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A character who starts out not being nerdy is persuaded to try something nerdy and winds up liking it. Unisex Trope, since some of the examples are female — indeed, one of the most common forms portrayed is women watching sports with their significant others (to avoid becoming a Sports Widow) only to end up more fanatical than the boyfriend/husband/what have you.

May result in a character getting into other fandoms as well, since you can't like Star Wars without trying out other science fiction. This, in turn, may result in the character becoming Adorkable.

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Compare Hype Backlash and Hype Aversion should the attempts of conversion fail. Related to I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • Genshiken averts this trope with Saki, who never turns Otaku regardless of how much time she spends hanging out with the club. It's played quite straight with Sasahara's sister Keiko, though, who is completely dismissive of otaku culture until Ohno lends her some Yaoi porno. Keiko enjoys this so much that she eventually fully embraces otaku culture, apparently enjoying her sexuality more as a pervert than in the mainstream.
  • The plot of the first part of Otaku no Video.
  • Konata is way bigger an otaku than Kagami in Lucky Star, but there is one scene where Kagami lent Konata a light novel and Konata subsequently buys a ton of other merchandise of that particular series.
  • Jeri in Digimon Tamers goes from thinking Digimon is silly to spending a fortune collecting the cards. Finding out Digimon are real probably helped, although many interpret her as having been a closet fan the whole time.

     Film 
  • J. J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009) reinvigorated the love of Star Trek for many longtime fans and brought in hordes of new fans from casual viewers. A ton of die-hard Trekkies, however, will tell you that you're not a "true fan" if you only like the Abrams movie.

     Live Action TV 
  • On Freaks and Geeks, the title geeks got Daniel into Dungeons & Dragons.
  • On Pretty Little Liars, Hanna got into nerdy computer stuff when she started hanging out with Lucas.
  • On The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon introduces Penny to Age of Conan and she becomes completely obsessed with it.
    • They also introduce her to many scientific concepts, such as Schrödinger's Cat, that she brings up later on her own.
    • Not to mention when she retains Star Trek plots (and can use them as metaphors) and quote Star Wars.
  • On The IT Crowd, Moss gets Douglas's rowdy business associates to play Dungeons & Dragons with him and Roy. They end up loving it.
  • How I Met Your Mother
    • Subverted. Try as they might, the guys just can not get the girls to appreciate Star Wars. When Ted is dating Stella, Marshall explains to her that, to Ted, Star Wars is not just a movie, it is a way of life that he has watched and will watch again until the day he dies. If she is only pretending to like it for his sake she will need to keep up this charade forever and will need to endure it on good days and bad, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, till death do they part. Can she do that?
    • It's also played straight, as Barney had never watched Star Wars before Ted and Marshall introduced him to it. He now owns a life-size Stormtrooper.
  • In Angel, Gunn was initially very unenthusiastic when Angel invited everyone to the ballet. He ended up loving it. (and Cordelia fell asleep.)
  • On Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Rosa makes fun of Terry and Jake for geeking out at a fantasy convention. But when she starts reading a Steam Punk novel because the main character resembles her, she admits that it's actually kind of cool.
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     Webcomics 
  • Mark from Weregeek would have been this if he hadn't had a natural predisposition towards geekiness long before he was discovered by the local geek community. He just didn't know that he would make a great geek until he became one.

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     Western Animation 
  • In an episode of The Flintstone Kids there was this one time where the brother of one of the kids or something was persuaded to watch an episode of Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels. He loved it.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. In 'Read It And Weep', where Rainbow Dash resists trying the book Twilight suggested she read because she believes reading is for eggheads which Rainbow Dash is definitely not. Eventually, the boredom of being stuck in a hospital room with nothing to do gets to her, and she tries it... and ends up loving it, of course.
  • Shows up in an episode of Recess when, due to a broken arm, TJ is forced to spend his recesses inside with the much-maligned "Pale Kids." Warned that a rather diminutive boy named Tiny Sedgwick was previously sentenced to the same fate only to disappear from the playground forever, TJ is of course apprehensive. Meeting the group, he discovers they are merely a group of nerdier kids who spend their free time playing Tabletop RPGs and proceeds to bond with them. Always the bridge builder, TJ proceeds to convince the group's VERY tall leader to spend a recess outside so the other kids aren't so scared of him and his friends. Predictably, local bully Lawson attempts to start trouble with the pale kids, ultimately threatening to do to them what they did to Tiny Sedgwick. This gets him a derisive laugh from the nerds' leader who reveals that HE is Tiny Sedgwick having thrived in his new environment.
  • DuckTales (2017): In "Friendship Hates Magic!", Mrs. Beakley isn't very impressed with Darkwing Duck when Launchpad first shows it to her. By the time they reach the Cliffhanger ending, she's become a die-hard fan.

     Real Life 
  • The Nostalgia Critic, and by extension Doug Walker, had never heard of Avatar: The Last Airbender and humorously made this point known when people were outraged over his mocking of Mako. Later, in preparation for a review of The Last Airbender, Doug took a look at the entire series for research in what the movie did wrong. It's now his favorite show of all time.
    • As a result of his Fan Dumb misrepresenting his character, Mara Wilson used to hate Doug because she thought he was like a Perez Hilton persona. But she was soon convinced that he was a genuinely nice guy (she even squeed over some of his reviews), Critic got one more Humiliation Conga in his long line of many, everyone found out you don't fuck with her, and she's now best friends with Lindsay Ellis.
    • Similarly, Rachel Tietz, who plays Rebecca Stone in Demo Reel, had not seen much of That Guy with the Glasses prior to her audition. She then watched a few episodes of The Nostalgia Critic, and enjoyed what she saw, particularly the Signs review.
  • When Jeffrey Katzenberg was named the head of Disney studio in 1984, he admitted that he had little interest in their struggling animation department... but cut to ten years later when their Renaissance was in full swing, and it had become the only department at the studio that he had any interest in. When he resigned from Disney in late 1993, he famously turned down an offer to run the entire DreamWorks studio, choosing instead to only run DreamWorks Animation.
  • In the 1980s, veteran game show host Geoff Edwards was called upon to host the game show Starcade, which was based around video games. The original host, Mark Richards, was dismissed by Ted Turner (as the show aired on Superstation WTBS) for knowing nothing about video games. Seeking to avoid that pitfall, Edwards made sure to study up on all the games Starcade had to offer... and ended up becoming a video game fanatic. He'd offer his own tips to the players during the game, and was shown on-camera during a "Starcade Hotline" segment playing, and beating, the Nintendo Hard game Sinistar. He remained a devoted gamer for the rest of his life.
  • Daredevil (2015)
    • When Charlie Cox got the role of Matt Murdock, he knew very little about the character. In fact, he didn't even know the character was blind until the day before the audition. Over time, he began to read comics to prepare for the role. Now, he's not only a fan of Daredevil, but comics in general and has been campaigning for Marvel to let the character crossover into the MCU films.
    • Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page) had never read the comics before the show started, so when she was cast as Karen, she started to read the beginning of the comics and the storylines that revolved around Karen, as well as series that she knew season 1 was going to bring up and base storylines around.
  • After being cast as Piccolo in Dragon Ball Evolution, James Marsters watched the anime to study the character. He ended being such a big fan of it that he furiously protested when Piccolo's movie design was significantly different from his original appearance. He would even later voice Zamasu in Dragon Ball Super.
  • Renowned comic book painter Alex Ross originally could not care less for the X-Men, even more so for Wolverine who has had less than savory depictions in Ross's books (Earth X had Wolvie as an alcoholic fatass who sits around watching TV all day). Then Bryan Singer's little movie came out and Ross jumped at the chance to be part of a relaunch for the comic line, even creating redesigns. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to be part of what would ultimately become Grant Morrison's run but was still left liking the team more than he initially did.
  • Phelous didn't have a great first impression of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon due to Turtles Forever's apparent bias against the 1987 show, of which he was really fond of. After sitting down and actually checking out the show, he's found himself really enjoying it, to the point of finding that Turtles Forever also failed to characterize them correctly, referencing the show to the same degree as the original, and wishing that '03 had a crossover episode with the 2012 cartoon.
  • After filming Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Bill Nighy immediately became a Pokémon fanboy, to the point where he bought every single Pokémon guide to learn more about the series. He even called the Pokédex a "masterwork".
  • Ryan Reynolds learned who Deadpool was when he was alerted to a specific panel where the character described himself as Reynolds crossed with a shar-pei. From there, he dived deep into the comics, got really fond of superheroes, and aimed hard to be cast in any comic book movie he could (thus Blade: Trinity and Green Lantern) until he eventually found his niche playing the character that got him into it in the first place.
  • Rebecca Ford, the community manager of Warframe, eventually became a fan of Jojos Bizarre Adventure due to all the jokes and references to the show made by the community. Even commissioning art of Rhino and Atlas posing as Joseph and Caesar.

Alternative Title(s): Converted Fangirl

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