Handheld Pupper meme depicting a small puppy being held in someone's hand.

Handheld Pupper

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Updated Apr 12, 2023 at 12:31PM EDT by Philipp.

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Handheld Pupper, also known as Geeble, refers to a photograph of a minuscule French bulldog puppy being held in one hand. Online, the image saw virality in early 2023, often being used as an exploitable for various memes.

Origin

The exact origin of the photograph of a French bulldog puppy being held in a person's hand is currently unknown. On November 1st, 2023, Twitter[1] user @The_ExtraRare posted the photo, with the tweet gaining over 20 retweets 260 likes in five months (shown below).



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Later on November 1st, several users replied with to the image with edits of the photograph, with Twitter[12] user @valeriehell1 posting an edit that made the dog to look like a green alien (shown below, left). On December 22nd, 2023, Twitter[13] user @redshibe_ reposted the edit, naming the green dog Geeble. The tweet (shown below, right) gained over 1,100 retweets and 6,300 likes in four months.


Aerith @redshibe_ introducing geeble, he has special electricity powers and a hatred for blue creatures. everyone say hi to geeble! 5:57 PM Dec 22, 2023 156.4K Views

Prior to November 29th, 2023, an unknown user posted the earliest edit of the image, coloring the dog purple and captioning it, "Waga Baga Bobo" (shown below, left). On November 29th, 2023, Twitter[2][3] user @inmncel created a thread containing this and other memes using the edit created by the user (example shown below, right). The thread failed to get traction.


WAGA BAGA BOBO Wow... he is LITERALLY me!

On December 23rd, 2023, Twitter[4] user @SoyZero_ replied to the gimmick account @TweetsOfCats using the original photograph, with the tweet gaining over 20 retweets and 670 likes in four months.

On January 16th, 2023, Twitter[5] user @elmexicanlopez captioned the image, "Pichi perro gilipollas," with the post gaining over 25 retweets and 430 likes in four months (shown below, left). In the thread, Twitter user @P1NK_GUTZZZ posted[6] the Geeble edit (authorship unconfirmed; shown below, right).


Pichi perro piche perro gilipollas

On January 21st, Gamebanana[7] modder BoyOHBoy posted a Half-Life: Source mod that replaced the Snork model with the dog.

On March 11th, 2023, Redditor SilkieSalt posted the photograph to the /r/Eyebleach[8] subreddit, where it gained over 25,200 upvotes in one month. On March 12th, Twitter[9] user @SkeleySauce posted a Half-Life meme based on the image that gained over 3,300 retweets and 18,200 likes in one month (shown below, left).

On March 21st, Twitter[10] user @necesthery posted the green alien edit of the image along with an alien edit of a cat photograph, captioning it with an imagined exchange between the two. The tweet[11] gained over 3,700 retweets and 14,500 likes in two weeks (shown below, right).


SkeleyTom @SkeleySauce Black Mesa Scientist: "OH MY GOD WE'RE DOOMED!" the snark in gordon freeman's hand: 6:30 PM. Mar 12, 2023 220.2K Views de @necesthery aëgybab: yuho treâ to meyægege? gügühyag: heghœm, uhgaé leöbyáb. 1:32 PM. Mar 21, 2023 515.6K Views ... €9

The photograph saw an increased use in memes in late March 2023.

Gnarp Gnarp / Geeble / Green Alien Animals

Gnarp Gnarp refers to an edited photo of a cat made to look like a green alien with antennas and Geeble refers similar image of a green alien dog with antennas that was made using the Handheld Pupper photo. Both images led to a larger trend of Green Alien Animals, which were crudely made photoshops using animal photos, tinting their color to green and stretching their heads to make antennas. The trend started on Twitter in late 2023, spreading to other platforms like Instagram and TikTok in early 2023.


cookie @heyitscookie Deep sea creature: Dude I swear if Deep Space Creature tries to sell me insurance again I'm gonna scream. Deep space creature: Geep zoot mip zorp TE: EADING: 152 ANYON XL-16 14 TIME: 07:30: DQ DEPTH: 1846.9 ALTITUDE: 12.7 10/04/01 1:43 AM. Mar 26, 2023 211.2K Views

Various Examples


6 2 11 ********* 196 FREYJA @Freyjihad Repost this dog 9:54 AM Mar 29, 2023 1,825 Views Not Stu @NxtDeterio im crying bro this dog looks like it was drawn for invader zim 12:17 PM. Mar 27, 2023 14.6K Views :
PHS Barbecue Bacon Burger || || || || cs1.6 @sigamgameboy69 1:41 PM Mar 26, 2023 324 Views

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External References

[1] Twitter – @The_ExtraRare

[2] Twitter – @inmncel

[3] Twitter – @inmncel

[4] Twitter – @SoyZero_

[5] Twitter – @elmexicanlopez

[6] Twitter – @P1NK_GUTZZZ

[7] Gamebanana – Fucked Up Dog / Small Dog Snark

[8] Reddit – Smoll, round specimen

[9] Twitter – @SkeleySauce

[10] Twitter – @SkeleySauce

[11] Twitter – @necesthery

[12] Twitter – @valeriehell1

[13] Twitter – @redshibe_

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