True StoryAbout: True Story is a rage comic reaction facefeaturing a black and white contour drawing ofsitcom character Barney Stinson (played by NeilPatrick Harris) smiling smugly while holding awine glass. The image is often accompanied bythe concurring statement “true story” and used asa final panel in rage comics to indicate that it isbased on a story, sometimes even when the storyis obviously fabricated.
Origin• Prior to its online adaptation, the colloquial expression “true story” has been used as an affirmative statement to corroborate one‟s claim or allegation. The earliest Urban Dictionary definition was submitted on June 20th, 2004: It really happened. Ex: I ate six Big Macs for lunch yesterday. True story.• The rage face is a crude vectorization of American actor Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the character Barney Stinson in the CBS comedy series How I Met Your Mother. In the series, Barney Stinson frequently uses the expression “True Story” as an ending to theories or stories that are for the most part probably false or nonsense. The original stillshot of Stinson stems from a scene featured in Season 4, Episode 1 “Do I Know You.” Neil Patrick Harris
On RedditOn February 2nd, 2011, Redditor acodemaster posted a thread titled “Mysubmission for the „True Story‟ Panel – Neil Patrick Harris” that included thescreengrab from the show. Several Redditors viewing the thread replied withalternative versions of the image, including this one that ended up as the winner:
SpreadThe reaction image quickly took off on thef7u12 subreddit and several notable instancesof “True Story” rage comics were featuredacross other internet humor blogs, includingMemebase, FunnyJunk and 9gag. Thepopularity of the phrase also led to an imagemacro generator page on DIYLOL. Relatedmerchandises based on the image can be alsofound on Zazzle.
Notable ExamplesThe reaction image is primarily used in thefinal panel of rage comics to re-emphasize thestatement made in the preceding panel. On thef7u12 subreddit, such posts have beentypically titled with the tag “[True Story].”