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Feels Guy, also known as Wojak, is an MS Paint illustration of a bald man with a sad expression on his face. It is often used as a reaction image to represent feelings such as melancholy, regret or loneliness. Wojak memes as a genre have grown to include various remixes and edits to the character -- as of February 2023, a search for "wojak" on this site generates over 200 entries, representing the wide range and variety of wojaks that have become popular online.


The exact origin of the Wojak illustration is unknown. On December 16th, 2009, the earliest known I Wish I Was at Home MS Paint comic was submitted to the internet humor site Sad and Useless,[9] which features the Wojak character standing in a corner at a party (shown below).

wish was at home playing video games. The music is too loud My feet hurt I'm hungry

According to "ask me anything" (AMA) thread on Reddit[1] by a user claiming to be Krautchan user Wojak, the bald man illustration was originally discovered on the imageboard Vichan with the filename "twarz.jpg." The image was subsequently popularized as a reaction image after Wojak submitted it to the German language image board Krautchan, with the earliest archived post appearing on April 26th, 2010 (shown below).

Anonymous 2010-04-26 20:01:59.203556 No. 623672 ? Ciepła twarz.gif GIF, 645x773, 7 kB That feel when you think that your life is Surrealistic. I went to this "restaurant" with chicken. I am ordering s---(take out ofc). And suddenly old man ask "who needs a job"? And I was thinking like - I don't like so much, but i should, because i must socialize myself, because lately i can't even talk with salesclerk(you know, player and don't even one word) and killed few so cash situations, which could make my life different/less ronery. So I said - YES, but wait old man because i will must eat what i order. So he wait, and give few strange comments like - it's not polish cousine! So we exit this s---, and ride in tram across the whole city. I was listening. We walk to the place, and s--- sucks, it was huge amount of bricks to transport and remove. He complain about me whole day. (BTW i will probably tommorrow have muscle fever) Ask that I have a wife(coolface), That i will learn how working looks in Poland, that I am foreigner because I talk little fuzzily(that is quite truth, but he had Hearing aid too, and he is sec. person that told me - after all when I talk in not my native, they don't have ANY problem when I talk, and at all when I am drunk i talk very clearly, better than most voice actors) Meanwhile his daughter(no, it wasn't pretty one, and she has above 40yo so - s--- sucks) ask that i will need tea or sandwitches - i said that i don't want (i don't like eat while i am do something important) and old man tells her that i prefer vietnamese sandwiches(very coolface) It was very hard, and not so cash(but i can't tell that was waste of time, at all it was better than stay in home, and watch unfunny sitcoms) I finished, and was whole in dust. He complain about me more, and told (I don't know about that is true, but I have few persons in whole not-so-close-family in army, but seems that he don't lied, also their crazyness about order and country) that he is retired person from Polish Air Force and he will recommend me that i will go to air force and report, because there i will have nice salary and listen to superiors and have nice andventure instead "HARD LIFE" with normal life. I only coolfaced, because i don't want to talk how army is collection of sick bastards. I back to home and tell everything mom(because i was whole in dust, and don't have cell phone), except last part, and she told me that she is proud of me. O O Anonymous 2010-04-26 20:03:50.319161 No. 623686 ? SAGE! >> Romanes eunt domus?! Anonymous 2010-04-26 20:06:51.885615 No. 623698 ? >> I'm prode of you, too, Wojak Keep doin your thing.

Soon after, the picture became known as “Wojak’s face” and “ciepła twarz” (“warm face”). The image spread to other international image boards, including the Italian Pastachan[3] and the Russian Dobrochan.

In Polish, "wojak" translates (more or less) to "warrior" in English. The root of the word is "woj-," and the diminutive "-k"suffix may indicate a certain childishness or physical smallness.[10]


On February 2nd, 2012, Redditor Voyack submitted an AMA to the /r/datfeel[2] subreddit, claiming to be Wojack from Krautchan. On October 3rd, 2013, the news site Bustle[6] published an article about the origins of the Feels Guy. On November 19th, a Facebook[8] page titled "Feels Guy" was launched, which gained over 6,400 likes in the next two years. On May 22nd, YouTuber ReluctantMisc uploaded an animated video of Wojak titled "A day in the life of 'that feel when' guy" (shown below).

On April 2nd, 2014, a page for "Feels Guy" was created on the Internet culture wiki Encyclopedia Dramatica.[5] On March 14th, 2015, the /r/Wojak[7] subreddit was launched for photoshopped variations of the Feels Guy image.

Going into the late 2010s, a variety of Wojak variations emerged which saw the character drift away from his chan-culture origins. "Wojak Comics":Wojak Comics linked the character with other famous meme characters, often using his highly emotive face as a counterpoint to the stoicism of Yes Chad and others.

By 2022, a wide variety of Wojak-based meme characters had emerged -- enough that Wojaks themselves could constitute a vocabulary to articulate highly sophisticated stories and arguments. For example, Redditor u/perpetualhillman posted a 7 × 7 political compass grid meme on September 5th, 2022, representing the types of people they had met during a trip to Ukraine as the Russian war against that country unfolded. Each personality in the meme is represented by a different Wojak or Wojak-adjacent character.[11]

SOVIET ATHLETE ANGRY UKRAINIAN TRAVELING PARTNER WHITE SUPREMACIST AZOV BATTALION Matron of my Kyiv hostel Went with him to Roommate in Ukraine He invited me to have cognac and sausage with him rather insistently Ukraine the second time Fought in the Soviet Army in Afghanistan Then became some track and field star, I couldn't really understand him he had no teeth SPANISH MOOCHER Used her looks to get everyone else to buy her food I don't think she ever paid for a meal the whole time she was there I did understand when he told me he misses Brezhnev Pretended to be drunk so boys would hit on her # Slept together in my Krakow hostel room Despised the Russian people and wanted to get back to the war as soon as possible 34-YEAR-OLD BRO American expat living in Ukraine when the war started We met each other in the retreat and became best friends for six days Ultra-liberal, compares Trump to Hitler We're gonna leave the discussion there I had a flight at 5 AM and they got Kept telling me to turn off the lights and take showers shorter than five minutes SUON WOUNDED UKRAINIAN BRITISH JOURNALIST ANXIOUS AMERICAN Had been Had shrapnel in his leg and was on crutches 25 but looked about 17 embedded with the Spent the first day of the Russo-Ukrainian War with me Was in his mid-40s but in a hostel room with teenagers and 20-somethings Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan up in the middle of the night to help me pack, then drove me to the airport W-- STUDY ABROADER HITCHHIKER 21-year-old American, met him in a bathhouse in Budapest INSANE FRENCHMAN Met him in a He had no money Slovakian drug den and claimed he hadn't slept in three days, and he stank like s--- He said he needed me to buy his ketamine now, I -narrowly escaped 1100 CLA THE FINN We roomed together for two days but he never spoke to me NATIVE AMERICAN On honeymoon with his new wife Asked me for advice about local sights Treated the place like it was Disneyland GAY FRENCH COUPLE BRITISH BLOOMER By complete coincidence we had almost Very cute and friendly with everyone the same itinerary so we ran into each other in four separate counties The madman had spent the last six weeks hitchhiking from Normandy to Bulgaria Was extremely poor and had only one small backpack Nonetheless appeared happy On the fourth time we did drugs together and had a great time Always happy, genuinely fascinated with the world, never saw him frown He was actually a really nice guy I feel bad for putting him -in auth left She hated non- Ukrainians and it was well apparent SCOUSE Simpleminded Liverpoolian who by misfortune ended up in a hostel room with people who had just escaped Ukraine Asked too many questions and caused the Doomer Expat to cry Suddenly a Swede walked in and he opened up, and to an Estonian too Bought us all McDonald's as an apology gesture Turns out he only talks to fellow Scandies DISILLUSIONED AIR FORCE VET Worked in intelligence and was recently divorced Lost his life savings trying to short the housing market Now wandering around Ukraine in a state of intoxication Had a nice dinner with him TRAUMATIZED MARIUPOL GIRL Met her on the day Mariupol fell She had friends and family in that steel plant that got napalmed Her mom is an active Putin supporter and now they don't speak to each other Worker at my Bratislava hostel who sold me shrooms and taught me how to brew a tea with them Me and two others tripped hard and he was our spirit guide He didn't speak Russian and had no street smarts but insisted on making all itinerary decisions HH 80 FRONS MISANTHROPIC GERMAN ROMANIAN MERCENARY CALIFORNIAN Was only a year older than me but acted like he couldn't relate to anyone our own age Tried to convince me into partnering with him to make a documentary about his unit Very wholesome experience Spent our time there sitting in cafes drinking American coffees He didn't explicitly tell me he was a deserter but he was wearing a hat, sunglasses, and a mask and had Ukrainian Army paraphernalia in his backpack Everyone tried to convince him to go out and he looked at us like we were degenerates Gave me some patches and told me they were a gift, then got off the bus and walked into the woods He was cool but a little condescending Super neurotic and stuck out like a sore thumb Not even sure why he was there DOOMER EXPAT Worked in IT in Ukraine His apartment was destroyed in the initial bombing He watched a kid die during the escape and he was shaken up about it DRUG SHAMAN RUSSIAN ON THE RUN Was studying in Stockholm when the war broke out, now she can't go home He cried CONGOLESE MIGRANT He spoke no English or Russian, so we communicated in a French pidgin He was happy to work in Ukraine despite the conditions Sent all his money back home Hides the fact that she's Russian for fear of discrimination THE DESERTER AMAZING NOMAD Met him on a bus on Z-Day We hooked up in Krakow even though she's nearly a decade older than me Coolest guy I met on the trip, had worked in Zanzibar, Indonesia, and other amazing places Slept with beautiful women around the world WALKED across Slovakia to meet me when I told him where I was 22 Currently herding sheep in Kyrgyzstan 1488 t Had a big swastika tattoo on his neck Had no idea I was wearing a Star of David under my shirt Very cordial "because we're the same race" Fighting for Ukraine, obviously really enjoyed it He seemed kinda crazy so I declined RELUCTANT CONSCRIPT Ukrainian who was born within a couple months of me, so I related to him We had a long conversation on Z-Day He had a loving family and girlfriend but he was conscripted, I'll miss him BBC CAMERA CREW We spent a day together in Poland and they interviewed me Cool guys, salaried to do what I did for free Paid me £150 for my time, sweet ROBLOX BOY 12-year-old Ukrainian I sat next to on a refugee train He buried his head in his phone and didn't talk to me but collected my Insta information and now we follow each other? DOUBTFUL DUTCHMEN Met them the morning before Z-Day, they were sketched out Spent the time encouraging me to drink more and prying information from me They kept talking about fleeing the country but they wanted to buy cheap trousers first Strange but ok MAKE AMER GREAT AGA Told me in colorful detail that he'd like to see ethnic Russians rounded up and hung When I asked if he wanted to be interviewed for a western audience he suddenly got quiet and told me to leave ALBERTANS Canadian brothers I met in Poland PROUD RUSSIAN Huge surprise, he was a hardcore Republican Guy in his 30s, built, former Russian soldier Roommate in the hostel one night We had based conversations about 2A and wokeism We were the only ones in the room and I was terrified Hardest partiers I've ever seen God We hung out in Austria and Poland and he envied me going into Ukraine BRAZILIAN SUGAR DADDY Runs a clothing business in Ukraine I asked what he thought of the war and he thought Extremely chill, we got along well I was a spy Supermac's Really friendly guys, gave me a good sendoff for Ukraine Gaillimh Sleeps with the models CANADIAN BRO Hockey and lacrosse player I met on the first day of the trip Brags that he has 11 Ukrainian girlfriends Several weeks later he met me in Italy and we climbed Mt. Vesuvius together We still talk weekly and might work together in India in 2023 FRENCH-AMERICAN Met him in a hostel in Bratislava and we clicked, instant best friends He was a bodybuilder and a Mormon then moved out to France and changed completely PROBABLE GLOWIE American expat I met in Ukraine, lived in a flat overlooking the square and had a crew cut and dressed business casual Insisted he ran a business but I never saw any evidence of it Drove around in a Land Rover and texted me two days before the invasion telling me it was about to happen and to get out I didn't but how did he know 5 adidas adidas I wonder what happened to him US MARINE Met him in a transit area in Poland Warned him not to go into Ukraine, he took offense land told me it was his moral duty He seemed extremely committed to the task and I admire him ARMS SALESMAN Met him in Ukraine, he had a backpack full of loose cash He offered to take me and my friends out to dinner but I was leaving that day He was giddy with happiness TAIWANESE MERCENARY Mercenary on leave from the front Hated totalitarianism in all forms Told me that this war is just practice for when China invades Taiwan Admitted that he liked killing Russians HANNOVERIANS Two skeevy Germans I met in a casino They had prison tattoos and blackened teeth and were whispering to each other Very, very obvious mob connections Small world, I met them again a week later in a refugee camp, we shared cigarettes and vodka

Various Examples

I Know That Feel Bro

“I Know That Feel Bro” (also known as “to uczucie” or “to uczócie”) is an Internet slang expression used to convey empathy towards or agree with someone else’s feeling or opinion. The expression, which roughly means “I feel you, bro,” is typically accompanied by a image of two Wojak embracing each other expressionlessly.


I Wish I Was At Home

I Wish I Was At Home (Playing Videogames) is an exploitable comic series featuring Wojak in which the subject is depicted as anxious and uncomfortable at parties and other social situations.

wish was at home playing video games. The music is too loud My feet hurt I'm hungry

Country Feels

Country Feels is a series of customized illustrations featuring Wojak sitting at a computer desk surrounded by various stereotypes associated with a particular country or region. Many of the images bear similarities to the “How People View Me” two-pane cartoons.

Wojak Comics

Wojak Comics to a series of memes depicting simple interactions between various Wojak characters. Combining elements of comics and Wojak memes, the format was spawned by the Yes Chad meme format in August 2019 and has since grown into a variety of similar comic formats.


Smug Wojak

Smug Wojak refers to a drawing of a bald man with a smug expression on his face that resembles Wojak, inspired by the Smug Frog images. Appearing on /r9k/ and [s4s] in early August 2014, Smug Wojak is normally used to express positive feelings. It also spawned some derivatives, listed on the [s4s] wiki.[4]

Relation with Pepe the Frog

In the early 2010s, Wojak was related with the character Pepe the Frog, mainly with the Sad Frog variant due their expression of sad emotions. In middle November 2014, Wojak started being paired with Smug Frog on a series of comics named Poo Poo Pee Pee, in which Pepe commits various unethical acts towards Wojak, typically involving urine or feces, and created as a reaction towards the usage of Pepe’s likeness in various mainstream social media sites.

isis beheading video starring pepe the frog and wojak

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