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.
Hell, he's even a Fountain of Memes in-verse. His Team Gurren symbol, his Catch Phrases, his glasses, his speeches, his very methods of speaking and posing are all adopted by the human species as the very pinnacle of manliness, to the point that they named the first city on the surface Kamina City.
Cilan from Pokémon has been spouting these like crazy: He whips his Stunfisk back and forth; he's a rapist; he eats his Pokemon; "It's Tasting Time" and "It's Lunch Time;" he's FABULOUS~; screams like a girl...
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.
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.
"My spider-sense is tingling!"
"With great power must also always come great responsibility!"
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.
The incomparable Enoby Draknes Dimenta Rave Way (Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way), "goff" protagonist of My Immortal.
The Alien films spawned a lot of memes, mostly from Aliens including, "Get away from her you BITCH!!," "We're on an express elevator to Hell — going down!," "Game over, man. Game over!," and "Not bad for a human."
Said scene (starting from about 4:30) really deserves to be expanded upon—there are five memesnote "What ain't no country I ever heard of! Do they speak English in What?!" "English, motherfucker! Do you speak it?!" "I dare you, I double-dare you, motherfucker, say "what" one more goddamn time!" "Does he look like a bitch?" and "Marcellus Wallace don't like to be fucked by anybody except Mrs. Wallace." in 58 seconds.
Humphrey Bogart, especially in Casablanca. Indeed, lines like "Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine." and "Here's lookin' at you kid." are so iconic most people who've heard of them have no idea of any context.
Tropic Thunder: Kirk Lazarus, LEAD FARMER, MOTHERFUCKER! (Never go full retard.)
Les Grossman who asks you to take a step back, and literally fuck your own face, or he'll fuck you up!
You know why? Because a nutless monkey could do your job.
Mel Brooks has made a career out of memes, with nearly all of his films containing at least a handful.
Jim Carrey is another who has made a career full of memes.
The Joker in The Dark Knight, as played by Heath Ledger, to the point that every line he says in that film is a meme. Heath Ledger's script in that movie was one big meme. Considering that the Nolan-verse Joker has been theorized to be a personification of lulz itself, this may not be so surprising.
Ambassador Phantom of the planet Krankor, from Prince of Space. Eh heh heh heh heh heh heh.
Hey look, it's any character played by Frank Nelson.
Dragnet Just the opening narration: "this... is the city... Los Angeles, California. I work here. I carry a badge."
"Just the facts."
In commentary tracks on Seinfeld, Larry Charles said he took inspiration for the stern detectives in "The Library" and "The Trip" from Jack Webb as he was pretty much the granddaddy of that kind-of police speak.
Lady Gaga. Has she had a single that wasn't subject to rampant acapella covers / font-related parodies / math jokes?
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".
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."
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.
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.
"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...!"
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."
For those who do not understand Yogi-ese, some explanation my be required:
"It ain't over until it's over" is a quote from a season when the Yankees were 9 games behind with 10 games left to play.
"Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded," is about a restaurant in his native St. Louis, which had previously been relatively unknown but was now packed with people.
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.
Perhaps the enigmatic writing style that may have been attributed to the website's translator of the series' official site can also be considered a Fountain of Memes? You have no time to ponder such questions, as Link has just grabbed the meme ball!
Mario in the CD-i Hotel Mario game is well known for, among other things, proudly proclaiming that All toastas toast toast and looking about 300 pounds overweight, leading to the nickname "Fat Mario". It has more memes:
Mario: "Nice of the Princess to invite us over for a picnic, Gay Luigi?"
Vaan of Final Fantasy XII is an interesting case — Western fans hate him, but a particular sidequest where he has to spread word of the supposedly dead Basch's survival to draw attention from people, has caused every line he shouts during said quest to go memetic.
"I'm Captain Basch fon Ronsenburg of Dalmasca!" "Don't listen to Ondore's lies!" "Basch lives!"
Exdeath, the Big Bad of Final Fantasy V, wasn't particularly popular or memetic in his original game. Then Dissidia: Final Fantasy came out, and his Mondegreen lines, both in Japanese and English versions, combined with his hamminess and obsession with the Void, catapulted him to internet stardom. He became so popular that the prequel Dissidia 012 made him even hammier and had other characters mock his Void obsession.
"GET THE FRUIT!" "Naive weekly!" "VOID!" "TURTLE!" "Tasty arrow...is yummeh!"
The series series brings us Commander Shepard, who is known for punching a certain reporter in response to her snide insinuations / disingenuous assertions / tabloid journalism, and proclaiming various stores to be his/her favourite on the Citadel (s/he can even give multiple stores the same endorsement).
Mass Effect 2 gives us Harbinger, who becomes this despite never actually appearing in person, thanks to his habit of ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL. Oddly, after spending the entire second game churning out memes, he has only one scene in the third game - and spends it shooting at you rather than talking, but even that is a meme in itself!
"I should go." Which becomes an Ascended Meme (among many, many others) in The Citadel DLC:
Shepard: Do I really sound like that? ... Maybe it's "I should go...I should go...I should go..."
Garrus Vakarian got shot in the face with a bazooka. He don't mind.
"Attention, all yoctograms! (It's x 2) DIE!" You aren't forgetting Sho Minamimoto, are you? So zetta slow!
Guile tells you to Go Home And Be A Family Man, because his theme goes with everything, as a proof, he does Flash Kick FADC into Shades!
Fighting game pro IFC Yipes has a whole stable of memes associated with him. He's best known for screaming "IT'S MAHVEL, BAYBEE!" along with other memorable phrases during matches.
This even gets lampshadedon Cross Counter Live when Yipes is commentating on his match against Fanatiq in UMvC3: "Are these descriptions going on in your head when you're playing the match?"
Genji: Days of the Blade, though not the game itself, but its E3 presentation. "Story is based on Japanese history and battles which took... actually took place in ancient Japan." "So here's this Giant Enemy Crab..." (This shortly after saying the battles were historical!) "Attack Its Weak PointFor Massive Damage!"
The PSX era of the Mega Man franchise sure has some infamous voice acting. After all, in Mega Man 8 Roll has a deeper voice than Mega Man, Dr. Light sounds like Elmer Fudd, and Mega Man pronounces the "w" in sword.
We can't forget Mega Man X4 with Zero's infamous line. "No, this can't be happening! There's no reason for me to go on! W-What am I fighting foooOOOOORAGH!"
Pretty much almost every single line in The Legend of Zelda CD-i games is a meme. Here are some meme lines:
King Harkinian: "Mah boi, this peace is what all true warriors strive for!"
King Harkinian: "Enough! My ship sails in the morning! I wonder what's for dinner!
Gwoman: "Squadallah! We are off!"
Merchant: "Lamp oil? Rope? Bombs? You want it? It's yours, my friend! As long as you have enough rupees!"
Merchant: "Sorry, Link, I can't give credit! Come back when you're a little... MMMMMMMM... richer!
Ganon:: "Join me, Link, and I will make your face the GR-RREATEST in Koridai! Or else you will DIE!"
Ganon:: "You DARE bring light to my lair?! YOU MUST DIE!"
Cave Johnson, Aperture's insane founder, tends to say insane things that tend to be absolutely hilarious.
Cave: All right, I've been thinking: when life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade! Make life take the lemons back! GET MAD! I don't want your damn lemons, what am I supposed to do with these?! Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am?! I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm going to get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!
"Burning people! He says what we're all thinking!"
GLaDOS also qualifies. Her cake is a lie. Because she's a POTATO.
Reggie "The Regginator" Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, is well-known amongst Nintendo fans for his many meme-worthy phrases.
"My name is Reggie. I'm about kicking ass, I'm about taking names, and we're about making games!
"My body is ready." This was later referenced again at E3 2012, 5 years later. (And referenced yet again several times during the Wii U release at Nintendo World Store, where he seemed to have made it into a Catch Phrase of sorts.)
"What's wrong with you?"
"I feel like a purple Pikmin."
Zombie Reggie, from E3 2012 when he tested a feature from Zombi U which made your picture into a zombie. Phrases said during this include "I'm hungry now." and "I like French food."
Baldur's Gate memes, you say? GO FOR THE EYES, BOO! GO FOR THE EYES!
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 wasFROZEN 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.
Egoraptor and Jon Tron 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.
The Simpsons is full of memes, most of which are perpetrated by Homer.
Futurama, much like the Simpsons, is full of memes. Fry and Zoidberg are usually the main source for them, such as "Not Sure if X or Y", "X is bad and you should feel bad!", "Shut up and take my money!", "Why not Zoidberg?" and more.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is so full of memes it makes you tearbend. You'd have to spend all your time at the library to learn them all (be careful of being seen without your pants), and everything will change when the Fire Nation attacks. Why there are so many and they're so well-loved is really unclear. MY CABBAGES!