Thunder cross split attack refers to a move of a minor character in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
The scene, where Dire uses the “thunder cross split attack” against Dio Brando is popular among anime fans and otakus, who parody the move in memes and use the phrase “you fell for it, fool”, uttered by Dire in the anime, as a reaction to bait and switch pranks.
The move first appeared in the 38th chapter of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga, published with the title “The Three from a Faraway Land, Part 3”.
The chapter was published on September 14th, 1987.
At one point in the chapter, Dio Brando and Dire are engaging in a fight, when Dire uses the “thunder cross split attack”.
The scene is involved in the eighth episode of the anime adaptation of the series, which was first aired on November 24th, 2012.
The first meme, involving the “thunder cross split attack” was posted on Facebook on April 24th, 2017 by the Skull Knight’s Struggler Soirée page.
In the years to come, the move would gain a lot of popularity among JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fans, appearing in memes on sites like 4chan, Reddit as well as Twitter.