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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, "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.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
    • Open the pod bay doors, Hal.
    • I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. Explanation 
    • Frequently combined with The League of Gentlemen quotes. "Hello, DAAAAAAAAVE?"
  • 2010: The Year We Make Contact
    • "My God! It's full of stars!"
  • 300.
    • Most common is an exchange that is initiated when one person mentions madness, triggering the other to respond, "Madness?!!!" Explanation 
      • It's been so overused that some forumites have already gone meta, responding to mentions of Sparta with, "Sparta?[INSERT MEME HERE]!!!"
      • When we talk about the trope created through that line on this very wiki, we will type! WORDS! LIKE! THIS!
      • 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: 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 
      • Hello? Is this HELL Restaurant? I want a reservation for 300!
      • ... I forget where we are dining tonight.
      • So we're going to Olive Garden.
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin
    • Thanks to Steve Carell's titular character, one is now allowed to describe breasts as feeling like "bags of sand" and not receive weird looks.
    • "You know how I know this page is gay?"
  • Ace Ventura
    • B-E-A-Utiful...
    • LAAAAAAA...AAAAAA...AAAAAH!!! Explanation 
    • LACES OUT! Explanation 
    • Allllllrighty then!
    • Reee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-heeally...
    • La-hoo-sa-her!
    • Excuse me, I'd like to ass you a few questions...
    • Holy Testicle Tuesday!
    • Do NOT...go in there!
    • Thank you for all your cooperation
  • The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
    • And no more fucking ABBA!
  • After Earth:
    • "After Erf," thanks to Will Smith's pronunciation in Independence Day.
    • DENIED! SIT DOWN! Explaination 
  • Air Force One
  • 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.
    • Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit memes.
    • I just wanted to tell you good luck. We're all counting on you.
    • Surely you can't be serious!
      • I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.
    • Drinking problem. Explanation 
    • I speak jive
    • A meme, what is it?
      • A meme is an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture. But that's not important right now.
    • "I like my coffee like I like my men..."
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • Animal House
    • "They took the bar! The whole fucking bar!"
    • "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."
    • "Thanks. I needed that."
    • "Toga, toga, TOGA!"
  • Avatar
    • "You are like a baby!" Explanation 
  • Back to the Future:
    • Anything that Doc says!
    • "1.21 GIGAWATTS?! 1.21 gigawatts."
      • "But... What the hell is a jiggawatt!?"
    • "Great Scott!"
      • "What are you lookin' at, butthead?"
      • "SLACKERS!!!"
      • "This is heavy."
    • Memes? Where we're going, we don't need... memes.
    • MANURE! I hate manure!
    • Just wanted to remind everyone that hoverboards don't work on water.
    • Nobody...calls me...chicken!
  • Dirty Harry
    • I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?
  • Dude Wheres My Car
    • And then? Explanation 
    • Dude, where's my X?
  • ET The Extra Terrestrial:
    • E.T. phone home. Explanation 
  • The Exorcist
    • The power of Christ compels you!
    • The head-twist and projectile pea-soup vomiting from Regan.
  • Sah-wing, batta!
  • Your ass is mine!
  • My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with a girl who saw [Name] pass out at 31 Flavors last night.
  • 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." [[labelnote:Explanation]]Part of the speech that Dr. Loomis, Michael Myers's psyciathrist, makes about him.
  • Halloween (2007):
    • MICHAEL! JESUS CHRIST!Explanation 
  • My father will hear about this! Explanation 
  • Highlander
    • "There can be only one!" Explanation 
  • Home Alone
    • Kevin's hands-on-cheeks scream. Explanation 
      • Kevin screaming in general qualifies.
    • Marv's girly scream seems to be getting there, too.
    • KEVIN!!!! Explanation 
    • Look what you did, you little jerk!
  • Hook
    • "Rufio! Rufio! RU! FI! OHHHHHHHHHHH!" Explanation 
  • It's Alive
    • "It's Alive!" Explanation 
  • The Italian Job 1969
    • "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" Explanation 
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • "One does not simply X into Mordor"Explanation 
    • Trolling Saruman.
    • My...preeeecciiiioooouuus..... Must have the preeeecciiiioooouuus........ They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses! Explanation 
  • And of course, if you want to show support for someone tackling a task that is a) very difficult, b) something they've never done before, c) something very dangerous, or d) all of the above? Then simply tell them, "You have my sword."
  • "And my bow. And my Ax!" Bonus points if you link to a picture of Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli.
  • And my Vuvuzela!
  • Anyone asks what direction to take: "We will go through the Mines of Moria!"
  • We may yet, Mr. Frodo. We may yet.
    • "Fly, you fools!"
  • It buuuuuurrrnnnnnssssss us!
  • Nobody tosses a dwarf!
  • "That still only counts as one!"
  • "It comes in pints?! I'm getting one."
  • 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 
  • Man of Steel
    • "I WILL FIND HIM!!" Explanation 
    • The line paraphrased from All-Star Superman has been spoofed numerous times.
    You will give DC an ideal to strive towards. They'll rise behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But in time, they will join you in the theatres. In time, you will help them make an epic movie.
    • Sad Batman Explanation 
    • X saved more people than Superman Explanation 
    • "What does the [letter on costume] stand for?"
    • "WHERE DID YOU [action]? ON A FARM!?"
  • Marathon Man
    • "Is it safe?" Explanation 
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man:
    • Thor
      • CONVENIENT ODINSLEEP Explanation 
      • Father of the year. Explanation 
      • You mutated this meme for a purpose. What was it? (pause)...TELL ME!!!
      • This meme, I like it! ANOTHER! *smash*Explanation 
      • I NEED A HORSE!Explanation 
      • Now if you'll excuse me, I have to destroy Jotunheim.
    • 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?" Explanation 
      • Spider-Man being excluded from the team (due to film rights issues) has become a meme among the comic book fandom.
      • We have a Hulk. Explanation 
    • 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 
  • 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.
  • Star Trek: Generations:
    • Everything gets delivered on Tuesday.explanation 
    • Oh... shit!explanation 
  • Star Wars:
    • A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away...... Explanation 
    • "Do Not Want". Explanation 
    • Darth Vader's Big "NO!" scene.Explanation 
    • "It's a trap!" Explanation 
    • "It's as if a million [x] cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced." Explanation 
    • Luke, I Am Your Father. Explanation 
    • I have a bad feeling about this... Explanation 
    • I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further. Explanation 
    • Han shot first. Explanation 
    • The Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded. Explanation 
    • I find your lack of [x] disturbing. Explanation 
    • Use the force, Luke! Explanation 
    • The Force Is Strong with This One Explanation 
    • Come over to The Dark Side... Explanation 
      • We have cookies! Explanation 
    • May the force be with you. Explanation 
    • Rodger rodger. Explanation 
    • Red Leader standing by Explanation 
    • Any and all of R2-D2's trademark beeping.Explanation 
    • You were the Chosen One! Explanation 
    • Quite strangely, Yoda speaks. Explanation 
    • The famous opening Scrolling Text Explanation 
    • Lightsabers:
      • The sound Explanation 
      • Fanmade versions Explanation 
      • A.K.A.-47 versions have even appeared in other media. Explanation 
    • Lucas being bought out by Disney has not been taken well by many fans. Explanation 
      • Now fans are putting lens flare over all sorts of Star Wars art. Explanation 
      • The entire Expanded Universe is now non-canon! NOOOOOOO!!! Explanation 
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014):
    • After the first trailer was released, many people noted the similarities in designs between the Turtles and Shrek.
    • The scene where Michelangelo tries to assure April that his bandanna is just a mask and frightens her by showing his real face has spawned a lot of parody videos where Michelangelo unmasks himself as either another fictional character or as a different incarnation of the Ninja Turtles.
    • The April/Raphael ship for those who don't... you know ship them together. While it had some basis in the 2012 cartoon (they were originally going to be love interests in the cartoon) it so far has no basis here except a few implications in the trailers that Raph might have been hanging out with April more than his brothers. Fans who haven't been following the Nick!2012 cartoon are especially confused by the support the pairing is getting.
  • 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 fight accident that kills Derek's friends), and placing the heads of other fictional characters on them.
    • "Blue Steel" has probably gotten more pop-culture nods than any other joke in the movie.
    • "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!"
    • "What is this, a center for ANTS!?!"
    • "Well you can dere-LICT my balls!"
    • "Cool story, Hansel!"
    • "Orange Mocha Frappuccino!"
    • "You think I don't know what a eugoogoly is?"
    • "Hansel is so hot right now!"
    • "Mer-MAN!"
    • " ...But why male models?"
    • " Listen to your friend Billy Zane, he's a cool dude!"
    • "The files are in the computer?!''

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