As fan communities on Reddit, Tumblr, and assorted other sites have grown, so too has the output of memes related to the game. Developers have encouraged the creation and spread of these memes through their official facebook page, even providing templates for users to work with.
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- The meme. [[labelnote:Explanation]]The explanation behind the meme, if necessary.[[/labelnote]] Explanation Like this.
- Further mutations and successor memes, if any.
Memes From the Love Nikki Dress Up Queen Fandom:
- Meme Dolls Explanation The current page image. An early meme for hyping suits by drawing them on a wildly flailing stick figure. Humor arises from the contrast between the intricate detailing of the clothes and the simplistic style of the figure. The wild abandon with which the stick figures appear to be frolicking/ cavorting can also convey the excitement of completing a new suit.
- RIP My Diamonds Explanation The tendency of limited events to cost diamonds (whether to reset stages or pull from limited pavilions) in order to complete suits can make it difficult to stockpile a meaningful amount of diamonds for normal gameplay. This is exacerbated by events costing anywhere from 500 to 11,000 diamonds to collect all suits, and developers scheduling less than a week of downtime between most events.Explanation 2 Also, there is no "Confirm Purchase" button when spending diamonds in arenas like the pavillions, so no safety net for players who accidentally tap the button to spend diamonds in the Mystery House — it's possible to lose 540 diamonds in half a second. This version tends to be a bit more irritated than the former example
- Another Wedding Competition Theme Explanation To date, there have been multiple competition themes based on weddings (like "Only for the Beloved One" and "Ring of Oath" and "A Miraculous Vow"). These Competition themes usually happen in conjunction with the recurrence of the Fairytale Wedding Dress-centric"Happiness" event, provoking a wave of nigh-interchangeable submissions featuring the newest dresses (often in complete suits with no alterations or original touches), resulting in a leaderboard swamped with identical entries. There's also the tendency of themes with more broadly applicable titles (like "365 Days I've Been with You" or "Roses and Love Poems") to gravitate towards a more generic "wedding" look, confronting voters with a flood of entries wearing identical dresses and veils.
- Pizza Ghosts Explanation During the "Ghost Gathering" event that took place during January/ February 2018, little ghosts would periodically appear in-game to give players a random reward (usually a small amount of gold, starlight coins, or dyes). Clicking on them to claim the reward resulted in a Paper Talisman appearing on their head, but the illustrations were so small on most phone screens that the red and yellow talismans resembled a slice of pizza. Fans took to calling them pizza ghosts as a sign of affection.
- Scumbag Momo Explanation Momo's canonical personality is rather... crass (he often comments on the bust size of Nikki's friends and opponents, with gems like "shut up you big-chested woman!" comprising a good chunk of his lines). Momo is also the one to deliver snarky commentary whenever a player loses a match. Developers play up his sassy attitude on their official facebook page, with some posts written as if they were posted by Momo himself. Fans tends to exaggerate Momo's already abrasive personality, conflating it with the "callous" and "money grubbing" reputation of the developers.
- Cark Explanation A nonsense word used by fans in place of swearing, e.g. "cark this," "cark that," "I totally carked up on that stage" or "that's so carking beautiful." Comes from the promotional video for the "Dreamy Nocturne" event of February 2018, in which "Cark!!!" was used as an onomatopoeia for the sound of a chandelier falling. Fans in the online communities latched onto the silly word and made it part of their vocabulary.
- Sapphire Edits Explanation Many fans have expressed that they find the "Sapphire" makeup to be odd and offputting, especially compared to similar makeups like "Pigeon Maiden" or "Invincible". A trend has sprung up among players in which they attempt to edit screenshots of Sapphires in order to make it less unsettling.
Starry Corridor Memes:
- Twinning Explanation One of the first Starry Corridor memes to emerge, "twinning" is the practice of taking a group photo with another user and copying their outfit, makeup, & accessories as closely as possible.
- Mirroring Explanation The natural evolution of twinning, "mirroring" involves copying another user's outfit exactly and posing the two dolls opposite each other by using the "reverse" button.
- "Spot the Difference" Explanation Twinning with an element of viewer interaction - involves taking a group photo with another user and copying their outfit almost exactly. Details like makeup or the color of a piece of jewelry are purposefully altered, and the poster leaves a comment along the lines of "Comment Lovable if you spot all 3 differences".
- "Can You Find Me?"/ "Hide and Seek" Posts Explanation Similar to "Spot the Difference" in that it injects an element of viewer interaction. Poster will shrink the doll and dress it in camouflaging clothes in order to make it difficult to spot against the background. Comments a typically along the lines of "Comment Lovable if you can see me!"
- Ball-chan Explanation A meme that involves creating a humanoid figure from posable props, making use of the "Spinning Ball" prop as a head and the "Folding Bamboo" fan prop as a skirt (with various other props positioned as legs, torso, arms, facial features, and hair). The resulting figure is referred to as "Ball-chan". "Ball-chan" is almost exclusively treated as a female figure, with users consistently making use of female pronouns when addressing "Ball-chan". Users can position "Ball-chan" so she appears to be interacting with the user's doll◊, or hide the doll so that "Ball-chan" becomes the focus of a post.
- White Background Glitch Explanation A glitch allows players to move the background while making a Starry Corridor post, and with a little finesse one can push the background completely out of the field of view, leaving the background blank. This makes for interesting compositions. As of the September 2018 updates, this is no longer possible.
- Egg Balcony Explanation First appearing in March of 2018, the Egg Balcony trend makes use of the "Eternal Grace" prop (a giant, sparkly, egg-shaped display, similar to a fabrege egg) as an architectural feature. Rotating the prop and placing the base offscreen creates the appearance of a balcony on which a doll can stand.
- Police TapeExplanation A type of post wherein users create a "window" effect with the City Under Curfew item, which resembles a web of police tape. By carefully layering and arranging items behind the tape, as many as 6 miniature scenes can be depicted in a single post.
- Color Challenge Explanation A challenge in which users attempt to style their doll with a wig, outfit, and accessories of a single color. Submissions typically fall into carefully styled outfits or dolls wherein every accessory of a single color is piled on. Usually done as a of a series of Starry Corridor posts by a user. Red, yellow, green, blue, pink, and black are all common color challenge submissions, with plenty of examples of purple, brown, white, gold, and silver/ gray submissions as well. Orange challenges are notably difficult, with only a handful of orange items available in the wardrobe.
- "Blue Only" Challenge Explanation A challenge wherein users attempt to style an outfit doll using only items with the word "Blue" in the name. Also available in "Red Only."
- Disney Princess Challenge Explanation A challenge in which users attempt to style their dolls to resemble Disney princesses.
- Every Dress Challenge Explanation A challenge in which users attempt to style an outfit using every item in the dress category. Granted that there are over 700 dresses in the game (with hundreds of those available to even the newest player), this project tends to be undertaken by new players with smaller, more manageable collections.
- Multi-Limbed Monstrosities Explanation Ingame there exist items that alter the pose of the doll. The presence of these items in multiple dressing slots (Dresses, Coats, Tops, Bottoms, Shoes, and Gloves) allows users to combine them, creating dolls that appear to have multiple limbs. Adding to the chaos is the fact that equippable skin tones don't affect these posed limbs (they equip similar to a sticker over the doll base but under the clothes), resulting in the equipped skin tone filling the space of the original doll while the extra limbs float on top of it.
- Just the LegsExplanation Similar to the Multi-Limbed Monstrosities trend, except that users move the doll halfway offscreen so that only the legs are visible.
- Extra-Tall Girls Explanation Achieved by equipping a long dress/ skirt that covers the feet of the doll and taking a group photo with another doll who has short-shorts equipped, hiding the torso and arms of the second doll beneath the skirt of the first — the resulting photo makes it seem as if there's one doll with humorously long legs.
- Fake Sitting Explanation Achieved by taking a picture with another user's doll - rotating the second doll and positioning it so that the legs appear to be part of the first doll's body, while hiding the lower body of the first doll and the torso of the second doll behind props of parts of the scenery. The use of outfits (like "Beat of Heart" or "Miss Bone") or items (like "Little Devil's Shoes" or "Dim Shimmer") with posed legs can also be employed.
- Beheading Explanation A group photo wherein one doll appears to be holding the decapitated head of another doll. The beheader equips the "Heart of Love" gloves, which change the position of the doll's arms to one where they appear to be holding an item out in front of them. The beheaded doll is positioned so that their head appears to be carried by the beheader, while the body of the beheaded doll is hidden behind a background object. Popularized in late August 2018.
- Spelling Out Words with Props Explanation A trend that began in protest of the "Fireworks Fair" ranking event of March 2018. After vocal protests from players over the "Haunted Night" ranking event of October 2017, the inclusion of the "Fireworks Fair" ranking event with no change to ranking structure prompted calls for a boycott of spending while the event was underway. note The "Haunted Night" event incurred backlash from fans due to the way in which rewards were distributed. Only the 3000 top-scoring players were awarded part or all of the "Banshee Momiji" suit ("top-scoring" in the sense that these players paid real-world cash for extra stamina in-game). Normally this wouldn't pose a problem (as previous event suits have been made available to purchase or craft several months after an event) — but in the case of "Banshee Momiji," developers announced that the suit would never be made available after the event. Alongside a campaign of spamming 1-star reviews for the game to Facebook & Google Play & the app store, players expressed their intent to boycott spending on the game by creating Starry Corridor posts spelling out "NO" or "BOYCOTT" with posable props.
Fan animosity towards developers has quieted since the initial wave of posts, but the trend of using props to spell out words lives on.
- Starry Corridor's Obsession with BDSM Explanation Ever since the introduction of the Starry Corridor to the English language server, users have been churning out risqué outfits utilizing the game's bathing suits, fishnet stockings, and garterbelts in place of lingerie. These posts often make it to the 24-Hour and 3-Day hotlists, and with the advent of Chapter 12 and the "Iron-willed Whip" accessory available to those who have beaten 12-8 in Princess mode, the submissions have only gotten kinkier. Part of the humor arises from dissonance between the perceived audience of the game (girls and young women) and the highly provocative content.
- Kinkshaming Nuns Explanation Users who object to the above mentioned risqué content have taken to posting group photos with their doll dressed as a nun (often utilizing items from the "Voice of Prayer" suit) admonishing dolls dressed in skimpy attire.