The Knights Who Say Squee
You certainly seem very happy, Tosaka-san
. I've never seen you like this before. Tosaka: [holding an autographed picture of Jack Rakan]
Damn right I am! What are you, stupid? To gladiators like me, he is a freakin' god, you know?! Like a goddamn deity walking the earth!
Simply put, even heroes will have their heroes.
Maybe you think that answering The Call
and becoming a hero may put our dear protagonists in a more elevated and level-headed position, and that they should not feel the need to admire anyone. Now they have the power
and the nice toys
and even some fans
of their own.
However, what we forget is that our dear protagonists used to have a life before (or even besides
) their duties, and are still individual people with likings and all. Maybe they Jumped at the Call
because they wanted to be like their beloved childhood hero
, or had some of their decisions shaped by the "philosophy of life" of their idol. The person they admire and want to follow didn't have to be a "true" superhero, though. Could be a favorite celebrity, Idol Singer
, or something else. Maybe that doesn't even have to be a person; just an object
, an animal (small cute creatures are a particular favorite), a show
, even a particular attitude
So, why we should be surprised that they still squee
over their idols? Given the circumstances, we should not be surprised whenever a Superhero
, Magical Girl
, Teen Superspy
, etc. starts acting like a fanboy
over something or someone.
Often, this is followed by Fan Disillusionment
when the Hero discovers the squee
object is actually either mean
, or not without his own problems
. This can lead to an anvilicious Aesop
on not becoming a fanboy/fangirl; conversely, it can lead to An Aesop
that the hero is, after all, a human being.
Another common plot is for the best current hero to squee and be all "I'm Your Biggest Fan!" over a childhood idol
, perhaps telling him that he was the inspiration that got him where he is. The hero's fans are often quite embarrassed by the way they treated what they assumed was an insignificant elderly person.
Compare Audience Surrogate
, Fan of Underdog
, Like a God to Me
, Ascended Fanboy
, Promoted Fanboy
Not to be confused with The Knights Who Say Ni
, although the title is derived from there.
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Anime & Manga
- The girls of Wedding Peach are like this with Yanagiba until they learn his origins.
- In the Ratman manga, towards the end of issue one. Shuto had to break into Kizaki Manor, home of the president of the hero association! Obviously, things didn't go quite as planned. Eventually, an A-ranked hero is called onto the scene. Upon seeing him, Shouto forgets that he's in his Anti-Hero mode, and asks for an autograph. Of course, the hero turns out to be a Jerkass who only does it because the job pays well and comes with respect from the general public. Considering that this series takes place in a world full of superheroes, and the fact that the story is a kid that wants to be a superhero but is recruited to be the world's first Anti-Hero (against his will), this was bound to happen.
- In Tokyo Mew Mew, Mint fangirls over Zakuro.
- Judai of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX started fanboying over Yugi when they met in the final episodes of GX. At that point he'd just beaten the embodiment of darkness and was one of the strongest forces in the universe, probably. Of course, in terms of the card game, Yugi is still a freaking legend. Of course, it helped that he and Yugi had met in the first episode, and Yugi had given him the Winged Kuriboh card.
- Excel Saga
- Excel and Hyatt squee before agent Key, much to Il Palazzo's displeasure.
- And of course there's Excel's (and later Elgala's) obsession with Il Palazzo, which goes well beyond platonic admiration. Hyatt on the other hand is too busy either dying or drugging herself up to squee over anyone.
- Soifon from Bleach towards Yoruichi, when the Broken Pedestal deal is resolved. "Oooooh, Yoruichi-sama!"
- Subaru, the main (new) lead of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S, over her idol, the title character of Lyrical Nanoha series.
- One Piece: Major Sergeant Tashigi is pretty much fangirling on the inside over Zoro on this page. There's kind of a double-subversion going on, though. She immediately presumed he was a bad person upon finding out he was a pirate, but doesn't realize that Zoro is still a good guy, and is still all what she was squeeing over earlier and far, far more.
- Whitebeard's allies are this. Including Jimbei, a hero of Fishmen Island, who, along side with Arlong, was a fanboy to Fisher Tiger.
- Now even Luffy has one. Bartolomeo is an anti-social Troll and a massive fanboy of Luffy. He looked up to Luffy so much that after Marineford he went to sea himself, becoming an Ascended Fanboy and entered the tournament on Dressrosa to win the Mera Mera no Mi so he could give it to Luffy. He's practically catatonic with joy after meeting Luffy and his crew in person.
- Subverted in Death Note. When Misa meets L, (giving Light the chance to get L's real name) at first he just stares at her thoughtfully and then, when he recognizes her, starts acting all fanboy-ish over the idol, drawing the attention of everyone around. It turns out that he was suspicious of Misa beforehand and everything was part of a plan to steal her cellphone, thwarting Light's attempts to get his name and at the same time raising his suspicions about Light.
- In very early Sailor Moon, the very first Sailor to appear is "Sailor V". Usagi often acts as a V fangirl, even after becoming Sailor Moon. (In several episodes she's shown at an arcade playing the Sailor V video game!) Eventually V is revealed to be Sailor Venus, who joins the other Sailors, prompting a few star-struck moments before things settle down.
- Negi of Mahou Sensei Negima! tends to do this when he meets any of his father's friends.
- Mink of Dragon Half is always squeeing over idol(/dragon-slayer) Dick Saucer. At the end of the manga, Dick Saucer meets his idol, Ruath the Red Lightning, renowned dragon-slayer. And he discovers that A) Ruath retired to marry a dragon, and B) the dragon-girl he's been trying to kill the entire series is his idol's daughter. So since his idol did it, Dick ends up marrying Mink. Dick and Mink are still gushing over each other after 8 years of marriage.
- Galaxy Fraulein Yuna: Kagurazaka Yuna is an epic Fangirl of the Masked Maiden Polylina... who's really played by one of her friends (and former enemy), Lia. (In the game where Polylina is introduced, this started out as a full-on crush, or at least sounded like one.)
- Transformers Energon
- Mirage (the upgraded form of Tidal Wave) squees over Galvatron, to the point of cheerleading with a pink heart visible on screen with him. This is the English dub; in the Japanese original, it was a running gag of him being outright Gay for Galvatron (with lines along the lines of "nobody loves Galvatron more than I do!"). Given this information, the fact that Tidal Wave was specifically modified to be able to powerlink with Galvatron (a process that involves an intermingling of sparks) becomes a bit more worrisome.
- Ironhide began the series fanboying the veterans of Transformers Armada, especially Hot Shot. Later in the series, a trio of younger 'bots fanboy him. They become dead sidekicks three or so episodes later.
- In Robotech/Genesis Climber MOSPEADA Scott/Stick Bernard has always admired Colonel Jonathan Wolfe/Major Jonathan ever since he was a kid. When Bernard finds his hero still alive on Earth and doing guerrilla warfare against the Invid, he becomes ecstatic, and he eagerly accepts the offer to join the Colonel/Major's team. Later however, Rand/Ray finds out that Jonathan has actually been selling his people out to the Invid; and when he tells Bernard about it, Scott/Stick slugs him for defaming his hero.
- Princess Cornelia from Code Geass can go pretty much into Fangirl mode when you mention her idol, Empress Marianne.
- Side materials suggest that Lelouch's Zero persona is inspired by a clandestine love of Tokusatsu; one of the History Lesson stories included in the DVD booklets has C.C. catch him humming a tune which she identifies as the theme song for a Toku series that aired around the time of the invasion of Japan.
- In Tiger & Bunny, Wild Tiger/Kotetsu T. Kaburagi is a rather vocal fan of Sternbild's first superhero, Mr. Legend. Ends up on a Broken Pedestal when Kotetsu is told that once Legend's powers began to fade, the 'crimes' he foiled were actually set up by the TV show. One wonders what his reaction would be if he found out how bad Legend really got.
- A villainous variant occurs in Fate/Zero; Uryuu, the demented serial killer, accidentally summons Caster, and soon goes into total fanboy mode when he discovers that Caster is even more enamored with disturbing violence than he is, and has various superpowers to assist in his creatively horrific mutilations. Justified, since Uryuu summoned Caster without a catalyst, so the ritual provided him with the spirit most suited to his personality.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Ted Mallory of Diana Wynne Jones's novels Deep Secret and The Merlin Conspiracy is a big-name fantasy author and a detective novel fanboy.
- A much more restrained than usual version of this is seen with Caspian in C. S. Lewis's Prince Caspian. The film less so.
- Many, many characters behave this way toward Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, to the point where Harry — the actual hero of the series — gets forced to spend a detention helping the man answer his fan mail. Lockhart's general incompetence, though, implies that he doesn't deserve his fame; he eventually reveals that he made a career out of finding people who did impressive things, wiping their memories, and claiming he did those things himself. Right afterward, in a fit of irony, Lockhart blanks his own memory while trying to blank Ron and Harry's memories. Ron and Harry never seem to mention his secret to anyone, so Lockhart's fame is mostly intact.
- In one Batman short story, "Fat Tuesday", a man wears a Batman costume to Mardi Gras, because Batman is his hero. He is kidnapped by a local gangster, but the real Batman saves him. The real Batman was dressed up as his hero, Zorro. Which a bit of Lampshading as Zorro is basically what Batman was based off of.
- In The Divine Comedy, we see Dante completely forgetting the fact that he's somehow ended up in Hell because ohmygosh, it's Virgil!
- At the end of The Last Hero, Cohen and the Silver Horde meet Fingers Mazda, the Discworld version of Prometheus in this manner. All Mazda understands is that some old guys just freed him from the chains that kept him bound to a rock where vultures could come eat his liver and handed him a sword.
- The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden, meet Kris Kringle a.k.a. Santa Claus a.k.a. Donnar Vadderung a.k.a. Odin
- According to the fourth Noob novel, Fantöm, Omega Zell's idol, admits to have started playing by admiration for Mist, who was the top player before getting overshadowed by his rival's mentor.
- In Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Usagi is a big fan of Minako Aino, who also happens to be Sailor V's real identity, though Usagi doesn't find this out until very late on in this version.
- Doctor Who:
- In the various Power Rangers reunion shows, the current team will sometimes fanboy the previous, longer-established team. In fact, the Galaxy Rangers even referred to the Space Rangers as simply "the Power Rangers" while fanboying. Of course, everyone practically drools over Tommy, and Cole went even more gaga over the original Red Ranger, Jason.
- In Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Sixth Ranger Gai is a complete and total Super Sentai fanboy, and will flip out whenever he meets one of the older team members (and then ask for an autograph). On a couple of occasions they have fun with this; when he meets Abaranger's Yukito he fanboys, but then he sees Emiri and says "...And somebody I don't know!", and when the team meets Ohranger's Momo Maruo, she herself fangirls a little.
- While he doesn't show this in the main series, Gentarou Kisaragi of Kamen Rider Fourze is a fan of the other Kamen Riders, going so far as to declare that he'd befriend them all. He's quite ecstatic at meeting Kamen Rider OOO, leaving poor Eiji a little stunned, and he ends up devolving into Inelegant Blubbering when he thinks that Kamen Rider Amazon, whom he befriended in Kamen Rider X Kamen Rider Fourze And OOO Movie War Megamax, stood him up.
- He has to be subtle about it to avoid violating the Temporal Prime Directive, but Ben Sisko of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is pretty darn squeeful about getting to meet Captain Kirk in "Trials and Tribble-ations".
- Of course, everyone was doing some sort of squeeing over the TOS crew (or at least the big three). O'Brien was pretty proud that he spoke to Captain Kirk (even if he lied to his face), and even Worf said "It would be an honor to meet him" in a tone that can only be described as the Klingon equivalent to squeeing.
- Worf has met 3 of his personal heroes, Kahless, Kor, and Martok (the real one), and while Klingons don't exactly squee per se, his reaction on meeting all of them has been more of the aforementioned Klingon equivalent.
- Worf gets major respect from even the highest ranked Klingons.
- In the TNG episode "Relics", the crew is amazed to meet the original Miracle Worker himself, Montgomery Scott. La Forge, being the chief engineer of this ship, is especially taken with him. It sours a bit, however, with the crew (and Scotty himself) coming to regard him as a bit of a relic.
- But then Scotty does what he did 80 years ago all the time and helps save the Enterprise, and he's promptly regarded as the Miracle Worker again, and Picard even gifts him a shuttle.
- Star Trek: Kirk himself is no stranger to this trope. In "The Savage Curtain", e pretty much acted the same way when he got to meet Abraham Lincoln. In the same episode, Spock briefly showed emotion when he meets Surak, the "the father of Vulcan civilization" as Spock describes him. (But he quickly deduces that Surak, like Lincoln, is not truly real.)
- Star Trek: Voyager: Janeway's interaction with the Leonardo da Vinci hologram also had this vibe. Likely due to the fact that Janeway is a scientist, while Leonardo literally is the scientist.
- The crew come to view Lt. Reginald Barclay, himself a bit character on TNG, this way after he managed to get a Starfleet message to them for the first time in four years.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In probably the only case when it happened between a hero and a villain, Buffy squeed pretty hard when she met Dracula.
- Everyone squeed at Dracula. The Showrunners described the metaphor for that episode as "A rock star comes to town".
Okay, who are you? Mysterious Caped Figure:
I am sorry, I assumed you knew. I am Dracula. Buffy:
[a sinister zoom-in on her stunned face, until she suddenly smiles like crazy]: Get out! [Smash Cut to Opening Credits]
- On his first appearance on Ghost Hunters, Meat Loaf is squeeing over getting to investigate with TAPS while they are squeeing over getting to meet him.
- He's less obvious than most examples, but Cam Mitchell is definitely one of these at the beginning of season 9 of Stargate SG-1. So much so, in fact, that he spends all of his time Putting the Band Back Together rather than enjoying his newfound command.
- In "The Examination for Lieutenant" from Horatio Hornblower miniseries, Horatio is, if not a complete hero yet, then surely an up-and-coming rising star of an officer in the Royal Navy. He squees — well, he almost squees, because he's a shy and solitary boy — when he meets Captain "Dreadnought" Foster, who is a Living Legend. Foster enjoys his admiration and is taken with the young acting lieutenant. Horatio ends up disillusioned when he finds out that Foster breaks rules and concludes that he doesn't care much for the lives of his crew.
- On Murdoch Mysteries, Detective Murdoch, our hero who loves science and uses various applications and gadgets during his investigations, is always delighted or thrilled to meet famous inventors and scientists, but he absolutely fan-boys over some of them, like when he meets Nicola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Alva Edison or especially Guglielmo Marconi whom Murdoch met when he was setting up wireless telegraph in Nova Scotia.
- Dean Winchester on Supernatural squees when he meets his favorite TV character, Dr. Sexy, M.D., after being Trapped in TV Land by The Trickster aka The Archangel Gabriel. However, it turns out that Dr. Sexy isn't real - Dean is such a fan that he figures out Dr.Sexy is a fake by noticing that his hero is wearing sneakers instead of cowboy boots.
- He's also very excited to meet Elliot Ness. Although Ness is everything Dean could have hoped for, any reference Dean makes to The Untouchables falls flat. He's ultimately disillusioned about the movie, but not the man.
- Trucy Wright in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney over the Gavinners, despite the fact that Gavin is actually their opponent in court. Apollo himself has some fanboyish tendencies concerning Phoenix Wright.
- Lisa of Mechagical Girl Lisa ANT, to the point of being completely oblivious that her idol Pink Flash is a dangerous foe.
- The Order of the Stick: Roy meeting his grand-father in the afterlife. Roy is also quite fanboyish when meeting with Gary Gygax earlier — probably channeling the author there. Given that Gygax was one of the people primarily responsible for the setting that Roy exists in, this reaction is entirely justified - he could only get closer to meeting his maker if Rich Burlew drew himself in. Later, Laurin subverts it: she remembers how much of a fan of Julio she had been, but that had been when she was younger.
- Villainous example from Homestuck: despite being an omniscient, nearly omnipotent "first guardian" of Alternia, Doc Scratch is apparently a big fan of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, bringing up many of the same Memes that the rest of the cast does. There is actually a very good reason for this: He was made in part from a magic cue ball and one of Bro's puppets, and Dave (who wrote SBaHJ in-universe) has a similar sense of humor to Bro.
- Also, many of the post-scratch Trolls are huge fans of their respective ancestors, and when they finally meet them, squeeing ensues. Except for Karkat, who, true to his nature, thinks his ancestor is a hypocritical tool.
- Karkat, of all people, really looks up to Jack Noir /Spades Slick.
CG: WE'RE NOT EXILING JACK, HE'S COOL.
GC: K4RK4T, H3 1S NOT TH4T COOL!
- Batman meeting the Grey Ghost in Shortpacked!.
- In The Specialists, Max to Captain Victory.
- Another rare case of it happening between villain and hero, Hitlerella was very excited to meet Wonderella's mom (who was the originally Wonderella) when her daughter brought her along on a Mother's Day outing.
- In Guilded Age, one of the first things we learn about Penk, who later becomes the leader of the Champions, is that he looks up to Harky and considers him a hero.
- Catholic cartoonist Jason Bach uses this trope as the basis for a strip about the theological continuity between Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.
- Alloy from The Descendants to the point where he has to be told to control himself when meeting other heroes by his teammates.
- Aquerna and some of the other Underdogs of Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe have a fan club for Fey. This is really embarrassing for Fey, since she's their age and still in high school.
- After Doug Walker did a Nostalgia Critic tribute to Siskel and Ebert, Roger Ebert tweeted about how much he liked it; Doug had that tweet printed out and framed for his wall. He was also very enthused to have the creative team of Animaniacs on for a tribute to their show.
- Eric Rodriguez did a countdown of the the Top 10 Voice Over Actors. Not only did two of the actors mentioned in the list watch the video and tweet about it to their followers (Rob Paulsen and Tara Strong), but Rob actually emailed Erod to tell him how much he loved the video.
- The Knights Of Fandom are an online group of fangirls and fanboys who unite for the dual purposes of being huge fans of whatever they enjoy and fighting cyber-bullying. Their Tumblr account invokes this trope by name ("We are the Knights who say 'Squee'!"), and they certainly lived up to the trope when Grey DeLisle joined their ranks.
- Ruby Rose from RWBY has dreams of becoming a Huntress. When she meets Glynda Goodwitch, an active Huntress, she Squees and asks for an autograph.
- Happens a lot on Totally Spies!.
- And to The Amazing Spiez whenever they meet the originals.
- Inspector Gadget
- Penny did this in an episode where everyone's favorite detective family has to protect a rock and roll star.
- Plus there is one where a MAD agent also happens to be Gadget's favorite actress.
- Katara of Avatar: The Last Airbender is a total Jet Fangirl for one episode. Hey, All Girls Want Bad Boys. She loses her capacity to squee harder than most examples here when she learns that he's not just bad, he's a narrow-minded jingoist who considers killing a town full of innocent Earth Kingdom civilians a ringing success for the rebellion, just because there happens to be a Fire Nation camp nearby.
- In the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, Bolin is a pretty big fan of Toph and Zuko due to their actions in the original series. He completely squees when he actually meets Zuko and Toph in person.
- The Batman: The Animated Series episode "Beware the Gray Ghost" had Batman showing as much squee as he is capable of upon meeting the actor of a childhood TV hero, the "Gray Ghost", who seems to have inspired some of the Batman persona. Played by Adam West as a Shout-Out to earlier incarnations of Batman.
- This was a reflection of Behind The Scenes - the creators were so adamant that West be cast in the role of the Gray Ghost that, if he hadn't been able to do so, the entire episode would have been scrapped.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold
- Blue Beetle spends most of his time in awe of Batman. He's also fanboyed over previous Blue Beetle Ted Kord and AQUAMAN.
- And Bats himself to Sherlock Holmes, in the episode where he went back in time. At the end of that episode, Holmes asks how he knew who he was. "Everyone knows who you are. You're the world's greatest detective." (World's Greatest Detective is usually a title given to Batman.)
- In Justice League, Captain Marvel finally meets his idol Superman, only to discover that he's nothing like he thought he would be. After Supes beats the tar out of him, destroying the "reformed" Lex Luthor's new city in the process, he resigns from the now understandably repentant JL with the words, "You just don't act like heroes." Contextually, the Big Blue's attitude had a lot to do with recent events. It didn't help that Lex Luthor had gone out of his way to make things look suspicious to Supes so he'd go off half-cocked, thus soiling the League's reputation. The same happens with the Ulti-Men later on.
- Green Lantern John Stewart was a big Justice Guild fan when he was a kid.
- Sushi Pack
- The members of the Sushi Pack fall into this occasionally. In "The World's Tastiest Heroes", Ikura fanboys over all the superheroes on "The World's Biggest Heroes" and even gets backstage passes to the show. The superheroes all turn out to be horrible braggers and just laugh at the Pack when Ikura introduces them as heroes, too.
- In "Yam Yakkers," Ikura and Wasabi are looking forward to getting the autograph of the actor playing Aquabot-boy, and while Tako claims to be a fan of Aquabot-boy, not the actor, he still does a happy dance when he gets an autograph, too.
- Teen Titans
- Raven and Starfire basically dissolve into a puddle of gently Squeeing goo when they first meet Aqualad.
- The whole team drools over Val-Yor to a scary degree, trusting the stranger to the point of joining a mission of his far from Earth way too quickly. Then it turns out he's speciesist and hates Tamaraneans.
- Also, in the flashback episode showing how the team first met, Beast Boy was very excited to meet Robin, who was, of course, already famous.
- The whole team save Beast Boy squeed hard when BB received a letter from the Doom Patrol, a famous (in-series) and established team of superheroes. They stop squeeing and start asking themselves questions when BB reveals he had been in the team before getting fired.
- Ben 10: Alien Force
- Ben squeals like a fangirl when he sees a commercial for a new live-action "Sumo Slammers" movie.
- Also in a more recent episode, Ben's girlfriend said the reason she didn't get jealous when a movie star kissed Ben was because "he's gotta bigger crush on Captain Nemesis than he does on Jennifer Nocturne".
- In Danny Phantom, a villainous example is given with the Green Bay Packers fanatic Vlad Masters.
- In The Penguins of Madagascar episode "The Red Squirrel" Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico all squee over meeting and working with the legendary Special Agent Buck Rockgut. Skipper even claims to have "patterned his whole life" after Rockgut. Their enthusiasm fades when he accuses first Private then Kowalski of being the villainous Red Squirrel.
- A bizarre example happened in the Codename: Kids Next Door episode "Operation: T.R.A.I.N.I.N.G." After Tommy bluffed Father (the Big Bad of the show) into thinking his autograph book was the Code Module, Father seemed pretty excited to see that it had Numbuh 362's autograph in it, despite the fact that she's his Arch-Enemy.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), Mikey often feels this way regarding established super-heroes, such as Silver Sentry and the Justice Force.
- Donatello gets a moment like this every now and then. Most notable is in the third episode, when April mentions that she used to be employed by Stocktronics and— by extension— Baxter Stockman. This pedestal breaks within five minutes, with little fanfare. There's also an episode that sets up to this, with Don telling Mikey about how a monster hunter is an accomplished biologist and psychologist... but also a "Certifiable nut-case!"
- Static Shock: Static is quite excited every time he meets another superhero. No Broken Pedestal for him, either — they collaborate quite well. The closest thing was discovering that Batman is not very friendly, but Robin assures him that it's not personal, and they come to an understanding.
- There was a definite Broken Pedestal moment when he met Green Lantern John Stewart. However that was quickly resolved upon learning the Lantern Static thought he'd met was Sinestro impersonating him.
- Same with Superman in another episode, not to mention both he and Gear getting their minds blown when the Justice League itself asks for their help in their crossover episode (well, Static's help, anyway.)
- The Legion of Super-Heroes over Clark Kent in the animated series. With Brainiac 5, it never stopped, and we had scenes of Danger Room-like sessions with Brainy heroically stopping the bad guys, being fatally wounded, and dying in the arms of Superman.
- Early in Gargoyles, Lexington is excited to meet The Pack... until they try to kill him.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Rainbow Dash is a very skilled flier, winner of many awards, implied to be the fastest living being on the planetnote , and bearer of the Element of Loyalty, but she's still a total fangirl of the Wonderbolts and hopes to join them someday.
- She has a similar reaction when meeting Daring Do.
- Twilight Sparkle, The Hero of the series and one of the most powerful magical practitioners in all of Equestria, is this to its Big Good, Princess Celestia. In fact, it was a display of Celestia magically raising the sun that first inspired Twilight to take up the study of magic as a filly.
- Sadlygrove Percedal greatly idolizes his mentor Goultard. Though ironically back when the two met, Sadlygrove was the only person not to know Goultard in a town populated by fanatic fans of the legendary warrior.
- Amalia Sheran Sharm, despite being herself an heroine and a princess, can easily turn into a complete fangirl around renowned people, like the Justice Knight or the Masked Gobbowler.
- The Adventure Time episode "His Hero" featured Finn and Jake idolizing a great hero called Billy (Jake: "I wanna be the dog you, Billy!"). At the end of the episode, after they restore his faith in heroism, he declares them his heroes and they squee out so hard he gets really uncomfortable and has to ask them to leave.
- In Kim Possible, Frugal Lucre is a villainous version, driving Dr. Drakken to distraction with his hero-worship when they're stuck in prison together. After they get out, Lucre makes a pest of himself again by seeking out Drakken as a mentor.
- The titular Archer had this reaction when he met Burt Reynolds, though his excitement quickly turned to horror when he found out that his hero was dating his mom.
- Like his MCU counterpart, Agent/Principal Phil Coulson in Ultimate Spiderman is an unabashed squeeing fanboy of Captain America. When Spidey accidentally disrobes him in a training session, he is seen wearing Captain America boxers.
- Allegedly, Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade and Karen Traviss (best known for her Wess Har books and Republic Commando Series novels) reacted this way to one another when they read each other's blogs and found out they were fans of one another.
- When Mark Hamill and Maurice LaMarche first met, Maurice hoped that he wouldn't fanboy-out at meeting Luke Skywalker. Only for Mark to fanboy-out at meeting the Brain!
- In the 1993 NHL playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the Vancouver Canucks in the second round. During the team handshake, up-and-coming young Canuck star Petr Nedved asked his idol, the Kings' Wayne Gretzky, for his stick as a souvenir. Needless to say, Vancouver fans were not amused at the antics. For completely different reasons, this actually turned out to be his final act as a Canuck.
- Reportedly, one of the New York firefighters doing rescue work in the wake of the 9/11 attacks had a complete fanboy moment upon discovering that one of the volunteers serving them food and water was none other than Kevin Conroy of Batman: The Animated Series fame.
- Even cooler, the firefighter then asked Conroy to say something in his Batman voice. And then it gets even better than that: the entire room heard the famous Batman voice and then EVERYBODY Squeed!
- Similarly, more than one volunteer helping out after the Touhoku Earthquake/Tsunami of 2011 apparently had had similar reactions when they found out that the famous seiyuu Norio Wakamoto (who actually was a policeman before becoming a voice actor) was among them.
- Tim Allen and Buzz Aldrin mutually fanboyed each other when they had an opportunity to meet.
- Movie stars and astronauts always make for good mutual squee-bait. During the filming of Apollo 13, Jim Lovell and Fred Haise visited the commissary and were awe-struck by all the big-named stars walking around. The stars, meanwhile, were used to seeing each other every day, but reacted with "ZOMG, Apollo astronauts!" at Lovell & company.
- French comedian Jamel Debbouze and French soccer star Zinedine Zidane are complete fans of each other. It shows whenever they're invited together on television.
- The author of the song "Monster Mash", Bobby Pickett, wrote it as a tribute to Boris Karloff. One day he happened to run across Boris Karloff - buying a copy of the song, which he loved. They exchanged autographs.
- An excerpt from Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg by Barry Williams, about his time on The Brady Bunch:
[Following a story about a time when Henry Kissinger
visited the set.] By now you must
have asked yourself, "Why on earth would Henry Kissinger go out of his way to visit "The Brady Bunch?" The answer, quite simply, is that he was trying to impress his daughter. She was a big "Brady" fan, and when she asked her father if he might arrange for her to meet us, he simply made a phone call, blew off an afternoon full of globally significant meetings, and arranged for the visit. I still find it nothing short of amazing that a man who was arguably the single most powerful politician in the world needed The Brady Bunch
to impress his kid - sort of an eerie commentary on the power of the tube and its significance on the lives of American children.
An even more blatant example of the egregiously potent power of "The Bunch" came when astronaut James McDivitt appeared on the show in a cameo role. McDivitt had piloted both NASA's Gemini 4 and Apollo 9 missions, and he had been to the moon, for chrissake; but when he got to our set, the first words out of his mouth were "Boy, being on The Brady Bunch is gonna make me a hero at my house."
Scary, very scary.
- Rudyard Kipling was a huge fan of Mark Twain and went out of his way to visit him on a trip to America.
- Monkey Punch (creator of Lupin III) upon finally meeting Mort Drucker of MAD, who was one of his major artistic influences and basically his hero. Though there was a Language Barrier, Omniglot Jan Scott Frazier was able to help them communicate.
- David Tennant, world-famous actor and easily in the running for "most beloved Doctor of all time", found himself incapable of doing anything other than squeeing like mad upon meeting his childhood idol Elisabeth Sladen, aka Sarah Jane Smith. He openly admitted that "it was always the Doctor and Sarah" and that working with her was a lifelong dream come true, and called her "the one true assistant". The fanboying is easily visible in every scene they share.
- Tennant and Peter Davison too, who he got to work with in "Time Crash". Davison is the Doctor that Tennant watched while growing up. The dialogue sounds less like the Tenth Doctor fanboying over the Fifth Doctor and more like Tennant fanboying over Davison. He even points out several aspects of his performance that were inspired by Davison.
- Adding a whole new dimension to the above example; Davison is Tennant's father-in-law...
- Senator Elizabeth Warren, formerly an outspoken but otherwise unassuming consumer advocate, has become a hero of the liberal left in American politics and a rallying point for anti-corporate-welfare activists all around the nation. But when she joined forces with Hillary Rodham Clinton to introduce Senator John Kerry at his confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, she spent most of the time she wasn't talking gazing at Clinton like she couldn't believe she was sharing a table with the most famous woman in the history of American politics. Even before then, during her Democratic Convention speech, Warren called Clinton "one of the coolest women on this planet."
- Although they never met, it is said that when Fyodor Dostoevsky finished reading Anna Karenina, he went running through the streets shouting, "Tolstoy is a genius!"
- Beloved fantasy author Tamora Pierce, on giving up writing comics only to be asked to help write a miniseries for Red Sonja by the legendary Gail Simone: "I know, I know, I swore off comics, but when the splendid Gail Simone asks, what's a girl to say but ::wagging tail thump thump thump:: 'Sure, Gail, sure! Which way should I go? Which way should I go?' ::tongue hanging out, tail bumping furniture::"
- Noah Antwiller of The Spoony Experiment has expressed great fondness and admiration for Richard Garriot, creator of the Ultima series, calling him a "god of geeks" in his review of the original Ultima. Then when he got a sit-down interview, Garriot admitted to being a fan of Noah's.
- Tyrese Gibson, during a convention appearance shortly before the release of the Film/Transformers live-action movie, admitted to Peter Cullen that he'd never had a dad growing up, but he did have Optimus Prime.
- Felicia Day has tweeted that the highlight of every party is seeing Nathan Fillion.
- Happens in Mixed Martial Arts often. Up and coming fighters end up fighting their idols. Sometimes their fan worship can cost them the fight.
- After their first bout, GSP revealed he was incredibly nervous to fight his idol Matt Hughes, to the point he couldn't even look him in the eye in the stare down. He said this played into him losing the bout.
- Travis Browne was such a fanboy of Mirko Cro Cop that he went out to dinner with him the night before the fight and was hanging out with him. At one point in the fight he had knocked him down and helped him back up rather than jump on him to finish him. And then, he got knocked down and beat himself.
- Although they would after the bout be bitter rivals until the rematch (when they became friends), BJ Penn revealed years later Jens Pulver was his favorite fighter and idolized him, and that played tricks on his mind when he fought (and lost to) him the first time.
- The suicidally brave, decorated war hero Siegfried Sassoon claims he acted like a complete fangirl upon meeting T. E. Lawrence
- When Jennifer Lawrence was being interviewed after she won the Oscar for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook, Jack Nicholson just so happened to be behind her. Cue her fangirling upon him "interrupting" her interview.
- And here is a video from Comic Con of her getting so shy when she sees Jeff Bridges, that she initially runs.