|April 28, 2004|
The phrase Do a Barrel Roll! comes from the 1997 Nintendo flying simulator/space combat game Starfox 64. It was a phrase uttered by one of the character's main wingmen, Peppy Hare, in the beginning stages of the game. The fad may have been started by members from the Life, Universe, and Everything board on GameFAQs.
The fad was one of the earlier fads, and became popular quickly. Most sites would play around with his quote, putting it into various situations. The phrase is also used on a side note in other sites, assuming everyone knows the joke, such as, where the creator decided to put a "lol, barrel roll" talk bubble on a car because it was rolling away. Another example is , where Peppy is heard when batman stops, drops, and rolls.
Even outside YTMND, Peppy is a fairly common target for parodies because of the nonsensical phrases he utters and because of his ludicrous accent. Other phrases include:
- To barrel roll, press Z or R twice!
- Try a somersault! (used in the PTKFGS version)
- Use bombs wisely!
- Try hovering!
- Use the boost to get through!
- Use the brake! (used in the YESYES version)
- Don't mess up that Arwing!
- Try a U-turn!
The line was chosen as YTMND's favorite entry into the "Make Optimus Prime Speak" fan competition held for the 2007 Transformers movie, where the winning fan submitted line would be spoken by Optimus (voiced by original series actor Peter Cullen) in the movie.
The line made the top ten and gained the highest votes, Hasbro have also trademarked the name "Barrel Roll Blaster" for a series of new Transformer toys. This enraged many Transformer fans who threatened to hack YTMND for "ruining their movie", but many of the people who supported the "Barrel Roll" entry were either Transfans who did not take the series as seriously as they did, or people who didnit like the way the movie looked already, nor the fact it was being directed by Micheal Bay