Falco on Oct 11th 2011 at 8:52:22 AM
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SingingRain on Feb 13th 2019 at 12:21:10 PM
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We all know one. That one guy or girl who is absolutely fanatical about their team. They know all the players, all the stats, watch every game and will talk your ear off about them given the chance. They can be from any walk of life, and are perhaps the most acceptable type of nerd.
In fiction, this type of character is usually portrayed endearingly or Played for Laughs as someone so over the top they have trouble maintaining any semblance of balance in their life. A type of Hollywood Nerd, probably the most socially-acceptable of all types of fandom. They might wear a Casual Sports Jersey, and if their watching habits interfere with parental duties, their spouse becomes a Sports Widow.
- Kuroi-sensei of Lucky Star is a big fan of the Japanese pro baseball team Chiba Lotte Marines. She mentions she would preferably go to businesses that sponsors the team, and once even believes that the match where the team loses did not exist.
- Casey, a minor recurring character in Pokémon, and her family are obsessed with the Electabuzz baseball team.
- Robin: Tim is a huge fan of Gotham's local baseball team the Knights and often wears a hat with their logo. This is just about the only point of commonality between him and his father, though his father prefers American Football as a sport.
- Billy's mother in Buffalo 66 was this way. She resented her son to the point of eventual estrangement because she was forced to miss the only championship game the Buffalo Bills won, in 1966, because she went into labor with him that day.
- The movie Celtic Pride has two obsessed fans meet the Opposing Sports Team star player in a bar, and end up kidnapping him prior to a championship game.
- Played for Drama in The Fan about a fan with crazed love for his team who blames them for his own rapidly disintegrating life and becomes homicidal.
- The protagonist of the American version of Fever Pitch is a crazy Red Sox fan. Its an integral part of the movie. The British versions have a mad Arsenal fan instead, as the book is autobiographical and author Nick Hornby follows and explores his own passionate Arsenal support.
- Greg Blazer in The Home Teachers is a big fan of American football.
- Sandy from The Rebound who keeps her own file of statistics and analysis to help her fantasy teams. Turns out be a bit of Chekhov's Skill when it helps her get a job as a researcher for a sports show.
- South African musical comedian Robbie Wessels note performed a song called Player Twenty-Three. This celebrates the twenty-third member of the Springboks rugby squad, the man without whom the national side is incomplete — its fanatical superfan. Members of the then South African national side appear in the video going along with the joke: the Bokkies are seen reverencing the team's greatest fan, the short fat, and unathletic Jan ("the soul of the team") and treating him like royalty.
- Several callers on The Coodabeen Champions, but the standout is Digger, a Collingwood fan who has "Been following football for (insert inflated number here) years". His most excessive act was in the 1990 Grand Final show when, having been laid up in hospital, he hijacked an ambulance in order to make it to the game.
- In one of his videos Bob Chipman pointed out the hypocrisy around this behavior being acceptable but cosplay isn't...
MovieBob: Think about this: if I was walking down the street in a Starfleet uniform and it wasn't Halloween, I'd get a lot of funny looks. And for good reason: I'm not in Starfleet, there is no Starfleet, and it's not normal to wear a costume everywhere. But, meanwhile, everywhere in the world there are thousands of different guys walking around in their favorite athlete's jersey. No funny looks for them; why is that? The general response from the wearer would be: "Well, that's different. That's just showing support." Uh, no, that's what a t-shirt with the team's logo is for. What you're wearing is a reproduction of what the actual guy wears. In other words: a costume.
- In the Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "The Blind Bandit", Sokka becomes obsessed with Earth Rumble wrestling, and particularly with The Boulder.
- In Bojack Horseman, Diane's family are all Southies who are obsessed with the Red Sox. Her brothers only wear Red Sox jersies, watch reruns of old games, and go to a bar to watch the Sox game instead of attending their father's funeral.
- In Futurama, Fry's mother is such a sports nut that she refuses to stop watching a game on TV while giving birth to him.
Indexes: Fandom, Obsession Tropes, Sports Story Tropes, Stock Characters
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