Surprise Pikachu is a reaction meme featuring the popular character Pikachu from the famous Japanese children’s anime “Pokémon”.
Pikachu is a yellow coloured, animal-like creature that has the ability to give electric shock.
The meme shows a Pikachu with a surprised facial reaction.
It is normally shared in a sarcastic manner; if a person does something expecting a positive result, but then the consequence is an obvious negative result, peers will share the Surprised Pikachu meme with him.
Simply, it is used when someone is suffering the obvious consequences of their actions.
Origin of the meme
The original image of the Surprised Pikachu was seen in Episode 10, Season 1 of the Pokémon anime series, named “Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village”.
It was first shared as a mocking meme on Tumblr fall of 2018, by user “popokko”. The meme rapidly spread to other social platforms, especially Reddit, and it was a highly popular meme format by the beginning of 2019.
Spread of the meme
Surprised Pikachu was the most used meme in 2018 and was still significantly used in 2019 and 2020.
It is popular with young internet users, and its main user base is between 16-30 year olds.
The meme was shared especially on platforms such as Reddit, 9GAG, 4chan and similar.