Hurray! The heroes have captured the murderer and locked him away, and the day is saved.
So why is he getting all this fan mail?
The Monster Fangirl (and this is almost Always Female
) might have the belief that Love Redeems
, or she's In Love with Your Carnage
(in the worst case), or believes that he's really innocent. If she's aware of his evil nature, it's essentially a form of All Girls Want Bad Boys
turned Up to Eleven
Their fate is usually to be casually discarded with a Hannibal Lecture
, to wind up another victim
, or to go to jail for the crimes they commit to aid the Monster, often screaming declarations of love all the way. As this type of villain is usually not redeemed, the woman's deluded attraction to the dangerous psychopath is also a romantic manifestation of Too Dumb to Live
Depressingly this occurs even in Real Life
, where it is known as hybristophilia
Compare Draco in Leather Pants
for when the fandom does it. See also Psycho Supporter
, Nightmare Fetishist
and Horrible Judge of Character
open/close all folders
Anime and Manga
- Death Note:
- Light Yagami founds over half his schemes on these beings. Misa Amane had some potential as a less-polished monster in her own right, as a less brilliant and histrionic psychopath instead of a genius narcissistic one, but decided to slave her entire being to his will on first meeting, and never wavered, and without that his plan to defeat L would never have begun to exist. His final big scheme also relies heavily on Disposable Woman Kiyomi Takeda, a college girlfriend turned news anchor whose response to the revelation that he is Kira is not visceral horror but infatuation.
- The rest of the Kira fans who keep him in names and faces to kill (yay fact-checking!) and cheer and all, and also his eventual right arm Teru Mikami, are a bigenderal hydra of this phenomenon stretching across the world. Even after the Villain with Good Publicity is exposed and declawed and killed, he still has a huge cult. This series is founded upon existential despair.
- From Death Of The Family, Harley Quinn once again. The sad thing about this is that it looked like she had moved on from the Joker.
- Male examples: in The Simpsons fanfiction The Yellow Mile, a grown-up Maggie, who is on death row after killing one of the gangsters who murdered her parents, briefly contemplates the number of marriage proposals she's been getting.
- In the opening of Men In Black 3, Boris the Animal escapes from his Lunar Prison when his prison mail girlfriend brings him a cake containing his lethal symbiont. The kill-crazy alien monster thanks her for her aid to him, but lets her be sucked out into space without remorse and goes back to trying to destroy Earth.
- The "fiance" of Nate Haskell in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "Targets of Obsession". He has a whole club of Monster Fangirls.
- This reaches new highs of psychosis in "Father of the Bride", where fangirl Tina Vincent cackles maniacally at her own capture, and spends her interrogation alternately smiling at taunting the cops with how much better Nate Haskell is than them.
- Baltar's cult in Battlestar Galactica sheltered Baltar after his trial from the many, many people who wanted him dead.
- In Bones, Serial Killer Howard Epps got married to one of these while in prison. Then he escaped and killed her.
- Several episodes of Criminal Minds, with "Riding the Lightning" and "The Angel Maker" being the most prominent examples.
- In "Riding the Lightning", the Serial Killer has a horde of fangirls who call themselves "The Brides of Jacob" and deliberately dress up as his victims.
- Gender Flipped in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior with Veronica Day's Monster Fanboys.
- In Flashpoint, "Jamie Dee" takes a hostage to steal a policecar. It turns out the "hostage" is one of his fangirls. However, he's not what he seems.
- Dexter himself gets a fangirl in Lila, who sees him as a misunderstood creature and her soulmate when she finds out that he is actually a prolific Serial Killer. She turns out to be dangerously insane herself, and he eventually kills her after she tries to kill his girlfriend and her children.
- The killer in Season 6 gets legions of online fans, plus a pair of fans who actually aid him in a kill.
- Red John from The Mentalist seems able to recruit fanatical followers of both sexes.
- One of the criminals in Lie to Me (a rapist who blinded his victims) had a Monster Fanboy who was so devoted that he married one of the victims so he could be "close" to what had been done to her.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit had an artist who has almost a dozen followers who commit murders, as he encourages them to be creative and to impress him. In the end he gets sent to a Super Max prison where he will have no contact with anyone in the outside.
- William Lewis escapes from prison with the help of a pair of these, one of whom is a doctor, thus showing that this is not strictly a low-IQ trait.
- The Harry Potter franchise has Bellatrix Lestrange, tenaciously devoted fangirl to Voldemort, and according to J.K. Rowling, in honest love with Voldemort despite his complete inability to feel love, compassion or even pity for another being.
- Rose and Valerie in The Beatles' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" scream for the eponymous serial killer's release.
- Frank Zappa: "The Illinois Enema Bandit", about a real life criminal who gave his female victims enemas. When sent to court "one girl shouts: "Let the bandit be" and another one shouts: "Let the fiend go free."
- Chris Rock "You get more respect comin' outta jail than school..."
- Bill Hicks' song "Chicks Dig Jerks" addresses this, name-dropping Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, Charles Manson and Squeaky Fromme, and the fact that women actually tried to get dates with serial killer Ted Bundy after he was caught.
- In the Batman franchise Harley Quinn is one to the Joker. More specifically she was his therapist until she suffered a Critical Psychoanalysis Failure.
- Inque in Batman Beyond had a male version. He helped her escape and suffered And I Must Scream while trying to become like her.
- The Simpsons: In "Pranksta Rap", Kirk Van Houten is arrested for kidnapping Bart. Even though he is innocent (as Bart staged a fake kidnapping), Kirk is happy to be in jail because he has a cleaner home, three meals a day and single women cheering for him.
Truth In Television
- In medicine this is sometimes called hybristophilia.
- Marriage proposals to inmates.
- The Manson Family.
- Serial killer groupies.
- The recent "Free Jahar" (Dzhokhar Tsarnev, the younger Boston Marathon bomber) fangirly squeefest.