Happy Gary

Happy Gary

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Happy Gary, also known by its hashtag form #happygary, is an animated emoticon of a jolly-looking character dancing with both arms swinging back and forth, which may be used to express happiness or being care-free, in similar vein to the striding gesture portrayed in “Haters Gonna Hate” reaction GIFs.


On December 31st, 2013, Tumblr user weedstuck[1] posted the original emoticon along with an audio clip to Tom Jones’ 1965 pop song “It’s Not Unusual.”


On January 1st, 2014, Tumblr user TheBalladofJakeTheSnake[2] posted the original GIF instance of the character along with an audio clip to the Brodyquest soundtrack composed and produced by Neil Cicierega. In less than a week, the Tumblr post gained more than 89,000 notes, leading numerous users to dub the emoticon “the first meme of 2014.”

On the following day, YouTuber JakeWhyman submitted a Brodyquest-style music video of the character dancing in front of various background images, such as photographs of nebulae and the familiar backdrops from the animated TV series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. In the video description, JakeWhyman dubbed the character #happygarry, which soon became the unofficial nickname of the emoticon.

Notable Examples

As of January 6th, 2014, the emoticon has seen moderate spread on Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube, where several high-rated video remixes featuring the character can be found.

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