Socially Awkward Penguin is an Advice Animal meme that depicts a low self-esteem and, (as the name suggests) a penguin with "socially awkward" moments.


The original image was taken by photographer George Mobley, and the memes began appearing on 4chan as early as May 2009. On an archieved thread on May 31, 2009, a /b/ random user named Socially Awkward Penguin as the explanation of Advice Animal.


  • Socially Awkward Penguin has spawned many spin-off memes, such as Socially Awesome Penguin, Socially Average Penguin and Socially Awkward Couple.