Luigi's Death Stare is everywhere right now—people are in love with Luigi's cold, menacing gaze in Mario Kart. This fascination inevitably means there's lots of fan-art and hilarious GIFs floating around of Luigi on the internet. Let's take a look, shall we?
Mind, none of what's highlighted here is a straight up Luigi Death Stare taken from the game—for that, you might want to check our "best of" compilation, or our post on how everyone in Mario Kart 8 looks like a troll. This post is all stuff that people are making or talking about based on the meme:
If Nintendo was more responsive to online communities around their games, Luigi Death Stare would be final smash move in the new Smash Bros— Dan Pearce (@GameDesignDan) June 5, 2014
The best/worst thing about Luigi's Death Stare is that Nintendo will refuse to capitalize on it, or even acknowledge it— Mike Rose (@RaveofRavendale)June 4, 2014
What I love about the Luigi death stare is that somebody spent a lot of time crafting that animation and is probably super happy right now.— Filipe Salgado (@philthe25th)June 4, 2014
The Luigi Death Stare is possibly the best thing that's ever happened to Mario Kart.— Ryan Scott (@Rydog) June 4, 2014
Angry Luigi Kart is 2014′s ‘arrow in the knee’. Today we’re laughing, in 2 months we’ll be rolling eyes, in 6 months laughing ironically— Brendan Keogh (@BRKeogh) June 3, 2014
If you try logging into Tumblr right now, this is what you'll see:
The reference to this video...
...isn't too surprising given how much Tumblr is blowing up with Mario Kart death stares. There are many GIFs—and at least one person, scuttlebutt, realises that Luigi has had a death stare for a while now:
Most of what's floating around about Luigi makes him seem like an unhinged character, much like The Villager from Animal Crossing. Who knew Nintendo had such scary characters?
Here's what people have drawn or Photoshopped when it comes to Luigi's Death Stare:
A couple of folks have even redone Mario Kart 8's box art:
The year of Luigi might be over, but his revenge has just begun.