Ropemaxxing meaning and memes.


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Ropemaxxing, or Ropemaxx, is a "-maxxing" slang term that suggests a satirical opposite to "Looksmaxxing" which is committing suicide. The term suggests if one cannot looksmaxx, as in become attractive, then one should ropemaxx instead. The term seemingly originates from 4chan's /fit/ board, starting as early as 2018. In the 2020s, specifically in 2023, Ropemaxxing memes became commonplace on TikTok inspired by the Looksmaxxing TikTok trend and other ironic memes about Lookism and its techniques.


Currently, the earliest known usage of the term "ropemaxxing" or "ropemaxx" was posted by a 4chan user to /fit/[1] on August 18th, 2018, who wrote, "Grip strength is highly heritable and basically if you have natty shit grip strength you are incel genetic trash and should ropemaxx, gymceling your grip is cope." The post received four quotes in the thread before being archived.

Anonymous Sat 18 Aug 2018 16:17:02 No.47313172 Quoted By: >>47313186 >>47316568 >>47318083 >>47318278 >>47313158 Grip strength is highly heritable and basically if you have natty s--- grip strength you are incel genetic trash and should ropemaxx, gymceling your grip is cope


"Ropemaxxing" was used for the first time on Twitter / X in July 2019, via a non-viral reply posted by X[2] user @capturinggnon. During the same timeframe, the term spread across 4chan. The spread predominantly started in 2020, evident in a post on /pol/ [3] in January 2020. On August 6th, 2021, a thread was started on /adv/[4] about Ropemaxxing and other variants of "-maxxing" words (shown below).

29KiB, 238x211, f.jpg View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO Trace ↓ How to cope with still being a khhv in my 20s? Anonymous Fri 06 Aug 2021 05:46:43 No.24696579 View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>24696699 >>24697625 >>24696590 Or take the final blackpill. Faggotmaxxing. Anonymous Fri 06 Aug 2021 05:49:41 No.24696590 Report Quoted By: >>24696677 >>24696688 >>24696689 >>24697237 Moneymaxxing, friendsmaxxing, hobbymaxxing, fitnessmaxxing or ropemaxxing. These are your only choices Anonymous Fri 06 Aug 2021 06:13:47 No.24696677 Report Quoted By: >>24696689 >>24696707 >>24698566 >>24696590 what's ropemaxxing? why doesn't a girl like me for who i am? Anonymous Fri 06 Aug 2021 06:17:32 No.24696688 Report Quoted By: >>24696693 [25/3/11] Anonymous Fri 06 Aug 2021 06:17:43 No.24696689 Report >>24696677 >whats ropemaxxing Rope ---> neck >why dont girls like me Have you tried looking at yourself to see if you're unlikable or uninteresting? If either of these are the case, see>>24696590

In 2023, the term earned mainstream traction following its virality on TikTok. However, as of November 15th, 2023, the terms "ropemaxx" and "ropemaxxing" have been banned by TikTok, meaning when the words are searched a suicide hotline number is given to the user.

However, reposts of Ropemaxxing TikToks surfaced on YouTube in mid-2023, such as a video posted to YouTube[5] August 5th, 2023, which was originally from TikToker @fabarnis (shown below, left). On August 30th, 2023, a TikTok was reposted by YouTuber[6] @Meninfluencer who referenced Canthal Tilt, gaining over 11,000 views, in three months (shown below, right).

During the same timeframe, in August 2023, definitions for "Ropemaxxing" started to appear on Urban Dictionary. [7]

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[1] 4chan (via desuarchive) – /fit/

[2] X – @capturinggnon

[3] 4chan (via 4plebs) – /pol/

[4] 4chan (via 4plebs) – /adv/

[5] YouTube – It was over before it began

[6] YouTube – So over for me

[7] Urban Dictionary – Ropemaxxing

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