Memes: Tumblr

Numerous memes have spread through the site, some original and others finding their way from... that one site. Important to note about Tumblr and memes though - because of the sites' self-awareness, memes become old quickly and anyone using them after they've gotten "old" will be trashed violently. That self-awareness has also led to memes becoming increasingly meta and surreal over time. As most of this has been compiled relatively chronologically, compare the ones at the top with the ones towards the bottom.
  • Rule #1 of Tumblr: always reblog the creator.Explanation 
    • Alternatively, Rule #1: Do not speak of Tumblr outside of Tumblr. Explanation 
  • MY CREYSExplanation 
  • One of the more popular posts is a gif from the show The Walking Dead, where one of the characters undergoes a brain scan as they became infected. Someone incorrectly stated that the gif was an MRI scan of a person's brain releasing endorphins as they die, calling it "tragically beautiful".
    • Say hello to Tubby Custard mechanically-separated chicken.Explanation  There's similar games done with things like horse dildos, claiming that it's a photo of an African-American burn victim (it's hard to see and looks like a pale arm with splashes of pigment on it). ...Yeah.
  • MapCrunch. Users would use it to be "teleported" anywhere in the world and would then chronicle their adventures in finding the nearest airport.
  • Façade, an artificial-intelligence and type-based game, became popular with users after discovering its bad graphics, ridiculous dialogue/story, and absurd actions.
    • Upon discovering that typing the word "melons" resulted in a game over, melon jokes became very popular.
  • "Listen here, cum-slut"Explanation 
  • Once upon a time, someone coined the term YOLOnote . Not long afterwards, Tumblr grabbed the ball and never stopped running.
  • "MAGIC ANON!"Explanation 
  • "Follow this blog! You will love it on your dash(board)!" Archetypal method of promoting the blog you just reblogged from. Posts like this usually receive a good amount of mockery for it.
  • "I give you a hamburger..."/Cuil Theory. From an infamous Mind Screw audio post that was a measurement of how bizarre and detached something was from reality.
  • A gold star with "you tried" written inside it in Comic Sans, and its many variations, to be used as reaction images.
  • "It was a social experiment."Explanation 
  • "There are two kinds of people on Tumblr." Usually the response to a particularly odd or otherwise abnormal reblog of a post.
    • Or if they just miss the point or joke entirely.
  • "Peasant/s." This has fallen out of usage mostly, but is still referenced on occasion, but mockingly.
    • This is also the most popular example used of the Deader Than Disco trope on the website. If one finds a post talking about Discredited Memes, expect this one to be mentioned at least once.
  • Night Bloggers. If you've ever seen gibberish or other surreal posts pop up on your Dashboard, it's either a night blogger, or someone emulating them.
    • "Night bloggers or just the Australians?"
    • "Night bloggers, or Night Vale bloggers?" (Due to the podcast's own surreal humour.)
  • talking with no punctuation and shit grammar


    with multiple lines separated by a line


    that cut off midsentence



    usually to snark at someone

    • Possibly a result of the tag system; commas are unusable, as typing one just denotes a new tag, and it kind of spiraled off from there.
  • DISHONOR ON YOU! DISHONOR ON YOUR FAMILY! DISHONOR ON YOUR COW!!
  • "This post is not okay," "Who said this was okay" "Who gave you the right" and "Go sit in the corner and think about what you did." is the traditional response to intentionally Tear Jerker-y posts of things like the "The Reichenbach Fall" episode of Sherlock, Doctor Who, etc.
  • Fluffy chicken.
  • "Moisturize me," in response to uncomfortable faces. Originated from the Doctor Who fandom, although most of tumblr uses it now.
  • Hating memes has become a meme. Yes, you read that right.
  • "[Character I relate to] is my spirit animal."
    • A popular, non-appropriative alternative is "[such-and-such] is my patronus."
  • SWIMMING ANIME. (Based off a commercial for KyoAni featuring some very fanservicey swimming Bishōnen.)
    • A popular response is to reblog with a picture from Boku No Pico (Particularly the box art, which features Pico in a speedo and goggles), accompanied by the line "Did someone say Swimming Anime?"
  • Gifs of certain scene, with text over their eyes to represent a fandom reaction.
  • A picture with text next to it that says "People who (insert what they dislike people doing/saying)." Followed by reblogs that slowly remove words while keeping the same picture and eventually ends up as just "People".
    • Then finally a reblog describing the action taking place in the picture, accompanied by the same picture as preceding.
  • Obsession with the word "Butt" and butts in general.
  • Gifs of people from infomercials utterly failing at doing simple tasks have become very popular.
  • "before you say i am stoling this art let me explain you a thing..."
  • "-arrives 15 minutes late with Starbucks-"
  • Photoshoping an image of a shocked Patrick Star into numerous gifs.
  • The Mishapocalypse of 1st April, 2013.
    • Wait, what are you talking about? The Mishapocalypse never happened.
    • Later gained a spiritual successor in the form of the less widespread Thwompocalypse, wherein users started mass-posting audio and picture posts relating to Thwomps. Cue people waking up in the morning to find their dashboard clogged with angry blue cubes.
  • Ah, the scalene triangle.
  • The Tumblr Code: Calling out "I like your shoelaces!" in person as a covert way of identifying fellow Tumblr users. There's a response, of course.
    • Similarly, there was "Can you give me directions to an Olive Garden?", used in the same manner due to the example quotes in the Quotes page.
      • Alternatively now, "chrome-orb 2.jpg"
  • "Nobody's perf-", followed by an image of someone as an exception to the rule of nobody being perfect.
    • Also, "Perfect couples don't exi-"
    • "perf" as a shorthand for perfect
  • There's a Running Gag of Leonardo DiCaprio and his constant failures at winning an Oscar. These get extremely popular during award seasons.
  • Posts being accurate; meaning posts the user strongly agrees with. Often seen as "ACCURATE", "accurate post is accurate", "never before have I seen a post this accurate", etc.
  • The traditional expressions of admiration and/or love and/or lust for characters/celebrities:
    • CAN U NOT
    • FUCK OFF
    • GET OUT
  • The Axis Powers Hetalia fandom spawned "Doitsuism", a short-lived "religion" based on a parody of Rihanna's "Diamonds".
  • [AGGRESSIVELY DOCUMENTS TUMBLR MEME]
  • "Do you love the color of the sky?" *scroll for infinity, then something interesting at the very end*
    • This was a particularly interesting example of Deader Than Disco and Forced Meme. The original post itself was only popular for a short time before a majority of people thought it was annoying and clogged up their dashes. Many parodies were made, but the derivatives and complaints were more seen than anything else, many people hadn't even seen the original until it fell out of favor.
  • Posting pictures of meat in hopes of finding people who comments on it with disgust. If such an event occurs, you've "found the vegan."
    • You know, it's really not that funny to make fun of people because of what they choose to eat.
      • Found the vegan!
  • "get out" as a response to an Incredibly Lame Pun.
  • "Imagine how is touch the sky."
    • "Don't dead open inside."
    • "Boobs up my ass and out."
    • "The long king live is the dead queen."
    • "We're we here fuck we're shit queer up."
  • Any variant on "In [language] we don't say "I love you", we say [obscure arrangement of letters], which roughly translates to [cute phrase]."
    • Followed by someone "plugging" phrase into Google Translate & churning out a sexually-charged or disturbing phrase.
    • Originally used actual foreign languages and later warped into stereotypical words used in various English speaking countries, as well as fandoms and the like
    On TV Tropes they don't say "I love you". They say "Lampshade lampshade egregious xanatos in SPACE" which roughly translates to "You ruin my life in the best way possible." I think that's beautiful.
  • Fandomstuck.
    • Created by the Homestuck fandom during one of its many pauses, where they had moirail feels with the Axis Powers Hetalia fandom, which later expanded to encompass most of Tumblr.
  • "& in that moment..." or any other arrangement of picture on a space background.
  • "If you ever feel like/think you're [insert negative thing about you or something you're bad at] just remember that [insert someone being worse with said negative thing or being worse at the thing you're bad at]."
  • Calming Manatee.
  • Moon Moon the "Special" Wolf is starting to make its rounds.
  • She wears short skirts I wear tshirts she's cheer captain and I'm [insert contrasting thing here i.e. the dark lord satan]
    • she wear snort snirt i wear sneep snop
  • Some...
  • "Thanks, Satan" (usually tacked onto a post suggesting something especially devious).
  • "Friendly reminder that [insert something sad and not very friendly at all]."
  • "Make John Green find the thing!" When John Green (url fishingboatproceeds) does find the thing, cue "Is that John Green?"
  • After this post, people started adding more and more pictures of a very annoyed Satan's constant "people-falling-into-Hell" problem.
  • "Recreate a movie poster/cd cover using only comic sans & clip art".
  • "On my way to steal yo' girl"
  • Turning Benedict Cumberbatch's into the silliest phrases possible while still being able to tell who they're talking about. For example:
    • Baldersnap Cummerbund
    • Snozzlebert Mugglewump
    • Rinkydink Curdlesnoot
    • Britishguy Sillyname
    • Bombadill Wafflesmack
    • Boodlydoop Floofernoodle
    • Blueberry Pumpkinpatch (doubly funny now that there's a candle with a scent of the same name)
    • Bindelboop Cucumber
    • Benedong Cumberhanger
    • Butawhiteboy Cantbekhan
    tumblr-user brolininthetardis: "sometimes this site makes me forget what bendywick candlebatch’s real name even is and then i remember that you don’t need to know butterburger custardsnack’s real name for people to know you’re talking about bennyjet crumplebunch"
  • Taking a cutesy romantic picture+phrase post and adding a humorous response from pop culture underneath. Example, "when boys give you a cute nickname", followed by a picture of Ron Burgundy and his phrase "Tits McGee".
  • "Bitch i might be" to answer basically any question.
  • Comic Sans in general; find a humorous image a Tumblr user created, preferably a spoof of something, and it's highly likely that any text added will be in Comic Sans.
  • Shock over the Yahoo! acquisition, including joking about other purchasers (such as Monobear and Doug Dimmadome), and calling Marissa Mayer their new "mommy"
    • Collages of nightblogger posts with the caption "this is what yahoo paid $1.1 billion for"
    • One user's outraged (and, admittedly, rather pathetic) reaction to Yahoo buying Tumblr was reprinted in a newspaper article, and unsurprisingly, users had a field day. The original user has since deleted their blog.
  • ''Swiggity-swag what's in the bag'' and other variations.
  • A fandom hijacks a generic post, then someone uploads a picture of a cake onto it saying "sorry we made that post about _____"
    • A fandom hijacks a post about another fandom, then someone adds a pseudo-rubber stamp image afterwards saying 'This post hijacked by the [X] fandom'
  • "Do [s]he have a booty...? [S]he dooooo."
  • (◕‿◕✿)
    • Taken to its logical conclusion:
    (◡‿◡✿)
    (ʘ‿ʘ✿) What you say about x?
    (ʘ‿ʘ)ノ✿ Hold my flower.
    ✿\(。-_-。) Kick his ass, baby. I got yo flower.
  • The Sink Fandom. "SNK" Is a common abbreviation that people use to tag Attack on Titan (with the Japanese name of the series being Shingeki No Kyojin), resulting in a post that basically said (paraphrased) "You people with your SNK fandom, I've got something better: the SINK fandom!". Thus, "Sink Fandom" is a tag full of pretty or interesting sinks.
    • A related meme is for people to reply to questions about one "SNK" by answering with things about the other, far older SNK (born mainly out of people growing disgruntled with Titan fans who simply can't abbreviate the series to AOT.)
  • The game Cookie clicker became extremely popular on the website for no reason whatsoever.
  • Twisting life hacks, which used to be interesting methods of MacGyvering with common items in order to make daily tasks simpler, into either obvious, immoral, or surreal actions to make life "easier".
  • Tumblr users have a habit of creating couples, and sometimes entire fandoms, from inanimate objects or random concepts. The most popular is Creamsicle, listed above, and it in itself has spawned several Spinoffs. The second most popular was arguably "Jupitearth", a fandom originally spawned when news hit that Jupiter "saved" Earth from a collision in 2012. It originally started with humanizations of Earth and Jupiter but warped into using all the planets.
  • Miley Cyrus' performance at the VMAs quickly spread throughout the site.
  • Adding a swear word to a random noun to make a strange insult.
    Listen here, fucktruck...
  • hey r u the moreos guy Explanation 
  • Using Michael Scott's reaction to the fire drill as a reaction gifset, usually in response to exciting news. The [x] fandom right now: "Oh my God, okay, this is happening. Everybody stay calm, everybody stay calm. Stay fucking calm! Everyone just fucking calm down!"
  • Posting a suitably paranoid response to the notification that another user has started following you.
  • "Spoopy" and "creppy" (meaning simultaneously spooky and goofy/silly/funny) based on misspelled Halloween signs.
    • Everyone changing their URL to Halloweened versions, so you can't remember who's who.
  • Skeletons as a whole are a meme on Tumblr. Which means that there is a meme inside of you at all times.
  • The skeleton war Explanation 
    • "EN GARDE, FUCKBOY"/"Parlez vous francais, fuckboy?" Explanation 
    • prepare for the skeleton war in skeleton hell
    • no war but skeleton class war
  • skeletons don't real.
  • Typing apologetic words in Paint on top of pictures of cake, i.e., "Sorry for all the [x] on your dash."
  • Making fun of the stereotypically lame jokes that dads make, referred to as "dad jokes". (ie: "Dad I'm hungry." "Hi Hungry, I'm Dad.")
  • Writing "And we'll never be royals (royals)" from Lorde's song Royals on a picture of characters who, well, will never be royals but want to be.
  • wow so doge/shibe
    much trope
    such meme
so format
wow
  • It became so popular that, eventually, the government tried their hand at it, with disastrous results. Which also became memetic.
  • "You havin' a giggle at me mate? I'll bash ye fookin' head in I swear on me mum."
  • "God is dead and we killed him", often used in response to creations perceived as idiotic or otherwise bizarre.
  • Using porn gifs as reaction images.
    • This eventually lend to an example where an example where a perfectly SFW gif was used to describe a quite NSFW situation.
    • When someone uses a gay porn gif to describe a SFW situation, the typical response is "Is that gay porn?" followed by "No, it's *a SFW situation*".
  • "The best part of waking up is incest in your cup!" Explanation 
  • Surprise, bitch. I bet you thought you'd seen the last of me. Reached the apex of its hideousness when it merged with other almost dead (and not particularly missed) memes.
  • Coming up with increasingly long lists of things that took ages to happen or have yet to actually occur, and then suggesting that they still managed to occur before season 3 of Sherlock was transmitted.
  • Expand Dong: Taking various video game or anime or film cover arts or character images and putting sexual captions under them whilst making said captions out of bits of the cover's man title graphics newspaper ransom note style.
  • Recreating image posts with infamous captions/replies (the "Listen here cum-slut" and the Walking Dead brain-scan post being among them) and changing the image to something completely different and nonsensical.
  • Posting lyrics from Bring Me To Life when there's a bizarre image post with someone with a traumatized look on their face or a Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • ANIME JESUS
  • SHOTS FIRED (as a response to a burn)
  • The Supernatural fandom has GIFS for everything!
  • WHAT TEAM?
    • WILDCATS!
  • Dylan and Cole Sprouse's nudes.
  • For New Year's 2014: "new year, new me" I say as I [x].
  • [Muffled X Plays in the Distance]
  • The Selfie Olympics (people taking selfies in various strange, convoluted and dangerous manners.)
  • "Hello hiatus my old friend" as reference to the Sherlock hiatus starting up again.
    • Almost the same happens with the Homestuck fandom, too.
  • Miss Officer and Mr. Truffles.
  • Jokes about the color blood orange. "It's fucking red."
  • Posts that begin with "sext:" followed by some sort of deep, romantic, and completely non-sexual thought.
    • Or a completely mundane thought.
  • After kada-bura (formerly Aishaneko) posted her drawing of a humanized Notepad and Clock from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, they were, like most other things on the website, quickly shipped.
    "I can't believe I ship a notebook and a clock!"
  • "The X is strong", a way commenting on a particular quality. Ex. "The nerd is strong with this post".
  • Bringing back old memes has become a meme.note 
  • The FBI virus is one of the most destructive viruses as of January 2014. Despite that, some people decided to make it a meme as well.
  • "None pizza with left beef" Explanation 
  • Taking the lyrics from a well-known song and replacing a couple words with something nonsensical, by way of screenshots of Google's suggestions for misspellings. Like so.
  • Making joke chip flavors for the Lays' "Do Us a Flavor" promotion, such as "Canadian genocide" and "Disappointment".
  • Since JK Rowling's interview about how "she regrets putting Ron with Hermione" numerous posts have sprung up about authors regretting who they put their main characters with, including but not limited to Shakespeare, Suzanne Collins, and Victor Hugo.
  • Flappy Bird.
  • "Anyway, here's Wonderwall"note 
  • "Oh X, if only there was someone out there who loved you."
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon has taken the internet by storm, and Tumblr is no exception. "PRAISE HELIX", RIP notices to "Jay Leno" and "Abby", tons of fanart, ask blogs, and a religion popped up overnight.
  • "Did you learn that at bird school, which is for birds?"
  • [Gavin Screaming] note 
  • IT'S BACK note 
  • "As a [made up scientific field], I can confirm this is true."
  • "talk dirty to me" *saxophone riff*note 
  • "Someone who's never seen X explain what's happening in this screenshot" note 
  • NOOT NOOT
  • This series of 2chan posts about an... overly-optimistic Stalker with a Crush ended up gaining a ridiculous amount of steam. (´・ω・`)
  • I've hated Daft Punk since they killed that old man.
  • 2014 April Fools' Day introduced "Tumblr Pro", which would give the user a hat on its icon. Even though it was around for only a day, it quickly became memetic. Trigger warnings about this.
  • "It's a metaphor, you see..."note 
  • The Forest Nymph looking for his berries.
  • Meeting your twin on tumblr.
  • According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway...
  • On May 7, 2014, Hoenn was confirmed. Tumblr — no, the entire Internet — exploded.
  • Asking "the science side of Tumblr" to explain things. Usually reblogged with some overly simplified or nonsensical response.
    • thank you science side of tumblr
  • "If tumblr is so accepting then why is it that I, [unpopular group/person]..."
  • kup teraz
  • Hi, I'm X and you're watching Disney Channel *character draws logo and then does something in-character, mostly comedic effect*
  • Referring to something that is nearly uncountable with a ridiculously small number. Normally worded as "like X whole [whatever the item is]"
  • Some version of the following where either a gif is added to the end or some other part is edited to an ironic or bizarre level:
Girl: Come over
Me: Not tonight bae
Girl: My parents are out
Me: I'll be right over
  • Referring to Macklemore ironically as the head of the LGBTQIA movement.
  • Giving credit for a quote to a famous, often historical, person for something they obviously did not say. Normally worded as "[famous person], probably"
  • "Spiders Georg" the apparent outlier in the statistic that every person eats an average of three spiders a year. He is said to eat over 10,000 each day.
  • "Tag your porn!", usually in response to an image of especially tasty-looking food or other very desirable items.
  • free him explanation 
  • Calling a bird a "birb", followed by grammatically-incorrect monologues reminiscent of doge.
  • Fuck her right in the pussy
  • u ok dennys?/dennys are u ok explanation 
  • A format once used to call out romanticizing of serious conditions is now used as:
    Repeat after me:
    X is not "quirky"
    X is not "lolrandom"
    X is [insert description of choice here]
    STOP ROMANTICIZING X.
  • John Green wondering if The Fault in Our Stars was the first time in teen literature that the girl kissed the boy immediately became a meme.
  • me nd my pirate (or robot, ninja, etc etc) gf
  • Using Danganronpa's name to make weirdly similar names for the series.
    • Dangit Grandpa
    • Dangle Rompers
    • Dingle Rompus
    • Dangit Ron Paul
    • Dongle Wrangle
    • Dingly Rumpus
    • Diddly Rompers
    • Dang Rope
    • Danger Rhombus
    • ETC.
  • OkCupid user papapaka, better know as Squart Guy. He really WANTS TO MAKE YOU SQUART ACROSS THE ROOM AND HAVE THE BEST OEGAMIOM EVERY DAY. Expect to see his face photoshopped on just about anything.
  • Some would find a meme based on passive-aggressive commentary of things using a screencap of Kermit the Frog drinking tea in a Lipton commercial to be rather annoying, but that's none of my business.
  • Using a comic of a dog sitting in a burning building (this Gunshow comic), saying "this is fine" as a reaction image for situations that are not fine.
  • "I'm gonna fuck the thing."
    • "DO NOT FUCK THE THING."
  • Skull Trumpet
  • Saying 'I came here to have a good time and honestly I am feeling so attacked right now' in response to something negative being said to them.
    • Most definitely came from the movie 22 Jump Street.
      • The best part about this may be the fact that many people don't even know where this came from, with responses ranging from supposedly being said by Nick Jonas to drag queen Laganja Estranja of RuPaul's Drag Race.note 
    • Often inverted as "I came here to attack people and honestly I am having such a good time right now" and applied to antagonist characters
  • The 4chan/Tumblr back-and-forth raids (stretching all the way back from 2010) have spawned loads and loads of fanart and fanfic of the two sites.
    • Apathetic and/or confused reactions from the non-fandom/nerdy/SJW side of Tumblr (usually photography, car, or "I actually use this as a blog" tumblrs) towards the 2014 raids.
  • "THAT IS NOT THE INTENDED USE, SIR" Explanation 
  • DashCon 2014: Explanation 
    • The Ball Pit:
      • "we are giving you guys an extra hour with the ball pit" Explanation 
      • Posting a picture of the half-deflated ball pit in the empty convention hall as a response to posts about suggested tumblr projects or fantasies such as Tumblr Island or Tumblr University.
  • Chat posts in which a baby begins stuttering a word, to which a parent asks if they're trying to say some simple word (such as "father" or "mother"), only for the baby to say some famous, often lengthy, quote that begins with the same letter.
  • The trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, specifically the line "I don't do romance, my interests are very... singular". In the trailer this leads up to Christian showing off his BDSM paraphernalia, in the meme that image gets switched out with ridiculous things such as brony gear, One Direction-merc and... an inflatable spermwhale.
  • Editing screenshots of popular, often relatable text posts over pictures from a TV series, movie, game, etc. that the text posts apply to.
  • Aoba cake
  • "Starting today we will be deleting all blogs without the following image in 24 hours."
  • "Broom broom" and "get out me car"
  • Personal aesthetics, ranging from the mundane ("grunge") to the offbeat ("vintage communist") to the bizarre ("surrealist jock"). Usually "my aesthetic: x" or "new aesthetic: x"
    • The word "aesthetic" in general (see below).
  • "Slayer", which has audio clips of the Halo multiplayer announcer with a vaguely related picture of the RuneScape Gnome Kid next to it.
  • "Girls don't like boys. Girls like [x] and [y]."
  • The Madden Giferator.
    • This reached it's logical conclusion by thoroughly enraging fandom bloggers who insist Tumblr is a safe space from "stupid jock sports" without accounting for the existence of very active (albeit somewhat isolated) sports fandoms on the site. Nevermind the fact that the majority of people using said giferator are fandom bloggers doing it ironically because of how ridiculous it looks to them.
  • "Was this [x] even real" for particularly weird moments in movies/television shows.
    • And now also applied to old Tumblr memes.
  • You could stop at five or six stores...
    • "Honey, you've got a big storm coming"
  • no its beckynote 
  • tfw no gf guy
  • "bruh"
  • "Steal their look" posts featuring a memetic character and extortionately priced items.
  • "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS GAGA!" Explanation 
  • "Problematic faves" originating from the blog yourfaveisproblematic
  • "justgirlythings" picture with a pretty decent activity happening in the background but with a caption that is usually concerning, sadistic, makes zero sense, or is just really strange.
  • THIS!!!
  • "I killed a man."
    • Presented in comic sans on close up picture of an orange
    • Commonly but mistakenly linked to "blood orange" meme
  • ……………….slime man
    • do you have a signature on your texts or something
    • no……………….slime man
  • who is she
  • Rise
  • gotta go fast
  • peach time, and variations thereupon
  • YEE
  • Screenshots of the tumblr app not loading images
  • Variations of the phrase "My anaconda don't", such as "My anaconda will consider it", "My anaconda doesn't", etc.
    • Also related to Anaconda are jokes about Drake's section of the video, such as using his pose as a reaction image or making a joke about him still being in the chair weeks/months/centuries later.
    • It's also become popular to compare a picture of Shinji from Neon Genesis Evangelion sitting in a similar pose.
  • pathetic egg stunt achieves nothing
  • Screenshots of two posts on the dashboard accidentally referring to each other
    • Separate posts that are designed to be reblogged simultaneously to create a single image or story, e.g. Cookie in a milk cup / milk in a cookie cup, "I see you shiver in antici..." "pation".
  • This very article is beginning to become a meme.
  • the bears are in
  • Screenshots of the message icon having a big number of messages with the caption "WHAT DID I DO"
  • Take a closer look at that snout!
  • "kill yourself" as a popular troll ask.
    • Pictures of reactions to being asked this.
  • Ohhh my god. Ohhh ,y god. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh THERE IT IS THERE IT IS.
  • "Anything's a dildo if you're brave enough."
  • what is [person] doing? usually replied with "their best"
  • Nigel Thornberry in every BLARGHARGHAGH
  • Using "Photograph" by Nickelback (or later, Gloria Estefan's "Conga") as a form of audio post Rickrolling.
  • Afro Circus.
  • Rotating gifs of faces set to Sweet Dreams.
  • my dash did a thing!!!!note 
  • Coming from {{4chan}}'s weird obsession with it comes a somewhat ironic fanatic following in Shrek, usually through sexual copypasta, video edits to insert Shrek in other films, or photoshops.
  • Creating a powerpoint (usually for a particular show/set of characters) with information which the user has gathered purely from tumblr. Usually titled with "what tumblr has taught me about X" or similar.
  • Unnecessarily making colour palettes out of any image
  • "I can't believe that (insert something blatantly untrue or which didn't happen)"
  • "(I want this) because of reasons" is usually a reply to something (a tool, a celebrity, food, etc.) that the user really wants.
  • okay cool
  • The Hawkeye Initiative is a response to the portrayal of female characters in comic books in fansevicey poses. Artists will post a photo of a female character and then draw the male hero Hawkeye in the same position, often with comedic intent.
  • Is this a pigeon? is a photo reply to any picture showing a butterfly. The photo in question shows a man from an anime pointing to a butterfly and asking if it is a pigeon.
    • [1] Pesky bee.
  • Pokefusions were created after a handful of artists were alerted to the presence of a site that can "fuse" two Pokemon sprites together. The result was very, very awesome.
  • Ah, TV Tropes. I love that site. The way they just [clenches fist] trope all those frickin TVs Explanation 
  • There is a post with over 13 million notes, but the content of said post keeps changing, so much so that no one knows which one was the original (but its typically the "Let's make Dean in gym shorts the most reblogged picture on Tumblr" post.)
  • Tuesday again? No problem
  • Pepe the Sad frog/ Feels Bad Man
    • Exchanging "rare pepes" (edits of the picture).
  • "The circle of stupidity is complete" when an entire post makes no sense
  • "Confirmed" commented on any picture, at all
  • "__"... Hacked note 
    • "I'm in."
    • Sometimes confused with the "Confirmed" meme
  • "Tropes? In my TV?"
    • It's more likely than you think!
  • Putting pita chips on top of rooftops.
  • The pregnancy test meme: one character showing another character (the presumed father) a positive pregnancy test.
  • "little gray cat theme" and various derivatives
  • "When Mama Isn't Home" and the various snowclone images it's spawned.
  • After the dashboard update of October 2014, there are several creations of "bluespace" posts, ranging from characters to animals and everything in between.
  • *rhythmic snapping from the shadows*
  • he scream at own ass.. w
    • :V
  • Bottoms up... and the Devil laughs.
  • "delete this"
  • "Bad and naughty children get put in The Pear Wiggler to atone for their crimes"
  • Commentary and self-awareness of the increasingly surreal and absurd memes is itself a meme.
    • "This whole fucking website is on drugs"
  • Posts suggesting John Green is the infamous Zodiac Killer in the same vein as Actual Cannibal Shia Lebouf note 
    • "John Green being the Zodiac killer is a quality meme to wrap up 2014"
  • Comparing Woobies and Ensemble Darkhorses to this beautiful cinnamon roll that's Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
  • Hi, I am Erica! How are you? :) I am a game developer and I and my team are currently working on a awesome game. We would like to ask you a favor. Can you test it out and see how it works? Will take ONLY few seconds! Would appreciate your opinion and feedback. Try it on MY TUMBLR. Thank you very much darling, tell my how it was we can chat later!! Erica :)*~ note 
    • More recently, its many impersonators. Viruses spread in the form of an ask telling someone to "test out their new game on their blog" with their icon as some sort of stock image have been popping up and many people have created parodies and hilarious responses to such obvious viruses.
  • They crave that mineral. note 
  • "Welcome To My Twisted Mind."note 
  • "Your fave is problematic". note 
    • My (un)problematic fave.
  • "What will be the last meme of 2014?":
    • "'The last meme of 2014' will be the last meme of 2014"
    • Iggy freestylesnote  is actually the last meme of 2014. Therefore, the last meme of 2014 is not the last meme of 2014. Does your brain hurt now?
  • Bath Bombs. note  Became controversial after social justice bloggers saw it as mocking teenage girls.
  • WHEN WILL PEOPLE FUCKING REALIZE THAT MEN ALSO ARE GIVEN UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS DO YOU HAVE ANY FUCKING IDEA HOW IMPOSSIBLE IT IS TO LOOK LIKE THIS??? note 
  • When highly controversial tumblr user communismkills posted a patreon asking people to pay for her to stop blogging, the quote "For $8,000 a month, I will stop" became popular.
  • Posts parodying "daddy dom" S/M relationships.
    • When daddy gives you cummies (´∀`)
      • "Daddy's cummies" and its variations has become a meme in its own right.
    • "When daddy cuts my french toast for me". Based off a widely-mocked photo of a user's boyfriend cutting french toast, with that as the caption.
  • "Please go to church", "you need Jesus", etc. in response to highly sexual (sometimes humorous) text posts.
  • Shipping Petch from Texas and Lonk from Pennsylvania. Inspired a fandom.
  • "Watch me swooce right in"Explanation 
    • "Am I glad that he's frozen in there and that we're out here"Explanation 
  • Taking random screencaps, usually with Captain America, from any Avengers movie, adding texts in them suggesting a fight or discussion is about to happen, and then at the end adding the "Captain America: Civil War" logo.
    • A variation of this contains Thor instead of Captain America and the "Thor: Ragnarok" logo at the end.
  • The "MMM Whatcha Say" portion of Imogen Heap's song "Hide and Seek" as a reaction to something sad in a fandom, usually a character death.Explanation 
  • Mario Kart 8 playback videos, sometimes timed with music, and the Luigi death stare
  • meet me in the pit
  • "just fuck me up"
  • The movie adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender being horrible
  • At the start of 2015, all kinds of posts relating to Neon Genesis Evangelion or to Back to the Future 2 circulated due to both occurring during the year 2015
  • putting offensive or crude text on cute backgrounds or in pink pixel text, so that the post appears to be gentle and nice at first but then says something wildly out of place
  • "Not all men"? You're right, [Nice Guy the poster likes] would never do that.
  • The DK Rap.
  • A particularly disastrous update caused posts to be able to be "hacked" allowing bloggers to mess with text posts in a way they never had been able to before. Summed up in vine form here.
  • "There is no war in Ba Sing Se."note 
  • Shakira's Hips Don't Lie
    Iggy: How was my freestyle?
    Shakira: It was fire
    Shakira's hips: It was terrible
    Shakira: Son of a
  • Katy Perry's Superbowl Halftime performance, particularly her outfit and the sharks (mainly the one on the left).
    • Are you Left Shark, or Right Shark?
    Anonymous: Do you think Katy was a flop?
    yoncevevo: sister the whole thing looked like that yo gabba gabba show
  • shitpostgeneratorExplanation 
    • With the rise of shitpostgenerator, discussions on mass-production of shitposts and 'Meme Capitalism'
    • This went so memetic so quickly that the creator shut it down within a few days, naturally resulting in both mock funerals and celebrations of the death of meme capitalism.
  • Posts about Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars's Uptown Funk and the fact that it is evidently the most universally loved song in existence.
  • Mocking the Disney movie Frozen... or mocking the mockery/backlash the movie got.
    • Several posts were made calling out the "animation errors"note  and in the movie. These posts were imitated, replacing the images with MikuMikuDance gifs of the characters from Frozen becoming distorted (Like this.)
      • Similarly, there was a lot of controversy about same-facing both within the movie and between Rapunzel, Elsa, and Honey Lemon, some people believing all three characters were based on the same model, leading to posts like this.
    • constable-frozen. Explanation 
  • Inappropriate audition songs.
    "hi im auditioning for the role of elphaba and i’ll be singing “it’s not easy being green” by kermit the frog"
  • "SJWs ruined my crops/[some other ridiculous thing]" or jokes about SJWs controlling things such as water companies.
    • Replacing frivolous uses of "SJW" with skeleton.Explanation 
  • is that an example or a reaction Explanation 
  • The Dress.Explanation 
  • Obsession with Shrek, either ironically or un-ironically. Popularized by tumblr user ogreos.
  • "I love [X], especially *looks at smudged writing on hand* [mangling of Y]"
    "Oh yeah Gorillaz I love that band! 2D, Noodle, Russel, and [looks at smudged writing on hand] mudkip."
  • Absurd "aesthetic" posts reblogged alongside a commentary post about said aesthetic.
    • General format:
    Mom: Why is there an octopus on your head?
    Me: Aesthetic
    • and then next post is a picture of someone wearing an octopus on their head.
    • Bonus points if the first post contains an additional comment along the lines of "I swear to god if I scroll down and see someone with a fucking octopus on their head..." and the same person makes an appropriately angry comment on the actual picture
  • The signs as XExplanation 
    • often combined with an irrational (mostly) hatred of Geminis
  • "We all know why we're reblogging this."Explanation 
    • This is Garnet. Back together... Explanation 
  • We'll never forget you Coppy.Explanation 
  • #ThisGeneration/#LastGenerationExplanation 
  • "SAVE US X-KIT GUY!" Explanation 
    • "WE'RE SORRY X-KIT GUY" Explanation 
  • _____ Gothic Explantion 
    • Some users have compared these posts to Welcome to Night Vale, a podcast with a narration style and content similar to the one in these posts. There are also a couple of Welcome to Night Vale Gothic memes which presents Night Vale as an ordinary town, in contrast to what we know of it.
  • Vladimir Putin.Explanation 
  • Complaining, jokingly or otherwise, about "allies".Explanation 
  • Snake church, or "snurch," and derivatives.Explanation 
    • Also seen as "snemes (snail memes)".
  • "Let's McFreakin' lose it!"
  • An inexplicable surge of Dada-style, Duke Nukem-related shitposting that came as fast as it went, as seen here, here, and here.
  • For some fandoms, there is the inevitable Texts From Last Night mashup, casting the characters as the senders of the texts.
  • "Feudal lord and handmaiden".Explanation 
  • Cheeky Nandos on the British side of Tumblr, prompting all the Americans to wonder what it means.
  • What she says: I'm fine
    What she means: [lengthy rant or one sentence (usually Fandom-related) expressing disappointment, or another meme]
  • Down With CisExplanation 
  • Reblog if you are [X minority], support [X minority] or are [something completely absurd].
  • in the tags put:
    • where u live
    • ur first language
    • what u call this [picture of a random object]
  • Saying a post would make a good Disney movie, occasionally followed by art of a hypothetical poster for it (one example here).
  • Giving the list of people in a cast of characters saying who you should fight or possible outcomes of fighting a certain character.
  • The anti-Social Justice Warrior blog Sonic For Real Justice, which quickly became infamous for kicking a moderator off for closing the askbox when they were overwhelmed with asks, and then changing the rules list to include sending him hate as a new rule. It's gained attention from sympathizers, while others follow the blog ironically to riff on the other cartoonishly assholish mods. Yet others suspect the whole fiasco is staged, mainly because most of the drama on the blog happens through constant posting where everyone can easily read about the mods' beefs with each other and the fact all of the drama happened in less than a week.
  • 👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌th 👌 ere👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good shitExplanation 
  • Drawings of characters with added muscles and a speedoExplanation 
  • graphic design is my passion Explanation 
  • Do it! Explanation 
  • Yarny Explanation 
  • Parodying Harry Potter's decision to name his son Albus Severus by making posts with the scene with the names changed to something else, more than partly owing itself to the widespread dislike for Snape on the site.
  • A 100% rational disgust directed at Minions and their absurd popularity, as well as corny "minion memes" stereotypically popular with middle-aged moms on Facebook.
  • Outlandish explanations for why same-sex marriage was legalized, usually containing the phrase, "Coincidence? I think not."
    • Or alternatively, crediting it to Macklemore.
  • "I was the X." "I was the Y." "I was the Z."Explanation 
  • "hello naughty children it's ______ time" has become a stock method of explaining harsh character actions or plot twists, especially when they occur in media with child or teenage characters.
  • "What's better than this? Just gals being pals / guys being dudes." Explanation 
  • The Fat Controller laughed. "You are wrong!" Explanation 
  • Dan Nicky your Bobbie s Explanation 
  • Using Zoobe to make video rants on an infinitely diverse range of topics, usually using the white rabbit character.
  • This:
    me on a date: so what do you think of X (show/character/person/etc)?
    them: [insults X/unpopular opinion about X]
    me, shoving breadsticks into my bag/purse/pockets: i have to go home right now immediately/my mom said i have to go home right now immediately, don't contact me ever
  • The Discourse: a meme that started in leftist/social justice tumblr to describe particularly bad theory and discussion; closely related is the Discourse Chef image. Both are commonly used as reactions to poorly thought out political posts.
  • new phone who dis
  • The Notevoid explanation 
  • Strange flower pots, usually put in an audio post containing Mother music.
  • Making a text post with a detailed title, or a title that's the beginning of a well-known phrase, but the only content of the post itself is "gun".
  • young man explanation 
  • okay...that sounds fake, but okay...
  • An extension of the "cinnamon roll" meme, listing which characters fit into these categories:
    Looks like a cinnamon roll but could actually kill you
    Looks like they could kill you but is actually a cinnamon roll
    Looks like a cinnamon roll and is actually a cinnamon roll
    Looks like they could kill you and could actually kill you
    • Another derivative is known as a "sinnamon roll," referring to a character treated as a cinnamon roll while simultaneously being problematic, villainous, or evil.
  • Reminiscing over old infomercials and recreating them in text post form. Started with a post about Shirley Temple DVD Infomercials.
  • You've heard of [x], now get ready for [a phrase that is the exact opposite of x] example 
  • Draw your OTP/squad like this. explanation 
  • One person in two person group finding the other person like this:
    X: [can't find Y in a crowd]
    X: [loudly insults someone/something Y loves]
    Y: (from across the room/street/etc.) WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU JUST SAY?!
    X: Found them.
  • JOHN CENA explanation 
  • Beatles dragging explanation 
  • This conversation, courtesy of iCarly, with other characters in the place of Alice and Bob.
    Alice: Hey, Bob, remember the time you dared me to X?
    Bob: No, I said "Alice, don't X." And then you said "Don't tell me what to do, Bob." And then you X.
  • This exchange between an OTP:
    X: I lost my dear spouse Y.
    Y: Quit telling everyone I'm dead!
    X: Sometimes, I can still hear their voice.
  • Making fun of Banksy, the Dismaland exhibit, and the perceived pretentiousness behind it all.
  • 20 mins into "Netflix and chill" and he gives you this look
  • Major/Minor Key swaps

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