Peepo Animation from YouTuber HeyDoubleU featuring an animated version of Peepo, a Twitch emote, which is based on Pepe the Frog.

Peepo Animation

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Updated Sep 27, 2020 at 04:39AM EDT by andcallmeshirley.

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Peepo Animation, also known as Spending Time Without Your Favorite Streamer, is an animated short film and viral video following the story of an anthropomorphic Peepo, a Twitch emote, who represents a fan of Twitch streamer xQc who is blocked from chatting on his channel. The video loosely follows a real-world interaction between YouTuber HeydoubleU, who created the animation, and xQc. In September 2020, the short went viral online and received numerous reaction videos from xQc himself and many other streamers.


The first video to feature the Peepo animation was uploaded by YouTuber[1] HeydoubleU to his channel on July 9th, 2020. In the original video (seen below), the story follows Peepo loosely based on a real interaction between HeydoubleU and xQc after the Twitch streamer commented on one of his animations, called “Big Schnozer,” which was posted to his fanbase’s subreddit.[2] Since being uploaded, the video received over 3.2 million views, 324,000 likes and 32,000 comments in roughly two months.

The second video, which takes place after the events of the first, was posted on HeydoubleU’s YouTube[3] channel on September 15th, 2020, (shown below). This animated short, called “Spending Time Without Your Favorite Streamer,” accumulated over 1.5 million views, 252,000 likes and 16,000 comments in nine days.


After the animation was uploaded to YouTube, several streamers posted their reaction videos to the clip over the course of the next week. On September 16th, 2020, xQc posted his reaction to the animation on his YouTube[4] channel (seen below, left), receiving over 967,000 views, 65,000 likes and 2,600 comments in nine days. On September 17th, Twitch streamer Adept also shared her reaction to the Peepo Animation on her YouTube,[5] receiving over 168,000 views, 9,400 likes and 429 comments in eight days (seen below, right).

On September 17th, Asmongold also shared a reaction clip on his YouTube[6] (shown below, letf), receiving over 170,000 views, 6,400 likes and 383 comments in eight days. On September 19th, Pokimane uploaded her reaction clip to her YouTube[7] channel (shown below, right), receiving over 262,000 views, 19,000 likes and 1,000 comments in six days.

On September 18th, HeydoubleU uploaded a compilation video of the various streamers reacting to his animation on his YouTube[8] channel (seen below), accumulating more than 766,000 views, 65,000 likes and 3,300 comments in one week.

On September 17th, Twitter[9] user drawnbyj0hnny shared artwork inspired by the Peepo Animation (shown below, left), receiving over 1,500 likes and 65 retweets in eight days. That same day on the /r/xqcow subreddit, Redditor[10] McGrim_ also shared fan art (shown below, right), receiving over 2,300 upvotes, 21 comments and several Reddit awards.


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Duke Bruh
Duke Bruh

It's interesting to see how Pepe changed over the years.
It pulled a 360° in terms of memes,first used for the usual type,then became political,only to be posted everywhere and then back again with the usual stuff kind it started.


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Pepe and Doge both seem to be these perennial memes that go through phases and eras but never really die. Both are easily recognizable and can be adapted to all sorts of situations and convey all sorts of abstract emotions. Rather than being an actual frog or dog, they act as representatives of "X person in Y scenario". Both of them each have a set of loose character traits but both also have numerous variants that modify the sort of person they're representing (Helper Pepe or Young Doge for example).

It's really cool how these characters take on lives of their own without any specific author constructing them. Sure, Pepe has a creator, but Pepe evolved out of his control a long time ago.


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