->'''Sam''': Look, see the count? Only 27 people have clicked on it.\\
'''Carly''': Thank God.\\
'''Carly''': Sam?\\
'''Sam''': Yep.\\
'''Carly''': THAT'S 27 THOUSAND!
-->-- ''Series/ICarly'' pilot

We know that ItsASmallNetAfterAll but even though EverythingIsOnline already, when Bob uploads a video or a Web page, especially if this happened by accident or the contents are particularly embarrassing, expect it to get more hits on its first day than a successful non-profit site can hope to get in weeks.

For videos, this is often the result of an InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube ploy.

See also StupidStatementDanceMix and MemeticMutation.

This is occasionally TruthInTelevision when a new website catches the eye of a large news site, or a video becomes a viral Internet meme. Even when it does occur, it will usually take at least a week to even be noticed by enough people to become popular. It is possible, but obviously both rarer and slower in real life and not likely to have a viewcount that updates in real time.


%% Examples are ordered alphabetically by series.


[[folder: Advertising]]
* The Nike "Write the Future" commercial: a soccer player's fancy footwork gains international notoriety when it gets caught on live television and gets replicated via WebAnimation/YouTubePoop.
* During the dotcom tech bubble, a shipping company released a TV ad in which three entrepreneurs cheered as their e-commerce site registered its first few purchases. Then the number just kept going up and their expressions turned to looks of horror. At the time, this was a real concern.
* An [=iPhone 6s=] commercial has a girl take a video with said phone of onions being sliced. The video ends up going viral, is shown in movie theaters, analyzed in film classes, and, eventually, given an award by Creator/NeilPatrickHarris.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': The cult following for Kira starts on the Internet - in fact, it's the Internet followers who give him his name.
* ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' OVA: Doing this is the focus of one of the competitions. The opposing team of {{Otaku}} post pictures of anime girls and get large numbers of hits, while the main characters make feeble attempts at websites about trains and such and get few hits - until they decide to [[{{Fanservice}} post video of the girl characters in skimpy outfits]] and win.
* ''Franchise/{{Negima}}'': In the second anime, Nodoka becomes the Japanese Internet's #1 idol after someone posts some pictures of her online. Chisame is not happy about this.
* In ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', the plot is well and truly kicked off when the Nishigori triplets record and upload Yuri Katsuki's flawless imitation of figure skating champion Victor Nikiforov's program to the internet. Soon the video goes viral, catching Victor's attention and inspiring him to travel to Japan and become Yuri's coach for the next Grand Prix.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Comicbook/VoteLoki'' the news coverage of Loki's DoWrongRight speech directed at lying politicians goes viral, and becomes the foundation on which the jerk builds his own political career.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'': The PHB [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-03-16/ tries to invoke this trope]] by ordering Dilbert to create a video that will go viral. Dilbert's increasing annoyance at trying to explain that this can't be done on command is recorded by Asok and goes viral.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/ForThoseWeCherish'', Sergeant Aethon of the Lamenters performs heroic action and rescues a Faunus woman and her siblings when they were lagging behind in an evacuation. Unbeknownst to them, a reporter was among the group and took a picture that went viral online. His Captain does not let him forget it and assigns him to do PR with Team RWBY because of it.

* ''Film/{{Indigenous}}'': Scott uses his app to record a message explaining their plight, and is interrupted by the creatures attacking, which he also captures on video. The resulting clip gets automatically sent to all of his contacts and becomes a viral sensation, [[BrokenMasquerade breaking the masquerade]].
* ''Film/{{Marmaduke}}'': At the climax of the [[TheMovie movie]], the eponymous dog gets rescued by his owner Phil. Nearby kids filmed the rescue and put it on Website/YouTube.
* ''Film/{{Rings}}'': This happens to [[spoiler:Julia's copy of Samara's video]].
* ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'': Mark Zuckerberg's site "Facemash", created while drunk, gets enough hits within a matter of hours to shut down the Harvard University servers. TruthInTelevision, as this actually happened, and is likely the most accurately-depicted event in the movie.
* ''Film/{{Warrior}}'': A video of Tommy beating Mad Dog at the gym gets uploaded on Website/YouTube by the gym receptionist. It becomes so popular the soldiers overseas are checking it out. %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* ''Film/WereTheMillers'': [[spoiler:The video that Casey takes of Kenny's swollen testicle becomes a popular internet video by the end of the film.]] Also, the film begins with David watching a bunch of silly Website/YouTube videos.
* ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'': the "[[ComedicUnderwearExposure Granny Panties]]" video of Miri got 300.000 hits in the first few hours.

* Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''Literature/{{Next}}'': one character creates a fictional Web page to fool her daughter. Within minutes, this page is the top Google hit.
* ''Literature/SonOfTheMob'': Vince creates a boring, useless webpage about cats for a school project. The page ends up getting thousands of hits, which confuses everyone. Later he finds out his brother was using the page to run a gambling ring.
* In ''Literature/CyberJolyDrim'' Jola makes up a silly song out of boredom and heartsickness. Within two days it's everywhere and treated dead serious.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/AustinAndAlly'': this is how Austin ascends to fame. [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler And how the whole plot of the show begins.]]
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has used this trope a few times:
** Leonard makes a Web page for Penny to sell her small crafts project. While the others are still discussing the merit of the site, an order of 1000 units comes in.
** When Leonard and [[InsufferableGenius Sheldon]] have a fight during a physics lecture, the [[WithFriendsLikeThese video Howard shot]] becomes a Website/YouTube featured video the same evening.
** Sheldon gets drunk and makes a fool of himself at an awards presentation; this becomes a huge hit on Website/YouTube by the next morning under the title [[IncrediblyLamePun "Physicist has a meltdown"]].
* A variation on ''Series/DoctorWho'': in "The Power of Three", millions of small black cubes appear all over the world. Within one day people have created over a thousand Twitter accounts devoted to the cubes, as well as posting them on Website/{{Facebook}} and Website/YouTube.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** Averted when Sue threatens to upload an embarrassing video of the principal, he tells her that he uploaded it himself a week earlier, and it only got two hits.
** Played straight - and a little karmically - in a later episode, when an embarrassing video of Sue dancing to "Let's Get Physical" is posted on Website/YouTube. It soon goes viral and within a matter of days becomes so popular Olivia Newton-John offers her a role in a remake of the music video.
** Played straight in Website/YouTube videos "The Kissed That Missed" humiliation at Nationals (which goes viral worldwide) and "Mercedes Inferno" performance of Disco Inferno (several hundred hits is still pretty significant in a timeframe of less than a day).
* The ''Series/ICarly'' pilot: the funny video [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler that started it all]] has an amazing 27,000 hits on the first evening it has been online.
* ''Series/InPlainSight'': a teenager in witness protection performs in the school choir and one of the parents makes a video of it and posts it on the Internet. The video goes viral because the girl was an up and coming rockstar before witnessing a murder and she still has many loyal fans wondering what happened to her. Mary has to relocate the girl before the gangsters who want her dead come looking.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': used to convince the mark that he can make it big by hiring one of the team. Of course, this is a con - they set up a script to automatically view the video from many different IP addresses.
* On ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'', Matt's webcast from his basement gets a ridiculous number of hits when his father accidentally turns it into a slapstick routine.
* This is {{Deconstructed}} in ''Renegadepress.com'''s "A Tangled Web". The victim in question, Francine, has to leave her school because of the constant torment from her video.
* This happens in chapter 6 of ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'': Frank Underwood makes a gaffe while in a debate on CNN with Martin Spinella about the teachers' strike. Within less than 24 hours of the gaffe, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE7GKvXTazE someone has turned it into a]] StupidStatementDanceMix with ''308,476'' views and spawned dozens of other parodies.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'': Gaige goes from two subscribers in her third ECHO Log to over twenty thousand in her fourth after her science fair project -- a heavily-armed "anti-bullying" robot -- [[LudicrousGibs blows up her rival Marcie Holloway]] [[AccidentalMurder due to a miscalibration]].
* ''Franchise/DotHack'': Consciously averted in the series, where it is noted at least once that the full Epitaph of Twilight was posted briefly online, but was taken down before many people even knew about it.
* ''VideoGame/GRiD 2'': After the first race, a video of your on-track performance gets uploaded on Website/YouTube and it gets millions of views and likes, to the point that a rich American tycoon, Patrick Callahan, is interested on you and wants you to help him out on the creation of a world racing tournament.
* The ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' DLC ''Citadel'' has a scene where [[ClassyCatBurglar Kasumi]] records a drunk Tali imitating a starship with her arms outstretched, humming comically, and [[InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube posts it online]]; she claims it's already got thousands of hits and a fansite.

* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'': Phillipe's disastrous PublicServiceAnnouncement goes viral in [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=03232010 this]] strip.
* ''Webcomic/{{Dissonance}}'': Gen uploads some footage of [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Pandora]] to Website/YouTube, and gets over 4.7 ''million'' hits overnight.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-15 This]] strip has multiple You Tube videos documenting a superhero battle get several thousand viewings in less time than it takes the news crew to arrive by helicopter.
* ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'': As [[AnythingThatMoves Jamie]] finds out, her drunken "I just want somebody to ravage my body" outburst becomes a Website/YouTube hit ''and'' a meme [[http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws-1366/ overnight.]]
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'': This trope causes Rudy's problems in [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2007/kk0104.html this]] episode.
* ''Webcomic/LeftoverSoup'': [[http://www.leftoversoup.com/archive.php?num=209 Ellen is Answering Machine Bitch.]]
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'': In [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/07/09/ one]] strip, Tycho finds a video on You Tube that consists of him doing something embarrassing while drunk. By the time he is made aware of it, it gained a number of views much larger than the population of the earth.
* ''Webcomic/{{PHD}}'': [[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=172 This]] strip involves one of the characters setting up a live webcam. Within ten seconds of a female character entering the shot, viewership has jumped from two to 1500, and she has 11 fansites. (and that was back in 2000)
* ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'': Sandra's (as Gary later puts it) ''geek chic'' [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/it_is_going_bubonic rant in favour]] of a female game character that's fun to play goes viral, or rather "[[UpToEleven bubonic]]", ''during'' the livestream, and afterwards Sandra's website skyrockets from 1 to [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/lost_without_you more than 1.5 million hits]] overnight.
* ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'': [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=85 Unwinder has a friend film him while he crashes a sled]], and he intends to put the video up on Website/YouTube. An ImagineSpot ensues, where the video gets 14 million hits, and Unwinder himself becomes an international punchline who no one wants to hire.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'': In [[http://xkcd.com/396 this]] strip, the video from ''Film/TheRing'' is uploaded to You Tube. It almost instantly gains over 300,000 views.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/CommodoreHustle'': In the episode [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/418/commodoreHUSTLE-06-Viral "Viral,"]] the crew attempt to engineer one of these by imitating styles of viral video. In the resulting episode, [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/428/commodoreHUSTLE-07-Fallout "Fallout,"]] they discover they succeeded. Notable in it being a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot; they did make the viral videos shown briefly in the former episode, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M8xJgQvbvc one of them]] really did explode in popularity.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': The embarrassing video Darwin and Gumball accidentally upload somehow manages to get more views than there are people on Earth (and possibly more than there are stars in the universe) '''in less than one minute'''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' had the embarrassing "Funny Bunny" video.
-->'''Frankie:''' TWENTY MILLION HITS?!?!?
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseWorks'': In the short ''computer.don'', Daisy sets up a Web site with an EmbarrassingOldPhoto of DonaldDuck, which gets a million hits in five seconds.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** In the episode "Lights, Candace, Action", Phineas and Ferb's video of Candace gets a million hits almost immediately - slightly justified because the two were apparently already popular Web directors.
** In episode "Tip of the Day", Dr. Doofenshmirtz accidentally showed his embarrassing video to the internet and wanted to erase their minds. It was so famous that he encountered judgemental paparazzi just when he went outside his lab ([[ExaggeratedTrope and that was only to his kitchen!]])
** In another episode, Norm the robot shows Doofenshmirtz his video has been made into a digital remix. Norm's words describe it best: "It's got 10 billion hits! And there are only 7 billion people on the planet!"
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': Private's accidental fall when stepping on a roller skate (ItMakesSenseInContext) turns him into an internet celebrity overnight, until DisasterDominoes turn the camera on to the female zookeeper doing a silly dance while thinking she was alone.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In one episode, Bart puts his ''Angry Dad'' cartoon on the Web, and it becomes the #1 non-pornographic site on the entire Web ([[TheInternetIsForPorn making it 17 billionth overall]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'', a girl's stretched-out "duck lips" get millions of views in a very short amount of time, coverage on the news, and even a crowd waiting around her school to get to see her.
* In the subplot of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Kahn wants to become an internet sensation. He tries to reenact the moment when Bill's cowboy hat was blown by the wind and landed perfectly on his head. Even with the failed reenactment video, Kahn, Bobby, Bill, Boomhauer, and Peggy became happy after they received ''4 views'' after a few seconds of uploading.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In Episode 68, Bad Kaeloo, Quack Quack, Mr. Cat, Pretty and Eugly make a rock song. Someone puts it on the internet and they become incredibly famous overnight.
* In early installments of ''WesternAnimation/VampirinaBallerina'', Edgar's paranormal-hunting web show is a bomb that only has six viewers and one of them is his grandma. But when he decides to break format and post a video of Vee and Poppy dancing a ghoulish hit, he ends up getting over a million views.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Music/JustinBieber became a teen idol after a manager found one of his videos on Website/YouTube, and it involved getting millions of views as well:
-->''After posting dozens of homemade videos on Website/YouTube in 2007, where the multi-talented Bieber put his impeccable spin on songs from artists like Music/{{Usher}}, Music/NeYo and Music/StevieWonder, Justin racked up over 10,000,000 views purely from word of mouth.''
* It's usually commented that any video uploaded by LetsPlay/{{raocow}}, or having LetsPlay/{{raocow}} as one of its tags gets 3,000 to 4,000 views by the end of the day. This includes demos, silly cuts, audiosurf songs, or whatever.
* Happened to ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', believe it or not. Apparently, Creator/RoosterTeeth had more than 2 million downloads within a day of posting the first episode. They got popular enough that it took Creator/{{Bungie}} only a week to notice them. Fortunately, Bungie ''loved'' the series (it was essentially free publicity for ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' after all), and did not shut them down.
* Although some criticism [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and controversy]] surrounded it, the video ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc Kony 2012]]'' by Invisible Children certainly succeeded at raising awareness of the Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony (notorious for his use of ChildSoldiers). The 30-minute documentary racked up over 100 million views in just ''six days.'' According to [[http://corp.visiblemeasures.com/news-and-events/blog/bid/79626/Update-Kony-Social-Video-Campaign-Tops-100-Million-Views those who measure such things]], it's the fastest-spreading viral video in the history of the internet--all the more impressive when you consider that it's a long, serious piece that doesn't involve [[WebOriginal/LOLCats kittens]].
** Second on the list linked above is [[Series/BritainsGotTalent Susan Boyle]], who made it to 100 million views in nine days. The other runners-up took a while longer to break 100m; by comparison, for instance, Music/LadyGaga's "Bad Romance" took 18 days and Music/RebeccaBlack's "Music/{{Friday}}" took 45. Not too shabby, but not quite "instant" by that point either.
* Texas mom Candace Payne posted a Website/{{Facebook}} video of herself trying on a [[Franchise/StarWars Chewbacca]] mask and breaking into ContagiousLaughter. In less than ''four days'' it picked up a record-smashing ''[[http://www.reelseo.com/chewbacca-mask-video-facebook-live/ 140 million views.]]''