Anime TV Series Creators & Actors
- Rie Tanaka is a big fan of online games and she even provided voice acting in many Japanese, Korean and American online games like Final Fantasy XIV (the Mi'qotes), Cosmic Break (Icy), and, just like with Kana Ueda, she dubbed one of the voices in Modern Warfare 3 (specifically the AC-130 fire control officer).
- Sumi Shimamoto, ther Ur Example of Yamato Nadeshiko... and avid RPG player.
- Eri Kitamura does amateur manga in her spare time.
- Hidekaz Himaruya of Axis Powers Hetalia fame is a fan of When They Cry, South Park, and Happy Tree Friends. And that's not counting his apparently quirky and eccentric personality.
- Tomokazu Sugita. One hell of a reference machine who could practically guess whatever series or games your talking about and he will explain it in detail. We could list all the examples he's played and anime he's watched and it still wouldn't be enough.
- Hiroshi Kamiya (Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Durarara!!, Gundam 00) is a HUGE Gundam nerd, and his house is reportedly full of Gundam figures. He also likes playing "gal games", specifically Amagami, collects toys and boy's love drama CD's, and adores cats, himself having a Russian Blue named Nyanko-sensei, which is coincidentally the name of his character Natsume's feline youkai companion from Natsume Yuujinchou.
- "#BringBackToonami is not about a job. It's profoundly personal for me." Quoted from voice actor Steve Blum's Twitter account. He was as excited as any fan that it's coming back.
- Hikaru Midorikawa, the Japanese voice actor of Heero Yuy, is apparently a very huge fan of the Super Robot Wars series. Amongst the activities he has done in the SRW community includes:
- Making up a blog in the main staff's site.
- Keep watching about the possibility of a new SRW game out, if it does, go there and volunteer to become a beta-tester and if he can, do extra lines for characters he voiced. Usually for free.
- Do a One-Man Army run with the character he voiced in the game. (This was joked about in a No Fourth Wall skit when you save and quit in Super Robot Wars Original Generation.)
TV Presenters and Hosts
- Conan O'Brien is a professional nerd and has web series called "Serious Jibber-Jabber" where he conducts hour or longer interviews with guests on subjects that interest him like history and early Rock and Roll.
- There's also his "Clueless Gamer" segments, although it's more of a testament to how much he doesn't play video games, because more often than not, he's, well, pretty clueless when he plays them (and the result is usually pretty funny), and while he jokes that he's not interested in them and "kind of hate[s] them" at the start of each segment, he clearly enjoys himself while playing them afterwards, and he must have SOME kind of respect for the genre to repeatedly devote show time to them.
- Stephen Colbert is a huge fan of fantasy/SF, particularly Lord of the Rings (he read the novels long before the movies came out) and played Dungeons & Dragons in high school. He also owns Captain America's actual proper shield, which Cap supposedly left to Stephen in his will and, on finding out that Barack Obama collects comics, signed a copy of the Colbert-Spiderman crossover for him. It is being kept on the Shelves of Honor until such time as Obama takes the bait and comes on the show to get it.
- He also owns Aragorn's sword, given to him by Aragorn himself (or Viggo, same difference), and managed to out-geek Neil Gaiman in Lord of the Rings trivia.
- The Queen of Jordan knighted Colbert with that sword. That's right. Stephen Colbert, knighted with Andúril.
- Some CNN reporters needed a stock image of Satan as the backdrop for their coverage of the 06/06/06 "hysteria." They used an illustration of the Balrog from a 1977 Lord of the Rings calendar, prompting Stephen to explain, "Devils and Balrogs are totally different. Devils are angels who refused to serve God and instead followed Satan into hell. Balrogs are Maiar who refused to serve Eru and instead followed Morgoth into Thangorodrim. Get your facts straight, CNN!" The best part? Stephen noticed it himself. He just happened to recognize the illustration because he has the calendar.
- In this clip Stephen shows off some of his Lord of the Rings collection including a huge statue of Sauron, a replica of the ring of power, and a limited edition Lord of the Rings Pinball Machine.
- Peter Jackson even called him "The biggest Tolkien geek I've ever met."
- And just to underline the overall point, he listens to Neutral Milk Hotel. Huzzah! And The Decemberists!
- He also gave a big Shout-Out to bronies as well.
- Though he later admitted he didn't actually know what the term meant.
- British TV presenter and radio DJ Jonathan Ross is a big comics fan. He auctioned his copy of ''Amazing Fantasy'' #15 for charity, presented a BBC documentary about Steve Ditko (which ended with him and Neil Gaiman finally meeting the artist), and also co-presented an award at the San Diego Comic-Con alongside (or should I say... face to face with) Neil Gaiman. His 1988 Channel 4 TV series The Incredibly Strange Film Show was a well-informed guide to international cult film directors - including Tsui Hark, Ray Dennis Steckler, and Ted Mikels - who were, in the pre-internet age, still obscure in the UK outside a tiny minority of film geeks.
- He also hosted a BBC3 show called Japanorama, which is exactly what it sounds like. And yes, it included interviews with various mangaka and Japanese film directors.
- His Crowning Moment of Geekdom had to be the occasion, on his Friday night BBC1 chat show, he convinced Ricky Gervais to do his embarrassing David Brent dance. Gervais was immediately mortified, prompting Wossy to quip: "I'm Superman, You're Mister Mxyzptlk and I just made you say your name backwards twice." Three audience members get it.
- Jon Stewart, in response to Fox claiming "Who knows what went on behind closed doors" when Obama met Hugo Chavez, said something along the lines of "And now marks Fox News moving from political commentary... to fanfiction."
- Jon's also a gamer, and has talked about being a Mac user and playing Doom with one hand (so the other one can man a bong) in his standup. (See also the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson entry below.)
- Jon also made a number of (fairly accurate) Dungeons & Dragons references in response to Rumsfeld saying you couldn't just "wave a magic wand" and make everything better in Iraq. "Remember; you're either with us, or you're with the orcs."
- And he discusses Man-Bat with a guest.
- Second-hand example- his son is a fan of Power Rangers, and Jon has thus made a few references to it on his show- once getting the chance to bring it up in context while discussing a political scandal that involved series creator Haim Saban, and also using phrases from Power Rangers Jungle Fury to psych himself up for election coverage.
- He's apparently a Professional Wrestling fan and once had Mick Foley as a guest to do a promo for him.
- When Herman Cain suspended his campaign with a Pokémon quote, Jon and the rest of the crew responded as only they could.
- Jon also confessed to be a New York Times crosswords junkie.
- In his nightly news program, Keith Olbermann frequently quotes or alludes to Monty Python (and has had John Cleese as a guest more than once), and criticized dire right-wing projections concerning President Obama's budget as requiring truly staggering precognition: to wit, the projections extend through 2080, "seventeen years after we first make contact with the planet Vulcan" (according to Star Trek: First Contact). He also loves baseball and has one of the largest baseball card collections in the country. He also runs a blog for Major League Baseball
- Not entirely surprising, since he started his broadcasting career as a TV sportscaster.
- He's also been known to make (relatively obscure and Shallow Parody-averting) Harry Potter references.
- Observe this segment, wherein Keith guesses at the end of book seven (turns out he's a Snape fan).
- And the movie references, dear God, the movie references...
- He usually introduces his Oddball segment by noting the anniversary of some obscure, often times nerdy piece of trivia. As well, during one particular clip featuring a home-made beer serving robot he quipped: "You just give the command and Optimus Prime here will pour you a cold one."
- He's also a fan of MST3K, probably the quintessential geek show.
- In his Special Comment on New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's treatment of the Occupy Wall Street movement, he pointed out the irony of New York city bending over backwards to accommodate the filming of the new Batman movie, while expressing hostility towards its own citzens' right to freedom of assembly. His critique of the filmshoot is slightly undermined, however, by his repeated references to the film as the "Godddamn Batman" movie.
- Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy on The Big Bang Theory, has a Ph.D in neuroscience from UCLA, which makes her the only cast member to fully understand her character's Techno Babble.
- Rachel Maddow from the Rachel Maddow Show has a Moment of Geek segment on her political show. And yes, she has a Ph.D.
- She also wrote the opening to the Batwoman: Elegy trade paperback.
- Stephen Fry. Gadget addict, one of the first Mac owners in the UK (sharing his Apple obsession with his friend Douglas Adams). He also wrote a piece in Doctor Who Magazine claiming that missing the second episode of "An Unearthly Child" was the worst moment of his life and "nothing that has happened since has ever, or could ever, make up for it". He's also shown to be a fan of Harry Potter, to the point of voicing the audiobooks from Philosopher's Stone to Deathly Hallows.
- He is also purportedly the last surviving person to know the answer to Why 42?
- Don't forget going out of his way to do a 25-th birthday tribute to the GNU project, suggesting that he may be an avid Linux user as much as he is an Apple fan.
- He's been known to quote The Princess Bride on Twitter, and is a big fan of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. One of his many Twitter avatars (which is, at the time of writing, his current one) is also a drawing from one of the animators on The Simpsons, which he very much appreciates.
- Fry also was commissioned to write an episode of Doctor Who for the 2007 or 2008 season, but it fell through because he didn't have time to rewrite the episode for a new companion after Billie Piper left.
- British comedian Russell Howard is a massive Harry Potter fan who stood in line for the midnight release of Deathly Hallows.
- Radio and TV presenter Terry Wogan is a huge fan of the books of P. G. Wodehouse.
- All Monty Python members have been enormous fans of The Goon Show ever since their youth. John Cleese said he used to listen to the show's repeats in bed with a transistor radio to his one ear and a pillow to his other to make sure he'd would hear every single joke he had missed the episode before. Michael Palin and Terry Jones contributed to several Goon Show homages to keep their idols in memory.
- British comedian and TV presenter Phill Jupitus enjoyed Dad's Army ever since his youth.
Western Animation: Creators & Actors
- Matt Groening: Where to start? He may be the ultimate geek, enjoying underground comics, underground music, animated cartoons, comic strips, B-movies, exotica, cult novels, as well as 20th century classical music, jazz, blues, reggae, arthouse stuff,... As a child he watched awful TV shows and got in trouble often for doodling during lessons. His tutors and parents often told him he was wasting his time, but as he puts it: "All this stuff was preliminary research for the TV shows I would later make." Among the many things he absolutely adores are Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, The Fugs, The Beatles, Looney Tunes, Laurel and Hardy, Monty Python, The Goon Show, Godzilla, Robert Crumb, Peanuts, Lee Scratch Perry, Augustus Pablo, Bob Marley, Igor Stravinsky, Lynda Barry, Daniel Clowes, Walt Disney, Carl Barks, Betty Boop and Popeye, Olivier Messiaen, J. D. Salinger, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Ren and Stimpy, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, Yma Sumac, Juan Garcia Esquivel, The Coen Brothers, FW Murnau, Diane Arbus, Jackie Chan, Fela Kuti, Pere Ubu, The Residents....
- John Kricfalusi of Ren and Stimpy fame loves classic cartoons, especially Looney Tunes, early The Flintstones and the cartoons of the Fleischer brothers. He also collects various merchandising related to these characters.
- Trey Parker is an admitted Japanophile. He majored in Japanese studies in college, speaks the language, and married a Japanese woman. Episodes of South Park such as "Chinpokomon" (the season three episode where all the kids in town — except Kyle — are into a Pokemon-style toy fad from Japan) and "Good Times with Weapons" (season eight premiere where Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny buy Japanese ninja weapons at a flea market and pretend they're anime warriors) are windows into how much Trey Parker is into Japanese culture. Godzilla references are also prominent in the show.
- Seth MacFarlane has an obvious love for musicals and 1980s pop culture.
- Seth Green is a big Star Wars fan. No surprise there. He's also into video games, although he admits he sucks big time in any game ever made because he lacks the coordination. Guest stars in the music video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's White and Nerdy. That action figure collection Al's dancing in front of? His. And he's Joker, the pilot of the SSV Normandy, in the video game Mass Effect.
- The action figure collection Al's dancing in front of actually "merely" consisted of a couple of figures that his Robot Chicken partner, Matt Senreich, happened to have lying in the back of his car. Seth's real collection is allegedly big enough to earn its own storage facility.
- One can also tell by Robot Chicken that he certainly has quite the nerdly knowledge of video games to make jokes that gamers would get the most, and if his newest project Titan Maximum is to go by, he's also a fan of Humongous Mecha series.
- Not to forget his work with Team Unicorn.
- David Wain (of Superjail! and The State fame) joined DeviantArt. He spends his time there adding sexy fanart of his character to his favourites. It's... unsettling.
- The same can be said of Mark Van Orman of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, who also faves creepy fanart. Then again, considering his work runs on Nightmare Fuel, it's rather fitting for someone like him to be a Nightmare Fetishist.
- And Craig McCracken, creator of The Powerpuff Girls and Fosters Homefor Imaginary Friends, is on there too. although he doesn't do much with it.
- And he notably does not favorite creepy fanart. In his first journal he bluntly stated that "yes, [he's] seen the porn" and left it at that.
- Lauren Faust, wife of Craig McCracken and developer of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, has shown appreciation for her fans on her DeviantArt account, favorites some fanart, and occasionally lurks 4Chan's /co/ board, as well as other Pony-related sites.
- She was also quite ecstatic upon getting John de Lancie as a character for the second season, stating that she's a Trekkie herself.
- There are also a good number of references to The Big Lebowski in her works.
- Jhonen Vasquez, creator of JTHM and Invader Zim, is a huge video game addict, even saying (as of Comic Con '05) that he has gaming systems from the Dreamcast to the Xbox 360; and is a fan of Zelda, Metroid, Bioshock, and Alone in the Dark, just to name a few. He's also a big fan of the Alien movies, even giving a homage to them in an Invader Zim episode, "Lice".
- Derrick J. Wyatt, character designer for Teen Titans, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, and most notably Transformers Animated, has both a personal blog and a deviantART account through which he frequently engages in spirited discussion with his fans. He's particularly crazy about Transformers, with Animated having been an absolute dream job for him; he used it as an opportunity to show off his ridiculous knowledge of things like 20-year-old Japanese-exclusive toy characters and stick them into the backgrounds of episodes.
- His DeviantArt account includes photos of his toy collection which contains Power Rangers and Sentai toys, in addition to the expected Transformers. If you need more proof, he designed a one-off villainess◊ as a homage to Scanty.
- Crispin Freeman. He's a voice actor in America because he liked Voltron and Battle of the Planets. He considered changing his first name to Mark, one of the protagonists of BOTP. He's also a scholar on classic mythology. In addition, he also teaches potential voice actors in voice workshops too.
- Stephanie Sheh: Aside from being an anime voice actor, she's very vocal about her feelings on piracy. In 2010, she mentioned that she would have loved to play Knives Chao, stating her resemblance towards Ellen Wong. She mentioned on Twitter that she's a fan of The Hunger Games trilogy and would love to read other Dystopian such as Divergent and Legend.
- Voice actress Erin Fitzgerald, known for her roles in Ed, Edd n Eddy (as Nazz and May Kanker), Monster High (as Abbie, Spectra, and Cupid), and Bleach as a number of characters, is a huge video gamer. Her favorite of all time is Final Fantasy VII. She's a major otaku as well (she was just a casual fan before but got really into anime after dating an otaku), and attends numerous anime conventions, both as a fan and as a guest.
- Voice actor Kyle Hebert doesn't get invited to cons as often as his contemporaries...not that it's ever stopped him from coming as a guest (and sometimes even crashing panels). He is also a connoisseur of all the things his fans also enjoy: video games, anime, comic books, and so on.
- Hungarian voice actor and translator Dániel Hamvas proudly admits he puts all the time spent on the net to good use by incorporating the latest slang, Leet Lingo and cuss words into his translations, or those that he supervises. His most famous and renowned "contributions" are the strikingly colorful scripts of Family Guy (where he also plays the role of Chris) and The Boondocks, and he also appears to be an all-round geek, in a good sense.
- Another voice actress who likes video games: Kana Ueda. She owns an Xbox 360, likes playing Halo 3, is apparently pretty skilled at it. So much that Microsoft held an event so Halo players can meet her online... and get themselves fragged by her, or frag her in a friendly match.
- Pendleton Ward, the creator of Adventure Time really seems to like video games, particularly Animal Crossing.