New York Mets-loving Genshin Impact video game character meme goes viral on TikTok
A joke about Genshin Impact’s New York Mets obsessed characters exploded on TikTok.
The Mets meme already existed online, but was recently passed on to Genshin Impact fans on TikTok.
@souleaterwill started the trend on TikTok with a video emulating Childe, a character from the game.
Genshin Impact fans on TikTok can’t help but post how their favorite characters “love baby mets, get homerun, love mets, love mets, come on mets”.
The trend, which exploded on TikTok on Wednesday and Thursday, brought a pre-existing Mets love meme to the video game fandom.
Genshin Impact is a popular video game that features open world gameplay and a game mechanic where players can spend real money for the chance to get rare characters or weapons. Launched in late 2020, the game continues to expand, unlocking new regions for players to explore on a quest to find the protagonist’s lost brother.
The game is also incredibly popular on TikTok, where the #genshinimpact hashtag has 33.1 billion views.
In the new trend, fans mimic the voices of their favorite characters to profess how much they love the Major League Baseball (MLB) team. The game has four voiceover languages - Chinese, English, Korean, and Japanese – but players participating in the trend are mimicking the characters’ English dubbed voices.
It all started on September 24 when TikToker and budding comedian @souleaterwill, who has 166,900 subscribers on the platform, posted a video emulating the English dubbed voice of Childe, a playable antagonist character.
“It was never about mora, traveler,” says user @souleaterwill as Childe, referring to in-game currency. “It was about the Mets, loving the Mets baby, doing a home run, love Mets, love Mets, let’s go Mets. “
The video, which has around 780,000 views, goes from a clip of Childe in-game to a modified version of the character and his younger brother at Citi Field, the home of the Mets, wearing a Mets cap while the theme song des Mets is playing. background.
The video is based on a longtime Mets meme that’s been around online for at least 2015, according to Know Your Meme. Typically following the “it was never about the money, it was the Mets” format, the meme has since morphed into a copypasta – a repeated memetic phrase – on Twitter. It has also been applied to other fictional characters like Kingpin from “Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse”.
Although @souleaterwill’s video used a familiar format, it was responsible for bringing the meme to Genshin Impact fans on TikTok – then completely destroying the For You fan meme with Mets, after the Mets meme, after the same Mets. While it is difficult to follow the full extent of the trend, given that it is not concentrated under a single sound or a specific hashtag, users have compiled videos featuring the flood of Mets content on their feeds. Genshin Impact-heavy.
While the original video was released in September, the trend only exploded on TikTok in late October, when endless variations of the meme featuring nearly every character in Genshin Impact, from Venti to Xiao to Albedo, abounded on the fan’s For You pages. It’s unclear exactly why the trend accelerated weeks after the original post. The videos all fall in the recognizable @souleaterwill video format, with small character-specific tweaks, and feature the users themselves making impressions on the characters’ English voices.
The meme became so prevalent in the fandom that users began to make versions of it featuring enemies and inanimate in-game items, like treasure chests.
While the trend previously existed online, the recent Genshin Impact wave seems to have brought the Mets meme to other fandoms on TikTok as well. TikTok videos featuring characters like Gon and Killua from the “Hunter x Hunter” animated series have also started to circulate.
Fans also jokingly post that they are enraged by the meme’s sudden proliferation. TikTok users pointed out that the meme “won’t go away [them] alone. ”One creator said in a video he saw seven trend-related videos in a row on his For You page, while another said he“ couldn’t take it anymore. ”One comment with 2,000 likes on a video featuring Bennett’s character, “this trend is holding me hostage.”
Even the creator of the trend, @souleaterwill, said in a post on his backup account: “I’m literally watching Genshin fandom burn.”
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