Shoop Da Whoop

Shoop Da Whoop

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About

Shoop da Whoop, also known as I'M A' FIRIN' MAH LAZER!!, is an image macro and catchphrase series based on a frame from the anime series Dragon Ball Z of an edited, blackface depiction of the character Cell shooting a powerful laser stream.

Origin

On September 2nd, 1992, the Dragon Ball Z episode "Hour of Temptation" aired in Japan. In the episode, the character Cell fights Vageta and lets out a wide-mouthed scream (shown below, left).

While the origin of "Shoop da Whoop" is unknown, the website Encyclopedia Dramatica claims it originated from a flash animation called Syntax Error #2 posted in 4chan's /b/ board, which featured an image of the Dragonball Z character 'Cell' in blackface with the caption: "I'M A' FIRIN' MAH LAZER!!" (shown below, right). Sometimes, the phrase "I'M A' CHARGIN' MAH LAZER" is also used before the attack is unleashed.[1]


IMMA FIRIN' MAH LAZER



The earliest available version of the meme was posted by DeviantArt [2] art user CrabPope on October 19th, 2006 (shown below). Within 15 years, this image of Dragon Ball sprites edited for the meme received more than 9,000 views.


****** * * A *** IMMAH CHARGIN' MAH LAZER!) IMMAH FIRIN' MAH LAZER! SHOOP DA WHOOP

Spread

Over the next decade, variations of the meme spread from image macros to viral videos. On January 29th, 2007, YouTuber DominicFear (DFear Studios) uploaded the video THE LAZER COLLECTION, which popularized the Shoop da Whoop meme. The video reached more 11 million views before deletion (mirror below, left). Additional "Lazer Collection" videos were uploaded on YouTube, gaining more than 20 million views before deletion.

Inspired by "Lazer Collection," many other Youtubers jumped on the trend to make their own collections, usually reusing the "Curve – Hell above the water" soundtrack as an intro and tribute song (example below, right).



On December 21st, 2008, YouTuber Mannails published the video "Shoop da whoop." Within 13 years, the video received more than 3 million views (shown below).



Various Examples




Search Interest

External References

[1] Encyclopedia Dramatica – IMMA CHARGIN MAH LAZER (NSFW)

[2] DeviantArt – Chargin Mah Lazer Sprite

Recent Videos 105 total

Recent Images 251 total


Top Comments

BubbaLou
BubbaLou

The meme is so beyond “Dead”, it resurrected. It would have a white beard and wooden staff. Yet, despite the age of this meme, it is so real, it is beyond “Confirmed” – an integral part of the internet construct.

If you removed the charging and firing of lazors, the lack of power level would be so great, we might have to ask advice dog to help construct additional pylons.

All of which predate KYM. That’s a meme

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