Neckbeard (slang)

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"Neckbeard" is a pejorative term and stereotype for men who exhibit characteristics such as social awkwardness, underachievement or pretentiousness.[1][2] The term is associated with the currently (2014-present) unfashionable facial hair style known as a neck beard, and by extension, to a stereotype of overweight, unkempt internet users with extreme and unpopular political views.[2][3][4] The "neckbeard" stereotype is also associated with comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Otaku subculture, My Little Pony and certain games such as PC gaming.[5] The stereotype has often been associated with various communities, including incels[6] and men's rights movements.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

Some regard Jeff Albertson from The Simpsons as a neckbeard due to his appearance and love for comic books.[8]

Some regard the character Plague in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) as a neckbeard.[8]

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.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wilcon, Daniel (10 December 2016). "A Thoughtful, Critical Analysis: Am I a Neckbeard?". Study Breaks. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  2. ^ a b Allegretti, David (2016-11-21). "I Started Wearing a Fedora to See if it Would Ruin My Life". Vice. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  3. ^ Caffier, Justin (2017-02-09). "Every Insult the Left Uses to Troll Conservatives, Explained". Vice. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Furino, Giaco (2014-08-20). "Dungeons & Dragons Is Officially Cool Again". Vice. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  6. ^ Brooke Kushwaha. "Put on Your Thinking Cap: A Hat History". The Wesleyan Argus. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  7. ^ Emmett Rensin (2015-08-18). "The internet is full of men who hate feminism. Here's what they're like in person". Vox. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  8. ^ a b c "How neckbeards have become a screen stereotype". The University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2018-09-29.