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Son of Clippy


Beginning in Office 97, Microsoft included an Office Assistant named “Clippit” (though his friends call him “Clippy”), a terribly annoying animated paper clip that supposedly helped you write, but more often than not became a shiny thing for people to get distracted by. Clippy gained friends throughout the years, including Merlin (a wizard), Rover (a dog), and Links (a cat). Clippy was retired in Office 2007, but the legacy of Clippy and Friends lives on to this day.

After Clippy had been around long enough to be considered ironically funny (no judgement here, this is a whole plugin around the same joke), Smore, an online flyer design tool, introduced Clippy.js, a JavaScript-powered implementation of Clippy and friends for the modern web. Clippy.js serves as the backbone of this plugin.

Note: In case you haven’t realized it yet, this plugin won’t do anything useful for you, but will add an animated character to your WordPress post edit screen. You can drag the character around, click on it, and watch it interact with your mouse, but this is strictly a novelty plugin.


  • Clippy “helping” you write a page.


Manual Installation

  1. Upload the entire /son-of-clippy directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate Son of Clippy through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.


Will this plugin help make me a better writer?

Absolutely not. Paper clips are great at holding paper together, but are rarely commended for their writing abilities. Their lack of ethics, due primarily to their absence of independent thought and general “alive-ness” also makes paper clips (and familial office products) wholly unqualified as journalists.

That paper clip is awful, how can I make it a cat?

What an oddly-specific question.

If you’re sick of Clippy and its annoying face, there’s a whole cast of characters to choose from including a wizard, genie, and yes, even a cat. Your assistant can be configured by visiting the Writing settings page within WordPress.


3 September 2016
i cannot believe i haven’t come across this before. How did i survive without it ? And it’s translatable / multi-language too if you need it…. It deserves at least 10 stars, but unfortunately I can only give 5 here …:( I can hardly contain myself waiting for the next update…
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Contributors and Developers

“Son of Clippy” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Change Log


  • First release