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Physiognomy is the practice of assessing the disposition or moral character of a person by analyzing their face and general appearance. Physiognomy was prevalent among Ancient Greek philosophers and was briefly revived in the 18th century. In meme culture, early references to the practice emerged from 4chan in 2010. After 2019, the phrase "physiognomy check" became a way for practitioners to call for an analysis of a person's appearance. Physiognomy as a means to characterize people's personalities is generally understood to be a pseudoscientific practice like astrology.


Early discussions about physiognomy on 4chan took place on the /tg/ boards, prominent among tabletop RPG players. A November 2010 thread discussed physiognomy and phrenology, two aspects of traditional Victorian-era criminology (seen below).[1]

Ind. Event uality Locality/ Size Form TURN (reiglin Tine Benevolence bleness, Comparison Causality Agreen- Languago Imitation thfulness Tune Color Order Calculation Veneration Spiritu- ality Ideality Constructiveness Поре Sublimity uisitiveness Firmness Alimentive- ness Conscien- tiousness Cautiousness Secretiveness Destrucveness E. Approbativeness Self-Esteem Svitative- nest Combativeness Amativeness Friendship nuity Conti- por Adhesiveness infuo Inhabitiveness Parental Love View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO Trace phrenology.jpg, 56KiB, 468x477 >1. AMATIVENESS.- Connubial love; attachment of the sexes to each other; adapted to the continuance of the race. Excess: Licentiousness and obscenity. Deficiency: The want of affection, and indifference toward, the opposite sex. Anonymous Fri 19 Nov 2010 12:52:57 No.12855103 Report Quoted By: >>12855117 >>12855137 >>12855038 >Feel that area of my head >huge depression >so ronery I'm a believer. Anonymous Fri 19 Nov 2010 12:54:57 No.12855117 Quoted By: >>12855146 >>12855245 >>12855103 Bet you believe in horoscopes too. Have some Snake Oil a cousin of mine makes to cure all your ills if you want. Anonymous Fri 19 Nov 2010 12:57:57 No.12855146 >>12855117 No, horoscopes are pure shit. What, I have to believe celestial bodies have an influence on my life to think that my own physiognomy might reflect my character?

Another early 4chan thread in /tv/ from December 2012 discusses physiognomy as portrayed in media, where good guys are "Kevin Klein underwear models" and all villains are ugly (seen below, left).[2] Another thread from June 2013 discussed "Keanu Reeves" as his apparent physiognomical disposition toward being an actor (seen below, right).[3]

114KiB, 960x720, 1b37y.jpg View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO Trace Anonymous Wed 26 Dec 2012 17:25:25 No.28389950 View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>28390055>>28390102 [168 / 33] >>28390144 >>28390182 >>28390225 >>28391541 >>28392616 >Show is set in the past >People have perfectly straight white teeth Inaccurate shit that bugs you in movies general. Anonymous Wed 26 Dec 2012 17:55:13 No.28390656 Report Quoted By: >>28390737 >>28391055 >good guys are always kevin klein underwear models Anonymous Wed 26 Dec 2012 18:10:40 No.28391055 Report >>28390656 There is a word for this and it's called physiognomy. It's also why all villains are ugly. 20KiB, 401x271, k.jpg View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO ↓ Keanu Reeves Trace and both of them choose acting as their profession. Anonymous Mon 24 Jun 2013 11:41:25 No.12879435 View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>12879741 Physiognomy is the mystical art of assessment of a person's character or personality through the outer appearance, master in physiognomy can even predict the life and fate of a person. The best evidence for physiognomy is Paul Monnet and Keanu Reeves. They both have the same outer appearance, Anonymous Mon 24 Jun 2013 11:46:57 No.12879459 nice, more examples? [3/1] Report Anonymous Mon 24 Jun 2013 13:14:53 No.12879741 Report >>12879435 I'd sooner believe Keanu is Paul than the Physiognomy is a legit science. There are way too many factors that influence appearance for there to be anything more to Physiognomy than correlation, ie attractive people are more likely to be leading men and ladies, odd looking people are more likely to be comedians, just follow the entertainer theme. It's simply because that's what works, not that the physical appearance is some kind of tell as to the personality and/or fate of a person. People are more likely to believe a hero/heroine role if the person is sexy, and people are more likely to laugh at someone who is already kind of funny looking, etc.

Physiognomy Check

The earliest known use of the phrase "physiognomy check," which is the practice of evaluating someone's appearance and coming to conclusions about their personality or character, was a November 2019 4chan post in /pol/ (seen below, left).[4] A thread from April 2020 contained a comment pitting "peer-reviewed studies" against "physiognomy checks" (seen below, right).[5]

I 201KiB, 1792x1073, 3755E823-1448-4560- B5CB-126B5355639C.jpg View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO Trace >MOSSAD AT ASU MOSSAD AT ASU >MOSSAD AT ASU MOSSAD AT ASU >MOSSAD AT ASU MOSSAD AGENT AT DAN CRENSHAW EVENT [48/13/37] Anonymous ID: 4kzLJh9/ Fri 08 Nov 2019 17:12:38 No.232559942 View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>232560367 >>232560731 >>232560848 >>232559942 >Physiognomy check: Failed >>232561019 >>232561238 >>232562073 >>232562179 >>232562542 >>232562742 >>232563421 >>232566449 >>232567131 >>232568962 /1192897183613362176 THIS IS NOT A DRILL. MOSSAD AGENT SPOTTED AT ASU DAN CRENSHAW EVENT. adm_froan Woow israel 11w Reply adm_froan Iloveyou israel 11w Reply adm_froan Iloveyou israel 11w Reply Qû 227 likes View Same Google iqdb Sauce NAO Trace Annotation 2019-11-08 161053.jpg, 141KiB, 1114x808 Anonymous ID:Q3vby0NM Fri 08 Nov 2019 17:38:11 No.232562073 Quoted By: >>232562570 >>232569525 n Report 175KiB, 800x800, vaush.jpg View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO Trace View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO Trace Vaush thread Anonymous ID: aZFNemku Sun 12 [66/15/46] Apr 2020 02:01:42 No.253092123 View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>253092213 >>253092346 >>253092564 >>253092576 >>253092763 >>253093172 >>253093293 >>253093405 >>253093420 >>253093760 >>253094256 >>253094271 >>253094774 >>253094815 >>253094875 >>253095173 >>253095952 >>253096677 >>253096973 >>253097105 >>253099315 >BTFOs pol on every subject >debunks race realism >debates and proves socialist policy is the best options for the world >destroys every alt right incel on his stream with his indestructible rhetorical skills Face it pol he is winning the culture war for the left 66f.jpg, 156KiB, 1242x1394 Anonymous ID: Ald0JKki Sun 12 Apr 2020 02:23:07 No.253093895 Quoted By: >>253097381 >>253093686 the virgin "peer-reviewed study" vs the CHAD PHYSIOGNOMY CHECK Report

The phrase "physiognomy check" also became popularized on Twitter after 2019, often as a way to see if a person's facial features line up with the checker's perception of them.[6][7]


In 2021, the word "physiognomy" continued to be used on popular social media, sometimes with or without the added element of analyzing a person's personality or character.

On April 26th, 2021, Twitter[9] user @offtheraiIs posted a video of Chet Hanks "physiognomy checking" a journalist that wrote a critical article about White Boy Summer (seen below, left). On September 3rd, Twitter[8] user @oldstocky posted an image of Twin Peaks actress Mädchen Amick, saying "You can just tell this is a very late 80s/early 90s physiognomy, do women still look like this?" The tweet gathered over 4,000 likes (seen below, right).

WE4 @offtheraiIs Chet physiognomy checks a journo Chet Hanks physiognomy checks a journalist 5:38 PM Apr 26, 2021 Tik Tok @robertusnilssonus 235 Retweets 85 Quotes 2,372 Likes 108 Bookmarks : ol' stocky @oldstocky Sep 3, 2021 You can just tell this is a very late 80s/early 90s physiognomy, do women still look like this?

On February 13th, 2022, Twitter[10] user @DejaRu22 posted a tweet saying basketball player Andrei Kirilenko had a "rare medieval physiognomy," gathering over 4,800 likes in a year (seen below, left). On April 22nd, 2023, Twitter[11] user @JoshRainerGold posted a screengrab from The Princess Bride saying "You know exactly what’s going on here," gathering over 6,000 likes in three days (seen below, right).

DR22 @DejaRu22 Read Pinned Tweet Rare physiognomy. You don't see too many medieval faces anymore. Bro look like he worked in the fields or maybe in the lower ranks within the castle. Mink Flow @currypistonn. Feb 12, 2022 AK-47 is still one of the hardest nicknames in NBA history Show this thread 5:36 PM. Feb 13, 2022 BROOKLYN 47 Joshua Rainer @Josh RainerGold Everyone inherently understands physiognomy. It's the only way cinema could ever exist. You know exactly what's going on here. 3:22 PM. Apr 22, 2023 559.7K Views 551 Retweets 42 Quotes 6,533 Likes 672 Bookmarks

Various Examples

thot choc @shreyabasu003 meghan trainor has republican physiognomy 9:49 PM Nov 22, 2022 460 Retweets 45 Quotes 14.4K Likes 260 Bookmarks Physiognomy Chad Hominem Ignoring the argument completely Bro psychology Appeal to Æsop Ad patronum refuting the central point refutation counterargument Refuting the Meta point Why are you advocating for unprincipled exceptions? contradiction responding to tone, Ugly people are wrong. Interesting thesis. 1RM Bench? ad hominem name-calling Ok, cool You complain a lot. Daddy issues? Scorpions never change their nature. Did George Soros pay you to say that? explicitly refutes the central point finds the mistake and explains why it's mistaken using quotes contradicts and then backs it up with reasoning and/or supporting evidence states the opposing case with little or no supporting evidence criticizes the tone of the writing without addressing the substance of the argument attacks the characteristics or authority of the writer without addressing the substance of the argument sounds something like, "You are an ass hat." The Chad "Forward Posture" EXIT "No dude sorry I forgot about that" Maintains strong eye contact Gives honest, sincere answers OUCH! VS. "every day I think about joe Rogan" The Virgin "Sloucher" Can't maintain eye contact Asks loaded, insincere questions Weak physiognomy "Dude c'mon be real with me for a second" can't explain it but she has the white girl in cookie monster pajama pants physiognomy AUTORIC PERIBIL THE CRONIE Udtamom CAN'T WE SETTLE THIS OVER A PHYSIOGNOMY CHECK? tender macaque @ShitheadOnline every school had this fellow... the affable jokester physiognomy

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External References

[1] 4chan Archive – /tg/

[2] 4chan Archive – /tv/

[3] 4chan Archive – /x/

[4]  4chan Archive – /pol/

[5] 4chan Archive – /pol/

[6] Twitter – janeygak

[7] Twitter – DngerousFreedom

[8] Twitter – oldstocky

[9] Twitter – offtheraiIs

[10] Twitter – DejaRu22

[11] Twitter – JoshRainerGold

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