--> ''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.''
--> --'''Music/{{Blutengel}}''', "Angels of the Dark"

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 [[ArtistDisillusionment author doesn't believe the message]] but [[{{Hypocrite}} chose to do it anyway]], it sometimes takes the form of an ironic BackhandedCompliment.

Compare PanderingToTheBase, ThePlayerIsTheMostImportantResource.

Inverted accidentally with ThisLoserIsYou, and deliberately with TakeThatAudience and YouBastard.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'': 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.
* Creator/StanLee often plays with this in his addresses to Marvel Comics readers as "True Believers!"

* ''Literature/TheGospelOfTheFlyingSpaghettiMonster'': The book claims that followers of pastafari don't consider themselves superior, since they aren't self-righteous bastards like everyone else... [[HypocriticalHumor wait, what]]?
* In the acknowledgements for ''Literature/{{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."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Community}}''. In an interview Joel [=McHale=] said "We have the best, most attractive and intelligent fans in the world."

* One of the best examples of the Bubblegum Pop era is one the Music/BackstreetBoys' most well-known {{Ear Worm}}s, "Larger Than Life"; despite the video having been some trippy space opera theme, the song itself is nothing more than one gigantic ShoutOut to their fans. For example, this is the chorus... in its '''entirety''': ''All you people, can't you see, can't you see / How your love's affecting our reality? / Every time we're down / You can make it right / And that makes you [[TitleDrop larger than life]]''. The opening verse even all but apologizes for being completely terrified when girls went screaming after them.
* Music/LadyGaga arguably has a bit of this in "Born This Way"; possibly a bit of a JustifiedTrope in that case though, as the song is about [[IJustWantToBeNormal accepting yourself]] for [[FreakinessShame who you are]] instead of [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday trying to conform]] to [[NoBisexuals society's]] [[HideYourLesbians restrictive]] [[DoubleStandard ideals]]. ''Definitely'' PlayedStraight in her Monster Ball tour though, and probably [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments genuinely meant]], when she declared the event was to be a [[FreakyIsCool celebration]] of, basically, all of them being [[TrueCompanions freaks together]].
* Music/{{Manowar}}: Several lyrics claim that Man O War fans are better than other people, more ''metal'' than other people. ''Wimps and posers, leave the hall''.
* Music/{{Blutengel}}: Our goths are better, obviously. See page quote.
* Music/XJapan: The ShoutOut to fans in the band's song "X", "You know you are the best!"
* Music/RascalFlatts does it in "Here's to You":
-->It's the girls in the front row singin'\\
It's the boys with the wheels that bring them\\
Its lighters in the air and you guys up there\\
You're the heart and soul and the reason we do what we do\\
Here's to you.
* To celebrate the first ten years of being together, Music/{{ABBA}} re-released "Thank You For The Music" to thank the fans for sticking by them (which was rather jarring considering that the band eventually dissolved out of the public eye and they never performed or made new music again.)

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{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. Creator/GaryGygax 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.
** ''Mythic Masters'' magazine.
*** In one issue, an article entitled "Support Your Chosen Game System" written by Creator/GaryGygax said that the ''Dangerous Journeys'' system was "...for the discerning and dedicated roleplayer..." - i.e. the person who was a fan of the game because they were reading a magazine devoted to it.
*** In his "The Town Crier's Gone Mad" editorials Creator/GaryGygax would often praise the fans of the game to flatter them. For example, in Issue #5 he included comments such as "you who have recognized the radical new nature of the system are the avant garde.", "elite intellects able to grasp the concept and understand the infinite scope offered." and "Don't expect others to have the same insight and understanding you possess."

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* After the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GNnftq744I Spy&Pyro]] video came out, the ''VideoGame/{{Team Fortress|2}}'' blog linked to it, along with this message: "We've decided this is final proof that [=TF2=] fans are smarter, more creative, and much better looking than fans of all other video games."
* ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople''
** [[InvertedTrope But]] ''[[TakeThatAudience you]]'' can play too!

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has an in-universe example, as everybody suddenly [[ShowWithinAShow starts their own newspaper]]. At least two of them highlight a reader (the ''only'' reader?) as the greatest person in the world.
* Inverted in-universe in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'': Dethklok thinks their fans are unsympathetic morons, and even writes [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w-zL6NjBcE a song about that fact.]]