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You know how sometimes when you’re on the internet looking for one thing and then three hours later you find yourself knee deep in some fandom and you forgot what you even started looking for to begin with? Yup, we’ve all been there. Enter my new reoccurring post series called “Falling Into A Fandom” in which I will find a fandom that either interests me or is suggested by YOU (see below) and follow it down whatever internet rabbit holes it takes me. Most of the time I won’t know much about the fandom, other times I’ll know nothing because I want your requests on where to take my next deep dive but every time I will bring you the best and the weirdest and the cringe-worthy (fingers crossed!).
This being my first outting for Falling Into A Fandom, I chose to deep dive Tom Hiddleston fans. WHY and WHO you might be asking, don’t worry all will be revealed and learned as we jump into this fandom together. I chose Tom because honestly, I already have a mild fascination with him when about two years ago on a 15 hour flight (kill me now) I ended up watching Thor on repeat probably like, 8 times, mostly due to the fact that I was on a bad Lunesta trip and couldn’t keep my eyes open long enough to watch the entire movie or turn it off so it ended up repeating itself over and over and over again (thanks Emrites in flight entertainment!). When I was able to emerge from the haze, those 3 minute bouts of awake-ness just happened to have Loki on screen and he stole EVERY scene. There’s something about Tom and Loki that made you care for the character and have some actual empathy for who’s supposed to be the film’s baddie. Sorry Chris Hemsworth, maybe it’s the two year old remnants of the Lunesta talking but ever since that fateful flight I’ve been a Loki fan and have watched the other Marvel movies for the sole purpose of seeing more of the bad ass, sensitive, misunderstood, villainy of Tom Hiddleston. Also, he tweets quite frequently and that makes it even MORE fun.
It seems as though Tom Hiddleston’s turn as Loki in Thor and the Avengers sparked something deep in the psyche of this fandom and by psyche of course I mean their vageens. And really, who could blame them, while Chris Hemsworth as Thor was hot, he was a bit too big-dumb-whiney boy-Golden-Retriever-esque -jock type for my tastes and clearly everyone else in the Loki/Tom fandom tastes as well. Thor was hot to look at for a minute but lacked any sort of lasting appeal or fandom spurring action. Enter the gorgeous, wounded, can cry and make YOU cry evil genius of Tom Hiddleston as Loki and the rest (including this fandom’s panties, sanity and common sense) was history.
Let’s set the stage a bit shall we:
He also enjoys stealing children while on set and taking the BEST.PICTURES.EVER! Read the whole (deliciously cute) story here
He wears a fake mustache named WENDY (and you thought your fandom was weird!) which became famous thanks to a little Josh Horowitz/After Hours MTV Sketch with Tom called Loki’d which ALSO spawned the Loki’d phenomenon, more on this later. Wendy the mustache spawned #ProjectWendy which was about the Tom fandom and ending up not only trending but getting Tom himself to tweet about it, which just makes him all the more shippable.
Midnight In Paris
Clearly, this was before they discovered the internet.
Yes, that’s Tom on a horse next to Benedict Cumberbatch with a creepy-weird mustache aka when fandoms collide and explode under the weight of the epicness.
Hating on anyone near Tom – most recently TILDA SWINTON, his costar in Only Lovers Left Alive wherein they play 400 year old Vampires (casting WIN). While cruising a Tom fan Instagram account (those are real things that exist) I found out there was some MAJOR Tilda Swinton bashing over the weekend after Tom and Tilda’s photocall which I was shocked and amazed by. TILDA SWINTON, the 52 year old mother of twins, androgynous, Dorothy Zbornak channeling lady tower was threatening the Hiddlestoners?!?!? I don’t even know what to say other than point you to this hilarious Buzzfeed post about Tom and Tilda and their “fictional romance.”
Thor / Chris Hemsworth Fandom – This seems to me like Thor version of Team Edward vs Team Jacob, aka it doesn’t REALLY matter and doesn’t make sense since both characters are central and integral to the story. EITHER WAY from my deep dive it seems at though Tom/Loki has quite a bit bigger fandom than Chris/Thor which also doesn’t make any difference because there will still be Thor and Loki action figures and Thor and Loki merchandise. It’s cool Thor/Chris fans, the world needs you too!
#Because Tom Hiddleston
It’s the answer to everything really — why are we watching Avengers AGAIN? Why is he so perfect? Why is he so cute with Mark Ruffalo’s son? Why does he drive this fandom nutso crazy? BECAUSE TOM HIDDLESTON, that’s why! And it has it’s own Tumblr tag.
Luke the Publicist
Luke Windsor, Tom Hiddleston’s publicist/manager/whatever – To me Luke the publicist is like the Nick Frenkel (Robert Pattinson’s fan-famous manager) of Tom’s life or the Hot Body Guard of Kristen Stewart’s fandom. Luke the Publicist has his own memes and his own (intense) tag on Tumblr. I’m also pretty sure there is Hiddleston/Luke IRL slash fanfiction out there and if there isn’t some Hiddlestoner has been falling down on their job. Awkward IRL fanfics are what take fandoms to the next level. Bonus points for the above Luke/Tom slash fanart.
Besides the Tilda Swinton blow up and the Luke the publicist Tumblr fantasy there’s not really any one I can find via Google or being talked about by the fans. So GOOD NEWS EVERYONE, Tom is single. I’m sure after he reads this he’s definitely MINE! Come and get me Tom!
Past: Actress named Susannah Fielding whom he broke up with in 2011, some woman named Amanda he was seen at a tennis event with and another woman named Sian Clifford. Based on those names I know it can’t last. I KID but the Tom fandom doesn’t think Sian is the real deal even though they were seen at some premieres together (corroborated by Sian’s sister tweeting about it). God, I love when fandoms get weird and siblings of randoms are brought in as proof that something did or didn’t happen. If you need a further primer on Tom’s past relationships go here.
Cause, honestly who doesn’t love a fan vid?!
Hiddles (cause we’re there now) dancing:
Tom doing TONS of impressions
It’s kind of frightening how good he is at all of these not to mention frightening how he still knows ALL the lyrics to Will Smith’s “Welcome to Miami.” Uhhh??
And because I love you, the hottest T.H. vid I found on Youtube:
set to Sia’s Breath Me because OF COURSE IT IS. It must be written somewhere in the international fan vid making constitution that Sia’s Breath Me must be used whenever and however humanly possible. Even with the creepy echo-y voice thing, this is like… surface of the sun hot. YOU’RE SOOO WELCOME. I’ll give you a minute… or 20.
The Hiddlelisa – If I saw the Hiddlelife once in my deep dive, I saw the Hiddlelisa a billion times and on every blog and fandom and Twitter. Rightly so, it is a fanart masterpiece of photoshop and WHAT THE FFUUUU-ehehehehehe all rolled into one. Good job Hiddlestoners.
Cross Stitch Hiddleston – Honestly, I would hang this in my house somewhere (over my bed) as a testament to fandoms and fans and their enduring love even when it’s a little weird and over the top and AWESOME. Bonus points for the “Ehehehe” background.
Tom is super involved with Unicef
(kid on the right = all of us)
If you know anything about me you’ll probably know I died a thousand deaths when I saw these photos and found out about his Unicef involved and recent trip to Guinea (read about it here). If ever there was a perfect man, these photos are it for me. And like that, I fell down a fandom hole and have never been so happy about it. Tom, I know some kids in Kenya you can visit with me this summer! Call me!
I think his fans love him for more than just his looks, or Loki. In fact I think they like him more based on his personality, his charm, his interest in his fans and his willingness to get down and dirty with his fans (they wish) enjoy this whole thing more than anything else. Maybe I have indeed been Loki’d (see what I did there?!) by Tom Hiddleston but I am a smitten kitten. He is not overtly hot or classically good looking but gosh darnit if I don’t find him irresistible now, I may in fact be following a few of the Tumblrs and blogs I dove into for this post along with some fan Instagram accounts and Twitters but as the kids say: I REGRET NOTHING!!!
OF COURSE there’s a Tom “I Regret Nothing” gif. Come on people, do we not know this Fandom enough by now?
On a scale of 1 to Dr. Who/Twilight/Supernatural, I’d say the Tom Hiddleston fandom falls somewhere in the 7-8 range with the option for massive explosion in the next few years. While there seem to be some fringe crazies, mostly this fandom is a bunch of fun and make really FUN stuff to look at online. It also ranks quite high on the fandom scale because of the Luke Windsor fascination. When you see fan art/comics/fic/posts based solely on the celebs TEAM you KNOW shit’s about to get crazy. This fandom’s at a simmering boil. Get in now if Tom Hiddleston is your siren song.
Cautionary Notes: WHEN Tom finds a lady friend, I fear things could get ugly.
Other Fandoms I might deep dive into… if your fave isn’t in here PLEASE comment it and I’ll take a look! You never know which fandom I’ll pop into next.
Are you a Hiddlestoner/Goddess/whatever? What did I miss?
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