So, I happen to be somewhat new to lots of "given for granted" internet 2.0 basics. For instance, trollface. Why, when and who? I mean.. I see it everywhere and I don't even know what's the deal with it. This is why I decided to do a little research and dig about it's birth!
Trollface is a black and white drawing of a face with a large mischievous grin that is meant to portray the expression someone makes while trolling. Posting a Trollface image into a forum thread is often used to claim that someone was being fooled or intentionally angered. The face commonly appears in rage comics indicating that the character is being mischievous in some way.
A MSPaint comic made by deviantArt user Whynne about the pointless nature of trolling on 4Chan’s /v/, was uploaded on September 19th, 2008.
In his deviantART post, Whynne claims he was attempting to draw a comic character known as “Rape Rodent”:
Trollface has also been called “coolface”, which came from a comic posted to 4chan after the original trollface:
The coolface comic was posted to Ebaumsworld on November 30th, 2008. The first Urban Dictionary, definition for “trollface” was posted on August 1st, 2009.
Derivatives using the face can be found on Tumblr, Memebase, and in rage comics in the f7u12 subreddit. A Facebook fan page has over 96,000 ‘likes’ as of July 18th, 2011.
Search queries did not pick up until January of 2009, several months after the original deviantArt posting.
Whynne Claims Copyright Infringement
On July 16th, 2011, a screenshot of an email from a man named Carlos Ramirez claiming to be Whynne was posted to Reddit. The email stated that the use of Trollface on Reddit violated his copyright on the image, and that he would like to have the subreddit removed.
The email was reposted to f7u12 in a thread titled “Looks like f7u12 is done”. A Redditor named Whynne reponded to the thread saying:
You know what also makes me happy? Trolling reddit and seeing a shitstorm like this develop.
The background image for the f7u12 pages was changed to a picture of trollface with the text “HEY WHYNNE… U MAD BRO?”: