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Weeaboo (a.k.a Wapanese) is an English slang used to describe a person (typically of non-Asian descent) who prefers Japan and all things in Japanese over one's indigenous culture. The term is a successive mutation of "Wapanese," a derogatory slur referring to western Japanophiles with a strong bias towards Japanese cultural and tech imports.

Origin

The antecedent word "Wapanese" (as in Wannabe Japanese) was most likely introduced in the early 2000s, with the earliest instance on Google search dating back to the Racial Slur Database from June 30, 2002.

Wapanese: a slur used to describe a white person who is obssesed with japanese culture. This would include manga/hentai/and anime.

- The Racial Slur Database, 2002

From late 2003 and onwards, usage of Wapanese became alarmingly visible on 4chan, often leading to unpleasant exchanges between anime/manga fans and those who were far less interested in their subcultures.

At the peak of its abuse in mid-2005, 4chan moderators devised a creative intervention using the word-filter, replacing every instance of Wapanese with "Weeaboo," which was a fictitious term originally coined by Nicholas Gurewitch in his Perry Bible Fellowship comic strip.[1]

In its original context, the word "weeaboo" doesn't signify anything but something undesirable and deserving punishment. Since then, many 4chan visitors adopted the word "Weeaboo" in replacement of Wapanese.

Stereotypes of "Weeaboo"

There are numerous online discussions and referential sources discussing the stereotypes and traits of "Weeaboo"; some of the most notable observational jokes include:

  • Excessive use of Japanese words in replacement of English
  • Favoritism of Japanese imports over domestic equivalents
  • Hanging out in the international aisle of the supermarket
  • Crowding the manga section of your local book store
  • Seeking Japanese partners only in Personals on Craigslist
  • Ability to memorize and recite Anime opening theme songs

Relations to Otakus

Establishing distinctions between “Otaku” and "Weeaboo" can be kinda confusing, as both subcultures subscribe to a common set of interests (ex: anime/manga/robots/cosplay) and share the social stigma of nurturing "unhealthy hobbyisms." According to referential sources and UD entries:

Otaku: a mildly derogatory slang used in Japan and other Asian cultures to describe anyone who has a devotion to a specific subject or hobby (not necessarily anime) to the point of never leaving home. also see: Hikikomori.

Weeaboos: an internet slang used in English-speaking regions to describe a Gaijin (foreigner in Japanese) displaying a heavy bias towards everything from Japan or virtually exiling oneself from the indigenous culture (also known as "outside") in pursuit of the "superlative."

Spread

Usage of "Weeaboo" eventually grew far beyond the Anon community and as a result, its original meaning has been distorted and diluted, with its nuance and reception slightly varying from one community to another.

As seen in a 2006 thread regarding Pocky, "the staple food of Weeaboos":

On October 8th, 2014, YouTuber Filthy Frank uploaded a video where he criticises the weeaboo stereotype, along with a song in the end. In the following year, the video got over 9.7 million views, while the song reupload on Frank's secondary channel has over 3.7 million views, along with popularising the term.

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External References

[1]Perry Bible Fellowship – Weeaboo

[2]Urban Dictionary – Weeaboo

[3]Wiktionary – Weeaboo

[4]eHow – How to Avoid Becoming a Weeaboo

[5]Reddit – /r/weeabootales

[6]Wikipedia – Japanophile

[7]Tumblr – Weeaboo Stories


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MatthewAran

Not gonna lie I was a little guilty of this back when I started high school, because I actually met people who were also into video games and anime. I'm… really glad I ditched that phase though I'm still as big a fan as video games and anime as before.

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Weskie

I probably get hate for this but I feel that this word has lost its meaning after those edgy kids use it to troll anyone likes anything from Japan.

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Doom Marine

It really depresses me, to be very honest. People that waste their lifes being obsessed with Japan, in the end what was left? Also some idiots on the internet they really need to re-watch Filthy Frank Weeaboo's Video ten thousand times, because apparently they didn't understand what was the message he was trying to convey (also in the video he says: "I have nothing against that shit"). Also obsessing with Japan? Really? Japan is one of the most boring countries on the world IMO. Also, my father is from Osaka, I can speak Japanese, I only like Black Rock Shooter and JJBA. But I prefer to speak English and watch JoJo dubbed. But in the end one law prevails: On the Internet, no ones gives a single shit about my or anyone's opinion.

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nocunoct

I disagree to an extent. In my opinion Japan is a very interesting nation with a very rich culture and history, and I'm sure that a lot of people who are not weebs can agree with that.

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B2oo2

I have a weeaboo as my new science teacher. So help me god.

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Sanakan_ht

Nowadays people call anyone a weeaboo EVEN THE SMALLEST THING THAT'S RELATED TO ANIME and not otaku anymore (Ex: anime profile pictures, watching anime for 1 minute, say a single japanese word, etc.)

Thanks to Filthy Frank, everybody thinks Otaku = Weeaboo.

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Christian Harrison

The Filthy Frank video is where he made fun of the Stereotypical Weeaboo, the way he Portrayed the Stereotype was this person who tries to learn Japanese through Anime, Wears Cosplay as normal clothes, Imitates Jutsus, and other very disgracing things. But George Miller(The Actor of Filthy Frank) meant for it to be Satire, and meant for it to be a joke(Much like all of Filthy Frank's Videos)But what do his fans do? They take his word seriously, and attack all kinds of People. To the Filthy Frank Worshipping Trolls, everyone who likes anime is confirmed a Weeaboo, when in Reality, a Weeaboo is a person who disgraces Japanese Culture while trying to be Japanese. I've been through multiple comment sections on YouTube, and iFunny. And they are filled to the brim with these idiots who seem to worship Frank as a god, and make rude and hateful comments to any kind of Anime fan.

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Boss adam

Let's just lay it down here the term weeb ran its course its all now just a circle jerking group for edgy 13 year olds and miller should know that he is milking the term weeb too much

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Weskie

What's a weaboo
According to Flithy Frank: people who abandon their culture, use broken Japanese, watch anime, buy figures, cosplays, destroy Japanese culture.
According to the rest of the Internet: people who is interest in anything from Japan (anime, travels, teriyaki chicken, game consoles, videogames, get a job in Japan, or donate to Japan after the quake).

Latest example, they labelled William from Nioh a weeb when in history, he wasn't. I'm not surprised how the word "weaboo" is overused and lost its meaning.

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Lord of Trite

So I know weeaboo's can be cringy but does anyone have anything on their opposite the westaboo's (Japanese people obsessed with western culture)?

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