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Watch It for the Meme

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"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.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Watching Tekkaman Blade to hear the voice that broke microphones.
  • Or the dub of the original Tekkaman for the SPACE LANCE!
  • Watching Bleach or getting a Vocaloid for the Leek Spin; also looking for more music by Loituma.
    • Misao's dialogues set to Ievan Polkka have surely added to the fanbase of Lucky Star. Too bad there's not so much of Misao in the anime.
  • Speaking of Lucky Star, most people watch it for Konata (after hearing her Gourmet Race) or her Haruhi impressions, or the other Gourmet Races.
  • School Days: A lot of people watched it only after hearing that they went for the bad ending. Also, Nice Boat.
  • Watching Rozen Maiden for the desu of it. Especially funny since a lot of other characters, and in fact real people speak that way, but not to the level Suiseiseki does it.
  • There are people that watch Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann for the Cool Shades, drills, Kamina's manliness, and the Lensman Arms Race which leads to mecha that use galaxies as shurikens.

    Comic Books 
  • All Star Batmanand Robin The Boy Wonder: Most people read this for the origin of “I’m the Goddamn Batman,” and to a lesser extent “Out of my way, sperm bank” and “Damn you and your lemonade!”
  • The New Guardians is an otherwise-failed attempt to produce a "topical" comic book series, but remains in the public consciousness thanks to beloved one-shot antagonist Snowflame, an Addiction-Powered and charismatic cult leader who literally worships cocaine.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • 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!"
  • Most people knowing about The Golden Demon without being a Bungo Stray Dogs fan would have heard about the Signature Scene in chapter 8 where the hero kicks the heroine to the ground, not to mention started reading the novel for that scene in the first place.
    Live-Action TV 
  • Saturday Night Live has several of them:
  • Only watching CSI: Miami... *puts on sunglasses* for Horatio's awesome one-liners. YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAH!
  • 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 
  • Thanks to Tumblr, the only reason anyone bothers to watch the '80s 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 of Thrones to find out what's the big deal about Winter is Coming, Where are my dragons?!? or Hodor.
  • Checking out Schitt's Creek to discover the context of Eww, David or You're my Mariah Carey or any of the seemingly infinite gifs of the characters reacting to something.
  • A number of people had their interest in Supernatural piqued by the explosion of Destielputinelection memes.


    Professional Wrestling 

  • 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.


    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • The vast majority of Ratboy Genius's fanbase came to if from the "Potato Knish" meme.
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • TV Tropes:
    • This very wiki has its memes, making noobs get deeper in.
    • Becoming a Troper just so you can edit this website and add your examples.

    Web Videos 
  • Atop the Fourth Wall:
    • 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!!"
    • He later posted a video saying that he would not review any more non-terrible comics merely so people could hear him recite a meme. Although, it should be noted that he did recite the two most commonly requested memetastic lines from the requested stories: "Sandra Brown, you have to get out of here! Your vagina is haunted!" and The Joker's Silver Age "Boner" Caper. ("Boner. Boner boner. Boner boning of boner. Bonerboner. Erect Penis.")
  • Obscurus Lupa specialises in this trope, reviewing both Gymkata and Shark Attack 3: Megalodon, among others.
  • Chuggaaconroy:
    • Many people watch his 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 fewer 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.

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Must Seek Leek


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