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Good Guy Boss is an advice animal image macro series featuring a stock photograph of a middle-aged businessman making a thumbs-up hand gesture. Similar to its precursor Good Guy Greg, the captions often depict the character as a thoughtful, considerate and generous manager.
The stock photo of the thumbs-up signing businessman was originally hosted on the Microsoft Office image database (shown below, left). On March 27th, 2012, Redditor Bournefox submitted an image macro based on the stock photo to the /r/AdviceAnimals subreddit (shown below, right). Prior to being archived, the post received over 14,000 up votes and 210 comments.
On the following day, the “Good Guy Boss” Quickmeme page was created, accumulating 640 submissions over the span of a year. Also on March 28th, 2013, Redditor jlmawp submitted an image macro describing a boss encouraging his employee to check out a post on Reddit (shown below). The post gained more than 7,200 up votes and 95 comments prior to being archived.
On February 1st, 2013, Redditor Shishakli submitted an image macro praising bosses who provide adequate wages to /r/AdviceAnimals (shown below, left), which received upwards of 9,400 up votes and 300 comments within two months. On February 27th, Redditor gkden submitted an image macro retelling the way the boss reacted to his resignation (shown below, right). In the next month, the post received over of 31,000 up votes and 560 comments.
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