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Due to the nature of this trope, many fandom-related tropes are induced solely by this. The only members of a fandom who vocalize their opinion are the ones who feel so strongly about their opinion that they feel the need to vocalize it. TheScrappy, the EnsembleDarkhorse, the FanDumb, the HateDumb, and FanPreferredCouple are all based on what is commented on by the VocalMinority. So, characters like [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scrappy Doo]] and films like ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' both sound like the spawn of {{Satan}} when described by people on the internet, but usually have a much more positive description via Word of Mouth. In other words, asking someone on the internet about the two will often get long-winded, spiteful rants, while asking a guy on the street will often get much more praise. So, Scrappy Doo and [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] could've very well been fairly well-liked by the silent majority. This is a major reason why PanderingToTheBase can be so problematic; even if the other pitfalls are discounted, the writers may only be serving a small but vocal minority.

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Due to the nature of this trope, many fandom-related tropes are induced solely by this. The only members of a fandom who vocalize their opinion are the ones who feel so strongly about their opinion that they feel the need to vocalize it. TheScrappy, the EnsembleDarkhorse, the FanDumb, the HateDumb, and FanPreferredCouple are all based on what is commented on by the VocalMinority. So, characters like [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scrappy Doo]] Scrappy-Doo]] and films like ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' both sound like the spawn of {{Satan}} when described by people on the internet, but usually have a much more positive description via Word of Mouth. In other words, asking someone on the internet about the two will often get long-winded, spiteful rants, while asking a guy on the street will often get much more praise. So, Scrappy Doo Scrappy-Doo and [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] could've very well been fairly well-liked by the silent majority. This is a major reason why PanderingToTheBase can be so problematic; even if the other pitfalls are discounted, the writers may only be serving a small but vocal minority.



%% Admin notice: No real life examples on this one, please, there are just too many to list. It's just best to say that this applies to all groups and races. If examples are re-added to this page, they should be limited to in-universe only.

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%% Admin notice: No real life real-life examples on this one, please, there are just too many to list. It's just best to say that this applies to all groups and races. If examples are re-added to this page, they should be limited to in-universe only.


Unfortunately, these people aren't news. That's because Weird = Interesting; like any program on television, the news has to be ''interesting'' or else people won't watch it. Why talk to an individual who works in an office and occasionally picks up a copy of ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' when you can talk to the 300-pound guy who spent $7000 on his exact replica of a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Scarecrow]] costume?

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Unfortunately, these people aren't news. That's because Weird = Interesting; like any program on television, the news has to be ''interesting'' or else people won't watch it. Why talk to an individual who works in an office and occasionally picks up a copy of ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' when you can talk to the 300-pound guy BasementDweller who spent $7000 on his exact replica of a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Scarecrow]] costume?


Unfortunately, these people aren't news. That's because Weird = Interesting, like any program on television, the news has to be ''interesting'' or else people won't watch it. Why talk to an individual who works in an office and occasionally picks up a copy of ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' when you can talk to the 300-pound guy who spent $7000 on his exact replica of a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Scarecrow]] costume?

The problem is that because only the weirdos get interviewed, [[SpotlightFallacy this causes non-fans to believe they're all like that]]; for example, that all comic fans are [[StrawFan clones of the Comic Book Guy]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. This is also the main reason why people would hate something just because of its fanbase.

This phenomenon is not just limited to ComicBooks; it extends to other hobbies, various sports, a lot of media, some professions , and even certain beliefs and philosophies that people hold; not to mention loads of {{stereotype}}s. Although there can be odd exceptions: compare how your average sports-fan treats a guy with his face painted in team colors versus a guy in a [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]] costume.

Sadly, this concept serves very well for ChewbaccaDefense. Someone complains about you doing something wrong? Stigmatize them as a Vocal Minority to prove that ''they'' are the one who's wrong, make it look like everyone agrees with you, and that complainers are just deluding themselves into thinking otherwise. That's [[AdHominem Argumentum ad hominem]], but what's more important is that [[HarsherInHindsight history tends to avert this entirely]]; i.e. the mere fact that someone complains ''really'' hard means something is going very, very wrong. The poem [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came “First they came…”]] by Martin Niemöller is all about supporting this point of view. [[GodwinsLaw It’s about Nazis]]. Specifically it's about how groups unhappy with Hitler's rise of power (like communists or trade unionists) were considered a Vocal Minority, so no one really cared about their persecution and imprisonment. We all know [[DownerEnding what happens]] [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust next]].

Due to the nature of this trope, many fandom-related tropes are induced solely by this. The only members of a fandom who vocalize their opinion are the ones who feel so strongly about their opinion that they feel the need to vocalize it. TheScrappy, the EnsembleDarkhorse, the FanDumb, the HateDumb, and FanPreferredCouple are all based on what is commented on by the VocalMinority. So, characters like [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scrappy Doo]] and films like ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' both sound like the spawn of {{Satan}} when described by people on the internet, but usually have a much more positive description via Word of Mouth. In other words, asking someone on the internet about the two will often get long winded rants, while asking a guy on the street will often get much more praise. So, Scrappy Doo and [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] could've very well been fairly well liked by the silent majority. This is a major reason why PanderingToTheBase can be so problematic; even if the other pitfalls are discounted, the writers may only be serving a small but vocal minority.

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Unfortunately, these people aren't news. That's because Weird = Interesting, Interesting; like any program on television, the news has to be ''interesting'' or else people won't watch it. Why talk to an individual who works in an office and occasionally picks up a copy of ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' when you can talk to the 300-pound guy who spent $7000 on his exact replica of a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Scarecrow]] costume?

The problem is that because only the weirdos get interviewed, [[SpotlightFallacy this causes non-fans to believe they're all like that]]; for example, that all comic fans are [[StrawFan clones of the Comic Book Guy]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. This is also the main reason why [[FanHater people would hate something just because of its fanbase.

fanbase]].

This phenomenon is not just limited to ComicBooks; it extends to other hobbies, various sports, a lot of media, some professions , professions, and even certain beliefs and philosophies that people hold; hold, not to mention loads of {{stereotype}}s. Although there can be odd exceptions: compare how your average sports-fan treats a guy with his face painted in team colors versus a guy in a [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]] costume.

Sadly, this concept serves very well for ChewbaccaDefense. Someone complains about you doing something wrong? Stigmatize them as a Vocal Minority to prove that ''they'' are the one who's wrong, make it look like everyone agrees with you, and that complainers are just deluding themselves into thinking otherwise. That's [[AdHominem Argumentum ad hominem]], but what's more important is that [[HarsherInHindsight history tends to avert this entirely]]; i.e. the mere fact that someone complains ''really'' hard means something is going very, very wrong. The poem [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came “First they came…”]] by Martin Niemöller is all about supporting this point of view. [[GodwinsLaw It’s about Nazis]]. Specifically Nazis.]] Specifically, it's about how groups unhappy with Hitler's rise of to power (like communists or trade unionists) were considered a Vocal Minority, so no one really cared about their persecution and imprisonment. We all know [[DownerEnding what happens]] [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust next]].

Due to the nature of this trope, many fandom-related tropes are induced solely by this. The only members of a fandom who vocalize their opinion are the ones who feel so strongly about their opinion that they feel the need to vocalize it. TheScrappy, the EnsembleDarkhorse, the FanDumb, the HateDumb, and FanPreferredCouple are all based on what is commented on by the VocalMinority. So, characters like [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scrappy Doo]] and films like ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' both sound like the spawn of {{Satan}} when described by people on the internet, but usually have a much more positive description via Word of Mouth. In other words, asking someone on the internet about the two will often get long winded long-winded, spiteful rants, while asking a guy on the street will often get much more praise. So, Scrappy Doo and [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] could've very well been fairly well liked well-liked by the silent majority. This is a major reason why PanderingToTheBase can be so problematic; even if the other pitfalls are discounted, the writers may only be serving a small but vocal minority.


The problem is that because only the weirdos get interviewed, this causes non-fans to believe they're all like that; for example, that all comic fans are [[StrawFan clones of the Comic Book Guy]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. This is also the main reason why people would hate something just because of its fanbase.

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The problem is that because only the weirdos get interviewed, [[SpotlightFallacy this causes non-fans to believe they're all like that; that]]; for example, that all comic fans are [[StrawFan clones of the Comic Book Guy]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. This is also the main reason why people would hate something just because of its fanbase.


This phenomenon is not just limited to ComicBooks; it extends to other hobbies, various sports, a lot of media, and some professions; not to mention loads of {{stereotype}}s. Although there can be odd exceptions: compare how your average sports-fan treats a guy with his face painted in team colors versus a guy in a [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]] costume.

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This phenomenon is not just limited to ComicBooks; it extends to other hobbies, various sports, a lot of media, and some professions; professions , and even certain beliefs and philosophies that people hold; not to mention loads of {{stereotype}}s. Although there can be odd exceptions: compare how your average sports-fan treats a guy with his face painted in team colors versus a guy in a [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]] costume.


Unfortunately, these people aren't news. That's because Weird = Interesting, like any program on television, the news has to be ''interesting'' or else people won't watch it. Why talk to an individual who works in an office and occasionally picks up a copy of ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' when you can talk to the 300-pound guy who spent $7000 on his exact replica of a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Scarecrow]] costume?

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Unfortunately, these people aren't news. That's because Weird = Interesting, like any program on television, the news has to be ''interesting'' or else people won't watch it. Why talk to an individual who works in an office and occasionally picks up a copy of ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' when you can talk to the 300-pound guy who spent $7000 on his exact replica of a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Scarecrow]] costume?


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Sadly, this concept serves very well for ChewbaccaDefense. Someone complains about you doing something wrong? Stigmatize them as a Vocal Minority to prove that ''they'' are the one who's wrong, make it look like everyone agrees with you, and that complainers are just deluding themselves into thinking otherwise. That's [[AdHominem Argumentum ad hominem]], but what's more important is that [[HarsherInHindsight history tends to avert this entirely]]; i.e. the mere fact that someone complains ''really'' hard means something is going very, very wrong. The poem [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came%E2%80%A6 “First they came…”]] by Martin Niemöller is all about supporting this point of view. [[GodwinsLaw It’s about Nazis]]. Specifically it's about how groups unhappy with Hitler's rise of power (like communists or trade unionists) were considered a Vocal Minority, so no one really cared about their persecution and imprisonment. You know [[DownerEnding what happened next]].

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Sadly, this concept serves very well for ChewbaccaDefense. Someone complains about you doing something wrong? Stigmatize them as a Vocal Minority to prove that ''they'' are the one who's wrong, make it look like everyone agrees with you, and that complainers are just deluding themselves into thinking otherwise. That's [[AdHominem Argumentum ad hominem]], but what's more important is that [[HarsherInHindsight history tends to avert this entirely]]; i.e. the mere fact that someone complains ''really'' hard means something is going very, very wrong. The poem [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came%E2%80%A6 org/wiki/First_they_came “First they came…”]] by Martin Niemöller is all about supporting this point of view. [[GodwinsLaw It’s about Nazis]]. Specifically it's about how groups unhappy with Hitler's rise of power (like communists or trade unionists) were considered a Vocal Minority, so no one really cared about their persecution and imprisonment. You We all know [[DownerEnding what happened happens]] [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust next]].


This phenomenon is not just limited to ComicBooks, it extends to other hobbies, various sports, and some professions; not to mention loads of {{stereotype}}s. Although there can be odd exceptions: compare how your average sports-fan treats a guy with his face painted in team colors versus a guy in a [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]] costume.

Sadly, this concept serves very well for ChewbaccaDefense. Someone complain about you doing something wrong? Stigmatize them as a Vocal Minority to prove they are wrong, make it look like everyone agrees with you, and that complainers deluding themselves into thinking otherwise. That's [[AdHominem Argumentum ad hominem]], but what is more important -- [[HarsherInHindsight history tends to avert this entirely]]; i.e. the mere fact that someone complains ''really'' hard means something is going very, very wrong. The poem [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came%E2%80%A6 “First they came…”]] by Martin Niemöller is all about supporting this point of view. [[GodwinsLaw It’s about Nazis]]. Specifically it's about how groups unhappy with Hitler's rise of power (like communists or trade unionists) were considered a Vocal Minority so no one really cared about their persecution and imprisonment. You know [[DownerEnding what happened next]].

Due to the nature of this trope, many fandom-related tropes are induced solely by this. The only members of a fandom who vocalize their opinion are the ones who feel so strongly about their opinion that they feel the need to vocalize it. TheScrappy, the EnsembleDarkhorse, the FanDumb, the HateDumb, FanPreferredCouple, etc.; are all based on what is commented on by the VocalMinority. So, characters like [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scrappy Doo]] and films like ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' both sound like the spawn of {{Satan}} when described by people on the internet, but usually have a much more positive description via Word of Mouth. In other words, asking someone on the internet about the two will often get long winded rants, while asking a guy on the street will often get much more praise. So, Scrappy Doo and [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] could've very well been fairly well liked by the silent majority. This is a major reason why PanderingToTheBase can be so problematic; even if the other pitfalls are discounted, the writers may only be serving a small but vocal minority.

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This phenomenon is not just limited to ComicBooks, ComicBooks; it extends to other hobbies, various sports, a lot of media, and some professions; not to mention loads of {{stereotype}}s. Although there can be odd exceptions: compare how your average sports-fan treats a guy with his face painted in team colors versus a guy in a [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]] costume.

Sadly, this concept serves very well for ChewbaccaDefense. Someone complain complains about you doing something wrong? Stigmatize them as a Vocal Minority to prove they that ''they'' are the one who's wrong, make it look like everyone agrees with you, and that complainers are just deluding themselves into thinking otherwise. That's [[AdHominem Argumentum ad hominem]], but what is what's more important -- is that [[HarsherInHindsight history tends to avert this entirely]]; i.e. the mere fact that someone complains ''really'' hard means something is going very, very wrong. The poem [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came%E2%80%A6 “First they came…”]] by Martin Niemöller is all about supporting this point of view. [[GodwinsLaw It’s about Nazis]]. Specifically it's about how groups unhappy with Hitler's rise of power (like communists or trade unionists) were considered a Vocal Minority Minority, so no one really cared about their persecution and imprisonment. You know [[DownerEnding what happened next]].

Due to the nature of this trope, many fandom-related tropes are induced solely by this. The only members of a fandom who vocalize their opinion are the ones who feel so strongly about their opinion that they feel the need to vocalize it. TheScrappy, the EnsembleDarkhorse, the FanDumb, the HateDumb, FanPreferredCouple, etc.; and FanPreferredCouple are all based on what is commented on by the VocalMinority. So, characters like [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scrappy Doo]] and films like ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' both sound like the spawn of {{Satan}} when described by people on the internet, but usually have a much more positive description via Word of Mouth. In other words, asking someone on the internet about the two will often get long winded rants, while asking a guy on the street will often get much more praise. So, Scrappy Doo and [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] could've very well been fairly well liked by the silent majority. This is a major reason why PanderingToTheBase can be so problematic; even if the other pitfalls are discounted, the writers may only be serving a small but vocal minority.



This trope can occur in multiplayer internet games of nearly all types. One example would be an MMORPG in which most people can see that a given class or ability is overpowered compared to others, sometimes to the degree of being a GameBreaker. If the creators try to remedy the imbalance, the most dedicated players (many of whom have been using the imbalance) may dominate online {{fora}} and insist that the changes are highly unfair. On occasion, the players will be polled on the topic and if that happens, it's not unusual for those who object to be found to be no more than a Vocal Minority.

A BrokenBase rises when two groups of Vocal Minority members have opposing opinions hitting against one another. Contrast with SilentMajority. See also StopBeingStereotypical.

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This trope can occur in multiplayer internet games of nearly all types. One example would be an MMORPG in which most people can see that a given class or ability is overpowered compared to others, sometimes to the degree of being a GameBreaker. If the creators try to remedy the imbalance, the most dedicated players (many of whom have been using the imbalance) may dominate online {{fora}} and insist that the changes are highly unfair. On occasion, the players will be polled on the topic topic, and if that happens, it's not unusual for those who object to be found to be no more than a Vocal Minority.

A BrokenBase rises when two groups of Vocal Minority members have opposing opinions hitting against one another.opinions, then get into an argument about it. Contrast with SilentMajority. See also Also see StopBeingStereotypical.



%% Admin notice: No real life examples on this one please. There are just too many to list. It's best to say that this applies to all groups and races. If examples are re-added to this page, they should be limited to in-universe only.

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%% Admin notice: No real life examples on this one please. There one, please, there are just too many to list. It's just best to say that this applies to all groups and races. If examples are re-added to this page, they should be limited to in-universe only.


Unfortunately, these people aren't news. That's because Weird Is Interesting - Like any other program on television, the news has to be ''interesting'' or else people won't watch it. Why talk to an individual who works in an office and occasionally picks up a copy of ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' when you can talk to the 300-pound guy who spent $7000 on his exact replica of a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Scarecrow]] costume?

The problem is that because only the weirdos get interviewed, this causes non-fans to believe they're all like that; that all comic fans are [[StrawFan clones of the Comic Book Guy]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', for example. This is also the main reason why people would hate something just because of its fanbase. It's like the old saying: "The squeaky wheel gets the grease".

Not just limited to ComicBooks, this phenomenon extends to other hobbyists, other groups and races as well. Although there can be odd immunities: compare how your average American treats a guy in a [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]] costume versus how he treats a guy with his face painted in team colors.

Sadly, this concept serves very well for ChewbaccaDefense. Someone complain about you doing something wrong? Stigmatize them as a Vocal Minority – you instantly prove they are wrong and make it look like everything is alright and everyone agrees with you on this, and complainers delude themselves thinking otherwise. That's [[AdHominem Argumentum ad hominem]], but what is more important – [[HarsherInHindsight history tends to avert this entirely]]; i.e the mere fact that someone complains ''really'' hard means something is going very, very wrong. The poem [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came%E2%80%A6 “First they came…”]] by Martin Niemöller is all about supporting this point of view. [[GodwinsLaw It’s about Nazis]]. Specifically it's about how groups unhappy with Hitler's rise of power (like communists or trade unionists) were considered a Vocal Minority so no one really cared about their persecution and imprisonment. [[DownerEnding You know what happened next.]]

Due to the nature of this trope, many fandom-related tropes are induced solely by this. The only members of a fandom who vocalize their opinion are the ones who feel so strongly about their opinion that they feel the need to vocalize it. TheScrappy, the EnsembleDarkhorse, the FanDumb, the HateDumb, FanPreferredCouple, etc., are all based on what is commented on by the VocalMinority. So, characters like Scrappy Doo and films like ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' both sound like the spawn of Satan when described by people on the internet, but usually have a much more positive description via Word of Mouth (in other words, asking someone on the internet about the two will get long winded rants, asking a guy on the street will get much more praise than on the internet). So, Scrappy Doo and [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] could've very well been fairly well liked by the silent majority. However, just because they're the Minority, ''doesn't'' mean they're a small group: In large fandoms, the minority could number in the thousands. As such, sometimes you actually do need to pay attention to them; while blindly kowtowing to their protests and demands is obviously a stupid and often harmful idea, there are plenty of times where they ''may'' actually be onto something even if it isn't phrased in the most polite or reasonable manner, though it does require extensive analysis to see if this really is the case. Finding out where the line is has become much harder in the internet age. As a brief example it is not uncommon for certain websites to feature one stance as it's view of "normality" when chances are you'd get a very different answer if you ask someone on the street. In these cases the "majority" to those sites themselves are "vocal minorities" to the larger degree. This is more than likely the cause why there are some things you may see every day on the internet, yet next to never see brought up in day to day life.

This trope can occur in multiplayer internet games of nearly all types. One example would be an MMORPG in which most people can see that a given class or ability is overpowered compared to others, sometimes to the degree of being a GameBreaker. If the creators try to remedy the imbalance, the most dedicated players (many of whom have been using the imbalance) may dominate the bulletin boards and insist that the changes are highly unfair. On occasion, the players will be polled on the topic and if that happens, it's not unusual for those who object to be found to be no more than a Vocal Minority.

This is a major reason why PanderingToTheBase can be so problematic; even if the other pitfalls are discounted, the writers may only be serving a small but vocal minority. A BrokenBase rises when two groups of Vocal Minority members have opposing opinions hitting against one another. Contrast with SilentMajority. See also StopBeingStereotypical.

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Unfortunately, these people aren't news. That's because Weird Is Interesting - Like = Interesting, like any other program on television, the news has to be ''interesting'' or else people won't watch it. Why talk to an individual who works in an office and occasionally picks up a copy of ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' when you can talk to the 300-pound guy who spent $7000 on his exact replica of a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Scarecrow]] costume?

The problem is that because only the weirdos get interviewed, this causes non-fans to believe they're all like that; for example, that all comic fans are [[StrawFan clones of the Comic Book Guy]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', for example. ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. This is also the main reason why people would hate something just because of its fanbase. It's like the old saying: "The squeaky wheel gets the grease".

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colors versus a guy in a [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]] costume.

Sadly, this concept serves very well for ChewbaccaDefense. Someone complain about you doing something wrong? Stigmatize them as a Vocal Minority – you instantly to prove they are wrong and wrong, make it look like everything is alright and everyone agrees with you on this, you, and that complainers delude deluding themselves into thinking otherwise. That's [[AdHominem Argumentum ad hominem]], but what is more important -- [[HarsherInHindsight history tends to avert this entirely]]; i.e e. the mere fact that someone complains ''really'' hard means something is going very, very wrong. The poem [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came%E2%80%A6 “First they came…”]] by Martin Niemöller is all about supporting this point of view. [[GodwinsLaw It’s about Nazis]]. Specifically it's about how groups unhappy with Hitler's rise of power (like communists or trade unionists) were considered a Vocal Minority so no one really cared about their persecution and imprisonment. You know [[DownerEnding You know what happened next.]]

next]].

Due to the nature of this trope, many fandom-related tropes are induced solely by this. The only members of a fandom who vocalize their opinion are the ones who feel so strongly about their opinion that they feel the need to vocalize it. TheScrappy, the EnsembleDarkhorse, the FanDumb, the HateDumb, FanPreferredCouple, etc., ; are all based on what is commented on by the VocalMinority. So, characters like [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scrappy Doo Doo]] and films like ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' both sound like the spawn of Satan {{Satan}} when described by people on the internet, but usually have a much more positive description via Word of Mouth (in Mouth. In other words, asking someone on the internet about the two will often get long winded rants, while asking a guy on the street will often get much more praise than on the internet).praise. So, Scrappy Doo and [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] could've very well been fairly well liked by the silent majority. However, just This is a major reason why PanderingToTheBase can be so problematic; even if the other pitfalls are discounted, the writers may only be serving a small but vocal minority.

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because they're the Minority, a minority, ''doesn't'' mean they're a small group: In in large fandoms, the minority could number in the thousands. As such, sometimes you actually do need to pay attention to them; while While blindly kowtowing to their any [[UnpleasableFanbase fan's protests and demands or demands]] is obviously often a stupid and often harmful idea, there are plenty of times where they ''may'' fans may actually be onto something something, even if it isn't phrased in the most polite or reasonable manner, though it does require extensive analysis to see if this really is the case. Finding out where the line is has become much harder in the internet age. As a brief example it is not uncommon for certain websites to feature one stance as it's view of "normality" when chances are you'd get a very different answer if you ask someone on the street. In these cases the "majority" to those sites themselves are "vocal minorities" to the larger degree. This is more than likely the cause why there are some things you may see every day on the internet, yet next to never see brought up in day to day life.

manner.

This trope can occur in multiplayer internet games of nearly all types. One example would be an MMORPG in which most people can see that a given class or ability is overpowered compared to others, sometimes to the degree of being a GameBreaker. If the creators try to remedy the imbalance, the most dedicated players (many of whom have been using the imbalance) may dominate the bulletin boards online {{fora}} and insist that the changes are highly unfair. On occasion, the players will be polled on the topic and if that happens, it's not unusual for those who object to be found to be no more than a Vocal Minority.

This is a major reason why PanderingToTheBase can be so problematic; even if the other pitfalls are discounted, the writers may only be serving a small but vocal minority. A BrokenBase rises when two groups of Vocal Minority members have opposing opinions hitting against one another. Contrast with SilentMajority. See also StopBeingStereotypical.StopBeingStereotypical.

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Due to the nature of this trope, many fandom-related tropes are induced solely by this. The only members of a fandom who vocalize their opinion are the ones who feel so strongly about their opinion that they feel the need to vocalize it. TheScrappy, the EnsembleDarkhorse, the FanDumb, the HateDumb, FanPreferredCouple, etc., are all based on what is commented on by the VocalMinority. So, characters like Scrappy Doo and films like ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' both sound like the spawn of Satan when described by people on the internet, but usually have a much more positive description via Word of Mouth (in other words, asking someone on the internet about the two will get long winded rants, asking a guy on the street will get much more praise than on the internet). So, Scrappy Doo and [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] could've very well been fairly well liked by the silent majority. However, just because they're the Minority, ''doesn't'' mean they're a small group: In large fandoms, the minority could number in the thousands. As such, sometimes you actually do need to pay attention to them; while blindly kowtowing to their protests and demands is obviously a stupid and often harmful idea, there are plenty of times where they ''may'' actually be onto something even if it isn't phrased in the most polite or reasonable manner, though it does require extensive analysis to see if this really is the case.

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Due to the nature of this trope, many fandom-related tropes are induced solely by this. The only members of a fandom who vocalize their opinion are the ones who feel so strongly about their opinion that they feel the need to vocalize it. TheScrappy, the EnsembleDarkhorse, the FanDumb, the HateDumb, FanPreferredCouple, etc., are all based on what is commented on by the VocalMinority. So, characters like Scrappy Doo and films like ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' both sound like the spawn of Satan when described by people on the internet, but usually have a much more positive description via Word of Mouth (in other words, asking someone on the internet about the two will get long winded rants, asking a guy on the street will get much more praise than on the internet). So, Scrappy Doo and [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] could've very well been fairly well liked by the silent majority. However, just because they're the Minority, ''doesn't'' mean they're a small group: In large fandoms, the minority could number in the thousands. As such, sometimes you actually do need to pay attention to them; while blindly kowtowing to their protests and demands is obviously a stupid and often harmful idea, there are plenty of times where they ''may'' actually be onto something even if it isn't phrased in the most polite or reasonable manner, though it does require extensive analysis to see if this really is the case.
case. Finding out where the line is has become much harder in the internet age. As a brief example it is not uncommon for certain websites to feature one stance as it's view of "normality" when chances are you'd get a very different answer if you ask someone on the street. In these cases the "majority" to those sites themselves are "vocal minorities" to the larger degree. This is more than likely the cause why there are some things you may see every day on the internet, yet next to never see brought up in day to day life.


Due to the nature of this trope, many fandom-related tropes are induced solely by this. The only members of a fandom who vocalize their opinion are the ones who feel so strongly about their opinion that they feel the need to vocalize it. TheScrappy, the EnsembleDarkhorse, the FanDumb, the HateDumb, FanPreferredCouple, etc., are all based on what is commented on by the VocalMinority. So, characters like Scrappy Doo and films like Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen both sound like the spawn of Satan when described by people on the internet, but usually have a much more positive description via Word of Mouth (in other words, asking someone on the internet about the two will get long winded rants, asking a guy on the street will get much more praise than on the internet). So, Scrappy Doo and Wesley Crusher could've very well been fairly well liked by the silent majority. However, just because they're the Minority, ''doesn't'' mean they're a small group: In large fandoms, the minority could number in the thousands. As such, sometimes you actually do need to pay attention to them; while blindly kowtowing to their protests and demands is obviously a stupid and often harmful idea, there are plenty of times where they ''may'' actually be onto something even if it isn't phrased in the most polite or reasonable manner, though it does require extensive analysis to see if this really is the case.

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Due to the nature of this trope, many fandom-related tropes are induced solely by this. The only members of a fandom who vocalize their opinion are the ones who feel so strongly about their opinion that they feel the need to vocalize it. TheScrappy, the EnsembleDarkhorse, the FanDumb, the HateDumb, FanPreferredCouple, etc., are all based on what is commented on by the VocalMinority. So, characters like Scrappy Doo and films like Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' both sound like the spawn of Satan when described by people on the internet, but usually have a much more positive description via Word of Mouth (in other words, asking someone on the internet about the two will get long winded rants, asking a guy on the street will get much more praise than on the internet). So, Scrappy Doo and [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher Crusher]] could've very well been fairly well liked by the silent majority. However, just because they're the Minority, ''doesn't'' mean they're a small group: In large fandoms, the minority could number in the thousands. As such, sometimes you actually do need to pay attention to them; while blindly kowtowing to their protests and demands is obviously a stupid and often harmful idea, there are plenty of times where they ''may'' actually be onto something even if it isn't phrased in the most polite or reasonable manner, though it does require extensive analysis to see if this really is the case.

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