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"I've been sucked into your awful fandom."
King, The Owl House

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.

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 
  • Endo in Endo and Kobayashi Live! The Latest on Tsundere Villainess Lieselotte only started playing the Fictional Romance Game Magikoi because his crush Kobayashi likes it, and hopes they can have more conversational topics. But still, he got to play it for a month and a half before the current story.
  • 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.
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!:
    • Catarina's love of otome games and otaku culture in her past life is directly stated to be the result of her best friend Atsuko. This process is later repeated when she and Sophia (Atsuko's reincarnation) get Mary interested in romance novels.
    • On the other hand, Sophia got her brother Nicol interested in romance novels as well. However, Sophia has a hidden agenda—Nicol has a crush on Catarina, but he is caught in a Friend Versus Lover dilemma as Catarina is betrothed to his Childhood Friend Geordo and wants to find a way to forget Catarina. Specifically, Sophia is recommending Nicol so-called "Stolen Love" novels, where a woman betrothed or promised to another man instead falls in love with someone else. That is exactly what she wants to happen between Nicol, Geordo, and Catarina, not to mention that Sophia also has a crush on Catarina...

  • 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.
  • In The Wizard, the formerly skeptical Sam Woods gets outright addicted to the video games his sons enjoy to the point of almost forgetting about his mission to find two of them before a bounty hunter does. And a reminder that yes, this movie was Merchandise-Driven by Nintendo.

     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 Steampunk novel because the main character resembles her, she admits that it's actually kind of cool.

     Video Games 

  • 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 

Alternative Title(s): Converted Fangirl