Guys. GUYS. Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch – the “blue eyed sexbomb” who stars in the BBC’s Sherlock – apparently call themselves Cumberbitches.
We’ll pause for a moment to let that sink in.
That name must be recognized as one of the most creative in fandom history. It’s one thing to simply riff on a title (Trekkies/Trekkers, Whovians); it’s quite another to design a perfect pun, or to go even further by naming your fandom after a made-up word (Insane Clown Posse fans = Juggalos). Cumberbitches, welcome to an elite squad comprised of those who have gone the extra mile in the name of fan love. Your compatriots include:
Hookers, ladies who love Once Upon a Time’s Captain Hook
Juggalos, who derive their name from an ICP song called “The Juggla.”
Bronies, the male fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Pegasisters, MLP: FIS’s female fans
Psych-os, folk who swoon for USA’s Psych
Ackleholics, who want to drink up Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles
Twihards, fans of Robert Benton’s 1998 thriller Twilight. Just kidding!
Beliebers, the Canadian crooner’s army of shrieking girls
Little Monsters, who break for Gaga
Nerdfighters, the fearless geeks who love YA author John Green and vlogs by him and his brother Hank
And this, of course, is just the beginning. What are your favorite creative fandom names – and which names would you suggest as alternatives to dull fan monikers? (There’s got to be something better than Potterheads, people. Also, what do Hunger Games fanatics call themselves?)