Their primary activities include creating giant poster collages with photos cut from magazines, Tweeting with handles like "MrsBieber," writing Bieber's name over and over on the back of their notebooks, shrieking at the sound of his name and writing fan fiction where he dumps Selena Gomez, marries them and never gets rid of that hairstyle.
Clay Aiken's Claymates
The Claymates are a unique species of animal that violate most known rules of pop super fans, in much the same way that the duck-billed platypus violates most known rules of animal anatomy. Claymates tend to be older women drawn in by Clay Aiken's down-to-earth looks, "aw-shucks" demeanor and operatic singing voice. For years they dismissed all rumors that Aiken was gay – believing them to be part of a conspiracy to destroy their hero. In September of 2008 Aiken came out of the closet to People, but a fringe group of Claymates think he's just been brainwashed by evil Hollywood and one day will return to them.
Katy Perry's Katycats
Much like Madonna in the early 1980s, Katy Perry had a unique fashion sense from the moment her first single came out – making it all the easier for young female fans to emulate her. Katycats can be easily spotted by their choice in candy- or fruit-themed attire, use of excessive make-up, willingness to cavort with members of the same sex, a brash attitude and a love for saucy British comedians.
Nicki Minaj's Barbies
Do you have pink hair, a bodacious bod, a sassy attitude and an eternal hatred of Lil Kim? If so, you might be a Barbie. This relatively new breed of superfan worships at the altar of Nicki Minaj. Before her there was a long drought of superstar female emcees, so the public was more than ready to embrace Minaj once she hit the scene.
Adam Lambert's Glamberts
Glamberts are a lot like Claymates – only with a lot of glitter and without delusions that their idol is heterosexual. And unlike Aiken, Adam Lambert has many young fans. Some of them had never seen anything as fabulous and glitzy as Lambert until the eighth season of American Idol and instantly fell in love.
Mariah Carey's Lambs
Mariah Carey fans have had to put up with a lot over the past decade. There was her shitshow of a movie Glitter, the mental breakdown and a series of mostly crappy albums – but the Lambs loved every bit of it. They listen to Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel at least once day, analyze Glitter like it's the Talmud and believe her when she says she downgraded her tour from arenas to theaters because she wanted to be closer to them. For their suffering, Carey refers to them constantly in interviews and on her website. They also get the occasional comeback LP like The Emancipation of Mimi and decent movies like Precious.
The Rihanna Navy isn't much like the real Navy: nobody cares if you ask or tell, wearing next to nothing won't get you thrown in the brig and all you need is an um-ba-rella to stay dry. It is the organization to join if your love of Rihanna is so great you think red luggage straps make a fine shirt and there's no such thing as too much Auto-Tune.
New Kids on the Block's Blockheads
Maurice Starr assembled the New Kids On The Block as an attempt to create a white New Edition. He succeeded beyond his wildest dreams, and by 1990 they were playing multiple nights at stadiums. No merchandising opportunity was turned down, giving their army of Blockhead's endless tchotchkes to pin to their wall and carry their lunches in. The New Kids folded in 1994, but the Blockheads never let go of their heroes. When they reunited in 2008 they filled arenas around the world, and even brought their children.
To most people Hanson are a half-remembered trio of tow-headed brothers who sang "MMMBop" and then disappeared. To Fansons they are The Beatles, Beethoven and Jesus woven into one. Nearly 15 years later they still have an army of fans who pack theaters to see them, and discuss them endlessly online.
Gleeks are everywhere. They are your teachers, your children, your dentist and your parents. The squirrely looking guy on the subway has a crush on Santana, and the woman ahead of you in line at the drugstore is thinking about whether singing original material is a good idea for New Directions. Your barber wishes Kurt would return to McKinley and your mailman wishes that Charice Pempengco would return to the show. She was so good in the season two opener, and she was just gone! What was with that? Can't Rachel handle the competition? Why would Sue agree to coach Aural Intensity? It just doesn't make any sense.
Lady Gaga's Monsters
It was much easier emulating Madonna. Back in the day she just had one basic look: thrift-store chic. Lady Gaga, on the other hand, has worn approximately 978,500 different outfits in the last three years. This leaves her Little Monsters overwhelmed with choices. Do they go with the meat dress, the giant egg or the see-through tank top with the nipple tape? It's tough, especially if you're nine years old with strict parents. Most Little Monsters, however, see the bounty of options as an opportunity. Even if there are 10,000 other people in costume at the concert, it's unlikely anybody will be in your exact outfit.