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* [[Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure "I reject my carrier refit, Amagi!"]] [[note]]Battleship Kaga not wanting to go through the retrofit gets played out in the fandom as the scene where Dio first dons the stone mask. It helps that the developers gave Battleship Kaga skill icons that reference both Phantom Blood Dio and Stardust Crusaders Dio. [[/note]]

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* [[Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure "I reject my carrier refit, Amagi!"]] Akagi!"]] [[note]]Battleship Kaga not wanting to go through the retrofit gets played out in the fandom as the scene where Dio first dons the stone mask. It helps that the developers gave Battleship Kaga skill icons that reference both Phantom Blood Dio and Stardust Crusaders Dio. [[/note]]


* [[Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure "I reject my carrier refit, Akagi!"]] [[note]]Battleship Kaga not wanting to go thru the retrofit gets played out in the fandom as the scene where Dio first dons the stone mask. It helps that the developers gave Battleship Kaga skill icons that reference both Phantom Blood Dio and Stardust Crusaders Dio. [[/note]]

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* [[Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure "I reject my carrier refit, Akagi!"]] Amagi!"]] [[note]]Battleship Kaga not wanting to go thru through the retrofit gets played out in the fandom as the scene where Dio first dons the stone mask. It helps that the developers gave Battleship Kaga skill icons that reference both Phantom Blood Dio and Stardust Crusaders Dio. [[/note]]


** Z23/Nimi oath skin when![[note]]Started after Laffey received a wedding skin, leaving Z23 the only starter destroyer without one. As of CN 3rd anniversary, she got a swimsuit skin instead of an oath skin when three others got theirs. See MemeticLoser.[[/note]]

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** Z23/Nimi oath skin when![[note]]Started after Laffey received a wedding skin, leaving Z23 the only starter destroyer without one. As of CN 3rd anniversary, she got a swimsuit skin instead of an oath skin when three others got theirs.theirs, which feels like a deliberate taunting of her fans. See MemeticLoser.[[/note]]


** Z23/Nimi oath skin when![[note]]Started after Laffey received a wedding skin, leaving Z23 the only starter destroyer without one. See MemeticLoser above.[[/note]]

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** Z23/Nimi oath skin when![[note]]Started after Laffey received a wedding skin, leaving Z23 the only starter destroyer without one. As of CN 3rd anniversary, she got a swimsuit skin instead of an oath skin when three others got theirs. See MemeticLoser above.MemeticLoser.[[/note]]

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** [[MessianicArchetype Juneau died for our sins.]]


* "HEY!" "HELLO!" "HAJIMEMASHITE!" "SHOUNEN!" "KIMI WA..." [[note]]These quotes belong to Kent, San Diego, Portland, Nevada and Pensacola respectively - some of the common units that most commanders complain about pulling, especially when pulling for events or limited. It's their first lines, which will usually be said as commanders typically try to skip through more common pulls.[[/note]]

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* "HEY!" "HEY SHIKIKAN!" "HELLO!" "HAJIMEMASHITE!" "SHOUNEN!" "KIMI WA..." [[note]]These quotes belong to Kent, San Diego, Portland, Nevada and Pensacola respectively - some of the common units that most commanders complain about pulling, especially when pulling for events or limited. It's their first lines, which will usually be said as commanders typically try to skip through more common pulls.[[/note]]


* [[BerserkButton L Word]] [[note]]Lumbering, which is Formidable's button. It's often used in various ways such as a candlejack-type gag [[/note]]



* The Sandy Cult[[note]]Due to all super-rares built by a member of an ingame chat room being announced in the chat, and San Diego being one of the, if not the, most common super-rares, resulting in entire blocks of text made up entirely of announcements saying a ton of people have built Sandys, it's become tradition to respond to such announcements with the Sandyhaunt emote, which depicts her peeking out from behind a wisdom cube and a quick finisher. This is generally called the Sandy Cult, with jokes that the best way to get certain ships is to pray to the Sandy Cult. Also a name for her EN fanbase.[[/note]]

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* The Sandy Cult[[note]]Due to all super-rares built by a member of an ingame chat room being announced in the chat, and San Diego being one of the, if not the, most common super-rares, resulting in entire blocks of text made up entirely of announcements saying a ton of people have built Sandys, it's become tradition to respond to such announcements with the Sandyhaunt emote, which depicts her peeking out from behind a wisdom cube and a quick finisher. This is generally called the Sandy Cult, with jokes that the best way to get certain ships is to pray to the Sandy Cult. Also a name for her EN fanbase. This likely is why the Sandy server was so full it started running into problems.[[/note]]



* Forgotten Wings [[note]]An now disused meme about the first major US event, Fallen Wings that due to among other things Japan syncing up with China and a scandal with one artist, got massively delayed only appearing in other areas a few months or so after the English version started running[[/note]]
* Return of the War God, ''when?!''[[note]]With the EN version actually taking steps to largely sync up with major events in the JP version in 2019, this actually meant some events were landing at nearly the same time, with the Winter's Crown and Steel Sakura reruns in JP coinciding with the first runs in EN and with the two servers in perfect tandem by April for the Kizuna AI and 2019 Children's Day events; this had one effect, however, in that some of the older events got essentially skipped over. A lot of these weren't a huge deal... but the Mikasa-focused event, "Return of the War God", ''was'' a big deal, both because Mikasa is rather popular and a good alternative to Nagato in gameplay, and because that event ''is actually plot-relevant''; Mikasa joining Azur Lane is highly relevant to later events and she shows up in the story on your side. This got especially goofy with Ink-stained Steel Sakura, which featured Mikasa very prominently... and the event ''referenced'' parts of Return of the War God. And ''then'' the goofiness got doubled when, thanks to Children's Day 2019 ("Escape from the Port?"), the English version got Hiei-chan!... '''''before it got Hiei herself, as she's part of the War God gacha'''''. As a result of all this, asking when on earth EN is finally going to get Mikasa has very much ascended to memetic levels. It finally reached the EN server on October 17, 2019.[[/note]]

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* Forgotten Wings [[note]]An now disused meme about the first major US event, Fallen Wings that due to among other things Japan syncing up with China and a scandal with one artist, got massively delayed only appearing in other areas a few months or so after the English version started running[[/note]]
running. It finally ended in April 2020 when the event was archived in all the areas.[[/note]]
* Return of the War God, ''when?!''[[note]]With the EN version actually taking steps to largely sync up with major events in the JP version in 2019, this actually meant some events were landing at nearly the same time, with the Winter's Crown and Steel Sakura reruns in JP coinciding with the first runs in EN and with the two servers in perfect tandem by April for the Kizuna AI and 2019 Children's Day events; this had one effect, however, in that some of the older events got essentially skipped over. A lot of these weren't a huge deal... but the Mikasa-focused event, "Return of the War God", ''was'' a big deal, both because Mikasa is rather popular and a good alternative to Nagato in gameplay, and because that event ''is actually plot-relevant''; Mikasa joining Azur Lane is highly relevant to later events and she shows up in the story on your side. This got especially goofy with Ink-stained Steel Sakura, which featured Mikasa very prominently... and the event ''referenced'' parts of Return of the War God. And ''then'' the goofiness got doubled when, thanks to Children's Day 2019 ("Escape from the Port?"), the English version got Hiei-chan!... '''''before it got Hiei herself, as she's part of the War God gacha'''''. As a result of all this, asking when on earth EN is finally going to get Mikasa has very much ascended to memetic levels. It finally reached the EN server on October 17, 2019. The meme has been making a slow return since the event has yet to be reran since then.[[/note]]



* [[UnfortunateImplications Azur Lane moment]]. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Thanks to the ever increasing FandomRivalry in the Facebook community and the prevalence of very young looking characters among the casts, detractors of the game will often label the playerbase as lolicons and at worst, pedophiles, thus born aforementioned meme, often described as a moment when a pedophile is on it's action, mocking the game and the playerbase. It doesn't help that most of the [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular characters]] are the younger-looking ones, complete with the inclusion of Ark Royal who is very attached to Destroyers (which are younger looking), strengthening the stigma further. Surprisingly so, the playerbase is rather tolerant about this, [[SelfDeprecation often labeling themselves as such in jokes]] and many other trivial stuff related to the game.[[/labelnote]]

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* [[UnfortunateImplications Azur Lane moment]]. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Thanks to the ever increasing FandomRivalry in the Facebook community and the prevalence of very young looking characters among the casts, detractors of the game will often label the playerbase as lolicons and at worst, pedophiles, thus born aforementioned meme, often described as a moment when a pedophile is on it's action, mocking the game and the playerbase. It doesn't help that most of the [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular characters]] are the younger-looking ones, complete with the inclusion of Ark Royal who is very attached to Destroyers (which are younger looking), strengthening the stigma further. Surprisingly so, most of the playerbase is rather tolerant about this, [[SelfDeprecation often labeling themselves as such in jokes]] and many other trivial stuff related to the game.game. However it has taken a small toll as some have quit due to "excessive fanservice".[[/labelnote]]



* Enterprise's Dislike of Lemons [[note]]A trading card collab with Gothic wa Mahou Otome had a card of Enterprise with her bio stating she dislikes lemons. Memes have taken off of Essex giving Enterprise lemons for this reason.[[/note]]

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* Enterprise's Dislike of Lemons [[note]]A trading card collab with Gothic wa Mahou Otome had a card of Enterprise with her bio stating she dislikes lemons. Memes have taken off of Essex giving Enterprise lemons for this reason.[[/note]]
* Leipzig is the Anti-Roon [[note]]Stemming from [="NNTR"=], a R-18 doujin pertaining to Roon's attempt to steal away the commander with Leipzig catching her and surprisingly snaps and proceeds to thrash the larger ship. As such people treat Leipzig as a protective element from Roon.
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!![[VideoGame/AzurLane Memes stemmed from main game]]:
* [[Franchise/JojosBizarreAdventure "I reject my carrier refit, Akagi!"]] [[note]]Battleship Kaga not wanting to go thru the retrofit gets played out in the fandom as the scene where Dio first dons the stone mask. It helps that the developers gave Battleship Kaga skill icons that reference both Phantom Blood Dio and Stardust Crusaders Dio. [[/note]]
** "ZA WARUDO!"[[note]]It's given that any character with a time-stop ability gets associated with this meme from the [=JoJo=] fandom. But in ''Azur Lane'', the closest shipgirl that has this is Formidable. Her second skill, "Don't Move An Inch!", has a chance of reducing all enemies' Speed to 0 for up to 1.5 seconds, and it is guaranteed to proc on the first airstrike of the fight. Fans ''quickly'' associated Formidable to Dio the moment she was released, including all other voice clips, effects, fan-art and memes related to the [=JoJo=] character. Whenever there's a Formidable content online, expect to be hearing Dio memes as well.[[/note]]
* HMS = Hot Maid Ship[[note]]The large number of Royal cruisers depicted as maids with superb figures has not gone unnoticed.[[/note]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTduTX6DHaU Belli Dura]] [[Music/LuisFonsi Despacito]][[note]]When Warspite uses her skill, she says "Belli dura despicio", the motto of her historical self. To the Latin-impaired, it can sound like the memetically infamous song name.[[/note]]
* The Sandy Cult[[note]]Due to all super-rares built by a member of an ingame chat room being announced in the chat, and San Diego being one of the, if not the, most common super-rares, resulting in entire blocks of text made up entirely of announcements saying a ton of people have built Sandys, it's become tradition to respond to such announcements with the Sandyhaunt emote, which depicts her peeking out from behind a wisdom cube and a quick finisher. This is generally called the Sandy Cult, with jokes that the best way to get certain ships is to pray to the Sandy Cult. Also a name for her EN fanbase.[[/note]]
* WATASHI WA NUMBAH WAN! [[labelnote:Explanation]]San Diego's ImageSong, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0majDKJPay4 Super Stage]]". Its most recognizable lyrics are "Watashi wa Number One" (the last two words are deliberately sung in GratuitousEnglish), and have since then been used as a FanNickname for San Diego.[[/labelnote]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEpC7iLbSZ8&t=4m26s "We have so many degenerates here, incredible you know."]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]An infamous quip from Intern-kun during the One Year Anniversary staff interview, in regards to the explosive influx of new players in the official Discord server. Sometimes used for SelfDeprecation.[[/labelnote]]
* X is adopted[[note]]Some ships look so different from the rest of their class, like Maya for the ''Takao''s, that it is joked they must not have come from the same parents.[[/note]]
* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Unicorn!!!]][[note]]Three of Unicorn's idle lines referencing the titular Unicorn Gundam. Fans would portray her {{Yandere}} side with either the NT-D System or its sibling unit, the Unicorn Banshee.[[/note]]
* [[https://old.reddit.com/r/AzureLane/comments/b2hx7p/actually_youre_not_even_good_at_that/ Juneau's only purpose]] is [[https://old.reddit.com/r/AzureLane/comments/asqugd/sacrifice_has_to_be_made/ suicidal healing]].[[note]]Her Martyr skill verges on ThatOneAttack in [=PvP=], since she heals up to 25% HP to all friendly ships when she's sunk. She's frequently combined with the Pearl Tears item to restore an ''additional'' 10% HP, meaning she can turn the entire fight with a timely death, to the point where people sometimes even shove in her disadvantaged teams, like an otherwise HMS fleet, just to die faster. Even the anime acknowledges this by showing her with Pearl Tears in one scene[[/note]]
* Siriusly! [[note]]Some people just love making puns out of Sirius' name, even the EN official twitter did so once-twice.[[/note]]
* Rainbow Dildo. [[note]]The Type 93 Pure Oxygen Torpedo aux equipment of Legendary Quality is commonly refered to as this, particularly among Youtubers and guide-writers, for [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything obvious reasons]].[[/note]]
* Repainted item boxes [[note]]T4 gold item boxes which function a chance of getting a gold rarity item, but it seems quite low for a step up from the T3 box which has a rather decent chance of purple rarity equipment. It even got referenced in the Kizuna AI collab event, as well as [[https://i.imgur.com/v1gvAS2.png a new loading screen.]][[/note]]
* Free cranes [[note]]The T5 Red item box which has a 100% chance of a gold rarity item has a way of giving construction cranes (a repair boat equipment) very often as opposed to a far more desired gold item.[[/note]]
* Forgotten Wings [[note]]An now disused meme about the first major US event, Fallen Wings that due to among other things Japan syncing up with China and a scandal with one artist, got massively delayed only appearing in other areas a few months or so after the English version started running[[/note]]
* Return of the War God, ''when?!''[[note]]With the EN version actually taking steps to largely sync up with major events in the JP version in 2019, this actually meant some events were landing at nearly the same time, with the Winter's Crown and Steel Sakura reruns in JP coinciding with the first runs in EN and with the two servers in perfect tandem by April for the Kizuna AI and 2019 Children's Day events; this had one effect, however, in that some of the older events got essentially skipped over. A lot of these weren't a huge deal... but the Mikasa-focused event, "Return of the War God", ''was'' a big deal, both because Mikasa is rather popular and a good alternative to Nagato in gameplay, and because that event ''is actually plot-relevant''; Mikasa joining Azur Lane is highly relevant to later events and she shows up in the story on your side. This got especially goofy with Ink-stained Steel Sakura, which featured Mikasa very prominently... and the event ''referenced'' parts of Return of the War God. And ''then'' the goofiness got doubled when, thanks to Children's Day 2019 ("Escape from the Port?"), the English version got Hiei-chan!... '''''before it got Hiei herself, as she's part of the War God gacha'''''. As a result of all this, asking when on earth EN is finally going to get Mikasa has very much ascended to memetic levels. It finally reached the EN server on October 17, 2019.[[/note]]
** Stars Over The Fjord, when![[note]]More or less a similar deal to [=RotWG=] - the small-scale event recreating the first part of the Battle of Narvik, and featuring playable HMS Hardy, HMS Hunter, and KMS Z2 Georg Thiele came out in Asia during the "transition to parity" period (March 7th to 20th, specifically - spanning the EN server's run of Winter's Crown and Moonlit Overture). As a result, when exactly it could be fit into the new synched schedule is unclear and people are wondering when the event might show up (especially since Hardy and Z2 are both quite good and Z2 in particular is a good third candidate for the popular Z1/Z23 frontline for IB destroyers).[[/note]]
** Fallen Wings or Divergent Chessboard reruns, wheeeeen...[[note]]Azur Lane EN experienced quite a popularity boom in 2019, helped by things like the Neptunia, Kizuna Ai and ''World of Warships'' crossovers and general word-of-mouth of the game's continuous improvement... which meant that FW and DC, being 2018 events for the server, were content that these players had missed. After Visitors Dyed in Red got a fairly snappy rerun ahead of EN's first Ink-Stained Steel Sakura run (the time gap between the two runs was roughly six months), the new players in particular began to get a bit rowdy for EN's reruns of the other two events, as well as a rerun of The Pursuit of Graf Spee. This was exacerbated by the second anniversary skins being synched across all servers (meaning EN got the CN and JP 2nd anni formal wear skins)... which included a ''significant'' number of Ironblood characters who were available primarily from Divergent Chessboard, which all new 2019 players had never had a chance to play. There is also the gameplay issue of looking forward to the second season of priority research vessels since Freidrich der Grosse and Gascogne will require a significant amount of grinding with Ironblood backline ships (Ironblood, Iris, and Vichya in case of Gascogne), which are all event-locked barring Zeppy. October 2019 finally saw a much-welcomed rerun of Graf Spee, with Divergent Chessboard then getting its rerun in November, during the height of ''AL''[='s=] anime-induced hype wave to boot.[[/note]]
** Z23/Nimi oath skin when![[note]]Started after Laffey received a wedding skin, leaving Z23 the only starter destroyer without one. See MemeticLoser above.[[/note]]
** Saint Louis skin when![[note]]As of this writing in February 2020, Saint Louis remains the only Priority Rare phase 1 shipgirl without a single alternate skin, where everyone else has received at least one.[[/note]]
* [=PRIDE OF A NATION, A BEAST MADE OF STEEL=]. [[labelnote:Explanation]] Azur Lane announced the tease of Bismarck becoming a playable ship by reciting the first stanza of {{Music/Sabaton}}'s Bismarck song, which was originally released for VideoGame/WorldOfWarships. Since then, fans have taken to quote portions of the lyrics when discussing Azur Lane's Bismarck. [[/labelnote]]
* [[https://www.reddit.com/r/AzureLane/comments/cm980q/thanks_for_the_gems_nya/ Entyface]][[note]]Enterprise, Bismarck and Tirpitz are all done by the same artist and have near-identical faces, leading to this offshoot of the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'s "saberface" meme. Sovetskaya Rossiya, despite not being designed by Enterprise's artist, shares the same face as the latter, and thus she official joined Entyface Club when she made her debut.[[/note]]
* Kishiyoface [[note]]Kishiyo has a rather limited range, inviting comparisons to the same meme. It's popular among both fans of this game and of ''Girls' Frontline'', since Kishiyo has also drawn characters for that game - particular comparisons are drawn between QBZ-95 and Choukai, who look nearly identical.[[/note]]
* [[HiddenBuxom Schrödinger's breasts]] [[note]]Hood appears to be flat chested in her default skin, but her swimsuit and oath skins show that she has a large bust. This has led to some players joking that she is both flat and not flat, and therefore has Schrödinger's breasts[[/note]]
* Z404[[note]]A lot of art of the starters, even the official ones, leave Z23 out, leading to this play on the 404 page not found error. The main reason is likely that most fanart is made by Japanese artists, and in the JP version, Z23 is the ''unlock reward'' starter, limiting her general visibility.[[/note]]
* Victorious is tired of the Sirens' shit[[note]]People quite enjoyed Victorious' role in Ashen Simulacrum, where she interrupts the usual back-and-forth between the Siren and the hero (in this case, Baltimore) to call the Sirens out on always being smug, always randomly showing up, smugly spouting random mysterious nonsense, smugly never explaining anything, then smugly leaving without a trace. Jokes about her speaking for the player base abounded[[/note]]
* I love Alabama [[SiblingIncest like a sister!]][=/=][[Music/LynyrdSkynyrd Sweet]] [[Website/{{Reddit}} Home]] [[DeepSouth Alabama]][[note]]The usual jokes about Alabama's namesake state were quickly applied to her[[/note]]
* "HEY!" "HELLO!" "HAJIMEMASHITE!" "SHOUNEN!" "KIMI WA..." [[note]]These quotes belong to Kent, San Diego, Portland, Nevada and Pensacola respectively - some of the common units that most commanders complain about pulling, especially when pulling for events or limited. It's their first lines, which will usually be said as commanders typically try to skip through more common pulls.[[/note]]
* [[https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/9OsAAOSwIr5cHQ4r/s-l300.jpg Yus]] [[note]]A meme involving a very rare Belfast plush with the "yus" text over it, which has been very popular among Facebook pages. There are other variations, including Takao/Nuh and Atago/Ara, but Belfast is by far the most popular one.[[/note]]
* U-556, please wake up.[[note]]A Reddit meme that absolutely took on a life of its own, it began with a user posting [[https://www.reddit.com/r/AzureLane/comments/dgyamg/then_and_now_bismarck_u556/ a cute little two panel comic]] showing 556 rescuing Bismarck in the aftermath of the ''Scherzo'' event (as is implied) and hanging out together later to 556's delight. And then user Ritspi posted [[https://www.reddit.com/r/AzureLane/comments/dh3qrt/im_sorry/ a re-interpretation]] of the comic, adding a third "panel" and... changing the context of it significantly. It all escalated from there, with variants of variants of variants cropping up for nearly a month. It's still remembered and referenced and 556 being a bit in denial about Bismarck remains a meme (even if Bismarck has in fact joined the "current" Azur Lane Commander's base as of "A Prayer For Peace").[[/note]]
* [[UnfortunateImplications Azur Lane moment]]. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Thanks to the ever increasing FandomRivalry in the Facebook community and the prevalence of very young looking characters among the casts, detractors of the game will often label the playerbase as lolicons and at worst, pedophiles, thus born aforementioned meme, often described as a moment when a pedophile is on it's action, mocking the game and the playerbase. It doesn't help that most of the [[EnsembleDarkhorse popular characters]] are the younger-looking ones, complete with the inclusion of Ark Royal who is very attached to Destroyers (which are younger looking), strengthening the stigma further. Surprisingly so, the playerbase is rather tolerant about this, [[SelfDeprecation often labeling themselves as such in jokes]] and many other trivial stuff related to the game.[[/labelnote]]
* Belfast Dance [[labelnote:Explanation]] The act of superimposing Belfast's Chibi Sprite dancing over footage of other games, TV Shows, Movies etc, usually to the tune of ''Dancin (Krono Remix)'' by Aaron Smith.[[/labelnote]]
* Enterprise's Dislike of Lemons [[note]]A trading card collab with Gothic wa Mahou Otome had a card of Enterprise with her bio stating she dislikes lemons. Memes have taken off of Essex giving Enterprise lemons for this reason.[[/note]]

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