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Smeel is an exploitable image series featuring illustrated depictions of characters from the Hasbro franchise My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (MLP: FiM) wearing a large grin on their face. Variations are frequently used as reaction images in a similar vein to Twiface.


On January 15th, 2012, an illustration of the character Rainbow Dash by MLP: FiM storyboard artist Sabrina Alberghetti[1] was uploaded to the MLP fanart site[2] (shown below, left). On February 11th, DeviantArtist PikachuX1000[3] uploaded a colored and vectored image of Rainbow Dash based on a cropped portion of Alberghetti's illustration (shown below, right).


That same day, PikachuX1000 uploaded several other edited versions featuring other MLP: FiM characters. The next day, a version featuring Princess Celestia was also created.[5] On November 6th, PikachuX1000 replied to a comment on the Rainbow Dash illustration, explaining that the word "smeel" is an alternate pronunciation of the word "smile".[3] On May 19th, 2012, a DeviantArt[8] group dedicated to the smeel exploitable was created, which gained over 90 members in the next three years.

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As of July 2015, the keyword "smeel" yields more than 920 results on DeviantArt[6] and upwards of 50 results on Derpibooru.[7]

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[1] DeviantArt – Sibsy

[2] Derpibooru – Original

[3] DeviantArt – Rainbow Dash SMEEL

[4] DeviantArt – Twilight Sparkle SMEEL

[5] DeviantArt – Celestia SMEEL

[6] DeviantArt – Smeel

[7] Derpibooru – Smeel

[8] DeviantArt – Smeel-Collection

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