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A copypasta is a block of text which is copied and pasted across the Internet by individuals through online forums and social networking websites. Copypastas are said to be similar to spam.[1]


The word "copypasta" was first used on Usenet groups in 2006.[2]


The term "copypasta" is derived from the computer term "copy/paste", and can be traced back to an anonymous 4chan imageboard from 2006.[1][3]

Notable examples[edit]

Navy Seal[edit]

The Navy Seal copypasta is a lengthy, comically written, aggressive attack paragraph against a "kiddo", written in the voice of the stereotypical "tough guy", listing absurd accomplishments such as having "over 300 confirmed kills" and being "trained in gorilla [sic] warfare". This copypasta is often reposted as a humorous overreaction to an insult and is thought to have originated in a post on a 4chan message board from 11 November 2010.[4]

Bee Movie[edit]

The Bee Movie copypasta dates back to 2013 where users would post the entire script of the Bee Movie onto websites such as Reddit and Tumblr.[5] This was popularised around the time when edits of the film were first being posted and popularized on YouTube in late 2016.[6]


Copypasta can refer to a piece of code that was copy/pasted. Discussions of copypasta can be found in the code history of Linux, e.g.: "This very much looks like copypasta"[7] (this looks like copy/pasted code and was not originally authored) and "Copypasta mistake"[8] (this code was copy/pasted and not correctly amended).

See also[edit]

  • Creepypasta, brief, user-generated, paranormal stories intended to scare readers
  • Faxlore, similar content circulated by fax machine
  • Know Your Meme, a website and video series which researches and documents the history of Copypastas and similar content
  • Running gag, a recurring joke
  • Snowclone, a cliché and phrasal template that can be used and recognized in multiple variants
  • Shitposting, the practice of posting intentionally low-quality or provocative content to troll or solicit reactions from others


  1. ^ a b "What is Copypasta? - Definition from Techopedia". Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Words We're Watching: 'Copypasta'". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  3. ^ Jaquez, Sophia (12 December 2018). "My Favorite CopyPastas". The County Current. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  4. ^ "What Does Navy Seal copypasta Mean?". Archived from the original on 26 October 2018.
  5. ^ Bergado, Gabe. "How Barry B. Benson Became an toucher". Inverse. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  6. ^ "The Best Prank on Facebook Right Now Involves the Entire Transcript of Bee Movie". Intelligencer. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  7. ^ Vetter, Daniel (15 September 2013). "Commit d2aebe".
  8. ^ Vetter, Daniel (24 May 2018). "Patch 225131".