Typical Transfan?

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  1. Auto Morph

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    Basically, is there such a thing?

    Or instead of 'typical' maybe it should be 'stereotypical'?

    I've been to conventions, seen loads of pics on this website and others and heard a few things as well, so from what I can gather there seems to be some basic criteria that most Transfans meet:

    - Male
    - Aged late twenties/early thirties
    - Likes rock/metal music
    - Slightly overweight (sorry, no offense meant to ANYONE)
    - Probably some facial hair
    - Not overly fussed about fashion trends (clothing-wise)
    - Plays a lot of computer/video games
    - Likes sci-fi

    As I say, this is not meant as being offensive to anyone at all. In fact, I meet most if not all of these points myself.

    But I would be interested to hear people's opinions on this.

    Do you 100% agree, or have some more points to add yourself?

    Also, shout out if you completely disagree, or if you don't meet ANY of these criteria. As stated above, maybe this is not what we're all like at all, but how others (outside the TF community) see us?

    Aaaaaaaand discuss.
     
  2. Recall

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    That's me. (I'm sexy ;)  and don't smell though) But it also fits the bill of many fans of different hobbies and interests. Its basically the generic internet user.
     
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    I only meet criteria #1 and #3.

    The uninitiated probably misconceive us as socially inept virgin nerds who live with our parents and have no hope in hell of scoring.
     
  4. Coolhand

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    - Male (Yep)
    - Aged late twenties/early thirties (Yep)
    - Likes rock/metal music (Eh, some rock yes, Metal no.)
    - Slightly overweight (In pretty good shape, work out five times a week, four in a gym, one at Krav Maga.)
    - Probably some facial hair (I usually sport a little stubble, yeah.)
    - Not overly fussed about fashion trends (I'm actually pretty vain.:lol )
    - Plays a lot of computer/video games (Not as much as I used to but yes)
    - Likes sci-fi (Yes.)

    Transformers is a sci-fi property based on an ongoing boys toy line started about twenty five years ago. Whilst one can never stereotype that ALL TF fans fit the above points, it's not surprising that most fans of the franchise are under 40, male and into sci-fi. But there's certainly I few people I can think of on these boards who don't fit the stereotype at all.
     
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    With the exception of late twenties and overweight, I meet those requirements.
     
  6. Auto Morph

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    Btw, I'm not trying to suggest that the stereotype is a negative one.

    I like football (soccer for the Americans:D ) and used to go to the gym several times a week. I live with my girlfriend, not my parents and whilst I'm not likely to appear in the fashion section of a men's magazine anytime soon, I try to dress respectably.
     
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    I don't fit it:

    -I'm female
    - I am in my mid twenties (*)
    - I do love rock music and some metal, but my tastes range from Led Zeppelin to The Beatles to Nelly Furtado to Disturbed to Garbage to Patsy Cline
    - I weigh around 103 to 105, depending on the season, which is right for my size and height
    - No facial hair, obviously :) 
    - I was something of a fashion nut throughout high school and into my early twenties - outside of work, I still love to dress up
    - I'm not a gamer at all, I only own a DS to play Mario - I'm more into creative writing and graphic/interior design
    - I do love sci-fi fantasy (*)

    (*) Two of them fit me.
     
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    So, does this criteria mean that I as a 106 lb female who likes nice clothes shouldn't be a Transfan? (I love sci-fi, though.) ;) 
     
  9. Murasame

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    I only meet #1, #2 and #8. So I guess I don't fit in ;) 
     
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    - Male (I hope I am or my entire life has been a lie.)
    - Aged late twenties/early thirties (No G1 fan here, BW generation member, early twenties)
    - Likes rock/metal music (Nope, I prefer classical)
    - Slightly overweight (sorry, no offense meant to ANYONE) (Nope, very active)
    - Probably some facial hair (Yep)
    - Not overly fussed about fashion trends (clothing-wise) (Right)
    - Plays a lot of computer/video games (Just one computer game and older N64 games.)
    - Likes sci-fi (Not really)
     
  11. Auto Morph

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    Not at all.

    I am just interested in hearing everyone's thoughts on this. In fact, the more people who DON'T fit the stereotype the better!

    Variety is the spice of life!
     
  12. Hiro Prime

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    What you described could also be the typical GIJoe fan or a SW fan. (or name another fanbase here) Having been to every Botcon/OFCC and a ton of Comic and Sci-Fi cons, I can tell you that we all look the same to those who don't care or pay much attention to us. But, to those of us who do pay attention and are right smack dab in the middle of it, we see the diversity.

    Take Transfans as in your example. Yes, there are the late twenty - early Thirtysomethings that collect, but you're just as likely to see twelve - sixteen year-olds too. I'm also seeing more girls get involved these days rather than they were 10 - 12 years ago. Some are chubby, some are thin. Some are short, and then there's Jon Hartman and Hydra. I've seen Teachers, Cops, Businessmen, Doctors, Musicians, Soldiers, etc... all collect TF's. And let's not eve get started about who like what series the most as another way to further tell us all apart.

    My point is, while on the outside looking in, we all may fit a lot of your suggested criteria, we all know that each of us are part of a group of diverse individuals who just happen to like the same thing.
     
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    Yup.
    36.
    I like a little rock/metal. But I'm VERY much an electronic music fan over anything else.
    None taken. But I'm pretty much the perfect weight for my height and age.
    Closely trimmed goatee.
    Couldn't care less about fashion.
    Yup.
    Yup.

    I have to say, events like Botcon are a REAL eye opener. it's so easy to generalise the fandom (especially from message boards), but when you actually meet other fans you'll often find that there really isn't such a thing as a "typical" TF fan.
    For example: from the 7 Botcons I've been to since 2002 you could add friendly, gregarious, funny, intelligent, opinionated, caring, and excellent company to that list VERY easily. Online perceptions really do fly out of the window a lot of the time when you meet some of these people. And to be honest, it's really not a bad thing either; I've made quite a few of my closest friends right here on TFW, and a lot of them don't fit into any category.
     
  14. Auto Morph

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    As I mentioned, I've attended conventions, and maybe it's just in the UK, but whilst there were a few exceptions, the majority proved the rule.

    Maybe I was just not paying attention.

    Glad to see we have had a couple of females jump in already. Any more out there?
     
  15. Hot Shot.

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    Except for age, you have me summed up well.
     
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    As far as we know, here're more than 50 female TFW members. :) 
     
  17. Auto Morph

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    Cool! More than I realised.

    Any idea who the oldest and youngest TFW members are?
     
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    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    In person?

    Angry, grumpy, quiet hermit that stares at you awkwardly in the toy aisles, grabs the toy he wants, then runs - yes, runs - to the checkout line to buy it. Maybe he'll grant you a sly over-the-shoulder look to see if you paid attention to him as he's booking it to break open his newest plastic crack. Usually large enough to make a Botcon t-shirt look tight. Too young to be trying to sport the peachfuzz he's grown, too old to be wearing Payless cross-trainers.

    Online?

    Angry, grumpy manchild who is mad as hell that his recent purchase at Wal-Mart has missing paint apps, which he points to as another sign of the complete doom and damnation of all transformers, since they are, of course, "going to completely fail after the next movie."
     
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    bang on, except i'm not a fatty and have superb dress sense.

    i'm less of a cunt in real life too, but only marginally.
     
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    Only 1, 2 and #8 for me.
     
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