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GigaChad is a nickname associated with the art project berlin.1969 / Ernest Khalimov,[1] which is a series of photoshopped photographs of several models created by Russian photographer Krista Sudmalis for her project Sleek'N'Tears.[4] The name "GigaChad" indicates that the person, who was initially assumed to be real, is the ultimate Chad Thundercock, an internet archetype representing an ultra-masculine, physically attractive male. Online, the term was popularized within various incel communities.


On October 15th, 2017, an anonymous Redditor published a link to the @sleekntears Instagram page in /r/bodybuilding[7] subreddit. The post received more than 495 points (92% upvoted) and 100 comments in less than four years.

On October 16th, 2017, a photo of Khalimov was submitted to the /pol/ board[3] on 4chan , which described him as "Gigachad. The perfect human specimen destined to lead us against the reptilians" (shown below).

Ernest Khalimov aka GigaChad first thread on the 4chan /pol thread


That day, October 16th, a post about Khalimov was submitted to the Lookism Forums,[5] referring to him as "Ultra Chad." On October 24th, 2017, Ia picture was submitted to Imgur "It appears that The Gigachad is attempting to clone himself" (shown below).

On February 17th, 2018, Redditor ForgottenShark uploaded a photograph of Khalimov titled "Gigachad, the destroyer of virgins" to the /r/Bossfight[2] subreddit (shown below, left). On April 27th, Redditor GoldFuzzy uploaded an image macro titled "Full Explanation of GIGACHAD" to /r/braincels[6] (shown below, right).

SLEEK'N TEARS GIGACHAD Top 0.000001% of all males Spawned of the Emperor's geneseed Lost his virginity to an 18 year old Stacey when he was 12. Has never known defeat in any of his endeavors. When in his presence, Chadlets naturally look down to avoid eye contacth natural serum and stutter when addressed directly by ra him. Isn't gay, but f---- men when he tosi domihant presence pleases, as all other humans appear feminine in his eyes. Has no fear in his heart and is a born leader of men. -10/10 face struggles to fit through doors due to shoulder width 68 minimum chin you could forge a sword on jaw so square it can be used accurately to measure right has a testosterone level measured in genius level 10 in any room brads and below prostrate themseves instinctively

On May 7th, a thread lamenting the existence of Khalimov was submitted to the /int/ (international) board on 4chan (shown below).

■ Anonymous 05/07/18(Mon)05:01:54 No 89220425圄>>289220453 wha...WHAT???? HOW THE F--- AM I MEANT TO COMPETE WITH THIS????????

Average Fan vs. Average Enjoyer

In March 2021, GigaChad saw a spike in popularity online after a montage of his photographs was used in the video version of Average Fan vs. Average Enjoyer meme format.

On February 7th, 2021, content creator Socialism Done Left made a version of the meme that gained over 190,000 views on YouTube[8] and 134,000 views on Twitter[9] in one month (shown below). The video features sped-up video "itzmefraz episode 7" by YouTube[10] user itz me Fraz as "fan" and a slideshow of GigaChad images as "enjoyer." The video features the song Can You Feel My Heart by Bring Me The Horizon. Also on the same day, Socialism Done Left uploaded a template for the meme to Twitter[11] and Google Drive.[12]

Following the video, the video format gained viral popularity online, with multiple viral versions posted in February and March 2021.

Opinion on Memes

Until April 2021, the person writing as Khalimov did not speak about the likeness being used in GigaChad and Average Enjoyer memes, also disabling comments on his Instagram posts. Additionally, even before his meme popularity Khalimov had very limited online activity, which, combined with his unwillingness to acknowledge the memes and refusal to give interviews, was interpreted by some as fitting for the GigaChad persona.

venus wormwood ... @wormwood_stars cannot get over how this man, who i assumed until yesterday was a 3D render, is actually real, refuses every single interview and business request because he "doesn't cooperate with anyone," and he does not know what a "podcast" is 10:12 PM · Apr 7, 2021 · Twitter Web App

On April 13rd, 2021, Ernest Khalimov, writing from his Instagram[13] account berlin.1969, spoke about the GigaChad memes, writing that "he likes them" and inviting everyone to comment on the post (post shown below, left). On April 23rd, Khalimov made another Instagram[14] post, writing that he enjoyed the comments and that they painted him as a much more interesting person that he was (post shown below, right).

berlin.1969 • Follow berlin.1969 Hello. Yes, I heard that I don't exist. It suits me. The "art project" sounds great thanks A I don't have Twitter, Facebook or anything else. I like the memes you make. I don't know much about it, but yes, I'm just like you, maybe a little bigger. I read the messages you write und really glad that some people are inspired. Good luck guys. If it's important to you, I open comments so have fun while I chop wood O l'll check next week. Best regards. 1w SLEEK'N'TEARS Liked by and 112,947 others APRIL 13 Add a comment... Post berlin.1969 • Follow berlin.1969 Hello. I have read all the comments and messages. Think so. Must admit I'm shocked that there are so many of you and that you are not negative. Sorry for not answering. I'm not very sociable (T.rex), but it was pleased to read. In any case I have nothing to say to you, probably because I look much more interesting from your words. It's very flattering and overshadows my commonness. Thanks for your kind words. Thank you for the positive energy, don't doubt guys I mentally return it to you. Take your time and keep calm. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Yours faithfully, Average person. SLEEK'N'TEARS Liked by and 119,724 others 2 DAYS AGO Add a comment... Post

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External References

[1] Instagram – berlin.1969

[2] Reddit – /r/bossfight

[3] 4plebs – /pol/ thread

[4] SleekNTears – SleekNTears


[6] Reddit – /r/Braincels

[7] Reddit – /r/bodybuilding

[8] YouTube – Average Evidence Fan

[9] Twitter – @SocDoneLeft

[10] YouTube – itzmefraz episode 7

[11] Twitter – @SocDoneLeft

[12] Google Drive – template

[13] Instagram – berlin.1969

[14] Instagram – berlin.1969

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