Bite of 97 sometimes seen posed as a question “was that the bite of 87?” refers to a series of parodies and video edits, taken from a Markiplier reaction to the Bite of 83, showcased in the horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s 4.
The reaction is seen in The Bite of ’87 REVEALED!! | Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 – Part 5, uploaded to YouTube by Markiplier on July 27th, 2015.
In the video, Markiplier reacts to a cutscene where Freddy, an animatronic bear, crushes a child’s skull in its mouth.
After the cutscene, Markiplier was left speechless for a few seconds, before exclaiming “was that the bite of 87?”
His reaction would start to be edited on other videos in July, 2019.
An early instance of the parody was uploaded to YouTube by Zeeboq on July 11, 2019.
The format took until December, until it got viral, due to a popular Twitter repost.
In the following period, the format would emerge on various platforms, with videos related to biting, combined with the reaction of Markiplier.
The most frequent places for the “bite of 87” would be YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.