Remember when Rick and Morty fans were literally attacking McDonalds employees over sauce packs? Sure, Szechuan sauce is delicious, and it was limited edition, but that just took it too far.
The funny thing is, Szechuan sauce is only the most recent excuse for fanboys and girls to behave badly. (Beanie Babies, anyone?) And while those obsessed Superfans probably need a chill pill and a good, long nap to put stuff in perspective, is it so wrong that we not-so-secretly love witnessing their momentary crazy?
Below are 50 stories of the best (worst?) Fanboy Meltdowns.
. Bullies might get injured. Or worse, expelled.
In the fifth grade there was this kid in my class who was obsessed with Hermione Granger. Not Emma Watson, but her character from Harry Potter. I’m talking 15-20 different pictures in his locker and like plastered on his folders, binders, etc. In short: it was too much.
One day another boy in our class started teasing him and said that Hermione looked like a boy. Wrong move. He lost it. Instantly started crying. Maybe bawling is a better description. Then after about 30 seconds of utter emotional meltdown he attacked the kid, clawing at his eyes, pulling hair, all the while screaming at the top of his lungs, “Hermione Granger is beautiful! Hermione Granger is beautiful!” One of the strangest experiences of my life.
. Absolutely devastating.
I had a 50 year old woman in tears at my store because I didn't have an iPhone 8plus in gold. She had to get silver.
. Respect the dibs, bro.
A guy I know - let's call him Chad - was at an anime convention in Tokyo and chats up one of the voice actresses that was there as a guest. They get on like a house on fire.
After he leaves, Chad is on a train home, and another guy who attended the convention confronts him. This dude just starts spazzing at him for daring to talk to the voice actress because he was in love with her. Eventually the guy lunges at Chad and knocks him over, then he runs off the train and into the night.
. An insult to the dignity of Jedi everywhere
When I went to see the Phantom Menace at a midnight showing, there were lots of "Jedis" "dueling" with florescent colored pvc tubes in front of the theater. I am not sure what saber fighting style a few of them were using, but in the ongoing sloppiness, someone got hit with a pvc tube pretty hard. What shortly ensued was absolutely beautiful to behold: a few real fights with pvc tubes and a multitude of red faced jedis screeching at each other and swinging at each other like pinatas. It was honestly more entertaining than the movie.
. The One Refund
I went to see the second Lord of the Rings movie in theaters shortly after it came out. Good movie, and it's getting close to the huge battle at the end when the fire alarm in the theatre went off. Everyone exits, and it turns out to be nothing. For some reason the theatre wouldn't/couldn't resume the movie where it was and decided to pass out vouchers instead. I hear some long haired neckbeard yell about how he had to take off work to see this movie. He then proceeded to beat the snot out of a Jungle Book 2 cardboard cutout.
RIP Baloo the Bear, you were just an innocent bystander.
. Priorities, people!
Right after the PS4 came out the store's second shipment of consoles got delayed because their distribution center got hit by a tornado. Grown adults were throwing temper tantrums and throwing out death threats because a town hundreds of miles away was hit by a natural disaster and people's lives are in ruins, but as long as they get their console...
. He got a little TOO into it.
Not really a meltdown but I witnessed an 8 year old boy yell out "stab him in the heart!" at Medieval Times. The verve and vigor in his yell was terrifying.
. What are the odds??
I don't drink and I don't play poker, but I won the Poker Tourney at a local brewery. The guy sitting next to me the whole night - wearing sunglasses, talking probability, and complaining that I wasn't paying attention to the game - really flipped out. Screaming, throwing things, the whole nine yards. He had to be escorted out. And it was glorious.
The best part is, I won a gift certificate for beer, which I'm obviously not going to use. I have it hanging on my fridge.
. Gonna Snatch 'Em All
Remember those Pokemon gold cards that came in the giant pokeballs that Burger King used to sell? I had friends OBSESSED with those things. They believed they'd be worth MILLIONS in the future. Our local BKs sold out of them very quickly, and I saw a kid jump the register and run to the back trying to find one. He thought "they had more in the back" and... I'm not sure what he was planning to do beyond that, but he definitely tried before being tackled and held back by several employees.
They're worth like $5-$15 on Ebay today. Was it worth it?
. The Joys Of Parenthood
I was the fanboy. It was 1997 and my parents took 6 year old me to see Jack Frost. I loved that movie from the very beginning and thoroughly enjoyed watching the whole thing....until the ending. I had an absolute meltdown when the movie ended the way it did (spoiler alert: he melts away). I made an complete scene in the movie theater and I don't think I've ever cried like that before or after that day.
. That's just wrong.
I know one blogger who got death threats because he criticized Beyonce for sampling audio from the Challenger Disaster in that song about a teenager breaking up with her boyfriend.
. Heart = Broken
So this is old but at my local comic book store, I witnessed a 40 yr old man break down, lay in the floor, and start crying because DC killed Superman. This is also before it became common that the dead always come back.
I was shopping for my Batty Man books. I hear a scream behind me and is was as if someone pulled the string from his body. He just collapsed and went fetal in the floor. He was doing what the kids call "ugly crying." He laid there for 30 minutes and other Superman fans helped him to a chair and got him some water.
. But I need my Special Drink!
I used to work at Starbucks and people would get near violent when we ran out of Their New Favorite Limited Promotional Drink. People would ask to see the bottle so they knew when it expired and thus would know if it got "accidentally" thrown out. Lady, you're ordering a pumpkin spice latte in MARCH, time to move on.
. Let it go!
When they make toys for movies they make them WELL in advance and they often arrive in store before it's even released. I was working at a toy store when Frozen came out, and Disney had anticipated that Anna would be the most popular character. So for every box of dolls there was 1 Elsa to every 3 Anna's. So you can imagine that we sold all the Elsa dolls very quickly and we're still saturated in Anna dolls. Soccer mums would literally scream, "You've RUINED CHRISTMAS" at us all day. Worst Christmas ever.
. If I could make that happen, I probably wouldn't be working in retail.
I had a lady come in to my video game store wanting to get Mario Party on the XBox360 for her kid. When I told her that it didn't exist, she threw a fit and demanded he go into the back and make it...
. Creep factor is off the charts.
Someone dressed as an anime character at a Japanese culture and history festival flipped his lid because there was nothing anime related. He started screaming at vendors and exhibit owners because he thought it was going to be an anime convention.
I remember in high school when anime got popular, and anime fans would just go full cringe when they learned I was Japanese. They would either be fetishistic (they'd treat me like I was some sort of anime character), obnoxious (they would say Japanese words in a stupid accent as if it made them sound more culturally aware or something), or they were just borderline racist.
I can't stand anything anime related to this day because of these guys.
. Graphics so good you can't live without them.
When Skyrim came out, there was only store in town that had a midnight launch, and they were only distributing preorders. I was there to pick up my preordered copy and ended up just hanging out at the store looking at other stuff. Then some dude walked to the counter and asked for a copy, but he hadn't preordered. The employee politely says, "Sorry mate, none left. We only have enough copies for preorders."
Dude just lost it.
Started rambling about how horrible his life was and his only reason for living was Elder Scrolls. He literally starts sobbing and knocking stuff over around the store as he's leaving, yelling at people for taking his game from him. We could hear him screaming -- and I mean gut wrenching screaming -- all the way down the road. Guy was mentally unhinged.
. You can't handle the truth!
My wife and I took our nieces to the Naruto movie premiere. The movie was good, but there were lots of teenage girls screaming and cheering every time Naruto had a scene. Because it was the premiere, they had a documentary afterwards about the cast.
Turns out Naruto is played by a middle aged Irish-American lady named Maile Flanagan (Her parents must have looked up "most Irish sounding name ever" in the baby book). Ever heard a several hundred young teenage girls fantasies just evaporate all at the same time? It was epic. There were tears, there were shouts of anger. I suspect poor Maile got some nasty fan mail.
. Setting a great example for the kids.
The Beanie Baby craze. 1998-2000 I worked my first job at McDonald's and people were fist fighting each other for the Happy Meal mini beanie babies. It was a crowded Saturday afternoon, there were crying kids, and the police had to be called. Nowadays most beanie babies are worth diddly squat.
. Just as Elmo would have wanted.
When the Tickle Me Elmo toys first came out, the manufacturers didn't predict they would be so popular, and so they didn't make that many of the toys. People literally got into fist fights with each other because they wanted a stupid kids toy for their five year old child who wouldn't have known the difference.
. Better call security...
I went to a Dolly Parton concert with my brother and we had really good seats, 10 or 12 rows back, so we were front row to this craziness. One poor guy in the front rows just got emotionally overwhelmed, seriously. He was standing up a lot (everyone else sat), waving and yelling occasionally, and at one point started crying. Despite that, no one I could see really seemed to care, but maybe someone did complain.
Unfortunately, between songs security came over and told him he had to leave. They made big production out of it which wasn't at all necessary, but Dolly was great - she stood there and thanked him, told him she was sad he had to leave, and told him to wait outside because she would send one of her outfits out to him to take home. I think she really meant it, and I hope that really happened.
. He had no idea how popular he was.
Yoshitaka Amano, the artist that created the art of the Final Fantasy franchise, attended an anime convention way back and severely underestimated his popularity in the U.S. After his panel was over, he agreed to sign merchandise. But instead of just signing stuff, he DREW PICTURES, and even looked at other people's art work. The line for this weaved seeminly forever at the hotel, but he had a plane to catch and had to leave.
A few fans went so nuts in line when he suggested that he had to leave that he ended up stayed until the entire line was done. As much as I regret he had to deal with that situation, I was at the back of the line and still got a Final Fantasy book signed (with a VERY quickly drawn image of a girl) from the best gaming/fantasy illustrator in existence.I can't believe he was such a good sport about it.
. Welcome to SDCC!
San Diego Comic Con. Every year it gets worse and worse.
The lines are unmanageable. From people cutting in line, fighting, screaming, and all out nerd raging it's a mess. Want to see grown men fight over Funko Pops? Magic the Gathering cards? Mondo posters? Shopkins? Well come to SDCC.
. The Magic was gone.
I had a boyfriend for about two weeks who was really into Magic. He'd flip tables on a weekly basis. The second time it happened, I was out.
. He was clearly raised well.
Worked at a movie theater in high school. Our boss was very strict on Rated-R movies, and checking ID's.
One of my co-workers was working box office on the night American Sniper came out. A group of obviously younger than 17-year-olds came up to buy tickets from him. He asked for their ID's, but none of them even had permits yet. They asked him to just let it go, he said no.
Then, the "alpha" of the group gets up against the glass and starts threatening my co-worker's life, saying that he will go home, get his dad's gun, and shoot him, unless he lets the group buy tickets.
Such is life in a crumbling suburb, I guess.
. It's an office supplies emergency!
I had a lady come in on Christmas eve to the office supplies store I work at. She found a desk she liked but we didn't have it in the color she wanted. I explained that I didn't have it, and that there's no way I could promise it there by Christmas Day (it was ~4PM the day before.) and that unfortunatly all the other stores were out (It was a sale item and had been on sale about a week).
Well, she started to lose her mind. It started with ""Are you kidding me!? You aren't going to give it to me! I'll give you an extra $40!" "I'm sorry I can't take any extra money, and even if I could I don't have it to give." "FINE I'LL DOUBLE IT!" "No I'm sorry I don't have it, it doesn't exist." I offer other options, from different colors of the same desk to knocking down the price on another desk. This is where she starts screaming that I ruined her kids Christmas because all they wanted was a desk and I won't give it to her. She tells me she hopes I'm happy that he's going to cry tomorrow morning and that it's my fault. That she can't believe we don't carry enough furniture for the demand on Christmas. She calls me some names I'd rather not repeat, and she apparently can't believe iId treat her son this way. She then marches out of the store declaring she's never coming back.
. Which episode of MLP teaches us to throw fits when we don't get a toy?
McDonald's had My Little Pony toys a few years back. The cops got called to the McDo down the block from my house because some Brony went in for a Rarity or a Pinkie Pie or wahtever, and they were all out. He straight had a Maximum Fedora Fit right there in the Maccas. He tried to knock down the toy display to get the toy he wanted out of it, not realizing that it's bolted to the wall.
I found out later from one of the workers that it was the same guy I got banned from the nearby mall for literally following me everywhere I went. Seems like he's going places. Like jail.
. Was it worth the wait?
Last year in June, Kotaku reported that the game No Man’s Sky was being delayed two months. Fans of the game called the writer for that minor news update a liar and when Sean Murray personally confirmed the delay on Twitter those same people threatened to kill everyone at Hello Games.
. Furries are animals too!
I used to be a manager at PetSmart years ago. One time I got called up to the front for "customer service" which usually meant I was about to get yelled at over expired coupons.
Not this time.
It was a girl in full-on furry gear holding pamphlets. She asked me if she could walk around the store in her suit handing out pamphlets on furry culture. She also thought it would be fun for people to interact with a furry in a pet store. Of course, I politely told her absolutely not. She started to beg me so I tried to offer the usual excuses: "It's corporate policy," "It's a safety issue," etc. but she would NOT relent. I started to become irritated at this point and told her she would have to leave. Her response was to start screaming and, naturally, barking at me. Apparently I was discriminating against furries. She did finally leave after a few minutes of that, but it was quite a sight to behold.
. Spoilers That Must Not Be Named
People were spoiling the end of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince to fans waiting in line to by the book at the Barnes and Noble midnight release event. I saw multiple people on the ground in tears.
. Was it worth it?
I worked at Best Buy when Star Wars Episode 1 was released on DVD for the first time. I had worked the opening shift, and was asked to come in a little early to help set up all the displays.
People were camped outside for a few hours before the store opened. About 30 minutes before the store opened, I could see this seething, undulating mass of unwashed humanity crowded outside the doors, waiting for them to open so they could grab their copy. I swear it looked like a few of them were trying to Jedi Mind Trick me into opening the doors early.
I was making jokes with my fellow employees, when my manager came and asked me to stand by the doors so I could direct the incoming horde to the various displays. As I took my place near the doors, the store manager approached the front doors of the store to open them, and I saw the entire mass tense like they were about to run a gauntlet. As soon as the doors opened, the human ocean outside burst its way in. I raised my hand to wave to them in greeting, but before I could get my arm halfway up to greeting position, I was slammed off of my feet as they ran past me. It was like I wasn't even there.
I picked myself up, with no injuries other than my pride, and saw these piranhas devour the first display they came to. Within seconds, the display was empty. Some customers who hadn't grabbed a copy (and didn't realize that we had more in stock), started pushing and shouting, and it looked like there might be a brawl erupting at any moment. I tried to tell everyone that we had more, but they were shouting over me. One kid, maybe 9 or 10 years old, was standing next to his mom and crying because he hadn't managed to get a copy. His mom was trying to console him, while moving him away from the riotous mass in front of them.
I went back to the crowd, finally it got quiet enough so I could explain that we had more in stock. The remaining crowd rushed to the other displays, and I pulled a copy aside for the boy and his mom and handed it to them so they wouldn't have to be near the animals who were ready to fight each other.
All of this just for Jar Jar Binks.
. Human Decency is for losers.
When the Wii came out I met a friend just to chill with him in line at 4am. The store had a limited number so they handed out tickets to the people already in line to make sure we got one. No long after, a young teenager asked the clerk if there were any tickets left, but the clerk told him they were already out. He looked so heartbroken. Like, might begin to tear up, shattered. I knew my friend was also going to buy one and I could play his so I just gave him my ticket. You'd think he just won the fricken lottery on Christmas morning, he was so happy.
As soon as he ran to the back of the line the guy directly behind me is besides himself, and starts screaming at me: "OH MY GOD. YOU COULD HAVE SOLD THAT TICKET FOR 100$. 50$ AT LEAST. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD THESE ARE TO GET? YOU'RE SO STUPID. GOOD LUCK ON EBAY."
. Don't mess with my fandom.
13 years ago while eating dinner at dennys, I saw a teenager throw his soup at a grown adult for making a "Next time on Dragonball Z" joke. He was yelling about not making fun of DBZ.
They weren't at the same table and didn't know each other.
. Merry Chrismas, I guess?
It was black Friday a couple years ago and somehow I let my other half convince me to go with her to Kohl's because they had a really nice deal on a PS4 bundle. We get there a half hour early, pretty close to the front of the line. I'd never done black Friday prior to this so I was not prepared for the idiocy that would ensue.
They opened the doors and everyone sprinted into the door, like full sprint and people were trying to push us out of the way as we were just walking inside. I make my way to the back of the store where the electronics department is, while people are literally darting around the store grabbing item after item looking like rabid maniacs.
I get to the back of the store and I see a stack of PS4s and a line of people waiting for them, so I get to the back of the line and the closer I get the smaller the pile of PS4s gets. At this point I'm just accepting that I probably won't get one and it's really not a big deal. The only reason I was picking one up was to save a few bucks. Well, I'm second in line and there is one more ps4 on the stack, the lady and her son in front of me are about to get it but I couldn't quite tell if it was the last one because people were everywhere and I didn't have a clear line of sight.
So I ask her, "Hey, can you tell if that's the last one?", she then turns around looks me dead in the eye and says "You're darn right it is and you're not going to freaking get it, understand butthole?" But, as you might have guessed, she didn't censor her profanities.
I was dumbfounded honestly, so I just kind of shook my head and told her that it wasn't that big of a deal as she continued to make snide comments under her breath and people all over the store were arguing and fighting for different items or yelling at the employees to find things and just generally being rude as anything. The lady gets her PS4 that she was ready to fight to the death for and walks away staring daggers at me, and I just shake it off and ask the employee who was handing them out if there were any left.
Sure enough, they had another pallet in the back and were just waiting to bring them out, so I ended up getting one anyway.
. He really needs to work on his priorities.
My boyfriend got death threats back when the Xbox one first came out. He worked in a locally owned video game store and they only got 25 systems in, but they had 25 preorders. Guy comes in without a preorder and demanded the system. When he was told that all of the systems had been preordered and they wouldn't get more in for a few more weeks he flipped his lid, threatening to shoot people and said that the faculty at the store better sleep with one eye open.
Unfortunately this is "normal" around console releases. Luckily I don't think he ever came back.
. Just... What?!
I used to run a Pokemon league and a mom moved to get me removed from the league because I told her son he had to use a different outlet to charge his 3DS because he was blocking a fire exit. I even set up a bench next to it for him.
. Good luck with that.
I worked in a video game store myself for nearly a year. I had a plethora of people who would blame me for a game being delayed, canceled or even just not existing. Like they would ask for GTA6 and when I inform them that it doesn't exist they insinuate that I'm lying to them and they hope I go out of business because now they're just going to buy it from GameStop.
. Boy, were they wrong.
I remember reading somewhere back when GTA4 released that a bunch of people got mugged, one guy in particular got stabbed right outside a Game Station. The icing on the cake was that a majority of bystanders thought it was a publicity stunt for the game and just let it happen.
. They've always been the most level-headed fandom.
When Esperanza Spalding beat out Justin Bieber for Best New Artist so his fans vandalized her Wikipedia page.
. Because of course they did.
Was at a Foreigner show at the house of blues about 5 years ago. Lead singer gets up on the barracade and throws his sweaty white t-shirt into the crowd. Two grown men both grab it, and begin to fight over this nasty plain white shirt.
. Not good parenting.
When Pokémon Sun/Moon came out, I was in a store trying to pick between the two, and because of the time of day, they only had one of each on the shelves.
So I’m holding the two versions, looking at them both trying to decide which version to get, when this huge 10 year old runs up, tries to shove me out the way to get to the Pokemon games, and when he sees that there aren’t any on the shelves he literally just screams in the middle of the shop. No words, no tears, just screaming, “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.”
Then he saw I was holding the games and he tried to pull them out of my hands, and when I don’t let go he screams for his mum saying I “won’t give them back.” His mum comes over and starts having a go at me, saying I’m stealing from a child, how dare I take them off him, he deserves the game, I don’t, blah blah blah.
The guy who was on the shop floor then comes over to see what these two are screaming about, and when the woman tells him that I arrived after them and took the games off her precious baby and hit him in the face, he replies by telling her no, I was here before both of them. The woman then starts demanding that she gets one of the copies, to which the guy who was working asked me if I wanted to give them one of the games. during this whole thing, the kid was trying to pull them out of my hands and his mom isn't saying a thing about it.
I walked out the shop 5 minutes later with both copies of the game, big cheesy grin to mother and child, and returned one for a full refund the next day.
. Thank goodness for the internet.
This dude's thing was Transformers. He was utterly obsessed. Loved the cartoons, collected all the toys, knew everything about them. He tracks when the new toys are coming out so he can go down and get them ASAP. I guess nowadays he'd probably just order them online or something but again, this was early 2000s and that wasn't as common.
So one day he goes down to Target, knowing the new Transformers toys are supposed to be there that day, only the shipment got delayed and they don't have them on the shelf yet. Apparently, he loses it. He's red in the face screaming at the staff, abusing them for keeping the transformers from him, and starts tearing merchandise off the shelves and throwing it around.
I don't know if he left of his own accord or was escorted out by security but I know he was banned from the store. I feel like this kind of behaviour is unacceptable from a toddler, but at the time he was a high school teacher in his early 30s.