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YouTube, being a popular video site, is unsurprisingly rife with Memetic Mutations.
Many instances, though, are drawn from other meme sources. For example, the All Your Base Are Belong to Us video, while on the site, didn't originate there. But some did.
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The meme. [[labelnote:Explanation]]The explanation behind the meme.[[/labelnote]] Explanation Like this.
YouTube Poop. Effectively, a very chaotic and strange outgrowth of people uploading their video editing practice runs. Nowadays, the cheap effects characteristics of programs like Windows Movie Maker are used for comedy. Videos are spliced, slowed down, sped up, repeated, and otherwise edited for no apparent reason. YTP is an entire set of memes itself, including:
Unfitting music set to a scene (subverted with "fitting music", "somewhat fitting music", and the like)
The Family Guy Video meme has Peter Griffin, in a parody of The Ring watching a video cassette after being warned (the video in question is Mannequin 2, in case you were wondering). Cue a video edited by the YouTuber, then cue back to Peter lying on the ground with an agonized face while the sound is still playing.
Hitler Rants: Numerous videos of Adolf Hitler during a certain scene in the film Downfall, (where he lays out new deployments to defend Berlin from the advancing Allies, only to be hesitantly told by his commanders that they just don't have the forces left to do it) has been changed to alternately-dubbed scenes where he conveys his hatred and distrust of everything from video game consoles to films to politicians to music, and everything in between.
Of course, this lead to one hell of a meta-meme with it was discovered that Guile's Theme goes with everything... includingGuile's Theme itself.
Alternatively, "The Fresh Prince of [insert work name here]", which is the same as Guile Theme goes with everything, only using the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. It turns out that the two memes are compatible, resulting in one of the greatest mash-ups in music history.
Just An Image And A Song: These are the type of song videos that are the most likely to be removed for copyright violations. Some don't even bother with an image, and just upload an audio-only blank video.
Lyrics Videos: This is another common type of song video, and are slightly more creative than those of the JAIAAS variety.
Photo/Video Collages: The most creative type of song videos that put together a series of images and/or video clips set to music. Some are them are even "tribute" videos. These song videos are the least likely to be removed for copyright violations.
Time lapse videos are popular, the most popular being one showing a girl aging from infancy to her tween years. A variant shows a specific type of change within a period of time; most commonly something related to hair, weight, or gender.
A fun subversion is doing the same thing but with an object, such as an action figure, that does not change in appearance over time.
"WASTE X SECONDS OF YOUR LIFE": A short video, usually around 3 seconds, of some pointless sound clip. What were you expecting?
10 hour videos of Memes have become popular.
Around the start of 2012 a lot of videos parodying the AMV "When I'm Bored" started popping up.
"(X) In G Major". It's essentially making a normally friendly sounding thing (typically a song) into something horrifying (or an ear sore depending on who you ask) by changing the pitch, adding multiple layers of different pitches, and making the image of the video negative. Compare the regular Always to this G Major version.
The "Shit [insert gender/racial group/subculture here] Says" videos. It all started with "Shit Girls Say" and the most controversial, "Shit Black Girls Say". They usually feature somebody (usually not in the group depicted, i.e. in the original video the "woman" is clearly a man with a wig) saying things that members of that group hypothetically would say in certain situations.
"Shit [insert group here] Say To [insert opposing group]" here have become equally as popular.
Unregistered HyperCam 2Explanation The trial version of the popular screen capturing tool HyperCam, since version 1 (back then, the watermark did not have the number 2 on it), had a white watermark on the top left corner of the video with this gem written on it, usually seen in the Windows System typeface. People who didn't want to pay for it, or didn't use a video editor with the ability to crop it out (such as the ever popular Sony Vegas) were stuck with this watermark on their videos. HyperCam 2 eventually became freeware, and removes the watermark, though HC 3 requires a registration fee for it or "Unregistered HyperCam 3" appears.
www.zdsoft.com Explanation ZDSoft screen recorder has its own watermark that uses the same font as for HyperCam but displays its website.
www.fraps.comExplanation Another poular screen recorder, fraps (intended for recording gameplay footage) displays this at the top of the screen.
We must start with the very first meme on any video's comments: "First!"
"Did [item] die?", where the video depicts some disastrous result, not necessarily affecting said item. Usually funnier if the item is not affected at all—such as a cable spool rolling down an escalator and people asking if the spool or the escalator died. Very common on Fail Blog videos.
Since it was possible to like/dislike videos, commenters have gotten to saying "[x] people missed the like button" or "[x] people [do the opposite to something in the video]", such as one from a video of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall" saying "[x] people can't have any pudding".
There's also a variant of the above, commonly seen on Let's Plays: "X people failed [level shown in the video], or "X people were killed by a [insert mook from game here]."
or like on this video, "542 people must have goten [sic] a boot to the head".
Except on the Justin Bieber videos, where more people dislike than like them, given that it has become somewhat of a mini-meme to bash him in random music videos by completely different bands, sometimes in completely different styles. Usually the comment is "Better than Justin Bieber".
A sub-meme that grew from this one is the "X is still a better love story than Twilight." Yes, even on completely random videos.
"[x] people thought the button for dislike meant dis i like"
Also, if a video has a large and equal (or almost equal) number of likes and dislikes, expect comments about "keeping/breaking/restoring the balance".
Another one - A YouTuber sees the number of dislikes a video that they like has and says "X (number of) dislikes?" *loads shotgun* Or how a YouTuber talks about how they want to kill the people that disliked the video that they liked.
When the Like/Dislike bar has a vast majority of one or the other, people may comment that it looks like a lightsaber.
"Thumbs up if you're watching this in 201X" has been making its rounds.
And those comments are followed by joke ones which involve saying you're watching the video in the future or in the past.
In order to promote their careers, many people are now posting comments on popular videos (often music and viral videos) along the lines of "I am an aspiring (insert entertainment industry career here) and it's my dream to (get a record deal, go to filming school, etc). I have seen a lot of hate on YouTube in the past but I think that (insert the name of whoever is credited for the video being spammed) fans have a more caring heart. I have (integer from 1-5) thousand viewers but no one will notice me with such a small following. Please like this comment so everyone can see it and subscribe to make my dreams come true. Thank you." Top comment every time.
Bonus points if the person begins with something along the lines of "I don't really like thumbs up comments..." yet they have spammed 10 other videos as well.
Requests for lyrics in videos that either have no lyrics or just repeat the same ones over and over.
There was also a habit of Tubers posting "That's me, I'm [x]", usually referring to themselves as a background character or (stranger still) backdrop scenery. It quickly became something of a Forced Meme, though.
The "You say Artist X, I say Artist Y" meme, with Artist X being a band/group/artist that the commenter regards as "bad", and Artist Y being a band/group/artist that the commenter regards as "good". Can also come with an optional addendum of: "(something greater than 50%) of teens/people have turned to (hated genres here). If you're one of the (remaining percentage) who still listens to real music, copy to X number of music videos."
"I'm only (any age under 18), and I like this artist/movie/show/etc" to videos of such that are at least five years old. Bonus points for additional complaint that nobody else/very few kids at commenter's school like it.
This comment has been making rounds in the comment section of modern songs: "When Ke$ha went to Take It Off, Bruno Mars threw a Grenade which made Katy Perry a Firework. That made Usher say OMG and then he exploded too. Fortunately, Taylor Swift rode away on a White Horse. Unfortunately, Rihanna killed her while she was running away! So Rihanna became the Only Girl In The World. The loneliness caused Rihanna became a retard, so she don't know her name. Now she keeps saying Oh na na What's My Name? Nelly soon woke up saying it was Just a Dream!"
Similar comments have popped up. It's also become popular to use titles from a certain band in such ways.
People have been putting these "Press *insert number from 1 through 9* for some funny thing" on these YouTube videos. Basically, it involves the user clicking on the video while it's being played and the user's supposed to click on any number from 1 through 9 over and over again for what's basically considered a funny scene or noise.
The common "Thumbs up if you came here from (insert website here)" comment. TV Tropes is mentioned at times, particularly with the phrase "Featured on TV Tropes!" when a video receives linkage on here.
People have been posting "co za asy" (Polish for "What aces!") after the comment was sarcastically posted on a video later reviewed on =3.
On videos with religious music, there will be a lot of comments that say "I'm an atheist, but this stuff is just beautiful" or some variant. These comments will often be in the highest rated section.
Similarly, this happens with ethnic music too, where someone from a rival country will put their Misplaced Nationalism aside and comment something like "I'm *insert nationality here* and I still love this music", or they'll leave their nationality for the end of the comment as The Stinger (Greetings from *insert country here*)
Mom: TURN THAT SHIT DOWN!
Me: But it's [Artist here]!
Mom: TURN THAT SHIT UP!
A variant of the following conversation (which has also faced Hype Backlash):
Kid: Mom, I'm going out.
Mother: What are you going to do?
Kid: I'm going to kill (X number of people who disliked this video).
Mother: You're going alone?
Kid: No, I have (X number of people who liked the video) helping me.
Mother: Have fun!
One m00:00re time! note Explanation:When a commenter writes numbers in this format, YouTube changes it to a timecode that, when clicked, plays the video from the indicated time. However, now the timecode needs to be surrounded by spaces, or it won't work.
On sexually-charged music videos; "This porn has good music."
Someone stating they paused their porn videos to listen to the video.
There is one brilliant inversion on a "Weird Al" Yankovic video (not the top comment anymore, though) that goes something like
I switched to porn when my mom walked into the room; it was easier to explain.
This is also popular on extremely strange videos, like Going To The Store. What's a parent going to believe more: teenage son is watching porn, or teenage son is watching a naked mannequin flopping around to some very psychedelic music?
People "raping" the replay button, and sometimes getting sued.
In a similar vein, commentators asking why they can't "like" a video more than once, or lamenting the lack of buttons like "This is fucking awesome".
X faved/liked this! note When a famous YouTube user likes or favorites a certain video, their horde of fans will go to there and state that said user liked/favorited the video.note User RubberFruit is the one who brings this on a lot. He likes to use music from popular/obscure Nintendo games, and whenever he uses one piece of music in his videos, a horde of fans will spam the music-video with references to the video he used it in. It got so bad at one point that the "Puzzle in the Caves" and "Demon Resident Mine Cart" music videos had to have its comments locked because they got out of hand with Painis Cupcake (the character who uses these themes) references.
This extends to notable web personalities on other sites who review corny, lesser-known or just plain bad works. Their fans will often flood every video they can find related to the work in question and spam it with "X brought me here" responses or parrot the most memorable moments and quotes of the personality's review of the work.
Now people claim "I liked/faved this before (famous person) did."
On Videos of The Simpsons posted on YouTube you will come across at least one comment describing an action that happened in the video followed by the phrase That's a Paddlin
"If I get [x] likes I'll sing this song at my school's talent show!"/"If I get [x] likes I'll sing this song to my [boyfriend/girlfriend]!"
Both the top comments on "School's Out" by Alice Cooper state that if they get (very large number of likes) they'll blow up/burn down their schools.
Or "I will tell my secret crush I love them if I get (X) likes." on sappy videos.
"Did anyone notice that n:(m-1) is missing?" or variations thereof, where n:m is the full duration of the video (minutes:seconds) - a recurring comment, usually on short videos where it's more noticeable, regarding a persistent glitch in the current video player, where the display never shows the second-to-last second. (If the video is seen as 5 minutes and 23 seconds long, the timer will jump from 21 to 23 at the end, even though the video plays normally. A video in question with this length may also in fact be 5:22 long before upload, meaning the counter may add a non-existent last second for some videos.)
"Transcribe the audio" note One of YouTube's more infamous features is the "Transcribe Audio" option, which is meant to form a closed caption subtitling based upon the sound in the video. The results would often become gibberish, and some users even use this for amusement and post the results in the comments section.
Saying "I'm On The Weird Part Of YouTube" when you see an odd video has become popular.
Complaining when a video is 240P instead of a higher quality.
On the flip side, videos with annotations or uploader comments saying "WATCH IN HD!!!!" are getting very common, even for videos that aren't improved much by high-def. Most viewers will use the highest setting their connection can handle anyway, so posters probably only add these recommendations because everyone else is doing it.
A popular meme on particularly grainy/low-resolution videos is "Did you record this/upload this using a toaster/microwave/potato?"
Comment: What model toaster was used? I've never seen one with an aperture like that one.
Howcast videos are made fun of a lot in the comment section of their videos. Often the comment makes fun of the video by giving steps that are easier to do than what the video does and then ending it with the "Did You Know" section by giving a completely obvious fact.
YouTubers commenting, upon seeing a bad quality video, "Was this recorded with a X?"
And not a single male viewer was straight that day.
I want a ten hour loop of this.
YouTubers commenting, upon seeing a video that ship teases a certain pairing, "And thus thousands of fanfictions were brought into existence" or something similar.
X (a certain character) made X (a certain number) accounts and disliked this.
"What the fuck did I just watch?"
Dafuq did I just watch.
On videos with somewhat horrifying thumbnails, "right click and stop download"
Also it's sometimes used on sexy and even occasionally humorous thumbnails.
Day [Insert large number here] of searching for X's comment. Food running low. So thirsty. Land nowhere in sight. Not sure if their comment ever existed.note Back when replied comments weren't linked together and users had to search for them manually to find out what the reply was to.
"Click "Show comment" to go on an adventure." When comment threads are especially long.
A popular Inversion has clicking "Show Comment" to just show one comment: "I lied."
A short-lived one was "You are already subscribed to (User)", which would show up if you clicked on the Subscribe button but you were already subscribed. Nowadays, there's an Unsubscribe button, so the "You are already subscribed" comments don't make much sense anymore.
Some form of Roleplaying has become a fad on the site. Put your "real name" as a fictional character and an image of the character as your profile picture, and then comment in-character on a video involving said character somehow.
Family Guy characters are most common, often featuring Meg Griffin saying something that would be considered controversial to the video's target audience or saying something negative about a video with a largely positive reception, with a reply by Peter Griffin saying "Shut up, Meg" or a variant thereof.
"This video is so fake". Especially perplexing when posted on videos that are obviously fake, like cartoons or pro wrestling.
xXxMLGPro420NoScopesxXx: Take a video game, often an obscure title, any of the generic European sim games, or a simulator like Silent Hunter. Then throw in a crapload of Lens Flare and massively bright lights, spin the video around at random, zoom it in and out, add in large, obnoxious gaming related slang over it (headshot, 360 no scope, TARGET AQUIRED), chuck in some pictures of weed, set the thing to "Bangarang" by Skrillex , and title it a variation of MLG Xx PRO HD 1080P NO SCOPE 360º 420 W33D. It parodies popular First-Person Shooter compilations, where the tropes are played straight, filled with crap dubstep, and filled with over the top effects. The MLG Pro refers to the "Major League Gaming" website, a high level competitive gaming scene.
Someone managed to capture a bunch of these into one comment on this video.
Find a popular video about science things, like the Universe. There's a chance you may find a religious debate on these videos.
Debates in overall. Decided to watch the video related to the Color Doll test? Good chance there's going to be a lot of racism-related comment chains.
The very slightly-less obscure fadnote No major site has reported on this at all. of putting spiders, giant flies, (and maybe sometimes other bugs) on default blue-silhouette profile pictures. It can get unnerving. Circa spring 2013.
A few years ago, we had the chain postings which required you to copy the comments to several videos or else something weird would (supposedly) happen. People generally ignored these. A feature YouTube once had was bulletin posts on the side of an old channel layout, where these chain letter posts had fallen into at one point. While not as common as in 2010, it still happens sometimes. They've spread to other sites like Steam Workshop in the meantime, in the form of ASCII art that takes up several lines when really, a thumb up in the Workshop is much quicker and effective.
"You wanna see a problem with the new comment section?" note Explanation:Since November 2013, thanks to Google changing the comment section of the site so that comments go directly to Google+, users can now make comments that are much longer than 500 characters, and posting (unsolicited) UR Ls. Said users have exploited this by posting this message and then copy/pasting it dozens and dozens of times.
Not to mention posting incredibly large messages, such as excerpts from books or Wikipedia articles, or resurrected ASCII art from the late 2000s, such as Bob building an army to destroy Google+ depicted with him standing near a tank.note Doesn't help that Bob lurked in Steam Workshop for a while in 2013, and became misattributed to a new larger ASCII skeleton (2013). Bob also got parodied by this video (released June 2014).
The user PressFartToContinue has become a meme in and of himself, due to dropping comments (most of which are sarcastic or joking) on a staggering number of videos with a huge variety of subjects. The Memetic Mutation comes from multiple people invariably replying to him, either asking what in the world he is doing commenting on any given video, or expressing despair that he's shown up.