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Fanboy is a term used to describe an individual (usually male, though the feminine version fangirl may be used for females) who is utterly devoted to a single fannish subject, or to a single point of view within that subject, often to the point where it is considered an obsession. Fanboys remain loyal to their particular obsession, disregarding any factors that differ from their point of view. Look up obsession in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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Stereotypical fanboys are attributed with a sycophantic devotion to the creators and principles behind a work with which they are currently enthralled. Fanboys are noted for a very emotional attachment to their chosen subject, often taking negative remarks about it as a personal attack. They will readily engage in debates, but will fall back on emotional responses when challenged on facts. For example, a fanboy may go out of his way to point out negative and often untrue statements about their obsession's rivals. Fanboys are often hostile towards critical review of their chosen subject. The stereotypical image of the fanboy is as an unkempt, socially awkward, young man who may be perceived as a loud mouthed pseudo-intellectual. Fanboys are also typically aggressive and hateful towards the opposing brand or competition of their obsession regardless of its merits or achievements. Pseudointellectual is a derogatory term, often used on the Internet. ... Aggression is defined as The act of initiating hostilities or invasion. ...


As electronic entertainment gained popularity, the term became increasingly applied to video game and television addicts. As a result, a subculture emerged which readily labeled itself as "fanboys." Within this group, more effort is taken to fit in with a perceived standard, resulting in a more outgoing attitude, even among those with insecurities. This outgoing stance is often felt to be abrasive by those not involved in the culture as deeply. The term originated in comic book circles, to describe someone who immersed himself in the fictional worlds of comics and the culture of comics fandom. The term is often used in a derogatory manner by other less obsessed fans. In the songs of the fannish parody musician Luke Ski, many characters proudly consider themselves fanboys. The term is most commonly associated with adolescent and teen males but can be applicable to any age or sex. Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... The Great Luke Ski is the stage name of Luke Sienkowski, a filk musician who writes, records and performs comedy music. ...


History of fanboys and the term

The term "fanboy" is most commonly associated with adolescent and teen males but can be applicable to any age or sex. it is often used in a derogatory manner by other, less obsessed fans. The term originated in comic book circles to describe someone immersed in the fictional worlds of comics and the culture of comics fandom. Common subjects of reverence by fanboys are TV shows, movies, music, anime, comic books, Star Trek ("Trekkies"), Star Wars, cars, video game consoles, video games, operating systems, MMORPGs, hardware and software companies. A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... // Music is an art form consisting of sound and silence expressed through time. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... Trekkies is a 1997 documentary film directed by Roger Nygard about the devoted fans of Gene Roddenberrys series Star Trek. ... Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A video game console is an interactive entertainment computer or electronic device that manipulates the video display signal of a display device (a television, monitor, etc. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... It has been suggested that Maintenance OS be merged into this article or section. ... An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... Computer hardware is the physical part of a computer, including the digital circuitry, as distinguished from the computer software that executes within the hardware. ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ...


Popular depictions of Fanboy stereotypes include the Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons and columnist Larry Groznic from the satirical newspaper The Onion. In the songs of the fannish parody musician Luke Ski, many characters proudly consider themselves fanboys. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Larry Groznic is a recurring fictional columnist for the parody newspaper The Onion who writes indignantly about perceived crimes against his dweebish subcultural fandom obsessions. ... The Onion is a United States-based parody newspaper published weekly in print and daily online. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... The Great Luke Ski is the stage name of Luke Sienkowski, a filk musician who writes, records and performs comedy music. ...


The earliest published uses of the word "fanboy" have been dated to 1982. One reference is to the cover of the "Official Underground and Newave Comix Price Guide". On this cover page are sketched overweight, overzealous comic book collectors wearing T-shirts that state "Fanboys of America," and are describing the extreme measures they would go to, including moving to San Francisco, to preserve their comics.


Also published in 1982, a comic strip appeared in Jim Engel and Chuck Fiala's "Fandom Confidential" comic. In the strip, Jim and Chuck met comic artist/writer John Byrne and collapsed into "mindless paroxysms of adoration." The John Byrne character responded that they were "a couple of fanboys in bondage" (a play on words referring to a Monty Python sketch in which an Elizabethan era character reads what she claims to be a new Shakespeare work called "Gay Boys in Bondage". [1] Another early use is in a smart-alec editorial reply by "Ambush Bug" to a letter in his comic in 1985. John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a British-born naturalised American author and artist of comic books. ... List of all 45 episodes from the television series Monty Pythons Flying Circus: // (aired October 5, 1969; recorded September 7, 1969) Its Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Italian Lesson Whizzo Butter Its the Arts Arthur Two Sheds Jackson Picasso/Cycling Race The Funniest Joke in the World Trivia The... Ambush Bug is a fictional comic book character who has appeared in several DC Comics. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ...


More recently, especially in the video game industry, fans of a particular video game console manufacturer have begun exhibiting slavish devotion to their brand of choice. Conversely they hold an unreasonable amount of animosity towards the other brands which they consider to be competition. They are extremely rude to fans of the other companies or even people who don’t hail complete and utter devotion to the object of their fanaticism. These people seek out every opportunity to annoy others whose opinions differ from theirs. This trend has led to the term “fanboy” deriving a more and more negative connotation. They inhabit in web forums and blogs. Pac-Man is one of the most recognizable video games ever created. ... A video game console is an interactive entertainment computer or electronic device that manipulates the video display signal of a display device (a television, monitor, etc. ... Gaia Online, the largest English language forum-based community as of April 2005 — powered by a modified version of phpBB. An Internet forum is a web application which provides for discussion, often in conjunction with online communities. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


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Comic Book

Sergio self-portrait from Groo the Wanderer comic Issue #84 Sergio Aragonés Domenech (born 1937) is a cartoonist and writer probably best-known for his contributions to Mad Magazine. ... Operation: Galactic Storm was a 19-part comic book crossover storyline which ran through Marvel Comics Avengers related titles - Avengers, Avengers West Coast, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Wonder Man and Quasar - between March and May of 1992. ...

Television

Simpsons redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Steven Spielberg presents Freakazoid! is an American animated television series, produced by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. ... Steven Spielberg presents Freakazoid! is an American animated television series, produced by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. ... This article is about the television program. ... Information Gender Male Age 41 Date of birth c. ... Propane is a three-carbon alkane, normally a gas, but compressible to a liquid that is transportable. ...

Radio/Podcasts

Fanboy Radio is a comic book related radio show and podcast. ... Opie and Anthony Opie (Gregg Hughes, May 23, 1965 - ) and Anthony (Anthony Cumia, April 1961 - ) are the hosts of the XM Satellite Radio program The Opie and Anthony Show. ...

See also

Look up addiction in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk someone. ... In hacker culture, the editor war is an ongoing debate in the computer programming community about which text editor is best for general-purpose editing. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Astroturfing is a term for formal public relations campaigns in politics and advertising that seek to create the impression of being spontaneous, grassroots behavior. ... Otaku ) is a derisive Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests in manga, anime or hentai. ...

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Fanboy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (425 words)
Fanboy or fanboi is a term used to describe an individual (usually male, though the feminine version fangirl may be used for females) who is utterly devoted to a single fannish subject, or to a single point of view within that subject, often to the point where it is considered an obsession.
The stereotypical image of the fanboy is as an unkempt, socially awkward, young man who may be perceived as a loud mouthed pseudo-intellectual.
The word "Fanboys" can be a mnemonic for the coordinating conjunctions of the English language: "for", "and", "nor", "but", "or", "yet", and "so".
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