"I know we're geeky, we obsess over little things, and we probably get too invested. But we've gone from being bullied all our lives to being bullies ourselves!"
–The Nostalgia Critic
"Fanboy" and "Fangirl" is a term that refers to an overeager and obnoxious fan of a certain franchise who typically ruins it for others.
On its own, there's absolutely nothing wrong with being a fan of a game franchise you enjoy and show your excitement and appreciation of those games, the problem comes with certain fans who take it far too seriously. They tend to be obnoxious, complain constantly, overthink everything, reject others' opinions, act authoritative and entitled, refuse to listen, NEVER stop talking about it, feel threatened by people who don't like the games just as much as they do, make inappropriate fan art, etc. Fanboys/fangirls also tend to blindly defend clearly anti-consumer practices that companies do, allowing those companies to keep getting away with it. Often they'll harass regular fans because they don't agree with their opinions and say the regular fans are "not true fans" sometimes to the point of completely ruining the franchise for them.
Another type of fanboys/fangirls are the "nostalgiatards", who are more prevalent in long-lasting franchises like Sonic the Hedgehog and Pokémon. These are fanboys/fangirls who believe anything within the franchise besides the classics they grew up with is automatically garbage, worship the classic games like they were perfect, and refuse to even give the newer games a chance.
Perhaps the biggest problem with fanboys/fangirls is that, while they are usually the minority, they tend to be the most vocal and toxic, which in turn makes outsiders think that the whole fanbase is like that and in turn, they'll be less likely to give the games a chance. However, it should be noted that even if a fanbase is infamous for being full of toxic fanboys, not all of the fans have to be like that. SomecallmeJohnny is a popular example of a reasonable and healthy Sonic The Hedgehog fan.
Just because a game has a toxic fanbase, that doesn't mean the game itself is bad. It is still possible to enjoy a game without being dragged into the terrible fanbase it has.
There is also an article on this topic on the Terrible TV Shows Wiki.
- While the majority of the Mario fanbase is very good, (possibly) being the least toxic fanbase to exist. a part of it cannot take the slightest form of criticism and will start a flame war on other fanbases (mainly the Sonic one). Although rare, yet disturbing, some fans make porn (most of the time with Peach). Plus, when Super Mario 3D World was released, the classicist portion of the fanbase came to the conclusion that the new Mario games suck, which is stupid.
- The Sonic the Hedgehog fanbase is notorious for constantly bickering about what is good for the franchise. Every single time a new Sonic game comes out, one side of the fanbase likes it, while the other side of the fanbase dislikes it.
- Sega fanboys are notorious for constantly claiming that Sega will make a new console nonstop. Every time Sega says they'll make a big announcement, the fanboys immediately assume it'll be a new console and start spreading false rumors and will ignore any evidence disproving their rumors. Many of them tend to make Change.org petitions asking for a new Sega console, which then leads to even more false rumors..
- The Minecraft fanbase is full of butthurt fanboys and numerous Minecraft YouTube channels that are all virtually the same and do nothing different and/or interesting. (Click here to understand better)
- The Undertale fanbase is considered to be one of the worst fanbases in existence, having people ranging from butthurt, toxic fanboys who can't respect others' opinions to people (that includes stereotypical furries that have love game or any video games have anthropomorphic animals) who make creepy, sexualized fanart of certain characters, such as Sans, Papyrus, Alphys, Muffet and the like. And they also bash other videos with Undertale-related content in them.
- For example, in Dorkly's 4th Power Up Mix Up video, most of the comments consist of Undertale fans complaining about Frisk getting decapitated in it.
- The fanbase has also been known to be a rather picky bunch, believing that everyone must play the game how they want it to be played. For example, when a Youtuber goes on the genocide route for any reason (especially if it's their first run), fans will get angry and upset at them for being so "heartless" and compare them to actual mass killers and criminals. Another case is with Markiplier. When he played Undertale, fans got angry at him for not just making choices that they disagreed with, but also giving characters voices that went against popular portrayals of said characters (most notably, giving Sans a "redneck voice"). This negativity eventually leads to Markiplier stopping the series altogether.
- The Five Nights at Freddy's fanbase was even worse before the series becoming irrelevant in video gaming subculture since late 2015/early 2016 period. Some parts of the fanbase harass creator Scott Cawthon for not making the games quickly enough, while the other part of the fanbase draws inappropriate, NSFW and outright questionable fanart of the characters (usually Anthro-animals) sexualized. It also has been called immature, as most of the fans in the fanbase are indeed immature. The franchise's hidden lore makes fanboys prank call local pizzerias that have "Freddie's" or "Freddy's" in their name to reveal the pizzeria's dark history and looking for animatronic characters while the staff is busy at work, interrupting their work by a bunch of prank calls coming from the fanboys themselves. Even worse, when Scott ended up canceling FNAF 6 (or so he claimed) and confirming said cancellation, the fans went ballistic and began attacking him for it. It got so bad, that even Cawthon himself was horrified by what had happened!
- Later, Scott Cawthon changed mind and finished the aforementioned "FNaF 6" game for the sake of his good followers. It was called "Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator", and was released for free. He stated he is not working on the FNaF franchise anymore, no matter what. Well...after he's done with the 6th game's custom night DLC of course.
- Elitist Fanboys are those who worship a franchise as if it's some kind of god and look down on fans of other similar games.
- The Legend of Zelda fanbase attacked video game critic Jim Sterling for giving Breath of the Wild a 7/10 which caused the Metacritic score to drop from 98 to 97 (they attacked Jim over the game's score dropping by ONE point), as well as DDoSing his website, despite him saying he liked the game. They're also desperately trying to raise the game's user score from 7.4 to the highest score possible in order to bury the negative reviews.
- FPS fanbases have large numbers of young kids who rage and swear to make themselves look cool. The most notable example of this can be found in the Call Of Duty franchise, where most of the players are whiny little kids. These players usually get mad when they get killed or claim that one person is hacking just because they keep killing them. Another popular insult used by them is the infamous "Your mom gay".
- The Team Fortress 2 fanbase has become rather toxic over time, being full of squeakers, F2Ps (which refers to the game being free-to-play) who are completely and utterly inexperienced at the game and blame everyone and everything but themselves for their own faults and/or mistakes, friendlies who can be pretty annoying, players who are too much into cosmetics, tryhards who for the most part act like jerks, elitist players who think that they are better than everyone else, trolls and other really annoying players. One of the most infamous examples is the majority of Hightower's contingent, which has a really toxic "Do not cap" mentality thanks to the ex-TF2 YouTuber STAR_. This can be especially frustrating for people who are doing contracts. Some of the squeakers and F2Ps will also often beg for hats and weapons, crying and screaming when they inevitably don't get them.
- PC fanboys who call themselves "The PC Master Race" (a term originating from Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's Zero Punctuation review series, ironically coined to mock such people). They blindly worship PCs and Steam and disregard any other gaming platform as "crap", while ignoring the fact that PCs also have plenty of flaws, and will even beg for console exclusive games, usually because they think that developers/publishers owe them for using the best hardware, when that isn't the case at all. They even show up on videos and articles that don't even mention the PC to gloat about the platform's superiority.
- Blind hate and hating for the sake of hating as a trend is another detraction to people starting to get into a particular franchise due to how toxic and/or hateful fanbases can be. Even worse, a majority of people who are complaining about these games haven't even played them before they even made an opinion on whether they like it or not.
- Scratch has a HORRIBLE community full of spammers, furries, FNAF and Undertale fanboys, and people who remix projects without changing a single thing. The site is also full of awful trends and people who try way too hard to be like famous project makers like Griffpatch, Alphabetica, Yillie and WithOnionsTV/WithOnions.
- Overwatch has competitive players who take competitive matches way too seriously, despite the game being team-based. You can potentially get reported and banned just for choosing a certain hero, even if it's your main! Fortunately, Blizzard is now looking forward to block those pesky players using social media.
- Many people in Dark Souls' community who master the series' complexity think they are better than the "filthy casuals", as they often call them. Even worse, if one were to seek help on how to get past a certain section or beat a certain boss, the most likely response they would get will be "git gud, you noob", or something along those lines, which obviously is NOT going to help them!
- Since Roblox is targeted towards a younger audience nowadays, a toxic fanbase was quite inevitable; there are a lot of friend requests, immature players, and the comment section is LOADED with poor grammar, spelling, and pure hate. Not to mention, the overabundance of online daters, despite the Roblox's guidelines CLEARLY STATING that online dating is prohibited, and most of them don't obey that guideline whatsoever.
- Fans of consoles are almost as bad as the PC "master race":
- The Nintendo fanbase will do almost anything to excuse and ignore Nintendo's often backwards business practices while admonishing other companies for doing something similar, and there's a part of the fanbase who treat the Big N as some sort of innovative god and will scowl at anyone who refutes this claim.
- The Xbox fanbase isn't much better, filled with young children and "adults" who are rude, vulgar, and just plain annoying. Some people like to spread fake news, damage control Microsoft's actions, or cry "media bias" when an Xbox One game flops. When talking about the Xbox One in the past, a Youtuber going by the name of Blackbustercritic received threats of physical violence from these fanboys just for criticising the Xbox One and Microsoft. They are so bad in fact, that even the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, tries to distance himself from these fanboys.
- The PlayStation fanbase, while not as toxic, has a bad habit of thinking that everyone will automatically love anything that Sony churns out, and will often spread absurd rumors of things that will put an end to those pesky Xbox and Nintendo fans. More recently, when it was announced that the Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy was coming to other platforms like the Switch and Xbox One, the fanbase had a bit of a tantrum, acting like the other consoles "stole" their mascot even though Crash Bandicoot stopped being PlayStation exclusive over 16 years ago and the N. Sane Trilogy was known to be a timed exclusive since it first came out..
- Fans of the original Spyro the Dragon trilogy never stop hating the Skylanders franchise unreasonably and constantly cry that "SkYlAnDeRs RuInEd ThE sErIeS" and are unwilling to accept that Skylanders games aren't Spyro games, they just have the character as a guest and he isn't even the same version as the classic one but rather an alternate universe counterpart.
- Most kid-friendly channels that play games tend to have a toxic fanbase mainly consisting of underaged Kindergarten and Elementary School kids. The FGTeeV fanbase is a good example of this, as the fanbase cannot even take the slightest form of criticism toward the channel and will attack and swear at anybody says something negative about FGTeeV.
- The Cuphead fanbase can be just as bad as the Undertale fans, these people make content such as creepy fetishes (like Cuphead drinking from Mugman’s straw (or vice versa, or even each others' straws)) and porn. Not helped by the fact that many of these fans consist of elitists who think games should be balls-to-the-walls hard and nothing more. Sometimes they outright claim that an Easy Mode or something designed to make a game more accessible to newcomers will RUIN the game and completely destroy its purpose.
- A vocal portion of the Mega Man fanbase will start shrieking and complaining about the mere prospect of a "Mega Man Classic" game that uses anything other than NES-style graphics and sound, and did exactly that when Capcom revealed that Mega Man 11 would instead use 3D graphics.
- The Pokemon Genwunners are Pokemon fanboys that are obsessed with Red and Blue and worship them as if they were godlike. They consider every Pokemon besides the first 151 to be trash and they bash Game Freak for "running out of ideas" due to some Generation 5 Pokemon based on inanimate objects (which is ironic considering that Generation 1 also has this kind of Pokemon). In fact, some Genwunners tend to completely deny that there are more Pokemon than the first 151.