It Hurt Itself in Its Confusion!

It Hurt Itself in Its Confusion!

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"It Hurt Itself in Its Confusion!" is a battle message from Pokémon role-playing video game series, first used in Pokémon Red and Blue. Online, screenshots of the message have been circulated as a reaction image and an image macro in reference to self-destructive actions.


On September 28th, 1998, Pokémon Red Version and Pokemon Blue Version were released in the United States.[1] During trainer fights in the games, battle message "It Hurt Itself In Its Confusion!" would appear when a Pokémon hurt itself instead of an enemy while affected by the confusion status condition.

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Although memes referring to the battle message had existed earlier[2], the first known post in which it was used as a reaction image was created by Redditor tatlo17 in /r/funny subreddit on August 11th, 2015.[3] The post gained over 750 upvotes in six months.

When Black Lives Matter protestors shut down an event of Bernie Sanders, a civil rights activist MAGIKARP Lu10 PSH TENTACOOL Lu9 27/ 27 It hurt itself in its confusion

On June 24th, 2016, Twitter[4] user @Pokemon_Days used an edited Pokémon screenshot as a joke about Brexit. The tweet gained over 1,100 retweets in three years. On June 26th, 2016, Redditor[5] piggledy posted a simiar edit to /r/PoliticalHumor subreddit.

L6 13 22 It hurt i t sel f in i ts confusion EL :L10 UK L6 13/ 22 It hurt itself i n its confusion!

In the following years the macro saw consistent use on Reddit. On January 30st, 2019, Redditor[6] butterdwettoastbro used the macro in a popular post to /r/PewdiepieSubmissions subreddit which gained over 42,900 upvotes, causing an increase in the use of the format.

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