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Non-Player Character

[non-play-er kar-ak-ter]

‘Non-player character” (NPC) originated from video game culture, referring to characters controlled by the computer rather than by players. Metaphorically, it describes individuals perceived as lacking independent thought or blindly following trends popularized on platforms like 4chan.

The meme gained traction and expanded to social media. On TikTok, it allegedly stemmed from streams by @natuecoco, a Japanese TikToker.

The term’s usage has transcended gaming, symbolizing conformity or lack of critical thinking.

Its evolution reflects how internet culture appropriates and adapts concepts. Understanding NPC aids in navigating online discourse and recognizing nuances in digital communication and societal trends.

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