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Meme Acknowledgment

Memes happen. Whether it's a Catch Phrase that catches on, an intentionally or unintentionally funny moment, or an unfortunate coincidence, these things spread throughout the Internet like a virus. Sometimes crew members catch on and reference them.

It can be anything—a line at a convention, a YouTube video, even a piece of supplementary material. To qualify for this trope, it just has to be outside the show.

Often, this takes the form of a "lesser" worker (as in, not the creator or showrunner himself) referencing it, as trying to get it put into the script could potentially cause an uproar. Also, a lot of memes are OOC, risqué, or just plain random, which wouldn't fit at all in canon. The Expanded Universe gets more leeway in this department.

A Sister Trope to Ascended Meme, which is when the show itself references the meme.


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga 

     Film 

     Live Action TV 
  • "Bear" Grylls of Man vs. Wild has occasionally made jokes about reacting to events with "better drink my own piss" just like the meme parodying this trait of his.
  • When Elizabeth Berkley, best known as Jessie Spano on Saved by the Bell, appeared on Dancing with the Stars, she and her partner Val had some fun before they had to do a jive routine by recreating one of the 90's series most iconic (and infamous) moments that has reached meme status: Jessie's caffeine-pill fueled breakdown while singing "I'M SO EXCITED!" The Internet rejoiced.
    • Similarly, Alfonso Ribeiro's jazz routine to "It's Not Unusual" in Season 19 included the Carlton Dance.
  • Oprah Winfrey famously gave away cars to everyone in her audience in a 2004 episode of her show. Her screams—particularly "YOU GET A CAR!"—quickly reached meme status. Nine years later, when Oprah appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she was in the middle of talking about her new film The Butler when she suddenly stopped the interview and declared "I just got that feeling again." She called a random woman from the audience down to the set and abruptly screamed "YOU GET A CAR!," giving her the keys to a brand-new Ford Fusion that was outside. The whole thing was played as a joke, with Oprah describing her "problem" of giving away new cars as a compulsion that she tries to keep under control—in this case, she apparently skipped lunch, which made her condition flare up.
  • In The Sopranos, a second-season episode has Livia Soprano watching Emeril Lagasse's cooking show, Emeril Live, on television, and complaining that he doesn't wash his hands at all before preparing food. Due to the popularity of the series and fan amusement with this comment, Emeril himself would make a point of washing his hands before making anything afterwards, and turned the comment into a Running Gag about how he hoped "the woman from Sopranos doesn't bug me."
  • In UK comedy Wasted Chronically Killed Actor Sean Bean appears as the spirit guide of one of the protagonists, frantically Adam Westing the whole time, while dressed as Ned Stark from Game of Thrones. The first season ends with him delivering the line "One does not simply kill Sean Bean".

     Music 

     Professional Wrestling 
  • Late 2014 saw a meme on Vine featuring Randy Orton using his signature RKO finishing move on people who were falling or in accidents, making it appear as if Orton had caused them to fall. WWE eventually acknowledged it on their front page, and even posted a few vines of their own.
  • For a while, when the WWE has fired or released a wrestler from their contract, the announcements almost always ended with the phrase "We wish him/her the best in all his/her future endeavors." The term "future endeavored" became a meme among the Smart Mark crowd as a means of talking about someone being fired. In The New Tens, WWE actually started selling shirts with "Future Endeavored" on them.
    • For a short time, they also started selling shirts with other common smart mark lingo, such as "I'm So Over," "I Get Heat," etc. However, the shirts quickly fizzled out of production.
  • John Cena has publicly acknowledged the meme surrounding him (and how annoying it is), and teamed up with Cricket Wireless to perform his own take on it.

     Video Games 

     Visual Novels 

     Web Comics 
  • Homestuck: The Betty Crocker corporation has referenced their role as a villain in Homestuck several times on their Twitter account. They were once asked if they were aware that their CEO was an alien troll queen attempting to destroy the universe. Their response was "We can neither confirm nor deny."

     Web Original 

     Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has a lot of these.
    • This season 2 promo acknowledges acknowledged the fan terms "brony" (term for fans of the show, usually defined as the older male ones) and "DJ Pon-3" (for the DJ pony seen in "Suited for Success").
    • At the January 2012 Bronycon, Ashleigh Ball was asked to say one of Jappleack's lines from APPLE.MOV. She settled for "Uh... Fu... Forget you! Ah can eat all these apples!" Hotdiggedydemon, the maker of the .MOV series, posted a response.
    • May 30, 2012 saw the announcement of a special edition toy for Comic-con. The toy packaging is nameless, but contains a gray pegasus pony with blond hair, bubbles cutie mark, and yellow walleyes. The package is complete with muffins on the box art.
    • WeLoveFine's officially licensed My Little Pony line of shirts is at least half ascended memes.
    • Also inverted in a way: Ghost of True Capitalist Radio would often describe himself as "Melting Pot of Friendship" to deflect accusations of racism. He also hates the show and its fandom. So a "fan" recorded Tara Strong saying in her Twilight Sparkle voice that she's a Melting Pot of Friendship. Ghost took it well.
    • A DVD box set featured a "Now 20% cooler!" sticker.
    • The official extended version of the song Awesome As I Wanna Be includes the line "You wish you could be 20% cooler"
    • The song My Little Pony Friends, a song originally written as the end credits song for the My Little Pony Equestria Girls movie, includes the lyrics "Love and Tolerate"
  • The Legend of Korra fandom managed to get Steve Blum to read out some "Comedy Amon" jokes at a convention.
  • Comedy Central's bumpers promoting the 2012 season of Futurama were based off of several popular memes, including Fry's "Not Sure If..." and "Why Not Zoidberg?", with Billy West providing the voice-overs.
  • A recent ad for the 2014 Kid's choice awards on Nickelodeon makes use of the the Surprised Patrick meme.
  • An arguable case, since the meme referenced isn't related to the work itself, but The Lion Guard character Bunga, known for extreme bravery and and not being bothered by anything, is a Honey Badger. The creators even admit that the character was partially influenced by the "honey badger don't care" meme.
  • Steven Universe has the incredibly well-known meme known as "Pearl's secret rap career" note  . The meme features Pearl singing and dancing to the song LA by "The Party", but only the verse sung by Deedee Magno Hall, Pearl's voice actress. Hilarious, especially since the final installment of this meme features footage of Deedee herself REACTING to it.

     Real Life 

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