Overused synonym for suicide created after the death of Mitchell Henderson
- Date Discovered: April 2006
- Discovered On: 4chan
An hero is a meme that originated on 4chan used to refer to, most often derogatorily, a person who has committed suicide.
The "an hero" bit came from this message that was left on his MySpace comment section:
—Lila, mistaking desperation for heroism;
An hero is a meme that was started when the family of Mitchell Henderson, a 13 year old boy who committed suicide after his iPod was stolen, were relentlessly harassed by 4chan lurkers. The 4channers found out about his death when the MySpace memorial page his parents had made was posted to the imageboard.
On this MySpace page were many tributes left by friends of Mitchell's including a poem written with questionable grammar proclaiming Mitchell to be "An Hero" for finding the courage to take his own life.
This phrase quickly rose to meme status and is now used to describe anyone who takes their own life. It remains one of the most well known and enduring memes ever to come out of 4chan.
- One 4channer went so far as to ring Mitchell Henderson's parents and leave a message about finding his iPod.
- Mitchell's death occurred on the same day as Hitler's birthday, National Weed Day, and the Columbine massacre, thus leading April 20th to be known as An Hero Day.
Of course, Akinator, of course.