All of us have something that we tend to "geek out" over.
This could be a book, television show, actor, singer or sports team.
But some shows or celebrities have a considerably wider fanbase than others, as evidenced by the terms "Trekkies" or "Beliebers".
Some times, members of these fan bases are so passionate, that they often come off as obnoxious or aggressive, possibly even hurting the reputation of the people or product they go wild over.
Redditor vejack was curious to learn which fan bases the Reddit community tends to find the most off putting, leading them to ask:
"Which is the most toxic community/fan base that you know?"
Everyone has an opinion...
"Reddit and Quora."
Oof, that's bad...
"It's not a big community, but there are items in the dilapidated bowels of the Chernobyl nuclear plant that are less toxic than the Super Smash Brothers Melee fan base."- CorgisDie
When the creators tell you to back off, take a hint!
"'Rick and Morty'."
"Even the show's creators have had to clash with them and their toxicity."- JeremyZenith·Rick And Morty Facepalm GIFGiphy
I like it, in small doeses...
"I love really enjoy Kpop and am a fan myself, but damn. I sometimes just can't."- Ok-Enthusiasm-6975
Love the animation, the fans, not so much...
"Some anime community’s."- thomas_da_tra1n
Less than heroic behavior
"League of legends."- AllGameProQueen Gg GIF by League of LegendsGiphy
It's just a TV show... tone it down a bit...
"I expected to find this but haven't yet."
"The Supernatural Fandom."
"Other than the whole populous of it are cringe and over the top, getting tattoos of a show detail etc."
"They've literally bullied the show to continue the show past the natural ending, season 5, and for literally half a decade made them try to poop out content that topped the last season, with no where to really go to at that point."
"The consistent push on 'shipping' characters together that make the actors visably uncomfortable."
"The fan base is full of edgy people who gatekeep everything.'- develyn507
All of them!!!
"Are there any non toxic fan bases anymore?"
"The whole idea of people getting together and arguing with anyone that disagrees with them just breeds discontent."- KingGuy420Stop It Neil Patrick Harris GIFGiphy
At least they get them excited about reading...
"No specific authors, but the community of them."- D-Rez
Best in Small Doses
"SML Wiki and other SML Related stuff. including SML channel itself in the Community Tab."- Owl-Fighter2601scooter sml GIFGiphy
The force is not strong with everyone.
"Star Wars."- SilasUnmuth80
"'Star Wars' community, mainly the adults, they have a habit of complaining like children and harassing the actors/actresses for their rolls."- Unstoppable-dirtball
YouTube reaches a wide audience...
"Dream the mincraft guy."- me_playz
When does it stop being "art"?
"In my opinion the grappling martial arts community."
"Jujitsu, wrestling etc."
"I'm saying this because a some pure grapplers find striking martial arts a 'waste of time' and some even say that ground and pound is somehow a good striking martial art substitute."- PerfectWin912keeping up with the kardashians karate GIFGiphy
Maybe time to unplug?
At least when you inflict it on others
Whatever happened to good sportsmanship?
"Cleveland Browns fans."
"Literally ran the only QB to win them a playoff game this century out of town."- sometimeswelaugh
There's nothing wrong with being passionate about something we love.
But when that passion starts to become competitive, even unsafe, can you even still call it a fanbase "community"?