FanSided Fandoms of the Year is an authentic celebration of fan culture, bringing together the FanSided community of readers and writers to celebrate the teams, players, competitions, movies, experiences, actors, music, television shows, games and more that made us want to stand up and cheer in 2023.
Fandom is all about community, people sharing passion, joy, grief and triumph. In a world wracked by sickness, fear and uncertainty, the things that connect us as humans have never been more important. This project is a way to celebrate and examine the things that bring us together, to recognize the transformative power of positivity, and maybe even help people find something new to fall in love with.
The project (formerly the FanSided250) is a curated list of things that moved, inspired, thrilled and entertained us this year, featuring 100 fandoms described, in-depth, by people who love them. The list is unranked, putting all fandoms on equal footing, highlighting how they are all worthy of celebration. However, we also highlight 10 fandoms with superlative recognition. Scroll through the list and see if you can find our picks for the Most Empowering, Most Memeable, Comeback Fandom of the Year and more. And, as in years past, we’ve chosen to recognize one fandom as the FanSided Fandom of the Year.
This year’s list was built with nominations from our own employees, in all areas of the company, as well as some regular contributors and freelancers from outside the company. Even with 100 fandoms, we couldn’t come close to including everything worthy of recognition, so make sure to tell us what we got right and what we need to pay more attention to for next year — on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.
Thank you for visiting the FanSided Fandoms of the Year and for celebrating your passion with us. We do this for you.