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4chan ASCII Triforce refers to a frequently posed challenge on 4chan for call and response threads. The threads typically feature the original poster challenging 4chan newcomers to create a correctly formatted ASCII Triforce, originating from The Legend Of Zelda video game, also referred to as as a Triforcii. The posters who simply copy and paste the Triforce will fail to post a correctly formatted ASCII Triforce:
Correctly formatted Triforce:
Incorrectly formatted Triforce:
It is commonly associated with the phrase "Newfags Can't Triforce," which is used to mock new 4chan users for being unable to format the triforce correctly.
The origin of the meme is unknown. On January 29th, 2009, an anonymous 4chan user posted the earliest mention of the phrase "newfags can't triforce" in the /a/ imageboard. They wrote, "/b/ moves too fast. Even with that time between posts (flood detection) is still moves too fast. Make a new thread, wait 60 seconds, reload, 404. Then only thing you'll see on /b/ are; hook up threads, boxxy threads, newfags can't triforce threads and report threads."
A search for "newfags can't triforce" brings up over 1,200 results on fgts.jp, 170 results on Desustorage, and 140 results on 4plebs. On June 10th, 2014, YouTube user ThatOneStuff posted a video of an angry child getting angry over trying to post the Triforce. The video has since gained over 130 thousand views.
How to Triforce
The correct method of posting the ASCII Triforce requires use of non-breaking space characters for various operating systems:
Windows: [alt-255] [alt-255] [alt-30] [enter] [alt 30] [alt 255] [alt 30]
Mac: [option-space] + [option-space] + [option-J] + [enter] + [option-J] + [option-space] + [option-J]
Linux: [Ctrl+Shift+U + a0] [Ctrl+Shift+U + a0] [Ctrl+Shift+U + 25b2] [Enter] [Ctrl+Shift+U + 25b2] [Ctrl+Shift+U + a0] [Ctrl+Shift+U + 25b2]