A fandom can sometimes reach rather illogical levels. But let's face it, hating a thing can bring out the jerkass in someone as much as liking it, especially on the Internet. Actions that drop someone's IQ points to dangerously low levels can be inspired by hate as easily as by love.
Hate dumb is the polar opposite of fan dumb. It always exists where there is fan dumb, there is hate dumb.
The bottom line is this: it's okay to dislike a show/movie/game/book/character/whatever. But there are civil, socially acceptable ways of expressing that dislike, just like with expressing love for a character or medium. It's going too far in disliking something that dislike becomes hate dumb.
Of course, much like fan dumb, hate dumb are usually just a vocal minority of people who don't like something. Sometimes it's not even considered part of the hatedom. Most of them, including yourself (unless you actually do fit this, and you won't know if you do) are pretty respectful when it comes to critiquing a work, or will simply just ignore it as they fully know that they won't enjoy the work and let the fans be.
As a footnote, to many a devoted fan, nearly every hatedom for their fandom is a hate dumb. There is often a broad overlap between people who accuse others of being in a hate dumb and people who enjoy complaining about people not liking the show. Similarly, to many a devoted hater, nearly every fandom for their hatedom is fan dumb. This goes to show the polar opposites of it.
The concept is closely related to Don't Shoot the Message.
Not to be confused with hatedom, which is the intelligent version of this. Well... the less stupid version, anyway.
Please do not put this on a work's page including its sub-pages. The only exception is if it is enforced canonically as someone's character trait. In that case, mark it as such.
Common variations of Hate Dumb:
- Fan Hater: These cannot dislike a work and accept that it appeals to other people. How dare someone have such bad taste? They simply aren't content to live and let live. Fan Haters are prone to blindly bashing fans and stereotyping them all into one or two categories of people (example: Celebrity magazines are only bought by gay men, morbidly obese middle aged housewives, and people who need to line their bird cages!). Sometimes, they might even say that people are "only pretending to like the object of their contempt" (because they're "sheep" or whatever). These people seem to see themselves as the "Average" demographic, and when someone likes something they don't, they become unable to see why. (The inverse happens, too.) It doesn't matter whether most of the fandom fits this description or not. Often prone to making up stories about Fan Dumb Complaining about People Not Liking the Show. Many times, these people are acting like Fan Fiction and Fan Art itself somehow affects the actual quality of what the author's writing (Many of which have never read the fanfiction in the first place) of the show.note Fan Haters may often judge a show's quality based entirely off of its fans, whilst ignoring the other Fan Dumb of their own interests. Mentioning any of the Fandom that's not fitting this stereotype will often result in something similar to No True Scotsman. In the minds of Fan Haters, there is no such thing as Fandom. There is only Fan Dumb.
- Author Haters: These people may not hate the fans, per se, but they certainly hate the author of the work. While it's natural to be annoyed with someone who has brought a bad show into existence, these people take it so far that it seems to be a personal Roaring Rampage of Revenge. In extreme cases, death threats may ensue. Running the Asylum can justify some author hate, but only to a point. Of course whether the author is truly responsible for the contents of the work or changes in the adaptation, or was even truly the creator of the work, doesn't matter: Author haters will blame the head editor for stuff they couldn't have done, or a creator lower on the food chain for events caused by Executive Meddling.
- Love Interest Haters: These people may be big fans of a creator, but they absolutely despise the creator's love interest. She (it's usually a she) will often be blamed for negatively affecting the quality of his work even if she had nothing to do with it. She may also be hated for sinking the hater's favourite ship, "stealing" the creator away from the hater, or disappointing the people who really wanted him to be gay by making it clear that he's not. Don't be surprised if these haters insist that the creator's relationship is unhappy even if there's plenty of evidence to the contrary. In severe cases, the haters will make more serious and equally baseless accusations against the love interest — according to them, she may be unfaithful, destructive, abusive, and so on. Even if the haters are actually right about a creator's love interest being a bad influence, they still take their response too far — as above, death threats may occur. Most of these people aren't full-blown haters of the work; they either actually like it despite their complaints, or they used to like it but now don't because they think it Jumped the Shark (which they'll often blame the love interest for).
- Complaining about works one didn't take in: These haters have never seen the show in question, but they still know they hate it. They will refuse to watch it at all. There isn't necessarily anything in the show itself that they would dislike, if only they would watch it Hype Aversion, or the trailer for the work has made them determined to avoid direct exposure.
- The Preemptive Hater: These guys really hate something. They seem to know almost everything about the object of their hate. The problem is, the work they hate hasn't been released. Often, it hasn't even been finished. These people are basing their hatedom on previews, teasers, and miscellaneous information floating around about the unreleased project; from it, they have constructed a picture of something they loathe intensely. In some cases, the hate may be based on information that was never conveyed in the first place, but is treated as confirmed fact. This is more common in the internet age, since people can get all sorts of false information (and true info, for that matter) from Fan Dumb and other Hate Dumb; and when release dates are staggered, there can be preemptive haters on the same board as people who do have access to the work. Remakes of works are frequent targets of this people anticipate Adaptation Decay. On the bright side, the odds of getting a preemptive hater to see the work when the time comes is better than that for someone complaining about a extant show they don't watch.
- The Obsessed Hater: They hate the show. They hate every one of the 42 hours per week they spend watching it. They hate every one of the 49 hours per week they spend blogging about it. They hate the crappy merchandise and only buy it all so that they can get a deeper knowledge of the many ways it's bad... It's the opposite of "Complaining about works one didn't take in". Being informed about the work so one isn't blindly complaining is a good thing, but this hater takes it overboard by spending more time obsessing over their object of hate than the fans do in liking it. Expect some of these haters to use the Insane Troll Logic that somehow, because this show is still on, it affects the quality of the shows that they like. Corporate creators love this kind of Hate Dumb better than a lukewarm fandom it's more profitable, and gives them free advertisement. (They spread the show word of mouth, people actually see it to see how bad it really is... you get the picture. See the Periphery Demographic of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic for how effective advertisers these anti-fans can be.) Don't, under any circumstances, pull the Don't Like, Don't Read card on them— while this is a rare instance where that line actually has merit, saying it to an obsessed hater will probably get you an "Oh, but if you don't like my obsessing over this show I hate, then you can just ignore it!". In a nutshell, this is the kind of person who claims to have been lost as a customer; yet they keep buying from you again and again. Sometimes they even bring in new customers who try out of Bile Fascination and discover Critical Backlash instead.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Obsessed haters who claim, not just that they hate the show, but that they've found something better. Yet, no matter what, they are true to their original Hate Dumb despite the new show. Their perverse attachment to the old hated work is often stronger than that to the show they claim to be a fan of assuming they aren't Gushing About Shows They Don't Watch. These customers are like the above, but they make sure to let you know that your competitors are better... yet for some reason, keep going back to you. Very common in MMOs where you'll see somebody raving about how much better some other MMO is.
- The Revenge Troll: This is a hater who is hate-obsessed indeed, but they appear to have taken their hatred to personal levels. This may overlap with the Author Haters as well. Expect them to constantly wish for the work's demise, or for the author to retire, obsessing about it like they want revenge on something. They may often misblame the object of their hatred to have caused their favourite show to be canceled, or act more like the show or the author snuck into their house at night and murdered their family while they slept. However, in the more extreme examples, some people will even cross the Moral Event Horizon, wishing not just cancellation on the show, but wishing for the author or the creators and/or writers of the shownote to have terrible things happen to them in real life. This is even more off-putting because they are wishing this on other real people, not just characters from fiction. The ones who take it that far often overlap with the Internet Tough Guy (what better way to creep people out than to intentionally threaten or publicly wish harm on another human being?).
- The Chronic Flouncer: S/he is so done with the show, and s/he will tell you so with an epic post detailing just how much s/he hates it now and how much better the first season was, capping his/her post with a seemingly final goodbye to everyone because have we mentioned that s/he is completely and utterly done with this terrible show? S/he's dunzo. Finished. Over it. Until next week, at least, when s/he's back to complain yet again about the next episode, which s/he took the time to watch, then complain bitterly about its terrible quality. Afterwards, s/he announces yet again that s/he is done for really, really, real this time! Don't get too comfortable with his/her absence, because s/he'll be back not only for next week's episode but for the next season as well, which s/he will, of course, vow in his/her weekly farewell address to not watch even at gunpoint.
- I Can Do Better: This Obsessed Hater variety usually belongs to the 20s-30s age group and loves to tell you how the show sucks, its writers are idiots, and how they can write it well or create something else that's better. To illustrate their hate they like to constantly point at the perceived flaws of the show and overtly compare them to other works (even when they're completely different genres, styles or media), while they'll flaunt the fanfic they've posted (or in some rare cases, their self-published book) or the writing lessons they took or, heck, even their desire to become writers as "proof" of their writing competence. Expect them to linger on the show's fan message boards every time new installment is released, constantly talking down to the creators of the show as if they're on the same level of success and prestige.
- Hipster Hater: An obsessed hater that insists that their obsession with the object of their hate is "ironic", or insist that any work which becomes mainstream has "sold out" and cannot be True Art: if it's popular, it sucks. They cannot be an acknowledged fan to a popular work, so they are this instead. This tends to overlap with business hatred, too. Many of these guys will buy alternate brand names or other such stuff to "Stick it to the man". Expect many of these people to complain about businesses trying to make a profit, such as saying it is "unforgivable" that businesses *gasp* have terms of service or ask money for their works. Corporate creators have no problems with this sort of Hate Dumb, either.
- The Art Critic: Holy crap, look at this [insert media here]! It's got action and no drama and no symbolism! It's trash appealing to the Lowest Common Denominator and the reason (insert culture here) is turning into morons! There's no art in it! Some decry video games for "instant gratification" or music for shallow lyrics, but regardless, they'll sound like stereotypes of snobby art-house types. Sometimes, these guys are even more harsh on works that are distributed for free or something they pirated like video games or movies.
- Pop Culture Snob: The opposite of the Hipster Hater, they actively avoid anything outside a narrow range of popular shows. Anything foreign is "too weird." Anything Sci Fi is meaningless and geeky. Anything over five years old is "for old people". Anything involving an animal must be childish or yiff. Anything animated is for little kids (unless it's something like Family Guy, The Simpsons, or South Park). The inverse of It's Popular, Now It Sucks!. Their battle cry is It's Unpopular, So It Sucks. Needless to say, this type of hater is found mostly within the 12-19 year old crowd and is pretty uncommon elsewhere.
- The Rival Fan: This hater loves a work. Just... not this one. They belong to some fandom with a long-standing rivalry with the work they don't like. They tend to insist that the object of their hate is a shoddy knockoff of their show, even when it's completely different. They also insist that No True Fan of their show could ever like both their show and the show they hate. These guys may often invoke accusations of other works attempting to ride on their show's popularity or success. This overlaps with Fan Dumb. It can also happen within fandoms. Compare the haters who think everything is the same; they could perhaps be called twin Hate Dumb.
- Overlapping very heavily with this is the Hypocrite fan. This type of fan is from Fandom Rivalry more often than not, but they often hate trait(s) of other shows/genres, but at the same time, their own work does the exact same thing, too.
- One common Rival Fan is the fan of a different version of the work, often a fan of the source material for the adaptation. They tend to hold a grudge against the adaptation for every change it makes from the original (whether necessary or unnecessary). Take, for example, the rabid fan of Pygmalion who bears a grudge against My Fair Lady for being a musical romance instead of a social satire. Naturally, this tends to overlap with Pop Culture Snob (books are always better than moving pictures!) and Preemptive Hater (I saw a photo of the film shoot in Cinemafangique, I knew all along they were going to ruin the book!)
- The Hate Monger: A kind of Hate Dumb that exists around specific characters within a work. They may or may not be a fan of that work itself, but they will not tolerate the existence of the specific characters at all. Whenever the character is even put into focus, the hater will be the first to cry "Spotlight-Stealing Squad!" They also use the "Mary Sue" label as a weapon and declare the character they do not like a Mary Sue. It does not matter if the character really is a Mary Sue; nor does it matter if the hate monger has any idea what a Mary Sue is supposed to be these people have devalued the term. Even if they are right about the character taking too much screentime, their hatred of that character impairs their common sense. They will not allow the character to have fans if they can help it. Hate Mongers have also been known to call "Wangst" (or a synonym thereof) on someone being justifiably sad. They may write fanfiction of the work which exaggerates the traits that the hater hates about them, exaggerates the other characters' dislike of them, and/or inflicts misery on them. Sometimes, the Hate Monger is a bitter result of Die for Our Ship or Fandom Rivalry around a specific character, hating a character because they want to see more of one they like or because they want their love interest to hook up with a different character from the object of hate. Someone who tends to be made a Draco in Leather Pants is also a frequent target, even if the voice of moderation tries to speak up. The Scrappy is a common target by definition. Newcomers (especially kids) may be targeted and blamed for the show jumping the shark. The Hate Monger may also be a character-specific Fan Hater and make claims like "All of this character's fans only like [him/her] because they find [him/her] hot!", "These people only like this character because they're glad to be getting representation!" or "Only kids like this character!". Often a subset of The Mad Bride/Groom, as pairings and OTPs tend to have someone lose out.
- The Mad Homophobe: A type of Hate Monger who frequently throws around accusations of homosexuality, mostly Gay. Typically, this is the first thing they say about a character, that they are gay with little justification. Someone is best friends with a member of the same sex? They're gay lovers. Someone isn't interested in romance? They're gay. Someone is asexual? They're gay. Someone is masculine? They're gay. Guy is Bishounen? He's gay. Anyone was portrayed as gay by fans? They're canonically gay. Often bizarre versions of Love Makes You Hateful they'll be fine with any romance as long as it's not gay. If it is oops, not for kids, or HOLY FUCK NOT CANON!!
- The Mad Heterophobe: Like the Mad Homophobe, they're convinced that Everyone Is Gay. Unlike them, they consider this to be a good thing. They tend to take a Het Is Ew stance; any heterosexual pairing that becomes canon carries with it accusations of queer-baiting, even if the subtext for their preferred pairing existed mostly in their heads.
- Love Makes You Hateful: A mutation of The Mad Bride/Groom, these are usually self-proclaimed ex-fans who Rage Quit fandom when their favorite pairing was sunk, or worse, made fun of — whether or not the creator actually insulted pairings or not. Hate Fic, Die for Our Ship, all those good fandom-ruining stereotypes can be traced back to these brand of crazies.
- Bandwagon Hater: Opposes this work, but only as long as it's the trendy thing to do. This hater is always on the lookout for Acceptable Targets, not because they truly hate them, but because it's fun to complain and no fun to do it alone. Sometimes, the Bandwagon Hater will like the Acceptable Targets but deny having anything but hate towards it. More often than not, these people may have even been fans of the show, especially in shows where it was trendy to like it, but then it became trendy to hate it. A very good way of spotting this if any Caustic Critic releases a scathing review, or if the majority of a fanbase or popular forum hates it, even if they had previously liked the work, and afterwords, start carbon-copying their opinions, sometimes word for word. In extreme cases, they may have no opinions of their own. The inverse happens in Fan Dumb, as well. Essentially; this is what the page quote is; the person who hates something not because they genuinely dislike it but because the "cool kids" told them to.
- The Wannabe Caustic Critic: Runs about nitpicking things — a misplaced pixel? This game is trash. An artistic choice that I don't like? The fans are morons. They will savage everything and anything about a media... without the wit, grace, and, worst of all, humor of the people they attempt to emulate. Everything in this work is incredibly, irredeemably shitty to them, and expect far more personal attacks than anything approaching criticism. Warning: don't compare them to popular Caustic Critics. Actually, please do, and watch the extreme anger.
- He Panned It Now It Sucks: Similar to the Bandwagon Hater, except it's done more out of because someone they're a fan of hated it, than out of a desire to fit in — which means that this hater takes it far more seriously than the bandwagon hater does. If the Creator in question mentions that they hate something, then this person will immediately and loudly proclaim their hatred of it regardless of how they felt about it before. Never tell this type of fan that you enjoy both the creator's work and the work that the creator hates. If you do, then the worst of these haters will fly off the handle and assert that you can't be a true fan of the creator and still enjoy the other work. Common with fanbases of Caustic Critics.
- The Willfully Blind: Yes, these exist in Hate Dumb too. Similar to the willfully blind in Fan Dumb, the Hate Dumb variety will refuse to acknowledge any potential strengths or possibly even anything that was done correctly. The willfully blind may also try and convince everyone else to Hand Wave the strengths because they do not exist. They are prone to Accentuate the Negative arguments or reviews. Sometimes, they may have a single issue about the work and hate it solely because of that — usually because they stopped watching afterwards. Expect even in-depth reviews written by this hater to discuss only the parts they know and can't stand. Even if the production staff ran every decision by them, they would complain about how they "weren't asked enough". No matter what, the willfully blind will fixate on a single flaw or any weaknesses.
- The Genre Alien: The Genre Alien is a rather amusing hater, a less focused version of the Obsessed variety. They will make it clear that they utterly hate a genre, or a series. Nevertheless, they seek works in that genre out. They see examples of it and then complain how much it sucks. Interestingly, they are likely to criticize stuff that makes the genre what it is. (For instance, they might complain about kiss scenes in romance movies, blood and swearing in Die Hard, soft rock band America not being "heavy enough", or Earn Your Happy Ending in dark idealistic stories.) They may be constructive, or attempt to be constructive, but when they start complaining about Fundamental Genre tropes as "weaknesses" or suggest rewriting the show in its entirety and changing the story to fit how they would view it as an improvement, (This is not considered constructive criticism in the creative writing field) then it pretty much stops being constructive criticism and starts to veer into "Destructive Criticism" territory. This brings out a subspecies called The Mad Editor.
- The Mad Editor: This is a subspecies of the above. This person frequently suggests a complete rewrite of the work, but they view it as improving it, even if it involves Flanderizing or excessively censoring the work, completely derailing the characters, or complete genre-shifts and abandoning the work in its entirety. This very often overlaps with the Periphery Hate Dumb. These people often break out in vicious flamewars with types of Fan Dumb, making it hard to discern who is who. Remember, constructive criticism is an attempt to tell the creator how they can do it better the way they want to, not how you want to.
- Made The Wrong Turn: Similar to the Genre Alien, these are haters who are fans of a work that somehow directly offends their worldview or beliefs or something similar. Political conservatives who are fans of Star Trek or Stephen Colbert, for example, or homophobes that find themselves fans of Queen or X Japan, or fundamentalist Christians who somehow like Supernatural or Harry Potter. Often overlaps with the Mad Editor (in that they will deny or change elements of the work that upset their personal morals, even if that's the point of the work), the PC Crusader or the Un-PC Crusader (in that they will rail at whatever is offending them and the fans that are okay with it), the Demonizer, and/or the Mad Homophobe.
- Everything is the same: These haters are commonly known for having a minimalistic view of fandoms they don't belong to. Sometimes, entire franchises or genres will attract these types of haters. They will pull the "It's the exact same as this"-card, sometimes without even seeing it. They sometimes have no moderate or casual likes; they view everything they aren't an outright fan of narrowly. For instance, somebody who does not like High-School dramas might view every show set in high school as being like Degrassi. Note that, in such a case, it is possible that they like Degrassi and just think all the others are redundant (since they're the same) and thus pointless — in which case, they're likely a Rival Fan. Many times, they invoke the "They Copied It, So It Sucks!" card and accuse everything of being a ripoff of something they consider quality, even works that came out before the work they like.
- Stop Having Fun, Guys: The "Stop Having Fun" Guys will insist that everyone else is doing it wrong. They not only hate the other fans who enjoy it a specific way, but will also insult other haters. These people are often known for having very specific single-issue criteria when they pick something new, which causes them to have ridiculously high standards. In the worst cases, they'll join a Hatedom because the work they tried to be a fan of was too...different from what they normally like; instead of trying to adapt, they claim it to be crap and that everyone who likes it doesn't know what true fun is. Some of these people will go on tangents explaining one situation they had with a game and then insisting the entire game is like that. Many times; the hatred of new editions, updates, or sequels consist of these people who complain about how the developers are "punishing skill" amongst other things because they assessed widely exploited glitches and shortcomings. Read the article for some more specific examples.
- Nostalgia Filter: The idea that modern works are automatically inferior to the stuff from the past. This is so common that we have a trope for it. These haters will trash on the modern stuff and idealize the stuff they liked when they were younger, because it's skewed through the years that they only remember the good parts — not the fact that there was a Periphery Hatedom for something that was marketed to them at age six, and not the fact that even adults were criticising it for the same reasons they criticize the modern stuff. For a more in-depth discussion, check the article, but this is an unfortunate type because it's so propagated and encouraged in fandom.
- The opposite is Nostalgia Inversion, when Hype Backlash (often as a result of the above Nostalgia Filter) and "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny mix. While it's okay to think an old work hasn't aged well, this hater doesn't even try to make allowance for it. They can't (or won't) put themselves in the correct mindset to watch a work made before its genre got deconstructed, or they expect special effects to look the same in the '50s as in the '00s. They ignore that a work with a bad case of "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny can still have a lot of historical value. They may attack the work's creators for using a trope that would later be overused, or for not using technology they didn't have access to. In some cases, the hater doesn't even seem to realize that the work wasn't made in the present day.
- Anne (or Andy) Titlement: Anne Titlement is a type of hater who claims that nobody makes the kinds of work they enjoy anymore, or that there isn't enough of it. Any examples of that work or related works (by genre or by creator sometimes) have already been enjoyed and Anne Titlement wants more. Well, that's valid, right? Not when it means you begin viciously attacking everything else. This type of hater is shocked, shocked that something was made without them in mind. And if you are a fan of such a work, then it's your fault that nothing "good" is made anymore. Anne Titlement often views things through a sharp Nostalgia Filter. In their mind, hating something is never their fault.
- A subset of the above, The Periphery Hate Dumb: This is someone who clearly hates something, yet it should be obvious why — it clearly wasn't made with their demographic in mind. Most people actually hate on something that wasn't made for them (Works developed for young children most come to mind, followed closely by stuff that is known for targeting the opposite gender), so you would honestly think they would ignore it, right? Nope. Part of the reason this hatedom came into being was when parents decided to watch the shows their kid watched and, as natural, because it wasn't made for them (Same way most shows parents enjoy aren't made for children) they disliked it. Unfortunately this has caused it to be associated with maturity, meaning that in an effort to be "cool" and look "mature", people often deny any association to that show made for younger children. This sometimes overlaps with the Culture Alien in that they often come up with complaints about the show that is pretty much what makes it a kid/boy/girl-friendly show in the first place, and taking their constructive criticisms seriously would result in an In Name Only show that's a complete genre shift, as is the Mad Editor.
- The Crusader: Hating something is Serious Business to these people; it is practically their life's mission is to spread the message of Hatedom around. The Crusader is frequently launching Holy wars against forums, sometimes even organizing spam-raids on forums, or frequently derailing threads to state why they think it sucks. These types have been the cause of more work pages being locked on this very wiki than a lot of us are proud of.
- The Purist: One of the most wide encompassing forms of Hate Dumb, and arguably, an unholy abomination of multiple kinds of Haters rolled into one entitled person. Purists have an ideal vision on how a franchise can go, but sometimes, Purists can go several steps beyond just having an ideal view of a franchise. The Purist can also have an idealized view of the fandom of a particular franchise, and even in worst cases, the entire market. Naturally, many of these guys tend to hate franchises based solely off of the fans themselves, often citing the fandom as one of the reasons they dislike a franchise, sometimes not even giving it a chance. The Purist also does not stop at just hating fans, but also, they believe that they are the centre (and largest contributer) of the entire market, thus, any and all executive decisions should not be made without consulting them first. Any new demographic being brought into the market, or a simple shift in demographic will not only get the Fan Dumb crying, but also the haters, because they will hate these newcomers to the market with almost every passion of their being. Because The Purist has a very idealised vision of their own fandom; naturally, they are often the type to declare new fans to "not be true fans" of the series, any new entries to "not be true entries". VERY prone to They Changed It, Now It Sucks!-type arguments. There are also versions of the Purist who will simply point out any shift/expansion in demographic to be a reason why it sucks. Amongst long essays about how new Johnny-Come-Latelys have ruined the market/fandom/show forever, as well as how it was better when it wasn't popular, also expect Slippery Slope type arguments about why it is bad, and how they expect Follow the Leader to come against them. (Once more, mentioning a similar argument about any Follow the Leader type stuff against your interests will not be responded to, at best, or countered with an essay on how wrong you are and how you have no taste, if not a Hand Wave.)
- Undercover Fans: These are not truly haters, but rather fans, who appeal to the large Hatedom of their object of obsession in order to spread the word. They will derail every thread, come up with the lamest of jokes and in general, will do anything to put the alleged object of their hate into the center of attention. Fan Haters will generally take the bait, and what was before a previously completely unrelated topic will now be derailed into a discussion over how horrible that certain thing is. Not only does the corporate world love these guys, some of them are actually corporate agents themselves, actively involved in viral marketing.
- The Science Snob/Armchair Historian: People with a Willing Suspension of Disbelief thinner than a razor. One "inaccuracy" or dramatization for the sake of pacing or story will cause them to declare the show a pile of unwatchable dreck and "not properly researched", regardless of whether or not they did the research themselves and watched the damn media in question. Very commonly blind to Acceptable Breaks from Reality, and may often be found complaining about "unrealistic" aspects of a media... despite the media having things like flying in space without a pressurized suit, involving alien ghosts controlled by a reality-warping AI fighting physics-defying transforming monsters, or telekinesis/magic and dragons flying around.
- The PC Crusader:: If there's a minority in a work of fiction, it's racist, homophobic, sexist trash. No matter how a character belonging to a minority is treated, the PC Crusader will find a way to make the author sound like they are single-handedly restoring blackface and bigotry to fiction. Black character who happens to help the protagonists somehow? Magical Negro. A black villain? Unfortunate Implications! An LGBTQ character who shifts the views of an ignorant or homophobic character? Magical Queer! A manly man? Toxic masculinity! A feminine woman? Real Women Never Wear Dresses! A tomboy? A flat fetishistic macho fantasy! A disabled character attempting to overcome hurdles? Inspirationally Disadvantaged! A member of a privileged group helping people from a disadvantaged group? White Savior narrative! The work being an homage/love letter to a foreign culture? Colonialist Cultural Appropriation! The work taking an overtly social justice-friendly stance? Adulation-fishing performative wokeness! A neutral/apolitical work? Fence-sitting is tacit approval of oppression! And so on and so forth. Any discussion of bigotry, no matter how negatively portrayed, automatically makes those who made it bigots, regardless of how anti-bigotry it is. Needless to say, the only thing worse than putting minority characters into a work is not putting minority characters into a work, even in works going for historical accuracy where including anyone outside of a specific race would be objectively inaccurate. Callouts and attempts to organize Internet Counterattacks on almost any opposing voice no matter how reasonable are common, and retractions (if they ever come, usually only if their own support base unanimously tells them that they are out of line, or if they are a staff or regular guest writer and their host gets on their case) are usually passive-aggressive, backhanded, "sorry, not sorry" non-apologies that make it apparent that they do not believe that they are wrong and only made the retraction because their hand was forced. When they have turned their sights on a creator, anything is fair game; that dumb, trashy, edgy social media post they made back in high school, or that gross rapey yaoi fic that they wrote when they were fourteen on a DeviantArt profile that hasn't been touched in over a decade? They've got them dead to rights, and will gleefully attempt to use it to discredit the target or justify their crusade against them; in their mind, if a creator has ever had shitty views or made questionable things at any point in time, they are still an accurate reflection of who they are, and the creator should have known that someone, someday was going to hold them accountable for it and they cannot hide forever. Same goes for associations with anyone with questionable views; even the most tenuous or utterly coincidental link is automatic guilt by association, and any explanation, no matter how valid, that they have nothing to do with that person will be seen as the creator panicking about getting caught and trying to squirm their way out of being held responsible.
- The Un-PC Crusader: "What's that? The creator of my favorite work has decided to drop a very stereotypical character/issue, apologized to offended parties, made this work as a protest against stereotypes, has expanded the overwhelmingly white heterosexual main cast to include LGTBQ or people of color characters, and/or has spoken out against media portrayals of women and minorities? Now they're shoving their opinions down your throat/kowtowing to SJWs! We the true fans don't want their politics and agendas in our entertainment and won't stand for this! Now we'll teach them with our boycott what happens when they disrespect their fanbase and that 'Get Woke, Go Broke' is very much true!" The Un-PC Crusader will, at the slightest hint of a show displaying progressive values, scream "Political Correctness Gone Mad!" at the top of their lungs, then will act horribly racist/reactionary and often make "edgy", "ironic" offensive jokes, harass and flame the fans who do enjoy the work and label them as "normies", "cucks", "weirdos" or "SJWs", make long screeds about why inserting "woke" values and/or not having problematic material "hurts" the quality of the work, "alienates" the fandom and "insults/demeans" straight white males, or rush to defend actually racist/sexist/homophobic/whathaveyou practices and trends all in the guise of "free speech" - if they're not actual white supremacists or virulent homophobes. On a darker note, they may directly or indirectly incite other people and/or their followers to harass or threaten with violence the creators of the work (especially if they happen to be women or visible minorities), and any attempts by platforms to rein them in or hold them accountable for their behavior is for them automatically proof of a conspiracy to silence them, and many will outright fabricate evidence or create completely false stories of alleged real-life attempts to bring them harm in order to galvanize their supporters whenever being kicked off of a platform becomes a possibility. Any minor issue casual viewers would have with the work, Troubled Production history, TV ratings decline, merch sales slump, box office underperformance, or legitimate flaw of it, will be inexorably pinned by them to the Creators' "Agenda" or "Ideology", which unfortunately often causes them to disproportionately dominate less-than-positive discussions about the works in question, completely and utterly derailing any critical discussion of that work outside their circles, often resulting in well-intentioned Undesired Champions who can't conceive of any non-bigoted reason to dislike a work because Un-PC Crusaders have poisoned the well. And when, despite their efforts and relentless bashing, their targeted work in question turns out to be a smash hit, they'll whine even more loudly and espouse conspiracy theories of the creators refusing to refund customers, outright lying on their sales numbers, or influencing social media platforms to silence their opinions, and attempt to spin the narrative that the work actually failed to cross a certain threshold of profit (that they had constantly moved higher and higher as the numbers came in) in a poor attempt to save face and claim "victory". In short, Un-PC Crusaders, these days, are possibly the most common type of Hate Dumb you will encounter because they're loud, obnoxious, want to punish studios for "pandering to SJWs", try to make liking the work taboo by gaslighting fans into thinking they're a minority and trying to generate Bandwagon Haters, are willing to retreat into their own reality if the work didn't fail, and, through a bizarre sort of Fan Hater crank magnetism, often morph into other types of Hate Dumb.
- More often than not, the above two members of Hate Dumb will fight, for obvious reasons, and cause a vicious cycle of blaming the other for taking drastic action (i.e.: Fan Wank). And more often than not, the PC Crusader will fight with other Crusaders over what minority is more oppressed, if a minority should be treated as a sacred cow or like anyone else, etc. etc. In any case, it's great fun to watch from the sidelines, though such debates can descend into extremely ugly or even outright dangerous territory depending on the people involved, as both parties tend to be inordinately fond of dragging it into real life and making it personal. Doxing incidents are common, as are campaigns of orchestrated harassment and attempts to get people fired from their jobs or cost them clients or professional contacts (if they are self-employed), and it can and sometimes does escalate into full-fledged attempts to cause physical harm.
- The Anti-Romantic: The bizarro version of The Mad Bride/Groom; any hint of shipping or romance in the fandom will send them into a frothing rage instead of a squee of fangirl glee. You can see these species endlessly lambasting a fandom upon learning about a fan-made pairings, blaming tween girls and other scapegoats for their departure from fandom/why they refuse to associate with fans. Often just as stupid as rabid shippers themselves. They infest all works, regardless of whether or not the actual work itself has romance or otherwise. If it does, they are prone to turning at least one half of the romance into Ron the Death Eater, or rationalizing why the romance doesn't exist.
- A variant of this is the Die for Our Ship fan who claims they're actually this, but their 'Anti-Romantic' sentiment tends to be focused on only specific ships, and/or specific characters. Meanwhile, there will be other ships that 'don't bother them as much', usually involving one-half of the ship they previously complained about being insanely toxic, which will make it clear they're Not So Above It All after-all as they make it clear they do have ships they like, but some they really hate.
- The Demonizer: This is the Hate Dumb version of the Fandom Moral Guardian. He will find anything violent/sexual/other in this work and say that it will cause anyone who watches it to do something horrible. If something bad happens (and especially if the work is involved), expect to hear this guy say that it was responsible and needs to be banned. Related to the PC Crusader, this is an early stage in becoming a Moral Guardian. Can also overlap with Genre Alien if they criticize a work for adults for having adult content. Can overlap with Everyone Is Satan in Hell if they read negative symbolism into a work that doesn't actually have it. They also tend to get into arguments over whether or not a work is OK for kids to take in.
- The Godwin's Law Enforcer The unholy cross between a Fan Hater and a Demonizer. A hate dumb will have these guys depending on how long the work/genre/animation has been around (if it's been around that long) and who were fond of that certain work. If the work/genre/animation was liked by someone considered horrible (or whom they consider horrible), then they'll compare the fans of said work to that person. See Hitler Ate Sugar.
- Downvoters: Their behaviour can best be described as a cross between that of a rival fan and somebody complaining about shows they don't watch. As the name implies their main form of interest is to go on a review site and give any work on the same 'best' list that somehow got a higher score than the work they are a fan of a score of 0 or 1 out of 10. It does not matter to them whether or not the work is good, or even if they have seen it, the sheer fact that it scores higher on the same list is for them enough justification to give it a score that is that low. These type of haters (together with the Fan Dumb they may outbalance) can reduce the quality of a review site a lot and lots of review sites have taken measures to prevent this hatedom from doing what it does. (Lemon 64 for instance, publishes below its own top 100 games list a list with the most controversial voters, which are people that gave a 1 or 2 out of 10 on the best list or 9 or 10 out of 10 on the 'worst list' in order to make it easier to see to who you should listen and to who not).
- Review Trolls. These are people who actively go on user review sites such as Amazon.com or Metacritic and post 1 star reviews for pretty much anything within their respective hatedom - an action known as "review bombing". They might have never even seen/heard/played the work in question. They'll just post a one to three sentence "review", saying that the work sucks without really describing why. In some cases, they might even create multiple accounts posting one star reviews for the work (or works) in question just to bring down the average review score. Alternatively, on sites that allow users to rate reviews as "Helpful" or "Not Helpful," they might hit "Not Helpful" for any positive (or even average) review of the work in question, regardless of how well written or informative the review is, while hitting "Helpful" for any one star reviews they come across (even the most poorly constructed ones). They might even create one or more alternate accounts specifically to write multiple one star reviews for the same work, hit "Helpful" for one of their very own reviews or for somebody else's (usually a fellow Review Troll's) one star review. Or to hit "Not Helpful" for somebody else's five star review. Needless to say, such people can seriously bring down the quality of a review page and irritate prospective buyers or actual fans of the work. These people crop up in Fan Dumb as well. Un-PC Crusaders have become particularly known for this in recent years, presumably hoping to manufacture evidence of a backlash against a work they see as SJW propaganda; this got so bad that Rotten Tomatoes was forced to disable pre-release user comments and make the "Want To See" metric absolute rather than a percentage.
- The Copycat Accuser: These haters will complain, or worse - cry plagiarism, at the slightest sign of similarity with another work. In other words, they live and breathe "They Copied It, So It Sucks!" It doesn't occur that nearly every work throughout history draws inspiration from those that came before it - if it's not a tropeless tale, it's a clone of another work. This almost always overlaps with another variation of Hate Dumb, and is used to enhance excuses rather than establish them, because otherwise, this would apply to literally every work in existence. Most commonly, this will overlap with Author Hater (hating on the work because of its author), The Rival Fan (accusing the work of copying the work the hater does like) or Bandwagon Hater (accusing the work of being a copycat because others have)
- The Installment Hater: These people don't usually hate a serial work itself (although they might stop liking it if they take their hate far enough) but they do hate an installment of it, for instance a book in a series, an episode of a TV show, or a sequel (common because sequels have a bad reputation). While it's fine to dislike an installment while liking the work as a whole, these people go next-level on it. They may spend more time complaining about this installment than they spend liking the rest of the work, even if it's the kind of work they can easily re-experience while skipping their hated installment. They often make exaggerated claims that the installment "ruined" the work or a character. For instance, if a character behaves out-of-character, they might make theories about how their out-of-character personality is their real one and their normal personality is a lie, and if the out-of-character behaviour involves being defeated too easily, they'll often cry Badass Decay. If the installment started a Dork Age or even killed the franchise, that can justify hate — but only to some degree. These haters may go on and on and on about how bad the Dork Age was long after it's over and it's clear that the creators have learned from their mistakes, or they may insist that the questionable quality of the last installment is solely responsible for the death of the franchise even when there were other factors at play.
- Closely related to the Entry Hater, who hates a certain entry in a franchise. A common example is the hater who hates a spin-off for being a spin-off, even if it has absolutely no effect on the rest of the franchise. They're often prone to saying, "They Changed It, Now It Sucks!"
- The Negative Nelly: These people are similar to the Edgelords on Fan Dumb, but they don't like the show. They're the ones who claim that the work is bad because it's too positive, often claiming it's too saccharine and/or "for babies". They might demand that the writers make it darker so that it's more "realistic", even though their ideas for "improving" it may amount to something like "make it oversexualized, add gratuitous violence and give it a blindly nihilistic tone". Can overlap with Genre Alien if they actively seek out idealistic works to complain about their lack of "maturity". They can also be Art Critics if they think a comedy is "mindless entertainment". If one character is very positive, they'll often be Hate Mongers, claiming that the character is "useless comic relief" and/or "overly happy". They might also claim the show is "cruel" because of Slapstick.