For such a long time, being a geek has had a negative implication. Movies and TV have often portrayed geeks as social outcasts and constant targets for bullies. Fast forward to today, where so many things have changed and everything geeky is celebrated. Now, society encourages individuality, allowing you to wave your geek flag high and proud.
The advent of the internet has more people banding together online, indulging in fandoms, discussing fan theories in forums, and helping each other discover new things to geek about.
And to mark everything that is geeky, we now have a day all to ourselves. “Geek Pride Day” falls on May 25th and celebrates all the things that bring us together as geeks. And though Geek Pride Day is still a few weeks away, let’s start celebrating the different types you encounter every day!
The Box Office Master
Citizen Kane, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In the Mood for Love, these are just some of the films that movie geeks will most certainly have watched. They are infinitely fascinated by the styles of cinematic giants like Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, and Wong Kar-Wai. They can go on for hours about Andrew Bujalski’s creation of Mumblecore or the brilliant use of color in Zhang Yimou’s film, Hero. They cried while watching Ratatouille, and nearly lost it when Andy let go of his beloved toys. And up to this day, they celebrate Star Wars Day every May 4th. Movie geeks are as diverse as the genres and subgenres in the cinematic universe. They make movie watching more exciting giving insight into the inherent artistic value of a film you’re watching, they even have a movie line apt for almost any occasion.
The King of TV
Wondering about what you should start binge-watching? Then the TV Geeks are your guys! They know what shows are generating buzz. They hold a treasure trove of TV trivia, from long drawn-out jokes in Arrested Development to the tropes explored in the Amazing World of Gumball, they’d surely know it. They can go into the lore and political theory behind Game of Thrones and even revel in the parodies of Rick and Morty. They even take pride in knowing every 80s reference in Stranger Things. They go on and on about the newest Netflix hit or that new Korean drama starring Park Bo Gum. They are incredibly obsessed with everything on television, making them the perfect partner when you just want to stay at home and chill.
The Comic Book Connoisseur
Do you know who Bill Finger is? Who are the original members of the Avengers? Or maybe you find yourself asking what influenced the art of Alex Ross? If you know the answer to these questions you most certainly are a comic book geek! You’ve gone with countless reboots, powered through different timelines, and went with one-shots just to know what happened to your favorite superhero. You are the indisputable source of comic book information, you can recite the Green Lantern Oath, and even identify all members of the ever-expanding roster of the Justice League.
The Gamer Guru
May it be the classics like Super Mario, Starcraft, and Street Fighter or current ones like I am Setsuna, Overwatch, or Fire Emblem, you can bet that they’ve already played it. It’s no surprise that they’ve run through almost every console imaginable may it be a PlayStation, Xbox, or a Nintendo 3DS and even a Switch, they’ve even got a fully spec’d out PC especially dedicated to gaming. Some idle time while on their daily commute? They’d spend it hunched over their mobile phones playing the latest game. Though they are the paragon of the techy gamer, they are still passionate about old school board and card games. They’re master tacticians whether in Dungeons and Dragons or Magic: The Gathering and they can handily defeat you or any foe in whatever battlefield you choose.
The Anime & Manga Hustler
They’ve watched it all, from the classics like Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragonball Z, and Voltes V to the modern masterpieces like My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, and Rakugo. They’re also enamored with the source materials, pouring countless hours to reading manga like Shingeki no Kyojin, One Punch-Man, and One Piece. They know every trope, and almost every subgenre of anime available. And best believe they’ve read almost all types of manga they can get their hands on. Some even go as far as studying Nihongo and traveling to Japan to visit some of the largest animation studios and manga publishers in the country. Now if you can’t call that devotion, I don’t know what is!
We’ve listed down just five phenomenal geeks, but there are so many other types out there, so dare to explore and discover every kind of geek! And to help you banner your inner geekiness, you can always drop by Headquarters or HQ!
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