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9-Year-Old Army is a tongue-in-cheek label for fans of YouTuber PewDiePie, formally known as the "Bro Army". The name was coined by Twitch streamer Alinity during a feud with PewDiePie, in which she accused his fans of being "9-year-olds."
In May 2018, streamer Alinity described PewDiePie fans as "9-year-olds" during a feud with the YouTuber over copyright strikes (shown below, left). On May 23rd, 2018, PewDiePie uploaded a video titled "Twitch Drama #2," discussing his ongoing feud with Alinity, which specifically called out her "9-year-olds" comment (shown below, right).
On September 8th, Urban Dictionary user TankBeatsEverything submitted an entry for "9 year old army," defining it as a "special kind of specimen who specifically devote their lives to following a certain god known as Pewdiepie" (shown below).
On October 29th, 2018, YouTuber Grandayy upload a Voiceoverpete video titled "Attention All 9 Year Old Gamers," calling for viewers to subscribe to PewDiePie in "The Great Subscriber War": against T-Series (shown below). Within three months, the video accumulated upwards of 1.1 million views and 8,000 comments.
On November 1st, Quora user Louie Tangcalagan responded to the question "Why does PewDiePie call his fans 9 years old?" with an explanation of the Alinity copyright feud.
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