- Good fandoms never die, they just go god tier.
Fandomstuck traces its roots back to the friendship between the Axis Powers Hetalia and Homestuck fandoms on tumblr — fans of Axis Powers Hetalia interjected during the various pauses/ gigapauses in the Homestuck publication schedule to offer words of comfort and conciliation to distraught Homestuck fans. (A significant number of Homestuck fans were also fans of Axis Powers Hetalia, resulting in a large overlap in the two's fanbase.) This friendship and familiarity led to the common sentiment that the Hetalia fandom acted as the Homestuck fandom's moirail.
Though it's difficult to pinpoint the introduction of Anthropomorphic Personification into the equation, it was likely the propensity of Hetalia fans for generating such personifications that birthed the first iterations of the characters. Homestuck fans, who were notable for their desire to Crossover the source material of Homestuck with everything, blew the initial concept out of the water. More and more fandom personifications began to crop up, including Doctor Who, Supernatural, Sherlock, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, My Little Pony Friend Ship Is Magic, etc... even fandom personifications of extant fanworks. What began with one-off character designs and art pieces eventually grew to encompass askblogs, short comics, voice-acting, Homestuck-style 'Fanadventures', a large rp community based around it on tumblr, and an RPG.
By its very nature, incredibly meta.
There are a great many resource blogs and archives for Fandomstuck, the 'main' one, and a directory of links to others, being here, and the wiki can be found here. Also has a YMMV and characters page currently under construction.
Tropes that apply to Fandomstuck as a whole
- Action Girl: A fair few of the female fandoms could count.
- Adorkable: Many, many characters, and several of the writers.
- Ambiguously Human: Most fandoms appear human, though several have odd physiological quirks and a few are outright alien. Whether or not even the most human-looking ones really 'count' as human depends on your perspective.
- Anthropomorphic Personification
- Affectionate Parody: Of fandom.
- Art Shift: Depending on the Writer.
- Ambiguous Gender: A couple of the fandoms, sometimes as a result of art style or just not bothering to specify a gender, sometimes because they actually are non-binary.
- Animal-Eared Headband: Some fandoms, such as Warrior Cats or Tokyo Mew Mew, as a natural result of personifying series involving furries or Beast Men.
- Big Damn Heroes: Most of the superhero fandoms try, to varying degrees of success.
- Canon Discontinuity: Canon, especially where it concerns the actual mechanics of the 'verse, such as what exactly the fandoms are or how they are 'born', is very inexact and most of the writers and rpers have their own headcanons, which may be pretty different from each other.
- Cast of Personifications: Takes it to a new level: it's a largely tumblr-driven Shared Universe that revolves around the personifications of various fandoms that have sprung up around popular tv shows, books, animes, and webcomics.
- Character Blog: Lots of them.
- Depending on the Writer: A natural result of the lack of official canon. It's fairly common to find multiple takes on the same fandom, especially the more prominent ones. It's also variable as to whether or not the fandoms have any special abilities relating to their canon, or are strong, near-immortal humans, or are just Muggles.
- Fandom: Well, yes.
- Five-Man Band: The 'big five' fandoms often act as this:
- Fourth-Wall Mail Slot
- Fun T-Shirt: Hetalia wears a lot of them.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Both Hetalia and Scandinavia and the World, appropriately enough. Hetalia usually lapses into Italian and SatW to Danish.
- Magical Realism: Hints of it here and there; the whole humanoid personifications of fictional stories thing just seems to sort of happen, and there are ghosts and what at least appear to be various supernatural entities wandering around like it's no big deal.
- In the Style of...: A lot of the art is based on Ms Paint Adventures.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Frequently. Arguably, built into the concept.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: There are a lot of participating fandoms.
- Metafiction: Comes with the territory.
- Moe Anthropomorphism: One minor character is even the literal Anthropomorphic Personification of Moe!
- Moe Couplet: Homestuck and Hetalia
- Multiple Demographic Appeal: Fandom age range covers everything from 13 to 30, and of varying genders. The main unifying feature is being geeks who want to squeal over fandom.
- Nightmare Fetishist: A lot of the more horror-leaning fandoms are portrayed this way.
- Shared Universe
- Shout-Out: Basically a cast made up of walking shoutouts, as well as the (common but not ubiquitous) Homestuck-style Second-Person Narration.