Trollface

a picture of the original trollface

The classic one and only. This is an internet favorite that has been around for a while. The good old prankster. Whenever you want to do an epic prank just show someone this face and it will get them every time! Just look at that face, rubbing it in, smiling like a fool. He loves making you suffer. He gets joy from your misery! What a jerk! This was originally drawn by Carlos Ramirez. It originated from a  Deviant Art Webcomic. It is alternatively known as “Cool face”. It went viral on Reddit in 2009 which was when it really began to spread. It will forever go down in internet history as an epic win.

I really love ones like this that aren’t overly complex or anything, not that any of them really take a lot of brain power to figure out, but I love it when they’re so simple, yet provoke so much reaction from people. Ha ha. We all know the feeling of getting trolled and how we get irritated, but then laugh afterward. We’ve all probably done it at least once in our lives. I’ve personally done it many times and very proud of it.

This is one of those pieces of internet history that must be recognized. It’s still used so much today, but nearly anyone you could think of. People will look up a way to prank someone, and they often find this face as a legitimate method. It’s no wonder this one has become notorious for getting wins. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen one of these randomly on the internet. They can pop up when you least expect. The original artist was a genius for coming up with this one.

Even though the search traffic on this one has already peaked, it continues to get a lot of searches, simply because people love it, and they want to see it a lot. People love using it to trick their friends or to show a particular reaction to a forum post or YouTube comment, or anything like that. I see references to it everywhere. And now there are so many variations, there’s even a Mexican one! I love that. I love seeing it gain so much traction and be used in so many comics, and forms. I’ve seen countless versions and spin-offs of it.

It makes you wonder how people think of this stuff. It will only keep growing from here.

this is a drawing of the Pikachu version of the trollface meme

Here is a classic example of how people from all different fandoms have used it for their purposes. Seen here is the Pikachu version. I think it’s really awesome. It just goes to show the versatility. With a little artistry, you can mold it into any form you like, and relate to any crowd of people. The artwork doesn’t even have to be that good to get the message across.

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a naruto version of troll face

Here’s another one, made into a Naruto variation. I personally love this anime so I can relate to this one. It’s such an easy one to create new macros out of. I love it. People have really gotten creative with this.

Search interest peaked in 2012, then went down for 2013, but in 2014, it began to pick back up. It just goes to show, people are still looking for this to this day. I predict it will peak even higher within the next few years.  People don’t really search for the “Cool face” term, even though it’s one name for this. That probably won’t change. The most amount of searches has bee own for “Troll face.” This data has been taken from  Google Trends.  It seems to have been most popular on Reddit over the years, visit’s Subreddit and everything. There have even been claims of copyright infringement and everything and huge fights over it.

It has also been spread to many sites such as 4chan, Q.M., M. generator, as well as many notable sites. It’s also used in a situation where you would ask if someone has a problem with you. So it has also become known for the name “Problem?” It’s definitely one I will be keeping my eye on over the years to see how it spreads.

This went from being simply a funny meme, to something that says a lot about our culture today. You see kids and young people on the internet, on forums, YouTube comments, blogs, or wherever, just simply trying to play tricks on unsuspecting people. Or they’re just simply trying to start beef, so they reach for some variation of this picture and post it, thus inciting an online war of some kind. Also known as a “flame war”. People love to start fights on the internet. And what better way to do it than by trolling them in epic fashion.

I love that this has become a thing now. That’s just the awesome age we live in. I remember when trolling was just known as “being a jerk”.

I can’t even count all the times I’ve been on YouTube or a forum and seen someone doing this. People can be so hilarious. Oftentimes, the Troll is just going too far and being a jerk. But it still makes for great entertainment.

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