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->''"Oh, oh, and you know what else I found on the web? It's these pictures of cats and they write these -- Oh, look at this one. "Invisible cheeseburger!" No, huh? Well, it's not for everyone. I just think they're funny."''
-->-- '''Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz''', ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''

'''[=LOLcats=]''' are are an Internet meme which is best described as the lovechild of {{Cute Kitten}}s and MemeticMutation. Lolcats are {{Image Macro}}s that combine photos of cats with humorous captions, usually in a form of [[YouNoTakeCandle broken english]] known as "kitty pidgin" or "lolspeak". It should be noted that using bad spelling as humour is [[OlderThanTheyThink hardly a new phenomenon]]. And the practice of combining [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sepia_lolcat.jpg cats with funny captions]], goes back even further. However, the modern-day phenomenon of [=LOLcats=] originates from the ImageBoard 4chan, where every Saturday users posted funny pictures of kitties, a practice called "Caturday". This didn't become a sensation until the launching of the website [[http://icanhascheezburger.com I Can Has Cheezburger?]], which takes its name from [[http://icanhascheezburger.com/2007/01/11/i-can-has-cheezburger-3/ this popular image]].

However, the [=LOLcats=] phenomenon extends further than just {{Image Macro}}s. It also spawned "[[http://www.dmoz.org/Science/Social_Sciences/Linguistics/Languages/Constructed/Fictional/Kitty_Pidgin/ Kitty Pidgin]]" (a.k.a "[[http://speaklolspeak.com/?t=anon Lolspeak]]"), which is widely regarded as being "the first language born of teh intertubes", along with a [[http://lolcode.com/ programming language]] and even a [[CrystalDragonJesus kitty theology]], complete with its own [[http://www.lolcatbible.com/ Bible translation]] and [[http://www.loltheist.com blasphemers]]. [[http://xkcd.com/262/ Just don't do it in real life]]. There's been an [[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1642897,00.html article on them]] in ''Time'' magazine.

They have spawned spinoffs like [[http://ihasahotdog.com Loldogs]], [[http://www.walrusbucketsaga.com/ Lolruses]], [[BunniesForCuteness Lolbunnies]], Lolbirds, Lolhamsters, Lolowls, Lolpigs, [[http://lolthulhu.com/ Lolthulhu]], and even Lolhumans like [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Lolpresidents]].

[[SelfDemonstrating/LOLCats Self Demonstrating version here]].

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!!Tropes associated with [=LOLcats=]:

* AscendedMeme: Creator/AdultSwim created a game on their website called "Meowcenaries", which uses [=LOLcats=]. It was so popular it gained a sequel.
* BeingWatched: Ceiling Cat is watching you [[UnusualEuphemism trope]].
* BigEater: NOM NOM NOM.
* BioAugmentation: Mah Genetic Code Is Bein Re Writ!
* BlackComedyRape: Surprise Buttsecks.
* CatScare: You Make Kitty Scared
* CatsHateWater: On occasion.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Ceiling Cat is watching you masturbate.
* CompanionCube: The Lolrus' Bukkit.
* CrystalDragonJesus: Happy Cat.
* CuteKitten
* {{Defictionalization}}: The San Francisco artist who painted a [[http://laughingsquid.com/the-worlds-largest-lolcat-invisible-bike-mural/ Three-story tall LOLCat mural]] on the side of his building.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Catnarok
* EvilCounterpart: Tacgnol, to Longcat.
* {{God}}: Ceiling Cat/Longcat
* FauxtivationalPoster
* {{Flanderization}}: The pidgin English wasn't always obligatory. Ceiling Cat is probably the most well-known remnant of the proper-English days.
* FunetikAksent
* {{Invisibility}}: Invisible Bicycle.
* ITasteDelicious: I Has A Flavor.
* MemeticMutation: [[invoked]] This is the whole point.
* OverlyLongGag: I HAS A BUKKIT! HAS U SEEN MAH BUKKIT? BEETINS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL LOLCASHUN OF BUKKIT IS REVEELED. MAH ASSOCIATES HAS INFORMED MEH YOU ARE IN POSSESSION OF MAH BUKKIT!
* PrecisionFStrike: FUCK YOU, I'M AN ANTEATER!
* {{Retraux}}: Captions of older photos sometimes go for this. Also, the "Laugh Out Loud Cats", an entire comic devoted to the premise.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin
* {{Satan}}: Basement Cat/Tacgnol.
* SdrawkcabName: Tacgnol. This makes sense, as it's "Longcat" in Theban, a [[{{Fictionary}} made-up language]] consisting entirely of backwards English used by satanists.
* SeriousBusiness: "I are serious cat. This is serious thread."
* ShapedLikeItself: Longcat is looooong.
* StopHelpingMe: InUniverse. The implied Human response to a statement ending in "no need to thank me".
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: cheezburgers (yes, with a "z")
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: You can now make your own "Breaking news."
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: "Canst thine hath milk curd and minced beef sandwich?"
* YouNoTakeCandle: You No Can Has Candle.

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