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[[caption-width-right:230:Fan conventions: Where the line between reality and fiction becomes blurry.]]

->'''Rupert:''' [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Hobbits will be mustering under Gandalf]] as usual in the Ops Room. Esoterica with the Master Mage is in a dimension yet to be fixed... {{Filk|Song}}ing will be in Home Universe this year... ...Stan, who ''are'' these people?
->'''Stan:''' Ordinary people having fun, I expect.
-->-- ''Literature/DeepSecret'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones

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. [[{{Cosplay}} A number turn up in costume.]]

Frequently parodied in the case of a ShowWithinAShow. The fans will often be portrayed as being geeky immature {{Man Child}}ren 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 [[SeriesContinuityError continuity errors]] or scenes in the franchise that destroyed their SuspensionOfDisbelief. Also common is [[SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced fans rejoicing]] because the stars said or shouted [[FountainOfMemes a meme or a catchphrase]], [[JustHereForGodzilla 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 [[ReferenceOverdosed 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 Fan}}s take pride in announcing themselves to be [[ImYourBiggestFan "the stars' biggest fan."]] A [[EpilepticTrees 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 InUniverse 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 [[CreatorBacklash one star to get infuriated]] with some of the fans and tell them to get a life!

TruthInTelevision, unfortunately and sometimes even ThisLoserIsYou.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''{{Manga/Dramacon}}'' takes place at the fictional "Yatta!con".
* From ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
--> '''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.
--> '''Yami Yugi''': [[TakeThat An anime convention?]]
* From ''WebVideo/{{Sonic F}}'':
--> '''Ella''': Sweet Jesus - it smells like an anime convention in here.[[note]][[RealitySubtext Guess where the episode originally premiered?]][[/note]]
* The cast of ''YuruYuri'' go to anime conventions twice, during which the girls cosplay as ''[[ShowWithinAShow Mirakurun]]'' characters and Kyouko is revealed as a popular {{Doujinshi}} writer.
* Seiji from ''MidoriDays'' ends up crowned an "otaku god" after he helps his SecretKeeper 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 ''LuckyStar'' Konata and Kagami visit a [=ComiKet=] proxy, at which Kagami runs across some ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' {{Yaoi}} {{Doujinshi}} which she finds a bit "too much" for her.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' series, a hotel puts on just such a convention... for serial killers. It's billed as a "[[{{pun}} Cereal Convention]]".
* ''[[ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew 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 PunnyName for an AnimalSuperhero he's ever come up with.
* In one ''{{Series/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 {{cosplay}}ing as.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' had a major, mostly affectionate, parody of this.
* The documentary ''Trekkies'' touched on the subject.
* ''The Bag Witch Project'', a ''[[Film/TheBlairWitchProject 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.
* ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'': In Las Vegas, the protagonists dedicated ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans who have trolled Trekkies earlier in the film end up running into a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' convention out of all possible events.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Sharyn [=McCrumb's=] novel ''Literature/BimbosOfTheDeathSun'' sets a murder mystery at a con, where a popular but volatile author is murdered while writing his latest novel.
* Most of the Creator/DianaWynneJones book ''Literature/DeepSecret'' takes place at a sci-fi/fantasy convention. Of course, [[MageInManhattan there are real wizards there.]]
* ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Proven Guilty]]'' takes place in part at a horror movie convention.
* ''Night of The Living Trekkies'' is a book about a [[ZombieApocalypse zombie outbreak]] at a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' convention; there is a trailer for the book [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyO2k-jApng here]].
* ''Lost at the Con'' is about a [[GonzoJournalism 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, [[spoiler:but eventually he winds up defending them against the kind of {{Jerk Jock}}s who pick on people that just want to have fun and be themselves]].
* ''Geek Tragedy'', the first of Nev Fountain's whodunnits about former ''[[ShowWithinAShow Vixens From The Void]]'' script editor Mervyn Stone, is set at Vixcon 15.
* ''Alternate Worldcons'' and ''Again, Alternate Worldcons'', two anthologies of AlternateHistory stories edited by Creator/MikeResnick, all set at that history's version of the World Science Fiction Convention.
* ''Literature/{{Shatnerquake}}'' is a [[BizarroFiction bizarro novel]] set at a Creator/WilliamShatner convention where, due to a fight between Shatner fans and Creator/BruceCampbell fans, all of Shatner's characters [[RefugeeFromTVLand are accidentally summoned into the real world]], hellbent on killing the real Shatner attending the con.
* Much of the action in ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles 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.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* One episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' involved a [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Furry convention]].
** ''Vanity Fair'' and ''MTV'' also had [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer 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 FictionalCounterpart to ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* ''{{Series/Community}}'' had an episode set at an ''JustForFun/InspectorSpacetime'' (fictional ''Series/DoctorWho''-like show) convention.
* The episode "The Real Ghostbusters" of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has Sam and Dean attending a convention for fans of the novel series based on their lives, which most fans assume is fiction. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Harm, Mac and Bud stay at a motel in "Father's Day" where a ''QuantumLeap'' convention is held.
* ''Cruise of the Gods'', a 2002 one-off [[Creator/TheBBC 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 "[[Series/DoctorWho Who]] Cruise").
* In the ''Series/{{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 ''Series/{{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 ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' costume in WonderWoman colours.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' has had two episodes set at Comic-Con, and one where the con didn't actually appear but a ClosetGeek explains that the weekend he said he was on a business trip it was really Comic-Con. (His wife was really pissed off at him...''for not bringing her''.)
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In ''Series/SesameStreet episode 4504, the street hosts Numeric Con, the convention for fans of numbers which is strangely similar to Comic Con. Costumes include [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Dark Nine]], [[Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} Fiverine]], [[Franchise/StarWars Princess Three-Ah]] and [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor Two]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''Franchise/MetalGear'', Dr. Hal "Otacon" Emmerich's nickname comes from the real-life Otakon convention.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' had a non-canon side story that took place at San Diego Comic Con.
* ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}'' includes several instances of characters (actually, the author cosplaying) attending the real-life [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} BotCon]].
* ''Webcomic/{{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 RealLife, 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 ''Webcomic/UmlautHouse'' comic had Evil Con, for [[MadScientist mad scientists]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheEnd'', a landed alien spaceship passes for being AllPartOfTheShow due to being parked right outside one of these.
* ''[[Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}} Roomies!]]'' managed to wander into "a transforming robot convention" during a RoadTrip storyline. [=BotCon=] is finally mentioned by name in ''Webcomic/{{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 [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2003/kk0901.html storyline]] in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' is set at a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' convention. Once Rudy's webcomic about "humans" becomes popular we get [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2004/kk0711.html the opposite of a furry convention]].
* The webcomic ''[[http://www.unconventional-comic.com/ UnCONventional]]'' is about the staff of a small town fandom convention, and much of the comic takes place at both their con and others.
* ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' features a sci-fi fan convention at one point a welcome opportunity for Fooker to pull off ''multiple'' tricks to get Nick and Ki to finally hook up.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses runs into a convention in pursuit of WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost during the Nostalgia Critic's review of the movie ''Film/{{Casper}}''. Variously-costumed conventiongoers help him with the chase.
** Chester A. Bum and [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall 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 ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' Part One.
-->"RUN! AAAAAAAA!"
* The ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' live shows are done from conventions.
* ''TheGuild'' 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.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode, the VillainOfTheWeek 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 Creator/MarkHamill and tempting Fanboy with the more glamourous prospect of Jedi Knighthood.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had Homer saving Mark Hamill from psychotic fans. In another episode he attended an Itchy & Scratchy convention as the voice of [[TheScrappy Poochie]]. Another Halloween episode had actress Lucy Lawless (''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'') voice herself answering obsessive nitpicky questions by nerdy fans, leading to the TropeNamer AWizardDidIt.
* The battle in ''RobotChicken'' between ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans at a scifi convention.
* ''PhineasAndFerb'' 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 [[HelloKitty 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 [[AnAesop that they're all nerds there,]] and that HateDumb is stupid.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' 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, [[spoiler:but that's only because ''he's'' going there too and doesn't want Po to find out.]] HilarityEnsues when Po accidentally paralyzes Mantis and he gets mistaken for an action figure.
* On one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Dex and his friends go to a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' convention, but end up at a doll collectors convention instead.
* ''TheClevelandShow'' 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 [[NerdsAreVirgins virginity]], only to come home with a bunch of merchandise.
* ''ScoobyDoo and the Mask of the [[DynomuttDogWonder Blue Falcon]]'' takes place at an {{Expy}} for Comic-Con, where the trailer for a DarkerAndEdgier feature-film adaptation of ''Blue Falcon'' is set to premiere.
* ''BobsBurgers'' - daughter Tina is a big fan of "The Equestranauts", a MyLittlePony expy and gets her family to take her to a convention - where she's surprised to find the other fans are all middle-aged men. They're generally a decent bunch, there for the love of the show and the community - then there's the guy who's the self-appointed leader of his little crowd, who swindles Tina out of her beloved toy pony.
* ''MissionHill'' - Andy scoffs at his geeky brother Kevin and his friend going to a sci-fi convention, until he meets the friend's cute sister who is also going.
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