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Fan Community Nicknames

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Many fanbases on TV have their own nicknames. Some are generated by themselves, some from observers and some from detractors.

Be advised when using these terms that by the time the name becomes well known to outsiders, it's often gathered some distaste by those within the fandom. "Trekkie" has reached universal status and even appears in reputable dictionaries, but many within Star Trek fandom only ever use the term derisively, preferring the term "Trekker". Likewise, "Whovian" comes primarily from US Public Television — it was originated by, and for some time a trademark of, the Doctor Who Fan Club of America — and many fans outside the US think it sounds a bit silly, preferring the considerably more baroque but less jargonish "fans of the programme".


For video games, if a given game has a Prestigious Player Title for the player character, the fan community nickname may be based on that title. E.g players of Azur Lane are called "Commanders" or "Shikikans".

This has really picked up with the introduction of The Internet, because fans can interact with each other on Fora and such. 4chan and its derivatives have a common template for such terms: Just take the name or premise of the show and add "-fag" after it... (e.g. Sonicfags, Pokéfags or Ponyfags) ... as suffixes attributed to their Fan Dumb.

A subtrope of Fan Nickname, but not to be confused with it.

See also Estrogen Brigade and Testosterone Brigade.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Otaku, in the western sense which only refers to being a fan of anime or manga. There's also "weeaboo", which was originally meant to refer to Japanophilia to the extent that they praise Japanese as the Master Race and despise their original Western heritage, but in fact they only learned Japanese culture from watching anime and often end up using romanized Japanese words (e.g. "kawaii") in English context when that would not be necessary at all thus ending up looking pretentious. People now use it as a term of general derision against anyone who likes anything Japanese, or Asian at all, whether or not they actually look down on anything western — for this reason, some people regard it as a racist term.
  • Attack on Titan: The Funimation-sponsored cosplay group that met at Anime Expo 2013 used the term "Troops"; whether this is widely accepted and used remains to be seen.
  • Azutard or Daiohtard (Azumanga Daioh)
    • "A proud member of Team Seaslug!" has also been spotted.
  • Black Knights (Code Geass)
  • Digifans (Digimon)
  • Dollars (Durarara!!) This is from the show's version of 2chan that has spawned two real-life counterparts.
  • Dragonballers (Dragon Ball)
  • Evageeks (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
  • Fans of Fairy Tail refer to themselves as Fairies, like the mages belonging to the title guild.
  • Friends (Kemono Friends)
  • Gundamaniacs (Mobile Suit Gundam, but may also refer collectively to Gundam fans in general.)
  • Haruhiists or The S.O.S. Brigade (Haruhi Suzumiya); less kindly, Harutard
  • Hetalians (Hetalia: Axis Powers)
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: JoBros, Brostars and Sistars.
  • Madochists (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), Madokamists, or more offensively, Madofags
  • Risembool Rangers and Miniskirt Army for Fullmetal Alchemist fans. Specifically, "Risembool Rangers" refers to Vic Mignogna's fans, and "Miniskirt Army" refers to Travis Willingham's fans. Sadly, "Alcheholic" has never been used.
  • Moonies (Sailor Moon)
  • Narutards (Naruto) — it was meant to be used as an insult to Naruto fans, but is probably used most within the community itself.
  • Orange Roadies (Kimagure Orange Road) or, alternatively, HardKOR fans.
  • Priests for Fate/stay night, most notably Unlimited Blade Works.
  • Robotechies, Techies (Robotech) and * McKinneyists (Those who take the Jack McKinney novelisations of Robotech II: The Sentinels as canon).
  • Shinigamiphiles (Bleach), which kind of sucks for those who like the human characters or vaizards more than the shinigami. "Bleachers" has been tossed around in some places.
  • Toonami Faithful, for those who revived the block. T.O.M. himself, the host of the block, uses the name.
  • T&Bros (Tiger & Bunny)
  • X-no-Miko (Fushigi Yuugi; this is applicable to individual characters only, such as "Tamahome no Miko", "Hotohori no Miko", "Tasuki no Miko", etc.) Some of the more neutral fan groups refer to themselves as Seishi and assign counterparts in each group for each character.
  • Berserk: Berserkers; also occasionally used are Apostle Spawn, The Godfans and The Fans Of The Hawk (the latter two in reference to, respectively, the Godhand and the Band of the Hawk). "Strugglers" is also common, with fans joking about struggling against the author's frequent hiatuses.
  • Fans of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann are Spiralists, or sometimes Spiral Warriors.
  • Fans of Love Live! are called Love Livers, or simply Livers.
  • In-Universe, fans of Wake Up, Girls! are called WUGners

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Works 
  • Fans of The Lion King Adventures are referred to as Cheesy Servants or Haiba-ites, in honour of the Haiba character.
  • Ben Hutchins, while writing Undocumented Features, wrote that the forums for his work had the patience of "rabid crack weasels". He sometimes regrets having done this, as they've taken the name as their own, even having shirts and hats made for it.
  • Fans of Glee fanfic writer Caitlin (also known as "Keitorin Asthore" or "redbullandcupcake batter") refer to themselves as "Cake Pops". They also refer to Caitlin herself as "Mama Cake Pop".
  • Another example of the Glee fandom, CP Coulter (author of the famous fic Dalton has a fandom called "The Coult", its members "Coults". Coulter is commonly called Mama CP or CP Trollter, the latter due to her infamous Trolling Creator tendencies.
  • The Velvet Key was called "Fate/Persona" derisively by people outside the game who disapproved of the large Nasuverse cast, which at the time took up half the game. This became an Insult Backfire as the cast started calling themselves that proudly.
  • Hivefled's readers are "Fledlings".
  • Fans of Anne B Walsh's Dangerverse are known as "the Pack" or "the DA" (the Dangerverse Asylum).
  • Gamers, for any fan of Pokémon × Nimja: Play the Game, though it eventually took on a broader meaning (see the Web Original folder for more on that).

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Backies (Back to the Future)
  • Untergangers (Downfall); taken from the original German title of the film. The term was coined by parodist Bossimias when a fellow parodist made a video promoting him on YouTube.
  • Ghostheads (Ghostbusters)
  • Ghostwatchers (Ghostwatch)
  • Hedheads (Hedwig and the Angry Inch); in homage to RENT fans' fan nickname, due to a secondary character's love of Rent being a plot point in the movie.
  • Rum Runners (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Star Wars: "Warsies" is the most common nickname used.
    • "Jedheads" has also been heard.
    • The "Fandom Menace" has also gained some traction after The Last Jedi was released for the fans who are the most critical (and very vocal about it) of the Disney era films.
    • In the movie Fanboys, the Trekkies refer to them as "Staroids" in a disrespectful manner.
    • Fans of the Empire are often called the 501st Legion, after Vader's personal army (the largest Star Wars cosplay community actually uses this name). The 501st Legion even has an official website and Facebook page.
    • Fandalorians, specifically for fans of Boba Fett and the Mandalorians in general.
  • Programs (TRON universe)
  • Fans of The Avengers version of Loki tend to call themselves Loki's Army.
  • Fansies (Newsies; also counts for the musical)
  • Finaddicts (Jaws)
  • Dredd fans campaigning for a sequel have taken to calling themselves Dreddheads. This also applies to fans of the original comics, but, for reasons which should be obvious, not the Sylvester Stallone film.
  • Ascendants (Jupiter Ascending)
  • Roomies (The Room)
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping has an in-universe example, where fans of the pop star Conner4Real are called "Connfidants".
  • Descenders (Descendants)
  • Alita Army (Alita: Battle Angel)

  • Demigods, for fans of Percy Jackson and the Olympians and its spinoff The Heroes of Olympus.
  • Holmesians/Sherlockians (Sherlock Holmes)
  • In Marisha Pessl's novel Night Film, fans of the (fictional) cult film director Stanislas Cordova refer to themselves as "Cordovites".
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy fans call each other "hoopy froods," from the in-universe term for someone who always knows where his towel is, and is therefore a really together (i.e. capable) person.
  • Horatio Hornblower fans have no overall nickname, but fans of Archie Kennedy call themselves "Crumpeteers," based on the Fan Nickname for him.
  • Janeites (Jane Austen)
  • Lemmings of Discord (Sword of Truth Hatedom), coined in one of the more creative insults they've received.
  • Mizzies (Les Misérables) Confusingly, this is sometimes also used as a collective term for the characters. "Mizfits" is a rarer variant.
  • Phans (The Phantom of the Opera)
  • Honor Harrington has the convention-related nickname of "Berets" (for the distinctive headgear worn by members of the fan club).
  • Harry Potter has Potterheads. Also known as Potterites. Pottheads, for a more pejorative term. Also "Potterphile". Non-fans are known as Muggles or "Mudbloods".
    • Another common name is Dumbledore's Army or the D.A.
    • Harmonians for the infamously vocal Harry/Hermione shippers
    • Herons for their arch-enemies, the Ron/Hermione shippers.
    • "Good Shippers" (from "The Good Ship Ron/Hermione") seems to be more common than "Herons".
    • Puppyshippers for those shipping Sirius/Remus.
    • One Big Happy Weasley Family (OBHWF) for anyone who supports the canon ships for the main characters.
    • It's also quite common for fans to declare allegiance to Hogwarts houses, referring to themselves by the name of the House whose values they believe that they embody most. Many fans are much more likely to call themselves "Gryffindors", "Slytherins", "Ravenclaws" or "Hufflepuffs" than they are to call themselves by any other blanket fandom nickname.
  • The Lord of the Rings: "Ringers" (pejoratively "Ringnuts") is used mostly by fans of the movies. Book fans call themselves "Tolkienites" and Tolkien language nerds use Tolkiendil (pl. Tolkiendili): -(n)dil is a Quenya (Elvish) suffix roughly equivalent to -phile.
  • Shansters for fans of the works of Darren Shan.
  • Twilighters (Twilight)
    • Along with the more derogatory "Twatlighters" - Though the term usually applies to members of the Twatlight ONTD livejournal community instead.
    • Alternately, some people prefer Twitlighters.
    • There's also a subgroup called Twilight Moms (Twimoms, for short).
    • Twi-hards (from "diehard") and Twitards (more derogatory, from "Twihards" - not to be confused with Twittards, who are Twitter users).
    • And twerds (Twilight+ nerds)
    • Twiguys, for those middle-aged men who walk around wearing New Moon T-shirts.
    • Team Jacob and Team Edward, regarding shipping.
  • WOFers for members of the Warrior Cats official forum and Wishians for members of the fansite Warrior's Wish.
  • Hard Core Fan Freaks for those devoted to following Robert Jordan's massive The Wheel of Time series. These are also known as Randlanders, as the world is often referred to as Randland, which again comes from the name of main character Rand al'Thor
  • Phagers for members of the Gone fansite, and Fayzians for fans of the series itself. That being said, most Fayzians are members of Gaiaphage, so the terms overlap a lot.
  • Not used often, but several fans of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series have referred to themselves as "Tower Junkies" based on an offhand(and completely spot-on) comment about Roland made by Eddie Dean in "The Drawing Of The Three".
  • The major The Hunger Games fansites had a poll for fans to select their own fandom nickname. "Tributes" won narrowly over "Mockingjays."
  • Fans of Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Family refer to themselves as "Meteorics" - a name inspired by the Wold Newton meteor strike that mutated the members of the Family.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant fans are known as "minions," or occasionally "munchkins."
  • "Afpers" for Discworld fans who are on the Usenet group Discworld fans also sometimes call themselves "Loonies", because that's what Sir Terry called them. He meant it affectionately. We think.
  • Fans of His Dark Materials who inhabit the Bridge To The Stars website style themselves Sraffies.
  • Divergent has an interesting case in which the fans refer to themselves by whichever faction in the books they identify themselves with. (Dauntless, Erudite, Amity, Abnegation, Candor). However, sometimes "Factionless" is used as a general term for all of them, based off the name of one of the fansites. The common overall term is "Initiates".
  • The Mortal Instruments fandom has taken for itself the name of the half-angel demon hunters around whom the books revolve, the Shadowhunters.
  • Whollies, for fans of the Unwind series.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: The Brotherhood Without Banners; /r/asoiaf on Reddit prefers the term "Crows".
  • Gladers (The Maze Runner and its sequels and prequels by James Dashner). Greenies is used for new fans of the TMR franchise (books and movies included).
  • Victoria: Victorians, naturally enough.
  • The Witchlands: Wordwitches.
  • Fans of Red Rising are known as Howlers. The fandom as a whole is collectively referred to as the Howler Legion.
  • Wings of Fire fans are referred to as Fanwings. It is also popular for Fanwings to identify with their favorite tribe - the tribes include Nightwings, Skywings, Rainwings, Icewings, Sandwings, Mudwings and Seawings.
  • Fans of Brandon Sanderson are Sanderfans or sometimes Cosmerenauts (after The 'Verse). Users on the unofficial official fansite 17th Shard are Sharders.
  • Redwall: While there is no "official" nickname for the fandom, a few fans have suggested calling themselves Warriors of Redwall.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The American Idol forums make fan clubs for each contestant, each with their own unique name, which can range from simply being based on the contestant's name ("Arch Angels" or "Archies" for David Archuleta, "Gokey Gang" for Danny Gokey, "Anoop Troop" for Anoop Desai, etc.) to a reference to a prominent feature (fans of the dreadlocked contestant Jason Castro called themselves "Dreadheads") to the more arcane (after David Cook called himself a "word nerd" in reference to his love of crossword puzzles in an early interview, his fan group christened themselves the Word Nerds), to the just plain weird (Ramiele Malubay was small, cute, Asian, and had a powerful voice—so the fan group decided to christen themselves the "Pikachu Posse".) Big Brother fans do the same.
  • Arrowheads (Arrow or Green Arrow in general.)
  • Babblers or Fivers for Babylon 5 fans. "Lurkers" is also used quite frequently, both for the Lurkers within the show and from the fan guide Lurkers' Guide to Babylon 5.
  • Bombshells (Bomb Girls)
  • Bachelor Nation (The Bachelor), which is often used on the show as well.
  • Beasties (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Browncoats (Firefly)
    • They're also known as "flans" after Nathan Fillion tried, and failed, to pronounce "Firefly fans" correctly at a con.
  • Buffistas or Scoobies (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
    • Kittens are a sub-group of BTVS fans who specifically ship Willow/Tara
      • There's also FireStarters (Spike/Buffy shippers) and Immortal Lovers (Angel/Buffy shippers).
    • The Buffy fandom as a whole has been referred to as "Buffonia."
    • "Whedonites" for those who are fans of all of Joss Whedon's works. They sometimes also call themselves the Cult of Joss.
  • Charlie's Devils (Daredevil (2015))
  • Clone Club (Orphan Black). Queer female fans are called "clonesbians".
  • Colbert Nation for fans of The Colbert Report. Stephen regularly refers to them as such, and it's the show's url as well (it was formerly a "fansite" created by the show's writers)! "Heroes" and "It-Getters" are used as well, which have slightly different connotations. Unique in that all these names were given to the fans by Colbert in the first episode, and stuck.
  • Coconuts (or Team Coco), for fans of Conan O'Brien.
  • Dark Passengers (Dexter)
  • Downtonians (Downton Abbey)
  • Duesers (Due South)
  • Dunderheads (The Office [US Version])
  • Dwarfer (Red Dwarf)
    • Also Smegheads.
  • Flash Mob (The Flash (2014))
  • Flynatics (A.N.T. Farm) - the nickname for Chyna-Fletcher shippers. Olive-Fletcher shippers are called Folivers.
  • Forever Knight has nicknames for each segment of the community, it would take a whole page to list them all. Each ship and character fan group has a nickname.
  • Fannerinos (Fans of Full House and its Sequel Series Fuller House), at least according to the Fuller House Twitter account. Might be in reference to Kimmy Gibbler nicknaming the Tanner family the "Tannerinos" in Full House.
  • Gateheads (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis)
  • Gleeks (Glee)
    • Those who only watch the show for Kurt Hummel are known as Kurtsies.
    • The fans who are Star Kids as well as Gleeks are numerous enough to warrant their own nickname: Stargleeks.
  • Go-ers (Filmation's Ghostbusters live-action series)
  • Gothamites has seemingly already been accepted as the name for fans of Gotham.
  • Gothniks (American Gothic (1995))
  • Grifters (Leverage)
  • Grimmlins or Grimmsters (Grimm)
  • Fans of NBC's Hannibal call themselves Fannibals.
  • Human Beings (Community) taken from the school's mascot, The Greendale Human Being.
    • Alternately, Communies
  • iCarlies - (iCarly), based on what the recurring villain Nevel calls the Power Trio. Not as widely used as the nicknames for the two major shipper groups though:
    • The Sam/Freddie "Seddie Warriors"
    • The Carly/Freddie "Creddie Scholars".
  • Irrelevants (Person of Interest)
  • JAGnik (JAG)
  • Joan Rangers (Fashion Police, hosted by Joan Rivers)
  • Killjoys (Killjoys) - while virtually linked with My Chemical Romance as stated below, it comes from the program itself and its lead characters, a trio of space bounty hunters
    • RAC Pack - recently adopted on Twitter, after the Reclamation Apprehension Coalition, the organization in which the Killjoys belong
  • Leaper (Quantum Leap)
  • Lostralians, Lostaways, Lostie (Lost)
    • "Jaters" and "Skaters" for the J/K and S/K shippers
    • Don't forget the Jacketeers!
  • Live PD Nation (Live PD)
  • M*A*S*Hers for M*A*S*H
  • Merliners for Merlin fans, a name given by the fandom itself. Some from outside the fandom call this group Merkers or Merkiners.
  • Ministéricos (a portmanteau of ministerio=ministry and histérico=hysterical) for El Ministerio del Tiempo, coined by a fan and memetically spread around Spain.
  • MSTie (Mystery Science Theater 3000). It is the task of MSTies to Keep Circulating the Tapes of episodes not released on DVD.
  • Newpsies, a somewhat self-derisive nickname a lot of The O.C. fans use. Suitable too given how self-referential and somewhat self-derisive the show could be.
  • Nonnatuns (Call the Midwife)
  • Pushing Daisies fans have been known in some parts to argue over whether "Daisy-Pushers" or "Pie Hos" would be a preferential fan community nickname. (When deciding, as the mention of this conflict will most assuredly have you doing, please note the negative connotations of "Pie Hos".)
  • The "Peanut Gallery" for any and all incarnations of The Howdy Doody Show. "Buffalo Bob" Smith sometimes even refers to the audience members as "peanuts".
  • Fans of The Price Is Right on the site chime in on broadcast recaps using cutesy nicknames for the show's pricing games ("Clocky" for Clock Game, "Baggy" for It's in ihe Bag, "Cliffy" for Cliffhangers, etc.).
  • Psych-Os (Psych)
  • Raza Crew (Dark Matter) - after the ship of the series, named by the fans themselves through a Twitter poll.
  • Robot Skeleton Army, for fans of Craig Ferguson and his run on The Late Late Show.
  • Roomfriends (NewGirl)
  • Sam!Girls, Dean!Girls, and Misha!Wives (Supernatural).
    • Fans of Misha Collins have been dubbed "Misha's Minions". (Also, somewhat facetiously, the actor himself stated that on the weekends they shall be known as "Flunkies".)
    • Don't forget Saltgunners (overall Fandom), Mooseketeers (Sam/Jared Padalecki Fans) and Twicksters (Fan of Trickster/Gabe)
  • Schitt Heads (Schitt's Creek)
  • Scaper (Farscape)
  • Fringe fans refer to themselves as "cortexifans", a pun on the drug developed by Massive Dynamic that is responsible for a majority of the weird shit in the series.
  • Sidekicks (Heroes)
  • Sleepyheads (Sleepy Hollow)
  • Smithies (The Sarah Jane Adventures). Not to be confused with students or alumnae of Smith College, who are also called Smithies.
  • Stoned Slackers (The Daily Show), a name adopted after it was used pejoratively by Bill O'Reilly
  • Suitors (Series/Suits)
  • Toddies (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil)
  • Trekkies or Trekkers (Star Trek)
  • Tru(e)bies (True Blood)
  • Wheel Watcher: Wheel of Fortune. While the Wheel Watchers Club has been online since 2003, this term was actually coined in 1987 during an ad campaign that Pat Sajak didn't really like all that much (the campaign itself used a parody of the song "I'm a Girl Watcher", which is where the name comes from).
  • Wingnuts (The West Wing)
  • Whosers (Whose Line Is It Anyway?)
  • Whovians (Doctor Who)
    • "Wholigans" is an alternative sometimes used in the UK.
    • "Whosiers" is not unheard-of.
    • The nickname for everyone else is The Not-We, based on a line from "Kinda".
    • Similarly fans of only New Who have been known as Newvians.
  • Woodies (Torchwood)
  • X-Philes (The X-Files)
  • Xenites (Xena: Warrior Princess)
  • Devotees of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (catapulted to fandom by his portrayal of the eponymous character in the BBC Series Sherlock) happily refer to themselves as "Cumberbitches".
    • Though that's becoming very rare. They now mostly refer to themselves as "Cumberbabes", since Benedict himself disliked their previous nickname. The adjective to describe such a person is "Ben-addicted" or "Cumberbatched". Another one is "Cumbercookie", since they are all Cumbercookies and together they make this beautiful Cumberbatch.
      • The term has regained popularity since Sherlock hit the United States.
      • Tumblr would beg to differ.
    • Sherlockians has become popular for fans of the show and not just Benedict in particular. Although it's also used by fans of the books.
  • Sandra Lee haters on Television Without Pity call themselves "shrikes." The name "shrike" came about when a Sandra Lee defender commented on an article about Sandra Lee and called her detractors "shrikes." Conversely, her fans are referred to as "Fandras."
  • Fans of famous Disney Channel celebrities have nicknames as well, often popularized on Twitter:
  • For fans of famous Nickelodeon celebrities:
  • While there isn't one for the fandom as a whole, the Game of Thrones community on Television Without Pity is divided between the Unsullied (those who have not read the books), and the Bookwalkers (those who have read the books). Unlike most divisions among fandoms, this one is quite amiable, aside from resentment among the Unsullied for when Bookwalkers drop spoilers.
  • The popularity of certain crossover fandoms has produced such names as Wholockians (fans of Doctor Who and Sherlock), Superwhovians (fans of Supernatural and Doctor Who), and Superwholockians (fans of all three).
  • Power Force (Saban's name for Power Rangers Fandom VIPs)
  • Fans of Once Upon a Time call themselves "Oncers." There are quite a few nicknames for different subfandoms of them, too:
    • "Evil Regals" are devotees of The Evil Queen/Regina Mills.
    • "Dearies" are fans of Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold.
    • "Little Reds" are fans of Red Riding Hood/Ruby.
    • "The Fairest" are fans of Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard.
    • "Charmers" are fans of Prince "Charming" James/David Nolan.
    • "Crickets" are fans of Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper.
    • "Hookers" are fans of Captain Hook/Killian Jones
    • "Rumbellers" are fans of the Rumpelstiltskin/Belle ship.
    • "Snowings" are fans of the Snow White/Charming ship.
    • "Mad Swanners" are fans of the Emma/Jefferson ship.
    • Fans of the Swan Queen (Regina/Emma) ship call themselves "Swen".
  • Sibunas (House of Anubis).
  • Mouseketeers (All versions of The Mickey Mouse Club)note 
    • The Mickey Mouse Club (after the show) for fans of Mickey himself (as well as the aforementioned "Mouseketeers").
  • X Campers (X Company), used since the first season by fans, after the real life Canadian secret spy camp of World War II that inspired the series
  • Zooberoos (Zoobilee Zoo, used by Mayor Ben; not to be confused with "Zoobles", which refers to the characters)
  • Turncoats (Turn), a portmanteau of the words turn and coat (the former being the series title, now Turn: Washington's Spies,, and the latter for the coats worn during the times of the American Revolution, where the series is set)
  • Kimbits (Kim's Convenience) which combines the surname of the sitcom's main family with the popular Tim Hortons donut hole product Timbits for an extra dose of Canada, Eh?.


  • The Capitalist Army is the most popular term for fans of True Capitalist Radio, though they've gone by other names (usually based on the things Ghost calls them, i.e. Fruity-Ass Fruitbowls, Milky-Lickers, Hambones, etc.).
  • Listeners (Welcome to Night Vale)
  • Fans of The Thrilling Adventure Hour are called Adventurekateers.
  • As chosen in one of the very first episodes, "Stop Podcasting Yourself" fans are called "bumpers."
  • Random Assault: "RAPists"
  • A few nonfiction news/politics/policy podcasts have these names:
    • The Weeds (a policy podcast by Vox): "Weedsters" ("Weed(s)head" having other connotations)
    • Pod Save America (a political podcast by Crooked Media): "Friends of the Pod"

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The Bomb Squad (Adam Bomb)
  • The CeNation (formerly The Chain Gang) (John Cena)
  • Peeps (Christian)
  • The Funkateers ("Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay)
  • Coleminers (Michael Cole)
  • Edgeheads (Edge)
  • Eddicts (Eddie Guerrero)
  • Mattitude Followers (MFers for short) (Matt Hardy)
    • Later turned into "the BROKEN Brotherhood" during his #BROKEN persona run in TNA; then changed into "WOKEN Warriors" upon his return and erstwhile reboot of the same persona during his latest run in the WWE.
  • Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan). The Ur-Example for wrestling.
  • The Hateful Dead (Holidead)
  • The James Gang (Mickie James)
  • Jerichoholics or The Friends of Jericho (Chris Jericho)
  • The short-lived Screaming Kaneanites (Kane)
  • Kennedicts (Mr. Ken Kennedy)
    • Assholes (Mr. Anderson)
  • The Boom Squad (Kofi Kingston)
  • Lodites and Lodettes (Lodi. Coined by Lodi himself)
  • The Dozens and Dozens of Mankind fans.
    • Love Children (as Dude Love)
  • Kliqsters (Shawn Michaels)
  • Mizfits (The Miz)
  • Mooreons (Shannon Moore)
  • JoMoSapiens (John Morrison)
  • Rampaigers (Paige)
  • The People (The Rock)
    • The Millions... (AND MILLIONS!)) and Millions of Rock fans.
    • Team Bring It.
  • The Ryder Revolution or Broskis (Zack Ryder)
  • Stingers (Sting)
  • The Stormtroopers (Lance Storm)
  • Testicles (Test)
  • BeliEVErs (Eve Torres)
  • Warriors (Ultimate Warrior; who has also referred to his fans as his "Little Warriors" as well)
  • Creatures of the Night (The Undertaker)
  • The Cult of Cornette for Jim Cornette
  • YES Men, The YES Movement (Daniel Bryan)
  • Mutants (pre-Revival ECW)
    • Paul Heyman usually refers to the Mutants as "you crazy bastards", which is accurate.
  • ROHbots (Ring of Honor)
    • The company prefers "Honor Nation", at least post-Sinclair purchase.
  • WWE seems dead set on branding fans of the promotion in general as, collectively, "The WWE Universe." The effort the announcers and wrestlers put into shilling the new name makes it seem forced and unnatural in their dialogue.
  • Internet-using wrestling fans in general have been called "the IWC", or "Internet Wrestling Community".
  • During the Monday Night Wars era, WWE fans labeled WCW fans "Lemmings" (following the floundering WCW off a cliff) and WCW fans labeled WWE fans "Sheep" (following WWE no matter what). Members of both communities embraced the monikers ironically.
  • Bo Dallas' fans are commonly known as "Bolievers".
  • Melina's used to be "Kyra's fight klub"
  • Team 450, for Hammet
  • Progress Wrestling call their fans Progress Ultras. A nickname given to the Progress fans by co-owner Jim Smallman, derived from fanatical and vocal football fans known as Ultras.
  • "Guardians Of The Galaxy" for Nikki Storm.
  • 3-2-1 Battalion, for the 3-2-1 Battle! promotion

    Puppet Shows 
  • A common nickname for fans of The Muppets is "Muppet Freaks;" while this is commonly accepted by longtime fans, relatively newer fans (or longtime fans who are new to the fandom itself) tend to find the name to be a tad offensive if they're unaware of what it actually means.

  • Dittoheads: Fans of the Rush Limbaugh talk radio show, coined from callers' tendency to say "Dittos" as a greeting to the host, which originated from one caller who said that instead of spending valuable airtime praising the show and the host, she would simply "ditto what the previous caller said" - at first used derisively by those who assumed it simply meant blind agreement with the host, but openly embraced by the fans.
  • Fans of British radio star Terry Wogan are either TOGs (Terry's Old Geezers/Gals) or TYGs (Terry's Young Guys/Girls). There are also a number of other terms no longer in widespread use, such as TWITs (Terry Wogan Is Top).
  • Australian radio host Philip Adams refers to his listeners as "Gladdies," a reference to a running joke that the only people who listen to his show are little old ladies called Gladys.
  • Clones: Fans of the Jim Rome sports talk show, spawned from fans and callers' tendency to have similar opinions to each other adn often simply reiterating Rome's given opinon on a topic.
  • Cabin Crew or Fandot: Fans of the BBC series CabinPressure, which is about a tiny charter airline called MJN Air. The "fandot" references Carolyn Knapp-Shappey's line "I don't have an airline. I have one jet. You cannot put one jet in a line. If MJN is anything, it is an airdot."
  • Dementoids and Dementites: Fans of the Dr. Demento show, used by Dr. Demento himself (although he's also known to reverse the order [i.e., "Dementites and Dementoids"]).
  • Pests: fans of Opie & Anthony. The collective of the hosts, crew members, regular guests and fans are also referred to as the Virus.


American Football
  • Cheeseheads or Packer-backers (Green Bay Packers), the former because of their habit of wearing foam cheese wedge hats to Packer games they attend.
  • Raider Nation (Las Vegas Raiders). During the team's stints as the Oakland Raiders, fans who sat in sections 104, 105, 106, and 107 in the Oakland Coliseum were dubbed the "Black Hole".
  • Steeler Nation (Pittsburgh Steelers), coined in 1975.
  • Dawgs (Cleveland Browns, coined by cornerback Hanford Dixon in 1985; the bleacher section is named the Dawg Pound).
  • The 12th Man or 12s (Seattle Seahawks via Texas A&M University)
  • Who Dat Nation (New Orleans Saints)
  • Bills Mafia or Bills Backers (Buffalo Bills)

Association Football/Soccer

  • Kopites or Scousers (Liverpool FC)—"Scouser" being a general nickname for people from Liverpool (originating from the traditional Merseyside stew scouse).
  • Evertonians (Everton FC)
  • Red Army (Manchester United FC)
  • Gooners (Arsenal FC)
  • Yid Army (Tottenham Hotspur FC)—From Hotspur's historically large Jewish support base; even today, 10% of the club's season ticket holders and 5% of its match attendees are Jewish (Jews make up less than 2% of the population of London and only about 0.5% of the population of Britain as a whole). Since "Yid" is a slur, there is a lot of debate about whether the nickname is an example of reclamation or tantamount to the New York Mets' fan club being called the "Legion of K**es."
  • Toon Army (Newcastle United FC)
  • Villans (Aston Villa FC)
  • Brazil's football teams have a few besides the ultras: among others, Corinthians is "Bunch of Crazies" (Bando de loucos), Cruzeiro is "Blue China" (China azul), Atlético-MG is "The Mass" (A Massa), and Internacional are "Colorados" (referencing a Spanish word for red).
  • Fans of Argentina's football teams also have some. For example, Boca Juniors: Bosteros (manure handlers) or Xeneizes (a word from Genoese dialect that refers to people from Genoa), River Plate: Gallinas (hens), Millonarios (Millionaires); Estudiandes: Los Pincharratas (rat stabbers); Gimnasia: Los lobos (the wolves); San Lorenzo: Cuervos (crows); Independiente: Los Diablos Rojos (red devils); Newell's Old Boys: Leprosos (lepers); Rosario Central: Los Guerreros (warriors), Canallas (scoundrels). Some of these nicknames, such as Bosteros and Gallinas, were originally insults made by opposing fans before being embraced as actual nicknames.
  • Spain also has their own fandom nicknames; examples include Madridistas for Real Madrid, Cules for Barcelona, Indios for Atlético Madrid, Sevillistas for Sevilla FC, Beticos for Real Betis, and Los Che for Valencia.
  • In Italy, people tend to adapt football club names to refer to their fans: examples include Milanisti for AC Milan, Interisti for FC Internazionale, Juventini for Juventus, Romanisti for AS Roma, Laziali for SS Lazio, Fiesoli for ACF Fiorentina, or Napoletaninote  for SSC Napoli. Not exactly the most original way to refer to fandoms, but it gets the point across nonetheless.
  • Roligans (Denmark national football team: so called because "rolig" is Danish for "calm" or "peaceful," as they are a really good time but are quite nice and not Football Hooligans)
  • Tartan Army (Scotland national football team; despite the stereotypes of Scots, and much actual hooliganism in Scottish club football, the Tartan Army is actually pretty close to the Roligans in atmosphere)


Basketball (Men's)

  • The Lake Show (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Process-Trusters (diehard fans of the Philadelphia 76ers during their early-to-mid 2010s rebuilding period; the team's rebuilding strategy, which involved a lot of apparently ill-advised trades and seemingly deliberate sucking for better draft picks, was termed "The Process", and the word from on high was that fans should "trust the Process." Hardcore fans took "Trust the Process" as a mantra; other basketball fans and Philadelphians considered them delusional until the Sixers started winning again around 2017.)

Basketball (Women's)

  • Libbies (New York Liberty)


  • Arnie's Army (Arnold Palmer)

Ice Hockey


  • NASCAR has several, with the Junior Nation (Dale Earnhardt Jr.), the Said Heads (part-time driver Boris Said), and the Rainbow Warriors (Jeff Gordon) being the most well known.
  • In Formula One, when one asks of the term "Tifosi", the immediate answer will be the legions of Scuderia Ferrari fans. It's to be expected for them to be at full force in Italy-based races (particularly during the Italian Grand Prix, which have been held either at Imola or at Monza on separate occasions.)
  • Big Blue Nation (University of Kentucky sports, especially men's basketball).
  • Quite a few college basketball student sections get nicknames:
    • The Antlers: Missouri Tigers
    • The Bench: California Golden Bears
    • Cameron Crazies: Duke Blue Devilsnote 
    • Crimson Guard: Indiana Hoosiers
    • Garnet Army: South Carolina Gamecocks
    • Grateful Red: Wisconsin Badgers
    • The Havocs: Grand Canyon Antelopes
    • Izzone: Michigan State Spartansnote 
    • The Kennel Club: Gonzaga Bulldogs
    • Legion of Blue: Penn State Nittany Lions
    • Oakland Zoo: Pittsburgh Panthersnote 
    • Orange Krush: Illinois Fighting Illini
    • O-Zone: Ohio Bobcats
    • Reed Rowdies: Texas A&M Aggiesnote 
    • The Show: San Diego State Aztecs
  • Cricket
    • Barmy Army (England)
    • Beige Brigade (New Zealand, after their beige ODI kits from the early 80s)
    • Fanatics (Australia)
    • Swami Army (India)
  • In Australian Rules Football, commentators often use (Club nickname) or (Club colors) Army. Fremantle Dockers fans are a little more creative, with "Purple Haze".
  • The fandom and personnel of Roller Derby are collectively known as the "Derbyverse".

    Tabletop Games 
  • Long-time wargame hobbyists, especially those with a high tolerance for complexity and a fondness for "monster" games from the 1970s and 1980s, call themselves "grognards" (from a French slang term for an old soldier, especially one who was a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars)
  • While fans of Ravenloft can't seem to agree on a collective name for themselves, the team of fanzine writers called "The Kargatane" deserve a mention, for naming themselves after the in-game brainwashed mooks of the Kargat: a secret police force for which Ravenloft's original TSR design team was nicknamed.
  • Wahams for Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000.
    • Fans of the Ork Faction of Warhammer have been known to call themselves "Nobz," "Gitz," or simply, "Da Boyz," which are all terms for groups of orkish individuals in the game.
  • Choombatta, or chummers, for Cyberpunk.


  • AFOLs, used specifically to refer to adult fans of LEGO.
  • Barbie Girls after the song by Aqua, but only after Mattel started officially using their own versions of the song.
    • The magazine and official website has Barbie herself referring to the fans as "dolls".
    • "Brobies" has been suggested for male Barbie fans (especially for fans of Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse).
  • amiigos or amiibros (amiibo)

    Video Games 
  • Gamers for players of Video Games (and/or Tabletop Games) in general.
  • "Vidmasters" for Marathon fans. The term originally referred to people who could beat every level on the hardest difficulty with only the starting equipment and without saving. Sometimes, "Spazeroid" is used for fans who are not very good at the game, but it didn't catch on as much.
  • RuneScapers or Gielinorians (which is canon) for RuneScape players.
  • Gearheads (Gears of War)
  • Starconners (Star Control, after a member of the Frungy Lovers Community decided that the other options were too odd.)
  • Taffers (Thief)
  • Type-Lunatics (games by Type-Moon)
  • Adventurers for players of Kingdom of Loathing.
  • Questers for fans of Sierra games.
  • Pokémaniacs or Trainers (Pokémon)
  • In the Dragon Age series, fans of certain characters get their own nicknames, such as Fengirls and Fanders.
  • EarthBounders (or simply Bounders) for EarthBound
  • "Fatlus" can refer to either the developer Atlus or the fans of their games, referencing the stereotype that most people who play JRPGs outside of Japan are fat nerds.
  • Fans of Assassin's Creed are creatively referred to as Assassins by both developers and fans.
  • Dot pokers (DJMax Technika)
  • Smashers (Super Smash Bros.). Mostly used to refer to competitive players, but sometimes also used to refer to the playable characters themselves.
  • Minecrafters, from, obviously, Minecraft.
    • Or Minecraftians.
  • Fans of Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, Victoria, Hearts of Iron, and Stellaris are collectively known as Paradoxians (after the developer, Paradox Interactive).
  • Xboners for Xbox One fans.
  • Flocks (Angry Birds)
  • Sony fans are called the PlayStation Nation by SCE, and a number of less respectable names by detractors, among them "Sony Ponies".
  • Nintendo fans in Russia are usually referred to as "Marioboys".
  • Spectres and Reapers (Mass Effect) note 
  • Fans of The Sims series are referred to as Simmers, both within the fandom, as well as officially.
  • Life Is Strange fans often call themselves Strangers.
  • Undertale fans have begun to refer to themselves as "Undertale Trash" or just Trash.
  • Halo fans are often referred to as SPARTANs, or ODSTs (often leading to discussions on which one is more badass).
  • LittleBigPlanet fans (or more accurately, Creators) are called Gadders or LittleBigPlanetians.
  • Yo-Kai Watch fans are called Yokites by Whisper's voice actor, Joey D'Auria. Sometimes they are also called Yo-kai Watchers.
  • In a rare genre-wide example, fans (and especially competitive players) of Fighting Games are collectively known as the FGC (short for "Fighting Game Community"). The genre-wide label comes from the fact that the scene started in the arcades and players tended to play more than one game.
  • Fans of The iDOLM@STER series are called Producers. It's also not uncommon for someone to note they are a (Character Name)P as a means of indicating a favorite.
  • Dark Souls: Skeletons, after the "Don't give up, skeleton!" meme in Dark Souls II.
  • The Warframe community are referred to as "Tenno" by the devs. The community itself adopted "Registered Losers" as a nickname after a gaffe from Community Director Rebecca Ford had her mix up the word "users" with "losers" during an interview.
  • "Monado Bois" for Xenoblade Chronicles 1, based on the nickname given to the protagonist Shulk by recurring villain Metal Face.
  • “Gensokyo Residents” or “2hufags“ For ‘’Touhou Project.’‘
  • Fallen London fans have taken to calling themselves "delicious friends".
  • Players of The Division and The Division 2 are called Agents.
  • The Destiny playerbase has been called Guardians.
  • ARKS for players of Phantasy Star Online 2.
  • Travelers are the name of the playerbase of Genshin Impact.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner: The Strong Bad Email "fan club" inspired some Homestar fans to start calling themselves "Deleteheads", after Strong Sad's own fan club from the email.
  • Dreamhousers (Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse)
  • The FNDM (RWBY)
  • Playhouse Friends (Alfred's Playhouse)
  • "Followers" (Kenzoku) for hololive fans in general, but several of the idols have specific nicknames for their fanbase. For example, Uruha Rushia (who's supposed to be a Necromancer) calls her audience the "Fandead", while Inugami Korone has separate names for her general fanbase (Koronesuki, lit. "Korone Lovers") and her American fanbase ("X Potatos", based off of a stream where she mispronounced the name "Exposito").


    Web Original 
  • Tropers (TV Tropes) — Rather obvious, isn't it?
  • Members of the Adamant Ditto fandom are often called "Shiny Dittos".
  • Floodians for the Off-Topic forum The Flood.
  • Gaffers (NeoGAF, although it tends to be "reversed" often by detractors)
  • GameFAQs has different names for the users of different social boards;
    • Random Insanity (RI) - RIers
    • Life, the Universe and Everything (LUE) - LUEsers
    • United Kingdom and Northern Island Regional - 313ers (after its board number)
    • Current Events (CE) - CEmen
    • Double Toasted- Toasties
    • War On Terror (WOT) - WOTers
    • Poll of the Day (PoTD) - PoTDers
    • GameFAQs Contests (Board 8) - B8ers
    • Nonstop Gaming General (NGG) - NGGers (though they've dropped this for obvious reasons)
    • Users of GameFAQs in general are known as FAQers
    • Don't go to The Couch and call yourself a couchie. That is, unless everyone kisses your ass. Otherwise sit back and watch the flames.
  • MUnkeys/Refresh Monkeys (Tales of MU)
  • Smogonites (Smogon)
    • Smogonites often deride members of another Pokémon fansite, (its owner is infamous for trying to start fights between his site and other Pokémon communities, and pretty much everyone else), as "'Biitards".
  • "Fans" of the Imageboard 4chan have names depending on which of the boards they prefer to post. To name a handful -
    • /a/ is for /a/ssholes, wee/a/boos, and recently /a/utists.
    • /b/ is for /b/tards, /b/astards, /b/rothers, /b/rethren, /b/edophiles, /b/ronies (if they happen to be fans of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) and others. They stick, and depends on the situation.
    • /c/ is for /c/itizens
    • /cgl/ frequenters are "seagulls".
    • /cm/ is for /cm/whores (camwhores)
    • /co/ is for /co/mrades
    • /d/ is for /d/eviants
    • /fa/ is for /fa/ggots
    • /fit/ is for mis/fit/s
      • Or /fit/izens.
    • /g/ is for /g/eeks
    • /jp/ is for /jp/sies
    • /k/ is for /k/ommandos
      • or fuc/k/ers
    • /i/ is for either art/i/sts or /i/nsurgents, depending on which /i/ you are. (/i/ is either oekaki or invasion.)
    • /po/ is for /po/eople
    • /pol/ is for /pol/acks
    • /m/ is for /m/orons, or occasionally /m/en or ka/m/en
    • /mu/ is for /mu/tants
    • /r/ is for /r/etards
    • /s/ is for /s/leazebags
    • /sci/ has a 95% chance of encountering /sci/ducks
    • /soc/ is for /soc/ialites or /soc/iopaths
    • /sp/ is for /sp/artans
    • /tg/ is for fa/tg/uys
      • Sometimes it seems to be eloquen/tg/entlemen.
      • And other times they don'/tg/ive a shit.
      • The female equivalent is ca/tg/irl.
    • /tr/ is for /tr/ainers
      • Alternatively, /vp/oreons.
    • /v/ is for /v/irgins
    • /y/ is for sodom/y/tes
    • /u/ is for b/u/lldykes
    • /r9k/ is for gentlemen, robots, and lu/r9k/ers.
    • /x/ is for /x/philes
    • /toy/ is for /toy/ soldiers
    • /adv/ is for /adv/isors and s/adv/irgins
    • /mlp/ is for ani/mlp/huckers
  • Users on 4chan's /b/ are collectively Anonymous, and individually "fags."
    • 4chan has a variation on the "____fag" theme for almost everybody; some ("moralfags", "tripfags") are meant to be insults, but others ("drawfags") usually aren't.
  • Users of the original 2channel are often referred to as 2channers.
  • Posters on the sabermetric baseball site Baseball Primer refer to themselves as "Primates".
  • Deviants (Deviantart)
  • Posters on the Straight Dope Message Board call themselves "Dopers".
  • Diggers (Digg)
  • AH.commers (
  • EDiots (Encyclopedia Dramatica)
  • Facepunch users refer to themselves as FacePunchers or FPers
  • Farkers (Fark)
  • Gaians (Gaia Online), or as known in /b/, Gaiafags
  • Something Awful forum members call themselves "Goons", both on and off the site (e.g. "Goon-con", "Goonfleet" in EVE Online).
  • Inside Pulse forum members are usually referred to as "Insyders" when they're referenced on the main site. Member Cash Kerouac objected to this, feeling it silly and jargonish; thus, he's usually referred to as an "Outsyder."
  • lulzwhores/b_lulzers at batman_lulz
  • MUnchkins (the Mai Universe forum)
  • MeFites (MetaFilter)
  • Evil Lesbian Minions (Pottersues) It comes from an angry letter from someone who got sporked.
  • Ravelers (
  • Redditors (Reddit)
  • Snopesters (
  • Starmen (
  • TaBBers (Truth and Beauty Bombs, the forum for The Non-Adventures of Wonderella and formerly the Dinosaur Comics and Wondermark forum)
  • Uncyclopedians (Uncyclopedia)
  • Wankas (Fandom_Wank)
  • Wikipedians (Wikipedia)
  • YTMNDers (YTMND)
  • Mice/Mouse for anonymous posters at places such as Livejournal or Journalfen
  • Members of the Wicked Lovely forum The rath&Ruins, or just the rath, refer to themselves as 'rathers' (rath-ers). A more general term for members of the fandom is 'lovelies'.
    • Well, they are rather lovely.
    • Don't forget 'My dark and wicked lovelies', used occasionally for members of the dark court.
    • And Kinglings (Keenan Fans), SOSers (Seth Fans), Discos (Seth haters, usually kinglings), Sweetlings (Keenan haters, usually SOSers), Darklings (Niall fans) and Shadow girls (Irial Fangirls).
  • And then there's the furries, which at least started out as a fan group of "anthropomorphic" animals. The focus hasn't shifted, but it has broadened somewhat. And the fandom's population has positively exploded over the last few years.
    • "Scalie" is a term used for a furry who likes "scaly" creatures such as dinosaurs, lizards and dragons.
  • There's also "lolfans", which are people who follows a given fandom not because they're genuinely interested in it, but because they like making fun of it.
  • Readers of The Chive call themselves 'Chivers'.
  • Followers of Lord Inglip are Gropagas.
  • Sparklers, or Sparklifers, for the folks who frequent the Sparknotes website.
  • Those brave souls who participate in NaNoWriMo are referred to as Wrimos or Nanoers, depending on who you ask.
  • Members of the Secret Treehouse (a That Guy with the Glasses fanfic community) often refer themselves as "Treehousians."
  • Fans of Regretsy are affectionately referred to as "Fat Jealous Losers", something they are often called by detractors of the site. "CF4L" (Club Fuckery 4 Life) is also used.
  • Readers of Yo, Is This Racist? are called "racecars". Readers of the dating advice-related Spin-Off Yo, Should I Dump This Asshole? are therefore called "dumptrucks".
  • The textboard 2channel (not to be confused with Futaba, a.k.a. "2chan" to English speakers) is the Japanese cousin of 4chan, and like 4chan have different nicknames for users of different subforums. The most famous is "VIPPER" (in all caps) for frequenters of the "VIP" subforum, 2channel's equivalent of /b/. A user of 2channel in general is called "neller" ("ねらー"), short for "2channeller."
  • Commenters on The Comics Curmudgeon's blog call themselves 'Mudges.
  • The creator of the Tumblr blog Just Writer Problems has a tendency to refer to her followers as "fellow freaks." (Completely affectionately, of course.)
  • Behold the Nimjarmy, a.k.a. fans of Nimja Hypnosis, Nimja's non-hypno stories, and/or anything related to the fanfic Pokémon × Nimja: Play the Game. Oddly enough, Nimja himself came up with that term; the fandom (particularly the author of PTG) latched onto it like a glove. The Nimjarmy itself is derived into two main categories: Nimmies and Gamers. Basically, the rule is this: if you're only into Nimja for the sexual stuff and the hypnosis, you're a Nimmie. If, on the other hand, you're a non-sexual Nimja fan who listens to mainly non-sexual files and/or the livestreams and mainly likes Nimja because of how much of a nerd he is (and yes, he has stated himself that he's into all of those things), you're a Gamer. Interestingly enough, the term "Gamer" started out as an FCN for only PTG fans, before eventually expanding and coming to refer to all nerdy Nimja fans in general.
  • Thanks to an Insult Backfire from detractors, Thomas Vaccaro, the Unicorn of War, is now the proud leader of the "Union of War".

    Web Video 
  • Fans of The Creatures are usually referred to as 'Critters' or 'Creature Cats'.
    • Most members of the group themselves avert this thinking it's silly to name fanbases. Nova's fans jokingly call themselves the "Anal Army", further mocking it though some fans have now began using the name to legitimately refer to the fanbase.
    • Sly Fox Hound, plays this straight, calling his fans "Homies".
    • Fans of S So HPKC are part of 'Team Silverback', coming from Seamus's hilarious response to the infamous 'hard hitting question'.
  • Goggleheads or Labcoats (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
  • Hybrids/HYBRIDS (Everyman HYBRID)
  • Ryan Higa's fans call themselves "lamps" at his suggestion.
  • lonelygirl15 fans, particularly those using the official website, are sometimes known as "lonelycrackers", due to their addiction to the series.
  • Theorists (Game Theory)
  • Tubers (YouTube)
  • Nerdfighters (the VlogBrothers)
  • Fans of Alex Day are The Nermie Army.
  • "Audience" for Tobuscus fans.
  • TYT Nation (The Young Turks)
  • The Cynical Fleet, for The Cynical Brit fans. (although TotalBiscuit does not use this term himself and has openly discouraged its use due to not wanting to create a fandom around his work).
  • The Space Butterflies after something Jesse Cox rambled on about.
  • The Husketeers for Husky Starcraft.
  • The Yognau(gh)ts (Yes it's spelled that way for the collective name, spelling it with or without the 'gh' determines whom of Lewis Brindley and Simon Lane you prefer), fans of the Yogscast.
    • Viewers of Hat Films and the people populating the Sirs' various game servers call themselves "Hatters".
    • Fans of In The Little Wood (A member of the Yogscast) are called "Saplings".
    • Fans of Area 11 tend to refer to themselves as "Elevens".
  • kNIGHTWING01 calls his fans Wingdings (after his namesake's batarang analogue).
  • The LordKat Mafia (or LKM) (LordKaT)
  • The RDA Army (What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? and Radio Dead Air, especially the regulars of the latter's official chat-room)
  • Burning Dog Face calls his audience "Burning Dog Fans."
  • Jacksfilms's fans are known as "biches"note , thanks to this entry in the very first episode of "Your Grammar Sucks". Obviously Played for Laughs, and it's easily been a Running Gag ever since then, because people seem to be prone to misspelling it like that. A lot.
    • More recently, they’ve adopted the Stylistic Suck-filled name of “the fam-squad”
  • Sky Does Minecraft's fan base as a whole is called "The Sky Army" and the fans are called "recruits."
  • On more than one occasion, the Game Grumps have referred to their fans as "Grumplings". However it's not clear if this is an "official" name, per se.
    • They also parodied this trope by openly trying to think of an appropriate name for their community during one of their Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) videos. Arin comes up with the Lovelies. Jon comes up with the Cumfaggots.
    • Since Danny took over on the show, he has referred to fans as Lovelies several times. In one particular LP, Danny attempts to suggest "Penis Tits", to Arin's objections. Additionally, on their sister show Steam Train, they have adopted the name Passengers for their fans.
    • The Grumps have also referred to fans of a particular group or subculture as "X Grumps." An example is when Arin and Danny were talking about cheerleaders and they mention "Cheerleader Grumps."
    • Commander Holly, wife of Ross lovingly calls her fans "Tweet-hearts" due to her love of birds.
  • PewDiePie's fans are referred to as either Bros or The Bro Army.
    • They've also taken on the "9-Year Olds" name after Twitch Streamer Allinity called them that.note 
    • Currently the fanbase is now 19-year olds due to the impact of COPPA and YouTube enforcing new rules on the platform.
    • "Floor Gang" is starting to become this due to a period in 2020 when Felix was waiting for a new desk, so he would sit on the floor of his house.
  • Thanks to Versus, several Let's Players have recieved their own "team names": The Tuclan for AttackingTucans, The Jepsquad for JoshJepson, Bellez Bitches for Donnabellez, Lucah Troopas for Lucahjin, The Capri Club for NintendoCapriSun, Stephenites for StephenPlays, Team Beardman for The Completionist, Yoshi Eggs for Yoshi To Mario, and Team Chuggaaconroy for Chuggaaconroy.
  • Chimney Swift 11: The creator calls his fans "The Swifter Army". Sometimes, he also calls them "Swifters".
  • Pan Pizza of RebelTaxi calls his fans "Honkies".
  • Fans of Matthew Santoro call themselves "Santorians" and "The Santoro Army".
  • Fans of The Fine Brothers and React often refer to themselves as the "Fine Family", something that Benny and Rafi have endorsed.
  • The YouTube channel XHit Daily has the trainers refer to the fans (or anyone working out to their videos for that matter) as "XHitters".
  • TalEnted Youtube star Miranda Sings fans call themselves "Mirfandas".
  • Let's Player KPopp calls her fans "popptarts" (the girls) and "manlytarts" (the guys).
  • Fans of Critical Role are Critters.
  • Fans of The Mysterious Mr. Enter are called "enterbots", though usually by detractors.
  • Tom Fawkes calls his fans "Tommunists" or collectively, "The Tommunist Party".
  • Vannamelon has "Melonheads".
  • Rhett & Link have dubbed fans of their daily show Good Mythical Morning "Mythical Beasts."
  • Fans of Grav3yardgirl are part of the "Swamp Family".
  • Simply Nailogical fans are "holosexuals", in reference to Cristine's own obsession with holographic things.
  • Fans of Disney Youtuber Brian Hull are called "Hullimaniacs", a play on Animaniacs.
  • Some fans of Brizzy Voices call themselves "BrizKids", but Brizzy also coined her followers the "Brizzy Bat Family" on Twitch.
  • "Starfish" for fans of Tessa Netting.
  • Youtuber Danny Gonzalez invoked this by deciding to name his fanbase "Greg". (Plural individuals are "Gregs", but as a collective, they are Greg. Danny included.)
  • Youtuber Drew Gooden refers to his fans as the "little stinkers".
  • Davie504 refers to his fans as "slappers".
  • "Phandom" can refer to the joint fandom of Danisnotonfire and Amazing Phil, regardless of whether they actually ship Phan.note 
  • Philip De Franco refers to his fans as "Beautiful Bastards" or "DeFranco Nation."
  • Maximilian Dood calls his fans "Doods", which is also used as the collective name for fans of Yo Videogames.
    • Kenny refers to his fans as "the Unrooolie Mob" or "21 Mob".
  • Many V-Tubers have names they use to refer to their communities during their streams, typically themed around their personae. For instance, from hololive's English-language branch, you have the likes of Calliope Mori's 'Deadbeats', shark-girl Gura Gawr's 'Chumbuds', and Amelia Watson's 'Tea-Mates'.

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  • "Randroids," a term that those who follow Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy find objectionable, for obvious and not-so-obvious reasons.
  • Advice columnist and activist Dan Savage calls his fans his "Flying Monkeys," particularly when he's siccing them on someone. The name comes from The Wizard of Oz and his love of musical theater. He once got a bit miffed when an interviewer misheard him and referred to them as his "Blind Monkeys."
    Dan Savage: "It's something an elderly gay fact checker would've caught."
  • "Helenaists" for fans of actress Helena Bonham-Carter. "Bellaminions" is sometimes used as well.
  • Often work in conjunction with the Helenaists, fans of actor Ralph Fiennes are known as Fiennists, a self-dub which originated on Tumblr.
  • Fans of the Minnesota Rollergirls All-Stars are the Aquaman Army after a misunderstanding of the names of the team colors (Aqua and Army).
  • "Cumberbitches" for (usually female) fans of Benedict Cumberbatch. In interviews, he seems somewhat embarrassed by this — on the Graham Norton Show, he tried to lie that it was "the Cumber Collective" and Chris Pine had to say it for him.. So are quite a few of his fans, which is why "Benaddicts", "Cumberbabes" and "Cumbercookies" (since all together they make a "Cumberbatch") are becoming increasingly popular.
  • "Urbanites" for (usually female) fans of Karl Urban.
  • "Pine Nuts" for (usually female) fans of Chris Pine.
  • "Malcoholics" for fans of Malcolm McDowell. especially for females that admire his looks and works, even if it's bad. It is also a play on the term "malcoholic", a person who enjoys violence and do bad stuff. Malcolm is often know to play complex, rutheless and violent characters, so it fits well with the name. Nickname is often used on Tumblr.
  • "Barrowmaniacs" for fans of John Barrowman.
  • "Kinglets" for fans of Alex Kingston (specifically her female fans.) Also something of a Fan Nickname for her trademark curls. Similarly, "Nevelets" for Neve McIntosh.
  • "Hiddlestoners" for fans of Tom Hiddleston.
  • "McAvoyeurs" for fans of James McAvoy.
  • "The Cavillry" for fans of Henry Cavill.
  • Richard Armitage can lay claim to the affections of the (mostly female) "Armitage Army".
  • Leif Garrett fans are often known as "Leifettes."
  • "Paulbots" for the very vocal Ron Paul fans on the internet, especially the ones who spam YouTube videos and comments sections, etc.
  • "Loganites" for fans of Downton Abbey's Phyllis Logan, who plays housekeeper Mrs Elsie Hughes. Heavily overlaps with Wiltonites, or fans of Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley).
  • "Bamber Bunnies", fans of the always awesome actor Jamie Bamber.
  • Fans of Patti LuPone call themselves "Lupwned".
  • A nickname for listeners of The Brewing Network evolved from the listeners themselves, who call themselves "The BN Army".
  • "Martinis" for fans of Martin Milner.
  • Railroad enthusiasts are called "Railfans" in the US and "Train Spotters" in the UK. A derogatory term used by actual railroad workers or railfans to describe the more obsessive members of the group is "foamers" in the US (because just the sight of a train will apparently make them foam at the mouth) and F.R.N.s (Fucking Rail Nuts) in the UK.
  • Fans of director Christopher Nolan are usually called Nolanites.
  • Mark Sheppard has dubbed his Twittter fanbase "Bob"
  • Katharine McPhee's fans back in American Idol had the "McPheever".
  • Jack Black calls his fans "Jables", which is also one of his nicknames.
  • "Pedro Nation" for fans of Pedro Pascal.

  • Pinball fans often call themselves "pinheads", in kind of a joking way.
  • Roller coaster fans tend to call themselves "coaster enthusiasts". A derogatory term used by coaster enthusiasts to describe park attendees with little knowledge of coasters is "G.P." (as in General Public)


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