Created By: BlueGuy on November 14, 2012 Last Edited By: BlueGuy on November 22, 2012

Meme Acknowledgment

A creator/voice actor/etc. acknowledges a meme from his work outside the work itself.

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NOTE: This was created to clean up examples from Ascended Meme as per the Trope Repair Shop thread. Please check if your example fits better there.
Memes happen. Whether it's a Catch-Phrase that catches on, an intentionally or unintentionally funny moment, or an unfortunate coincidence, these things spread throughout the Internet like a virus. Sometimes crew members catch on and reference them.

It can be anything - a line at a convention, a YouTube video, even a piece of supplementary material - to qualify for this trope, it just has to be outside the show.

Oftentimes, this takes the form of a "lesser" worker (as in, not the creator or showrunner themselves) referencing it, as trying to get it put in the script could potentially cause an uproar. Plus, a lot of memes are OOC, risque, or just plain random, which wouldn't fit at all in canon. The Expanded Universe gets more leeway in this department.

A Sister Trope to Ascended Meme, which is when the show itself references the meme.


Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Live-Action TV

Professional Wrestling
  • There are "Future Endeavored!" t-shirts now.

Video Games

Visual Novels
  • At one particular Comiket, 0verflow named their booth "Nice Boat".

Western Animation
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has a lot of these.
    • This season 2 promo acknowledges acknowledged the fan terms "brony" (term for fans of the show, usually defined as the older male ones) and "DJ Pon-3" (for the DJ pony seen in "Suited for Success").
    • May 30, 2012 saw the announcement of a special edition toy for Comic-con. The toy packaging is nameless, but contains a gray pegasus pony with blond hair, bubbles cutie mark, and yellow walleyes. The package is complete with muffins on the box art.
    • WeLoveFine's officially licensed My Little Pony line of shirts is at least half ascended memes.
    • Also inverted in a way: Ghost of True Capitalist Radio would often describe himself as "Melting Pot of Friendship" to deflect accusations of racism. He also hates the show and its fandom. So a "fan" recorded Tara Strong saying that she's a Melting Pot of Friendship in her Twilight Sparkle voice. Ghost took it well.
    • A DVD box set featured a "Now 20% cooler!" sticker.
  • The Legend of Korra fandom managed to get Steve Blum to read out some "Comedy Amon" jokes at a convention.
  • For the TV bumpers promoting the 2012 season of Futurama, Comedy Central had Billy West read lines that take off of the "Not Sure If..." meme originated online.

Real Life
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • November 15, 2012
    Acknowledged Meme is clearer and would pair nicely with Ascended Meme.

    Or Meme Acknowledgement to avoid a snowclone but I think it would be acceptable here.
  • November 15, 2012
    ^ Thanks for the suggestion. I'm personally electing to rename Ascended Meme Canonized Meme, since it deals with memes in canon, but whatever.
  • November 15, 2012
    I'd prefer if the description treated it as a trope in its own right rather than some sort of "step down" from Ascended Meme. Like, "Crew members read the Internet too, and sometimes they'll reference memes at places like cons. When they go so far as to put a reference to the meme in the show proper, it's an Ascended Meme."
  • November 16, 2012
    Ryan Gosling has been asked in interviews about and has read out some of the captions of the images on that site. Take a look here:

    (Not sure if that example is this or Ascended Meme, as it's not referenced in a film and was mentioned to Gosling rather than the other way round)
  • November 16, 2012
    A DVD box set featured a "Now 20% cooler!" sticker.

    Does that really count as a meme? "20% cooler" was a line from the show itself. All the fandom did was repeat it a bunch.
  • November 16, 2012
    The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: On X Box 360, you can get an "Arrow in the Knee" accessory for your Avatar
  • November 16, 2012
    @Meta Four: It counts, so I can't selectively remove it for being from MLP like I do to all the actually misplaced MLP examples.
  • November 16, 2012
    ^^^I think it counts as a meme and it was a meme before the DVD box set was released. Right?

  • November 16, 2012
    It probably wouldn't be on the DVD box set if the fandom didn't repeat it a bunch, so it counts. (Oddly, I'm not sure it could ever conclusively count for Ascended Meme.)
  • November 19, 2012
    Example: In "Last Action Hero", Schwarenzeggers character looks at a Rambo movie poster and pronounces: "Rambo is a pussy.", acknowledging the rivalry between fans of Stallone and his own fans. Somewherd else (another movie? Or more?) Schwarzeneggers (non-terminator) character repeats the "I'll be back." line, which fandom elevated to meme.
  • November 19, 2012
    ^ That seems more like Actor Allusion to me.
  • November 19, 2012
    • For the TV bumpers promoting the 2012 season of Futurama, Comedy Central had Billy West read lines that take off of the "Not Sure If..." meme originated online.

    Does this count?
  • November 21, 2012
    Live Action TV
  • November 21, 2012
    Two more hats.
  • November 21, 2012
    That Garfield Minus Garfield example looks like a case of Ascended Meme; the meme became part of Jim Davis' published works, making it canon (though in a different continuity from the original Garfield).