Yesterday evening, a man dressed in an "NPC" meme costume was seen pestering passengers on the TTC. One Reddit user said he saw the passenger pictured in the photo visibly shaken and uncomfortable. 

The man was seen taunting Asian and Black riders with "You're racist," "Orange Man Bad," "Peoplekind" and "That Wasn't Real Communism" signs.  Other passengers eventually confronted the man and TTC staff was notified at St. Clair Station. 

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The NPC meme took off this month when media began drawing attention to it in their coverage. Spawning on 4chan, an anonymous imageboard known for its extreme satire; and then subsequently being popularized over r/The_Donald, a pro-Trump news subreddit, the meme aims to mock left-wing political thought with the implication its supporters—and more specifically: idealogues—are akin to automatons with no free thought.

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The term "NPC" stems from video game jargon "Non-Playable Character." With outspoken far-right commentator Alex Jones also having announced a contest offering $10,000 for the best NPC meme, the meme does not appear to be dying just yet. 

However, Reddit users in response to the original posts did not seem to have a problem with its political critique in and of itself. They primarily took issue with the man's attempt at humour seemingly straying away from the meme's original meaning entirely to now simply resembling blatant harassment. 

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Redditors said people trying to translate 4chan's extreme brand of satire into the real world tends to more often than not just come off as cringeworthy behaviour, noting continuous engagement with its often toxic content matter can even unironically escalate to things like the van attack inspired by the incel movement earlier this April.

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