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* CripplingOverspecialization: According to a [[http://butthug.com/post/28955177552/gravityfalls comic]] [[WordOfGod by the]] [[Website/SomethingAwful meme originator]], his powers are restricted to affecting cartoons and comics.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: According to a [[http://butthug.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20150109163515/http://butthug.com/post/28955177552/gravityfalls comic]] [[WordOfGod by the]] [[Website/SomethingAwful meme originator]], his powers are restricted to affecting cartoons and comics.


Zalgo is essentially what happens when you combine a Lovecraftian EldritchAbomination with modern-day Internet MemeticMutation and a dash of meta sensibility. Its origins are two strip hacks, one of Nancy wherein [[http://shmorky.com/parodies/n3.html she invokes him]] to get out of "walking Aunt Fritzi's turds," turning her and a boy with her into monsters, and another of Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}} whrerein [[http://shmorky.com/parodies/a11.html Mr. Lodge tells him and Veronica]] to be wary of Zalgo and the end times, with a final panel of his pupils dilated, against a black background, screaming "ZALGO!"

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Zalgo is essentially what happens when you combine a Lovecraftian EldritchAbomination with modern-day Internet MemeticMutation and a dash of meta sensibility. Its origins are two strip hacks, one of Nancy wherein [[http://shmorky.com/parodies/n3.html she invokes him]] to get out of "walking Aunt Fritzi's turds," turning her and a boy with her into monsters, and another of Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}} ComicBook/{{Archie|Comics}} whrerein [[http://shmorky.com/parodies/a11.html Mr. Lodge tells him and Veronica]] to be wary of Zalgo and the end times, with a final panel of his pupils dilated, against a black background, screaming "ZALGO!"

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* SpikesOfVillainy: A combination of this and {{Red and Black and Evil All Over}} is the most common pattern of Zalgo's [[{{Fanon}} fan designs]].


* EldritchAbomination: The general assumption of what Zalgo is supposed to be. And yet he's [[TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom too young and too nerdy]] [[http://www.goominet.com/unspeakable-vault/vault/325/ to join the Great Old Ones.]]

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* EldritchAbomination: The general assumption of what Zalgo is supposed to be. And yet he's [[TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom [[Webcomic/TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom too young and too nerdy]] [[http://www.goominet.com/unspeakable-vault/vault/325/ to join the Great Old Ones.]]


* CripplingOverspecialization: According to a [[http://butthug.com/post/28955177552/gravityfalls comic]] [[WordOfGod by the]] [[SomethingAwful meme originator]], his powers are restricted to affecting cartoons and comics.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: According to a [[http://butthug.com/post/28955177552/gravityfalls comic]] [[WordOfGod by the]] [[SomethingAwful [[Website/SomethingAwful meme originator]], his powers are restricted to affecting cartoons and comics.


* GenericDoomsdayVillain: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/eldritch-application The reason]] that Wiki/SCPFoundation refuse to take Zalgo as SCP.

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* GenericDoomsdayVillain: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/eldritch-application The reason]] that Wiki/SCPFoundation refuse to take Zalgo as an SCP.


The internet meme is to have corrupted text indicating his approach. We won't burden you with the font on this page, but you can see it at SelfDemonstrating.{{Zalgo}} [[http://eeemo.net/ This site]] will let you easily Zalgo-ify text. If your browser has trouble rendering the Zalgo text, try [[http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/freefont/ here]] or [[http://superuser.com/questions/497262/character-sets-needed-to-properly-display-zalgo here]].

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The internet meme is to have corrupted text indicating his approach. We won't burden you with the font on this page, but you can see it at SelfDemonstrating.{{Zalgo}} [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Zalgo}} here]]. [[http://eeemo.net/ This site]] will let you easily Zalgo-ify text. If your browser has trouble rendering the Zalgo text, try [[http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/freefont/ here]] or [[http://superuser.com/questions/497262/character-sets-needed-to-properly-display-zalgo here]].


Zalgo is essentially what happens when you combine a Lovecraftian EldritchAbomination with modern-day Internet MemeticMutation and a dash of meta sensibility. Its origins are two strip hacks, one of Nancy wherein [[http://shmorky.com/parodies/n3.html she invokes him]] to get out of "walking Aunt Fritzi's turds," turning her and a boy with her into monsters, and another of {{Archie}} whrerein [[http://shmorky.com/parodies/a11.html Mr. Lodge tells him and Veronica]] to be wary of Zalgo and the end times, with a final panel of his pupils dilated, against a black background, screaming "ZALGO!"

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Zalgo is essentially what happens when you combine a Lovecraftian EldritchAbomination with modern-day Internet MemeticMutation and a dash of meta sensibility. Its origins are two strip hacks, one of Nancy wherein [[http://shmorky.com/parodies/n3.html she invokes him]] to get out of "walking Aunt Fritzi's turds," turning her and a boy with her into monsters, and another of {{Archie}} Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}} whrerein [[http://shmorky.com/parodies/a11.html Mr. Lodge tells him and Veronica]] to be wary of Zalgo and the end times, with a final panel of his pupils dilated, against a black background, screaming "ZALGO!"



* CanonWelding: [[http://ulrycdaretodie.blogspot.com/2010/09/first-post.html This blog]] seems to be an attempt to fuse Zalgo with TheSlenderManMythos. The blog is not alone, as comes [[http://www.youtube.com/mmzavp this video series]] where Zalgo followers claim he will escape and end the world soon.

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* CanonWelding: [[http://ulrycdaretodie.blogspot.com/2010/09/first-post.html This blog]] seems to be an attempt to fuse Zalgo with TheSlenderManMythos.Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos. The blog is not alone, as comes [[http://www.youtube.com/mmzavp this video series]] where Zalgo followers claim he will escape and end the world soon.



* InterfaceScrew: As you can see here, this is typically present in text representations of Zalgo.

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* InterfaceScrew: As you can see here, on the Self Demonstrating page, this is typically present in text representations of Zalgo.



* TheManBehindTheMan: Some have suggested that [[spoiler:[[SlenderManMythos the Slender Man]]]] answers to Zalgo.

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* TheManBehindTheMan: Some have suggested that [[spoiler:[[SlenderManMythos the [[spoiler:Franchise/{{the Slender Man]]]] Man|Mythos}}]] answers to Zalgo.


The internet meme is to have corrupted text indicating his approach. We won't burden you with the font here. [[http://eeemo.net/ This site]] will let you easily Zalgo-ify text. If your browser has trouble rendering the Zalgo text, try [[http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/freefont/ here]] or [[http://superuser.com/questions/497262/character-sets-needed-to-properly-display-zalgo here]].

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The internet meme is to have corrupted text indicating his approach. We won't burden you with the font here. on this page, but you can see it at SelfDemonstrating.{{Zalgo}} [[http://eeemo.net/ This site]] will let you easily Zalgo-ify text. If your browser has trouble rendering the Zalgo text, try [[http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/freefont/ here]] or [[http://superuser.com/questions/497262/character-sets-needed-to-properly-display-zalgo here]].

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* KnightOfCerebus: Considering that he usually corrupts lighthearted comic strips and cartoons, Zalgo could be considered a meta version of this.

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Zalgo is essentially what happens when you combine a Lovecraftian EldritchAbomination with modern-day Internet MemeticMutation and a dash of meta sensibility. Its origins are two strip hacks, one of Nancy wherein [[http://shmorky.com/parodies/n3.html she invokes him]] to get out of "walking Aunt Fritzi's turds," turning her and a boy with her into monsters, and another of {{Archie}} whrerein [[http://shmorky.com/parodies/a11.html Mr. Lodge tells him and Veronica]] to be wary of Zalgo and the end times, with a final panel of his pupils dilated, against a black background, screaming "ZALGO!"

The idea behind Zalgo is that he/she/it represents corruption. Corruption of innocence, corruption of normality, corruption of the world as we know it, the list goes on but you get the idea. Zalgo is the embodiment of that which is right decaying grotesquely into something very wrong.

The internet meme is to have corrupted text indicating his approach. We won't burden you with the font here. [[http://eeemo.net/ This site]] will let you easily Zalgo-ify text. If your browser has trouble rendering the Zalgo text, try [[http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/freefont/ here]] or [[http://superuser.com/questions/497262/character-sets-needed-to-properly-display-zalgo here]].

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!!Tropes associated with Zalgo:

* ApocalypticLog: Many Zalgo incidents take this form.
* BodyHorror: What is implied to happen to most Zalgo victims.
* CanonWelding: [[http://ulrycdaretodie.blogspot.com/2010/09/first-post.html This blog]] seems to be an attempt to fuse Zalgo with TheSlenderManMythos. The blog is not alone, as comes [[http://www.youtube.com/mmzavp this video series]] where Zalgo followers claim he will escape and end the world soon.
* CripplingOverspecialization: According to a [[http://butthug.com/post/28955177552/gravityfalls comic]] [[WordOfGod by the]] [[SomethingAwful meme originator]], his powers are restricted to affecting cartoons and comics.
* EldritchAbomination: The general assumption of what Zalgo is supposed to be. And yet he's [[TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom too young and too nerdy]] [[http://www.goominet.com/unspeakable-vault/vault/325/ to join the Great Old Ones.]]
* EyelessFace: Zalgo is said to have no eyes. Most of the victims reflect that by either having no visible eyes or by having their irises and whites ''drain from their eyes''.
* EyeScream: What seems to happen to most things when he comes.
* FaceRevealingTurn: Happens in a lot of Zalgo comics.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/eldritch-application The reason]] that Wiki/SCPFoundation refuse to take Zalgo as SCP.
* HiveMind: More than once, Zalgo has been described as "the Nezperdian Hive-mind of Chaos".
* InterfaceScrew: As you can see here, this is typically present in text representations of Zalgo.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Some have suggested that [[spoiler:[[SlenderManMythos the Slender Man]]]] answers to Zalgo.
* MindScrew: Zalgo text may appear different depending on your browser.
* MusicalSpoiler: Zalgo incidents are sometimes preluded by strange otherworldly sounds or music.
* RuleOfScary: This is the sole reason for Zalgo's existence.
* ShoutOut: Parts of the Zalgo creepypasta are adapted from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'''s infamous "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10/ I Hope You Like Text]]" strip.
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: Pretty much a given with the Lovecraftian similarities.
* UrExample: See first paragraph.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Also goes along with being like Lovecraft.
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