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Neil Patrick Harris takes his ‘Thomas & Friends’ fandom very seriously

There can only be one true tankie.


Greg Seals


Posted on Mar 3, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 9:49 am CDT

If there’s one thing that stands the test of time, it’s fandom. Though age might cause you to outgrow your favorite cosplay outfit, you’ll never outgrow your love for your favorite pop-culture franchise. 

Take Neil Patrick Harris, for example. While it may seem like this song-and-dance man only cares about the bright lights of Broadway, his true passion lies in nerding out about Thomas & Friends.

But don’t mistake Harris for a fairweather locomotive fan. This man’s a die-hard “tankie,” and he’s not afraid to crush the spirits of a few children to prove it. 

Let NPH’s steamy meltdown serve as a cautionary tale, not just to any “tankies” out there, but to all those who lords their knowledge and passion over others online. At the fandom table, there’s plenty of room for everyone. 

H/T Hypable | Screengrab via Neil Patrick Harris/Funny Or Die

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*First Published: Mar 3, 2015, 6:55 pm CST