screenshot of candlejack

Candlejack

Part of a series on Interrupters. [View Related Entries]

Updated Mar 31, 2021 at 04:59PM EDT by Matt.

Added May 15, 2009 at 06:34PM EDT by Selene.

PROTIP: Press 'i' to view the image gallery, 'v' to view the video gallery, or 'r' to view a random entry.

About

Candlejack, also known as Candle Jack, is a villain from the animated superhero comedy television series Freakazoid. Online, particularly on 4chan's /b/ imageboard, posters use the character as an interrupter in which they write the character's name in a post, and then make it appear as though the text was cut off, implying that Candlejack captured the poster (similar to Hypnotoad).

Origin

On September 16th, 1995, the episode of Freakazoid entitled "Candlejack" aired in the United States.[1] In the episode, children tell ghost stories at summer camp. One tells the story of "Candle Jack," a Bogeyman-like monster that kidnaps children who say his name (clip below).



Spread

The popularity of the character grew online throughout the mid-2000s. On June 15th, 2006, YouTuber evanmcb posted a clip from the episode. The post received more than 54,000 views in less than 15 years (shown below, left).

Around this time, people online began to use the character as an in-text joke about ghost stories in which mentions of the character will result in the poster's kidnapping. On March 19th, 2007, Urban Dictionary [2] user miji defined the character "Candlejack is a villain from the TV show Freakazoid. If you say Candlejack's name, you get kind--." The post received more than 3,000 upvotes in less than 15 years (shown below, right).


TOP DEFINITION Candlejack Candlejack is a villain from the TV show Freakazo If you say Candlejack's name, you get kidn by miji March 19, 2007 3041 242

The character also found fans on 4chan. On August 22nd, 2007, anonymous users on 4chan users posted the earliest available mentions of the character (shown below, left). However, their usage is not a reflection of how the character was commonly used.

This type of meme format could be found on other message boards of the era. For example, on November 2nd, sognadigitalmuseum.com[3] forum user EnsignRyusei responded to an "introduce yourselves" thread, "What's up with all this Candlejack stuff, OH FU" (shown below, right).


□ 08/22/07(Wed)21:16:18 No.37072476 File :1187831778.ipg-(29 KB, 300x200, 1177695333163.jpg) Your fortune: Average Luck I guess this is why they call this forum random' ROFL xD □ 08/22/07(Wed)21:16:29 No.37072496 File :1187831789.ipg-(23 KB, 336x252, CandleJack.jpg) Your fortune: Excellent Luck Candlejack is the secret to happin □ 08/22/07(Wed)21:16:42 No.37072514 File :1187831802.jpg-(28 KB, 300x200, 1177695361761.jpg) Your fortune: ( -> . )フ I guess this is why they call this forum random' ROFL xD EnsignRyusei Re: Introduce yourself here! « Reply #321 on: November 02, 2007, 01:26:26 pm » Mechaphile Serious VIPER Fanatic What's up with all this Candlejack stuff, OH FU Concentrate your mind Mutter the spell to Mini-Hakkero tenderly Aim at someone you don't like Now unleash your annihilation of love! !MASTER SPARK! Posts: 390 Karma: +22/-0

More than a decade later, Candlejack memes were still shared on 4chan. On March 28th, 2019, an anonymous 4chan user on /b/[4] posted a thread about the character. They wrote, "Each time i format my old hd i still find this pic of Candlejack, idk why it h--." Others shared variations of the joke, exhibiting their understanding of the format (shown below).


Anonymous Thu 28 Mar 2019 05:26:47 No.796101050 View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>796101271 >>796101946 Each time i format my old hd i still find this pic of Candlejack, idk why it h Anonymous Thu 28 Mar 2019 05:32:31 No.796101271 Report >>796101050 That's really interesting. I wonder why candle jack ke Anonymous Thu 28 Mar 2019 05:33:47 No.796101318 Report 6KIB, 259x194, Candlejack.jpg I actually forgot about candle jack but it's good to see him make a comeb View Same Google ImgOps iqdb SauceNAO L Anonymous Thu 28 Mar 2019 05:43:00 No.796101660 Report It could just be that your hard drive is corrupted or som Anonymous Thu 28 Mar 2019 05:44:42 No.796101721 Report Quoted By: >>796103244 Never quite understand this candle jack meme or wh Anonymous Thu 28 Mar 2019 05:50:15 No.796101928 Report Candle jack is th Anonymous Thu 28 Mar 2019 05:50:39 No.796101946 Report >>796101050 who is candle jack? was he from a c View Same Google ImgOps iqdb SauceNAO Candlejack_4407aa_806716.jpg, 32KIB, 700x500 Anonymous Thu 28 Mar 2019 05:51:16 No.796101971 Report OH S--- CANDLEJACK ISA SNI-

Various Examples


CANDLEJACK WISHES 4CHAN A VERY HAPPY 11th BIRT Stop that s---.
HISNAM Candlejack^ Joins th YO CANDLEJACK, I'm real happy for you and ima let you fini-

Search Interest

External References

[1] IMDB – Freakazoid

[2] Urban Dictionary – Candlejack

[3] sognadigitalmuseum – EnsignRyusei's Post

[4] 4chan – /b/

Recent Videos 6 total

Recent Images 66 total


Top Comments


+ Add a Comment

Comments (422)


Display Comments

Add a Comment


O HAI! You must login or signup first!