The Geek Awards are less than a week away, and it's time to celebrate those titans of movie geek-dom. In one corner, we have the futuristic legacy of 'Star Trek' and its devoted fans known as "Trekkies." In the other corner, we have the epic 'Star Wars' phenomenon whose admirers don't really have a nickname other than "'Star Wars' Fans." And in a third, probably cloak-covered corner, we have the sprawling 'Lord of the Rings' fantasy, and its fanbase known as "Ringers."

Arguing over which is the superior film series has left passionate fans in a deadlock for years, but now it's time to turn the tables on them and find out which is the superior fanbase.

The Geek Awards are less than a week away, and it's time to celebrate those titans of movie geek-dom. In one corner, we have the futuristic legacy of 'Star Trek' and its devoted fans known as "Trekkies." In the other corner, we have the epic 'Star Wars' phenomenon whose admirers don't really have a nickname other than "'Star Wars' Fans." And in a third, probably cloak-covered corner, we have the sprawling 'Lord of the Rings' fantasy, and its fanbase known as "Ringers."

Arguing over which is the superior film series has left passionate fans in a deadlock for years, but now it's time to turn the tables on them and find out which is the superior fanbase.

BIGGEST IMPACT

Trekkies
NASA named its first space shuttle orbiter The Enterprise after a 1976 fan-driven letter-campaign. The shuttle was used for engineering tests and is currently on display as part of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

'Star Wars' Fans
There is a grassroots effort from fans around the world to get "Jedi" recognized as an official religion on their country's census forms. May 4 is recognized as "Star Wars Day." And then there was Ronald Regan's controversial Strategic Defense Initiative, known as "Star Wars Missile Defense."

Ringers
Since the film trilogy was shot in New Zealand, the annual tourist business into the country has risen 40 percent and helped bolster the economy. The country's tourism board is working to getting a permanent 'Lord of the Rings' museum constructed.

WINNER: (Tie) Ringers and Trekkies. The Star Wars Missile Defense program was considered technically impossible, would violate international treaties regarding outer space, reignite a nuclear arms race, and ultimately could not prevent mutually assured destruction. And we spent over 100 billion dollars on the program. Technology FAIL.

DOCUMENTARY DEPICTION
Trekkies
'Star Trek' fans have been immortalized in two successful documentaries: 'Trekkies' and 'Trekkies 2.'


'Star Wars' Fans
The festival-circuit documentary 'The People vs. George Lucas' tackles the growing disappointment in George Lucas' continued efforts in the 'Star Wars' universe. Control your fans, George!


Ringers
'Ringers: Lord of the Fans' explores the growing fandom in the wake of the trilogy Academy Award-success.


WINNER: Trekkies. As soon as the "Ringers" get a second film, then maybe there will be some competition.

CELEBRITY FANS

Trekkies

Some of Hollywood's biggest stars are Trekkies, including Tom Hanks, Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Whoopie Goldberg, Robin Williams, and even George Lucas. That's right, Lucas himself has cited the influence 'Star Trek' has over his 'Star Wars' franchise.

'Star Wars' Fans
Seth Green's love of 'Star Wars' completely dominates his 'Robot Chicken' sketch show. Simon Pegg owns a replica lightsaber and a rare DVD of the first trilogy's original versions -- autographed by George Lucas -- making the new Scotty something of a traitor. And of course there's director Kevin Smith, whose debut film 'Clerks' mused on the fates of lowly Death Star employees. He returned to the subject and tackled 'Lord of the Rings' fans in a notorious moment from 'Clerks 2' (Clip is very NSFW).

Ringers
When it comes to famous 'Lord of the Rings' fans, the list begins and ends with Led Zeppelin. 'The Battle of Evermore,' 'Misty Mountain Hop' and 'Ramble On' are just a few of the notable allusions to the fantasy epic.

WINNER : Ringers. Don't even try to argue that anyone is cooler than Led Zeppelin.



MOST EMBARASSING MOMENT

Trekkies

Probably this classic moment from 'Saturday Night Live,' when host William Shatner finally told a room full of 'Star Trek' fans what he really felt about them.


'Star Wars' Fans
The prequels did more damage to the 'Star Wars' legacy than the combined effort of 1 million geeks. But for once, we're going to give Jar Jar a break. The most notorious Star Wars Fan has to be the Internet's first viral star: The Star Wars Kid.


Ringers
Fans are impatiently waiting for a proper big-screen adaptation of Tolkien's first Middle Earth adventure, 'The Hobbit.' Until that day comes, they have to settle for this musical highlight -- from Spock.


WINNER: Star Wars Fans. We award this point out of love, because if the Star Wars Kid never existed, we never would have gotten this:





NICKNAME

Trekkies
There is an ongoing debate between "Trekkies" and "Trekkers." "Trekkers" find "Trekkie" to be a demeaning term. Leonard Nimoy prefers "Trekkers," while Gene Roddenberry himself said the correct phrase was "Trekkies."

'Star Wars' Fans
While we appreciate how direct it is, "'Star Wars' Fans" need something catchier.

Ringers
There are "Ringers" and there are "Tolkienists." "Ringers" are fans of the 'Lord of the Rings' series and its film adaptations, while Tolkienists follow the entire J.R.R. Tolkien body of work, and study the Elvish languages he developed. Meanwhile, there is a further division within Ringers between "Revisionists" and "Purists" -- groups that argue over the changes Peter Jackson made to the film adaptations.

WINNER: Ringers. They argue just like "Trekkies," but at least we understand the discrepancy. This whole category is exhausting.

FINAL RESULT: Ringers come out just ahead with three crucial points! But really, even the winners are still kind of losers.

What is the superior Geek fanbase?
Trekkies (from 'Star Trek')78 (36.6%)
Star Wars Fans65 (30.5%)
Ringers (from 'Lord of the Rings')70 (32.9%)



The Geek Awards take place live on Wednesday, August 18, at 8PM from the Conga Room in Los Angeles, with a live stream of the pre-show at 7PM on PopEater. Featuring a surprise host, celebrity guests, and a special musical performance, the ceremony will celebrate the super-fans of culture. Tune into PopEater, Spinner, StyleList, Urlesque and Asylum for your music, fashion and Internet geekdom.
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