Racist Zoro, also referred to as “Minority Hunter Zoro” is a meme within the One Piece fandom which portrays the long-term character Roronoa Zoro, as a closet racist who loves combating and slaying the dark-skinned or black coded characters he encounters. This is because of Zoro’s main opponents all through the collection being virtually solely dark-skinned, and attributable to different trivial details about Zoro himself, equivalent to his would-be job in the true world being a police officer and his favourite meals being white rice, whereas his least favourite being chocolate.
One of many first mentions of Zoro being racist might be traced to 4chan, on the Anime & Manga board /a/, the place on February twenty third, 2021, an nameless person posted a manga panel by which Zoro refers to Fishman character Arlong as a “darn, soiled half-fish” (proven, beneath).
The meme itself originated on October 1st, 2021, with the earliest examples of them being talked about on each /a/ and Reddit. On /a/, an nameless person known as Zoro a racist as soon as once more for his insult in direction of Arlong (proven beneath).
In the identical thread, the nameless person posted a collage of Zoro’s oppents consisting primarily of dark-skinned and black coded characters (proven beneath, left) and posting Zoro’s would-be actual job in the true world: Police Officer (proven beneath, proper).
On the identical day, on the subreddit r/OnePiece, person Leonboi64 made a thread titled “Zoro is racist”, giving credit score to Twitter and Worstgen person wraithery. Though given credit score, there isn’t any on-line submit or touch upon wraithery’s profiles about Zoro being racist. The Reddit thread, occurring nice lengths to showcase Zoro’s racism (in a clearly humorous and ironic means), acquired over 16,400 factors in 11 months (proven beneath).
The meme caught traction on YouTube, with a number of content material creators discovering out about it and sharing it with their followers. On October seventh, 2021, That One Piece Speak uploaded a video known as “Did Oda MAKE Zoro a Racist?”. The podcast joked about Zoro’s racism, mentioning principally the factors introduced up in Leonboi64’s thread. The video acquired over 7,800 views and 234 likes in 11 months
On October 14th, 2021, Twitch streamer and YouTuber Clean Ideas uploaded a video titled “ZORO Is A Racist CONFIRMED??!!!”, receiving over 47,500 views and 1,900 likes in 11 months.
On January eleventh, 2022, YouTuber chrisdlln uploaded “Is Zoro from One Piece racist?!”, garnering over 50,600 views and a couple of,200 likes in 8 months (proven beneath, left). Half 2 was uploaded 3 days in a while January 14th, which acquired over 15,900 views and 835 likes (proven beneath, proper).
On January twenty sixth, 2022, Eustassunlucky uploaded a video titled “Why zoro is racist 100% not even imo”, which acquired over 1,074,000 views and 94,000 likes in 7 months (proven beneath, left). On April twelfth, 2022, Eustassunlucky uploaded a video on the identical matter titled “ZORO IS RACIST (accomplished timeline)”, which acquired over 134,000 views and 11,000 likes in 5 months (proven beneath, proper).
On August 2nd, 2022, Imsadil Skits uploaded a video titled “Racist Anime Characters” that includes Frieza from the Dragon Ball collection, Tobirama Senju from Naruto and at last Zoro, mentioning the nickname “Minority Hunter”. The video acquired over 14,100 views and 985 likes in a single month.
On August twenty sixth, 2022, YouTuber Mykal Davis included a Racist Zoro phase in his video about Black Frieza titled “Black Frieza Is A True N*gga”, which acquired over 790,000 views and 55,000 likes in 4 weeks.
On June twenty fifth, 2022, TikToker @zorosimpedits posted a video captioned “The minority hunter”, which acquired over 227,000 views and 28,800 likes (proven beneath, left). On August twenty sixth, 2022, @gokublackkai10 posted a video about Zoro being racist, which acquired over 391,000 views and 96,700 likes in 4 weeks (proven beneath, proper).