Anime Profile Pictures

Anime Profile Pictures

Updated Mar 09, 2019 at 01:09PM EST by 3kole5.

Added Aug 23, 2017 at 02:13PM EDT by Don.

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Anime Profile Pictures refers to the images of various anime character used as default profile pictures on various social media platforms online. Online, the use of anime-themed avatars is often mocked in a similar fashion to fedoras.

Origin

The earliest known mockery of anime profile pictures was submitted to the DuelistGroundz[9] Forums by user mmf on March 12th, 2012. In the post, mmf accused those who use anime characters in their profile pictures of being "scum of the earth.'

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On May 11th, 2013, Minecraft Forums[2] user Zombie Killer submitted a post asking "Why do so many guys choose anime girls as their profile pictures?", which gathered upwards of 300 responses over the next month. On May 19th, 2014, a Facebook[3] page titled "Anime profile pics are for Losers" was created, gathering more than 208,500 likes over the next four years. On November 19th, a post titled "Why is there a sudden influx of anime avatars across social media?" was submitted to /r/OutOfTheLoop.[6]

On November 1st, Redditor woodspuma0023 submitted a variation of the oWo comic titled "Anime profile pics in a nutshell" to the /r/justneckbeardthings[4] subreddit.



On November 5th, NY Mag[1] published an article titled "How Anime Avatars on Twitter Help Explain Politics in 2015." On August 9th, 2016, the news site The Ringer[5] published an article titled "Why Do Anonymous Trolls Use Anime Avatars?" The following day, the anime news blog Anime Maru[7] published a satirical article titled "Steam to Automatically Ban All Users with Anime Avatars." On July 27th, 2017, a picture with the caption "Never trust an anime avatar" was submitted to /r/CringeAnarchy[8] (shown below, left). On August 5th, Redditor audio45 submitted a picture of Sonic the Hedgehog with the caption "If your profile picture is from an anime, your opinion doesn't count" to /r/dankmemes, where it received more than 8,300 points (96% upvoted) and 90 comments within three weeks (shown below, right).


What she Iooks l1ke What "she" looks like in real life: online: NEVER TRUST AN ANIME AVATAR SONIC SAYS... If your profile picture is from an anime, your opinion doesn't count

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