Wifejak meme format depicting a female wojak character with red hair and a grey shirt.

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Wifejak, sometimes misspelled Wifejack, is a Wojak variant depicted as a woman with long red hair, a grey sweater, a necklace and freckles that's typically used in memes to portray a stereotypical wife. The character was designed by Redditor u/AvaSpelledBackwards in 2021 and was first used as a meme alongside a caption representing the stereotypical wife as early as July 2022 on X / Twitter, becoming notably popularized on the site in April 2024. Around this same timeframe, another Wojak variant styled as the partner of Wifejak and representative of stereotypical husband behaviors known as "Husbandjak" emerged.

Origin

On January 7th, 2021, Redditor u/AvaSpelledBackwards posted a custom Wojak character based on herself to /r/WojakDrawings,[1] writing, "Haven’t drawn in a while so I figured a wojak of myself could be a fun little project," garnering around 15 upvotes in three years. She reposted it to /r/WojakTemplate[2] the next day, garnering around 50 upvotes in the same span of time.

While the first known use of the character as "wifejak" is unclear, the earliest known example was posted by X[3] user @PaulSkallas on July 17th, 2022. On that day, they posted the image of Wifejak under the caption, "Where are we going this weekend?" meant to represent a typical question that a wife might ask, garnering over 360 likes in two years (shown below).


LindyMan @PaulSkallas "Where are we going this weekend?" 1:31 PM Jul 17, 2022

Spread

The same X user, @PaulSkallas, posted several more examples of the Wifejak meme to X[4][5] between 2022 and 2023, with the format gaining viral spread in 2024. On April 10th, 2024, X[6] user @cimmerian_v posted the meme, writing, “I just threw 30 cardboard boxes into the garage," garnering over 730 likes in a day (shown below, left). Later that day, X[7] user @PlatosGooncave posted a version of the meme that garnered over 630 likes in a day (shown below, right).


Cimmerian Pervert @cimmerian_v "I just threw 30 cardboard boxes into the garage." 12:54 PM - Apr 10, 2024 41.9K Views Plato's Gooncave @PlatosGooncave "You should buy me flowers... but not right now. It has to be your idea." 3:41 PM - Apr 10, 2024 - 35K Views

That same day, X[8] user @lindynap posted a version of the meme captioned, "you were supposed to turn there," garnering over 1,600 likes in a day (shown below, left). On April 11th, X[9] user @TheManlet_King posted a version of the meme about Wifejak replacing her partner's yellow pillow, garnering over 3,900 likes in a day (shown below, right).


Bartleby @lindynap you were supposed to turn there 9:59 PM - Apr 10, 2024 62.6K Views Manlet King + → @TheManlet King "I noticed your pillow was yellow and gross so I threw it out and got you a new one. It's memory foam." 6:41 PM - Apr 11, 2024-457.4K Views

On April 12th, X[10] user @1wayposting posted an AI-generated video edit imposing a depiction of Wifejak over the body of a Lil Yachty walking onto stage to perform, writing, "Wifejak entering the mimetic collective consciousness today," garnering over 90 likes in under an hour (shown below).

Husbandjak

On April 12th, 2024, X[11] user @CartoonsHateHer posted a new Wojak variant meant to be a partner for Wifejak and represent stereotypical husband behaviors known as "Husbandjak," using the caption, "I didn't think you cared about your birthday that much," as if the husband didn't make a big enough deal about his wife's birthday (shown below, left). The post gained over 1,600 likes in under a day.

The meme gained some criticism for being "mean spirited" as opposed to the Wifejak memes. For example, that day, X[12] user @LittleMammith commented, "I know I normally like your posts, but it feels like this 'husbandjak' comes from a spirit of hatred and disgust. Whereas the wifejak meme (pretty and feminine), when used properly, comes from a spirit of adoration and playful teasing." That same day, X[13] user @_MedGold posted a long critique of the meme, garnering over 950 likes in under a day (shown below, right).


Cartoons Hate Her! @CartoonsHateHer "I didn't think you cared about your birthday that much" 9:38 AM - Apr 12, 2024 186.4K Views *** MED GOLD @_MedGold Oof. An attempt to create "Husbandjak." Swing and a miss. The Wifejak meme, when used properly, comes from a spirit of adoration and playful teasing. Wifejak is pretty and feminine. This Husbandjak meme comes from a spirit of hatred and disgust. Husbandjak is a disheveled and clueless manchild. The woman behind this meme is the type to not let her husband have a weekend away with his friends. "My sister is visiting that weekend." Doesn't give head anymore. Has a fupa now. Huge L. Let the boys have some fun. Cartoons Hate Her! @CartoonsHateHer - 3h "I didn't think you cared about your birthday that much" Last edited 11:20 AM - Apr 12, 2024.53.1K Views

Later that day, @CartoonsHateHer posted an image to X[14] "apologizing" for the meme following the backlash, garnering over 800 likes in under a day (shown below).


Cartoons Hate Her! @CartoonsHateHer I'm sorry Earlier today I posted a "wojak" meant to convey a well-meaning husband who naively believed his wife when she said her birthday doesn't need to be a big deal. Through listening to the lived experience of the Man community I have educated myself on the inherent microaggression and history behind such a meme as well as my unfortunate choice to culturally appropriate wojaks which are a sacred part of Man culture. There is no excuse for my actions, I am learning and taking accountability and will do better. I'm sorry to let my followers down. + 12:56 PM - Apr 12, 2024 27.3K Views

Various Examples


LindyMan @PaulSkallas "so, what are we doing today?" 1:40 PM. Jul 23, 2022 Passage Publishing @PassagePress "I just got this cute 'fear women who read' reusable tote! Let's go to the local independent bookstore and pick up the new Dan Brown book and a few enamel pins!" 11:12 PM - Apr 10, 2024 - 3,906 Views Brigadier Ketchup @BrigadierKetch "When you get a chance, could you do this thing?" (Waits less than 10 seconds, and then starts passive aggressively doing the thing herself) Gio's Content Minded Corner @giantgio "I didn't order what I wanted" *** MED GOLD @_MedGold "I'm cold." 11:12 PM - Apr 10, 2024 - 107.6K Views Daniel @growing_daniel Twitter? No, mostly just instagram and TikTok 3:26 AM - Apr 11, 2024 21.3K Views ...

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