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As a show with a large LGBT following, RuPaul's Drag Race has a tendency to create memes. Please note, if you wish to add an example here, please leave a note or labelnote explaining why it's an example. Zero-Context Examples are not allowed on TV Tropes. Similarly, please try to keep the memes actually related to Drag Race in some way and make sure they're relatively well known already in the community. This page is not for forcing anything you find funny to become a meme.

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    Season 1 
  • Becky with the Good Jeans / Becky with the Glass Cock Explanation 
  • The ladder. Explanation 

    Season 2 
  • Mystique Summers' love for a two-piece (fried chicken) and a biscuit.
  • "Bitch, I am from Chicago!"
  • "Does she need to breathe in the paper bag?" Explanation 

    Season 3 
  • "I don't have a sugar daddy. I've never had a sugar daddy. If I wanted a sugar daddy, yes, I probably can go out and get one, because I am what? Sickening. You could never have a sugar daddy because you are not that kind of girl. Baby, everything I have, I have worked for and I've gotten myself. I built myself from the ground up, you fucking BITCH! *throws drink*"Explanation 
  • TulleGate: Explanation 
    • "Is tulle favric!"Explanation 
    • "I am the Nancy Drew of drag." note 
  • "I feel like it's couture." note 
    • And, from the same episode: "Who the fuck is Heather? I just wanna know." note 
  • "Henny!" note 

    Season 4 
  • Nearly every line of dialogue said by Willam during Untucked could qualify as this.
    • "They're all bottoms!" Explanation 
    • "Your tone seems very pointed right now."
  • "At least I am a showgirl! Go back to Party City where you belong!" Explanation 
  • Latrice's "Five Gs" advice: "Good God Get a Grip Girl".
  • Kenya's on-stage abortion.note 
  • "The 'Dida Ritz' of the Season."note 

    Season 5 
  • Alyssa Edwards proved to be a Fountain of Memes in general:
    • "Backrolls?!"
    • "Bitch! Sit your ass down and shut the hell up, bitch!"
    • "Girl, look how orange you fuckin' look, girl!"
      • And Coco Montrese's retort: "I'm not jokin', bitch!"
  • "I lost all hope today..."Explanation 
  • Alaska's "Hiiiiiiieeeee!" proved to be infectious both on and off the show.
  • Delusion. Convince yourself! Explanation 
  • "Get her, Jade!" Explanation 

    Season 6 
  • Much like her drag mother, Alyssa Edwards, Laganja Estranja is the source for numerous memes:
    • "C'mon, ____!" although particular reference is often made to her Dynamic Entry to the workroom – "C'mon, Season Six! Let's get ‘'sickening''!"
    • "Okuuuuur!"
    • "I FEEL VERY ATTACKED!"note 
    • "Are you there, God? It's me, Laganja."Explanation 
  • "Not today, Satan. Not today."Explanation 
  • SAME DRESS, STILL WON!!!! 🤡🖕🤡🖕🤡🖕Explanation 

    Season 7 
  • "After a long night of hooking, trade didn't like the session, so he had gutted me and set me on fire. But you know I didn't die, I had crystallized, and now I'm a Glamazon bitch ready for the runway." Explanation 
  • After Trixie Mattel got a rather early elimination fans started bombing social media with #JusticeForTrixie. Soon After, whenever a queen would get eliminated, you'll be sure there'll be a similar (although normally smaller) reaction, such as #JusticeForMax, #JusticeForFame, etc.
  • Carson's reaction to Violet's reversible tartan jumpsuit. The sheer campiness of his gestures has made it a popular reaction gif: .gif
  • "What the fuck!?"Explanation 
  • Katya's teleportation ability. Explanation 
  • The pink one so terrify Explanation 
  • Perhaps almost as much as Alyssa, Jasmine Masters has become renown since her season for being a Fountain of Memes on her social media (almost always including her opening line of "I am Jasmine Masters, and I have something to say"), including but not limited to:

    Season 8 
  • Purse Purse Imfurst, Bob's gaudy curtain clutch he made in the first challenge, and subsequently the phrase "walk into the club purse first!", exploded on the Internet and has successfully evolved beyond the fandom, where it became a trending search on Google and was referenced by Anna Kendrick before the 2016 Met Gala.
  • "KimonoGate", for when four queens coincidentally walked the Madonna-themed runway of episode 5 of season 8 wearing kimonos.
  • Derrick Barry, due to her ditzy yet lovable status, has proven to be Season 8's Fountain of Memes:
    • "Everywhere you look there's a hem."
    • Derrick Barry's baffled "No one was killed [at Stonewall]?" Explanation 
    • Her 2018 Hater's Roast Set Explanation 
      • "Well guess what bitch, this is RuPaul's Drag Race Season HATE"
      • "I don't know if your name is Chuck or go fuck yourself, but tonight your name is Truck."
      • Taking three tries to tell a golden shower joke.

    Season 9 
  • "You're perfect, you're beautiful, you look like Linda Evangelista, you're a model. Everything about you is perfect! Did you stone those tights? Oh, you're smiling! They eat her up every single time she's on that damn stage. She doesn't even have to- She could go out there in a fucking diaper and they'll be like 'Valentina! Your smile is beautiful!'" Explanation 
  • Valentina's mask over her mouth and her epic showdown with Ru has been immortalized in internet memes and parody drag performances.
    • "I'd like to keep it on, please."
    • The COVID-19 pandemic brought this meme back and had Valentina Vindicated by History, as she was obviously simply ahead of her time.
  • Well, Tamar... Explanation 
  • Pink Tall Person. Explanation 
  • "This would've never happened if Nina Bo'nina Brown was Blac Chyna." Explanation 

    Season 10 
  • "Miss Vanjie...Miss Vanjie...Miss Vanjie," Explanation 
  • Monet's Sponge Dress Explanation 
  • "Brown cow, stunning!" Explanation 
  • "IT WAS RU!!! RUPAUL!!" Explanation 
  • ButterflyGate Explanation 
  • Mayhem Eyes / #MayhemMillerChallenge Explanation 

     Season 11 
  • "Cysters" Explanation 
  • "Opalence! You earn everything!" Explanation 
  • Kehlani Mongoose Explanation 
  • "Where is the body?" Explanation 

     Season 12 
  • WigGate Explanation 
  • Ru living for Crystal's boy hair/Rhythm of the Night Explanation 
  • Gigi's Mom Explanation 
  • Gigi On The Floor Explanation 
  • Queens Using Google Explanation 
  • Jan's Thousand Yard Stare Explanation 
  • "Jan, you're safe." Explanation 
  • So gorgeous, next level. Explanation 
  • Look over there! Explanation 
  • #JusticeForJan(et) Explanation 
  • The Cursed Season Explanation 
  • Jaida Essence ____ Explanation 
  • COSTuME? Explanation 
  • FaceApp Explanation 

    Season 13 
  • Denali looks into the cameraExplanation 
  • The Tamisha Iman Signature Leather Sneakers Explanation 
  • Rupaul's Drag Race Stanford Prison Experiment Explanation 
  • Tamisha looks into the camera Explanation 
  • Elliott sitting alone Explanation 
  • Stop! Stop! She's already dead! Explanation 
  • Drag Race's First Openly Gay Contestant Explanation 
  • Lala's Ball Outfit Explanation 
  • Dehmora Hall Explanation 
  • Utica looks into the camera Explanation 
  • Lampsexual Explanation 
    • Denali is Mothman Explanation 
  • ¿Quieres ser mi novia? Explanation 
  • Denali's Kubrick Stare Explanation 
  • Rosé's Bad Dad Dancing Explanation 
  • Pink Jan Explanation 
    • "Is Jan Purple Rosé now?" Explanation 
    • Purple and Pink Lagoona Explanation 
    • Other Fan Nicknames riffing on this meme for queens who have similar aesthetic, personality and/or track record to Jan are Ice Jannote , Yellow Jannote , Jan Holenote  and, recursively, Purple Jan/Safe Jannote .
  • Final Boss Mik Explanation 
  • "truly do not believe either of these people has an actual passion for drag - I do however believe that a few yrs ago they both resorted to slapping on wigs & weaponizing their BFAs in musical theatre as a last-ditch grab at fame" Explanation 
    • "Weaponizing your degree" Explanation 
  • Rosé looks into the camera/When the Tina hits Explanation 
  • Mourning Denali Explanation 
  • RuPaul giving the finger Explanation 

    All-Stars 1 
  • The explosive scene from Untucked centered on Mimi Imfurst has gone down in Drag Race herstory as having numerous iconic moments despite being a mostly forgettable season, largely due to the antics of Tammie Brown.
    • "Act the fool, girl."
    • "HAH! HAH! I'm acting!"
    • "Oh! Well, c'mon, Telletubby! Teleport us to Mars!"
    • "Change! Your! Cos! Tume! Change it arouuuund!"
    • "Well, guess what, Mimi? We did!"
    • "Mimi Imfurst was number third in the voting, I could not believe it." note 

    All-Stars 2 
  • "Rigga Morris", after Alyssa Edwards' mispronunciation of "rigor mortis" in All Stars 2, has become popular on forums like Reddit to express the belief that the season is rigged in favor of one contestant in particular, who has won numerous challenges and lip-synchs despite some fans feeling that she should not have.
  • Coco Montrese's "I'm not holding shit back... Oh, at all!" line from her elimination.
  • "Party."Explanation 
  • Tatianna's "Choices!"
    • "We all make choices, but that was a Choice."

    All-Stars 3 
  • Milk exclaiming "Is she going to jump from there?!" in shock during Aja's performance in the Talent Show.
  • "I'm so into voguing right now."Explanation 
  • BenDeLaCreme's Shocking Elimination, particularly the famous shot of her holding up the lipstick with her own name written on it, which has been edited numerous times to have different names on it.
  • Bebe proclaiming the elimination process (where the queens eliminate one another from the competition rather than RuPaul) to be the "gag of the season", not knowing that it had been done in All-Stars 2 already.
  • "Aw, Jesus! Gross!" Explanation 
  • "Fuck my drag, right?" Explanation 
  • "Oh, work bitch." Explanation 

    All-Stars 4 
  • Gia Gunn's delighted expression upon seeing Farrah Moan fall on the main stage was instantly exploitable.
  • "I don't know what the fuck she's saying, but girl, I am living." Explanation 
  • Valentina's intense delivery of "So, you think I could go home tonight?!" being declared as worthy of an Emmy award.
    • Similarly, her fury at being read for her outfit in week 4 despite being safe. "Ladies! I'm boiling. My blood is simmering through my veins and I have something to say!"
  • Gia's "Well what you wanna do is not necessarily what you're gonna do!" declaration is a very common reaction gif.
  • Ironically for having been read by the judges as being fairly slapshod work, Valentina and Naomi's "Club 96" became memetic fairly quickly after broadcast. Naomi's constant delivery of "Club 96" in an exaggeratedly hushed whisper throughout the video certainly helped. Incidentally, Willam used Club 96 as an example on Race Chaser that oftentimes, the worst products of a challenge on the show end up becoming memebait.
  • In the LaLaPaRUza episode, Gia's exclamation of "What privilege!" quickly gained traction.

    All-Stars 5 
  • "I would sensually walk towards the thermostat, and turn up the thermostat to a sensible seventy-four" Explanation 

    UK Season 1 
  • "You clearly don't value what I do as a drag queen. Tell me anybody else in this werk room who has a four and a half octave range. Tell me anybody else who can sing in five languages. Tell me anybody else who can do all that while doing the splits. Tell me anybody else who has fifteen years of directing production shows!" Explanation 
    • "A red wig and a silver dress? I don't think." Explanation 
  • "Much bettah!!!" Explanation 
  • "I'm ready for another week of me doing mediocre." Explanation 

    UK Season 2 
  • H&M Explanation 
  • BING BANG BONG Explanation 

    Canada Season 1 
  • "IT'S MY SPECIAL DAYYYYYYY!!!!!" Explanation 
  • "Peronka." Explanation 

  • The Drag Race subreddit has become notorious for being really good at figuring out which queens are going to be on the show, as well as accumulating spoilers in general. Since Season 8, they've managed to correctly predict the entire cast of every season months in advance, with one exceptionnote . The insane ability and work of the subreddit has become a meme entirely it's own:
    • "Nancy Drew-ing" has become the term used to describe the fan collection of spoilers, a reference to Shangela's "I am the Nancy Drew of drag" quote from Season 3's
    • Comparing belly buttons Explanation 
    • Naivesmalls Explanation 
  • Suspiciously Large Woman Explanation 
  • Drag Race Curses/Superstitions
    • The Luck of the Clown Explanation 
    • The Robot/Disco/Black and White Curse Explanation 
    • The Change Your Makeup Curse Explanation 
    • Seasons divisible by 3 Explanation 
    • 8th place Explanation 
  • With large amounts of rumors being accumulated every season, several pieces of "tea" that ultimately turn out to be false get circulated every season. Some of these end up being so ridiculous that they become pieces of the fan lexicon on their own:
    • "___ punches Michelle in the left tit." [[labelnote:Explanation]]One Season 8 rumor said that Acid Betty got into an intense argument with the judges during critiques for Snatch Game, during which she ran up to the judges table and punched Michelle Visage in her breast. Any time fans are discussing rumors and speculation, someone is always quick to joke that maybe this will finally be the season someone punches Michelle in the tit.
    • "fake thlut" Explanation 
    • "Ongina is on All Stars 3, but does so poorly in the Episode 1 reading mini-challenge that Ru eliminates her on the spot" Explanation 
    • "Aquaria dances naked on the judges' table while The Vixen does gravity-defying moves." Explanation 
    • Gia died. Explanation 
    • "Moonwalks Aggressively" Explanation 
    • "Your lash is crooked" Explanation 
    • "Derrick comes in wearing a hat." Explanation 
  • "It's fashion." Explanation 
  • "Oh, the fracking?" "No, not that!" Explanation 
  • If a queen has a last name but is referred to by only one name on the show, if the last name is ever mentioned then it will almost always been censored or spoilered. For example, Jan Sport, Brita Filter, Denali Foxx
  • The Janyon Box Explanation 
    Green Jan: Cheryl Hole (UK 1)
    Pink Jan: Rose (13)
    Yellow Jan: Lemon (Canada)
    Icy Jan: Denali (13)
    Blue Jan: Lagoona Bloo (Not on the show)

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