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Due to a rich and active fandom, Worm has a vast number of memes associated with it. Both as part of the story, and as part of the story discussion.

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     In-Story Memes 
  • "It must be lunchtime..." (bad things always happen around noon)
  • "Fucking Tinkers." Skitter does not approve of Tinkers and their cheating shenanigans.
  • /mlekk oozes in

     Memes - Comments 
  • 'Meh- I can take her.'note 
  • Male members of the cast wearing leopord-print underwear. Colony 15.10
  • Prism and Triumph and Power Perversion Potential. Also Colony 15.10
  • Capslocking BEHEMOTH's name and talking about his fights as if he were a wrestler.
  • Doctor Yamada Facts. (Teneral e1)
    • Doctor Yamada is a reverse eldritch horror. Exposure to her gives sanity points.
    • Doctor Yamada has never triggered, because she possesses perfect mental equilibrium. If she did, the Shard would immediately give up on influencing her.
    • Doctor Yamada is not impressed.
    • Doctor Yamada could make Jack settle down and become a barber.
    • The supermassive blackhole at the center of the Milky Way is not a collapsed star. It’s Doctor Yamada's metaphorical balls.
    • The real reason the PRT rotates therapists is because prolonged exposure to Doctor Yamada can cause people to untrigger.
  • Genoscythe the Eyeraper, a joke suggestion for a new villain that would painfully transform people into weapons and armor used to kill their own family members. He was meant as someone Skitter could face that was overly dark to match the apparent tone of the series, with the author once jokingly teasing an interlude from his point of view. According to Word of God, he didn't survive the final fight of the serial.

     General Fandom Memes 
  • Jack Slash is an Emotional Therepist.
  • Dragonhugs.
  • The Simurgh did it. explanation 
  • F*ing Contessa. explanation 
  • BEEEEEEES! - Skitter's battle cry according to the fandom.
  • The Slaughterhouse Nine have never had to deal with Scion because Bonesaw leaves kittens behind in trees, to distract him.
  • Imp'ed explanation 
    • Imp is the anti-tact. explanation 
  • Path to Victory vs. Taylor Hebert. Step 1: No, you can't in fact take her.
  • The Number Man's Bottle Cap Collection.
  • Handgun neurosurgery.explanation 
  • Puppy Queen Administrator.
    • The QA shard is HELPING! :D
      • STOP HELPING!
  • Browbeat who? explanation 
  • There are no telepaths in Worm.explanation 
    • There are no healing powers in Worm. explanation 
  • Dadversary. explanation 
  • Unintentionally Terrifying Taylor from Copacetic.
  • Catpriexplanation 
  • Ia! Ia! Shipping Chart fthagn! explanation 
    • On that note, mime jokes in general.
  • Armsmaster's Excuse Generator explanation 
  • "I am a dragon. You are now Asian."
  • Halbeard explanation 
  • "BUUUULLLLSHIIIIITTT" explanation 
  • Dragon is all the mods on ParaHumans Online.explanation 
  • Myrddin is actually Harry Dresden.explanation 
  • HALPING explanation 
  • THEORY ABOUT SLEEPER'S / PARIAN'S TRUE POWER explanation 
    • Sleeper is Stranger 12 explanation 
    • Worm 2 delay explanation 
  • "Take that, you worm." explanation 
  • Taylor the baby destroyer/Asterposting explanation 
  • In the older "meme" sense, PHO interludes are very popular in Worm fanfics. So popular, in fact, versions of them show up in fanfics which aren't even based on Worm, such as Exitium Eternal.
  • Misspelling wildbow's name in various ways, such as "wifflebat", "wetbadger", "wonkbert", or "wildebeest". This apparently started because on the old IRC channel, whenever someone used his name it pinged him, which he found annoying because he was getting pinged near constantly. So he asked people to stop using his name in discussions about Worm, and the tradition stuck.

     The Skitter Facts 
(Originated with this comment on Chrysalis 20.4.)
  • Skitter doesn’t run from danger. Danger runs from her, gets tripped up, and has its crotch melted off by spider bites. (1.5)
  • Skitter once tried to commit suicide-by-cape. Said cape promptly ended up in Protectorate custody. After having its crotch melted off by spider bites. (Arc 1)
  • Skitter has never gotten a cold. She once had a concussion, but the city never recovered. (5.1)
  • A supervillain once looked at Skitter funny. She cut out his eyes. (5.9)
  • Skitter scares the bejeezus out of people who can literally hold the power of the sun in their hands. (8.1)
  • Skitter once decided to distract a tidal wave. She succeeded. (8.4)
  • Normal rodeo is for wusses. Skitter rodeo-rides Endbringers. While stabbing them with a halberd. (8.5)
    • Skitter once tore a living storm a new asshole. Literally. (8.5)
  • Skitter started her villain career as an undercover hero. She was so skilled that when the villains she’d set out to betray found out, they offered her her job back. (8.8)
  • Do not bring a knife to a Skitter fight. (11.2)
  • If you can see Skitter, she can grievously maim or kill you. If you can’t see her, she can grievously maim or kill you, while calmly drinking tea. (11.3)
    • If you can’t see Skitter, she can still see you. If you can see Skitter, you’re about to get dogpiled by a swarm of bugs that weigh more than you do.
    • If you can see Skitter, she hasn't filled your eyeballs with maggots yet. (21.3)
  • The Slaughterhouse Nine went to Brockton Bay and met Skitter. They left as the Slaughterhouse Four. (Arc 10-12)
  • There are only Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse because Skitter rides a giant beetle. (14.4)
  • Atlas used to hold the sky on his shoulders. Skitter made him give her taxi service. (Arc 14-21)
  • Nightmares don’t make Skitter whimper in her sleep. Skitter makes nightmares whimper. (14.11)
  • When Skitter makes out with a guy, she cures mental illness. When Skitter makes out with other girls, she cures the plague. (14.11)
  • “The grue is a sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth.” Skitter made it her boyfriend. (15.y)
  • One time, Skitter fought a Dragon. She killed it by breathing fire on it. (16.5)
  • Skitter logic-bombed an advanced AI that was explicitly immune to logic bombs. (16.5)
  • Someone once thought of using grenades on Skitter. He thought twice. (16.11)
    • It’s been proven that the universe you survive in is the universe you don’t try to bomb Skitter. (16.11)
      • Skitter threw a grenade and killed 50 people, then it exploded. (16.11)
    • People have tried to kill Skitter with fire. Multiple times. Apparently it’s not the only way to be sure. (16.11)
  • Actually, Skitter does have eyes on the back of her head. And on the wall. And around the corner. And on your head.
  • Skitter went blind once. Nobody else noticed and she forgot it happened. (Arc 18-19)
  • Chthulhu horrors find that even the thought of Skitter makes them crazy. And they get creeped out when something that even looks like Skitter is nearby. (18.z)
  • Skitter once had smoke inhalation, blindness, some messed up ribs, and was covered in puke. Or as she regarded it, a minor inconvenience. (Arc 19)
  • Skitter was complaining about some mild aches and pains when a hero with the ability to absorb injuries tried to heal her. He started screaming moments later. (19.2)
  • Skitter once chopped a pseudo-Endbringer in half just by looking at it. (19.6)
  • Skitter decided to try teenage rebellion once. The city is now under the control of herself and six other teenagers. (Arc 1-20)
  • There is no Santa Claus. But Skitter sees you when you’re sleeping, she knows when you’re awake, she knows when you’ve been bad or good so be good or suffer unimaginable pain. (20.1)
  • Dragon, Armsmaster, and several other heroes once cornered Skitter in her school out of costume. Skitter let them off with a warning. (20.5)
  • Skitter does not get dehydrated. She ties dehydration in knots and embarrasses him in front of everyone, instead. (20.5)
  • Never tell Skitter the odds. (20.5)
  • Once, Skitter surrendered to the lawful authorities. Over the next twelve hours, she killed one of the most powerful heroes in the world and a decorated military officer, and forced the evacuation of a square mile of city. She got a medal for it. (Arc 22)
  • Skitter’s lunch begins with violence, followed by terror, and ends with the takeover of a city. If she’s already taken over the city, then lunch ends with free barbecue. If she likes you.
  • Skitter mentioned she was bored once. The universe threw three different S-class threats at her city, and all three regretted it. The first was driven off (Arc 8), the second reduced to a third of their numbers (Arc 11-14), and the last was entirely obliterated (Arc 19). The universe appears to be deliberating its next move (Arc 27-30).
  • Eldritch abominations find one Skitter to be more of a threat than the Triumvirate combined. (Arc 19)
  • Skitter once made an Endbringer cry. (Arc 19)
  • Skitter can win a land war in Asia. (Arc 30)
  • Skitter mentioned once that she’d like to visit Australia. Hero-capes worldwide collectively went “NOPE,” and preemptively evacuated ... never to return.
  • In 2013, Skynet became aware of its own existence. Then it saw what Skitter did to Dragon. That’s how it learned about fear.
  • How to calculate Skitter's threat level: 1. Determine what her apparent classification should be; 2. Add 2; 3. Go back to 1. Repeat for all power categories. (22.1)
  • Alexandria was once considered an unstoppable force. Skitter turned her into a movable object. (22.4)
  • Mother Nature's so scared of Skitter she gave her adopted kid birds to play with. All of the birds. (Interlude 22)
  • Skitter can kick your ass with butterflies. (23.1)
  • Cockroaches can survive a few weeks with their heads chopped off. Humans can maybe survive 30 seconds. Skitter can survive her upper body being chopped off long enough for revenge. (Arc 27-30)
    • Skitter doesn’t die if she’s been killed.
  • When Skitter doesn't like your singing you shut up and apologize. Even if you're the Simurgh. (28.6)
  • The Simurgh once took a special interest and started following one of the Undersiders. Skitter was disappointed it wasn't her. (28.6)
  • Skitter doesn’t know the meaning of the words “give up”. No, literally. She lobotomized herself rather than do it. (29.6)
  • When Skitter lost an arm, she had a dragon set it on fire, then forgot about it. (29.8)
  • Skitter made herself have a third trigger event. (29.9)
  • Skitter doesn’t get shipped with just one person. She mindfucks everybody. (Arc 30)
  • Superman died once. Skitter refuses to, because that’s too much of a vacation.
  • The day Skitter invaded your dimension and mind controlled your most powerful heroes to face the rough equivalent of a god was the most frightening day you ever knew. To Skitter, it was lunchtime. (Arc 30)
  • Skitter takes the term “personal harem” to a whole new level. (Arc 30)
  • Skitter out-multitasks a strong artificial general intelligence. (Arc 30)
  • Skitter became an Eldritch Abomination, reaching into countless worlds to invade the minds of others, WITHOUT reading the Necronomicon. (Arc 30)
  • Skitter considers the guy who subsumed an entire (alright, a diminished) world within minutes to be useless in her scheme. (30.4)
  • Skitter out-queen-bitches the Queen Bitch of the Faerie. (30.4)
  • Skitter just wants everyone to work together. Through Mind Rape if necessary. (Arc 30)
  • When Skitter is bullied she comes back stronger. When Skitter bullies, a god dies. (30.6)
  • Skitter, a multidimensional being, and Godzilla walk into a bar. Skitter walks out. (Arc 30)
  • Skitter got a summer job once: Warlord.
  • When God kicks off an apocalypse, Skitter gets to pick the teams. (Arc 30)
  • Skitter scares S-class threats to death by accident. (30.5)
  • When Skitter's brain is taken over by an alien supercomputer, Skitter's personality takes over the alien supercomputer in return. (Arc 30)
  • There are five stages of grief. When Skitter hits Anger, immortals die in pain. (22.4, 30.6)
  • A God once tried to kill Skitter. I don't see any gods around here, do you? (Arc 27-30)
  • Scion is a multidimensional entity the size of a planet, multiplied across countless dimensions. It has manipulated the events of an uncountable number of civilizations, each with their own uncountable number of multiversal instances. Each cycle completes with an omnicidal purge. It has been meddling with human history for the past 30 years, and during its purge of humanity it killed billions, if not trillions of people. Skitter made it cry. (30.6)
  • When Skitter needed Brain Surgery the Surgeon needed a gun and two headshots. (30.7)
  • In Brockton Bay, arachnophobia is no longer a recognized medical condition. Instead there are several new conditions for people who are not yet deathly afraid of bugs.
  • In Brockton Bay, there is a supervillain whose superpowered guessing is so powerful, it's mistaken for mind reading. She goes to Skitter for advice.
  • Lunchbreaks are the times when the world stops what it’s doing to get as far away from Skitter as possible.
  • Superheroes who talk to Skitter commonly suffer from mental breakdowns because they aren’t as good a person as the super villain who gouged out a man’s eyes.
  • Jack Slash is so terrifying that few heroes and villains can bear to look him in the eye. He ran away from Skitter.
  • Most of the alternate Earths discovered via the portals had no signs of life on them, because Skitter got there first.
  • Death once had a near-Skitter experience.
  • When Skitter gets surgery, the anesthesia has to be applied to the doctors.
  • When Skitter talks, the most powerful beings on Earth stop to listen.
  • Unlike Clockblocker, time doesn’t stop for Skitter. Instead, it waits for her permission before moving.
  • Schools in Brockton Bay don’t have fire alarms. They have Skitter alarms.
  • Skitter can count everything that dances on the head of a pin. She put them there.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, Skitter does not enjoy killing people. Contrary to your current opinion, this makes her more scary, not less.
  • Skitter can set ants on fire with a regular piece of glass. At night. Then she can send those bugs up your nose.
  • Leviathan had to take out a restraining order against Skitter.
  • Skitter can never die. Heaven doesn't want her and Hell is afraid she'll take over.
  • Skitter has a deep and abiding respect for human life ... unless it gets in her way.
  • The S in "S-Class" stands for Skitter.
  • Skitter stared into the abyss. The abyss blinked.
  • When Skitter makes pretty costumes for her friends, her friends are afraid to NOT wear them.
  • Skitter didn’t need to tell the PRT that Echidna was a Class-S threat. Anything that faces Skitter willingly is automatically classified either Class-S or [assumed deceased].
  • On Earth-Bet, Kick Ass is a documentary about Skitter. After winning Best Picture in the Please Don’t Hurt Us category, it is now used as a litmus test to gauge the mental fortitude of Special Forces applicants.
  • Skitter can make snow angels in asphalt.
  • Skitter was never blinded. Light just had a panic attack when it realized who it had fucked with.
  • Skitter is the reason villains don’t pay taxes. She mails in a picture of her costumed self, and the IRS mails back an apology.
  • When Skitter hit puberty, puberty needed a visit from Panacea.
  • Skitter doesn't need a topological map of your privates. She knows she has bigger balls.
  • Skitter was the third, fourth, and eighth plagues of Egypt. Dated the Ninth. Could have been the fifth, sixth, and tenth if she chose.
  • For Skitter, "telling time" means telling time what to do.
  • When Skitter watches paint, it doesn’t dry. It wets itself.
  • Hitler didn’t just commit suicide. He was making sure he never ran into Skitter.
  • Skitter isn’t made of win. Win is made of Skitter.
  • Fate chose to make Skitter a girl because a male Skitter wouldn’t have been able walk with balls that big.
  • When Skitter learned that gods could die, their days were numbered.
  • You don't bully Skitter, you scream for mercy she will not have.
  • Skitter doesn't sleep. She watches you with her eyes closed, to lull you into a false sense of security.
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