"Neckbeard" is a pejorative term and stereotype for men who exhibit characteristics such as social awkwardness, underachievement or pretentiousness. The term is associated with the currently (2010–present) unfashionable facial hair style known as a neck beard, and by extension, to a stereotype of overweight, unkempt internet users. The "neckbeard" stereotype is also associated with comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Otaku subculture, movies, animated TV series, and video gaming.
In popular cultureEdit
- Some regard Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons as a neckbeard due to his appearance and love for comic books.
- Some regard the character Plague in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as a neckbeard.
- In South Park's "Make Love, Not Warcraft" episode there is a neckbeard named Jenkins who spends all of his time playing World of Warcraft.
- In The Amazing World of Gumball, a character named 'Neck Beard' who is portrayed as overweight, active yet lazy and always wielding an electronic device with him.
- Wilcon, Daniel (10 December 2016). "A Thoughtful, Critical Analysis: Am I a Neckbeard?". Study Breaks. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
- Allegretti, David (2016-11-21). "I Wore a Fedora for a Week to See if It Would Ruin My Life". Vice. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
- Lauren Rosewarne (25 January 2016). Cyberbullies, Cyberactivists, Cyberpredators: Film, TV, and Internet Stereotypes: Film, TV, and Internet Stereotypes. ABC-CLIO. pp. 77–. ISBN 978-1-4408-3441-7.
- "How neckbeards have become a screen stereotype". The University of Melbourne. 2016-02-10. Retrieved 2018-09-29.