City boys meme depicting deputy durland yelling from gravity falls.

City Boy! City Boy!

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City Boy! City Boy! refers to a scene from Gravity Falls where the character Deputy Durland mockingly yells, "City boy! City boy!" at Dipper. The scene comes from a 2012 episode of the show and went viral as a reaction meme on TikTok in 2022 as a reference to the slang term city boy, meaning a man who doesn't let women get in the way of his success.

Origin

Slang Term

The slang term "city boy" was defined on Urban Dictionary[1] on July 15th, 2019. The top-voted definition reads, "A male who is living his very best life and chasing the bag at all times without letting Hot Girls or any female get in the way." The term has been further popularized online by Instagram[2] page @cityboys, boasting over 1.2 million followers, which frequently posts content where men pwn or act coldly to women in the pursuit of success.

Gravity Falls

On June 30th, 2012, season one episode three of Gravity Falls, "Headhunters," aired on the Disney Channel.[3] At one point in the episode, Deputy Durland mocks the idea of Dipper, a literal city boy, being able to solve a crime. He yells, "City boy! City boy!" toward Dipper. The clip was uploaded to YouTube[4] on July 12th, 2016, gaining over 147,000 views in six years (shown below).



Spread

In June 2022, TikTokers began using the clip as a reaction in videos where men call out women or act "toxic" towards them, referring to the slang term "city boy." For example, on June 20th, TikToker[5] @thaboyzbible used the clip along with other creation memes in a video where a man refuses to give a woman his Snapchat, gaining over 7.1 million views in five days (shown below).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7111321243105758470

On the same day, TikToker[6] @@shaggingtonfc.official posted a clip from Love Island using the reaction meme, gaining over 3 million views in five days (shown below).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7111262765171379461

Various Examples


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7111691871264476422
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7112837357799263494
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7112851589840309509
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7107193361928441094
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7109358031070170374
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7108621823075519749

Search Interest

External References

[1] Urban Dictionary – city boy

[2] Instagram – cityboys

[3] Gravity Falls Fandom – Headhunters

[4] YouTube – City Boy! City Boy! Gravity Falls

[5] TikTok – thaboyzbible

[6] TikTok – shaggingtonfc

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