Trekkies! The affectionate name that identifies those who are Star Trek enthusiasts. Once a Trekkie, always a Trekkie, they say, but how do you know if you can proudly wear the name?
You Have The Complete Film Collection
A true Trekkie is a superfan and will have a substantial collection of films, not just downloadable movies. They will have each episode ever made in chronological order, and probably color-coordinated. If they don’t have the entire collection, they will constantly be on the lookout for it.
Many Star Trek enthusiasts will pay good money to complete their collection and will be devastated if they misplace one. They will probably take out a fair amount of house insurance to cover the replacement of lost episodes, heaven forbid!
You Wear Clothes And Accessories
A true Trekkie takes their hobby very seriously. They are proud of their status as professional Star Trek followers and like to let the world know. It’s not unusual to find them wearing Star Wars t-shirts that proudly shows their dedication to everything Star Wars related.
And they don’t need an excuse to wear it; celebratory anniversaries or special Star Trek seminars don’t matter in the daily life of a Trekkie; “It’s a normal Tuesday; I think I’ll wear my Darth Vader outfit!” To a true enthusiast, every day is a Star Trek day.
You Attend Events And Engage With Social Media Groups
A true Trekkie will be aware of the most significant events and be an avid attendee. Conventions include trips around museums, photoshoots with characters, and autograph opportunities.
There are thought to be 7 billion Star Trek fans across the globe; it’s not surprising that there are many social media groups dedicated to discussions and exchanging ideas. Most enthusiasts will be part of several groups and spend a large proportion of their free time interacting in chat rooms and connecting with like-minded individuals.
You Have Incredible Knowledge
Being a Trekkie is more than a geeky obsession. Unfortunately, the media portrays these individuals as nerds or weirdos, but it couldn’t be further from the truth.
Most Trekkies consider their interest as part of a subculture that values inclusion and positivity. Star Trek broke social norms and addressed many issues that have challenged society, such as homosexuality and racism. It provided an outlet for embracing difference and continues to be integral to questioning societal conditioning. Most Trekkies are concerned with equality, and the opening line of each episode: “To go where no man has gone before” clearly does not just refer to outer space. It has a much deeper meaning under a metaphorical description.
One talent that a true Trekkie is very proud of is the ability to memorize facts and discuss in detail elements of the films and series. They will remember the plot of each episode or movie in minute detail and will likely answer obscure questions. Their attention to detail demonstrates their dedication and reflects how much time they spend watching, talking, discussing, and thinking about Star Trek themes and plotlines.
So next time you can’t quite remember a line from the film or a character’s name, contact a Trekkie; not only will they provide the answer, but they will also give you an abundance of other facts to consider.