Which TV or movie franchise has the most devoted fans?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Unspeaked, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    Which TV or movie franchise has the most hardcore, devoted fans and why?

    Star Wars? Buffy? Harry Potter? Star Trek? Beverly Hills 90210? Dr. Who? The Matrix?

    (I'd make it a poll but there's way too many choices!)
  2. DarkHeraldMage macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    I'm gonna second the vote for Twilight. It's getting to the point where I won't admit to people that I read the books and enjoyed them because people are so fanatical about the books and movies that I don't want to be lumped in with them.
  3. nonocei macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Star wars and transformers. Twilight is also getting bigger...

    Star wars stuff is everywhere now. There are many types of fans ranging from casual to hardcore and the new clone wars series is getting the younger generations of kids to become fans as well.

    Star wars ftw.
  4. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    I'd say Star Wars, but Star Trek isn't far behind. There may not be as many Trek fans, but I think they are more hardcore. Of course, this is the eternal battle of Sci-Fi geeks...err, fans. :)

    A series like Potter or Twilight may have more fans, but most of them aren't as hardcore as Star Wars or Star Trek fans. Then again, maybe I just hang around with too many computer/gaming/sci-fi geeks. (Ever notice how those often go together? Weird.)
  5. Ann P macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2009
  6. iOrlando macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2008
    very subjective question only applicable to today.

    reason being people's attitudes and preferences change.

    ET was the "stuff you put in toilet" back in the 80s.

    Harry Potter was the "stuff you put in toilet" back in the 00s

    As of today, not sure what TV/movie has the most devoted fans. Theortically, you can have a show that has 5 fans, but they are willing to do ANYTHING. Therefore they would have the most devoted fans.

    If the question was which show/movie has the most fans. (just use Nielsen ratings and the box office tickets) Twlight, American Idol, Big Bang Theory, Two and half men, those NCIS shows..etc..
  7. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    I'm definitely thinking more along the lines of devotion, not sheer numbers.

    What actually got me thinking of this in the first place was Star Trek, when I was reading something (and I'd heard this many times in the past, so it's nothing new) about the fans that learn Klingon.

    I figured anyone who's devoted enough to a show to learn a fake language - an entire fake language they can write and converse in - is pretty out there.

    I don't think tattoos and such come close to this level of commitment to the program. But then there's Star Wars weddings and people who them their entire houses based on The Brady Bunch or whatever, so it got me thinking.
  8. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    Yeah, that's pretty nutty, right there. Liking a TV/movie series so much you learn a made-up language to converse with other geeks? :rolleyes:

    I do know some Elvish from LOTR, but that's completely different. :D
  9. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    This is what I was talking about. Yeah, Potter or Twilight may have a bigger fanbase, but I would bet they are nowhere near as devoted as Trek or Star Wars fans. I would say that fans of American Idol, CSI, NCIS, etc, don't dress up as their favorite characters (including facial makeup), travel across the country to conventions devoted entirely to the show, and learn to speak made up languages fluently. Want to see devotion? Do a search for the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. Also, do a search for some DragonCon pictures.
  10. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    largest overall:
    star wars, it's not even close.
    it's completely ingrained in our culture and has spanned 30 +years, with no evidence of slowing down

    most dedicated:
    Trekkies. it's a word. no additional explanation needed.

    Lord of the rings, going strong for half a century. defined a genre and a style of life
    harry potter for the youngest generations.

    as far as twilight, it seems like a fad more then else. the saga is clearly selling a lot and the movies are/will do well, but it doesn't seem a success of the lasting kind. i think the target audience is too restricted to the teen years
  11. Lloyd Christmas macrumors regular

    May 12, 2009
  12. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think you are spot on the money.
  13. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    In recent memory Jericho, an ABC TV show, had some pretty devoted fans:

  14. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    Full Story

    I remember reading this story a few months ago and looked it up again after seeing this thread.
  15. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    Not as authoritative a source, but still.
  16. XNine macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2005
    Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?

    Though, I remember attending the Star Wars Celebration back when the Phantom Menace came out at Lowry Airforce Base in Denver Colorado (I live in Colorado, so no, I didn't travel). We were all eating in the tent/mess hall thingy and these two Klingons walked in. It went silent, and I felt this sudden fear of nerds I've never felt before. Like a tremble in the force....

    Needless to say, nothing happened, save for lots of shouting and fists banging on the table. But to this day, I've never felt that 1,000 angry nerds in a white tent was something not capable of destroying me.
  17. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality
    Though I'm not one, Trekkies have been around the longest and I think are by far the most lunatically devoted. The bloom is off the rose for "Star Wars" fans, though.

    I think the mention of Jericho is interesting. (Though it was on CBS, not ABC.) Those fans really proved their mettle, even if their success was short-lived.

    And I'd like to add another, less frequently mentioned contingent: Dark Shadows fans. Those people are still publishing and buying books, performing fresh episodes, and are now eagerly awaiting a new theatrical version with Johnny Depp.
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I was going to say Star Wars, but if that's the criteria, then perhaps Star Trek makes the cut for the most intense fans.

    Add Apple fanboys to the list. :eek:
  19. sysiphus macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    How about Firefly? Sure, the show was short-lived, but the fan support was good enough after the show was canceled for Universal to fund a movie...

    In sheer scope/long-term devotion, it's got to go to Star Wars/Star Trek, though.
  20. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    I call the more hardcore fans Trekkers and the more casual ones Trekkies.

    yIDoghQo';) Klingonese is easier to learn than English.:p

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