Azov Chan fan art example depicting the character in a Ukrainian military-style outfit.

Azov-Chan / Marichka

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About

Azov-Chan or Marichka is a female anime character designed as an anthropomorphic representation of the Azov Battalion, a former paramilitary neo-Nazi group that is now a part of Ukraine's National Guard. Azov-Chan first appeared online in late 2021 and became popularized during the 2021-2022 Russia-Ukraine conflict, becoming the increased subject of artwork and memes over the course of March on sites including 4chan and Twitter.

Origin

On September 2nd, 2021, a Telegram[14] user posted an image of an anime woman named Marichka curb stomping a soyjak to the Електропоїзд Київ → Жмеринка board (shown below). The artist appears to be Twitter[15] user @limestone_block, who has drawn a variety of artwork based on the character.


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On October 14th, 2021, Twitter[9] user @dadyapablo, who posted an image of the same woman mocking a Russian by making her eyes squinty, saying, "Narrow eye Russian," while the Russian cries, pleading, "Please stop for the love of god" (shown below).


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The meme was reposted by Twitter[10] user @Homuresukenshi on October 20th, 2021, along with another showing Azov-Chan curb-stomping a Soyjak. It was shared to 2chan[11] and VK[12] later that year. On November 13th, Twitter[13] user @nav1gatore posted a cropped version of the meme showing just Azov-Chan (shown below). On February 27th, 2022, now-deleted Twitter[1] user @uncannydays also reposted the image.


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On March 4th, 2022, Twitter[2] user @ryzchjl posted a piece of critical artwork depicting Azov-Chan getting curb stomped by an anime character representing the Donetsk People's Republic, with a caption expressing concern over support for a neo-Nazi group, writing, "Azov chan getting curb stomped by DPR chan low effort because busy be pro Ukr or pro Rus bruh even if neutral fuck Azov" (shown below).


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On March 7th, an anonymous user of 4chan's /pol/[3] board posted an image of Azov-Chan wearing a pig's head in reference to Pigposting, writing, "You fuckers have any pics of azov-chan that the russkies didn't get to?" (shown below, left). On March 19th, an anonymous user of /pol/[4] posted a meme using the character (shown below, right).


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On March 21st, an anonymous /pol/[6] user posted a piece of Azov-Chan artwork, writing, "Guys, Azov-chan is fucking hot. Where do I go to get a neo nazi gf? I'm a jew btw" (shown below).


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Azov-Chan Pointing

On March 19th, 2022, an anonymous user of 4chan's /pol/[5] board posted a PNG showing Azov-Chan pointing taken from the above-right meme, mimicking the Dubs Guy image (shown below).



The image saw use as an exploitable over the course of the month. For example, on March 22nd, an anonymous /pol/[7] user posted a meme where Azov-Chan points at Monkey Putin (shown below, left). On March 24th, an anon on /pol/[8] posted a photoshop of Azov-Chan pointing at the Russian Z Military Symbol (shown below, right).



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