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Fountain of Memes
"I am hilarious and you will quote everything I say."
Nappa and later Super Kami Guru, DragonBall Z Kai Abridged

You know this person. We all do. Ohhh yes. Even though you haven't even watched the show, even if you have no idea which video game they're from, you know them and have every one of their lines memorized. Their every word has a place in lulzy eternity.

This person — nay, this deity of popular culture, can come in many forms, but regardless of form, He or She is known as a Fountain of Memes.

Be it due to Narm Charm, Large Ham-ness, or simply due to their own glorious Badassery, every line this sacred being spouts is an instant Memetic Mutation, to be repeated by the Internet-savvy throughout the ages.

For more information regarding these characters' holy exploits, see Memetic Badass, Memetic Sex God, and similar pages. See also Youtube Poop for practical applications of their blessed dictions.

When in doubt about examples, keep in mind the Rule of Three. There's no specific cutoff point for awesomeness, but three Memetic Mutations is generally a good baseline. It is also recommended, though not required, that you give us a sample of the character's works, so we too may revel in their awesomeness.

The name is a pun on the Fountain of Dreams from the Kirby series.

Compare Reference Overdosed.


Show me ya' examples:

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    Comic Books 
  • I'm the Goddamn Batman and I can breathe in space. Oh, and my parents are DEEAAAAAAD!!! Not to mention "I'm Batman!" though that was mainly from the first film.
    • His sidekick Robin was also known for saying, "Holy [relevant pun]" but that was more due to the TV series from the '60s.
  • The Doomguy from Doom. The entirety of the comic is memetically quotable, his inner and outer monologues making up the whole text. Who's a man and a half!?!
    "Who's the man? I'm the man! I'm a bad man! How bad? Real bad! I'm 12.0 on a 10.0 scale of badness!"
  • Then there's me, Deadpool, naturally. There's just too much to list here. Also of note is my inclusion in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. See this section on that page's YMMV tab? Approximately 75% of those phrases were uttered during the first peek at the game.
  • Furmanisms. Can they do no less?
  • SUPERMAN although much of his memetic things began in other media, he originated in the comics. In any case, there's an entire lexicon of taglines and catch-phrases from and about him, as well as imitative behavior.
    • Catch phrases and taglines:
      • "Look, up in the sky!"
      • "It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman!"
      • "Up, up, and away!"
      • "This looks like a job for Superman!"
      • "You will believe a man can fly!"
      • His boss Perry White's catch phrases "Great Caesar's Ghost!" and "Don't call me Chief!" also caught on in the '50s.

    • Imitative behavior
      • To this day, kids drape capes (or bathroom towels) on their backs and run around pretending to fly.
      • Removing your glasses and/or running out of a room unbuttoning your shirt sometimes mirror his transformation from Clark to Superman.
      • Winking at an audience after pulling a fast-one on your co-workers mirrors the end of many early installments.
      • Not quite imitative behavior, but the idea of the character changing in a phone booth, which only occurred a handful of times in story, and almost never in the actual comics, caught on to the point where it was lampooned in 1978's Superman with Clark running past a payphone and looking at it funny.

  • Spider-Man is another classic example of a character with scads of catch phrases and trademarks.

    • A common meme centers around taking screencaps from the 1960's Spider-Man cartoon show and recaptioning them, often with profanity and/or sexually suggestive materials.

    • Catch Phrases
      • "Whollopin' Websnappers!"
      • "My spider-sense is tingling!"
      • "With great power must also always come great responsibility!"

    • Trademark behavior
      • Spinning webs, often to swing on.
      • Climbing walls (which you can imitate by crawling on the floor, I guess).
      • Not to mention, he often appropriates Superman's shirt-rip, as do most superheroes.

    Fan Works 
  • The incomparable Enoby Draknes Dimenta Rave Way (Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way), "goff" protagonist of My Immortal.

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    Music 
  • Lady Gaga. Has she had a single that wasn't subject to rampant acapella covers / font-related parodies / math jokes?
  • David Bowie. The Area, anyone? When he's not trying to take over the world, that is. Maybe it's just that sexy central London accent.
    • His Iconic Outfit (really makeup) on the Aladdin Sane cover also counts; that lightning bolt is still his single most-referenced "look" in pop culture.
  • Jessica Simpson: Most famously, "Is this chicken or fish?"
  • Yo, Taylor Swift, I'm really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Kanye West had the best memes of all time!
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic - not as memetastic as others, but it's called the Weird Al Effect for a reason.
  • Michael Jackson. "Woo!", "Ah-HEE-hee-hee!", "Shimonuh!"
    • The "Thriller" zombie dance.
    • His choreographed crotch-grabbing.
    • The documentary Living with Michael Jackson had him occasionally using the words "ignorance" and "ignorant" with regards to what other people thought of his bizarre lifestyle, resulting in "That's/You're ignorant!" effectively being his catchphrase in the South Park episode "The Jeffersons".
  • Rebecca Black.
  • It only took Psy one video ("Gangnam Style") to become this.

    Politics 
Politicans with "colorful" personalities, tendencies to use malapropisms, and cases of foot-in-mouth syndrome are often meme fountains.
  • Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, whose title is frequently prefaced with "gaffe-prone." Possibly the only man to call something "a bunch of malarkey" on national television in decades.
    • A non-gaffe example would be his coining of the phrase "noun, verb, 9/11," during a moment of snark at Rudy Giuliani.
  • George W. Bush, what with his famous "Bushisms" and his unusual friendliness toward foreign leaders ("looking into Vladimir Putin's soul" at his Texas ranch and giving Angela Merkel a shoulder massage at a NATO summit, for instance).
  • Before Dubya, there was Dan Quayle. Best known for "correcting" a student's already-correct spelling of the word "potato" by suggesting he add the letter E on the end.
    • Once, he said that Republicans like him, "understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."
    • Then there was, "what a waste it is to loose one's mind or not to have a mind is being very wasteful."
    • Oh, and for context, he said this in 1988: "Millions of innocent people lost their lives because of the bigotry and Hitlerism that permeated Germany and other parts of the world. It was an obscene period in our nation's history... no, not our nation's... but in World War II. I mean, we, we all lived in this century—I didn't live in this century—but in this century's history... it is a point of history that this nation—our nation—understands. We did not have, matter of fact, we fought Hitlerism."
    • There was also his moment in the 1988 Vice presidential debate where he compared himself to John F. Kennedy:
    Dan Quayle: Three times that I've had this question — and I will try to answer it again for you, as clearly as I can, because the question you're asking is, "What kind of qualifications does Dan Quayle have to be president," "What kind of qualifications do I have," and "What would I do in this kind of a situation?" And what would I do in this situation? [...] I have far more experience than many others that sought the office of vice president of this country. I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency. I will be prepared to deal with the people in the Bush administration, if that unfortunate event would ever occur.
    Lloyd Bentsen: Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy.
  • Silvio Berlusconi, whose insensitivity, corruption, love of orgies, and persistence in the pursuit of power are the source of incessant joking in Italy and abroad.
  • Hugo Chavez. Look up the Venezuela entries on our politics memes page—it's all him. Of course, the man had the habit of making long televised speeches to the nation at a whim, on top of his weekly six-hour talk show.
  • In The Sixties and The Seventies, William Safire—later known as the resident language policeman at The New York Times—was a speechwriter for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew (among others), and penned some of the most famous political memes of the era (e.g. "nattering nabobs of negativism" for Nixon's opponents).
  • Unsurprisingly, Canadian Prime Minister and Bunny-Ears Lawyer-in-Chief Pierre Trudeau generated innumerable memes in his day, from "Just watch me" to pirouetting behind the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
  • One of the most famous political memes (and one of the most famous memes period in the pre-Internet age) came from a debate between Democratic Presidential hopefuls Walter Mondale and Gary Hart in the early 80s (when they were vying to ultimately go against Reagan in the general elections) where Mondale accused Hart of being empty on substance by asking "where's the beef?" The phrase was co-opted from a popular Wendy's advertising campaign of the time, but Mondale's use is still widely recognized as the Trope Codifier.
  • As far as bizarre quotations go, Boyle Roche was easily the 18th-century's George W. Bush. With quotes like "Half the lies our opponents tell us are not true" and "I told you to make one longer than the other, and instead you made one shorter than the other," he soon became more widely known for quotes like these than any of his political work—he was responsible for the term "Irish bull" to refer to such a quote, as he was a member of Ireland's parliament when most of his famous quotes happened.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Former professional wrestler Batista became this in the eyes of Smart Marks following his Badass Decay. Aside from his botching, he had a tendency to stumble over words which led to this status.
  • CM Punk. The sheer amount of memes this man has graced us is amazing.
  • Before CM Punk, there was The Rock:
    • "FINALLY The Rock has come back to [geographic location]!"
    • "Know your role, and shut your mouth!"
    • "I'm gonna slap that sumbitch sideways and stick it right up your candy ass!"
    • If ya SA-MELLLLLLLL...!"

    Sports 
  • The great-grandaddy of sports meme generation has to be Yogi Berra, who gave us such gems as "It ain't over until it's over", "Nobody goes there any more, it's too crowded", and "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Also, "It ain't over until the fat lady sings." And, famously, "I never said most of the things I said."
  • Ilya Bryzgalov of the Philadelphia Flyers seems to be on his way to this after his appearances in NHL 24/7. "The solar system...it's so humongous big" and his meditations on the similarities between his Siberian Husky and a hot blonde in particular are experiencing Memetic Mutation.
    • "Why you heff to be mad?"
  • The World Cup can reach this even for people that don't care about The Beautiful Game. At least one meme preceded the internet (1986: Diego Maradona punches the ball into the goal and the referee accepts; Maradona's response was "I made the goal with my head and the hand of God").

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    Video Games 

    Web Comics 
  • In-universe example: Dave Strider of Homestuck, whose magnum opus, Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, is regularly referenced by other characters.
    • And has become this outside the comic as well.

    Web Original 
  • Ben Croshaw of Zero Punctuation has inspired quite a few himself, largely due to his idiosyncratic style of humor. Notables include "pants-on-head retarded", mumorpuger, Press X to Not Die, triple-cunted hooker, the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race.
  • The Nostalgia Critic has spawned several in his short time of internet fandom; "A-Chuck Norris!" and "I was FROZEN today!" are among his more popular. Creator Backlash strikes though, and Doug really doesn't like this reputation, calling the "bat credit card" the worst part of his job, and once asking for actual questions at a Q & A instead of meme requests getting shouted at him.
    • This doesn't stop him from trying to create more memes since his revival, such as Platypus Bunny or Colm Wilkinson's Home.
    • The Nostalgia Chick has quite a few of her own. She was overjoyed when Big Lipped Alligator Moment became a trope.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall: LINKARA! He is a man! *PUNCH*
  • Homestar Runner: Strong Bad has unleashed many memes upon the world, including Trope Namers on This Very Wiki such as Your Head A Splode, You Gotta Have Blue Hair, and You Can't Get Ye Flask. However, no one has yet discovered how he manages to type with boxing gloves on.
    • TROOOOOGDOOOOOOOOR!
    • Homsar was raised by a cup of coffee. AaAaAaAaA!
  • Egoraptor and JonTron were both memetic fountains on their own, so when Game Grumps combined them it wasn't a surprise that they had over a dozen memes literally just two weeks into the show.
  • True Capitalist: Ghost wants everyone to know he's a melting pot of friendship (HE'S A NICE GUY!) before cans.waving.
  • The page quote comes from Nappa in Dragon Ball Abridged, lampshading this concept and how most of the funny and memorable moments in the first season come from him. In the second season, he has to share with Super Kami Guru and the Ginyu Force.
  • JonTron: The man has inspired more .gif images than nearly any other person on Earth.

    Western Animation 

Forced MemeMemetic MutationGIFT
Follow the LeaderMeta-ConceptsFourth Wall
Foe Yay ShippingAudience ReactionsFourth Wall Myopia
Formulaic MagicJust for PunFour Lines, All Waiting

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