The original pictures were taken in south western France after activists and some journalists were protesting about the poaching of finches in the town of Audon.
The protesters were on the scene destroying traps intended for a species of finch that has been protected since 1976, reported Le Parisien newspaper.
However, the group was met by local man with a shovel, who was wearing nothing more than a T-shirt and his underwear.
An AFP photographer on the scene captured a few images of the man's violent shovel attack on the group, pictures which were then published widely across French media.
— Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) November 9, 2015
The images, however, proved too tempting for French social media users, who were quick to photoshop the Frenchman into different scenes from film history and popular culture.
The Frenchman found himself in Star Wars, the Walking Dead, in sports events from around the world, and even at the fall of the Berlin Wall. Here's a selection of the images:
— Flo (@Flotriangle) November 9, 2015
— NEON (@neon_mag) November 9, 2015
— Benjamin Brehon (@BenjaminBrehon) November 9, 2015
The story has since gone international, covered by sites such as BuzzFeed America.
By Monday evening, the hashtag #SlipGate remained the top trend on Twitter in Paris. See more images here.