Trans People Can Double Jump meme example depicting the celeste double jump.

Trans People Can Double Jump

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Updated Mar 30, 2023 at 03:11PM EDT by Zach.

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Trans People Can Double Jump is a catchphrase that developed out of the fandom for the video game Celeste after a Redditor made a Wow Cool Robot meme that implied the true "point" of Celeste was that "trans people can double jump," considering the game's protagonist, Madeleine, is canonically transgender. After being shared in late 2021, the phrase then spread among the trans community as it was referenced in numerous other memes over the following years.


On October 2nd, 2021, Redditor Meylody posted a "Wow, Cool Robot" edit to the /r/gamingcirclejerk[1] sub that joked gamers missed the true point of Celeste, which is that "trans people can double jump." The post gained over 13,000 points in 18 months (shown below).

CELESTE trans people can double jump mental health issues must be taken seriously and every step you take in your life to get better matters


The catchphrase spread in the Celeste fandom and became a joke in the trans community. On January 18th, 2022, Twitter user @fleshbeast[3] joked that "Doomguy" was also trans because he could double jump, gaining over 20 retweets and 150 likes in a year (shown below, left). On January 20th, user @ComfyBasilisk[4] then quipped that the real lesson of Celeste was that trans people could directionally air dash, gaining over 120 retweets and 290 likes in a similar timeframe (shown below, right).

IT APPROACHES. @fleshbeast ... if trans people can double jump, and doomguy can double jump in doom eternal, then we can only conclude... 6:38 AM Jan 18, 2022 Ada Basilisk, & VTuber @ComfyBasilisk ... i know we've all had a lot of fun pointing to celeste as like, proof that trans people can double jump. but it's not true, and it never was, and it's kind of a gross misrepresentation. celeste is proof that trans people have a directional air dash. it's not the same 12:11 AM Jan 20, 2022

The catchphrase also extended to other fandoms and identities, with people claiming that certain identities have video game powers. On February 10th, 2023, Tumblr user vixivulpixel[2] posted an edit to the original image that added Pizza Tower, gaining over 15,000 notes in one month (shown below, left). On March 1st, Twitter user @fenneon_sarah[5] posted a picture joking that Madeleine and Bridget from Guilty Gear were making fun of her because she, a trans woman, couldn't double jump (shown below, right).

CELESTE TOWER People with anxiety can climb perpendicular walls with their bare hands Trans women can double jump and trans men can dash super fast and break blocks Sarah Is Playing Genshin Again, Oh No @fenneon_sarah Madeline Celeste and Bridget Guilty Gear making fun of me (I'm a trans girl who can't double jump) Depositphotos- depositphotos depositphotos 6:03 AM Mar 1, 2023 depositphotos depositphotos depositphotos : de

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This will make a fine addition to my collection, Trans people can: Double Jump Wall Run Wall Run CELESTE trans people can double jump mental health issues must be taken seriously and every step you take in your life to get better matters In loving memory of Madeline (trans people cant double jump) 1932-2019 You are trans because you want to be another gender, I am trans because I want to double jump, We are not the same -is Brazilian -can double jump -is trans -can double jump do Brazilian trans people triple jump (extra jumps are additive) or quadruple jump (double double = 2 * 2 = 4) Trans women }}} Can double jump and climb walls

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External References

[1] Reddit – /r/gamingcirclejerk

[2] Tumblr – vixivulpixel

[3] Twitter – fleshbeast

[4] Twitter – comfybasilisk

[5] Twitter – fenneon_sarah

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in reply to Z_2

Madeline strongly resembles the developer who is trans. It's not hard to fill in the blanks from there.

I'm honestly glad they made an allegory with instead of trying to beat people over the head with it.


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