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Meme Acknowledgment
A creator/voice actor/etc. acknowledges a meme from his work outside the work itself.
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(permanent link) added: 2012-11-14 16:13:25 sponsor: BlueGuy (last reply: 2012-11-22 10:25:38)

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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.

Examples:

Anime & 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
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