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Pirateposting, also known as Pirate Posting, refers to a genre of shitposting and memes that add pirate words and phrases to pre-existing, exploitable meme templates, recaptioning the text with pirate slang such as "landlubber," "seas," "ahoy," "scurvy," "scallywag," "plunder" "booty" and "matey," among others. The memes also inserted pirate imagery like hats, skulls and eyepatches. Memes similar to pirate-posting were posted online as early as 2020, however, the trend became more notable on Instagram in 2022, and a year later, went even more viral on Twitter in early 2023, predominantly due to the gimmick account on Twitter @pirate_posting. Pirate-posting also surfaced on iFunny. The trend was inspired by TikTok's Pirate Irony as well as Alien-posting and Wizard-posting.


Although pirate-posting became a notable meme trend in early 2023, meme templates that were re-edited with pirate imagery and pirate slang were shared prior to 2023. For instance, an early example was shared by iFunnyer[1] @frog on November 27th, 2020, which used the Average Fan vs. Average Enjoyer template, gaining over 80 smiles in three years ( shown below, left). On February 6th, 2022, iFunnyer[2] @Stompfme posted an exploited version of You Should Kill Yourself… Now! in which the text read, "You Should Walk The Plank… Now!" The post earned 12 smiles in one year (shown below, right). Both posts are currently the first discovered sharings of the images.

Average Landlubber Average Seaman @9gamma YOU SHOULD WALK THE PLANK NOW! A

On May 31st, 2022, Instagram[3] user @accidental_indie_memes posted a re-edited Would You Guys Still Like Me If I Became Emo? meme, instead saying, "Would You Guys Still Like Me If I Had Scurvy?" The post gained roughly 1,500 likes in one year (shown below, left). The meme then led to a similar iteration (shown below, right) that was first shared to iFunny[4] but later went viral on Instagram[5] in October 2022. The scurvy-related meme would go on to inspire pirate-posting memes on Twitter[6] in early 2023.

W ULD YOU LIKE ME IF I HAD SCURVY? 20 YS STILL ARG.. U PROBABLY WOULDNT.... WHATEVER...JUST FORGET IT... would you guys still like me if i HAD SCURVY ?... 28 ARRG... Uprobably wouldn't.... whatever... just forget it...


1700s Sea Shanties

Starting in 2018, memes about 1700s Sea Shanties surfaced online, predominantly using a GIF of a Pirate with a Radio (shown below, left). the satirical adoration of 1700s Sea Shanties spread to YouTube in 2018, eventually leading to more memes about Sea Shanties going into the 2020s.

me listening to modern pop music: arrr....... no good.... me listening to 1700s sea shanties: shiver me timbres!!!!!!!!!!!


In late 2022, pirate-posting spread to Reddit's /r/OkBuddyRetard [7] subreddit. In early 2023, pirate memes and pirate-posting became more commonplace on Instagram. For instance, on January 2nd, 2023, Instagram[8] user @trashcanpaul shared a meme that used the word "scallywags" gaining roughly 73,900 likes in four months (shown below, left). On February 16th, 2023, Instgram[9] user @_slavburger_ posted an exploited meme featuring Goku which received over 150 likes in three months (shown below, right). It is currently unknown if @_slavburger_ is the original creator. Reposts of it were made to iFunny[10] in late March.

normalize calling each other rambunctious Scallywags when we commit acts of tomfoolery heard ye be a landlubber me heartie i heard ye like to walk the plank me heartie So

Pirate Irony / There Be Treasure

On March 8th, 2023, TikToker[11] @nokia95015 posted a video that stemmed from their history of Gamblecore videos and instead made a Hood Irony adjacent video that used pirate visuals such as greenscreen silhouettes fighting, gold doubloons, treasure chests and a pirate ship sailing. The video also used many free-to-download sound effects such as a pirate shouting "There be treasure!" and the SpongeBob SquarePants rendition of the song "What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?"[12] Over the course of one month, the video gained roughly 436,500 plays and 99,800 likes (shown below).

@nokia95015 THEY'RE GETTING ABOARD THE SHIP LAD!!! πŸ΄β€β˜ οΈπŸ΄β€β˜ οΈπŸ΄β€β˜  #hoodirony #pirateirony #hoodlobotomy #fyp ♬ original sound – The KING πŸ‘‘

The aforementioned video started the Pirate Irony trend on TikTok, eventually leading to a tweet posted by Twitter[13] user @kickfliptomboys that humorously labeled the video as episode 30 of One Piece. The tweet earned cross-platform virality on iFunny[14] and eventually inspired the You Should Play X It's So Good / The Gameplay: trend.

@pirate_posting on Twitter

On April 18th, 2023, the Twitter[15] gimmick account @pirate_posting uploaded its first tweet. About an hour later, @pirate_posting uploaded a secondary tweet[16] that received roughly 1,000 likes in 15 days (shown below, left). The tweet called for pirate-posting submissions and the account, as a whole, was based on the alien-posting Twitter[17] account @alienpostingg. @pirate_posting soon went viral for pirate-posting memes. For instance, on April 18th, the account posted a tweet[18] that included an edited Boykisser meme, gaining roughly 1,000 likes in 15 days (shown below, right).

Pinned Tweet Pirate Posting @pirate_posting : Yo Ho and a bucket of barnacles! Send me yar submissions through me dms, and I'll be sure to feature ya'. With proper credit o' course... pirates would nevar steal. 12:42 PM . Apr 18, 2023 110.4K Views you like Plundering ships don't you N S 7

The account became increasingly viral in late April 2023, continuing to exploit recognizable templates. For instance, on April 20th, 2023, @pirate_posting posted a tweet[19] with a My Brother In Christ meme, gaining roughly 9,300 likes in 13 days (shown below, left). On April 21st, 2023, a tweet[20] was posted by @pirate_posting that included a Worst Person You Know Made a Great Point meme, gaining roughly 39,800 likes in 12 days (shown below, right).

Landlubbers BE LIKE Scurvy SUCKS Me matey, You T'were the lad whom Joined me crew Mutiny: The Worst Mate In Your Crew Made A Spot-On Point FEBRUARY 5, 1718

Starting on April 26th, 2023, many memes from @pirate_posting were reposted to iFunny[21][22] as well as to Instagram.[23]

Rules of the Pirate Code

Rules of the Pirate Code refers to a series of Pirateposting memes which list made-up humorous and wholesome rules from the pirate code. Spawned by a viral image macro, the format gained popularity online in September 2023 and shares similarities and style with the Edgy Skeletons format.



Alien-posting, also known as Alienposting, Green Alien-posting or Green Alien Animals, refers to edited and Photoshopped images of animals and meme characters made to look like green aliens with antennas who speak an incoherent language. The trend started in late 2022 when the alien dog Geeble was created, being an edited version of the Handheld Pupper photo. Then, Gnarp Gnarp surfaced: a green alien cat. Both images led to more animal photos being crudely-edited, including captions and text that read like an alien language, including many "eeb" and "orp" sounds, made to be nonsensical, using chaotic characters and foreign letters.

Pick a side: Alien-posting bf Pirate-posting gf A ble squeeble elb led 53 Greemish shloo Thlok Broookert I Vlup sceepy Shiv Skeep Schoolk ammipens glup dink. ZEEP GLORP? GLEEB MORP GRALP LACKA pre will be deemarp and zezaaaga gobatanito at the function when you plunder literally who your about how a addled you not built for these $SEAS son me and me crew this is ransacking just think that is E 10 MINUTES LATE TAND The ME AND THE Mate ucklers would you guys still like me if i HAD SCURVY ?.... 2

Various Examples

you not built for these $SEAS son ex Cabin boys BE LIKE 10 MINUTES LATER NO CANT STAND The ME AND THE Mateys Swashbucklers kdot ARR THIS BE SOME GREAT PLUNDERING BUT Hobe Stack | #290707177 po Adobe Stoc Adobe Stock ARRRR THOSE SCALLYWAGS ARR I CAN'T STAND THOSE SCALLYWAGS Beit really possible fer a landlubbin' and a scurvy sea lass dog to beswoonin' fer eachother? Pirates sessions like**** plundering ammon desivitas rickmeisglut I be drunk and a seadog. Blackbeard is me savior. Hardtack be me favorite. I wanna watch a plank walking. I like what be in the barrels. P-p-p-p-p-plunder is good. Yahoy! Lock me in the cellars. Curse me. Curse again. I be a ruffian scallywag and I have scurvy. AT royeq & s rbc

Search Interest

External References

[1] iFunny – @frog

[2] iFunny – @Stompfme

[3] Instagram – @accidental_indie_memes

[4] iFunny – @Rave_oli

[5] Instagram – @femboy.lifting

[6] Twitter – @pirate_posting

[7] Reddit – /r/okbuddyretard

[8] Instagram – @trashcanpaul

[9] Instagram – @_slavburger_

[10] iFunny – @Nytris

[11] TikTok – @nokia95015

[12] YouTube – SpongeBob Production Music What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?

[13] Twitter – @kickfliptomboys

[14] iFunny – @ghoss

[15] Twitter – @pirate_posting

[16] Twitter – @pirate_posting

[17] Twitter – @alienpostingg

[18] Twitter – @pirate_posting

[19] Twitter – @pirate_posting

[20] Twitter – @pirate_posting

[21] iFunny – @HeavenAscensionDIO

[22] iFunny – @HeavenAscensionDIO

[23] Instagram – @geeler

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