Website / Flame Warriors

A website that was devoted to describing the recurring characters one finds in regular flame wars on the internet, owned by artist Mike Reed. Many will find them very recognizable. The original website is defunct, but a mostly-complete list can still be found here.

This website provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Pervs creep on other forumers, usually in secret. They sometimes start trouble just to keep the poster they're attracted to talking to them.
  • Appeal to Authority:
    • Blowhards are constantly stating their credentials in their posts, even if they're completely irrelevant to the subject.
    • Centurions often lord their military backgrounds over the heads of other forumers.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The Grenade is one for an entire forum. It represents a subject that always, without fail, invokes a massive Internet Backdraft that makes a normally civil community devolve into a series of angry arguments.
    • Howlers HATE when certain subjects are brought up, and will dogpile the person who brought it up.
  • Basement-Dweller: The Lonely Guy is not only drawn as this, they're also described as someone who doesn't leave the house much and picks fights because they have nothing better to do.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Some warriors are characterized as usually being pleasant, but very effective at online arguments once they're provoked. These would include the Big Cat, Coffee Klatch, Kung-Fu Master and Jekyll And Hyde.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: Artful Dodger's hat. When attacked, he uses a counterattack that changes the subject to a different topic.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander:
    • Bong, who types very random nonsensical stuff, thanks to being on drugs.
    • Loopies are complete kooks that run on Insane Troll Logic. And unlike Bong, they're sober.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: One of the defining traits of the Klaxon, who posts every conspiracy theory they come across with all seriousness, no matter how outlandish.
  • Dirty Coward: The Stealth uses all a manner of sockpuppet accounts and multiple emails in order to flame with little to no consequences.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • Yuk Yuks like to share every joke they come across, no matter how old, lame, or inappropriate they are. They're so annoying, you can't even find it ironically funny.
    • Often a reaction to the Evil Clowns' jokes, though they try to be offensive on purpose.
  • Emo Teen: Acne is the kind of poster who frequently whines about their life, and is more often than not described as "a middle class teenager with an allowance, unlimited access to a computer and WAY too much time on his hands."
  • Everything Is Racist: Defines the Ethnix warrior, who uses his (supposedly) ethnic background to undermine his opponents and accuse them of being racist.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Evil Clowns' jokes are always mean-spirited and insulting, and they love to humiliate their opponents with their "humor."
  • Fanboy: The aptly-named Fanboy is well, a fanboy with interests and knowledge in a single obsession. If said obsession is criticized, he immediately defends it with ferocious tenacity.
  • Flame Bait: The Grenade is a subject that causes massive Internet Backdraft arguments when dropped.
  • The Fundamentalist: Deacon, an obnoxious religious zealot.
  • The Generic Guy: Lamers don't display any real defining personality traits to their posts, seldom provide keen insight to whatever discussions they participate in, and aren't obnoxious enough to warrant banning.
  • G.I.R.L.: The result of a male Impostor pretending to be a woman.
  • Good Is Dumb: Bliss Ninnies are nice people, but incredibly daft. They're blissfully unaware of why everyone just can't get along, and will sometimes interrupt flame wars with innocuous posts.
  • Grammar Nazi: The Grammarian will not hesitate to correct even the slightest mistakes in spelling and grammar.
  • Hate Sink: The Target is a poster who most everyone on the forum hates. Sometimes, they can be used as a pressure valve for the community to vent its pent-up rage on, so when it loses the old Target, it will very likely pick a new one.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Atheist is the "must mock and belittle believers, religion and theism at every opportunity" kind.
  • Internet Counterattack: The Swarm is this, even providing the page image. Any offending message that reaches a Swarm nest will cause the whole swarm to attack the offender in a Zerg Rush.
  • It Amused Me:
    • Enfant Provocateur's reason for stirring up trouble is... just because.
    • Evil Clowns get bored easy, and often interrupt serious discussions or humiliate other forumers for funsies.
  • It's All About Me: The aptly-named Ego regards forums as all about him, and will even provoke conflict so that he becomes the subject at hand.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: The very name of a specific warrior who can oftentimes switch from being nice, helpful, and rule-abiding to a completely unhinged jerk.
  • Jerkass: Some warriors, like the Big Dog and the aptly-named Jerk, are defined by how assholish they are.
  • Just Ignore It: The Stone Deaf's strategy is to ignore any and all arguments that they don't like.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • Whisper warriors avoid open conflict if they can, preferring to send private messages to friends or sympathetic posters in order to rally support (or at least look like they're rallying support) for their side of the argument.
    • The Rat, who tries to pick fights over private messages instead of directly on the forum. When they think they're losing, they start posting the contents of their opponents' messages on the forum out of context, claiming that their opponent is harassing them.
    • Picador tries to provoke their opponents through carefully worded posts that only they would get angry at. They do this in hopes of their opponents starting a flame war and getting defeated by stronger warriors.
  • Master of Disguise:
    • Impostor, a Warrior who can change his internet persona on a whim, and tends to lie about who he is.
    • Net Rats are kids and pre-teens pretending to be adults.
  • Never Mess with Granny: The Toxic Granny is an elder poster who's just as aggressive on the keyboard as the younger warriors. Taken to a literal extreme, as being beaten by her is humiliating, but winning an argument against her gains no glory.
  • Nice Guy: The Eagle Scout is friendly, helpful, eager to keep the discussion meaningful and civil, and not easily provoked by petty arguments. He's also described as Jumping on a Grenade to save the forum.
  • No Indoor Voice: ALL CAPS appears to lack one, based on their habit of communicating with the caps lock constantly on.
  • No Sense of Humor: Yuk Yuks and Evil Clowns regularly accuse their opponents of this, or use the Parody Retcon.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Internet forum-style— Godzilla has the ability to crush an entire forum when he strikes, and Nothing Is the Same Anymore after that.
  • The Philosopher: Philosopher, naturally.
    • Profundus Maximus like to think they're one.
  • Satellite Character: Me-Too is a warrior who only ever acts alongside a Big Dog because they're too weak and insecure to act alone. It doesn't even have its own page on the roster.
  • Single-Issue Wonk: The Issues warrior is a kind of poster who will always talk about a specific issue they have with...whatever, regardless of what relevance it has to the topic at hand.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Compost flings expletives and vulgarities to keep his opponent at bay. Is noted for being a rather weak warrior who quickly gains the attention of Nanny or Admin and is quickly banned from it.
  • The Spock: Android, who's emotionless and only notes illogic in other flame warriors' arguments.
  • Strawman Political: Tons to represent various posters of particularly extreme political backgrounds. Troglodytes are ultra-conservative bigots, Weenies are ultra-sensitive liberals, Capitalistas are libertarians who won't stop harping on the merits of the free enterprise system, Pinkos are Dirty Communists/Straw Feminists, and Idealogues define themselves entirely by their set ideals and won't accept a difference in opinion.
  • Terse Talker: Grunters are defined by how they respond to messages with only a single word or a short phrase.
  • Thread Necromancer: The Necromancer, of course. He brings long-dead threads back to life.
  • Troll: Troller is the most obvious one by its name, but other warriors like the Evil Clown and Enfant Provocateur also qualify in how they say things just to get on people's nerves.
  • Typhoid Mary: A specific warrior that's unknowingly infected with viruses and Trojans, and who just as unknowingly spreads it around on the forums they visit.
  • The Unintelligible:
    • Garble's posts are completely unreadable, no matter how serious they're being because...well, they just seem to suck at typing!
    • Bong's posts are usually unreadable, since they're high while posting.
    • Loopy's posts are unreadable largely thanks to them being just plain weird.
    • Patois' posts are hard to read thanks to their native language being different from the one they're posting on.
  • The Watcher: The Lurker seldom, if ever, posts, but he's always there, silently reading the discussion.
  • Zerg Rush: The Swarm's method of attack. One offending message sets off the entire swarm which will bring down even the strongest warriors due to attrition.

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