As fanboy culture has grown increasingly intense in recent years, it's becoming more common for everyday people to bear witnesses to nerd rage or fan freak outs. We're not talking just about the moments when someone sees a new Star Wars trailer and cries tears of joy. These are moments when someone's intense fandom blinds them so much, that they lash out at others – usually in ways that are frightening and just plain disturbing.
Let's face it, everyone has seen it happen at least once, the truly insane moments when fans who lost their mind decide to start flipping out. Whether it be over missing out on snagging an opening-day copy of their favorite game or having something go wrong with the midnight showing of their most-anticipated movie, it's an inevitable result. The wave of outrage amongst the Rick and Morty fandom over McDonald's short supply of Szechuan sauce packages comes to mind.
Here are 18 stories of geeks freaking out that are guaranteed to make your jaws drop.
This Gamer Buys The Last Remaining Copies Of Pokémon In Retaliation To A Whiny Fanboy
"When Pokémon Sun/Moon came out, I was in GAME 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 fat 10 year old (not even just chubby, I mean properly fat), runs up, tries to shove me out the way 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 (this was as the kid was trying to pull them out of my hands still).I walked out the shop 5 minutes later with both copies of the game, big cheesy grin to mother and child, return one for a full refund the next day."
Black Friday Customer Gets Cocky, Thinking She Snagged The Last PS4
"Mine wasn't necessarily a fanboy but it was their mother, it was black Friday a couple years ago and somehow I let my other half convince me to go with her, I thought it'd be a good idea to go to kohl's because they had a really nice deal on a ps4 bundle. We get there like a half hour early, pretty close to the front of the line and waiting to go inside. 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 f*cking sprint and people were trying to push us out of the way as we were just walking to go inside. I make my way to the back of the store where the electronics department is, meanwhile there are people 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, 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 damn right it is and you're not going to f*cking get it, understand assh*le?"
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 fuck. The lady gets her ps4 that she was ready to fight to the death for and walks away giving me the stare of death, 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 but I've never seen so many people act so god damn rude over material items."
A Mob Forms At Best Buy Thanks To 'Star Wars: Episode I' DVDs
"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 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 (there were 2 or 3 of them I think). 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 minutes (it seemed), 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 assh*les who were ready to fight each other."
Two Men Protest Arby's Deer Meat Sandwich Shortage
"The Arby's near me ran a promotion in which it had limited quantities of a deer meat sandwich. Apparently it was only released in certain areas and within those areas, only certain stores got them. So I'm at Arby's that day randomly, and these two guys come in and try to order the sandwich. The woman at the counter politely told them that they had sold out hours earlier. The one guy started yelling that they had been looking forward to this for weeks, how dare they run out, etc, while the other proceeded to take napkins, straws and containers of ketchup and throw them around the place like it was confetti. Over a sandwich."