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Trolls launch campaign to prove that SJWs are a bunch of fake “Non-Player Characters” by … creating fake NPC accounts

What are you even doing, guys?

By David Futrelle

As I noted the other day, the big thing among right-wing shitposters at the moment is the “NPC” meme — an attempt to insult and dehumanize so-called Social Justice Warriors by declaring them to be, in effect, a bunch of “Non-Player Characters” who respond to everything right-wingers say with a few meaningless catchphrases, much like NPCs in video games.

So, yes, the trolls are trying to convince the world (and, I suppose, themselves) that their opponents are basically repetitive robots by … all using the same insult against them at once. The NPC meme is even more of a self-own than the “cuck” and “soyboy” memes that preceded it.

Now they’ve upped their game — I guess you could call it that? — by creating dozens if not hundreds of obviously fake NPC Twitter accounts to prove that … well, I don’t know what they’re trying to prove, honestly.

I discovered this phenomenon earlier today when a couple of these fake NPC accounts — complete with grey-faced NPC avatars — responded to my original article on the NPC nonsense. Here are their Twitter profiles.

Orange Man Bad @NPC16180339 NPC#476447 ❄ 🌊 ✊🏿 🌈 @Coon831 orange man=bad #metoo #lgbt #bluewave #believeallwomen

As you can see, they’re not exactly trying to hide the fact that they’re trolls. (I don’t think even these idiots are idiotic enough to think this half-assed trollery is convincing.)

Here are some of Mr. Orange Man’s recent tweets. You might notice a couple of obvious patterns here. Along with the repetitiveness of the posts, most of them are replies to other fake NPC accounts.

Orange Man Bad ‏ @NPC16180339 3h3 hours ago More Replying to @NPC22498789 @CNN REEEEEESIST! 0 replies 0 retweets 1 like Reply Retweet Like 1 Direct message Orange Man Bad ‏ @NPC16180339 3h3 hours ago More Orange man still bad. TV says so. TV wouldn't lie. 0 replies 0 retweets 2 likes Reply Retweet Like 2 Direct message Orange Man Bad ‏ @NPC16180339 3h3 hours ago More Replying to @npc2304828716 Orange man bad. Orange man is a Nazi. TV told me so. 0 replies 0 retweets 1 like Reply Retweet Like 1 Direct message Orange Man Bad ‏ @NPC16180339 3h3 hours ago More Replying to @npc271827 Allow me to impregnate you so we can kill the white baby 1 reply 0 retweets 2 likes Reply 1 Retweet Like 2 Direct message Orange Man Bad ‏ @NPC16180339 3h3 hours ago More Replying to @NPC557898086581 Orange man bad. Orange man must take the guns away.

I took a quick look at Mr. Orange Man Bad’s profile and saw that he had 70 followers, which is a lot more than one might expect from a throwaway troll account.

So who exactly would follow a completely worthless troll sockpuppet account like this?

Other completely worthless troll sockpuppet accounts. Page after page of them.

What are you even doing, guys? Why go to all this trouble to push a meme that everyone outside of shitposterland sees, at best, as a massive self-own or, at worst, a creepy way to dehumanize your enemies that makes you look a bit less than fully human yourselves? What on earth is the point?

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Godzilla Roberts
Godzilla Roberts
2 years ago

So wait….they’re trying to prove we’re all fake… by making fake accounts and marking them all with the very same obvious avatar that stands out like a thumb you slammed in a car door?

I tilt my head as much as I want for this one and I think my neck is going to snap in half.

Patty Thinkerer
2 years ago

Good golly, the self-owns never stop! The heck are they tring to accomplish here? I’d give a crisp internet dollar for any kind of clue.

Dr. Thang
Dr. Thang
2 years ago

Wow, this is legitimately one of the saddest and most pathetic things I’ve ever seen! So much time and effort dedicated to spite, it’s like these guys have no personality or identity outside being contrary to liberals. If the left disappeared tomorrow, these guys would just dissipate into dust like Thanos snapped his fingers. They wouldn’t have a reason to exist anymore, because hating the left is their entire existence, without us they are nothing. They should really be thanking us for giving them the only purpose their miserable lives will ever experience.

Pie
Pie
2 years ago

What a weird inability to satirize their opponents. I mean, “orange man bad” is a good start, but then to follow it up with “TV wouldn’t lie”? It’s like straw-manning, only they seem to be genuinely incapable of perceiving people outside of their own group.

Tosca, Chaos made Flesh, Servant of the Purring Jew
Tosca, Chaos made Flesh, Servant of the Purring Jew
2 years ago

What a bewildering amount of time and effort to put into…whatever this is. It’s dedication worthy of a far better cause.

Temascos
Temascos
2 years ago

Don’t they realise that anyone could do the same to them, and that it actually applies to them a lot more?

I mean they:

* Believed that a non-existent review for a free game about Depression would lead to the downfall of videogaming, and began an obsessive hate campaign.

* Think that ‘politics’ (Therefore bad!) is anything involving a non straight white male protagonist, like Ellie in the Last Of Us Part 2 being in a gay relationship with another woman. (Which was already a known factor about her, but SHOCK!)

* Think Jack Thompson (One of the original moral crusaders against video games) was a good guy simply because he protested the ESS JAY DUBYAS

* Use all the same damn bizzarre terminology without thinking about why, see: Cuck, SJW, Globalist, Soyboy. (Of course, there’s plenty who know what the phrases mean and why it benefits their cause)

Errapel
Errapel
2 years ago

On a related note, I found a really interesting article (that praises We Hunted the Mammoth!), about red pillers co-opting classic literature to bolster their own misogyny and white supremacy. Thought it might interest people here.

Alexisagirlsname
Alexisagirlsname
2 years ago

@Errapel

On a related note, I found a really interesting article (that praises We Hunted the Mammoth!), about red pillers co-opting classic literature to bolster their own misogyny and white supremacy. Thought it might interest people here.

Makes a change from them (ineptly) co-opting science, I guess. Or horribly misreading Fight Club.

Do you have a link?

rainwoman0451
rainwoman0451
2 years ago

Honestly, the NPC meme isn’t 100% wrong, at least when it comes to political views. Most (white) people who consider themselves “left-leaning” have just allowed themselves to be absorbed into the mainstream, post-MLK zeitgeist that (at least overtly) rejects race-based discrimination in favor of an oversimplified assimilationism and haven’t devoted any cognitive energy to really analyzing things like inequality or race and/or class-consciousness because it’s never been necessary for them to survive.

That said, the far-right isn’t much better. Their entire political philosophy is nothing but post-hoc justifications for oxytocin-based, instinctual ingroup/outgroup reactions or else naked sociopathy and sadism.

Tl;dr, the mainstream left really are robots but the right are nothing more than wild animals.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
2 years ago

What are you even doing, guys?

Trying to be funny?

Of course, they’re failing.

Guys, allow me to explain something. You see, you lack any knowledge of anything outside your own head. This means you don’t understand human beings. A comedian makes people laugh by illuminating the human condition. Therefore you can’t make us laugh.

Get outside. Talk to strangers. Read a few novels. You’ll start to learn about the rest of the world.

Hope that helps.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
2 years ago

@rainwoman0451

The right are nothing more than wild animals.

The right are not wild animals.

This planet needs wild animals.

Right wingers? We’d all be a lot better off without them.

griffon8
griffon8
2 years ago

Wow, that didn’t take long. I went to Twitter and looked at the replies to a comment about 45 paying for crowds at his rallies and these NPC accounts were all over it. Some accounts tried to present a more legitimate cover by saying NPC stood for National Progressive Coalition, but the website is as fake as the gray avatars.

nationalprogressivecoalition(dot)org

griffon8
griffon8
2 years ago

I’ve also found a “Nicholas Preston Cummings PhD”. His avatar is an actual face, but still gray.

(at)NangRichard

Cindy
Cindy
2 years ago

@rainwoman0451

What do you mean by “the mainstream left”? Democrats and people who vote Democrat?

@Kat

I don’t think you’re completely right. They certainly make me laugh, though not for the reasons they intend. 😛

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
2 years ago

Typical alt-right behavior: leveraging memes and irony to self-brainwash themselves, then indulging in orgies of self-congratulation.

This is not the kind of behavior that facilitates the free exchange of ideas. In some ways it’s worse than North Korea and China because at least in those cases it’s forcibly imposed by the government. These people are voluntarily doing to themselves.

They’ve ceded language, truth, science, and critical thought to the left, which has made the right incapable of engaging in meaningful debate or supporting human progress. All they have left are crude tricks to try to discredit their opponents.

I predict that by 2030 the alt-right will have completely lost the ability to read and write, and will only be able to communicate via Pepe memes.

Cat Mara
Cat Mara
2 years ago

Nice to see Twitter has mechanisms in place to prevent this sort of thing, oh wait 🙄

CriticalDragon1177 (@CriticalDragon1)

Man these people are pathetic. Having to go to all this trouble just to lie, in order to make it appear that you are correct, really should make them question their beliefs. Than again, these are not reasonable people at all.

Ariblester
Ariblester
2 years ago

Someone needs to pull these guys aside and tell them that’s not how “be the change you want to see in the world” works.

I mean, kudos to those hypothetical ‘someones’, because it would be like shouting at a wall that is also made of high-level nuclear waste.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Those gray faces are super creepy looking. Are we sure it’s really trolls behind these accounts and not some sort of army of restless spirits trying to take over our reality via the internet. Like in Kairo (aka Pulse)?

Happy Halloween!

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

So, why are there two different comments by two different people in two recent threads calling liberals just as bad as Nazis. Doesn’t seem like a coincidence that this is occuring at the same time the right wing talking point is that liberals are a violent mob. Sounds to me like gotcha trolling meant to manipulate us into violent rhetoric.

Hippodameia
Hippodameia
2 years ago

WWTH – and they always think they’re being so clever about it, too.

Ariblester
Ariblester
2 years ago

@wwth

If you’re talking about rainwoman0451, I’d like to point out that, in another thread several days ago, they’ve already advocated mass killings, torture and slavery being applied to the far-right. So they’ve actually stepped back the violent rhetoric, if you can believe that.

rainwoman0451 wrote:

Fuck all of you talking about not sinking to their level.

If we kill, we kill people standing in the way of a world where women can walk the streets at night without worrying about being raped. If we build mass graves we’ll fill them with people who believe women are nothing but reproductive machinery. If we work our enemies to death in gulags then they’ll die building a better future, whether they like it or not, instead of living as a danger to every decent human being left in this rotten world.

The reason the western left failed is because they allowed themselves to be gaslighted into believing that violence and cruelty are problems to be solved rather than tools to be used.

Take back the house and the Senate, yes, but while we’re at it we also need to take back the military, law enforcement and gun culture as a whole. And more than anything else, take back the will to fight for a better tomorrow, because creatures like Trump and Kavanaugh will never stop fighting for a worse one.

Fabe
Fabe
2 years ago

@Ariblester

Makes me question rainwomans motives for posting here . might be a “hello fellow kids” situation .

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
2 years ago

@ Dr. Thang

it’s like these guys have no personality or identity outside being contrary to liberals. If the left disappeared tomorrow, these guys would just dissipate into dust like Thanos snapped his fingers.

They HAVE NO identity. Before the Orange Slush, they sat at their computers and complained… since Cheeto Benito’s appointment, they sit at their computers and crow. If by some miracle Mango Mussolini were to disappear, they would again sit and gripe.

It’s so ironic that they consider people who are actively fighting for justice to be “non-players..” It’s like they don’t realize that THIS game isn’t being played on their computers… it’s being played in the streets.

Pie
Pie
2 years ago

@the people trying to engage with rainwoman0451,
They haven’t posted much here in the past (under this nym, at least) but it has always been deserving of a good side-eye, at the very least. Divisive and inflammatory stuff.

One thing they’ve never done is answered any questions or responded to criticism. I strongly doubt they’re here in good faith.

griffon8
griffon8
2 years ago

On Twitter, there are some accounts that if I see someone quoting without comment (a clear sign of support), then I block that someone.

I don’t block the source accounts, of course. But it’s the fastest way to get blocked by me.

Until today.

Reminds me of Tombstone: “I see a gray avatar, I block the account showing it.”

Bina
2 years ago

Build a strawman, paint it grey–
Look, another trollish way!
Pity is that no one’s fooled
By that drivel that they drooled.

Cyborgette
Cyborgette
2 years ago

@Pie

I’ve seen leftists who sound like them and are actually serious… Generally various stripes of TERF, Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, or tankies (i.e. Stalin revisionists). Very much a minority on the left in any of those cases, but still loud and still dangerous.

Clever name here
Clever name here
2 years ago

You know, if they could channel all this energy into something like dog rescue, the world would be a better place (at least for dogs), and they could rail against humans who mistreat dogs ALL THEY LIKE. But, I guess that would require them to do something that would benefit a living being, which does not seem to be how they roll.

Dr. Thang
Dr. Thang
2 years ago

@rainwoman0451

Stop dehumanizing those you don’t agree with, or you are in absolutely no position to criticize others for their beliefs, because that’s an incredibly low way of thinking that says more about you than them. We all need to accept that people, no matter how abhorrent, are still people, and all of us are capable of evil, we can only choose to do good instead. Because thinking of people who choose to be terrible as less than human allows you to think you could never do that, because only “wild animals” do that. It’s that exact kinda thinking that gives people an excuse to do horrible things all over the world every day. It’s why most rapists will admit to what they did as long as you don’t call it rape, because they don’t think of it that way, they were only “getting laid”, against someone’s will, “because only monsters rape, and I’m not a monster!”

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

One thing they’ve never done is answered any questions or responded to criticism. I strongly doubt they’re here in good faith.

What really tipped the scales for me was that they followed up a criticism of the “mainstream” left with “the right aren’t much better.”

It’d be one thing if they said “Democrats aren’t much better than the right.” An absurd thing to say in the era of Trump, but not an uncommon sentiment on the far left. But by saying the right aren’t much better than the mainstream left, it suggests they actually have higher expectations of and more affinity with the right.

Katamount
Katamount
2 years ago

I still can’t quite wrap my head around taking precious time out of one’s life to create these things. Are they really that hard up for activities?

Makroth - cowboy Jacobin from Hell
Makroth - cowboy Jacobin from Hell
2 years ago

Is this masturbation?

Megpie71
2 years ago

I’m starting to agree with Lord Vetinari: it is essential that something be found for people with minds like this to do, otherwise they might do anything. Fortunately for all of us, they’re currently confining themselves to what is, essentially, electronic voodoo (attempting to change the world by changing the way things look to them on the internet).

Kevin
Kevin
2 years ago

@Megpie71 Vetinari applies some practical ingenuity to dealing with his political rivals too as I recall, mostly by inciting them to feud with each other instead of himself.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
2 years ago

@Ariblester
I hadn’t seen rainwoman’s earlier quote. Thanks for posting it!

rainwoman0451 wrote:

Fuck all of you talking about not sinking to their level.

If we kill, we kill people standing in the way of a world where women can walk the streets at night without worrying about being raped. If we build mass graves we’ll fill them with people who believe women are nothing but reproductive machinery. If we work our enemies to death in gulags then they’ll die building a better future, whether they like it or not, instead of living as a danger to every decent human being left in this rotten world.

The reason the western left failed is because they allowed themselves to be gaslighted into believing that violence and cruelty are problems to be solved rather than tools to be used.

Take back the house and the Senate, yes, but while we’re at it we also need to take back the military, law enforcement and gun culture as a whole. And more than anything else, take back the will to fight for a better tomorrow, because creatures like Trump and Kavanaugh will never stop fighting for a worse one.

It’s hard to tell what this person’s motivation is. Is this individual a comedian? A provocateur? Or genuine?

My best guess is that this commenter is a member of a tiny, tiny, tough-talking and possibly violent left-wing splinter group. I think that this individual is actually sincere and is trying to radicalize us. Hell, I’m already radical. But work my enemies to death in a gulag? Mass graves? Commenter person, this is not inspirational: this is sick-making. You might want to rethink your politics, because (do I actually have to say this?) decent people don’t talk this way.

moregeekthan
moregeekthan
2 years ago

Some of these folks have actually gone through the trouble of dressing up their gray men with hats and eyepatches and such. I have to wonder if some part of them just likes playing paperdolls, but this is the only way they can do that and still feel manly. (Given their wrong, sad, narrow view of what constitutes manly.) Not calling folks out for playing paperdolls, I personally really dig that stuff. Just want to tell them, “Guys, you know that bit of enjoyment you felt when you put that hat on that avatar? If you stopped hating people, you could have that level of enjoyment in your life all the time.”

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

I love paper dolls! I used to make my own spare outfits for them.

Katamount
Katamount
2 years ago

@moregeekthan

Some of these folks have actually gone through the trouble of dressing up their gray men with hats and eyepatches and such. I have to wonder if some part of them just likes playing paperdolls, but this is the only way they can do that and still feel manly.

Actually, I wonder if this really is the limit to their creativity. Brings to mind that episode of The Simpsons (really, isn’t there one for every occasion?):

http://i.imgur.com/jMn1DhA.jpg

This is literally all Bart’s TV-addled imagination can come up with. And all indications are that their imaginations have atrophied to the point that they can’t actually relate to people outside of their narrow narrative spaces: player characters, non-player characters, background characters, supporting casts etc.

It would explain why they have to continue to appropriate memes that other people come up with. Originality requires thinking outside themselves, which they dare not do for fear of introspection. (And yes, I’m quite aware that I’m using a meme of a 20-year-old TV show to call out overuse of memes. Sometimes they do say things better in a way people can understand.)

I’ve been devoting a lot of time to creativity since I was 18… with my own characters, designs, storylines etc. Being the guy full of self doubt as I am, I’m constantly questioning how good I am, and do experience Imposter syndrome. Yet at least it’s something I can call my own. Something original.

And what’s really sad is that they think they’re the original thinkers. They think they have it all figured out and everyone else is just the NPC “sheeple.”

Dunning-Kruger: it’s not just for ignorance anymore. Now it’s a mental prison.

shartheheretic
shartheheretic
2 years ago

I saw my first comment referencing “NPCs” on Facebook yesterday, and was glad I had read about it here or I would have had no idea what it meant.

They dont seem to understand that most people won’t know what the hell they are talking about when they use their inane jargon.

Ray of Rays
Ray of Rays
2 years ago

So…they’ve recreated “u mad?” and think they’re geniuses?

SpukiKitty
SpukiKitty
2 years ago

On the bright side; These troll’s various propaganda schemes are often incredibly ineffectual, nonsensical and down right hilarious.

This is the weirdest yet silliest thing I’ve ever seen. If this is supposed to “Pwn the Libs”, it failed miserably and gave us a good laugh.

MarshallDog
MarshallDog
2 years ago

I do like the stupid grey man avatars though. It sucks they have to be associated with this *ahem* movement *cough*.

Who?
Who?
2 years ago

OT: I have a problem, what to do if a familymember tells you she voted for a party which is extreme right (very near in parts to neo-nazis), her reason was fear of muslim murdering her daughter because she could fall in love with one (the kid is three).
How do you react to that? There are still her familymembers to whom I have a good relationship.
If have been asked to not tell another person, because this person would flip, I am more broading about the problem.

Read an interesting article in the future about the fear of beeing acused (wrongly) to be a rapist. What readers here know is the only 2-8 % of the acusations are false (and the numbers of not reportated rapes are very high).
What wasn’t on my radar was that most of the false rape acusation report anonymous rapist so if someone acuses a certain person the rate of the false acusation is problably a lot lower.
English source:

Who?
Who?
2 years ago
Scildfreja Unnyðnes
Scildfreja Unnyðnes
2 years ago

re: The OP,

Yeah, that’s pretty much the alt-right in a nutshell.

They mock. They know their mockery isn’t based on anything real, and they don’t really care if it is or not. S’why you can say they’re arguing against strawmen until you’re blue in the face and it won’t matter. They know they’re strawmen. That’s the point. They’re mocking because they’ve decided they want to mock you, and the more ridiculous and obscene, the better.

Of course, since memes and anger are the only things rattling around in those domes of theirs, their mockery’s pretty dumb. So you get hundreds of twitter accounts with the same weak-sauce joke.

See, but if they’re the ones doing the mocking, it’s intelligent and informed and deserved. If we do it, we’re just mindless NPCs droning on with the latest inflammatory buzzwords.

re: rainwoman0451,

Yeah, she’s a tankie. At least that’s my read of it. A communist in the “communism really means top-down military authoritarianism” sort of communism. So, fascist.

(Not that I know if she’s a communist at all, just my guess given her disdain for “the left.”)

I replied to her in that particular thread but i did so too late. Waiting with bated breath for the next opportunity.

FineFinethePunLioness
FineFinethePunLioness
2 years ago

They really cannot create decent memes can they?

They’re either self owns, incomprehensible or failed edgelord every time

There needs to be a class on how to meme properly

Kerry
Kerry
2 years ago

The NPC looks like it shares DNA with Pepe.

Ray of Rays
Ray of Rays
2 years ago

Just noticed a revealing exchange on the twitters (in a swamp otherwise dominated by people mocking Elizabeth Warren).

Norman Peter Calloway

@NPC1163R41
1h1 hour ago
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Yes. Trump Supporters stupid. They are all nazis who can’t read. We must #impeach45 #resist #bluetsunami

1 reply 0 retweets 2 likes
Reply 1 Retweet Like 2

Haun Solo

@Watup_Haun
1h1 hour ago
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Bring it on beta

1 reply 0 retweets 0 likes
Reply 1 Retweet Like

Norman Peter Calloway

@NPC1163R41
1h1 hour ago
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Trump supporters are betas. They are all nazis. #downwithdrumpf #resist45

1 reply 0 retweets 3 likes
Reply 1 Retweet Like 3
New conversation

Haun Solo

@Watup_Haun
1h1 hour ago
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Good luck with that. You guys may get him impeached by November 2024

Their non-4chan compatriots are stupid enough to fall for it.

Mels
Mels
2 years ago

Well, at least this, much like a Pepe avatar or the ❌ emoji, is an obvious “BLOCK ME” sign to the rest of us.