Watch It for the Meme
I see them shiver with antici...

"Now we sit through William Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations."

Just as Tropes Are Not Bad, neither are memes per se. True, they get old by the 9001st time they're played, but there's a reason they get played a thousand times and more. Who hasn't ever had some lulz with them?

There's the fanbase that has been ever since the beginning of the show, and there's the second wave that watches the show/plays the game/reads the book after exposure to the meme. It's not (most of the times) Viral Marketing, since it's fans rather than marketroids behind them. Think What's uuuup! vs All Your Base Are Belong to Us.

This is right before people endlessly repeating them makes it annoying and, ironically, may make you want to avoid it as much as possible. Related to I Read It for the Articles, Just Here for Godzilla, Come for the X, Stay for the Y. Spoiler marks are used in order to keep you from unneeded exposure. May inadvertently result in Beam Me Up, Scotty!

Compare Bile Fascination, where people watch / play / listen to it for the crap quality.


    open/close all folders 

     Anime and Manga 

     Comic Books 

    Fan Fiction 

    Film — Animation 

    Film — Live Action 

  • Some people buy and eat Gorilla Munch just for the infamous gorilla on the box, associated with the phrase "That rustled my jimmies".
    • Sadly, the box has been recently changed, and now features a baby gorilla, rather than the meme's art.
  • Arguably Doritos and or Mountain Dew. Because of Montage Parodies.
  • Who hasn't seen a plate of cookies and wanted to fly into a gluttonous frenzy of "ME WANT COOOOOOKIES! OM-NOM-NOM-NOM-NOM!"

     Live Action TV 


     New Media 
  • This very wiki has its memes, making noobs get deeper in.
  • Any common Youtube Poop material (such as the CD-i games and Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog) after watching YouTube Poop.
    • Also, sometimes it draws attention to the material even when viewers of said YTP may have seen the material elsewhere. For example, some might have seen ads involving Billy Mays without particularly paying much attention to them, and started paying closer attention to such ads after they're being parodied in YTP.
  • Becoming a Troper just so you can edit this website and add your examples.
  • In Linkara's review of All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, he introduces the part involving the line "I'm the Goddamn Batman" by saying: "And here it is. The moment of truth. The moment everyone remembers this comic for." After he reads the line, he says, "Ladies and gentlemen... we have... an Internet meme!!"
  • Many people watch Chuggaaconroy's Let's Play of Pikmin solely to find out who this Steve guy everyone is talking about is.
    • Chugga later discusses with his fellow Runaway Guys how this happened with LazyTown, specifically with the "you are a pirate" song, stating that a lot less people would be interested in the program if it weren't for that song.
  • The Steve Moustache Show got most of its views from people who want to hear what a WTF Boom would sound like without the boom.
  • Watching the Game Grumps' Let's Play of Sonic '06 because of this particular freakout Arin has in part 20.
  • Watching anything made by JonTron, thanks to clips and YouTube Poops made from his videos.
  • Even much of the Journal Roleplay community doesn't realize that the "steals the bike and runs/at least ride it, you asshole" meme came from Drama Drama Duck, but the meme has brought people into the hobby itself to see and participate in similar silly antics.


     Video Games 

     Western Animation 


Alternative Title(s): Must Seek Leek