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A fandom is a social group based around a particular interest and comprised of individuals who share that interest.[1] On the internet, the term is typically used to refer to the fans of media franchises. It is often associated with fanfiction, as well as fan-made art and music.


Fandoms have been around long before the internet. During the late 1800s, fans of the Sherlock Holmes novels begun writing fanfiction and held public demonstrations of mourning after Holmes was killed off in 1893. Western, Sci-Fi, Furry, [4] and Anime/Manga fandoms also predate internet existence/involvement.

Fan Activities


Cosplay, short for "Costume Play", is the act of wearing clothing that represents a character or an idea from an anime, TV show, movie, or other media.[9]


Shipping is a practice among fandoms that involves relationships between two fictional characters from a show, movie, book series, and other media. It is the basis for a lot of fanfiction and art.


A convention (such as the San Diego Comic-Con) is typically an organized gathering of the members of a particular fandom, or of multiple fandoms that share a common theme.


A Fanfiction is a fan-made literature written by a fan of a particular franchise in order to add a non-canonical addendum to the plot of that franchise, usually for other fans to read.

Rule 34

Rule 34 (NSFW) is a concept which involves characters from TV shows and cartoons participating in sexual activities.

List of Notable Fandoms

A Song of Ice and Fire fandom

Beatlemaniacs (fans of The Beatles)

Bronies (fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) [3]

Browncoats (fans of Firefly)

Deadheads (fans of Grateful Dead)

Frozen (Disney movie from 2013)[5]

Furries (fans of the furry genre)[4]


Janeites (fans of Jane Austen)


MSTies (fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000)

Otakus (Fans of Japanese or western culture such as animes or cartoons)

Parrotheads (fans of Jimmy Buffett)


Potterheads (fans of Harry Potter)

Sherlockians (fans of Sherlock Holmes)

Stargate fandom

Star Wars fandom [6]

Tolkien fandom (fans of J. R .R Tolkien and his books such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)

Touhou Project / 東方Project)

Trekkies (fans of Star Trek)

Whovians[2] (Doctor Who)

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External References

[1] Wikipedia – Fandom

[2] Wikipedia – Whovians

[3] Wikipedia – Bronies

[4] Wikipedia – Furries

[5] Wikipedia – Frozen

[6] Wikipedia – Star Wars

[9] Wikipedia – Cosplay

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