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A copypasta is a block of text copied and pasted to the Internet and social media. Copypasta containing controversial ideas or lengthy rants are often posted for humorous purposes, to provoke reactions from those unaware that the posted text is a meme.


The term copypasta is derived from the computer interface term "copy and paste",[1] the act of selecting a piece of text and copying it elsewhere.

Usage of the word can be traced back to an anonymous 4chan thread from 2006,[2][3] and Merriam-Webster record it appearing on Usenet and Urban Dictionary for the first time that year.[1]


Navy Seal[edit]

The Navy Seal copypasta, also sometimes known as Gorilla Warfare due to a misspelling of "guerrilla warfare" in its contents, is an aggressive but humorous attack paragraph supposedly written by an extremely well-trained member of the United States Navy SEALs (hence its name) to an unidentified "kiddo", ostensibly whoever the copypasta is directed to. Written in a manner similar to a non-serious death threat, the copypasta has the author threaten the recipient while boasting of their own increasingly absurd or unfeasible accomplishments, such as having "over 300 confirmed kills" or being able to kill someone "in over seven hundred ways, and thats just with my bare hands". This copypasta is often reposted as a humorous overreaction to an insult and is thought to have originated on the military-themed imageboard OperatorChan, although the earliest known usage of the copypasta was on 4chan on November 11th, 2010.[4]

In 2019, the copypasta appeared in the alleged manifesto of Brenton Tarrant, the perpetrator of the Christchurch mosque shootings, causing some news sources to report the claims at face value.[5]

Bee Movie[edit]

The Bee Movie copypasta, often called the Bee Movie script, is the entire screenplay of the 2007 animated film Bee Movie, though this is sometimes shortened to just the introductory monologue ("According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway because bees don't care what humans think is impossible."). Use of the Bee Movie's script as a copypasta began in 2013, when users posted it onto websites such as Reddit and Tumblr,[6] and it was popularized when edits of the film were first uploaded to YouTube in late 2016.[7]

"A Drive Into Deep Left Field by Castellanos"[edit]

"A drive into deep left field by Castellanos" is a quote from Thom Brennaman, an American sports commentator for the Major League Baseball team the Cincinnati Reds. The quote and copypasta originated during a broadcast of a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals on 19 August 2020, when Brennaman uttered a homophobic slur on a hot mic. When he was apologizing later in the broadcast, Reds player Nick Castellanos hit a home run, prompting Brennaman to deliver a play-by-play in the middle of his apology, saying: "I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith, as there's a drive into deep left field by Castellanos, it will be a home run. And so that'll make it a 4–0 ballgame."[8] ESPN's Pablo Torre later remarked that it "was like listening to the band play on as the Titanic was sinking. Except the band was also somehow the iceberg."[9]


In computing, copypasta can refer to a piece of code that was copy and pasted.[10] Discussions of copypasta can be found in the code history of Linux, e.g.: "This very much looks like copypasta"[11] (this looks like copy/pasted code and was not originally authored) and "Copypasta mistake"[12] (this code was copy/pasted and not correctly amended).

See also[edit]

  • Creepypasta, brief, user-generated, paranormal stories intended to scare readers
  • Chain letter
  • 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 "Words We're Watching: 'Copypasta'". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  2. ^ "What is Copypasta? - Definition from Techopedia". Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  3. ^ Jaquez, Sophia (12 December 2018). "My Favorite CopyPastas". The County Current. Archived from the original on 20 September 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  4. ^ "What Does Navy Seal copypasta Mean?". Archived from the original on 26 October 2018.
  5. ^ "The Honk Pill Troll Killer: Brenton Tarrant's Motives May Never be Known – if We're Not Careful". 28 March 2019.
  6. ^ Bergado, Gabe (22 February 2017). "How Barry B. Benson Became an Internet A-Lister". Inverse. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  7. ^ "The Best Prank on Facebook Right Now Involves the Entire Transcript of Bee Movie". Intelligencer. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Thom Brennaman resigns from Reds after being suspended for on-air homophobic slur". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  9. ^ Lindbergh, Ben (29 March 2021). "How "A Drive Into Deep Left Field by Castellanos" Became the Perfect Meme for These Strange Times". The Ringer. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  10. ^ Lott, Steven F.; Phillips, Dusty (2 July 2021). Python Object-Oriented Programming: Build robust and maintainable object-oriented Python applications and libraries. Packt Publishing Ltd. p. 186. ISBN 978-1-80107-523-7.
  11. ^ Vetter, Daniel (15 September 2013). "Commit d2aebe". GitHub.
  12. ^ Vetter, Daniel (24 May 2018). "Patch 225131".

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