A good fandom is successful by having a diverse community of people who share a mutual interest in the shared object of the fandom, but nevertheless remain mature and sensible enough to tolerate and respect differences of opinion. Thankfully, most people in fandoms are actually like this (for the most part at least).
Then there's Fan Dumb. Fan Dumb is the underbelly, where Serious Business becomes obsession.
The key characteristics of a Fan Dumb tend to be people with an overdeveloped sense of entitlement and/or victimization, and (usually) an underdeveloped sense of humor or perspective about the subject of their fandom, coupled with an obsessive level of interest and (frequently) some rather irrational views on the whole thing. Finally, we can also mix this with the inability to distinguish fact from opinion and/or disagreement from hatred that so many people on the internet seem to be suffering from these days (despite these lessons typically being instilled in kindergarten). They usually believe that the very fact that they are fans of something somehow entitles them to special or exclusive treatment, or that they are being persecuted by numerous different parties (the creator, the producers, other fans, the world at large, etc.) because of their fandom.
They are nearly always people who have completely lost perspective on exactly how important or special the franchise, the fandom and their views on same is in the scheme of things, and 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 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 plenty of F-bombing) or a humorless deconstruction of why the joke is "inaccurate". Particularly nasty examples may 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.
The end result of all these people believe passionately that they're the champion elites of the fandom, guarding and preserving what makes it special, whilst ultimately contributing little of any actual value to the property or the fandom, even contributing to its ruining in the process. As a general rule of thumb, the phrase "True Fans" (or some variation thereof) being thrown around is often a red flag that you're dealing with Fan Dumb, particularly if it's being self-applied; the subtext (or text), of course, is "I'm a True Fan, and you're not."
Although a Fan Dumb often holds idiosyncratic views about the franchise and demonstrates a passionate interest in it, it is important to note that neither controversial views nor intense interest are necessarily an indication of Fan Dumb in and of themselves. Differing viewpoints are inevitable in a large gathering of people (and knee-jerk objection to a differing opinion simply because it's a differing opinion is often a good sign that you belong in Fan Dumb yourself), and most people join fandoms in the first place because they're passionate about something and they want to celebrate it with other people who find it special. Many people manage to hold contrary or passionately enthusiastic viewpoints whilst still remaining civil and decent; similarly, many dismissed as Fan Dumb hold views that, on the surface, are actually quite reasonable. The problem with Fan Dumb is not necessarily the level of interest or the viewpoint, but the way it is expressed; even a reasonable argument will sound insane if it's being screamed in someone's face.
Taking these fans too seriously is a mistake. Although they tend to be louder than the rest of the fanbase combined, they are a decided minority in almost every fandom (though they often claim to be a majority). Fan Dumb also tends to suffer from an extreme case of Fan Myopia, regardless of what kind they are; in any variation, they are often intractably convinced that the views of "the fans" (or more accurately, their personal views that they've confused with the majority's views) are both more widespread and more mainstream than they are. If you're a producer, pandering to them is usually a good way to make your franchise crash and burn. And to add insult to injury, they usually won't be very grateful that you were thinking about them, but will instead start whining about how you made the franchise crash and burn.
See also Single-Issue Wonk. A specific example is Die for Our Ship. Fan Dumb is a number one contributing factor to both Artist Disillusionment and Fan Disillusionment. Although often a minority, the shrill obnoxiousness of this kind of fan has nevertheless permeated enough people's impressions to construct the stereotype of the Straw Fan. Can be confused easily with a Troll, but, as a rule of thumb, bear in mind that a Fan Dumb is NOT a Troll. See also Unpleasable Fanbase and Broken Base for the massive versions of this.
Compare with Viewers Are Morons. Contrast with Hate Dumb, although the two have been known to spawn one another. Not to be confused with the Web Comic of the same name, the first page of which can be found here.
Sadly, every fandom has to deal with this and all of its variations, no matter how much they deny it and how much they wish this problem didn't exist. Trust us, these people even annoy the creators of the things that you like as much as they annoy the rest of us. We admit that even TV Tropes has its problems with Fan Dumb of its own. Don't worry, Fan Dumb are usually just a Vocal Minority. Keep that in mind if you decide to put this as an example to any media or see this in any media here. Most fans of a thing, including yourself (unless you actually do fit this and you know if you do), are not complete and utter morons and just want to enjoy it like everyone else. And on the same flip of the coin, everyone (yes, including you) has probably been guilty of at least one Fan Dumb moment at some point in their lives if they're being honest; the key thing is being grown-up enough to be able to recognize, acknowledge, and correct your mistake, then move on rather than getting locked near-permanently into that mindset.
As a footnote, to a devoted member of the Hatedom, any form of Fandom appears like Fan Dumb. Fan Dumb and Hate Dumb are light and darkness in these regards in that one cannot exist without the other. In fact, the two can often fuel each other, with Hate Dumb causing normally rational fans to become overly defensive and engage in Fan Dumb behavior, while Fan Dumb can transform reasonable critique into a whirlwind of hatred directed at the fandom itself, contributing to Hate Dumb behavior.
Please do not put this on a work's main page and sub-pages. The only exception is if it is invoked canonically as a character trait someone has. In that case, mark it as such.
Common Fan Dumb variants include:
The Beancounter is fixated on box office numbers, television ratings, and chart positions (and almost always in relation to the most popular and crucially commercially successful things 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.
- Mad Bride/Groom: This fan is more a fan of a specific character than the franchise, with the series largely being a vehicle to enjoy them. Their attachment to the character could be an actual crush (in which case, expect them to write fanfiction that ships them with an Author Avatar), but it could also just be the concept of a favourite character, taken up to eleven. These people often take this to the extent that they refuse to follow the franchise if/when their favourite character is left out of it. The lack of this character's involvement in the series or characterization going off in another direction than expected often turns this fan into a more personalized version of the Tinfoiler; in this case, according to the Mad Bride/Groom, the producers are doing what they do because they have a personal vendetta against this character, rather than because they're unable to fit them into the story.note These fans are at their worse when their favorite character also happens to be a Designated Monkey. Tellingly, the fans often have a rather idealized, if not distorted, view of the character that they adore. Shippers are heavily associated with these sorts of fans; this can become doubly worrisome if the character they like is involved with another character with whom the fan actually identifies directly, or if they become involved in a Love Triangle. Contrast with (and sometimes rivals to) the Hate Monger. One should ask the Mad Bride/Groom to compare the amount of screentime they want of their crush to the amount the central protagonist already gets (unless their crush is the central protagonist, in which case you should point out that any character would quickly become dull in a vacuum), and also point out that the producers would then get numerous other complaints from the Mad Brides/Grooms of all the other characters. For their own sake, it should also be pointed out to them that people who display this degree of affection for real-life people tend to get restraining orders placed upon them.
- Mad Protector: When Mad Brides/Grooms get a bit too overprotective, they take tips from the Hate Dumb. They like a character and spew bile at any other characters they perceive to be mean or doing horrible things to the character. It doesn't matter if the "meanies did mean or horrible things because it makes sense in the story, they're just doing their job as villains, their actions weren't even that bad, or even if theyre retaliating for something mean that was done to them what matters is "how dare that character be mean to my baby!" And so begins the Mad Protectors hatred to those "meanies," putting them into a disliked list, demonizing and maybe even becoming Hate Mongers for that meanie, on the basis that they are so mean to the character they love. Sometimes, if the meanie is just exceptionally mean and universally hated, this might not look like not quite a Fan Dumb. Most of the time, though, they love to attack "meanies" with their own reasons to be mean. They also tend to write Accusation Fics and are quick to label a character they perceive as mean as a Karma Houdini.
- Insane Avatar: Fans who associate themselves with a single character and hates any who criticize that character. These fans will idolize, nay, see themselves as a character from something they love. Everything associated with said character is something they would or should do. Everyone who has a slightly different opinion other than that the character in question is "awesome" is wrong. "Those people cannot understand why [Character X] does those things! How could they?! Only I understand them!" is a common mantra for this fan, who will also reduce all sorts of questions to "What Would X Do?" This fan will also fight tooth and nail when defending any ships this character is in. The Insane Avatar should be asked one simple question: "Why on Earth should we all be forced to place character X on such a high pedestal solely because you have so much in common with them? Fact and opinion are not the same thing."
A Chicken Little may also see any signs of slowing down, fall in popularity, or decline in the size of the fanbase, however tiny, as a sure sign that the work is doomed to fail and are often wondering how long it will be until support is completely killed off. While it is rare for a franchise ever to have a consistently steady increase in views or fans (other franchises can also grab a fan's attention since people do like more than one thing), in the eyes of a Chicken Little, the loss of a few fans may as well be a death sentence. Often combined with the Old-Timer. This person is paranoid, plain and simple. When you point this out to them, make sure to mention the fact that franchises never get canceled for things as minor as what Chicken Little is getting so anxious over, and in fact it takes something much bigger.
A variant exists in the form of the Bizarro Chicken Little, who operates under the belief that even the tiniest voice of criticism will reach the ears of the Powers That Be, who will immediately cancel the franchise in the belief that nobody likes it anymore. Ergo, all voices of criticism must be silenced with prejudice in order to keep the franchise on the air.
In short, they don't actually want a truly Darker and Edgier work. They want one that caters to their own underdeveloped, childish tastes.
Edgelords are most commonly the purveyors of cringeworthy fanfics and fanart; if you spot a fanwork that has the above characteristics, you're probably witnessing one of these in action. Overly edgy and one-dimensional 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 date a work if taken seriously). On This Very Wiki, if you ever see an example of something not-so-scary being listed on Nightmare Fuel or an act that was heinous by story standards, but not by broader standards being cited as a Moral Event Horizon (and, before the overhaul, the character in question being cited as a Complete Monster), and it's not from someone with a 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 Hate Dumb 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.
Even if you do give the show a chance, or you've had bad experiences with similar shows, it probably won't be enough. If you watched a few episodes and hated them, they'll inevitably be "unrepresentative of the show as a whole" and you'll have to watch the whole thing to get an "accurate impression". If you bring up that you've disliked several similar works, they'll swear that this one will be different. In the end, Evangelists are fans who need to get over themselves and accept that not everyone wants to or needs to see Their Show. While being open-minded about new works is a good thing, it doesn't mean you have to be willing to give absolutely anything a shot.
Often overlaps with the Monomaniac, who also overestimates the importance of Their Show, but tends to be more obsessive and less focused on promoting the work than the average Evangelist. An Evangelist who's also a Memeist will spam memes related to their show (potentially annoying even fellow Memeists if they do it on meme pages that aren't dedicated to the show). Related to the Toxic Missionary subtype of the Highbrow, who will insist that Their Show is so important because of its message (or at least the message the Toxic Missionary thinks it has). Also compare the Undesired Champion and Willfully Blind, whose flavours of Complaining About People Not Liking the Show target those who are actively critical of the show (or at least aspects of it) instead of those who are passively uninterested in it.
Accordingly, expect this type of fan to be a little bit oversensitive about tropes like What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?/It's Not for Kids? and the Animation Age Ghetto. They also tend to react negatively to Dark Fics of any kind, and may even complain about dark fan works based on equally dark source material.
- Toxic Genius: Fans who seem to believe that the fact that other people are disagreeing with their strongly held opinions is not because they have different but equally strongly held opinions, but because they're just so much smarter than they are that they can't recognize their correctness. The operative term is usually "you just don't get it" (i.e."you're much stupider than I am and thus can't see why this franchise is amazing/dreadful"), couched in as patronizing and condescending a fashion as possible. This variant can also be found engaging in slightly pretentious (and often wildly off-mark) analysis of the franchise. Many times the Toxic Geniuses are often shown as being single-character-interpreters blind to Alternate Character Interpretation, believing that only their interpretation of the character is correct. (Seen especially in character-heavy works like books, film, and some video games.) Likewise, they will not allow anyone to view the character any differently.
- Toxic Visionary: Like the Genius, the Toxic Visionaries use their perceived intelligence as a weapon except they think they're smarter than the creators. Self-proclaimed (if falsely-humble) experts on everything, the Visionaries are given to long discussions about how the creators clearly don't understand their own work as much as they do, often peppered with phrases such as "I don't like the direction [the creator] is taking in [insert work here], "I'm not an expert on [X], but..." and even, in sufficiently bare-faced examples, outright coming out and saying "I could have written it better," said completely without irony. They can usually be found picking over the work for nonexistent Subtext, earnestly trying to settle questions the creators would rather leave unanswered, and overestimating the significance of "hard" fandom as a whole.
- Toxic Missionary: This one has an idea of True Art as a method of education, and not necessarily an entertaining one. The Toxic Missionaries may criticize the frothier parts of the franchise for detracting from the all-important message. Their version of Complaining About People Not Liking the Show is that their franchise ought to make people feel uncomfortable, at least on first impression; it's a pill they should take along with the mindless entertainment they seem to prefer. Admittedly, many an Author Tract is trying to produce missionaries to spread its message, but Toxic Missionaries can be seen even in fanbases of franchises with no apparent Writer on Board. Like the Toxic Visionary, these latter cases are all-too-often guilty of seeing things that aren't there, and are often guilty of over-subscribing to the idea that they should stick it to "The Man." As such, they hate the Rule-Abiding Rebel with a passion and live in constant terror of their favourite franchise being perceived as one, fairly or otherwise. Very frequently overlaps with the Edgelord.
Once the work is out, there are two likely outcomes for a Hype Maniac: The first is that that they suffer Hype Backlash themself maybe the work truly was disappointing, or maybe the Hype Maniac's expectations were so high that practically anything would leave them unsatisfied. The fan may learn their lesson for the next hyped-up work, but don't hold your breath. The other option is that the Hype Maniac keeps insisting that the work is perfect, turning into the Willfully Blind type of Fan Dumb.
A common trait of the Monomaniac (see below), though not all Ignorance-Bashers are Monomaniacs. Ignorance-Bashers may also be Elitists or Old-Timers if they bash people's ignorance of earlier installments, or Memeists if they bash people's ignorance of memes, and are especially prone to No True Scotsman type arguments (e.g. "If you haven't seen all the episodes, you can't really be a fan!"), never mind the fact that watching all the episodes/reading all the books/whatever can take time, especially if it's a long-running franchise.
This fan can often be heard erroneously complaining about Plot Holes; the difference is that while a genuine plot hole is a failure in story-logic that can be annoying and intrusive to the point where it ruins the work, what the Mad Scholar often complains about is either supposed to be ambiguous and left up to the reader's imagination without explanation, or is so mind-bogglingly trivial to the overall narrative that it doesn't matter if it's not explained or shown. The typical stereotype of this fan is the person who can be found at conventions insistently demanding that the creator answer every single question they have about every arcane little detail of the story in detail, no matter how trivial or ridiculous.
Thankfully, they tend to congregate on meme and shitposting/dank meme pages on social media and largely avoid interaction with the parent fanbases, which makes them fairly easy to avoid even if they are still very irritating. They also seldom last long on bigger pages and groups; more mature fans are likely to give chilly-at-best receptions that quickly turn into "dude, fuck off, you're annoying", while mods are quick to put a stop to excessive memeposting to avoid attracting more of them. If you have ever seen a pinned post from a mod or admin stating that they are going to start cracking down on memes and/or will stop tolerating shitposts, dank memes, and other deliberate low-quality meme content altogether, it is almost definitely because these types got out of hand.
In media, this is how the vast majority of fandom is frequently portrayed, which is why we have a trope specifically for that.
Essentially, they're the grumpy old men of the fandom, constantly complaining about the good old days and shouting at the young whippersnappers to get off their lawn, saying that they're too young to deserve it. Very commonly they may be found complaining about something that back in their day was a problem, yet complain about the lack of it after the issue is fixed, acting like those adults who make better lives for their children yet say "back in my day we [did unpleasant action X] and we liked it." Or alternatively, if a franchise (or medium) tries to get some newer fans, they complain about people who are not true fans and act like a five-year-old upset that their newborn baby sibling is getting more attention than they are. When dealing with these kinds of fans, point out to them that they and the members of their group are old, and that a franchise that isn't able to recruit new fans to replace the members who leave will die.
The hip-hop variant will claim skill on the mic can actually kill people, claim their favourite rapper's Diss Tracks ended careers of rivals who have remained successful or faded for unrelated reasons, refuse to enjoy MC Troperr's new mixtape because he'd be hanged by Lamppp-Shayd in a real battle of lyricists, and treat as literal every studio-gangsta death threat made by multimillionaires who haven't seen the street for the last ten years except through tinted windows. In worst cases, they celebrate serious crimes, hanging about in the WorldStarHipHop comments section egging on their favourite up-and-comers to assault and shoot rivals — these fans often come from privileged backgrounds that mean they take their personal validation more seriously than the potential death of a human being.
Expect them to get into Flame Wars with Power Scalers from opposing fandoms while other fans stare and shake their heads at the ridiculous claims they make about their character of choice.
A subspecies of the Purist is the Imperialist. This fan is normally found around works that were translated from another language (usually things from Japan as these are most commonly found around Japanese localisations). The tropes Woolseyism, Superlative Dubbing, and Cultural Translation do not exist to these people, as any changes made to the script, even if it's to avoid something being Lost in Translation or a Dub Induced Plothole, is a Macekre. Expect these people to frequently cry "bad translation" and "Memes for Memes sake" when something is localised, and assume for them to cry "Blind Idiot" Translation when the translation is actually accurate and faithful to the original, just not a word-for-word translation. A frequent source of Mis-blamed. If any change is made, even if it is to comply with local laws to even allow the work to be marketed there legit in the first place, it is because the company assumes Viewers Are Morons. Puns that would otherwise go far over the heads of viewers who aren't familiar with that language and changed to something they would be familiar with? Viewers Are Morons. In spite of their extreme insistence of cultural purity in translations, expect many Imperialists to actually be somewhat blind to how different cultures truly are, and are only familiar with an idealized version from the limited insight they have. A frequent example is viewers complaining at changes to the script while expressing Squick at works that originate from countries with a lower age of consent or less liberal views.
- Sub Purists typically chastise others for watching a work in a dubbed format, while Dub Purists typically chastise others for watching a work in a subtitled format.
- Mad Romantics take their Celebrity Crushes too far. They feel possessive of their idol because they contribute to the idol's success and/or feel involved in the idol's life due to following them on social media, and then feel betrayed when their one-way relationship is shattered by the idol, who most likely doesn't even know the fan exists. If the idol gets an actual love interest, expect this fan to loathe the poor guy/gal for "stealing" the idol away from the fan. The somewhat less insane Mad Romantics realize that they'd never get their idol anyway, but are still upset with the love interest for ruining their relationship fantasies. In extreme cases, these fans will become Stalker Stans. Mad Romantics are common among fans of Teen Idol or Pop Idol personalities. Musicians, actors, and athletes in general may also get such fans.
- While writing an Actor Shipping fic might be considered harmless (if weird) fun, Mad Actor Shippers keep insisting that two creators should get together in real life just because they have good chemistry on screen, have done some good collaborations, or in some cases just have similar styles. To these fans, it doesn't matter if the creators don't get along in real life at all, are already in relationships with someone else, or the desired ship isn't even compatible with their sexual orientation. Like the Mad Romantics, Mad Actor Shippers tend to hate the creator's love interest for "ruining" a relationship that almost certainly wouldn't have happened anyway.
- Undesired Pornographers are a subspecies of both the Mad Actor Shipper and the Mad Romantic. These types will draw (or write) Rule 34 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 see the work and disapprove of it or even ask them to stop on a public forum (usually social media), this may drive the Undesired Pornographer 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.
- The Purity Police will react negatively to their idol getting a love interest, as it means the idol is no longer "pure". Sometimes they're Moral Guardians who will use Think of the Children!-style arguments, as if an adult deciding to get into a normal relationship would somehow be a bad influence (more likely to happen for LGBT creators for obvious reasons). A lot of the time, they're just Mad Romantics who are angry because they want to be with the idol, but now the idol has a partner and will be "defiled" even if the couple breaks up.
While stalker fans have existed as long as there are famous people, social media has made it easier than ever for people to believe celebrities are their friends. Gone are the days when all famous people have an entire team between themselves and the public - nowadays, many present themselves through the internet as normal, relatable people who are just like their fans (and, in many cases, they are normal people who happen to have a YouTube channel in addition to a day job, and are only "famous" to a niche community). The internet also allows fans and creators to interact directly far more often than ever before, which some have criticised can emotionally manipulate this kind of fan into existing, especially in certain models where fans pay for access to their creators. Some creators have exploited this to get sexual access to fans desperate for their love to be returned.
Another common stereotypical depiction of an annoying fan in media — see Loony Fan and Stalker with a Crush. In K-Pop fandom, these are known as saesangs, and they come under significant fire from other areas of the fandom — to the extend that entire subcommunities exist to protect their idols from saesangs. The Eminem song "Stan" described a fan of this type who goes insane when the rapper he idolises doesn't respond to his fanmail - the word 'stan' was originally used to describe fans of this type, but has since turned into a general purpose word for a passionate fan regardless of toxicity.
The Strawstuffer is essentially the stereotypical Obnoxious Entitled Housewife; the kind of person who would yell at a retail clerk for an item being out of stock or not being on sale that week, without taking the time to consider that the clerk has no control over what's on sale or how many items are ordered.
An extreme version of the Strawstuffer can risk becoming the Tinfoil Hatter, a more paranoid and tragic creature. Like the Strawstuffer, the Tinfoil Hatter ignores Creative Differences or apathy to figure out why things occur. However, they instead believe that everything they don't like is evidence that the creators are out to attack them personally and deliberately. They see slights and attacks everywhere, and blame everything on a vitriolic creator who has a personal vendetta against her/him. This extends to intentional deconstructions of their favourite plots and characters, Creator Breakdowns and characters (especially those the fan identifies with) presented as less than ideal or in an unconventional way. Tinfoil Hatters are usually involved in Periphery Demographics and, more tellingly, Misaimed Fandoms.
Things such as expressing support for a non-canon couple or casually stating that you don't consider a statement a creator made at a convention about a plot point in the series finale to be part of your personal canon will get you stoned or burned at the stake by these fans, and if you dare write a fanfic that deviates from canon even a tiny bit, expect this fan to bombard you with flames in your review section or endlessly nitpick "what you got wrong", even if the fic itself is well-written and compelling. God help you if they catch you writing a Fix Fic, even if you're changing something that was genuinely stupid in canon — in that case, the Theocrat may overlap with the Willfully Blind and/or Litter-Bearer. They might even go so far as to flame you for speculation on the series that later gets Jossed, demanding that you go back and delete your own posts if later story revelations contradict what you wrote.
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.
The number one culprits of Complaining About People Not Liking the Show, tied with the Willfully Blind. A common line of argument is something along the lines of "why don't you go and watch something else if you hate [the franchise] so much?", even if the critic has made perfectly clear that they don't hate the franchise at all. They may treat any criticism of a work as if it were a nasty personal attack on its creator. If a new installment in a series involves any sort of change, you can also expect them to respond to any criticism of the changes (however reasonable) with accusations of closed-mindedness, and if the change is extremely polarizing or receives a widespread negative reception, they will almost always chalk it up to an Unpleasable Fanbase and blame "fairweather fans" or "traitors", or try to find some way to paint them as a Vocal Minority no matter how widespread the sentiment may be. If an eventual Creator Backlash occurs and the creator agrees with the detractors, these types will still defend the changes, and will either use this as evidence that the fanbase is so toxic and abusive that the creators are afraid of them and are being held hostage, or may even turn on the creators for "kowtowing to a vocal minority" or "compromising their values". In their mind, there is no such thing as realizing that you made a mistake or acknowledging that something didn't come out right - if you come to agree with fans about a poorly-received change, it can only be because you needed to save face or because you were so tired of dealing with entitled fans that you figured it was easier to just say they were right than continue to hold to your "true" feelings.
An offshoot of this is the Reputation Defender. These types come out whenever a creator is accused of any sort of misconduct, and they will make it clear that the creator is immaculate and the people who turned on them are the only ones at fault. Everything is unsubstantiated, overblown, an outright falsehood, or a difference of opinion. The barrier of proof for them to accept that the allegations are legitimate is extraordinarily (and often insurmountably) high, and they are just as likely to move the goalposts, if not outright deny reality. Any sort of statement backing the allegations or airing related personal grievances or dirty laundry from other creators is also likely to be attacked; if they're not traitors abandoning their colleague, they're cynical, disingenuous clout-chasers making a calculated career move for a few likes, shares, and retweets. Any sort of explanation from the accused party will be treated as the absolute truth and the be-all, end-all of discussion - no matter how flimsy (or objectively untrue) the explanation or hollow and insincere the apology, it will be accepted with open arms, and anyone who dares criticize it or tries to pick holes in it will be attacked. Nastier examples are likely to harass accusers over private messages, and particularly nasty examples may doxx them or lead harassment campaigns, or may even accost them in person.