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03.21.2012by: Jim Law

The Ten Spot: 10 Awesome Fanboys in Film

I still don't know if I'm really a fanboy or not. I like movies. I like comics books. I like comic book movies. I suppose I'm not as angry as I should be. Some of these rants I read on the internet are fascinating (and sad). I guess I lack the passion anymore. I'm old. I try to push my favorites on my kids but they seem to leave me in the dust with some of the shit they enjoy watching. What the hell is a Ben 10? Whatever, THE AVENGERS still looks amazing. Twelve-year-old me told me so.

Honorable Mention: Charlie & Robbie - SCREAM 4

Basically just a rip-off of a another (superior) character but still did a good enough job without making me roll my eyes every 3 seconds. Anybody that organizes a film festival in a barn and gets the featured killer to show up and try to kill people deserves a nod. Nod.

10. Barry - HIGH FIDELITY

More of a music snob but Barry and Dick have that Fanboy mentality that gets under your skin just enough to make you never want to show at their store again. And he has a sweet band.

9. Brodie Bruce - MALLRATS

I love how angry Brodie gets when he finds out Stan Lee is at the mall. Just the fact that he didn't know about it makes him pissed off at the world. If anybody knows about internet fanboy trolls it's Kevin Smith. They are his bread & butter and his pain in the ass at the same time.

8. Andy - THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN

Love this entry because it makes me feel a little bit better about my own life. Though, when I got my first piece of ass I didn't sell all my toys. I just didn't let them sleep with me anymore.

7. Dave & Chainsaw - SUMMER SCHOOL

When you talk your teacher into showing THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE in class you know you have represented the film geeks well. Why did these guys even need to be in school? Their special effects work was top notch.

6. The Fanboys - FANBOYS

They're much more pleasant than your average "real-life" STAR WARS fanboys but still did a decent enough job at showing the world why George Lucas keeps taking their money. Imagine if you were dying and THE PHANTOM MENACE was the last film you ever watched. Yeesh!

5. The Frog Brothers - LOST BOYS

Two teenage punks who run their own comic book store and fight vampires on the side? More like Fan-Men! Something tells me they were prepared for anything. Aliens, zombies, super villains, monsters.... whatever. Open a couple comic boxes and the Frog Bros. were ready to rumble.

4. Danny Madigan - LAST ACTION HERO

It's one thing to be an expert on action movies. It's a whole different thing to get sucked into one and help the hero save the day. I'll be honest here, I hate Danny, and this movie, but sometimes you gotta take one for the team in order to meet your deadline.

3. Buddy Pine - THE INCREDIBLES

When the world's biggest Incredibles fan gets shit on by his greatest hero and then grows up to be their biggest threat - there are some serious props to be handed out. Buddy devotes his entire life to becoming Syndrome and killing his childhood idol. George Lucas might want to think about this.

2. The Monster Squad - THE MONSTER SQUAD

What starts out as a tree-house meeting for little horror nerds turns out to be an actual battle with all their favorite classic monsters in order to save the planet. These dudes set fanboy standards for generations to come. If, when I was a kid, Jason, Michael, Leatherface, Pinhead, and Chucky came to life to take over the world, we'd be fucked. I'm a pussy.

1. Randy Meeks - SCREAM

I still believe Randy is the most accurate and honest portrayal of the modern-day fanboy. The SCREAM franchise's biggest mistake will always be killing him off. He spoke for an entire generation of horror fans. He died and ironically turned our greatest modern horror series into shit. SCREAM 4 was decent but lacked some of the "rules". Randy would have corrected that.
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9:37AM on 05/06/2012
My favorite entry on this list. Why? Because I know how much you hate this movie. =)
My favorite entry on this list. Why? Because I know how much you hate this movie. =)
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12:52PM on 04/16/2012
I totally miss that dude from No Retreat, No Surrender in this list!
I totally miss that dude from No Retreat, No Surrender in this list!
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3:39PM on 03/21/2012
tHIS MOVIE IS FUN TIMES, I ALWAYS LIKED THIS KID BECAUSE I SAW MY MOVIE OBSESSED LIFE IN HIM...
tHIS MOVIE IS FUN TIMES, I ALWAYS LIKED THIS KID BECAUSE I SAW MY MOVIE OBSESSED LIFE IN HIM...
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10:07AM on 03/21/2012

this movie is

so underrated... but this kid sucked, i agree. he was the worst part by far, and the main character
so underrated... but this kid sucked, i agree. he was the worst part by far, and the main character
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9:05AM on 03/21/2012

Yeah

Justin Long from Galexy Quest?
Justin Long from Galexy Quest?
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8:13AM on 03/21/2012

Awesome!

Hadn't consider these guys when I think of Fanboys. Inspired choice.
Hadn't consider these guys when I think of Fanboys. Inspired choice.
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8:12AM on 03/21/2012

Couldn't agree more

I hate Danny too. You'd think Shane Black's writing could makeup for it. Maybe if they cast Hamilton 'Ham' Porter from the Sandlot this movie would have been a classic.
I hate Danny too. You'd think Shane Black's writing could makeup for it. Maybe if they cast Hamilton 'Ham' Porter from the Sandlot this movie would have been a classic.
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8:10AM on 03/21/2012

Actually . . .

Corey Feldman, in this very movie, is the bigger fanboy. He schools the Frog Brothers in their own store.
Corey Feldman, in this very movie, is the bigger fanboy. He schools the Frog Brothers in their own store.
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10:23AM on 03/21/2012
You mean Haim.
You mean Haim.
8:09AM on 03/21/2012

Bless you

Awesome choice. Love this movie. Love these characters. Figured nobody but me had seen this film.
Awesome choice. Love this movie. Love these characters. Figured nobody but me had seen this film.
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8:00AM on 03/21/2012

YESS!!

I cannot even tell you how happy I am to see the MONSTER SQUAD on here!!!!!!
I cannot even tell you how happy I am to see the MONSTER SQUAD on here!!!!!!
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7:15AM on 03/21/2012
Cant believe you left out Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Paul
Cant believe you left out Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Paul
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8:42AM on 03/21/2012
Me either. My inner Simon Pegg fanatic just punched myself in the nuts.
Me either. My inner Simon Pegg fanatic just punched myself in the nuts.
5:41AM on 03/21/2012
Nice choice!! Mr Shoop
Nice choice!! Mr Shoop
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4:57AM on 03/21/2012
You missed Dave (Kick-Ass) from Kick-Ass.
You missed Dave (Kick-Ass) from Kick-Ass.
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1:58AM on 03/21/2012

You missed a big one.

Clarence from True Romance. Pure fanboy. Spends his birthday alone watching Sonny Chiba movies. Has half hour one-sided conversations about Elvis. And when he's finally lucky enough to take a girl on a date he takes her to the comic book shop where he works to read her Nick Fury.

True Romance is really just the ultimate in fanboy wish fulfillment. Read comics, eat junk food, drive a Cadillac, be a total badass, get some cool scars...and fall ass backwards into a fortune in drug money and the
Clarence from True Romance. Pure fanboy. Spends his birthday alone watching Sonny Chiba movies. Has half hour one-sided conversations about Elvis. And when he's finally lucky enough to take a girl on a date he takes her to the comic book shop where he works to read her Nick Fury.

True Romance is really just the ultimate in fanboy wish fulfillment. Read comics, eat junk food, drive a Cadillac, be a total badass, get some cool scars...and fall ass backwards into a fortune in drug money and the arms of a beautiful blond with big tits and an ass that tastes like french vanilla ice cream.
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8:43AM on 03/21/2012
Good call. My bad.
Good call. My bad.
12:58AM on 03/21/2012
Where are Graeme and Clive from Paul and why is Brodie Bruce at number 9!? I call shenanigans!
Where are Graeme and Clive from Paul and why is Brodie Bruce at number 9!? I call shenanigans!
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8:46AM on 03/21/2012
Damn, I was looking for a reason to boot Jack Black too. Balls.
Damn, I was looking for a reason to boot Jack Black too. Balls.
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12:56AM on 03/21/2012
Great list! I agree that Randy Meeks is the perfect fanboy, but I disagree that it was the biggest mistake to kill him off in part 2. It was a huge shock to the audience and I loved being so surprised like that.
The biggest mistake was not creating another character similar to him AFTER he died. Bringing him back in Scream 3 in a video tape was lame and in Scream 4 the fanboys were okay but really just poor imitations.
Kirby on the other hand was solid and deserved honorable mention in
Great list! I agree that Randy Meeks is the perfect fanboy, but I disagree that it was the biggest mistake to kill him off in part 2. It was a huge shock to the audience and I loved being so surprised like that.
The biggest mistake was not creating another character similar to him AFTER he died. Bringing him back in Scream 3 in a video tape was lame and in Scream 4 the fanboys were okay but really just poor imitations.
Kirby on the other hand was solid and deserved honorable mention in their place.
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6:22PM on 03/21/2012
Agreed. Kirby was great because she came off as the hot, popular chick, but was really just a huge horror nut. She should get honorable just for that.
Agreed. Kirby was great because she came off as the hot, popular chick, but was really just a huge horror nut. She should get honorable just for that.

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