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Brian Peppers

Updated Jun 06, 2024 at 12:50PM EDT by Zach.

Added Apr 10, 2009 at 08:25PM EDT by Jamie Dubs.

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Brian Peppers was a sex offender from Ohio, whose police photograph went viral online in 2005. The police photograph of Peppers, who reportedly suffers from either Apert Syndrome or Crouzon Syndrome, led many to believe that the picture was fake. This is because Crouzon Syndrome manifests itself through the early fusion of bones in the skull, meaning that the face does not grow in its intended shape, leading to eye protrusion and other facial abnormalities. Memes that mocked and leered at his physical appearance came in the form of image macros and edits that used the mug shot in a variety of ways. Peppers died in 2012.


On March 4th, 2003, authorities took the original photograph of Brian Peppers, a 34-year-old man who is shown seated in a wheelchair.[1] Peppers was convicted of Gross Sexual Imposition in Lucas County, Ohio, in 1998. According to Ohio’s Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification (eSORN), the victim was a female child.

On March 24th, 2005, the LiveJournal [5] account Brian-Peppers posted its first entry. They wrote, "hey guys I just wanted to say this is a great community and I love brian peppers and if I was under 13 and a girl I'd totally let him touch my girl parts."

In 2005, Peppers' photograph went viral, thanks, in part, to its popularity on YTMND. On March 26th, 2005, the first YTMND[2] site went live. In less than 16 years, the creator, user shadow22, received more than 19,000 views for the site, which featured Peppers' police photograph and the text "You gon get raped" (screenshot below, left).

Other sites soon followed. On April 25th, YTMND[3] user luvmoz posted an image edit of Peppers hiding in a mailbox for the site "Brian Peppers no." The post received more than 422,000 views in less than 16 years (shown below, right).

ytmnd YOU : GỌN GET RAPEDI ytmnd Brian No!!!

The photo's popularity led many to suspect that it may be fake. Fact-checking website Snopes [4] investigated these claims and determined that the picture is legitimate. They wrote:

Although many viewers were of the opinion that the image was fake (possibly a picture of some type of mannequin or a digitally manipulated photograph), and that the entry in eSORN was an erroneous one (possibly a mistake, an inside joke, or a hacking prank), we verified both the photo and the entry.

Through their investigation, Snopes published childhood and teenage yearbook photos of Peppers (shown below).

Brian Peppers

As the meme grew in popularity, a series of YTMND sites that purported to contain messages from Brian's family and friends did as well. On January 31st, 2006, YTMND[8] user grimaf published "The Truth About Brian Peppers," which reported that Brian was wheelchairbound, living in a nursing home and was charged with groping a nurse. While Peppers did use a wheelchair, he was convicted of abusing a child victim, not a nurse. The post received more than 350,000 views in less than 16 years. Other posts that were allegedly by a relative of Brian's soon followed.[9]

Original Post Claim

Years later, on April 19th, 2023, the content creator Justin Whang uploaded a TikTok as a follow-up to a video he created about Brian Peppers. In the TikTok,[10] Whang recounts receiving an email from someone named Kendall who claimed to have been the one to discover and post Peppers online, supposedly doing so on the defunct and lost-to-time G4TV forums (shown below).

@justinwhangyt Lost Brian Peppers lore #meme #brianpeppers #ytmnd ♬ Burn! Bobonga! Burn! (Jurassic Rhythm) [From Chrono Trigger] – Chronamut


On February 7th, 2012, Brian Peppers died at the age of 43, allegedly, due to complications from excessive drinking.[6][7]

Various Examples

This man is your FRIEND western Tln AUG 10 1942 He fights for FREEDOM

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External References

[1] Archive – Brian Peppers ESORN Page

[2] YTMND – You gon get

[3] YTMND – Brian Peppers no

[4] Snopes – Brian Peppers

[5] LiveJournal – Brian-Peppers

[6] DiginityMemorial – Brian Peppers

[7] ValveTime – Brian Peppers: The Man behind the Memers’ Fad

[8] YTMND – Grimaf's Post

[9] YTMND – Allen-Peppers

[10] TikTok – JustinWhang

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I honestly never expected to see one of these deformed individuals known from seemingly anonymous viral pictures documented so well as a person. What's more, this guy's disgusting actions negate how offensive it would normally be to exploit his appearance like so, easily making him one of the "best" such candidates for memes.


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