After Myspace flopped in 2008, social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit moved into the mainstream of the internet. These new platforms became the go-to spaces for global online communities.
With the global connection came the spread and sharing of memes. Once the internet figured out what memes were, these videos and images came to represent moments in pop culture as they spread across the internet. Images, short gifs or short video clips, memes became the main way to react on the internet.
As we hit the end of the decade, let's look back at the things on the internet that made us laugh the hardest. I've gathered 50+ memes that are a perfect representation of the 2010's. In these times, we’ve got to find our joy where we can. Here's the final part of the best memes of the 2010s:
Sad Keanu (2010)
"The paparazzi photograph of sullen-looking Reeves eating a sandwich was taken sometime in May 2010 by Splash News. In June 2010, a Reddit user posted an image with the phrase 'I really enjoy acting... Because when I act, I'm no longer me' in a thread entitled 'Keanu. More sadness in comments.' The thread quickly made it to Reddit's front page. Throughout the rest of June 2010, photoshopped images of Sad Keanu spread across various social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, personal blogs on Tumblr and much more."
60's Spider-Man (2011)
"Although 60's Spider-Man memes began gaining popularity in 2009, Tumblr blogs exclusively dedicated to collecting captioned instances of 60s Spider-Man did not appear until February 2011, with the creation of You're a horrible man, Spiderman Brown. More single-topic Tumblrs were started later that year, in addition to an active Tumblr tag. Between April and July of 2011, compilations of captioned Spider-Man images were also shared on Reddit, FunnyJunk, Uproxx, and numerous more blogs."
Supa Hot Fire (2011)
"This viral video clip was posted onto WorldStarHipHop in June 2011, receiving over 379,000 views. That samne month, Huffington Post reblogged the original video in a post titled 'Hilarious Rap Battle Parody Featuring Supa Hot Fire.' Throughout the rest of 2011, Mr.DeshawnRaw went on to publish additional parodies in the same style. In March 2012, the fourth episode of the series was released featuring Supa Hot Fire and Tremendous, a fictional rapper assumed by comedian Chris Rock."
Hide The Pain Harold (2011)
"Hide The Pain Harold, also simply referred to as "Harold" or "Maurice" is the nickname given to a senior stock photography model whose facial expression appears to indicate suppressed pain and/or discomfort. The earliest known archived thread, where Harold first got attention, can be found on Facepunch, dating back to 2011."
Sweet Brown (2012)
"Sweet Brown is a pseudonym used by Kimberly Wilkins, an Oklahoma City resident who was interviewed by local news station KFOR News Channel 4 after evacuating from her apartment building that was set on fire. Her emphatic testimony of the chaotic scene quickly led to massive exposure on YouTube, similar to those of Antoine Dodson and Eccentric Witness Lady."
"I came out tonight to have a fun time and I honestly am feeling so attacked right now" (2014)
"'I Came Out to Have a Good Time and I'm Honestly Feeling So Attacked Right Now' is an expression used to sarcastically complain about being criticized or challenged. Although the quote originally appeared in a post by a Tumblr user, its source has been falsely attributed to a screenshot of a tweet supposedly posted by singer Nick Jonas."
What are those?! (2015)
Arthur's Fist (2016)
"Arthur's Fist is a reaction image featuring a screen capture of the protagonist Arthur from the titular children's television series holding a clinched fist, which is often accompanied by captions describing various infuriating or frustrating circumstances. The image is taken from the Arthur Punches D.W. scene, notable for inspiring a series of YouTube poop videos."
Harambe the Gorilla (2016)
"Harambe the Gorilla was a 17-year-old Western lowland silverback gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into his enclosure in late May 2016. The incident was wildly criticized online by many who blamed the child's parents for the gorilla's untimely death. in May 2016, a post about the incident reached the front page of subreddit /r/news, where it garnered more than 7,100 votes in the next two days. The same day, a petition titled "Justice for Harambe" was created on Change.org which called for authorities to hold the child's parents responsible for Harambe's death. Within 48 hours, the petition gained over 338,000 signatures. Meanwhile, the hashtags #JusticeForHarambe and #RIPHarambe began circulating on both Facebook and Twitter."
"This is fine" (2016)
"This Is Fine is a two-pane image of an anthropomorphic dog trying to assure himself that everything is fine, despite sitting in a room that is engulfed in flames. Taken from an issue of the webcomic series Gunshow illustrated by K.C. Green and published in early January 2013, the cartoon is typically used as a reaction image to convey a sense of self-denial or acceptance in the face of a hopeless situation. No meme has better summed up living in the political climate of the latter half of the decade than this one."
You know I had to do it to em (2017)
"You Know I Had to Do It to Em is a photoshop meme based on a picture of Twitter user LuckyLuciano17k standing on a sidewalk with the caption 'You know I had to do it to em.' The picture became a go-to for mock captions from 2016-2017."
"Mocking SpongeBob, also known as Spongemock, refers to an image macro featuring cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants in which people use a picture of SpongeBob to indicate a mocking tone towards an opinion or point of view."
Shooting Stars (2017)
Surprised Pikachu (2018)
"Surprised Pikachu refers to a screenshot from the Pokémon anime of the character Pikachu with its mouth agape, as though it were surprised at something. In the autumn of 2018, the image was used as a reaction image paired with captions where a set-up leads to a predictable outcome that nevertheless leaves one surprised."
"'Nobody:', also known as 'No One:' Tweets and 'Nobody:' Tweets and 'Literally No One:', is a phrasal template used to mock people who strive to attract attention and tend to provide unsolicited opinions, as well as for observational humor. The format rose to popularity in Autumn 2018 with tweets usually starting with the phrases 'No one:', 'Nobody:' and 'Me:', continued with text or visual descriptions of an unprovoked action by a certain individual."
Hey, Look at Us (2019)
"'Hey, Look at Us' is a quote from actor Paul Rudd while appearing on the First We Feast series Hot Ones. The clip has been taken out of context in numerous parodies that grew popular on Twitter."
Storm Area 51(2019)
"Storm Area 51, also known as the Area 51 Raid and Alienstock, is a satirical Facebook event that calls for an assembly of a flash mob to infiltrate the top-secret American military airbase in Lincoln County, Nevada, scheduled to commence at 3:00 a.m. on September 20th, 2019. Since its launch in late June, the Facebook page went viral and millions of people have signed up to attend. July 2019, the event, boosted by word of mouth and news coverage spawned Twitter users to begin humorous posts about what they imagined life would be like with the alien they rescued from Area 51."
Woman Yelling at a Cat (2019)
"Woman Yelling at a Cat refers to a meme format featuring a screen cap of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast members Taylor Armstrong and Kyle Richards followed by a picture of a confused-looking cat sitting behind a dinner plate. The format gained significant popularity across the web in mid-June 2019 and the cat was later identified as Smudge the Cat."
What are your fav memes of the decade, ONTD?
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