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Inglip is an Internet folklore based on the eponymous rage comic character who can communicate with mythical acolytes known as Gropagas through the medium of CAPTCHA images. Due to its reliance on randomly generated words for narrative context, the subject matter of Inglip comics may range from simple one-way commands and instructions to more obscure and highly improvised dialogues based on made-up English words.
The name “Inglip” stems from a randomly generated CAPTCHA image that read “Inglip Summoned,” which was then turned into a popular CAPTCHAart comic strip. On January 8th, 2011, a Reddit user posted a Rage comic strip entitled “Dark Captcha magic” featuring a CAPTCHA caption which read “Inglip summoned.”
The concept of summoning spirits and communicating with otherworldly underlings via CAPTCHA soon caught on with other Redditors in the f7u12 subreddit and after several more iterations, it quickly developed into a full-fledged cult with an elaborate story about Inglip and his Holy Grail to establish his kingdom “Trathira” on Earth.
Followers of Inglip began calling themselves “Gropagas” and embraced the mock religion “Dectrip”, both of which are randomly generated words from CAPTCHAs. According to an account provided by KYM researcher memeasaurus:
A hapless web surfer is confronted with a captcha. That captcha contains a secret message, a command from beyond. The dark lord Inglip speaks through the mysteries of the captcha and his faithful followers, [known as] the Gropagas, do his bidding.
On Reddit, the series led to creation of the Inglip subreddit and Inglipnomicon compendium, as well as an entire Wikia project dedicated to documenting the online folklore surrounding Inglip. Throughout 2011, the saga continued to expand with fictional settings in a fantasy world known as the land of “Trathira” and antagonist characters from top voted posts (100 or more points) that were added into the canon and Inglipnomicon. The Inglip comic series has been since picked up by various Internet blogs like MemeBase, BuzzFeed and Urlesque, not to mention it has spawned several single serving sites and Inglip-specific blogs like Inglips.com, The Church of Inglip and InglipTold.Us Comic Generator among others.
The Chronicles of Lord Inglip
Inglip comics have been also turned into a series of short narratives by YouTuber sweederlander, who began uploading videos entitled “The Chronicles of Lord Inglip” in February 2011.
OMG Rage Face
With Inglip’s sudden rise in popularity, another face drawing of a surprised Gropagas from the comic series soon became known as “OMG Rage Face”:OMG Rage Face. The original “OMG Rage Face” comes from two separate 2010 comic strips, one about PS3 gaming that can be found in the OMG Rage Face entry and the other one about raisin cookies.
Google Insights graph reveals that search queries for the keyword “Inglip” skyrocketed in the first week of January 2011, eclipsing with the post date of the original Inglip image on Reddit.