Katy t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m (Katy the Penguin of Doom) is a copypasta story told from the perspective of a 13-year-old girl who claims to visit 4chan’s /b/ (random) board because she is “very random.” Written in a jumble of l33tspeak and SMS shorthands, the story is meant to mock the attention-seeking style of humor that is often characterized as “so random” by adolescent Internet users.
The earliest known instance of the copypasta appeared on October 12th, 2006 in the /a/ (anime) discussion board of 4chan in a thread discussing reasons why the anime series Naruto “sucks.” In the thread, the poster identified herself as a “random” 13-year-old girl named Katy and demanded to be referred to as “t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m”:
hi every1 im new!!!!!!! *holds up spork* my name is katy but u can call me t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m!!!!!!!! lol…as u can see im very random!!!! thats why i came here, 2 meet random ppl like me ^_^… im 13 years old (im mature 4 my age tho!!) i like 2 watch invader zim w/ my girlfreind (im bi if u dont like it deal w/it) its our favorite tv show!!! bcuz its SOOOO random!!!! shes random 2 of course but i want 2 meet more random ppl =) like they say the more the merrier!!!! lol…neways i hope 2 make alot of freinds here so give me lots of commentses!!!!
DOOOOOMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <--- me bein random again ^_^ hehe…toodles!!!!!
love and waffles,
t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m
On January 3rd, 2007, a user profile for "t3h PeNgU1N 0F d00m" was created on the anime-themed social networking site Gaia Online. On December 1st, an entry for "Penguin of Doom" was created on the Shii Wiki, which credited 4chan as the site of origin for the meme. On March 30th, 2008, Katy's copypasta was submitted to the Island Troll Tribes Forums by member PenguinOfDooom, receiving over 80 responds within the next week. On July 21st, 2009, Facepunch Fórums member jjsullivan submitted a post asking readers to share “the most random thing you’ve ever seen/heard on the Internet,” to which member shill responded with the copypasta.
On January 1st, 2011, League of Legends Forum member Havy_whopons_gai posted the copypasta in a thread about the “Yordle Snap Trap” character attack in the online strategy game League of Legends. Later that same year on December 2nd, YouTuber dukerecordings uploaded a dramatic recital of the copypasta story (shown below, left) performed by a colleague only identified as "dynd." On February 2nd, 2012, YouTuber Ender Man uploaded a dramatic reading of the copypasta, accompanied by a picture of the character GIR from the American animated television series Invader Zim.