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Fan Community Nicknames
Many fanbases on TV have their own nicknames. Some are generated by themselves, some from observers and some from detractors.

Be advised when using these terms that by the time the name becomes well known to outsiders, it's often gathered some distaste by those within the fandom. "Trekkie" has reached universal status and even appears in reputable dictionaries, but many within Star Trek fandom only ever use the term derisively, preferring the term "Trekker". Likewise, "Whovian" comes primarily from US Public Television — it was originated by, and for some time a trademark of, the Doctor Who Fan Club of America — and many fans outside the US think it sounds a bit silly, preferring the considerably more baroque but less jargonish "fans of the programme".

This has really picked up with the introduction of the The Internet, because fans can interact with each other on Fora and such. The Image Board that must not be named has a common template for such terms: Just take the name or premise of the show and add "-fag" after it. (e.g. Sonicfags, Pokefags, Ponyfags, etc.)

A subtrope of Fan Nickname, but not to be confused with it.

See also: Estrogen Brigade.


Examples:

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    Anime/Manga 
  • Azutard (Azumanga Daioh)
    • 'A proud member of Team Seaslug!' has also been spotted.
    • On the same lines of the first, we also have 'Daiohtard'.
  • Black Knights (Code Geass)
  • Digifans (Digimon)
  • Dollars (Durarara!!!!) This is from the show's version of 2chan that has spawned two real-life counterparts.
  • Dragonballers (Dragon Ball)
  • Evageeks (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
  • Fans of Fairy Tail refer to themselves as Fairies, as do the mages belonging to the title guild.
  • Gundamaniacs (Mobile Suit Gundam, but may also refer collectively to Gundam fans in general.)
  • Haruhiists or The S.O.S. Brigade (Haruhi Suzumiya); less kindly, Harutard
  • Hetalians (Axis Powers Hetalia)
  • JoBros for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fans.
    • Brostars and Sistars.
  • Madokies (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
  • Miniskirt Army for the Fullmetal Alchemist fangirls, presumably
    • And "Risembool Rangers". Specifically, these two are often used to refer to fans of Vic and Travis as well. To clarify, Vic's official fan club is the Risembool Rangers, and Travis's is the Miniskirt Army.
  • Moonies (Sailor Moon)
  • Narutards (Naruto)
  • Orange Roadies (Kimagure Orange Road) or, alternatively, HardKOR fans.
  • Otaku, in the western sense which only refers to Anime or Manga.
    • There's also "weeaboo" which mostly refers to anime and/or tokuatsu fans who insist on using romanized japanese words in english context as well as completely made-up terms such as "waifu".
  • Robotechies, Techies (Robotech)
    • McKinneyists (Those who take the Jack McKinney novelisations of Robotech II: The Sentinels as canon)
  • Shinigamiphiles (Bleach)
    • Which kind of sucks for those of us who like the human characters or vaizards more than the shinigami.
    • The name Bleachers has been tossed around in some places.
  • Toonami Faithful, for those who revived the block. T.O.M. himself, the host of the block, uses the name.
  • T&Bros (Tiger & Bunny)
  • X-no-Miko (Fushigi Yuugi; this is applicable to individual characters only, such as "Tamahome no Miko", "Hotohori no Miko", "Tasuki no Miko", etc.)
    • Some of the more neutral fan groups refer to themselves as Seishi and assign counterparts in each group for each character.
  • Berserk: Berserkers; also occasionally used are Apostle Spawn, The Godfans and The Fans Of The Hawk (the latter two in reference to, respectively, the Godhand and the Band of the Hawk.)
  • Fans of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann are Spiralists, or sometimes Spiral Warriors.

    Comic Books 

    Fanfic 
  • Fans of The Lion King Adventures are referred to as Cheesy Servants or Haiba-ites, in honour of the Haiba character.
  • Ben Hutchins, while writing Undocumented Features, wrote that the forums for his work had the patience of "rabid crack weasels". He sometimes regrets having done this, as they've taken the name as their own, even having shirts and hats made for it.
  • Fans of Glee fanfic writer Caitlin (also known as 'Keitorin Asthore' or 'redbullandcupcake batter') refer to themselves as 'Cake Pops'. They also refer to Caitlin herself as 'Mama Cake Pop'.
  • Another example of the Glee fandom, CP Coulter (author of the famous fic Dalton has a fandom called "The Coult", its members "Coults". Coulter is commonly called Mama CP or CP Trollter, the latter due to her infamous Trolling Creator tendencies.
  • The Velvet Key was called "Fate/Persona" derisively by people outside the game who disapproved of the large Nasuverse cast, which at the time took up half the game. This became an Insult Backfire as the cast started calling themselves that proudly.
  • Hivefled's readers are "Fledlings".
  • Fans of Anne B Walsh's "Dangerverse" are known as "The Pack" or "The DA" (The Dangerverse Asylum)

    Film 
  • Backies (Back to the Future)
  • Untergangers (Downfall); taken from the original German title of the film. The term was coined by parodist Bossimias when a fellow parodist made a video promoting him on YouTube.
  • Ghostheads (Ghostbusters)
  • Hedheads (Hedwig and the Angry Inch); in homage to Rent fans' fan nickname, due to a secondary character's love of Rent being a plot point in the movie.
  • Rum Runners (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Warsies (Star Wars)
    • 'Jedheads' has also been heard.
    • Fandalorians, specifically for fans of Boba Fett and the Mandalorians in general.
    • In the movie Fanboys the trekkies refer to them as "staroids" (though it could be a despective form to call them).
  • 9-Tards (9)
  • Programs (TRON universe)
  • Fans of The Avengers' Loki tend to call themselves Loki's Army.
  • Finaddicts (Jaws)
  • Once-lings (fans of the Once-ler from the 2012 Lorax movie)
  • Dredd fans campaigning for a sequel have taken to calling themselves Dreddheads. This also applies to fans of the original comics, but, for reasons which should be obvious, not the Sylvester Stallone film.

    Literature 
  • Demigods, for fans of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and its spinoff The Heroes of Olympus.
  • Holmesians/Sherlockians (Sherlock Holmes)
  • In Marisha Pessl's novel Night Film, fans of the (fictional) cult film director Stanislas Cordova refer to themselves as "Cordovites".
  • Horatio Hornblower fans have no overall nickname, but fans of Archie Kennedy call themselves "Crumpeteers," based on the Fan Nickname for him.
  • Janeites (Jane Austen)
  • Lemmings of Discord (Sword of Truth Hatedom), coined in one of the more creative insults they've received.
  • Mizzies (Les Misérables) Confusingly, this is sometimes also used as a collective term for the characters.
    • 'Mizfits' is a rarer variant.
  • Phans (The Phantom of the Opera)
  • Harry Potter has Potterheads. Also known as Potterites. Pottheads, for a more pejorative term. Also "Potterphile". Non-fans are known as Muggles or "Mudbloods".
    • Another common name is Dumbledore's Army or the D.A.
    • Harmonians for the infamously vocal Harry/Hermione shippers
    • Herons for their arch-enemies, the Ron/Hermione shippers.
    • "Good Shippers" (from "The Good Ship Ron/Hermione") seems to be more common than "Herons".
    • Puppyshippers for those shipping Sirius/Remus.
    • One Big Happy Weasley Family (OBHWF) for anyone who supports the canon ships for the main characters.
  • Ringers (The Lord of the Rings) Pejorative term: Ringnut.
    • "Ringers" is used mostly by fans of the movies. Book fans call themselves "Tolkienites".
      • Though "Ringer" has been around since before the movies.
    • And Tolkien language nerds use Tolkiendil (pl. Tolkiendili): -(n)dil is a Quenya (Elvish) suffix roughly equivalent to -phile.
  • Shansters for fans of the works of Darren Shan.
  • Twilighters (Twilight)
    • Along with the more derogatory "Twatlighters" - Though the term usually applies to members of the Twatlight ONTD livejournal community instead.
    • Alternately, some people prefer Twitlighters.
    • There's also a subgroup called Twilight Moms (Twimoms, for short).
    • Twi-hards (from "diehard") and Twitards (more derogatory, from "Twihards" - not to be confused with Twittards, who are Twitter users).
    • And twerds (Twilight+ nerds)
    • Twiguys, for those middle-aged men who walk around wearing New Moon T-shirts.
    • Team Jacob and Team Edward, regarding shipping.
  • WOFers for members of the Warrior Cats official forum and Wishians for members of the fansite Warrior's Wish.
  • Hard Core Fan Freaks for those devoted to following Robert Jordan's massive The Wheel of Time series. These are also known as Randlanders, as the world is often referred to as Randland, which again comes from the name of main character Rand al'Thor
  • Phagers for members of the Gone fansite Gaiaphage.com, and Fayzians for fans of the series itself. That being said, most Fayzians are members of Gaiaphage, so the terms overlap a lot.
  • Not used often, but several fans of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series have referred to themselves as "Tower Junkies" based on an offhand(and completely spot-on) comment about Roland made by Eddie Dean in "The Drawing Of The Three".
  • The major The Hunger Games fansites had a poll for fans to select their own fandom nickname. "Tributes" won narrowly over "Mockingjays."
  • Fans of Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Family refer to themselves as "Meteorics" - a name inspired by the Wold Newton meteor strike that mutated the members of the Family.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant fans are known as "minions," or occasionally "munchkins."
  • "Afpers" for Discworld fans who are on the Usenet group alt.fan.pratchett.
  • Fans of His Dark Materials who inhabit the Bridge To The Stars website style themselves Sraffies.
  • Divergent has an interesting case in which the fans refer to themselves by whichever faction in the books they identify themselves with. (Dauntless, Erudite, Amity, Abnegation, Candor). However, sometimes "Factionless" is used as a general term for all of them, based off the name of one of the fansites.
    • The common overall term is "Initiates".
  • The Mortal Instruments fandom has taken for itself the name of the half-angel demon hunters around whom the books revolve, the Shadowhunters.
  • Whollies, for fans of the Unwind series.

    Live Action TV 
  • The American Idol forums make fan clubs for each contestant, each with their own unique name, which can range from simply being based on the contestant's name (last year's "Arch Angels" for David Archuleta (now shortened to just "Archies"), this year's "Gokey Gang", "Anoop Troop", etc.) to a reference to a prominent feature (fans of last year's dreadlocked contestant Jason Castro called themselves "Dreadheads") to the more arcane (after David Cook called himself a "word nerd" in reference to his love of crossword puzzles in an early interview, his fan group christened themselves the Word Nerds), to the just plain weird (last year's contestant Ramiele Malubay was small, cute, Asian, and had a powerful voice—so the fan group decided to christen themselves the "Pikachu Posse.")
  • Arrowheads (Arrow or Green Arrow in general.)
  • Babblers or Fivers for Babylon 5 fans.
  • Bombshells (Bomb Girls)
  • Beasties (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Browncoats (Firefly)
  • Buffistas or Scoobies (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
    • Kittens are a sub-group of BTVS fans who specifically ship Willow/Tara
      • There's also FireStarters (Spike/Buffy shippers) and Immortal Lovers (Angel/Buffy shippers).
    • The Buffy fandom as a whole has been referred to as "Buffonia."
    • "Whedonites" for those who are fans of all of Joss Whedon's works. They sometimes also call themselves the Cult of Joss.
  • Clone Club (Orphan Black). Especially devoted fans are called "clonesbians".
  • Colbert Nation for fans of The Colbert Report. Stephen regularly refers to them as such.
  • Coconuts (or Team Coco), for fans of Conan O'Brien.
  • Downtonians (Downton Abbey)
  • Duesers (Due South)
  • Dunderheads (The Office [US Version])
  • Dwarfer (Red Dwarf)
    • Also Smegheads.
  • Flynatics (A.N.T. Farm) - the nickname for Chyna-Fletcher shippers. It's unknown if such names exist for shippers of other ships in the show.
  • Forever Knight has nicknames for each segment of the community, it would take a whole page to list them all. Each ship and character fan group has a nickname.
  • Gateheads (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis)
  • Gleeks (Glee)
    • Those who only watch the show for Kurt Hummel are known as Kurtsies.
    • The fans who are Star Kids as well as Gleeks are numerous enough to warrant their own nickname: Stargleeks.
  • Go-ers (Filmation's Ghostbusters live action series)
  • Gothamites has seemingly already been accepted as the name for fans of Gotham.
  • Gothniks (American Gothic)
  • Grifters (Leverage)
  • Grimmlins or Grimmsters (Grimm)
  • Fans of NBC's Hannibal call themselves Fannibals.
  • Heroes (The Colbert Report) - also 'It-Getters' and 'The Colbert Nation', which have slightly different connotations. Unique in that these names were given to the fans by Colbert in the first episode, and stuck.
  • Human Beings (Community) taken from the school's mascot, The Greendale Human Being.
    • Alternately, Communies
  • iCarlies - (iCarly), based on what the recurring villain Nevel calls the Power Trio. Not as widely used as the nicknames for the two major shipper groups though:
    • The Sam/Freddie "Seddie Warriors"
    • The Carly/Freddie "Creddie Scholars".
  • Irrelevants (Person of Interest)
  • JAGnik (JAG)
  • Joan Rangers (Fashion Police, hosted by Joan Rivers)
  • Leaper (Quantum Leap)
  • Lostralians, Lostaways, Lostie (LOST)
    • "Jaters" and "Skaters" for the J/K and S/K shippers
    • Don't forget the Jacketeers!
  • M*A*S*Hers for M*A*S*H
  • Merkins for Merlin fans, though it was what they were dubbed by someone rather than given by the fans themselves.
  • MSTie (Mystery Science Theater 3000). It is the task of MSTies to Keep Circulating the Tapes of episodes not released on DVD.
  • Newpsies, a somewhat self-derisive nickname a lot of The O.C. fans use. Suitable too given how self-referential and somewhat self-derisive the show could be.
  • Nonnatuns (Call the Midwife)
  • Pushing Daisies fans have been known in some parts to argue over whether "Daisy-Pushers" or "Pie Hos" would be a preferential fan community nickname. (When deciding, as the mention of this conflict will most assuredly have you doing, please note the negative connotations of "Pie Hos".)
  • Psych-Os (Psych)
  • Ranger Nation (Power Rangers)
  • Robot Skeleton Army, for fans of Craig Ferguson and The Late Late Show.
  • Roomfriends (NewGirl)
  • Sam!Girls, Dean!Girls, and Misha!Wives (Supernatural).
    • Fans of Misha Collins have been dubbed "Misha's Minions". (Also, somewhat facetiously, the actor himself stated that on the weekends they shall be known as "Flunkies".)
    • Don't forget Saltgunners (overall Fandom), Mooseketeers (Sam/Jared Padalecki Fans) and Twicksters (Fan of Trickster/Gabe)
  • Scaper (Farscape)
  • Fringe fans refer to themselves as "cortexifans", a pun on the drug developed by Massive Dynamic that is responsible for a majority of the weird shit in the series.
  • Sidekicks (Heroes)
  • Sleepyheads (Sleepy Hollow)
  • Smithies (The Sarah Jane Adventures). Not to be confused with students or alumnae of Smith College, who are also called Smithies.
  • Stoned Slackers (The Daily Show), a name adopted after it was used pejoratively by Bill O'Reilly
  • Suitors (Series/Suits)
  • Toddies (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil)
  • Trekkies or Trekkers (Star Trek)
  • Tru(e)bies (True Blood)
  • Wheel Watcher: Wheel of Fortune. While the Wheel Watchers Club has been online since 2003, this term was actually coined in 1987 during an ad campaign that Pat Sajak didn't really like all that much.
  • Wingnuts (The West Wing)
  • Whosers (Whose Line Is It Anyway?)
  • Whovians (Doctor Who)
    • "Wholigans" is an alternative sometimes used in the UK.
      • That must be confusing whenever they run into someone who likes The Who (see Music examples below).
    • "Whosiers" is not unheard-of.
    • The nickname for everyone else is The Not-We, based on a line from "Kinda".
    • Similarly fans of only New Who have been known as Newvians.
  • Woodies (Torchwood)
  • X-Philes (The X-Files)
  • Xenites (Xena: Warrior Princess)
  • Devotees of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (catapulted to fandom by his portrayal of the eponymous character in the BBC Series Sherlock) happily refer to themselves as "Cumberbitches".
    • Though that's becoming very rare. They now mostly refer to themselves as "Cumberbabes", since Benedict himself disliked their previous nickname. The adjective to describe such a person is "Ben-addicted" or "Cumberbatched". Another one is "Cumbercookie", since they are all Cumbercookies and together they make this beautiful Cumberbatch.
      • The term has regained popularity since Sherlock hit the United States.
      • Tumblr would beg to differ.
    • Sherlockians has become popular for fans of the show and not just Benedict in particular. Although it's also used by fans of the books.
  • Sandra Lee haters on Television Without Pity call themselves "shrikes." The name "shrike" came about when a Sandra Lee defender commented on an article about Sandra Lee and called her detractors "shrikes." Conversely, her fans are referred to as "Fandras."
  • Fans of famous Disney Channel celebrities have nicknames as well, often popularized on Twitter:
  • For fans of famous Nickelodeon celebrities:
  • While there isn't one for the fandom as a whole, the Game of Thrones community on Television Without Pity is divided between the Unsullied (those who have not read the books), and the Bookwalkers (those who have read the books). Unlike most divisions among fandoms, this one is quite amiable, aside from resentment among the Unsullied for when Bookwalkers drop spoilers.
  • The popularity of certain crossover fandoms has produced such names as Wholockians (fans of Doctor Who and Sherlock), Superwhovians (fans of Supernatural and Doctor Who), and Superwholockians (fans of all three).
  • Power Force (Saban's name for Big Name Power Rangers fans)
  • Fans of Once Upon a Time call themselves "Oncers." There are quite a few nicknames for different subfandoms of them, too:
    • "Evil Regals" are devotees of The Evil Queen/Regina Mills.
    • "Dearies" are fans of Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold.
    • "Little Reds" are fans of Red Riding Hood/Ruby.
    • "The Fairest" are fans of Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard.
    • "Charmers" are fans of Prince "Charming" James/David Nolan.
    • "Crickets" are fans of Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper.
    • "Hookers" are fans of Captain Hook/Killian Jones
    • "Rumbellers" are fans of the Rumpelstiltskin/Belle ship.
    • "Snowings" are fans of the Snow White/Charming ship.
    • "Mad Swanners" are fans of the Emma/Jefferson ship.
    • Fans of the Swan Queen (Regina/Emma) ship call themselves "Swen".
  • Sibunas (House of Anubis).
  • Mouseketeers (All versions of the Mickey Mouse Club)note 
    • The Mickey Mouse Club (after the show) for fans of Mickey himself (as well as the aforementioned "Mouseketeers").
  • Zooberoos (Zoobilee Zoo, used by Mayor Ben; not to be confused with "Zoobles", which refers to the characters)

    Music 

    Professional Wrestling 

    Radio 
  • Dittoheads: Fans of the Rush Limbaugh Talk radio show, coined from callers' tendency to say "Dittos" as a greeting to the host, which originated from one caller who said that instead of spending valuable airtime praising the show and the host, she would simply "ditto what the previous caller said" - at first used derisively by those who assumed it simply meant blind agreement with the host, but openly embraced by the fans.
  • Fans of British radio star Terry Wogan are either TOGs (Terry's Old Geezers/Gals) or TYGs (Terry's Young Guys/Girls). There are also a number of other terms no longer in widespread use, such as TWITs (Terry Wogan Is Top).
  • Australian radio host Philip Adams refers to his listeners as "Gladdies," a reference to a running joke that the only people who listen to his show are little old ladies called Gladys.
  • Clones: Fans of the Jim Rome sports talk show, spawned from fans and callers' tendency to have similar opinions to each other adn often simply reiterating Rome's given opinon on a topic.
  • Cabin Crew or Fandot: Fans of the BBC series CabinPressure, which is about a tiny charter airline called MJN Air. The "fandot" references Carolyn Knapp-Shappey's line "I don't have an airline. I have one jet. You cannot put one jet in a line. If MJN is anything, it is an airdot."
  • Dementoids and Dementites: Fans of the Dr Demento show, used by Dr. Demento himself (although he's also known to reverse the order [i.e., "Dementites and Dementoids"]).

    Sports 
  • Libbies (The New York Liberty)
  • Arnie's Army (Arnold Palmer)
  • Cheeseheads or Packer-backers (Green Bay Packers), the former because of their habit of wearing foam cheese wedge hats to Packer games they attend.
  • Cardinal Nation (St. Louis Cardinals)
  • The Lake Show (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Red Army (Manchester United Football Club)
  • Red Sox Nation (Boston Red Sox)
  • Raider Nation (Oakland Raiders)
  • Steeler Nation (Pittsburgh Steelers), coined in 1975.
  • Canuckleheads, used by detractors of the Vancouver Canucks
  • Leafs Nation (Toronto Maple Leafs) Alternately, Long Suffering Leafs fan.
  • Sens Army (Ottawa Senators). There is also a faction of Sens fans who call themselves the Red Scarf Union and all members don red scarves at games.
  • Brazil's football teams have a few besides the ultras: among others, Corinthians is "Bunch of Crazies" (Bando de loucos), Cruzeiro is "Blue China" (China azul), Atlético-MG is "The Mass" (A Massa), and Internacional are "Colorados" (referencing a Spanish word for red).
  • Fans of Argentina's football teams also have some. For example, Boca juniors: Bosteros or Xeneizes, River Plate: Gallinas (hens), Estudiandes: Los Pincharratas, Gimnacia: Los lobos (the wolves), San Lorenzo: Cuervos (crows), Independiente: Los Diablos Rojos (red devils), Newell's: Leprosos (lepers), Rosario Central: Los Guerreros (warriors), Canallas (scoundrels)
  • Dawgs (Cleveland Browns, coined by cornerback Hanford Dixon in 1985; the bleacher section is named the Dawg Pound).
  • Devils Army (New Jersey Devils)
  • The 12th Man (Texas A&M and Seattle Seahawks). The latter is known for setting a world record for stadium noise.
  • NASCAR has several, with the Junior Nation (Dale Earnhardt Jr.), the Said Heads (part-time driver Boris Said), and the Rainbow Warriors (Jeff Gordon) being the most well known.
  • Big Blue Nation (University of Kentucky sports, especially men's basketball).
  • Roligans (Denmark national football team: so called because "rolig" is Danish for "calm" or "peaceful," as they are a really good time but are quite nice and not Football Hooligans)
  • Tartan Army (Scotland national football team)

    Tabletop Games 
  • While fans of Ravenloft can't seem to agree on a collective name for themselves, the team of fanzine writers called "The Kargatane" deserve a mention, for naming themselves after the in-game brainwashed mooks of the Kargat: a secret police force for which Ravenloft's original TSR design team was nicknamed.
  • Wahams for Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000
    • Fans of the Ork Faction of Warhammer have been known to call themselves "Nobz," "Gitz," or simply, "Da Boyz," which are all terms for groups of orkish individuals in the game.

    Theatre 

    Toys 
  • AFOLs, used specifically to refer to adult fans of LEGO.
  • Barbie Girls after the song by Aqua, but only after Mattel started officially using their own versions of the song.
    • The magazine and official website has Barbie herself referring to the fans as "dolls".
    • "Brobies" has been suggested for male Barbie fans (especially for fans of Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse).

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Members of the Adamant Ditto fandom are often called "Shiny Dittos".
  • The Capitalist Army is the most popular term for fans of True Capitalist Radio, though they've gone by other names (usually based on the things Ghost calls them, i.e. Fruity-Ass Fruitbowls, Milky-Lickers, Hambones, etc.).
  • Fans of The Creatures are usually referred to as 'Critters' or 'Creature Cats'.
    • Most members of the group themselves avert this thinking it's silly to name fanbases. Nova's fans jokingly call themselves the "Anal Army", further mocking it though some fans have now began using the name to legitimately refer to the fanbase.
    • Sly Fox Hound, plays this straight, calling his fans "Homies".
    • Fans of SSoHPKC are part of 'Team Silverback', coming from Seamus's hilarious response to the infamous 'hard hitting question'.
  • Floodians for the Bungie.net Off-Topic forum The Flood.
  • Gaffers (NeoGAF, although it tends to be "reversed" often by detractors)
  • GameFAQs has different names for the users of different social boards;
    • Random Insanity (RI) - RIers
    • Life, the Universe and Everything (LUE) - LUEsers
    • United Kingdom and Northern Island Regional - 313ers (after its board number)
    • Current Events (CE) - CEmen
    • War On Terror (WOT) - WOTers
    • Poll Of the Day (PoTD) - PoTDers
    • GameFAQs Contests (Board 8) - B8ers
    • Users of GameFAQs in general are known as FAQers
    • Don't go to The Couch and call yourself a couchie. That is, unless everyone kisses your ass. Otherwise sit back and watch the flames.
  • Goggleheads or Labcoats (Doctorr Horribles Sing Along Blog)
  • MUnkeys/Refresh Monkeys (Tales of MU)
  • Smogonites (Smogon)
    • Smogonites often deride members of another Pokémon fansite, Serebii.net (its owner is infamous for trying to start fights between his site and other Pokémon communities, and pretty much everyone else), as "'Biitards".
  • "Fans" of the Imageboard 4chan have names depending on which of the boards they prefer to post. To name a handful -
    • /a/ is for /a/ssholes, wee/a/boos, and recently /a/utists.
    • /b/ is for /b/tards, /b/astards, /b/rothers, /b/rethren, /b/edophiles, /b/ronies (if they happen to be fans of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) and others. They stick, and depends on the situation.
    • /c/ is for /c/itizens
    • /cgl/ frequenters are "seagulls".
    • /cm/ is for /cm/whores (camwhores)
    • /co/ is for /co/mrades
    • /d/ is for /d/eviants
    • /fa/ is for /fa/ggots
    • /fit/ is for mis/fit/s
      • Or /fit/izens.
    • /g/ is for /g/eeks
    • /jp/ is for /jp/sies
    • /k/ is for /k/ommandos
      • or fuc/k/ers
    • /i/ is for either art/i/sts or /i/nsurgents, depending on which /i/ you are. (/i/ is either oekaki or invasion.)
    • /po/ is for /po/eople
    • /m/ is for /m/orons, or occasionally /m/en or ka/m/en
    • /mu/ is for /mu/tants
    • /r/ is for /r/etards
    • /s/ is for /s/leazebags
    • /sci/ has a 95% chance of encountering /sci/ducks
    • /soc/ is for /soc/ialites or /soc/iopaths
    • /sp/ is for /sp/artans
    • /tg/ is for fa/tg/uys
      • Sometimes it seems to be eloquen/tg/entlemen.
      • And other times they don'/tg/ive a shit.
      • The female equivalent is ca/tg/irl.
    • /tr/ is for /tr/ainers
      • Alternatively, /vp/oreons.
    • /v/ is for /v/irgins
    • /y/ is for sodom/y/tes
    • /u/ is for b/u/lldykes
    • /r9k/ is for gentlemen, robots, and lu/r9k/ers.
    • /x/ is for /x/philes
    • /toy/ is for /toy/ soldiers
    • /adv/ is for /adv/isors and s/adv/irgins
    • /mlp/ is for ani/mlp/huckers
  • Users on 4chan's /b/ are collectively Anonymous, and individually "fags."
    • 4chan has a variation on the "____fag" theme for almost everybody; some ("moralfags", "tripfags") are meant to be insults, but others ("drawfags") usually aren't.
  • Users of the original 2channel are often referred to as 2channers.
  • Posters on the sabermetric baseball site Baseball Primer refer to themselves as "Primates".
  • Deviants (Deviantart) (or Tartlets, as /b/ prefers to call them)
  • Posters on the Straight Dope Message Board call themselves "Dopers".
  • Diggers (Digg)
  • AH.commers (AlternateHistory.com)
  • EDiots (Encyclopedia Dramatica)
  • Facepunch users refer to themselves as Face Punchers or F Pers
  • Farkers (Fark)
  • Gaians (Gaia Online), or as known in /b/, Gaiafags
  • Hybrids/HYBRIDS (Everyman HYBRID)
  • Something Awful forum members call themselves "Goons", both on and off the site (e.g. "Goon-con", "Goonfleet" in EVE Online).
  • Inside Pulse forum members are usually referred to as "Insyders" when they're referenced on the main site. Member Cash Kerouac objected to this, feeling it silly and jargonish; thus, he's usually referred to as an "Outsyder."
  • lonelygirl15 fans, particularly those using the official website, are sometimes known as "lonelycrackers", due to their addiction to the series.
  • lulzwhores/b_lulzers at batman_lulz
  • MUnchkins (the Mai Universe forum)
  • MeFites (MetaFilter)
  • Evil Lesbian Minions (Pottersues) It comes from an angry letter from someone who got sporked.
  • Ravelers (ravelry.com)
  • Redditors (Reddit)
  • Snopesters (snopes.com)
  • Starmen (Starmen.net)
  • TaBBers (Truth and Beauty Bombs, the forum for The Non-Adventures of Wonderella and formerly the Dinosaur Comics and Wondermark forum)
  • Tropers (Rather obvious, isn't it?)
  • Tubers (YouTube)
  • Uncyclopedians (Uncyclopedia)
  • Wankas (Fandom_Wank)
  • Wikipedians (Wikipedia)
  • Handlers (Survival of the Fittest). "Teenager-killers" is also used as times, but not as often.
  • Mice/Mouse for anonymous posters at places such as Livejournal or Journalfen
  • Members of the Wicked Lovely forum The rath&Ruins, or just the rath, refer to themselves as 'rathers' (rath-ers). A more general term for members of the fandom is 'lovelies'.
    • Well, they are rather lovely.
    • Don't forget 'My dark and wicked lovelies', used occasionally for members of the dark court.
    • And Kinglings (Keenan Fans), SOSers (Seth Fans), Discos (Seth haters, usually kinglings), Sweetlings (Keenan haters, usually SOSers), Darklings (Niall fans) and Shadow girls (Irial Fangirls).
  • Nerdfighters (the VlogBrothers)
  • Fans of Alex Day are The Nermie Army.
  • And then there's the furries, which at least started out as a fan group of "anthropomorphic" animals. Heaven knows what, exactly, they are now.
    • The focus hasn't shifted, but it has broadened somewhat. And the fandom's population has positively exploded over the last few years.
  • There's also "lolfans", which are people who follows a given fandom not because they're genuinely interested in it, but because they like making fun of it.
  • Readers of The Chive call themselves 'Chivers'.
  • Followers of Lord Inglip are Gropagas.
  • Sparklers, or Sparklifers, for the folks who frequent the Sparknotes website.
  • Those brave souls who participate in NaNoWriMo are referred to as Wrimos or Nanoers, depending on who you ask.
  • "Audience" for Tobuscus fans.
  • As chosen in one of the very first episodes, "Stop Podcasting Yourself" fans are called "bumpers."
  • For fans of Youtuber Philip Defranco, there is the Defranco Nation
  • Members of the Secret Treehouse (a That Guy with the Glasses fanfic community) often refer themselves as "Treehousians."
  • TYT Nation (The Young Turks)
  • Fans of Regretsy are affectionately referred to as "Fat Jealous Losers", something they are often called by detractors of the site. "CF 4 L" (Club Fuckery 4 Life) is also used.
  • Readers of Yo, Is This Racist? are called "racecars". Readers of the dating advice-related Spin-Off Yo, Should I Dump This Asshole? are therefore called "dumptrucks".
  • The Cynical Fleet, for The Cynical Brit fans. (although TotalBiscuit does not use this term himself and has openly discouraged its use due to not wanting to create a fandom around his work).
  • The Space Butterflies after something Jesse Cox rambled on about.
  • The Husketeers for Husky Starcraft
  • The Yognau(gh)ts (Yes it's spelled that way for the collective name, spelling it with or without the 'gh' determines whom of Lewis Brindley and Simon Lane you prefer), fans of the Yogscast.
    • Viewers of Hat Films and the people populating the Sirs' various game servers call themselves "Hatters".
    • Fans of In the Little Wood (A member of the Yogscast) are called "Saplings".
  • kNIGHTWING01 calls his fans Wingdings (after his namesake's batarang analogue).
  • The textboard 2channel (not to be confused with Futaba, aka "2chan" to English speakers) is the Japanese cousin of 4chan, and like 4chan have different nicknames for users of different subforums. The most famous is "VIPPER" (in all caps) for frequenters of the "VIP" subforum, 2channel's equivalent of /b/. A user of 2channel in general is called "neller" ("ねらー"), short for "2channeller."
  • The LordKat Mafia (or LKM) (Lord Kat)
  • The RDA Army (What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? and Radio Dead Air, especially the regulars of the latter's official chat-room)
  • Burning Dog Face calls his audience "Burning Dog Fans."
  • Jacksfilms's fans are known as "biches"note , thanks to this entry in the very first episode of "Your Grammar Sucks". Obviously Played for Laughs, and it's easily been a Running Gag ever since then, because people seem to be prone to misspelling it like that. A lot.
  • Sky Does Minecraft's fan base as a whole is called "The Sky Army" and the fans are called "recruits."
  • On more than one occasion, the Game Grumps have referred to their fans as "Grumplings". However it's not clear if this is an "official" name, per se.
    • They also parodied this trope by openly trying to think of an appropriate name for their community during one of their Sonic06 videos. Arin comes up with the Lovelies. Jon comes up with the Cumfaggots.
    • Since Danny took over on the show, he has referred to fans as Lovelies several times. Additionally, on their sister show Steam Train, they have adopted the name Passengers for their fans.
    • The Grumps have also referred to fans of a particular group or subculture as "X Grumps." An example is when Arin and Danny were talking about cheerleaders and they mention "Cheerleader Grumps."
  • Commenters on the Comics Curmudgeon's blog call themselves 'Mudges.
  • PewDiePie's fans are referred to as either Bros or The Bro Army.
  • Attacking Tucans's fans are The Tuclan and JoshJepson's fans are The Jepsquad.
  • Chimney Swift 11: The creator calls his fans "The Swifter Army". Sometimes, he also calls them "Swifters".
  • Pan Pizza of Rebel Taxi calls his fans "Honkies".
  • The creator of the Tumblr blog Just Writer Problems has a tendency to refer to her followers as "fellow freaks." (Completely affectionately, of course.)
  • Fans of Matthew Santoro call themselves "Santorians" and "The Santoro Army".

    Western Animation 
  • Avatard (Avatar: The Last Airbender or Avatar)
    • Expanding on that, we have Kataangers (fans of Katara/Aang, or "Kataang") and their rival shippers, Zutarians (Zuko/Katara, or "Zutara")
    • And Tokkaneers for fans of Toph/Sokka. Rival shippers of Suki/Sokka never found a good name, but a number have adopted Sukkateer.
      • Georgians has also occasionally been used by Sukka fans (from the meme where any Portmanteau Couple Name sounded too much like either "Sokka" or "Suki", so they gave up and agreed to call the couple "George.")
    • The term "Avatard" has occasionally come under fire by advocates for the mentally challenged, who feel it promotes the epithet "retard". Fans continue to use it anyway.
      • Additionally, some fans of James Cameron's Avatar have tried to comandeer the nickname for themselves, which has caused some friction in parts of the internet where the two fandoms collide. The general consensus is that fans of ATLA have claim on the name since they came first.
    • Hotmen is also used sometimes.
  • Bronies (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, used mainly by the older male fanbase)
    • Female bronies are sometimes called "pegasisters". This term also predates Friendship Is Magic as noted below.
  • My Little Pony fans, pre-FiM, often go by PegaSis or Filly. Though it hasn't quite been decided what a male fan would be called, though some identify as "Big Brother (Pony)".
  • Campers, a term voice actor Christian Potenza lovingly uses to call fans of his show Total Drama Island. Whenever he does a YouTube video, he always starts it by looking at the camera and saying "Hey campers!"
  • Dandom (Dan Vs..) There's yet to be a widely-used name for the fans themselves, however.
  • Darklings (Darkwing Duck)
  • Disney fans who are eagerly following future animated movies have started giving themselves fun nicknames:
  • Fallers (Gravity Falls)
  • "Motorcitizens" for Motorcity fans.
  • In-universe examples from Phineas and Ferb: Fans of Space Adventure are called "Spekkies" while fans of Stumpleberry Finkbat are "Finkies." They have a Fandom Rivalry.
  • Wander over Yonder fans tend to call themselves "Wanderers."
  • Fanterns is the name for fans of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, christened by producer Giancarlo Volpe and voice actor Josh Keaton after discussions with fans.
  • Go-ers (Filmation's Ghostbusters animated series)
  • KaBlammoids (KaBlam!) Double points for it coming from a term for the fans used in the show itself.
  • Rangerphiles (Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers)
  • Spinners (TaleSpin)
  • Klokateers are fans of Metalocalypse, which is also the In-Universe name for employees of Dethklok.
    • The Gears has also become popular, after the song of the same name and the brands given to Klokateers in the show.
  • Transfans (Transformers) - hey, it's better than Trannies.
  • \m/ HEADBANGERS \m/
  • The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers fan list sometimes refers to themselves as "Rangers" and / or "Slaverlords"
  • Kimmunity (Kim Possible)
  • Kids of the playground (Recess)
  • While the fans of SpongeBob SquarePants do not yet have a nickname for the fandom as a whole, the word "Spongetards" has been coined to describe the less-intelligent part of the fandom.
  • Buster Bunny from Tiny Toon Adventures calls the show's fans "Toonsters."
    • In some episodes, he calls them "Toonatics".
      • In at least one other, he calls them "Tooniacs".
  • Steventhusiasts (Steven Universe)
  • Some fans of Superjail! have begun to call themselves "Inmates".
  • Toonami fans are called "Toonami Faithful" by Tom himself.
  • "The Danny Phandom" or simply "The Phandom" for Danny Phantom fans.
  • Planeteers (Captain Planet and the Planeteers; also refers to anyone who does their part to help conserve and protect the environment)
  • Fictional example: In Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose, Yogi calls himself a "Kabonger", a fan of Quick Draw McGraw's crime fighting secret identity, El Kabong.
  • Petters (Littlest Pet Shop (2012))
  • According to the cartoon's subreddit, Regular Show fans call themselves "slackers."

    Real Life 
  • "Randroids," a term that those who follow Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy find objectionable, for obvious and not-so-obvious reasons.
  • Advice columnist and activist Dan Savage calls his fans his "Flying Monkeys," particularly when he's siccing them on someone. The name comes from The Wizard of Oz and his love of musical theater. He once got a bit miffed when an interviewer misheard him and referred to them as his "Blind Monkeys."
    Dan Savage: "It's something an elderly gay fact checker would've caught."
  • "Helenaists" for fans of actress Helena Bonham-Carter. "Bellaminions" is sometimes used as well.
  • Often work in conjunction with the Helenaists, fans of actor Ralph Fiennes are known as Fiennists, a self-dub which originated on Tumblr.
  • Fans of the Minnesota Rollergirls All-Stars are the Aquaman Army after a misunderstanding of the names of the team colors (Aqua and Army).
  • "Cumberbitches" for (usually female) fans of Benedict Cumberbatch.
    • In interviews, he seems somewhat embarrassed by this. So are quite a few of his fans, which is why "Benaddicts" and "Cumberbabes" are becoming increasingly popular.
      • He's so embarrassed by it he tried to lie that it was The Cumber Collective on The Graham Norton Show, Chris Pine had to say it for him.
  • "Urbanites" for (usually female) fans of Karl Urban.
  • "Pine Nuts" for (usually female) fans of Chris Pine.
  • "Malcoholics" for fans of Malcolm McDowell. especially for females that admire his looks and works, even if it's bad. It is also a play on the term "malcoholic", a person who enjoys violence and do bad stuff. Malcolm is often know to play complex, rutheless and violent characters, so it fits well with the name. Nickname is often used on Tumblr.
  • "Barrowmaniacs" for fans of John Barrowman.
  • "Kinglets" for fans of Alex Kingston (specifically her female fans.) Also something of a Fan Nickname for her trademark curls.
  • "Hiddlestoners" for fans of Tom Hiddleston.
  • "The Cavillry" for fans of Henry Cavill.
  • Leif Garrett fans are often known as "Leifettes."
  • "Paulbots" for the very vocal Ron Paul fans on the internet, especially the ones who spam YouTube videos and comments sections, etc.
  • "Loganites" for fans of Downton Abbey's Phyllis Logan, who plays housekeeper Mrs Elsie Hughes. Heavily overlaps with Wiltonites, or fans of Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley).
  • "Bamber Bunnies", fans of the always awesome actor Jamie Bamber.
  • A nickname for listeners of The Brewing Network evolved from the listeners themselves, who call themselves "The BN Army".
  • Railroad enthusiasts are called "Railfans" in the US and "Train Spotters" in the UK. A derogatory term used by actual railroad workers or railfans to describe the more obsessive members of the group is "foamers" in the US (because just the sight of a train will apparently make them foam at the mouth) and F.R.N.s (Fucking Rail Nuts) in the UK.
  • Fans of director Christopher Nolan are usually called Nolanites.

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  • A common nickname for fans of The Muppets is "Muppet Freaks;" while this is commonly accepted by longtime fans, relatively newer fans (or longtime fans who are new to the fandom itself) tend to find the name to be a tad offensive if they're unaware of what it actually means.

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