About

pablo.gonzales.2007 (year varies) is a nickname used to describe stereotypical young Team Fortress 2 free-to-play players from Latin American countries who use [name].[surname].[year] nickname format. The nickname achieved meme status among Team Fortress 2 fans in 2017 and has since saw use in memes within the game’s community.

Origin

On August 21st, 2017, Redditor ry_fluttershy made the earliest found post which used the nickname “pablo.gonzales.2005” to reference free-to-play Team Fortress 2 players from Latin American countries (shown below). It is unconfirmed whether a player actually used the nickname before the post, or it was spawned as a combination of popular Latin American first and second names to parody a young Latin American player using a [name].[surname].[year] nickname format.

On November 6th, 2017, Redditor Big_Yazza provided a potential explanation for popularity of such name format, with the post gaining over 270 upvotes

Because they tend to have their full name as their email (ie enrico.gonzales42@gmail.com) and so they use that name by default. Generally they grow out of it fairly quickly, but because a lot of the players we would associate with these names are 8-12 years old, they don’t know enough about the internet to know that privacy is important.

Spread

Starting in September 2017, the nickname appeared in a number of comments in /r/tf2 subreddit, being used to reference young free-to-play Latin American players. The nickname became associated with the Ghasty Gibus cosmetic item that is popular among free-to-play players due to its availability.

On February 10th, 2018, Redditor gtggtfg made the earliest found image post in which the nickname appeared (shown below, top). The post received over 440 upvotes in six months.

By approximately mid-2018, the nickname became a popular ironic choice among Team Fortress 2 players, which promoted its further popularity (shown below, bottom).

Since 2018, the nickname appeared in a…

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