Momo is a July 2018 meme and the name given to a photograph of a woman possessing a large grin, pointed nose, and bulging eyes. The image was first uploaded onto reddit's subreddit /r/creepy. While the image itself is actually of a modern art sculpture and was cropped down as well, an urban legend had arisen about the image, believing it has some connection to the WhatsApp app. Given reports of private information being leaked, there will be no number to get into contact with the "Momo" account.
After a recent surge of controversy, it was announced that the original sculptor, Keisuke Aiso, had dismantled the sculpture of Momo (its real name being the Mother Bird), largely because of the controversy as well as it additionally beginning to rot.
Two movies based around Momo are currently in development. One of them, Getaway, focuses more on the urban legend spawning from the sculpture and is scheduled for a 2020 release date; the other one (currently untitled) focuses more on the Japanese folklore that inspired the sculpture and does not have a set release date at the moment.
Momo contains examples of:
- Bird People: A very horrifying example.
- Feathered Fiend: Kind of—she's part bird and she's evil.
- Glasgow Grin: Without teeth, no less.
- Humanoid Abomination: Her image is known to incite visceral reactions from those with the misfortune to see it.
- Hybrid Monster: Momo is a combination of a human and bird, with her arms being birdlike in appearance.
- Jumpscare: The image had reportedly caught several people off guard.
- Must Be Invited: According to the stories, Momo never haunts anyone who hasn't first contacted her on WhatsApp. Unlike, say, Slendy or the Babadook, just knowing about her isn't enough.
- Slasher Smile
- Urban Legend
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises
- You Can Panic Now: Despite the lack of evidence for the "Momo Challenge" being an actual thing, the idea that Momo was encouraging kids to kill themselves spread on Facebook and local media outlets, apparently as a way to scare parents into get their children off WhatsApp and YouTube Kids.
- Youkai: The original sculpture is apparently a portrayal of an Ubume, the ghost of a woman who died during childbirth.