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The phrase is a line of subtitled dialogue from the introduction to Zero Wing.

"All your base are belong to us" (often shortened to "All Your Base", "AYBABTU", or simply "AYB") is a broken English phrase that was central to an Internet phenomenon, or meme, in 2000–2002. The phrase came about as the result of the spread of a Flash animation which depicted the slogan. The text is taken from the opening cut scene of the 1991 European Sega Mega Drive version of the video game Zero Wing[1] by Toaplan, which was poorly translated. It was popularized by the Something Awful message forums.[2]

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Transcript and translations

A summarized GIF animation of the scene.


Examples

It appears from the original text that CATS may be the name of an organization, not just of the particular cyborg villain appearing on the screen.[1]

Original Script Original English Translation Correct English Translation
機関士:何者かによって、爆発物が仕掛けられたようです。 Mechanic: Somebody set up us the bomb. Engineer: It appears that someone has planted explosives.
通信士:メインスクリーンにビジョンが来ます。 Operator: Main screen turn on. Radio Operator: The main screen is receiving a visual.
CATS:連邦政府軍のご協力により、君達の基地は、全てCATSがいただいた。 CATS: All your base are belong to us. CATS: All your bases belong to us.
CATS:せいぜい残り少ない命を、大切にしたまえ・・・・。 CATS: You have no chance to survive make your time. CATS: Make the most of these last moments of your lives.
艦長:我々の未来に希望を・・・ Captain: For great justice. Captain: Our hopes for the future ...

References in mass media

The phrase or some variation of lines from the game has appeared in numerous articles, books, comics, clothing, movies, radio shows, songs, television shows, video games, webcomics, and websites. Notable mentions include:

In late 2000, Kansas City computer programmer and part-time DJ Jeffrey Ray Roberts of the Gabber band The Laziest Men on Mars made a techno dance track, "Invasion of the Gabber Robots", which remixed some of the Zero Wing video game music by Tatsuya Uemura with a voiceover phrase "All your base are belong to us."[3]

On February 23, 2001, Wired provided an early report on the phenomenon, covering it from the Flash animation to its spread through e-mail and Internet forums to T-shirts bearing the phrase.[4]

On April 1, 2003, in Sturgis, Michigan, seven people aged 17 to 20 placed signs all over town that read, "All your base are belong to us. You have no chance to survive make your time." They claimed to be playing an April Fool's joke but most people who saw the signs were unfamiliar with the phrase. Many residents were upset that the signs appeared while the U.S. was at war with Iraq and police chief Eugene Alli said the signs could be "a borderline terrorist threat depending on what someone interprets it to mean."[5]

In February 2004, North Carolina State University students and members of The Wolf Web in Raleigh, North Carolina exploited a web-based service provided for local schools and businesses to report a weather-related closing to display the phrase within a news ticker on a live news broadcast on News 14 Carolina.[6]

On June 1, 2006, the video hosting website YouTube was taken down temporarily for maintenance. The phrase "ALL YOUR VIDEO ARE BELONG TO US" appeared below the YouTube logo as a placeholder while the site was down. Some users believed the site had been hacked, leading the host to add the message "No, we haven't been hacked. Get a sense of humor."[7]

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Gaming

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Wikia Gaming, your source for walkthroughs, games, guides, and more!

All your base are belong to us

All Your Base Are Belong To Us (often referred to as "All Your Base" or abbreviated AYBABTU, AYBAB2U, or simply AYB) was an internet fad from around 2001. It originated from the horrible translation job in the game Zero Wing. This was one of the lines featured in the game's intro that shows just how bad the translation was. Someone made fun of it, people made photoshop images, someone made a flash video... it just blew up. The main villain depicted in the video, CATS, has since then become a popular figure.

Zero Wing's Intro Transcript

  • In A.D. 2101
  • war was beginning.
  • Captain: What happen ?
  • Mechanic: Somebody set us up the bomb.
  • Operator: We get signal.
  • Captain: What !
  • Operator: Main screen turn on.
  • Captain: It's you !!
  • CATS: How are you gentlemen !!
  • CATS: All your base are belong to us.
  • CATS: You are on the way to destruction.
  • Captain: What you say !!
  • CATS: You have no chance to survive make your time
  • CATS: Ha ha ha ha ....
  • Operator: Captain !!
  • Captain: Take off every 'zig'!!
  • Captain: You know what you doing.
  • Captain: Move 'zig'.
  • Captain: For great justice.

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Simple English

"All your base are belong to us" (often shortened to "All Your Base", "AYBABTU", or simply "AYB") is a broken English phrase that began an internet phenomenon in 2001 and 2002, with the use of a Flash animation. The phrase is taken from the first part of a European Sega Mega Drive version of the video game Zero Wing,[1] made in Japan by Toaplan. The words in the game were translated into English so quickly that they did not make very much sense. The words "All your base are belong to us" were at first popular on the Something Awful message forums.[2]

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Words of the game

English text

In A.D. 2101
War was beginning.
Captain says: What happen ?
Mechanic says: Somebody set up us the bomb.
Operator says: We get signal.
Captain says: What !
Operator says: Main screen turn on.
Captain says: It's you !!
CATS says: How are you gentlemen !!
CATS says: All your base are belong to us.
CATS says: You are on the way to destruction.
Captain says: What you say !!
CATS says: You have no chance to survive make your time.
CATS says: Ha ha ha ha ....
Operator says: Captain !! *
Captain says: Take off every 'ZIG'!!
Captain says: You know what you doing.
Captain says: Move 'ZIG'.
Captain says: For great justice.

Japanese text

In the Japanese text, "CATS" seems to be the name of an organization, not just of the character on the screen.[1]

西暦2101年
戦いは始まった。
艦長:一体どうしたと言んだ [sic]!
機関士:何者かによって、爆発物が仕掛けられたようです。
通信士:艦長!通信が入りました!
艦長:なにっ!
通信士:メインスクリーンにビジョンが来ます。
艦長:おっお前は!
CATS:おいそがしそうだね、諸君。
CATS:連邦政府軍のご協力により、君達の基地は、全てCATSがいただいた。
CATS:君達の艦も、そろそろ終わりだろう。
艦長:ばっばかなっ・・・!
CATS:君達のご協力には感謝する。
CATS:せいぜい残り少ない命を、大切にしたまえ・・・・。
CATS:ハッハッハッハッハッ・・・
通信士:艦長・・・。
艦長:ZIG全機に発進命令!!
艦長:もう彼らに託すしかない・・。
艦長:我々の未来に希望を・・・
艦長:たのむぞ。ZIG!!

Notable media references

The phrase and similar phrases from the game has been shown in articles, books, comics, clothing, movies, radio shows, songs, television shows, video games, webcomics, and websites.

  • In the year 2000, Jeffery Ray Roberts, a Kansas City computer programmer and part-time deejay aged 23, and his musical band called The Laziest Men on Mars made a techno dance tune called "Invasion of the Gabber Robots", which used some of the Zero Wing video game music by Tatsuya Uemura with a voice saying "All your base are belong to us."[3]
  • On February 23, 2001, Wired magazine wrote an article about the phrase being in the Flash animation, in many e-mails, Internet forums and T-shirts showing the phrase.[4]
  • On April 1, 2003, in Sturgis, Michigan, seven people aged between 17 and 20 placed signs all over their town that said, "All your base are belong to us. You have no chance to survive make your time." They said it was an April Fools' Day joke, but not many people who saw the signs had seen the phrase before. Many people who lived in the town were angry because America was at war in Iraq, and police chief Eugene Alli said the signs could be "a terrorist threat depending on what someone interprets it to mean."[5]
  • In February 2004, buisnesses and schools in Raleigh, North Carolina were closed because of bad weather and they used an internet service to report it. Some North Carolina State University students and members of The Wolf Web in Raleigh, North Carolina took control of the internet service and showed the phrase in a news ticker on the televison channel, News 14 Carolinas live news broadcast.[6]
  • On June 1, 2006, the video website YouTube was closed to fix some problems. The phrase "ALL YOUR VIDEO ARE BELONG TO US" was shown until their problems were fixed. Some users believed the site had been taken control of by students but YouTube said "No, we haven't! Get a sense of humor!"[7]
  • On September 22, 2008, on the MSNBC show Countdown with Keith Olbermann, a Princeton University Professor called Paul Krugman said that what the United States Congress said about giving the banks money from the government was similar to the leader of the United States Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson saying, "All your decisions are belong to me."[1]

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