Fanboys (webcomic)

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Fanboys (stylized F@NB0Y$) was a web comic by Scott Dewitt. The comic was centered on two fanboys and one fangirl, each rooting for their own company.

  • Lemmy, the Nintendo fan. The Ditz of the team, don't call Nintendo kiddy in his vicinity.
  • Paul, the Sony fan. Unemployed -for a while- snarker of the team. Previous Sega fanboy and childhood friend of Lemmy.
  • Sylvia, the Microsoft/Xbox fan. Never handled a console before the Xbox, came out of nowhere in the second episode but found a place in Lemmy's heart quite soon.

The main characters are supported by their somewhat quirky pets/friends/furniture and run into some well known individuals from time to time.

Aside from the adventures of the cast itself, the comic goes off into game themed episodes from time to time, spoofing the more ridiculous aspects of the games mentioned and heading off into Nightmare Fuel territory more often than not.

The comic is very conscious about itself, regularly smashing through the fourth-wall, especially during the first few dozen of episodes. The comic basically takes the familiar videogame-styled web comic, blatantly ripping off ideas from other comics, comments about the lack of originality and then proceeds to fly off into one situation to another.

The comic is mixed between a soapy overall story arc -- sometimes alluded to -- and a lot of one off comics commenting about (upcoming) changes in the videogame industry.

Not to be confused with the movie Fanboys. For the similarly named trope, see Fan Boy.

F@NB0Y$ ran from December 2006 to February 2015; its website vanished from the web at some point in February 2020. An archive copy can be found here at the Wayback Machine.

Tropes used in Fanboys (webcomic) include:

Sylvia: This game is going to suck. Hard.
Lemmy: Sylvia, it's three in the morning. I think it's time to shut off the Wii and sleep.
Sylvia: Just one more... dungeon...

Paul: You know, it's usually the girl who proves the guy wrong.
Sylvia: Bite me, Paul.