Fanonball

Fanonball

A podcast about the best, worst, and best again of fandom and fanfiction culture. Jump in with us!

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December 1, 2021 89 min

Seeing a new episode of Fanonball has finally been uploaded... it fills you with determination. Today we're joined by Mel to talk about the 2015 indie RPG Undertale! We talk about its connection to Homestuck, shipping discourse, and how it's possible to ship Sans with himself.

 Sources and relevant links for this episode: 

  • Undertale, Underfell, Sans/Frisk on fanlore
  • The Undertale Drama by Chloe Spencer for Kotaku
  • Flowerfell on ...
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    If you have read basically any fanfiction in your life, you have benefited from the existence of a 90s supernatural (?) cop drama. Today Dana Parker joins us to talk about The Sentinel, a fandom that has impacted all of fandom space as we know it today. We discuss the countless AUs and tropes the show spawned, the ways the fandom pioneered saving shows, and how Archive of Our Own would not exist without The Sentinel. 

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    July 7, 2021 86 min

    Gun to your head, what would you guess is the fandom for the top fic on AO3? Supernatural? Harry Potter? Boku no Hero Academia? You fool. You absolute rube. Of course it's Minecraft Youtuber RPF, how could you ever think otherwise. On today's episode Chy joins us to talk about Dream/GeorgeNotFound fic Heat Waves, the most popular fic on Archive of Our Own, and what it means for fandom and pop culture at large. 

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    May 19, 2021 70 min

    Have you ever awoken in the dead of night in a cold sweat and thought, "What if England and France fucked?" Well, we have some great news for you: You are not alone, and you are so not alone that an entire fandom agrees with you. Today Nat joins us to talk about the nation gijinka webcomic and anime series Hetalia! We talk about globalism with respect to the premise, how the fandom handled problematic situations, and the di...

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    January 27, 2021 123 min

    THIS EPISODE CONTAINS EXPLICIT SPOILERS FOR DANGANRONPA 1, 2 AND 3! DO NOT LISTEN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED!

    Welcome to the Ultimate Podcast! Today we're talking about the Danganronpa fandom and BOY is it a doozy. We discuss kinning, dancing on literal graves, and how the fans on the Something Awful boards were key to getting the series localized in the West.

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  • Danganronpa Fanl...
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    January 13, 2021 62 min

    Listener, don't be a sockpuppet for a Harry Potter fanboard user. Instead, listen to this episode where we talk about the USA (characters welcome) show Psych! We discuss how anti-Black racism affects the biggest ships in the fandom, why it's so small, and the ways the network encouraged fan activity.


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    November 18, 2020 81 min

    Is it still us that makes you sweat? Are we who you think about in bed? Probably not, but a podcast can dream, right? Anyway, we're BACK and we're wrapping up our series on bandom with an episode about Panic! at the Disco, joined by Nicole Fenton. We talk about celebrities breaking the fandom fourth wall, shipping theories and... dairy products.

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    We ARE okay, thank you for asking. In the second episode of our series on bandom, Meredith Gillies joins us as we cover My Chemical Romance. We talk about why they're the biggest band in bandom to this day, how their creativity inspires fans' creativity, and how they will Save Your Life.

    Sources and relevant links for this episode:

  • MCR, Frerard, Waycest on Fanlore
  • A weirdly involved fandom primer on Quora, of all things
  • Another...
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    August 4, 2020 103 min

    Our Lawyers Made Us Change The Name Of This Podcast So We Wouldn't Get Sued (not really our network doesn't have a legal department). Anna Clay, once and future scene kid and creator of Fall Out Boy site drop-a-heart.com, joins us to talk about, you guessed it, Fall Out Boy. We discuss the draw of bands for fandoms, 2005's importance for the FOB fandom and Pete Wentz's various rumored entanglements. We also thank th...

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    July 1, 2020 95 min

    We talk about a lot of things in this episode, okay, we go over a lot of history and backstory and drama – but the most, THE MOST important thing to take away is that Zexion and Demyx were originally shipped because their Organization numbers were 6 and 9. Thank you.

    Sources and relevant links for this episode:

  • Kingdom Hearts Fanlore page
  • This VERY GOOD reddit thread of people in the fandom
  • Kindom Hearts III, Re:Mind, Yozora and Fan Ex...
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    June 5, 2020 11 min

    Why is this audio file so long?
    The time from the last word of the statement to the last second of the track totals 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

    8 minutes and 46 seconds doesn't sound like a long time until you are confronted with just how long it can drag on.

    8 minutes and 46 seconds is how long it took to end George Floyd's life.

    At the Scavengers Network, we support the nationwide protests against police brutality; because Blac...

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    May 20, 2020 67 min

    SPOILER WARNING: This discussion contains not only spoilers for the original FF7, but also new content from the remake.

    Today Kevin joins us to talk about the 1997 Square Enix game Final Fantasy 7, roleplaying, the great ship war™️™️™️, and our OTPs. And, briefly, Reno's tiddies.


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    March 10, 2020 96 min


    !!! SPOILERS for RWBY volume 6 from 1:08:55–1:09:55 !!!

    Are you combat ready for all the ship wars? Because boy oh boy, the RWBY fandom are. ARE THEY EVER. Today to talk about ship wars, as well as many, many other things is YouTuber and general fandom roaster Doubleca5t. We'll attempt to answer questions like is this show an anime? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Which fandom faction is right? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Does any show have as many ship names as this ...

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    Happy Scramble Week 2020! This week Max and Beth get to take the day off and let Erin King and Raeanna Larson from Wet Hot American Moon Juice drive. They’re talking about Homestar Runner, that bizarre-yet-loveable early-2000s (and beyond!) Flash animation website that spawned such beloved pop culture references as TROGDOR THE BURNINATOR and COME ON FHQWHGADS.

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    Note: The audio in this episode is a little iffy. Our software kind of went on the fritz – but you shouldn't have any trouble understanding any of us. Sorry about that!

    Y'all know what it's like to be a teen, right? Well, how about a TEEN WHO IS ALSO A WOLF?????? We thought not. On today's episode we talk to the hosts of the Teen Wolf ReWolf podcast about the Teen Wolf fandom, how the actors and network encouraged fa...

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    January 22, 2020 61 min

    This is less of an episode about early 2000s digital pet website Neopets and more of a deep look into Beth's psyche and what Internet experiences have made her into the deeply troubled human being she is today. Also, we will Venmo you $20 if you can hack into her Neopets account. Seriously.

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    Neopets.com


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    January 1, 2020 88 min

    on 2day's ep, max beht n ern cover da harry - oops sry VAMPIRE potter fanfic my immortal!!!! dey talk abt da writtin style, wonder who da author is & discus fanfic as a artform!! 

    fangs 4 da lisen!! IF U DUN LEAVE US A REVIEW UR A POSER N A PREP OK!!!!!!

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    My Immortal rehost

    My Immortal wikipedia

    My Immortal fanlore

    My Immortal on TV Tropes

    My Immortal: why the famously awful Harry Potter...

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    December 18, 2019 67 min

    Today we're talking about the one fandom to unite all AUs: His Dark Materials. We talk about how a small fandom became one of the most common sources for alternate universes, as well as why the source material itself might not lend itself that well to fanworks. Plus we find out what our daemons are!

    Sources and relevant links for this episode:
    “You’re My Present This Year”: An Oral History of the Folgers Incest Ad
    His Dark Materia...

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    December 4, 2019 88 min

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Aya's audio cuts out at around 1:04:06 and cuts back at around 1:15:31. Don't worry! She was still there! But audio gremlins attacked as they sometimes do.

    We're wired in today to talk about Beth's favorite movie and one of her favorite fandoms, The Social Network. Yes, that one. Aya Lehman joins us to talk about the fandom's unlikeliness, its notable works, and whether or not real person fict...

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    We're here to slay in this episode (eh? eh????) about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Zelda Knapp joins us to talk about Bangel vs. Spuffy, Buffy academia, and webrings. As Buffy herself famously said, "If the apocalypse comes, rate and review us on iTunes."

    Sources and relevant links for this episode:

    Buffy on Fanlore
    UCSL on Fanlore
    The Internet Archive’s cached page of Buffy academia
    The Bronze archive
    “The Early Days of Buffy F...

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