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Most common is an exchange that is initiated when one person mentions madness, triggering the other to respond, "Madness? This...is...SPARTAAA!!!" Explanation Spoken by Leonidas as he kicks a messenger into a pit.
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!
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!"
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 After the main character gets dumped, he becomes incapable of imbibing a glass of alcohol, instead pressing it against his forehead and spilling it all over himself.
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.
"Houston, we have a problem." Explanation The original statement is believed to be "Houston, we've had a problem.", but it became this because the original made it seem like the problem had passed. And in fairness, it's difficult to tell for sure due to the quality of the original transmission.
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?
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 When introducing new members to Fight Club, they have to learn the rules.
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 In one scene with the partying teens, Clover's character starts a jerky and hilarious dance. The song that he was dancing to was changed in post-production, making him look like a total dork.
Ki-ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma-ma... Explanation The onomatopoeia of Jason's leitmotif, which has often been mistaken for "ch-ch-ch-ma-ma-ma".
The title itself has become an accepted phrase used for any sort of plot where a time period repeats itself, in Real Life as well as on this site (well we had to rename it to make all the wicks easier but with regret, with regret).
METAPHOOOR! Explanation Drax is unable to grasp the concept of metaphors throughout the entire movie. Despite the "slashing finger across throat = kill" gesture being explained to him several times, he takes a much more literal approach.
"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.
MICHAEL! JESUS CHRIST!Explanation Loomis's awkward response to an attack by Michael, it became popular on some horror sites
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.
"You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" Explanation Michael Caine's one-liner after one of his character's cohorts detonates a van. A similar scene was shown in the now-infamous "hackers on steroids" news report, likely prompting the same reaction from some viewers.
My...preeeecciiiioooouuus..... Must have the preeeecciiiioooouuus........ They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses! Explanation Gollum's odd manner of speaking and obsession with the One Ring made quite the impression on viewers.
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.
Tim Capello's performance of "I Still Believe" Explanation One of the most often remembered scenes from this movie, even appearing in a sketch on Saturday Night Live more than twenty years after the movie came out.
Two men enter, one man leaves. Explanation Recurring phrase related to the eponymous Thunderdome, a caged arena where every fight is a Duel to the Death.
Who run Bartertown? Explanation Master, the guy in charge of Bartertown's power, shows off to the main character by cutting the juice and forcing the town's leader Aunty to admit that he's really the one in charge by repeatedly asking this question.
Sad Batman Explanation When the first picture of Ben Affleck as Batman and the Batmobile for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie were revealed, Batman is shown with his head bowed. Cue pictures of Batman looking sad at everything.
X saved more people than Superman Explanation Following the movie's violent climax, various people have pointed out how other characters saved more people than Superman. Including The Avengers, Godzilla, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
CONVENIENT ODINSLEEP Explanation Odin falls into a coma right in the middle of being shouted at by Loki for alleged Parental Favoritism
Father of the year. Explanation Odin's questionable parenting of both Thor and Loki spawned this one.
You mutated this meme for a purpose. What was it? (pause)...TELL ME!!!
This meme, I like it! ANOTHER! *smash*Explanation Thor, in Earth, drinks a coffee for the first. As a sign he absolutely likes the drink, he enthusiastically smash the coffee's mug while shouting that he wants another of said coffee.
I NEED A HORSE!Explanation Thor, in Earth, enters a pet store and orders a horse which, obviously, won't be available there.
"Big man in a suit of armor. Take that away and what are you?" Explanation As Captain America Captain demands of Iron Man in the trailer.
"Hulk? Smash." Explanation Captain America giving the Hulk a simple and easy-to-understand order.
"Kids, it was the summer of 2012 when your Aunt Robin joined the Avengers." (Or a variation thereof.) Explanation Cobie Smulders, who plays Maria Hill in The Avengers, also plays Robin Scherbatsky in How I Met Your Mother.
"Puny god." Explanation The Hulk gives an appropriate punctuation to a smashing of demigod Loki during the film's climax.
"Kneel, bitches!" Explanation Based on an interview with Tom Hiddleston, Loki's actor, in which, prompted by the interviewer, he said, "He [Loki]'s trying to get some bitches to kneel."
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.
"They're coming to get you, Barbara" Explanation Barbara's brother teases her with this line before he becomes zombie chow. The phrase is pretty popular, especially amongst horror fanatics. So much so that Ed yells into the phone, "We're coming to get you, Barbara!" in Shaun of the Dead.
"Federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison".Explanation Bolton worries that when they get caught because of Peter's money-laundering scheme, they'll be sent away to do hard time instead of going to a "white-collar resort prison".
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 Some fans started jokingly calling Cherno Alpha "Cherno Bill" in honor of William Chekhov.
"Always bet on black." Explanation A Badass Boast made by the main character (played by Wesley Snipes) to the Big Bad, after bringing up roulette. It has become one of the signature phrases related to Snipes.
Pejzaži u magli (Landscape in the Mist)
"Hello. Yes, this is dog."Explanation During the film somebody wishes to speak to their dog, so somebody places the headset at the dog's face. This (thirty years later) became a popular image macro series with the caption "Hello. Yes, this is dog."
I got a jar of dirt~! I got a jar of dirt~! And guess what's inside it~! Explanation Jack hides Davy Jones' heart inside a jar of dirt to prevent him from getting at it. He later taunts Jones with this.
But why is the rum gone? Explanation While marooned on a deserted island, Elizabeth forms a huge beacon of smoke by burning all the food, shade and rum on the island. Jack expresses dismay at the last.
Elizabeth is Will's long-lost sister...Explanation When the Irish Times, Ireland's main broadsheet, reviewed Dead Man's Chest, the reviewer compared the movies to the original Star Wars trilogy, arguing that Dead Man's Chest was Darker and Edgier enough to be the equivalent of The Empire Strikes Back. The reviewer concluded by saying that the film's only weak point was the romance between Will and Elizabeth "so we can only hope she turns out to be his twin sister". The joke caught on...
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.
"IIIIIIIII LIKE IT!" Explanation One of the mooks firing a BFG. Again, a variant of this phrase later found its way into Smash TV
"I'd buy that for a dollar!" Explanation The Catch Phrase in the stupid sitcom that many characters find inexplicably funny. This one also made its way into Smash TV as one of the evil game show host's Catch Phrases.
BITCHES LEAVE.Explanation When Boddicker comes to kill Bob Morton, he tells his prositutes to leave with this line.
"Yer gonna be a bad mother FUCKER!" Explanation Bob Morton's line to RoboCop when he is still under production, but can keep a lookout on his surroundings.
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.
The scene where Andy plays opera music for the prison has been edited many times on YouTube. Said opera music has been replaced by various kinds of music, from pop music to heavy metal, and even to flea market ads. To be fair, the reactions of the prisoners and the warden made it pretty ripe for parody.
"Why don't you come up sometime and see me?" Explanation Mae West's most famous misquoted lines from this pre-Code film. It has often appeared in many classic animated shorts, especially the ones from Warner Bros.Often misheard as "Come up and see me some time"..
"Would you fuck me? I'd fuck me." Explanation In a memorable scene, the Serial Killer Buffalo Bill tucks his junk between his legs and dances on front of a mirror, pretending to be a woman. He then asks this question from his reflection.
"Garbage Day!"Explanation As Ricky goes on with his suburban rampage, he comes across a guy taking out his trash. He hammily yells this line before shooting him. It is for this scene alone that the movie is known at all.
"Red car! Good point!" Explanation After a flashback in which Ricky had run over a rapist with a red jeep, his therapist writes "Red car!" on a piece of paper. Ricky notices this and mocks the therapist for his stating the obvious, in a moment that comes off as Eric Freeman openly mocking the movie.
Any instance of someone copying someone else's style, especially their hairstyle, is bound to result in a reference to Single White Female
"Enough is enough! I have had it with these muthafuckin' snakes on this muthafuckin' plane!" Explanation The most famous line from Snakes on a Plane (involving exasperation and much profanity) came from an Internet parody that emerged less than a month after Samuel L. Jackson was signed to the film. It then made its way into the film... This line has become so famous that EVERYTHING that has ever had and probably ever will have Samuel L. Jackson in it has been parodied by inserting a context appropriate version of this line somewhere.
Everything gets delivered on Tuesday.explanation In the Action PrologueEnterprise-B isn't finished when it has to respond to a distress signal, being somehow the only ship in range despite the Sol system being the Federation capital and military headquarters. In order, Kirk, Chekov, and Scotty ask Capt. Harriman for a tractor beam, medical staff, and photon torpedoes, all of which are due to be delivered Tuesday.
Oh... shit!explanation When the Enterprise-D's saucer starts to deorbit after the warp drive goes critical, Data, who had an emotion chip installed at the start of the film, gets scared and drops a Precision F-Strike.
"It's a trap!" Explanation Admiral Ackbar's exclamation has spawned a number of jokes and image macros, either with the original words or some pun thereof; this seems to be a Cyclic Trope, waxing and waning periodically. Interestingly, the meme seems to have further mutated since it began- originally Ackbar was a memetic Captain Obvious who pointed out traps that anyone could easily notice; since then, he has become a Memetic Badass who's able to detect any trap, regardless of how devious or well-hidden it is.
"It's as if a million [x] cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced." Explanation Occasionally used to refer to Internet Backdraft in which case [x] would be fangirls/fanboys/nerds. Sometimes a word other than "terror" is also used.
I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further. Explanation Said by Vader to Lando Calrissian in the context of allowing the Empire onto Cloud City, it's become a massive Snowclone for "deal with it".
Han shot first.Explanation Just one of the many things George Lucas changed about subsequent releases to the great dismay of fans.
The sound Explanation Originally a stock machine sound, it's made its way into many other media. Strangely, the only effect anyone seems to remember is the activation sound.
Fanmade versions Explanation Ever since the first film, official merchandise and fan creations have tried to mimic the iconic weapon, but only recently have the most hardcore fans even come close. People like Science Friction have speculated on whether creating the real deal would be physically possible.
Lucas being bought out by Disney has not been taken well by many fans. Explanation Reactions range from pointing out how Leia is now a Disney Princess to drawing characters in poor imitations of Disney art style.
Now fans are putting lens flare over all sorts of Star Wars art. Explanation J. J. Abrams is behind the new Star Wars films, and he's best known for massive use of lens flare, especially in the new Star Trek movies.
The entire Expanded Universe is now non-canon! NOOOOOOO!!!Explanation Disney declared all content outside the main films and The Clone Wars non-canon to make room for the new trilogy and the upcoming series Star Wars: Rebels. Fans have been quick to react with trademark fanspeak.
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 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.
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!"
" ...But why male models?"
" Listen to your friend Billy Zane, he's a cool dude!"