"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 with extreme and unpopular political views. The "neckbeard" stereotype is also associated with comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Otaku subculture, animated TV series, and video gaming. The stereotype has often been associated with various communities, including incels, the men's rights movements, and cultural appreciation for countries like Russia and Japan.
In popular culture
- Some regard Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons as a neckbeard due to his appearance and love for comic books.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brooke Kushwaha. "Put on Your Thinking Cap: A Hat History". The Wesleyan Argus. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
- "How neckbeards have become a screen stereotype". The University of Melbourne. 2016-02-10. Retrieved 2018-09-29.