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Many fandoms have nicknames.
The nicknames are popular with music bands, films, television shows, books, games, and sports teams.
There are also nicknames for those who are fans of a specific celebrity or author and their body of work. Some examples are Duchovniks (David Duchovny), Cumberbitches (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Janeites (Jane Austen).
Many fandoms have their own nicknames that distinguish them from other fan communities. The nicknames are popular with singers, music bands, films, television shows, books, games, sports teams, and celebrities. Some of the terms are coined by fans while others are created by celebrities themselves.
The trend of giving a name to a fandom became more popular in the beginning of the 21st century with the invention of social media, although such nicknames were used much earlier. Some people consider the Sherlockians (fans of Sherlock Holmes) and Beatlemaniacs (fans of The Beatles) to be some of the oldest known examples.
Similar Types of Nicknames
There are nicknames for fans of a specific character, such as "Spockite" (Spock) and "Scullist" (Dana Scully). Some examples of being a fan of a specific character, see: names for fans of specific characters.There are many, many examples of specific nicknames for those who are fans of a pairing or relationship, see bibro. [need some more examples]
Who Gets to Decide?
The fans themselves? TPTB and the media?
Organic evolution or a more formal process?
Pros and Cons of Fandom Nicknames
List of Fandom Nicknames
- Beatlemaniacs (The Beatles)
- Beliebers (Justin Bieber)
- Bronies/Pegasisters (My Little Pony)
- Browncoats (Firefly)
- Buffistas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
- Cumberbitches (Benedict Cumberbatch)
- Deadheads (The Grateful Dead)
- Directioners (One Direction)
- Duchovniks (David Duchovny)
- Durannies (Duran Duran)
- Fanson (Hanson)
- FoLCs (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)
- Gleeks (Glee)
- Janeites (Jane Austen)
- Leapers (Quantum Leap)
- Oncers (Once Upon a Time (TV series)
- Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffet)
- Potterheads (Harry Potter)
- Sammiacs (Sammy Keyes)
- Scapers (Farscape)
- Senners (The Sentinel)
- Sherlockians (Sherlock Holmes)
- Stans (Eminem)
- Trekkers/Trekkies (Star Trek)
- Twihards (Twilight)
- Whovians (Doctor Who)
- Wingnuts (West Wing)
- X-Philes (The X-Files)
- Xenites (Xena: Warrior Princess)
- Jason Richards (7 August 2012). "Beliebers, Directioners, Barbz: What's With Pop's Fanbase-Nickname Craze?". The Atlantic.
- Scott Brown (20 April 2009). "Scott Brown on Sherlock Holmes, Obsessed Nerds, and Fan Fiction". Wired. Retrieved 2015-03-12.