|April 28, 2004|
Do a Barrel Roll! --Peppy Hare
The Barrel Roll fad comes from the 1997 Nintendo flying simulator/space combat game Starfox 64. It came from 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.
Popularity outside of YTMND
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 Fad In Other Media
In an early episode of Tom Green's online late night talk show he too was phoned with a "barrel roll" prank caller.
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 didn't like the way the movie looked already, nor the fact that it was being directed by Michael Bay.
Despite winning the vote, the line was not picked for the movie as the winner or one of the other 9 runner-ups.