Following unsavory allegations, Genshin Impact have announced a replacement for Tighnari’s voice actor- Zachary Gordon, better known for his role as Greg Heffley from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie.
Gordon’s voicelines will be coming to the game as part of the 3.6 update, for the English dub.
Since the announcement, Twitter has been abuzz in celebration- partially because they’d removed the old problematic VA, but even more importantly because the meme train has no brakes.
“Proud to be born in the same timeline that lets me play as Greg Heffley’s fursona in Genshin Impact”, writes Twitter user Bwaap.
Some fans have even reported seeing the all-caps phrase GREG HEFFLEY trending on Twitter, largely in reaction to the Genshin Impact announcement.
While Zachary Gordon has obviously grown quite a bit since his Wimpy Kid days, that doesn’t mean those promo photos won’t still be used against him, such as in this one fan edit:
im still in denial. zachary gordon, GREG HEFFLEY as tighnari oml 😭 pic.twitter.com/brM9OGzk0z
— mint ☽☾ (@mintflowerss) April 10, 2023
Of course, one of the most striking parts of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid is its cartoony illustrations, fully embodying the spirit of a loser in middle school, and fans made sure Tighnari got that same treatment, too:
what do you mean tighnari's new va is greg heffley himself. pic.twitter.com/xzfEYzQnyP
— NYX !! 🗝️ (@rexlockley) April 10, 2023
‘But why stop there?’ some fans ask, expanding the gifts of the book’s visuals to other cast members of Genshin Impact.
— mach (@_maidoftrash) April 10, 2023
It’s always nice to see a community welcome a new voice actor- none of the jokes seem to come from any kind of malice, and both Tighnari and Greg are beloved characters by the Internet (even if one of them’s a bit of a sociopath).