There's a big line between being a big fan and a super fan. A regular fan may attend conventions, dress up as their favorite character occasionally, and even write a few fan fiction as a hobby/writing exercise. This is not the case for super fans. Super fans, often referred to as "stans" online, have an intensity that terrifies casual fans.
In honor of this weekend's Twilight convention, we've compiled a list of some of the most terrifying fandoms out there--communities loaded with paintings of pregnant men (a.k.a. mpreg), fanfics that are 100 percent character assassination, and people who will cut you if you're a hater. We warn you that many of the links included in this post are very NSFW. Remember, you can't bleach your eyes. Take caution.
[jump] Harry Potter shippers
Strange things happen when adults form a fandom around something mainly intended for children (and yes, no matter what J.K. Rowling has said, these are kiddie books). Over the years Harry Potter has admirably sparked an interest in reading, and has entertained many. The books and films have also spawned an astounding level of crazy. Its fandom is filled with fanfics where Harry Potter gets married to Draco Malfoy, where people stomp their feet that Harry and Hermione didn't end up together (which makes us question their reading comprehension skills), and where the actors who play the Weasley twins feel the need to speak out against twincest fics. Oh yeah, and sometimes fans feel compelled to draw Snape nine months pregnant, chilling on the beach at night. With bat wings. Sure, why not.
John Lennon/Beatles fanatics
John Lennon fans will cut you--even if you are the son of John Lennon. This summer, Lady Gaga spent some time hanging out with Yoko Ono. At one point Ono invited Gaga to sit down and play a song on Lennon's piano. His son Sean took a pic and shared it with his fans/friends on Twitter. Sounds pretty benign, right? Wrong!
Beatles fans saw the image and collectively blew a blood vessel, berating him and Gaga for sullying the purity of the deceased singer's material possessions. Lennon was so unsettled by the response that he removed the image, but not before tweeting back to one fan: "Pianos are meant to be played. What should we do, lock it away in a dusty room? So judgmental...Come on, lighten up... life's too short, there're enough real problems in the world."
Even though Britney Spears continues to churn out hit music, most people will admit that the pop princess has been looking pretty rough the past couple years. Some of her low moments have included a series of really bad weaves, walking into gas station bathrooms barefoot, showing up at car dealership in her wedding dress, and a weekend at the psych ward after a stand off with the police. But if you're a hardcore, diehard Britney fan, none of these things have happened. In their world, Britney still as fabulous, beautiful, and talented as she was ten years ago. Perhaps they are inhaling a little too deeply when they spritz on Spears' perfume, Fantasy.
Stories about intense, codependent love usually attracts a pretty scary fan base. The actors who play them would probably agree. Robert Pattinson, who plays sparkly dead guy Edward Cullen, was so terrified by a group of screaming fangirls that he risked his life jumping into traffic. Then there's the TwiMoms, who shamelessly flip their shit at Twilight conventions. Could you imagine the reaction grown men would get if they did something similar to Kristen Stewart? The books and movies have also inspired a lot of really bad fanfiction (Cowboys! Mafia drama! Stories written in Hebrew!). Hardcore Twilight fans are also super craft. They've even got their own tag over at Regretsy.
Lindsay Lohan stans
Lindsay Lohan is another child star that has been struggling lately with acting normal in public. The starlet has been photographed falling into a cactus, passed out, and looking hungover in court. Despite the protestations of her mom, Dina Lohan, clearly something is up. Not only do super fans of Lindsay agree with her mother, but generally agree that Lohan has been a victim of an overaggressive legal system. Needless to say, the recent jail stint has been a stressful time for Lohan super fans. Lohan lovers over at ONTD took things to an even creepier level a month or so ago when one applied to work as an assistant to the actress. Witness some intense fan love in this post.
People who way over think The L Word
Have you ever wanted to read several hundred pages of fans dissecting custody rights and other legal matters for hypothetical situations that fictional characters may or may not do in future episodes? Your thread awaits you here.
We couldn't make a list about scary fandoms without including these guys. Why are they scary? They dress like clowns, they do lots of drugs, they drink Faygo, they throw around human feces in public, and sometimes they ponder the miracle of magnets. Oh yeah, this fandom also has a Nazi subdivision. Insane Clown Posse juggalos and juggalettes are easily the scariest fans of anything out there ever. Congratulations guys, you win.