Over-The-Top

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Synonyms: OTT
See also: Out of Character (OOC)
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Over-the-top (OTT) means exaggeration, melodrama, and/or excess enthusiasm[1] -- whatever that means to the speaker, in context. Simply being a fan can itself be considered OTT by non-fans.

The term OTT can be applied to canon when characters or situations go significantly beyond the expected norms, fanworks, fans, or fandom as a whole.

For example, Ranker.com displays the worst, most over-the-top Harry Potter Tattoos of All Time (#13).

The usage may be derived from the World War I term for a futile military attack against overwhelming odds [2]. The film Over The Top is a B-movie with Sylvester Stallone that illustrates both senses of the term.

References

  1. tehomet's Fannish Glossary accessed 2012-8-5]
  2. Wiktionary, both military and behavioral meanings accessed 2012-8-5