Tree Fiddy refers to a memorable quote and a catchphrase from South Park, associated with the Loch Ness Monster.
Online, the phrase is used on image boards and forums as the punchline for anti-climactic anecdotes, that all end with the legendary monster asking for “Tree fiddy”.
“Tree Fiddy” was first featured in the Season 3 Episode 3 of South Park, which first aired in the United States on April 21st, 1999, with the title The Succubus.
The episode depicts Chef’s parents in various situations, where they encounter the Loch Ness Monster, who is begging $3.50 from them.
“Tree fiddy” was first defined on Urban Dictionary on August 15th, 2003.
Spread and Usage
By May 2004, the joke already possessed a dedicated YTMND site, featuring a screenshot of Chef’s parents as well as the audio footage from the episode.
On November 13th, 2010, a greentext story was submitted to 4chan, with the “Tree fiddy” gag at the end, marking the beginning of a stream of stories, featuring the catchphrase.
Over the years, “Tree fiddy” spread to sites like Facebook, Tumblr, FunnyJunk, iFunny as well as DeviantArt, spawning a large amount of content all over the web.