Matching Icons

Matching Icons

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Matching Icons, often followed by the phrase "for you and your friends" or "for you and the bae," are a series of photosets featuring two or more avatar images of fictional characters from manga/animes and TV shows that humorously complement each other(s).


The earliest known instance of matching icons was uploaded by Tumblr user Dodocity on September 7th, 2012. The post featured two symmetrically inverted images of Peter Parker from Spider-Man.


On June 16th, 2013, Tumblr user Zovii[3] uploaded two icons of Kaworu Nagisa and Shinji Ikari from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion for shipping purposes. The post garnered 493 notes[4].

0:56 16 JUNE 2013 493 matching icon ideas

In September 2013, the series saw a huge surge on Tumblr, and since then, the hashtag #matching-icons[1] has remained active on the site. Furthermore, additional instances of the meme can be seen on Twitter[2] and on Deviantart, where the search query for "matching icons" yield over 13,000 tagged results[5].

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CREEP. CREEP Never in my life have I wanted matching icons with someone so badly hungry-hobbits: matching i ns for you and the bae- Collin @Mehchijou Feb 12 Matching icons for you and your dying friend View photo

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