Big Chungus is ultimate example of meme culture


Quinn Dekker, Staff writer

Several weeks ago as the new year approached, a mysterious creature graced the internet and took meme pages everywhere by storm. This creature, of course, is Big Chungus.

For those who are unfamiliar with this new meme, allow me to explain. Big Chungus is a picture of an overweight rabbit that the internet often associates with a fake video game as shown at the top of this article. The picture of the rabbit originates from a 1941 Looney Tunes cartoon where Bugs Bunny is imitating Elmer Fudd.

The picture of Bugs Bunny became Big Chungus when Reddit user GaryTheTaco made the original PS4 edit on March 20, 2018, but the post was not made public until December 1 of the same year.

The post slowly grew in popularity thanks to a mom asking a GameStop employee if they had the game in stock for her son, several reuploads of GaryTheTaco’s post, and many uses of the rabbit in new edits. These new edits tend to parody real video games like Shadow of the Chungus (parody of Shadow of the Colossus) and Chungus 6 Seige (parody of Rainbow 6 Seige) along with countless other miscellaneous uses of the rabbit in meme culture.

Unfortunately for Big Chungus, the success of the meme has been with the disgust of those who say that it is “Pointless!”, “Stupid!” or  “Just the next Ugandan Knuckles (another meme popular in early 2018)”. Personally, I am distraught from all the backlash this meme has received, and I wholeheartedly believe that Big Chungus is both completely original and one of the best memes in recent years.

For those who say that Big Chungas is just Ugandan Knuckles 2, I cannot comprehend why anyone would think that besides the fact they are both animals. What sets Big Chungus apart is that Ugandan Knuckles comes from the Sonic franchise, which has had memes and absurd fan art based on it for years.

Big Chungus just came out of nowhere. The method by which Ugandan Knuckles was implemented was also nothing compared to Big Chungus. While Ugandan Knuckles was more limited with only a few basic catchphrases, Big Chungus is much more open-ended and can work in pretty much any meme scenario.

Big Chungus does not just triumph over the Ugandan Knuckles meme, it holds its own against any major meme throughout the years. The dopey face of Big Chungus combined all the fun details packed into GaryTheTaco’s post, such as featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry series (a much darker and violent video game character) and give the meme a distinct personality that I and meme lovers worldwide just can’t resist.

Lastly, I would like to address any readers that may look at Big Chungus and think it was one of the dumbest things ever. I can see the reasoning. The whole concept of Big Chungus makes absolutely no sense, but that’s the point. There is no logical reason why an overweight Bugs Bunny should be given the name Big Chungus.

There is even less reason to it being a video game on the PlayStation 4.  The reason that Big Chungus has received so much love is the way meme culture works. Meme lovers like myself look for layers upon layers of irony in memes. The more ridiculous, illogical and confusing effect that memes like Big Chungus have on outsiders is the sole purpose of their hilarity.

Big Chungus is a perfect example of how memes are the ultimate inside joke, and if skeptics were to have a more open mind, they may realize there is nothing wrong with a little nonsense now and then.