You're so much better and you're so different,
you don't believe in what they do.
I know you are one of us.
This is about a work
making a claim that its fans are better than other people. It's beside the point whether the author actually believes this, whether the author actually expects the fans to believe it, and whether the fans actually believe it: These three issues are separate from this trope as well as from one another. When the author doesn't believe the message
but chose to do it anyway
, it sometimes takes the form of an ironic Backhanded Compliment
Compare Pandering to the Base
, The Player Is The Most Important Resource
Inverted accidentally with This Loser Is You
, and deliberately with Take That, Audience!
and You Bastard
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- Chick Tracts: Those who read the tracts and agree with them go to heaven. All Christians who disagree with the tracts (most Christians), as well as all non-Christians, go to hell.
- Stan Lee often plays with this in his addresses to Marvel Comics readers as "True Believers!"
- The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster: The book claims that followers of pastafari don't consider themselves superior, since they aren't self-righteous bastards like everyone else... wait, what?
- In the acknowledgements for Twilight: Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer states that "I firmly believe that my fans are the most attractive, intelligent, exciting, and dedicated fans in the whole world."
Live Action TV
- Community. In an interview Joel McHale said "We have the best, most attractive and intelligent fans in the world."
- Hackmaster 4th Edition
- In the introduction to the Player's Handbook it says "...the fact that you've chosen to pick a copy of HackMaster speaks well of you." and says of Hackmaster players "We're not ordinary — we're Extraordinary.''
- The introduction to the Game Master's Guide praises the reader's "spirit, drive and determination to rise to the challenge."
- Dangerous Journeys/Mythus system, Journeys magazine issue 2. Gary Gygax wrote the following in an article:
What is in this column, however, is in one sense privileged. It is assumed that the readers are all special, more knowledgeable, in some measure because they are readers.