Internet memes are elements of shared culture among internet users. They’re basically inside jokes where the people on the “inside” are everyone who surfs social media for more than fifteen minutes each day. Memes have been around since the late 1980s when leetspeak evolved within the hacker community. They became more common throughout the 1990s , giving rise to classics like Zero Wing’s “all your base are belong to us” and demotivational posters. We’ve decided to honor this tradition and showcase some of your favorite hilarious memes. The following list contains some lovable classics as well as some of the most widely circulated memes.
1. The Most Interesting Man in the World
The popular Dos Equis ad campaign features the most interesting man in the world saying the famous phrase “I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I drink Dos Equis.” This spawned a series of memes that borrow the same syntax to express different points of view.
2. Squinty-Eyed Fry (2010)
This meme starts with a screenshot of Fry, the lead character in Futurama, looking skeptical. The meme then expresses a doubt, usually using the words “Not sure if” and “or just.”
3. Philosoraptor (2008)
This contemplative dinosaur is popular for conveying cute and clever philosophies.
4. Hipster Ariel (2011)
Pop a pair of glasses on this angsty image of Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and you have the perfect hipster, agonizing over how terribly mainstream everything is.
5. Hey Girl (2010)
Movie star Ryan Gosling has stopped no shortage of hearts. Take any image of him you can find, pop on “hey girl” and add in some female empowering message or disgustingly romantic sentiment.
6. Condescending Wonka (2011)
We all know Willy Wonka to be silly and friendly. However, this particular screen shot from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory looks more than a little bored and condescending. Use it to vent your annoyance or distaste.
7. Awkward Penguin
Did something mortifying happen on your way to work or school? Awkward penguin has you covered. Just think of something normal and then tell us how it all went wrong.
8. Awkward Moment Seal
Not into penguins? Awkward seal (or sea lion?) is the perfect medium for any painful scenario.
9. One Does Not Simply
Sean Bean’s Boromir from Lord of the Rings tells us that “one does not simply walk into Mordor.” Apparently, there are lot of things that one does not simply do.
10. Winter is Coming
Apparently, Sean Bean has potent meme potential, because he appears again as Ned Start from Game of Thrones. Stark’s words, “winter is coming” inspires this popular meme.
11. First World Problems
Web surfers play with a little self-deprecating humor as they point out all of the ridiculous things they get upset about.
12. Bad Luck Brian
Poor Brian. This meme tells the tale of the unluckiest boy in the world and all the ways in which is bad luck hilariously manifests.
13. Interrupting Kanye (2009)
Ever since he famously and awkwardly interrupted Taylor Swift at the Grammys, Kanye West has been documented telling everything from historical events to dieties what he thinks.
14. Matrix Morpheus
The Matrix’s Morpheus made it habit to free people from their false assumptions. His meme form carries on the torch.
15. Sad Keanu
A candid shot of Keanu Reeves looking dejected on a park bench went viral. Now, internet users enjoy photoshopping sad Keanu into movie clips and more.
16. Ridiculously photogenic guy
Despite being in the middle of a marathon, this runner had time for the perfect smile. The internet was so impressed, that they made him a meme who does everything perfectly.
17. Baby Godfather
Baby godfather looks like he’s ready to throw down. But all of his threats have an adorable twist.
18. Overly Attached Girlfriend
With wide eyes and open mouth, this intense girl wants you all to herself.
Are we missing some key memes? Share some of your favorites in the comments.