wendy's smug anime girl

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Wendy’s savage Twitter account is now a smug anime girl

She'll destroy you and laugh about it.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Posted on May 4, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 3:34 pm CDT

Burger chain Wendy’s has established itself on social media as smug and sarcastic, willing to burn critics and rivals with sick, well-considered comebacks. That attitude has earned the company a zealous following on social media, and with fandom comes fan art that turns concepts (or companies) into cute anime characters. “Smug Wendy’s” is the latest of these anthropomorphic creations, and the sheer quantity of drawings people have created of her over the past couple of weeks is breathtaking.

Smug Wendy’s was born in this tweet by artist ProfessorSugoi, who is “100% convinced that Wendy’s is a smug anime girl.”

Personifying companies, countries, or abstract concepts is nothing new in anime fandoms. The Hetalia series turns the great powers of World War II into anime characters, and people have recently created a whole “channel-tan” fandom around anime versions of their favorite TV networks.

The “smug anime face” is a trope frequently seen in Japanese animation and celebrated on 4chan, and it makes a great reaction image to use when attempting to express superiority over one’s online opponents. And Wendy’s has been absolutely crushing its online opponents lately. The brand’s Twitter account has flamed Hardee’s over its copycat 4-for-4 deal, iced a troll who claimed Wendy’s burgers are frozen, and gotten into some fresh beef with McDonald’s.

Basically, Wendy’s is this girl:



Here’s a drawing of Smug Wendy’s delivering a variant of the infamous one-liner, “you forgot refrigerators existed there for a sec.”

And people love it. Millennial Tumblr types are already getting just as into the imaginary anime Wendy’s as they are into their favorite shows and fanfics:

And, like all anime characters, Smug Wendy’s has already been drawn into some sexual situations. Rule 34, the internet “law” that “if it exists, there’s porn of it,” is in full effect here. I’m not going to post it here, but it’s not hard to find if you’re curious.


But casting Wendy’s as the pretty girl who’s always laughing at your feeble efforts isn’t the only fast food anime fanservice going on right now. Artists are adding other restaurants to the mix, too:


This thriving fandom has only grown stronger in the weeks since it started, and if internet anime culture is any indication, its hardcore fans will keep alive for months, if not years, after the snarky Wendy’s Twitter account ceases to be relevant.

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*First Published: May 4, 2017, 11:00 am CDT