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I see them shiver with antici...

"Now we sit through William Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations."

Just as Tropes Are Not Bad, neither are memes per se. True, they get old by the 9001st time they're played, but there's a reason they get played a thousand times and more. Who hasn't ever had some lulz with them?

There's the fanbase that has been ever since the beginning of the show, and there's the second wave that watches the show/plays the game/reads the book after exposure to the meme. It's not (most of the times) Viral Marketing, since it's fans rather than marketroids behind them. Think What's uuuup! vs All Your Base Are Belong to Us.

This is right before people endlessly repeating them makes it annoying and, ironically, may make you want to avoid it as much as possible. Related to I Read It for the Articles, Just Here for Godzilla, Come for the X, Stay for the Y. Spoiler marks are used in order to keep you from unneeded exposure. May inadvertently result in Beam Me Up, Scotty!

Compare Bile Fascination, where people watch / play / listen to it for the crap quality.


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga 

     Comic Books 

    Fan Fiction 

    Film — Animation 

    Film — Live Action 

    Food 
  • Some people buy and eat Gorilla Munch just for the infamous gorilla on the box, associated with the phrase "That rustled my jimmies".
    • Sadly, the box has been recently changed, and now features a baby gorilla, rather than the meme's art.
  • Arguably Doritos and or Mountain Dew. Because of Montage Parodies.
  • Who hasn't seen a plate of cookies and wanted to fly into a gluttonous frenzy of "ME WANT COOOOOOKIES! OM-NOM-NOM-NOM-NOM!"

     Live Action TV 
  • Saturday Night Live has several of them: Happy Fun Ball or More Cowbell, for instance.
  • Only watching CSI: Miami... *puts on sunglasses* for Horatio's awesome one-liners.
  • If you want to cross off the most memes on your list for a single source, Monty Python's Flying Circus is probably your best bet. The show will give you "spam, spam, spam, spam," "this is an ex-parrot," "nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition," "nudge nudge wink wink say no more," "I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay," "My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels," "Burma!" and possibly some others you've been struggling with. Of the films, Monty Python's Life of Brian will give you "the People's Front of Judea," "what have the Romans ever done for us," "he's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!" and "I'm Brian and so's my wife!" And don't forget to always look on the bright siiiide of life! Doodoo doodoo doodoodoodoo! Holy Grail will give you swallows and coconuts, "Not Quite Dead," "I Got Better," "help help I'm being repressed," "your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries," the killer rabbit, and "Ni!" Meaning of Life, oddly, probably won't give you anything, unless you've encountered "every sperm is sacred." Even so, you ought to be satisfied.
    • Meaning of Life does have Mr Creosote and the "wafer-thin mint".
      • "Fuck off, I'm full!"
    • And the machine that goes ping!
    • Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving, and revolving at nine hundred miles an hour...
    • I didn't even eat the salmon mousse!
  • Getting into Doctor Who to discover Memes.Doctor Who
    • Including why there's so many WMG.Time Lord theories.
    • Or what a Dalek is.
    • "Bowties Are Cool"
    • "Allons-y!"
    • Some fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic became fans of Doctor Who because they wanted to know why the fan-favorite character: "Doctor Whooves" is so popular.
  • Watching The A-Team just so you can understand the Mr. T vs. meme.
  • The Mighty Boosh; I'm Old Greg!
  • Chappelle's Show is a perfect example of a show people watch so they can quote it with their friends.
  • LazyTown is a show about teaching kids to eat healthy by using dancing and puppets. Although it's aimed at preschoolers, it has spawned countless memes.
    • You Are a Pirate!
    • Cooking By the Book, especially the Lil Jon remix.
    • "We Are Number One." This meme is known for literally curing Stefán Karl Stefánsson's cancer.note 
    • THIS MAILBOX IS MINE, AND THIS TRIAGONAL SIGN!!!
  • Thanks to Tumblr , the only reason anyone bothers to watch the 80's British kids show Emu's All Live Pink Windmill Show is for the scene in the first episode where the kids all enthusiastically introduce themselvesnote . It got so popular that nine of the original ten cast members who did that scene did a re-enactment for Red Nose Day 2017.
  • Watching Game Ofthrones to find out what's the big deal about Winter is Coming, Where are my dragons?!? or Hodor.

    Music 

     New Media 
  • This very wiki has its memes, making noobs get deeper in.
  • Any common Youtube Poop material (such as the CD-i games and Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog) after watching YouTube Poop.
    • Also, sometimes it draws attention to the material even when viewers of said YTP may have seen the material elsewhere. For example, some might have seen ads involving Billy Mays without particularly paying much attention to them, and started paying closer attention to such ads after they're being parodied in YTP.
  • Becoming a Troper just so you can edit this website and add your examples.
  • In Linkara's review of All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder, he introduces the part involving the line "I'm the Goddamn Batman" by saying: "And here it is. The moment of truth. The moment everyone remembers this comic for." After he reads the line, he says, "Ladies and gentlemen... we have... an Internet meme!!"
  • Obscurus Lupa specialises in this trope, reviewing both Gymkata and Shark Attack 3: Megalodon, among others.
  • Many people watch Chuggaaconroy's Let's Play of Pikmin solely to find out who this Steve guy everyone is talking about is.
    • Chugga later discusses with his fellow Runaway Guys how this happened with LazyTown, specifically with the "you are a pirate" song, stating that a lot less people would be interested in the program if it weren't for that song.
  • The Steve Moustache Show got most of its views from people who want to hear what a WTF Boom would sound like without the boom.
  • Watching the Game Grumps' Let's Play of Sonic '06 because of this particular freakout Arin has in part 20.
  • Watching anything made by JonTron, thanks to clips and YouTube Poops made from his videos.
  • Even much of the Journal Roleplay community doesn't realize that the "steals the bike and runs/at least ride it, you asshole" meme came from Drama Drama Duck, but the meme has brought people into the hobby itself to see and participate in similar silly antics.

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     Video Games 

     Western Animation 

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