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Bulbagarden Staff AMA Thread

Hello! :bulbaWave: This is sort of a silly question, but it’s something I’ve been really curious about: Is there a story behind the Shocked Lapras “Whaaaat?”:lapras: emoji? Like, is it based on a meme or some other joke within the fandom? The image of a normally serene and elegant Pokémon making such a silly face is just so fun and unexpected, it got me wondering who might have come up with the idea and when/how.
 
Is there a story behind the Shocked Lapras “Whaaaat?”:lapras: emoji? Like, is it based on a meme or some other joke within the fandom? The image of a normally serene and elegant Pokémon making such a silly face is just so fun and unexpected, it got me wondering who might have come up with the idea and when/how.
All I know for certain about its origins is that it's a googly-eyed edit of Lapras's Gen III sprite:
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How the emote came to be, though, I don't know. :p It's also a custom emoji on our public Discord server, but since we've had it for such a long time, I'm not sure who made it or where exactly it came from... maybe someone who's been around longer still remembers? :lapras:
 
All I know for certain about its origins is that it's a googly-eyed edit of Lapras's Gen III sprite:
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How the emote came to be, though, I don't know. :p It's also a custom emoji on our public Discord server, but since we've had it for such a long time, I'm not sure who made it or where exactly it came from... maybe someone who's been around longer still remembers? :lapras:
I'm fairly certain that one of the former Discord head admins, Saphir, made it waaaaaay back in the day. I don't remember its backstory, though. Maybe @Misty knows?
 
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