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With another year coming to a close, it’s once again time to round up our favourite Internet memes of the past 12 months. Like historical photos or text, memes offer a snapshot of the year’s biggest events—only in a funnier, more retweet-worthy medium. From Harambe to Arthur’s fist, the Internet had no shortage of viral content to entertain us in 2016. Check out the best of the best below.
Two decades after Arthur first premiered, the beloved cartoon aardvark came back, in a big way, in our favourite art form: the meme. A close up of Arthur’s fist, grabbed from the iconic episode where he punches his sister D.W, took the Twitterverse by storm. Paired with captions of frustrating moments, this meme became super relatable thanks to its ability to capture so many emotions at once.
— 5’fine (@kbiiitcchh) July 28, 2016
When you’ve got the AUX, the bass is about to drop, and it fades out to “In a quarter mile, make a left on…” pic.twitter.com/teskj8sdH7
— Starboi (@djvogue) July 28, 2016
“Can you pass me my charger?”
“What percent you on?” pic.twitter.com/Rlba9y4SdW
— Tron (@SniperDeuceZero) July 28, 2016
Dat boi cycled into cyberspace, our timelines and our hearts earlier this year, spreading chill vibes wherever he went. You never could expect when you’d see Dat Boi pop up on the Internet (his meaning and “correct” usage are still debatable) but one thing that you could count on is that he’d happily be greeted with an, “O shit waddup!”
boss:so ur resumes just a frog doing sick unicycle tricks?
me:ya, dat boi is me
boss:(under breath) o shit waddup pic.twitter.com/E0zda3qT88
— memes (@memeprovider) May 1, 2016
Since its first appearance early this year, Blurry Mr. Krabs has been a contender for the best meme of 2016. It perfectly captured feelings of confusion, shock and fear in one perfect fuzzy image. Spongebob memes had a huge year, so we’d also like the take the opportunity to shout out the closely related Caveman Spongebob.
When you just wake up from a nap and your parents already yelling at you pic.twitter.com/ksf0Sbop8P
— keyboard warrior (@isthatahmed) February 1, 2016
When you send the screenshot to the person you was tryna talk about pic.twitter.com/FcLs9ENJOZ
— Mr. Wesley (@NoBeeetch) March 13, 2016
When your mom leave you in the line to get eggs and the cashier says “next” pic.twitter.com/7zxvw5bEUa
— amanu (@lilcoochievert) March 10, 2016
As the 2016 answer to last year’s “WHAT ARE THOOOOOSE?,” the 30-second video compilation, Damn Daniel, churned through the meme life cycle, becoming unfunny almost as quickly as it rose to Internet stardom. Despite “Damn Daniel” being overused to the point of obscurity, we’re still pouring one out for the unsuspecting high school kid who always appeared to be “back at it again” with the white Vans and Stussy tees.
Can we take a moment to appreciate everything Kermit the Frog has done for meme culture? From sipping tea and minding his own business to pensively staring outside rainy windows, there seems to be a Kermit meme for every occasion and emotion. Case in point: Evil Kermit. The hooded black frog represents our deepest (and sometimes darkest) inner desires. Whether you want to be lazy, nosy or petty, Evil Kermit is there to enable you.
me: but thats none of my business
me to me: make it ur business pic.twitter.com/i0cwoK9Lh4
— jomny sun (@jonnysun) November 15, 2016
Me: no more shots man I’m fucked up
Me to me: didn’t know you was a bitch pic.twitter.com/Lel0CrMNSC
— Clayton Bigsby (@YourFavTweeter_) November 15, 2016
Where there’s Drake, there are memes—and his fifth studio album, Views, was no exception. The ridiculous (and obviously Photoshopped) cover art featured the 6ix God perched on his throne: Toronto’s CN Tower. Similar to his previous release, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, the Internet made an easy generator that allowed users to put tiny sitting Drake on anything. The results were amazing.
— Degrassi (@Degrassi) April 29, 2016
You might not know its origin, but you’ve definitely seen rapper Conceited’s pursed lips of dissatisfaction on your timeline or feed. The close-up cropped image comes from a 2013 video that shows Conceited pursing his lips and rolling his eyes during a rap battle. But since then, the image has gone on to be a universal symbol for disapproval.
Me: “I just took like 20 selfies, atleast one of them has to be cute”
Camera roll: pic.twitter.com/atHf60mk13
— Angela Davis (@Nija315) October 26, 2016
“Do you believe racism exists?”
White people: No.
“Would you trade skin with a person of color?”
Also white people: ….. pic.twitter.com/4Ewrak2sln
— WiseGuy The Campaign (@WiseGuy_wes27) October 10, 2016
Me: *spends $200 plus+ online shopping*
— Common Black Girl (@CommonBlackGirI) October 22, 2016
The tragedy that left a 17 year-old silverback gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo dead will be forever immortalized in meme culture. Harambe continued to find his way into various Internet jokes throughout the year—from people swearing to revenge his death, to the strange Twitter tributes, to even being “voted” for in the U.S. election.
Rt if you feel the same pic.twitter.com/lepmGrrsJl
— HarambeDepot.Com (@HarambeDepot) August 21, 2016
Texts that piss me off:
8. harambe was just a gorilla
— enrique with an e² (@enriqaye) August 21, 2016
— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) June 7, 2016