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Memes: Film

What happens when worlds collide.

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Movie-based phrases, if repeated often enough, can eventually generate enough interest to be really cool…or reel-y funny. So fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride....er, "night."

PS: Just in case you're wondering what happened to the memes from the original four Batman movies, they are now on a separate page. The Dark Knight Saga now has its own page.

The Princess Bride also has a separate subpage.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 also has its own section of memes for films that it has MSTed.
Please add entries in the following format:
  • The name of the film.
    • The meme. Explanation 
      • Further mutations and successor memes, if any.

  • 300.
    • Most common is an exchange that is initiated when one person mentions madness, triggering the other to respond, "Madness? This...is...SPARTAAA!!!" Explanation 
      • It's been so overused that some forumites have already gone meta, responding to mentions of Sparta with, "Sparta? This...is...[INSERT MEME HERE]!!!"
      • When we talk about the trope created through that line on this very wiki, we will type! WORDS! LIKE! THIS!
      • "Madness? PUNCTUATED! FOR! EEEMPHAASIIISSSSS!!!"
      • One image has Xerxes and Leonidas playing Magic: The Gathering, where Xerxes plays a creature with the effect "Madness". After several beat panels, Leonidas blows up the planet shouting the word, cutting to Stephen Hawking stating "And that, gentlemen, is how the universe began."
      • Using "THIS IS SPARTA!" with a character pointing at a map of Greece has become a sub-variant. Naturally, it led at least one person to shout, "THAT! WAS! ATHENS!"
      • One can only imagine what is going to happen when the companion short to Watchmen comes out on DVD: This...is...THE BLACK FREIGTAHHHHHH!
      • Robot Chicken used this to hilarious effect.
    • A lesser parody is also taken from the quote "Tonight we dine in HELL!!" Example here Explanation 
  • Ace Ventura
    • LAAAAAAA...AAAAAA...AAAAAH!!! Explanation 
    • LACES OUT! Explanation 
  • Airplane!:
    • "[He/She/I] had the fish." Explanation 
      • "Ah, yes, I remember, I had lasagna."
      • This made a hilarious appearance in 'Allo 'Allo! when Herr Flick was convulsing on the floor after a failed assassination attempt on somebody else. When asked what was wrong with him Helga replied "He had the fish" when everybody was served chicken.
  • Avatar
    • "You are like a baby!" Explanation 
  • Dude Wheres My Car
    • And then? Explanation 
  • ET The Extra Terrestrial:
    • E.T. phone home. Explanation 
  • Fight Club
    • The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is...you do not talk about Fight Club. Explanation 
    • I want you to hit me as hard as you can. Explanation 
  • Friday the 13th
    • The scene in Jason Takes Manhattan where Jason randomly obliterates a blaring boombox by kicking it has become popular, with people editing any random music into the scene.
    • Crispin Glover's dance from Part IV. Explanation 
    • Ki-ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma-ma... Explanation 
  • Godzilla
    • "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds" Explanation 
    • SKREEEEEEEOOOOONK Explanation 
    • The Toy Wars Explanation 
  • Halloween (1978)
    • "I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil." Explanation 
  • Halloween (2007):
    • MICHAEL! JESUS CHRIST!Explanation 
  • Hardcore has given us the infamous scene of George C. Scott going into a porno theater, only to see his daughter on screen, and saying "Turn it off. Turn it off! Turn it off!" Thanks to the Internet, it has now been remixed with many things, ranging from Rick Astley to the trailer for Jack and Jill.
  • Harry Potter
    • "Turn to page three hundred and ninety-four."Explanation 
  • Highlander
    • "There can be only one!" Explanation 
  • Home Alone
    • Kevin's hands-on-cheeks scream. Explanation 
  • Hook
    • "Rufio! Rufio! RU! FI! OHHHHHHHHHHH!" Explanation 
  • Indiana Jones:
    • "No camels!" Explanation 
    • Both the Indy Hat Roll and Indy Escape are so popular, they are parodied in various media.
  • It's Alive
    • "It's Alive!" Explanation 
  • The Italian Job 1969
    • "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" Explanation 
  • The Lost Boys
    • Tim Capello's performance of "I Still Believe" Explanation 
  • Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
    • Two men enter, one man leaves. Explanation 
    • Who run Bartertown? Explanation 
  • Thor
    • CONVENIENT ODINSLEEP Explanation 
    • Father of the year. Explanation 
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
    • Fondue. Explanation 
  • The Avengers:
    • "Big man in a suit of armor. Take that away and what are you?" Explanation: 
    • "Hulk? Smash." Explanation 
    • "Kids, it was the summer of 2012 when your Aunt Robin joined the Avengers." (Or a variation thereof.) Explanation 
    • "Puny god." Explanation 
    • "Kneel, bitches!" Explanation 
    • "Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist?" Explination 
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • With the reveal that HYDRA infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. at its very inception, and its members whisper "Hail, HYDRA" to each other (Started with Senator Stern whispering it to Agent Sitwell), images like these have started cropping up.
  • Night of the Living Dead
    • "They're coming to get you, Barbara" Explanation 
  • Pacific Rim:
    • Once Ellen McLain's voice appeared as the robots' AI system, plenty of jokes were made about GLaDOS controlling the robots. And it's not just nerds flexing their voice actor knowledge, the AI sounds exactly like GLaDOS. The fact that the Kaiju come from a "portal" didn't exactly stem the tide of jokes either.
    • "Cherno Bill" Explanation 
  • Passenger 57
    • "Always bet on black." Explanation 
  • Pejzaži u magli (Landscape in the Mist)
    • "Hello. Yes, this is dog." Explanation 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • I got a jar of dirt~! I got a jar of dirt~! And guess what's inside it~! Explanation 
    • But why is the rum gone? Explanation 
    • Elizabeth is Will's long-lost sister...Explanation 
  • Rambo:
    • A socially relevant example: While the fourth Rambo film is banned from being distributed in Burma for its honest portrayal of the Burmese military's sickening brutality towards helpless ethnic minorities, bootleg copies of the film's DVD are extremely popular amongst the Karen Rebel army, which fights the Burmese military's tyranny. Rambo's signature quote from the film, "Live For Nothing, Or Die For Something," has become a morale-lifting battle-cry amongst the Karen Warriors - a point which Stallone himself has said to be "my proudest moments in cinema." That's right ladies and gents. Rambo is so hardcore that he's actually feared by real world tyrants. Hard. Core. Period.
  • RoboCop (1987):
    • "IIIIIIIII LIKE IT!" Explanation 
    • "I'd buy that for a dollar!" Explanation 
    • BITCHES LEAVE. Explanation 
    • "Yer gonna be a bad mother FUCKER!" Explanation 
  • Robot Monster:
    • Pre-Internet example: Ro-Man from Robot Monster was popular all throughout The Fifties for just how terrifying a monster he wasn't. Interestingly enough the Columbus OHIO annual 24 hour science fiction marathon keeps the memory of Ro-Man alive by mentioning him, and running the trailer for his film. As far as some people know that particular character has yet to be elected to that fine body's hall of fame.
  • Scanners:
    • This movie has a scene where a guy's head explodes that has been mutated so far that most people, though familiar with the scene, have no idea that it's from Scanners.
  • Shane
    • "Shane, come back!" Explanation 
  • She Done Him Wrong
    • "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?" Explanation .
  • The Silence of the Lambs
    • "Would you fuck me? I'd fuck me." Explanation 
  • Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2:
    • "Garbage Day!" Explanation 
    • "Red car! Good point!" Explanation 
  • Any instance of someone copying someone else's style, especially their hairstyle, is bound to result in a reference to Single White Female
  • Slap Shot
    • "Old time hockey!" Explanation 
  • Star Trek
    • It has become occasionally popular since the release of the 2009 Star Trek movie, to make all references to Ensign Chekov include his... interesting accent. Even on this wery viki.
  • Tropa de Elite
    • The Brazilian movie Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad, for the foreigners). In the country it was produced, it generated a lot of memetic mutations due to the good number of catchphrases, jokes, and situations (the narrator and arguably protagonist Captain Nascimento became a Memetic Badass). But due to an overly literal and polite translation instead of a Cultural Translation, most of the jokes are lost, and the protagonists were seen as fascists. At least the grenade scene will still be understood.
  • You Got Served
    • "You got served!" Explanation 
  • Zoolander
    • It's become a meme to take a .gif file of the part where Derek and his friends are dancing around while driving in a car during the "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" scene (shortly before the freak gasoline accident that kills Derek's friends), and placing the heads of other fictional characters on them.


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