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" I should want to cook [Mr. Belvedere] a simple meal. But I shouldn't want to cut into him, to tear the flesh, to wear the flesh, to be born unto new worlds where his flesh becomes my key."
Deranged fan of Mr. Belvedere, Saturday Night Live

The Loony Fan is a nut who follows a character, often the main character, everywhere out of obsessive admiration, possibly causing trouble or just creeping their target out in the process. Extreme loony fans may go to great lengths and evil deeds to "help" those they idolize. They take their eventual rejection very personally. Occasionally this character will really go off the deep end and attempt to replace their idol(s).

This can also overlap with the Straw Fan, The Collector, Yandere, Shipper on Deck, Psycho Supporter, or Stalker with a Crush. Commonly known to say "I'm Your Biggest Fan".

Compare Actor/Role Confusion, Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality. Contrast with Ascended Fanboy.

Sad (and a little scary) to say, this is very much Truth in Television. See Fan Dumb.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Baccano!: Graham Spectre to the resident Psycho for Hire, Ladd Russo. Ladd being Ladd, he doesn't mind.
  • Bungo Stray Dogs: Osamu Dazai takes away Ryunosuke Akutagawa (and presumably his sister too) from the slum, and the boy since then admires him. Akutagawa wants Dazai's approval so badly, the first thing he does when he wakes up after Oda rescues him is attacking him because Dazai once told him he would never be strong as that man. The main reason he hates Atsushi so many years later is that said boy easily gets Dazai's recognition without needing to undergo much of the Tough Love he once suffered from.
    • Ironically, the writers they based on has quite the opposite situation, with RL!Dazai known for being a huge fan of RL!Akutagawa. When Akutagawa suicided, Dazai attempted to follow suit with the same method but failed, and then tried to kill himself for the third time when he couldn't get the literary prize named after his idol.
  • In Carole & Tuesday, both Tuesday and Angela Carpenter have to deal with such a fan at different points. In the former case, there's the twist that the fan - Cybelle - is a fellow Mars' Brightest contestant, and upon being spurned she attempts to sabotage the duo's chances by sending Tuesday a package filled with dry ice that burns her hands. In the latter case, the fan's behaviour escalates all the way up to trying to shoot Angela while she's on-stage, and the whole thing helps kickstart Angela's Trauma Conga Line.
  • Dad, the Beard Gorilla and I has Hino, who is very obsessed with Souichi (the titular Dad) and compiles a very extensive photo albums and observation notes detailing Souichi's daily activities. Of course, he denies his stalker tendencies as being a crush, and he actually doesn't mind sharing the info to (or helping out) other co-workers who do have a crush on Souichi.
  • Darker than Black:
    • Played for laughs: Kiko is portrayed as slightly crazy anyway, but her crush on "Li" tops all other quirks. She almost jumps on him with Squee, loudly insults her "rival" Kirihara, and generally attracts unnecessary attention... which is somewhat disconcerting for her hero, as "Li" is the facade identity of a lad who earned his nickname "Black Shinigami".
    • Hei has another one in the OVA, Mayu, with the added bonus that she manages to connect his identities (thereby beating out the entire police force) and starts actively stalking him.
  • Toto Sakigami of Deadman Wonderland is apparently this toward the Wretched Egg.
  • Death Note:
  • Denjin N: Tadahiro is the biggest fan of his former classmate and now Idol Singer Misaki Kanzaki and her group. He's willing to kill off any critics of her and goes after every other idol group in Japan just to make her more popular.
  • The fanbase for the titular Detroit Metal City is made up mostly of loud, vulgar, and belligerent fans who can't tell that frontman Krauser II and his insane, over-the-top antics are just a persona, and often show up around Krauser when he's out of makeup and unrecognizable to cause trouble.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War: Papa Shirogane moves his entire family to a new apartment after a fan tracks him down and tries to follow him home. Koromo and Osaragi also mention that similar things have happened to them in the past when Iino suspects that she's being stalked.
  • Lecto from Magical × Miracle has a series-long obsession with Yue (as well as great admiration for Merleawe for being so close to him), to the point where things get... awkward. However, this turns out well for both of them; Lecto eventually becomes an in-series Promoted Fanboy as one of Yue's top aides, and his nerdy personality quirks and stalker-like obsession settle down after Yue puts him through three years of Workaholic boot camp.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • Stain is a huge fan of All Might. He attacks, maims, and kills other heroes that he believes have corrupted the heroic ideal that All Might has set.
    • Three of the League of Villains' later recruits (Dabi, Toga, and Spinner) are all revealed to have joined due to their admiration of Stain and learning about how he associated with the League even briefly, but how they view Stain and said ideals is how they play around with this trope.
      • Toga plays it straight to the extreme; she doesn't even care about Stain's ideals, she just thought he was cool and was obsessed with actually becoming him. In fact, once she decides she actually likes hanging around with the League that initial motivation effectively gets pushed to the wayside.
      • Spinner is a legitimate Stain Fan Boy, to the point he decided to emulate his clothing and fighting style, but he doesn't quite "get" Stain's full philosophy. Stain wants to kill heroes he believes corrupted the ideal that All Might set, while Spinner believes any hero not personally recommended by Stain is "corrupt" and needs to die. It's implied this is because Spinner is Desperately Seeking A Purpose In Life and latched on to the drive to change society rather than said ideals. Eventually, Spinner undergoes Character Development and decides he wants to follow his boss Shigaraki, who he realizes he's similar to, and see the changed society made on his ideals rather than Stain's.
      • Dabi is the aversion. Unlike the other two, he seems to be the one who truly understands and cares about Stain's ideology and makes it clear he will see it through himself. And unlike the other two, he still views the League as a means to the end of achieving them rather than the comrades and even impromptu family they have.
  • Being a deconstruction of the Fighting Series Played for Laughs, Ramen Fighter Miki deconstructs this trope with Akihiko, who despite being abused in his childhood, has become an adult Nice Guy who is everyone’s Butt-Monkey. Akihiko deeply desires to be the like the Red Ranger (from the Sentai Show Within a Show Star Rangers) because he is always recognized for his efforts with a 100% Heroism Rating. Akihiko is so fond of the Red Ranger that he copies his Catchphrase I’ll pay them back several times over and uses it in situations that don’t even make sense:
    Akihiko: Just leave it to Star Ranger!
    Wakana: [very confused] Star Ranger?
    Akihiko: That Toshiyuki, I'll bring him back several times over.
    Wakana: No, just once is enough.
  • Gokudera from Reborn! (2004). He frequently goes off to beat people up for Tsuna's sake, and follows Tsuna around trying desperately to be his "Right Hand Man." Although the funny thing is that his attempt to replace the hero was actually his initial feeling and that it's after being defeated by Tsuna that he becomes his loony fan.
  • Hayashi Rintaro, also known as Rin-rin, is the local florist on Shirokuma Cafe. He's also a scarily obsessive fan of pandas to the point that Panda, the resident Attention Whore, can't stand him and all the attention that Rin-rin gives him.
  • Roma Hoito from Tokyo Ghoul, a clumsy waitress that started working at Anteiku for the chance to meet "One-Eyed Kaneki-sama". The sequel reveals her to be an even loonier fan than expected, declaring that she wants to "kill" Haise because she can't stand seeing her beloved Kaneki happy and thinks he's most beautiful when his life is in ruins.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, the Big Bad ZONE is revealed to be a Loony Fan of Yusei. He admired Yusei so much that he altered his own face to look like Yusei as part of his plan to emulate Yusei as much as possible in the hopes that some of Yusei's luck would rub off on him to help his plan.
  • Kasaya's girlfriend Eri from Zetsuai 1989 goes so over the edge that she tries to stab her idol Kouji because he's about to go into retirement.

    Comic Books 
  • The extradimensional imp Bat-Mite in the wackier Batman comics.
  • William Burnside, the Captain America of The '50s, who injected himself with a flawed copy of Cap's Super Serum and tried to convince the government to let him become the new Captain America. The plans fell through thanks to the Korean Armistice Agreement, but not before he got plastic surgery to look just like his idol and legally changed his name to Steve Rogers. When the second Red Skull emerged, he stepped out of the shadows along with a Bucky of his own, but ultimately degenerated into a delusional racist who only thought he was doing good.
  • One of Reverse-Flash's many origin stories was that he was this to The Flash. He snapped when he realized he was destined to be killed by his hero, thus making it into a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. He got better. Interestingly, much like William Burnside above, he also got plastic surgery to resemble his hero of choice AND impersonated him as well, but where Burnside did it to help the government with making the public believe he was the original, Thawne did it because he was just plain obsessed with Barry.
  • In Green Lantern Corps, Iolande's brother Ragnar was so obsessed with the Corps he murdered every potential Lantern candidate in their sector so he would end up the best candidate for the position, including his brother Stentar and Soranik Natu's partner Myrrt. When Ragnar was finally exposed, captured, and set for execution, Soranik purposefully chose to reveal that Iolande would be the new Green Lantern of Sector 1417 right before Ragnar would be beheaded. To add to this moment, Ragnar made an empty admission of guilt and repentance to show he "wasn't afraid" before his execution, thinking he still had a chance to be a Lantern. The look on his face when Soranik takes out the ring, then gives it to his sister, is satisfying.
  • In the "Comic Book Carnage" story from Hack/Slash, people connected with a new version of the in-story comic series Wunderkind (a blatant Captain Ersatz for Captain Marvel) are violently murdered at a convention. The murders are being committed by two Loony Fan brothers who are upset about the new version being a Darker and Edgier Continuity Reboot.
  • Jimmy "Mmy" from Jhonen Vasquez's Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, although he is considerably less insane than Nny.
  • The Silver Age Lex Luthor started off as one of these. He and Clark both grew up in Smallville — Clark started his superheroics early as Superboy, and Lex became obsessed with him. Lex one day came across Superboy dying in a field from a nearby Kryptonite meteorite and rescued him, and when he took a grateful Superboy back to his home the latter discovered that Lex has built a Stalker Shrine of him, with walls and benches decorated with various souvenirs from Superboy's many exploits. Superboy thanked Lex for saving him by building him a brand new state-of-the-art laboratory, and Lex decided to help Superboy by using it to find an antidote to Kryptonite poisoning. While experimenting with Kryptonite, Lex accidentally set his lab on fire, forcing Superboy to save him by using his super-breath, something that put out the fire but also wrecked the lab and caused chemicals to spill over Luthor's head, causing his hair to fall out. Luthor crazily thought that Superboy did this on purpose out of envy of Luthor's genius, and Lex attempted and failed numerous times to embarrass Superboy in revenge, until he finally snapped and started plotting to outright kill him, becoming the Arch-Enemy to the future Man of Steel.
  • Nero: In the trilogy De Gelukbrenger, De Verloren Zee and De Wraak van Nganga Nero is stalked by an obsessive fan of his comics, Wolfgang Amadeus Glasnost, who has read every album and finds everything is fantastic. He does have a hidden gift that makes Nero keep him, though: he brings good luck. For instance, if he writes down the lottery numbers it will be automatically a winning combination.
  • Harvey Comics' "New Kids on the Block" had Fanny Tweetersweet, an obsessive fan who ACTUALLY developed a radar and other technologies for the sole purpose of tracking them down.
  • The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist: Adrian gets a fan who follows him around, tracks his movements in a book, and mails said book to him. Adrian sees him outside his home and strikes up a conversation, intending to defuse the situation, only to get entitled opinions about his writing in turn.
  • In the New Line Cinema's Tales Of Horror story "Copycat", the dream-stalking killer Freddy Krueger learns that the guy using his image to murder people is actually a huge fan of his, and isn't the only one. When the guy tries to force him into a partnership, Freddy employs the help of another sociopathic fan of his to get rid of the copycat.
    Carter: Dude, I totally know who you are... I worship you. Please don't kill me... I'm your biggest—
    Freddy: Fan, I know. Lot of that going around. What kind of fucked up world is this, anyway?
  • Jenny in The Punisher MAX comes across as this. After seeing Frank shot by the women she is targeting, she saves him and takes him to her apartment. The scenes between them invoke Misery, and Frank feels a little like her prisoner, but Jenny does nothing to stop him and the reason he can't leave is his gunshot injuries, and he patiently listens as she describes what was done to her, and sympathy for what was done to him. Jenny then has two requests: his shirt and jacket so she can become The Punisher and kill the women who hurt her, and that he stay until she finishes it. Frank feels more and more like he's trapped, and that Jenny would stop him even if he could leave, before passing out and ending up handcuffed so Jenny can show him how to torture criminals.
  • Rogues Gallery focuses on a group of entitled fans of the Show Within a Show Red Rogue, a long-running comic series that also has a live-action TV show going for eight seasons. Said fans spend all the time calling the show bullshit for not sticking closer to the source material and blaming all of its problems on Maisie Wade, the actress playing the title character. After Maisie not only acquires a signed copy of Red Rogue Down #1 and later quits the show, the show itself gets cancelled before it could adapt the Red Rogue Down storyline. That's the point the fans decide she's "ruined" things beyond repair and plan revenge by doing a home invasion to steal the comic. It soon becomes clear the ringleader plans to reenact Red Rogue Down by killing Maisie's assistant, with plans to kill Maisie and her husband as well.
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman: Di has to deal with a creepy fan in "Bullets and Bracelets," a story in which she spreads her message of peace, love, and acceptance more through music rather than punching villains in the face. She's still an Amazon, so when he pulls a gun on her she folds it in half.
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: The Decepticon Justice Division is made up of the most fanatically devoted Cons this side of Cyberutopia, but their leader Tarn is a twofold example, as he's both obsessed with Decepticonism and Megatron. He wears a mask shaped like their logo, gave himself two arm-mounted fusion cannons and has a tank mode just like Megatron, quotes his writing at every possible juncture, and leads his crew in prayers before a statue of Megatron. Megatron brought him into the Decepticons to hurt Optimus, but by the time they meet up again, even Megatron thinks Tarn has gone way overboard. Tarn takes that... about as well as could be expected.
    Megatron: Two fusion cannons? Look at yourself.

    Fan Works 
  • In the second character of Kindness's Reward, Trixie accuses Fluttershy of being an obsessed fan when all Fluttershy's trying to do is help her.
  • Limefrost Spiral in Manehattan's Lone Guardian is one of these towards the ice dancer Statuette, trying desperately to get her to autograph something while the latter is getting arrested for her role in a jailbreak.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: Kindle for Celestia. Even before she got out of the sun, he wasn't entirely sane, having severe difficulty distinguishing between fiction and reality. Then he learned his beloved queen was lost, and immediately ran off to join her. He's willing to do anything, anything to please her, morality or consequences be damned.
  • In The Scars That Make You Whole, the Cult of Avatar is described to being this way to Zeref, so much that after seeing their shrine he asks Lucy never to mention it again.
  • Soulmate Survey: The president of Teen Idol Adrien's fan club goes so far as to change her name to Adrienne to match his. She’s so intense when it comes to Adrien, her energy has driven away most of the club members. Lila uses this to her advantage by revealing that Adrien was matched up with another girl on the titular soulmate-searching app, causing Adrienne to break down and get akumatized into Fandoom, who brainwashes anyone in her path and has a wedding set up for Adrien to "marry" her and his other fans (where she also plans to burn Marinette at the stake for being matched to him).
  • Stupid Mario Brothers has the Crazy-obsessed-stalker-who-makes-you-unable-to-sleep-at-night Fan, as evidenced by her "Let's Get Hammered" Mario T-Shirt.
  • The above-mentioned Stain of My Hero Academia finds another hero to obsess over in the titular The Tick of The Tick vs... MY HERO ACADEMIA!, up to and including trying to imitate the Tick's speech patterns.

    Film — Animation 
  • In The Incredibles, the villain Syndrome was once a young Loony Fan who wanted to be Mr. Incredible's sidekick, and his rejection was one of the factors that led him to become a villain, not an Ascended Fanboy, as he so desperately wanted, but a Genre Savvy bad guy.
  • Megamind has Hal, who initially appears as a Stalker with a Crush for Roxanne. Things get worse when Megamind accidentally gives him superpowers. He thinks being a superhero will automatically make Roxanne love him, which it doesn't.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has Max Dillon. After having his life saved by Spider-Man, a Freak Lab Accident turns him into Electro causing him to become deranged and now seeking to kill Spider-Man.
  • The Batman (2022): When Batman finally gets a chance to have a face-to-face discussion with the Riddler, he finds out Riddler actually considers them allies and idolizes Batman, having been inspired by his violent crusades in Gotham's underbelly to take up his own persona and crusade. Riddler is shocked when Batman doesn't share the sentiment and instead expresses his disgust for what the Riddler's done. Unfortunately, the Riddler has gained more than a few of his own trigger-happy fans eager to continue his crusade even after he's been captured.
  • Edward Nygma of Batman Forever was a big-time one of these for Bruce Wayne, but when Bruce turned down his offer to be a partner in his pet project (which his boss Stickley had shut down), his admiration turned to bitterness and downright loathing, turning him into the Riddler.
  • Big Fan is a Black Comedy following a man whose entire life revolves around the New York Giants and in particular their star running back. He and his best friend religiously go to every game, but because they can't afford tickets they watch the game on a portable TV in the stadium parking lot. His faith is unshaken even after his idol beats him up in a nightclub. The film ends with him serving a short stint in jail for assaulting a Philadelphia Eagles fan and looking forward to being released in time for a major game.
  • In Blades of Glory, Jimmy having one of these is kind of what causes the plot to kick off, but in a surprisingly non-scary way in spite of some of the creepy things that the loony fan says to him. This particular fan of his is so obsessed with the idea of having Jimmy back on the rink and is so much the type to think about these things a lot that he manages to find a loophole in the Figure Skating Championships rulebook that Jimmy then exploits.
  • Bob Roberts has a collection of Loony Fans (including a young Jack Black) who start off as kooky religious fanatics and then quickly upgrade to outright malicious when they assault a group of protestors outside one of his concerts. One of them is implied to have shot and killed Bugs Raplin, who was exposing some of Roberts' dirty secrets until Roberts faked an assassination attempt (and the paraplegia that followed) and pinned the blame on him, and when one of the fans camped outside his house catches him walking around by a window, he immediately assumes it was a miracle instead suspecting any foul play.
  • Played for Laughs in Bombshell (1933), in which glamorous Hollywood star Lola Burns has a Loony Fan who keeps popping up and telling her she has to come home to take care of their babies.
  • Harlan Rook from The Dead Pool is an obsessed and legitimately insane fan of Peter Swan. Out of touch with reality, he accuses Swan of stealing ideas from him and tries to frame him with the Dead Pool murders.
  • Lifetime's movie Deadly Hollywood Obsession has Lynette, an unhinged woman who's obsessed with hunky film star Sam Austin, to the point of holding imaginary conversations with him and trying to kidnap his son, with the suggestion that she murdered his wife as well. The Reveal is that Sam actually manipulated her into killing his wife by promising to marry her if she did, and he himself is a deranged Yandere for his son's teacher.
  • The 2016 Indian thriller Fan has Shah Rukh Khan playing both an example of this trope and the actor who he idolizes (possibly a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of SRK himself). The fan (a lookalike who is locally noted for staging impressions of the actor's films) goes to dark and dangerous lengths to try and impress the actor in question, and after being rebuffed, goes to extraordinary lengths to try and discredit him by assuming the actor's identity.
  • Robert De Niro's roles in The Fan and The King of Comedy fit this trope as well. In fact, the latter has two loony fans who are obsessed with the same in-universe celebrity, DeNiro just has the lead role: Rupert Pupkin mainly seems obsessed with Jerry Langford because he wants to be famous himself, while Masha (Sandra Bernhardt) is more of a traditional Stalker with a Crush type, eventually having a Captive Date with Langford.
  • The Fanatic is about a man with autism named Moose, played by John Travolta, who is obsessed with meeting his favorite actor Hunter Dunbar.
  • From the Halloween series:
  • The Kid in the Matrix sequels is portrayed as a mild example of this.
  • In Parking (1985), Dominique Daniel runs an Orpheus fan club and trades drugs for Orpheus concert tickets, threatening Eurydice and Orpheus with blackmail and bodily harm if she doesn't get what she wants. At the end of the film, she kills Orpheus over being shown the door at his final concert.
  • In Scream (2022), Ghostface is a pair of extremely possessive fans of the Stab series who believe that the films only work when they're Based on a True Story. They despised the most recent film, the more experimental Stab 8, so much that they staged a new murder spree in order to generate new source material and fresh ideas for a series that they thought had run out of such. They even lured Sidney, Gale, and Dewey back into the action in order to kill them, seeing them as the iconic real-life heroes of Stab who had to be included in their Un-Reboot. One character compares Ghostface here to a fanfiction writer.
  • Star Wars: Played scarily straight in The Force Awakens by the new antagonist, Kylo Ren. He's a fanatic of the late Darth Vader trying to live up to his legacy, even collecting his artifacts (including having procured his helmet from his funeral pyre, which he speaks to as if it was the man himself), while trying to avoid any of the redeeming features that led to his grandfather's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Kent from Talk Radio is a massive fan of local celebrity and Shock Jock Barry Champlain, and he's also a drug-addicted lunatic who barely even seems lucid most of the time and embraces Barry's Jerkass persona without understanding the legitimate social problems he uses his radio show to shed light on.
  • The eponymous teddy bear of Ted used to be a celebrity thanks to being a Living Toy. While he no longer has that status, he still has an obsessive fan named Donny, who wanted his own magical teddy bear when he was a kid. When his father denied him one, he vowed never to deny any similar request for his own son. Donny and his son Robert first attempt to buy Ted off from John, but when that didn't work out, they resort to kidnapping him.
  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent has wealthy Javi Gutierrez. The billionaire loves Nicolas Cage to the point of having several memorabilia with Nick's likeness, paying a hefty fee to invite him to his birthday party, and scripting an idea for a future Nick Cage vehicle. Javi also takes movies too seriously for someone who doesn't professionally make any, as evidenced when he cries that Nick would "turn [his] back on the entire human race" if he quits acting.

  • The Culture: A less technologically advanced civ, the GFCF, imitate the Culture and think that they are the best people in the galaxy. They don't do it very well, and although the Culture consider them vague allies, they don't take them seriously. This could be a mistake...
  • Older Than Steam: Don Quixote: Sanson Carrásco presents himself as the number one fan of Don Quixote and discusses various continuity errors with him and Sancho. However, his real goal is to help the poor, mad fool regain his sanity by following in his third quest. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Harry Potter: Colin Creevey, just about as obnoxious a fanboy as you can imagine. He gets on Harry's nerves so much that he finds Draco's mocking of Creevey to be "both cruel and accurate".
  • In Making Money, antagonist Cosmo Lavish is a Loony Fan of Vetinari, who seeks to replace him by becoming him. He wears the same style of clothes and beard, sends his henchmen to steal Vetinari's signature personal items by replacing them with replicas (they skip a step and just give him the replicas), and even has a machine to train him to raise one eyebrow. Cosmo actually starts off as reasonably competent, if a bit of a Smug Snake, but his obsession eventually descends into insanity and he's last seen in the asylum, where he finds out he's not the only person with his problem.
  • In Medusa's Web, Amity Madden is obsessed with the actress Alla Nazimova (the creator and star of Salome (1923), which Amity regularly watches on a film projector with a film copy she's owned since long before it became available on home video). The extent of her obsession only gradually becomes apparent; it's eventually revealed that her ultimate goal is to use Mental Time Travel to become Alla Nazimova.
  • Taken to dark extremes with Annie Wilkes of Stephen King's Misery. Annie is a former nurse and the biggest fan of Paul Sheldon, who writes the Misery series. She saves his life when he has a car wreck and nurses him to health. Unfortunately, Paul's latest novel gets released while Paul is in her care, and Annie finds out that Misery has been killed off. Annie doesn't take this well. AT ALL.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Affair: While Noah was in prison between seasons 2 and 3, a prison guard from his Pennsylvania hometown named John Gunther becomes obsessed with Noah and envious of his success as a writer. He regularly torments (at one point even returning Noah a picture of Alison that he previously stole covered with semen) and assaults Noah in prison and continues stalking him after he gets out, culminating in an attempted murder.
  • The Amanda Show had Penelope Taynt (played by Amanda, herself), a nerdy fangirl and webmistress of her own Amanda fan site (which actually exists!).
  • After G'Kar's personal diary is published (without his permission, as he hadn't finished it yet) as a holy book, in the fifth season of Babylon 5, he is hailed by his people as a prophet, gaining a following in the hundreds of thousands. Hundreds (at a minimum) of Narns travel to the station to learn at his feet, to his utter horror. He ends up ordering the Narn who created the G'Kar religious statuettes (which he despised) to leave him be and go back home. Shortly before G'Kar leaves the station for good (to get away from his followers), that Narn tries to shoot him and ends up wounding Garibaldi's fiancée by accident.
  • Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory ended up getting restraining orders from a lot of famous nerd celebrities for his antics, such as Stan Lee Leonard Nimoy, Carl Sagan, and Bill Nye.
  • In Charmed (1998), when their secret is finally revealed, they encounter a young witch who wants to join their coven. After she breaks into their house and is promptly shut down, she doesn't take it well and ends up shooting Piper.
  • Jack Wilson from the Decoy episode "The Shadow of Van Gogh" is a Starving Artist who is so obsessed with Vincent van Gogh that he paints a near-exact replica of "The Starry Night", grows a beard so he can look more like Vincent van Gogh, and even signs one of his paintings "Vincent." Another character tells a story of Jack showing up to a party with a bandage wrapped around his head, holding a very realistic papier-mâché ear.
  • Doctor Who: In the mini-episode "Time Crash", the Fifth and Tenth Doctors accidentally meet. Ten, delighted, immediately recognizes his former self, but Five takes him for an obsessive fan and is most annoyed.
  • In one episode of Dollhouse, the title organization is hired to protect a rock star from a loony fan. Echo becomes a backup singer, while another Active becomes a fan.
  • One episode of Dragnet involves a Woobie loony fan. Stanley Stover has had a very hard childhood of paternal abandonment and constant bullying all through school. At a young age, superhero comics and movies offered escape, and he came to identify with these superheroes completely. He had been stealing memorabilia since late grade school, but at twenty-three, he felt driven to accelerate the pace of his thefts. By this time, he was also dressing as his own secret identity, the Crimson Crusader. At the end of the episode, it was revealed that while on probation he received psychiatric help.
  • Mel in Flight of the Conchords — president and sole member of the band's fan club and a relentless stalker.
  • Frasier:
    • Frasier visits one (with a Stalker Shrine, no less) when he's trying to track down a tape of one of his past shows.
    • In another episode, he invites his internet fan club round to his flat, cooking an enormous buffet for them. It turns out to consist of three creepy obsessives with No Social Skills.
  • Friends:
    • Played for laughs in an episode, where Brooke Shields portrayed a Loony Fan stalking Joey, convinced he was really the character he played in a soap opera (they got rid of her by convincing her that Joey was actually the Evil Twin instead).
    • There was also the Fonzie-obsessed doctor who delivered the triplets.
  • Ghosts (US): In "Alberta's Fan", a jazz historian visits Woodstone Estate to do some research on Alberta. He seems normal at first, but then he smells Alberta's clothes multiple times and shows everyone the toenail clipping he bought online. Then he reveals the Alberta tattoo he has on his back.
  • iCarly:
    • Mandy. After appearing as a guest on their web show, she followed Carly, Sam, and Freddie around constantly and even switched schools to be around them, which drove them crazy. Mandy eventually became obsessed with a band and seemingly moved on to pestering them but a more recent episode showed she was back to obsessing over iCarly.
    • There's Nora Dershlit, whose obsession with iCarly makes Mandy look sane by comparison. She kidnaps the iCarly crew and locks them in her basement under the delusion that they are her friends. She just gets even more Ax-Crazy from there...
  • In I'm Alan Partridge, Alan encounters his self-proclaimed "Biggest Fan," who starts with simple things like an autograph request and a too-long handshake and eventually reveals a Stalker Shrine filled with photos and memorabilia. He also has Alan's face tattooed across his torso.
  • A recurring bit on iZombie is Liv downing the brains of a mega-fan of everything from football to a TV series and soon exhibiting their passions to the extreme.
  • The Jonathan Creek episode "Danse Macabre" featured an obsessed fan who followed a horror writer from the US to the UK and eventually cut the head off her dead body and carried back to America with him.
  • Kamen Rider Build: Kazumi Sawatari is obsessed with internet idol "Mii-Tan" (who's really Misora). It's to the point where Kazumi is willing to spend money just to get a handshake with Mii-Tan and even flirts with a Mii-Tan body pillow right in front of the real Mii-Tan. At the same time however, Kazumi is a pretty alright guy barring his eccentricities, and he acts nothing but respectful towards Mii-Tan herself, even if he does see her as his future wife. Sure enough, they do eventually hook up at the end of Kazumi's V-Cinema movie.
  • One episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker had the ghost of an arsonist try to pull a Grand Theft Me on a composer he liked, having admired the man so much he wanted to literally become him. He also murdered the guy's friends and coworkers so no one would Spot the Thread.
  • Midnight Caller: Angel from the first episode, who is convinced that she and Jack are meant to be because they both experienced their first kill of an innocent (well, relatively speaking for Angel) on the same date.
  • Monk: Sarah Silverman is the equally alliterative Marci Maven, who is like this to the point that she's furnished her house with furniture Monk threw out, and she's wearing his old pants. During a case, Marci even goes so far as to act as Monk's self-appointed social buffer, by performing his obsessive-compulsive tendencies for him, and gives a man Monk is about to question a list of "ground rules" about how not to annoy him, while all Monk has to do is stand behind and wait. Apparently, Monk also took out a restraining order against her. Amusingly this extends to minor Meta Guy traits, like referring to his cases by episode title.
  • An episode of Muppets Tonight had Kermit unfortunately meet the most die-hard fan of his, Gilbert Gottfried, after the latter wins a contest to have dinner with him. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • The current page quote comes from a sketch about a support group for obsessive fans of Mr. Belvedere. They play a game called "Should and Shouldn't" which "helps keep the line between fantasy and reality a little less blurry":
      Chris Farley: I should want to say "Hi!" to Mr. Belvedere. I shouldn't want to kidnap him and keep him in a big glass jar in my basement.
      Tom Hanks: Okay, okay. That's good, we get that. But why? Why shouldn't you do that?
      Chris Farley: [beat] Uh, because his breath would fog up the glass and I couldn't see him then?
    • They once did a direct parody of Misery featuring Roseanne Barr as Dana Carvey's biggest fan. After Carvey announces he's retiring the Church Lady character, then gets into a car accident with John Lovitz, Barr rescues him (but apparently left Lovitz to die). When she finds out he's killed off the Church Lady, she starts trying to dress him up as her, to the point of painfully shoving orthopedic shoes on his mangled legs. They get in a fight until Lovitz shows up completely unharmed, kills Barr, and kills Carvey so he can steal the Church Lady character.
  • An episode of music group S Club 7's TV series featured an annoying fan that was at first obsessed over Bradley and then later Rachel.
  • Subverted in the Shake it Up episode "Copy Kat It Up", wherein a shy, socially-awkward girl named Kat seems to have a near-stalkerish obsession with the girls, especially CeCe. It turns out to be a Batman Gambit to get a spot dancing on the show.
  • In the Starsky & Hutch episode "A Long Walk Down a Short Dirt Road," country singer Sue Ann Grainger receives phone calls from a stalker who demands money, then kills random people when she doesn't pay up. It turns out he used to own a radio station and would play one of her records over and over again in the hopes that she would notice him and help him become a famous singer himself. Eventually, someone got mad about it and stabbed him in the throat, causing him to lose his voice and his job.
  • Supernatural had Becky Rosen, a parody of some of the show's more extreme fans, who wrote incest fanfiction about Sam and Dean. She later used a Love Potion supplied by a crossroads demon to entice Sam into marrying her. She also tied him to a bed and knocked him out with a waffle iron when he tried to escape.
  • Played with in an episode of the short-lived HBO series of Tenacious D. It starts with Lee, a fan who is overly obsessed with Tenacious D, but afterwards, the Tenacious D duo becomes overly obsessed with Lee, culminating with his murder.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "Special Service", one of John Selig's biggest fans enters the JSTV executive Arthur Spence's office through the window and tells John that she wants to have his baby or at least a lock of his hair. John just about manages to get away from her.
  • The Wayans Bros.: The aptly titled episode "Misery", Marlon, who in this part of the series is famous as a secondary character in a sitcom, goes to the apartment of an attractive fan and is greeted by her "homely" roommate, who offers him a glass of drugged Kool-aid. When Marlon comes to, she reveals that her "roommate's" picture is just a picture of Mariah Carey, and kidnapped him with the intent of marrying him, and threatens to kill him if he refuses.
  • Joxer from Xena: Warrior Princess initially. Xena gets a handful of other "I've studied your every move!" (sometimes followed by "Now we must fight with knives!") type of meetups, but they're generally not the following-around kind of groupies.

  • Eminem:
    • "Stan" is presented as a series of letters by the titular Loony Fan who takes Eminem's "Slim Shady" persona to be Serious Business and tries to emulate him in every way possible... up to and including tying up his girlfriend, stuffing her in his trunk and killing both of them by crashing his car. The song ends with Eminem writing back (to said fan's second letter). Eminem writes in his reply that Stan should seek help because his case reminds him of a news story he saw about a man who killed his pregnant girlfriend and himself afterward, he then suddenly realizes that Stan was the man behind the murder-suicide. It's since given rise to the term "stan" to mean an overly-committed and toxic fan. Over time, the term "stan" as a means of pointing out obsessive and over-the-top fan behavior has become diluted due to "stan" being used as synonymous with fandom culture regardless of toxicity.
      • Stan makes another appearance stalking Eminem in "Off The Wall":
        Knock wood, it's all good; thank God for vodka
        'cause with my luck, I'll probably get shot by a stalker. (Ckkk!)
        Probably got a fanatic waitin' upstairs in the attic
        with a automatic, callin' me up there — ("Watch out!!")
        My man, Stan, with a gat in his hand
        stakin' my house out in a tan, tinted sedan
    • In "My Band" Eminem sexually exploits fangirls who squeal over him, much to the annoyance of the other members of D12.
    • "Bad Guy" features a crazed ex-fan who breaks into Eminem's house, chloroforms him, and murders him in revenge for causing the death of his elder brother, Stan, and for the homophobic lyrics of his old music. And Eminem's fading stardom and increasing age.
    • In "So Far" Eminem is accosted by an irritating fan called Todd while he's stopped at a service station to take a dump. Instead of handing him an autograph, Slim takes the paper Todd is offering, uses it to wipe, then hands it back, and Todd is delighted.
    • Eminem casts Machine Gun Kelly as this in his diss to him, "Killshot" — not unreasonably, as MGK was a former fan of Eminem who still admires him, and much of MGK's diss track to which Eminem responds to is dedicated to it.
    • Slim Shady is often depicted as an insane fan himself, with it being a particular trait of the Relapse incarnation of the character. "Ass Like That" and "We Made You" is dedicated to Slim leering over and insulting female celebrities, while "Same Song And Dance" is about the murder of his idols Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears.
  • BTS has a legendarily powerful stan community (mostly located on Twitter). The majority of it is fine, but there's enough toxic users in the community that many BTS ARMYs spend more time fighting other fans for their horrible behaviour than actually celebrating the band they like.
  • Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" is about such a fan.
  • In rapper Plan B's concept album "The Defamation of Strickland Banks", Strickland has a drunken one-night stand with such a fan. When he rejects her afterward, she tells the police that he raped her and he's sent to jail.
  • The White Stripes song "Take, Take, Take" is an interesting version: Jack White describes meeting Rita Hayworth at a restaurant and acting like a complete fanboy. Every action of his (seeing her, standing close to her, talking to her, etc.) ends with the words "AND THAT WAS ALL THAT I NEEDED". After every time he says it's all he needed, he thinks of something else he needs from her until finally she gets up and leaves. "IT WAS AS IF SHE / COULD NOT APPRECIATE / HOW COOL I WAS BEING."
  • Lemon Demon:
    • "Bill Watterson" is about a narrator who's fanatically devoted to Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, and has an erotomania delusion, wherein a person believes that someone else is in love with them, usually a celebrity; in this case, it manifests in him thinking that Bill Watterson is communicating with him through the comics.
    • The narrator of "Touch-Tone Telephone" is a Conspiracy Theorist who's obsessed with a radio show host, thinking the host is the only person who will believe them and trying to get in touch with them so they can explain their crazy theories on the air.
  • "Martin Scorsese" by King Missile. The lyrics to the song are the singer impersonating a crazed fan of Martin Scorsese, shouting profane lines about how he wants to meet the director and do various violent acts to him, basically just beating him to death (or at least to a bloody pulp) while thanking him for making the greatest films he's ever seen in his life. Since this trope is a large part of what drove the plot of The King of Comedy, Scorsese was likely not chosen at random as a subject.
  • In the video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way", Anthony Kiedis is kidnapped by a taxi driver and has to be rescued. Flea and John manage to save him, but at the end Chad unknowingly takes the same cab...
    • The guy appears again in the video for "Universally Speaking", invading a Peppers concert to return a book Anthony left in his car. This time, however, the more criminal aspects are toned down.
  • The Arrogant Worms have a song dedicated to this trope, reminding her of such things as how none of their songs are about her... except for this one. Which is all about her.
  • The video for "Lego House" by Ed Sheeran has Rupert Grint playing one. The twist is that at first, he seems to be starring as Sheeran: he mimes the song's lyrics, wanders Sheeran's trailer and house, and during the final bridge he walks up on stage to thunderous applause... at which point a security guard runs on stage and tackles him to the ground, revealing him to be nothing more than an obsessed fan. After this, the video gets rather more disturbing (including Grint eating Sheeran's chewing gum), before it ends with him being escorted out of the venue, passing the real Ed Sheeran on the way.
  • As well as the video for Lily Allen's "Who'd Have Known", where she kidnaps Elton John.
  • K-Pop group Epik High's aptly titled "Fan" is about a "sasaeng" ("extremely obsessive") fan who kidnaps an idol and keeps him imprisoned, watching him constantly from cameras she's installed in his room, giving him "baths" in the washing machine, and eventually thwarting his attempt to burn himself alive when he's inevitably Driven to Suicide. At the end of the video, she straps him to a rocket in order to "return him to the stars" (where, as a "star," she thinks he belongs) and accidentally ends up killing him in the process. The Fridge Horror kicks in when one realizes that the girl in the video is inspired by real sasaeng fans.
  • Rainbow's "Starstruck" tells the story of a crazed fan/stalker who is desperate for "a souvenir". Everyone else seems to find it funny, but Ronnie James Dio doesn't.
  • Tyler, the Creator's song "Colossus" is a "Stan"-esque song that depicts a fan as being too inspired by him to the point of annoyance and irritation on Tyler's part. Said fan also has some Depraved Homosexual thoughts in mind.
  • The narrator of ''Toy Soldiers'' by Marianas Trench.
  • Sarah McLachlan based the song "Possession" on real fan mail she received. A look at the lyrics of the song will tell you that these weren't ordinary, polite fan letters. One fan filed a lawsuit against her, alleging that she had plagiarized the lyrics from letters he had written. He committed suicide before the case ever went to trial.
  • Alexander Rybak's song "Leave Me Alone" is about a very obsessed fan who stalks him.
  • The Bloodhound Gang's song "The Ballad of Chasey Lain" is about a guy who kidnaps the titular porn star because she didn't answer his fan mail with one simple request: he wanted to eat her ass.
  • Rachel Bloom's "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury." Rachel portrays a fangirl who writes about her sucking his dick and jerks off to his books, singing about her lust for him, to him.
  • The video for "My Song" by Jerry Cantrell shows a woman physically restraining Jerry, collecting his DNA, and doing other creepy things. He escapes, though.
  • "Cinderblocks For Shoes" by Self starts with what seems like a real answering machine message Matt Mahaffey received: After the caller identifies herself as his "biggest, biggest fan", she leaves a (partially censored) phone number for him to call and claims "I know where you live and everything!" before ending with some creepy laughter.
  • Waterparks' "VIOLET!" is about a very persistent stalker of Awsten Knight's. The song directly addresses them, shifting between Awsten's stress about the stalker knowing where he lives and digs at them for believing that he's leading them on.
  • Will Smith's "Loretta" is an autobiographical track about an obsessed fan of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air who stalked him while desperately trying to hand deliver a love letter she wrote to him. The song notes that she never got a chance to meet or even see him, which made her get desperate and angry, especially when she heard about his marriage to Jada Pinkett. It closes on a rather sad verse from Loretta's point-of-view where the police arrest her outside the Kodak Center, which she was sleeping outside beside a dumpster because Smith was nominated for Best Actor at the 74th Oscars which were being held there, desperately protesting her love for him is divinely ordained and Will will see the best in her.
  • South African singer/comedian Robbie Wessels wrote the Multilingual Song Player Twenty-Three (honouring the unsung hero of the national rugby team - its greatest fan). Jan is a distinctly fat and unathletic guy who lives out his fantasies of being a great Bokkie as Player Twenty-Three - the national side's uncontested greatest fan. The song charts his epic battle for the position of Player Twenty-Three with an equally fanatic Bokke fan called Elton.
  • Noah: The protagonist of "Kota Mati" music video is clearly a fan of the vocalist Ariel, but is so disappointed when he doesn't spot, let alone recognize, her during a concert that she goes on a killing spree. It gets worse upon realizing that the video is a prequel to "Tak Ada yang Abadi" video, which ends with a girl shooting the band.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Payton Banks started out as a crazed member of the audience, obsessed with Bobby Roode, till she joined TNA's main roster after he hired her.
  • Mickie James' original gimmick in WWE was as Trish Stratus's creepy stalker fan. Oddly enough, since Trish retired, Mickie's actually developed into Trish's Expy.
  • Seven years earlier, Tori (Terri Poch) was this for Sable.
  • Beth Phoenix picked up one of her own with Rosa Mendez.

  • In Fangirls, Edna gradually slides from merely being a Fangirl to being a loony fan towards the end of act one when, unable to attend the concert, she concocts a scheme to abduct Harry; convinced that he will run away with her once he realises how much she understands him.

    Video Games 
  • AI: The Somnium Files has Ota Matsushita, a 25-year-old otaku who spends all his time and money on an 18-year-old e-girl/Idol Singer he's friends with. When Date first meets him he's defending her online against his own strawman sockpuppet accounts for attention from her, and he reveals himself to be willing to go to other extreme lengths to defend her. Unlike most examples, the two know each other personally and are best friends but Ota still puts her on a pedestal while she's Oblivious to Love and sees him like a big brother.
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey: One of the DLC sets has a mission where the Precursor Hecate sends the Eagle Bearer after what she claims are Persephone's loony fan club, saying they're her murderous fanatical servants. Once the Eagle Bearer gets there, they turn out to be... a perfectly normal fan club, just spending all day talking about Persephone. Hecate was lying through her teeth.
  • In Crisis Core, Sephiroth has a devoted group of fans who know what shampoo and conditioner he uses and how much. One must assume that they know this either because they're going through his trash or breaking into his home on a regular basis.
  • In Cyberpunk 2077, J-pop idol Blue Moon suspects she's being stalked and hires Player Character V to deal with the problem. If you fail to deduce the stalker's identity early, she corners Blue Moon with a gun intending to be Together in Death with her and you're forced to quickly take her down before it's too late.
  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory:
  • The Elder Scrolls:
  • In Fire Emblem Engage, Clanne and Framme act as this towards the Divine Dragon, acting more like idol fans than worshippers right down to having a dedicated fan club. The looniness is exemplified in Framme's supports with Alear which involve her accidentally annoying and unsettling Alear with the close-up gushing and fangirling until Alear learns how to delicately enforce their boundaries.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, a series of missions involves Tommy acting as a bodyguard for a Hair Metal band, Love Fist, after an obsessed fan attempts to kill them.
  • Nix from inFAMOUS 2 can technically be considered this as she admits in her first encounter with Cole that she's a fan of his supposed work as "The Demon of Empire City". While not obsessive by any means, she is the Token Evil Teammate of the group who encourages Cole to make Bad-Karma decisions.
  • Jagged Alliance: It is mentioned in the bio for Mary Beth Wilkins in "2" that, after she rose to fame in mercenary circles due to her participation in the Metavira campaign depicted in the first game, she received a lot of attention from loony fans and stalkers, until one of them gunned her down in front of her home.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Shepard gets one in Mass Effect by the name of Conrad Verner. Paragon Shepard can let him down gently, Renegade Shepard can physically assault him. If the player doesn't have enough charm or intimidate points to do either of the above, he'll run off and get killed trying to prove himself.
    • In the sequel he shows up again and says that you assaulted him, due to a save error that assumes you took the Renegade option. Since that point, he's taken to dressing in a replica of your armor and acting as you did in the first game with side quests and looting. If you manage to talk him down, he'll go back to normal life; if you upset him, he'll fall into a sewage treatment plant's turbines. This bug gets referenced in Mass Effect 3, where if you took the Paragon route in Mass Effect, Conrad apologizes for having accused Shepard of pointing a gun at him (the Renegade option), saying he was just really stressed out at the timenote 
    • He shows up again in the final game, this time claiming that Cerberus is an ally of Shepard, and thus the galaxy. After being set straight, Conrad eventually reveals that he has a Stalker Shrine dedicated to Shepard. Additionally, you get a bit of background to the guy: when Shepard sarcastically asks if Conrad can help build an ancient dark-energy powered device to stop the Reapers, Conrad responds that he wrote his doctoral dissertation on xenotechnology and dark energy integration. Yes, you read that right; Conrad Verner is actually Dr. Conrad Verner. Later on, he Takes The Bullet meant for Shepard from an assassination attempt, possibly dying in the process, only surviving because another NPC that Shepard helped in the past sabotaged the gun at the last second.
    • In The Citadel DLC, Shepard is attacked by an evil clone. During the final fight the clone insists that they're better than Shepard. Shepard responds with "Are you kidding me? Conrad Verner is better at being me than you are!"
    • Proving that some things just run in the family, Mass Effect: Andromeda has a brief (as in one non-storyline conversation) with a Miss Cassandra Verner, Conrad's sister. She claims Conrad's behavior was so irritating she had to leave the galaxy, then turns out to be crazier than he is. Conrad at least hero worships an actual hero, where Cass worships a crime lord (and for further crazy points, has a "plan" to ingratiate herself to the woman, then phone up her brother and brag about this to him. From another galaxy. Six hundred years after he would have died.)
    • And in a non-Verner example, Andromeda also has a krogan geneticist for the late Doctor Okeer, a very infamous krogan scientist. The geneticist knew him! Well, he talked to him. Once. And Okeer told him to get lost. Said geneticist is fanboyish enough to bring what he could of Okeer's work to Andromeda and tasks Ryder with fetching it when his assistant misplaces it.
  • Played for Drama in NieR: Automata, in which 9S' route reveals that Beauvoir was one to Jean-Paul, to the point that she became a Love Martyr.
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle gives us Kimmy Howell, a fangirl of Travis Touchdown who eventually decides the only way to prove herself worthy of her crush is to kill him. Travis gives her a back-bodydrop and tells her to get over it. Flash forward to No More Heroes III, and it didn't work; she became the pop singer Kimmy Love and is livid over Travis having ditched her. In the end, he's forced to kill her anyway.
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield has Team Yell, a crazed group of fans of Marnie, a Pokémon trainer aiming to become the next Champion of the Galar region. As such, Team Yell will antagonize anyone who is competing against Marnie for the position, which includes the player. As it turns out, they're actually Gym Trainers for Marnie's brother Piers and thus are supporting her in his stead (albeit overenthusiastically).
  • In Saints Row 2, the "Crowd Control" diversions have you protecting a celebrity from various crazy fans, who get more aggressive, more numerous, and better-armed at higher levels.
  • The Sims:
    • The Sims has the Obsessed Fan, who while not quite evil can be a considerable annoyance to famous Sims, going so far as to show up at their house.
    • In The Sims 4, as of the Get Famous expansion, it's possible for famous Sims to get a "Stan" as a fame quirk.
  • Sonic The Hedgehog:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) brings us SONICMAN! He's so convinced he's the real Sonic, he challenges the real Sonic to a foot race!
  • Sakura Kasugano was referred to by Ken as 'Ryu's stalker', and not only does she have similar moves, her alternate costume in Street Fighter IV has her dress almost exactly like him (she only has the gi top an, and it still has sleeves, rolled up). Frightening. Street Fighter V then goes the extra mile by giving her a perfect replica of Ryu's gi as an alternate costume.
    • Although, one can make a case about whether you can call her "loony" or not, since she has the potential to train herself to improvement, and is part of her own extended group of fighters (Dan, Blanka, and Karin, for starters). Even the aforementioned Street Fighter V deconstructs her passion for fighting by having her openly wonder about whether that truly is the life she wants after graduating from high school. Her UDON version, however, runs with the "Ryu #1 fangirl" characterization to the point that she follows him around the world, comes to train under him some time after the World Warrior tournament (in the games, she's perfectly fine with Dan as a pseudo-teacher/sparring partner), and goes so far as to succumb to the Satsui no Hado if it means having enough power to save Ryu from the Illuminati.

    Visual Novels 
  • The Big Bad behind the Deadly Game in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony turns out to be one of these for the Danganronpa franchise. As an employee of Team Danganronpa, Tsumugi Shirogane will do anything in her power to continue her beloved franchise, including framing Kaede for Rantaro's murder and having her executed. She appears to value Danganronpa more than life itself, as when Shuichi and the remaining students try to have the game cancelled at the climax of the final trial, Tsumugi resigns herself to a Surprisingly Sudden Death, crushed under the rubble of the crumbling Ultimate Academy.
  • In Shining Song Starnova, an obsessive and violent stalker has a major role in two routes.
    • In Mika’s route, the stalker takes her role in the spectacular failure of the Black Opera TV adaptation as a personal insult, and starts harassing Mika in increasingly dangerous ways (to the point of forming a posse to try and kidnap her).
    • In Julie’s route, this same stalker attempts to murder Julie in broad daylight during a public relations event because of a false sex scandal involving her and the lead singer of a boy band.

    Web Animation 
  • Etra-chan saw it!: Several of Hiiragi's fangirls start leaving gifts at Kuroki and Akamatsu's apartment because they think that Hiiragi lives there because he shares the same surname with the brothers. Later, one of the fangirls, Yuzuriha, tries to break into the apartment to have Hiiragi killed after the news of his relationship with a fellow idol was announced, while also unaware that he doesn't live there. Fortunately, Yuzuriha ends up getting arrested by the police for her trouble.
  • In X-Ray & Vav, we got Dragonface, a young kid who utterly idolizes our titular duo. So much so that they put a 50-foot restraining order on him before Season 2 started. Which got pushed up to 500 feet in episode 2.

  • Fans! (a comic which itself focused on fans of various sci-fi/fantasy shows) played with this concept when it introduced the character of Tim the Fanboy, a geeky stereotypical 'fanboy' who was a near-obsessive fan of the main characters. Unfortunately for them, once he realized that they weren't perfect, he felt betrayed and in turn betrayed them to become the 'fan' of a psychopathic time-traveling warlord who was doing her very best to wipe them out of existence.
  • Jack: The American Ghost: Hoo boy, Cindy is one crazed fan of Jack. Every motivation she has revolves around him. She even summons his ghost at one point.
  • The fan who wouldn't let go from Loading Artist.
  • Piro and Largo's characters in the Endgames videogame world of MegaTokyo acquire a loony fan; Largo promptly throws him off a cliff. As for the regular world...most of the main female characters have vast legions of stalking fans at varying levels of creepiness (some are just obsessive, others are obsessive about collecting panty shots of their idols).
  • Isabelle of Ménage ŕ 3 is one of Zii (and to a lesser extent her rock band). She dresses and styles her hair exactly like Zii, wants to be called "Izz", and for some reason thinks Zii is way more rich and famous than she actually is. She also displays a lot of Stalker with a Crush tendencies, and one point admitted to Zii's face that I Just Want to Be You (before quickly Verbal Backspacing it to "be like you").
  • Sinfest:
  • Mike from Something*Positive before his redemption. His stunts include trying to steal a tuft of Gary Gygax's beard, breaking into Nichelle Nichols's hotel room and begging her to marry him, and somehow setting fire to Steve Jackson.
  • The Sword Interval: The antagonist of the first arc turns out to be a teenage fanboy of experienced monster hunter David Shimizu, who's recently retired. The kid summons a dangerous monster to try and get Shimizu to come out of retirement. It ends up working, but not in the way the kid wanted — David and heroine Fall end up saving the kid from the monster he summoned. The kid is then arrested.

    Web Original 
  • In The Angry Video Game Nerd's review of the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre game, he gets kidnapped by a crazed fan and Leatherface.
  • The Brian & Jill Show had Jill portraying "Superfan Diane", a Loony Fan of Brian's from his KLOS radio show.
  • Jim Sterling has taken some time in The Jimquisition to show some of the more... out there gifts that their fans have sent them. Such things include a rubber replica of a pornstar's fist, a dragon tongue dildo, and a gay furry porn comic book. The sex toys have been used for various jokes, but the comic was a bit too loony.
  • The antagonists of Midgar Syndrome (The Final Fantasy House) are a group of Final Fantasy VII fans who believe that they are reincarnated characters from the game and have built an entire lifestyle around 'soul-bonding' with their past lives, whether it be listening to game music or practicing 'magic' from the game. And they're based on a real group of fans who actually behaved like this, as the film is a dramatization of one fan's experience with them.
  • The Nostalgia Critic's Douchey McNitpick, a "fan" that watched all his videos 37 times solely to find all of the Critic's mistakes and harshly call him out on them. Ironically, both are played by Doug Walker.
    • The reboot had Hyper Fangirl, stalking the Critic with the intent to make him love her, culminating in her holding him hostage and forcing him at gunpoint to be her boyfriend and review a movie with her.
  • Real-Time Fandubs version of Shadow the Hedgehog has Black Doom remade as The Devil ("from the Bible") who constantly nags shadow, trying to get him to do evil and go to Hell, and just constantly follows him. Multiple times The Devil recalls Shadow taking him to Chuck E. Cheese and him getting a prize. By the end of the dub, it is revealed that Shadow was genetically engineered by Gerald Robotnik to be The Devil's best friend and was Shadow's first subscriber on Twitch. In The Devil's mind, this justifies his obsession as Shadow owes him attention and friendship ala parasocial relationship. Unfortunately for him, Gerald deliberately changed Shadow's programming at the last second as a joke.
  • Wonder Quest Episode 17, "Cave One's Bacon", features guest star LDShadowLady being one to Heinous and his terrible, terrible jokes, to the point that Heinous persuades Stampy and Keen to take her with them on their side quest to rescue Barnaby from Flunky and Lackey.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius:
    • Jimmy Neutron's hyperactive best pal, Sheen is totally obsessed with Ultra Lord. He's got tons and tons of Ultra Lord merchandise, wrote the whole Ultra Lord website and firmly believes in Ultra Lord, even as a god.
    • However in the Planet Sheen episode "Cutting the Ultra Lord", Sheen goes mental after being away from Ultra Lord for so long. When he rescues Nesmith and Doppy from a monster, he realizes that he doesn't need Ultra Lord anymore because on Zeenu he's ULTRA SHEEN!
  • The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Lorne, the "Friend for Life" (complete with his own musical jingle) is an Extraverted Nerd who won't leave Sam and Max alone. This comes to a darker in retrospect head in "Fools Die on Friday", where Lorne highjacks a Swedish blimp and tries to crash into New York City in order to attract Sam and Max's attention.
  • Big City Greens:
    • Amaryllis from "Impopstar" is a Creepy Child who is increasingly obsessive over Zillon Brax. She makes a shrine dedicated to him in an old mannequin warehouse, keeps everything he throws away in a locket of his, and when she finds Cricket pretending to be him, holds him hostage and forces him to be her singing partner forever.
    • Emma and the Till-ites from "Little Buddy" are a cult who worship Tilly and everything she does, to the point they wish to be just like her and learn her every move and follow her all over the place until she's driven mad.
  • Archer has Ruth Anne Litzenberger as his stalker when he was a sought-after Lacrosse player. Just before she was about to seduce him, she shoots Archer and jumps out the window.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The foaming mouth guy, who appears twice, is one of these. His only distinguishing characteristic is how he foams at the mouth and collapses on the ground whenever Aang is nearby. Or at the very least thinks Aang is nearby; when Sokka and Katara go back to Kyoshi Island without Aang he winds up embarrassing himself and walks off in shame.
    • Zuko also seems to have his own in "Nightmares and Daydreams"; she has to be carted off by his guards.
  • Chessie the Autograph Hound will go to any lengths to get the autographs of The Cattanooga Cats.
  • Being a Loony Fan on Celebrity Deathmatch is dangerous. In an episode where Lucy Lawless appeared as a guest commentator, several loony teenage fans came to the arena, including an overeager fangirl dressed like the ones in Comic-Con who got into the announcing booth; she was quickly catapulted out of it with a device installed just for that purpose, impaling the popcorn guy as she landed. Later, during the TLC / Dixie Chicks match, the same fangirl excitedly volunteered when Lucy asked for help to decide which team got to choose ring theme; the decision was made by the two groups grabbing the poor fangirl by the arms and legs, then pulling until she was torn in half, then measuring the two pieces.
  • The Critic has one of these in a direct parody of Misery — she's eventually beaten by one of her own collectibles, which Jay triggered by clapping.
  • Doug: The appropriately titled episode, "Doug's Fan Club," revolves around an 8-year-old kid named Todd looking up to Doug for a change after his impression of Doug's magic tricks. He even goes as far as dressing up as Doug and changing his name to Doug as well. His obsession eventually ends up getting on Doug's nerves, and the latter calls Todd out on it. Doug later regrets his actions and finally finds Todd to let him know he had been trying to get everyone else's attention as well, which causes the two to make up in the end.
  • Guaca in The Emperor's New School. "Kuzco RULES!"
  • One episode of The Fairly OddParents! had Vicky be one to Chip Skylark, kidnapping him and pulling And Now You Must Marry Me. Chip implies this is a common experience.
  • Fan Boy of Freakazoid! is another example played for laughs.
  • Parodied in the Futurama episode "That's Lobstertainment" when Bender becomes the official stalker to robot actor Calculon. He does it again in The Beast with a Billion Backs. Calculon asks outright if Bender's going to kill him, and Bender states that's not likely since in his mind they're friends. In the comic version, he specifically denies having broken into Calculon's house at night and transfused their oils so they'd always be together.
  • In the "Cold Slither" episode of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Scarlet, Cover Girl, and Lady Jaye disguised themselves as Loony Fans of the band to get close to them, and managed to slug the rather surprised Dreadnoks into submission when they did.
  • Sebastian in the Generator Rex episode "Rock My World". Attempts to force his favorite band back to its original roots and, when that fails, tries to kill them.
  • Grojband: Kate and Allie are Grojband's biggest (and, perhaps, only) fans, who the band calls their Groupies. They are completely obsessed with Grojband. In "Group Hug", they kidnap Corey and hold him prisoner in their Grojband shrine until he writes a song about them.
  • Played for laughs in an early episode of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, "Dis-Harmony", where Ami and Yumi find themselves being followed everywhere (and we do mean everywhere) by a crazy fangirl named Harmony, who would constantly remind them "I'm your #1 fan!"
  • Jem had a dark example in an episode where the protagonist puts some serious effort into finding Ba Nee's missing father. The Loony Fan in question was one of the three men that fit the profile (a red-haired man of a certain age who was a veteran) who was a fan of Jem and a gambling addict. He was definitely not Ba Nee's father, but learning his idol was looking for such a man caused him to shift to a Yandere-type, kidnapping Ba Nee with blackmail on his mind. (Eventually resulting in another of the three suspects - her actual father - showing up with Papa Wolf intentions; it ended badly for said Loony Fan.)
  • An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes had a bunch of pandas becoming these to Heloise.
    • Jimmy and Beezy are this to Miseryville's soccer star Wreckem, to the point of interfering with his match against Lucius' team in order to get hoofprints from him, which ends up costing Wreckem the game.
  • An episode of KaBlam! had to do with a fan visiting the set of the show, and constantly annoying Henry and June due to his huge obsession with them. He even wears Henry's outfit, June's sweatshirt, and even has his hair blue dyed to match June's (either that or it's natural). June constantly refers to him as "Weird Ryan from school", meaning the duo already knew him.
  • Kim Possible:
    • Kim Possible's cousin Joss admires Kim so much that she dresses completely in Kim's style, has numerous pictures of Kim plastered around her room, talks about nothing except for Kim, and even accidentally makes Kim fail the mission by trying to copy her in the middle of the action. In the end, she learns not to admire Kim that much, so she starts admiring the sidekick Ron Stoppable instead.
    • Frugal Lucre drove Dr. Drakken to distraction with his non-stop praise and commentary while they were sharing a prison cell. After they got out of prison, he found Drakken's lair and talked him into pulling a joint caper.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rainbow Dash in a fourth season episode follows around Daring Do/A.K. Yearling, babbling constantly while the latter is trying to maintain a low profile and prevent a disaster, despite it being made quite clear that her assistance and attention are very much not wanted. The saner members of the group try to get her to leave her idol alone, but she just flies off and continues stalking her hero. By the end of the episode, she manages to get over the loony aspect of her fandom and the two become genuine friends.
    • Rainbow Dash herself has two in her parents (combined with Amazingly Embarrassing Parents).
    • Scootaloo starts to border on this in the seventh season, following Rainbow Dash's parents all over the place. Her scrapbook already contains a lock of Rainbow's mane, and she adds a chunk of a sandwich made with Rainbow's favorite recipe and one of her (used?) diapers over the course of the episode.
    • The Mane Six all get a wave of them after Twilight's old Friendship Journal is published in "Fame And Misfortune". Fluttershy is harassed for supposedly having Aesop Amnesia about assertiveness, Rarity breaks down when she overhears fans badmouthing her and her boutique gets boycotted, the Apples can't get any work done because they're swamped continually hosting AJ's fans who take her "your family is your friends" lesson too literally, Rainbow Dash can't go anywhere without her fans fawning over how awesome she is (even if she agrees, hearing it constantly is annoying), Pinkie Pie can't say anything without everypony laughing over how funny she is (even when she isn't going for comedy), and Twilight is quite miffed at how fans complain about her "character development" in the Journal and think that she was better before she got wings and should have stayed in Canterlot (completely ignoring the fact that the Journal is nonfictionnote  and that she's an actual pony).
    • In "Once Upon A Zeppelin" Twilight and her family go on a cruise together, only to soon learn that the entire cruise is princess themed and all the other passengers are big fans of her and Cadance. Twilight agrees to do all the activities asked of her as long as her family can do the activities they want to do, and soon she is forced to deal with overbearing fans cheering for her, sign autographs, and deal with a fan named Star Tracker, who won a raffle gets to spend the day with her as an honorary member of her family, but is constantly getting too close to her. Once Twilight politely but firmly asserts herself though and asks to spend the rest of the cruise relaxing with her family, all the passengers immediately agree to give her some space and actually become mad at Iron Will once they learn he swindled her into spending time with them.
  • In Ninjago, the Sons of Garmadon introduced in Season 8 are loony fans of the late Lord Garmadon. What makes it worse is that they idolize him for his power and none of his redeeming qualities which they believe held him back. Their plan is to use the Oni Masks to bring Garmadon back from the dead devoid of said redeeming qualities. By the end of the season, they succeed.
  • Irving is so big a fan of Phineas and Ferb that he carries around a scrapbook of their adventures and often joins in their endeavors even if he's not invited. In an interesting case here, Irving started out as a one-off character but then began to recur, and shows signs of possibly becoming a Sixth Ranger to the boys' group of friends.
    Irving: I got in the car when your mom stopped for gas!
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998) had Lenny, who after buying every piece of Powerpuff Girls merchandise decided to kidnap the girls and seal them inside action figure packages! Dick Hardly was even worse as he was so obsessed with them he created knock off clones of them for profit.
  • Katrina Rad in The Problem Solverz episode "Magic Clock". She follows the group around everywhere so she can write a blog entry about them, but she's really crazy about Roba.
  • One episode of Robot Chicken has a sketch in which "Hannah Montana" gives an autograph to a crazed fan who then shoots her dead.
  • The Simpsons:
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog has Sonette, who, along with changing her name, has snuck into Sonic's room while he was sleeping and stolen merchandise from him. She also is frequently seen with a piece of Sonic's chewed gum in her mouth.note 
    • Sonic Boom: Mark from "The Biggest Fan" is more than a little obsessed with Sonic and friends, to the point he writes "spicy" SonAmy fan fiction and tries to hold an injured Sonic captive a la Misery.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • SpongeBob is like this toward famous jellyfish hunter Kevin the Sea Cucumber in the episode "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic," repeatedly invading his personal space until Kevin finally gives in to letting SpongeBob go jellyfish hunting with him and his friends. Kevin turns out to be an egotistical Jerkass who delights in humiliating SpongeBob, only to have his ass handed to him when SpongeBob unexpectedly attracts the elusive King Jellyfish.
    • He and his pal Patrick are also this to their superheroes Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
      Barnacle Boy: Holy sea cow, it's that Sponge-kid!
      Mermaid Man: Quick lad, to the invisible boatmobile! Away!
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, there's a student at Echo Creek Academy known only as StarFan13 who is, as her name would suggest, a huge fan of Star. She also ships Star with Marco and writes fanfiction about the two, and she passes out when Star admits to Marco that she has a crush on him right before she leaves Earth. Word of God says that she was initially supposed to have one appearance, but the crew liked her so much that she was made a recurring character.
  • Rosie from Thomas & Friends was this to the titular character in the episode "Thomas And The Birthday Mail". She tries blowing off steam and whistles the way Thomas does, which didn't sit well with him.
  • Total Drama: Sierra, especially when it comes to Cody. She claims she knows everything about the cast, "Your hopes, your fears, your dental records!" It's apparently hereditary, as Sierra mentions several times that her mother is similarly obsessed with Chris. According to her, her mom's even made their guest room into a Chris museum.
  • While most Decepticons are out for power, love fighting, or are just plain psycho or sadistic, Lugnut in Transformers: Animated follows Megatron because he completely idealizes him. His constant praise annoys even Megatron, who in one memorable scene actually gets a robot version of a Twitchy Eye because Lugnut won't stop talking about how glorious he is instead of actually going outside and doing his job.
  • WordGirl takes a spin on it: Glen emulates Dr. Two-Brains, completely fulfilling the trope in that he eventually tries to replace him... except that Two-Brains happens to be a villain himself.


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