Fan conventions: Where the line between reality and fiction becomes blurry.
Ordinary people having fun, I expect.
Or just Convention or Con. This is where fans of a particular franchise, creator or work all meet together, discuss it and ask questions to the stars. A number turn up in costume.
Frequently parodied in the case of a Show Within a Show
. The fans will often be portrayed as being geeky immature Man Children
who are so obsessed with a certain franchise that they seem to be out of touch with reality. Usually they will be seen gawking over rare valuable collector items that they buy to make them part of their unhealthy large collection of junk. They crowd together at Q&A panels to see their favorite stars and ask them the most in(s)ane questions, usually about continuity errors
or scenes in the franchise that destroyed their Suspension of Disbelief
. Also common is fans rejoicing
because the stars said or shouted a meme or a catchphrase
, especially if they requested it themselves
Most of the time the unique experience of having several creators or cast members together in one place will be wasted because the fans keep asking questions in which they shoehorn every possible meme, running gag, catchphrase or pop culture reference
they can think of and want to show off their extensive knowledge of every issue, record, episode, game and/or film in the franchise. Some Loony Fans
take pride in announcing themselves to be "the stars' biggest fan."
A crazy fan theory
will be uttered to which the stars answer: "No that's not true", leaving the fan disappointed because he believed in it so much. Hardly any questions about the stars' creative process will be asked. Most of the time it just involves In-Universe
questions, as if the franchise is a collection of true, historic events. Many audience members have a tendency to make remarks that show off their own lack of imagination, for instance: "Where do you guys get all your ideas?" or "If that character from that franchise fought that particular character from this franchise: who would win?". Also expect one star to get infuriated
with some of the fans and tell them to Get a Life
Truth in Television
, unfortunately and sometimes even This Loser Is You
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Anime and Manga
- Dramacon takes place at the fictional "Yatta!con".
- From Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
Florence: I activate Dark Sanctuary! Now the duel will take place in a twisted and horror-filled environment where only the bravest souls dare to venture.
- From Sonic F:
Ella: Sweet Jesus - it smells like an anime convention in here.note
- The cast of Yuru-Yuri go to anime conventions twice, during which the girls cosplay as Mirakurun characters and Kyouko is revealed as a popular Doujinshi writer.
- Seiji from Midori Days ends up crowned an "otaku god" after he helps his Secret Keeper sell minidolls (of Midori) at a convention and refusing to sell his extremely advanced prototype (y'know... the girl whose body has been transferred to his hand).
- In Lucky Star Konata and Kagami visit a ComiKet proxy, at which Kagami runs across some Full Metal Panic! Yaoi Doujinshi which she finds a bit "too much" for her.
- In the Sandman series, a hotel puts on just such a convention... for serial killers.
- Captain Carrot and the Final Arc opens at the Sandy Eggo Comic Con, a parody of the San Diego Comic Con which gives the writer the chance to use every single Punny Name for an Animal Superhero he's ever come up with.
- In one Angel: After The Fall arc ("Boys and Their Toys"), Angel and Spike go to Sci-Fi Fest San Diego where people start turning into the characters they're cosplaying as.
- Galaxy Quest had a major, mostly affectionate, parody of this.
- The documentary Trekkies touched on the subject.
- The Bag Witch Project, a Blair Witch parody short film by Toxic Bag Productions, tells the sorry tale of three attendees at GenCon, who get hopelessly lost in the hallways of the Milwaukee convention center.
- Sharyn McCrumb's novel Bimbos of the Death Sun sets a murder mystery at a con, where a popular but volatile author is murdered while writing his latest novel.
- Most of the Diana Wynne Jones book Deep Secret takes place at a sci-fi/fantasy convention. Of course, there are real wizards there.
- Proven Guilty takes place in part at a horror movie convention.
- Night of The Living Trekkies is a book about a zombie outbreak at a Star Trek convention; there is a trailer for the book here.
- Lost at the Con is about a Gonzo Journalist sent to cover Griffin*Con, a thinly-veiled Expy of Dragon Con. As very much a not-geek, his articles (which punctuate the act breaks) start out being very disparaging of the fans, the guests and the con itself, but eventually he winds up defending them against the kind of Jerk Jocks who pick on people that just want to have fun and be themselves.
- Geek Tragedy, the first of Nev Fountain's whodunnits about former Vixens From The Void script editor Mervyn Stone, is set at Vixcon 15.
- Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons, two anthologies of Alternate History stories edited by Mike Resnick, all set at that history's version of the World Science Fiction Convention.
- Shatnerquake is a bizarro novel set at a William Shatner convention where, due to a fight between Shatner fans and Bruce Campbell fans, all of Shatner's characters are accidentally summoned into the real world, hellbent on killing the real Shatner attending the con.
- Much of the action in Proven Guilty takes place at SplatterCon!!!, a horror movie convention with a focus on slasher films. It gets invaded by shapeshifting fae who feed on fear.
Live Action TV
- One episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation involved a Furry convention.
- Vanity Fair and MTV also had hilariously misinformed "documentaries" on the Furry fandom, complete with supposed explorations into a furry convention.
- Conventions and CSI seem to go well together; aside from the Furry Convention, they also had episodes involving a convention for dwarves and one for large people.
- And one for Astro Quest, the Fictional Counterpart to Star Trek.
- Community had an episode set at an Inspector Spacetime (fictional Doctor Who-like show) convention.
- The episode "The Real Ghostbusters" of Supernatural has Sam and Dean attending a convention for fans of the novel series based on their lives, which most fans assume is fiction. Hilarity Ensues.
- JAG: Harm, Mac and Bud stay at a motel in "Father's Day" where a Quantum Leap convention is held.
- Cruise of the Gods, a 2002 one-off BBC Two dramedy about a convention for a long-cancelled sci-fi show called Children of Castor taking place on an ocean liner (the obvious comparison being the annual "Who Cruise").
- In the Castle episode "The Final Frontier", the victim of the week is found dead at a Nebula-9 experience (an expy of Star Trek) in a convention that the title character is, coincidentally, doing a signing at. Later in the episode, he encounters Alexis in a very skimpy cosplay outfit, which they agree to never talk about.
- The Smallville episode "Warrior" opens at a comics convention, where Clark and Zatanna try to track down a magic comic book. With Lois in what's essentially a Xena: Warrior Princess costume in Wonder Woman colours.
- In Metal Gear, Dr. Hal "Otacon" Emmerich's nickname comes from the real-life Otakon convention.
- El Goonish Shive had a non-canon side story that took place at San Diego Comic Con.
- Insecticomics includes several instances of characters (actually, the author cosplaying) attending the real-life BotCon.
- Narbonic inspired both fictional and real-life examples.
- Within the comic, Dave Davenport travels to Dave-Con, the annual convention of the Dave Conspiracy (every member wearing a badge that reads, "Hello, my name is DAVE").
- A later storyline is set at the North American Mad Science Symposium.
- In Real Life, the readers of the comic organized Narbonicon, an annual event celebrating the comic and its author, Shaenon Garrity. It was held during the six years of the comic's original run, but discontinued once the "Director's Cut" version (*cough*reruns*cough*) began.
- The first Umlaut House comic had Evil Con, for mad scientists.
- In The End, a landed alien spaceship passes for being All Part of the Show due to being parked right outside one of these.
- Roomies! managed to wander into "a transforming robot convention" during a Road Trip storyline. BotCon is finally mentioned by name in Shortpacked!, which is far more bold-faced about its nerdiness and consistently has both related plotlines and real-life tales of convention mayhem from David Willis each year like clockwork.
- A storyline in Kevin & Kell is set at a Star Trek convention. Once Rudy's webcomic about "humans" becomes popular we get the opposite of a furry convention.
- The webcomic UnCONventional is about the staff of a small town fandom convention, and much of the comic takes place at both their con and others.
- That Guy with the Glasses runs into a convention in pursuit of Casper the Friendly Ghost during the Nostalgia Critic's review of the movie Casper. Variously-costumed conventiongoers help him with the chase.
- Chester A. Bum and 90s Kid attended Youmacon once, where Chester discusses yaoi with a Chester cosplayer, 90s Kid has a 'Dude-off' with a 90s Kid cosplayer, and they interact with other con-goers.
- In a later video, Chester and Lester A. Bum gather con-goers at Daisho Con 2010 to re-enact Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One.
- The Atop the Fourth Wall live shows are done from conventions.
- The Guild season five takes place entirely at the fictitious MegaGame-O-RamaCon. Codex playtests a future upgrade of The Game at its booth and unwittingly drives the creator to sell it with her complaints; Vork and Bladezz set up a booth for fans to get custom videos of Bladezz's internet-meme persona; Zaboo sets up a system that allows him to visit unlimited panels; Tink uses her cosplaying skills to evade her family; Clara tries to gain acceptance at a steampunk booth. Celebrity cameos and hijinks ensue.
- In an American Dad! episode, the Villain of the Week is hiding in a convention, and the only way to get to him is using Steve's proficiency in elven language.
- Freakazoid! chased Caveman and was chased by Fanboy during a convention.
- The Caveguy episode was notable, as Freakazoid talks to the fans in lieu of his creator, and scares Caveguy off by speaking Klingon to him
- In an earlier episode, while trying to escape from Fanboy (who was trying to become his sidekick), Freakazoid fell into a sci-fi convention. He then finally got Fanboy off his back by pointing out Mark Hamill and tempting Fanboy with the more glamourous prospect of Jedi Knighthood.
- The Simpsons had Homer saving Mark Hamill from psychotic fans. In another episode he attended an Itchy & Scratchy convention as the voice of Poochie. Another Halloween episode had actress Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) voice herself answering obsessive nitpicky questions by nerdy fans, leading to the Trope Namer A Wizard Did It.
- The battle in Robot Chicken between Star Trek and Star Wars fans at a scifi convention.
- Phineas and Ferb has an episode set at a "Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention," with Phineas being a Sci-Fi fan, Ferb being a Fantasy fan, and Candace being an Otaku for cutesy Japanese character Ducky Momo. The Sci-Fi and Fantasy sides actually get into a war, until Phineas and Ferb come up with a plan to remind them that that they're all nerds there, and that Hate Dumb is stupid.
- Kung Fu Panda Legends Of Awesomeness had Po attend a kung fu festival (or, as they call it, "The Fest"), where fans act out famous battles and trade action figures. Shifu forbids him from going, but that's only because he's going there too and doesn't want Po to find out. Hilarity Ensues when Po accidentally paralyzes Mantis and he gets mistaken for an action figure.
- On one episode of Dexter's Laboratory, Dex and his friends go to a Star Trek convention, but end up at a doll collectors convention instead.
- The Cleveland Show had an episode when Cleveland goes to San Diego Comic-Con with his family to promote his new comic. An earlier episode had Cleveland taking his son to a fan convention to show the horrors of not losing your virginity, only to come home with a bunch of merchandise.