealLife eccentricities.
* ''Film/ClerksII'' has a ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' fan come into Mooby's and get into an argument with Randal as to its superiority over ''Franchise/StarWars''. Randal ends up ripping into the HoYay between Frodo and Sam so much that the guy vomits.

* ''[[Creator/StephenKing Misery]]'', both the book and the film, took fan obsession to creepy scary heights in Annie Wilkes. Note, however, that King has referred to Annie as actually being a metaphor for his drug addiction. In the novel, Paul remembers a slightly more realistic fan of his work (who limited herself to re-furnishing her house to match the Chastain household from his novels, followed by a slightly disturbing barrage of fan mail), which helps him at least understand what kind of mindset he's dealing with.
* ''Literature/ThePlagueDogs'' contains a scene where a minor character criticizes ''Literature/WatershipDown'', the author's previous work, which seems to exist for just this reason.
* In Literature/TheBabySittersClub ''Mallory Pike, #1 Fan,'' Mallory is this for her favorite YA author. First she sends her letter after letter after letter, growing angry when she doesn't respond to it ''personally,'' tracks her down to her home and makes herself the author's assistant...and then later gets angry at her because not all the events in her FICTION series actually happened to her in real life, and thought her a bad writer and a liar for it.
* The entire plot of Robert Rodi's ''What They Did to Princess Paragon''.
* Except for the protagonists, just about the entire cast of Sharyn McCrumb's ''Bimbos of the Death Sun'' and ''Zombies of the Gene Pool'' is made up of Straw Fans.
* Like Barry Malzberg's admittedly meta ''Gather in the Hall of the Planets'', set at a fictional Worldcon.
* Many of the books by Creator/CarltonMellickIII have a comic at the end, which often shows him arguing with an irrate reader who is complaining about some aspect of the book. Sometimes it seems to be this trope, though at other times the reader [[SelfDeprecation is implied to have a point.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has had one of the world's most notoriously {{Unpleasable Fanbase}}s for decades, and some writers have let their feelings show:
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E4TheGreatestShowInTheGalaxy The Greatest Show in the Galaxy]]" had a whiny, nerdy character named Whizzkid, who kept gushing about the eponymous circus, though he said he knew it wasn't as good as it used to be, before getting horribly murdered.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters Love & Monsters]]" also has elements of this, though more of the AffectionateParody variety. Specifically, the human LINDA members were nice, friendly fans who hung out and had fun, while the Abzorbaloff was the FanDumb.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride The Runaway Bride]]" had a human villain, Lance, who is a particularly nasty and misanthropic intellectual snob who loathes pop culture, and who plots with an alien to destroy Earth just because the alien offered to take him to see the great sights of the universe. It's hard not to see him as a caricature of the vocal SpaceOpera fan element who criticised the Creator/RussellTDavies era of the show for having too many stories based around everyman characters and set in contemporary London, and too many pop culture jokes.
** Also the "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash Time Crash]]" mini-episode, where the Fifth Doctor has a MyFutureSelfAndMe moment with AscendedFanboy Creator/DavidTennant as his tenth incarnation.
--->'''5th Doctor:''' You're... oh no...\\
'''10th Doctor:''' Here it comes, yeah, yeah, I am.\\
'''5th Doctor:''' A fan.\\
'''10th Doctor:''' What?!\\
'''5th Doctor:''' How did you get in here? You're not one of those LINDA people are you? I can't have them knowing where I live.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead Planet of the Dead]]" features Professor Malcolm Taylor, who is also firmly in the AffectionateParody camp. One particularly nice moment features the Doctor and Malcolm reminiscing about their favourite adventure from the Doctor's old "UNIT files".
** The [[AdaptationExpansion novelisation]] of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada Shada]]" turns both Skagra and (eventually) the Ship into this. Skagra is the classic ultra-negative, if-only-the-show-was-DarkerAndEdgier FanDumb type - he spends all his time watching video footage of the Doctor and rating the sets, effects, monsters and the Doctor's performance very low things out of ten, and particularly can't stand it when things are funny. The Ship is more of an AffectionateParody FanGirl who appreciates the good moral lessons of the Doctor's adventures and enjoys a good {{Squee}} over how much she fancies him, but forces other people to watch them with her.
** Creator/MarkGatiss and David Walliams did a sketch for [=BBC2=]'s ''Doctor Who Night'' in which they both played ''Doctor Who'' fanboys who had kidnapped - and implicitly planned on [[BlackComedyRape raping]] - Creator/PeterDavison.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' had Creator/SarahSilverman on as Marci Maven, an obsessed fan who freaked out because her favorite TV show had changed its theme song. This was a jab at the fandom complaining about how the show had switched from its first-season InstrumentalThemeTune to the Music/RandyNewman composition "It's a Jungle Out There". She later showed up and kept referring to Monk's cases by the episode names, which confused Monk. She was also a jab at some Monk-slash-Natalie fanfiction, as well as a few other types of Monk fanfiction.
** The Fanfiction jab happens when Monk and Marci are being held at gunpoint by John Ringel. She tells Monk to shoot Ringel, but Monk reminds her he doesn't carry a firearm. She says he did in one of her fanfiction stories. Then Monk promptly tosses nails in Ringel's face and they flee into the next room as Ringel fires his pistol at them.
** Furthermore, Monk and Natalie are disturbed by how obsessed Marci is with him:
--->''[Marci serves Monk square cookies and his brand of bottled water]''\\
'''Adrian Monk:''' They're square!\\
'''Marci Maven:''' ''[laughing]'' I knew you would appreciate that! Yeah, I've been baking all day, and cleaning, I wanted everything to be perfect! ''[Monk examines his glass]''\\
'''Adrian Monk:''' Marci, is this ''my'' glass?\\
'''Marci Maven:''' Not anymore, you threw it out, remember? And yes, this is your rug, and yes, that is your lamp, and yes, these are your pants.\\
''[Monk and Natalie look at each other suspiciously]''\\
'''Marci Maven:''' Don't worry, I'm not crazy, I'm just a fan. ''[in serious voice]'' You are amazing. But you knew that, didn't you.\\
'''Natalie Teeger:''' ''[disturbed]'' His ''pants''?
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** An episode called "Action", where a fan of a comic book was sabotaging the set of a film adaptation because [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks he didn't think they were doing it right.]]
** In Season 8, after many years of saying "No, the [[WMG/{{Smallville}} Chlois Theory]] will NOT come true," the ''Smallville'' showrunners finally decided to have some fun spoofing this fan theory in the episode "Hex," to the annoyance of the Chlois theorists...but the utter delight of everyone else in the fan base, who were equally tired of the Chlois theory.
* As odd as it sounds, ''Series/TheWestWing'' had an example of this. Following a semi-publicized incident where Aaron Sorkin got in a fight with his fans (and a fellow writer) on Website/TelevisionWithoutPity, Sorkin wrote an episode called "The U.S. Poet Laureate", where Josh gets in a scuffle with a fan site devoted to him and the incident gets publicized. He refers to the site webmaster as "a dictatorial leader who [he's] sure wears a muu-muu and chain-smokes Parliaments." The episode got bonus ego points for having the U.S. Poet Laureate explain that her works meant to serve as a distraction, not to make any higher point. Of course, considering the real life site's policies about criticism on their forums, Sorkin's probably not all that wrong. It doesn't lessen how utterly petty the stunt was, but he's not ''wrong''.
** Possibly another example when an intern wears a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' badge to work. Josh tells Donna to tell her to lose it. The intern says she's going to appeal to her boss and that there's nothing wrong with Star Trek. Josh says he's [[NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat a fan]], but then starts listing traits of FanDumb with no evidence and accuses her of having a fetish.
*** Even more annoying, Josh then tells the Star Trek fan "I'm a Mets fan, but you don't see me bringing my hobby to work"...which is nothing but BlatantLies. We see Josh musing about the Mets and watching games in his office ''all. the. time.'' When he's supposed to be ''working.'' And yet, he freaks out just because in an intern in a back office wears a small, innocuous ''Franchise/StarTrek'' pin that doesn't distract her from her work at all. Obviously, as great a writer as Creator/AaronSorkin is, it seems like Josh just became his mouthpiece to be a FanHater of any devoted fans of any franchise. It also helps that West Wing and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' [[TakeThat shared the same time-slot on different networks.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys on ''TheSeanCullenShow'', who actually sat in the actual audience and complained about how improbable the plots were. Considering that one such episode featured a giant squid invading the basement while Sean took lessons in self-defense that involved [[YouKilledMyFather avenging the death of his watermelon]] by beating up an ax-wielding "blue guy" and fighting off an entire band of {{ninja}}s, and then his evil Germanic MadScientist neighbour {{brainwashed}} William Shatner into attacking Sean before, but then Shatner got attacked by the squid and they both fell into a wormhole, and then Sean sang a song about it all while the blue guy danced... considering all that, complaining about the logic of the show was a fruitless pursuit.
* On ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', the {{Flanderization}} of 790 into an epic {{Yandere}} who threw himself relentlessly at a disinterested Kai and was completely AxCrazy toward anyone else who showed Kai any attention was an obvious (and perhaps over-the-top) TakeThat to Kai/Michael [=McManus=]'s more, ahem, [[{{Fangirl}} overwrought]] [[FanDumb fans]].
* Done REALLY blatantly in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' season four episode "The Monster at the End of This Book," where the Winchester brothers discover that a series of pulp novels (titled, you guessed it, ''Supernatural'') has been chronicling their adventures; Sam goes on the internet and discovers their fandom. In addition to Sam's pointed comment that "For fans, they sure do complain a lot," the boys are horrified to learn about all the {{Shipping}} the series has apparently spawned.
-->'''Dean''': What's a [[SlashFic slash fan]]?
-->'''Sam''': As in Sam, slash, Dean. Together.
-->'''Dean''': Like ''together'' together? [[IncestYayShipping They do know we're brothers, right?]]
-->'''Sam''': Doesn't seem to matter.
-->'''Dean''': [[YouBastard Well, that's just sick!]]
** [[http://www.tvfanatic.com/quotes/shows/supernatural/season-5/#ixzz1SrCH5jTR
** Don't forget [[AuthorAvatar Chuck]]'s dialog at the end of season 5:
--> "Endings are hard. Any chapped-ass monkey with a keyboard can poop out a beginning, but endings are impossible. You try to tie up every loose end, but you never can. The fans are always gonna bitch. There's always gonna be holes. And since it's the ending, it's all supposed to add up to something. I'm telling you, they're a raging pain in the ass."
** And then Becky, the Wincest-writing fangirl is introduced in Season 5. Then Sam and Dean go to a ''Supernatural'' FanConvention where one of the panels discusses the "{{Homoerotic Subtext}}" [[HomoeroticismYay between the characters.]]
* The WWE pulled this with Wrestling/TheMiz, who was used as a TakeThat against fans who hated Wrestling/JohnCena. He would mercilessly abuse Cena and the fans week after week, trying to goad the fan favorite into a match, and when Cena finally did take notice when they had been booked for a match Mix nearly wet himself, before being completely dominated. This would occur several more times before Miz's push.
* This is done a lot in the ''Series/ICarly'' episode [[ShiptoShipCombat "i Start a Fan War"]].
* Done in the ''{{Series/Sherlock}}'' episode "[[Recap/SherlockS03E01TheEmptyHearse The Empty Hearse]]". The episode begins with with a somewhat ludicrous explanation of how Sherlock survived the previous season's {{Cliffhanger}}... before it is revealed the story was created by Anderson, who has set up a club for fans of Sherlock Holmes who believe he is still alive. Later we see a fairly creepy FoeYay moment between Sherlock and Moriarty that turns out to be a member's SlashFic. When Sherlock finally does explain to Anderson how he did it, Anderson complains, "Not how I would have done it", listing all the internal inconsistencies in the explanation and refusing to believe him.

* Cracker's hit "Get Off This" was basically one long TakeThat from lead singer David Lowery to the fans of his old group, Music/CamperVanBeethoven, who accused him of selling out. It characterizes said fans as "petty little ayatollahs" with "dirty hair and tittie-rings."
* Parodied with [[WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}} Dethklok's]] "Fan Song", which spends three minutes informing their fans how much they suck.
* Music/PetShopBoys's single "Yesterday, When I was Mad" is a [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snark]] to fans who proclaim they understand the band's message more than any other people. The band is driven to such desperation as to:
-->Admitting, I don't believe
-->In anyone's sincerity, and that's what's really got to me
* Mansun's 'hidden track' on their ''Attack of the Grey Lantern'' album, called "An Open-Letter to the Lyrical Trainspotter" was a piss-take of the sort of fans who would analyse their lyrics looking for meaning. Ironically, this was a song where the lyrics had a definite meaning and message:
-->"They lyrics aren't supposed to mean that much/They're just a vehicle for a lovely voice"
* Music/{{Tool}}'s "Hooker With A Penis" mocks fans for claiming that they have "sold out to the Man".
* Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Stan" features an obsessive fan who takes Eminem's songs way, way, too seriously.
* Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "In Bloom" is about... people who don't realize that "In Bloom" is about them.
* Music/MarilynManson covered the unsavory (er, more unsavory) side of their fanbase in "This is the New Shit," as quoted on this wiki under RatedMForMoney. In brief, it's about the fans who don't even try to understand what the songs are about, just cheering the "sex sex sex," violence, and rebellion.
* Music/PinkFloyd explored this in ''Music/TheWall'' during Pink's "Dark Lord" phase. "...And we're gonna find out where you fans really stand!"
* Music/{{Ween}} has a song they only perform live called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHAL6EG5kBM "Leave Deaner Alone"]] (warning: lyrics [[ClusterFBomb very NSFW]]), a song in which Dean Ween sings about his disdain for Ween's more obnoxious fans. Despite this, however, Deaner ''does'' seem to have an appreciation for most of his other fans because he keeps in touch with them on his blog when he's not touring and even favorited a couple Ween fan covers and fan-shot live bootleg videos on [[http://www.youtube.com/user/djankle his Youtube channel]].

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Kenny King, Rhett Titus and Caprice Coleman tried to make their Cabinet's campaign to "Make Wrestling Great Again" look [[AstroTurf more popular than it really was]] by employing "fans" to chant for them at Wrestling/RingOfHonor events. The actual ticket buyers were [[IntendedAudienceReaction not amused]].[[/folder]]

* In ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'', Sam Byck rants into a tape recorder on how desperately the world needs SillyLoveSongs, and that he's going to fly a plane into the White House to show how much he cares. The message is ostensibly directed at Music/LeonardBernstein, but the lyrics he quotes are by Music/StephenSondheim, composer of ''Assassins''...
* Similarly, there's the host of art critics in ''Theatre/SundayInTheParkWithGeorge'' who complain that artist George's work is growing stale and repetitive. Note that ''Sunday ...'' was the first show Sondheim wrote after the original production of ''Merrily We Roll Along'' was derided by critics who said that Sondheim's long-term partnership with Hal Prince had outstayed its welcome. Both the ''Sunday ...'' and ''Merrily ...'' examples are more [[StrawCritic Straw Critics]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The series has M'aiq[[note]](pronounced ''my-eek'')[[/note]] the Lair, a recurring EasterEgg LegacyCharacter. M'aiq is a known a FourthWallObserver (and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Leaner]] and ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall Breaker]]'') who [[AuthorAvatar voices the opinions]] of the series' creators and developers, largely in the form of {{Take That}}s, to both the [[TakeThatAudience audience]] (given the ''ES'' UnpleasableFanbase) and isn't above above [[SelfDeprecation taking some]] at [[TakeThatUs Bethesda itself]]. Most of his comments are jokes about, rebuts, and insults toward fan complaints about elements which were changed or not included in the current game, some of which are in past installments.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' has the devoted fanboy you pick up when you become Grand Champion of the Imperial City Arena, who is essentially a strawman for every overenthusiastic fan who won't take the hint to go away and die somewhere. If the idea was to drive home how annoying such a person can be, it worked... fans of the game [[MemeticMutation have a long and noble history]] of finding horrible things to do to him.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' uses a similar fanboy for another TakeThat. If the Dark Brotherhood missions are played, you learn that one of the assassins once killed a Grand Champion by disguising himself an annoying fan.
* The ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' series had Choppun, an AffectionateParody of the more diehard fans of the series. Choppun, is a guy who {{Cosplay}}s as Arle Nadja, except Choppun has a paper bag over his head. He's also crossdressing, since Arle Nadja is the female main character of the series.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutTacticsBrotherhoodOfSteel'' had an old man that peed in the main character's empty Nuka-Cola bottles. He was named after one of the (now-ex) admins of No Mutants Allowed, the Fallout forum that ''defines'' UnpleasableFanbase for gamers.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' had the "Unwashed Villagers fighting a spammer" rare encounter, where the aforementioned Villagers beat up an annoying spammer, Grim, who keeps whining and making absurd suggestions for the game. ("I want a tank!") Both the Villagers and the spammer are based on real-life forum members from back in the day, and the Unwashed Villagers were known for their positive contributions, while Grim was... not.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has been doing this since the ''Gold/Silver'' days. The Pokemaniac and Pokefan trainer types (among others) are usually given dialogue that cements them as parodies of some of the franchise's more unhinged fans. The most recent games took this a step further by including a class of young trainers who all cosplay as Pikachu, and claim that their lifelong dream is to [[LoonyFan grow up to become one]].
* Francis from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''. In one of his private rooms, you can find and read this "Geeklog" entry:
--> Geeklog Date: 11.26\\
Mood: Ranty\\\
The sun is bright outside so I'm going to [[{{Hikikomori}} stay in]] and watch "The Blubbening".\\
Season One has better writing and voice acting than the later seasons.\\
I mean, COME ON. Everything [[JumpedTheShark went totally downhill after]] the big dream sequence.\\
Still, the animation in the scenes where [[VideoGame/PaperMario Tubba Blubba]] battles robots is schweet.\\
Season Three was obviously just a [[MerchandiseDriven vehicle for selling]] action figures and vehicles!\\
I never understood why they changed the sound effect when the princess appears.\\
It was "Deet-dinga-deet-ling!" then suddenly it was "dinga-deet-dinga-ling!"\\
[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks As if no one would notice! Pffft!]] True fans care about important stuff about that.\\
They should totally run the show without commercials and let fans suggest story lines!\\
That's what fans want, and [[FanDumb we're the only ones that matter]].\\
I guess I'll still buy "The Blubbening" box set. The preorder bonus is a costume!\\
While I wait for it to come, [[{{Troll}} I'll go online and tell everyone it's stupid]].
* Many players of the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fanbase were very vocal about just how awful it was that the developers were putting all their effort into releasing [[NiceHat totally useless cosmetic items]] in lieu of actual content. Creator/{{Valve|Software}} released a [[http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=3692&p=1 blog post]] which allowed the fanbase to understand what really goes on behind the scenes. This quickly turns into more of a shot at themselves though, with the poor fanboy being OnlySaneMan in an office filled with cosmetic-obsessed, hat-loving lunatics.
** Doubles as a HilariousInHindsight since hats are now insanely popular to the point where they are a meme generator.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' includes a quest in the revamped, post-Cataclysm Azeroth in the undead area where the PC takes on the role of a questgiver and hands out three quests to various computer-programmed NPC players. All three are digs at various groups of fans: the "Kingslayer" (character who killed the Lich King) who can't play, the total noob and "Johnny Awesome", decked out in full heirloom equipment (items which can only be bought by people who had a max-level character in the ''Wrath of the Lich King'' expansion) and riding [[BrokenBase Sparklepony]]. All three then make an appearance in the Hillsbrad area of the game as mercenary computer-controlled aides -- or rescue objects -- to the PC.
* Norimaro, a [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] GuestFighter in ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroesVsStreetFighter'', is a stereotypical {{Otaku}} who got in the ring by mistake and is now aspiring to take [[StreetFighter Chun Li]]'s picture.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fan video ''WebAnimation/ElementsOfCringe'' features a group of bronies crossing over into Equestria to drain their magic and turn into their {{Original Character}}s, while showing no actual empathy towards the ponies or world they claim to be fans of.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/PvP'' [[http://www.pvponline.com/comic/2008/03/21/yet-another-letdown/ shows how much it cares]].
* ''WebComic/BobAndGeorge'' author Dave Anez used an obscure minor character for this purpose in [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/index.php?date=030503 this strip]] and the next, in order to [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]] on a small plothole he didn't care about. (One of the comic's running jokes was Dave's insistence that there were no plotholes; if you thought you saw one, you'd find out sooner or later why it made sense. And indeed, he always went to great lengths to close the big ones. This wasn't a big one.)
* At least half of the humor in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' comes from various [[StrawFan Straw Fans]] of the various franchises and hobbies he follows. Some are recurring characters, some only show up once, but it's clear that Willis has an axe to grind with certain sections of fandoms in general. Sometimes certain fans in particular. When someone's been annoying Willis on his toy message boards, he's not very subtle about doing a comic about them. (The "I knew about that!" guy strip being the best example.) Some of the strips are near-verbatim from discussions at the Allspark ({{Transformers}}) message boards or similar. Willis even occasionally parodies his own fan madness.
* Likewise, the ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}'' often uses interactions between the Transformers and either a fanboy or a fangirl (or occasionally both) to deliver a TakeThat to the more irritating ideologies of the ''{{Transformers}}'' fandom.
* Davan and Jason's meeting the {{catgirl}}s of ''WebComic/SomethingPositive'', complete with long rant by [[AuthorAvatar authorial stand-in]]. Randy probably just wants to scare away the 'bad' audience (as opposed to the good audience, which he's adamant is most of the readers). Milholland also created a strip in ''Webcomic/SuperStupor'' about a superhero whose power is essentially {{retcon}}ning, and used that to take a jab at [[RunningTheAsylum comic book creators who try to force the comics to be like they were when they were young]], ''[[Creator/JoeQuesada Joe]]''. The strip also decried people who get their opinions from a site called [=TVTropes=].com (most likely a knock-off of our great and glorious wiki) rather than forming their own. There was another poking fun at some of ''Franchise/HarryPotter'''s older fans taking things too seriously (Based on a real incident about a midnight release costume contest)
* ''Webcomic/BrokenPlotDevice'' has the "Idea Man", an obese penguin wearing [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom kitty ears and a matching tail]] who, as the name implies, is the sole source of weird, offensive, and downright perverted ideas for the character's in Lizardbeth's in-comic comic.
* This [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0221.html comic]] of ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'' where they fight a troll who accuses the comic of being an ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' ripoff.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's "most obnoxious fan", Douchey [=McNitpick=], in his "Top 11 [=F*ck=] Ups" video. The Critic has stated that he doesn't mind fans sending him criticism and complaints, just that they shouldn't be obnoxious about it. As such, Douchey is still a Straw Fan, but rather nicer than some examples. Douchey gets his revenge in [[spoiler: the "Willy Wonka vs. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" video.]] It's not many creators who'd give their Straw Fans that kind of satisfaction.
** In "Next Top 11 F*ck Ups", he was less obnoxious, shutting up whenever the Critic yelled at him, and more pathetic, being shown to [[BasementDweller live with his mother]], is hinted at being a crossdresser, and has masturbated to pictures of the Green M&M.
** He also got some satisfaction in the "You're A Dirty Rotten Bastard" special, where [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] is WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic instead and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Douchey adores him]]. The real Critic apparently just sucks that much.
** He plays the same when appearing WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's review of ''Film/TheFifthElement'', giving obnoxious voice to fans saying she should stick to reviewing girly stuff and complaining over her definition of a MacGuffin, before telling her "I'm still going to mastubate to your picture tonight!"
** Douchey has shown up twice on WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall. Once to deride Linkara for mistakes he's made (Linkara later used magic to teleport to his house and beat him) and again for calling him a rip-off for doing an episode on comic book advertisements.
** As of ''[[UnCancelled The Review Must Go On]]'', they had to find a person with no life who would not be missed, and who will obsess over every mistake and continuity error they see, to keep the [[WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee Plot Hole]] stable. Two guesses who gets the job.
* Happens a ''lot'' in the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' universe, to the point where one could say half of the recent content is thoroughly dedicated to this trope. [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail188.html They even made an entire skit discussing fandoms in general]], and, while their attacks weren't ''all'' directed at their own FanDumb, a good deal of it applies.
* Due to Matt Wilson's CreatorBacklash, ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'' had moments where he really hated his fans, especially [[TheWikiRule the wiki]]. The greatest example is probably in episode 80, "The Terror From Beyond Imageshack", in which a wide variety of actual art from fans were made into characters and mocked for their inability to make sense or original content. They were eventually all removed, except for "the Bonus Stage Wiki Guy" (who was admittedly a comedically accurate portrayal).
-->'''Bonus Stage Wiki Guy:''' "And here Phil is referring to the Bonus Stage wiki. Or he may be referring to the Korean MMORPG "Wiki", which was canned because its graphics were eerily similar to [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]. Happy birthday, Phil!"
** To [[DontExplainTheJoke explain the above quote]], the Bonus Stage Wiki was ''filled'' with random speculation. With a show like ''Bonus Stage'' that frequently makes pop culture references, a wiki would seem like a good idea... unfortunately, many of its contributors just couldn't come to a general consensus as to ''what'' Matt was referencing, so comments along the lines of "X is a reference to Y. Or, it could be a reference to Z." were fairly common. It's not surprising that he didn't think too highly of the site.
* In WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd's review of the Atari 2600 game ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'', a character shows up who starts harassing the Nerd with "did you know" questions that he's heard before, questions about when stuff is coming out, and requests for advice on how to create a ripoff series.
** This character is in fact based on Chop-Top from ''Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2'' - who harassed a radio DJ with much of the same act.
* ''WebVideo/RedLetterMedia'' has one for fans of the ''Mr. Plinkett Reviews'', [[Characters/StarWarsImperialCourt Palpy]] or [[CaptainErsatz Man-in-a-Black-Cloak-who-is-not-a-trademarked-character-of-Lucas-Limited]]. He calls Plinkett lazy for not putting out enough reviews. He hates Creator/ChristopherNolan and demands Plinkett review his movies, if not children's films or obscure movies. There also comments and tweets made by [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] characters. One time, Mr. Plinkett himself asks "Enough of this sellout crap! When's the next Plinkett review?! OhWait, [[ShapedLikeItself I'm me]]."
* A reoccurring character in the short-lived Podcast/{{Wisenheimers}} is Christian, an overweight 11-year-old boy who frequently obsesses over the focus character of WebAnimation/WackyGameJokez4Kidz, Mickey the Dick, prominently based on a listener who previously submitted fan mail to the show. Christian is subsequently Main/DrivenToSuicide after being rejected by Mickey on numerous occassions, only before returning in a later episode as a ghost.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/NewKidsOnTheBlock'' cartoon, of all shows, had a character named Fanny. She and her friends were the very personification of NKOTB FanDumb of the time. Mind you, the ''only'' audience for this program were those very same obsessed New Kids fangirls, so we challenge our readers to find a more oddly-placed TakeThat. The various series and movies starring and NotQuiteStarring Music/TheBeatles also had mobs of [[GroupieBrigade screaming, insane fangirls]] - the thing is, none of them were established recurring characters. Most famously, ''A Hard Day's Night'' opens with the Beatles in full flight from a mob of their fans. The scene in ''A Hard Day's Night'' is actually a combination of TruthInTelevision and a subversion of this, as most of that scene was an actual stampede of fangirls which the quick-thinking Richard Lester told his crew to film.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s Comic Book Guy: [[CatchPhrase Worst. Example. Ever.]] Though he was originally just the standard {{nerd}}, when the show crossed into LongRunner territory, he would often mock the large section of the fanbase that [[JumpTheShark think the show isn't good anymore]], but still watch it religiously anyway. CBG's catch phrase actually originated from a usenet post which complained about an episode from Season Four. To put things in perspective, Season 4 of the Simpsons is now generally considered to be nearly, if not completely, flawless.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" paints the entire Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries fandom as this. People became so obsessed with the show in the future, that the fandom became a major religion. Eventually, it was toppled, with all of its followers being [[VirginSacrifice thrown into a volcano]]. After the final copies of the show's tapes were launched into space, and landed on a desolate planet, the energy being Melllvar (said planet's sole resident) watched the tapes over and over again for centuries, turning him into a straw fan. He is what causes the show's cast to crash land on his planet after they leave Earth, and intends to have them act out his fan scripts ''until time stops''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' had Fanboy, who could only be escaped by directing him to a different franchise to obsess over.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' had the "Please, Please, Please Get a Life Foundation", a support group for overly-obsessed fans, particularly of the Internet variety. What makes it even more disturbing is that it was largely based on a real guy, one Dennis Falk, the production team had encountered while working on ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''. Not only that, it was significantly toned down from the real thing. Creator/TressMacNeille, Babs' voice actress had to cancel several convention appearances near his hometown because he had sent several very creepy fanletters that gave them reason to believe he would try to rape her.
** The fans' actual dialogue was taken almost verbatim from a document maintained by the Internet fandom community called the ''[[http://www.keeper1st.com/toons/crga2.txt Cultural Reference Guide to Animaniacs]]''. The community responded by accepting the cartoon as AffectionateParody.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' episode "The Unseen Reflection" featured some fans of a young-adult sci-fi fantasy book series who took it far, far too seriously. This particular episode is a good skewering of fans and fandoms in general, complete with FandomRivalry and the MST3KMantra.
** However, the episode also took the time to skewer the author as well. It was justified in that she legitimately did not care about her fans or the books, stating she wrote the latest one, which turned out to be horrible plot-wise and grammatically, on a plane to Milan.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' featured a fat nerd complaining about inaccuracies in the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama:''
** [[PromotedFanboy Sierra]] [[MemeticMutation knows your dental records.]]
** Kelsey, a fangirl from the 2nd aftermath show of Action, who has a Trent doll was actually inspired by a real life fangirl who had a doll of [[http://8liana8.deviantart.com/art/My-Stuffed-Cody-76743316 Cody]] (which Sierra [[SarcasmMode coincidentally]] has a obsessive stalker crush on).
* Irving from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' though he's more of the "AffectionateParody" variety.
* The two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' focusing on [[{{Expy}} expies]] of '60s superheroes is surprisingly respectful to both the characters and their fans, but it also argues that their time is gone. The villain turns out to be [[spoiler:a RealityWarper who couldn't accept that his heroes had died, and [[RunningTheAsylum reanimated them to fight endlessly in a perpetually static world]]. Ultimately, ''they themselves'' fight and kill him to end the cycle and allow change, even though it means ''they'' [[HeroicSacrifice will cease to exist]] as well.]]
** Becomes somewhat HilariousInHindsight when you considered what went on at DC [[RunningTheAsylum shortly after]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', JK Rowling expresses her annoyance of fans asking about the ending to the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series[[note]]This was before Half-Blood Prince was published[[/note]]:
--> '''Rowling:''' ''(rolls eyes)'' He grows up and marries you! Is that what you want to hear?
--> '''Lisa:''' (dreamy) Yes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', the origin story of the villain Syndrome is that as a boy he was a big fan of Mr Incredible, however his over-enthusiasm got in the way of his hero's crime-fighting activities and was angrily told off. As an adult, he seeks revenge on Mr Incredible and by extension all the other supers as a tech genius supervillain.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime,'' [[FriendlyEnemy the Ice King]] turns out to be one at the end of "Fionna and Cake," which is actually just a {{Rule 63}} FanFic he wrote. Finn also takes a turn as one during "All the Little People," an episode-long critique of the excesses of {{Shipping}}.
* [[spoiler: Bat-Mite]] turns into this at the end of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', sadly tossing aside his previous characterization (and development) in the process.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'': Collectimus. A big-headed, tantrum-throwing, sedentary, nasally-voice alien with NerdGlasses, he is presented as a parody of fans of Alien Force and Ultimate Alien. Professing himself to be Ben 10's biggest fan, he is obsessed with Ben 10 trivia and merchandise, specifically "collecting" the latter. However, he disregards the "real" Ben, complaining that the world of Omniverse should be DarkerAndEdgier and showing interest only in items from [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}} when Ben was younger]] and from a [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce low quality]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Animesque knock-off]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' had one who was also a LoonyFan who took Sonic in after accidentally putting him in a full body cast. Among other things, he argued with Sonic about ''his own life'' and made him role play one of his fan fictions (his only "family friendly" one, with Sonic playing Tails). The whole thing is a parody of Stephen King's ''{{Literature/Misery}}''. In an amusing inversion, Sonic points out that he's the first [[UnpleasableFanbase to not criticize everything Sonic does]].
* Sarah G. Lato from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' who writes fanfiction and tries to [[InvokedTrope invoke tropes]] on the main characters. In "The Shippening" she even finds a magic book that makes her fanfiction become canon.
* Control Freak from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTians'' and even more so in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo!''