What do you call Star Wars fans?
July 3, 2004 2:23 AM   Subscribe

If Doctor Who fans are 'Whovians' and Star Trek fans are 'Trekkers' or 'Trekkies', what are Star Wars fans?
posted by feelinglistless to Writing & Language (30 answers total)

(sorry couldnt resist).

It might be more productive to make a term for people who dont like star wars, as I think they are in the minority.

Or do you mean the really obsessive kinds that dress up like Darth Vader for job interviews? Because then I would have to go with nerd.
posted by lkc at 2:55 AM on July 3, 2004

Lucas Artisans?
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 3:40 AM on July 3, 2004

The probably call themselves Jedi Masters or some other nonsense. Personally, I think we should invent a term, and start applying it (meme stylee) in the hope that it'll take off.

Personally, I vote for "Binksians"
posted by seanyboy at 4:37 AM on July 3, 2004

Never coin a phrase if you can help it (self-link, but relevant)
posted by WolfDaddy at 5:14 AM on July 3, 2004 [1 favorite]


warriors would probably the obvious, but misleading, option.
posted by twine42 at 5:23 AM on July 3, 2004

Whovians, mostly, though there's also Whoites and yep, Anoraks.
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:44 AM on July 3, 2004

There was an issue of The Flaming Carrot where the main character's fan club (the Junior Carrot Patrol) had been summoned during an emergency.

The youngsters formulated a plan, but it began to unravel when the Trek and Who afficianados among the group started bickering amongst themselves.
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:53 AM on July 3, 2004

My first thought was: dorks

But, I probably shouldn't talk.
posted by jaded at 6:07 AM on July 3, 2004

My vote: Disappointed.
posted by ColdChef at 6:31 AM on July 3, 2004

Oh, wait...you asked about Star Wars Kids. My bad.
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:47 AM on July 3, 2004

These guys I used to know in High School called themselves "Jedi." One guy always talked like Chewie.
posted by Quartermass at 6:48 AM on July 3, 2004

These days? Suckers.
posted by mkultra at 6:48 AM on July 3, 2004

posted by rushmc at 7:00 AM on July 3, 2004

"Star Warts"?
posted by LairBob at 7:15 AM on July 3, 2004


posted by biffa at 7:16 AM on July 3, 2004

They're called Star Warshipers, or course.
posted by Servo5678 at 7:46 AM on July 3, 2004

posted by feelinglistless at 7:59 AM on July 3, 2004

Easily pleased?

Sorry, I know I'm a bit late with that..
posted by ascullion at 9:29 AM on July 3, 2004

Triumph the dog would probably say "virgins".
posted by tetsuo at 9:53 AM on July 3, 2004

I asked my kids. They said it's "losers".
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:38 AM on July 3, 2004

In my more childish years, I always called them "star whores".

I doubt they'd embrace that term.

Looking around, I found and kind of liked the term "The Force". But in practice, it seems that the only name that works is and is fully descriptive of the idea of a Star Wars community is "Star Wars Fans".

In English, the Star Wars mythology doesn't lend itself well to a etymological morphing towards a simpler form, like the word Trekkies for Star Trek fans does. Probably because both words of the title end in 'r', and there is no one overriding character or theme that encapsulates the entire mythology.
posted by sleslie at 10:39 AM on July 3, 2004

(disclosure: I have only watched each Star Wars movie once, and I only read one Chomsky article in an Anthropology course in University. So I'm not really qualified to answer this question. But I did anyway)
posted by sleslie at 10:45 AM on July 3, 2004

[gripe] goddamn freaks giving smart not-dressing-up non-fetishy social-skill-possesing cogent articulate science fiction fans a bad name[/gripe]
posted by signal at 11:41 AM on July 3, 2004

Awesome link, Wolfdaddy. Definitely the cream of this AskMe...
posted by kaibutsu at 1:36 PM on July 3, 2004

Warmongers !!
posted by a3matrix at 2:13 PM on July 3, 2004

I own a Jedi outfit.

One of the official ones. I'm not even kidding.
posted by armoured-ant at 5:08 PM on July 3, 2004

At least one segment of fen attempted to popularize the term Starwoids via a now-familiar route.

No, I'd never heard it before, either.
posted by dhartung at 11:50 PM on July 3, 2004

posted by angry modem at 11:56 PM on July 3, 2004

There is a thread on the starwars boards that asks the same question.
It's disappointing how everyone went for the easy snark in this one, because everyone's nerdy but you, huh?
posted by milovoo at 2:03 PM on July 4, 2004

well, they (um, we) are called "padewans", d'uh.
posted by elphTeq at 1:10 AM on July 5, 2004

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