Halo 3 Rat refers to a rat NPC character in the 2007 video game Halo 3. In late August 2020, ironic shitposts referencing the Halo 3 Rat gained popularity online following a viral tweet, primarily on Reddit.


On September 25th, 2007, first-person shooter Halo 3, develped by Bungie, was released. On several maps in the game, player can encounter non-hostile rat NPCs. On May 2nd, 2010, Halo Alpha user Dragonclaws uploaded an image of the rat taken on the in-game level Crow’s Nest (shown below).

On August 13th, 2020, Twitter user @sprngclean tweeted the image, writing “halo 3 rat.” The tweet (shown below) received over 690 retweets and 1,800 likes.

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In the following days, the screenshot of the tweet received moderate circulation online; for example, on August 24th, 2020, Twitter user @tj99er posted a screenshot of a Discord conversation in which a person posted the screenshot of the tweet. On August 23rd, 2020, Twitter user @Fiyaproofmatch tweeted “Thinkin about Halo 3 rat,” attaching the image, with the tweet gaining over 170 retweets and 470 likes (shown below).

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<p>The screenshot of @Fiyaproofmatch’s tweet received viral spread online after on August 23rd, 2020, iFunny user Suh_shi posted it on the app, with the post getting featured and gaining over 54,900 smiles in one week. In the following days, the screenshot was widely circulated online with multiple reposts across all major platforms.</p>
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On August 28th, Redditor Geigerbuzz posted a shitpost based on the image to /r/dankmemes, where it gained over 18,900 upvotes in three days.

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Following the post, ironic shitposts based on the image and the phrase “Halo 3 Rat” gained significant popularity in mainstream Reddit meme communities.

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Source: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/halo-3-rat