We know BTS is a group of trendsetters, as is their fandom as well!
While there are numerous examples to prove this statement, one recent instance comes to mind…
Twitter user @monoskiin shared a photo of Thomas Raggi, a member of the Italian rock band Måneskin, arriving at the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards. Rather than refer to him as Thomas, they called him “Little meow meow.”
— mono ⚡ (@monoskiin) November 14, 2021
This nickname is often associated with BTS’s Suga due to his catlike features and characteristics. ARMYs have called him this for a hot minute, beginning approximately around 2018.
So, naturally, ARMYs were confused when they saw the caption alongside a photo of a man that is definitely not Suga.
LITTLE WHO??? pic.twitter.com/GMXekiQyhJ
— sope🐼 (@attackonhobi) November 14, 2021
Well, it turns out that fans of Thomas Raggi often refer to him as “Little Meow Meow.” If you search the phrase on Twitter anytime now, you can find many posts about him…
HE’S SO JUMPY LITTLE MEOW MEOW pic.twitter.com/1Wvzv8OnnD
— soph (@maneskincults) November 14, 2021
thomas being little meow meow so true of him pic.twitter.com/Mv1bXvDiMu
— julia 🦓 MAMMAMIA (@mnsknmoon) November 16, 2021
While some may be bothered by someone else being referred to as the nickname popularized by Suga, others are more than okay with it. Some even hope that they can meet and collaborate one day.
So I made this tweet a couple months ago and since it has become a beef between the fandom I’m just gonna say: they are both lil meow meows and we need an lil meow meow interaction between the little meow meows https://t.co/do40bBWM36
— Klara🍃🍃 (@licoricebubble) November 15, 2021
Thomas and Suga are not actually the only ones that are called “Little Meow Meow” now. In fact, you can see it used for just about anyone now, especially fictional characters, primarily villains that we can’t help but love.
thinking about my poor little meow meow again pic.twitter.com/1jc9I6imTX
— mara, connoisseur of dilfs (@haesoosimp) November 14, 2021
Nevertheless, this specific term “Little Meow Meow” was not used frequently at all until recently. At one time, the only ones referred to like this or the alternative “Lil Meow Meow” were actual cats, as seen by this viral video from 2017.
They done killed Lil meow meow out here 💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/odGTfbsB75
— FADE′ (@ComFade) October 12, 2017
In 2018, we saw a resurgence of this term used by ARMY when talking about Suga. If you look at tweets from that year with “lil meow meow” or “little meow meow,” it’s primarily of Suga.
Some ARMY even used this nickname for Suga as early as 2016!
*archived on Pinterest also excuse the cringey namjin caption lol
— ali⁷ | no i won’t be letting hyyh go, actually (@disasterjin) November 15, 2021
Now, if you search anything like “lil meow meow” or “little meow meow” on Twitter, you’ll see posts from just about every fandom, not just ARMY or even K-Pop in general. Marvel fans, anime fans, K-Drama fans, and more all refer to someone as this endearing nickname.
Yet, when one looks up the meaning of “lil meow meow” on Urban Dictionary, one individual’s name comes up, explaining that it started with him. It’s none other than Suga.
So, while this is now a cute nickname often used by everyone, ARMY and non-ARMY, there’s no denying that Suga is the OG.