You know this person. We all do. Ohhh yes. Even though you haven't even watched the show, even if you have no idea which video game they're from, you know them and have every one of their lines memorized. Their every word has a place in lulzy eternity.
This person — nay, this deity of popular culture, can come in many forms, but regardless of form, He or She is known as a Fountain Of Memes.
Be it due to Narm Charm, Large Ham-ness, or simply due to their own glorious badassery, every line this sacred being spouts is an instant Memetic Mutation, to be repeated by the Internet-savvy throughout the ages.
When in doubt about examples, keep in mind the Rule of Three. There's no specific cutoff point for awesomeness, but three Memetic Mutations is generally a good baseline. It is also recommended, though not required, that you give us a sample of the character's works, so we too may revel in their awesomeness.
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- Isaiah Mustafa, better known as The Man Your Man Could Smell Like.
- TERRY CREWS IS SO POWERFUL HE SELLS STUFF IN OTHER PEOPLE'S COMMERCIALS!!!!!
- And then the two went head to head.
- The Most Interesting Man in the World (of the Dos Equis commercials)
- Vince Offer, A.K.A. the ShamWow/SlapChop guy. "You're gonna' love my nuts!"
- HI, BILLY MAYS HERE WONDERING WHY I'M STILL NOT ON THIS PAGE. YOU CAN BUY THE ANSWER FOR TWO EASY PAYMENTS OF $19.99 (plus shipping and handling).
- Kamina of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Nearly everything he says is a meme. And putting his epic sunglasses on anyone (or anything) makes them instantly badass. WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK HE IS?!
- Hell, he's even a Fountain of Memes in-universe. His Team Gurren symbol, his Catch Phrases, his glasses, his speeches, his very methods of speaking and posing are all adopted by the human species as the very pinnacle of manliness, to the point that they named the first city on the surface Kamina City.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has Dio Brando and his infamous Finishing Move:
- Many of Dio's quotes from David Production adaptation became iconic thanks to over-the-top performance of Takehito Koyasu. Probably the most famous ones are "ROAD ROLLER DA!", as well as rapid-fire "MUDAMUDA" sequence, both of which can be seen here.
- From Part 1, Speedwagon's Large Ham tendencies also produced a number of memes. For example, the narration stating "Even Speedwagon is afraid!" superimposed over Speedwagon's terrified face, or Speedwagon narrating himself leaving the scene with "Speedwagon withdraws coolly." The anime has only increased his popularity, due to his voice actor hamming it up with the best of them.
- Anything and everything done by Joseph Joestar in his various appearances. While he gets plenty of memorably memetic lines in Battle Tendency ("NIGERUNDA YOOOO, SMOKEEEEY!" "Your next line will be...") he arguably becomes even more comically memetic by the time of Stardust Crusaders ("HOOOLY SHIIIT!" "SONODABEEEECH!").
- Osaka from Azumanga Daioh. So many scenes featuring her have become memetic; there are at least three YTMND memes involving her. And then there's the Macintosh ad parody from AMV Hell. And none of those are even actual lines of dialog; though she's got a fair number of those as well, she's far more well-known for her Crowning Moments of Funny, up to and including her knife-Yukari scene.
- Hellsing: Jan Valentine.
- Haruhi Suzumiya: Tsuruya, nyoro~n.... :3
- Haruhi herself too.
- Fullmetal Alchemist features Roy Mustang, who loves dogs and wants to make all female officers be required to wear... TINY MINISKIRTS!
- These sparkles have been in the Armstrong family for generations!
- Dragon Ball Z. Vegeta. Seriously, practically ANYTHING Dub!Vegeta says, there is a meme for it, to over 9000 levels. Indeed, one person created an entire YouTube account solely to organise all of Vegeta's meme-worthy moments, and there are well over a thousand of the things. Can't be bothered to Archive Binge? Well SAD FOR YOOOOOOUUUUUUUU!!
- This came about specifically because of Dub!Vegeta randomly stretching out his words due to the length of the Japanese line. However, this is not to say that he does not have plenty of unrelated memes as well.
- Dragon Ball Super:
- Zamasu, all versions of him, but especially Goku Black and Fusion Zamasu. Even if he remains a very divisive character, many of the most quotable phrases and memes from the Future Trunks Saga come from him and his godly boasts, or at his expense.
They don't seem to be listening to you at all.
I'm just being self-absorbed. It doesn't matter if no one's listening.
I see. How truly god-like.
- Gowasu also spawned a lot of memes, from his Memetic Loser status, to fanart, to Godtube.
- Zamasu, all versions of him, but especially Goku Black and Fusion Zamasu. Even if he remains a very divisive character, many of the most quotable phrases and memes from the Future Trunks Saga come from him and his godly boasts, or at his expense.
- Rozen Maiden: Suiseiseki — NO! Her name is DESU! Shame on you, desu~!
- One Piece has Roronoa Zoro's famous "Nothing Happened" scene at the end of the Thriller Bark arc. Luffy's had his own for a while, too.◊
- Anything involving Gekko Moriah is basically meme fuel. KISHISHISHISHI
- Aizen from Bleach, nearly everything he says has meme potential.
- Anything Uchiha related in Naruto, most notably any Not So Stoic facial expression done by Sasuke or Itachi.
- Death Note has Light Yagami, who will be the GOD OF THE NEW WORLD as he takes a potato chip AND EATS IT!!! He KNEW IT! Just as Planned.
- Just about anyone from Neon Genesis Evangelion, but especially Gendo. Kaworu is also popular for memes.
- Kyubey of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, due to his narrow range of facial expressions, cute and fuzzy appearance, stalkerish behavior, and downright creepiness. Memes range from posting ASCII Art of his face wherever possible to anthropomorphizing him as a nubile young girl or bishounen with cat ears to depicting him pestering Magical Girls from other canons to finding new and creative ways to kill him and depicting him molesting the protagonist. In fact, the memes seem to be engaged in a power struggle.
- Cilan from Pokémon has been spouting these like crazy: He whips his Stunfisk back and forth; he's a rapist; he eats his Pokemon; "It's Tasting Time" and "It's Lunch Time;" he's FABULOUS~; screams like a girl...
- Mamoru Miyano is a metaexample since not only does he voice the above Cilan and Yagami Light but is also a Mad Scientist who speaks English and transform into a Ginga Bishonen when IT'S A PINCH! He'd also would like to tell you that he is Gundam.
- Attack on Titan: Levi has been made fun of by the entire fanbase, kinda going with his Ensemble Dark Horse status. See here for most of his parodies.
- While 4Kids may be despised for some of it's dubs, a good majority of that can be forgiven because of King Dedede from Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Some many quotable lines, all done in a southern drawl.
- "I NEED A MONSTAH TO CLOBBAH DAT DER KERBEH""HEHEHE, I AM AH SUPAHSTAH WARRIAH!""HE DON'T SCARE ME NONE!""SHURLEH YOU JESTIN'!""LOOKS LIKE UH ALIEN INVADUH!"
- Dedede's facial expressions are pretty memetic too.
- Ohara Mari from Love Live! Sunshine!!, mainly known for her many Engrish scenes and being a Memetic Molester.
- Zero Two from DARLING in the FRANXX. Thanks to her pink hair, parkour skills, No Sense of Personal Space, and trolling tendencies that give Hades and Terumi a run for their money, she has become extremely well known. She's even gained Western mainstream exposure, if Kim Kardashian's social posts are anything to go by.
- I'm the Goddamn Batman and I can breathe in space. Oh, and my parents are DEEAAAAAAD!!! Not to mention "I'm Batman!" though that was mainly from the first film.
- His sidekick Robin was also known for saying, "Holy [relevant pun]" but that was more due to the TV series from the '60s.
- The Doomguy from Doom. The entirety of the comic is memetically quotable, his inner and outer monologues making up the whole text. Who's a man and a half!?!
"Who's the man? I'm the man! I'm a bad man! How bad? Real bad! I'm 12.0 on a 10.0 scale of badness!"
- Then there's me, Deadpool, naturally. There's just too much to list here. Also of note is my inclusion in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. See this section on that page's YMMV tab? Approximately 75% of those phrases were uttered during the first peek at the game.
- Furmanisms. Can they do no less?
- SUPERMAN although much of his memetic things began in other media, he originated in the comics. In any case, there's an entire lexicon of taglines and catch-phrases from and about him, as well as imitative behavior.
- Catch phrases and taglines:
- "Look, up in the sky!"
- "It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman!"
- "Up, up, and away!"
- "This looks like a job for Superman!"
- "You will believe a man can fly!"
- His boss Perry White's catch phrases "Great Caesar's Ghost!" and "Don't call me Chief!" also caught on in the '50s.
- Imitative behavior
- To this day, kids drape capes (or bathroom towels) on their backs and run around pretending to fly.
- Removing your glasses and/or running out of a room unbuttoning your shirt sometimes mirror his transformation from Clark to Superman.
- Winking at an audience after pulling a fast-one on your co-workers mirrors the end of many early installments.
- Not quite imitative behavior, but the idea of the character changing in a phone booth, which only occurred a handful of times in story, and almost never in the actual comics, caught on to the point where it was lampooned in 1978's Superman with Clark running past a payphone and looking at it funny.
- Catch phrases and taglines:
- Spider-Man is another classic example of a character with scads of catch phrases and trademarks.
- A common meme centers around taking screencaps from the 1960's Spider-Man cartoon show and recaptioning them, often with profanity and/or sexually suggestive materials.
- Catch Phrases
- "Whollopin' Websnappers!"
- "My spider-sense is tingling!"
- "With great power must also always come great responsibility!"
- Trademark behavior
- Spinning webs, often to swing on.
- Climbing walls (which you can imitate by crawling on the floor, I guess).
- Not to mention, he often appropriates Superman's shirt-rip, as do most superheroes.
- The incomparable Enoby Draknes Dimenta Rave Way (Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way), "goff" protagonist of My Immortal.
- Samuel L. Jackson. If he's in it, he'll not only create a few memes, but also a Memetic Badass in the process. And that certain scene in Pulp Fiction is a meme from start to finish.
- Said scene (starting from about 4:30) really deserves to be expanded upon—there are five memesnote in 58 seconds.
- He also needs to know where his super suit is, because he needs it for the greater good!
- GREATER GOOD? HIS WIFE WAS THE GREATEST GOOD HE WAS EVER GONNA GET!
- And he has had it with these memetic snakes on this memetic plane.
- He recognizes the Council has made a decision. But given that it's a stupid-ass decision he's elected to ignore it.
- And he will not grant Anakin the rank of master, even though he is on the council.
- 300: Leonidas' "THIS! IS! SPARTAAAA!" and "Tonight we dine in HELL!", the former being a former Trope Namer.
- Scarface, aka Tony Montana: "Say Hello to my little friend!"
- Dr. Evil of Austin Powers could buy this trope if he had *pinky raise*... one miiiillion dollars!
- Seriously, someone throw him a frickn' bone here!
- And if you are going to argue with him, he'll 'shh' you or tell you to zip it.
- Bruce Campbell has spawned more than a few. Notably, "This Is My Boomstick!" from Army of Darkness is a classic meme of geekdom.
- Humphrey Bogart, especially in Casablanca. Indeed, lines like "Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine." and "Here's lookin' at you kid." are so iconic most people who've heard of them have no idea of any context.
- Tropic Thunder: Kirk Lazarus, LEAD FARMER, MOTHERFUCKER! (Never go full retard.)
- Les Grossman who asks you to take a step back, and literally fuck your own face, or he'll fuck you up!
- You know why? Because a nutless monkey could do your job.
- R. Lee Ermey has spawned many, many memes, as various characters and as himself, maggot!
- Mel Brooks has made a career out of memes, with nearly all of his films containing at least a handful.
- Jim Carrey is another who has made a career full of memes.
- The Joker in The Dark Knight, as played by Heath Ledger, to the point that every line he says in that film is a meme. Heath Ledger's script in that movie was one big meme. Considering that the Nolan-verse Joker has been theorized to be a personification of lulz itself, this may not be so surprising.
- The Dark Knight Rises: And now Bane's managed to follow in his footsteps and spawn a bunch of memes.
- The scene with Bane and Aiden Gillen's CIA agent is notable in that every single line of dialogue is memetic.
- Batman: Jack Nicholson's Joker was even more quoted, even a Trope Namer (Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?). This town needs an enema.
- Mae "Is that a pistol in your pocket Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?" West. Both as a character and herself.
- Apparently, Betty White is the current meme-of-the-week for the internet. No one's quite sure why.
- Inigo Montoya from the The Princess Bride is so meme-worthy that he named five different tropes (and a half).
- ALL of Star Wars, especially the prequels. There's even an entire subreddit dedicated to prequel memes. The biggest providers being Emperor Palpatine, Anakin and Obi-Wan.
- "I AM THE SENATE"
- "[Overwhelming autistic screeching]"
- "I have the high ground!"
- "You understimate my power!"
- "I don't like sand. It's course, it's rough, it's irritating, and it gets everywhere."
- "Hello there"
- "General Kenobi! You are a bold one!"
- "Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the wise?"
- "[X] will make a fine addition to my collection"
- "It's treason then."
- "He was a good friend..."
- You know Star Wars has reached this status when the fact that almost every line in the prequels seems to be a meme is, in and of itself, a meme.
- Street Fighter: For you, the day Bison graced TV Tropes with his presence was the most important day of your life... But for Me, It Was Tuesday.
- Street Fighter: Did Bison keep producing memes in the cartoon that followed? YESSSS!! YESSSS!!
- Agent Sands from Once Upon a Time in Mexico. In fact, it'd probably be quicker to list the Johnny Depp roles that aren't one of these.
- BRIAN BLESSED can create memes FROM HIS SHEER PRESENCE!
- Christopher Walken: uh-Christopher. uh-Walken. He's un-FUCKING-believable!
- Arnold Schwarzenegger. 160 Greatest Quotes.
- Transformers: Bonecrusher hates that he wasn't on this list.
- Bonecrusher also hates that he was added to this list.
- Nicolas Cage has been the source of many memes in his film appearances, with The Wicker Man (2006) remake among one of the most notorious sources.
- Derek Zoolander, male model who's really really ridiculously good-looking.
- Dory from Finding Nemo. Just keep swimming.
- Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games has spawned at least three different memes for whatever reason, the most popular being Advice Peeta.
- To quote Blain from Predator: "I Ain't Got Time to Bleed."
- Mean Girls has spawned a ton of these:
- "On Wednesdays we wear pink!"
- "Get in, loser, we're going shopping"
- "The limit does not exist!"
- "She doesn't even go here!"
- The Dude, from The Big Lebowski, to the point where an entire religion/philosophy (Dude-ism) has been spawned.
- Dude's friend Walter. He's not wrong; he's just a goddamn asshole.
- You said it, man. Nobody fucks wit' da Jesus.
- O hai, TV Tropes! Everybody remembers Johnny from The Room, huh?
- Chris-R doesn't have five fucking minutes.
- To a very subtle extent, Robert Newton's portrayal of Long John Silver in the 1950 version of Treasure Island. Arr!
- There Will Be Blood: "I drink your milkshake!"
- Monty Python's films have been mined down to memetic quotes, to the point where many people who've never seen them can cite chapter and verse from films they've never even seen. Their memetic status has, in fact, reached memetic status.
- Star Trek: The Original Series gave us Captain Kirk, Mister Spock and "I'm a doctor, not a..." Doctor McCoy.
- The Vulcan salute may be the most memetic hand gesture that originated in fiction.
- Talking like... THIS... to imitate... William Shat... ner's... acting style.
- There are a number of fictional languages, but none more widely used (to the point where there's actually a friggin' dictionary) than Klingon.
- "Beam Me Up, Scotty," may not have actually been spoken on the show, but it's commonly used anyway.
- The Office (US): Dwight Schrute, Assistant (to the) Regional Manager. Michael is also a a big one.
- Friends: Pretty much everyone in the main cast, especially Chandler.
- Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island. Hell, SNL in general.
- Glee has Brittany, the cheerleader in desperate need of a brain transplant saying at least one meme-inducing one-liner per episode.
- How I Met Your Mother: Barney Stinson continually spouts lines that are legen... wait for it, and I hope you're not lactose intolerant because the next part is DARY!
- Papa Lazarou only appeared on three episodes of The League of Gentlemen, and he has reached this status. Isn't that right, DAAAAAAAAAAVE?
- The Ultimate Warrior. Just about any sentence that comes out of his mouth (provided you can understand it).
- Doctor Who has the one, the only, the Doctor, who offers people jelly babies while wearing a vegetable, will Reverse the Polarity of the neutron flow and declare it "Fantastic!" even if it's just a pile of rocks (because, "Look! Rocks!"), and while bow ties and enormous scarfs are cool, pears are absolutely rubbish. And do shut up, K9.
- Horatio Caine from CSI: Miami.
- The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon Cooper.
- Conan O'Brien thinks this trope LOOKS GOOOOD!
- Bill O'Reilly's statement on tides resulted in two memes back to back, with a Colbert Report bit on the matter resulting in a third meme. You can't explain that.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000, along with making the silhouetted image of its principle cast memetic in and of itself, elevated characters from many of the featured movies to this trope.
- Pod People. You are magic, aren't you, Trumpy?
- "Manos" The Hands of Fate. ThEre iS no tRopE liKe tHaT arOunD hEre. I aM TorGo. ThEre iS no tRopE liKe tHaT arOunD hEre.
- Escape 2000's Dablone is so delightfully hammy that he used to be the trope namer for Boisterous Bruiser.
- Puma Man, known for his whining.
- Ambassador Phantom of the planet Krankor, from Prince of Space. Eh heh heh heh heh heh heh.
- Hey look, it's any character played by Frank Nelson.
- Dragnet Just the opening narration: "this... is the city... Los Angeles, California. I work here. I carry a badge."
- "Just the facts."
- In commentary tracks on Seinfeld, Larry Charles said he took inspiration for the stern detectives in "The Library" and "The Trip" from Jack Webb as he was pretty much the granddaddy of that kind-of police speak.
- Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Kuroto Dan, due to having a combination of ridiculous face punchability, exaggerated movements in every single muscle in his body, and having little to no volume control as the series progresses.
- Lady Gaga. Has she had a single that wasn't subject to rampant acapella covers / font-related parodies / math jokes?
- Beyoncé. Anything she does is subject to tributes, covers, parodies, etc.
- The Single Ladies Dance. (All the single ladies? All the single ladies!)
- The lyrics on Lemonade take on a life of their own and are repeated constant. "Boy, bye!" and "Becky with the good hair" are the two biggest examples.
- David Bowie. The Area, anyone? When he's not trying to take over the world, that is. Maybe it's just that sexy central London accent.
- Jessica Simpson: Most famously, "Is this chicken or fish?"
- Yo, Taylor Swift, I'm really happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Kanye West had the best memes of all time!
- Music/Freddie Mercury. From his iconic mustache to the now-famous rage meme to the many, many memetic songs he made, everything about him just screams Memetic Badass. Because after all, he didn't die of AIDS, pure epic power simply overwhelmed his body and he ascended back to the higher plane of existence from whence he came.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic - not as memetastic as others, but it's called the "Weird Al" Effect for a reason.
- "Frontier Psychiatrist". Basically every line in this one song is a meme.
- Michael Jackson. "Woo!", "Ah-HEE-hee-hee!", "Shimonuh!"
- The "Thriller" zombie dance.
- His choreographed crotch-grabbing.
- The documentary Living with Michael Jackson had him occasionally using the words "ignorance" and "ignorant" with regards to what other people thought of his bizarre lifestyle, resulting in "That's/You're ignorant!" effectively being his catchphrase in the South Park episode "The Jeffersons".
- Rebecca Black.
- It only took Psy one video ("Gangnam Style") to become this.
- Drake. He was the subject of three different memes in 2015. First when Madonna kissed him, then with the album artwork for "If You're Reading This It's Too Late," and then his single Hotline Bling. The parodies and video edits were enough to fuel tumblr and reddit for months at a time.
- Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, whose title is frequently prefaced with "gaffe-prone." Possibly the only man to call something "a bunch of malarkey" on national television in decades.
- A non-gaffe example would be his coining of the phrase "noun, verb, 9/11," during a moment of snark at Rudy Giuliani.
- George W. Bush, what with his famous "Bushisms" and his unusual friendliness toward foreign leaders ("looking into Vladimir Putin's soul" at his Texas ranch and giving Angela Merkel a shoulder massage at a NATO summit, for instance).
- Before Dubya, there was Dan Quayle. Best known for "correcting" a student's already-correct spelling of the word "potato" by suggesting he add the letter E on the end.
Dan Quayle: Three times that I've had this question — and I will try to answer it again for you, as clearly as I can, because the question you're asking is, "What kind of qualifications does Dan Quayle have to be president," "What kind of qualifications do I have," and "What would I do in this kind of a situation?" And what would I do in this situation? [...] I have far more experience than many others that sought the office of vice president of this country. I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency. I will be prepared to deal with the people in the Bush administration, if that unfortunate event would ever occur.Lloyd Bentsen: Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy.
- Once, he said that Republicans like him, "understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."
- Then there was, "what a waste it is to loose one's mind or not to have a mind is being very wasteful."
- Oh, and for context, he said this in 1988: "Millions of innocent people lost their lives because of the bigotry and Hitlerism that permeated Germany and other parts of the world. It was an obscene period in our nation's history... no, not our nation's... but in World War II. I mean, we, we all lived in this century—I didn't live in this century—but in this century's history... it is a point of history that this nation—our nation—understands. We did not have, matter of fact, we fought Hitlerism."
- There was also his moment in the 1988 Vice presidential debate where he compared himself to John F. Kennedy:
- Silvio Berlusconi, whose insensitivity, corruption, love of orgies, and persistence in the pursuit of power are the source of incessant joking in Italy and abroad.
- Hugo Chavez. Look up the Venezuela entries on our politics memes page—it's all him. Of course, the man had the habit of making long televised speeches to the nation at a whim, on top of his weekly six-hour talk show.
- First Polish post-communist president, Lech Wałęsa, is so known for this in Poland that Walesisms have their own page on The Other Wiki. He's for, and even against, and he'll answer you in deceptive straightforward way. He can invite Mr Lech Kaczyński with his wife or Mr Jarosław Kaczyński with his husband. He doesn't want, but he must. He made a 360 degrees turn. There are positive and negative pluses.
- In The '60s and The '70s, William Safire—later known as the resident language policeman at The New York Times—was a speechwriter for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew (among others), and penned some of the most famous political memes of the era (e.g. "nattering nabobs of negativism" for Nixon's opponents).
- Unsurprisingly, Canadian Prime Minister and Bunny-Ears Lawyer-in-Chief Pierre Trudeau generated innumerable memes in his day, from "Just watch me" to pirouetting behind the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
- One of the most famous political memes (and one of the most famous memes period in the pre-Internet age) came from a debate between Democratic Presidential hopefuls Walter Mondale and Gary Hart in the early 80s (when they were vying to ultimately go against Reagan in the general elections) where Mondale accused Hart of being empty on substance by asking "where's the beef?" The phrase was co-opted from a popular Wendy's advertising campaign of the time, but Mondale's use is still widely recognized as the Trope Codifier.
- As far as bizarre quotations go, Boyle Roche was easily the 18th-century's George W. Bush. With quotes like "Half the lies our opponents tell us are not true" and "I told you to make one longer than the other, and instead you made one shorter than the other," he soon became more widely known for quotes like these than any of his political work—he was responsible for the term "Irish bull" to refer to such a quote, as he was a member of Ireland's parliament when most of his famous quotes happened.
- Anything said by Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.
- Vladimir Putin.
- The glorious leader of Mother Russia. He rides horses, dolphins, your mother and even ritz crackers.
- He attempted to ban memes. It backfired.
- Ed Balls.
- Ed Balls.
- Rodrigo Duterte doesn't like Americans and he HEYTS DRUGS and wants to STAHP IT.
- Former professional wrestler Batista became this in the eyes of Smart Marks following his Badass Decay. Aside from his botching, he had a tendency to stumble over words which led to this status.
- CM Punk. The sheer amount of memes this man has graced us is amazing.
- Before CM Punk, there was The Rock:
- "FINALLY The Rock has come back to [geographic location]!"
- "Know your role, and shut your mouth!"
- "I'm gonna slap that sumbitch sideways and stick it right up your candy ass!"
- If ya SA-MELLLLLLLL...!"
- AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA
- Chris Jericho. After all, he's the best in the world at what he does.
- Booker T graces fans with loads of phrases that are bound to become memetic when he's on the commentary.
- The great-grandaddy of sports meme generation has to be Yogi Berra, who gave us such gems as "It ain't over until it's over", "Nobody goes there any more, it's too crowded", and "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Also, "It ain't over until the fat lady sings." And, famously, "I never said most of the things I said."
- For those who do not understand Yogi-ese, some explanation my be required:
- "It ain't over until it's over" is a quote from a season when the Mets were 9 games behind with 10 games left to play.
- "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded," is about a restaurant in his native St. Louis, which had previously been relatively unknown but was now packed with people.
- "When you come to a fork in the road, take it" comes from him giving driving directions to catcher Joe Garagiola for how to get to Berra's house in New Jersey.
- "I never said most of the things I said" was Yogi's way of disavowing the (many) quotes that are wrongly attributed to him.
- For those who do not understand Yogi-ese, some explanation my be required:
- Ilya Bryzgalov, formerly of the Philadelphia Flyers seems to be on his way to this after his appearances in NHL 24/7. "The solar system...it's so humongous big" and his meditations on the similarities between his Siberian Husky and a hot blonde in particular are experiencing Memetic Mutation.
- "Is only a game. Why you heff to be mad?"
- In the 2014/15 NFL season, Marshawn Lynch answered reporters' questions with the same thing over and over.
- "Thanks for askin'."
- "I'm just here so I won't get fined."note
- The World Cup can reach this even for people that don't care about Association Football. At least one meme preceded the internet (1986: Diego Maradona punches the ball into the goal and the referee accepts; Maradona's response was "I made the goal with my head and the hand of God").
- The 2010 World Cup gave us moments such as Rob Green fumbling balls into the goal, Gervinho's hairstyle, and the ever-classic vuvuzela.
- 2014 gave us things Tim Howard could save, Luis Suarez biting people (again), and Germany 7-1 Brazil.
- Steve Martin.
- Russell Peters.
- Jeff Dunham.
- Ron White. "You can't fix stupid."
- Eddie Murphy.
- Jeff Foxworthy.
- Maz Jibrani.
- Rodney Dangerfield.
- Eddie Izzard.
- Dave Chappelle.
- Jim Gaffigan
- Ross Noble.
- Brian Regan. "Take luck!"
- John Mulaney. "Before you drop in another What's New Pussycat, let's put in one It's Not Unusual."
- Captain Falcon says "HYESZ!" to being shown some moves. "FALCAWN PAWNCH!"
- Perhaps the enigmatic writing style that may have been attributed to the website's translator of the series' official site can also be considered a Fountain of Memes? You have no time to ponder such questions, as Link has just grabbed the meme ball!
- Solid Snake, of Metal Gear Solid fame has appeared in the series as of Brawl. Since that series is also a Fountain of Memes... "Mei-Ling! Samus took her clothes off!"
- Also from Brawl, Ike has gotten this treatment in the English-speaking and Japanese fandom alike; it at times reached Captain Falcon levels. This was only amplified with the reveal of his bulked-up muscular Radiant Dawn design in the fourth game.
- The fourth game has Shulk, memetic ever since first uttering the already-memetic "I'm really feeling it!" in his reveal trailer, who is pretty much to Smash 4 as Capt. Falcon is to the first game and Ike is to Brawl. Good luck going on any Shulk-related topic without hearing or seeing "I'm really feeling it!" or "It's Shulk time!" at least once.
- For a game which is about memes, is it any surprise that Metal Gear Solid 2 NEEDS SCISSORS. 61!
- Speaking of Metal Gear, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance introduced a certain Senator Armstrong that instantly became this in spite of only appearing at the end. Nanomachines, son!
- The Winds of Destruction in general have each gained memetic status, due to being so quotable and their designs. Monsoon would be pleased.
- RULES OF NATURE
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: Demon Lord Ghirahim (aka Debbie) feels "Furious! Outraged! Sick with anger!" that mere mortals mention his name to mock it... but having been mentioned at all positively fills his heart with rainbows!
- Super Mario Bros.:
Mario: Nice of the Princess to invite us over for a picnic, Gay Luigi?Luigi: I hope she made lotsa spaghetti!Luigi: Did you bring a light?Mario: NO.Mario: Hey, you! Get offa my cloud!
- Mario in the CD-i Hotel Mario game is well known for, among other things, proudly proclaiming that All toastas toast toast and looking about 300 pounds overweight, leading to the nickname "Fat Mario". It has more memes:
- Luigi. He is well known for his Mario Kart 8 Death Glare, being Yoshi's mama, his alter-ego Weegee, winning by doing absolutely nothing, giving his name away immediately after saying he wouldn't, going to a Sugar Bowl kingdom where everybody hates him, and being Gentleman Thief Mr. L, among other things.
- Mario & Luigi: Fawful would like to remind you, "I HAVE FURY!" and "I am the mustard of your doom!"
- Star Fox 64: Peppy Hare would like you to Do a Barrel Roll! Additionally, Falco would like to inform you that he's on your side, Einstein! But Wolf can't let them do that.
- Taken Up to Eleven. Every single line is a meme, referencing any besides the well known ones can still derail a topic on a forum into a reference battle.
- Touhou is pretty much made of this and Self-Fanservice.
- Final Fantasy V brings us GILGAMESH (the caps are required), who would become the Breakout Character of the series appearing in many games, each time as a Large Ham Blood Knight who promised epic hilarity.
"This is far from the strongest of swords!"
"I'd say you've been hitting the oxyale a bit hard!"
"For Gilgamesh...it's morphing time!"
- Kefka of Final Fantasy VI, particularly as he's arguably the series's best argument for Woolseyisms. Even his trademark Evil Laugh is memetic.
"Son of a submariner!"
"Run run, or you'll be well done!"
"I hate hate hate hate HATE YOU!"
"'Wait' he says. Do I look like a waiter?"
"AHEM! There's SAND on my boots!"
"This is sickening! You sound like chapters from a self-help booklet!"
- Vaan of Final Fantasy XII is an interesting case — Western fans hate him, but a particular sidequest where he has to spread word of the supposedly dead Basch's survival to draw attention from people, has caused every line he shouts during said quest to go memetic.
"I'm Captain Basch fon Ronsenburg of Dalmasca!"
"Don't listen to Ondore's lies!"
- Exdeath, the Big Bad of Final Fantasy V, wasn't particularly popular or memetic in his original game. Then Dissidia: Final Fantasy came out, and his Mondegreen lines, both in Japanese and English versions, combined with his hamminess and obsession with the Void, catapulted him to internet stardom. He became so popular that the prequel Dissidia 012 made him even hammier and had other characters mock his Void obsession.
"GET THE FRUIT!"
"Tasty arrow...is yummeh!"
- As someone on Youtube pointed out, he's a TREE! Surely he should be able to grow his own fruit!
- Owain from Fire Emblem Awakening is definitely this, and quite possibly the hammiest character in the game. A vast majority of the things that come out of his mouth have become memes, specifically anything relating to his "sword hand."
"My sword hand twitches!""Down, sword hand!""CAN'T... CONTROL!"
- Odin from Fire Emblem Fates is just as big this as Owain is. Makes sense since they're the same person.
- Fire Emblem Fates also brought us Takumi, whom we have to alternatively blame and praise for everything that happened in the game. He also does Stand Up Comedy on You Tube. You don't find him funny? "Nohrian scum!" "You abandoned your family... and Hoshido... Now pay, for your betrayal!"
- Gray from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is probably one of the most-quoted characters from that game. Having a hugely-expanded, witty and sarcastic personality compared to the original Gaiden, coupled with his English VA's excellent delivery, quickly turned him into a fan-favorite. Especially almost anything he says to Tobin, a good example being the infamous "Shut up, Tobin" line.
- "Attention, all yoctograms! (It's x 2) DIE!" You aren't forgetting Sho Minamimoto, are you? So zetta slow!
- Dudley from Street Fighter III. Keeping it classy since '97. Do the words "Let's fight... like gentlemen." mean anything to you?
- Guile tells you to Go Home And Be A Family Man, because his theme goes with everything, as a proof, he does Flash Kick FADC into Shades!
- Fighting game pro IFC Yipes has a whole stable of memes associated with him. He's best known for screaming "IT'S MAHVEL, BAYBEE!" along with other memorable phrases during matches.
- The PSX era of the Mega Man (Classic) franchise sure has some infamous voice acting. After all, in Mega Man 8 Roll has a deeper voice than Mega Man, Dr. Light sounds like Elmer Fudd, and Mega Man pronounces the "w" in sword.
- We can't forget Mega Man X4 with Zero's infamous line. "No, this can't be happening! There's no reason for me to go on! W-What am I fighting foooOOOOORAGH!"
- Terry Bogard. Everything he says is subjected to this, to the point of meta-humor.
- Albert Wesker from Resident Evil. especially in RE5. D.C. Douglas' performance has a lot to do with it.
"HULLO, STRANGEAH.""WELCUHM.""WOT'RE YEH BOYIN'?""WOT'RE YEH SELLAN'?""NOT ENUFF CASH, STRANJAH!""AH! OY'LL BOY IT AT A HOY PROYCE!""HEH HEH HEH, THANK YEW.""STRANGAH, STANGAH! NOW THET'S A WEAPHUN!"
- Barry Burton in the original Resident Evil, thanks to his crappy but hilarious dialogues and voice acting.
- Everything said by the Merchant in Resident Evil 4 is a meme. We mean everything.
- Anything Flint does or says in MOTHER 3 is considered Badass due to looking like Chuck Norris.
- Fallout 3 - when the climax of the game has you besieging the enemy encampment with a Humongous Mecha shouting Patriotic Fervor Badass Boasts and throwing explosives and firing lasers to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to dozens of enemies, no wonder fans love him. Meet Liberty Prime.
- Saurfang has Cleaved this page for failing to recognise the meme power of World of Warcraft.
- Crowley has Cleaved this page again for failing to recognize the rest of WarCraft
- That's a 50 DKP Minus!
- LEEEERRROOOYYYYYYY!!!! JENNNKIINNNSSS!!!!!
- Ragnar-Os Two scoops! Executus! By fiber be purged!
- Deathwing promised me a pony!
- Nerf it? TO THE GROUND, BABY!
- Crowley has Cleaved this page again for failing to recognize the rest of WarCraft
- Morrigan disapproves of Dragon Age memes.
- More obviously Alistair, who's here to remind you that swooping is bad.
- Goddamnit, Anders!
- Dark Souls: Solaire of Astora really stands out in the Dark Souls series, being an optimistic, happy-go-lucky Cloud Cuckoo Lander searching for "his very own sun"... quite a contrast against the cynical and grim atmosphere that pervades the game world. As a result, he became a fan favorite and most of his lines have become memes in the Dark Souls fandom, most famously "Praise the Sun!" and telling people to "engage in Jolly Cooperation!"
- Modern Warfare: RAMIREZ! MAKE EVERY MEME COUNT, WE'RE OSCAR MIKE!
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: The Dragonborn would have been here earlier on his physics defying horse, but had to yell "FUS RO DAH!" at most people he passed, before taking an arrow to the knee.
- Team Fortress 2: The Heavy talks to Sandvich, spends $400,000 to fire Sasha for twelve seconds, calls everyone credit to team and thinks entire trope is BABIES!
- The G-Men from Psychonauts:
"I am on the road crew. This is my stop sign.""What is the purpose of the goggles?"
- Pretty much almost every single line in The Legend of Zelda CD-i Games is a meme, but especially King Harkinian's. Here are some meme lines:
King Harkinian: "Mah boi, this peace is what all true warriors strive for!"King Harkinian: "Enough! My ship sails in the morning! I wonder what's for dinner!Gwoman: "Squadallah! We are off!"Merchant: "Lamp oil? Rope? Bombs? You want it? It's yours, my friend! As long as you have enough rupees!"Merchant: "Sorry, Link, I can't give credit! Come back when you're a little... MMMMMMMM... richer!Ganon:: "Join me, Link, and I will make your face the GR-RREATEST in Koridai! Or else you will DIE!"Ganon:: "You DARE bring light to my lair?! YOU MUST DIE!"Link:: "Gee... it sure is booooooooring around here..."
- Portal 2:
Cave: All right, I've been thinking: when life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade! Make life take the lemons back! GET MAD! I don't want your damn lemons, what am I supposed to do with these?! Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am?! I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm going to get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!
- Aperture's insane founder, Cave Johnson, tends to say insane things that tend to be absolutely hilarious.
- "Burning people! He says what we're all thinking!"
- The Space Core wants you to know it's in space.
- GLaDOS also qualifies. Her cake is a lie. Because she's a POTATO.
- Reggie "The Regginator" Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, is well-known amongst Nintendo fans for his many meme-worthy phrases.
"My name is Reggie. I'm about kicking ass, I'm about taking names, and we're about making games!"My body is ready." This was later referenced again at E3 2012, 5 years later. (And referenced yet again several times during the Wii U release at Nintendo World Store, where he seemed to have made it into a Catch-Phrase of sorts.)"What's wrong with you?""I feel like a purple Pikmin."Zombie Reggie, from E3 2012 when he tested a feature from ZombiU which made your picture into a zombie. Phrases said during this include "I'm hungry now." and "I like French food."FILSAMECH, his robotic alter-ego from a Mega 64 video advertising the Super Smash Bros. Invitational. Watch out, he Would Hit a Girl with his lasers if you don't do what he says!
- Baldur's Gate memes, you say? GO FOR THE EYES, BOO! GO FOR THE EYES!
- While Minsc is pretty much a one-man meme factorynote there's also Xan ("Our quest is vain") who has several of his own.
- Dawn Of War: Soulstorm created the single biggest meme in the 40K fanbase, Indrick Baldreale of the Bald Ravens.
"Steel Rehn""Emprah""Bald and Fewlish""Multiple simultaneous and devastating defensive deep strikes."
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. has the Bandits, who love to CHEEKI BREEKI I V DAMKE. Pretty much every single line from them is a minor meme. Hell, their in-game theme song is a meme.
- While Shin Megami Tensei usually has their memes few and far between, Shin Megami Tensei IV gives us the Black Market dealers, who have become extremely quotable due to their annoyed tones.
"Oh...a Hunter.""You had to come now, didn't you?""This is real, right?""You still got business here?""Make sure you bring more Macca next time!"
- Persona 4: Adachi. He has a lot of odd expressions and memorable lines especially once he's revealed as the killer that fandom have latched onto.
- Persona 5:
- Pretty much everything about Akechi has given way to some form of meme within the fanbase.
- Morgana for his Memetic Troll status and the fact that many fans have taken to quoting his overworld and battle lines
- Zero Escape managed to break into the meme scene thanks to the Zero from the third entry, Zero Time Dilemma, whose speeches about snails and life being unfair are endlessly quoteable.
- Many of the monsters in Undertale are extremely colorful and therefore extremely memorable. Flowey, Sans, Papyrus, Undyne, and Mettaton are loaded to the gills with lines that are endlessly repeated. Some also have very memorable gestures, such as Papyrus' peculiar battle pose, and anything Mettaton does on-screen.
- Dangan Ronpa has characters such as Nagito (who has a....very interesting personality), Ouma (thanks to him being a Laughably Evil Troll), and Korekiyo (due to the reveals that ended up happening during the chapter where he committed murder.
- While Shulk may be the resident fountain of memes in Smash 4, Xenoblade Chronicles gets the bulk of its memes from Shulk's boisterous friend, Reyn.
"Now it's Reyn Time!" / "Reyn time, baby!" / "Yeah! Reyn time!""Man, what a bunch o' jokahs!""Let's not lose our 'eads, though!""You can't have a rainbow without Reyn, baby."note
- "Now it's Reyn time" became one of Shulk's taunts in Super Smash Bros 4, and in Shulk's Palutena's Guidance conversation Pit even references "Man, what a bunch of jokers" and "Let's not lose our heads, though", imitating Reyn's distinct accent.
- And from Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the Ardainian Soldiers. Also known as THINK YOU CAN TAKE ME? THINK YOU CAN TAKE ME? DON'T FORGET ME! YER DUN! THINK YOU CAN TAKE ME? YER DUN! DON'T FORGET ME!
- The End of the World, a Flash cartoon by Jason Windsor, is a rather quotable piece of Rapid-Fire Comedy widely regarded as "the first viral video".
- Ben Croshaw of Zero Punctuation has inspired quite a few himself, largely due to his idiosyncratic style of humor. Notables include "pants-on-head retarded", mumorpuger, Press X to Not Die, triple-cunted hooker, the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race.
- The Nostalgia Critic has spawned several in his short time of internet fandom; "A-Chuck Norris!" and "I was FROZEN today!" are among his more popular. Creator Backlash strikes though, and Doug really doesn't like this reputation, calling the "bat credit card" the worst part of his job, and once asking for actual questions at a Q & A instead of meme requests getting shouted at him.
- This doesn't stop him from trying to create more memes since his revival, such as "Platypus Bunny" or "Colm Wilkinson's Home". He even tried to force the trope name "Frying the Coke". It didn't work.
- The Nostalgia Chick has quite a few of her own. She was overjoyed when Big-Lipped Alligator Moment became a trope.
- Atop the Fourth Wall: LINKARA! He is a man! *PUNCH*
- Homestar Runner: Strong Bad has unleashed many memes upon the world, including Trope Namers on This Very Wiki such as Your Head A-Splode, You Gotta Have Blue Hair, and You Can't Get Ye Flask. However, no one has yet discovered how he manages to type with boxing gloves on.
- Homsar was raised by a cup of coffee. AaAaAaAaA!
- Egoraptor and JonTron were both memetic fountains on their own, so when Game Grumps combined them it wasn't a surprise that they had over a dozen memes literally just two weeks into the show.
- True Capitalist: Ghost wants everyone to know he's a melting pot of friendship (HE'S A NICE GUY!) before cans.waving.
- The page quote comes from Nappa in Dragon Ball Z Abridged, lampshading this concept and how most of the funny and memorable moments in the first season come from him. In the second season, he has to share with Super Kami Guru and the Ginyu Force.
- JonTron: The man has inspired more .gif images than nearly any other person on Earth. Just have a look-see at his Know Your Meme gallery.
- If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device: The series' interpretation of Rogal Dorn; every damn line of his becomes memetic thanks to his perfect deadpan delivery and extreme matter-of-factness about everything.
- As of 2016, iDubbbz and Filthy Frank have seen a drastic increase in the usage of their videos in an online trend called "dank memes". Oddly enough, the third member of their Power Trio doesn't see nearly as much recognition.
- Vinesauce, especially Vinny and Joel's streams, the latter of which had a meme which led to the creation of SiIvaGunner.
- Thanks to Gavin Free's status as Rooster Teeth's resident Cloudcuckoolander Ditzy Genius, anything he has said or done has been turned into a meme within their fanbase or has become part of The Merch. His infamous Tower of Pimps in Minecraft even became an Easter Egg in the game itself, and his frequent hypothetical (and often bizarre) questions has become an actual card game and recurring show on their site.
- Super Mario World: Luigi's lines in the Mario cartoons are hilariously over-the-top, particularly in the "Mama Luigi" episode. "That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario!" *wheeze*
- Dr. Ivo Robotnik in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is this. He really hates that PINGAS!
- South Park in general tends to generate memes, but Eric Cartman is a particularly active meme fountain. "Screw you guys, I'm going home" and "Respect mah AUTHORITAH!" are two good examples, as well as his cover of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face."
"CAN'T READ MAH, CAN'T READ MAH, NO YOU CAN'T READ MAH POKER HER FACE!"
- Cheese of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
- Ed from Ed, Edd n Eddy. Pretty much anything that has come out of his mouth has become prime YouTube Poop material at some point.
"SLIDE ON DA SOAP!""CANADIANS ARE WEIRD!"
- Patrick Star from SpongeBob SquarePants.
"Who're you callin' pinhead?""Is mayonnaise an instrument?""It's called the ugly barnacle...""Firmly grasp it in your hand.""May I take your hat, sir?""Where's the leak, ma'am?""FINLAND!""NO! THIS IS PATRICK!""MY NAME'S... NOT... RIIIIIIIIIICK!""WE SHOULD TAKE BIKINI BOTTOM, AND PUSH IT SOMEWHERE ELSE!""LEEDLE LEEDLE LEEDLE LEE!""WUMBO!"
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
"And I said 'Oatmeal? Are you CRAZ..?' ...Oh."
- Almost anything Rainbow Dash does or says will become a meme in ten seconds flat.
- Pinkie Pie. Oh so very much.
- The image of Fluttershy holding a phoenix's ashes from "A Bird in the Hoof" has become very popular meme fodder.
- Fluttershy would also like to be a tree.
- And Princess Luna. Her fans, her outdated speech, and her ROYAL CANTERLOT VOICE may have something to do with this.
- Really, most major characters (and a few minor ones) have become this. The show spawns a ton of memes.
- Noah from Total Drama.
- A good amount of cartoon dads can be considered this by some.
- The Simpsons is full of memes, most of which are perpetrated by Homer. There's also the "Skinner and the Superintendent" skit from the episode "22 Short Films About Springfield", where literally every line is a meme unto itself, especially Seymour calling "his" hamburgers "Steamed Hams" and Chalmers questioning Seymour's claim that there's an aurora borealis "at this time of year, at this time of day, in this part of the country, localized entirely within [his] kitchen".
- Futurama, much like the Simpsons, is full of memes. Fry and Zoidberg are usually the main source for them, such as "Not Sure if X or Y", "X is bad and you should feel bad!", "Shut up and take my money!", "Why not Zoidberg?" and more.
- Nigel Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys has a simply smashing amount of memes revolving around him! His Cloud Cuckoolander nature, Large Ham tendencies, distinctive schnoz, and Tim Curry's hilarious performance (coupled with the fact that it's one of his more different roles) probably have something to do with it.
- GIR from Invader Zim. Dear Lord.
"GUESS WHO MADE WAFFLES?!"
- Metalocalypse: The members of Dethklok, Nathan Explosion in particular, have a number of notable quotes, including "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!", "WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING RIGHT!", "I'd rather die than go to Heaven." and "RELEASE... THE KITTIES!" The fact that they're each quite hammy probably helps.
- Mabel from Gravity Falls. Especially regarding her Smile Dip scene.
"The future... is in the past! Onwards, Aoshima!"
- In the same vein as Cheese above is Fred Fredburger from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
- Steven Universe brings us Peridot, who causes new memes to spring forth with every appearance she makes. It's to the point that the Steven Universe meme page has its own section dedicated solely to her.
- No mention of the Earl of Lemongrab from Adventure Time? UNACCEPTIBUUUUUUULL!!!!! ONE MILLION YEEEEEARS DUNGEON!
- We Bare Bears: Ice Bear has his own department full of memes.
- Samurai Jack: FOOLISH tropers! Once again, your edits are in vain! You have forgotten to mention the EXTRA THICC supply of GREEEEAT FLAAAAMING MEEEEEMES that is Aku, the master of masters, the deliverer of darkness, the shogun of sorrow!
- Darwin Watterson from The Amazing World of Gumball has a "fake smile" in "The Meddler" episode that eventually became a universal meme.