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Zanzibart... Forgive Me

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Added by Adam • Updated about a month ago by Zach
Added by Adam • Updated about a month ago by Zach

Fake dark souls character myrmidion of loss.
Category: Meme Status: Submission Year: 2022 Origin: Twitter Region:
Type: Parody, Catchphrase,
Tags: dark souls, fromsoftware, elden ring, zanzibar forgive me, zanzibart forgive me, zanzibart, twitter, parody, sam winkler, gaming, video games, catchphrases,
Fake dark souls character myrmidion of loss.

About

Zanzibart… Forgive Me is a catchphrase meant to parody the way FromSoftware games handle their lore. The catchphrase originally comes from a joke by Borderlands 3 writer Sam Winkler, who quipped that FromSoft games can have a boss named "Myrmidon of Loss" cry a seemingly random phrase like "Zanzibart… forgive me" upon dying, leading fans to praise the game's lore. This led to posts imagining the FromSoft boss and the invention of fakelore around Zanzibart.

Origin

On February 5th, 2022, Borderlands 3 writer Sam Winkler[1] tweeted, "Dark Souls revolutionized games, in the sense that instead of a story now you can just have some guy with a big sword named Myrmidon of Loss who gasps 'Zanzibart… forgive me' when he dies and then twenty YouTubers will make an hour long video about how deep your lore is." The tweet gained over 8,200 retweets and 67,000 likes in roughly two months (shown below).


Sam Winkler @ThatSamWinkler Dark Souls revolutionized games, in the sense that instead of a story now you can just have some guy with a big sword named Myrmidon of Loss who gasps "Zanzibart.. forgive me" when he dies and then twenty YouTubers will make an hour long video about how deep your lore is 4:10 PM · Feb 5, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone

FromSoftware games will often not explicitly explain the lore behind various bosses and enemies the player faces. Instead, players can attempt to piece together how the bosses fit into the larger story by reading item descriptions and exhausting NPC dialogue. This has led to the rise of YouTubers who have grown prevalent for explaining the lore of the games, such as VaatiVidya.

Though it's unclear if Winkler was parodying a specific FromSoftware character, his tweet is reminiscent of several boss encounters in FromSoftware games. For example, in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the player will come across the Armored Warrior boss, who upon dying, cries "Roberto!"[2] It is the only time a character named "Roberto" is mentioned in the game. VaatiVidya covered the lore of the Armored Warrior and Roberto in a video (shown below).



Spread

Initially, Winkler's tweet was taken as a dig at FromSoftware games. At some point after Winkler's tweet, Tumblr user official-mugi reposted it, quipping, "The jokes write themselves, 'cause he certainly didn't write any." The account has since been deleted, but the post was reposted to Reddit's /r/Curated Tumblr[3] on February 7th, 2022 (shown below, left). However, in the replies to his original post, Winkler[1] clarified he was merely poking fun at FromSoft games but was a fan of their storytelling (shown below, right).


str8aura-no-not-that-one S c91099 official-mugi Follow Sam Winkler @ThatSamWinkler Dark Souls revolutionized games, in the sense that instead of a story now you can just have some guy with a big sword named Myrmidon of Loss who gasps "Zanzibart. forgive me" when he dies and then twenty YouTubers will make an hour long video about how deep your lore is 1:10 PM · 05 Feb 22 · Twitter for iPhone Follow Sam Winkler @ThatSamWinkler Lead Writer @playWonderlands | Prev: Borderlands 3 + DLCS | Senior Writer at @gearboxofficial | Non-canonical lore item | He/ him. The jokes wrote themselves Cause he certainly doesn't write any official-mugi Follow If y'all think he's onto something big you're gonna lose it when you find out about literary analysis Sam Winkler @ThatSamWinkler · Feb 5 Replying to @ThatSamWinkler I am begging anyone who thinks l'm dunking on fromsoft to learn how to make fun of the things you love 34 17 188 8,400 Gary Grigsby's War on the Internet @sexyfacts4u · Feb 5 ... Replying to @ThatSamWinkler Absolutely this but it also owns. 1 27 5 1,430 Sam Winkler @ThatSamWinkler · Feb 5 Oh yeah, do not get it twisted, I WILL consume the Charnel Amulet in the Cathedral of the Dust Knight to unlock the secret door into Zanzibart's tomb so I can read the flavor text on his Mouldering Deathmask that says "..am I remembered?" and then spend an hour on his wiki page 14 L7 261 5,098

In the weeks after Winkler's tweet, "Zanzibart" became a running joke among FromSoftware fans, particularly on 4chan, where some fans discussed Zanzibart as if he was a real character. On March 22nd, 2022,[4] an anon posted a picture joking that Zanzibart was a giant boss in the games (shown below, left). On March 19th,[5] an Elden Ring player posted a screenshot of a corpse, captioning the picture, "Zanzibart… Forgive me…"


U Anonymous 03/22/22(Tue)11:10:58 No.592898103 >>592912903 >> >No, you don't get it... Zanzibart WANTS to die. >Uh, then why is he going all out and trying to kill me? >FILTERED PLEB, Miyazaki-sama can do no wrong!!! >> Anonymous 03/22/22(Tue)11:11:58 No.592898194 ► >>592912462 >>592912781 File: 1647910036481.png (2.97 MB, 1488x4210) fpbp Anonymous 03/19/22(Sat)17:34:53 No.592575867 >>592577109 : >>592586663 >>592586903 >>592588607 >>592589238 >>592590450 >>592591629 >>592 >>592598326 >>592599382 >>592603549 >>592603676 >>592606982 >>592607104 >Zanzibart... forgive me Anonymous 03/19/22(Sat)17:36:24 No.592575990 >>592585018 Can I get a 20 minute vaatividya lore video on zanzibart?

Various Examples


Z ANZI BART YouR DREAMS DO NoT DIE WITH you... GET A LOAD OF THIS, FROMDRONES! THIS IS YOU! Sam Winkler @ThatSamWinkler Dark Souls revolutionized game in the sense that instead of a story now you can just have s guy with a big sword named Myrmidon of Loss who gasps "Zanzibart. forgive me" when dies and then twenty YouTubers will make an hour long video about how deep your lore is 1:10 PM · 05 Feb 22 · Twitter for iPhone f-----' oath. zanzibart's a sick c---. easily my favourite character. Ummm... it was a joke... He's not real. Okay, you can stop now. who? zanzibart? bro I just fought him the other day. it was kino. dude remember the zanzibart fight? Why are they laughing? yeah man it was awesome They're not supposed to be laughing.. HAHAHAHAHA CHECK IT OUT GUYSIN! THE FROMDRONES ARE GETTING MAD! bro you good? THEY CANT TAKE AJOKE LOOK! LOOK AT THEMI THEY'RE MALDING dark souls fans be like yo this character design is fire Myrmidon Of Loss Zanzibart.. forgive me... Myrmidon of Loss Zanzibart, I failed you... Oh s--- Remorse Greatsword Sword of Myrmidon, the Warmaster who lost everything to the Ritual Sacrifice. The hefty blade has the ability to crush enemy armor, sometimes along with the enemy itself. A blasphemous vision led Myrmidon down a path of treachery and betrayal. A path he would not regret, until his final breath. Zanzib-art...porgive me Mr HyrmidoT.

Search Interest

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External References

[1] Twitter – @ThatSamWinkler

[2] Fextralife – Armored Warrior

[3] Reddit – /r/curatedtumblr

[4] 4chan – /v/

[5] 4chan – /v/



Tags: dark souls, fromsoftware, elden ring, zanzibar forgive me, zanzibart forgive me, zanzibart, twitter, parody, sam winkler, gaming, video games, catchphrases,


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