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All Your Base Are Belong To Us (AYBABTU)

Last updated: October 8, 2012

What Does All Your Base Are Belong To Us (AYBABTU) Mean?

The catchphrase "all your base are belong to us" (AYBABTU) is a mangled translation of a Japanese phrase that appeared in the video game "Zero Wing" (1991) by Toaplan. The phrase became an Internet sensation in early 2000, appearing on T-shirts, Photoshopped images and in real-world locations.

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The "Zero Wing" game itself was mostly forgotten until the phrase popped up on the forums on, a well-known site in the gaming community. From there, it spread virally through email and images, preserving the shoddy but amusing translation job for all time. is also credited with starting or spreading other Internet memes, such as "tourist guy."


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