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Chopper Crying is a viral image of the character Chopper from One Piece crying in the snow with visible breath coming from his mouth. The screenshot comes from the ninth One Piece movie, Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura. It became popularized as a reaction image and a source of redraws and ironic memes in 2022 in connection with the virality of the One Piece Is Real and One Piece Cock Edit memes.
On March 1st, 2008, Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura, the ninth One Piece movie, was released in Japan. In one scene in the film, Chopper is seen crying in the snow, his head turned up to the sky and his mouth agape, visible breath emanating from it. The scene can be seen in a trailer for the movie that was published to YouTube on August 24th, 2007, garnering over 496,000 views in 14 years (shown below, left).
On April 23rd, 2022, Twitter artist @onepiececock, known for his One Piece cock edits, posted an edited image of Chopper crying with a massive penis, garnering over 200 likes in six months.
On May 16th, 2022, YouTuber Smotheryaxe1414 posted a video where the screenshot of Chopper Crying moves around to the beat of music, garnering over 6,000 views in four months. The YouTuber posted eight more of these videos between then and July 8th, with episodes six (shown below, right) and nine becoming the most viewed with over 28,000 views and 30,000 views, respectively, by September 2022.
On June 12th, 2022, YouTuber Roblox Gamer 33 uploaded a similar edit to Smotheryaxe1414's video where a crying sound effect plays in the background, garnering over 100,000 views in three months (shown below).
The meme became increasingly popularized throughout August and September 2022, especially on YouTube, Twitter and TikTok, in tandem with "The One Piece Is Real" meme, which saw screenshots of characters from One Piece, including edited NSFW screenshots from the related "One Piece Cock Edits" trend, stylistically edited to the song "Dark Fantasy" by Kanye West. The image of Chopper crying was added to a number of these edits that month, including a cock edit of Chopper that started circulating online on sites including Reddit's /r/cockpiece in mid-July. For example, on August 31st, YouTuber NoThisnot Joel included the screenshot in a "One Piece Is Real" edit, garnering over 800,000 views in a month (shown below).
In September 2022, the Chopper Crying meme then became the subject of redraws. On September 25th, Twitter user @sealc4nfly posted, "Chainsaw Man is Real!!" along with three pieces of fan art redrawing some of the most popular images from "The One Piece Is Real" as characters from Chainsaw Man, including a redraw of the Chopper Crying meme with Pochita, garnering over 101,000 likes and 14,000 retweets in four days (shown below).
On September 27th, Twitter user @joeriiin posted a version of the meme drawing Link from The Legend of Zelda doing the cry, garnering over 65,000 likes in two days (shown below ,left). On September 28th, Twitter user @BonesCrimson_ posted a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure redraw of the meme showing Iggy crying, garnering over 6,600 likes in a day (shown below, center). That day, Twitter user @JohnnySpittin shared three edits of the image, writing, "WHO IS MAKING THESE 😭😭" garnering over 6,500 likes in a day (shown below, right).
The One Piece Is Real Redraws
In addition to Chopper Crying redraws, the other frames within The One Piece Is Real meme also saw use as templates, with users often redrawing four or more of them at once. Similar to Chopper Crying, the subformat was launched by a Chainsaw Man version by artist @sealc4nfly that gained over 14,500 retweets and 102, 400 likes in two weeks (shown below).
 Fandom – Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura
 YouTube – One Piece Movie 9 Promo Video
 YouTube – crying chopper #1
 Reddit (NSFW) – Cock Piece
 YouTube – THE ONE PIECE IS REAL meme
 Twitter – @sealc4nfly
 Twitter – @BonesCrimson_
 Twitter – @JohnnySpittin
 Twitter (NSFW) – onepiececock
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