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Peak Fiction

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Peak Fiction is a slang expression primarily used in anime and manga communities to comment on the quality of writing in a piece of media, both sincerely and ironically. The phrase has been used online at least since 2018 and has spawned a series of reaction memes such as Dies From Peak Fiction.


Online, the word "peak" has been used synonymously with "absolute best" or "superb." Some of the earliest examples of the expression "peak fiction" date back to anime communities in 2018. For example, on March 17th, 2018, an anonymous 4chan[1] user made a post in /a/ in which they used it to describe the latest episode of Dragon Ball Super anime (shown below, top). On September 12th, a 4chan[2] user commented that Civil War limited comic series was pick fiction in /co/ (shown below, bottom).

Anonymous Sat 17 Mar 2018 20:35:34 No. 169918568 Quoted By: >>169918653 >>169918704 >>169919000 I was literally shaking during that last episode Like, all I could do was stare in awe. This is peak Super. This is peak shonen. This is peak FICTION for God's sake. This is incredible. What a way to go out. I never thought I'd see the day when the original DB would be surpassed.

Anonymous Wed 12 Sep 2018 15:41:00 No.102922359 Quoted By: >>102923371 >>102924712 >>102920711 >I mean civil war was a novel idea at least Oh, yeah. "Heroes disagree on something. They try to kill each other". This is peak fiction.

On March 9th, 2020, X[3] user @L0gan_8 made one of the earliest notable posts that used the phrase, commenting on a clip from the anime series Gurren Lagann" in a post that gained over 1,100 reposts and 3,000 likes in four years (shown below).

logan @Logan_8 PEAK FICTION PEAK FICTION PEAK FICTION PEAK FICTION PEAK FICTION PEAK FICTION PEAK FICTION PEAK FICTION Unmatched in heaven and Earth... One machine, equal to the gods! • 1:26 PM Mar 9, 2020 ...


The slang phrase first achieved prominence in May 2020 when it was used as a part of a "X Fans Will Swear This Peak Fiction" meme format (examples[4][5] shown below).

BROLEEZ @allovertheplase Monogatari fans swear this peak fiction 3:58 PM May 24, 2020 Nox → @noxivondoom Dragonball n----- swear this is peak fiction 7:59 PM May 25, 2020 ...

On January 20th, 2021, X[6] user @PunishedTyke posted the earliest found reaction image based on the phrase, a Dies From X meme recaptioned "Dies From Peak Fiction" (authorship unconfirmed, shown below, left). On June 27th, X[7] user @TheBerisso_H posted a remake of the meme (shown below, right), with more versions such as "Revived by Peak Fiction" following in 2023.[8]

The catchphrase saw viral spread on social media in the early 2020s, with multiple posts using it to describe a piece of media, whether ironically or sincerely, going viral. For example, on July 16th, 2022, X[9] user @EmperorBigD posted a clip of Dragon Ball character Piccolo regrowing his arm, commenting, "When Dragon Ball was Dragon Ball. Peak fiction." The post (shown below) received over 6,900 reposts and 58,000 likes in two years.

Additionally, various Peak Fiction reaction images and caption memes based on them have been circulated online.

Various Examples

PEAK FICTION REAK FICTION Me after watching DEATH BATTLE! *dies from peak fiction*
*revived by peak fiction* The paradox of peak fiction *revived by peak fiction* @ReiwaKaijuChronicles 戰後、日本 無戰 か後 H * 無から負へ。 G GODZILLA MINUS ONE 12.01.23 *dies from peak fiction* DISCOVER IT AT DDolby Cinema FAN EVEN 11.29.23 @ReiwaKaijuChronicles 無戰 か後 負日 本 -10%/c *revived by peak fiction* IN THEATRES JANUARY 26. ONE WEEK ONLY!


*dies from peak fiction*

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[1] 4chan – /a/ Post #169918568

[2] 4chan – /co/

[3] X – @L0gan_8

[4] X – @noxivondoom

[5] X – @allovertheplase

[6] X – @punishedtyke

[7] X – @TheBerisso_H

[8] Worstgen – EmperorKinyagi

[9] X – @EmperorBigD

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