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Even the Goddamn Batman can be a fanboy.

Negi: You certainly seem very happy, Tosaka. I've never seen you like this before.
Tosaka: [holding an autographed picture of Jack Rakan] Damn right I am! What are you, stupid? To gladiators like me he's a freakin' god, you know?! Like a goddamn deity walking the earth!

Simply put, even heroes will have their heroes.

Maybe you think that answering The Call and becoming a hero may put our dear protagonists in a more elevated and level-headed position and that they should not feel the need to admire anyone. Now they have the power and the nice toys and even some fans of their own.

However, what we forget is that our dear protagonists used to have a life before (or even besides) their duties, and are still individual people with likings and all. Maybe they Jumped at the Call because they wanted to be like their beloved childhood hero, or had some of their decisions shaped by the "philosophy of life" of their idol. The person they admire and want to follow didn't have to be a "true" superhero, though. Could be a favorite celebrity, Idol Singer, or something else. They can also be a real person. Maybe that doesn't even have to be a person; just an object, an animal (small cute creatures are a particular favorite), a show, even a particular attitude.

So, why we should be surprised that they still Squee over their idols? Given the circumstances, we should not be surprised whenever a Superhero, Magical Girl, Teen Superspy, etc. starts acting like a fanboy/fangirl over something or someone.

Often, this is followed by Fan Disillusionment when the Hero discovers the Squee object is actually either mean, fake, or not without his own problems. This can lead to an anvilicious Aesop on not becoming a fanboy/fangirl; conversely, it can lead to An Aesop that the hero is, after all, a human being.

Another common plot is for the best current hero to squee and be all "I'm Your Biggest Fan!" over a childhood idol, perhaps telling him that he was the inspiration that got him where he is. The hero's fans are often quite embarrassed by the way they treated what they assumed was an insignificant elderly person.

Compare Audience Surrogate, Fan of Underdog, Like a God to Me, Ascended Fanboy, Promoted Fanboy, Hero-Worshipper. If this happens with a regular person, it's Starstruck Speechless.

Not to be confused with The Knights Who Say Ni, although the title is derived from there.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Black Clover, Wizard King Julius is, by all means, a time lord who has tremendous magic power. Also, he is a major geek who can't help giggling like a maniac whenever he sees incredible magic powers from people lower than him in ranks. He is such a fanboy he periodically sneaks out of the castle — to his assistant Marx's chagrin — just to spy on people he has an eye on to, you guessed it, squee at their magic talent. It's also his squeeing that actually helped several people to become Magic Knights at his random recommendation. Asta and Yuno stand out as his favorite knights.
  • Soifon from Bleach towards Yoruichi, when the Broken Pedestal deal is resolved. "Oooooh, Yoruichi-sama!"
  • Princess Cornelia from Code Geass can go pretty much into Fangirl mode when you mention her idol, Empress Marianne. Side materials suggest that Lelouch's Zero persona is inspired by a clandestine love of Tokusatsu; one of the History Lesson stories included in the DVD booklets has C.C. catch him humming a tune which she identifies as the theme song for a Toku series that aired around the time of the invasion of Japan.
  • Subverted in Death Note. When Misa meets L, (giving Light the chance to get L's real name) at first he just stares at her thoughtfully and then, when he recognizes her, starts acting all fanboy-ish over the idol, drawing the attention of everyone around. It turns out that he was suspicious of Misa beforehand and everything was part of a plan to steal her cellphone, thwarting Light's attempts to get his name and at the same time raising his suspicions about Light.
  • Mink of Dragon Half is always squeeing over idol(/dragon-slayer) Dick Saucer. At the end of the manga, Dick Saucer meets his idol, Ruath the Red Lightning, renowned dragon-slayer. And he discovers that A) Ruath retired to marry a dragon, and B) the dragon-girl he's been trying to kill the entire series is his idol's daughter. So since his idol did it, Dick ends up marrying Mink. Dick and Mink are still gushing over each other after 8 years of marriage.
  • Excel♡Saga:
    • Excel and Hyatt squee before agent Key, much to Il Palazzo's displeasure.
    • And of course there's Excel's (and later Elgala's) obsession with Il Palazzo, which goes well beyond platonic admiration. Hyatt, on the other hand, is too busy either dying or drugging herself up to squee over anyone.
  • A villainous variant occurs in Fate/Zero; Uryuu, the demented serial killer, accidentally summons Caster, and soon goes into total fanboy mode when he discovers that Caster is even more enamored with disturbing violence than he is, and has various superpowers to assist in his creatively horrific mutilations. Justified, since Uryuu summoned Caster without a catalyst, so the ritual provided him with the spirit most suited to his personality.
  • Galaxy Fraulein Yuna: Kagurazaka Yuna is an epic Fangirl of the Masked Maiden Polylina... who's really played by one of her friends (and former enemy), Lia. (In the game where Polylina is introduced, this started out as a full-on crush, or at least sounded like one.)
  • In Jin, the usually composed and wholly ojou Saki goes completely nuts when she has an opportunity to meet Tanosuke, kabuki actor she adores.
  • This is generally the case, at least a little, with clansmen towards their Kings in K, but none take it so far as Kuroh Yatogami, with his former master (and adoptive father) Ichigen Miwa. Kuroh carries around a device that plays recordings of Master Ichigen reciting his haiku poetry. Kuroh plays these recordings to other characters at points, sparkles, and asks what they think. Their reaction is always... "Creepy."
  • Subaru Nakajima from Lyrical Nanoha is the star member of the TSAB's disaster relief branch, and she outright idolizes Nanoha (who saved her life as a child and inspired her to become strong). She's actually reduced to tears at the end of the first episode of StrikerS when she finds out that Nanoha remembers her.
  • Macross Delta has Freyja Wion, who becomes a beloved member of the idol group Walkure, and was inspired to join them due to being a fan of them as well as previous Macross idols like Ranka and Fire Bomber. She actually sings Ranka's signature Seikan Hikou in a Flash Back and in various spinoffs where she gets to meet the others, she visibly squees over her inspirations.
  • My Hero Academia has Izuku Midoriya, who by Season 3 (and a good hundred or so manga chapters) has firmly established himself as a competent and powerful hero-in-training after inheriting All Might's Quirk, but he still sees All Might as the greatest superhero in the whole damn universe and hasn't grown out of his fanboy tendencies in the slightest. He is able to Squee over nearly any Pro Hero, including U.A.'s cook.
  • Negi of Negima! Magister Negi Magi tends to do this when he meets any of his father's friends.
  • One Piece: Major Sergeant Tashigi is pretty much fangirling on the inside over Zoro when they first met. There's kind of a double-subversion going on, though. She immediately presumed he was a bad person upon finding out he was a pirate but doesn't realize that Zoro is still a good guy, and is still all what she was squeeing over earlier and far, far more.
    • Whitebeard's allies are this. Including Jimbei, a hero of Fishmen Island, who, alongside with Arlong, was a fanboy to Fisher Tiger.
    • Now even Luffy has one. Bartolomeo is an anti-social Troll and a massive fanboy of Luffy. He looked up to Luffy so much that after Marineford he went to sea himself, becoming an Ascended Fanboy and entered the tournament on Dressrosa to win the Mera Mera no Mi so he could give it to Luffy. He's practically catatonic with joy after meeting Luffy and his crew in person.
  • In Ratman, towards the end of issue one. Shuto had to break into Kizaki Manor, home of the president of the hero association! Obviously, things didn't go quite as planned. Eventually, an A-ranked hero is called onto the scene. Upon seeing him, Shouto forgets that he's in his Anti-Hero mode, and asks for an autograph. Of course, the hero turns out to be a Jerkass who only does it because the job pays well and comes with respect from the general public. Considering that this series takes place in a world full of superheroes, and the fact that the story is a kid that wants to be a superhero but is recruited to be the world's first Anti-Hero (against his will), this was bound to happen.
  • In Robotech/Genesis Climber MOSPEADA Scott/Stick Bernard has always admired Colonel Jonathan Wolfe/Major Jonathan ever since he was a kid. When Bernard finds his hero still alive on Earth and doing guerrilla warfare against the Invid, he becomes ecstatic, and he eagerly accepts the offer to join the Colonel/Major's team. Later, however, Rand/Ray finds out that Jonathan has actually been selling his people out to the Invid; and when he tells Bernard about it, Scott/Stick slugs him for defaming his hero.
  • In very early Sailor Moon, the very first Sailor to appear is "Sailor V". Usagi often acts as a V fangirl, even after becoming Sailor Moon. (In several episodes she's shown at an arcade playing the Sailor V video game!) Eventually, V is revealed to be Sailor Venus, who joins the other Sailors, prompting a few star-struck moments before things settle down.
  • In Tiger & Bunny, Wild Tiger/Kotetsu T. Kaburagi is a rather vocal fan of Sternbild's first superhero, Mr. Legend. Ends up on a Broken Pedestal when Kotetsu is told that once Legend's powers began to fade, the 'crimes' he foiled were actually set up by the TV show. One wonders what his reaction would be if he found out how bad Legend really got.
  • In Tokyo Ghoul, many young Investigators are fans of the legendary Undefeated "God of Death", Kishou Arima. Amon, Takizawa, and Kuramoto are all completely open and unembarrassed about their fanboying. Amon himself has several fans, including Takizawa and Misato.
    • Higemaru, a new member of Urie's group, fanboys Urie when seeing how he fights and works out and calls him "hot" and "awesome".
    • Takeomi describes Sasaki's swordsmanship as elegant "like water" and expresses the hope that he can learn from him at some point. In his diary entry in Volume 4, he repeatedly states how greatly he admirers Sasaki for his kindness and skills with swordsmanship and housework.
    • Sasaki/Kaneki also gets a fangirl in the form of Roma. However, Roma is a more dangerous type of fan.
  • In Tokyo Mew Mew, Mint fangirls over Zakuro.
  • Transformers: Energon:
    • Mirage (the upgraded form of Tidal Wave) squees over Galvatron, to the point of cheerleading with a pink heart visible on screen with him. This is the English dub; in the Japanese original, it was a running gag of him being outright Gay for Galvatron (with lines along the lines of "nobody loves Galvatron more than I do!"). Given this information, the fact that Tidal Wave was specifically modified to be able to powerlink with Galvatron (a process that involves an intermingling of sparks) becomes a bit more worrisome.
    • Ironhide began the series fanboying the veterans of Transformers: Armada, especially Hot Shot. Later in the series, a trio of younger 'bots fanboy him. They become dead sidekicks three or so episodes later.
  • The girls of Wedding Peach are like this with Yanagiba until they learn his origins.
  • Yowamushi Pedal has Onoda Sakamichi who practically worships the ground Makishima Yuusuke walks on. Makishima, being the most socially awkward of the team (and probably the whole cast) has no idea how to handle all the sparkles and squeeing.
  • Judai of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX started fanboying over Yugi when they met in the final episodes of GX. At that point he'd just beaten the embodiment of darkness and was one of the strongest forces in the universe, probably. Of course, in terms of the card game, Yugi is still a freaking legend. Of course, it helped that he and Yugi had met in the first episode, and Yugi had given him the Winged Kuriboh card.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • Tim Drake (Robin Comic Book/Red Robin III) was more-or-less an ascended Batman fanboy. An amateur detective, he deduced the secret identities of Batman and the first Robin. Following Robin II Jason Todd's death and Nightwing's refusal to play sidekick to Bruce again, Tim forced Batman to make him Robin, believing Batman needed a sidekick to keep him stable. His own series proves him a fan of Black Canary and Wildcat whose autograph he is eager to get. A later issue of Birds of Prey showed that Tim was also a huge fan of (the second) Blue Beetle.
    • Similarly, Dick Grayson, the first Robin, first Nightwing, and second Batman, has been shown, both in and outside of current canon, to be a huge Superman fanboy, more outwardly so when he was still Robin. To the point where he took the name Nightwing after a hero from Kryptonian legend.
      • Not even Dick's successor, Jason Todd, was immune to fanning over the Big Blue Boyscout — Jason kept repeating "Wow!" upon meeting him in Action Comics #594, and his reaction to receiving an autograph (etched onto a scrap of metal, no less) is simply adorable.
  • Spidey regarded Batman like this (in a more dignified way) in the first Batman/Spider-Man inter-company crossover, calling him "a legend"; in fact, when Batman told him to leave Gotham and let him handle Joker and Carnage himself, Spidey was seriously considering doing so, only deciding to stay when Batman changed his mind.
  • Batman himself has never actually gushed upon meeting someone he admired, but his brief meetings with retired legends The Shadow and Sherlock Holmes (both of whom he claimed inspired his career) did seem to excite him a little.
  • In Booster Gold, time travellers had got Sinestro to come to Earth ahead of schedule, so that he would meet Guy Gardner and cause disaster, by telling him that he would no longer be the greatest of the Green Lanterns. Booster had to stop him. After a brief attempt at fighting, Booster tries, "But I'm your greatest fan!" He gushes over him, tells him that he knows in his heart he can never be replaced and convinces him that it was a plot by his enemies to find out what he feared. This meeting would go on to have a notable consequence: Sinestro asks Booster what Corps he belongs to, leading him to make up the name "Sinestro Corps" on the spot. This gets Sinestro thinking...
  • Captain America:
    • Cap has been shown, not quite squeeing, but when, fresh after becoming a Super-Soldier, he meets FDR, he seems to fanboy, just a little.
    • Captain America gets these himself quite often. If you're a young supe meeting him for the first time, your knees be bucklin'.
    • In Avengers Classic #11, Cap does a Sherlock Scan of Spider-Man, and they get their first good talk.
    Spidey: Plus it's, like, you're standing there and I'm nerding out on the inside. [...] Permission to freak out openly...?
    • The Captain America of Earth-65, Samantha Wilson, also has her fans in-universe. When Gwen meets her for the first time, she tells Cap that her dad is a huge fan and has all of the comics about her.
  • And there's also another Captain America and Spider-Man Team Up, where it is very easy to believe that Spidey is not just squeeing at Cap, but crushing.
  • Deadpool literally said "FANBOY SQUEE!" when he met Thor.
  • In one Green Arrow story, Ollie narrates about having to restrain himself from squeeing over Batman — but only after "swooning in fanboy drool". Yes, those are Ollie's words.
  • When the Justice League of America came down on Young Justice, Arrowette's first reaction was stunned surprise that the Justice League concerned themselves with them. (Making it all the more dramatic when she slowly realized that they were being unjust, complaining that the young superheroes were acting young, and then turned on them, telling them off in a manner that reduced them to stunned silence. And then stormed off into the kitchen to hyperventilate.)
  • Marvel's Voices: Identity: Wave is excited to be teaming up with Bishop, since he's one of her heroes. Bishop responds in kind — he knew of her in his own time, and is similarly excited to fight alongside her.
  • The new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, is beside herself with glee, going into doge speak, squeeing, and half incoherent blabbering about her fanfic featuring him (in this order), when she first meets Wolverine (who is less than impressed by this). When she gets saved by Spider-Man, she squees over being in a Spidey team-up, and tells Spidey she ships him and Carol Danvers, her predecessor as Ms. Marvel. And when she met Carol Danvers... oh gosh. Reached its peak when she was asked to join the Avengers, although she did have a minor moment afterwards when she met the original Nova shortly after his resurrection (although she notes that some of his online fans put even her to shame in this department).
  • In her micro comic, Pinkie Pie is a huge fan of Ponyacci, a famous Equestrian clown.
  • In Noob, Spectre returning to the game after a long absence was a major factor in Fantöm, Omega Zell's idol, getting out of his 10-Minute Retirement.
  • Victor Mancha of Runaways got really excited about meeting the X-Men. Strangely, he was much calmer about meeting Spider-Man, who he cited as his favorite superhero in his very first appearance.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics)' "Mobius: X Years Later" continuity, Argyle, Vector the Crocodile's son, is a major fanboy of Sonic, squeeing madly when the Blue Blur spouted out his Catchphrase "Let's Do It To It!" when mobilizing the emerging Future Freedom Fighters.
  • Overdrive in Spider-Man is a supervillain who fanboys over the heroes. In his first appearance, he tries to get Spidey to sign an autograph while they're fighting. He has a similar reaction to Luke Cage in The Superior Foes of Spider-Man. His backstory reveals that he grew up as a big fan of superheroes (Spidey in particular) and only agreed to work for Mr. Negative so that he could build up his rep and impress the Avengers when he eventually defects.
  • Spidey has got this treatment himself a few times. Mattie Franklin (one of the Spider-Women) was a total Spidey fangirl.
  • Superman:
    • During a Time Travel story, the Post-Crisis Superman once shook FDR's hand, and got quite emotional, if only in his thought balloons.
    • In the same story, Superman sees Golden Age heroes Doctor Fate, Dr. Mid-Nite, The Spectre, and Jay Garrick through a skylight and spends about a page fanboying to himself and wondering if he'll really ruin the timeline that badly if he just pops in for a moment to meet them.
    • It's fairly common in DC crossovers for almost every character created after 1980 to have this reaction when they meet Superman.
    • The Pre-Crisis Lex Luthor felt this way about Albert Einstein. After all, this was Mad Scientist Lex, and Einstein had been his childhood hero. Luthor would commemorate Einstein's birthday each year by traveling to some pivotal location from Einstein's life for a visit (spending one day working in Einstein's old patent office, for instance). It took Superman years to figure out why Lex was behaving so oddly until he made the connection, at which point he was genuinely touched. Notably, Lex couldn't bring himself to do anything genuinely wicked on that day, out of respect for his hero. Notably, this story was written by Elliot S! Maggin, who always treated Lex with more tragic sympathy than other writers did; and Einstein is Maggin's personal hero.
  • Ironfist from The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers is a total fanboy of the titular Wreckers. The fact that he got to work with them was like a dream come true. It makes his death at the end all the more saddening.
  • The premise of The Unbelievable Gwenpool is: Gwen Poole, a comic book nerd, got stuck in her favorite comics, what happens? Well, logically on the cute side of things she will squee over all the more popular/badass characters she runs into (so she will put heart stickers on Jane!Thor's poster, and Deteriorates Into Gibberish in the presence of Doctor Strange)...
  • Ladytron in Wild C.A.T.s (WildStorm) is a huge fan of Overt-Kill, the biggest and most powerful cyborg in the world. She's got the trading card, the posters, that punk song that sampled one of his one-liners, everything. One of the only reasons she even joined up with the team was because she was promised the chance to meet him. When she finally does, she frantically looks around for a piece of paper for him to sign. Of course, she also wants to fight and maybe kill him, because she's kinda loco like that.
  • Young Avengers:
    • In Dark Reign: Young Avengers, upon meeting Norman Osborn superperson artist Coat-of-Arms has one of these moments. She (literally) lets out a "Squee!", then proceeds to go into super-fangirl mode, gushing about how she admires Norman's "works" while showing him paintings she did of some of his more infamous moments (including killing Gwen Stacy). This pisses Norman off and, for a brief moment, he loses his composure and flips out on her. The fact he "went into Green Goblin mode" makes her completely ecstatic.
    • Most of the Young Avengers are total fanboys or fangirls, especially Wiccan and Hulkling.
      • Wiccan even fanboys over Doctor Doom while fighting him, with his thought process swinging between "OMG, Doctor Doom is going to kill me!" and "OMG, I'm fighting Doctor Doom!" He does it a second time later when Doom is healing him after their fight:
        Doom: I've no grudge against you, Wiccan.
        Wiccan: You know who I am?
        Doom: Of course.
        Wiccan: (aloud, to himself) Dr. Doom knows who I am.

    Fan Works 
  • Fanfic example: In M. McGregor's The Wonderland Subject, central to which is an interdimensional crossover between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Ultimate Marvel universe, Xander and Jean Grey have several instances of mutual squeeing over each other — he, because he's a big-time comic book fan; she, because she's a fan of a long-running Broadway musical version of Buffy native to her version of Earth. When they first meet, Jean French kisses Xander after reading his mind.
    Jean: "It's like if you met Princess Leia. The real Princess Leia. And instead of being freaked out by you, it turned out she used to fantasize about you when she was all alone in her room."
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, Koizumi acts like this towards the writer of Brave Detective Sasha novel series, Ryuugu Rena. Rena herself has her typical reaction over Yuki cosplaying as Sasha.
  • In Ace Combat: The Equestrian War, Medley acts like this toward Rainbow Dash. In a mild manner, but nonetheless.
  • Children of Time has the Tenth Doctor being his usual fanboy self — over Shakespeare as per canon but also over Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. (Watson himself joins the Doctor in fanboying over Shakespeare.)
  • An odd recursive version of this occurs in "Earning Wings of a Different Nature" when Princess Luna saves Daring Do from a nightmare. For the latter, she's in the presence of one of the diarchs of their native world. For the former, however...
    “As in, Princess Celestia and I,” Luna clarified, “My real name as a human was John Sappington, but you may address me as simply ‘Luna’ if you wish”.
    “Mark,” Daring nodded weakly, “Mark Sheffield. Otherwise known as Daring Do, apparently”.
    Luna coughed loudly to suppress a *squee* at the name ‘Daring Do’.
  • Just about every single Huntsman and Huntress in Weiss Reacts. Yes, even Ren — Ren flips out when he realises that one of Jaune's sisters looks like Euphemia, and Ruby and Yang Squee when they meet Yukari as a toku actress.
  • Axel of Rakenzarn Tales has these moments. There's a subdued one when he meets Reiko Hinomoto due to his love of wrestling, but a more blatant one is when he meets Deadpool and one of his dialogue lines is transcribed as "fanboy squeal".
  • In the Gate fanfic Here We Go Again!, JSDF soldier Sgt. Kuribayashi is a fangirl of the United States Marine Corps and practically squees over seeing the Marines and their tanks every time they appear.
  • Fates of Ice and Fire is a story where characters from A Song of Ice and Fire are summoned as Servants for the Holy Grail War in Fate/Zero. When Kiritsugu Emiya summons Ser Jaime Lannister as Saber, he mistakenly calls him Arthur (after all, Jaime resembles the classical depiction of King Arthur). Jaime corrects him but is very flattered because he assumed Kiritsugu was referring to Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning, who was one of his idols.
  • Child of the Storm: Entirely in keeping with his character, Harry Dresden squees when he meets In-Universe Living Legend Wanda Maximoff. She and Murphy tease him about it. While he doesn't immediately do this when he meets Captain America, that's because it's a battle. On the second meeting, this is exactly what he does. Steve was apparently patient.
    (regarding talking to Captain America): I will, in a manly and mature fashion which will in no way involve me being tongue tied and staring and begging on my knees for an autograph, no siree.
  • Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody in Itachi, Is That A Baby? fanboys over realizing Professor Potter is teaching DADA in his absence. To Dumbledore's surprise/amusement, he finds Moody studying, not to take over the class, but to join it. Though Moody is disappointed he can only join the 3rd year class as the later years are too advanced for him.
  • No More Shall We Play is a First Contact-story, with Terran delegates reuniting to Geneva to welcome the aliens and start negotiations. Steve Rogers is sent as representant of SHIELD and outright geeks out when he see the Pope.
    Natasha: Steve, please tell me you're not fanboying out.
  • The Cup of Life has the Winchesters travelling back in time to visit Camelot and helping to protect it from monsters. For their efforts, they are knighted by King Arthur himself. You can hear their brains almost implode from happiness.
  • Magicae Est Potestas: Frisk has this reaction to Artemis Fowl II in general. Also, it turns out that some of the human tapes Frisk had watched with Undyne and Alphys in the Underground featured Juliet's wrestling match as the Jade Princess.
    • Beckett Fowl has this to Frisk in return.
  • In Phantom Dumbasses, as the Phantom Thieves learn about the various famous people Ren is connected to, this reaction occurs to varying degrees.
    • Ann freaks out upon finding out Ren knows Risette.
    • Most of the Phantom Thieves grew up on Phoenix Ranger Feathermen, so they all geek out when they learn Ren is related to Yukari through Minato.
    • Makoto has this reaction upon finding out Naoto Shirogane is Ren’s cousin.
    • Shinjiro is eventually revealed to be You Tuber hosting a cooking channel that Ryuji watches to help his mom with the cooking.
    • Haru when Ren tells her Mitsuru wants to visit her.
  • Fates Collide: Jaune Arc is very happy to find one of his new teachers is Gawain, a warrior he had admired growing up.
  • Superman in The Last Son has this to say when he gets to meet Captain America, whom he has admired since he was a child:
    "When I was growing up, I looked up to you; God, for most of my childhood I wanted to be you! Even to this day, every time I'm facing a tough decision during an emergency, in the back of my head, I always ask myself, 'What would Captain America do?' "
  • Due to the way The Infinite Loops work, there are times when characters meet idols of theirs from video games or TV shows, as those types of media will be actual alternate universes. For example, Jenny Wakemen turns into an excited mess when she gets to meet Zero.
  • Glynda Goodwitch, who is just as much a professional Huntress in BlazBlue Alternative: Remnant as she was in canon, is revealed in Chapter 30 to be a massive fan of Trinity Glassfille of the Six Heroes. According to Ozpin and Rachel, she even cosplays as the Platinum Alchemist during the Beacon staff's annual costume parties. When she meets her for the first time, she awkwardly tries to ask for her autograph all while trying (and failing) to maintain her usual no-nonsense persona. To top it off, she quite literally squees after she gets the autograph.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Cars, Lightning McQueen goes Squee over Doc Hudson when he realizes he was a great race car in his day. Leading to the painful scene where none of Doc's friends will believe him, and Doc watches, knows he is telling the truth, and says nothing.
  • In Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Crash and Eddie (and to a lesser extent, Diego) become obsessed with the Crazy Survivalist Buck.
    Crash: You are Super Weasel!
    Eddie: Ultra Weasel!
    Diego: Diesel Weasel!
  • A rare villainous example in The Incredibles: Syndrome, despite seeing Mr. Incredible as a severe Broken Pedestal (this being what fueled Syndrome's descent into villainy), still has a fanboy moment over Mr. Incredible tricking Syndrome's life-sign scanner by hiding behind Gazerbeam's corpse.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • In the original movie, Po is exploding with delight over getting to hang out with the Furious Five. The Five don't quite share his enthusiasm.
    • In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is thrilled to be locked in the same pressure-point shackles as Tai Lung. Even noting this fact with a bit of audible glee.
  • In Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness, Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby go crazy over some of the celebrity passengers.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The Dark Knight Rises it's revealed that Jim Gordon isn't just Batman's friend and ally; from the moment in Batman Begins when Gordon tried to comfort young Bruce Wayne after his parents were killed, Jim was Bruce's personal Hero.
  • Lars von Trier gets to work with and even impersonate his lifetime mentor and role model Jørgen Leth in a documentary film called The Five Obstructions.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The Avengers:
      • Agent Coulson spends a good part of the film trying to get Captain America to sign his near-mint-condition trading cards. He also had a hand in designing Cap's modern-day outfit.
      • Several Avengers admire each other. Notably Tony Stark is a huge fan of both Dr. Bruce Banner (it says something when Tony Freakin' Stark admires someone's else's genius) and The Hulk, being one of the few who regards Banner's alter-ego as a superpower, not some condition to be cured.
        Stark: Your work on anti-electron collisions is unparalleled. And I'm a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster.
    • In Ant-Man, Scott's reaction to meeting Sam Wilson on the roof of the Avengers HQ is a combination of this and Oh, Crap!, since Scott admires the Falcon but intends to break into the building to steal some tech. The fight that ensues involves Scott apologizing a lot.
      Scott: First off, I'm a big fan.
      Sam: Appreciate it.
    • In Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man is this to every other Avenger he meets, including those he's actively fighting against.
    • Scott Lang when he first meets Captain America.
      Scott Lang: Captain America.
      Steve Rogers: Mr. Lang.
      Scott Lang: It's an honor. I'm shaking your hand too long. Wow, this is awesome! (turns towards Wanda while pointing at Cap) Captain America. (turns back towards Wanda) I know you too, you're great. (Grabs Cap's arm) Jeez. Look, I wanna say, I know you know a lot of super-people so... thinks for thanking of me.
    • Thor: Ragnarok: Thor mentions that he wanted to be a Valkyrie before finding out they are all women, and geeks out over Valkyrie's weapon. He flip-flops a bunch between "disappointed in how she has fallen" and "in awe of how awesome she is."
    • Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in Avengers: Infinity War is still a big fan of Iron Man. When they team up against members of the Black Order, Peter is obviously gleeful to be fighting alongside Iron Man. Tony Stark's initial reaction is to try and to keep Peter safe; but eventually, he either realizes that Spidey has the guts and brains to be a hero, or simply accepts that since he's here and can't go back to Earth he might as well help. This brings out the paternal instinct in Stark, and they start to form a father-son/teacher-student relationship. This makes Spidey gets dusted by Thanos and dying in Tony's arms all the more heartrending.
    • Shang-Chi becomes a fan of Sorcerer Supreme Wong after seeing him fight Emil Blonsky in his sister's underground superhuman fight club.
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: First Contact, the second TNG film. It has the crew traveling back to the mid 21st century and meeting Zefram Cochrane, the man who invented warp drive and pretty much founded the utopian principles of the Star Trek universe.
      • Much of the crew expects to meet a living saint, and instead discover Cochrane to be a raging drunk who cares more about money than anything else. Other crewmen, like Riker, either didn't have such expectations or just got used to the reality faster. Although Riker does get the best line about Cochrane's attitude:
        Riker: Someone once said, "Don't try to be a great man. Just be a man, and let history make its own judgments."
        Cochrane: That's rhetorical nonsense. ... Who said that?
        Riker: [*grins*] You did. Ten years from now.
      • Barclay and Geordi (both engineers) are obviously the most taken with him. Barclay has to drum up the courage to ask to shake Cochrane's hand and immediately dissolves in ecstatic babbling, while Geordi waxes so eloquent about how "Zefram Cochrane" is the first chapter in the introductory text for the required warp field course at Starfleet Academy, the grand 20-foot-statue of Cochrane that was built on the launch site, etc, that Cochrane freaks out and tries to escape from the launch party because it's too much pressure.
        Geordi: You know, I probably shouldn't tell you this, but I went to Zefram Cochrane High School!
    • Star Trek: Generations
      • There's something heartwarming about the awed reaction of Captain Picard upon meeting Captain James T. Kirk in the Nexus.
      • And touchingly, Kirk, initially dismissive of Picard, warms up to him almost immediately upon learning what ship he commands.
    • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: Kirk is amazed and dismayed that General Korr himself was Reassigned to Antarctica.
  • In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey and Finn realize that the ship they stole was the Millenium Falcon, and the man who just boarded it was Han Solo himself. Rey is grinning like a Fangirl and practically bouncing with excitement, and while Finn is more composed, he's the one who identifies Han as one of the Heroes of the Rebellion.
  • Tallahassee from Zombieland. When he meets Bill Murray he drops the badass and starts Squee-ing like a fangirl.
    Tallahassee: There's, like, six people left on the planet and one of 'em is Bill Fuckin' Murray!!!
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife has a two way example. Podcast is a big fan of supernatural goings-on, conspiracy theories, and other paranormal stuff, including the original Ghostbusters' heroics. It's the topic of his podcast! It has one regular subscriber... Ray Stanz himself!
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Roger himself is a very big fan of Goofy, despite being a big-name Animated Actor himself and Goofy being from a rival studio in-universe. Enough so that when he and Eddie hide in a movie theater that happens to be playing a Goofy cartoon, Roger is in utter hysterics in laughter, loudly singing his praises for Goofy as a performer.
    Roger: Boy, did you see that?! Nobody takes a wallop like Goofy! What timing! What finesse! What a genius!

  • In one Batman short story, "Fat Tuesday", a man wears a Batman costume to Mardi Gras, because Batman is his hero. He is kidnapped by a local gangster, but the real Batman saves him. The real Batman was dressed up as his hero, Zorro. Which is a bit of lampshading as Zorro is basically what Batman was based on.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: A much more restrained than usual version of this is seen with Caspian in Prince Caspian. The film less so.
  • In The Dinosaur Lords, Dinosaur Master extraordinaire Rob Korrigan has several moments of fanboy glee when he sees famous Master and cavalry commander Karyl Bogomirskiy in combat, even though Karyl is fighting for the enemy side.
  • Discworld: At the end of The Last Hero, Cohen and the Silver Horde meet Fingers Mazda, the Discworld version of Prometheus, in this manner. All Mazda understands is that some old guys just freed him from the chains that kept him bound to a rock where an eagle would come eat his liver and handed him a sword.
  • In The Divine Comedy, we see Dante completely forgetting the fact that he's somehow ended up in Hell because ohmygosh, it's Virgil! Also, in Purgatorio, Statius is also excited to meet Virgil. (Indeed, as an author, Dante was inspired by his work.)
  • The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden, meet Kris Kringle a.k.a. Santa Claus a.k.a. Donnar Vadderung a.k.a. Odin. His date laughs at him for being such a fanboy.
  • The protagonist of the The Great Divorce begins to gush with admiration when he realizes he's met George Macdonald, until the latter stops him, pointing out he's familiar with his own biography.
  • Many, many characters behave this way toward Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, to the point where Harry — the actual hero of the series — gets forced to spend detention helping the man answer his fan mail. Lockhart's general incompetence, though, implies that he doesn't deserve his fame; he eventually reveals that he made a career out of finding people who did impressive things, wiping their memories, and claiming he did those things himself. Right afterward, in a fit of irony, Lockhart blanks his own memory while trying to blank Ron and Harry's memories. Ron and Harry never seem to mention his secret to anyone, so Lockhart's fame is mostly intact.
  • Diana Wynne Jones' The Magids: Ted Mallory, Nick's (adoptive) dad, is a big-name fantasy author and a detective novel fanboy.
  • According to the fourth Noob novel, Fantöm, Omega Zell's idol, admits to have started playing by admiration for Mist, who was the top player before getting overshadowed by his rival's mentor.
  • In Super Powereds, even Hallow, a jaded ex-hero who retired and used his powers to become insanely rich, is still awestruck to meet Captain Starlight.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The Big Bang Theory, Dr. Sheldon Cooper is considered by many to be one of the world's great scientific minds, but he still has plenty of idols. He gets to meet some of them over the course of the show: Stephen Hawking, Stan Lee, and James Earl Jones, to name a few. It's most pronounced when he learns that "Professor Proton", the host of a Science Show that he watched as a kid which turned him on to a career as a scientist, is still available for hire. Sheldon and Leonard book him to do a show for them in their apartment and spend much of the episode gushing over him, despite the fact that he's basically just a washed-up old man at this point.
    • Sheldon himself has met several fangirls and fanboys who relish his career as a scientist. Including one of Amy's dates, much to her chagrin.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In probably the only case when it happened between a hero and a villain, Buffy squeed pretty hard when she met Dracula. In fact, everyone squeed at Dracula. The Showrunners described the metaphor for that episode as "A rock star comes to town".
    Buffy: Okay, who are you?
    Mysterious Caped Figure: I am sorry, I assumed you knew. I am Dracula.
    Buffy: [a sinister zoom-in on her stunned face, until she suddenly smiles like crazy] Get out!
    [Smash Cut to Opening Credits]
  • On an episode of Castle, the normally hard-nosed Detective Kate Beckett can hardly contain herself when she meets Joe Torre (formerly of the New York Mets), even gushing, "That was Joe freakin' Torre!" after he leaves. She immediately goes to call her father to tell him.
  • Doctor Who: Time travel creates lots of opportunities.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Ser Alton Lannister fanboys obsessively over his cousin, Ser Jaime 'Kingslayer' Lannister when the pair end up imprisoned together by the Starks. Ser Jaime responds to his adoring cousin by beating him to death as part of his plan to escape imprisonment.
    • Renowned warrior Jaime Lannister admits on multiple occasions to idolize Living Legend Ser Barristan Selmy and that he made a fool out of himself as a boy when he got to be the squire of Ser Barristan for a day. Also, his facial expressions indicate he's quite impressed by Oberyn's fighting skills when he duels the Mountain.
  • On his first appearance on Ghost Hunters, Meat Loaf is squeeing over getting to investigate with TAPS while they are squeeing over getting to meet him.
  • In "The Examination for Lieutenant" from the Horatio Hornblower miniseries, Horatio is, if not a complete hero yet, then surely an up-and-coming rising star of an officer in the Royal Navy. He squees — well, he almost squees, because he's a shy and solitary boy — when he meets Captain "Dreadnought" Foster, who is a Living Legend. Foster enjoys his admiration and is taken with the young acting lieutenant. Horatio ends up disillusioned when he finds out that Foster breaks rules and concludes that he doesn't care much for the lives of his crew.
  • Kamen Rider:
  • On The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Galadriel brings Halbrand in Eregion to treats his wounds with Evish cures. There, he meets for the first time Celebrimbor and expresses a childlike enthusiasm upon seeing the True Craftsman he heard so much about it. "The Celebrimbor?"
  • On the TV side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • On Murdoch Mysteries, Detective Murdoch, our hero who loves science and uses various applications and gadgets during his investigations, is always delighted or thrilled to meet famous inventors and scientists, but he absolutely fan-boys over some of them, like when he meets Nicola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Alva Edison, or especially Guglielmo Marconi, whom Murdoch met when he was setting up his wireless telegraph experiment in Newfoundland.
  • Odd Squad:
    • Olympia idolizes both Otto and Olive, and whenever she gets a chance to interact with them, expect her to fangirl to excessive extremes. In "First Day", it's implied that she often strives to be just like them. The OddTube episode "Interview with Olive" confirms this, with Olive telling her to Be Yourself and explaining how she has a lot of potential to be a good agent, which makes her fangirl hard enough to (literally) explode with joy. Odd Squad: The Movie has her meeting both of them in person for the first time, and she becomes so starstruck that she can't even form a coherent sentence and has to have Otis introduce her, in addition to himself, and explain her behavior. In the OddTube episode "Welcome to OddTube Season 2!", it's also revealed that she idolizes Orla, albeit to a far lesser extent than Olive and Otto.
    • Not even Olive herself — known for being no-nonsense — is immune to having idols and fangirling over them. While she is in awe of Santa Claus and Shmumberman when meeting them in person, her biggest idol by far is Coach Roberts, the coach of the various Burly Bears sports teams, which she also idolizes. She ends up becoming an Ascended Fangirl in "Bad Luck Bears" when she gets a chance to play on the Bears basketball team, and in "Disorder in the Court" when it's revealed that Coach Roberts is her teacher in the sport of javelin throwing.
    • Otto absolutely adores the boy band Soundcheck, to such an extent where he has a Stalker Shrine of them comprised of a room he dubs his "Soundcheck Room". Olive doesn't share his enthusiasm in the slightest, up until "Disorder in the Court" when she begins to have a love/hate relationship with the band. Like his partner with Coach Roberts, Otto becomes an Ascended Fanboy and gets a chance to sing with them on multiple occasions.
    • Similarly, Opal, Omar and Oswald also admire Soundcheck, freaking out when they meet the band for the first time, with Opal even saying that they want to be them when they grow up. Orla, on the other hand, doesn't idolize them at all, and is unnerved by her teammates' excitement. She's also the one to inadvertently break up the band when she asks them what activities they like to do together, and shows no remorse for doing so.
    • In "Train of Thoughts", it's revealed that Oswald's hero is Detective Shmumbers, a detective in a similar vein to Nancy Drew who is the main character of the book series of the same name. Throughout the episode, he wears an outfit similar to hers, and is excited to solve a mystery on a train passing through North Dakota regarding train cars being attacked with odd objects, similar to what she did in Crime on the Shmumberland Express, the first book in the series. However, his love of Detective Shmumbers and her stories clouds his judgment and he ends up being wrong in thinking that the culprit is following a number pattern, as is the case in all of the series' books. Instead, it's Orla who figures out that the culprit, Rainbow Robin, is working in a color pattern.
  • In the various Power Rangers reunion shows, the current team will sometimes fanboy the previous, longer-established team. In fact, the Galaxy Rangers even referred to the Space Rangers as simply "the Power Rangers" while fanboying. Of course, everyone practically drools over Tommy, and Cole went even more gaga over the original Red Ranger, Jason.
  • In Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Usagi is a big fan of Minako Aino, who also happens to be Sailor V's real identity, though Usagi doesn't find this out until very late on in this version.
  • He's less obvious than most examples, but Cam Mitchell is definitely one of these at the beginning of Season 9 of Stargate SG-1. So much so, in fact, that he spends all of his time Putting the Band Back Together rather than enjoying his newfound command.
  • Star Trek:
    • Kirk himself is no stranger to this trope. In "The Savage Curtain", he pretty much acted the same way when he got to meet Abraham Lincoln. In the same episode, Spock briefly showed emotion when he meets Surak, "the father of Vulcan civilization" as Spock describes him. (But he quickly deduces that Surak, like Lincoln, is not truly real.)
    • Not quite a squee, but Kirk is clearly in awe when Vulcan elder T'Pau arrives at the ceremony in "Amok Time".
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
    • While somewhat restrained, many of the senior staff, and Picard in particular, are thrilled when the Enterprise-D gets to briefly host Sarek of Vulcan.
    • In the episode "Relics", the crew is amazed to meet the original Miracle Worker himself, Montgomery Scott. La Forge, being the chief engineer of this ship, is especially taken with him. It sours a bit, however, with the crew (and Scotty himself) coming to regard him as a bit of a relic. But then Scotty does what he did 80 years ago all the time and helps save the Enterprise, and he's promptly regarded as the Miracle Worker again, and Picard even gifts him a shuttle.
    • In the episode ''Birthright'', the Enterprise-D visits Deep Space Nine, where Dr. Bashir meets Data. He's wide-eyed with awe at coming face-to-face with the Federation's most sophisticated artifical life-form and spends the rest of their conversation happily geeking out.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
    • Episode "Trials and Tribble-ations"
      • He has to be subtle about it to avoid violating the Temporal Prime Directive, but Ben Sisko is pretty darn squeeful about getting to meet Captain Kirk.
      • Of course, everyone was doing some sort of squeeing over the TOS crew (or at least the big three). O'Brien was pretty proud that he spoke to Captain Kirk (even if he lied to his face), and even Worf said "It would be an honor to meet him" in a tone that can only be described as the Klingon equivalent to squeeing. Upon seeing Kirk and Spock, Dax says "he's much more handsome in person," to which Sisko brings up Kirk's reputation as a ladies' man before Dax specifies she was referring to Spock.
    • Worf has met 3 of his personal heroes, Kahless, Kor, and Martok (the real one), and while Klingons don't exactly squee per se, his reaction on meeting all of them has been more of the aforementioned Klingon equivalent. He gets major respect from even the highest ranked Klingons.
  • Star Trek: Voyager
    • Janeway's interaction with the Leonardo da Vinci hologram also had this vibe. Likely due to the fact that Janeway is a scientist, while Leonardo literally is the scientist.
    • The crew come to view Lt. Reginald Barclay, himself a bit character on TNG, this way after he managed to get a Starfleet message to them for the first time in four years.
  • Supergirl (2015): Part dorkiness, part hero worship of her cousin, Supergirl tends to get really excited meeting other superpowered heroes.
  • Dean Winchester on Supernatural, hunter of demons and everything else scary that goes bump in the night, squees when he meets his favorite TV character, Dr. Sexy, M.D., after being Trapped in TV Land by The Trickster aka The Archangel Gabriel. However, it turns out that Dr. Sexy isn't real — Dean is such a fan that he figures out Dr.Sexy is a fake by noticing that his hero is wearing sneakers instead of cowboy boots.
    • He's also very excited to meet Eliot Ness. Although Ness is everything Dean could have hoped for, any reference Dean makes to The Untouchables (1987) falls flat. He's ultimately disillusioned about the movie, but not the man.
    • Dean really has a tendency to fanboy. In the episode Scoobynatural, the boys get sucked into a Scooby-Doo episode. It's hard to call his reaction to the Scooby Gang anything less than a full-episode-long squee.
  • Super Sentai: In Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Sixth Ranger Gai is a complete and total Super Sentai fanboy, and will flip out whenever he meets one of the older team members (and then ask for an autograph). On a couple of occasions they have fun with this; when he meets Abaranger's Yukito he fanboys, but then he sees Emiri and says "...And somebody I don't know!", and when the team meets Ohranger's Momo Maruo, she herself fangirls a little.

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    Video Games 
  • Miles Edgeworth in Ace Attorney is a huge fan of in-universe fictional character the Steel Samurai. While he's rather reserved in actually expressing his feelings about the franchise, he loves it enough to tell actor Will Powers that he's a fan of his work in a live action Steel Samurai series...immediately after acting as the prosecutor when Powers is put on trial for murder.
    • The later spin-off Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth gives players a peek into Edgeworth's inner monologue, where his love for the show is uncensored and on full display.
    • Throughout the aforementioned murder trial, Phoenix's assistant Maya openly squees over not only Powers himself, but just about everything they come across while investigating the studio where the Steel Samurai show is filmed.
  • Trucy Wright in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney over the Gavinners, despite the fact that Gavin is actually their opponent in court. Apollo himself has some fanboyish tendencies concerning Phoenix Wright.
  • Altaïr, protagonist of the first Assassin's Creed, has a mild fanboy in Ezio, protagonist of the next three games. They never actually meet, because they were born three centuries apart, but Ezio adopts Altaïr as his mentor and tries to follow in his footsteps and learn from his mistakes.
  • In the Playable Epilogue of Batman: Arkham Knight after Scarecrow outs Bruce Wayne as Batman, some of the mooks you can encounter are geeking out that this effectively means they've met Bruce Wayne.
  • Amusingly comes up in Blazblue Cross Tag Battle when Ragna the Bloodedge and Ruby Rose are placed on a team together. See here.
  • Tanizaki Jun'ichirō and Nagai Kafū are this to each other in Bungo to Alchemist; they are both accomplished and famous writers, but they both hold each other's works in high regards, with the former being a staunch Fan Boy and the latter having many positive evaluations about the former's works.
    • Dazai Osamu may be one of the go-to names in Japanese literature and very arrogant about his accomplishments (when he's not depressed), but even he has an object of admiration in Akutagawa Ryūnosuke.
  • This is the reaction Viewtiful Joe has when he meets the Tatsunoko and Marvel heroes in the Capcom crossovers.
    • In Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Hsien-Ko is seemingly delighted to have met Arthur, 'the most famous demon hunter in the biz.'
  • Nico, Nero's Demon Slaying business partner in Devil May Cry 5, is normally a skilled but haughty weaponsmith who won't take crap from anyone, not even her seniors as Lady experiences firsthand. But then she meets the legendary Dante, whereupon she goes into fangirl mode, stuttering her praises for Dante, giving him a Devil Arm as a gift, and enjoying the impromptu Michael Jackson concert he gives soon after.
  • Adell of Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is a huge fan of Pleinair, who is a news anchor in that game. Also, in Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice, Mao and Almaz are HUGE fans of Super Hero Aurum. Even Mao's Card Carrying Villainy can't stop him from gushing over the Super Hero when he enters his house.
  • Dragon Age:
    • In the Dragon Age: Origins expansions Awakening and Witch Hunt, companions Sigrun and Ariane have this reaction to the Warden if he/she is a casteless Dwarf or a Dalish Elf, respectively. The Warden is a Folk Hero to all of Ferelden, but a Warden from those backgrounds obviously has a special appeal to individuals from those two (historically much-persecuted) groups.
    • Dragon Age II:
      • Charade Amell has this reaction to Hawke, after discovering that her long-lost cousin is the Champion of Kirkwall she had grown up hearing tales about. Hawke later receives a very squee-filled letter full of questions, making it clear she's something of a fangirl.
      • Hawke also receives this from Tallis in Mark of the Assassin, especially if begun after Act 2 and if Hawke earned the respect of the Arishok. This is because Tallis is actually a Qunari agent and explains that rather than revile Hawke for defeating their leader, all Qunari now know and respect Hawke as an honourable Worthy Opponent.
      • If importing a save with the Human Mage Warden from Origins, several conversations make it clear that Hawke's family are very proud and huge fans of their second cousin. As an Apostate who often finds her magic a curse, Bethany especially is amazed that a Mage became the saviour of Ferelden.
    • Dragon Age: Inquisition:
      • Sutherland is an upstart adventurer and a total fanboy of the Herald of Andraste. Should you take him under your wing, he takes multiple levels in badass, assembles his own Ragtag Bunch of Misfits and goes on to complete several crucial missions for the Inquisition.
      • Blackwall certainly has no end of squee for the Grey Wardens, of whom he is a member. It counts because he isn't a member of the Grey Wardens, really has no clue what the Grey Wardens are about, and is following his Knight in Shining Armor perception of them as a mean of atoning for his sins.
  • Fate/Extella Link has a literal example in Charlemagne. Despite being an esteemed Knight in Shining Armor, a famous emperor, and a powerful Servant in his own right, he's super excited to meet other Servants for the first time as his appearance in SE.RA.PH is his first summoning. He's especially stoked about meeting other knights of legend like King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table and constantly gushes over how cool all of his allies are. His fanboying manages to embarrass Robin Hood, who Charlie mistakes for Sir Richard of Locksley. Even after the fact, Charlie continues to praise Robin's Combat Pragmatism as resourcefulness rather than deceit.
  • Snow the snow leopard from Dusty Raging Fist, who's a badass soldier in his own right... until he meets Leo, the legendary leonine demolitions expert.
    Snow: It's the Leo!... would you sign my sniper rifle, please?
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Crisis Core: Zack Fair goes all fanboy at the idea of meeting Sephiroth. "I get to meet a real hero!" After actually meeting Sephiroth, he settles down. Sorta.
    • In Final Fantasy X Auron gets quite a bit of this since he's the most famous living Guardian in Spira. Played for laughs when even Bartelo, the dimwitted Guardian of Dona gushes about what an inspiration Auron is.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Normally stoic, calm and composed General Seth of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is looked up to by Franz (who is a rookie knight, but a knight nonetheless). Seth in turn speaks rather highly of Garcia as a former commander of the Renais army, and while he doesn't show it too openly, he's also quite delighted when Garcia joins their group. His support conversations with Franz reveal that he also looked up to Franz's late father when he was a squire, surprising the younger knight.
    • In Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Sothe, despite being a highly skilled rogue, still fanboys immensely over badass Ike. This quote from his prospect girlfriend Micaiah shows the level of his admiration.
  • In the first installment of Galaxy Angel II, Ranpha Franboise, one of the heroines of the original Galaxy Angel trilogy (who depending on the route may also be or not the one who saved the galaxy along with Tact), reacts like a fangirl when she meets Kahlua Marjoram, as the latter is a famous witch in planet Magiic. Notable because Kahlua is also one of Ranpha's juniors as an Angel Wing pilot.
  • In Heroes of the Storm, D.Va, a former professional Starcraft player, reacts with joy at fighting alongside heroes from that series. Especially Kerrigan.
    D.Va: Kerrigan?! You're real?! I'm such a huge fan!!
    Kerrigan: ...uh...thanks?
  • Canderous of Knights of the Old Republic. Like many Mandalorians, he absolutely gushes over Revan, the Jedi who defeated them. Cue The Reveal that he's been working with a mindwiped Revan. Light or dark, he vows to follow Revan to the end.
  • NASCAR is a religion for Left 4 Dead 2's Ellis. And Jimmy Gibbs Jr. is the one true savior.
    "Only the greatest stock car racer of all time. Try readin' a book sometime!"
    "Aw, shit, we missed him? You know what, that's the last straw. These zombies have just made themselves an enemy."
    "That man is an American hero."
    "If the laws of nature would allow it, I would bear that man's children."
  • Prince Sidon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a Zora warrior who has his share of fangirls squeeing over how handsome and brave he is. Sidon absolutely squees over Link, whom he remembers as the Hylian Champion with a considerable amount of skill with the Master Sword. It also helped that Sidon's sister, Mipha, was in love with Link and was planning to marry him after Ganon was defeated 100 years prior to the game. Despite the marriage not happening due to Mipha's death, Sidon still sees Link as a valuable ally and friend with a bit of an "almost Best Friends-in-Law" dynamic.
  • In LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, Kamala Khan needs to calm down.
    Kamala Khan: We get Spider-Man on our team?! This is so cool.
    White Tiger: [facepalm]
  • Mass Effect: Commander Shepard gets this from time to time, since Shepard's already a badass with a rep in the first game. In the second, Shepard's only the savior of the entire galaxy. One could almost argue that there's less squeeing over Shepard than there should be. Especially since Shepard's back from the dead. Though given the memorials to the Commander on a half dozen planets, Shepard's home colony adopting Shepard's face as their official logo, and (according to one news report) raging extranet arguments about what Shepard's return means, you can say things are pretty Squee-ish. If you chose the Paragon ending in the first game the turian weapons dealer on the Citadel positively gushes over Shepard. Even before completing his loyalty mission, it's clear that the tankborn mega-krogan Grunt has nothing but total respect for Shepard and is infuriated whenever anyone insults Shepard in any way or spits on his/her name.
    • In Mass Effect 3, it's clear that Shepard is quietly awed by the fact they've discovered a Prothean who's been in stasis for 50,000 years. This is, however, quickly overshadowed by the sheer amount of squee emanating from Liara, leading Shepard to suggest she handles asking their questions since she looks like she's about to explode.
    Joker: So has Liara stopped bouncing yet? I'm guessing there may have been some bouncing.
  • Numerous times in Metal Gear:
  • Minecraft: Story Mode: Despite being a rather famous adventurer herself, Petra still carries this attitude towards Jack in "Hero in Residence".
  • General Sanshi of Namu Amida Butsu! -UTENA- concerning his mentor and idol Tamonten. After being treated to a dose of Defeat Means Friendship and becoming Tamon's disciple, he is loyal to and admires "Tamon-sama" to the point of obsession and is fiercely protective of him. Similarly, Nanda Ryūō, super proud dragon king as he is, is obsessed with Shaka Nyorai and is heavily suggested to also be sexually attracted to him. These two's recollection with each other where they fanboy-out and rave about their respective idols together is as hilarious as one would expect.
  • The Ouendan of the Japanese game Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan appear wherever they are needed, sometimes for a reason. In Ouendan 2, a pop star is kidnapped, and the Ouendan are there to support fans in reclaiming him because they clearly are fans themselves.
  • Two of the playable characters in Overwatch are established to be famous in-universe. Lúcio is a musician and D.Va a competitive gamer. Other characters will remark on their fame and even ask for autographs. Amusingly, Lúcio and D.Va are mutual fans of each other.
  • In Persona 4, despite regularly diving through television screens and battling the physical embodiment of people's suppressed selves, Yosuke can't help being completely starstruck when teen idol, "Risette" comes to town. Also, in the game's sequel, Persona 4: Arena, Chie comes to admire Akihiko so much that she starts to call him her master.
  • In Psychonauts, Raz is a big psychonauts fanboy and really looks up to them; Agent Cruller in particular. Lili is also shown to be a bit of a fangirl herself.
  • Ratchet of Ratchet & Clank is like this a few times. He treats Captain Qwark as one (until he realises he's not so great, reacts with awe towards a hoverboard champion and is rather excited that the spaceship he is stationed on has a gamestation in the third game.
  • RealityMinds: Astrake and Udir want to become Cielcanto soldiers out of admiration for the soldier who saved their life. They get a chance to talk to that soldier, Deak, who is proud of how far they've come. Downplayed with in that while Astrake successfully enlists, Udir missed his chance for the year due to being kidnapped, though Rasheed plans to help Udir join faster due to being impressed by the latter's skills.
  • Red Dead Redemption! It's hard not to hear a hint of squee in John Marston's voice when he meets Landon Ricketts.
  • The Player Character from Saints Row: The Third reacts in this way when meeting the current mayor of Steelport: Burt-FUCKING-Reynolds.
  • Scarlet Nexus: Yuito is this for Kasane, for having saved his life as a child in what’s eventually shown to be Time Travel. Yuito constantly compares himself to the person who saved him before that discovery, her being the reason he joined the OSF, as well as being the cause of his love for the mascot Baki (he saw one on her belt).
  • In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, an Easter Egg conversation reveals Pit to be a huge fan of Mario. Also, he, Palutena, and Viridi are all massive fans of Mega Man.
  • Morgan LeFlay, Mighty Pirate Hunter in Tales of Monkey Island is a fangirl of Guybrush Threepwood, Mighty Pirate despite her occupation. She is more than a little disappointed to find out Guybrush operates more through Indy Ploys, picking up anything that might be useful, and avoiding epic fights through clever trickery than the badass pirate she seems to have thought he was.
  • Undertale:
    • Papyrus is a goofy All-Loving Hero skeleton who looks up to the Captain of the Royal Guard, Undyne.
    • Undyne, in turn, is a Hot-Blooded fish lady who is a huge fan of Gerson, the crazy old turtle archaeologist who was apparently a hero in the war.
  • Dean from Wild ARMs 5 over his "hero", Nightburn.

  • Catholic cartoonist Jason Bach uses this trope as the basis for a strip about the theological continuity between Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.
  • In Guilded Age, one of the first things we learn about Penk, who later becomes the leader of the Champions, is that he looks up to Harky and considers him a hero.
  • Villainous example from Homestuck: despite being an omniscient, nearly omnipotent "first guardian" of Alternia, Doc Scratch is apparently a big fan of Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, bringing up many of the same Memes that the rest of the cast does. There is actually a very good reason for this: He was made in part from a magic cue ball and one of Bro's puppets, and Dave (who wrote SBaHJ in-universe) has a similar sense of humor to Bro.
    • Also, many of the post-scratch Trolls are huge fans of their respective ancestors, and when they finally meet them, squeeing ensues. Except for Karkat, who, true to his nature, thinks his ancestor is a hypocritical tool.
    • Karkat, of all people, really looks up to Jack Noir /Spades Slick.
    GC: K4RK4T, H3 1S NOT TH4T COOL!
  • Lisa of Mechagical Girl Lisa ANT, to the point of being completely oblivious that her idol Pink Flash is a dangerous foe.
  • Another rare case of it happening between villain and hero, Hitlerella was very excited to meet Wonderella's mom (the original Wonderella) when her daughter brought her along on a Mother's Day outing.
  • The Order of the Stick: Roy meeting his grand-father in the afterlife. Roy is also quite fanboyish when meeting with Gary Gygax earlier — probably channeling the author there. Given that Gygax was one of the people primarily responsible for the setting that Roy exists in, this reaction is entirely justified — he could only get closer to meeting his maker if Rich Burlew drew himself in. Later, Laurin subverts it: she remembers how much of a fan of Julio she had been, but that had been when she was younger.
  • Batman meeting the Grey Ghost in Shortpacked!. Grey Ghost bears some resemblance to the Crimson Avenger (DC's first 'super' hero) whose modus shared some similarities with Batman, so it's not too hard to imagine this scene actually taking place.
  • In The Specialists, Max to Captain Victory.

    Web Original 
  • Eric Rodriguez did a countdown of the Top 10 Voice Over Actors. Not only did two of the actors mentioned in the list watch the video and tweet about it to their followers (Rob Paulsen and Tara Strong), but Rob actually emailed Erod to tell him how much he loved the video.
  • Alloy from The Descendants to the point where he has to be told to control himself when meeting other heroes by his teammates.
  • The Knights of Fandom are an online group of fangirls and fanboys who unite for the dual purposes of being huge fans of whatever they enjoy and fighting cyber-bullying. Their Tumblr account invokes this trope by name ("We are the Knights who say 'Squee'!"), and they certainly lived up to the trope when Grey DeLisle joined their ranks.
  • After Doug Walker did a Nostalgia Critic tribute to Siskel and Ebert, Roger Ebert tweeted about how much he liked it; Doug had that tweet printed out and framed for his wall. He was also very enthused to have the creative team of Animaniacs on for a tribute to their show.
    • He had a similar moment when, during "Conquest of the Commercials", Don Bluth made an appearance to give the Critic a Death Glare for his previous rants.
  • Ruby Rose from RWBY has dreams of becoming a Huntress. When she meets Glynda Goodwitch, an active Huntress, she Squees and asks for an autograph.
  • Aquerna and some of the other Underdogs of Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe have a fan club for Fey. This is really embarrassing for Fey since she's their age and still in high school.
  • After he returned from E3 2017, Maximilian Dood told his livestream that Fighting Game legends like Akira Nishitaninote  and Katsuhiro Haradanote  came up to him to say they were fans of his work and appreciated everything he'd done to promote interest in fighting games, which utterly stunned him because he owed so much of his life to the work they'd done. He also mentioned that FGC legend Daigo Umehara asked for a picture with him, and when he looked the picture up online later was amused to discover that Daigo had referred to him as "Max-sempai".

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventure Time episode "His Hero" featured Finn and Jake idolizing a great hero called Billy (Jake: "I wanna be the dog you, Billy!"). At the end of the episode, after they restore his faith in heroism, he declares them his heroes and they squee out so hard he gets really uncomfortable and has to ask them to leave.
  • The titular Archer had this reaction when he met Burt Reynolds, though his excitement quickly turned to horror when he found out that his hero was dating his mom.
  • Katara of Avatar: The Last Airbender is a total Jet Fangirl for one episode. Hey, All Girls Want Bad Boys. She loses her capacity to squee harder than most examples here when she learns that he's not just bad, he's a narrow-minded jingoist who considers killing a town full of innocent Earth Kingdom civilians a ringing success for the rebellion, just because there happens to be a Fire Nation camp nearby. In the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, Bolin is a pretty big fan of Toph and Zuko due to their actions in the original series. He completely squees when he actually meets Zuko and Toph in person, and having Toph compliment him for being able to lavabend is a bigger deal to him than actually being one of the very few people to even be capable of lavabending in the first place.
  • The Batman: The Animated Series episode "Beware the Gray Ghost" had Batman showing as much squee as he is capable of upon meeting the actor of a childhood TV hero, the "Gray Ghost", who seems to have inspired some of the Batman persona. Played by Adam West as a Shout-Out to earlier incarnations of Batman. This was a reflection of what happened behind the scenes — the creators were so adamant that West be cast in the role of the Gray Ghost that, if he hadn't been able to do so, the entire episode would have been scrapped.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold
    • Blue Beetle spends most of his time in awe of Batman. He's also fanboyed over previous Blue Beetle Ted Kord and AQUAMAN.
    • And Bats himself to Sherlock Holmes, in the episode where he went back in time. At the end of that episode, Holmes asks how he knew who he was. "Everyone knows who you are. You're the world's greatest detective." (World's Greatest Detective is usually a title given to Batman.)
    • The Joker is in awe that the old man who is weeping next to him in a bar for super losers is no one less than The Weeper, the greatest villain of all time who now has fallen in hard times! The Joker sings The Weeper's praises with some Take Thats because well, he is The Joker:
  • Beetlejuice:
    • In "Poe Pourri," Lydia goes all fangirl over meeting Edgar Allen Poe in the Neitherworld.
    • And also in "Ghost to Ghost" when she meets the ghost of her favorite actor, Boris ToDeath... That is until she finds out that he's trying to scare her family out of their house so he can turn it into a "Home for Bad Actors".
  • Ben 10: Alien Force
    • Ben squeals like a fangirl when he sees a commercial for a new live-action "Sumo Slammers" movie.
    • In one episode, Ben's girlfriend said the reason she didn't get jealous when a movie star kissed Ben was that "he's gotta bigger crush on Captain Nemesis than he does on Jennifer Nocturne".
  • A bizarre example happened in the Codename: Kids Next Door episode "Operation: T.R.A.I.N.I.N.G." After Tommy bluffed Father (the Big Bad of the show) into thinking his autograph book was the Code Module, Father seemed pretty excited to see that it had Numbuh 362's autograph in it, despite the fact that she's his Arch-Enemy.
  • In Danny Phantom, a villainous example is given with the Green Bay Packers fanatic Vlad Masters.
  • In the Darkwing Duck episode "In Like Blunt", Darkwing is gleeful when J. Gander announces that S.H.U.S.H. intends Derek Blunt to work with him on the project. He has apparently seen all the movies about him, tries his hardest to impress him and only begins getting irritated when Blunt continually (and insultingly) brushes off his best efforts.
  • Freakazoid! goes complete fanboy when he meets Norm Abram, of all people.
    "Cosgrove, he's a normal, regular guy just like everyone—NORM ABRAAAAAM! I'M TOUCHING NORM ABRAM! I'M HUGGING NORM ABRAM! I'M HOLDING NORM ABRAM ABOVE MY HEAD!"
  • Early in Gargoyles, Lexington is excited to meet The Pack... until they try to kill him.
  • Dipper Pines, co-protagonist of Gravity Falls, becomes a modestly successful amateur paranormal investigator with the help of a mysterious journal. When he eventually meets the journal's author, he forgets all about the crisis he was facing just a moment before and gets so excited and nervous that he feels physically ill.
  • Inspector Gadget
    • Penny did this in an episode where everyone's favorite detective family has to protect a rock and roll star.
    • Plus there is one where a MAD agent also happens to be Gadget's favorite actress.
  • Justice League:
    • Captain Marvel finally meets his idol Superman, only to discover that he's nothing like he thought he would be. After Supes beats the tar out of him, destroying the "reformed" Lex Luthor's new city in the process, he resigns from the now understandably repentant JL with the words, "You just don't act like heroes." Contextually, the Big Blue's attitude had a lot to do with recent events. It didn't help that Luthor had gone out of his way to make things look suspicious to Supes so he'd go off half-cocked, thus soiling the League's reputation. The same happens with the Ultimen before that.
    • Green Lantern John Stewart was a big Justice Guild fan when he was a kid.
  • Justice League Action: In "Freezer Burn", when Mr. Freeze invites Killer Frost to Gotham City for a Villain Team-Up, Frost gets really excited and says she is Freeze's biggest fan. Unfortunately, this turns into a Broken Pedestal moment when Freeze betrays her.
  • In Kim Possible, Frugal Lucre is a villainous version, driving Dr. Drakken to distraction with his hero-worship when they're stuck in prison together. After they get out, Lucre makes a pest of himself again by seeking out Drakken as a mentor.
  • In Kung Fu Panda, Shifu's pretty unyielding when you first meet him... but even he can't help himself when one of his idols visits town. At one point, desperate to earn the admiration of a reclusive master who traveled via box, Shifu accidentally set him loose when it turned out the guy really didn't get out much and was thrilled to be out of the box. He'll even pen letters asking what a legendary warrior looks for in a bestie (and yes, that's the actual word he used). And when he tries to make sure Po doesn't visit the local action figure convention, claiming his Dragon Warrior responsibilities forbid it, it's only because he likes to go there too and doesn't want to be seen by anyone he knows. When finally forced to 'fess up, his admission is priceless.
  • The Legion of Super-Heroes over Clark Kent in the animated series. With Brainiac 5, it never stopped, and we had scenes of Danger Room-like sessions with Brainy heroically stopping the bad guys, being fatally wounded, and dying in the arms of Superman.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
    • Rainbow Dash is a very skilled flier, winner of many awards, implied to be the fastest living being on the planetnote , and bearer of the Element of Loyalty, but she's still a total fangirl of the Wonderbolts and hopes to join them someday.
    • She has a similar reaction when meeting Daring Do.
    • Rainbow Dash eventually fulfills her dream of joining the Wonderbolts and finds out they are all fans of her, in awe of her flying prowess and how often she and her friends have saved Equestria.
    • Twilight Sparkle, The Hero of the series and one of the most powerful magical practitioners in all of Equestria, is this to its Big Good, Princess Celestia. In fact, it was a display of Celestia magically raising the sun that first inspired Twilight to take up the study of magic as a filly.
  • In The Penguins of Madagascar episode "The Red Squirrel" Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico all squee over meeting and working with the legendary Special Agent Buck Rockgut. Skipper even claims to have "patterned his whole life" after Rockgut. Their enthusiasm fades when he accuses first Private then Kowalski of being the villainous Red Squirrel.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • In "Starstruck", Princess Star Butterfly has this reaction to meeting the legendary warrior Mina Loveberry, to the point of begging Mina to train her. Turns into a Broken Pedestal moment when Mina is revealed to have gone insane and then attempts to conquer Earth.
    • In "Friendenemies", Marco Diaz, an avid martial artist, has this reaction to meeting action star Mackie Hand and gets to Pass the Popcorn when Mackie gets into a fight with several theater security guards.
  • Static Shock: Static is quite excited every time he meets another superhero. No Broken Pedestal for him, either — they collaborate quite well. The closest thing was discovering that Batman is not very friendly, but Robin assures him that it's not personal, and they come to an understanding.
    • There was a definite Broken Pedestal moment when he met Green Lantern John Stewart. However, that was quickly resolved upon learning the Lantern Static thought he'd met was Sinestro impersonating him.
    • Same with Superman in another episode, not to mention both he and Gear getting their minds blown when the Justice League itself asks for their help in their crossover episode (well, Static's help, anyway.)
  • The Superhero Squad Show depicts Iron Man as a big fan of Nick Fury in the episode "From the Atom... It Rises!" He is very elated to meet Nick Fury and especially pleased when he stealthily signs his armor.
  • Sushi Pack:
    • The members of the Sushi Pack fall into this occasionally. In "The World's Tastiest Heroes", Ikura fanboys over all the superheroes on "The World's Biggest Heroes" and even gets backstage passes to the show. The superheroes all turn out to be horrible braggers and just laugh at the Pack when Ikura introduces them as heroes, too.
    • In "Yam Yakkers," Ikura and Wasabi are looking forward to getting the autograph of the actor playing Aquabot-boy, and while Tako claims to be a fan of Aquabot-boy, not the actor, he still does a happy dance when he gets an autograph, too.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)
    • Mikey often feels this way regarding established super-heroes, such as Silver Sentry and the Justice Force.
    • Donatello gets a moment like this every now and then. Most notable is in the third episode when April mentions that she used to be employed by Stocktronics and — by extension — Baxter Stockman. This pedestal breaks within five minutes, with little fanfare. There's also an episode that sets up to this, with Don telling Mikey about how a monster hunter is an accomplished biologist and psychologist... but also a "Certifiable nut-case!"
  • Teen Titans
    • Raven and Starfire basically dissolve into a puddle of gently Squeeing goo when they first meet Aqualad.
    • Everyone sans Starfire drools over Val-Yor to a scary degree, trusting the stranger to the point of joining an off-planet mission of his way too quickly. Then it turns out he's speciesist and hates Tamaraneans, immediately souring their opinion of him.
    • The flashback origins episode has Beast Boy's be very excited to meet Robin, who was (of course) already famous due to being Batman's sidekick.
  • Happens a lot on Totally Spies!. And to The Amazing Spiez! whenever they meet the originals.
  • Like his MCU counterpart, Agent/Principal Phil Coulson in Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) is an unabashed squeeing fanboy of Captain America. When Spidey accidentally disrobes him in a training session, he is seen wearing Captain America boxers.
  • Wakfu:
    • Sadlygrove Percedal greatly idolizes his mentor Goultard. Though ironically back when the two met, Sadlygrove was the only person not to know Goultard in a town populated by fanatic fans of the legendary warrior.
      • To add it to the irony, Sadlygrove is Goultard's father and gave him the power that made him a legendary warrior.
    • Amalia Sheran Sharm, despite being herself a heroine and a princess, can easily turn into a complete fangirl around renowned people, like the Justice Knight or the Masked Gobbowler.

    Real Life 
  • Allegedly, Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade and Karen Traviss (best known for her Wess Har books and Republic Commando Series novels) reacted this way to one another when they read each other's blogs and found out they were fans of one another.
  • When Mark Hamill and Maurice LaMarche first met, Maurice hoped that he wouldn't fanboy-out at meeting Luke Skywalker. Only for Mark to fanboy-out at meeting the Brain!
  • In the 1993 NHL playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the Vancouver Canucks in the second round. During the team handshake, up-and-coming young Canuck star Petr Nedved asked his idol, the Kings' Wayne Gretzky, for his stick as a souvenir. Needless to say, Vancouver fans were not amused at the antics. For completely different reasons, this actually turned out to be his final act as a Canuck.
  • Reportedly, one of the New York firefighters doing rescue work in the wake of the 9/11 attacks had a complete fanboy moment upon discovering that one of the volunteers serving them food and water was none other than Kevin Conroy of Batman: The Animated Series fame. Even cooler, the firefighter then asked Conroy to say something in his Batman voice. And then it gets even better than that: the entire room heard the famous Batman voice and then EVERYBODY Squeed!
  • Similarly, more than one volunteer helping out after the Touhoku Earthquake/Tsunami of 2011 apparently had had similar reactions when they found out that the famous seiyuu Norio Wakamoto (who actually was a policeman before becoming a voice actor) was among them.
  • Tim Allen and Buzz Aldrin mutually fanboyed each other when they had an opportunity to meet.
  • Movie stars and astronauts always make for good mutual squee-bait. During the filming of Apollo 13, Jim Lovell and Fred Haise visited the commissary and were awe-struck by all the big-named stars walking around. The stars, meanwhile, were used to seeing each other every day but reacted with "ZOMG, Apollo astronauts!" at Lovell & company.
  • French comedian Jamel Debbouze and French soccer star Zinedine Zidane are complete fans of each other. It shows whenever they're invited together on television.
  • The author of the song "Monster Mash", Bobby Pickett, wrote it as a tribute to Boris Karloff. One day he happened to run across Boris Karloff — buying a copy of the song, which he loved. They exchanged autographs.
  • An excerpt from Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg by Barry Williams, about his time on The Brady Bunch:
    [Following a story about a time when Henry Kissinger visited the set.] By now you must have asked yourself, "Why on earth would Henry Kissinger go out of his way to visit "The Brady Bunch?" The answer, quite simply, is that he was trying to impress his daughter. She was a big "Brady" fan, and when she asked her father if he might arrange for her to meet us, he simply made a phone call, blew off an afternoon full of globally significant meetings, and arranged for the visit. I still find it nothing short of amazing that a man who was arguably the single most powerful politician in the world needed The Brady Bunch to impress his kid — sort of an eerie commentary on the power of the tube and its significance on the lives of American children.
    An even more blatant example of the egregiously potent power of "The Bunch" came when astronaut James McDivitt appeared on the show in a cameo role. McDivitt had piloted both NASA's Gemini 4 and Apollo 9 missions, and he had been to the moon, for chrissake; but when he got to our set, the first words out of his mouth were "Boy, being on The Brady Bunch is gonna make me a hero at my house."
    Scary, very scary.
  • Rudyard Kipling was a huge fan of Mark Twain and went out of his way to visit him on a trip to America.
  • Monkey Punch (creator of Lupin III) upon finally meeting Mort Drucker of MAD, who was one of his major artistic influences and basically his hero. Though there was a Language Barrier, Omniglot Jan Scott Frazier was able to help them communicate.
  • David Tennant, easily in the running for "most beloved Doctor of all time", found himself incapable of doing anything other than squeeing like mad upon meeting his childhood idol Elisabeth Sladen, aka Sarah Jane Smith. He openly admitted that "it was always the Doctor and Sarah" and that working with her was a lifelong dream come true, and called her "the one true assistant". The fanboying is easily visible in every scene they share.
    • Tennant and Peter Davison too, who he got to work with in "Time Crash". Davison's Fifth Doctor is the version that Tennant watched while growing up. The dialogue sounds less like the Tenth Doctor fanboying over the Fifth Doctor and more like Tennant fanboying over Davison. He even points out several aspects of his performance that were inspired by Davison.
    • Adding a whole new dimension to the above example since Tennant is now married to Davison's daughter Georgia Moffett...
    • Tennant has also expressed excitement upon meeting Dame Julie Andrews.
      Tennant: Whatever else happens in my life, I just met Julie Andrews!
  • Julie Andrews would elicit a similarly starstruck reaction from Lady Gaga at the Oscars in 2015, coming out on stage after the latter performed a medley of songs from The Sound of Music for the film's 50th anniversary. Andrews would confirm the feeling was mutual.
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren, formerly an outspoken but otherwise unassuming consumer advocate, has become a hero of the liberal left in American politics and a rallying point for anti-corporate-welfare activists all around the nation. But when she joined forces with Hillary Rodham Clinton to introduce Senator John Kerry at his confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, she spent most of the time she wasn't talking gazing at Clinton like she couldn't believe she was sharing a table with the most famous woman in the history of American politics. Even before then, during her Democratic Convention speech, Warren called Clinton "one of the coolest women on this planet."
  • Although they never met, it is said that when Fyodor Dostoevsky finished reading Anna Karenina, he went running through the streets shouting, "Tolstoy is a genius!"
  • Beloved fantasy author Tamora Pierce, on giving up writing comics only to be asked to help write a miniseries for Red Sonja by the legendary Gail Simone: "I know, I know, I swore off comics, but when the splendid Gail Simone asks, what's a girl to say but ::wagging tail thump thump thump:: 'Sure, Gail, sure! Which way should I go? Which way should I go?' ::tongue hanging out, tail bumping furniture::"
  • Noah Antwiler of The Spoony Experiment has expressed great fondness and admiration for Richard Garriott, creator of the Ultima series, calling him a "god of geeks" in his review of the original Ultima. Then when he got a sit-down interview, Garriot admitted to being a fan of Noah's.
  • Tyrese Gibson, during a convention appearance shortly before the release of the Transformers live-action movie, admitted to Peter Cullen that he'd never had a dad growing up, but he did have Optimus Prime.
  • Felicia Day has tweeted that the highlight of every party is seeing Nathan Fillion.
  • Happens in Mixed Martial Arts often. Up and coming fighters end up fighting their idols. Sometimes their fan worship can cost them the fight.
    • After their first bout, Georges St-Pierre revealed he was incredibly nervous to fight his idol Matt Hughes, to the point he couldn't even look him in the eye in the stare down. He said this played into him losing the bout.
    • St-Pierre, one of the all-time greatest pound-for-pound fighters, also had a memorable moment of schoolgirl-esque Inelegant Blubbering when he met his idol, Arnold Schwarzenegger, after a fight. Unlike Christopher Lee, GSP actually knelt.
    • Travis Browne was such a fanboy of Mirko Cro Cop that he went out to dinner with him the night before the fight and was hanging out with him. At one point in the fight, he had knocked him down and helped him back up rather than jump on him to finish him. And then, he got knocked down and beat himself.
    • Although they would after the bout be bitter rivals until the rematch (when they became friends), BJ Penn revealed years later Jens Pulver was his favorite fighter and idolized him, and that played tricks on his mind when he fought (and lost to) him the first time.
  • The suicidally brave, decorated war hero Siegfried Sassoon claims he acted like a complete fangirl upon meeting T. E. Lawrence.
  • When Jennifer Lawrence was being interviewed after she won the Oscar for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook, Jack Nicholson just so happened to be behind her. Cue her fangirling upon him "interrupting" her interview. And here is a video from Comic-Con of her getting so shy when she sees Jeff Bridges, that she initially runs.
  • Christopher Lee, upon meeting J. R. R. Tolkien: "I almost knelt."
  • Miles Davis and James Baldwin. They became good friends somewhere in the 60s, as told in Miles: The Autobiography:
    I remember being in awe of [Baldwin] because he was so goddamn heavy, all those great books he was writing, and so I didn't know what to say to him. Later, I found out that he felt the same way about me. But I really liked him right off the bat and he liked me a lot, too. We had great respect for one another. He was a very shy person and I was, too. I thought we looked like brothers. When I say both of us have a shyness I mean an artistic kind of shyness, where you are wary of people taking up your time. I saw this in him, saw that he was aware of it. But here I was with James Baldwin, in my motherfucking house. I had read his books and loved and respected what he had to say. As I got to know Jimmy we opened up to each other and became real great friends. Every time I went to southern France to play [the jazz festival of] Antibes, I would always spend a day or two at Jimmy's house in St. Paul de Vence. We would just sit in that great big beautiful house of his telling all kinds of stories, lying our asses off. Then we would go out to that wine garden he had and do the same thing. I really miss seeing him now when I go to southern France. He was a great man.
  • During the 1992 Summer Olympics, it was a common thing for the US Men's Basketball Team for opposing teams to queue up for autographs and photos. These were teams the Dream Team would routinely beat by fifty points or more. But this was also a team full of NBA living legends — Michael Jordan, Ervin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird, in particular.note 
  • Mark Ruffalo's fanboying over Paul Rudd is now well-known.
  • Wanna watch the multi-Emmy-winning, world-renowned comedian and political satirist Jon Stewart turn into a blushing, squeeful fanboy? Put him in the same room as Bruce Springsteen, grab a bucket of popcorn, and enjoy.
  • Tyrone Power couldn't believe his luck when he was going to be acting alongside Norma Shearer in Marie Antoinette:
    "...I quietly pinched myself. Anyone in my shoes would've done the same. I discovered on reading the script that I had to kiss Miss Shearer in the opening scene. Rather, she had to throw her arms around my neck and kiss me. I was supposed to act dumbfounded. I didn't have to act."
  • In the first volume of his diaries, Michael Palin recounted at how during the time Monty Python's Flying Circus was on the air, he was walking down the street one night when he saw a familiar face, and just as he was about to say something, George Harrison broke out into a smile, walked over to Palin, shook his hand, and started gushing over him. As Palin recounted, he was going to do the same thing to Harrison at first.
  • During the early days of filming Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, there was a good deal of fanboying going on with the younger actors for the older, bigger name actors; a few examples of which are caught on the behind-the-scenes videos included in the collectors' edition releases. Interestingly, one example includes a milder version of this of Ian McKellen being this for Christopher Lee, who was the target of much of it in general, including from Jackson himself. This was taken to a whole different level with the predominantly male cast and staff when Cate Blanchett and Liv Tyler were on-set for their part.
    • Viggo Mortensen was apparently a favorite of the stunt crew, and according to interviews, the feeling was mutual. Actually, just about the entire cast idolized the main stunt crew because they went well above the call of duty for this movie: donning extensive prosthetics and doing a not inconsiderable amount of actual acting in order to portray the orcs and uruk-hai, as well as the Corsairs. This movie required stunt team and cast to work very closely together, which also led the stunt team to greatly respect the cast but they held their squeeing. At the end, they decided to show their respect for the director and cast by doing the Haka, which elicited tears and salutes from many.
  • After his (possibly apocryphal) meeting and conversing with Laozi, the philosopher Confucius described him as such: "I know how birds can fly, fishes swim, and animals run. The runner may be snared, the swimmer hooked, and the flyer shot by the arrow. But there is the dragon: I cannot tell how he mounts on the wind through the clouds, and rises to heaven. Today I have seen Lao-tzu, and can only compare him to the dragon."
  • Sidney Poitier frequently got tongue-tied when working with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
  • Elizabeth Olsen has stated numerous times that she's a huge Star Wars fan. She started crying on the red carpet at the premiere of Captain America: Civil War when she found out that Mark Hamill was there.
  • Steve Jobs took his love to the next level by dating Joan Baez.
  • Happens a lot when famous musicians meet at the annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Look at 1999, in particular: Billy Joel is inducted by his idol/former collaborator Ray Charles and is left momentarily stunned when he gets up to the podium. Happens to Bruce Springsteen when he jams with Wilson Pickett (When Pickett says he's wanted to play with Bruce for a long time, he's in shock). And it happens to both of them (as well as Bono and Eric Clapton) when they play "Let It Be" with Paul McCartney.
  • In 2016 Barbra Streisand released an album of duets with movie stars, called "Encore!" The short promotional videos for it include, among other squee moments, Chris Pine admitting that he was so stunned to be invited to sing with Streisand that he forgot to ask whether she meant a whole album or just one song.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda and damn near every celebrity he meets. It's typically mutual — there's actually a large mural of Alexander Hamilton that every celebrity who sees Hamilton signs backstage. One particular example that ties into that: Hamilfan Cecily Strong impersonated Lin for a skit on Saturday Night Live. He hosted the following week, and — as documented on Twitter — basically showed Cecily the time of her life in gratitude (capped off, of course, with her signing the Hamilton mural).
    • Related to that, Hamilton star Jonathan Groff apparently nearly died of happiness when he met Beyoncé. The Lin-Man himself documented it on Twitter.
      Beyoncé: Did you play the king?
      Groff: Yes.
      Beyoncé: I'm stealing your walk. I love your walk.
      Groff: (inarticulate sounds)
  • Though they didn't share any screen time together, Mark Hamill was thrilled when he met Peter Cushing while filming the very first Star Wars film, A New Hope. Cushing was amazed at how much Hamill admired him, including knowing his film debut had been the Laurel and Hardy short A Chump at Oxford.
  • On The Graham Norton Show, Emilia Clarke was seated next to Matt LeBlanc — and turned into a giggling, blushing fangirl. She even asked him to ask her how she's doing!
  • Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott once recalled on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the time he invited Mark Hamill to his 2nd grade birthday party by writing him a letter, then giving it to his mother — and never got a response (he'd jokingly tweeted Mark about this years later, then the latter responded). Then two years later on the same show (on May the Fourth, no less!), Adam recalled this story again — then Mark himself crashed the interview to surprise him while wielding a lightsaber, then apologised for not coming to his birthday party. If you look closely, you can see Adam's hands shaking out of excitement.
    Adam: This is — this really is one of the — one of the best moments of my life.
  • When the Wayne's World version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was released, Mike Myers hated that they had spliced scenes from the movie into the music video, comparing it to "whizzing on a Picasso", and wrote to the band to apologize. They wrote back to thank him for using the song; his reaction was "Thank you for letting me touch the hem of your garment!".
  • Maximilian Christiansen (AKA Max Dood) came back from EVO 2017 and told his audience that Fighting Game legends like Akira Nishitani (who helped create Street Fighter II and Fatal Fury), Katsuhiro Harada (the man currently in charge of Tekken) and Daigo "The Beast" Umehara were coming up to him, shaking his hand, asking for pictures, and saying how much they enjoyed his videos (Daigo even referred to Max as "my sempai" when he posted the picture online). Max said that he found this all utterly stunning since these are all people he greatly admires himself.
  • At the 2018 Golden Globes, Kelly Clarkson is being interviewed on the red carpet by Ryan Seacrest when she realises that Meryl Streep is ten feet away from her. See what happens for yourself.
  • Minami Tanaka and Rie Takahashi are huge fans of Fate/Grand Order, as well as voice actresses for the game. They also host the Chaldea Radio show where other F/GO voice talents regularly guest. Whenever a seiyuu does a voice from the game they react more as fans than as fellow VA's.
  • In a 2016 interview with Forbes, BlazBlue creator Toshimichi Mori revealed that he was a fan of RWBY and would love to make a fighting game based off of itnote . Rooster Teeth saw the article and got in touch with Arc System Works, which lead to the creation of BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, a full-fledged Crossover between BlazBlue, RWBY, Persona 4: Arena and Under Night In-Birth.
    • Appropriately enough, when he was alive, Monty Oum was himself a big fan of ArcSys's games, saying that Guilty Gear and BlazBlue were major influences on RWBY.
  • In a 1995 episode of her talk show, Oprah Winfrey paid tribute to Mary Tyler Moore, citing Mary's eponymous show as a big influence when she first went into TV news. Then Mary walked into the studio.
  • At Salt Lake Comic Con 2017, a fan to author Jim Butcher recounts his own squee moment when he last met Jim a few years back and asks Jim about the time he might have squeed himself when he met a hero of his own. Jim immediately recounts when he was New York Comic Con 2008, he was in the green room and in walks Stan Lee. He was practically hyperventilating at the sight of the comic legend. See his full recounting here.
  • Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry (judges on The Great British Baking Show)are each others' biggest fans, and this becomes very obvious in The Great British Baking Show:Masterclass. Mary is a motherly type, and in the kitchen, Paul starts acting like her teenage son complete with hijinks. It's as completely adorable as it sounds.
  • In John Waters' first autobiography Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste, he told a story about bringing his Dreamlanders crew up to New York City to visit Andy Warhol's Factory, and that Warhol was amazed by Edith Massey.
  • Because they have been performing for over a century (as of this writing), the Takarazuka Revue is comprised of a large portion of (if not nearly entirely of) Ascended Fangirls. Put a current actress into the same room/area as an OG (retired actress), or just a more senior one, that they admire, and squeeing will commence. No matter if said current actress is a top star (and therefore required to be cool and collected), there will be squeeing. At least two known incidents: Ichiro Maki (Snow top, 1993 — 1996) bounced delightedly in costume upon meeting Asami Rei (Snow top, 1980 — 1985). Nozomi Futo (Snow top, 2017 — 2020) was reduced to tears after hearing Yamato Yuuga (Cosmos top, 2007 — 2009) recite some romantic lines to her.
  • In an interview, Amanda Gorman revealed that she fangirled like mad when she was chosen to read her poem during President Joe Biden's inauguration, squeeing and dancing around "like a crazy person" before going to work straight away. She had the same reaction when Cartoon Network uploaded a Powerpuff Girl-style picture of her on Twitter as part of an event that celebrated black women (while also remarking that she liked the idea of "Poetrypuff Girls").
  • Osamu Tezuka ("God of Manga") is a huge fan of Walt Disney (and Disney in general) and decided to take a trip to America in 1964 to promote the Astro Boy series. When Tezuka managed to attend the 1964 New York World's Fair on opening day, he wanted to meet Walt in person. As he was waiting for Walt to finish his speech, he got extremely nervous and excited. During Walt and Tezuka's brief encounter, they discussed plans on working on a project together. According to Tezuka, Walt actually watched the Astro Boy series (which begun airing on American television at the time) and congratulated him and the staff at Mushi Productions. Tezuka later recounted this event in a 1981 sketch published on Sawayaka magazine. He even managed to attend the opening day of Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 1983, which was Disney's first overseas theme park.
  • Steven Spielberg: Legendary director. One of the biggest names in Hollywood. Has actors like Matt Damon chomping at the bit to work with him. Still couldn't bring himself to call Anthony Hopkins anything but "Sir Anthony" for the entire shoot of Amistad.


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Jack Spicer and Chase Young

Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain Jack Spicer can't help but fangirl when he first runs into Chase Young, the greatest Manipulative Bastard of all time. Wuya even compares Jack to a groupie.

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