Shocked Black Guy meme depicting a young man with his hands on his head, eyes open and mouth agape in shock.

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Updated Jun 15, 2023 at 09:36AM EDT by Philipp.

Added Sep 15, 2022 at 11:59AM EDT by Philipp.

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Shocked Black Guy or Surprised Black Guy is an image of comedian Jslutty making an expression of shock, bulging his eyes and holding his mouth agape and his hands behind his head. Starting in June 2022, the photo has been used as a reaction image meme on Twitter and Discord, as well as other sites or social media platforms, to express shock and surprise.


On November 17th, 2020, YouTuber[1] FunnyMike uploaded a drama video titled "AALIYAH WROTE JAY AN APOLOGY LETTER📃& MARK WANT DESIREE AND HANNAH!😱" In the video, fellow YouTuber Jslutty makes a shocked expression, folding his arms behind his head, bulging his eyes and keeping his mouth agape (appears at 4:32 mark; shown below).

The image has been used online as a reaction, usually to express shock or for memes imagining someone being shocked, at least since June 2022. For example, on June 27th, 2022, Twitter[2] user @inimloom1 used the image as a reaction to another tweet, marking the earliest found use of the image on Twitter (image shown below, left; alternative crop shown below, right).

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Posts containing the image started going viral on Twitter in late July 2022 as usage of the image increased. For example, on July 22nd, 2022, Twitter[3] user @wakeupkaii posted the image, captioning it, "my shampoo bottles hearing the comebacks i made up in the shower." The tweet gained over 39 retweets and 610 retweets in two months (shown below, left). On July 27th, Twitter[4] user @kkengou used the image to mock Taz mains in the multiplayer video game Multiversus, with the tweet gaining over 540 likes in a similar timeframe (shown below, center). On August 21st, Twitter[5] user @Based5656 used the image to poke fun at another user's reaction to a street in Japan. The tweet received over 190 retweets and 11,700 likes in one month (shown below, right).

CHRIS @morechriis. Jul 22 idc if the argument was 4 weeks ago if i find out new information im comin back for round 2 k 212 Hour Retweeted @wakeupkaii 16.2K 99K Replying to @morechriis my shampoo bottles hearing the comebacks i made up in the shower 12:42 PM. Jul 22, 2022 Twitter for iPhone DOC @backendoc · Jul 27 NOOOO THEY NERFED TAZ 22 61 115 KENGOU * @kkenngou 2,879 Replying to @backendoc Doc when he realizes he has to do actual combos and cant spam the tornado move 2:57 PM Jul 27, 2022. Twitter for iPhone kamakaiba : Selim @MangakaSelim Aug 21 why does the streets look so anime? 908 Based @Based5656 19,406 60.8K 5:52 PM. Aug 21, 2022 Twitter for iPhone Tik Tok @omi_kim ↑ Replying to @MangakaSelim Pov: twitter user MangakaSelin learns that Japan is a real country

In August and September 2022, the image saw continued use online as a reaction and an image caption format.

Shocked Miles Morales

Shocked Miles Morales or Surprised Miles Morales is a viral redraw of the Shocked Black Guy meme featuring the character Miles Morales from the 2018 film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and its 2023 sequel Across the Spider-Verse. Posted by artist @raflizi26 in early June 2023, the image achieved virality as a reaction on social media in the following weeks.

■ @raflizi26 Lex @MrTLexify me when I see the Origins WR get beat for the billionth time by 0.35 seconds Dank Slushie @DankSlushie . Jun 7 I beat the bo2 origins world record! Show this thread Graflizi26

Various Examples

UDON'T CARE!! KYS J @lfuckingc me watching captain israel murder an arab child within the first 15 minutes of the movie + DiscussingFilm @DiscussingFilm - Sep 10 Shira Haas has been cast as Israeli superheroine Sabra in 'CAPTAIN AMERICA NEW WORLD ORDER'. #D23Expo MARVEL STUDIOS CAPTAIN AMERICA NEW WORLD ORDER 4:54 PM - Sep 10, 2022 Twitter for iPhone

S The Sun @TheSun Jul 31, 2020 This is how hot the UK is right now #heatwave 20:54 Lug 16.7K @LugTheClown 1 98.9K 58.5K 8:33 PM Aug 29, 2022 Twitter for iPad Sün T₁ Replying to @TheSun british people when their ice cream melts because they held it under the sun for 20 minutes instead of f------ eating it Alexander The Vegito King | @Revival OfPotara This pic always kills me because what the f--- HAPPENED for bro to make this expression 4:22 AM. Aug 21, 2022 · Twitter for Android : sonikku @kaitoujoka sonic fans when you say to them that there are people who enjoy sonic 2006 and sonic forces 6:03 PM Jul 20, 2022 Twitter for iPhone


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External References

[1] YouTube – FunnyMike

[2] Twitter – @inimloom1

[3] Twitter – @wakeupkaii

[4] Twitter – @kkenngou

[5] Twitter – @Based5656

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