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Klaud / Live Slug Reaction

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Klaud is a slug alien character who appears in the 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In February 2022, the character gained prominence in memes on Twitter and later on Tumblr, with an image of him staring in bewilderment being used as a reaction for depictions of LGBTQ+ romance, particularly when combined with the Live Tucker Reaction meme format.

Origin

On December 20th, 2019, the sci-fi fantasy film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiered. In the film, the character Klaud, a Trodatome mechanic working for the Resistance, is introduced.[1] The character assists Poe and Finn on their mission to Sinta Glacier Colony, also appearing in one of the final scenes in which the Resistance celebrates their victory, in which he is hugged by a resistance fighter.



The character was first seen on a leaked poster for the film in April 2019 (shown below).[2] Although the exact frame does not appear in the film, this image of Klaud would later become source material for the reaction image.



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On January 30th, 2020, Redditor[3] Oobedoob_S_Benubi created a subreddit for Klaud memes that gained nearly 1,000 subscribers in two years.

The character did not achieve notable presence in memes until February 20th, 2022, when Twitter[4] user @PinkRangerLB falsely wrote that Klaud appears in the film right after the first gay kiss, staring blankly for four seconds. The tweet was accompanied by a cropped image of Klaud from the leaked poster and gained over 7,500 retweets and 69,200 likes in four days (tweet and image shown below, left and right).


L. Silvertongue IS NOT DAREDEVIL @PinkRangerLB ... Rise of Skywalker does have one perfect moment, it's that right after they show the first gay kiss in Star Wars (for 2 seconds) they immediately cut to this frowning slug monster for twice as long. 16/10, no notes 11:43 PM - Feb 20, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone AUTHONTICE

In the same thread, @PunkRangerLB wrote[5] that "All acts of queer love should immediately be followed by a slug monster reaction," with the tweet gaining over 860 reactions and 10,100 likes in four days.

On February 21st, 2022, Twitter[6] user @yeb_sakoda posted a still image from Neon Genesis Evangelion, with a Live Tucker Reaction Klaud meme edited in (shown below, left). The post gained over 4,900 retweets and 25,600 likes in one day. In the same thread, @yeb_sakoda,[7] @ArsonRaboot[8] and other users posted similar memes, editing "Live Klaus Reaction" into various scenes featuring LGBTQ+ characters (examples shown below, center and right).


LIVE KLAUD REACTION Maybe Iwas born to meet you. LIVE CLAUD REACTION LIVE KLAUD REACTION

In the following days, Klaud maintained moderate popularity on Twitter as a reaction image, with fancams dedicated to the character also being created.[9]

On March 3rd, 2022, Tumblr[10] user itsmissdorothy reposted @PinkRangerLB's tweet, with user the greatgbrumbolia responding with a Live Tucker Reaction meme featuring Klaud. The exchange gained over 140,000 likes and reblogs within a week, with the meme format going viral on Tumblr.

Various Examples


CANON 60 FIPS 11/18 FRI After School LIVE KLAUD REACTION Yosuke When I called you "special," I thought some more about it. atrophy wife R @zuza_real me staring at the mcdonalds menu at 7am 9:26 AM - Feb 22, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone
John Hamburger Jr ... @BronzeHammer Replying to @fart theres no way most of the characters in star wars could wipe their ass. yoda, jabba, and this guy just walked around with s--- on their booty all the time and you still had to talk to them like everything was fine AUTIONTICE 7:17 PM - Jul 8, 2020 - Twitter Web App STAR WARS THE KLAUD

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AUTHONTICE LIVE KLAUD REACTION LIVE SLUG REACTION

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External References

[1] Wikipedia – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

[2] Twitter – @ErikDavis

[3] Reddit – /r/SaltierThanKlaud

[4] Twitter – @PinkRangerLB

[5] Twitter – @PinkRangerLB

[6] Twitter – @yeb_sakoda

[7] Twitter – @yeb_sakoda

[8] Twitter – @ArsonRaboot

[9] Twitter – @HydraSPOOKY

[10] Tumblr – inthefallofasparrow

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