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Julien Thiennot (born on November 8th, 1989[1]; currently 34 years old), more commonly known as Orteil, is a French web and JavaScript developer, the creator of the massively popular JavaScript game Cookie Clicker. He has an affinity for art, specializing in retro style pixel art. He is the developer of Nested and various other web experiments, all available at his website.


  • Cookie Clicker, an "incremental game" in which the player has to "deal with deranged grandmothers" in reference to an event known as the Grandmapocalypse.
  • Cookie Clicker Classic, an early build of Cookie Clicker, with the Grandmapocalypse starting if the player has a certain amount of cookies.
  • Cookies2Cash, a web application to redeem fake money with Cookies. The exchange rate is 12.5 cookies per $1, rounded up.
  • Dreamlog, an adventure-like game with rabbit people as characters.

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  • "Orteil" means "toe" in French.
  • Orteil's favorite cookie flavor is "white chocolate macadamia nut" according to the upgrade's flavor text.
  • He has created several more things than RandomGen, Nested, Idle Game Maker, and Cookie Clicker.
  • A player naming their bakery "Orteil" will get an achievement called "God Complex" which is a shadow achievement. However, this lowers their CpS by 1% until the player renames their bakery.
    • A player naming themself "Ortiel" (a misspelling that Orteil detests) will lower their CpS by 2% and does not offer an achievement. This also makes the achievement icon for "God Complex" rain behind the big cookie.
    • There is a very small chance that when the cookie is clicked, the achievement icon for "God Complex" will appear instead of one of the cookie upgrades the player owns.
    • The developer upgrade Magic Shenanigans uses the icon of God Complex.
  • Orteil changed his tumblr icon, previously a portrait in pixel art, in 2021, in order to keep it from being mistaken for a Non-fungible token, a cryptocurrency consisting of digital files he has criticized multiple times on his Twitter and tumblr.[2]