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-> ''"Originally, I simply referred to the gentleman as ''Future Guy''. Now that the series is over and all of the secrets have been revealed, we now know that this is... ''Future Guy''. How sad is it that the master villain's name is derived from '''sarcasm'''?"''
-->-- '''Website/SFDebris''' on "Future Guy" from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''

Sometimes a {{meme|ticMutation}} about a work, ''that wasn't in the work before'', catches the eye of the people responsible for that work, and they decide to actually put it in the work. Note that this is not about references to unrelated memes, which would just be a ShoutOut.

Can be an in-joke for an AscendedFanboy character, or a PromotedFanboy who makes sure it'll be in the show. Can also be a result of ApprovalOfGod, where the creator would approve of fanworks and memes derived from the source material.

Now just to tell if an example fits:
* '''Not an example:''' M. Bison saying "Of ''course''!" in any ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' material. It could reference the RunningGag in ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'', but Bison still actually said it in the 1994 film.
* '''Proper example:''' Bison saying the line ''in the context of TakeOverTheWorld''. That's because this was not the context of the original line.

A SisterTrope of AscendedFanon, MemeAcknowledgment, ContinuityNod, MythologyGag (the latter two are references to things that ''were'' in the work).

Compare WatchItForTheMeme, AppropriatedAppellation, PanderingToTheBase, ForcedMeme, OfficialFanSubmittedContent.

Not to be confused for a work making a ForcedMeme itself.



* If you watch TV late at night, you can see the ordinary Creator/VinceOffer Slap Chop commercial has been replaced by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWRyj5cHIQA this wonderful gem,]] though, presumably due to rights issues, the bits from ''Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo'' are sadly replaced with some new footage of break-dancers.
** And the other Vince Offer commercial for [=ShamWOW=] towels has been replaced by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2RaChWmSu8 this]].
* The Snickers commercial wherein a football player gets a concussion and thinks he's Franchise/{{Batman}} was referenced by [[http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/rhymes-faints-getting-hit-arm-pitch-ok-115747725.html Tampa Bay Rays player Will Rhymes]] after he got nailed with a pitch.
* For a long time, the M&M/Mars company ignored the urban legend that green M&Ms are an aphrodisiac. In 1997, they embraced it, introducing the sexy "[[TheVamp Ms. Green]]" character, with the slogan "what is it about the green ones?" In 2008, they began selling [[http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/mars/31278/ bags of all-green M&Ms for Valentine's Day.]]
* {{Creator/Netflix}} began using the tagline "Watch Responsibly" following the running joke about users [[ArchiveBinge Archive Bingeing]] on seasons of certain shows at a time.
* The Advertising/HeadOn headache medicine. The original commercial's [[BrokenRecord repitition of the slogan]] ("[=HeadOn=]! Apply directly to the forehead!") in the commercials annoyed enough people that complaining about it/making fun of became a thing. Cue a year or so later, they had incorporated making fun of the original commercial's reputation for being irritating into the new version.
* For the release of Internet Explorer 9 in 2012, Windows actually started an ad campaign that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DbgiOCTQts acknowledged]] the rampant jokes about Internet Explorer's uselessness, calling it "The Browser You Love'''d''' to Hate" and [[SelfDeprecation featuring tongue-in-cheek testimonials from people who couldn't believe that IE9 was actually fast and reliable]].
* Ever since TV Land acquired the right to reruns of ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'', all the commercials they use are basically Chuck Norris Facts, to the extent of "When does Chuck Norris watch ''Walker, Texas Ranger?'' Whenever he feels like it. However, you can catch it now on TV Land!"
* After {{Music/Nirvana}}'s "Smells Like Teen Spirit" became a huge hit, Teen Spirit deodorant used the title as a catchphrase in a commercial.
* At the 2010 Superbowl, Volkswagen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzMebRccJF8 ran an ad]] riffing on the long-standing "Punch Buggy" game (where you punch someone every time a VW Beetle goes by and shout out the color.) [[spoiler: The ad finishes with Music/StevieWonder [[DisabilitySuperpower of all fucking people]] pulling this on Tracey Morgan.]] However, they messed it up by having the people in the commercial do it for ''any'' Volkswagon, and not just the Beetle.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The FlavorText of [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Alligator%27s_Sword Alligator's Sword]] in ''Anime/YuGiOh''.
--> [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries "'ey, dis mighty lissard man can swing his sword so fast, dat it's more dan da speed a sound!"]]
** Later, Legendary Collection 4 would print more classic Normal Monsters that had never before been released in English with flavor text [[FunetikAksent written in Joey's Brooklyn accent.]]
** In another reference to the anime, specifically the notorious incident where Yugi ordered his Giant Soldier of Stone to "attack the moon!", the TCG released the [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Attack_the_Moon! Attack the Moon!]] card.
* Leekspin showed up in the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' card game.
** In the preview of episode 245, Ichigo wonders why Kenpachi's Zanpakuto hasn't materialized yet. Renji gets to answer his question by actually saying...[[http://i37.tinypic.com/zxwspc.jpg this]]. See the MemeticBadass page for more info- it's not exactly like the original meme, but it gets close.
* The ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' OVA featured a "Nice Boat" labeled as such.
* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' fandom has a famous meme about something red being three times faster, coming from [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam original series]] ace Char 'The Red Comet' Aznable having an AceCustom said to be three times fast than usual with no visible difference but [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority being red]]. ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' seemingly made this reality when Setsuna's Gundam turned red on acquiring its SuperMode, with the technician staff stating "It goes about three times faster now!"
** This has been an AscendedMeme for quite a while, as ever since the original series they quickly put out a truckload of tongue-in-cheek meme-beholden merchandise, like Char's Custom Laptop, or Char's Custom Sneakers. Guaranteed to go three times faster. There was even a Char custom credit card in Japan which ''[[{{Defictionalization}} actually earned]]'' three times the reward points for every thousand yen spent.
** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', Gyunei tells Quess that everyone [[MemeticMolester thinks Char is into]] [[{{Lolicon}} young]] [[{{Ephebophile}} girls.]]
** Ribbons, the villain of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' got a FanNickname of the Evil [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro]], because the two characters [[Creator/ToruFuruya share a voice actor.]] In [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer the movie]], the man who is seen talking to Aeolia Schenberg at the end and who [[WildMassGuessing likely contributed the genetic data for the Ribbons line of Innovades]]...also has the same voice actor and bears the name "E.A. Ray." In fact, Ribbons and Amuro get to fight each other in ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2: Saisei-Hen''
** A further ''Gundam 00'' one. Graham Aker's [[CharClone masked samurai]] persona was nicknamed "Bushido Bob" and similar names well before Graham identified himself as Mr. Bushido, even adding "That's just what they decided to call me."
** Another infamous meme from the first series has Dozle Zabi's declaration about how when "the Big Zams are mass-produced, the Federation will be beaten in no time". Cue the G-Generation games, where a Mass-Produced Big Zam is actually a unit you can use.
** The franchise's crossover game ''DynastyWarriorsGundam'' have some of these as well:
*** [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM-0AwDMeEk "With the help of Kyoji"]] meme has ascended as well, in DynastyWarriorsGundam players can have Kyoji and the Devil Gundam as assit units, making it possible to overtake a field or beat an enemy with, well.. [[spoiler:[[DontExplainTheJoke THE HELP OF KYOJIIII!]]]]
*** Also, one from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'': Duo Maxwell (through his [[Creator/ScottMcNeil English VA]]) reacts to the destruction of his Gundam with a ''really'' epic BigNo that the fans have loved ever since. It became his death cry in the third game, in both the Japanese and English versions! When he respawns, he says he [[LampshadeHanging could have handled that more gracefully]].
*** In the second game, [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Emma Sheen]] participates in a training simulation based on the Battle of A Baoa Qu. No fewer than three Big Zams show up in the fight. Emma comments that with Mass-Produced Big Zams, Zeon might have actually won.
*** In the fourth game, there is, naturally, a story scenario about Dozle mass-producing Big Zams. He still loses the war though.
** When ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' featured dozens of background cameos by other ''Gundam'' characters, including many who suffered tragic deaths, fans joked that it was the Gundam-verse's version of Valhalla. Late in the show's run, Minami Fuji (who plays Mao Yasaka) said on Twitter that according to the show's director, all Gundam characters exist and lead peaceful lives in the world of ''Build Fighters''.
*** One of the above cameos was of the [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Kasshu family]] building a God Gundam together. So a young Domon was building a God Gundam with ... [[spoiler:[[DontExplainTheJoke THE HELP OF KYOJIIII!]]]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** The fandom started using the number 503 to represent the Ed/Winry pairing, based on a brand of jeans of the same number produced by a company called Edwin. In a later chapter of the manga, the creator gives a nod to this, as Ed is shown to be staying in hotel room 503.
** People started calling the second [[spoiler:Greed "Greedling"]] to tell him apart from the original [[spoiler:Greed]] in conversation, and because [[spoiler:the human used to create him was called "Ling"]]. When Ed meets him again, he decides he's going to call him this.
* In ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', the first of BeeTrain's GirlsWithGuns trilogy, Kirika's combat skills led to fans describing her as a "witch". In the third series, ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja'', Ellis is a ''literal'' witch.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'': Because of Miyuki's tendency to know everything and recite it with little provocation, the online community nicknamed her Mi{{wiki|pedia}}. In the ''Lucky Star'' OVA, Konata herself referred to Miyuki at one point as Miwiki-san.
* ''Anime/StrikeWitches'':
** The series is often mocked for its protagonists' lack of pants. The Funimation advertisement for the series has the tagline "Winning the War on Pants" and refers to it as a "brief" series. Rightstuf touted its "high-flying, no-pants-wearing action."
** Another meme strikes in season two. Minna somehow got quite the reputation for clenching her butt, and a meme formed that she could break anything with it. In season 2, episode 7, this is exactly how she ends up [[spoiler:destroying a Neuroi bug that had been plaguing the base]].[[note]]No, not ''[[GroinAttack her]]'' [[AssShove base]].[[/note]]
* An ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fandom joke was that Spain was known for having a nice ass in comparison to the other characters. The author focused on that aspect of Spain the most [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mebrttSJQM1rjd0g7o1_400.jpg as seen here.]]
* With ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [[AudioAdaptation Sound Stage]] TheMovie Side F'', the popular meme known as "[[DefeatMeansFriendship Befriending]]" amongst English-speakers has been given a nod, as [[{{Familiar}} Arf]] jokingly explains to an increasingly worried [[PuppyLove Erio and Caro]] that the only way to make life-long friends [[DefeatMeansFriendship is to blow them up first]].
--> '''Caro''': Is there some secret to maintain such a long-lasting friendship? \\
'''Fate:''' Hm...I wonder what it is...We’re all just doing what we usually do. \\
'''Arf:''' Maybe it’s that? You first met by blowing each other up, and everything after that was pretty simple. \\
'''Fate:''' Huh? \\
'''Arf:''' They say it was that way with Nanoha and Alisa. It was the same with Fate and Nanoha too! \\
'''Fate:''' Ah... The same with Signum too. \\
'''Caro:''' So, the most important part is that you went all out on each other? Huh, oh no, Erio, what should we do! If it's that the case, we haven't hit each other that much at all!\\
'''Erio:''' Um, yes, we did. At the escalators, when [[CrashIntoHello Caro fell and we slammed into each other]].\\
'''Caro:''' Oh...So that's fine then?\\
'''Arf:''' I think for you two, that's good enough.
** Nanoha's FanNickname "White Devil" also is given a nod during ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' where [[SmugSnake Quattro]] constantly referred to Nanoha as "a devil."
*** And that had its origin a few years earlier in MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs when Nanoha [[OutOfTheInferno walked out of the fire]] while Vita glared at her, calling her a devil. Even Nanoha agreed on that one.
** The "burning Arisa" meme got referenced in the card battle game with a card called "Arisa the Burning".
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' and ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'''s title characters have often been noted to be very similar. ''Index-tan'' episode 3 played on this idea by giving the FunSize Index many of Ika's characteristics. Which works on more than one level, because a fun-size Ika also has a precedent.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Hibari's bird was nicknamed "Hibird" by the fans and subsequently later used officially by the author.
* Episode 7 of ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' introduces a "Nonowa" toy, based on fanmade parodies of Haruka's habit of looking up and to the right when in thought.
* In the third season of ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', Greta names her pet bearbee '''Yuuram''', after her [[HasTwoMommies adoptive daddies]]. It's the fandom's PortmanteauCoupleName for '''Yuu'''ri and Wolf'''ram'''.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' used Eva-Beatrice's FanNickname "Evatrice" in one of the episode previews in the anime.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' {{fanon}} pegged Shinji as a SupremeChef, contrasting with Misato's LethalChef quirks. In ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', we see Shinji cooking as well as the product of his work... and according to everyone in the movies, his food ''is'' really good.
* Pop from ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' is able to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]] into whatever the situation calls for, which led many fans to speculate that [[HumanityEnsues he could become human]] much like [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 pre]][[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure vi]][[Anime/SuitePrettyCure ous]] ''Anime/PrettyCure'' {{Mentor Mascot}}s. Then, in episode 33, it actually happened.
* During the Fourth Shinobi War arc of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' several readers started calling Kabuto's resurrected army as "Zombie" Ninjas (technically they are not, although the fact that they come out from a summoned coffin certainly helps); later in the anime's RecapEpisode 296, they are called "Zombies" by the main characters.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** The "Over 9000!" meme has been referenced many times, which would just be a fandom nod to the popularity of the scene, but one DVD box set features a picture of a screaming Vegeta next to the caption "OVER '''''900''''' MINUTES OF UNCUT ACTION!", fitting the meme of putting the line against anything. ''Dragon Ball Z Kai'' used a more angry and subdued "over 8,000" for the scene in the uncut version, but for the TV broadcast version Chris Sabat decided he wasn't happy, so he went back and retook the scene with the original line and all of its hamminess intact.
** The ''Dragon Ball SD'' manga (a cut-down and self-referential retelling of the original ''Manga/DragonBall'') references Yamcha's death in ''DBZ'' in a scene where Oolong reflexively transforms into a Saibaman ("I was trying to think of what form could beat that guy, and I turned into this..."), which causes Yamcha to faint in fear, taking his iconic death pose
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Pretty much the whole ''Nunnally in Wonderland'' can qualify as this, for the numerous fan theories and memetic mutations that exist in the fanbase.
** Somebody made a gag comic in which the Emperor delivers a speech about breasts[[note]]A parody rewrite of his funeral speech for Clovis from episode 4[[/note]], and then Creator/NorioWakamoto, the Emperor's voice actor, made a GagDub of said comic and released it to the public.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
** One of the most common {{Crack Pairing}}s in the fandom was that of [[ShipMates Mami and Charlotte]]; unusual, given that they shared about thirty seconds of screentime and that Charlotte is a [[MonsterOfTheWeek giant monster]] [[spoiler: [[KnightOfCerebus who devours Mami]]]]. Come ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', and the two have become roommates [[spoiler: in a LotusEaterMachine situation, and Charlotte even gets a human form by the end of the film for more personal interaction.]]
** "I don't understand this at all!" (''"Wake ga wakaranai yo!"'') is a line attributed to Kyubey, spoken in a deadpan tone a few times when he fails to understand why humans would consider certain experiences or revelations traumatic. It was picked up by Fanon as a response to all the NonSequitur Madoka online {{Parodies}}. Come ''Rebellion'', and a mass of Incubators [[ThisCannotBe scream it]] in [[SpeakInUnison unison]] as [[spoiler: the Magical Girls destroy their isolation field, ruining their plan to bring the Witch System back.]]
* A FunnyBackgroundEvent in ''Manga/FairyTail'' had a minor character named Max with his pants down and a broom [[AssShove sticking out his rear]] in the wake of a party. Fans latched onto the image and [[CargoShip Max/Broom]] became one of the more unanimously agreed on pairings in the manga. About 100 chapters later, a similar incident was spotted after an explosion, and it has since been common to see Max running around in the background with a broom in hand.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Many people liked to make fun of how Armin and Christa looked very similar. [[spoiler: Come Chapter 53, he has to dress up as Christa while Jean is dressed as Eren again in order to lure out a group of kidnappers.]]
** Creator/FUNimation decided to keep in Levi's "Big-ass trees" line from the subs that reached memetic levels in episode 18.
* During the ''[[LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan Haiyore! Nyaruko-san F OVA]]'', Nyaruko mentions the incredibly viral line from the first season's intro (and slightly less viral line from the second season's intro) during her delusions of marrying Mahiro.
--->'''Nyaruko''': "Oo" will be "Nya"! "San" will be "Pinch"!
* When Chespin's first evolution was revealed many fans complained it wasn't cute enough. When Bonnie from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime meets a Quilladin for the first time she sounds very disappointed about its appearance.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''MagicTheGathering'' has an infamous GameBreaker called [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=383017 Morphling]], which was [[FanNickname dubbed by fans as]] "Superman". When the card designers later decided to create an Enchant Creature that granted all of Morphling's abilities, they gave it the name "[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=43581 Pemmin's Aura]]". How is this an example? Pemmin's Aura is a SignificantAnagram for "I am Superman".
** Morphling's fellow infamously-broken creatures, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=212629 Masticore]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=31825 Psychatog]], got similar shout-outs: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=32237 Deep Analysis]] shows a dissected Masticore with the flavor text "the subject appears to be [[GameBreaker broken]]," while a later version of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/pages/card/Details.aspx?printed=true&multiverseid=39482 Shock]] fulfills fan dreams everywhere by having a bolt of lightning [[TakeThatScrappy zap the Psychatog]].
** Back in the old days, when the Internet was still not widely used and card lists were rare, some people talked about an ultra-rare "Throat Wolf" with, among other abilities, "firstest strike". In ''Visions'' the designers, inspired by Throat Wolf, included "[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Talruum%20Champion Talruum Champion]]" which has first strike that beats other creatures' first strike.
*** Throat Wolf is also mentioned in the novels.
*** There's a card in ''Homelands'' called Heart Wolf. And a cut card in ''Unglued'' was going to be called Butt Wolf.
** ''Unhinged'' had a card called "Mise," a reference to ''[=M:tG=]'' slang meaning "to get a lucky draw." There was also a "real" card called "Savage Beatings", at which point ''[=M:tG=]'' parody site Misetings accused ''[=WotC=]'' of trying too hard.
** An UrbanLegend says that a player in a championship game was so desperate to win they played a card called "Chaos Orb" with the ability to destroy other cards by being dropped onto the opponents field and destroying any card it touches. If you're lucky you might destroy 3 or 4 cards, but instead of simply dropping the card they ''shredded'' it and sprinkled the pieces over the opponents field, wiping it out and the judge ruled it a legal move (incarnations of the story from there vary, some say the player won and other say the opposing player called for a count of cards in the players deck). Regardless of the truth to the story, the ''Unglued'' set introduced a card called "Chaos Confetti" with the exact same abilities of "Chaos Orb", except it specifies to tear the card apart and sprinkle the pieces over the field. The FlavorText even says "And you thought it was an urban legend."
** Fake CCG cards themselves. They date to 1994, albeit in text-only format, and were the basis of the "Un" sets.
** At this point, the creators lampshade infinite combos.
* The ''My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic'' collectible card game references a few memes, such as Doctor Whooves. The ''Canterlot Nights'' set introduced a card based on the "Twilicane" seen in "Princess Twilight Sparkle, Part 2".

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Lugnut's ultimate attack, the [[PowerFist Punch Of Kill Everything]] in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', had its FanNickname immortalized in the official ''Animated'' comic series "The Arrival - Part 4."
** The same nickname is referenced in ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron''. Among other things, one skill Soldiers can select to enhance their [[SpinAttack Whirlwind ability]] is called "P.o.K.E Alpha".
** The new Lugnut toy was designed to execute a ''double dose'' of P.O.K.E. with both hands being spring-loaded, no doubt inspired by the nickname's popularity.
** ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-8/04-guest-strips-and-miscellany/sgravage/ introduced]] featured MirrorUniverse Ravage, who as the opposite of a silent master of stealth, constantly updated his Twitter feed with exactly where he was. When Ravage appeared in an official ''ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass'' story a few months later, they followed this portrayal.
* Music/JimCroce's "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" has the line "Don't tug on Superman's cape." Now, in the comics, Supes gets really grumpy when people screw with the cape.
** The song gets invoked in ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' when the team takes on [[spoiler:treacherous member Hyperion]]... who happens to be a CaptainErsatz of Superman.
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl's one-shot appearance becoming a meme in Internet forums led to her becoming a permanent recurring character in ''ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers''. Now she's Luke Cage and Jessica Jones' nanny.
* The main Franchise/MarvelUniverse is called "Earth-616". There's a fan rumor that it was named for the date the ComicBook/FantasticFour first appeared (supposedly June 1961). This is not true (for one thing, the issue was released in August), but this numbering scheme then became used for real for several Marvel alternate Earths.
* During ''Comicbook/FearItself'', the ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' tie-in arc features a literal Giant-Size Comicbook/ManThing, and Songbird refers to him as just that.
* When ''VideoGame/MegaMan2's'' Air Man appears in the ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' comic, his line is "[[ThatOneBoss You can't beat me.]]"
* 1980s ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' fandom came up with "Arm-Fall-Off Boy" as an extreme example of the sort of ludicrous characters who showed up for Legion Try-Outs. Gerard Jones then included him as the very first wannabe-Legionnaire in an issue of ''Secret Origins''. (Legend has it Jones didn't realise Arm-Fall-Off Boy was a fan joke and didn't already exist.)
* Issue #1 of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'''s synopsis uses the fan-coined term "Mane Six" (already more than a FanNickname due to being used on a couple of [[TheMerch licensed shirts]], but this further elevates the term).
** Upon being confronted by Chrysalis, Applejack and Rarity are quick to insult her, and reference the meme of Chrysalis having Swiss cheese legs.
** And of course Derpy's in the comic (though not named), including being lured into a trap by a trail of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood muffins]]. Furthermore, when one of the Changelings changes into Derpy, its companion is forced to bonk it on its head to get the derped eyes just right.
*** In issue 2, one of the spiders is gray, has a bit of blond hair, one set of its two pairs of eyes in a wall-eyes fashion, and has a pattern of bubbles on its rear section.
** Sweetie Belle as a dictionary (propagated from "The Return of Harmony") pops up in issue #3.
** [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-veMldxA36ZQ/UOssf3Ys7RI/AAAAAAABOK4/D8R2VxmyHYw/s1600/image.png Hot Topic's #3 varient]] gives up Epic Wife Throwing, which had become a fandom meme after "The Crystal Empire".
*** Midtown variant covers for Issues [[http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/dp.asp?pl=321&PRID=My+Little+Pony+Friendship_1249785 4]] and [[http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/dp.asp?pl=322&PRID=My+Little+Pony+Friendship_1249786 5]] have Epic Wife Tossing ''[[IdiosyncraticCoverArt across two covers]]''.
** In ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue #2, the 20% cooler meme is referenced in the beginning when Rainbow goes 20% ''faster'' after doing a Sonic Rainboom.
*** Rainbow gives Tank a "brohoof".
*** Rainbow pulls off a Sonic Double Rainboom. There has been a fan-made full length episode entitled "WebAnimation/DoubleRainboom" that's been in the works for a while and teased. Whether this inspired the comic's term is unclear, though its most likely a reference to the old Double Rainbow meme from Website/YouTube (which many bronies naturally associate Rainbow Dash with).
** The GiantEnemyCrab that shows up at the end of issue #13 is no doubt a nod to the "Rarity fighting a giant crab" meme.
* In 1994, the ''[[ComicBook/MalibuComicsStreetFighter Street Fighter]]'' comic, Ryu and Ken's master is named Sheng Long, following the English SNES ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' instruction manuals. This all started because of an April Fools joke.
* ''The Super Dictionary'' legendarily illustrated "forty" with ComicBook/LexLuthor stealing forty cakes. "AndThatsTerrible". Eventually a canon comic (''Superman'' #709) revealed that, as revenge for not being allowed to enter an early invention in his high school's science fair, Lex Luthor stole forty cakes from the bake sale.
* ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #15]]'': the bootleg Bart Simpson in "Boo-tleg" is African-American and even talks about his plans to sell shirts of himself at the flea market. This is a reference to the phenomenon of bootleg Bart Simpson shirts being sold in the African-American community the early 1990s, a substantial amount of which can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/bootlegbart.
** Creator/MattGroening himself lampooned the same phenomenon at least twice in his comic strip ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'', once in [[http://johnnylurg.tumblr.com/image/81513373908 this ad for bootleg T-shirts]] and again in a strip where a fan asked Groening [[TooDumbToLive how much money he makes from the bootlegs]].
* A common meme among Smurf haters is to present Papa Smurf as a fascist or communist dictator. In ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' story "The Reporter Smurf", Reporter accuses Papa Smurf of being a dictator through his newspaper when Papa Smurf warns him to stop going after Smurfette with his "exclusives".
* ComicBook/{{New 52}} :
** In his new series, most people react to ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} as if they only knew him from the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'', [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway What Kind Of Lame Power Is Talking To Fish, Anyway?]] version. This leads to him working so hard to prove that he is {{Badass}} that it doesn't actually make any sense for him to have that reputation he's trying so hard to shed in the first place. This changes after ''ComicBook/ThroneOfAtlantis''.
** The hero formerly known as Captain Marvel will simply be "{{ComicBook/Shazam}}"; partially because (thanks to WritingAroundTrademarks) [[http://www.newsarama.com/comics/geoff-johns-curse-of-shazam-120126.html "everybody thinks he's called Shazam already, outside of comics."]] IAmNotShazam no more!
** In the "Dark City" arc of the ComicBook/{{New 52}} Franchise/{{Batman}} origin, ''ComicBook/BatmanZeroYear'', has Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb call the title character [[ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder the goddamn Batman]].
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' canonizes the {{Creepypasta}} depiction of the Tails Doll as an EldritchAbomination.
** Just prior to that, an insane Dr. Eggman, catches Snively and declares that he is "Snoo-ping as usual!", a call back to the infamous [[WebAnimation/YouTubePoop PINGAS meme.]]
* The collected edition of ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers Assemble]]'' #9-13 (2013), which focuses on Comicbook/IronMan and the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, is called ''Science Bros'', in reference to the 2012 meme about their movie counterparts being HeterosexualLifePartners.
* In ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic #1]]'', some of the crystal pony fillies tease Sombra as "Sombrero", which has been a fandom meme since [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 the Season]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 3 opener]].
* Two {{Tumblr}} memes regarding Ms. America from ''YoungAvengers'' ("She's beauty, she's grace, she'll punch you in the face!" and "America, no!" "America, yes!") were used in the first issue of ''Comicbook/AForce''.
* Many comic book fansites, especially the LiveJournal[=/=]Dreamwidth community "scans_daily" had a running gag of ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} having the most recognizable ass. An Annual issue of ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2011}}'' had Babs recognize that ass and thought that Dick was alive, since him being presumed dead has been a thing in ''ComicBook/{{Grayson}}''
* A particularly infamous quote by British Prime Minister David Cameron [[note]]For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'.[[/note]] was picked up by the internet as sounding more like a supervillain speech, and kicked off a meme of photoshopping Cameron's words onto Doctor Doom and other comic book villains, such as [[http://i.imgur.com/6TfMMrG.jpg here]]. In an issue of ''ComicBook/CaptainBritain and the Mighty Defenders'', one of Doom's minions [[http://i100.independent.co.uk/image/7076-1r31e37.jpg virtually quotes the line word for word]].
* One of the infamous memes associated with ''WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967'' is the "Masturbating Spider-Man" macro. The first issue of ''ComicBook/WebWarriors'' has ComicBook/SpiderGwen discovering Spidey in that pose and references the entire meme.
* There is a popular scene in ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' where Rio kicks over a plant. It's so [[NarmCharm hilarious]] that it made its way into the ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' reboot. Rio kicks over a plant in aggitation. People glare at him so he [[AdaptationalHeroism apologizes, and puts it upright again]].

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield'', the webcomic that made new comedy out of old ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strips by removing the title character so it seemed that Jon was a lonely delusional weirdo, was made into a book. One actually endorsed by writer Jim Davis, too, and complete with several ''Garfield Minus Garfield''s actually made by Davis himself. Turns out he's quite good at it. And shortly after, he seemed to realize that Jon ''did'' seem depressed and hopeless, so [[RelationshipUpgrade Jon/Liz was finally made canon]] and he was able to interact with more other human characters regularly, while the animals had their own strips -- making new strips harder to convert for the webcomic, but responding well to the issues it brought up.
* After Josh Fruhlinger of ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'' began making jokes about the ''Franchise{{Archie|Comics}}'' newspaper comic strip being written by an antiquated mainframe computer called the "Archie Joke-Generating Laugh Unit 3000" (AJGLU-3000 for short), AJGLU-3000 references began cropping up in the strip.
* One series of early ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strips featured a nameless cat who showed up at Dilbert's house, harassing that character and trying to eat Ratbert. Scott Adams soon started receiving emails demanding "more Catbert," and ultimately [[AscendedExtra made him a regular character]].
* One comic of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had a caveman teacher explaining to a class that the spikes on a stegosaurus's tail are "called the 'thagomizer'... after the late Thag Simmons". Years later, the scientific community realized they didn't ''have'' a name for the spikes on a stegosaurus's tail, and adopted [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thagomizer "thagomizer"]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Disney apparently noticed the popularity of the "Hipster Franchise/DisneyPrincess'" meme, because they made [[http://www.funkofunatic.com/viewtopic.php?f=62&t=44254&start=30#p823738 official Funko POP! Hipster Ariel, Belle, and Jasmine figures.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* "[[MyWayEntertainment I'm the Juggernaut, Bitch!]]" in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. The line even got a TV-friendly shout-out in the ''Black Panther'' animated series: "I'm the Juggernaut, punk!" [[note]] [[GetTheeToANunnery "Punk" used to mean "prison bitch"]]. [[/note]]
* ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'':
** The Internet and Creator/SamuelLJackson insisted that the working title be kept because it had become a meme.
** The line "I've had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!" was added as service to the memetic mutation that had developed around the film before its release.
* There was a promo for a TV airing of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' that used the song "The Great Gig In The Sky" by Pink Floyd, referencing the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Side_of_the_Rainbow fan-synchronization]] of ''The Wizard Of Oz'' with the album "Dark Side Of The Moon". Sometime in the mid-'90s, one of the Turner networks aired ''The Wizard of Oz'' with ''Dark Side of the Moon'' as an alternate audio track (usually reserved for Spanish dubbing if available).
* "Not a lot of people know that" was a BeamMeUpScotty line for Creator/MichaelCaine, as it was from Peter Sellers' impression of him rather than anything he actually said in a movie[[note]]Apparently, Caine would recite trivia from the Guinness Book of World Records when on set but off camera, and part of Sellers' impersonation was based on this[[/note]]... until the film ''Theatre/EducatingRita'' where Michael Caine's character was given the line to say.
* Figwit the elf from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' film series. A background extra played by Bret [=McKenzie=] (of ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'') who appears in a shot following Frodo's acceptance of the ring (the name standing for Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?), the nickname was eventually used in the series of Topps trading cards featuring the character. Peter Jackson specifically brought him back for ''Return of the King'' because of the popularity of the meme, even giving him a couple lines this time around. He's back for ''Film/TheHobbit'', now officially named Lindir and portrayed as Elrond's right hand man. The meme was also referenced [[http://lotrtcgwiki.com/wiki/lotr10004 in the flavor text of his Decipher card]] as a "nickname".
* Grumpy Cat now has a TV Christmas special, "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever."
* "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob" were {{Fan Nickname}}s for factions of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fans that have since ended up ubiquitous enough to get on official merchandise, if you want a Team Edward t-shirt or a Team Jacob bag. Or a [[http://www.cafepress.com/+team_tylers_van,343530692 Team Tyler's Van shirt]].
* In the first ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}'', Creator/DougBradley's character was known simply as "Lead Cenobite". The name "Pinhead" was a nickname given to him by fans of the movie. It wasn't until [[Film/HellboundHellraiserII the second movie]] that Pinhead became his official name.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': Barbossa was never given a first name, But Johnny Depp jokingly referred to him as "Hector" in the commentary, which caught on with some of the fans. Cut to the third movie, and Hector is his official name.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** Agent Phil Coulson of the 2012 ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' movie gained [[BreakoutCharacter more than a little popularity]] after his death, sparking the Coulson Lives Project, operating under the hashtag [[http://coulsonlivesproject.tumblr.com #CoulsonLives]]. So Coulson was brought back from the dead (with suggestions at suspicious circumstances) for the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' television series... with the aforementioned hashtag being integral to the marketing.
** A common complaint in the fanbase for post-''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]'' movies like ''Film/IronMan3'' and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' was "why doesn't the hero call in the Avengers to deal with that big problem?" In ''Film/AntMan'', when the big problem is explained and Hank Pym and Scott Lang discuss how to solve it, Lang asks that same question.
** Speaking of ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier Winter Soldier]]'', one scene early on featured list of things Cap wanted to view. [[BrickJoke Later on,]] Natasha makes a Film/WarGames reference, and Cap responds that he [[Film/TheAvengers2012 understood that reference.]]
* In ''Film/TheExpendables2'', several Creator/ChuckNorris jokes -- and the general [[MemeticBadass meme]] of Norris as the toughest man in the world -- are repurposed to refer to the character played by Norris.
* In ''Film/WallStreetMoneyNeverSleeps'', Gordon Gekko says, "Someone reminded me I once said 'Greed is good.'" [[BeamMeUpScotty He never actually said that in the original movie.]]
* After ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans finally got to see the ending of ''Film/TheForceAwakens''--with Rey [[spoiler: finding Luke Skywalker living in seclusion on a backwater planet]] and preparing to [[spoiler: train under him as Luke trained under Yoda]]--it became a running joke in the fandom that [[CallBack Luke would force her to give him piggyback rides]], reasoning that "[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack It's how]] ''[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack I]]'' [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack learned!]]" Creator/MarkHamill and Daisy Ridley eventually got in on the joke when Hamill posted [[https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13001272_1568489333480194_4779974643985811376_n.jpg?oh=b5d4195dfc9be67a3d009e21e23ffb56&oe=5772A453 this]] photo to his official Website/{{Facebook}} page for Daisy's birthday.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** The fan abbreviation DADA for Defence Against the Dark Arts was used in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' and the fan nickname Voldie for Voldemort was used by Peeves at the end of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''.
** Prior to the seventh book, Draco Malfoy's family home had never appeared or been named, though it was implied to be some kind of castle or mansion. Fans assigned it the name [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal "Malfoy Manor"]], which became ubiquitous in fanfiction before eventually being made canon in ''Deathly Hallows''.
* Several ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' books make a point of how Han either [[TheDogShotFirst Shot First]] or failed to so, in different circumstances.
** Similarly, Admiral Ackbar is semi-regularly given longer lines containing the phrase "It's a trap!"
** The infamous difficulty of the ''Redemption'' mission (Tour 1, Mission 4) in ''Videogame/{{X-Wing}}'' led to its appearance in the very first chapter of Michael Stackpole's ''[[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing]]'' novels. As an infamously difficult training scenario for Rebel pilots (so it ''also'' doubles as a ShoutOut to the [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Kobayashi Maru Scenario]]).
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': In ''The Gathering Storm'', Elaida's Aes Sedai faction is called loyalists, which was previously a fan nickname.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, the abbreviations "SD(P)" and "podnaught" for [[MacrossMissileMassacre missile pod-laying superdreadnoughts]] started out as {{fan nickname}}s on Creator/DavidWeber's messageboard.
* InUniverse example from Creator/DianeDuane's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''[[Literature/{{Rihannsu}} The Romulan Way]]''. The Romulan spirituality of the Elements (something resembling animism with a heavy dose of the concept of {{karma}}) actually began as a Internet messageboard joke as the proto-Romulans prepared to leave Vulcan. It started to get discussed seriously and then gradually had its original meaning forgotten over the subsequent 1,600-plus years.
* Creator/CarlSagan [[BeamMeUpScotty never said the phrase "Billions and billions"]]...until he made it the title of what was to be his last book. In the foreword, he even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the situation.
* One of {{Literature/Citadel}}'s chapters, [[https://unillustrated.wordpress.com/category/13-0-origins/ Origins]] includes a question and answer session with William Power, the Citadel's most prominent operative. A number of the questions came from the readers.
* In {{Literature/Worm}}, a RunningGag in the comment section is how everyone's reaction to [[TheWormThatWalks Skitter]] basically amounts to [[UnderestimatingBadassery "Meh, I can take her."]]. Then, in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/sting-26-6/ Sting 26.6]], [[spoiler: Jack Slash]] actually says that. It ends as well as you expect.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** The fandom's name for the Thirteen-Foreman pairing, ''Foreteen'' (or Fourteen), was actually used by House himself.
** Another one picked up and spoken by House himself was the fan term "ducklings" to refer to whichever 3+ doctors are working on his team.
* Originally, ''Series/TheXFiles'' character was named "Cigarette-Smoking Man" in the scripts. But no one ever called him by name. So the fans started calling him "Cancer Man". By Season 3, so did Mulder.
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', fans gave the smoke monster the nickname 'Smokey'. In season 6, Sawyer referred to him by this name (justified by the fact that Sawyer gives everyone creative nicknames).
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': The mysterious figure pulling the evil strings was never identified and given a name, so fans often referred to him with the name ''Future Guy''. Then the creators of the show also used it.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'s'' [[PortmanteauCoupleName pairing names]] Finchel, Puckelberry, and Furt showed up all in Episode 2X08. It was titled Furt. The pairing names continued to show up throughout the series, including the names for the more obscure fanon couples (i.e. Faberry). At the big double wedding of season 6, the characters hand out [[OneTruePairing OTP]] hats.
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** The series used the [[PortmanteauCoupleName pairing names]] for the two major ships on the show, Creddie (Carly/Freddie) and Seddie (Sam/Freddie).
** Similarly, DanSchneider became annoyed by the ForcedMeme of "SEDDIE" on his blog, so it became the RunningGag of Gilbert in "iStart A Fan War" and "iOMG".
* For a DiscoveryChannel contest, ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie'' creator Katie Tiedrich created a ''Series/MythBusters'' fan-short about firing a pig from a cannon made entirely out of duct tape. The pig thing isn't too implausible, as the 'Busters do use pig carcasses as human analogues, but the "duct tape cannon" seemed like pure ridiculousness. The short didn't win the contest...but was ''so popular elsewhere'' that ''the Mythbusters themselves saw it and loved it.'' Come the Duct Tape Special, guess what Kari, Tori, and Grant actually made?[[note]]They didn't fire a pig, but they did fire a bright-orange cannonball.[[/note]]
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' The fandom names for the alternate Walter and Olivia, "Walternate" (prior to his reveal) and "Fauxlivia" (following her introduction), have both been canonized by the show.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'':
** The show was the focus of an uproar whereby Cookie Monster was purported to have drastically reduced his cookie intake, or even given them up altogether and been renamed the Veggie Monster. [[note]]The actual incriminating scene was of Cookie Monster ''listening'' to a song about how "Cookies are a sometimes food", [[BeamMeUpScotty not saying it himself]], after which he pointed out that [[ExactWords "right now is sometimes"]], and ate a cookie. In any case, over the course of the whole show, he's more of an ExtremeOmnivore for whom cookies are a TrademarkFavoriteFood; he's happily eaten vegetables, fruit, and numerous random objects.[[/note]] The show has referenced this firestorm on a few occasions. In one sketch, Cookie Monster is about to eat some fruit when interviewer Matt Lauer confronts him about why he "[[GossipEvolution doesn't like cookies]]", to which the monster replies "You members of media blow story waaaay out of proportion!" In another scene, after eating some vegetables, he said "But remember, me not Veggie Monster. Me still Cookie Monster. Just for record. [[SlaveToPR Me got reputation to think of]]."
** [[UrbanLegendOfZelda Many people seem to think]] that Ernie and Bert got their names from the cab driver and the police officer in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''. Creator/JimHenson, the creator of said characters, had said this was just a coincidence. But then in an ''Film/ElmoSavesChristmas'' special, Ernie and Bert walk past a TV set showing ''It's a Wonderful Life'', right at the scene where George calls out "Bert! Ernie! What's the matter with you two guys?" The two Muppets then look at each other, confused.
* ''Series/SpittingImage'' would often feature film critic Barry Norman (voiced by Rory Bremner), giving him the CatchPhrase "...and why not?" [[BeamMeUpScotty He didn't say it in real life, but it fit with his style and became the first thing anyone thought of regarding him.]] Years later, Norman said in a review "...and, as Rory Bremner would say, why not?" and also made it the title of his autobiography.
* Originally in the BonusRound on ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', a contestant would have to pick five consonants and a vowel to assist in solving the bonus puzzle within a time limit. By the late 1980s, almost every contestant was picking R, S, T, L, N and E in that order, because those letters are the most common. The rules were finally changed in October 1988 to give those letters automatically — in that order — and then ask for three more consonants and a vowel (but also making the puzzles harder and slashing the time limit).
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''
** MileyCyrus is evidently a fan of the sketch "The Miley Cyrus Show", starring Vanessa Bayer as Cyrus, and has often incorporated the sketch's "prrrretty cool" catchphrase on her {{Twitter}} account (her sister Noah is also known to use it in Website/YouTube videos). When Miley hosted SNL in March 2011, she used the catchphrase in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmGzfNIqvqc promos with]] [[Series/KenanandKel Kenan Thompson]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK2E8evE_ow even got to act in a "Miley Cyrus Show" sketch]] dressed as Music/JustinBieber (one of the highlights of the episode).
** Bayer-as-Cyrus introduced Miley's infamous 2013 VMA performance.
** Also, [[http://instagram.com/p/vII3G5wzN0/?modal=true this Instagram post]].
** Also from SNL, TheAhnold parodies Hans and Franz used to mock what they described as "girlie men". ArnoldSchwarzenegger himself [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girlie_men#Schwarzenegger.27s_usage used the phrase]] ([[ValuesDissonance and given the years following the sketches saw political correctness started to ramp up, at times with moral outrage]]).
* Comedy clip show ''TheSoup'' would often describe ''Series/TheHills'' star Spencer Pratt as having a "creepy flesh-colored beard". The phrase would eventually make it into an episode.
* It's been a running joke among ''Series/GossipGirl'' fans that [[HoYay Chuck and Nate are practically lovers]]. In season five Jack Bass makes a comment about how it's about time Nate professed his true feelings for Chuck.
** Also with regards to Nate fans have been joking about how many of his love interests are cougars. In an early season five episode Chuck Bass of all people turns to Nate for advice on seduction since the woman he has his eyes on is... a cougar. Chuck claims Nate "speaks old lady".
* On a page advertising a cardboard standup of Jess from ''Series/NewGirl'' on their website, {{FOX}} officially called her "everyone's favorite [[ManicPixieDreamGirl manic pixie dream girl]]." Jess is played by that [[TropeCodifier Trope's codifier]] Creator/ZooeyDeschanel.
** Also, in one episode Jess gets mistaken for an attractive doctor's date, whom he knows only through her dating profile picture... and her name is [[Music/KatyPerry Katy]].
* "Jesus Christ, Marie. They're minerals" [[BeamMeUpScotty became associated with]] ''Series/BreakingBad'' despite Hank not actually saying the line itself during his mineral collecting phase. He does however say the first sentence in the Season 5 episode "Confessions"
** The "I am the one who knocks!" meme got a shout out in the comedic "alternate" ending.
* ''Series/TopGear'': The presenters' use of the term "Flappy Paddle Gearbox" to describe Semi-Automatic Transmission has led to many car manufacturers and reviewers adopting the term themselves.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': In the episode "What is... Cliff Clavin?", [[GameShowAppearance Cliff goes on]] ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', but despite a runaway lead of $22,000, he loses by wagering everything in Final Jeopardy and answering "Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?" Cliff's answer has frequently been used as a stock answer to questions that stump contestants, the earliest example occurring in the 1990 College Tournament by eventual winner Michael Thayer, and Creator/AlexTrebek frequently warns players not to [[PersonAsVerb "pull a Clavin"]][[note]]That is, overbet[[/note]] in FJ. The categories from "Cliff's Dream Board" were also featured in a 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions game.
** ''Jeopardy!'' also at times [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrity_Jeopardy!_(Saturday_Night_Live)#Impact does categories straight out of the]] ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Celebrity Jeopardy sketches, once all of them (ranging from Creator/SeanConnery to [[TheProblemWithPenIsland Therapists]]).
* Creator/CarlSagan is famous for the way he described the universe's multitude of stars in ''Series/{{Cosmos}}'' ([[BeamMeUpScotty although he didn't, until he said it as a joke in a book foreword]]). In the 2014 reboot, Neil [=deGrasse=] Tyson mentions that the invention of zero is useful for writing "billions and billions".

* When the SpeedyTechnoRemake of ''Caramelldansen'' was turned into the CaramelldansenVid, the band Caramell saw it and decided to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A67ZkAd1wmI base the official song video on it]] (but use the remix of course, not the slower original song). They also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPQbdeUfalI made the Japanese mondegreens into the official Japanese version]].
** Also, the English version:
--->From Sweden to UK we will bring our song\\
Australia, USA, and people of Hong Kong\\
They have heard this meme all around the world\\
So come and move your hips, sing ua a a\\
Look at Website/YouTube clips, do it la la la\\
You and me can sing this melody
** And the saga continues with their new video, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn-F8u-fGbg "Boogie Bam Dance"]].
* When Haddaway performed "What Is Love?" during his appearance on the short-lived show ''Hit Me Baby One More Time'', the backup choreography included the [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Roxbury]] headbop.
* In Brazil, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s1w2NZrioE&feature=related a video]] involving fans of Music/{{Restart}} complaining after a cancelled autograph session became popular - especially one of said angry fans, a girl named Georgia Massa, saying it was a "puta falta de sacanagem", a contradictory phrase that could be translated as "fucking lack of unfairness" or ThisIsUnforgivable[[note]]although "sacanagem" is best translated as "screwing"[[/note]]. Then the band and a comedian created [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH9OFxr-O88 a song based on that phrase]], and [[AscendedFanboy Massa got to meet the band]] (much to the jealousy of other rabid fangirls). The boys, in turn, wrote the song "Pra Você Lembrar" in order to apologize for the cancelled autograph session.
* After Camron's infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFgXF0a_Yw4 U MAD]] appearance on ''The O' Reilly Factor'', www.u-mad.net started up as an official Camron merch store.
* Gary Brolsma's Numa Numa dance video inspired former O-Zone singer Dan Balan to recreate the song as "Sugartunes (Numa Numa}".
* In response to the [[EpilepticTrees "Paul Is Dead" conspiracy theory]], PaulMcCartney released a live album in 1993 called ''Paul Is Live''. The cover depicts the AbbeyRoadCrossing, but the only figures are Paul and a dog. There are a few differences and subtle references to the conspiracy theory, which can be read about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Is_Live here]] at TheOtherWiki.
** Also, once Paul returned to Brazil in TheNewTens, four girls from Belo Horizonte (seventh biggest city, and capital of the second most populous state) begun a campaign for a concert of his there, "Paul, Vem Falar Uai" - "Paul, Come Say [[VerbalTic Uai]]". Eventually he begun his 2013 Out There Tour in BH. And the gig had him [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n73tNmfwdRE saying local slang, including "uai"]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_gbOq0SALc bringing the girls on stage]].
-->There was a campaign on Facebook, "Paul Vem Falar Uai". Well, here I am saying "Uai"!
* Music/JimiHendrix's famous song "Purple Haze" contains the line "'' 'scuse me while I kiss the sky''", but [[{{Mondegreen}} is frequently misheard]] as "'' 'scuse me while I kiss this guy''". At a handful of later live performances, Jimi would actually use the misheard line for this song - and afterwards [[HoYay (probably) pretend to kiss one of his band members while playing the riff]].
* Then, one of those live performances was then used in ''VideoGame/GuitarHero 4'', so a whole new generation of kids could get the lyric wrong. (The correct, studio version is in ''VideoGame/RockBand'' now, but as DLC).
** Similarly, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" misheard "There's a bad moon on the rise" as "there's a bathroom on the right" led to the band singing the mondegreen live several times.
** And again on the ascended mondegreen meme (although unintentional), Music/{{Clutch}}'s The Regulator has a its opening line "I see a lantern burning" oft-misheard by fans as "I see Atlanta burning." To the point that one of the reasons ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' producers (the show it based in Atlanta) used it as a credits closing song in an episode was THEY heard it wrong, too.
* The Spinto Band stumbled upon a mash-up that combined their "Oh Mandy" with Rich Boy's "Throw Some D's". They liked it enough that in live performances of the song, they'd sometimes replace the lyrics to the bridge with a few lines from "Throw Some D's".
* After the success of Music/WeirdAlYankovic's parody "Gump", Music/ThePresidentsOfTheUnitedStatesOfAmerica started ending their live performances of "Lump" with the same line: "And that's all I have to say about that".
* In the 70s, when The Angels sang "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?", crowds answered, "No way, get fucked, fuck off" - which The Angels incorporated into their performances.
* Mexican party anthem "El Final" (the end) has the line "te veo besándote con otro" ("I see you kissing/making out with someone else") which is always answered with a "Que poca madre!" when played in a bar ("What little mother" literally, but it it's an expression used when someone wronged someone else, like saying "you bastard!"). Nowadays, most [=DJs=] will turn down the volume when playing it at a bar, party, whatever. Albums compilations add the a silent second for people to scream it, karaoke machines show the line on the screen, and both original band Rostros Ocultos or anyone covering it will either stop playing for a second and raise the mike for people to say it, or just have the band scream it while the singer stops. Shortly, the line became part of the song.
* There was a bootleg remix of Madonna's "Holiday" that mashed it up with Stardust's "Music Sounds Better with You". When Mad'House covered the former, they interpolated the bassline and instrumentation of the latter.
* Besides being essentially nothing ''but'' this trope, Music/{{Vocaloid}} has a recursive-meme example. Someone made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbbA9BhCTko a popular Miku cover]] of "Ievan Polkka," better known as "that [[Memes/{{Bleach}} leekspin]] song," complete with her own spinning (waving?) leek. It wasn't long before leeks started showing up in Miku's official artworks and figurines, and they soon became her TrademarkFavoriteFood. The UncannyValley restyled "Hachune Miku" in the video has also generated a lot of merchandise.
** Crypton has also [[AscendedFanon acknowledged several fan-made characters]] as semi-official Vocaloids as well.
* During live performances of "Living Next Door to Alice" by New World, after the titular line the audience would often reply "Alice? Who the fuck is Alice!?" When British band Smokie covered the song, they also made a parody version featuring comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown shouting the aforementioned line at the appropriate times in the song.
* Shortly after the episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' where Randy is revealed to be the real Music/{{Lorde}} premiered, a video was posted to Twitter of Lorde herself singing the "I am Lorde, ya ya ya" song that Randy sang in the episode.
* When Music/TransSiberianOrchestra released their song "Wizards in Winter" (off ''The Lost Christmas Eve'') as a single, the artwork consisted solely of a shot of the house of Carson Williams, the electrical engineer who used the song in a Christmas light display that became a [=YouTube=] sensation in Christmas 2005.
* ''Creator/SunstrokeProject'' had one [[{{Pun}} epic sax]] riff in the song ''Run Away'', written for the 2010 Eurovision contest, that brought them fame from MemeticMutation (specifically, the Epic Sax Guy meme). The band embraced the fame the meme brought them, and released a song centered around the riff and called it (what else) [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsC8bUl1164 Epic Sax]] as an acknowledgement in 2011.
* One of Music/{{Prince}}'s later singles, "Breakfast Can Wait", featured not Prince on the cover, but rather [[Series/ChappellesShow Dave Chappelle]] impersonating him from the famous "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" sketch.

* The klutzy spells and {{malapropism}}s of UsefulNotes/{{Chile}}an President Sebastián Piñera are referred to as "Piñericosas" ("Piñera stuff"). [[http://www.lasegunda.com/Noticias/Politica/2014/02/915982/Presidente-Pinera-escogio-sus-mejores-Pinericosas Piñera himself has made a "Top Five" of these.]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* During a Wrestling/{{WCW}} segment, Wrestling/ChrisJericho, to prove a point that no one in any authority actually cared about what he was doing, began reading from a list of "1004 Holds" one of which was the "Moss-Covered, Three-Handled Family Gradenza," a phrase he saw in the 1971 TV adaption of Literature/TheCatInTheHat. Wrestling/PaulHeyman liked the name so much he gave it to Perry Saturn's swinging fisherman's {{suplex finisher}}.
* During the (first Smackdown) feud between Wrestling/JohnCena and Wrestling/BrockLesnar, Cena once referred to Lesnar as a "vanilla gorilla," a common internet nickname for Lesnar.
* Wrestling/JohnCena has openly referred to his finishing sequence as the FiveMovesOfDoom, a term Scot Keith coined for Wrestling/BretHart's own finishing sequence.
* A {{running gag}} on the Website/{{Wrestlecrap}} message boards was that the thing WWE truly needed was a wrestler with a primadonna [[TheGimmick gimmick]] in the vein of Terrell Owens. Then came the debut of Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter.
* After ''Glory By Honor VII: The Final Countdown''(the subtitle itself was an ascended meme), the Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH fans began chanting "Twinkies" at Wrestling/AustinAries during his matches. At ''Supercard Of Honor V'', Aries offered his long time rival [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] a peace offering in the form of...golden snack cakes.
* Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon's complaints that {{tag team}} matches should have two referees eventually mutated into a meme. Then Wrestling/DragonGate introduced the "[[GimmickMatches Gate To Heaven]]" match, one of the details being that it was a tag team match with two referees.
* Besides Wrestling/RingOfHonor, Courtney Rush {{scatt|ing}}ed The Final Countdown in response to coming into the same room as Wrestling/SaraDelRey in Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}}.
* During a Wrestling/{{WWE}} sketch showing WWE personalities at a party, commentator Wrestling/MichaelCole went the HamAndCheese route and referenced the fandom meme of his calling moves as "VINTAGE ______" by yelling that he is eating VINTAGE SHRIMP!
** Cole and other announcers, notably the AWESOME Matt Striker, have openly referenced and mocked the memetic nature of "VINTAGE".
* Darren Young, at one point, referenced WWE internet fans' penchant for calling him "Black Wrestling/JohnCena." Cena also paid it back during one of his promos as well.
* On ''Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}}, the term "Future Endeavored" has been used at least twice (by Wrestling/TheMiz in the first season and Wrestling/CodyRhodes in the second).
** Matt Striker also referenced it at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'', telling Wrestling/{{Natalya|Neidhart}} "Good luck in your future endeavors" after she slapped [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Mr. McMahon]] in the face.
** Also used in Wrestling/{{TNA}}, where Jeremy Borash frequently wishes the person losing their job in the "Feast Or Fired" match "the best of luck in their future endeavours".
** Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis has also used this phrase on WWE TV (and possibly Wrestling/TripleH as well, if memory serves).
** It was also on a shirt, briefly, though it and the rest of the "Kayfabe" line of shirts didn't sell well and were quickly removed.
* The Cornette Face, made popular by {{Website/Botchamania}}, became an AscendedMeme when Wrestling/JimCornette himself [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGOVOYBLBdw asked to talk to a fan who brought a sign of said face to a pro wrestling show.]] And after TNA Victory Road 2011 (a notoriously horrible Pay Per View that was "highlighted" by one of its main event competitors coming to the ring so under the influence, the match was canceled in the ring and the show was cut short,) Cornette tweeted, "Just watched TNA...I need a new face."
* The "Miz Girl", a little girl [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LwUID2gbKg&t=3m39s whose reaction]] to Wrestling/TheMiz becoming WWE Champion became a meme within hours, then an Ascended Meme a week later when the Miz pointed it out in his celebration, giving her the official name of the Miz Girl.
** Same thing with the "Shocked [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Undertaker]] Fan." He was interviewed on WWE.com shortly after his appearance.
* In the "Lakers vs. Nuggets" episode of ''Raw'', Wrestling/{{Batista}} made his entrance with a basketball in his hands. This is a reference to his "Basketballs...don't hold grudges!" quote on ''Smackdown''.
* WWE has pretty much stolen the spotlight out of this lately, such as "The Genesis of the [=McGillicutty=]" speech and "He spilled my diet soda!"
* During NXT Season 4, fans have compared Rookie Byron Saxton to [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Carlton Banks]]. In most recent episodes, this has been lampshaded by the other rookies, Matt Striker, and even his (new) pro, Wrestling/DolphZiggler.
* On the 900 episode of Raw, Wrestling/{{Edge}} mocked Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} and called him [[Franchise/TheMuppets Beaker.]] The fans took it and ran with it. Fast forward to the October 31st 2011 show, where the Muppets are guest hosts, and Sheamus and Beaker [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=entL6RoHEP0 meet.]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler Wrestling/ZackRyder was somehow able to turn ''himself'' into a meme thanks to his home-made [[http://www.youtube.com/user/LongIslandIcedZ YouTube show]] "Z! True Long Island Story". His show frequently bemoaned the fact that he was being ignored by WWE, often using double entendres aimed at {{Smart Mark}}s. Eventually WWE took notice of his show's popularity, and Zack became a kind of RunningJoke on TV about... how WWE wouldn't push Zack Ryder on television. (And ironically, in this role he received one ''hell'' of a good push.)
* When [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] returned to WWE, he mocked Wrestling/JohnCena on, among other things, his wardrobe, calling him "a big fat bowl of Fruity Pebbles". Not long after, Cena helped promote Fruity Pebbles by having his likeness posted on the cereal's boxes. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDjrW5hKplE But that's not all...]]
* Wrestling/CMPunk, during his feud with Wrestling/VinceMcMahon in 2011, grabbed a headset during a brawl with Vince and screamed "WHAT A MANEUVER!" before driving Vince's face into the announce table in reference to Vince's infamous style of commentary from the [=90s=].
* In 2012, Wrestling/{{Fandango}} openly addressed the fact his fans were "[[AccidentalDanceCraze Fandangoing]]"
* The naming of the tag team of [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] and Wrestling/{{Kane}} was put up to a fan vote... in which all of the choices were pre-existing {{fan nickname}}s for the two, including "Team Friendship" and the winning "[[Wrestling/TeamHellNo Hell No]]".
** Speaking of Daniel Bryan, his "YES! YES! YES!" chants were subject to this when fans caught on to it and started using it for just about every in-ring event. This would lead to WWE creating a shirt featuring the phrase, along with a whole slew of "YES! YES! YES!" merchandise.
* In 2012, Taeler Hendrix shed her jackets for more elaborate ring gear, started dying her hair a more vibrant shade of red and took on a much more manipulative, seductive demeanor leading fans to compare her to Tiara from ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' or ''Comicbook/PoisonIvy'' from Batman. "Poison Princess" eventually became her official RedBaron in The House Of Truth and Ring Of Honor.
* In 2013, a fan used a {{bubble gun}} during one of Wrestling/{{Emma}}'s entrances. Following that, WWE made a bubble gun a regular part of her entrances and added bubbles to her video packages.
* The "AND HIS NAME IS [[Wrestling/JohnCena JOHN CENA!!!]]" meme became completely canon when Cena collabotated with telecom company [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6m6g5y1bQs Cricket Wireless]] for one of their promotional materials.

* On ''Roleplay/MSFHighForum'', 'firewood' was not a racial slur, but was used to describe ironically non-flammable Legion. Well, after the GM got a hang of it, it became a racial slur.

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* Fantasy Flight Games seems to love ascending memes in its line of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' spin-off RPGs. ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' acknowledged the "Love Can Bloom" fanfic by featuring a quote from one of its main characters and a picture of a Vindicare Assassin watching a Farseer, Adept Grendel (a scholar character who killed several Daemons and an Ork Warboss through luck of the dice) was referenced in one of the same game's supplements by an Inquisitor's document discussing his exploits. Then they acknowledged a fan story about a psyker who escaped being fuel for the Golden Throne by becoming a commissar's assistant, and to cap it off, they featured a quote from a Commissar Daniel Sterne ordering the crew of a Basilisk Artillery Tank to ram the enmy in ''TabletopGame/OnlyWar'', a reference to fan character Commissar Dan whose quirk is the same thing (the quote even ends with a CurseCutShort of Dan's CatchPhrase).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* While the developers were answering questions regarding the new gameplay features of the then-upcoming ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 2'' on the 3DRealms forum, one user asked, "What about moving?" No one knows what he meant, but it became a meme fast enough for a bit recorded for the game involving two mobsters.
--> "But what about moving?"\\
"What '''about''' moving? You put one foot infronta the other."
** Further expanding on Remedy instances: a running fan joke was that in the first Max Payne, character model and writer Sam Lake had what was labelled a "constipated scowl" for the character's face. The first game after the ''Max Payne'' series, horror thriller ''Videogame/AlanWake'', has Lake appear in a cameo on a in-game TV segment where he "does the scowl" when the host requests it. This was then compounded in a [[MythologyGag cross-series]] reference in ''Videogame/QuantumBreak'', which gives Lake yet another cameo ''wherein he does the same face again.''
* One of the [[PreAssKickingOneLiner one liners]] in ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' is "I'm gonna kill you old style", referencing the infamous Ventrilo Harassment video where the admin threatens the {{Troll}} that she will do just that, to the confusion of everyone listening.
** The Single Player [=DLC=] references the spamming of BALLSBALLSBALLSBALLS in the meme, when a Terminator-esque robot makes you repeat it in order for you [[ItMakesSenseInContext to pass off as a Duke clone]].
* Creator/BlizzardEntertainment loves this trope.
** The Leeroy Jenkins video got [[http://www.wowtcgdb.com/carddetail.aspx?id=27 a card of that guy]] in the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' TCG and a figure in the collectible miniatures game.
*** He's also the basis for an achievement in ''Wrath of the Lich King'' (succeeding at the stupid stunt which got Leeroy's group wiped out). Successfully completing the achievement earns the title "''[=YourNameHere=]'' Jenkins".
*** And a legendary card in ''VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft'', who has Charge and deals a hefty amount of damage, but also summons two 1/1 whelps for the opponent (and since [[GlassCannon his own health is 2]], they're enough to kill him if not immediately dealt with).
*** He also got an appearance in the updated Upper Blackrock Spire from Warlords of Draenor, still going after the same piece of gear, and is rewarded as a follower as a bonus for keeping him alive for the encounter.
** When Onyxia got leveled up to 80, the new achievements included "More [=DOTs=]!" and "Many whelps! Handle it!", which are tag lines from the popular [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtvIYRrgZ04 Onyxia Wipe Animation]]. The former requires that Onyxia be killed in five minutes, which means a fair amount of DPS on the boss in the air phase and is a reference to the raid leader shouting for [=DOTs=]. The latter requires that 50 hatchlings spawn within 10 seconds of Onyxia's liftoff and being defeated, a reference to a player running into the eggs and spawning whelps while feared, leading to the group wiping.
*** Along the same lines as Leeroy, she also has a card in Hearthstone... but this one spawns enough whelps to ''reach the minion limit'' for the player who summons her. The Raid Leader card also has dialogue referencing the video.
** There's also Alamo, of [[FauxToGuide "Alamo teechs u]] [[RougeAnglesOfSatin 2 play DURID!"]] fame, who [[http://www.wowtcgdb.com/carddetail.aspx?id=2236 also got a card named after him in the TCG]].
** Similarly, [[http://www.wowwiki.com/Kralnor Kralnor]] made several appearances, including [[http://www.wowtcgdb.com/carddetail.aspx?id=768 his own card]].
** Thorim became popular for his introduction speech, specifically his way of saying "in the mountains". A later boss has a line to mock this when he kills a player.
--->'''Tyrannus: "Perhaps you should've stayed...in the mountains!"'''
** Kael'Thas' "Tempest Keep was merely a setback" greeting quickly became a meme for any recurring boss. When you encounter a whole trio of those in Icecrown Citadel (former blood elves, no less), Valanar, the boss of a Borean tundra quest, declares that "Naxxanar was merely a setback". In ''Cataclysm'', the Hogger boss in the Stormwind Stockades also makes reference to this meme, yelling "Forest just setback!" on aggro. Maar in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' also says "Merely a temporary setback" after being defeated.
** To lesser extent, Illidan's "YOU ARE NOT PREPARED!" If you talk to him in the past while wielding his signature legendary weapons, he will comment "You seem prepared". The battlemaster at Valhallas will also yell "YOU WERE NOT PREPARED!" if you wiped in one of the encounters.
*** Drahga Shadowburner yells "You should have come better prepared!" when killing players and "By fire be... burned!" when summoning adds.
** Since Death Knights like to use a macro for Death Grip with a yell of [[MortalKombat GET OVER HERE!]], they added that line for Nefarian's call for Death Knights where he copied that ability.
** And more recently, Hogger, the infamous level 11 elite mob who's been the source for many memes for years, has finally been ascended to a dungeon boss in ''Cataclysm'' (more specifically, he's the end boss of the revamped Stormwind Stockades). The quest that has you kill him apparently includes the line "No one can destroy him". He also makes appearances in Hearthstone as a tutorial boss and Legendary minion.
** Ragnaros' infamous "Too soon! You have awakened me too soon!" line is used by Zepik the Gorloc Hunter, one of your Wolvar liasons in Scholazar Basin. Zepik says other adventurers have told him stories of their exploits, which is how he heard the line (and some other well-known boss quotes).
*** The Ragnar-Os cereal joke ''"Two scoops, Executus, two scoops! BY FIBER BE PURGED!!!"'' has been acknowledged by Blizzard with the Firelands raid achievement called "Ragnar-Os".
** Gamon, a rare attackable city-dwelling NPC in Orgrimmar, is sort of a reverse Hogger; infamously weak and pathetic. Like Hogger, he gets beefed up in ''Cataclysm''...becoming a ''level 85 Elite''. Gamon TookALevelInBadass after taking all those beatings...
*** Even that wasn't enough. People still managed to kill him just by kiting him around, so he TookALevelInBadass ''again.'' Now he isn't affected by Crowd Control spells or slows at all, carries a giant blade and a bow, runs faster than your character, and hits like a ''tank.'' As in, the actual millitary vehicle.
*** And as of the final patch of ''Mists'', Gamon is now a level 90 elite with as much health as some raid bosses, has a voice actor and character, and was trained by [[spoiler: and canonically lands the killing blow on]] General Nazgrim. Fans have managed to make a one-off NPC go from a joke to a ''major lore character''.
** A level 80 orc hunter, Tednug, and his pet Scratchfever, wander the road between Orgrimmar and Razor Hill. They are characters in the player-written forum game ''FanFic/YouAwakenInRazorHill''. Tednug is a contraction of the character's actual name, Tednugent, presumably for copyright reasons.
** Creator/ChuckNorris' MemeticBadass status was immortalized in a "What's your game?" television ad which states that VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft has over ten million players...''because Chuck Norris allows them to live!'' He is seen giving roundhouse kicks to dozens of players, punching the [[KrakenAndLeviathan Whale Shark]][[note]]which has millions of HP and requires a raid group to kill, OR kiting for 20-30 minutes in content-appropriate gear[[/note]] and fighting in the Barrens[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke So-called "Barrens chat" consisted of a great deal of inane babble from bored players]], with ChuckNorrisFacts being one of the most prevalent running themes[[/note]].
** A running joke about paladins in vanilla was that their [=PvP=] strategy consisted solely of the "bubble-hearth" - popping Divine Shield (often called a "bubble" among the fandom) making them immune to damage and using their Hearthstone to teleport to safety. Blizzard later added the Glyph of Righteous Retreat, which lets them hearth in half the time when bubbled. (This was done specifically to ''allow'' bubble-hearthing, as the duration of Divine Shield had been reduced to be shorter than the cast time for the Hearthstone normally is.)
** The August 2015 patch for Hearthstone modified the "Finding Opponent" wheel to include an entry named 'Roach Boy'. The developers added this in reference to a player who was subjected to especially extreme and unusual verbal abuse after a lucky win, who posted his experience in [[https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/3artn3/i_won_an_arena_game_i_didnt_really_deserve_and/ a massively popular Reddit thread.]]
** The Confession glyph causes players to "confess" things, which usually end up being fandom jokes such as using Leap of Faith simply to annoy the target.
** In the first few years when levelling was a slow, difficult process it was common practice for players to celebrate by saying "Ding!" in the zone or guild chat. Bloodlord Mandokir gains a level when he kills players and has a chance of yelling "Ding!" For added amusement, another boss yells back congratulations.
** Rhonin's "Citizens of Dalaran..." speech has been a source of frequent mockery by players for [[WelcomeToCorneria how often]] he [[MostAnnoyingSound says it]], particularly in later expansions when the item that triggers it could be obtained by a single player. In the ''Legion'' expansion, Dalaran got an update, which included a new reputation faction... Which Blizzard cheekily named the Citizens of Dalaran. (This is the only other use of the phrase in the game)
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the [[http://wiki.cohtitan.com/wiki/Kill_Skuls Kill Skuls meme]], originating from a pair of message board posts, has spawned a badge, in-game graffiti, and a LoadingScreen tip.
** "[[http://paragonwiki.com/wiki/Ascendant-O%27s Ascendant who?]] Sorry, you have the wrong number."
** Nemesis, the eternal mastermind and XanatosSpeedChess player, is pegged by the playerbase as the source for many things, including substituting "It's a Nemesis plot" for ''AWizardDidIt''. The game developers ascended the meme with two [[http://wiki.cohtitan.com/wiki/Loading_Screen_Tips#Inside_Jokes loading screen tips]]: "It's all a Nemesis plot." and "Not everything is a Nemesis plot."
** After a particularly popular [[http://wiki.cohtitan.com/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day#Article:_City_Of_Heroes_Announces_Visual_Sounds.21 2008 April Fools' Day new post]], "Freem!" caught on, often with the image attached. A loading screen tip in the game now reads simply, "Freem!" The nickname for the development team after the team was cut by ~75% in 2006 also became "[[http://wiki.cohtitan.com/wiki/Freem_Fifteen Freem Fifteen]]".
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'': TOO BAD ITS ME BLACKSMITH was so popular that the developers used it for their pre-purchase advertisements on their website.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', the original Super NES translation gave the meme "You SpoonyBard!" The line was so beloved that Squaresoft/Square-Enix kept it in all re-releases when the rest of the script was re-translated, and an AuthorAvatar of the developers in the DS version jokes about the line being kept when other terms were changed. The line has also appeared in a few other ''Final Fantasy'' games as a running joke.
* After ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' came out, many jokes ensued about [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Exdeath's]] obsession with the VOID. Cue the prequel ''Dissidia 012'', and numerous characters mocking Exdeath's obsession and working the word "void" into their pre-battle quotes to him.
** A popular machinima for the first game called "Real Men" became popular not long after its release. ''Dissidia 012'' brought us [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Kain Highwind]], a famous EnsembleDarkHorse and MemeticBadass, as a playable character. He brought along this gem--"I'm about to show you pathetic mockeries the difference between you, and a ''real man''!"
** Several characters have special "secret" voice data players can purchase for them when the character reaches Level 100, and the character may shout a new line during their [[LimitBreak EX Burst]] once it is purchased. Several of them are references to memes from the original game.
-->'''Exdeath:''' TURTLE! \\
'''Tifa:''' Words aren't the only way to express your feelings. \\
'''Vaan:''' I'm Basch!
* "Sheng Long" originated in a mistranslation of Ryu's VictoryQuote in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' arcade game.[[note]]"Sheng Long" is the Chinese reading of the ''Shoryu'' in ''Shoryuken''.[[/note]] The legend was elaborated on by an April Fools' joke created by ElectronicGamingMonthly in 1992, which [[UrbanLegendOfZelda alleged]] that he was the unlockable TrueFinalBoss of the game. The manual of the SNES version actually named Sheng Long as Ryu and Ken's master, and though that ended up in CanonDiscontinuity like most manuals of the time, the legend of Sheng Long would be confirmed in all but name. In 1994, Akuma, brother to Ryu and Ken's master, was introduced in ''Super Street Fighter II Turbo'' as the TrueFinalBoss, with an unlocking procedure and red fireball attack recalling EGM's idea of Sheng Long. Finally, in 2008, Gouken, Ryu and Ken's master himself, was confirmed for ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', and fans were astonished to find that Gouken had ''every single move that Sheng Long was stated to have''. [[BlindIdiotTranslation "You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance"]], indeed!
** You even get a special title for beating the first challenge with Gouken that says "Also Known as Sheng Long"
** And one of his ''Super'' win quotes is, obviously, "You must defeat me to stand a chance!"
** And in ''Super Street Fighter IV'', Ken makes a peculiar reference to [[http://media.eventhubs.com/images/2010/03/24_flowchartken02.jpg]] in his new win quote.
*** British-based gaming magazine Ngamer also had an article on the 3DS version of ''SSFIV'' with the strapline "Now witness flowchart Ken in 3D!"
** ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition]]'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtuA5we0RZU Evo Moment #37]] as a challenge.
*** The very end of the Heroes and Heralds trailer for ''Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3'' also uses it.
** A certain [=DLC=] costume for Ryu in the fifth game instantly gained traction amongst fans due to his attractive looks. He gained the FanNickname "Hot Ryu" however Capcom didn't seem to have intentionally made him a MrFanservice character and was confused on the reaction. A few weeks later and it seems they've grown to accept the idea. There is a special edition of the game exclusive to Japan that comes with both Ryu and Chun-Li's alternate costumes, as well as a new box cover that features both of these "hot" costumes prominently. What's it called? "The Hot Package."
** Another one for the fifth game: How does Bison respond with the sight of his minions fighting each other to death? "[[WesternAnimation/StreetFighter This is delicious]] entertainment!"
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'':
** Probably the most famous of these is Ermac. A counter in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat MK1]]'''s option menu, right under "Reptile Battles," listed the number of "Ermacs" -- short for "error macros" -- that have appeared, leading players to [[UrbanLegendOfZelda speculate]] about the existence of a hidden fighter named "Ermac." ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' deliberately fueled similar speculation by showing a counter for "Kano Transformations," which never happened in that game. When ''Ultimate [=MK3=]'' was released, Ermac was made into an unlockable character. He's made frequent appearances since then.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', Nightwolf's Friendship has him transforming into Raiden and saying "I've never seen a Kano transformation," which was a memetic response to rumors that Shang Tsung could do that in ''Mortal Kombat 2'' (again, blame the arcade audit counters).
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' is said to be dedicated partially to bringing as many of these Epileptic Trees to life, including but not limited to: Skarlet, "feeding the trees" in the Living Forest (an UrbanLegendOfZelda until it first became possible in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks'') and "nudealities" (in the form of Mileena's secret third outfit).
* ''VideoGame/DragonballXenoverse'' has an Ascended FountainOfMemes in the form of "[[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged Abridged Nappa]]" as a voice option for male created characters ([[PromotedFanboy with the original voice actor, to boot]]).
* A [=PlayDota=] forum user, [=CrimsonQueso=], wrote [[http://www.playdota.com/guides/epic-return a concise and hilarious guide]] to Leoric, the Skeleton King - in all caps. In ''VideoGame/{{DotA 2}}'', Ostarion the Wraith King (Leoric reskinned and renamed) has several voice lines referencing the original guide, including this one (and caps-locked in in-game captions to boot):
** (upon buying Divine Rapier, the highest damage item in the game) Oh, Rapier. '''NOW YOUR KING IS BALLING OUT OF CONTROL!'''
** (on buying Armlet of Mordiggian) '''I NOW HAVE ALL THE SEXY.'''
** (at the start of a match) '''I'LL HELP MY WEAK AND PUNY ALLIES WHERE I CAN.'''
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is a gold mine of ascended memes:
** Ever since the commercial for ''Shamwow!'' become popular on the internet, people have been comparing VinceOffer to [[FragileSpeedster the Scout]]. As of one update to the game, The Scout's in-game dialogue includes no less than 3 quotes from the commercial. "No other class gonna do that!" Even the website made to chronicle the update makes a ''Shamwow!'' reference or two.
** The "FYI I Am A Medic" Medic achievement is named after the "FYI I Am A Spy" spray and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29RE0blCV84 associated YouTube video]].
*** The Spy update also gave us the "FYI I Am A Spy" achievement which is unlocked by killing an enemy Medic that has just healed you.
** The Spy update announcement, in the form of a mail-order catalog, featured an item called the "Crab walking kit". This is a reference to an [[AscendedGlitch in-game bug]] which causes the spy to walk very strangely when certain conditions are met, and is a common pastime amongst spies not about their backstabbing business.
** Also with the Spy update comes as a new taunt for the spy's cigarette case that pops up randomly and has him pose like a crab and snap his hands like claws.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_prZ0JrbQrU The Sandvich]]; fans had been suggesting its incorporation into the game since its first appearance in "Meet the Scout".
*** Although it should be noted that [[EarlyBirdCameo they like to hide upcoming items in "Meet the..." videos]]. (See also: The Pyro is carrying his flare gun in Meet the Sniper, released before the Pyro update came out.)
** Then, of course, there's the disembodied voice of the announcer. Disembodied, that is until [[http://buttfacemakani.livejournal.com/301005.html a fan drew her]]. And then [[http://www.teamfortress.com/war/administrator/ it became official]]. (They even hired that specific fan to draw her!)
** The FanNickname "crocket" (a rocket that rolls a CriticalHit, infamous for being especially devastating) is referenced by a Soldier achievement ("Crockets are such BS" for randomly firing two in a row) and a Heavy achievement ("Crock Block", for surviving a a direct hit from one, which is only possible when at full normal health or overhealed).
** The term "Demoknight" (a Demoman that uses unlockable weapons to focus on melee attacks) is referenced by an item set called "One Thousand and One Demoknights".
*** One of the [[EliteMook Special Robots]] in [[TheWarSequence Mann vs Machine]] Mode is known as the "Demoknight", and like the Demoknight, wields both an Eyelander and a shield.
** Several bot names are this, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJbY4ixm_ZM Mentlegen]] and [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/6 CRITRAWKETS]].
* Speaking of Creator/{{Valve|Software}}, it looks like [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=247 this]] VGCats strip about ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' [[http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/9812/91301104.jpg just got real.]]
** And now in awesome [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/trailers/3005-Portal-2-Turret trailer video.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' there was a fan spoof of a hidden cow level that did not exist. It shows up in ''VideoGame/DiabloII''. That prompted a number of fan spoofs, including a secret bunny level in the hopes that they would show up in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''.
** This was later referenced in ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', made by the same company (Blizzard), in which the cheat to skip a level instantly in campaign mode was "there is no cow level".
*** And in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', "Terrible terrible damage" (a VerbalTic-like line from the "Battle Reports") is not only a cheat code in game, but is also said by General Horace Warfield.
* ''VideoGame/PunchOut'': "Hey Mac baby, I'm going to go for a ride on your bike!" For those not [[GetALoadOfThatSquare in the know]], it's referring to the {{YTMND}} fad "Nigga Stole My Bike", where Doc Louis riding along on a bicycle while Little Mac trains is reinterpreted as Little Mac chasing after Doc.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6L_WbYGQ1I S-I-S-I-G-A-M-I , SHISHIGAMI BANG BANG!]] Yes, a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQUjH7Mtvn8 fan made]] lyrical declaration of Bang's manliness to the tune of his theme "Reppu" was so awesome, it made its way into ''VideoGame/BlazBlue [[VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift Continuum Shift]]'' with the seiyuu for Bang singing it!
** On the subject of Bang, he references the "Ice Car" meme in ''Calamity Trigger Reconstruction'' when dissuading his colleagues from fighting Jin.
** You can choose from numerous NPC icons for your online profile in ''Chronophantasma''. [[FanNickname Hype Dog]] is one of them.
** ''Chronophantasma'' also allows you to set the (◇)人(∵) emoticon on your D-Card.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Blasto, the first hanar Spectre. Started as a joke made by one of the devs in response to questions regarding new companions in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Ended up having a movie made about him, complete with the line:
--->'''Blasto:''' [[Film/DirtyHarry This one does not remember if its heat sink is over-capacity. It wonders if the criminal scum considers itself fortunate.]]
*** Leads to a hilarious scene in the third game's Citadel DLC, where Shepard and Javik are shanghaied into acting in a Blasto movie, which goes rapidly south after Shepard gets into an argument about the accuracy of the film with the director and Javik attacks their vorcha actor.
** The term "quad" as slang for krogan testicles ([[BizarreAlienBiology they have four]]). Used where humans would say "pair", as in, "You've got a quad, Shepard." Originated on the forums, appeared everywhere in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
** Many, many memes originating in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' are lampooned in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', most notably Garrus' love of calibrations and Shepard's horribly bad dancing.
-->"I'm Garrus Vakarian, and this is now my FAVORITE spot on the Citadel!"
** In the third game, there is a mission where the jellyfish-like Hanar ambassador is revealed to be a spy for the Reapers. At the denouement, Shepard will chew out the ambassador, using a popular line from ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'':
--> '''Shepard:''' YOU BIG STUPID JELLYFISH!
** "Your Joker-pilot insists I call myself '[[FanNickname Prothy the Prothean]]'. I insisted he allow me to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock throw him out the airlock.]]"
** [[EnsembleDarkhorse Niftu Cal]], the drugged Volus "[[MemeticBadass Biotic God]]" from the second game, is heavily referenced in the description of the Volus Adept character in the multiplayer mode of ''Mass Effect 3''. The gold-level biotic challenge is also called "Biotic God" and uses a biotic Volus as its icon.
** The phrase "assuming direct control", memorably used by [[GreaterScopeVillain Harbinger]] in ''2'' and a popular line with the fanbase, made it into a Codex entry in ''3''.
** The Citadel DLC pretty much exists for referencing as many fandom memes as possible.
-->'''Javik:''' Where is the airlock, so that I may throw you out of it?
-->'''Shepard:''' Do I really sound like that? ''(a bit later)'' Maybe it's ''I'' should go. I ''should'' go. I should ''go''.
-->'''Garrus:''' I don't suppose you need anything around here... ''calibrated''? Yeah, okay, maybe I should stop saying that word, but only if Liara stops saying "''By the goddess.''"
--> "Shepard." "Grunt." "Shepard!" "Wrex." "Commander Shepard." "Shepard, Shepard, Shepard." "Wrex, Grunt..."
** A couple of varren in the Citadel DLC are named "Kroger" and "Nice Beans", references to the [[http://biowareaccordingtomom.tumblr.com/ Bioware According To Mom]] tumblr's names for krogan and Garrus (the latter started with Saren being mutilated into "sour beans" and kind of went weird from there).
** In the second game Udina asks if the words, "political shitstorm" mean anything. About a year later [[UsefulNotes/AustralianPolitics Kevin Rudd]] described being caught at a strip club as such.
* Many ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' doujin artists portrayed [[PersonOfMassDestruction Utsuho Reiuji's]] encased arm as an ArmCannon after her first appearance, but it was never actually used that way. However, later in Hisoutensoku, Utsuho has the ability BeamSpam.
** In the fangame ''Riverbed Soul Saver'', one boss (Ruri) is depicted upside-down and completely covered with power-weakening seals, yet she's the WakeUpCallBoss anyway. Fans joked that she could be the [[BrutalBonusLevel Phantasm]] boss if her seals were removed and she was fighting seriously. Come a later update, the game actually added a Phantasm stage, with a right-side-up sealless Ruri. [[spoiler:Though she's only the midboss, albeit a very challenging midboss.]]
* According to legend, ''[[VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution DDRMAX2]]'' originally had the correct title for ''Little Boy (Boy Oh Boy Mix)'' at the beta location test, but after a fansite's [[RougeAnglesOfSatin embarrassing typo]] of "[[HoYay Boy On Boy]] Mix" turned into a meme, Konami staff thought it was funny enough to insert the error into the game itself. In reality, this typo was actually made by the dance music label that DDR games used at the time.
* An [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP5bR1o-elg Argentinian "news" network]] took a sarcastic suggestion on mixed drink recommendations of [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland Grog]] (followed by an XD, [[CriticalResearchFailure which any internet user would realize means it is a joke]]) using TheLongList from of its possible ingredients out of ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' as how to make it, as something teenagers were actually drinking. ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'''s fifth part includes the "Grog XD" drink [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f66lfr5VzOo&feature=related features in a Grog Machine]].
-->'''Guybrush''': "Grog XD. Heh, it must be that new high energy Grog that all the kids drink these days!
* There was a comedy thread on a ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' forum calling for giant death robots in ''Civ V''. The Giant Death Robot is now an actual endgame unit in the latter.
** In ''Civ IV'', the practice of jacking up a city's culture output (usually via Great Artist) to quickly acquire territory (especially territory belonging to other civilizations) was dubbed "Culture Bombing" in the fandom. In ''Civ V'', the Great Artist has a special ability ''named'' "Culture Bomb" which also expands the Civilization's territory.
** In the first game, all civilizations had the same odds of deciding to use nukes. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/civ1.png Gandhi making such threats]] became a meme, and in ''V'', he is explicitly set to use them more than any other leader. He always ''could'' use nukes, but now he ''always'' does as the meme suggests.
*** The specific meme refers to a glitch in the first civ, where Gandhi's chance to use nukes was actually set to 0, but taking a specific bonus reduces the chance all Civs would use nukes, which would roll back Gandhi's chance to use nukes to the highest value of the variable, rather than a negative number.
* With ''Videogame/RockBand'' having such a massive backlog of available music to play, some gamers are noticing a trend in Rock Band's tracklist, namely that Harmonix seems insistent on adding as much music from bands that Dave Grohl has been involved with (Music/FooFighters, Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/ThemCrookedVultures, Music/TenaciousD et al.) as possible, giving the game the nickname ''Dave Grohl Band''...which is something ''RockBand 3'' acknowledges by having an achievement for playing any five songs from bands featuring Dave Grohl.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', when Deadpool defeats Magneto, he yells out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZZUMjoxfZA "I JUST BEAT MAG-FREAKIN'-NETO! WHERE YO CURLEH MUSTACHE AT?"]] Additionally, both Magneto and Sentinel have their MAHVEL BAYBEE schemes as alternate costumes. In the press releases, Magneto was referred to as "still Pringles", by [[WordOfGod Seth Killian]] himself. All of this started with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZZUMjoxfZA this commentary of]] ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2''.
** "[[VideoGame/XMen Magneto, welcome to die!]]"
** IFC Yipes, the [[FountainOfMemes man]] responsible for the aforementioned '''MAHVEL, BAYBEE!''', seems to have gotten in on the act, hosting his own tournament for ''[=MvC3=]'' named after his memetic Curleh Mustache line. For added measure, he's sometimes seen ''wearing'' a curly mustache while commentating matches.
** Quite a few lines in ''[[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3]]'' reference the community from the vanilla version, such as Deadpool's victory quote against Spider-Man talking about Wesker (who was originally revealed alongside Spider-Man) cribbing off of Spidey's Maximum Spider with his "Maximum Wesker" (the FanNickname for his Phantom Dance hyper).
** Trish also lampshades her resemblance to Dante's mother Eva, and even mocks Dante's infamous memetic line, "I should have been the one to fill your dark soul with light!"
* The description for the Yusei pack in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Tag Force 5'' asks if you're into crustaceans, referencing his FanNickname of "crabhead".
* Photoshopping [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina's]] TriangleShades onto someone [[MemeticBadass automatically makes them more badass]]. In ''[[Videogame/SuperRobotWarsZ Super Robot Wars Z2]]'', you can get Kamina's shades as an item, which gives you +20 starting morale.
* Since ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' values RuleOfCool [[AwesomeButImpractical above all else]] (besides {{grim dark}}ness), you get pictures like [[http://s320.beta.photobucket.com/user/Sanguiluna/media/drive-me-closer.jpg.html this one]], which became a meme when it was captioned "Drive me closer! I want to hit them with my sword!" ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II: Retribution'' references several ''[=WH40K=]'' memes, and if you send a Commissar into a Chimera APC, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrrCY7dgaqs that's exactly what he says]].
** It gets even better. One piece of wargear you can get for the Commissar is apparently the very sword that appears in the picture.
** When the DynamicEntry meme was adapted to 40k, they used a [[http://www.lolsauce.com/RandomBS/Dynamic%20Entry.jpeg Tau Crisis Suit]] for it. When the devs added the Tau Commander (in a crisis suit) DLC, an achievement was added for killing enemies [[GoombaStomp by jumping on them]] with the JetPack. Guess what it was called.
* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', part of the character creation process involves a rorschach inkblot test. One of the images looked, to a lot of players, like two bears with their paws raised as if high-fiving. Since that wasn't one of the options given, a fan mod added that as a potential answer. As a response to that, in the ''Honest Hearts'' DLC, taking the Wild Wasteland perk will add a tribal character to the Dead Horses' camp who is named "Two-Bears-High-Fiving".
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' had Deckard's gun from ''Film/BladeRunner'' as a ShoutOut. The gun returns in ''New Vegas'' (as part of the ''Gun Runners' Arsenal'' DLC), but there it's simply called "That Gun", WordOfGod confirming that it was done because players would simply call it "that gun from ''Fallout'' and ''Fallout 2''".
* ''[[VideoGame/MaddenNFL Madden NFL 12's]]'' [[http://www.xbox360achievements.org/game/madden-nfl-12/achievement/55712-Put-Da-Team-On-My-Back.html "Put da team on my back" acheivement]], which requires catching a 99-yard touchdown pass as then-Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, references [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P0yfq2wDvU an infamous YouTube clip of Madden 11]] in which Jennings makes that play with a broken leg.
** Another one is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLqGDuLnVUw Gus Johnson's controversial line "HE'S GOT GETTIN' AWAY FROM THE COPS SPEED"]] line is in Madden 12.
* One of the characters in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 3'''s multiplayer mode might occasionally belt out the line [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/08/11 "Your mom is a classy lady!"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTYuv2RK3c8 upon scoring a kill.]]
* In ''[[Videogame/DynastyWarriors Dynasty Warriors 3]]'', Yuan Shao gives you characters a stern warning in the battle against Dong Zhuo's forces: "Don't pursue [[ThatOneBoss Lu Bu]]". In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 7'', you can earn an achievement for defeating Lu Bu in any game mode, entitled "OK, You CAN Pursue Lu Bu".
* There was an UrbanLegendOfZelda surrounding a fifth age in ''Videogame/{{Myst}}''. The realtime-3D remake added the Rime Age.
* Back when ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 3'' hit arcades, there were rumors of a Devil version of Jin. Jin transforms into this form in his PSX ending, and Devil Jin became a fully-realized character in ''Tekken 5''.
* ''Videogame/LeagueOfLegends'':
** A number of official champion skins started off as player ideas on the community forum. Examples include 'Surprise Party Fiddlesticks' and 'Brolaf'.
** A long-running joke was that the curved yellow projectiles Soraka the Starchild launches from her staff are actually [[FundamentallyFunnyFruit bananas]]. An update to the game eventually gave Soraka a new /joke line "Yes, that ''was'' a banana. No-one expects the banana." Taken further with the "Order of the Banana" skin released for April Fools' Day 2015.
** A tongue-in-cheek strategy guide for the game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-fIOrUTIOQ Pro as Heck Guide to Master Yi]], [[RunningGag prominently features the phrase]] "Get dunked!" When Vi, a later-introduced champion, uses her ultimate, which knocks the opponent into the air and slams them into the ground, one of the things she might say is... you guessed it, "Get dunked!" This is further taken with a Basketball-themed 'Dunkmaster' skin for Darius, whose ultimate is jumping high and slamming his axe to the enemy like a basket dunk for massive damage.
** Pro-League of Legends player Michael "Imaqtpie" Santana is known for the phrase "Raise your dongers", which quickly became linked with Santana's favorite champion Heimerdinger. When Riot Games gave Heimerdinger a visual update, they also gave him a new attack quote: "Raise your ''what''?".
** Website/YouTube LOL player [=CholeraNinja=] has a series called 'I'm bad at LOL', and in one of the episodes, he hilariously 'roleplays' Xin Zhao to the tune of Mulan's song "I'll Make A Man Out Of You". From that point on, fans linked the song to Xin Zhao and kept believing that he'll make a man out of the players. Riot didn't catch on gameplay-wise, but somewhere on Season 5, whenever Xin Zhao received an update by Riot, the explanation ''will'' contain lines from "I'll Make A Man Out Of You".
* In ''[[VideoGame/ItadakiStreet Fortune Street]]'', when a computer-controlled VideoGame/DonkeyKong lands on a particularly expensive space, one of his possible response lines is "It's on like Donkey Kong!"
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'' is rife with these. One of Balrog's win screen quotes has him clear up that his line back in ''SFIV'' was "MY FIGHT MONEY!", not [[{{Mondegreen}} "MY BIKE MONEY!"]]
** Also in the same game, if the voice is set in English, M. Bison's taunts literally becomes him saying the famous line from [[Film/StreetFighter the movie]]: "ButForMeItWasTuesday". And also, one of his win screen quotes is similar to the one from the cartoon, which he also delivers to Chun-li: "I killed my father too, and you don't hear me complaining about it!"
* ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkK7_apKYl0 Bionic Farm]] became a minor meme since Applejack's VA for the game said it at the end of her audition piece. That said, it's now one of the things she says in-game when using [[DynamicEntry Summer Rambo]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' is loaded with these. If it was a meme within the fighting game community, then chances are that it's referenced somewhere in the game.
** The most blatant example, on the other hand, is definitely the meme referenced by both the announcer of the game and by one of the achievements: "REAL '''SOVIET''' DAMAGE!" [[note]]For those not in the know, Skullgirls' lead developer, Mike "Mike Z" Zaimont, was one of the professional gamers ArcSystemWorks hired to make official strategy video for ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. Mike Z decided to have a little fun and make his video while speaking in a hilarious LargeHam Russian accent, promoting the superiority of communism over capitalist America. The quote above is one of the most memetic lines of the entire video. Further ascending is that future DLC will include Mike Z as '''REAL SOVIET ANNOUNCER'''.[[/note]]
*** "Republican Double for DLC!" started as an in-joke from the game's voice actors, and quickly began circling the internet. Now, thanks to the Indiegogo fundraiser reaching $250,000, Republican Double will now actually ''be'' DLC.
*** Robo-Fortune as well: she started off as a gag by Ms. Fortune's VA Kimlihn Tran, then became an option for a voice-pack like Republican Double before being upgraded to a full-blown character, with her own story mode, stage, and theme music!
** Fukua is an April Fools Day version of protagonist Filia, who recieved so much positive support and feedback that she's now a permanent fixture in the game.
* The ''WebVideo/PurePwnage'' episode that introduced the character of [[FirstPersonShooter FPS]] Doug had him repeatedly shouting "Boom, headshot!" while playing ''VideoGame/CounterStrike''. This quickly became a meme, and was used for pictures of headshots (and not the ones where you take pictures of people). And, in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games from ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' onwards, your reward for killing someone with a headshot in multiplayer is a medal named "Boom, headshot".
** In the ''Meet the Sniper'' promo video for ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' (made by the same company that made Counter-Strike), we open with a closeup of the sniper poking a bobblehead and muttering, "Boom, headshot." Cue title card.
* During Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS conference at [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3]], they acknowledged the [[EnsembleDarkhorse surprising popularity]] of the Non-Specific Action Figure (including his [[https://www.facebook.com/NonSpecificHero Facebook page]] created by a fan) who appeared in the Miiverse video shown at Nintendo Direct the day before E3 started.
* The song ''Second Heaven'' from ''VideoGame/{{beatmania}} IIDX'' has the line "Somebody screeeeeeam!", which the Japanese fandom {{Mondegreen}}'ed into "San-bai ice cream!" ("3-scoop ice cream!") A remix of the song appears in the SpinOff game ''VideoGame/SoundVoltexBooth'', and said remix's [[http://p.eagate.573.jp/game/sdvx/sv/p/booth_contents/contents_02_05.html cover art]] depicts a character holding a 3-scoop ice cream cone.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' made a nod to Coach's love for cheeseburgers in The Passing DLC. In the first safe room, Rochelle may start to brainstorm on how to motivate the rest of the survivors and one of the ideas she comes up with is telling Coach that there is a cheeseburger museum in New Orleans.
* Near the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'', Alex Mercer [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/6/19 karate kicks a helicopter]] in a cutscene.
* The UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita remake of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', ''The Golden'', has the character Marie commenting on how beefsteak should be shortened to [[Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}} "Fsteak."]]
** Adachi's memetic line "Bitches and whores" (which originated from a fan-edit of a Rise hentai doujinshi) was actually used by him in TheAnimeOfTheGame, in a plot-centric piece of dialogue no less.
** Also, "Cabbage Adachi" has become an AscendedMeme (the nickname arose in the Japanese fandom after a throwaway line in the game where Adachi mentions he only has enough money to buy cabbage). In one episode of the anime, he's seen shopping at Junes pushing a trolley full of nothing but cabbage.
*** And it's referenced in his title in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4 Arena}}''.
** TheAnimeOfTheGame also tweaks the earlier dialogue in Kanji's arc. Originally, Chie just referred Kanji as 'strange', but in the dub, Chie instead slipped out 'gay'. Kanji's surprise at this line ("Did you say 'gay'?") ends up very close to a line with line from the ''Webcomic/{{Hiimdaisy}}'' oft-quoted line: "You sayin' I like dudes!?"
* There is a cheat code in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXMegaMan'' that allows Guile's theme [[BackgroundMusicOverride to override whatever stage song you're in]], since "it goes with everything."
* Reggie's "My body is ready" meme from E3 conferences ended up ascending [[http://gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=194733 in a Fire Emblem game,]] of all things.
** It even became his "phrase" when his home was available via Spot Pass download in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. He also has a rec-room in the back of his house full of exercise equipment and (of course) a ''VideoGame/WiiFit'' pad.
** On the subject of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros "Are Roy and Marth in this game?"]] was a question so commonly asked by newbies to the series upon the release of a new game that it soon underwent MemeticMutation. In Awakening, both Roy and Marth are available as DLC characters, meaning you finally ''can'' have both playable in the same game!
** The reveal trailer for Mii Fighters in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for 3DS / Wii U'' shows us that Reggie's body really was ready, as he squares off against Satoru Iwata.
* Ever since ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]'', fans have written joke support conversations with the silent and/or mean looking characters (usually Jaffar, Rath, and Karel) consisting of just "..." back and forth. When ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Fates]]'' was localized, our [[https://youtu.be/D9s4hao0lrw?t=18s edgy and scarred looking ninja and a former assassin]] can support.
* The ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' launch ads have the tagline "[[{{ZergRush}} The rush begins.]]"
* ''VideoGame/DragonNest'' has an interesting example. [[MightyGlacier The Paladin]] has an ability that causes him to shout 'Goddess protect me!' when he uses it. The accent and speed with which the VA says it had many players hear it as 'GLADUS TEK MA!', which rapidly took on meme status in the community. When the game released achievements, the one given for specializing in the Paladin Job was called [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdy2ybE1ay1r11113o1_1280.png 'Gladus Tek What?']]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc5x9tclNh0 Creepy Watson: The Return]], made as a promo for a sequel to the game the original [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13YlEPwOfmk Creepy Watson]] video was made in, as a way of announcing the return of the "feature" of teleporting Watson as an option.
* A glitch in ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezBoundInBlood'' involves a goat that hovers its way up a ladder, which spawned a viral video. "Ladder Goat" made an appearance as an EasterEgg in ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezTheCartel'' (it's the title of a DVD you can find in one level, the finding of which nets you an achievement).
* ''VideoGame/SurgeonSimulator2013'' has a number of nods to popular LetsPlays in the Steam Edition's achievements. Amongst them are "Shh I Doctor Now.", which is based off a picture of the doctor putting a finger where the patient's mouth is, "Like A Wild Animal", based off the popular "Rage Quit" segment with RoosterTeeth where Gavin slaps all the items off and Michael calls him that, and "Like A Wet Paper Towel", another RT nod, where Gavin, in his excitement, ''flings'' the replacement heart away and Michael snaps at him in disbelief.
** The achievement "It's in! It's in I Tell You!" comes from a Let's Play by ''Creator/PewDiePie''. The achievement requires you to play the Heart Transplant level, remove all the organs from the patient, put the heart in upside down and let the patient die, referencing [=PewDiePie=] accidentally putting the heart in upside down and not having time to fix it, while exclaiming "It's in! It's fucking in! It's in I tell you!". The Pewdsball organ and achievement is also named after [=PewDiePie=].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** The Tails Doll fandom seems to be shaping into this. Originally a one-shot playable villain in ''VideoGame/SonicR'', the fans turned him into the subject of countless {{Creepypasta}}s. The devs then released a rather... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXsGsALkOeU dark remix of Tails Doll's theme song]], and the [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie Comics]] series ended up turning Tails Doll into a bona fide EldritchAbomination.
** ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' was known for its {{Narm}}y lines, and perhaps the biggest one was "Where's that DAMN fourth Chaos Emerald?!" In a nod to this, ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' has him holding that damn fourth Chaos Emerald.
** Around June 2015, the official Sonic Twitter account got a new community manager and promptly became an Ascended Meme generating machine. Even [[SelfDeprecation negative ones]], like [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 NOW LOADING]], aren't sacred.
* The ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' games have Nancy say "It's locked" in such a deadpan tone a lot of players thought it was hilarious. So naturally, Her Interactive has made sure to include the voice clip in ''every'' game, and even has some in-game advertisements making fun of locked doors.
* A [=NeoGAF=] user named Feep attended E3 and [[http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=16184727=217 wrote a post]] praising ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' for its extensive word list, ending with "'''I FUCKING TRAVELED THROUGH TIME AND JUMPED ON A DINOSAUR AND USED IT TO KILL MOTHERFUCKING ROBOT ZOMBIES.'''" The developers included both Feep and Post 217 (the number of said post) in the game (as a robot zombie and a picture of the described event [[spoiler:that acts as a nuke]], respectively). There is also an [[http://softsupplier.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/scribblenauts-20090615060345371.jpg official wallpaper]] detailing the event.
* In ''Videogame/PlanescapeTorment'', if you have Morte and Fall-From-Grace in your party, it's possible to hear a random banter where Morte sheepishly admits he's "the Head of Vecna" and then changes the subject to a highly amused Grace. This is referencing a memetic story from the tabletop game about a particular stupid party of players who nearly wiped themselves out over a fictitious "Head of Vecna" artefact their Dungeon Master faked them out with. See, ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'' has the Hand and Eye of Vecna as real artefacts, but both items only work for a user willing to cut their hand off/gouge their eye out and install the undead appendage in its place...
* [[http://www.thehawkeyeinitiative.com The Hawkeye Initiative]] is a {{Website/Tumblr}} page devoted to putting the hero Hawkeye in various, unlikely, feminine poses (thus highlighting their absurdity, or anatomical impossibility). One of the updates for the game ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' had an update called "Hawkeye's Initiative", which, while didn't give him the ability to pose like a female superhero, gave him some better stats and abilities.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'':
** The "The cake is a lie" meme and the numerous references to cake in ''Videogame/{{Portal}}'' meant that ''Creator/ValveSoftware'', reluctant as they were, just couldn't get away without including at least one reference to cake in ''Videogame/{{Portal 2}}'', which came in the form of a sign on the [[spoiler: fake]] door leading to [[spoiler: the battle with [=GLaDOS=]]]: "[=GLaDOS=] Emergency Shutdown and Cake Dispenser. Keep Unlocked."
** The incident when [[spoiler:SelfDemonstrating/GLaDOS gets attached to a potato battery]] got dubbed "[=PotatOS=]" [[FanNickname by the fans]]. The official soundtrack album ''[[http://store.steampowered.com/app/323180 Portal 2: Songs to Test By]]'' ended up with a track titled "[=PotatOS Lament=]". The developer commentary also refers to potato [=GLaDOS=] by this name.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Sometimes, when switching over to Trevor, he'll be chasing random people on scooters with a scooter of his own while shouting: "We're scooter brothers! Scooter brothers, yeah!", which is a reference to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxKj_CmtHRI Brad Simons' (4PP) most infamous video]]; literally almost every line in the video is repeated by Trevor.
** The games have a reputation for [[UrbanLegendOfZelda outlandish sightings involving monsters or aliens]]. Rockstar seems to have noticed (much like they did with ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare'' and the Sasquatches), and have included Easter Eggs or more obvious signs of supernatural sightings.
* The advertising campaign for ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyGhosts'' features one man working in an office while his co-worker repeatedly trash-talks him about the previous night's game, while suggestively dipping a teabag.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite2'' the developers referenced the [[https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-prn1/276605_198438218141_3942683_n.jpg ''Youngster who likes shorts meme"]] with a girl who [[http://www.vgfacts.com/attachments/full/1/1057.jpg likes her dress because it is comfy and easy to wear]].
** Also referenced in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'': with a youngster [[http://nowgamer.net-genie.co.uk/siteimage/scale/0/0/364726.gif also into shorts]]
** A subtle one in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'': Inspect the back rooms of your character's house and you will see that Game Freak has finally included a bed for your mother, in response to years of fan comments about how she presumably sleeps on the table since your house only has one bed (yours).
** The last trainer you face before entering the courtyard outside the Elite 4's compound in X and Y will inform you that "my body is ready."
** ImpliedTrope in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'': the French translation of Brawly's pre-battle dialogue has him say he trained his mind by "staring at a [[TwitchPlaysPokemon Helix Fossil]] for days and days".
** Another example has an NPC ask the player if they like Pokemon. After answering yes a couple of times, she will give you a Poke Doll, in reference to the "so i herd u liek mudkipz" meme.
** An American Valentine's Day card references the meme revolving around posting a Slowpoke when someone is late to notice something. The card has a Slowpoke on it and says "Happy New Year!"
** Many jokes exist about the move "Fly" and "Surf" and how the protagonist can apparently ride very small Pokemon. For the 20th anniversary of the series a ton of official art of the protagonists was made. A few feature them riding tiny Pokemon.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims'', people found the VideoGameCrueltyPotential amusing, and the fact that Sims could be killed off in improbable ways (like drowning because they couldn't climb out of a pool with no ladder) became something the game was known for. In ''VideoGames/{{The Sims 2}}'', pre-made character Brandi Broke lost her husband in "a suspicious pool-ladder accident."
* ''VideoGame/{{LEGO Adaptation Game}}s'':
** ''VideoGame/LEGOMarvelSuperheroes'':
*** A cutscene involving Doctor Octopus crashing through the Daily Bugle offices has JJ shouting "Parker! [[Memes/CapcomVsWhatever Do your job!]]"
*** The dev team apparently have fond memories of classic ''Marvel vs Capcom'' games, because Iron Man also makes reference to his "superior tech".
** In ''VideoGame/LEGOBatman 3: Beyond Gotham'', Robin says "I thought Batman could breathe in space!", referencing the ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' strip and TropeNamer BatmanCanBreatheInSpace.
** ''VideoGame/LEGOStarWars: The Complete Saga'' offers an achievement, "Shoot First", for [[UnfriendlyFire killing your teammate Greedo while playing as Han Solo]] on the Mos Eisley level. This references the "Han Shot First" meme that sprung up after the ''Special Edition'' {{Orwellian Retcon}}ned their confrontation into Greedo shooting first.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'', when an item is used in Barbatos' presence, he responds with a scream of "[[NoIndoorVoice NO! ITEMS!]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis EVER!]]" Come his [[TheCameo cameo]] in ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Vesperia]]'', and his [[LimitBreak Mystic Arte]] is called "NO ITEMS EVER!"
* One very popular GIF made by the community of ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' features an Alchemist ordering her Cart reveal a massive cannon and firing a powerful shot. Fast forward many years later, the Geneticist class (the final evolution of Alchemist) gets a skill called Cart Cannon, which is particularly baffling because almost every Geneticist skill is either about [[ItemCrafting making potions]] or [[GreenThumb using plants to attack]], while the skill would make far more sense for the Mechanic class.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioParty: Island Tour'', everyone's [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Waluigi}} favorite purple maniac]] finally has his own time: '''[[Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily WALUIGI TIME!]]'''
* The [=Wii U/3DS=] installment of the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series features two online battle options, named "For Fun" and "For Glory". When playing For Glory, all matches are No Items, Final Destination. (All characters remain available, so no Fox Only.)
** In ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros Brawl]]'', Snake's codec conversation regarding [[Franchise/FZero Captain Falcon]] is basically HAL Laboratory lampshading the popularity of the "Falcon... PUNCH!" by having even Snake and Otacon say that they've been dying for an excuse to say it themselves.
*** This tradition is continued in the next Smash Bros. game with some of the Palutena's Guidance conversations; for instance, when discussing Samus, the conversation covers her IAmNotShazam status, as well as Link's and Pit's.
** After "We like Ike!" went memetic from ''Brawl'', Nintendo's official UK Twitter feed ([[BrickJoke them again]]) posted a screenshot of Ike being apparently eaten by a stage hazard monster in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros 4]]'' with the phrase "Somebody likes Ike".
** Ryu's reveal trailer references the Sheng Long meme mentioned above by having him say that actual, properly translated version of the line. Apart from replacing "Sheng Long" with "my Shoryuken", the rest of the wording is identical to the memetic version.
** When Villager from ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' was announced they spawned a meme where they became a violent, MemeticBadass axe murderer. When VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} was revealed as a newcomer, official art made to coincide with that showed Villager on the 'evil' side of the screen (though strangely [[VideoGame/PunchOut Lil Mac]] and [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Charizard]] were also on it).
* Ascending from the misspelling of Billy's name in the intro of ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon 3'', ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonNeon'' features the Mistranslated Mutants Bimmy and Jammy, who are {{Evil Knockoff}}s of the Lee brothers.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': During the two-year anniversary event, you could ask Q Junior where Captain Sulu was.[[labelnote:explanation]]MemeticMutation from the constant requests from new players how to find him, due to poor wording of the mission directions.[[/labelnote]] He would complain about [[DiscreditedMeme your use of an ancient meme]].
** The phrase "KURLAND HERE", said by Captain James Kurland during the mission "Boldly They Rode" has reached this level as, during the fifth anniversary event, Q Junior will pop in if you visit Deep Space 9 and ask "Is Kurland there?"
** A bug once made Deep Space K-7 disappear from the game map and it was jokingly said that Klingons hid it with a cloak. When it came back, you can find a gathering of Starfleet officers interrogating a Klingon on how he did it.
* During LetsPlay/{{Raocow}}'s playthrough of ''VideoGame/CopyKitty'', he said "destroy the world" a lot, so much that the phrase became associated with the playthrough. Come the update for ver. 1.0, and "destroy the world" is an achievement in the game.
* In ''Videogame/PlanetSide 2'', Terran Republic players would often exclaim "''[[CreatorWorship PRAISE MALORN]], BUFF THE [[MoreDakka CARV]]!''" after winning control of a facility. On Malorn's last day working for Sony Online Enterainment, he [[https://twitter.com/xalorn/status/515552770708234240 buffed the CARV]].
-->''Loyal weapons engineers have corrected this [[[ATeamFiring unacceptable levels of inaccuracy]]] with a minor improvement to the horizontal control of the venerable T9 CARV unification platform''
* The ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' Help screen concludes its short explanation of Fortress Mode with "Losing is Fun!", a catchphrase originally coined by the forums regarding the game's difficulty and the tendency of forts to spontaneously go to hell (metaphorically or literally) for any number of reasons.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** Players came up with a FanNickname for the "Murder Knife" used in the games for cutscene stabbings. In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', [[PlayerCharacter the Inquisitor]] is required to forge a knife called the Murder Knife in order to be trained in [[PrestigeClass the Assassin specialization]].
** If you pursue his romance, Iron Bull will refer to "riding the bull", referencing a hashtag used to express desire for Iron Bull as a romance option.
** Morrigan is infamous for disapproving of everything, to the point that "Morrigan Disapproves" was an official t-shirt. When the final DLC for ''Inquisition'' added trials, optional features to make the game more challenging, one of them was "Fair Weather Friends", which doubles all approval losses. Its description is laid out in front of Morrigan's picture.
* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'', someone made a bogus Purple Freddy that they claimed appeared randomly in the office. Coincidentally, a real Purple Freddy showed up in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' within the mini-games between nights.
** ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'' also referenced the "Are you ready for Freddy?" meme with a poster in the game depicting Freddy and co. with the caption "PARTY TIME! U READY?"
** In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysWorld'', during the loading screen, all of the playable characters pop up with their own tagline. [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 Phantom Chica's]] tagline says "Stop calling me a watermelon." Scott added this because of the textures of her burned head, it made her look like a watermelon.
* ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin'':
** There was once a rumor that standing in the Dojo for 30 minutes would turn your penguin into a ninja. Later, the introduction of the Card-Jitsu minigame (hosted in the Dojo, of course) let players actually become ninjas, and the DS game ''Elite Penguin Force'' has an NPC that asks about the rumor.
** Another popular subject for rumors was tipping the Iceberg. One secret agent mission has [[BigBad Herbert]] mention that his attempt to escape from his home island on an iceberg went south when it tipped; you have the option of asking how it was possible.
* ''VideoGame/EliteDangerous'':
** At one point when the developer was about to make an announcement a reddit user remarked that if the announcement were for planetary landings he would eat a sock. Naturally the annonucement was for planetary landings, and the community lept on him demanding that a sock be eaten. ''Creator/FrontierDevelopments'' themselves stepped in and asked everyone to calm down, and for the user in question to not, in fact, eat a sock. This of course just generated more attention. A reddit bot was created to notify the user every time a sock was mentioned, and it became a sustained running gag. This finally reached full ascension when Frontier announced that [[https://www.frontierstore.net/merchandise/elite-dangerous-logo-socks-black.html Elite: Dangerous Socks]] were available for sale on their storefront with the tagline "these socks are good enough to eat!", and featuring a picture of David Braben, founder of the company and creator of the original Elite, [[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/dcbf6b86b4b0c7d1c21b73b1e/images/f3e7d1bb-e476-4ada-b1dd-b7c4486b6855.jpg wearing a pair]].
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker,'' one very popular level style was to give Mario a Fire Flower and a Koopa Klown Car and have him fly through a screen full of enemies, creating a level not unlike a scrolling shooter. The devs noticed and loved the idea, so they created the SMM-exclusive Fire Koopa Klown Car, which is a Koopa Klown Car with the build-in ability to shoot fireballs, specifically to support this level archetype.
* "It's On Like Franchise/DonkeyKong" is a phrase that's been popular since the 1980s, due to the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''. Creator/{{Nintendo}} has used the term multiple times in advertisements and merchandise. They even tried to trademark it once.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'': Fans have long joked that it would be an utter nightmare, even by the [[NintendoHard standards of this game series]], to have to fight [[MemeticBadass Iron Knight Tarkus]]. Come ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' and there's Knight Slayer Tsorig, a hostile character wearing all of Tarkus's armor and his shield, and wielding one of the most powerful weapons in the game. At least it's an optional encounter.
* ''{{VideoGame/Doom}}'' contains a cheat code of IDSPISPOPD -- a reference to a joke on Usenet before the game's release, that the next game should have a ridiculous title to avoid the capability for people to get hyped up over it. A suggestion was made for [[http://doomwiki.org/wiki/SPISPOPD Smashing Pumpkins Into Small Piles of Putrid Debris]].
** The achievement lists for ''Doom II'' on Xbox Live is ripe with references to the [[ComicBook/{{Doom}} comic]]. One of the achievement is ''You Have Huge Guts'', which requires you to kill a Cyberdemon with your fists, just like in the comic (except succeed this time).
* ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' contains an achievement named "Shoot It Until It Dies" for [[spoiler: killing the Cyberdemon]], a reference to the [[http://doomwiki.org/wiki/Protip_meme protip meme]] created by an administrator of the Doomworld Forums.
** The first level is called "[[ComicBook/{{Doom}} Rip And Tear]]" and the same words actually appear in the opening monologue.
** Just like John Stalvern in ''Fanfic/DoomRepercussionsOfEvil'', the Doom Marine has become demonically terrifying to the demons themselves, and has been exposed to so much demonic power that he has indeed "become the demons".
* ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' fans know "Allan" as the guy who simply doesn't add details. Originally an oversight in ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney''[[note]] One item description reads "Allan please add details"[[/note]], but the joke returned as an easter egg in ''VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution'' and ''VideoGame/Hitman2016'', and even was referenced in the HD remaster.[[note]] The item description was changed to "Still no details Allan?"[[/note]]
** "Jack Please" was originally an in-forum joke after the release of ''VideoGame/Hitman2016'' Sapienza trailer, which ends with 47 saying "Check Please". The waiter he was talking to was given the name "Jack Please"
* In ''VideoGame/PathOfExile'', a minor unique enemy named Kuduku, the False God has been an in-joke to the community as a literal RandomNumberGod. Earning Kuduku's favor includes "sacrificing" a (crappy) unique item in front him and pray that he will bless you on your efforts to six-link an item. In the Prophecy league, one of the prophecies require you to kill Kuduku who is assisted by Kadaka, the Goddess of Luck, which rewards you with Orbs of Fusing.

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* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'':
** Rin (a girl who has no arms) "hugs" Hisao by moving right next to him and declaring "I'm hugging you, Hisao". This had previously been a meme originating in a fan-sketch. [[spoiler:Towards the end of her route, in her bad ending, it becomes a FunnyAneurysmMoment.]]
-->'''Rin:''' [[spoiler:"[[TearJerker I can't hug anyone, Hisao. I'm a bad person like that]]."]]
** [[spoiler: However in her good ending this meme takes another meaning as she randomly stretches her arms which Hisao interprets it as her hugging the world.]]
** Toward the end of Lilly's route, the meme in which she asks "Who's there? No answer, it must be that deaf bitch"[[note]]Lilly, being blind, can't see Shizune, and Shizune, being deaf-mute, cannot hear or respond to "Who's there?"[[/note]] gets referenced when she asks Misha, Shizune's interpreter, to get something for her. Shizune does so instead, but there's a twist; [[spoiler:the two have put aside their differences]].
-->'''Lilly''': ''(as Shizune hands her the folder)'' Thank you, Misha.
-->'''Hisao narrating''': No reply. No reply, that is, save for [[spoiler:an odd grin... no... smile... on Shizune's face]]. A couple of seconds pass before Lilly clicks that it isn't Misha behind her, but Shizune. Her momentary look of surprise is replaced by [[spoiler:a slightly bashful smile]].

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** The first alien character, revealed crouching and sneaking up on a character at the very end of season 3, was unnamed for a long time. On the season 3 DVD commentary, the Rooster Teeth staffed shared a story about a young fan e-mailing them after the finale's release inquiring about the "Crouchasaurus", a nickname which caught on amongst fans. In a season 4 scene where the characters attempt to name the creature, "Crouchasaurus" gets an inevitable mention.
** Early in the series, many fans asked the staff why the Red team had one member, Grif, wearing yellow armor. Though Rooster Teeth had actually given him ''orange'' armor, fans often claimed they couldn't tell it was orange at all. Rooster Teeth eventually included a Yellow Grif in a scene showing how [[TakeThat the stupidest character in the series viewed the other characters]], and later introduced Grif's sister, ''actually'' in yellow armor, and assigned her to the opposing Blue team.
** Similarly, many fans asked why Tucker, usually in teal armor, seemed to be wearing green armor in one scene. The staff responded that the scene was shot in the shadows, which made teal look green within the game engine. In that season's blooper reel on the DVD, the scene is restaged with one character asking Tucker why his armor is green.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', another Creator/RoosterTeeth production:
** The {{Idiosyncratic Ship Nam|ing}}es of the main characters are recycled into [[AttackPatternAlpha signals for combination attacks]] during the girls' clash with Roman's HumongousMecha. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhiPt0VIs5I For reference.]]
** Some weird Internet silliness on Reddit made it a meme for EpilepticTrees being called "potatoes". When the ''RWBY: Grimm Eclipse'' video game was released, the lowest graphical setting was labelled "potato".
* "Jennie is a plantcake" was a common ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' fan meme ("plantcake" meaning plant; it's a long story), which resulted in Jennie attempting to prove that she isn't a plantcake in "Casting Couch".
* ''KateModern: The Last Work'' featured the suggestion that Meryl should have her own show, which was already a fan in-joke. Similarly, "Orivwa" featured the use of the fan nickname for the main characters, "the K-Team".
* Episode 21 of "WebAnimation/RetardedAnimalBabies" threw a WHARRGARBL in the captions in a...rather appropriate spot.
* ''EverymanHYBRID'' spawned a meme involving one of the characters, Jeff, being Franchise/{{Batman}} after [[spoiler:he tackled a security guard in "Damsel"]]. Jeff later jokingly admitted to being Batman on Twitter and in "One step forward, two steps back", he wore a Batman shirt.
* The Futaba Channel in Japan started the OS-tan meme, where each version of Windows received a MoeAnthropomorphism whose characteristics where what the particular operating system was best known for. When Windows 7 hit the market, Microsoft decided to create one, [[http://www.thebanzaieffect.com/articles/ooga/mizuki-nana-voices-nanami-madobe-in-windows-7-ultimate/ Nanami Madobe]], for their Japanese marketing campaign.
* One of Website/GaiaOnline's members made a fan-character called GCD [=McSourface=], [[TakeThat parodying]] the GCD forum's [[UnpleasableFanbase attitude]] [[MoneyDearBoy towards]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks nearly]] [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks everything]] about the website, with the CatchPhrase "GCD [=McSourface=] does not like that feature". The Fremere's Guard evolving item finished with a pose called "Fremere's [[LampshadeHanging Copyright Infringement]]", which is [=McSourface=]'s head replacing the avatar's.
** Fremere's Guard also contains a pose homaging the Air Shark, which began as a fan elaboration on an April Fool's event in ''[=zOMG!=]''. A differently-designed Air Shark now appears in-game, making this a meme that ascended ''twice''.
** A Gaia fan on Website/DeviantArt pointed out that Gino Gambino's BigOlEyebrows looked like Twinkies, spawning the "Twinkie Brows" meme. One of the collectible SD Plus dolls of Gino has equippable "Twinkie Brows" as a bonus pose.
** One fan in the GCD made an anniversary thread dedicated to the Case of Pietro evolving item, and even baked a red velvet cake to show her appreciation. The night of its anniversary, a "Cake of Pietro" pose appeared in the item itself -- a red velvet cake, with a chibi Thief stealing the first slice.
* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', the idea that Stone's mom was a supervillain originated as a joke between the players (including Stone's player). The jokes continued for more than two years. When the story of Stone's parents was finally explored, it turned out that Stone's mom really ''was'' a supervillain.
* Being a site with multiple writers, it's not surprising that there are in-joke references in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' at times. One has to do with the [[BearsAreBadNews "Inactivity Bear"]], which handlers often joke kills and eats inactive characters. When [[spoiler: Megan Nelson]] went inactive, her death is that she woke up a bear in a cave, which...well, killed and ate her, much to the amusement of the handlers.
* On the adoptable pet website/game Chicken Smoothie, the baby stage of one of the pony adoptables was nicknamed "roadkill pony" by forum members as it looked as though it had been hit by a car. Come Halloween a special variation of the pony was released by the artist that had the pony covered in tire tracks. It came in three forms; one that stayed in that pose, and two that grew up into zombies.
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse story ''Five Elements Dancing: Fire'', Dr. Diabolik's suggestion of a response to the Tong of the Black Madonna's breaking the neutrality policy originated from a piece of FanArt:
-->I think a measured response is in order, wouldn’t you say? Say, something on the order of Orbital Bombardment?
* Among the [[http://www.zazzle.com/tvtropes* TVTropes merch]] is a shirt with VigilanteTaxonomist, a [[Memes/TVTropes meme from the forum]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' meme "That's a very nice everything you have there...shame if something were to happen..." associated with Creepers got some references in the descriptions of official ''Minecraft'' merchandise, and even nearly directly quoted on one shirt!
** ''Minecraft'' has its own UrbanLegendOfZelda in the form of Herobrine, a mysterious and elusive entity responsible for obviously-man-made block placements and deformities appearing in single-player worlds, notable for its glowing eyes and its increasingly hostile responses to being seen. In addition to [[TeasingCreator Notch]] occasionally writing "Removed Herobrine" in patch notes, the 1.8 Adventure Update introduces [[TheSlenderManMythos Endermen]], glow-eyed monsters that randomly move blocks around the landscape (creating unnatural formations) and, on being seen, will stop and stare at the player, running (and teleporting) in to attack once eye contact is broken.
** Speaking of ''Minecraft'' and ascended memes, the tutorial level of the ''Xbox 360 Edition'' has a [[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Tower of Pimps]] in it.
* [=JohnnyUtah=]'s Tankmen short resonated with the early {{Newgrounds}} community so much that they're now the site's mascots.
* MSFHighForum: Firewood was originally an insult, used by Kirso to refer to the ironically non-flammable Legion. Mitchell, amused by it, had it incorporated as an official racial slur. (And, like all racial slurs, mostly inaccurate).
* Among the users of quiz website Sporcle, the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan became a meme for being obscenely difficult to spell. The website embraced it, to the point that [[http://www.sporcle.com/games/tags/kyrgyzstan there is a Kyrgyzstan category]], and you win [[CosmeticAward a badge]] for playing 25 games! (not to mention [[http://www.sporcle.com/blog/2013/04/one-billion-and-counting/ a contest to win Kyrgyzstan's flag...]] and a moderator [[http://www.sporcle.com/blog/tag/kyrgyzstan/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=quiz-url&utm_campaign=enotify_monthly_newsletter_november2014 studying there]] - "Only a Sporcler could be this excited")
* The board for the GameFAQs Character Contests referred to the nine strongest characters (in the first edition, anyway; a few suffered upsets ever since) as [[http://board8.wikia.com/wiki/Noble_Nine Noble Nine]]. For the [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/cb9_bracket 9th edition]], the bracket had nine divisions, with those 9 as the one seeds.
** A further manipulation of the seedings had all of the 8-seeds in the ninth edition being characters that had been heavily rallied on the contest board, which is ''officially'' called "[=GameFAQs=] Contests" but generally identifies itself as "Board 8" after its index number.
* LetsPlay/BillyMC played ''[=McDonald's=] Treasure Land Adventure'' after a joke from WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} associated him with UsefulNotes/McDonalds.[[note]]One of [=BillyMC=]'s videos on ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels had him mention his mother asking if he wanted anything from [=McDonald's=] while she was Christmas shopping. This lead to slowbeef and Diabeetus to burst out into laughter and lead them to kick off the idea he gets [=McDonald's=] for Christmas.[[/note]]
** Another RP joke, [=BayouBillyMC=], led him to play ''The Adventures of Bayou Billy''.
* A RunningGag in the comments section of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has a character saying, "Meh, I could take her" in reference to the protagonist, due to how she is [[UnderestimatingBadassery frequently underestimated]]. [[spoiler:Jack Slash]] [[TemptingFate says a paraphrase of the line in the story]].
* ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'' is essentially "Creator/AchievementHunter memes: The Animated Series". The main heroes are named after gaffs [[Creator/GavinFree Gavin]] made in one video and the main villains are based off characters created during various LetsPlay videos.
* LetsPlay/{{Sips}} has a meme where StopHavingFunGuys claim that him, LetsPlay/HatFilms and LetsPlay/{{Turpster}} messing around causes them to "rip [their] dick off", which naturally ended up with people [[InsultBackfire using it to mock those taking it seriously]]. Guess how Ross and Trott of Hat Films chose to disrupt a livestream that LetsPlay/InTheLittleWood, LetsPlay/{{Strippin}} and [[Music/{{Area 11}} Sparkles*]] were doing? [[spoiler:No, they didn't rip their actual penises off. They had fake penises attached to Velcro and ripped ''them'' off]].
* A minor meme in LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys is people posting one line from the video out of context, usually the ones with sexual implications. Episode 22 of TRG's ''Videogame/SuperMario3DWorld'' LP has one of these in the description, to save viewers the trouble of doing it.[[note]]Also, considering {{LetsPlay/Chugga|aconroy}} wrote the description, it's also a case of SelfDeprecation.[[/note]]
* Due to Kidnapper-kun from ''WebAnimation/NekoSugarGirls'' having no known name for most of the series fans began calling him "Jeff". In the finale it's revealed that his name is [[spoiler:Bokutachi]]. Koneko then states she thought his name was "Jeff". After a {{beat}} she gets mocked for thinking so.
* {{WebVideo/Extra Credits}} has a few in one of its offshoot series, Extra History. The most famous one, however, stems from their series on the South Sea Bubble in 1700s England. In it, a member of the Whigs, Sir Robert Walpole, was manipulating virtually every event of the aftermath of the bubble bursting--mainly involving a ledger of bribes made by the South Sea Company, which would have led to the Whig Party's leaders almost certainly being imprisoned, to ensure he could become the leader of the government. His manipulation happened so much that Daniel eventually [[{{SarcasmMode}} wonders aloud]], "Who knows where (Robert Knight's ledger) went...it was Walpole." In most series since, Walpole has either made a cameo appearance, or James [[note]] The show's writer [[/note]] will link Walpole to whatever topic they are discussing, like the First Crusade, the tales of Admiral Yi, or the reign of Justinian. It's now to the point where, during their Early Christian Schisms series, they end the second video by asking the viewer to "Take a wild guess how it (the Council of Nicea) ends." Cue a person at a computer saying "It was Walpole..."

* When a [[http://nuklearforums.com/showthread.php?p=941207#post941207 particular bit]] of InsaneTrollLogic took off like a rocket in the ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' forums, the author decided to honor it in-comic with [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/07/14/episode-1152-not-the-best-comeback/ the only character suited for the job.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' embraces this trope. Like its predecessor ''Webcomic/{{Problem Sleuth}}'', the author listens to his fans and goes out of his way to [[AscendedFanon support]] and/or [[{{Jossed}} mock]] the most popular fan theories.
** One of the more popular [=AUs=] is Fanfic/{{Trollcops}}, depicting Sollux and Terezi as, well, [[TheyFightCrime troll cops]]. When the [=AlterniaBound=] album came out, there were two tracks themed around the AU, both called [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/trollcops Trollcops]].
** In one panel, a faraway Karkat is drawn with less detail and no visible arms, making him look like he's wearing pants up to his neck. [[MemeticMutation Fans referred to him as Pantskat]] and began drawing fanart of him in his long pants. This made its way back into the comic: when [[spoiler:fedorafreak]] combines a shirt and pair of pants in the Alchemiter, he gets a pair of absurdly long pants. And at another point, Karkat self-deprecates spectacularly about wearing pants hiked up to his armpits as punishment. And then, when Karkat's ancestor is finally shown, he is indeed wearing pants hiked up to his armpits as punishment. Said pants become holy relics of his followers.
*** And the original Pantskat pixel of him has been inserted into at least two later flash animations.
*** And the Beforan version of Kankri wears a red sweater because Porrim got tired of looking at his "stupid hiked-up pants".
*** Which is itself a reference to the fan depiction of Karkat wearing a sweater or turtleneck in a lot of fan art.
** A fan animation on Website/YouTube that lip-synced [[TheStoner Gamzee]] up to the Double Rainbow song became enormously popular in the fandom and cemented Gamzee as the EnsembleDarkHorse amongst the trolls. So, later on, Gamzee mentions a 'double metaphor all the way, across Skaia :o)'.
** Early in the comic, there's a short scene of Gamzee and Tavros chatting to each other like close friends, using each others's emoticons and rapping together (although we don't actually see the rap). This acted as enough HoYay to make Gamzee/Tavros a popular ship in the fandom, and it picked up the [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Idiosyncratic Ship Name]] "Peanut Butter and Jelly-shipping" or just "PBJ" (since Tavros is associated with the colour brown and Gamzee with purple). Later on, we see the second half of their conversation, in which [[AscendedFanon Gamzee is flirting obviously with Tavros]], and he affectionately calls Tavros the 'emotional peanut butter to [Gamzee's] royal jelly'.
*** This also served as Andrew's constant RunningGag of referencing gay pornography in most of his works.
*** The second EasterEgg joke flash called [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=pony2 [S] Ride]] has a ShoutOut to "[[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Cotton Candy]]," the fan nickname for Roxy/Jane which is based on their pink and light blue chat colors.
** Also, pretty much everything concerning fedorafreak's role in anything since his first brief mention.
** Several of the walkaround flash games had an EasterEgg called "Trickster Mode" that did assorted weird things. From this, fans came up with the idea of Trickster versions of the characters, usually depicted in pastels and bright colors, covered in candy, and generally SickeninglySweet. Then along came "[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007611 [S] Jane: Engage]]," and now it's a [[UncannyValley rather terrifying]] SuperMode.
** A popular fan voice-actor popularized the word "nyeh" in association with Eridan, [[BeamMeUpScotty to the point where some fans think it's something he actually says in canon]]. When the dancestors, who partly exist to lampoon fandom's stereotypes/misconceptions of the characters, rolled along, of course Eridan's dancestor Cronus used the word.
*** The "Ministrife" update also canonized [[CrossDresser "March Eridan"]].
** The [[FanNickname silly nicknames]] "Homosuck" and "Hamsteak" were used by [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/ACT6ACT6.php?s=6&p=008144 Caliborn]] and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=008227 Karkat]] respectively.
** [[http://media.tumblr.com/cfb8bb649ae5bc42c9089886261b96f2/tumblr_inline_mixc3ukA4i1qz4rgp.png This]] MindScrew of a fandom secret got a reference in the form of a recurring alternate Vriska referred to for clarity as (Vriska), in parentheses.
** A common joke line spread by fans was "Homestuck is my favorite anime." [[spoiler: ''The [[GrandFinale final animation]] is a fully-animated [[AnimationBump anime-style]] short film.'']]
* At the floor meeting in ''{{QUILTBAG}}'', Lisa makes a joke about her disembodied head walking on her pigtails, which had been seen in several ''PennyAndAggie'' fanarts.
* A typo in a discussion about ''Webcomic/BladeBunny'' and her phobia of tentacles ultimately led, via the normal MemeticMutation, to an official illustration of when [[http://www.bladebunny.com/2012/01/15/greeting-from-the-octobus/ Bunny meets the Octobus]].
* Hazel Green's MaximumFunChamber (and hence the trope of the same name) in Webcomics/CollegeRoomiesFromHell was initially named as a ShoutOut to a comment made by [[Webcomic/{{Nukees}} Darren Bleuel]] to Maritza Campos in the fan forums.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* While ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has been using a lot of [[MythologyGag Mythology Gags]], the portrayal of the medic Ratchet as old, cranky, and not inclined to put up with other people's slag is not from the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers earlier series]]. It is, however, the most common portrayal of Ratchet in {{fanon}}. (It's also worth mentioning that ''Animated'' Ratchet bears great resemblance to [[ShellShockedVeteran Kup]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'').
** Rhinox's signature weapon from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', a pair of machine guns, gained the nickname "Chain Guns of Doom", a name that was later mentioned in the [[AllThereInTheManual Ultimate Guide]].
** It also showed up on the back of the box for the 10th Anniversary reissue of his toy.
** This has also happened for a fan edit of a ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' promotional comic that portrayed [[KidAppealCharacter Hot Shot]] as a mentally challenged lunatic obsessed with "[=JaAm=]". Mention of it creeped into Hot Shot's 2009 universe bio, and he also has it on his license plate.
** The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Almanac'' includes the infamous line "You lived like a warrior ans died to an hero." from the [[SoBadItsGood cult]] fanfiction ''FanFic/DinobotsOldTechnology''.
** Lugnut's [[MegatonPunch P.O.K.E]] (Punch Of Kill Everything). The name originated with fans and was later made canon.
* From the Cadmus arc episodes of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', when most of the big seven turn themselves in:
-->'''Guard:''' Where's Batman?\\
'''Comicbook/TheFlash:''' Running late. The Batmobile lost a wheel. The Joker got away.
** The song had appeared in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' before that.
*** Complete with [[ComicBook/TheJoker the Joker]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny (who was singing the full song)]] [[CardboardPrison "getting away"...]]''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome on a rocket shaped like a Christmas Tree.]]'' Joker even adds his own lyrics:
--->'''Joker:''' Crashing through the roof, in a one horse open tree, busting out I go, laughing all the ''WHEEEEEEEEEEEE!''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': "Clash of the Superheroes!" has Superman, affected by red Kryptonite, turn into a {{Jerkass}} and recreate some of the most famous moments of Website/{{Superdickery}} history. Jimmy actually says that Superman is "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar turning into a real di-]]" only for Lois to interrupt "[[CurseCutShort -fferent person]]".
* BeamMeUpScotty actually did appear in ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', years after it had become a meme despite never actually appearing in the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}.''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has a good amount of these.
** The grey pegasus with the blonde mane and walleyes had her fan-given name, Derpy, confirmed as canon on Jan 21st 2012, and her fan-created love of muffins confirmed in the ending credits of the movie.
*** In 2013, the video game changed the pony "Time Turner" to [[Series/DoctorWho Dr. Hooves]], which is as close to his fan name, Doctor Whooves, as you can get without getting sued. Of course, he exists as a character in the ''first'' place due to MemeticMutation. He was a background pony with no characterization and a totally different voice portrayal every time he got to say a word or two, and would have wings or a horn depending on where they were, but fans latched onto him because he had Creator/DavidTennant's hair cut[=/=]color and an hourglass as his personal symbol. Now, he has merchandise, an official name and description, and there are [[http://pinksneasel.deviantart.com/art/Doctor-Whooves-272300336 other background ponies with identical hourglass marks]] looking like [[TheNthDoctor other Doctor actors]]. No word on if they're the same guy. In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E16ItAintEasyBeingBreezies "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies"]], he appears alongside Rose(luck) wearing [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts 3D glasses]]; Rose being the name of 10th Doctor's first companion.
** The toys have a good amount of these as well; a good example is Heartstrings, who very closely resembled the popular background pony nicknamed Lyra, resulting in the fans deciding that "Heartstrings" was Lyra's surname. Sure enough, every subsequent wave of toys names the pony as "Lyra Heartstrings". Similarly, Lulamoon resembled minor antagonist Trixie, so Lulamoon was believed to be a stage name or a surname. Later toys named her Trixie Lulamoon. Another example is DJ-[=Pon3=], who despite appearing for only a few seconds in one episode, proved so popular that the name ended up being canonized in The Hub's "Equestria Girls" TV commercial, and like Lyra she ended up getting her own toy. In this case, the other name (Vinyl Scratch) became her real name with DJ-[=Pon3=] being a stage name.
** In addition to the comic, even ''television listings descriptions'' refer to the main characters as the Mane Six by now.
** Background pony [[AllThereInTheManual Bon Bon]] was named after the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' pony with a similar cutie mark, but renamed "Sweetie Drops" when the trademark was lost. She has been given a line or two in several episodes over the years, and like Dr. Whooves, her portrayal was very different from one time to the next. Fans decided she must be one heck of a voice actress. Now at least one of her toys mentions her talent for changing her voice.
** Minuette, another recurring extra, was nicknamed "Colgate" due to her toothpaste-striped mane, and became a frequent subject of the "Brushie Brushie" meme. In "Luna Eclipsed", she dresses as a dental surgeon for Nightmare Night.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' (not to be confused with the aforementioned commercial), Scootaloo does a chicken dance at the Fall Formal, referencing the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E17StareMaster "Scootachicken"]] meme.
** In "Pinkie Apple Pie", [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af0_OcEVy5Y Apple Bloom raps her version of "Twilightlicious"]].
** The 100th episode is an ''entire'' episode devoted to ascended memes, including but not limited to Derpy Hooves (now called Muffins), Dr. Hooves, Lyra Heartstrings and Bon Bon, and Vinyl Scratch and Octavia (roommates). Doctor Whooves gets many scenes with Derpy (fanonically the Doctor's companion and/or love interest) and one with Roseluck at the end (after the {{Revival}}'s iconic first companion Rose Tyler; Roseluck is, in fact, never called anything but "Rose" in the show.)
** Lyra and Bon Bon also get special mention for that episode. The fandom's OTP constantly call themselves "best friends..." and have the maximum amount of LesYay you can give two characters short of having them make out onscreen. This both pleases ''and'' angers both shippers ''and'' non-shippers to a degree that's quite hilarious. Also, ''both'' names for her are now canon; Sweetie Drops is her real name but she goes by Bon Bon since she's [[spoiler:actually a secret agent.]] It was definitely a love letter to us all.
** "Make New Friends But Keep Discord" gives a moment to Celestia. One popular fan portrayal of her is that she is the ultimate prankster, even giving Discord a run for his money. Canon Celestia has been known to have a slight mischievous side, often used to put people at ease. Well, in this episode, she was in ''full'' Trollestia mode, finding all the chaos quite glorious.
* Brian Boitano has, in at least one occasion during an exhibition, skated to the song "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" from ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut''.
** And now the Creator/FoodNetwork has given Boitano a cooking show. He's calling it ''What Would Brian Boitano Make?'', and it ''does'' use a cleaned up version of the song as its theme song.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Milhouse was always known for failure. But since the association with a ForcedMeme, he has a habit of spouting them and trying to force memes. It fails every time.
** "D'oh!", "embiggen" and "cromulent" were all added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
* After senator Fritz Hollings infamously referred to WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead as "Buffcoat and Beaver", other characters calling the duo by the wrong name became a running gag (and yes, Buffcoat and Beaver was actually used in an episode).
* Those famous Franchise/FelixTheCat clocks? They started out as bootlegs. Because of their popularity, the company began selling an "official" version.
* The "Fry sees what you did there", "Not sure if..." and "Why not Zoidberg?" memes were used by Creator/ComedyCentral in commercials for ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s 7th season.
** The CouchGag for the 7th season premiere was "Not sure if new episode or just rerun of episode I watched drunk".
*** Also, "Shut up and take my quarters!" later in the same episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
** The (rather disturbing) "Are You Happy Now?" episode is apparently this to the "Squidward's Suicide" {{creepypasta}}. Why they chose ''that'', of all memes to ascend...
** "Face Freeze" is also this to the "Spengbab" meme. Why they chose that meme is also a mystery.
** Moving to more humorous example, "Squid Baby" has this line:
--->'''Nat:'''MY FACE!!!, MY FACE!!! Also [[MemeticMutation my leg]], but MOSTLY MY FACE!!''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX8MOSAkLsI Behold]], Josh Keaton (voice of Spider-Man from ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'') reading image macros based on [[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 60s Spider-Man]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has a minor character named Balthazar Horowitz, but his real name was not revealed in-show until the season 4 episode "[[UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar Troy Story]]". Before that, he was informally referred to as "The Ballpit Kid," a nickname granted by the show's [[WikiRule wiki]]. In the same episode, after stating his full name, Balthazar says, "But you can call me 'The Ballpit Kid'."
** In the penultimate episode "Act Your Age" during the song "What Might Have Been" Isabella says the line "They could call us 'Phinabella'" a reference to their most popular PortmanteauCoupleName
* The writers behind the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' franchise eventually came to acknowledge the fandom's rampant hatred of Scrappy-Doo after it reached memetic levels, with the character known almost exclusively for how unpopular he was. First, the 2002 ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' film went so far as to make him ''the villain'', with a flashback revealing that he was unceremoniously kicked out of Mystery Inc. during the group's heyday. Then in 2012, an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' included [[MythologyGag a statue of Scrappy in s Crystal Cove museum]], with Fred immediately reminding Daphne that [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain they promised never to speak of him again]] when she tries to point it out.
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' also acknowledges the RunningGag in the {{Fandom}} about Fred's [[AmbiguouslyGay ambiguous sexual orientation]], deriving most of the humor in his character from him being [[ObliviousToLove blissfully oblivious to Daphne's romantic advances]].
* In Creator/CartoonNetwork's rebooted ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', during Panthro's debut episode he tells Lion-O "You're standing on my sammoflange"; later on, Tigra asks what exactly a sammoflange is. This is a reference to the infamous HilariousOuttakes video from the original ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', where one clip has Panthro say "And keep your foot off that blasted sammoflange!", which makes Tigra's voice actor break character, cracking up and asking "What the fuck is a [[TechnoBabble sammoflange]]?!"
* WesternAnimation/RobotChicken's "Mo-Larr, Eternian Dentist" sketch was so popular, that Mattel gave him an action figure in their fan-oriented ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Classics'' line; he came with all his dental tools, and a ''toothless Skeletor'' figure; the back of the box further referenced the skit, showing Beast Man tied up with the dental floss and Grizzlor with the "&@#$-ing drill" in his eye.

* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i7B5aHafc0 Rick Astley]] {{Rickroll}}s [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the entire United States.]] (UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade, 2008). Quite possibly THE most epic ascended meme ever.
** Music/RickAstley ''loves'' Rickrolling and even did the article in Time Magazine's Most Influential People on "moot" (founder of 4chan) to thank him for creating people who start things like this.
** The float itself was chosen due to being quite punny.
*** The first video uploaded to Nancy Pelosi's official government Website/YouTube account ended up being a Rickroll. Likely a staff member's idea.
* The [[http://ymca.net/about-us/ YMCA website]] uses the DanceSensation from the Music/VillagePeople song about them in the "About Us" tab.
* Creator/CharlieSheen has embraced the internet memes spawned from interviews on his drug abuse and firing from TwoAndAHalfMen, such as "Tiger blood" and "Winning!" He even got the word "Winning!" tattooed on his wrist.
** On an episode of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', when Alan starts thinking he's Charlie, he exclaims "Winning!" at one point.
* Honda, in its sporty Civic Si model, decided for the 2012 model year to add an indicator light that lets the driver know when VTEC kicks in. [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/vtec-just-kicked-in-yo Yo]].
* Dave Silverman, whose face was used to make the [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/are-you-serious-face-seriously "Are you serious?" face]], has a sticker of said face [[http://friendlyatheist.com/2011/06/27/american-atheists-accepts-the-meme/ attached to the front door of his office.]]
* Former NASA flight director Gene Kranz [[BeamMeUpScotty never said]] "[[RousingSpeech Failure is not an option!]]" during the Film/{{Apollo 13}} mission, but he liked it so much, feeling it perfectly captured the spirit of NASA, that he used it for the title of his memoirs.
* SixDegreesOfKevinBacon is an infamous film trivia game started by a group of college students while they were watching films KevinBacon appeared in. The game had penetrated pop culture enough to be referenced by Kevin Bacon himself in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afJRKbBEr2Q commercials]] and in [[http://www.sixdegrees.org/ a charity website]] that he created.
* Astrophysicist UsefulNotes/NeilDeGrasseTyson has embraced the [[http://rainbowprism.tumblr.com/post/20043969606/lol-neil-tyson-knows-lmao "watch out, we have a badass over here"]] meme, [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/neil-degrasse-tyson-reaction coming from a certain video of his recorded years ago]].
* Blake Boston A.K.A. "Scumbag Steve" also embraced his [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/scumbag-steve/ meme]] and even made a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G9X7kpelms/ song]] about it.
* At the [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames London 2012 Summer Olympics]], an image of American gymnast McKayla Maroney [[SecondPlaceIsforLosers scowling on the podium]] became a meme called [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/mckayla-is-not-impressed McKayla Is Not Impressed]]. Near the end of the games she [[https://twitter.com/McKaylaMaroney/status/234360007313997827 tweeted]] [[http://i.imgur.com/9zqzQ.png this]].
** [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdn8h7v3zp1qzmd3ao1_500.png It gets better.]]
* It became a mild Facebook meme for a while to ask Applebee's's page for VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}. Then [[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151091294079334&set=a.106500769333.92005.84917689333&type=1&relevant_count=1 this]] happened.
* UsefulNotes/BarackObama finished off his Ask Me Anything session on Reddit in 2012 by saying, "By the way, if you want to know what I think about this whole reddit experience — [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/obama-rage-face-not-bad NOT BAD]]!"
** The [[https://my.barackobama.com/page/s/reddit Redditors for Obama page]] on his website has a good-guy image macro on it. "Is the President of the United States / Does an AMA"
** During the 2012 campaign he made the comment "I got this" in reference to various internet images produced over the last few years showing him with the caption "Chill the fuck out, I got this."
** After his flubbed reference to a [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/jedi-mind-meld "Jedi mind meld"]] went memetic, the White House tweeted an image macro blending ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and ''Franchise/StarWars'', and Obama joked that [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer his favorite Kirk line is "May the force be with you."]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDocnbkHjhI He pays lip service]] to the infamous "Thanks Obama" Website/YouTube sensation, among other forms of self deprecation. That particular video led to the [[http://www.reddit.com/r/ThanksObama/comments/2vpleh/game_over_folks/ dissolution of r/ThanksObama]].
* A photo of Hillary Clinton on her cell phone spawned the [[http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/ "Texts from Hillary]] tumblr. They decided to retire the blog when they realized they couldn't really top a submission from [[http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/post/20848769934/a-submission-from-secretary-hillary-clinton Hillary]] [[http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/post/20853280902/texting-with-secretary-hillary-clinton-proof-of herself.]]
* Consumer reporter [[CaptainObvious Ric Romero]] of UsefulNotes/LosAngeles' KABC TV gained notoriety on Fark.com when he reported on the "new" phenomenon of blogging - a year after bloggers led the media in ending Dan Rather's career. After that, any time a reporter reported something incredibly obvious, it was, "Ric Romero reporting", and follow-up reports such as "in other news, water is wet" would be attributed to him. Ric found out about his notoriety in 2009 and challenged Fark.com to donate to his favorite charity, the LA County Fire Dept. "Spark of Love" toy drive. After Farkers donated over $13,000, Romero thanked the Fark community on the air for their donations, and then also reported the "breaking news" that "Water is Wet."
* The face behind the "Bad Luck Brian" meme uploaded a photo of himself wearing a shirt with the meme on it to the internet.
* After ''Film/IronMan,'' the characters of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts garnered the nickname "Pepperony," and after a while, it started being used to refer to the actors themselves (who have been good friends for years.) Somewhere along the line, Creator/RobertDowneyJr and Gwyneth Paltrow [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/34200000/Pepperony-iron-man-3-34228775-500-532.jpg started calling]] '''themselves''' "Pepperony."
* Creator/TomStoppard's radio play ''Darkside''--a licensed dramatic adaptation of Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', incorporating the album in its entirety--includes numerous {{Shout Out}}s to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (ultimately building up to an OffToSeeTheWizard plot), acknowledging the persistent urban legend about ''Dark Side of the Moon'' synching up with ''The Wizard of Oz''.
* In UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball, the interjection "Yellow and Black!" in the Richmond Tigers' theme song "Tigerland" used to be just something the fans yelled out. It's now included in the official version.
* Around the time the legalization of marijuana started gaining real traction in some states, someone made a {{Facebook}} post featuring a picture of a woman named "Becky" with a claim that she [[YouCanPanicNow died from overdosing on marijuana]]. A few responses pointed out that the pictured woman was obviously Creator/TaylorSwift, which drew the simple and terse response "No it's Becky." This phrase instantly became a meme, culminating with being printed on a t-shirt worn by - yes, [[http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/taylor-swift-wears-hilarious-no-its-becky-shirt-referencing-meme-2014259 Taylor Swift herself]].