The earliest known usage of the term can be found on Twitter. On June 20th, 2020, Twitter user uckersSket replied to a comment with "seethe cope mald project dilate rage harder im right and I win and you lose and you can't even deal with it LMAOOO" (tweet shown below).
The phrase "cope, seethe, mald" was essentially an extension of the "Cope / Seethe" replies popularly posted to excessively mad people online. This resulted in various GIFs created with the phrase intended to troll others online (examples shown below).
The three-word combination of the terms grew in popularity after it was used in a Source Filmmaker video by Steaky, which was posted to YouTube on September 5th, 2021. In the video (shown below), Team Fortress 2 character Scout insults the engineer using the term after winning a match. The video received over 596,000 views in over nine months.
The following day, YouTuber Shadok posted an animation based on the video, gaining over 71,000 views (shown below). The phrase also been referenced in a March 31st, 2022 episode of YouTuber Lythero's DBFZ video series (shown below, right).
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