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“Ugandan Knuckles” has its origins in a nearly year-old joke, but thanks to an easily downloadable character model and the explosive world of VRChat, the problematic meme has been quickly spreading.

Ugandan Knuckles didn’t start out as the Ugandan Knuckles meme; the character is inspired by a goofy caricature of the echidna, who first made his appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The weird version of Knuckles made his debut in a Sonic Lost World video review from Gregzilla, a popular YouTuber with more than 120,000 subscribers. Other YouTubers latched on to the character and started to create “Knuckles Sings” videos, a series of memes in which the deformed Knuckles sang a variety of songs, like Smash Mouth’s “All Star.”

It wasn’t until September 2017 that a 3D model of the deformed echidna entered the world, giving birth to memesters everywhere. Still, it would be another three months before players of VRChat — a Second Life-esque world that lets Oculus Rift and HTC Vive owners inhabit 3D models and interact with others in a variety of settings — latched on to the model, downloading it in hordes and inserting hundreds of strange Knuckles into the game. Using inspiration from the movie Who Killed Captain Alex, the meme was born. Some phrases a lot of people use include: 'YOU DO NOT KNOW THE WAY!' , 'WHY R U RUNNING?!' , 'THE QUEEN, WHERE HAS SHE GONE!!' , '*clicking noises*' ,
idk, dont ask me how to use it in a sentence! figure it out yourself u UGANDAN KNUCKLES
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by TrueFactsBro January 09, 2018
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Little deformed versions of Knuckles from sonic the hedgehog. They ask if you know de whey, where is the queen (typically some random anime girl) and klick violently as it is the national anthem
Ugandan Knuckles 1: Do you know de whey, brother?
Ugandan Knuckles 2: No I do not know de whey, look there is the queen!
*Violent klicking of excitement*
by The_Dogeiverse January 10, 2018
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A simple warrior living who must defend "de kween" at all cost whilst respecting his bruddas
Oh look a Ugandan knuckles
Oh Christ here we go
by A Lost Brudda January 16, 2018
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A member of a militia who must protect his queen at all costs.
Yo have you seen those little red dudes in VR-Chat?

Yeah, they are called Ugandan Knuckles, and they are relentless in protecting their Queen and spreading their ways!
by ChefDeen January 13, 2018
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A group of brave, Ugandan Knuckles that go around on VR Chat and ask "Do you know da wae?" and "Where is the queen?" in a very dumb, but a good-sounding voice. If they find a queen, they make clicking noises. If it's a fake queen, they "spit" on the fake queen. So far one of the best memes for January 2018.
Ugandan Knuckles 1: Do you know da wae
Girl in VR Chat: what is the way?
Ugandan Knuckles 3: (makes spitting noise)
by TheMysteryIsHere January 17, 2018
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