Dancing Triangle, also known as Triangulo Bailando, is a computer-generated animation of an anthropomorphic "triforce" triangle from the animated fan-made Legend of Zelda web series The Legend of Zelda: The Light of Courage. Starting in June 2018, the clip gained popularity in memes in which people set the looped animation to different songs. In 2020, the animation, usually paired with "Lose Control" by Missy Elliott, saw a surge in use following a series of viral Twitter and TikTok posts.
Origins[edit | edit source]
The animation of the Dancing Triangle comes from the second part of the series The Legend of Zelda: The Light of Courage, which was uploaded to YouTube on May 29th, 2006. The video received more than 152,000 views in 12 years.
On October 24th, 2007, YouTuber DancingTriforce posted a video of the Triforce dancing to the song "The Legend of Zelda Medley" from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The post received more than 9,000 views in 11 years.
Spread[edit | edit source]
On June 6th, 2018, YouTuber TinoPosts Dancing Triangle set to "Battle Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga Music Extended.", which received more than 1,200 views in one month. On June 25th that year, Facebook user EricoTereran reposted the video to "Nintendo Switchposting" Facebook group, where it received over 650 reactions and 300 shares in one month.
On June 27th, 2018, Facebook account "Super Conchetumario 64" (sctm64) posted an Everyone Is here! meme based on the animation. The post (shown below, left) received more than 340 shares, 130 reactions and 16,000 shares in three weeks. That day, the Facebook page "El Mismo Triángulo Bailando Con Diferentes Canciones" launched and posted their first video, with Dancing Triangle set to "Snakey Chantey" from Donkey Kong Country 2 . Within three weeks, the post received more than 645 reactions, 550 shares and 25,000 views.
In the following years, the groups posted over 600 videos of the Dancing Triangle set to various songs.
2020 Resurgence[edit | edit source]
On February 11st, 2020, Twitter user @melancholyhill posted a version of the video in which the animation was set to "Lose Control" by Missy Elliott (commonly known as "Music Make You Lose Control." The video received over 1 million views, 2,100 retweets and 4,300 likes in two months.
Starting in late February 2020, the meme regained popularity on TikTok as a video reaction. While the exact first post on the platform based on the format is unknown, on February 24th, 2020, TikTok user @danieldessau posted two earliest found videos using the Dancing Triangle, with one of the clips gaining over 205,900 views and 23,100 likes in one month. In the following days, @danieldessau posted more memes based on the animation; for example, a February 25th meme received over 500,000 views and 90,000 likes, while a February 26th My Last Brain Cell meme gained over 927,000 views and 201,000 likes in the same period.