No anime penguin refers to a three-dimensional stock model of a penguin, wearing a police officer’s hat, paired with the captions “No Anime”.
While the exact origin of the stock image and its creator is not known, one of the earliest posts, containing the “No Anime Penguin” was uploaded to Imgur in 2017, but was promptly deleted.
The original post was then reuploaded to me.me on December 8th, where it gained some attention.
The template first appeared on Reddit on March 28th, 2018, by u/FarGuardian.
“No Anime Penguin” quickly spread across the various subreddits, as well as meme sites, including Imgur, 9GAG, me.me and iFunny, as well as Twitter.
On June 21st, 2018, the r/NoAnumePolice subreddit was launched, revolving around the meme.