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zergface is a single image character Macro featuring the face of a Chinese Soldier in a crazed grin being photoshopped over the faces of other military or non-military characters. His presence in serious photos is intended to create unease with his crazed happy grin, similar to Weegee.


The original image is taken from the 2007 Chinese War Drama Series, Soldiers Sortie (士兵突击) and is of the main character Xu San-duo portrayed by actor Wang Baoqiang[1].

On July 8th, 2008 a user by the name of SuperAngryChinaMan posted a screenshot from the show on 4chan’s weapon board /k/, asking for exploitables [2]. /k/ommandos obliged and shopping Xu Sanduo’s face on military images became a staple on /k/.

In the same thread, someone asked what the image should be named. Suggestions included Mack, Happy Camo face, Treepeeker or happy operator.

However an anonymous user suggested “zergface”, most likely in a joke associated with the Korean enthusiasm for Starcraft, and while it did not take immediately, it eventually stuck.


[1]Wikipedia – Soldiers Sortie

[2]4chanarchive – Asian soldier exploitable image

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