Memetic Troll

A slightly less dangerous (usually) variant of the Memetic Psychopath, the Memetic Troll is a character the fandom likes to depict as a Troll.

Quite often, the character isn't really a troll, but gets this reputation due to something he did or said in-story for no apparent other reason than screwing with others (such as neglecting a major detail about something in a situation where it would have been crucial) that cannot be attributed to his stupidity. It's also possible for the character to actually be a troll in the original support, but get this reputation exaggerated for laughs by the fandom. In any case, the character has a reputation of being a Troll that has become a Memetic Mutation.

Obviously an example of Memetic Mutation. Compare Never Live It Down. The Gadfly is susceptible to this kind of depiction, especially by those who don't know the difference between that and a Troll.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • Kyubey from Puella Magi Madoka Magica lends himself quite handily to fanon portrayals as a troll, given his manipulative and duplicitous nature in the series proper.
  • Izaya Orihara from Light Novel/Durarara, who is a remorseless Troll in the actual series itself.
  • Kill la Kill has Nui Harime, who indeed takes pleasure in messing around with the protagonists' emotions, but the fandom ramps her up into an uber troll who not only screws with the cast, but the AUDIENCE as well: or fans, she practically trolled them in her own sendoff, and they like to see her as some sort of reality-warping trickster who denies the viewers the satisfaction of seeing her getting a comeuppance. (While she did eventually die, she did it on her own terms and furthered the Big Bad's plan by doing so, making the interpretation not too far-fetched).
    • Not to mention that she did blatantly break the fourth wall in the penultimate episode's credits, where she appears in place of the usual Mako at one point, doing a "shush" motion to the audience before suddenly an extra scene interrupts the credits entirely...a scene beginning with a close-up of Nui's face as she makes an announcement.
  • Bleach offers us Sosuke Aizen, a Magnificent Bastard of the Soft-Spoken Sadist variety who practically rubs his superiority in the protagonists' (and the audience's) faces at every opportunity. While his plans were carefully laid out with judicious use of his zanpakuto's totally hax powers during the Soul Society arc, the infamous Hinamori incident in which he brutally showcased his Kyoka Suigetsu's abilities automatically propelled him from Chess Master to God of the Bleach-verse in the eyes of the fandom, with countless parodies to boot. Even after his eventual defeat, fans could still be heard musing that he's just using his Bankai to progress the plot.
  • Alucard from Hellsing; in the original support, he is a Sociopathic Hero bordering on Villain Protagonist and a God-Mode Sue. Hellsing Ultimate Abridged plays all those characteristics for comedy, while making him a complete troll and Psychotic Manchild who takes every opportunity to mess with his boss Integra (from blackmailing her into giving a plasma screen tv, to doing exactly the opposite of what she asks him, to sending absurd death threats to the Pope via carrier pigeon). Even his laugh has become a Memetic Mutation.

     Comic Books 
  • M.O.D.O.K., normally a half-comical, half-sadistic villain of Marvel Comics, becomes this in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. From his Evil Laughs in many in his attacks (and in his Victory Pose in particular), some of his quotes that can come off as sadistically insane, his unorthodox playstyle (in that he can fly freely and mainly excels in keep-aways), and the fact that he just looks plain ridiculous and comes rather out of the blue (when compared to many other Marvel fan favorites that don't come in), the fans seemingly see him as a potent troll. Oh, and his theme goes with trolling.
  • Deadpool is unquestionably a Troll in-universe, and the fact he is found of Breaking the Fourth Wall just helped him to get this reputation to Memetic Mutation level.

  • The Wizard of Oz
    • Glinda doesn't just tell Dorothy from the start that Dorothy's ruby slippers have the power to bring her back home. In-story, the justification would be that, had Glinda told her, Dorothy wouldn't have gone through her travel and grown up with it, but most people like to attribute it to Glinda just wanting to screw with her.

      Interestingly, this is actually an error from the adaptation, since the film combines two characters from the book: Glinda the Good Witch of the South and the (unnamed) Good Witch of the North. The one from the North tells Dorothy to go to the Wizard; and after the Wizard flies off in his balloon, everyone suggests that she visit Glinda, who is the one who tells her that she [Dorothy] had the power all along.

  • The Muppets
    • Statler and Waldorf are considered by many fans and others to be the original trolls (in fact, one popular meme names them as, "Trolling before there was trolling." Given that their main schtick on The Muppet Show was sitting up in the balcony and heckling almost everyone in the show (they're especially merciless with Fozzie), which is a characteristic that continually follows them from medium to medium, helps validate this opinion. Their Screw Politeness, I'm A Senior! personalities also help.

      For a short while circa 2005, Statler and Waldorf actually had their own webcast where they would review (or rip apart) the latest movie releases. This was in the days before The Nostalgia Critic. They even got their own Just for Fun page on this site.

  • Sol of the Warrior Cats series has gained a memetic reputation as a troll thanks to his Affably Evil attitude and the smug expression he had on a book cover (which later got edited so it wasn't so smug). Here is a macro that got passed around for a bit with that original image.

  • Inverted with Akita Neru from Vocaloid. She's a Miku derivative who acts as a personification of trolling following an incident of Google censoring every Miku picture in the net (long story); her name means "I'm tired; off to bed" coming from people who tried to stop the talk about the issue. The inversion comes when her origins become glossed over over time and she's mostly depicted as a Deadpan Snarker (and sometimes Tsundere) in Fanon.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer40000:
    • Eldrad Ulthuan is one of if not the most powerful Eldar Farseer in the game. Fanon has him exploit his ability to flawlessly predict the future to... play stupid pranks on people (hence the phrase "Eldrad: What a dick").
    • Asdrubael Vect and Creed get similar reputations, and the Chaos god Tzeentch is a god of false hope and betrayal.
    • The Necron thief/collector Trazyn the Infinite has earned the Fan Nickname "Trollzyn", in no small part due to the "thank you" letter from him to an Inquisitor that appears on his character sheet.

    Video Games 
  • Touhou
    • Yukari Yakumo is portrayed in fanworks as an incredible troll, ranging from simple tricks with her gaps to pulling elaborate schemes just to piss someone (usually Reimu) off. In canon, she does do strange things and have an odd nature, but generally has a good reason for what she does.
    • Tewi Inaba probably doesn't count on the basis that this is entirely canon for her.
    • Seija Kijin canonically likes pissing people off and hatches elaborate schemes to overthrow the social order. Fanworks tend to dial down the scale of what she does, resulting in this trope.
  • Hazama, a.k.a. Terumi Yuuki, from BlazBlue. This bastard trolls everyone in the series, and such is his nature that he feeds on other people's hatred of him, which he instills in others through his horrible acts. As a result, his trolling has reached out Memetic level that goes even beyond his usual high-level trolling. He's even earned his place on the pantheon of This Very Wiki as the God of Trolling.
  • The Ancient Dragon from Dark Souls II, while simply delivering a Disproportionate Retribution to the fool who provoked its ire, is often lauded by the fandom as a merciless troll who revels in the frustrations of players who die way too often to its incredibly random attack pattern, sometimes taking flight just for the sake of it (and not raining down fire), and possibly crushing some hapless fool upon landing.
  • Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4. Usually a Ditzy Genius Yamato Nadeshiko, the event at the Amagi Inn where she messed up the schedules of the boys on purpose and makes their stay at her inn just hilariously unpleasant has made people think she's a rather sneaky Troll.

    Visual Novels 
  • Beatrice the Golden Witch from Umineko: When They Cry is quite infamous for her trolling of Battler, especially since one of her expressions in the original sound novels looks very similar to the memetic Trollface. However, it turns out that her trolling nature is largely an act, and that Bernkastel is a much more cruel and merciless troll than Beato ever was.
  • Zelretch. While his apparitions within main Nasuverse works are quite limited and somewhat formal note , the fandom seems to have taken a liking to him as a bored old man whose sense of humour always causes others to suffer. His creation of the user-not-so-friendly Kaleidosticks and the mention of all his apprentices (bar Rin, so far) ending up insane due to his mischief being the main aguments of this theory.

  • The poster boy of this trope is none other than Rage Comics' Trollface, a grotesquely smirking face that screws with people (and sometimes logic itself), often with the phrases "U MAD, BRO?" and "Problem?" Typing the word "troll" into Google's search engine will bring up images of Trollface, and other memetic trolls will sometimes be depicted with their own trollface. U mad, trope page?
  • The milder Dolan comics portray Donald Duck (or a character very similar to Donald) as a troll. In most comics, he goes beyond that, being a Memetic Psychopath and a Memetic Molester.

    Web Original 
  • Twitch has the Kappa emote. Shortly after its debut in the era, it quickly became associated with trolling or sarcasm.

     Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • Princess Celestia. She's depicted in the series as a Reasonable Authority Figure who genuinely tries to make everything go for the better, but her tendencies to sometimes use deception to those ends, play occasional mild (but good-spirited) pranks, neglect some crucial details (such as the fact her pet is a Phoenix in "A Bird in the Hoof" or that she could give Twilight invitations to the gala for all her friends from the start in "The Grand Galloping Galla"), and of course the fact she banished her then-evil sister Luna to the Moon led to people commonly depicting her as a Trolling ruler who borders on Caligula territory.
    • Discord as well, though it helps that he's an actual troll in canon.
  • Soundwave from Transformers Prime often gets this treatment due to being Dangerously Genre Savvy, often outwitting anyone who opposes him, and being a Silent Snarker.
  • Papa Smurf of The Smurfs can be interpreted as one, creating holidays like Unhappiness Day, where every Smurf has to be miserable while he walks around making sure they aren't having fun, and Hug a Smurf Day, which almost just becomes "Torture Grouchy" day because he hates hugs, not that Papa Smurf doesn't find this hilarious.