Zalgo Text Generator

You may have found this page after seeing someone post creepy zalgo text in the comments of blog posts, comments on YouTube or other social media pages. Zalgo text is characterized by cluttered markup that makes it look "hacked" or "glitched". Now that you can use the tool above to generate your own zalgo text, you may be wondering: how does text get converted into such strange format?

What is Zalgo text ?

Well, the story begins with Unicode, an industry standard that handles all the characters you see on most electronic devices. These characters are not individual letters, but are added to other letters and symbols. The result: you can add strange glitch marks to your text.

In Zalgo text, the added marks are called "variant symbols". While they are useful for generating weird text that we can copy and paste it l̯̓̔i̪̮͗̉k͇̘̼̹̮̥̓ͬ̀ͪe̩͎͂ ̲̺̲̗̀̐ͅt͗ͪ͒h̦̯̫ͥì̗̤̹͎͗ͤs̩̦̞̲̣͂̐̚ into the comments of funny videos on YouTube, they are also useful when we want to add ways to pronounce letters. By adding variant symbols, we can specify that the letters are pronounced in a different way than usual.

When you first saw this strange text, you probably thought a hack or glitch caused it, but, of course, now you know that this is not the case.

How to use Zalgo Text Generator ?

Just type you text and click the button. You can, then, copy and paste the zalgo text into most blogs comment sections and social media : Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Discord, xbox, etc. This is probably where you first saw that weird text before looking for this generator. If you copy and paste it into a form that only allows a specific subset of Unicode characters, it may remove the strange, faulty markup and possibly all of your text. Examples where you may not be able to use it include creating email addresses and creating website domains.

Origin of Zalgo

Zalgo is a malevolent and mysterious entity. He is an Internet legend who has inspired many Creepypasta stories, including Chris Phoenix's "Here He Comes" and Zalgo's Calling. Zalgo is the brainchild of Dave Kelly (aka "Shmorky"), a Flash animator and Something Awful "goon". He was first mentioned (but not seen) in a cartoon parody in a syndicated newspaper on a semi-secret page of his official website. Zalgo soon spread from there, and people made their own edits to the so-called "Zalgo-ized" comic, writing creepy stories about it and perpetuating the legend.

Since the meme went viral, Shmorky has created several Flash animations (in his unique style, of course) referencing it, including ZALGO. on August 22, 2009, Shmorky explained the origins of Zalgo in a post on the SomethingAwful forum:

"I love people who try to find the origin of the "meme" and they don't even know where it came from originally. I'll tell you where it came from. From me. I just invented it. zalgo is a scary thing. zalgo is something that will happen. It's coming soon. This has nothing to do with Lovecraft. I'm not a nerd to make that reference. The fact that it's already a meme has killed the idea of doing more Zalgo versions in the future (for me anyway), but maybe I'll do one when you least expect it."

According to Shmorky, Zalgo's ability to affect only comics, cartoons and illustrations, not reality itself. With recent stories portraying Zalgo as a powerful demonic being, the idea has lost popularity.