Pepe the frog

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Pepe the Frog , known in the American original as Pepe the Frog , is an internet phenomenon . The green human-like frog figure was created by comic artist Matt Furie and has since been used on various social networks and image boards, for example as a satirical answer or in comic strips.


In 2005, Los Angeles-based Matt Furie published a drawing of a frog character with the speech bubble "feels good man" in the webcomic Boy’s Club . In 2006 the printed version of the comic appeared. The original character was apolitical. In the following years, modified, sometimes racist, versions appeared on websites such as 4chan and reddit . The first picture on 4chan is a Pepe uploaded in 2008 while urinating with the words Feels good man (basically feels good ).

In October 2014, users of the imageboard 4chan began to upload their own Pepe images that look like trading cards as Rare Pepe ( more rarely Pepe ), some of which are protected by watermarks . Other frequently used Pepe image types also exist as a subgroup of the Pepe phenomenon in addition to Feels good man and Rare Pepe , for example a sad Pepe as a Sad Frog and an angry Pepe as an angry Pepe .

During the 2016 US presidential campaign, Pepe images were used more frequently on Twitter , Facebook and other social media by supporters of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and the alt-right . In September 2016, the election campaign team of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and the Anti-Defamation League declared the frog to be a racist symbol of hatred in this context .

In 2020, the documentary Feels Good Man was released , which shows the attempts of Pepe creator Matt Furie to prevent his cartoon character from being used by political activists.

Individual evidence

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  2. Pepe the Frog and Rare Pepe at (both in English and accessed on October 12, 2016)
  3. September 13, 2016 , The Independent
  4. ^ Anti-Defamation League: Pepe the Frog. 2016
  5. Wolfgang Stuflesser: US election campaign: The independent life of a comic frog. In: September 28, 2016 ( Memento of the original from December 3, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. tsi: Anti-Semitism: Pepe the frog declared a symbol of hatred. In: SPIEGEL ONLINE. September 28, 2016
  7. Meme: Where there are frogs, there are also rights , Die Zeit, September 28, 2016
  8. Feels Good Man (2020) - IMDb. In: Retrieved February 7, 2020 .