- 1 Definition
- 2 The Original Navy Seal Copy Pasta
- 3 Meme History
- 4 The 23 Best Navy Seal Copypasta Memes
- 4.1 Gothic Illustrated
- 4.2 Animated Gif
- 4.3 Trump VS Iran
- 4.4 An r/copypasta Introduction
- 4.5 Minecraft Copy Pasta
- 4.6 Retrowave
- 4.7 Angry YouTuber
- 4.8 r/AskOuija Predictions
- 4.9 Foxhole Game Version
- 4.10 Ocasio-Cortez Navy Seal
- 4.11 r/GoCommitDie Roblox Navy Seal Copy Pasta
- 4.12 Military Cringe
- 4.13 Award Winning Examples
- 4.14 r/Spyro
- 4.15 r/TitanFolk
- 4.16 A Meandering Example
- 4.17 Decreasingly Verbose
- 4.18 Funny Anime Memes
- 4.19 Titan Fall Frontier Militia Meme
- 4.20 Jordan Peterson
- 4.21 More Titanfolk
- 5 More Background
In this post, we examine the origin of the notorious Navy Seal Copy Pasta and provide over 23 of its best memes on the internet.
In a nutshell, this tough-guy rant is a facetious message containing a bunch of absurd claims and megalomaniacal threats that portray the sender as the dreaded Internet tough guy stereotype.
Let’s take a look brilliant original:
This tough guy meme originally emerged on a military and weapons enthusiast image board called Operator Chan, apparently, in 2010. A user came forward in 2012 to claim he had come up with it (Source):
A Viral YouTube Comment
Later on in 2012, a Redditor called fahottie submitted a screenshot of a YouTube comment that employed the copypasta to the /r/funny subreddit where it went viral. A YouTuber capitalized on this trending meme and produced a song about it:
Urban Dictionary & Richi Phelps
Urban Dictionary got in on the act with an entry but it really exploded further with Richi Phelps’ Facebook Post. You can see a screengrab of the post from Twitter below- basically, the Richi Phelps account used the infamous copypasta, translated into Mexican gangster slang, and it went even more viral on Facebook, where people had never encountered the Navy Seal copypasta before and thought he was serious:
Tiene el Síndrome de Richi Phelps. pic.twitter.com/8QSl8DRrkR
— Angry Neurotic Catholic (@nandicidio) January 27, 2019
Since then it’s skittered around the popular imagination, cropping up in various areas of the internet.
You can get a sense of its popularity over time using Google Trends:
Now that we’ve examined its origin story, we collected 23 of the best Navy Seal/internet tough guy memes below. A lot of them are text-heavy reinterpretations of the meme.
For example, new rewrites for angry YouTubers, for Minecraft players, in different languages, etc. But there are also some cool images- like the first on our list, which is an illustrated manuscript. As if the copypasta was some type of ancient wisdom:
— Wade Riley (@Red_Bakeneko) October 25, 2018
Trump VS Iran
— Daniel McMurtry 🇺🇸 (@djmcmurtry516) July 23, 2018
An r/copypasta Introduction
Minecraft Copy Pasta
Foxhole Game Version
— Kenneth Kenstar (@KennethKenstar) December 8, 2018
What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire from GoCommitDie
Award Winning Examples
The [What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills.] Weekly Animemes Awards #29 from Animemes
A Meandering Example
Funny Anime Memes
Titan Fall Frontier Militia Meme
What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I shitposted to the top of my class in the Frontier Militia, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on the IMC, and I have over 30,000 confirmed pilot kills. I am trained in using every single weapon….. from titanfall
What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in PragerU, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on the Snowflake Traphouse, and I have over 300 confirmed leftist kills. I am trained in metaphysical warfare and I’m … from enoughpetersonspam
When it comes to memes, we have seen all sorts of them. Some humorous, silly, or controversial. Others emotional, arrogant, sarcastic or threatening. While most memes come, take the internet by storm and then disappear over time, some memes never go away regardless of time.
A very controversial meme that came along in 2010 and has refused to vanish is the Navy Seal Copypasta (it’s also known as the “Marine Copypasta,” “Internet Tough Guy Copypasta” and “Gorilla Warfare Copypasta). They call it copypasta because it has been copied and pasted on several social platforms by numerous users. For many, this is one of the most sarcastic pieces of text ever created by a human being, taking into account how life-threatening it sounds when in reality, the person behind it is obviously as harmless as a dove.
In this meme, a guy threatens an unknown antagonist due to something that was said to him on a social media platform. The man claims to be one of the most elite combat men in the US Navy Seal team.
He purports to be the most decorated sniper and sharpshooter in the entire US marine corps with over 300 combat skills. If that were not enough, the guy claims to have access to the entire US arsenal and would dedicate all the weaponry and resources at his disposal to bring down the “bitch”.
Sarcastic And Not Real?
Any reader can make out the amount of sarcasm that has been pumped into this hyperbolic meme.
- The first instance where sarcasm is detected is when he claims to have graduated top of his class in the Navy Seals, been involved in several secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. A person who really has a profile of this nature goes after real men and not a mere internet opponent whom he calls a ”bitch”.
- Secondly, when he threatens his internet opponent that he can kill them in over seven hundred different ways just with his bare hands, one is left wondering. Is he some sort of a killing machine or something? Because we know that no human being has such a tremendous lethal capability. Then you realize it is just an empty threat. That is when you find it hyperbolic, sarcastic, humorous and unhelpful.
- Finally, the guy purports to have connections and access to the resources of the entire US Marine Corps. He claims to have his enemy’s IP address being traced now so she better get ready for the storm. Honestly, I don’t think this is threatening. I think it is crazy and not sensible in any way. Honestly, the US Department of Defence would not waste their time and resources on tiny fights that involve a guy who has a personal vendetta with some other keyboard warrior somewhere who offended him? They deal with matters national security and not some social media flame war.
This guy that claims to be a decorated Navy Seal probably does not even have an idea what the US military is all about.
The controversial Navy Seal copypasta today has several variations in different English slangs. Many keyboard warriors who want to sound utterly lethal and “badass” have turned it into a tool that they use to achieve that purpose. They simply copy and paste it, hoping to scare and intimidate readers, usually in an ironic way. But not only that, an anonymous user submitted a song version of the meme on Image Board.
The Ninja YouTuber also gets in on the act, perhaps unintentionally, with a viral clip in which during a multiplayer game he screams at his preteen competitor.
There is actually a Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Google Translate, and many other weird versions, as well. If you head over to the r/NavySealCopyPasta subredddit you can see various examples. A particularly funny version we’ve seen is the pirate one- it’s a swashbuckling reinterpretation of the popular name, with all of the familiar languages swapped out for the hilarious parlance of a pirate. Some enterprising gif creators also created some fun moving images to capitalize on this hilarious meme. One of them rapidly cycles through the words of the copypasta, while another scrolls through Star Wars style with yellow text receding slowly back into a black background.
Any way you cut it, this meme has a rich, storied history. Even though it looks like the original poster created it ironically, it’s taken on a life of its own with song parodies, funny image memes, anime reinterpretations, and more!