Pepe Punch meme Punching Pepe the Frog

Pepe Punch

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Updated Jun 23, 2020 at 11:54AM EDT by Matt.

Added Jun 22, 2020 at 01:47PM EDT by Zach.

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Pepe Punch, also known as Punching Pepe, is a depiction of Pepe the Frog winding up a punch aimed at the screen from the perspective of the person viewing the image. The face of Pepe in this version also features the use of Smug Frog and shares similarities to Welcome To The Family, Son redraws featuring the character. Typically, memes using this Pepe variant revolve around him punching either the screen or the subject of the caption/creator. As a reaction image, Pepe Punch is often used in comments as a way to imply punching the original poster.


The image used for Pepe Punch combines the Smug Frog version with an image of the character Vegeta from Dragon Ball rearing back a punch with his hand outstretched towards the perspective of the screen (Vegeta shown below, left). The oldest known archived post containing Smug Frog was posted to 4chan[1] on June 2nd, 2011 to the /tv/ board. Pepe Punch also shares many similarities to variants of the Welcome To The Family, Son meme, where Pepe appears in some of the earliest parodies of the scene on 4chan[7][8] in July 2016 (seen below, right).


The exact first instance of Pepe Punch is unknown, but it can be seen in use on 4chan[2] as early as 2018. On August 13th, 2018, an anonymous user posted the image to the /biz/ board (shown below) alongside the caption “Yes, I hope you don't actually take /biz/ seriously. If you do, than this punch is for you.”


On November 1st, 2019, an anonymous 4chan[3] user uploaded the image to the site’s /pol/ board with the caption “Hello fed department” (seen below).

View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO Trace a 95DD4168-87F4-4515-AEBD-502C5B61 (...).jpg, 96KIB, 1237x687 AnonymouS ID:v7FOCOLd Fri 01 Nov 2019 18:03:09 No.231820879 E Quoted By: >>231821417 Hello fed department

On November 8th, 2019, DeviantArt[4] user HWANKO uploaded an illustrated version of the meme to the site (shown below) under the title “One Punch PEPE.”

On December 7th, 2019, Redditor[5] brefbee posted a meme using the image of Pepe punching to the r/MinecraftMemes subreddit (seen below), receiving over 6,500 upvotes and 53 comments.

The last thing the first tree in my Minecraft world sees

On January 16th, 2020, Twitter[6] user Mattmaaan replied to a video with the image and the caption “Me: WHAT DO YOU WANT ???!! Her: AnYtHiNG.” The tweet (shown below) received over 1,600 likes and 161 comments.

Various Examples

POV: you're my switch after I get 3-stocked out of elite smash made with mematic What my screen sees before it's broken

Hello Pepe Hello Star Platinum from from boy's club BIZARRE ADVENTURE IT IS TIΜΕ ΤΟ GO. Was I a good meme Neither were you NO. Planet comedy, populationame Me: Hmm the wifi seems slow let me just run a speed test PING ms DOWNLOAD Mbps UPLOAD Mbps 954 0.34 0.12 The last thing the router sees:

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External References

[1] 4chan – /tv/

[2] 4chan – /biz/

[3] 4chan – /pol/

[4] DeviantArt – hwanko

[5] Reddit – r/MinecraftMemes

[6] Twitter – Mattmaaan

[7] 4chan – /v/

[8] 4chan – /r9k/

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