It's also used in a narrower sense, to describe someone who likes furry characters in art, fiction and games, but does not see the fandom as a significant part of their life. A furry fan, in this sense, may not have a personal furry or may use it only as avatar or a role-playing proxy. They may also enjoy watching fursuits, but would not be inclined to build their own. Furry fans can be found at conventions, although they may be more interested in the dealer's room or the art show.
These are examples of why a person may identify oneself as furry fan instead of furry:
- The person is a newcomer and isn't ready to immerse oneself in the community.
- Person's main interest lies in stories and art with furry characters, not in the community.
- The person sees that their main interest is in talking animals, beast races, animal fiction or otherwise different from furry.
- The person sees that their interest is considerably less than those of regular furries.
- Desire to avoid negative stereotypes.
- A respect for the english language and realizing that 'furry' is an adjective, and that its appropriation as a noun already applies to anthropomorphic fictional characters, so using it to refer to humans who are fans of them is a source of confusion and unnecessary overlap and lack of complexity.
 See also
- FIJAGH, or Fandom is Just a God-damned Hobby
- FIAWOL, or Fandom is a Way of Life
- Furry artist
- Funny animal artist
- Furry writer
- Furry lifestyler
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