Gnome Child

Gnome Child

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Updated Nov 03, 2014 at 07:01AM EST by Alex Mercer.

Added Aug 18, 2014 at 02:38PM EDT by Don.

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About

Gnome Child is a type of non-player character featured in the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game Runescape that has gained notoriety for its tendencies to respond with bizarre and philosophical quotes when approached by the player.

Origin

On December 12th, 2002, Runescape was updated with several new features, maps and non-player characters (NPCs), most notably a group of youthful gnomes who could be found in the Tree Gnome Stronghold.



Spread

On June 6th, 2008, an entry for “Gnome Child” was created on the Runescape Wiki.[1] The character did not gain a significant following online until July 2014, when discussions of the character began surfacing on the /r/2007scape subreddit. On July 21st, 2014, Redditor helofrand posted a screenshot of a Gnome Child’s portrait titled “I love gnomes” to /r/2007scape[3] (shown below, left). On July 25th, Redditor Cheesydude submitted a photoshopped image of a Runescape avatar wearing a Gnome Child mask and hat to /r/2007scape,[2] where it gained over 450 votes (90% upvoted) in the first month (shown below, right).



Also on July 25th, Redditors began posting images of quotes attributed to Gnome Child to /r/2007scape and /r/runescape (shown below).[7][8][9]



Meanwhile, YouTuber Flopske uploaded a video titled “Gnome Child,” featuring Runescape gameplay footage in which Gnome Child discusses the existence of God before being attacked and killed (shown below). On July 26th, Runescape Forums[5] member Kirtinaa submitted a thread hailing Gnome Child as the “new overlord.”



Notable Examples



Slayer

In December 2013, an audio clip of the kill streak announcer from the Halo video game series saying the phrase “slayer” accompanied by a thumbnail of a Gnome Child in the style of Tony Kornheiser’s ‘Why’ (shown below) by user Mirakurutaimu began circulating on Tumblr.[6]




In August 2014, additional audio clips of the Halo announcer with various photoshopped Gnome Child thumbnails began circulating on the microblogging and social networking site under the tag “#slayer”[10] (shown below).



Search Interest

External References

[1]Runescape Wiki – Gnome Child

[2]Reddit – Item request – gnome child mask

[3]Reddit – I love gnomes

[4]Reddit – Gnome Child

[5]Runescape Forums – Gnome Child

[6]Tumblr – Mirakurutaimu

[7]Reddit – Gnome Child

[8]Reddit – The Philosophical Gnome Child

[9]Reddit – The Gnome Childs Wisdom

[10]Tumblr – #slayer

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