->''"Did someone just say weeaboo?"''

The PhenotypeStereotype-afflicted Westerner with beyond stereotypical {{Otaku}} interests sometimes seen in Anime. Their interests provide an excuse for their AnimeAccentAbsence (they learned Japanese from anime) and gives them a reason for interacting with native otaku.

Frequently overlaps with YaoiFangirl.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Patricia Martin from ''Anime/LuckyStar'': Introduced working alongside Konata at the CosplayCafe wearing full [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Mikuru]] regalia. Her whole purpose comes down to being a way for the creators to (gently) parody Western fans. Heck, her knowledge of the Japanese language and culture is derived solely from fansubbed anime and manga. Not to mention she's also a requisite YaoiFangirl. In universe, Konata and Hiyori hit it off with her pretty quickly, and her more OccidentalOtaku moments mostly get written off to her being a foreign BunnyEarsLawyer.
* Anthony from ''DokiDokiSchoolHours''.
* Jeremy Watt from the NASA Aliens in ''{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Despite being pretty familiar with the Japanese language, he's laughably (and absurdly) uninformed. For example, he somehow thinks that everyone who plays go is named Hikaru... which means that he would have to be familiar with ''HikaruNoGo'' in the first place, which would mean he would never come to a conclusion like that. Nobody who had gotten as far as he has in studying Japanese would think {{samurai}} would commit [[{{Seppuku}} ritual suicide]] with chopsticks... though you could blame this on RuleOfFunny.
** This all started when he saw a skilled linebacker from Japan, which somehow led to him thinking "Man, samurai are so cool..."
* Angela and Sue, Ohno's American friends from ''{{Genshiken}}'', are [[YaoiFangirl heavily into yaoi]], though unlike the others on this list they do not really speak Japanese.
** Sue does. 90% of her spoken lines are Anime quotes (she has a very broad list to draw from). It's implied that she's pretty bilingual, but hides behind the quotes.
* And speaking of dorky Western otaku scientists, Alec from ''AyashiNoCeres''.
* Frank from ''NodameCantabile''.
* ''DarkerThanBlack'' has an Israeli one who came to Japan to study animation, as he believes it’s the world’s finest. He speaks with a [[OohMeAccentsSlipping varying degree of a foreign accent]]... [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign which doesn’t sound remotely Israeli]].
* Renge, of ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' fame, is the series' archetype of an Otaku, to the point where her existence revolves around character analysis. It's a little bit scary, to say the truth.
** Variant - When Kyoya and Tamaki first meet Kyoya wonders if he's "one of those westerners who're interested in Japanese culture". But Tamaki is actually [[ButNotTooForeign half Japanese]], although he'd never set foot there before that point.
*** His dad told him stories of Japan.
* Sandora from ''Anime/ExcelSaga'': in episode 17 he draws PuniPuniPoemi. That said, in episode 17 ''everyone'' Excel and Hyatt meet in America seems to have some familiarity with anime -- the hood rats who accost them when they first arrive flip out when animation cels from ''Puni Puni Poemi'' start falling from the sky, and the mafioso they face at the end both recognizes ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and thinks it's old hat.
* In the ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' LightNovels, Firo (an Italian-American teenager who has never left the States in the last [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld seventy-two years]]) shocks a Japanese tourist by conversing with him in almost disturbingly fluent Japanese. When asked, he claims that he learned it from reading raw manga (well, and Yagumo taught him some 19th century Japanese, but that's besides the point).
** Isaac and Miria also speak Japanese...in prohibition-era America. No explanation is ever given, but it's [[CloudCuckooLander Isaac and Miria]]. It should be noted that they later appeared in a cameo in the {{Durarara}} anime, implying that they apparently move to/visit Japan at some point... though this doesn't explain how they learned to speak Japanese in the first place.
* In ''ZettaiKarenChildren'', The [[spoiler: Ex-Black Phantom Espers ]] are some of the most Otaku-like characters in the series (The two guys are constantly going on about Moe and 2D, the girl is a Yaoi Fangirl), but it is heavily suggested that they are not from Japan. Also one of the [[EagleLand Comerica]] agents is heavily into Traditional Japanese culture, rather than Otaku culture.
* Subverted with Graham Aker from ''{{Gundam 00}}''. True, he's American and a fanatical Japanophile, but he also studied under actual Japanese people, is extremely competent in the culture and language, and treats his passion with sincere respect, even though to a casual observer he seems like the typical example of this trope. Examples of his activities include having a {{Mid-Season Upgrade}} called the Susanowo, named after Shinto deity Susanno'o. Getting nicknamed "Mr. Bushido". It seems he also took up Buddhist teachings from a master in Japan as seen in flashbacks. When he sees Setsusna face to face (and naked) in the burst of GN Particles, he even asked if he was in Nirvana.
** Of course, in ''00'', America and Japan are [[ExpandedStatesOfAmerica now technically part of the same country]].
** A newer Gundam example is {{Black and Nerdy}} TeenGenius Nils Nielsen from ''{{Gundam Build Fighters}}'' who not only uses Samurai-themed Gunpla, the 侍ノ弐 Sengoku Astray Gundam (the prefix is officially written in Kanji even when the rest is in roman characters, it literally means "Samurai Unit 2) but dresses up as a Ninja to spy on Chairman Mashita and Baker. He also holds knowledge of various Asian martial-arts techniques, not just Japanese.

* Isaac, the Dutch diplomat in ''SamuraiChamploo'' is sort of a joking reference to this trope, as he is a Westerner who tends to prefer Japanese culture to his own. He could be called a YaoiFanboy, as he is a StraightGay.
** For that matter, the whole reason he loves Japanese culture so much is because of pre-Meiji Japan's attitude towards homosexuality.
* ''{{Otomen}}'' has Mifune Knight, a [[PhenotypeStereotype blond and (presumably) blue-eyed American]] who teaches Japanese history at a Japanese high school, and is obsessed with Japanese history, culture and the true JapaneseSpirit. Apparently he inherited it from his equally Japan-crazy father who actually ''built'' a hilariously inaccurate JidaiGeki ThemePark.
* Ivan Karelin, a [[McNinja Russian Ninja]]-themed superhero from ''TigerAndBunny'', wears his love of Japan on his sleeves -- [[http://moe.animecharactersdatabase.com/uploads/chars/5092-1142750125.jpg quite literally]], in fact.
* One is interviewed in ''OtakuNoVideo''. Interestingly, though he is dubbed over in Japanese, one who knows both languages can easily spot that the dub is intentionally written to make him sound like much more of a weeaboo.
* FBI Special Agent Katie Lindberg in Manga/{{Alyosha}}. She's very excited when she's sent to Japan undercover as a high school student, because she's really into Japanese culture -- at least, her understanding of it. She cosplays when on an outing to Akihabara with a friend (and rode the train there wearing the costume), and she can't get over the fact that Alyosha is a real maid. Alyosha, who comes from the fictional {{Ruritania}} nation of Estolakia, has some elements of this as well, but her fascination with MagicalGirl anime is largely due to her never having a real childhood.
* Elena Peoples in ''EurekaSevenAO'', who, [[AllThereInTheManual as finally revealed in a recent]] ''[[AllThereInTheManual Newtype]]'' [[AllThereInTheManual issue]], is actually an American — she's too much of an AmbiguouslyBrown {{Mukokuseki}} to notice it outright.
* Alice in ''IkokuMeiroNoCroisee'' is a 19th-century French version. Obviously, given the time period, ukiyo-e prints and kimonos take the place of anime and video games as focal points of interest. Like more modern examples of this trope, however, she's just as clueless as to the difference between her understanding of Japan and actual Japanese culture.
* In comedic ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' spin-off manga, one of Laura's German subordinates has enthusiastically studied Japanese culture by way of games, anime, and manga, and regularly gives her advice on fitting in in Japan and pursuing Ichika.
* [[NationsAsPeople France and Canada]] of ''[[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]''.
* Tom of ''Manga/HighSchoolNinjaGirlOtonashiSan'' is an {{Eagleland}}er who is a big fan of ninjas. As a result, he eagerly makes himself the apprentice of Fuka Otonashi, but he has a very fantastical idea of what ninjas actually are capable of.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Ling Yu of the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'', to the point of going into long rants about anime and going to college in the hopes of producing one eventually. She's also almost certainly invoking AnimeChineseGirl on purpose.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* The "J-Pop America Funtime Now" sketches on ''SaturdayNightLive'', featuring two college-age anime fans who've added "-San" onto their very non-Japanese names.
* Bert Cooper on ''Series/MadMen'' is a japanophile, which features in one episode when SCDP meets with Honda. He also makes people take off their shoes in his office.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* Creator/WSGilbert gave ''Theatre/TheMikado'' a Japanese setting to capitalize on the fact that England at the time was in the midst of a popular craze for all things Japanese.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Otacon from ''Franchise/MetalGear''. The mecha genre is one of the main reasons he wanted to work in robotics. His nickname comes from a popular anime convention.
** There's also Para-Medic, who loves everything about Japan, especially cinema. In the mid-1960s, no less. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' it's revealed she even has a Japanese assistant, whose mitochondrial DNA she used to [[spoiler: create Snake and his brothers]].
* The vaguely effeminate French exchange student Andre Laurent Jean Geraux (AKA, Bebe) from ''{{Persona 3}}''.
* [[NoMoreHeroes Travis Touchdown]] is the very embodiment of this trope, down to his pink MagicalGirl t-shirt and beam katana. That's right, he has a ''working LaserBlade'' that he won off an online auction. He uses it to kill stuff.
** He started killing stuff, in fact, so that he would [[BloodKnight have something to do with his new working beam katana]]. ([[spoiler:Turns out it's actually a bit more [[MindScrew complicated]].]])
* Mr. Sunnyside from ''SakuraWars: [[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove So Long My Love]]'' is obsessed with Japanese culture to the point of building a massive Japanese style mansion in the middle of Central Park in New York City!
** Gemini Sunrise is a big fan of Japan, as well: she's particularly taken with stories of samurai, going so far as to train under a Japanese swordsman in America and wield a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] in combat.
* The translator of ''VideoGame/BraveSoul'' ended up being included in the DevelopersRoom, as an obese blond, jogging in the lobby and mumbling about 'Oppai'.
* In the original ''[[DotHackR1Games .hack//]]'' series, the player behind the {{Ronin}}-inspired Sanjuro is actually a Japanese teacher from America with a love for AkiraKurosawa films who plays the Japanese version of ''The World'' to improve his Japanese.
* Sodom, from the ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' and ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' games. He seems fascinated by samurai in particular. He wears a samurai helmet and mask with football pads and blue jeans. His win quotes largely consist of badly pronounced Japanese, he wrote the character for "Death" incorrectly on his shirt (though his calligraphy is very good), and his weapons are katanas and jittes (weapons used by police in the Edo period). His World Warrior Encyclopedia entry notes that he believes certain Japanese "unlucky words" inflict spiritual damage on an opponent, causing him to incorporate these words into the names of his moves.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'''s primary villain, crime boss Geese Howard, is a variation on this. While not depicted as interested in Anime or Manga, Geese's office on the top floor of his tower is covered in Japanese artifacts, and he himself wears a traditional akido fighter's uniform in most of his appearances.
* In ''AsurasWrath'' [[spoiler: Augus's reincarnation from TheStinger of Episode 22 is this, coming to Japan to collect Japanese swords, and trying to use broken Japanese to talk to some locals.]]
* In ''BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'', the Save Points, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext which appear as floating gas pumps]], require you to listen to the ramblings of a fictional and [[FanDumb particularly obnoxious]] one of these before you can save.
* Valentine, from {{Skullgirls}}, is, according to [[WordOfGod Alex Ahad]], a weeaboo.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Despite not actually being very fond of Japan itself, Lord El-Melloi II from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has a well known preoccupation with Japanese video games, [[spoiler:a quirk he adopted from his former Servant of [[LightNovel/FateZero the fourth Grail War, Alexander the Great]]]]. He was quite excited to learn that one of the students he was sponsoring was actually Japanese... until he discovered that she knew absolutely nothing about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akihabara Akihabara]] or otaku culture.
-->'''El-Melloi II''': ''Fuck!'' You're the worst Japanese person in the world!
* According to the supplemental material for ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', Sakuya Le Bel has a fascination with ninja and samurai. Since he [[ButNotTooForeign usually identifies more with the French side of his family]], it comes off as this.

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* The ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' short "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/4gregs.html 4 Gregs]]" introduces us to "Japanese Culture Greg", who blurts out completely random japanese words in the middle of his sentences '''AKIHABARA'''!

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Piro from ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'', who learned Japanese from anime and video games (and therefore, given what he watches, sounds like a teenage girl).
** Look at the quote for ''Webcomic/{{Keigo}}'' :
-->'''Gaijin talk like that so they don't get the shit kicked out of them for being disrespectful.'''
* Eri-chan in ''Webcomic/StrangeCandy''.
* Bob Floy in ''Webcomic/FlyingSuitReiko''. It's mentioned in the author's notes that him being an otaku was specifically so it'd make sense for him to know Japanese.
* Despite providing the popular Alternate Name for this trope, [[http://pbfcomics.com/71/ "weeaboo"]] as shown in ''ComicStrip/PerryBibleFellowship'' seems to be some kind of humiliating ritual hazing. The name comes from FourChan wordfiltering "wapanese"[[note]]"White + Japaanese" as in white people who try to act Japanese[[/note]] to "weeaboo", and it spread from there.
* ''WebComic/MuhPhoenix'': Comicbook/IronMan and Comicbook/CaptainAmerica are portrayed as two obsessive anime fanboys. Though they seem to be more into hentai rather than normal anime.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has Beast Boy, a non-Japanese manga addict, and Control Freak, an offbeat villain who's more of a [[Franchise/StarTrek Trekkie]], but still tried to convert himself into a TV signal so he could become a character in his favorite anime one time... and briefly succeeded, until Beast Boy defeated him with his superior knowledge of TV trivia.
** Incidentally, in the ''TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'' movie, it was shown that Beast Boy can't read Japanese, or even know what Otaku means. (He still ends up charming some schoolgirls, though.)
* Birch Small, main character of the heavily {{Animesque}} FlashAnimation cartoon ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeMe''. To a lesser extent, the rest of the cast.
* Harold from ''TotalDrama.''
* [[ConspiracyTheorist Ronaldo]] from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' according to his CharacterBlog, [[https://www.httpkeepbeachcityweird.tumblr.com Keep Beach City Weird]]. He frequently brings up weird anime he likes and owns a $300 replica of the sword from ''Beautiful Girlfriend Satan'' (about an {{Otaku}} who [[DealWithTheDevil sells his soul]] for a girlfriend). In one episode he also removes his shirt to reveal a set of samurai-styled armor underneath.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* One common copy-and-paste thread on imageboards, which was later rediscovered by tumblr, was written from the perspective of a fictional OccidentalOtaku who had named himself "Ken-Sama". Much of the humor came from the fact that Ken-Sama absolutely butchered the Japanese language (introducing his post with the word "gomenasai") and held a poor understanding of genuine Japanese culture.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* In the late 19th century artists, particularly French and British artists, loved to emulate Japanese woodblock styles. In many ways, the Japonism of the 19th century helped inspire the modernism of the 20th century.
** In a similar vein, many 19th-century anthropologists were fascinated with the Ainu because they don't look quite like the Japanese. This was revived because of the discovery of haplogroup D and Kennewick man[[note]]Friendly reminder to always treat every claim with a healthy dose of skepticism[[/note]].
** Creator/VincentVanGogh had a self portrait called "Me as a Japanese Man" where he tries to emulate the chonmage of samurai.
** Hilariously, Creator/OscarWilde himself wrote on this phenomenon just 30 years after Japan first opened its borders to the world, calling its fans obsessive without really knowing about about this culture they love. As he put it, "The actual people who live in Japan are not unlike the general run of English people; that is to say, they are extremely commonplace, and have nothing curious or extraordinary about them."
* When hired by the emperor of Japan to design the Imperial Hotel, Frank Lloyd Wright felt somewhat bittersweet. He ''loved'' Japanese architecture but part of the requirement for the job was that it had to reflect western design as well. Ultimately, the emperor and several leading Japanese architects described his design as utterly brilliant.
* Rolf Anschütz, the man who opened the first Japanese restaurant in the [[EastGermany German Democratic Republic]]. He even adopted a typical Japanese lifestyle in his private life. His restaurant became one of the most successful restaurants of the GDR.
* Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, an Irish author who moved to Japan and changed his name to Yakumo Koizumi. He is best known for his writings on Japanese legends and ghost stories.
* The English-language [[{{Imageboards}} imageboard]] 4chan was originally designed for the posting of pictures and discussion of manga and anime, as the site was modelled on Japanese imageboards. Despite its later increase in popularity, much of its content still features otaku, anime and other Japanese cultural influences.
* Katagami - a style of printing using intricate, finely detailed paper stencils and used in clothing, graphic design, and architecture - was a major influence on Western art and design in the early 20th century and one of the primary inspirations for art deco.
* David Byrne's staging for Music/TalkingHeads' 1983 tour, as captured in ''Film/StopMakingSense'', was inspired by Kabuki and Noh theater, including the famous big suit and the stagehands dressed in black visible to the audience.
* Frederik L. Schodt, anime and manga historian, personal friend of OsamuTezuka, and translator of Japanese comics.