Let's face it, fandom names are weird. For every moniker that makes sense like the "Mendes Army" or "Fanilows," there's a name that only makes sense to the people that claim it. At the end of the day, those are the only people that matter, but that doesn't mean we weren't curious about how Billie Eilish became the leader of the Avocados or when Justin Timberlake decided his fans were all Tennessee Kids. We did a little digging and found all the tea on how the strangest fandom names came to be.
Honestly, it took us a minute to figure out where the name Fenty came from, so clearly we're fake Rihanna fans. Or, should we say, fake Robyn Rihanna Fenty. Consider that mystery solved. Rihanna's fans call themselves the "Navy," with individual fans referring to themselves as "sailors." PopSugar realized the name came from Rihanna herself, who started calling her fans the Navy after playing a Naval officer in 2012's Battleship. A singer, a designer, a make-up mogul, *and* an actress? There's nothing our Master and Commander can't do.
Not to be confused with the 1989 or 2019 movies also called Little Monsters, Lady Gaga gave the Little Monsters moniker to her fans while working on her second album. It's a little weird that the Mother Monster named her beloved fans after a concept she was using to describe her inner fears of death and addiction, but as Vice noted, she started using the fandom nickname in 2009 at concerts where her fans would crawl and scream like (you guessed it), Little Monsters. Vice also credits the whole fandom naming craze to Gaga, who was one of the first Western artists to do so on a grand scale.
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Nicki Minaj gets a lot of flack for her often flippant comments... and her tendency to sick her Barbz on anyone that disrespects her. Still, you've got to respect her track record as one of few highly successful female rappers who helped pave the way for the current queen, Cardi B. Hopefully, we'll realize soon that there can be more than one Top 40 female rapper out there so Nicki and Cardi (and up-and-comers like CupcaKkE) can all co-exist together in peace. Until then, we'll have Nicki's Barbie army to contend with, who got their name from one of her many Nickitonary phrases. Nicki explained to MTV that she started saying, "It's Barbie, b*tch," instead of "Bye" because she imagined the famous doll going full Chuckee and doing crazy sh*t, apparently much like her fans would in the future.
Adele's fans gave themselves the name "Daydreamers" on Adele's official website forums. The term came from a song, called "Daydreamer," from her debut album 19, and it originally only referred to Adele's fans on the site. Eventually, Adele started using the term to refer to all of her fans in blog posts, and the name has stuck. Its been over a decade since "Daydreamer" was released, but at least it's better than calling her fans "Pavement Chasers," right? It's also ridiculously better than Billboard's name for Adele fans, "Adeleholics." A bit insensitive, that one is.
Melissa Avril Lavigne fans have been called Black Stars, or according to Planet Radio, "Little Black Stars," because of her 2008 single "Black Star" and its tie-in fragrance. That's not super punk rock of them, but Avril ended up not being super punk rock either, so it's pretty fitting. Melissa Avril doesn't use the name herself, but fans have embraced it since the late '00s. Maybe Melissa will like it better.
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The Big Lebowski is a cult classic on par with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, so much so that there's been an entire documentary dedicated to exploring it's fans. From visiting Lebowski Fests where "Achievers" gather to forming the new religion of "Dudeism," the film's fans are only getting more powerful, even two decades after its release. Apparently, the name was prescient, but where did it come from? It's an in-joke from the film, where The Dude has his own following of Little Lebowski Urban Achievers.
There are a few names for fans of Joss Whedon's classic television drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you're more of an overall Whedon fan, you're a Whedonite. Some tried to make "slayerettes" a thing, others preferred "potentials," but the name that's really stuck in the media is "Scoobies." Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar also starred in the live-action Scooby Doo, another moment of prophetic branding, but this title came from Buffy's self-given name for herself and her friends, "The Scooby Gang." Both sets of friends solve supernatural crimes, but there's no Old Man Winkle hiding under these vamps' masks.
Aerosmith's "Blue Army" name has been around since 1975, so we don't get why the band decided to call their official fan club Aero Force One. We love a good pun, but if you're going to literally name a concert tour after one fan nickname, why bother with another? Guitarist Joe Perry explained in the Aerosmith biography Walk The Way that the name came from the Canadian Tuxedos prevalent at their shows and the blue-collar nature of their fans. To be fair, he also said all of their fans were male and the only girls at the shows were just there to blow them, so maybe he isn't the most reliable narrator. Aero Force One it is.
Sorry, Taylor Hicks fans: The "Taylor Gang" name is already taken. Not by Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, or any other famous Taylor, but by Wiz Khalifa. His fans are called "Taylors" because Wiz loves his Converse Chuck Taylors so much. He even wrote a song about them, "Taylor Gang," and named his crew/entertainment company Taylor Gang Entertainment. Good thing he wasn't known for his love of Gucci Slides, or we never could have gotten Lil Pump's "Gucci Gang."
Veronica Mars has made a few in-show references to their IRL fan base, the Marshmallows, but the superpowered fandom found their name in the series's pilot when best friend extraordinaire saw through Veronica's crispy exterior right to her mushy center calling her a "marshmallow... a real Twinkie." For some reason, we didn't cling onto the "Twinkie" distinction, but these gooey marshmallows have gotten their beloved show a movie *and* a fourth season revival, so we're not about to argue with the mightiest, most dichotomous group of fans on TV.
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"Stan" has become synonymous with, well, all fans at this point, but most people know about the term's popularity in gay culture. Ironically, the term was actually birthed by occasional homophobe Eminem, whose 2000 song "Stan" about a mega-fan named Stan who kills himself and his pregnant girlfriend. Eminem's fans called themselves "Stans" after the obsessive stalker fan from the song, and now, it's a worldwide phenomenon. The Eminem stans still claim the stan name, which might get confusing considering the pervasiveness of the term in popular culture. To be fair, they do have dibs.
The vlogbrothers Hank and John Green have been around for twelve years, and so has their fandom name. As the New Yorker noted in 2013, the nerdfighter name began as a joke way back in 2007 when John Green mistook an arcade game called Aero Fighters for "Nerdfighters" and decided it was a game about nerds who fight popular people. Don't mistake their fandom for violent people, though. All they really fight is world suckiness and angsty teen loneliness, which is probably a nobler cause.
Bruno Mars started calling his band The Hooligans before naming his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans after them, which makes him the Doo-Wop. His fans were the last people to receive the name, which Bruno extended to his most loyal fans (and his official online fan club) as early as 2011. Complex called the Hooligans one of the most die-hard online fan bases in music, and the group is proud to be one of the nicest stan groups on the internet.
Jimmy Buffet, best known today as the guy that gave us "Margaritaville," inspired his fanbase's name in 1985 at a Cincinnati concert. Jimmy noticed that most of his fans were wearing Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats (which really is just a hat that looks like a parrot) and that there were a lot of returning fans. Taking cues from The Grateful Dead's deadheads, a member of Jimmy's touring band, Coral Reefer Band, began describing the fans as Parrot Heads. Younger fans or kids of Parrot Heads are called Parakeets, even though that's not ornithologically correct.
Apparently pronounced "the bee hive," Beyoncé's BeyHive are the most committed fans in the Western World. The Ringer did an article that dug deep into the Hive's origins and their interesting network of information that allows them to figure out what Queen Bey will do next despite her reluctance to do interviews, Tweet, or send out press releases. After a photo scandal erupted that alienated former fansite BeyonceWorld from the singer, some fans left to create their own club that they called BeyHive. A new web designer working for Beyonce was having trouble coming up with a name for her upcoming fansite in 2012, and he decided to suggest a name that was already working. She thought the name was hilarious, and it stuck.
Knowing CupcakKe's music, we almost *don't* want to know why her fans are called "slurpers." Actually, we're pretty sure we know why her fans are called slurpers, we just don't know if we can actually explain it without getting demonetized. Nowhere else on the internet seems to have the guts to explain it, but based on her sex-positive, explicit music, it's probably the same as Urban Dictionary's NSFW definition. We won't repeat it (but we will link to it!); it has to do with semen.
Justin Timberlake's fans have been known as The TN Kids since 2013. Yes, that's TN as in "Tennessee." It's not because JT is the only ten we see — Justin is, actually, from Tennessee. The Hollywood Reporter were some of the lucky attendees at Justin's The 20/20 Experience release party, where he told the audience that he named his backing band the Tennessee Kids as a nod to his roots, and it stuck. His official fan club later took up the title as well, and now we all a slice of his Southern charm.
Mariah Carey started calling her fans "The Lambily" (or, individually, Lambs) in 2000 as a term of endearment in voice messages she would leave on her website, making her one of the earliest artists to officially name her fans. The New York Times referred to Lambs traveling together as a "flock," which is adorable, and that they throw Lambover Events for superfans, presumably named after the sacrificial Passover lamb... which in turn represents Jesus.
BTS's name ~in general~ needs a bit of explanation to those of us who aren't hip enough to be in the loop. BTW, BTS doesn't actually stand for "Behind The Scenes," it stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan, which means "Bulletproof Boy Scouts." Their fan name comes from the BT in BTS, which is the "bulletproof" part, but it also is yet another acronym. ARMY stands for "Adorable Representative MC for Youth," Korea Boo explains, because BTS represents youth.
It wouldn't be Billie Eilish if it was ~normal~. Her fans took the name Avocados because of Billie's old IG handle, @WhereAreTheAvocados. It turns out, they're right here! The jury's out on whether Billie will be choosing a new fandom title now that she's changed her Instagram to @BillieEilish, but we're hoping she keeps the Avocado name in tribute to her adorable original profile. In typical Billie fashion, she explained to Buzzfeed that her handle just came from a day she opened the fridge to find avocados for a grilled cheese sandwich she was making, and she asked herself, "Where are the avocados?" Classic Californian.