I don’t exactly remember the first time I met Pepe. Perhaps it was a cold winter day where I laid in bed under a fortress of pillows and my IKEA duvet cover. Or maybe it was on the train. I thought it’d be a one-time thing. I was wrong.
For all of you out there that don’t know who Pepe is, he’s a meme frog that’s spiked in popularity over the past couple of months. Sorry if it sounded at first like he was some salacious lover whose fling will forever flutter within my heart. But while I first stumbled upon Pepe while on Tumblr last year, I couldn’t have predicted the explosive fame he’d go on to achieve. He’s now all over the Internet, with even celebs like Katy Perry sharing photos of him. His transformations are endless, being depicted in different ways and contexts—a package of 1,272 “rare Pepes” was recently posted on Imgur.
Now, the rarest of Pepes has been found at Anime Expo 2015—and he looks great shirtless.
What’s hilarious is the juxtaposition between the upset expression on the Pepe mask and the chiseled body. The most perfect of all rare Pepes. Similar to the Sudowoodo costume, this Pepe getup has gotten lots of love on Tumblr. Dubbed the “most daddy Pepe ever” by Tumblr user gingerjews, photos of Nguyen as the meme have gotten almost 79,000 notes.
Never thought I’d see Pepe like this before. But hey, I’m not complaining.