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“Does This Look Like The Face of Mercy?” is an expression indicating a lack of empathy or compassion, which is often used in image macro captions featuring an unimposing or harmless-looking subject. The phrase is commonly associated with The Villager character from the video game Super Smash Bros.
The original picture comes from the comic I </3 U 2 by the artist Miu from the furry porn subscription website Club Stripes. The original scene depicts the character Jam role-playing intercourse with a pillow with a dildo attached, comedically narrating for the pillow as if it was a sexually aggressive pervert. One of these moments features a close up of the pillow with the line “Does this look like the face of mercy?”.
On June 24th, 2012, Gifninja user Anon E. Mouse uploaded an GIF of a scene from the animated television show The Legend of Korra with the caption “Does this look like the face of mercy?!” (shown below).
On September 29th, a Facebook page titled “Does This Look Like The Face of Mercy?” was created. On May 14th, 2013, FunnyJunk user nooneofinterest uploaded an image macro of an italian greyhound dog with the title “Does this look like the face of mercy” (shown below, left), accumulating more than 15,000 views and 270 up votes in the next two months. On June 11th, Redditor naevorc uploaded an image macro to the /r/gaming subreddit, which featured the Animal Crossing Villager with the caption "Does this look like / the face of mercy? (shown below, right). Within the first 16 days, the post garnered upwards of 15,200 up votes and 550 comments.
On June 14th, the Smosh Facebook page posted a status update with the message “Does this look like the face of mercy?”, linking to a compilation of notable Super Smash Bros. Villager memes. On June 20th, YouTuber TailsChannel uploaded a video titled “The Face of Mercy Song,” which slowly zoomed in on a screen capture of the Animal Crossing Villager with eerie music playing in the background (shown below).