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Memes: Dark Souls

Dark Souls, having gained considerable popularity through the sheer amount of mouth-to-mouth praise which cemented its status as a step-up from Demons Souls (leaping from Sleeper Hit to Breakthrough Hit for From Software), is also prone to spawning endless amounts of memes among the fandom. Here is a list detailing them:

  • Prepare to Die Explanation 
  • Dark Souls logic Explanation 
  • Pretty much anything to do with Solaire and the Warriors of Sunlight really stands out:
    • Jolly Cooperation! Explanation 
    • "If only I could be so grossly incandescent!" Explanation 
    • Praise the Sun! Explanation 
      • "Y" Explanation 
      • \[T]/ Explanation 
  • The Hint System of both games has a lot of memes in regards to which messages are left and where, which naturally leak into other forms of online communication
    • You can write stuff that normally wouldn't be appropriate, namely "Need head" and "Try holding with both hands". Case in point. The tradition continues with the sequel, giving us such classics as "Beware of toxic, but hole." and "Praise the sun, and then Praise the sun!"
    • Amazing Chest Ahead. Explanation 
    • In the same vein, prepare to see a similar message in front of Gwyndolin's boss gate: Amazing Trap Ahead.
    • Players in II often put "horse" at complete random, simply because of how baffling it is that the limited vocabulary would include a "horse" phrase in a game with exactly one horse in it. Although there's now multiple, as of Crown of the Ivory King.
    • Don't give up, skeleton! Explanation 
  • The tits are a lie. Explanation (spoilers) 
  • The Bonewheel Skeletons, infamous for their deadliness, speed and most of all the overwhelming surprise that comes with encountering them for the first time. Most jokes play as a patch introducing absurd situations involving them such as adding ten or so to a boss fight or placing them in extremely tight spaces (like this, for example). This all feeds into...
  • The difficulty itself is something of a meme. The game is less about being overtly difficult, and more about requiring a specific, patient mindset.
    • Go on Google images. Enter "YOU DIED" as your search query. And some variations of the text, as well.
    • Modern Nintendo Hard games are often compared to Dark Souls, resulting in the phrase "The Dark Souls of <series or genre>."
  • 387, from a video mocking a player doing PVP in the forest, which has no Soul Level restrictions. It's an absurdly high level to PVP with, since the community favors staying in the 100 to 125 range, if not lower.
  • While not originating from Dark Souls, "Touch fluffy tail" was readily borrowed from the Monster Girl Quest fandom in association with Priscilla. This then sprung forward to other instances of one's fascination with a Cute Monster Girl's tail in various media.
  • Relatedly, Priscilla's line when you reach her - "This land is peaceful, its inhabitants kind" is infamous for evoking a Flat "What." reaction from players, who had just fought through that "peaceful" land. Case in point.
  • The number of nicknames for Smough and Ornstein has become a meme, with fans trying to outdo each other in picking more creative and memorable name pairs for the duo.
  • "The Legend Never Dies". Explanation 
    • "DEXTERITY- DON'T TELL ANY1 U LEVELED THAT UP." Explanation 
    • "Wat rings u got bicht?" crops up an awful lot as well. note 
    • "POWER UP THE BASS CANNON... FIRE!" Explanation 
    • "I GOT BACK UP AND PWNED HIM." Explanation 
    • "Shiva of the East? More like... Shiva the deceased lol!" Explanation 
    • For those that don't know, here's the basics for a Giantdad.
    • THE WALL Explanation 
  • Tarkus is better at this game than you. note 
  • Can't stop the Rock. Explanation 
  • You were indicted. Explanation 
  • Never alone. Explanation 
  • NOPE. Explanation  Further elaboration in video form (first one and a half minutes).
  • When I'm Gravelord'n. Explanation 
  • As a crossover meme with Quad City DJs remixes, there's this, with an overabundance of parodied dialogues in the comment section.
  • "Neat" and "Nito" puns are on the rise. note 
  • Gavlan wheel, Gavlan deal. Explanation 
    • With Gavlan, you wheel? You deal...
  • I NEED GRAVITY. Explanation 
  • BEARER SEEK SEEK LEST Explanation 
  • "Kill the dogs first."Explanation 
  • This game is just like Dark Souls/reminds me of Dark Souls! Explanation 
  • Because the Estus Flask somewhat resembles a bottle of Sunny Delight and its animation is somewhat ambiguous (simply being raised to your face when used), it's popularly depicted in fanart as a bottle of Sunny D that one uses by pouring on their face.
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