Big Chungus refers to an image of Looney Tunes 1940s cartoon character Bugs Bunny, usually captioned with the phrase "Big Chungus" and presented as a game for PlayStation 4 console. The word "chungus" was coined by video game journalist Jim Sterling several years before the meme became popular. Starting in July 2019, the meme regained ironic popularity on iFunny and certain parts of Reddit, particularly as a part of Reddit Moment memes.
Origin[edit | edit source]
Fat Bugs Bunny[edit | edit source]
The image of Bugs Bunny appears in Merrie Melodies cartoon Wabbit Twouble, first shown on December 20th, 1941, planned by Tex Avery, and finished by Robert "Bob" Clampett. In the short, Bugs is mocking Elmer Fudd, who in this cartoon was made much more portly, based off the thicker physique of his voice actor, Arthur Q. Bryan. This design would make 4 more appearances - before reverting back into the previous, more iconic design.
On May 27th, 2017, an anonymous 4chan user posted the image of obese Bugs Bunny to /lit/ board. The next appearance of the image on 4chan can be tracked to July 19th, 2017 , with more posts containing it appearing on /lit/ and other boards later that year.
On July 21st, 2017, Redditor hollerbravo uploaded a screencap of 4chan thread containing the image to /r/4Chan subreddit. On July 27th, 2017, a captioned image of obese Bugs Bunny was posted by Eclectic Memes Facebook group. The post has since been deleted, with copies scraped by Me.me and Onsizzle.
On March 31st, 2021 ,Big Chungus was revealed on Youtube to be a Character in Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem. This meant Big Chungus was canon to Looney tunes.
Chungus[edit | edit source]
The word "chungus" was allegedly coined by English freelance video game journalist Jim Sterling, who would often use it in various meanings without a set definition. The exact date when the word was first used is currently unknown, but is estimated to be prior to December 2012.
On December 26th, 2012, Urban Dictionary user Whidmark submitted an entry for "Chungus", defining it as a word "meaning anything and everything, including but not limited to a chunky anus".
A similar meme to Big Chungus would be Beeg Yoshi as both of them are fat versions of well known characters