Fandom Rivalry

"We take the last steps to war!
'Cause our movie's better than yours!"
Phineas and Ferb, "Nerds of a Feather"

Two long-running shows or two star actors inspire dueling fandoms. Fans of one are expected to become Fan Haters of the other, and vice versa. The contrasting merits of both will rarely be acknowledged. Anyone who likes both will be accused of Fandom Heresy. This can easily go on despite the creators' Word of God that they kind of like the other show or the actors making friendly appearances together (Tabloid Melodrama aside). When this gets into full gear expect copious amounts of Hypocritical Fandom. Of course there will be those that hate both.

In some instances, this is the result of a new fandom displacing an older one. For example, Henry Jenkins notes in his book Textual Poachers that the emergence of an American Blake's 7 fandom was ideally timed to capitalize on institutional conflicts within Doctor Who fandom (which shared its focus on a British series) and declining interest in Star Wars (which shared its interest in stories about La Résistance). This also happens when one show is perceived by one fandom as a rip-off of their favorite show.

It is of course, fully possible for die-hard fans of one "rival" show to enjoy another, and being a member of one fandom does not exclude you from being a member of the other.

Often involves Dueling Shows, Dueling Movies or Dueling Games. Compare Internet Backdraft, Ship-to-Ship Combat. See Broken Base for when fandoms have civil wars amongst themselves. May involve Hypocritical Fandom if a show gets bashed by fans of a rival for having flaws that also exist in the rival show. Contrast Friendly Fandoms. Usually features Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny.

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    Anime 
  • The infamous Pokémon vs. Digimon wars. When Yu-Gi-Oh! joined in, it became a Męlée ŕ Trois.
    • It started when both fandoms claimed that one was a rip-off of the other, as they were out at around the same time. The fighting got to the point that a lot of people decided that anyone who was a fan of both wasn't really a fan on their side. Adding to it, Digimon was an evolution of Virtual Pets; something Pokemon never stepped into until recently, save for the heavily forgotten Pokemon Pikachu pedometer, and even then the Pokewalker was just adding onto it. Digimon added fighting to it for an advanced "pet" feel, with more and more tougher forms as they evolved. Pokemon was more or less an evolution alone of any RPG; they only added Evolution in exchange of special skills, weapons, and so on.
    • Then Chaotic came along and soon this conflict is worthy of an FPS and RTS.
      • Digimon stepped down after Yu-Gi-Oh! came in, seeing as some kids stopped watching it after 02 ended. Also, for a while, there was Yu-Gi-Oh! vs. Duel Masters.
      • Beckett Magazine played up these rivalries in their covers.
    • In some places it was Pokémon vs. Digimon vs. Dragon Ball.
      • More recently, Pokémon vs. Bakugan. The tension between fans of both series, young and old, is so thick you can cut it with a knife.
    • Digimon also has a rather brutal civil war going on. Pick a season, any season, and no matter how you felt about it someone out there will tell you how wrong you are. And Goddramon help you if you so much as mention Frontier.
    • Within Pokémon itself, fans of 5th generation starters Snivy and Oshawott seem to have a rather heated rivalry. The fans of Tepig, such as they are, seem to be staying the heck out of it. Not to mention the old school fans' rivalry with anyone who likes games from later generations, with "later" being defined as anything after Gen. II or even Gen. I in some cases.
    • Rivalries between fans who prefer the games and fans who prefer the anime and/or manga can get rather heated as well.
    • Sometimes it has been the whole rest of the Anime fandom against Pokemon due to feelings that Americans got a wrong impression of anime from it (especially with the 4Kids dub) or that they didn't realize there was other, and better in their view, anime out there.
  • Dragon Ball Z versus Sailor Moon, what with the shows being complete opposites in every way besides being anime aired in the 90s. Foe Yay is common.
    • The fact that they occupied the same timeslot for quite a while didn't help...
    • Although it is Hilarious in Hindsight, seeing as how the two shows were produced by THE EXACT SAME COMPANY (Toei Animation), and seem to have very similar animations styles.
  • Amongst the Dragon Ball Z you'll also have the Funimation dub vs The Ocean Group dub battles.
  • For some reason, most likely due to both airing on [adult swim], one of these existed for a while between Fullmetal Alchemist and InuYasha fans.
    • Also within Fullmetal Alchemist fandom between fans of the manga and its direct anime adaptation Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and the loose 2003 adaptation. It's mostly died off now that the manga is over, though you can still find fights about it sometimes on Tumblr and other places where flamewar-loving fanboys and fangirls gather.
  • There are many conflicts between the fanbases of the various Gundam shows, but the classic one is UC vs Gundam Wing.
    • A more recent one is Gundam SEED Destiny vs. every other Gundam series. (The unfortunate thing about this is that Gundam SEED - a good series in its own right - gets dragged into the hatedom.)
    • Lets not forget about G Gundam vs. Gundam Wing, Gundam SEED vs. Gundam 00, Gundam Wing vs. Gundam 00, and most recently a tag team match between Gundam SEED and Gundam 00 vs. Gundam Unicorn and Gundam AGE.
    • Made a lot more apparent with Gundam Reconguista In G and Gundam Build Fighters Try, since both shows began airing at the same time, with barely a week in between releases.
    • To a certain extent, this can be simplified down to UC Gundam versus everything else. There are just some UC fans that won't accept anything else at all.
      • Another example is other Real Robot shows vs. the Gundam franchise. Macross vs. Gundam still fires up every now and again, but another one that's... interesting to say the least is stuff like Fang of the Sun Dougram and Armored Trooper VOTOMS and subsequent debates of whether they are better than Gundam or not. If you're a fan of Dougram or VOTOMS, and you insinuate that Gundam is unrealistic and too close to Super Robot shows, the gates of hell have been opened. On the flipside, if a Gundam fan tries to point out that, say, Chirico Cuvie has just as much as, if not more "plot haxs" than any given Gundam Pilot, expect a small vocal minority of VOTOMS faithfuls to swear to GIRUGAMESH to kill you.
      • Recently over on /m/, with the VOTOMS's apparance in Super Robot Wars Z2, alongside Gundam 00 and other Gundam titles, there has been some....rather heated debate. it led to everyone who likes VOTOMS being called "hipsters" who hate anything that is popular, while this in itself led to a lot of trolling, it came full circle when someone pointed out that Gundam fans on the same imageboard are pots calling the kettle black, and routinely complain about Gundam SEED and Gundam 00 for, you guessed it, being popular and not being like UC Gundam (see above). and it led to THEM being called "hipsters". and now it's sort of a meme now to call everything that gets discussed there "is for hipsters"
    • Gundam vs Neon Genesis Evangelion - in The Nineties EVA in manga format and Gundam Wing were the only two positions from Humongous Mecha genre on the market, leading some people to believe that EVA is deep and intelligent while Gundam, all of it, is stupid. While mostly discredited, this stereotype prevails to this day, much to annoyance of Gundam fans. On the other hand, the opposing stereotype is that Gundam is Closer to Earth, whereas EVA is snooty and pretentious. This view, unlike the other, holds much more of a sway over today's anime fandom.
  • For over the past decade, the most popular shonen battle anime/manga (at present writing) are One Piece, Naruto and Bleach, generally referred as the Big 3. Since they're all the same genre, they have a similar core story structure, so it's entirely possible to enjoy more than one at the same time. However, it's also because of those similarities that fans of all three are at a Męlée ŕ Trois, but it's surprisingly evened out: for every one fan who likes one and dislikes two, others like two and dislike one, while just as many like all of them equally.
    • More recently, Toriko has quickly established itself as a powerhouse in Japan. Some are already saying that it's replacing Bleach as a flagship manga for Shonen Jump (in light of Bleach's anime ending), and the author of One Piece himself has declared Toriko as his biggest rival. However, until the anime arrives overseas, we're uncertain of whether or not the western fandom will enjoy Toriko quite as much to include it in the discussion.
    • Occasionally, Fullmetal Alchemist would have been added to the mix, with the debate centering on whether it's too different to compare to the other three, and if not, whether it's the best out of the four. Notably, that discussion is far less heated (especially once FMA ended), if only due to FMA fans having their own Fandom Rivalry within their own base (e.g. the first anime vs the manga and the second anime, as mentioned earlier).
    • In spite of both having their anime version end prematurely, Fairy Tail and Blue Exorcist are creeping their way into the debate, though neither are in the same level as Toriko right now. The argument over Fairy Tail is whether it has the deepest character relationships, or if it's too much of a Fanservice-laden series. The argument over Blue Exorcist is between those who feel it plays around with a lot of supernatural show tropes, and those who think it's a generic shonen with prettier characters.
      • Meanwhile, fans of Fairy Tail and fans of One Piece are often at each others' throats due to the similar art styles and how Fairy Tail's author Hiro Mashima vehemently denies being influenced by anything related to One Piece.
    • Katekyo Hitman Reborn!!, surprisingly, has avoided much of this discussion, but there are still some sections that debate about it all the same. The argument over the series is whether it has great Character Development on the protagonists, or if its Cast Full of Pretty Boys is too much of a shoe-in for female-oriented Fanservice.
  • In Brazil, Dragon Ball vs. Saint Seiya.
    • Sailor Moon and Saint Seiya were pretty divisive in some parts of Latin America during the time they aired, mostly a shonen-vs-shoujo, or more to the point, boys-vs-girls type of rivalry.
  • Code Geass and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann had some of this, as the two shows aired only a few days apart and are essentially polar opposites in terms of content, worldview, and "hardness".
    • This is made more amusing with the English voice cast, where they both feature Yuri Lowenthal as a passionate idealist and Johnny Yong Bosch as a calculating, sometimes Necessarily Evil pragmatist, as main cast members whose ideals clash with each other. The difference is that Yuri is the star of Gurren Lagann and Johnny is the star of Code Geass, with the other's ideals being portrayed as misguidedly Lawful Stupid.
    • Super Robot Wars Z2 almost seems to nod and wink to this conflict by having Kamina and Zero dislike each other at first (Kamina thinks Zero is too shady, Lelouch thinks Kamina is just a loud meathead) before they establish a mutual trust and respect by fighting alongside one another.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya vs. K-On!...
    • If this thread is any indication. To put it simply, the former group was blaming the latter for their lack of a second season of their show. But with Endless Eight rearing its ugly face, guess which side had the final laugh on virtue of not raging hard at itself.
    • Several Haruhi fans are blaming K-On! for the Off Model way Haruhi has been drawn in (her upper teeth showing and her head being rounded at the edges). Never mind the fact Kyo Ani first used that style on their CLANNAD adaptation. But it seems everyone forgot about Clannad already... This is because some people don't understand the concept of an Art Director.
    • Mind you, if Haruhi EVER enters a power level battle discussion, it'll be outright chaos as people argue who is stronger out of Haruhi and your favourite mecha that jumped out of Pandora's box.
    • To muddle things even more, many Haruhi fans jump to the movie as an argument. Given the praise of the movie, many turn around and then argue that K-On! is to blame for ruining the 2nd Season and that it would have been amazing had time not needed to be split.
    • Also, a lot of Mecha andToku fans absolutely despise K-On! (and to a lesser extent, Lucky Star and Haruhi) due to the decline in mecha series and the ensuing market saturation of series about four schoolgirls engaging in zany hijinks designed to be as Moe Moe as possible.
  • SuperDimensionFortressMacross versus Robotech: Many Macross fans look at Robotech as a bastardized Americanization. Some Robotech fans consider the addition of Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA to the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross storyline to improve all three series, or at least prefer them to the official Macross sequels. The Robotech fandom was also split between people who enjoyed the licensed RPG, comic book adaptations, or novelizations, and the "purists" who treated all the spin-off material as bastardizations.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion vs. RahXephon, fans of the former accuse the latter of copying many elements from their series (as well as End of Evangelion to a lesser extent) while fans of the latter counter by saying theirs is superior critically.
    • It did not help either side that the plots for both anime franchises were very tightly merged together in Super Robot Wars MX.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica vs. Infinite Stratos for domination of the winter 2011 anime season. IS fans insist that Madoka is pretentious while Madoka fans consider IS to be another stupid generic harem show.
    • Speaking of Madoka, looks like Nanoha fans are gearing up for a show down about being dethroned as the most popular non-standard magical girl series.
      • Madoka fans also do heated battle with fans of classic magical girl shows like Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura and Pretty Cure. As well as with the fanbase of Revolutionary Girl Utena over which is the better Deconstruction of the genre, if Madoka is considered a deconstruction at all. The more recent Happiness Charge Pretty Cure has gotten a lot of ire from the Madoka fandom as they perceive the series to be a Take That towards them as the characters can achieve their dreams without being punished for it, act selflessly for others without expecting to benefit from it, etc.
      • Princess Tutu is another Magical Girl deconstruction who's fans occasionally butt heads with Madoka's fans, to the point that it's been said that if one were to have watched Tutu first, they would have hated Madoka.
    • Fans of the character Madoka have rivaled Haruhi fans over which one is the "real" God figure.
    • Madoka is often compared to Neon Genesis Evangelion. However, on /a/, it's probably best to keep Madoka fans and Evangelion fans at least five miles apart, especially with the movies for both franchises playing in late 2012. Needless to say, both argue over which is the better Darker and Edgier Deconstructor Fleet series.
    • Madoka and Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de aru are often compared and the fandoms butt heads a lot. Both have middle schooler pink haired Magical Girl protagonists and blonde Cool Big Sis characters who break down at least once. With the revelation that Yuyuyu is just as dark as Madoka, if not worse, the rivalry really got heated.
  • Having produced some of the biggest, most revolutionary anime blockbusters of Turn of the Millennium and The New Tens, some rivalry has developed between Kyoto Animation and Studio Shaft.
  • For the spring 2011 season, there's a small rivalry between A Channel and Nichijou, especially because of a simple timeslot conflict. A Channel fans cry Screwed by the Network; Nichijou fans call "Follow the Leader" and "bland" for the former.
  • Fans of Pokémon vs. fans of Inazuma Eleven. Inazuma Eleven fans label Pokémon as having no progress despite its Long Runner status, Pokémon fans label Inazuma Eleven a shallow and contrived series that is hated for stealing ratings in Japan.
    • It's even more intense when fans outside Japan were factored. Inazuma Eleven is much more popular in Britain due to the footing soccer has there, while Pokémon is one of the Gateway Series to American anime fans, and the US as a whole couldn't care less about soccer.
      • Though it doesn't seem that bad in Japan itself, as there's quite a bit of crossover fanart in Pixiv, and it even has it's own tag: pokeire.
  • The Bokurano and Puella Magi Madoka Magica fandoms due to the fact they're both Darker and Edgier deconstructions of counterpart genres (mecha and magical girl). The fact that Madoka had a reference to Bokurano, which means the writers at least know of the series, doesn't help.
    • The Bokurano and Evangelion have a more traditional rivalry as they're the two most popular depressingly dark mecha anime.
  • Fans of Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh, Hidamari Sketch, and K-On! have been known to be bitter toward each other as they're all comedic Slice of Life series based around young girls. Occasionally Ichigo Mashimaro gets added to the mix.
  • Fans of Casshern Sins vs. fans of Ergo Proxy.
  • Fans of Voltes V vs. fans of Voltron. Particularly infamous in some corners of fandom, where Voltes V proponents will slam Voltron as a rip-off and dedicate fanfiction and videos to the characters being slaughtered or made out to be villains threatening the Voltes V team. Flamewars will spark over which giant robot would wipe the floor with the other, and whether or not the "Voltron" title plagiarized the "Volt" in Voltes (fans who point out that the original title was Go Lion tend to get ignored in the shuffle). The arguments all boil down to which Five-Man Band series is the legitimate and superior title, whether or not the latter was plagiarism, and if it's possible for fans of either to enjoy both.
  • In the Spring 2013 Anime season, we had Suisei no Gargantia and the (continuing into summer) Attack on Titan, both animated by Production I.G. Some Titan fans blamed Gargantia for "stealing" some of their better animators and money, resulting in some Off Model scenes and still shots (even though many of those stills originated in the Attack on Titan manga). It didn't help that Titan Episode 6 featured some of the most egregrious stills and "QUALITY", while Gargantia's Episode 6 featured a particularly well-animated bellydancing scene.
  • It happened with Majestic Prince and Valvrave the Liberator in 2013 as both were mecha anime that premiered on the same day despite have nothing in common aside from being in the same genre and being loaded with Fanservice; MJP fans often take it a step further with claims of how well received their anime was while Valvrave was comparatively panned, and in turn the fans of the other show countered that Majestic Prince sold less copies.
    • After Valvrave aired it gained heavy panning on /m/, so much so that it even gained an averted rivalry between whether or not it was worse than Gundam SEED Destiny. Destiny haters proclaim it is worse due to switching the main characters at the last quarter, a "flawless victory" style ending, a lack of coherence in plot details near the end, and angsty or poorly written characters (mainly Shinn and Kira, respectively); Valvrave haters proclaim it is worse due to the first half having crippling slow pacing that brought down the second half, many plot twists that amount to nothing outside of shock value (mainly time skips), being excessively mean spirited (especially to its main characters), background characters becoming incredibly important before being killed off, and the main cast accomplishing very little with a high toll while the underdeveloped faction (ARUS) ended up saving the world while the ending credits rolled.
  • Sword Art Online fans and Log Horizon fans, due to similar premise of their respective series. Out of all rivalries mentioned here, this is easily the most violent of them all, so much so that it's pretty much considered suicidal to refer to both SAO and LH in the same sentence in, well, any anime-specialized website.
  • In all honesty, fans of older anime vs. fans of newer anime. Sometimes it can be as subtle as pointing out the evolution of anime over the years, but then you get frequent discussions over which generation is better. Some fans of the former dislike the latter for being too overly saturated with Fanservice and emphasis on Moe, saying how today's generation is putting less focus on the story and the action in favor of sexual themes. Fans of the latter however will often say that today's visuals are easier to look at and more pleasing to the eye compared to the rugged hand-drawn style of the former, and that the animation is more fluent and top-notch in quality. This discussion has been going on for as recently as the last decade so far.

     Cars 
  • SUV drivers vs EV or hybrid drivers. The later sees the former as wasteful and self-centered. The former sees the later as whiny and effeminate.
  • The Nissan Leaf Vs the Chevrolet Volt, being they are currently the two main choices for an electric car, the two cars that ranked the highest in safty for 2011, and that the Volt won Motortrend American car of the year while the Leaf won European car of the year, both in 2011.
    • There's also the issue of whether or not the Chevrolet Volt counts as an "Electric" car, or if it's a Hybrid. Both sides of the argument point to the combustion generator in the Chevrolet Volt vs the pure battery electric Nissan Leaf, despite both having a pure electric drive train. In the end it boils down to the Leaf driver saying "It's not electric, it's just a stupid hybrid." and the Volt driver replying "Is so electric, and the generator give it a further range while still using less gas then a pure gasoline car would!" That's right. Electric car drivers will argue over where the electricity comes from.
  • Holden vs Ford in Australia - both companies have a long history in the country, and there is also spillover from their rivalry on the racing circuit.
  • Harley-Davidson Vs Indian Motorcycles. Vicious when both companies where still around, still exists to some degree amoung classic motorcycle collectors.
    • Also Harleys versus Japanese bikes. The former calls the latter "rice-burners," while the latter says they call them Harleys because they Harley ever run.
  • Chevrolet vs. Ford is probably the great granddaddy of automotive rivalries in the US, especially for pickups. Foreign vs. domestic used to start fistfights in the 70's and 80's, but that feud has mellowed a bit over time. A bit. "Foreign" cars are still banned from the parking lot of the headquarters of the United Auto Workers union in Detroit, though what's "foreign" and what's "domestic" has blurred quite a bit in more recent times.
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Subaru Impreza WRX STI are obviously this since they're built for WRC, having huge fanbases for each side and famous engine. They're also the ones captured by the tuner markets. However, the rivalry ended in 2014 when Mitsubishi Motors announced the discontinuation of Lancer Evolution line, leaving Subaru alone to develop their own WRX STI line.
    • The German-made Audi S3 Sedan can be considered a Spiritual Successor to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution line, utilizing the similar engine and drivetrain configurations, except it abandoned the huge rear-wing in favor of more-streamlined, Rosemeyer-style approach.

    Comic Books 
  • Perhaps the second most enduring example is Marvel Comics vs. DC Comics. Debates on who has the better characters, who has the more well-rounded characters, which treats the talent better, and of course, the inevitable movie successes can get bloodied, and annoying for people who don't care about this sort of thing.
    • Robert Downey Jr., the star of Iron Man, even publicly smacktalked The Dark Knight (but see below).
    • Particularly ironic given that Marvel and DC have done several crossovers.
    • Both sides' parent companies effectively made this rivalry an extension of another one mentioned below (namely, Disney vs. Warner Bros.)
  • Batman fans vs. Superman fans.
    • Recently, this has been expanded into Batman fans vs fans of other DC superheroes.
  • Hulk fans vs Thor fans
  • Not as pronounced as it once was but Wolverine fans and Spider-Man fans used to have a hold grudges against one another.
    • Wolverine fans and The Punisher fans also have one, fueled by that one time their respective writers used to regurally exchange jabs at the other.
  • Teen Titans vs Young Justice. This one began when DC decided to restore the classic Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans - and did so by taking the current Teen Titans and Young Justice books and merging them together. The transition was, shall we say, less than seamless. Young Justice fans were upset because their Lighter and Softer book had been cancelled, with favorite cast members Put on a Bus, and some of the survivors being written as far different characters. Teen Titans fans were upset because they had also lost favorite cast members (and two of them were killed), and now their book had been taken over by what they considered to be a Spotlight-Stealing Squad, the YJ4. Being upset over the same thing, but for different reasons, a rivalry sparked. Sometimes more fuel gets tossed on the old fire, such as the animated adaptions trading tones, or the New52 having no sign of the original Kid Flash or Wonder Girl.
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths divided the DC Comics fandom between fans and haters of the pre-crisis multiverse, mostly depending on whether you began reading comics before or after the crossover. Discussions between this two groups could become pretty nasty at times.
    • It's important to also note that most readers (although there are exceptions) are fans of the Crisis and the Post-Crisis universe. However, fans of the Post-Crisis universe are divided over those who think Pre Crisis comics were just as enjoyable as Post-Crisis ones, versus those who think everything Pre Crisis was immature, shallow kiddie stuff.
    • This dispute is now further complicated by the New52 reboot, which means that the DC Fan Dumb is now divided into three camps: Pre Crisis; Post Crisis, Pre New52; and Post New52.
  • In the Marvel Universe their seems to be a rivalry at times between the fans that only read X-Men comics, and the fans that read everything else but the X-Men.
  • Hal Jordan fans vs. Kyle Rayner fans, with outlying John Stewart and Guy Gardner factions.
  • The Sonic the Hedgehog fanbase has two comics pitted against each other. The American Archie comics and the British Fleetway one.
  • Avengers fans vs. fans of Brian Michael Bendis, when Bendis started writing Avengers books. Some longtime fans took issue with Bendis' perceived lack of respect for the franchise. Fan objections didn't seem to hurt sales much, though — when Bendis left the franchise in 2012, he had written the Avengers for 8 years and approximately 232 issues.
  • Avengers fans vs. X-Men fans, particularly from the X-side, who widely see Marvel as neglecting the X-Men in favor of the Avengers due to only having the film rights for the latter team and many of its characters. In 2012, there was actually an Avengers vs. X-Men mega-crossover.
    • This has spilled over into the film franchises as well. There's been many a debate over which franchise has the better movies, with many from the Marvel Cinematic Universe side wanting Fox to lose their rights in order to absorb the X-Men into the MCU. Not helping matters was the legal gray area concerning the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, two characters synonymous with both franchises. This led to loads of debates over which franchise "deserves" the twins more. Quicksilver in particular has been cast for both Avengers: Age of Ultron and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • Avengers Arena vs. Runaways, Avengers Academy, and Sentinel fans (despite Arena featuring characters from all of those comics). Basically Arena is a Contested Sequel to those comics with the Audience-Alienating Premise of the The Hunger Games/Battle Royale meets the youth of the marvel verse. Fans of the characters mostly hate Arena and its Kill the C listers premise, along with its fans who don't seem to care about characters from critical darling books being wasted in a Follow the Leader book, while fans of Arena for the most part just want to enjoy the story without being bogged down by countinity or having to listen to Academy and Runaways fans complain about the deaths.
    • Thanks to X-23 being in the series and their Friendly Fandoms status with Runaways and Academy fans, fans of New X-Men don't hold many warm feelings for Avengers Arena either. Notable that is seems to reach on both sides of their Broken Base - fans of Weir & DeFilipis run hate Arena for the same reasons they hate Kyle & Yost run, while fans of Kyle & Yost run see Arena as shallow attempt at replicating it's sucess that's Completely Missing the Point.
    • And then there are fans of Deathmatch - Boom! Studios series with similiar premise of superheroes fighting each other to death, that had been announced some time after Arena, leading to many accusations of stealing the idea. Which was unlikely, because Deathmatch appeared way to quickly after Arena, and writer Paul Jenkins said the sole reason he went to do Deathmatch at Boom! was that he thought neither Marvel or DC would let him publish book like this under their banner. Fans of Deathmatch, when faced with accusations of "stealing" from Arena either point out they don't really have that much in common or embrace it and say that yes, Deathmatch does the same thing as Avengers Arena.
    • Despite being written by the same creator, even some fans of Cable & X-Force hate Arena.
  • Fans of post Annihilation Cosmic Marvel and fans of Jonathan Hickman can get quite vocal against each other. It generally boils down to whether you like Hickman's stories enough to pass on the fact he quickly undid everything Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning estabilished for many characters and teams, that didn't fit his vision.
  • There is a clear division between Marvel fans who prefer The Sixties Marvel and those who prefer The Seventies and beyond. Stan Lee was the driving force during the sixties with his distinctive writing style. He wrote most if not all of the comics during the early years. There is also the debate over how much Lee actually wrote. The 70s had a new glut of writers such as Marv Wolfman, Bill Mantlo, Chris Claremont, and Steve Gerber, all of whom dispensed with Lee's over the top, hip, chummy style. These writers created a edgier, more adult sensibility and often tackled sociopolitical issues head on. They introduced more subtext and occasional adult language. Also, these writers would make serious contributions to creating strong, independent female charactes, something that was clearly lacking in The Sixties. This would continue into The Eighties where sexual innuendos would start to be introduced. Under Lee, the sixties was mostly limited to superheroes. The seventies also introduced a large number of horror themed and non superhero characters such as Blade, The Punisher, Man-Thing, and of course Wolverine. These writers would also create a rich cadre of complex supporting characters for each title, supporting non-superhero characters being a major deficiency during the 60s. It is also under a different writer (Claremont) that the Lee/Kirby created X-Men went from a failed title to a reimagined hot title. To many advocates of 70s Marvel, Lee's co-creations seem flat and one dimensional. To many advocates of 60s Marvel, the 70s introduced too many violent antiheroes.

    Film 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings can be construed as this. Which is the better trilogy? Which has the best action scenes? One side tends to think that Pirates is for fangirls of Johnny Depp, and the other side tends to think that Rings is for stay-at-home nerds. Of course, both are way off.
    • Yeah, Pirates also has Johnny Depp fanboys.
    • You can also consider it an Orlando Bloom tug-of-war (he's Will Turner and Legolas respectively).
    • You don't even have to leave the Pirates fandom to find a rivalry. Johnny Depp fans love to attack Orlando Bloom fans on some forums, because they think Bloom is trying to copy him (apparently bearing a slight physical resemblance to someone = trying to be him in some minds). And then there's the ship wars that break out over who Elizabeth should have ended up with.
    • Speaking of trilogies...
      • And now there's a fourth one.
  • The Dark Knight Saga fans have achieved rivalries with a long list of film fans:
    • Because they were both superhero movies released in 2008 that became extremely successful, a small rivalry developed between fans of Iron Man and The Dark Knight. While the rivalry seemed to be pretty friendly (most fans were too happy to get two good superhero movies in one year and saw both), a small faction seemed to need to bolster their favorite movie by bashing the other. TDK fans accused IM of being a standard issue Marvel popcorn flick with an over-hyped Robert Downey, Jr.. IM fans hit back by saying that TDK was a brooding, pretentious movie that forgot it was supposed to be fun, and featured an over-hyped (and dead) Heath Ledger.
    • The Marvel vs. DC rivalry probably didn't help.
    • It seems that the overarching Marvel Cinematic Universe now has a rivalry with the entire The Dark Knight Saga since The Dark Knight Rises is going to be released around the same time as The Avengers.
    • The original Spider-Man and X-Men films have seen an influx of Dark Knight fans flooding message boards since those movies are often seen as some of the best comicbook movies, regardless if the films are still being made or not.
    • Avatar and Dark Knight fans have fought over whether or not one film deserved more Oscars than the other (mentioned more in depth below).
    • Another The Dark Knight Saga rivalry has sparked with fans of the Burton directed Batman movies. Particularly over whether Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger is better as The Joker.
    • And yet another one-sided rivarly has sprung up with TDKS fans trolling The Hobbit-related message boards, apparently since The Dark Knight Rises is geared to be the big film of 2012 alongside ''The Hobbit'. So far, most Hobbit fans seemed more dismayed than anything.
    • The Amazing Spider-Man is also set to come out in the same season, resulting in Dark Knight fans trolling their boards as well.
    • At least amongst the IMDb boards, Dark Knight fans have also trolled the boards for The Shawshank Redemption and The Godfather films due to those films being rated very high on that website while The Dark Knight is rated (very slightly, mind you) lower. Fans of those movies seem more befuddled than anything and quickly contacted the admins to avoid a Flame War.
      • It has now gotten to the point where many fear that this behavior will do nothing but harm the box office returns for The Dark Knight Rises and the popularity of the series as a whole.
    • Now there appears to have a rather absurd rivalry within the Dark Knight trilogy. Rapid fans of The Dark Knight are sometimes found trolling the boards for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises on IMDb, frustrating a lot of more casual fans.
    • Finally, not only do fans of any given iteration of Superman have to put up with fans of the trilogy doing what they do, but also backlash from fans of other trilogies spewing bile over Man of Steel due to its connection with Nolan.
  • Man of Steel fans vs. fans of the Christopher Reeve movies. One side being a wild pack of ungrateful "highbrows," the other being a beehive full of bitter Methuselahs. Of course, real fa... I mean, plenty of fans like both, but that doesn't matter to the fans engaged in the rivalry.
  • Diary of the Dead fans vs. The Zombie Diaries fans. Ironic since the latter is/was Romero fans.
  • The success of the Twilight movies comparable to many "boy-friendly" franchises has essentially created a battle of the sexes.
    • 30 Days of Night fans and fans of the director David Slade are now at odds with Twilight fans because he's now directing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Twilight fans thinking he's gonna ruin it, while Slade fans think he'll finally make the franchise worth the hype. And there's also a Broken Base regarding the fact that Slade chose to direct Eclipse when he said he didn't even want to touch the franchise.
  • To a certain extent, 2009's Star Trek versus Avatar fans, due to the latter taking a lot of attention at the 2010 Oscars fans feel was stolen away from Trek. This is mainly the younger fans that Star Trek gained, with its hipper, attractive cast and brisker storytelling, as opposed to Cameron's much longer story and more alien world. And that's before we toss in Avatar's (ultimately lost) rivalry with The Hurt Locker at the Oscars.
    • ...which was filmed by Cameron's ex wife, arguably a huge component in why it won.
  • Going back to the 1950's, there's always been critical contention over who was the greatest Japanese film director at the time: Kenji Mizoguchi or Akira Kurosawa. Later on, Yasujiro Ozu became known outside of Japan and put a new spin on the debate.
    • So the question is, 'Is Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, or Ozu the greatest Japanese film maker?' Yes.
  • District 9 fans and Avatar fans for a variety of reasons. For one, D9 fans prefer the gritty, dark world of South Africa to the colorful, optimistic world of Pandora and think Avatar stole District's thunder at awards shows at the end of the year. Avatar fans counter that it is more realistic in its take on humanity, more emotionally involving, and better produced than D9.
    • Interestingly, both movies could be seen as a Darker and Edgier or Lighter and Softer take on the other, respectively, which probably fuels the rivalry. (and much overanalysis by film nerds)
  • Fans of The Three Stooges and the Marx Brothers have been somewhat at odds for decades, though most people have agreed to like them both. Same goes for Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin versus either of the aforementioned comedy acts, or each other.
    • Speaking of Chaplin, fans of Buster Keaton have been at odds with Chaplin fans since the Silent Era, with a lot of Keaton fans seeing Chaplin as over-rated because his fame overshadows Keaton's.
  • Several Youtube comment fights broke out between Christopher Nolan fanboys and James Cameron fanboys on almost every Inception trailer in the weeks running up to the release. This rivalry probably started when The Dark Knight was, in the eyes of many, snubbed for an Oscar nomination, but Avatar was nominated the following year despite also belonging to a usually neglected genre and earned more money, and tempers boiled over when Inception hype reached fever pitch.
    • And just like Avatar and The Hurt Locker above, Inception fans also hold a grudge against The King's Speech following the 2011 Oscars.
    • Inception fans also have a grudge with The Social Network fans; they feel that The Social Network shouldn't have won the Oscar for best soundtrack because "it's just 4 notes on the piano".
  • Godzilla fans, mostly between fans of the Japanese movies vs. the American remake, you have to praise one and hate the other because you cannot like both.
    • To a lesser extent Showa Era Godzilla (1954-1975) fans vs. Heisei Era Godzilla (1984-1995) fans. At rare times both types of fans will go after Millennium Era Godzilla (1999-2004) fans, mostly the ones that liked Godzilla Final Wars due to its poor box office reception and lackluster reviews.
    • Godzilla vs. Gamera, sometimes mixing in Clover from Cloverfield. Godzilla fans often boast about how much darker and financially successful their movies are while Gamera fans boast that their 90s movies got more high quality reviews than most of Godzilla's movies. It did not help that both of their latest films, Godzilla Final Wars and Gamera The Brave, both did poorly at the box office.
    • Fans that often argue toward one another on how Godzilla's Revenge, Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla, the 1998 American remake, or Godzilla Final Wars as the worst Godzilla movie ever for various reasons all over the place including over used stock footage (Revenge), bad music (Space Godzilla), adaption rape (remake and Final Wars), lackluster action (Revenge and Final Wars), ripping off ideas from other movies (remake and Final Wars), bland story and/or characters (all of them), bad dubbing even worse than usual (Revenge and Space Godzilla), bad updated appearances or the monsters themselves be them new or old (Revenge, remake, and Final Wars).
  • Godzilla (2014):
    • During the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, there were a rash of small fandom wars between it and Vampire Academy after a Godzilla fan insulted Vampire Academy and it's fans when the vampire movie was beating Godzilla in the polls.
    • A minor one with Man of Steel, with jokes about how Godzilla's battles with the MUTOs apparently caused less property damage than Superman's battle with Zod.
    • There's one with Pacific Rim revolving around debates over which stylistic approach is best for a Kaiju film, the fantastical and lighthearted one for Pacific Rim or the realistic and dark one for Godzilla. Although there's a sizeable portion of people -including Del Toro himself- who'd love to see a crossover.
      • The Godzilla fanbase In general is either friendly with Pacific Rim fans, united in their love of kaiju — or would like them to piss off because Godzilla is a genuine Japanese kaiju property, not an imitation, and would so totally own all the robots and creatures in that film.
  • Ghostbusters has a rivalry which crosses multiple media: Fans of Columbia's franchise call themselves "Ghostheads," and fans of Filmation's franchise (the one with the gorilla) call themselves "Go-ers." These days, it's less of a rivalry and more of an uneasy alliance.
  • One of the nastiest: The Illusionist vs. The Prestige. Be careful who you discuss either of these movies with. The argument might lead to IQ dissing. Seriously though, it's impossible to find someone who's a fan of both, even though both movies deal with magicians and revenge plots... They just appeal to different folks. Loving one means hating the other. In fact, your love for one is pretty much defined by how much you hate the other. People pick sides based on which one they saw first, which one they saw in the cinema, Bale/Norton affection, Jackman/Rufus affection, belief that if it has Caine/Giamatti in it, it must be epic... But you have to pick a side.
  • Fans of the Marx Brothers and The Three Stooges often like to engage in friendly trash talk and bickering over which team as funnier.
  • A minor and friendlier rivarly occured among the filmmakers and fans of the X-Men franchise and Spider-Man franchise since both series kick-started the return of comic book movies for the new mellinium with their second acts often being cited as some of the best superhero flicks ever made.
  • As with Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man Series, many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe criticize X-Men: Days of Future Past just for existing and maintaining Fox's hold on the X-Men film rights, since they wish the rights would go to Marvel Studios. All the more since the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Quicksilver already appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and is set to return in Avengers: Age of Ultron. And then there are accusations of Marvel trying to undermine Fox's success by downplaying its X-Men marketing in the comics and cancelling its Fantastic Four titles, while playing up lesser-known concepts such as the Guardians of the Galaxy and Inhumans that will appear in its upcoming movies.note  Given that most of these franchise's box office draw comes from movie goers and not comic fans, however, one has to wonder how people got this assumption.
    • Note that this MCU rivalry is different for X-Men than for The Amazing Spider-Man (which has a Fandom Rivalry with DOFP in its own right). Due to DOFP's very positive reception, the rivalry is less "they're turning the series into a Franchise Zombie just to hold on to the rights"note  and more "which Marvel movie series/universe is better".note 
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) is shaping up to be this with Guardians of the Galaxy. They were released a week apart from each other, and they're both based on comic books with an anthropomorphic animal as one of the main characters. Didn't help that the film managed to steal the number 1 spot from them at the box office (although Guardians had a higher opening). Even more, Guardians actually took back the number 1 spot sometime afterward.
  • Star Wars fans vs. fans of the New Hollywood/"Auteur Era." This is because many New Hollywood fans see the release and overwhelming success of A New Hope as the beginning of a shift in the film industry away from arty, director-driven films and toward "big, dumb" Summer Blockbusters. In reality, there were many other reasons for the New Hollywood's decline, including the fact that its aforementioned director-led nature led to some truly gargantuan egos springing up.

    Literature 
  • A Song of Ice and Fire vs. Sword of Truth. The animosity is mostly limited to the ASOIAF fans, who have made a long-running game of mocking the SoT series, its author Terry Goodkind, its fans, and its similarity to Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy (it's notable that George RR Martin is socially and economically quite left-wing). Animosity on the SoT side is mostly limited to reactions against this game.
    • Also ASOIAF vs. The Wheel of Time. Although the two works are different enough that there are a large number of fans who like both for different reasons.
    • The Wheel of Time vs. Sword of Truth is far more flammable than either of the above, due to fans of the former accusing the latter of being nothing but a thinly-veiled ripoff.
  • Sooner or later, someone from another popular fantasy series picks on Harry Potter and its fans.
    • Some fans of The Dresden Files never pass an opportunity to point out that Harry Dresden would utterly destroy Harry Potter in a fight. Never mind the fact that the only similarity between the two characters that even warrants any comparison at all is their first name.
    • There was some animosity between Harry Potter and Discworld fans due to a misconception that Discworld character Ponder Stibbons copied Harry Potter, or the other way around. In reality, Terry Pratchett has said that J. K. Rowling is a friend of his. (And besides, Ponder appeared years before.)
      • Not to mention that the only thing Ponder and Harry have in common is that they are both students of wizardry. And, like 68% of the UK population, wear glasses.
      • In addition, Sir Terry made some comments criticising an interview with JK that some Potter fans interpreted as being critical of her. Similarly, his jokey line about "defeating evil by throwing a piece of expensive jewellery into a volcano" was seen as a "swipe" at J. R. R. Tolkien, whom he has praised to the rafters elsewhere. Pratchett's fans expect him to be ironic, even about things he likes, but those who aren't used to his style can take offence. And Discworld fans, who strive to be equally ironic, don't always help.
    • When both Potter and Lord of the Rings had their first movies within a month of each other, many comparisons were made, and battle lines were drawn. The two mentor wizards (Richard Harris and Ian McKellen) even sniped at each other in the press. Arguments over whether Voldemort could beat Sauron crop up, but the heat has largely died down.
      • When the first Potter film came out, FoxTrot did a week's worth of strips with Jason, already established as a Rings fan, going up against Eileen Jacobsen, who turned out to be a Potter fan. (The last strip revealed that Jason secretly dressed up as Harry and went to the movie anyway.)
    • Fans of A Wizard of Earthsea, especially since it's got a similar premise. It doesn't exactly help that Le Guin herself has criticized the series.
    • Occasionally, fans of A Song of Ice and Fire swagger around to a forum or YouTube comments section and proclaim how incredibly superior they believe it is to Potter.
    • On the whole, for fans of the series mentioned above, the main motive for picking on Harry Potter is usually the fact that it's a children's book series. Or they may be disgruntled with its popularity, which they believe is disproportionate to its (alleged) comparative lack of literary merit and/or good writing.
    • Thanks to Orson Scott Card's fairly harsh criticism of Rowling for her lawsuit against the Harry Potter Lexicon, a few fans of Ender’s Game have turned against it too.
    • There was a bit of a rivalry with The Inheritance Cycle, but that died out when people noticed that it was entirely manufactured by the marketers.
  • The Love It or Hate It series Twilight has inspired quite a few fandom rivalries.
    • There's Potter vs. Twilight. Never has such a fandom rivalry been so whipped up by the media itself. Twilight, like Potter, is something of a literary phenomenon, and its movie stars a Harry Potter alumnus, so the two were constantly compared. They really have nothing in common though, apart from both being children's/young adult's fantasy series.
    • A more interesting fact is that the Twilight vs 'Harry Potter war was whipped by the media constantly comparing the two, but then spread to the fandoms themselves on it own accord and media fanning the flames to that. Harry Potter fans stated that a war between good and evil was a story much deeper than a teenage romance, the Twilighters claiming their series is "sexier and more mature then HP (sic)".
    • Made worse, when asked "who would win" with Harry versus Edward, Stephanie Meyer didn't just say "Edward would win due to having Super Speed", she said "Edward would kill Harry because his Super Speed makes him faster than wizards shooting wands at each other. You can't say something like that without Internet Backdraft, folks.
    • To a lesser extent, Buffyverse/traditional vampires/Anne Rice fans. They seem to imply that a true vampire genre fan could never like the blasphemy of Twilight or the take on the female lead when Whedon created such a strong female. However Whedonesques are usually very civil on expressing their dislike of the saga, while not bashing it or its fans.
    • Harry Potter fans joined themselves to avoid the Eclipse movie from trending on Twitter on the day of its midnight release.
    • The Hunger Games fans often find themselves torn in the middle; while many are fans of Twilight due to being recommended by Stephenie Meyer herself, they most often find themselves sided with Potter. There are even "District 9ľ" alliance pages on Facebook.
    • And then, of course, we always have that small group of pretentious intellectual snobs who believe that kids should instead be reading Carroll and Twain and that adults should be reading Austen and Faulkner.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia versus His Dark Materials serves as a microcosm for Christianity versus atheism.
    • On the Narnia fans' side, it was primarily caused by the author of His Dark Materials loudly criticizing the Narnia series. You can't say stuff like that without causing a fandom war, folks.
  • For some time there was an entirely mock rivalry between Isaac Asimov and Harlan Ellison, who in real life were close friends: Ellison brought it to an end, because his regard for Asimov was so great he was worried fans would take the rivalry as real.
  • There exists a minor rivalry between Science Fiction and Fantasy. Some, like author David Brin, regard fantasy as inherently anti-science and pro-authoritarian.
  • Fans of Jane Austen vs. fans of the Bronte sisters. Charlotte Bronte personally never liked Jane Austen's work herself, and many fans of Austen's romantic comedies and the Bronte sisters' Darker and Edgier Gothic romances dislike the other's works.
  • Lit Fic fans vs fans of Speculative Fiction.
    • Lit Fic fans vs fans of any genre based writing for that matter.
    • Fans of the classic books vs. fans of popular contemporary books.
  • Battle Royale fans (book, movie and manga alike, who also have their own rivalries) vs. The Hunger Games fans. Fans of Battle Royale frequently accuse Suzanne Collins of having ripped it off in writing The Hunger Games, an accusation that HG fans deflect by noting that BR's plot itself isn't all that original. Just check the comments section on this trailer for the BR movie... it isn't pleasant. The "Hater Nickname" for The Hunger Games is "Battle Royale for dumb teenagers".
  • Within the Cthulhu Mythos, some fans prefer HP Lovecraft's original inscrutable, human-morality-means-diddly-squat vision of Cosmic Horror Story, while others have no problem with August Derleth's belated addition of good-vs-evil and four-element themes to the Mythos. Even the "Lovecraft Circle" itself had members who'd argued over this one.
  • There's a small degree of this between Animorphs and Everworld, due to the fact that K.A. Applegate left to work on Everworld, the Animorphs series was largely ghostwritten, and suffered because of it. Fortunately, nothing gets too overly heated.
  • The Lord of the Rings fans have had some disagreements with Discworld fans over some comments Terry made that, while they definitely established he was a Tolkien fan, had a bit of a backhanded feel to them. Conversely, some Discworld fans see Middle-Earth as everything Discworld is saying fantasy shouldn't be.

    Meta 
  • Fans vs. anti-fans. Anti-fans are disgusted by fandoms, which are generally composed of whiny, emotionally stunted philistines with a tremendous sense of entitlement who are confused and frightened by every new thing in their precious objects of fandom and more interested in belonging to a group than actual art. Meanwhile, fans of all stripes detest a particular culture of smarmy, black-hearted elitist cynics who would rather choke on a barbed wire lollipop than remove the rod from their collective ass and enjoy themselves.
    • At the time that some people were getting into science fiction fandom more for the social aspects of fandom than because they were into the genre, the expression "We're just fans, we don't read the stuff" appeared. Opponents of those people responded with the slogan, "We're not fans, we just read the stuff."
  • FIAWOLnote  vs. FIJAGHnote 
  • There also seems to be a Hatedom towards Speculative Fiction (regardless of the medium) from others who like things that are non speculative fiction, like Lit Fic and other medium equivalents for example.
  • Fans vs fans who write Fan Fiction. If non-fic fans know much about fic-ers they've depicted them as sexually frustrated middle-aged women with too much time on their hands who will pair up anyone with anyone/thing (leading to comments about how "disgusting" fanfic isnote ). Fic-ers on the other hand bash the rest of the world for "closed minded hate" towards favoured characters or ships, equating a dislike of fanfic with the closeted, agoraphobic nerd who won't remove action figures from the original packaging and is anti-fun. Fic-ers have also been known to get slightly miffed whenever a non-fic-er sociologist or anthropologist tries to "understand" this subculture. For the most part though, both groups casually ignore each other under the mantra that the other just doesn't "get it", and fan fiction tends to remain relatively unknown to the average muggle.
    • Add to that certain genres of fanfiction that appeal to different types of fans. It depends on the fandom, but generally, it's best to watch for writers of shipping fics vs. writers of grimdark fics vs. everyone else.
  • Fans of the fantasy series Epic Legends Of The Hierarchs and Song Of The Sorcelator hate each other, with both sides, authors included, accusing the other of plagarism. So why is this in the "Meta" folder? It's all fake. Neither series even exists; it's just people enjoying making up Stylistic Suck and having mock fights over it.
  • Spoilers vs no spoilers. Some fans enjoy finding out what's ahead for their favorite shows, while others throw a fit if they find out even a small tidbit about what's coming.

    Newspaper Comics 

    Other 
  • Although mainly because of political reasons (and not on the internet, but rather an actual rivalry, with fighting), traditional Oi! skinheads and antifascist punks vs neo-nazi boneheads (who call themselves skinheads)
  • Theists vs. atheists. Someone was going to say it.
    • And (to a certain extent) Agnostics
    • This also applies to the countless interreligion and intra-religion feuds.
  • W.E.B. DuBois followers vs Booker T. Washington supporters. Both were early civil rights leaders, but could hardly be more different in their ideas. Washington urged black Americans to learn a trade and become part of the working class, where their buying power would naturally bring them into acceptance within white society. DuBois urged black Americans to study literature and the arts, embrace their cultural roots, and demand equal rights through fierce political action. Washington and his followers argued that DuBois's strategy was too unrealistic and abstract, while DuBois and his followers accused Washington of perpetuating the blacks' low social status.
  • Among wineries there's Napa Valley vs. France.
  • Low-calorie fans vs. low-carb fans. (And by extension, saturated fats vs. unsaturated fats, vegetarians vs. omnivores, et cetera.)
  • Coke fans vs. Pepsi fans.
    • Who are united, however, against foolish people who insist the drinks taste the same.
    • And then there's Dr. Pepper.
      • The real rivalry there is Dr Pepper vs Mr Pibb
  • McDonald's fans vs. Burger King fans.
    • The Mickey D vs BK rivalry is as nothing compared to Krystal vs White Castle.
      • To the extent that there is/used to be a billboard just across the Tennessee/Kentucky state line on I-65 North advertising "Last chance for Krystal" ahead.
    • Said restaurant rivalry does not apply in the Philippines, where McDonald's has to contend with a certain red fat jolly bee.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken vs. Popeyes vs. (if applicable) Churches vs. Brownsnote .
    • In Australia, KFC vs Red Rooster vs Nando's
  • Five Guys vs. In 'N' Out
  • Domino's vs. Pizza Hut.
    • And in certain areas, both of them vs. Papa Johns.
  • White Castle vs Krystal
  • Cats vs Dogs.
  • "Normal" pets like dogs and fish vs more obscure ones like rats or iguana
  • LEGO fans vs. Mega-Bloks and to an extent, Kre-O and, to a lesser extent, LEGO fans vs. all other building block toys. Not sure how strong this is on the non-Lego side, but on at least one Lego fansite, the names of other brands like Mega-Bloks and Tyco are used as replacement swearwords.
  • Subs vs. Dubs. It had to be mentioned.
  • Tea and coffee.
  • X political party and Y political party, anywhere. It's particularly pronounced in America with the two party system.
    • America actually has more than two parties but you probably wouldn't know that since only the Democrats and Republicans ge tany attention. This leads to the always painful liberal vs. conservatives.
    • And within the Republican party, moderates vs. Tea Partiers. It's gotten to the point that unity events are being canceled. And of course the Tea Partiers are just going to fire up the Democrats in November.
    • In America, the rivalry may exist more due to problems of in-group/out-group identification than actual differences, making this a sad case of manufactured rivalry.note 
  • Railfans tend to strongly dislike Busfans and bus transportation in general due to the mostly correct perception that buses killed the majority of streetcar, commuter and long distance rail passenger services across North America. Most railfans will choose to walk long distances to avoid having to ride a bus.
    • Similar to the bus issue, some railfans (or people who just prefer traveling by train) will hate airlines because they think flying is a bigger hassle than rail travel or because in the second half of the 20th century the rising popularity of airlines resulted in a major downfall for passenger rail service.
    • Union Pacific vs. Burlington Northern Santa Fe and CSX vs. Norfolk Southern, especially their predecessors and purchased railroads. Also other smaller/defunct railroads vs. the aforementioned railroads.
    • New York Central vs. The Pennsylvania Railroad is still a big one despite both railroads being out of business since 1968.
    • EMD vs. General Electric Transportation vs. defunct locomotive manufacturers (Baldwin for example).
  • Knitting and crochet. Seriously.
    • And in each of those, but especially in knitting, natural-fiber versus novelty-yarn.
  • Firearms:
    • In the US debates rage between fans of the AK-47 (and to a lesser extent, other AK derivatives) and the M-16 (or the civilian version, the AR-15). This is also partly due to the huge political and cultural aspect, as the AK has been often the gun of America's enemies, like the Russians and other communist countries, while the M-16 has been the gun of America. That AKs were used against M-16s in the Vietnam War also is a big point, often brought up in debates/flame wars.
    • To a lesser extent, shotgun fans are divided between Mossberg and Remington, especially for pump-action, and there is further debate between the whole pump vs break open (double-barrel or over-and-under).
  • Obligatory hentai examples:
  • Not even theoretical physics is immune from this; the most famous example (currently) is proponents of string theory vs. proponents of other theories, with the latter accusing the former of playing unfalsifiable, unscientific mathematical parlour .
    • Every science has this, in fact. For example, psychology had psychoanalysis vs. behaviourism at its outset, then behaviourism vs. cognitive psychology, then all of the above vs. evolutionary psychology and so on. And then there's hard (natural) science vs. soft (social) science, with people in the hard sciences accusing their softer brethren of being pseudosciences and people in the soft sciences accusing them of being smug elitists in turn. And then there's science people vs. arts people, whom they accuse of getting A Degree in Useless.
    • While on Hard on Soft Science, college students might get into some heated arguments: exact sciences vs. human\social sciences, exact sciences vs. biological sciences, law school vs. the other humanities...
  • When Brazilian movie magazine SET was sold to a different publisher, one of the editors started his own publication, Preview. Then his old boss returned to SET. The magazines have since started a rivalry, particularly fueled by the fact that SET suffered from chronic Schedule Slip until it ceased publication (Preview fans even call her "The Dead One").
  • As mentioned in the Sports section below, St. Louis and Chicago already have a baseball rivalry but this extends to the two cities themselves since they are basically the two major cities fighting over the center of the country... Kansas City being a possible third option.
  • Boeing vs. Airbus. This one's real Serious Business—after all, the former's biggest fanboy is a certain scholarly gent who goes by the name of Uncle Sam, while the latter has a major fangirl in Europa (no, not the moon of Jupiter). Boeing fans claim Airbus is an upstart company with a crummy name, that gets an unfair leg up with preferential loans from the EU. Airbus reply that Boeing is Not So Different, and is only kept afloat by Pentagon pork and US diplomatic pressure on countries to make their flag carriers buy it. Of course, this mirrors the fact that the companies themselves utterly loathe each other, to the extent that Boeing ignored Airbus's warnings over the 787 battery fiasco, believing them to be a sneaky plot. This rivalry ranges from mutual bitter WTO disputes, to hilariously bitchy advertisement wars.
    • Aviation enthusiasts also do this with airlines: United vs. Delta, British Airways vs. Virgin Atlantic, etc.
  • Reason vs FL Studio vs Ableton Live vs whatever other DAW.
  • In the dinosaur fanboy community, one of the biggest debates involves who would win in a fight between Tyrannosaurus and Spinosaurus (two of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs), with both sides involving fanboys who constantly think of reasons that their theropod is bigger or stronger while bashing the other. The feud probably started because the Spinosaurus replaced the T. rex in Jurassic Park III. Things get worse when the carcharodontosaur Giganotosaurus gets involved, with fanboys practically doing the same thing as the other two carnivores. In fact, it would probably extend to a battle of any of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs.
  • Hardcore palaeontology enthusiasts vs. people who like featherless dromaeosaurs (and other dinosaurs which have proven to have been feathered). The former just want media portrayals of prehistoric life to be accurate, but the latter will try and think of excuses to make sure that the dromaeosaurs remain scaly because that is how they prefer them to look and dismiss the former as being elitist and stuck up (despite quite a few of them not having the best scientific knowledge).
    • Palaeontology fans vs. cryptozoology fans. Some try to find a healthy balance, but sadly the majority of paleo-nuts like to call crypto-nuts "delusional", while crypto-nuts call paleo-nuts "closed minded".
  • Related to various parts of the the above, evolutionists/Darwinists(specifically macroevolution-natural selection/speciation is accepted by pretty much everyone.) vs creationists. Intelligent design is somewhere in the middle, accepting macroevolution but with a religious overtone. Often, though, people forget there are plenty of old earth Christians out there, simply equating accepting evolution with being an atheist, even though it's often not true.
  • In Philadelphia, Pat's Steaks vs. Geno's Steaks.
  • Kids vs. no kids. Some parents think it's their job to convince childless by choice people that they'll change their minds if they have kids or are around them, while conversely, too many childfree people think it's okay to mock and belittle those who do choose to have kids.
  • In the world of pinball, Williams Electronics vs. Midway Games vs. Data East, even after Williams bought Midway (Bally was its pinball label) in 1987. When all three left the pinball business in 1999 leaving only Stern Pinball (see above), fans of all three companies ganged up on hating Stern and its fans.
  • In the roller coaster industry, there are several: for steel coasters, there is Bolliger & Mabillard vs. Intamin, and Schwarzkopf vs. Arrow Dynamics. For wooden coasters, there is the Gravity Group vs. Great Coasters International vs. Rocky Mountain Construction.
  • Krispy Kreme versus Dunkin Donuts is a common debate. Don't get Starbucks or Tim Hortons into the argument or you'll really have a brawl.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Casual fans (Marks) vs. Hardcore fans (Snarks) since the two groups look at the product in different ways.
  • Prior to McMahon nationalizing WWF, promoters were very defensive of their territory. The American Wrestling Association vs. the National Wrestling Alliance was common.
  • Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan, as an extension of the NWA vs WWF.
  • WWF vs. WCW vs. ECW, especially during the Monday Night Wars.
  • Also, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart has finally settled their differences, but that doesn't stop their respective fans from engaging in flame wars regarding who was better.
  • In the new Millennium, WWE vs. TNA vs. Ring of Honor, though despite the addition of wrestlers made famous by either WWE or WCW, TNA's ratings remain stagnant.
  • From within the WWE itself are Raw vs. Smackdown (the flagship sports entertainment show vs. the wrestling show, made worse when the Draft often relocates a lot Smackdown talent to Raw), brand extension fans vs. unified company fans, Cena fans vs Cena haters, Superstars (especially Divas) with indy wrestling backgrounds vs. WWE/NXT homegrowns, Jim Ross vs. Michael Cole, and combinations of the WWE's different eras (Rock and Wrestling vs.The Wrestling/Monday Night Wars/Attitude Era vs. Ruthless Agression Era vs. WWE Universe Era)
  • People who agree with WWE regarding making Chris Benoit an Un-Person and those who want him in the Hall of Fame and his matches on DVD.note 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Pretty much any edition change for a popular game sets of this. Examples are D&D 2nd Ed vs 3rd Ed, Vampire: The Masquerade vs Vampire: The Requiem, D&D 3rd Ed vs D&D 4th Ed.
  • Eberron vs. the Forgotten Realms for Dungeons & Dragons fans.
  • Dungeons & Dragons fans and The World of Darkness fans dislike each other. The former see the latter as a bunch of mopey goth LARPers, and the latter see the former as a bunch of ignorant fanboys that can't grasp complex characters.
  • Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000. Fantasy fans tend to look down on 40k fans because they consider 40k to be be "dumbed down", while the 40k fans consider fantasy to be duller than 40k and having some needlessly complex rules. Lots of people still play both, although they tend to play one more than other.
    • Occasionally joining forces to bash the players of third Games Workshop's game, Lord of the Rings, as playing kiddies' game.
    • Of course, this gets extra stupid when much of the fanbase plays both, many of the parts and models are interchangeable, and they're all made by the same company. But that doesn't stop anyone.
    • When it comes to different companies, it can get even worse. One of the relatively notable cases is the Warmachine games vs. the Warhammer games. Expect to see "Page 5" and "GRIMDARK" thrown around if the two groups have "discussions".
    • Just about any time a new codex comes out. Liking it means you're a Scrub who only plays Game Breakers, disliking it means you're a “Stop Having Fun” Guy who can't handle change.
    • There are some people who are fans of what Matt Ward did for the Ultramarines, Grey Knights and Necrons, others who see it as Creator's Pet, God-Mode Sue and Character Derailment respectively.
  • Whilst there are plenty of people who enjoy both, fans of Diplomacy versus fans of Risk. Risk fans say Diplomacy is boring, Diplomacy fans say {Risk}} is "Diplomacy for idiots."
  • Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh! players tend to regard each other with disdain, with the latter having been the former's biggest (and longest-lasting) rival. Yu-Gi-Oh fans often call Magic out on new players being Locked Out of the Loop and the various Loophole Abuse by players, while Magic The Gathering fans tend to call Yu-Gi-Oh players childish and simplistic. There are fans of both games, but they are few and far between.
  • Dungeons & Dragons vs. Exalted, largely because of the infamous advertising campaign used by White Wolf. "Graduate your game from third edition!" indeed. Also because many of Exalted's veteran fans started in The World of Darkness and brought their hate to the table.
  • Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition versus Pathfinder.
  • In Germany, Dungeons & Dragons (being the most popular RPG worldwide) vs. The Dark Eye (being Germany's most popular RPG). Though there is some overlap to be expected (plenty of D&D players started with TDE), the fundamental gamestyle and setting differences lead to a lot of discussions which system is actually better. Whether it's the one of the other is mostly down to one's preferences.

    Technology 
  • Another legendary fandom rivalry: Mac vs. Windows. Embodied and parodied in Apple's "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC" commercials. This also leads to a false conception of computer history of being mainly composed of Apple and Microsoft, and idolizing their CEOS.
    • Those commercials are entirely biased towards Macs, as expected. How much Apple plays up the Mac's good qualities and exaggerates a PC's bad qualities is open to debate, though there are one or two more heavy-handed commercials in favor of the Mac.
      • Even though those commercials do have rather a Misaimed Fandom that sees the PC (played by John Hodgman in the US and David Mitchell in the UK) as a goofy, loveable underdog, while the Mac user is a posing hipster.
      • Even the ads themselves have recognised this and moved into Friendly Rivalry status.
    • Earlier than that was the Amiga vs. Atari ST users.
    • And earlier than that was Apple ][ vs. TRS-80 vs. VIC-20/Commodore 64 vs. Atari 8-Bit Computers.
    • And earlier than that was 8080/Z-80 vs. 6800 vs. 6502 vs. 1802 in homebuilt computers.
    • It's not just bad enough that the Linux fanbase is in rival with the Mac and Windows ones, but is actually divided on several grounds itself. Debian vs Red Hat vs Slackware (and by extension, DEB package management vs. RPM package Management vs. TGZ package management), KDE (which within consists of KDE4 vs KDE3/Trinity) vs Gnome (which within consisted of Gnome2/Mate/Cinnamon/XFCE vs Gnome3) versus every other desktop environments out there, vi vs emacs vs nano, Copyleft licenses such as GPL vs permissive licensesnote , etc...
    • And the weird part? The guy who plays Mac in the commercials uses windows during his appearance as Matt Farrell in Live Free or Die Hard.
    • Adding to this are the "Browser Wars" with the heavyweight fight being between Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox. A smaller war between Firefox and underdog Google Chrome is also ongoing. Opera and Safari have smaller fandoms who are against everyone at once.
      • Even within Mozilla, there's a large split between those who want individual programs doing specific things (ie. Firefox+Thunderbird+Kompo Zer) vs. those who want everything in a suite (read: Seamonkey). Heck, even Firefox has a split fanbase and has spawned several forks!
  • It isn't just software. There's Intel vs. AMD for x86 CPUs and AMD vs. Nvidia for graphics cards with the big ones, and more than likely much smaller feuds between vendors. And then there's Hard drive rivalry, which is still pretty a big one, even with the only three groups remaining (Western Digitalnote . vs Seagatenote , and Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technologiesnote ), with Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics employed throughout. And the fans of each are still rabidly vocal. God help you if you're one of those who believed that the three brands are equally good- the fandom won't have it the other way and will barbecue you alive if you don't pick sides. The rivalry with power supplies, memory, and motherboards to an extent have died off. It's usually "just pick something from these companies".
  • Don't forget the IBM PowerPC vs Intel Pentium feud... though this one pattered out a bit out once Apple switched from PowerPC to Intel chips in 2005, but not before causing several small wars in the process, and causing a split in the Mac fandom itself. Even today there are still Mac enthusiasts arguing over whether Apple should have stuck with Power-based Macs or if the move to Intel was a good choice.
  • And now there is a increasing fandom fight between ARM technology vs x86 technology! Yeah, that's now because initially Intel (x86 architecture) and now AMD are targeting the same market ARM (nVIDIA, Samsung, Qualcomm, etc) is going: tablets and smartphones. And despite the same performance both architecture has, some ARM fans says that ARM is better solution since it cost less than the x86 solution. Some proponents of ARM are also playing the "ARM is RISC but x86 is CISC, and RISC is faster!" card, the same card played during the Power PC Mac vs x86 PC era. On the other side x86 fans says that they have the help of Microsoft Windows and with that x86 has more uses than the ARM technology.
  • iOS vs. Android. The rivalry can make it hard to publicly admit having problems with your mobile device without being met with comments like "just switch to <other platform>!"
    • Apple vs. Samsung
    • It's taken Up to Eleven with the recent patent battle.
    • And that's not all, whenever a chance arrives, both sides often take swipes with each other as much as possible.
    • Fans of Blackberry Classic vs. both Android and iOS.
      • Even within the Blackberry fandom there's a split between Blackberry Classic and Blackberry 10. However, while the Blackberry 10 fandom shares the same iOS users rivalry with Classic, they have a friendly fandom going on with Android users as Blackberry 10 devices are semi-Android friendly and can run Android apps. In other words, Fans of Blackberry 10 hate Classic for being a primitive OS lacking in functionality and it's fans for their stone-age ways of doing things, while fans of Classic consider fans of Blackberry 10 to be posers who would rather give up security for functionality, and the OS itself as yet another Android clone and is Blackberry In Name Only.
  • Application and game programmers have sometimes arguments of what engine/code language is better. Some examples:
    • Flash vs. Game Maker. Flash and Game Maker have in common that they are both slow but easy to learn and to use. Flash exports .swf files, GM exports Javascript code that get's embedded in a <canvas> tag. It is quite easy to embed the output in webbrowsers, connect them with SQL databased and so on. But both party's do not want to see the potential of the other - Game Maker is known as being a 'engine only suitable for games like Mario'. Flash is to GM users known as 'a bugged code language that only works if you're lucky'.
    • Flash vs. HTML5.
      • Java Applets vs. Flash back in the late 90s and early 2000s. Although the acquision of Sun by Oracle and the constant exposure of exploits in the supposedly secure runtime in recent years has made Java Applets mostly relegated to corporate intranets and specific websites.
    • Direct X vs. Open GL.
    • UDK (a free version of the Unreal Engine marketed towards Indie developers) vs. Unity (another free/low-cost engine that is also marketed towards Indie developers)
    • Irrlicht vs. Ogre3D
    • Kinect vs. Move vs. Wiimote.
    • Code::Blocks vs. Dev-Cpp.
    • C# vs. C++ (barely a rivalry, but it does sometimes happen)
      • Java/C# vs. every other language ever.
      • Java vs. C# is also quite common, too
    • Visual Basic .NET vs. people who think it is outdated.
      • Visual Basic .NET vs. classic BASIC (all caps, since it's a acronym).
    • GOTO and GOSUB-RETURN vs Object Oriented Programming. While this rivalry is rare nowadays as the latter is now universally accepted and the former is only still relevant in Assembly Language, through the 60s and 70s this was a war fought between two very vocal programmer groupsnote 
    • SQL vs. Access
      • SQL server vs MySQL vs other Database server softwares.
      • MySQL vs PostgresQL is another common one among open source fans.
    • .NET programmers (and the Microsoft stack in general) vs various open source communities
      • Building on this, Visual Studio (Microsoft's development IDE) vs. Eclipse vs. every other IDE is quite common
    • Perl vs. Python vs. TCL vs the new kid on the block, Ruby.
  • vBulletin vs Invision Power Board vs Xen Foro. Fans of one tend not to be fans of the others and there's quite the argument over which is better forum software. Same goes for phpBB vs My BB vs SMF in the free forum world and free forum software vs paid forum software in general.

    Theatre 
  • Among musical theatre fans, people who enjoy Andrew Lloyd Webber and people who like Stephen Sondheim don't tend to like each other.
    • This rivalry likely crystallized in the 1980s - Sondheim's shows won critical raves, numerous Tony Awards and even the Pulitzer Prize. Webber's shows made lots of money and developed enormous fanbases, as well as won a few Tonys of their own. Sondheim's seen as smart and meaningful by lovers, cold and difficult by haters ("the songs are absolutely unhummable!"); Webber's seen as emotionally thrilling by lovers, shallow and dumb by haters ("you walk out whistling the sets and costumes.") The 1988 Tony Awards may perfectly encapsulate this rivalry: Into the Woods won the Book and Score awards, but The Phantom of the Opera won the Best Musical prize.
    • Weirdly, though, the fandoms for the film versions of each of Sondheim and Webber's magnum opuses (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and The Phantom of the Opera, respectively, which were filmed within three years of each other and both produced by Warner Brothers) overlap pretty strongly, much to the chagrin of the stage fandoms for either musical, who tend to view both films as inferior compared to their sources.
    • Oh, but it gets worse. The stage-purist Todd fans are pretty divided over the original full-scale production and its symphonic spinoffs and the tiny, spare, 10-actors-playing-their-own-score production mounted on Broadway in 2005. Defenders of the original production call it a full-on Guignol-style thriller with sweeping music rendered beautifully by a full orchestra that gives richness and complexity to the score, while calling the mini-version a tasteless, pointless exercise in distracting Brechtianism that robbed the music of its depth. Fans of the 2005 production will say that their favorite version is a sexy, vicious little dark jewel of a show while the original was a cartoon full of exaggerated acting and (similarly to criticism of Webber's work, ironically enough) reliance on spectacle.
  • If you leave Sondheim out of the picture, there's still Andrew Lloyd Webber vs. Frank Wildhorn, whom even people who don't particularly like Webber's works have characterized as an untalented pretender to Webber's throne. Wildhorn's own fanbase adores him and will defend him to the death against basically every other composer out there.
  • Similarly, Stephen Sondheim vs. Jerry Herman fans. Jerry Herman fans tend to site Sondheim as "unhummable", "depressing", or "pretentious", while Sondheim fans tend to say Jerry Herman's stuff is "saccharine", "too cute", and "frivolous". Again, this is encapsulated in the results of an awards showdown: In 1984, Sondheim's Sunday In The Park With George was successful enough that it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the following year...but in the meantime got curbstomped at the Tony Awards by Herman's La Cage aux folles.
  • Classic musical theater fans (Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, that sort of thing) vs rock/pop musical fans. Some classic fans will admit to liking Hair, Godspell, and maybe — at a stretch — Rent but that's about as far as they'll go.
  • Jesus Christ Superstar: Fans of the original 1973 movie vs. fans of the 2003 movie. Hippie Jesus vs Possibly Gay Ghetto Jesus? Decisions, decisions...
    • Also, Murray Head as Judas (the original concept album) vs. Carl Anderson as Judas (the 1973 movie). And no, you may not answer Jerome Pradon.
  • Les Misérables vs The Phantom of the Opera is a strange case. There are many people who are hardcore fans of both, but sooner or later, you must choose which side your loyalties are on.
    • Speaking of Phantom, its fandom does not like High School Musical very much, possibly due to the latter taking a snipe at Michael Crawford, the original Erik in the stage production and regarded as basically a saint in Phantom fandom.
  • Tanz Der Vampire versus its short-lived American counterpart Dance of the Vampires. Notable in that even the composer himself has called Dance "utter shit" on his blog. Still, there are fans out there who like the American version for taking itself less seriously. A happy minority tends to simply sit back and explain that they think both versions have their high points.
  • An example from a much earlier period in theatre history: Al Jolson vs. Eddie Cantor.
  • Edwin Forrest and William Charles Macready, two rival Shakespearean actors from the 1840s. Read about them at this Cracked.com article.
  • Richard Wagner v. Giacomo Meyerbeer (Or Richard Wagner v. Johannes Brahms)

    Toys 
  • For years there's been a My Little Pony vs Transformers vs Care Bears rivalry.
    • On the topic of My Little Pony, one of the earliest battle-lines drawn was Bronies vs. old-time Collectors who collect G1/Tales/G3 toys for the sake of their love for little plastic horses. Many Bronies have nothing but contempt for pre-G4 figures, while said collectors diss G2/G3.5/G4 figures for not looking like horses. Needless to say it's quite rare to find people in these two camps that even talk to each other, much less actually get along.
      • Then there's bronies who only collect show-accurate (non-Hasbro made) G4 ponies vs. the other G4 pony collectors. The former complain about how Hasbro's products do not look like in the show and buy ponies from show-accurate toy licensees like Funko and Build-a-Bear, but never from Hasbro themselves. The latter thinks that the former is completely missing the point of collecting MLP, believing that since the franchise belongs to Hasbro, one should only be buying Hasbro ponies.
  • Barbie versus Bratz, Monster High versus Bratzillaz, and by extension, Mattel versus MGA in general.
  • Bionicle vs Hero Factory, even though one was the replacement of the other. Bionicle fans hate Hero Factory for replacing Bionicle, and being more simple and childish, while Hero Factory fans think Bionicle is overly complex and doesn't allow room for new fans

    Web Original 
  • 4chan and Reddit. In all fairness, the rivalry is a bit one-sided, Reddit seems to have some respect for 4chan, despite what comes out of there on a regular basis, whereas 4chan dismisses Reddit as a hipster and ultra-liberal circlejerk that ruined memes such as rage comics.
    • This is due to the view of Reddit's detractors that Reddit's content is primarily gags and memes stolen from 4chan and driven into the ground (not to mention missing the point of said memes, robbing them of context necessary to the joke in the first place).
      • It's gotten to the point where 4chan, or at least certain boards, have essentially renounced memes, and are vehemently opposed to them as a concept, just because Reddit likes them. The creation of new humorous content is discouraged, just so that Reddit doesn't get anything new to steal.
    • It has since evolved into 4chan vs. Reddit vs. 9gag. Where Reddit takes memes from 4chan and runs them into the ground, 9gag takes those and then slaps their watermark on it. Combine this with 9gag being connected to social media sites like Facebook has lead to the mainstream media to believe that 9gag created these memes. It has lead to both 4chan and reddit working together to attack 9gag as well as 4chan conducting solo raids on the site. Just mentioning 9gag on any board will result in the thread being saged into oblivion.
    • It isn't Reddit vs. 4chan vs. 9gag anymore. It's Everyone vs. 9gag now. 4chan and Reddit (when they aren't taking pot shots at each other) are not above putting aside their differences to enact a joint raid on 9gag. Case in point, the 4chan—Reddit—Funny Junk—Tumblr coalition enacting Operation Deepthroat.
  • There's a significant amount of vitriol between Something Awful and 4chan, despite or perhaps because of the latter being a spinoff of the former. Never, ever bring up how they share a significant percentage of regular users, if you value your life.
  • 4chan and Tumblr. Tensions were cooled somewhat when the anthropomorphisms of the latter and Anonymous were shipped together. It's still one-sided to this day, however, with Tumblr holding respect for 4chan and 4chan dismissing Tumblr as an ultra-feminist hipster circlejerk filled with social justice warriors and very vocal fandoms that ruin everything.
  • Reddit and Tumblr, largely exacerbated by Reddit starting the "Tumblr in Action" subreddit, dedicated to chronicling—and mercilessly mocking—the worst instances of hypocrisy and Political Correctness Gone Mad from self-proclaimed Social Justice Warriors on Tumblr. As Reddit users on that subreddit have happily noted, several of the targets of their mockery have hit back hard.
  • Red Letter Media and That Guy with the Glasses. As for the creators themselves, Mike and Jay really don't care about the whole thing.
    • Their fans, especially fans of Mr. Plinkett, have a rivalry with fans of the Star Wars prequels. This is because Mr. Plinkett gave the prequels very in-depth negative reviews which attracted Star Wars prequel anti-fans to his videos. In fact, his reviews of the prequels are his most well-known due to being shown on Roger Ebert's website (who gave Revenge of the Sith a positive review) and tweeted by Simon Pegg.
  • Both The Angry Video Game Nerd and The Nostalgia Critic got very tired of the Fandom Rivalry that sprouted among people too stupid not to realize that their satirical feud wasn't Serious Business, and soon new videos on the subject started to become more and more blatant about how they enjoyed each other's work and co-produced the competition just for laughs, in advance of angry commentors.
    • On the other hand, most serious fans of the Nerd really do hate The Irate Gamer, who is seen as being an inferior rip-off and not confessing to such. Not to mention his Small Name, Big Ego
      • The Nerd's FANS? Several of Rolfe's friends tore into Irate Gamer pretty bad in the AVGN comedy roast, so much so they spent almost as much time calling him a ripoff as they did staying on topic.
  • Parodied by the Critic and The Nostalgia Chick in her review of The Chipmunk Adventure, as they smugly argue over who has the creepiest, privacy-invadingness fans. It ends in a tie.
  • In Germany, it's Coldmirror fans vs. Die Außenseiter fans, both comedians on Youtube.
  • In Italy, there's the whole Yotobi debate. Youtube users SereINC and 2blugori have provided well-done Fan Subs for the aforementioned Nostalgia Critic; however, many videos get often thrashed by Yotobi fans, as if the Nostalgia Critic stole Yotobi's source material. Italian NC fans usually snark at them by shrugging every insult off, while calling them nothing more than "Yotobi fanboys". Hell, some of them even say "Yotobi fanboy alert" whenever one of them pops up. Nevermind the two Video Review Shows are next-to-nothing alike.
  • Played for Laughs by the Song Of The Sorcelator and Epic Legends Of The Hierarchs "fandoms," who roleplay some really hysterical flame wars.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series versus, well, every other Abridged Series. Since Yu-Gi-Oh! was the original abridged series every following one got accused of being a copy cat. The ironic thing being that LittleKuriboh frequently lent his voice to other series, and even became a full time collaborator with Team Four Star.
  • Benthelooney vs Rowdy C.
    • Ben Rants/Benthelooney fans hate The Rowdy Reviewer because of the way his voice sounds on camera, and the fact that he mostly reviews things he grew up with and the way he voices his opinions, and The Rowdy Reviewer fans hate Ben Rants because of the way Ben voices his opinions, his retcons (Making his avatar into a cartoon character, contradicting previous opinions: Ala in the original and first run, he stated he was a 90s kid but in the revival, states he's a 2000s kid) and having at least more than one joke in every video since the revival.
  • Ultra Fast Pony:
    • Referenced in-universe. Discord breaks the mind of Lord of the Rings fangirl Pinkie Pie by shouting "Harry Potter was better!"
    • In real life, a vocal portion of UFP's fans hate Friendship is Witchcraft and feel the need to post youtube comments to that effect on the UFP videos. Not a large portion, mind you, just an annoyingly loud one. UFP actually has a few Take Thats towards FIW, but UFP creator Wacarb clarified (probably to discourage the haters among his fans) that he actually likes FIW and only pokes fun at them out of professional rivalry. Either way, the Friendship Is Witchcraft fandom doesn't seem to have noticed.
  • Whilst it's true that the other side doesn't argue that much about it, there is still a persistent rivalry between youtube ranters and let's players. Youtube ranters and their fans often complain say that let's players are unnecessary and a waste of time (because why would they watch someone playing a video game if they can play the same game at home). Fans of let's players however still watch them despite it because they can learn more about the game and let's players can give some fun commentary.
    • It's not a surprise that most of the hatred is directed towards PewDiePie. He's the most famous guy to hate on because they can still be sure that their channel gets a lot of views because of it. The typical accusation directed towards him is however a broken argument he once said, which goes like this: "If you don't like it, don't watch it" and which his fandom keeps shouting at the haters, despite the fact that most of them don't even know what they are saying.
  • The entire Internet vs. furries.
    • The furry thing can be split even more: those who prefer clean, non-sexual furries and the hentai yiff crowd.
      • People who like humanoid characters vs feral ones.
      • People that consider the fandom to be a hobby and/or fetish and nothing more, versus people that consider the fandom to be a lifestyle. The former often calls the latter 'delusional', while vice versa the latter calls the former 'un-invested'.
  • Bronies vs. the internet. Or Furries and Bronies. See the page on the Furry Fandom for some elaboration on the Bronies vs. furries.
  • TV Tropes vs. Wikipedia
  • Social network websites do this quite a bit: Facebook vs. Twitter, Facebook vs. Tumblr, and more recently, Facebook vs. Google+.
  • Uncyclopedia vs. everything.
  • From the Yogscast:
    • The Yogscast used to get on well with Game Chap, collaborating frequently and then accepting the latter as members. The fandoms went from friendly to this trope after the latter rudely responded to some fan criticism on the Yogscast subreddit, which was the last straw and got them kicked out the group. Nowadays, mention either of them on the other's sites or forums and you'll be met with scorn, or in the case of the latter, you'll be banned, rudely insulted and met with scorn. This is particularly the case with Hat Films, who have turned Gamechap into something of a running gag online.
    • Fans of TotalBiscuit and Yognau(gh)ts mostly get along (as do the creators for the most part), but the former has criticised the latter a few times, leading to more minor versions of this trope. These are mostly minor hiccups as far as fans are concerned.
    • While fans of Nerdł and In The Little Wood mostly like each other due to their collab series, Yognaughts and Procrastinators have a somewhat uneasy coexistence. As with TB, there is still a large degree of overlap, so it's not an outright rivalry.
    • Due to the somewhat heated disputes between In The Little Wood and "Keemstar" (of "Drama Alert" infamy) over issues such as Sam Pepper and Bashurverse, as well as Keemstar hitting on Martyn's girlfriend Kaeyi, fans of the two do not get along.
  • Fans of Game Chap, aside from the aforementioned issue with the Yogscast, are now on bad terms with the Minecraft community at large, whereas before they were still fairly popular. This is partly due to Gamechap's starting a Twitter war with Marc Watson of Mojang over 500,000 accounts initially being hacked (when in reality that was not the case), silencing those speaking in favour of the Pixelmon mod (which had come under fire for controversial coding) and then not crediting an animator for his work on the bunny hopping animation.
  • Due to the sexual abuse scandal on Youtube, many formerly Friendly Fandoms are now bitter rivals, such as the fandoms of Charlieissocoollike and Alex Day (or at least any fans Alex has left at this point).

Alternative Title(s):

Fan Wars, Fandom Wars