How Ugandan Knuckles Originated from a Film and Evolved into a Meme

The Internet is currently obsessed with Ugandan Knuckles, a meme involving a wonky looking Knuckles who protects/spits on anime “queens” while clicking their tongue. It’s taken over comment threads, VRChat, and social media to the confusion of many.

Knuckles Origin Story

The parody image of Knuckles was created by Gregzilla for his review of Sonic Lost World, and first gave rise to the “Knuckles Sings” meme. Shortly after, Deviantart user tidiestflyer created a 3D model on Gregzilla’s drawing, which has become a popular avatar on VRChat.

Ugandan Knuckles

 

Ugandan Influence

What does Knuckles have to do with Uganda? You have to hop on over to Twitch, specifically to Forsen’s fanbase. Forsen is popular Swedish streamer known for playing Hearthstone and Player Unkown’s Battlegrounds. His fanbase loves spamming Ugandan memes while playing Player Unkown’s Battlegrounds, which some say is offensive and mocks Ugandan culture.

The Ugandan Knuckles phrases are related to the film Who Killed Captain Alex? This Ugandan produced action-comedy movie is notorious for its broken English lines, with the phrase “do you know the way?” being the most popular.

 

Going Viral in VRChat

VRChat user Gaztons combined the two memes and gave rise to the Ugandan Knuckles that has gone viral. Basically, he uses the avatar to recruit players to join his “tribe.” While some players to make humor videos using the Ugandan Knuckles model, most groups gather around to shout “you do not know the way” and make clicking noises to protect a queen – usually an anime girl like Kanna from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.

 

VRChat was quickly overtaken by anime girls during its launch but now Ugandan Knuckles has stolen the limelight. Certain servers ban and block Ugandan Knuckles players.

Now the meme is making the jump into the real world through cosplayers discovering “the whey”.

Whether you think it’s obnoxious, funny, or offensive, Ugandan Knuckles has taken over a large number of communities and seems to be the first major meme of 2018.

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I grew up traveling around the world with my parents who practice and teach medicine. We spent 6 years in South Asia, including Japan, and my anime obsession began there. Sports, horror, and Seinen are my favorite genres. Favorite quote: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." by William James
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