- You're so much better and you're so different,
you don't believe in what they do.
I know you are one of us.—Blutengel, "Angels of the Dark"
This is about a work making a claim that its fans are better than other people. It's beside the point whether the author actually believes this, whether the author actually expects the fans to believe it, and whether the fans actually believe it: These three issues are separate from this trope as well as from one another. When the author doesn't believe the message but chose to do it anyway, it sometimes takes the form of an ironic Backhanded Compliment.
- The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster: The book claims that followers of pastafari don't consider themselves superior, since they aren't self-righteous bastards like everyone else... wait, what?
- In the acknowledgements for Twilight: Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer states that "I firmly believe that my fans are the most attractive, intelligent, exciting, and dedicated fans in the whole world."
- Community. In an interview Joel McHale said "We have the best, most attractive and intelligent fans in the world."
- One of the best examples of the Bubblegum Pop era is one the Backstreet Boys' most well-known Ear Worms, "Larger Than Life"; despite the video having been some trippy space opera theme, the song itself is nothing more than one gigantic Shout-Out to their fans. For example, this is the chorus... in its entirety: All you people, can't you see, can't you see / How your love's affecting our reality? / Every time we're down / You can make it right / And that makes you larger than life. The opening verse even all but apologizes for being completely terrified when girls went screaming after them.
- Lady Gaga arguably has a bit of this in "Born This Way"; possibly a bit of a Justified Trope in that case though, as the song is about accepting yourself for who you are instead of trying to conform to society's restrictive ideals. Definitely Played Straight in her Monster Ball tour though, and probably genuinely meant, when she declared the event was to be a celebration of, basically, all of them being freaks together.
- Manowar: Several lyrics claim that Man O War fans are better than other people, more metal than other people. Wimps and posers, leave the hall.
- Blutengel: Our goths are better, obviously. See page quote.
- X Japan: The Shout-Out to fans in the band's song "X", "You know you are the best!"
- Rascal Flatts does it in "Here's to You":
It's the girls in the front row singin'
It's the boys with the wheels that bring them
Its lighters in the air and you guys up there
You're the heart and soul and the reason we do what we do
Here's to you.
- To celebrate the first ten years of being together, ABBA re-released "Thank You For The Music" to thank the fans for sticking by them (which was rather jarring considering that the band eventually dissolved out of the public eye and they never performed or made new music again.)
- Hackmaster 4th Edition
- In the introduction to the Player's Handbook it says "...the fact that you've chosen to pick a copy of HackMaster speaks well of you." and says of Hackmaster players "We're not ordinary — we're Extraordinary.''
- The introduction to the Game Master's Guide praises the reader's "spirit, drive and determination to rise to the challenge."
- Dangerous Journeys/Mythus system
What is in this column, however, is in one sense privileged. It is assumed that the readers are all special, more knowledgeable, in some measure because they are readers.
- Journeys magazine issue 2. Gary Gygax wrote the following in an article:
- Mythic Masters magazine.
- In one issue, an article entitled "Support Your Chosen Game System" written by Gary Gygax said that the Dangerous Journeys system was "...for the discerning and dedicated roleplayer..." - i.e. the person who was a fan of the game because they were reading a magazine devoted to it.
- In his "The Town Crier's Gone Mad" editorials Gary Gygax would often praise the fans of the game to flatter them. For example, in Issue #5 he included comments such as "you who have recognized the radical new nature of the system are the avant garde.", "elite intellects able to grasp the concept and understand the infinite scope offered." and "Don't expect others to have the same insight and understanding you possess."
- After the Spy&Pyro video came out, the Team Fortress blog linked to it, along with this message: "We've decided this is final proof that TF2 fans are smarter, more creative, and much better looking than fans of all other video games."
- Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People
- The Simpsons has an in-universe example, as everybody suddenly starts their own newspaper. At least two of them highlight a reader (the only reader?) as the greatest person in the world.
- Inverted in-universe in Metalocalypse: Dethklok thinks their fans are unsympathetic morons, and even writes a song about that fact.