A Meme A Minute: Luigi’s Death Stare

A guide to Mario Kart everything, for newbies:

Right. On we go.

Hey, Nintendo? Can we talk for a minute?

What is this?

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No, really. What is this?

 

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http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/article9469367.ece/alternates/w620/luigi.JPG

 

Why?…Just…why?

I haven’t even played the game yet, but this image appeared all over my feed. The weirdly intense look of a man with some serious passive-aggressive anger issues, probably the result of his resentment to his brother and overall franchise carrier, Mario. Everyone always loved the red plumber better…

Soon, I’m worried he’s going to pull a Cersei Lannister and arrange a nice little “accident” for his beloved bro. Or anyone else, for that matter.

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https://twitter.com/mario9j/status/474343918319202304/photo/1

This man does not look well.

But yes. I believe my first reaction was like most other people’s’: a laugh, quickly followed by a bemused, “What?”

Hooray for instant replay!

This is the next big meme gone viral: Luigi’s Death Stare, courtesy of Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U.

According to Know Your Meme, this little gem blew up at the tail end of last month, when someone by the username CZbwoi slowed down the footage of one race, adding in an old rap song from way back in 2005.

And now this is everywhere. People are doing their own versions, capturing new footage of the green, eyeing monster as he wreaks havoc on countless new victims. Folks are putting together their own video compilations and gifs, and drawing increasingly terrifying fan art.

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I think the last one is my favorite 🙂

It is pretty funny and surreal, but as far as death stares go, I think the Disney villains have him beat. Especially this famous one:

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Regardless, it adds something to the game for the people taking turns, eagerly waiting on the side lines til they can get behind the wheel and dish out some vengeance. Hopefully it won’t distract the players too much, because this is the kind of game that likes to mess you up right in your moment of glory, even if you are paying close attention.

And that’s just before any of your friends come over. It’s a free for all that can become anybody’s game in the span of seconds. Literally.

So just watch the replays. Don’t squint and try to catch this one full speed, or you’ll find yourself shelled in no time.

But back to the meme itself, Luigi’s eyes are creepy. He’ll probably get a new creepypasta out of that one day. Hopefully, he won’t ever look out through the screen and into your soul.

An odd, probably unintentional little feature that Nintendo can monetize in future endeavors. Accidental hilariousness, or genus foresight?

You be the judge!

As usual, no images belong to me. Put together by other people, content overall belonging to Nintendo, except for the stepmother pic. That belongs to Disney.

Find the links by the pictures for the original sources. All credit for fan art due to their original creators. 

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