A character who starts out not being nerdy is persuaded to try something nerdy, and winds up liking it. Unisex Trope, since some of the examples are female—indeed, one of the most common forms portrayed is women watching sports with their significant others (to avoid becoming a Sports Widow) only to end up more fanatical than the boyfriend/husband/what have you. May result in a character getting into other fandoms as well, since you can't like Star Wars without trying out other science fiction. This, in turn, may result in the character becoming Adorkable. Compare Hype Backlash and Hype Aversion should the attempts of conversion fail. Related to I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham.
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Anime and Manga
- Genshiken averts this trope with Saki, who never turns Otaku regardless of how much time she spends hanging out with the club. It's played quite straight with Sasahara's sister Keiko, though, who is completely dismissive of otaku culture until Ohno lends her some Yaoi porno. Keiko enjoys this so much that she eventually fully embraces otaku culture, apparently enjoying her sexuality more as a pervert than in the mainstream.
- The plot of the first part of Otaku no Video.
- Konata is way bigger an otaku than Kagami in Lucky Star, but there is one scene where Kagami lent Konata a light novel and Konata subsequently buys a ton of other merchandise of that particular series.
- Jeri in Digimon Tamers goes from thinking Digimon is silly to spending a fortune collecting the cards. Finding out Digimon are real probably helped.
Live Action TV
- On Freaks and Geeks, the title geeks got Daniel into Dungeons & Dragons.
- On Pretty Little Liars, Hanna got into nerdy computer stuff when she started hanging out with Lucas.
- On The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon introduces Penny to Age of Conan and she becomes completely obsessed with it.
- On The IT Crowd, Moss gets Douglas's rowdy business associates to play Dungeons & Dragons with him and Roy. They end up loving it.
- How I Met Your Mother
- Subverted. Try as they might, the guys just can not get the girls to appreciate Star Wars. When Ted is dating Stella, Marshall explains to her that, to Ted, Star Wars is not just a movie, it is a way of life that he has watched and will watch again until the day he dies. If she is only pretending to like it for his sake she will need to keep up this charade forever and will need to endure it on good days and bad, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, till death do they part. Can she do that?
- It's also played straight, as Barney had never watched Star Wars before Ted and Marshall introduced him to it. He now owns a life size Stormtrooper.
- In Angel, Gunn was initially very unenthusiastic when Angel invited everyone to the ballet. He ended up loving it. (and Cordelia fell asleep.)
- Mark from Weregeek would have been this if he hadn't had a natural predisposition towards geekiness long before he was discovered by the local geek community. He just didn't know that he would make a great geek until he became one.
- Not too long — it was the first time he succumbed to the full moon (Our Weregeeks Are Different).
- In an episode of /The Flintstone Kids there was this one time where the brother of one of the kids or something was persuaded to watch an episode of Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels. He loved it.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. In 'Read It And Weep', where Rainbow Dash resists trying the book Twilight suggested she read because she believes reading is for eggheads which Rainbow Dash is definitely not. Eventually, the boredom of being stuck in a hospital room with nothing to do gets to her, and she tries it...and ends up loving it, of course.
- Since everybody is born with no fandoms at all and then develops them as they grow older, then every single person is an example, regardless of whether they happen to be straight, exaggerated, or downplayed examples.
- As a result of his Fan Dumb misrepresenting his character, Mara Wilson used to hate Doug Walker because she thought he was like a Perez Hilton persona instead of a Mean Character, Nice Actor. But she was soon convinced that he was a genuinely nice guy (she even squeeed over some of his reviews), Critic got one more Humiliation Conga in his long line of many, everyone found out you don't fuck with her, and she's now best friends with Lindsay Ellis.
- When Jeffrey Katzenberg was named the head of Disney studio in 1984 he admitted that he had little interest in their struggling animation department... but cut to ten years later when their Renaissance was in full swing, and it had become the only department at the studio that he had any interest in. When he left Disney in the mid-1990s he famously turned down an offer to run the entire DreamWorks studio, choosing instead to only run DreamWorks Animation.