Website / YTMND
You're the Man Now Dog
is a humor site.
The creator, Max Goldberg, made the first site after watching the trailer to Finding Forrester
. This first site (recreated here
) consisted of some ASCII art and Sean Connery
's "You're the man now, dog!" line from the trailer. As other people started to create their own Spinoffs of the page by copying the code, Max started listing them. Eventually the list became overly long, so Max bought an entire domain for the sites and made an easy-to-use site generator. Indeed, in the pre-Youtube days, the site became a prime breeding ground for many an internet meme. And the rest is history.
The main feature of the site is to allow users to create their own pages, or YTMNDs, using a still image or GIF animation, an MP3 file and the site's patented zooming text.
It has its own wiki
This site contains examples of:
- Abandoned Area: The Abandoned Theme Park.
- Alternate Universe:
- After the trailer that started it all was posted as an YTMND, many users started wondering what would have happened if Max had decided to use one of Sean Connery's other lines, namely "Punch the keys, for God's sake!" or "Yes... Yes!". Eventually, some users started creating Bizarro Universe versions of popular YTMND fads under the label of PTKFGS. Soon after, sites with the YESYES label followed, which is basically a Take a Third Option spin on the fads. Then, since Connery only had these three lines in the trailer, many users worked around it by using some of his other lines from the film to create a fourth Alternate Universe. Which one of the many candidates is the true fourth universe is still under dispute, but the general consensus seems to be that the fourth universe is in fact a Multiverse known collectively as "Fourth Corner".
- HEH is considered by some to be the official 4th Corner Universe, as it is also in the trailer. However, those against this idea point out that HEH is technically a part of the "Yes...Yes!" line.
- Let's not forget YTMNSFW, the Not Safe for Work version suitable for more mature stuff.
- The apex/nadir of the running gag was SEAOMF
- Animal Reaction Shot: Dramatic Prairie Dog.
- Animal Superheroes: Supercat (Happycat/The NEDM cat sometimes takes this role too)
- Antiquated Linguistics: Used in the Medieval fad (although some people get it wrong and cross the territory into Spock Speak instead)
- Anything That Moves: Dr-L337, a Memetic Sex God.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Baron Lasers.
- Beam Spam: Baron Lasers.
- Big Eater: Ugoff is often portrayed this way, due to the line in his commercial where he announces "Ugoff is hungry!" Occasionally verges into Extreme Omnivore
- Big "NO!": Darth Vader's NOOOOOOO was a major fad which started from a leaked scene before the movie was released. In addition, often other characters are made to say the line
- Boring Invincible Hero: Parodied with some of the entries in Zaalnog's GROARNAK series.
- Broken Record: Every site plays sound in a loop. Some sound bites are shorter than others.
- Bury Your Gays: The FaggotPSA gang seems to often enforce this.
- Catchphrase: In ye old days of 2006, the troll sexymofo would serially downvote any YTMND with "you fail, please try again ^_^". The trolling was prolific enough to trigger rage and memes... and inspire similar trolls to leave catchphrases of their own.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: VinnyWeapons, the user who always made the same comment: "the robots have taken me. please send help." Also, the behavior of trolls Pilleater and Johnny Lurg often reaches this territory, such as the time the former user pretended that he went blind. Two months later, he posted, "I can see again!" The user zomglolwtfzor usually epitomizes this trope, but occasionally breaks character.
- Conqueror from the Future: Future Conan, overlord of all Earth in something like Nineteen Eighty-Four.
- Creepy Basement: The short - lived "We never go down there anymore" fad.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: "How to care for your pet Bat" (batt.ytmnd.com)
- Deconstruction: FAMILY GUY 311 EMISSION IMPOSSIBLE and Everysentenceutteredinthegodfath, both of which were mockeries of sites that posted unmodified video clips masquerading as YTMNDs.
- Dramatic Reading: "The Bauman E-mails: A Dramatic Reading" is the Trope Codifier, if not the Trope Maker.
- Dying Town: The site itself. There was a time when the internet was young (not actually, 2006 and 2007) the when front page moved so fast, it'd be different every time you refreshed. Now, it stays static for days on end. It's portrayed as a zombie town in this site, and a wasteland in this one.
- The End of the World as We Know It: "The end of our World" minifad which showed several situations as to how this could happen (some more realistic than others)
- Even Evil Has Standards: Moon Man hates and protests against religious violence and child abuse.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Raptor Jesus, stolen from 4chan and made into a Leet Speaking Cloud Cuckoo Lander who occasionally liked the flesh of his followers.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: The "You Spin Me Right Round" and "Ridin' Spinnaz" fads.
- Forced Meme:
- Here's a list of them.
- The "PACARD" fad started out with its creators making unrelated sites to get on the front page, which were then quickly replaced with a site about how Captain Picard has dreadlocks now.
- For the Evulz: Seemingly Moon Man's primary motivation, aside from racism
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Baron Lasers.
- The Fundamentalist: Inkdrinker was a meta example. He popularized the three "fundamentals" of YTMND: image, sound, text. None of his sites contained sound-synced gifs, dubbed by adherents as "faggy short films."
- Gangsta Rap: Moon Man's shtick.
- Giant Enemy Crab: YTMND was one of the first sites to popularize the phrase, and it has become somewhat of an accepted fact that in the YTMND universe, Samurai actually did battle Giant Enemy Crabs in Ancient Japan.
- A God Am I: Ted Danson.
- Greedy Jew: Many users poke fun at the site's owner, Max Goldberg, with this stereotype. He usually takes it in stride.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Chad Wardenn.
- Insistent Terminology: YTMND users were very adamant about not referring to their memes as such, preferring to call them "fads", because "memes" are 4chan bullshit.
- It's a Wonderful Plot: This site, which involves the Poland fad.
- Jail Bait Wait: Many users eagerly counted down the days until Julianna Rose-Mauriello, the actress who played Stephanie on LazyTown, would become 18, and made many YTMNDs celebrating the occasion when it actually did happen.
- Killer Rabbit: Happycat/The NEDM cat, who often burns humans alive as retaliation for humans burning cats.
- Laughably Evil: This seems to be the entire appeal of the Moon Man fad/character.
- Leitmotif: This track from Chrono Trigger indicates that Brian Peppers is around the corner.
- Long Title: "You Let Me Take It On This One 'Cause You're Too Scared To Walk Out The Door And Do Something For Somebody Else.com", based on a line from the "The Reason You Suck" Speech in Finding Forrester. Incidentally, the actual movie had a word that was cut out of the trailer ("...'cause you're too damn scared...").
- Loudness War: The FPA and ear rape fads, some mixes would easily reach levels 12 or 13 on the Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness, such as this (and that's only a roughly typical example). There's also the requisite screamer YTMNDs, some of which manage to crawl up to the front page.
- Luck-Based Mission: The game itself.
- Magic Feather: Part of the plot of a fictitious "EPIC PACARD" movie detailed in the comment section on this site.
- Mondegreen: Two fads based on them:
- The first involves taking one line from a song that sounds like something else and pairing it with an appropriate picture. This collection was named the "Dew Army," after a famous YTMND of David Hasselhoff singing "Du"
- The second is the opposite: involving taking an entire song sung in a foreign language and using In My Language, That Sounds Like... to write English lyrics for it. This one started with an interpretation of the Finnish version of the DuckTales (1987) theme, which was actually spun off from a "Dew Army" type site which only interpreted one line from the theme as "Your arms are broken!".
- There's also one taking the theme song of pro wrestler Jushin Thunder Liger - which is sung in Japanese - and posting the "lyrics" in English.
- Monster Clown: Moon Man's recurring enemy Goofy Clown Face, a pedophiliac rapist clown who brainwashes unfortunates into becoming drones to carry out his sick fantasies. Even Moon Man is creeped out by the guy.
- Mundane Made Awesome:
- The "Epic Maneuver" fad, wherein people do things in an unnecessarily epic manner, sometimes failing. The original was taken from the overly dramatic and badly acted Unnecessary Combat Roll underneath a really slow-moving door from Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Best of Both Worlds: Part I".
- There was a civil war once over whether the Epic Maneuver YTMNDs should be about actually epic maneuvers or mundane tasks passed off as epic.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Baron Lasers
- Noodle Implements: Macgyver must do something. He is given 14 seconds and some random junk. He usually succeeds.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Played for Laughs in the "For the last time" fad. Taken well Up to 11 in this particular YTMND, however. There's a screamer at the end.
- Overly Long Gag: The "Extended Cut" Fad.
- Perverse Sexual Lust: Stephanie from LazyTown (to the chagrin of many YTMNDers)
- Piss-Take Rap: Moon Man was a shortlived advertising campaign for McDonald's. The Internet made him into a racist rapping moon covering many popular rap tunes with a synthetic voice and new lyrics.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Moon Man.
- Quintessential British Gentleman:
- Charles Moonington, Moon Man's stereotypical British alter ego.
- Prehistoric Dinosaur, a parody of Moon Man related to The Land Before Time, also has a stereotypical British alter ego, Topsy Hornington.
- Race Against the Clock: Eon 8. Subverted by the fact that the countdown was not stopped, but it turned out to all be a hoax and nothing happened. Or did it?
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Baron Lasers (although he's occasionally portrayed as heroic, neutral, or just eccentric)
- Sensory Abuse: Shock sites are quite common, with the most common tactic being amplified and distorted sound.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Ebaum's World; many YTMNDers declared war on the aforementioned webpage over a Lindsay Lohan picture they stole.
- Springtime for Hitler: Many forced fads that were originally intended to be annoying and pointless, such as Mike Done and Wicker Furniture, ended up catching on and becoming popular.
- Stylistic Suck: The "Age 9" and "Crap TMND" fads. The "Heh" spinoff of PTKFGS also tended to dip into this.
- Synthetic Voice Actor: Used in several fads such as Moon Man and TTSTMND
- Teens Are Monsters: The FaggotPSA gang
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: This site
- Those Two Guys: Lcadwallader and dunsparce/abomstar
- Time-Travel Tense Trouble: Invoked in the comments here: http://ytmnd.com/sites/932943/profile
- Trademark Favorite Booze: Max once attributed a mishap that made the site lose a bunch of YTMNDs/votes/comments to him getting drunk off Grey Goose vodka. The site quickly started associating it with Max, and and bottles of it would always show up whenever he was mentioned or depicted in a YTMND.
- Trade Snark: Popularized by the user Murdarmachene.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible/Offensive: Invoked by the troll "hivemindedindividuals", whose YTMNDs were artistic montages of shock pictures, such as gore, beheadings, naked corpses, et cetera, and would make bizarre, glitchy Dali-like statements in the comments. Despite all the annoyance towards him, he managed to make front page somewhat regularly.
- Unintentional Period Piece: It's pretty much a time capsule for mid-2000's Internet culture. The rapid decline in active users means that most of their popular memes are from no later than 2008.
- Villain Protagonist:
- Moon Man, in many of his sites.
- Though in some stories, like Moon Man Versus The Bleeders, tends to be more like an Anti-Hero.
- Villains Act, Heroes React: The reason that so much garbage lingers on the main page nowadays is that there aren't enough users who even care anymore.
- We Didn't Start the Billy Joel Parodies: It's got one, entitled "We Didn't Start the Website", counting off all the various fads.
- Who Dares?: Used unironically by Neil Bauman in his infamous e-mail, which led to many YTMND users mocking him for it.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: The Medieval fad of turning other fads into the Bayeux Tapestry.
- Your Vampires Suck: Eric the Vampire.