All your base are belong to us
"All your base are belong to us" was a popular Internet meme based on a broken English ("Engrish") phrase found in the opening cutscene of the 1992 Mega Drive port of the 1989 arcade video game Zero Wing. The quote comes from the European release of the game, featuring poor English translations of the original Japanese version.
Examples from the transcript
|Original script||English version of the game[a]||Literal translation from Japanese[b]||Idiomatic translation[c]|
||Mechanic: Somebody set up us the bomb.||Engineer: It seems someone planted explosives.||It seems that someone planted some explosives (on our ship).|
|通信士：メインスクリーンにビジョンが来ます。||Operator: Main screen turn on.||Communication staff: The "vision" will come to the main screen.||A visual is coming on the main screen.|
||CATS: All your base are belong to us.||CATS: With the cooperation of Federation Forces, CATS has taken over all of your bases.||With the cooperation of Federation Forces, CATS has taken over all of your bases.|
||CATS: You have no chance to survive make your time.||CATS: Treasure what little time remains in your lives.||Treasure the little time you have left to live.|
|艦長：たのむぞ。ZIG！！||Captain: Move 'ZIG'.||Captain: I ask of you, ZIG [units]...||I'm counting on you, ZIG!!|
||Captain: For great justice.||Captain: ...let there be hope for our future.||For the hope of our future...|
Mentions in media
The phrase or some variation of lines from the game has appeared in numerous articles, books, comics, clothing, movies, radio shows, songs, television shows, video games, webcomics, and websites.
In November 2000, Kansas City computer programmer, Something Awful forum member, and part-time disc jockey Jeffrey Ray Roberts of the Gabber band the Laziest Men on Mars, made a techno dance track, "Invasion of the Gabber Robots", which remixed some of the Zero Wing video game music by Tatsuya Uemura with a voice-over phrase "All your base are belong to us". Tribal War forums member Bad_CRC in February 2001 created a video combining Roberts' song and the various images created in a Something Awful AYB photoshop thread, which proceeded to go viral.
On April 1, 2003, in Sturgis, Michigan, seven people aged 17 to 20 placed signs all over town that read: "All your base are belong to us. You have no chance to survive make your time." They claimed to be playing an April Fool's joke, but most people who saw the signs were unfamiliar with the phrase. Many residents were upset that the signs appeared while the U.S. was at war with Iraq and police chief Eugene Alli said the signs could be "a borderline terrorist threat, depending on what someone interprets it to mean".
In February 2004, North Carolina State University students and members of TheWolfWeb in Raleigh, North Carolina exploited a web-based service used by local schools and businesses to report weather-related closures to display the phrase within a news ticker on a live news broadcast on News 14 Carolina.
On June 1, 2006, YouTube was taken down temporarily for maintenance. The phrase "ALL YOUR VIDEO ARE BELONG TO US" appeared below the YouTube logo as a placeholder while the site was down. Some users believed the site had been hacked, leading YouTube to add the message "No, we haven't be [sic] hacked. Get a sense of humor."
On January 19, 2019, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted "All your base (are) belong to us" in response to a poll by Hill–HarrisX that 45% of polled Republicans approved of Ocasio-Cortez's suggested implementation of a 70% marginal tax rate for individuals making over $10 million per year.
- Original broken English translation as it appeared in the released video game.
- The direct translation from the original Japanese game text has been created by Wikipedia editors with the help of native speakers.
- English translation edited for clarity to native English speakers, as opposed to a literal word-for-word translation.
- Dibbell, Julian (2008-01-18). "Mutilated Furries, Flying Phalluses: Put the Blame on Griefers, the Sociopaths of the Virtual World". Wired.
- Toaplan (31 May 1991). Zero Wing (in Japanese). Sega Mega Drive. Taito. Scene: Intro sequence.
- Toaplan (1992). Zero Wing. Sega Mega Drive. Taito. Scene: Intro scene.
- Taylor, Chris (2001-02-25). "All Your Base Are Belong To Us". Time. Archived from the original on 21 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-29.
- Benner, Jeffrey (2001-02-23). "When Gamer Humor Attacks". Wired.
- Doyle, Holly (2003-04-04). "Men arrested for "All Your Base" prank". WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3. Archived from the original on 29 August 2010. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
- Poulsen, Kevin (2004-03-05). "Wags hijack TV channel's on-screen ticker". The Register. Archived from the original on 25 May 2006. Retrieved 2006-05-15.
- Sandoval, Greg (2006-06-02). "YouTube: Our humor, not our hack". CNET News. Archived from the original on 2014-05-06.
- Cole, Brendan. "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tax Rate Plans Find Favor Among Republicans, She Responds with Retro Meme". Newsweek. Newsweek. Retrieved 21 January 2019.