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Otaku Surrogate
So that's where she gets her strange ideas...
One aspect of Bishoujo Series, and the cause of many tropes such as The Unwanted Harem and Improbably Female Cast, is that you really shouldn't have too many important male characters. But, y'know, girls like girly things.

So instead, why not have a girl who likes the things that guys do? You may not want to use a crossdressing girl or even a Tomboy — just give her a Fan Boy personality. And if you're a male author, this is even better, because you can go for authenticity the reader immediately understands.

A lot of this depends on what the current stereotype of a fan is and finding a fandom that is noticeably gender-skewed (Moe and Humongous Mecha are popular targets) but the cast will still have only one character who is a fan of something with an overwhelmingly male fandom, and especially for obscure older things the adult audience immediately recognizes.

Another bonus to this is that the character's "masculine" characteristics are technically arbitrary, and easily tweaked to specific situations. Fans are very willing to put up with a lot of old tropes they wouldn't normally tolerate if the character was actually male.

Contrast Cosplay Otaku Girl and Fangirl. Often overlaps with Gamer Chick and is sometimes part of the Estrogen Brigade.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Sena Kashwazaki is one. While she doesn't take it to the extreme other examples of this do, she does seem to enjoy gal games a lot, and is usually seen playing them in the club room.
    • Rika is a more extreme case with her love for mecha porn doujin. And by "mecha porn," we literally mean porn involving mecha having sex.
  • In Ichigo Mashimaro, Nobue is jokingly described by fans as the Otaku Surrogate of manga author Barasui, due to her much mellower personality and tendency to hug little girls.
  • Morinas in Simoun is a total Simoun otaku, who makes plastic models in her spare time is even planning to be male after going to the Spring.
  • Konata in Lucky Star (the current page image for Cosplay Otaku Girl) is a complete over-the-top otaku, obsessed with anime and video games, mostly to allow for mentions of Haruhi Suzumiya, Galaxy Angel II, SHUFFLE!, Haruhi Suzumiya, Kanon, To Heart, Haruhi Suzumiya, and so forth... but very little of what most girls are expected to watch, save for a notable brush with Mari Mite (and a brief reference to Wedding Peach while the other girls talk about wedding dresses). This is lampshaded when Konata explains them as habits picked up to be closer to her father, although her friends then have more questions about her father's choice of habits...
    • And she plays eroges. Y'know, the sort of videogame for men that features naked young girls. Is it a wonder that so many fans interpret her as a schoolgirl lesbian?
      • Of course, a lot of women DO play eroge with naked women. Some of these games have huge female fanbases, like Sono Hanabira, to the point of most Sonohana fanart being done by female fans. The author himself was surprised about it. This may be Truth in Television.
    • Later made stronger by the introduction of two friends, one of whom is more of an 'Bukuro than Akiba' fangirl while another (relevant to the series) is a Yuri Fan.
    • And later on in the manga, we get Izumi Wakase, a closet otaku who has Konata's sports and home economics skills (average), Kagami's studying skill (average), is a class representative (Kou Yosaka's also one) but not flat and has an older brother complex.
  • Hikaru Amano of Martian Successor Nadesico: as big a Gekiganger fan as Akito.
  • Haruka of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu—beautiful, popular, and... otaku (the eponymous secret)
  • Kaede Mizuno from Nyan Koi! loves anything yakuza related. A subversion on her part, since we're led to believe she's a Moe Moe girl.
  • Yukari Tsukino from Ai Kora turns out to be a member of a doujinshi circle, and is also into cosplay and video games.
  • Kirino from Oreimo is a closet middle-schooler otaku and a popular fashion model. Kuroneko and Saori are these, too—little wonder they met in an online community called "Otaku Girls Unite"?
  • Noah Izumi from Patlabor is a borderline example. She loves Mecha—but in a very different way from most otaku. Polishing her Labor, naming it Alphonse, writing "This Labor is Mine" on its leg at one point, smiting an enemy mecha with her robot's severed arm as yelling "ROCKETTO PAUNCH!!!"...
  • The title character of Ganota no Onna, Ganota Utsuski, is a beautiful business woman and a major Gundam otaku, with a particular obsession with Zeon and Char. There are a lot of other Gundam fans around and the manga has a lot of Gundam references, like her boss being Zabi Degwin.
  • Yuru-Yuri's Kyouko Hoshino is a doujin artist obsessed with the Magical Girl anime Miraku-run. She even has her own booth at Comiket.
  • Haiyore! Nyarko-san has two of them, the titular Nyarko being an Anime and Toku fangirl while Cuuko is a Gamer Girl; distracting them is as easy as luring them through an anime shop and waiting for them to spot a limited edition figure to fight over.
  • Basically the whole point of Mangirl!: four girls are such hardcore manga fans that they create their own manga-zine.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya is not one of these. The page image is from a momentary nod to this trope and the show's status as an Affectionate Parody of anime/manga in general.
  • Naruko "Anaru" Anjo from Ano Hana The Flower We Saw That Day is this, more of a nerd as a child, but is trying to grow out of this and fit in with her other trendy friends as a teenager. She works at a shop that sells anime and games, and still kept a lot of games and manga in her room.
  • Tomoko Kuroki from Watamote is an example of this gone horribly wrong. Her knowledge of perverted media only makes her that much more unapproachable, and because she's so obsessed with that stuff she initially had no idea how to approach real life and real people. She's horribly antisocial and judgmental, and even her closet kin, her brother, is annoyed with her. Luckily over the course of the series she starts to get better, but she's still the universe's Chew Toy.

    Comic Books 
  • Most of the cast of Runaways. Nico likes books about monsters (a plot point at least twice), Molly has immense knowledge about the X-Men (even before she found out she was a mutant herself), Victor was programmed to worship and know almost everything about superheroes (except The Slingers). Gertie has the philosophical dorkiness of a Soapbox Sadie. Alex is a clear MMORPG fanatic. Other characters have their moments but they aren't as prominent.

    Live Action TV 
  • Wendy Watson in The Middleman knows a great deal about sci-fi and comic books, especially years-old series with predominantly male fandoms.
  • Mr. Simpson says, "Toby Isaacs, meet Kendra Mason, my biggest anime fanatics." Degrassi's biggest anime fanatics.
  • 7th Heaven's Simon was going to get his first kiss from a pretty and experienced girl but when they were supposed to be kissing they started talking about comic books.
  • Josephine "Jo" McCormick is one of the three typical average kids who love to read comic strips.

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    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Brooke 'Dodger' Leigh Lawson, human definition of the trope with a manga, game and anime collection that would make most gamers drool as shown in some of her Dex Bonus vidos.
  • A number of entertainers associated with the anime industry have "come out" as self-styled otaku. Probably the most famous example is Shoko Nakagawa. It is not clear whether these individuals are actually interested in otaku-ish pursuits, or simply consider it a smart career move to cash in on a ready-made fanbase. It almost certainly differs from individual to individual, and could well be a bit of both in many cases.
  • Felicia Day. Star of Buffy and Dr. Horrible, among others, and creator of "The Guild", a web series about a bunch of MMORPG gamers. She even based her character's addiction to MMO gaming to her own self-diagnosed addiction to World of Warcraft.
  • Chiaki Kuriyama, according to video interviews, has a house full of Evangelion stuff.
  • Brittany Diamond of The Ship's Closet
  • In general, it often seems that, in certain parts of the west, there are more Occidental Otaku Surrogates than actual Occidental Otaku.


OtakuStock Japanese CharactersPanty Thief
Looks Like She Is Enjoying ItImprobable Behavior TropesSmart Ball
Only Sane ManNormal PeopleOrdinary High-School Student
Occidental OtakuAcceptable Hobby TargetsPolka Dork
No Accounting for TasteDouble StandardPrison Rape
One of the BoysTomboyOutdoorsy Gal
Ordinary High-School StudentImageSource/Anime & MangaPlayboy Bunny

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