fan service

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fan service

The act (by writers, creative directors, etc.) of attempting to please the fans of a work of fiction (typically a TV show) by depicting or incorporating certain aspects or character pairings that fans have promoted, requested, or shown interest in. With all the callbacks to the previous 199 episodes, and allusions to the interests of the show's rabid fan base, the musical episode of "Supernatural" is total fan service—and I love it.
See also: fan, service
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The Easterninspired lands of Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, home to the catlike Kahjiit, can't match the fan-service of 2017's return to Morrowind, but the tangled jungles and scattered ruins certainly outclass Summerset's sunny uplands.
Most video game fans know the "Super Smash Bros." games as giant-sized pieces of Nintendo fan-service. The game lets four players choose their favourite characters as they beat the ever living snot out of each other with fan-favourites like Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Link, Kirby, Pikachu, Charizard and the occasional guest star like Solid Snake from the "Metal Gear Solid" franchise and Sonic The Hedgehog.