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Big Chungus

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Big Chungus refers to an image of the cartoon character Bugs Bunny, usually captioned with the phrase "Big Chungus" and presented as a game for PlayStation 4 console. The word "chungus" was coined by video game journalist Jim Sterling several years before the meme became popular. Starting in July 2019, the meme regained ironic popularity on iFunny and certain parts of Reddit, particularly as a part of Reddit Moment memes.

Origin

Fat Bugs Bunny

The image of Bugs Bunny appears in Merrie Melodies cartoon Wabbit Twouble, first shown on December 20th, 1941[1]. In the short, Bugs is mocking Elmer Fudd, who in this cartoon was made much more portly than his previous and more iconic design (clip shown below).



On May 27th, 2017, an anonymous 4chan[2] user posted the image of obese Bugs Bunny to /lit/ board (shown below, upper left). The next appearance of the image on 4chan can be tracked to July 19th, 2017[3] (shown below, upper right), with more posts containing it appearing on /lit/ and other boards later that year[4][5].


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On July 21st, 2017, Redditor[6] hollerbravo uploaded a screencap of 4chan thread containing the image to /r/4Chan subreddit. On July 27th, 2017, a captioned image of obese Bugs Bunny was posted[7] by Eclectic Memes Facebook group. The post has since been deleted, with copies scraped by Me.me[8] and Onsizzle[9].

Chungus

The word "chungus" was allegedly coined by English freelance video game journalist Jim Sterling, who would often use it in various meanings without a set definition[10]. The exact date when the word was first used is currently unknown, but is estimated to be prior to December 2012.

On December 26th, 2012, Urban Dictionary[11] user Whidmark submitted an entry for "Chungus", defining it as a word "meaning anything and everything, including but not limited to a chunky anus".


Chungus Coined by Jim Sterling of Destructoid. Is said to mean anything and everything. Including but not limited to a chunky anus "Don't be such a chungus." Alternatively, "LLove your chungus."

On August 8th, 2016, in a Reddit thread exploring the origin of Chungus, Redditor[12] ASuitofT51PowerArmor posted his own description of Chungus based on Sovereign's speech[13] from Mass Effect videogame. The comment would later resurge as a copypasta in December 2018.

Chungus has no beginning. Chungus has no end. Chungus is infinite. Millions of years after our civilization has been eradicated and forgotten, Chungus will endure.
Chungus is eternal. The pinnacle of evolution and existence.
We are but rudimentary creatures of blood and flesh. We touch Chungus' mind, fumbling in ignorance, incapable of understanding.
Organic life is nothing but a genetic mutation, an accident. Our lives are measured in years and decades. We wither and die. Chungus is eternal. Before it, we are nothing.
Chungus imposes order on the chaos of organic life. We exist because Chungus allows it, and we will end because Chungus demands it.
Chungus transcends our very understanding. We cannot grasp the nature of Chungus' existence.

Big Chungus

The very first instance of a meme containing the caption "Big Chungus" was posted by Tumblr[30] user gayreinhardt, now logarto, on November 19th, 2016, and contained an image of a Second Life life character bearing the nickname, as well as a second image showing a message from BigChungus reading, "gender is for smaller, lesser beings." (shown below, left). The post gained over 56,000 notes in five years. It has now been replaced by text reading, "please dont reblog this post anymore. it was in bad taste, and was perpetuating transmysoginistic stereotypes." on November 27th, a cropped version of the meme was reposted to iFunny,[27] where it gained over 3,900 smiles in four years.

Logarto provided more information about the meme to Know Your Meme via Tumblr DM in July 2021. According to logarto, the Second Life Big Chungus post was inspired by a post to Tumblr by John Green which users at the time were reblogging and editing to read various absurdities, a feature which has since been removed from Tumblr. This is described in a 2021 article by The Focus.[31] One edited caption read "I love it when you call me big chungo." Logarto goes on to say: "around the same time there was a bunch of nonsense words floating around like 'scringus' as well as a joke and i liked to mash them up. when i joined second life i tried to make my username big chungo, but it was taken, so i went with bigchungus." (exact DM quoted below)

idk if youre aware of the "meme" from a few years back on here where everyone edited john greens posts. when i was 15 or 16 i was particularly tickled by the one where it got changed to "i love it when you call me big chungo". around the same time there wasa bunch of nonsense words floating around like "scringus" as well as a joke and i liked to mash them up. when i joined second life i tried to make my username big chungo, but it was taken, so i went with bigchungus. thats it really LOL

On March 20th, 2018, the image of fat Bugs Bunny was first paired with the phrase by Redditor GaryTheTaco, but was not been made public until it was posted to /r/comedyheaven on December 1st, 2018 (shown below, right)[14]. In a /r/OutOfTheLoop thread launched by Redditor PunkyFickle on December 19th, GaryTheTaco claimed authorship of the image[15], providing further proof in a post to /r/BigChungus subreddit[16].


BigChungus *The Sexy* SarahMinaj007 Omg you have women outfit!!! BigChungus 08:53 gender is for smaller, lesser beings TM BIG CHUNGUS Featuring Dante from th Devil May Cr Series DULTS ONLY 18 HELLO EXCLUSIVE CONTENT ESRB

The true story behind Big Chungus is back in March I made the meme to send to a friend when Inwas bored in class, he didn't think much of it.
Over the summer I sent it to another friend, he thought it was hilarious, so I made Big Chungus 2, then 3, and so on.
Then I just sort of forgot about it until 2 weeks ago when I thought "Hey let's post it to r/comedyheaven"
It got some traction there, but the real traction came a week later when my friend sent me a post from Facebook of a kid who asked his mom for Big Chungus.
That was later reposted and got 10x the karma as the original Big Chungus, the OP of that DM'd me saying he was a meme thief.
TL:DR it's just a fat Bugs Bunny PS4 game, that got popular because a clueless mom asked a Gamestop employee if they had it in stock, like the Battletoads trend.

Spread

On September 16th, 2018, /r/BigChungus[17] subreddit was created by Redditor youarepepemangay; however, the subreddit did not share any connection with the meme until it gained popularity in December 2018.

On December 7th, 2018, GameStop store manager Justin Laufer made a Facebook[18] post sharing a story of a customer who wanted to purchase a game named "Big Chungus" for PlayStation 4.



On the next day, Twitter[19] user @fluffypkmn shared a screenshot of Laufer's post. The tweet went viral, gathering more than 13,800 retweets within a two-week period.


merry chromsmas @fluffypkmn i love gamestop facebook groups for this reason showed me the picture of the game and asked me if I had it in stock. As I reframed From laughing out loud I said um ma'am I think this is a joke. BIG CHUNGUS Thursday December 6,2018 Hey Travis, what would K like for Christmas. Give least four options lov Devil May Series BIG CHUNGUS Devl May C 9:58 AM - 8 Dec 2018

On December 10th, 2018, Redditor[20] j_dot21 reposted a meme originally created by u/republicof_Taiwan[21] mentioning the word "chungus" to /r/me_irl subreddit (shown below, left). The post gained more than 7,900 upvotes over a 10-day period. On December 13th, 2018, Redditor[22] namffauk uploaded one of the screenshots posted by @fluffypkmn to /r/comedyheaven subreddit, where it gained 13,100 upvotes within a week (show below, right).


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Between December 12th and 17th, the creator of the original image posted Big Chungus "sequels" to /r/comedyheaven subreddit (shown below).


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The meme subsequently rose to popularity in /r/dankmemes, /r/sbubby and other subreddits, with users posting new variations of the Bugs Bunny image and editing it into covers of popular video games.

Karen Chungus

On January 5th, 2019, Redditor turtlenometry submitted a screenshot of a Facebook page for "Karen Chungus" to the /r/BigChungus[23] subreddit (shown below, left). The profile was widely circulated along with references to the Big Chungus and Karen memes, along with jokes about the anti-vaccination movement. On January 7th, Redditor Internal_Blaze submitted a Mafia City-themed image macro comparing Big Chungus to Karen Chungus to /r/memes[25] (shown below, right). That day, Redditor Kwonunn submitted a picture of the woman with a different last name in a post titled "Karen Chungus was fake. (Kinda obvious)" submitted to /r/FuckYouKaren.[26]


Karen ChunguS Anti Vaxx, Mother of 2 beautiful children who are UNVACCINATED, and new to Facebook! Add Friend Message More Level 1 Level 100 CrookMafia Boss Karen Chungus Anti Vaxx, Mother of 2 beautiful children who are UNVACCINATED, and new to Facebook! O. Add Friend Message More C Lives in Mount Helena, Western Australia,

U.S. Army Names Artillery Cannon After Big Chungus

On October 8th, 2019, the official U.S. Army's Instagram[28] account shared an image of a howitzer artillery piece adorned with the name "Chungus" alongside the caption "Big #Chungus making history. The nine-man team from 3rd Cavalry Regiment recently earned the title of Top Gun." Within less than a year, the post (seen below) received over 142,000 likes.


usarmy U.S.ARMY ... CHUNGUS

Interview with Know Your Meme

On August 21st, 2020, KYM interviewed Braden, the original creator of the first Big Chungus meme, as part of its editorial series that follows up with people featured in meme culture. In the interview, Braden recapped how he came up with the idea for the meme, how he reacted to its spread, and what he made of the online phenomenon.


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Looney Tunes World of Mayhem Addition

On March 29th, 2021, turn-based mobile RPG game Looney Tunes World of Mayhem posted a teaser featuring Big Chungus on its social media,[29] also updating the Android icon to feature the meme character.

Space Jam: A New Legacy Cameo

In the Space Jam sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy, Bugs Bunny briefly turns into Big Chungus (shown below).



Big Chungus in MultiVersus Speculation

It was reported that on August 26th, 2022, Warner Bros. (the studio behind the popular MultiVersus games) had taken out a copyright on the Big Chungus character through the European Union Intellectual Property Office.[32] The first person to share the report with the broad public was Twitter user @the_marmolade, who tweeted a screenshot of the application (seen below) on August 27th, 2022, receiving just 11,000 likes in a week.[33]


Andrew Marmo @the_marmolade Warner Bros. trademark Big Chungus for use of a video game. 018753040 - BIG CHUNGUS BIG CHENGUS Q Trade mark information Trade mark number Type Filing date Registration date Nice Classification Trade mark status Basis + info Reference 018753040 Figurative 26/08/2022 9, 25, 28, 41 Application filed EUTM 7:51 PM. Aug 27, 2022. Twitter Web App 953 Retweets 182 Quote Tweets 11.4K Likes Owner information For security and data protection purposes, the applicant information will be available once the basic application fee is paid Representative information Representative ID num... 99522 Representative name Martin Hartung

This led many to speculate that Big Chungus might enter the game, perhaps a skin for the Bugs Bunny character already featured. MultiVersus, which operates a lot like Super Smash Bros. However, the copyright application does not state what kind of product Big Chungus might be used in.[34]

Various Examples


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Ugandan Chungus

Ugandan Chungus is an amalgamation of Big Chungus and Ugandan Knuckles, featuring the body of Big Chungus combined with the colors and face of Ugandan Knuckles.


End of 2018: Start of 2018: Ladies and gentlemen i bring to you Ugandan Chungus

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External References

[1] IMDB – Wabbit Twouble

[2] 4chan – I should start by saying that

[3] 4chan – Reading on the train

[4] 4chan – How do we stop him?

[5] 4chan – Waited until marriage

[6] Reddit – /lit/izen has a question

[7] Eclectic Memes – Let a fat nigga fuck

[8] Me.me – Scraped post

[9] Onsizzle – Scraped post

[10] Podtoid Wiki – Chungus

[11] Urban Dictionary – Chungus

[12] Reddit – Chungus Copypasta

[13] YouTube – Mass Effect Sovereign

[14] Reddit – Big Chungus

[15] Reddit – What is going on with Big Chungus?

[16] Reddit – I'm the original creator of Big Chungus AMA

[17] Reddit – /r/BigChungus

[18] Facebook – Justing Laufer's post

[19] Twitter – @fluffypkmn's post

[20] Reddit – me_irl

[21] Reddit – me_irl

[22] Reddit – Big Chungus

[23] Reddit – Mrs Chungus

[24] Facebook – Karen Chungus

[25] Reddit – /r/memes

[26] Reddit – /r/FuckYouKaren

[27] iFunny- Big Chungus 2016

[28] Instagram – usarmy

[29] Twitter – @LooneyTunesWoM

[30] Tumblr – logarto original BigChungus post

[31] The Focus – John Green's Tumblr drama explained How his edited post got the rules changed

[32] European Union Intellectual Property Office – BIG CHUNGUS

[33] Twitter – @the_marmolade

[34] SVG.com – WHY MULTIVERSUS FANS THINK THIS INFAMOUS LOONEY TUNES MEME IS BEING ADDED

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