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* Some Mad Romantics may go even further and begin drawing (or writing) RuleThirtyFour pieces of their favourite actors and actresses in real life, or from the universes of their favourite works. If the actors or creators in question happen to [[RuleThirtyFourCreatorReactions see the work and disapprove of it]] or even ask them to stop on a public forum (usually social media), this may drive the Mad Romantic into an all-out strop, declaring that they somehow have the right to essentially be creepy even if real world people don't feel comfortable with it, usually veiled behind some thin justification as to why such an act is okay in their mind.


Although fans like '''the Beancounter''' have always been around in one form or another, they have become especially visible in the latter half of TheNewTens, particularly on the Internet. Succinctly, the Beancounter is a fan who is obsessed not with the substance of a story or the cleverness of a plot nor the quality of a performance or anything actually involved in the ''creation'' of the subject of their fandom, but rather with ''how much money'' it makes. The Beancounter is fixated on box office numbers and television ratings (and almost always in relation to the most popular and - crucially - commercially successful things around) and tends to talk about the things they enjoy in terms that sound better suited to a corporate boardroom than any fan venue. While the business side of the entertainment industry is often interesting to explore, the Beancounter (who never has any actual financial stake in the success of what they're following) takes it more seriously than they probably should, referring to pieces of art exclusively as "properties" or "IP", praising actors for their status as "draws" rather than their talent as performers and citing nebulous ideas like "lack of franchise potential" as a legitimate criticism of a piece of art, seldom having more than a surface level appreciation for the art itself. Beancounters will point to the amount of money a work has made in response to virtually any criticism it receives and accuse said critics of jealousy of their target's success; at the extreme end, Beancounters will get into earnest arguments about ''which'' gigantic corporation should have a monopoly particular characters or series (the question of whether or not gigantic corporations ''should'' have a monopoly is ignored) and even defend corrupt or dishonest business practices on the basis that the corporate entity carrying them out owns the thing they like.

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Although fans like '''the Beancounter''' have always been around in one form or another, they have become especially visible in the latter half of TheNewTens, particularly on the Internet. Succinctly, the Beancounter is a fan who is obsessed not with the substance of a story or the cleverness of a plot nor the quality of a performance or anything actually involved in the ''creation'' of the subject of their fandom, but rather with ''how much money'' it makes. The Beancounter is fixated on box office numbers and numbers, television ratings and chart positions (and almost always in relation to the most popular and - crucially - commercially successful things around) around; if it isn't in the mainstream and making big money, it might as well not exist in the Beancounter's mind) and tends to talk about the things they enjoy in terms that sound better suited to a corporate boardroom or shareholders' meeting than any fan venue. While the business side of the entertainment industry is often interesting to explore, the Beancounter (who never has any actual financial stake in the success of what they're following) takes it more seriously than they probably should, referring to pieces of art exclusively as "properties" or "IP", praising actors for their status as "draws" rather than their talent as performers and citing nebulous ideas like "lack of franchise potential" as a legitimate criticism of a piece of art, seldom having more than a surface level appreciation for the art itself. Beancounters will point to the amount of money a work has made in response to virtually any criticism it receives and accuse said critics of jealousy of their target's success; at the extreme end, Beancounters will get into earnest arguments about ''which'' gigantic corporation should have a monopoly on particular characters or series (the question of whether or not gigantic corporations ''should'' have a monopoly on said characters or series is ignored) and even defend corrupt or dishonest business practices on the basis that the corporate entity carrying them out owns the thing they like.


Although fans like '''the Beancounter''' have always been around in one form or another, they have become especially visible in the latter half of TheNewTens, particularly on the Internet. Succinctly, the Beancounter is a fan who is obsessed not with the substance of a story or the cleverness of a plot nor the quality of a performance or anything actually involved in the ''creation'' of the subject of their fandom, but rather with ''how much money'' it makes. The Beancounter is fixated on box office numbers and television ratings (and almost always in relation to the most popular things around) and tends to talk about the things they enjoy in terms that sound better suited to a corporate boardroom than any fan venue. While the business side of the entertainment industry is often interesting to explore, the Beancounter (who never has any actual financial stake in the success of what they're following) takes it more seriously than they probably should, referring to pieces of art exclusively as "properties" or "IP", praising actors for their status as "draws" rather than their talent as performers and citing nebulous ideas like "lack of franchise potential" as a legitimate criticism of a piece of art, seldom having more than a surface level appreciation for the art itself. At the extreme end, Beancounters will point to the amount of money a work has made in response to virtually any critique and accuse critics of jealousy of their target's success.

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Although fans like '''the Beancounter''' have always been around in one form or another, they have become especially visible in the latter half of TheNewTens, particularly on the Internet. Succinctly, the Beancounter is a fan who is obsessed not with the substance of a story or the cleverness of a plot nor the quality of a performance or anything actually involved in the ''creation'' of the subject of their fandom, but rather with ''how much money'' it makes. The Beancounter is fixated on box office numbers and television ratings (and almost always in relation to the most popular and - crucially - commercially successful things around) and tends to talk about the things they enjoy in terms that sound better suited to a corporate boardroom than any fan venue. While the business side of the entertainment industry is often interesting to explore, the Beancounter (who never has any actual financial stake in the success of what they're following) takes it more seriously than they probably should, referring to pieces of art exclusively as "properties" or "IP", praising actors for their status as "draws" rather than their talent as performers and citing nebulous ideas like "lack of franchise potential" as a legitimate criticism of a piece of art, seldom having more than a surface level appreciation for the art itself. At the extreme end, Beancounters will point to the amount of money a work has made in response to virtually any critique criticism it receives and accuse said critics of jealousy of their target's success.success; at the extreme end, Beancounters will get into earnest arguments about ''which'' gigantic corporation should have a monopoly particular characters or series (the question of whether or not gigantic corporations ''should'' have a monopoly is ignored) and even defend corrupt or dishonest business practices on the basis that the corporate entity carrying them out owns the thing they like.


The opposite of the Fandom Moral Guardian. These fans demand that a work go DarkerAndEdgier, even when it would be to the detriment of the work, and treat their favourites as being much darker and more "mature" than they actually are. Furthermore, their idea of a darker turn is usually exceedingly puerile, devoid of nuance, and overall sophomoric and immature. Instead of more complex and difficult themes, they would be ''far'' happier with [[VulgarHumor juvenile anti-PC humor]], [[BloodierAndGorier gratuitous violence and bloodshed]], [[HotterAndSexier oversexualization and adolescent-level depictions of sexuality]], and [[{{Wangst}} overwrought melodrama and blind pessimism and nihilism]]. In short, they don't actually want a truly DarkerAndEdgier work, they want one that caters to their own underdeveloped, childish tastes. In practice, they are most commonly the purveyors of cringeworthy fanfics and fanart; if you spot [[DarkFic a fanwork that has the above characteristics]], you're probably witnessing one of these in action. Overly edgy and one-dimensional [[OriginalCharacter OCs]] are another dead giveaway; on the rare occasions where they make themselves known to the creators, they're probably complaining about the "kiddification" of a work or trying to insinuate that it hasn't been keeping up with the times (in spite of the fact that most of their suggestions will ''instantly'' [[WereStillRelevantDammit date a work]] if taken seriously). On Wiki/ThisVeryWiki, if you ever see an example of something not-so-scary being listed on NightmareFuel, and it's not from someone with a [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes legitimate phobia]] of the thing in question, it's usually an Edgelord trying to make their favourite work seem edgier and therefore, in their eyes, better. The HateDumb counterpart is the Negative Nelly, who hates the work for not being dark enough and probably shares the Edgelord's immature ideas of what a dark work is.

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The opposite of the Fandom Moral Guardian. These fans demand that a work go DarkerAndEdgier, even when it would be to the detriment of the work, and treat their favourites (''especially'' when they are explicitly and obviously aimed at younger audiences) as being much darker and more "mature" than they actually are. Furthermore, their idea of a darker turn is usually exceedingly puerile, devoid of nuance, and overall sophomoric and immature. Instead of more complex and difficult themes, they would be ''far'' happier with [[VulgarHumor juvenile anti-PC humor]], [[BloodierAndGorier gratuitous violence and bloodshed]], [[HotterAndSexier oversexualization and adolescent-level depictions of sexuality]], and [[{{Wangst}} overwrought melodrama and blind pessimism and nihilism]]. In short, they don't actually want a truly DarkerAndEdgier work, they want one that caters to their own underdeveloped, childish tastes. In practice, they are most commonly the purveyors of cringeworthy fanfics and fanart; if you spot [[DarkFic a fanwork that has the above characteristics]], you're probably witnessing one of these in action. Overly edgy and one-dimensional [[OriginalCharacter OCs]] are another dead giveaway; on the rare occasions where they make themselves known to the creators, they're probably complaining about the "kiddification" of a work or trying to insinuate that it hasn't been keeping up with the times (in spite of the fact that most of their suggestions will ''instantly'' [[WereStillRelevantDammit date a work]] if taken seriously). On Wiki/ThisVeryWiki, if you ever see an example of something not-so-scary being listed on NightmareFuel, and it's not from someone with a [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes legitimate phobia]] of the thing in question, it's usually an Edgelord trying to make their favourite work seem edgier and therefore, in their eyes, better. The HateDumb counterpart is the Negative Nelly, who hates the work for not being dark enough and probably shares the Edgelord's immature ideas of what a dark work is.


Although fans like '''the Beancounter''' have always been around in one form or another, they have become especially visible in the latter half of TheNewTens, particularly on the Internet. Succinctly, the Beancounter is a fan who is obsessed not with the substance of a story or the cleverness of a plot nor the quality of a performance or anything actually involved in the ''creation'' of the subject of their fandom, but rather with ''how much money'' it makes. The Beancounter is fixated on box office numbers and television ratings (and almost always in relation to the most popular things around) and tends to talk about the things they enjoy in terms that sound better suited to a corporate boardroom than any fan venue. While the business side of the entertainment industry is often interesting to explore, the Beancounter (who never has any actual financial stake in the success of what they're following) takes it more seriously than they probably should, praising actors for their status as "draws" rather than their talent as performers and citing nebulous ideas like "lack of franchise potential" as a legitimate criticism of a piece of art, seldom having more than a surface level appreciation for the art itself. At the extreme end, Beancounters will point to the amount of money a work has made in response to virtually any critique and accuse critics of jealousy of their target's success.

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Although fans like '''the Beancounter''' have always been around in one form or another, they have become especially visible in the latter half of TheNewTens, particularly on the Internet. Succinctly, the Beancounter is a fan who is obsessed not with the substance of a story or the cleverness of a plot nor the quality of a performance or anything actually involved in the ''creation'' of the subject of their fandom, but rather with ''how much money'' it makes. The Beancounter is fixated on box office numbers and television ratings (and almost always in relation to the most popular things around) and tends to talk about the things they enjoy in terms that sound better suited to a corporate boardroom than any fan venue. While the business side of the entertainment industry is often interesting to explore, the Beancounter (who never has any actual financial stake in the success of what they're following) takes it more seriously than they probably should, referring to pieces of art exclusively as "properties" or "IP", praising actors for their status as "draws" rather than their talent as performers and citing nebulous ideas like "lack of franchise potential" as a legitimate criticism of a piece of art, seldom having more than a surface level appreciation for the art itself. At the extreme end, Beancounters will point to the amount of money a work has made in response to virtually any critique and accuse critics of jealousy of their target's success.


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Although fans like '''the Beancounter''' have always been around in one form or another, they have become especially visible in the latter half of TheNewTens, particularly on the Internet. Succinctly, the Beancounter is a fan who is obsessed not with the substance of a story or the cleverness of a plot nor the quality of a performance or anything actually involved in the ''creation'' of the subject of their fandom, but rather with ''how much money'' it makes. The Beancounter is fixated on box office numbers and television ratings (and almost always in relation to the most popular things around) and tends to talk about the things they enjoy in terms that sound better suited to a corporate boardroom than any fan venue. While the business side of the entertainment industry is often interesting to explore, the Beancounter (who never has any actual financial stake in the success of what they're following) takes it more seriously than they probably should, praising actors for their status as "draws" rather than their talent as performers and citing nebulous ideas like "lack of franchise potential" as a legitimate criticism of a piece of art, seldom having more than a surface level appreciation for the art itself. At the extreme end, Beancounters will point to the amount of money a work has made in response to virtually any critique and accuse critics of jealousy of their target's success.
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''Fans who care more about how successful a particular work is than its actual substantive content and behave as though they have a personal financial stake in its success.''



The opposite of the Fandom Moral Guardian, these fans demand that a work go DarkerAndEdgier, even when it would be to the detriment of the work. Furthermore, their idea of a darker turn is usually exceedingly puerile, devoid of nuance, and overall sophomoric and immature. Instead of more complex and difficult themes, they would be ''far'' happier with [[VulgarHumor juvenile anti-PC humor]], [[BloodierAndGorier gratuitous violence and bloodshed]], [[HotterAndSexier oversexualization and adolescent-level depictions of sexuality]], and [[{{Wangst}} overwrought melodrama and blind pessimism and nihilism]]. In short, they don't actually want a truly DarkerAndEdgier work, they want one that caters to their own underdeveloped, childish tastes. In practice, they are most commonly the purveyors of cringeworthy fanfics and fanart; if you spot [[DarkFic a fanwork that has the above characteristics]], you're probably witnessing one of these in action. Overly edgy and one-dimensional [[OriginalCharacter OCs]] are another dead giveaway; on the rare occasions where they make themselves known to the creators, they're probably complaining about the "kiddification" of a work or trying to insinuate that it hasn't been keeping up with the times (in spite of the fact that most of their suggestions will ''instantly'' [[WereStillRelevantDammit date a work]] if taken seriously). On Wiki/ThisVeryWiki, if you ever see an example of something not-so-scary being listed on NightmareFuel, and it's not from someone with a [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes legitimate phobia]] of the thing in question, it's usually an Edgelord trying to make their favourite work seem edgier and therefore, in their eyes, better. The HateDumb counterpart is the Negative Nelly, who hates the work for not being dark enough and probably shares the Edgelord's immature ideas of what a dark work is.

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The opposite of the Fandom Moral Guardian, these Guardian. These fans demand that a work go DarkerAndEdgier, even when it would be to the detriment of the work.work, and treat their favourites as being much darker and more "mature" than they actually are. Furthermore, their idea of a darker turn is usually exceedingly puerile, devoid of nuance, and overall sophomoric and immature. Instead of more complex and difficult themes, they would be ''far'' happier with [[VulgarHumor juvenile anti-PC humor]], [[BloodierAndGorier gratuitous violence and bloodshed]], [[HotterAndSexier oversexualization and adolescent-level depictions of sexuality]], and [[{{Wangst}} overwrought melodrama and blind pessimism and nihilism]]. In short, they don't actually want a truly DarkerAndEdgier work, they want one that caters to their own underdeveloped, childish tastes. In practice, they are most commonly the purveyors of cringeworthy fanfics and fanart; if you spot [[DarkFic a fanwork that has the above characteristics]], you're probably witnessing one of these in action. Overly edgy and one-dimensional [[OriginalCharacter OCs]] are another dead giveaway; on the rare occasions where they make themselves known to the creators, they're probably complaining about the "kiddification" of a work or trying to insinuate that it hasn't been keeping up with the times (in spite of the fact that most of their suggestions will ''instantly'' [[WereStillRelevantDammit date a work]] if taken seriously). On Wiki/ThisVeryWiki, if you ever see an example of something not-so-scary being listed on NightmareFuel, and it's not from someone with a [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes legitimate phobia]] of the thing in question, it's usually an Edgelord trying to make their favourite work seem edgier and therefore, in their eyes, better. The HateDumb counterpart is the Negative Nelly, who hates the work for not being dark enough and probably shares the Edgelord's immature ideas of what a dark work is.


The opposite of the Fandom Moral Guardian, these fans demand that a work go DarkerAndEdgier, even when it would be to the detriment of the work. Furthermore, their idea of a darker turn is usually exceedingly puerile, devoid of nuance, and overall sophomoric and immature. Instead of more complex and difficult themes, they would be ''far'' happier with [[VulgarHumor juvenile anti-PC humor]], [[BloodierAndGorier gratuitous violence and bloodshed]], [[HotterAndSexier oversexualization and adolescent-level depictions of sexuality]], and [[{{Wangst}} overwrought melodrama and blind pessimism and nihilism]]. In short, they don't actually want a truly DarkerAndEdgier work, they want one that caters to their own underdeveloped, childish tastes. In practice, they are most commonly the purveyors of cringeworthy fanfics and fanart; if you spot [[DarkFic a fanwork that has the above characteristics]], you're probably witnessing one of these in action. Overly edgy and one-dimensional [[OriginalCharacter OCs]] are another dead giveaway; on the rare occasions where they make themselves known to the creators, they're probably complaining about the "kiddification" of a work or trying to insinuate that it hasn't been keeping up with the times (in spite of the fact that most of their suggestions will ''instantly'' [[WereStillRelevantDammit date a work]] if taken seriously). On ThisVeryWiki, if you ever see an example of something not-so-scary being listed on NightmareFuel, and it's not from someone with a [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes legitimate phobia]] of the thing in question, it's usually an Edgelord trying to make their favourite work seem edgier and therefore, in their eyes, better. The HateDumb counterpart is the Negative Nelly, who hates the work for not being dark enough and probably shares the Edgelord's immature ideas of what a dark work is.

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The opposite of the Fandom Moral Guardian, these fans demand that a work go DarkerAndEdgier, even when it would be to the detriment of the work. Furthermore, their idea of a darker turn is usually exceedingly puerile, devoid of nuance, and overall sophomoric and immature. Instead of more complex and difficult themes, they would be ''far'' happier with [[VulgarHumor juvenile anti-PC humor]], [[BloodierAndGorier gratuitous violence and bloodshed]], [[HotterAndSexier oversexualization and adolescent-level depictions of sexuality]], and [[{{Wangst}} overwrought melodrama and blind pessimism and nihilism]]. In short, they don't actually want a truly DarkerAndEdgier work, they want one that caters to their own underdeveloped, childish tastes. In practice, they are most commonly the purveyors of cringeworthy fanfics and fanart; if you spot [[DarkFic a fanwork that has the above characteristics]], you're probably witnessing one of these in action. Overly edgy and one-dimensional [[OriginalCharacter OCs]] are another dead giveaway; on the rare occasions where they make themselves known to the creators, they're probably complaining about the "kiddification" of a work or trying to insinuate that it hasn't been keeping up with the times (in spite of the fact that most of their suggestions will ''instantly'' [[WereStillRelevantDammit date a work]] if taken seriously). On ThisVeryWiki, Wiki/ThisVeryWiki, if you ever see an example of something not-so-scary being listed on NightmareFuel, and it's not from someone with a [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes legitimate phobia]] of the thing in question, it's usually an Edgelord trying to make their favourite work seem edgier and therefore, in their eyes, better. The HateDumb counterpart is the Negative Nelly, who hates the work for not being dark enough and probably shares the Edgelord's immature ideas of what a dark work is.


* A more extreme case of this is when the Theocrat insists that all "true fans" must agree with the creator's political views, especially if the work in question is political in nature and the creator expresses strong political views in public.

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* A more extreme case of this is when the Theocrat insists that all "true fans" must agree with the creator's political views, especially if the work in question is political in nature and the creator expresses strong political views in public. Such Theocrat has the urge to exclude fans of a work who favor a different political party from the creator's political affiliation.



A more extreme case of this is when the Theocrat insists that all "true fans" must agree with the creator's political views, especially if the work in question is political in nature and the creator expresses strong political views in public.

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A more extreme case of this is when the Theocrat insists that all "true fans" must agree with the creator's political views, especially if the work in question is political in nature and the creator expresses strong political views in public.


They are nearly always people who have completely lost perspective on [[MST3KMantra exactly how important or special the franchise, the fandom and their views on same is in the scheme of things]], and [[OpinionMyopia don't understand why others don't feel the same as they do]]. As such, they tend to view even polite or minor disagreement with them and their views as a personal attack, which often leads to them adopting an irrationally combative, defensive tone towards others in response; in discussion, they will usually resort to unrelated {{ad hominem}} attacks on others and place value judgments on ''them'', not their arguments expect snide comments about race, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc. (the correct response to such insults is to say "not an argument"). And any jokes made about the subject of the fandom (or them) will be responded to either with out-of-proportion offense (often peppered with [[ClusterFBomb plenty of F-bombing]]) or a humorless deconstruction of why the joke is "inaccurate". Particularly nasty examples may [[InternetToughGuy invite others to fight them]] or insinuate that they are too cowardly to say anything in person, make threats of violence, "doxx" the other party (that is, publish their contact info online without their consent), or (on occasion) actually engage in violent or threatening behavior in person.

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They are nearly always people who have completely lost perspective on [[MST3KMantra exactly how important or special the franchise, the fandom and their views on same is in the scheme of things]], and [[OpinionMyopia don't understand why others don't feel the same as they do]]. As such, they tend to view even polite or minor disagreement with them and their views as a personal attack, which often leads to them adopting an irrationally combative, defensive tone towards others in response; in discussion, they will usually resort to unrelated {{ad hominem}} attacks on others and place value judgments on ''them'', not their arguments expect snide comments about race, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc. (the correct response to such insults is to say "not an argument").mute/block the offender and go elsewhere). And any jokes made about the subject of the fandom (or them) will be responded to either with out-of-proportion offense (often peppered with [[ClusterFBomb plenty of F-bombing]]) or a humorless deconstruction of why the joke is "inaccurate". Particularly nasty examples may [[InternetToughGuy invite others to fight them]] or insinuate that they are too cowardly to say anything in person, make threats of violence, "doxx" the other party (that is, publish their contact info online without their consent), or (on occasion) actually engage in violent or threatening behavior in person.


This fan is marked by an obsession with romantic relationships in a work that was never intended to be a romance. Related to the Culture Alien, they're the kind of person who, instead of criticizing the tacked-on romantic subplot, criticize the alien invasion for getting in the way of the B plot, and when called on it they refuse to take "It's not a soap opera" for an answer. They will pitch a fit possibly even [[HateDumb flounce from fandom]] if their OneTruePairing is {{Jossed}}. If their favorite pairing is same-sex, they may well launch a campaign for "LGBT representation" that is suspiciously narrowly focused on "make that one pairing with the two hot actors canon". They may be a fanatical fan of one character or one pairing, or they may just have an uncontrollable desire to PairTheSpares or just the entire cast with little logical reason. They take {{crack pairing}}s seriously and will never shut up about it. Either way, there is no situation where romance is too frivolous, inappropriate, or [[NoYay downright creepy]] for them.

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This fan is marked by an obsession with romantic relationships in a work that was never intended to be a romance. Related to the Culture Alien, they're the kind of person who, instead of criticizing the tacked-on romantic subplot, criticize the alien invasion for getting in the way of the B plot, and when called on it they refuse to take "It's not a soap opera" for an answer. They will pitch a fit possibly even [[HateDumb flounce from fandom]] if their OneTruePairing is {{Jossed}}. If their favorite pairing is same-sex, they may well launch a campaign for "LGBT representation" that is suspiciously narrowly focused on "make that one pairing with the two hot actors canon".canon", and if they do not succeed they will accuse the creators of homophobia and/or [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians queerbaiting]] regardless of authorial intent. They may be a fanatical fan of one character or one pairing, or they may just have an uncontrollable desire to PairTheSpares or just the entire cast with little logical reason. They take {{crack pairing}}s seriously and will never shut up about it. Either way, there is no situation where romance is too frivolous, inappropriate, or [[NoYay downright creepy]] for them.


''Fans outside the franchise's demographic who complain because the franchise isn't being directed at them.''

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''Fans ''[[PeripheryHatedom Fans outside the franchise's demographic who complain because the franchise isn't being directed at them.them]].''


The opposite of the '''Theocrat''' (see below), and often veering into HateDumb territory as well, these are fans who, above all else, prefer ''only'' the {{fanon}} explanations, or, even better, their own explanations of canon events and characters, and take this attitude too far. Often found twisting a character's personality into a DracoInLeatherPants[=/=]RonTheDeathEater and saying that those should be the true characters, heaping scorn on the [[OfficialCouple canon pairing]] and propagating DieForOurShip, taking WordOfDante over WordOfGod and declaring the latter as a result of {{writing pitfall|Index}}s, erasing any and all clarifications of {{Plot Hole}}s to fit their own personal canons, the list goes on and on. Ironically / hypocritically, while this type of fan will stubbornly challenge and reject anything the author says, they'll usually react with anger and offence if anyone (even other fans with their own fanon explanations) dares question ''their'' preferred interpretation.

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The opposite of the '''Theocrat''' (see below), and often veering into HateDumb territory as well, these are fans who, above all else, prefer ''only'' the {{fanon}} explanations, or, even better, their own explanations of canon events and characters, and take this attitude too far. Often found twisting a character's personality into a DracoInLeatherPants[=/=]RonTheDeathEater and saying that those should be the true characters, heaping scorn on the [[OfficialCouple canon pairing]] and propagating DieForOurShip, taking WordOfDante over WordOfGod and declaring the latter as a result of {{writing pitfall|Index}}s, erasing any and all clarifications of {{Plot Hole}}s to fit their own personal canons, the list goes on and on. Ironically / hypocritically, Ironically/hypocritically, while this type of fan will stubbornly challenge and reject anything the author says, they'll usually react with anger and offence if anyone (even other fans with their own fanon explanations) dares question ''their'' preferred interpretation.


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This is the fan who wants to read only [[{{Fluff}} fluffy]], wholesome, and/or "uplifting" stories of their favorite characters...''and'' craps all over anyone who wants to write DarkFic of any kind. They ''definitely'' do not believe in the DeathOfTheAuthor theory! (Sometimes, they can be ''really'' nasty about it, including doxxing and threats against their fellow fanfic enthusiasts. Or they may believe that only people who have experienced the sort of trauma described in the fic have any right to explore it in fanfic form, and force them to divulge traumatic backstories these writers ''might'' not want posted on the Internet for all and sundry to see.) They also tend to police {{Shipping}}, and decry any ship that happens to be an AgeGapRomance, a MasochismTango, an UnequalPairing, or anything along those lines, and (by extension) anyone who ships any of those pairings. They are often seen [[ThereShouldBeALaw screaming for censorship]] on Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn. (Never mind that AO3 was created in response to other sites purging fanfics on the basis of content ''and'' they provide ''multiple'' ways to filter out content you don't want to see, which ''no other currently-active fanfic archive does''.) And they only lash out in this way at fanfic writers, even when actual canon content creators have written the same kind of content (or worse).

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The opposite of
the fan who wants Fandom Moral Guardian, these fans demand that a work go DarkerAndEdgier, even when it would be to read only [[{{Fluff}} fluffy]], wholesome, and/or "uplifting" stories the detriment of the work. Furthermore, their favorite characters...''and'' craps all over anyone who wants to write DarkFic idea of any kind. They ''definitely'' do not believe in the DeathOfTheAuthor theory! (Sometimes, a darker turn is usually exceedingly puerile, devoid of nuance, and overall sophomoric and immature. Instead of more complex and difficult themes, they can would be ''really'' nasty about it, including doxxing ''far'' happier with [[VulgarHumor juvenile anti-PC humor]], [[BloodierAndGorier gratuitous violence and threats against their fellow fanfic enthusiasts. Or bloodshed]], [[HotterAndSexier oversexualization and adolescent-level depictions of sexuality]], and [[{{Wangst}} overwrought melodrama and blind pessimism and nihilism]]. In short, they may believe that only people who have experienced the sort of trauma described in the fic have any right to explore it in fanfic form, and force them to divulge traumatic backstories these writers ''might'' not want posted on the Internet for all and sundry to see.) They also tend to police {{Shipping}}, and decry any ship that happens to be an AgeGapRomance, a MasochismTango, an UnequalPairing, or anything along those lines, and (by extension) anyone who ships any of those pairings. They are often seen [[ThereShouldBeALaw screaming for censorship]] on Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn. (Never mind that AO3 was created in response to other sites purging fanfics on the basis of content ''and'' they provide ''multiple'' ways to filter out content you don't actually want to see, which ''no other currently-active fanfic archive does''.) And a truly DarkerAndEdgier work, they only lash out in this way at fanfic writers, even when actual canon content creators have written want one that caters to their own underdeveloped, childish tastes. In practice, they are most commonly the same kind purveyors of content (or worse). cringeworthy fanfics and fanart; if you spot [[DarkFic a fanwork that has the above characteristics]], you're probably witnessing one of these in action. Overly edgy and one-dimensional [[OriginalCharacter OCs]] are another dead giveaway; on the rare occasions where they make themselves known to the creators, they're probably complaining about the "kiddification" of a work or trying to insinuate that it hasn't been keeping up with the times (in spite of the fact that most of their suggestions will ''instantly'' [[WereStillRelevantDammit date a work]] if taken seriously). On ThisVeryWiki, if you ever see an example of something not-so-scary being listed on NightmareFuel, and it's not from someone with a [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes legitimate phobia]] of the thing in question, it's usually an Edgelord trying to make their favourite work seem edgier and therefore, in their eyes, better. The HateDumb counterpart is the Negative Nelly, who hates the work for not being dark enough and probably shares the Edgelord's immature ideas of what a dark work is.



''Fans who believe it's their moral duty to act as the self-appointed CulturePolice of the fandom.''

[[folder:'''Edgelord''']]
The opposite of the Fandom Moral Guardian, these fans demand that a work go DarkerAndEdgier, even when it would be to the detriment of the work. Furthermore, their idea of a darker turn is usually exceedingly puerile, devoid of nuance, and overall sophomoric and immature. Instead of more complex and difficult themes, they would be ''far'' happier with [[VulgarHumor juvenile anti-PC humor]], [[BloodierAndGorier gratuitous violence and bloodshed]], [[HotterAndSexier oversexualization and adolescent-level depictions of sexuality]], and [[{{Wangst}} overwrought melodrama and blind pessimism and nihilism]]. In short, they don't actually want a truly DarkerAndEdgier work, they want one that caters to their own underdeveloped, childish tastes. In practice, they are most commonly the purveyors of cringeworthy fanfics and fanart; if you spot [[DarkFic a fanwork that has the above characteristics]], you're probably witnessing one of these in action. Overly edgy and one-dimensional [[OriginalCharacter OCs]] are another dead giveaway; on the rare occasions where they make themselves known to the creators, they're probably complaining about the "kiddification" of a work or trying to insinuate that it hasn't been keeping up with the times (in spite of the fact that most of their suggestions will ''instantly'' [[WereStillRelevantDammit date a work]] if taken seriously). On ThisVeryWiki, if you ever see an example of something not-so-scary being listed on NightmareFuel, and it's not from someone with a [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes legitimate phobia]] of the thing in question, it's usually an Edgelord trying to make their favourite work seem edgier and therefore, in their eyes, better. The HateDumb counterpart is the Negative Nelly, who hates the work for not being dark enough and probably shares the Edgelord's immature ideas of what a dark work is.
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These kinds of fans are very concerned with the moral influence of their chosen series. While they may be part of the target audience themselves, the Fandom Moral Guardian focuses their attention on criticizing adult- or teen-oriented books or programs [[ThinkOfTheChildren for being inappropriate for children]], even though younger audiences clearly aren't what the creators had in mind. The Fandom Moral Guardian sees a lot of fiction in terms of {{black and white|Morality}}; there are "dark" works that only adults can enjoy and there are "light" works which are only appropriate for children. However, if creators working in the latter category decide that they'd like to make their work even a little bit [[CerebusSyndrome darker]] maybe they want the work to age alongside its original audience or hope they'll have greater story opportunities the Fandom Moral Guardian is convinced that the work is irretrievably shifted into the "dark" category, so they'll be there to [[ContractualPurity complain about the creator "betraying" them]] and berate other fans for continuing to enjoy such [[TheNewRockAndRoll immoral material]]. Accordingly, expect this type of fan to be a little bit oversensitive about tropes like WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids[=/=][[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids It's Not for Kids?]] and the AnimationAgeGhetto.
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These kinds of fans are very concerned with the moral influence of their chosen series. While they may be part of the target audience themselves, the Fandom Moral Guardian focuses their attention on criticizing adult- or teen-oriented books or programs [[ThinkOfTheChildren for being inappropriate for children]], even though younger audiences clearly aren't what the creators had in mind. The Fandom Moral Guardian sees a lot of fiction in terms of {{black and white|Morality}}; there are "dark" works that only adults can enjoy and there are "light" works which are only appropriate for children. However, if creators working in the latter category decide that they'd like to make their work even a little bit [[CerebusSyndrome darker]] maybe they want the work to age alongside its original audience or hope they'll have greater story opportunities the Fandom Moral Guardian is convinced that the work is irretrievably shifted into the "dark" category, so they'll be there to [[ContractualPurity complain about the creator "betraying" them]] and berate other fans for continuing to enjoy such [[TheNewRockAndRoll immoral material]]. Accordingly, expect this type of fan to be a little bit oversensitive about tropes like WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids[=/=][[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids It's Not for Kids?]] and the AnimationAgeGhetto.
AnimationAgeGhetto. They also tend to react negatively to {{Dark Fic}}s of any kind, and may even complain about dark fan works based on equally dark source material.[[/folder]]

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