Harp Darp / Herp Derp

Harp Darp / Herp Derp

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Harp Darp (also known as "Herp Derp") is a rage comic face and an expression used to indicate that someone is unintelligent or making ignorant statements. Originally derived from another Internet slang term "derp", an interjection associated with stupidity, it can be also used as a placeholder for things that cannot be recalled in online conversations.


The face first appeared in a comic titled “Rage Comic FFUU” (shown left) in which the harp darp face is criticized as being poorly drawn. The comic was submitted to the f7u12[1] subreddit by Redditor ULJarad[2] on May 11th, 2010. Several months later on October 11th, 2010, the phrase "harp darp" was used with the same rage face in another Reddit[12] post titled “Harp Darp poop on my car”, which featured a photo of a window with bird droppings with the face drawn over it (shown right).

Dude, what the T, fuck is that? to make a face for rage comics You suck at drawing faces. Stick to the normal ones.


The single serving site HarpDarp.com[3], which displays nothing but a large picture of the rage face, was registered on April 12th, 2011. On April 22nd, the first Urban Dictionary[4] definition for the phrase was submitted by user SaladOnTop:

An exclamation following an instance of high-class stupidity. Like saying Herp Derp, only classier and more pretentious. Hand movements pantomiming a harp player are optional.

On August 10th, 2011, a comic titled "Anytime one of my friends says something dumb now" reached the front page of the f7u12[8] subreddit which included a version of the face without eyebrows. The post received 8,847 up votes prior to being archived.

You're gonna make a rage comic about this, aren't you?" "yep" "And you' re gonna give me the dumbass face, aren't you?" *le friend *le me

On November 16th, Etsy shop owner Alexa De Lima[6] began selling custom hand-carved meme stamps with various rage comic faces including harp darp.[7] The meme has since spread to FunnyJunk[9], Tumblr[10] and Memebase[11] under the tag "herp derp." As of March 19th, 2012, 16 public Facebook[5] profiles can be found with the name "Harp Darp."

In Comments

The phrase "herp derp" can be alternatively used as a placeholder for words or quotes that cannot be recalled during a conversation, similar to the use of "thingamajig" or "whatchamacallit." On January 18th, 2012, web developer Tanner Stokes released a Firefox browser extension that turns all comments in any given YouTube page into various sequences of "herp derp." Months later in July 2012, similar browser applications for Google Chrome, Safari and Opera became available for free download on Tanner's website.[13]

lol FAKE nothingisreal340 6 hours ago omg justin bieber bieberlover294 3 weeks ago your dumb jeenius293 1 month ago FIRST coolguy391 1 month ago BEFORE herp derp derp nothingisreal340 6 hours ago derp derp herp herp derp derp bieberlover294 3 weeks ago derp herp herp herp herp derp derp herp herp jeenius293 1 month ago herp herp DERPED
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Notable Examples

The "herp derp" face is primarily used to portray either male or female rage comic characters as less than intelligent or ignorant in a given narrative, although they may represent situations or emotions that readers can easily empathize with.

Me and my friend Derp preparingDerp starts the microwave to make some delicious processed with no food in it meats. :30 HOT PO KETS Dont worry bro, just warming it up. WTF? Has first conversation with a local yank le me, an Australian visiting America on a holiday. "You from Australia? Do you ride Kangaroos to scho 1 ? " NO "Do you ride fat people to school?" Me and Derptwat sitting by the fire one night at a party Me: Damn, this fire is starting to get reallj Derptwat: Yeah but at least we're getting tan. le me, american studying in italy in line behind two other americans with a very thick southern accent. very friendly italian cashier, speaking in broken but easily understandable english hello! would you.. . like... a bag? italy,i apologize for my fellow nationals. 回h uhhh we don't speak italian. only american, you should learn it since it is the universal lanugage and stuff.

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External References

[1] Reddit – Rage comic FFUU

[2] Reddit – ULJarad

[3] HarpDarp.com – Harp Darp

[4] Urban Dictionary – harp darp

[5] Facebook – harp darp

[6] Etsy – runridefly

[7] Etsy – Harp-Darp hand carved stamp

[8] Reddit – Anytime one of my friends says something dumb now.

[9] FunnyJunk – harp darp

[10] Tumblr – #harp darp

[11] Rage Comics Memebase – herp derp

[12] Reddit – Harp Darp poop on my car

[13] Tanner's Website – HERP DERP YOUTUBE COMMENTS

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