I did not create this poll to ask or discuss what fandom you support, nor debate anything about it. Keep it civil, and on topic, for this is a very real issue. Do not point fingers, do not write names.
Have you ever been subject to prejudice (mean chat or comments, being kick abused in a server, teammate betrayal ingame, being treated unfairly on purpose, unprovoked debates and assumptions etc), online, ingame, or anywhere else based ALONE on your profile appearance or username/gamertag?
In other words, have you ever been abused because of reasons not related to your conduct or skill ingame?
This is not game-related in any way, but I remember many moons ago when my username on this site was "THE-DESTROYER" (cringe, I know). I used to spam lots of shit (mainly skins that I either gave no proper credits for, or otherwise claimed as my own even though I had naught to do with them) mainly in the skin section of CS 1.6. In response to that, many angry users flooded my profile with comments such as "change your name to the-motherfucker", "change your name to the-stealer", and so on.
But the cherry on top of the cake was when a user once called me the "pussy destroyer" (probably for the same reasons as listed above, ain't too sure about that anymore though, as it's been a long time since then).
Of course I felt offended back then, but now when I look back at it all, it just makes me laugh, for that shit was hilarious as all hell.
I guess I'll just start off saying the Killing Floor 2 community is probably the most bipolar about subtle anime references in usernames. One half is headstrong about anti-japanese content, one half don't give a shit, and the other half don't say anything.
While I wish I had just 1 or two anecdotes to describe, its actually a running battle.
I never once mention anything related to my username or profile because my username and profile are just cover for my other ID which would result in several dozens of people bombarding me with messages every time I launch a game. I go about my business on servers to the fullness of my ability and professionally (I absolutely love squad based gameplay, and take it seriously; they need you you need them), I have 800+ hours in and all I ever type in chat is small talk, subtle advice about bosses and zeds; I am that guy who would do a charge through fleshpounds and scrakes to stab you with my healing syringe to save your life regardless of your own skill, profile, or name. Yet I am constantly votekick abused and unrelentingly harassed for my name alone if not for other stupid reasons.
I don't watch anime anymore, haven't in 16 years now. The one anime I actually watched was Lucky Star, an anime that doesn't have excessive lewdness and people don't fight in the sky with swords coming out of their arms.
I used to be called "Rektagon" on Steam. Got banned permanently from a TF2 server when I purposely kept killing a server admin because he was getting angry at me being too good for him. Now you'd think his reason to ban me was I was being too annoying or something... but nah, he banned my ass with the message being: "Offensive username".