Racist Zoro / Minority Hunter Zoro

Racist Zoro / Minority Hunter Zoro

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About

Racist Zoro, also known as "Minority Hunter Zoro" is a meme in the One Piece fandom which portrays the long-term character Roronoa Zoro, as a closet racist who loves fighting and slaying the dark-skinned or black coded characters he encounters. This is due to Zoro's major opponents throughout the series being almost exclusively dark-skinned, and due to other trivial facts about Zoro himself, such as his would-be job in the real world being a police officer and his favorite food being white rice, while his least favorite being chocolate.

Origin

One of the first mentions of Zoro being racist can be traced to 4chan, on the Anime & Manga board /a/, where on February 23rd, 2021, an anonymous user posted a manga panel in which Zoro refers to Fishman character Arlong as a "darn, dirty half-fish" (shown, below).[1]


what the main characters think a (...).jpg, 67KiB, 710x394 YOUR DIRTY HALF 111 Anonymous Tue 23 Feb 2021 08:31:06 No.216918855 Quoted By: >>216918899 >>216918912 >>216918972 >>216919084 is zoro racist towards fishman race? YOU DARN, DIRTY HALF- FISH !!! 1/1

The meme itself originated on October 1st, 2021, with the earliest examples of them being mentioned on both /a/ and Reddit. On /a/, an anonymous user called Zoro a racist once again for his insult towards Arlong (shown below).[2]


zoro hate fish.jpg, 107KiB, 981x416 PARA DIRTY AMA & YOUP 100, 34 1000s Anonymous Fri 01 Oct 2021 16:33:26 No.228890035 Quoted By: >>228890076 >>228890321 Zoro is a racist you DARN, DIRTY HALF- FISH !!! 2 I TOLD YOU, I'M LOOKING FOR A WOMAN

In the same thread, the anonymous user posted a collage of Zoro's oppents consisting mainly of dark-skinned and black coded characters (shown below, left) and posting Zoro's would-be real job in the real world: Police Officer (shown below, right).


** C Mowe H REIISH GRECIIAGZZ 80 OP K ONE PIECE THE S GOES YOU TU AniSearch.de Firefighter Graphic Designer Cabin Attendant Police Officer Beauty Salon Worker Pilot Childcare Worker Elementary School Teacher Detective

On the same day, on the subreddit r/OnePiece, user Leonboi64 made a thread titled "Zoro is racist", giving credit to Twitter and Worstgen user wraithery.[3] Although given credit, there is no online post or comment on wraithery's profiles about Zoro being racist.[4][5] The Reddit thread, going on great lengths to showcase Zoro's racism (in a clearly humorous and ironic way), received over 16,400 points in 11 months (shown below).


SPOILER Zoro is racist Theory Leonboi64. OOO credit to wraithery Zoro always fights the black people MICHEAL JACKSON? 88 RACIALLY MOTIVATED HMMMM IT'S NOT A THEORY ANYMORE ZKK? DO Y'ALL REMEMBER IN WATER 7? IN WATER 7, WHO WAS ZORO TRYING TO KICK OFF THE CREW?? r/OnePiece MORE LIKE KKK M. 357d HE EVEN FOUGHT ALL THOSE BABOONS WITH NO REMORSE DURING THE TIMESKIP I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS MIHAWK WAS CHASING GIN??? IS THIS HOW YOU GET BLACK BLADES BY KILLING BLACK PEOPLE? PEOPLE NEVER THOUGHT IT WAS WEIRD THAT ZORO HATES BLACK LEG SANJI??? HE HAD NO REMORSE FOR MRS MONDAY BUT HE JUMPS INFRONT OF SWORD SLASHES FOR OTHERS? HE WASN'T A FAN OF AFRO LUFFY???? ZORO EVEN DITCHED SHUSUI BECAUSE IT WAS BLACK? 8 L IT WAS NOT A COINCIDENCE THAT THE CHAPTER WHERE ZORO DEFEATS PICA IT WAS BLACK HISTORY MONTH??? ODA EVEN SAID HE WOULD BE A POLICE OFFICER IN REAL LIFE!!!! Firefighter Graphic Designer Cabin Attendant HE USED THAT SWORD FOR 2 YEARS AND JUST REPLACED IT INSTANTLY Police Officer TLDR: I LOVE ZORO BUT USSOP NEED TO WATCH HIS BACK HIS FAVORITE SWORD IS WHITE???? NOBODY GOING TO QUESTION THIS?? Beauty Salon Worker Pilot 16.4k Join Police Officer I PROBABLY MISSED A BUNCH OF RACIST MOMENTS EVEN THIS DUDE IS A MENACE!!! Wome + OO/S F T OBNGI Childcare Worker Elementary School Teacher Detective Salon Worker 2 1.3k

Still on October 1st, Brago D. Ace also commented and humorously talked about it with his YouTube chat in a live video titled "Zoro has CHANGED In my Eyes".[16] The video received over 47,000 views and 2,000 likes in one year. (shown, below).



Spread

The meme caught traction on YouTube, with several content creators finding out about it and sharing it with their followers. On October 7th, 2021, That One Piece Talk uploaded a video called "Did Oda MAKE Zoro a Racist?".[6] The podcast joked about Zoro's racism, mentioning mostly the points brought up in Leonboi64's thread. The video received over 7,800 views and 234 likes in 11 months



On October 14th, 2021, Twitch streamer and YouTuber Blank Thoughts uploaded a video titled "ZORO Is A Racist CONFIRMED??!!!", receiving over 47,500 views and 1,900 likes in 11 months.[7]



On January 11th, 2022, YouTuber chrisdlln uploaded "Is Zoro from One Piece racist?!", garnering over 50,600 views and 2,200 likes in 8 months (shown below, left).[8] Part 2 was uploaded 3 days later on January 14th, which received over 15,900 views and 835 likes (shown below, right).[9]



On January 26th, 2022, Eustassunlucky uploaded a video titled "Why zoro is racist 100% not even imo", which received over 1,074,000 views and 94,000 likes in 7 months (shown below, left).[10] On April 12th, 2022, Eustassunlucky uploaded a video on the same topic titled "ZORO IS RACIST (completed timeline)", which received over 134,000 views and 11,000 likes in 5 months (shown below, right).[11]



On August 2nd, 2022, Imsadil Skits uploaded a video titled "Racist Anime Characters" featuring Frieza from the Dragon Ball series, Tobirama Senju from Naruto and finally Zoro, mentioning the nickname "Minority Hunter". The video received over 14,100 views and 985 likes in one month.[12]



On August 26th, 2022, YouTuber Mykal Davis included a Racist Zoro segment in his video about Black Frieza titled "Black Frieza Is A True N*gga", which received over 790,000 views and 55,000 likes in 4 weeks.[13]



On TikTok

On June 25th, 2022, TikToker @zorosimpedits posted a video captioned "The minority hunter", which received over 227,000 views and 28,800 likes (shown below, left).[14] On August 26th, 2022, @gokublackkai10 posted a video about Zoro being racist, which received over 391,000 views and 96,700 likes in 4 weeks (shown below, right).[15]


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7113001473750961414
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7136267803996196138

Various Examples


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https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7133683989126073642
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7129330887413501230

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Top Comments

J. The Perverted Summoner
J. The Perverted Summoner Moderator

in reply to Quiet_boi

I mean, to me personally, the funniest thing about this meme was black anime fans discovering it, finding it funny and popularizing it themselves via YouTube. I found the videos hilarious. That's the entire "Spread" section of the entry

I'd say out of all websites, 4chan is the one that had the least impact on this meme, other than being a possible origin of the discussion. But even then, /a/ didn't exactly make any memes about it until it reached Reddit

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