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Tuzki (Chinese: 兔斯基; Pinyin: Tùsījī) is a popular rabbit character used in emoticons, similar to Onion Head and Yoyo & Cici. Tuzki is very popular among Chinese internet users on forums, Tencent QQ and MSN messenger and its popularity has led to fanclubs, postcards, posters, t-shirts, books, games, cards, and more. The character can also be used with popular Chinese catchphrases by superimposing text onto Tuzki emoticons.
Tuzki was created by Chinese netizen Wang Momo in 2006. Supposedly, she was nicknamed “rabbit” in her childhood and learned how to paint, drawing rabbits in her free time. The earliest working image of Tuzki on her blog that can be found was posted on September 6, 2006.
On November 7, 2006, she posted Tuzki on her blog, with this GIF being the original:
Later, she also created a small series of Tuzki videos for publicity:
The official flash movie for Tuzki, released in 2008:
Motorola Advertising Campaign
You can see Tuzki promoting the product here.
Genetically Modified (GM) Food Awareness
Greenpeace is an environmental organization dedicated to ensuring “the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity.” The organization marks genetically modified as red, and “normal food” as green.
In mid 2008, Greenpeace used Tuzki to explain the color system.
Here is the video with English subtitles:
More Tuzki Madness
Fan Made Videos
Many of the most popular Tuzki videos were uploaded to Chinese video sharing sites (like Youku, 56, and Tudou). There are only a few mirrors on Youtube.
While Tuzki continues to be most popular in China, the character has been referenced by internet users all over the world.
-Birth: Born with unexplained memory loss.
-Height: 1.2 m
-Personality: Sometimes optimistic and sometimes depressed; likes to entertain itself with imaginative, simple, easygoing and casual things.
-Mood: Exaggerates its body language. When it is not happy it recovers quickly, and loves everyone.
-Likes: Milk, buttermilk, juice, coffee, tea, bread, fruit skins.
-Hates: Turnip, cabbage, sweet foods
-Biggest Fear: Wine
-Strength: Inventing small things.
-Weakness: Inventing small things brings unforeseen trouble.
-Will never do: Obscene “adult” action