Fannish Hive Mind

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The term "fannish hive mind" refers to the tendency of fans to behave, at times, as if sharing a single gigantic brain. The hive mind is often named as the reason why fans come up with the same ideas at the same time, the reason why certain pairings or tropes become suddenly popular, or the source of fanon (especially when no one is sure where the fanon actually began). It's also a term for the collective experience and wisdom of a fan community; "fannish hive mind, help me!" often precedes requests for obscure or trivial pieces of fannish information (which are usually promptly answered by someone.)

On fandom wank, the term used tends to be "hive vagina", generally used mockingly as in "Since we're the Hive Vagina, of course, we all have one opinion."

Notable examples

  • Gundam Wing fandom in its heyday was of the collective opinion that all of the Gundam pilots were sleeping with each other and that Relena Peacecraft was an annoying stalker who needed to die. More specifically, everyone shipped Heero x Duo and Trowa x Quatre, in those specific orders, and admitting to liking Relena or shipping other pairings was a surefire way to get flamed.
  • In Smallville fandom, it's extremely rare to find fans who actually like Lana. It's always naturally assumed that everyone hates her and thinks she's a badly-written Mary Sue.
  • Specific pairings and headcanons in Fire Emblem, to the point where fans have confessed anonymously to feeling like outcasts because they felt differently.
  • Anime fandom in general held a negative attitude towards dubs and a high regard for fansubs and raw episodes. Anyone who admitted to liking dubs was seen as "uneducated" and in need of rescuing.