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History of April Fool's dAy!

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 9:17 AM
This article is written for the projecteducate's Community Week as well as ArtHistoryProject's dA Related month.

Here is a brief history of April Fool's pranks deviantART has played on it's members. Please note that information is still missing (mostly older years) - this is because some April Fool's pranks were never recorded or are lost in the millions of journals on the site.

2001 - "jark is Arrested"

jark is arrested in Disneyland for cutting in line and refusing to move to the back.

2004 - "British Takeover"

April Fool's Day 2004 marked the day the British took over deviantART. New rules were enforced on that day, including spelling "color", "colour" and saying "Cheers guv'nor" instead of "Thank You".

"Please note that any American who uses the term "soccer" will have their IP banned from deviantART and their gallery purged. Not only that, but the last 10 people who have commented on that American's user page will also be banned. Let that be an incentive for you Americans to refer to the beautiful game as FOOTBALL and not "soccer". No exceptions will be made."


  • devart received the Deviousness Award.


Deviousness-theinternet by bradleysays

2007 - "Changes to the Help Desk"

This year sparked changes to the Help Desk, specifically, it was going to be a subscriber based service. Non-subscribing members would need to pay $29.95 per year to have access to the Help Desk, a reduced price of $19.95 was made available to deviants who only wanted live help.

2008 - "Mudkips"

This day was the day of the Mudkips (a Pokemon). User's icons were changed to this icon made by Chimpantalones.

Deviants could not change their icon back until April 2nd. As well as the icons, Mudkips received the Deviousness Award.

2009 - "Symbol Changes"

Symbol changes were the main prank for 2009's April Fool's Day. All $taff Members, `seniors, ^gallery moderators, and MNs were given the ! (banned/deactivated) symbol.

Beta Testers got a unique symbol change by receiving the snowman symbol. 

Other pranks this year included icon changes and upside down text across the site.

2010 - "Team Gaga/Edward/Jacob/Seeker"

Team Gaga. Team Jacob. Team Edward. Team Seeker. All icons were changed to one of these teams, and each team has three different avatars. Again, users could not change avatars until April 2nd, and could not "swap teams". 

Here are the icons:

Team Gaga (Lady Gaga)


Team Jacob (Twilight Saga)

Team Edward (Twilight Saga)

Team Seeker (Legend of the Seeker)

But clearly, Team Gaga was the best. ;p LadyGaga also received Seniority and the Deviousness Award on April Fool's Day that year.

Llama Badges were also launched on this day!

2011 - "A Trollface April Fool's"

Trollface was the theme of 2011's April Fool's Day with Trollface himself appearing throughout user's message centers and deviation pages. trollface also received the Deviousness Award. :trollface: 

Several Trollface T-Shirts & Gear were made available in the deviantART shop until sold out.
Trollywood Star T-Shirt (Men's) by deviantWEAR  Problepeno Tee by deviantWEAR  Trollface Viva La Problema Tee by deviantWEAR  Trollface Problem? T-Shirt by deviantWEAR  U Mad? Pack by deviantWEAR


2012 - "Feline Overlords Takeover"

Aprilfools2012 by bradleysays

MajorGeneralWhiskers, leader of Feline UpRising (FUR) had taken over deviantART and kidnapped deviantART's mascot, Fella. Deviants had to submit 15,000 cat-related deviations to the Free Fella gallery to save Fella from the Feline Overlords. Fella was freed a few hours after the takeover. Anyone who helped free Fella was awarded the Whiskers profile badge.

MajorGeneralWhiskers received the Deviousness Award on that day.

Aprilfools2012-deviousness by bradleysays

Among the Free Fella movement, was cat-related facts popping up throughout the site (see below)

Aprilfools2012-catfacts by bradleysays

When browsing, some thumbnails were changed to cat-related images (but changed back after hovering).

2013 - ""

devianHeart (1) by bradleysays had released a new dating website for artists,

Deviants who took part had to take a short survey about what they are "looking for" in a partner. 

deviantheart survey by bradleysays

The answers did not influence the results at all, because each deviant's perfect match were randomly generated. :heart:

Aprilfools by bradleysays

That concludes the history of deviantART's April Fool's Pranks, until next year! :salute:

A history of the April Fool's Day pranks played on us by deviantART.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Leaving these here :iconhurrplz:

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CISOLR Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2019
Nothing beats FUR 2012 takeover.
RocketBunny99 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You forgot
OriginalNick Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018
The FUR one is still the best one... It's the only one I really remember as it's so lovingly burned into the brain. I think I spent time on dA longer than normal just to admire it that day.

All the jokes are... nice in their own way, but nothing will ever trump that cat one.. nothing yet, anyway.
MysticM Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
I don't rememeber DEviantHEART, but FUR was my favourate April Fools by far and wished it lasted longer.

sonbreezie Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Student Filmographer
I don't remember the whole 2010 thing. I wasn't even on back then, I think I came back in June?
allagenda Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember there being a thoughtart one, or something, where you clicked on it and it loaded a random image and title or something. I think a lot of people wanted it back.
alphadevilll Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
deviantheart. lol
LordOtherGuest Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
NekoGamerGirl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mudkip icon 
Annoying Bonzi Balloon Boy Chat Icon 
RaraCloe Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
You forgot last year. (or I just can't see it on my phone)
Snivy101 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After experiencing DeviantHeart, The Cat Takeover, and Trolls, I wish we got a better joke this year. This pen advertisement is stupid. Forcefully change our avatars like 2010, our comments like 2012, or something more creative! I mean... a pen... seriously Deviantart?

What if Emotes took over or something? Every avatar being transformed into one of like 20 emotes or something. And Emotes randomly being placed in comments.
Or... What if Deviantart went through a "glitch phase" where the menus and galleries glitch out all day?
Or... what if Deviantart was simply mirror or turned upside down for a day! Simple... but would have been hilarious!

Seriously... I want something FUN, HUMOROUS, and MORE INTERACTIVE next year. Not a stupid pen hashtag. I mean.... not even a pen dictator?
BlazingRivers Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This year is just a pen advertisement ahh well
BC-Rain Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved last year's though, that one was awesome!
Cpr-Covet Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Student General Artist
Curious about this year..
OtakuNationArt Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a stupid pen advertisement.
Auxuris Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
soon, soon.. c:
MonotonyArt Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I still think they should make Deviant Heart a real thing...
juriTanaka Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
who gets prank at 2012 with deviant:heart: rvmpheart is a huge forever alone... Yeah I'm get prankedFool Emoji-24 (Forever Alone) [V3] 
Silver-Artemis-Moon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And now Thought Art. What will they think of next year?
UNDEAD-Tomato Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
2004 sure was epic XDDD
Amaya-Redfern Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So...nothing this year?
yukim4ru Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's thoughtART.
Silver4012 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Student General Artist
I wish I participated in the 2012 one... ^^'
ValentineClementine Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
2010 was the best
runningsquirrel7 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Student Artist
Win. 2012's sounded pretty cool. :happybounce: 
MalbonDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
And now for 2014..THOUGHTART! Right?
luckydraws Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o whoaaa, 2013 sounded fun. How did I miss that???
Kira--tan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Too bad I only joined in 2012... XD
Shadowstar1224 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Sounds like 2013 was a good one.
im-not-sana Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Naruto and Death note fan :iconteheplz:

I can only remember as far as 2008, but yeah good times :'D
bradleysays Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
I don't know what you're talking about. :paranoid::dollarus:
im-not-sana Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Thank you for putting this together! I was trying to remember what years what jokes were played, and believe me, the pranks have been heavily talked about this past week. Have already sent out this link to deviants I've been talking to. All the jokes are classics, but the Mudkips was just freakin' awesome :iconaprilfoolplz: :rofl:
Muppelicious Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the mudkip and feline uprising april fools!! They were so amusing and gave me a good bout of giggles. I didn't like this years one at all though.

Someone matched with me for the deviantheart thing sent me a note and they were actually looking for love. I had to break it to them that I was in a long term relationship and then got to deal with some awkward conversation.... they were quite upset... made me feel bad.
Yamaha160 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting, it's nice to catch up on the things you've missed :meow:
vexnir Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Mudkipz was my first and my favourite... it made me love Mudkips, actually. :lol:
I kind of regret the fact that I missed the symbol change one, could've been funny. As for the most annoying one, I think it was the cat one - thumbnails changing randomly and windows popping up were an annoyance.
Sugar-Thief Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
LMAO I remember how chaotic it got when DA changed everyone's symbols :b All those random plz accounts also got their icon changed :XD:
apple-kitty Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Oooh my favourite has to be the mudkips.

Weirdest one would be the cat takeover.

Funniest would be the Internet getting an award. Plus the fact they stated Al Gore invented the net tickled me haha.
bradleysays Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I'd have to agree with you on all accounts. :giggle:
ravenlael Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
2008 was my first april fool, damn... It's been a long time - -
2010 was the best :lol:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
What team were you in 2010? :D
ravenlael Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student General Artist
team jacob :giggle:
i have no idea what is twilight until this april fool happened.
Mariosonicanimefan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man!I wish I was there for the Feline invasion!I joined only a few months later!D:
bradleysays Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Damn, anyone would think you were part of the feline invasion with your signature! :lmao:
Mariosonicanimefan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pfffft :XD: I wasted 10 seconds of people's lives
Feline Style!
bradleysays Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Mariosonicanimefan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconawesomefaceplz: Trolled without trying!
CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Man, I was not here for 2004, I was for 2006 though. xD
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