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LOL Guy is a rage comic character that is often used to indicate laughter and general amusement.
An email sent to Know Your Meme suggests that the image was initially posted to the /b/ (random) board on 4chan on June 14th, 2010.
“Hello there, I think it’s time to straighten out some things about the LOL Guy. About MY LOL Guy. That’s right, I draw this ugly piece of crap in MS Paint on the 14. June 2010 and I first posted it on /b/ in a “This is now a meme”-Thread."
A few days later on June 18th, the earliest known instance of LOL Guy rage comic was submitted to the /r/f7u12 subreddit, featuring a customer attempting to return a fake Pokemon game cartridge to the EB Games store (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post received over 155 up votes and 30 comments.
In November of that year, a Meme Generator page for “LOL Guy” was created, garnering upwards of 3,000 items within the next three years. On December 26th, 2011, a listing for LOL Guy stickers was created on the online retailer Zazzle, receiving over 1,500 reviews in the following 13 months. On February 18th, 2012, YouTuber MikeHorak uploaded a video titled “LOL Guy Song,” which featured a dancing stick figure with the LOL Guy face accompanied by the song “Me Gustas Mucho” by La Banda De Los Pobres Musica De Viento (shown below).
On August 13th, a Facebook page titled “LOL Guy” was launched, accumulating over 900 likes within the next six months. On November 4th, Etsy seller Madeleine Fair Juul listed a LOL Guy ring on her store page (shown below). On January 19th, 2013, DragonArt user Dawn submitted an instructional post on how to draw the LOL Guy.