This 1921 cartoon could be the first-ever meme created, it is a Expectations vs. Reality based meme, it was found in an edition of t satirical magazine The Judge
Rickrolling, alternatively rick-rolling, is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up". The meme is a type of bait and switch using a disguised hyperlink that leads to the music video. The victims, believing that they are accessing some unrelated material, are said to have been rickrolled https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
This meme was coined by Mike Godwin in 1990, it says “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1.” This means that as a conversation on the internet goes on, the likelihood of someone mentioning Adolf Hitler or Nazis increases
This meme made in 1998 was made from a mistranslation in a 1992 Mega Drive port of the 1998 Japanese arcade game Zero Wing
The Hampster Dance, which is purposely misspelled, is one of the earliest single-purpose websites, it featured rows of animated GIFs of hamsters and other small rodents dancing to a sped-up sample of Roger Miller’s “Whistle Stop”. The site’s full name was Hampton’s Hamster House in honor of the creators pet hamster, Hampton Hamster, it gained popularity until 1999 http://www.hamsterdance.org/hamsterdance/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3G5IXn0K7A
Whassup? (also known as Wazzup) was a commercial campaign for Anheuser-Busch Budweiser beer from 1999 to 2002. The first spot aired during Monday Night Football, December 20, 1999. The ad campaign was run worldwide and became a pop culture catchphrase
IT'S A TRAP!
This is a well known Star Wars meme and is one of the earliest reaction image memes and is often used to warn people of a potential bait-and-switch. The meme features an image of and a quote from Admiral Ackbar, a character from the film Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi
The ROFL Copter meme is one of the earliest and most notable examples of using ASCII art. It first gained attention on forums such as Fark and was initially used to poke fun a new users who overused “l33t” (elite) acronyms such as ROFL (roll on the floor laughing). The usage of ROFL Copter became really popular after it was featured on the Something Awful forums
The intentional misspelling of dog as doge for comedic value goes back to 2005, when it was used in an episode of the web series Homestar Runner. The story of the doge meme begins in February 2010, when Atsuko Sato, a Japanese kindergarten teacher, posted photos on her blog of her pet dog Kabosu, a Shiba Inu
Success Baby/ Kid
Success Kid is an Internet meme featuring a baby clenching a fistful of sand with a determined facial expression. It began in 2007 and eventually became known as "Success Kid". The popularity of the image led CNN to describe Sammy Griner, the boy depicted in the photo, as "likely the Internet's most famous baby"
Keyboard Cat is an internet meme. It consists of a video from 1984 of a female cat called "Fatso" wearing a blue shirt and "playing" an upbeat rhythm on an electronic keyboard. The video was posted to YouTube under the title "charlie schmidt's "cool cat"" in June 2007 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J---aiyznGQ
What's going on here?!
On May 22nd, 2007, the Shoot Your Mouth Off Silms YouTube channel uploaded a video titled "Nuts For Pudding," featuring a comedy sketch regarding healthy eating (shown below). In the video, a devil character tempts the protagonist to eat a dish named "Judgement Day" for breakfast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgtxdMSCjZk
A very philosophical Raptor, the term "philosoraptor" can be traced back to a forum post created back in 1998, the popularized visual of the portmandeau was created in 2008. The image was created by Sam Smith as a t-shirt design for the website LonelyDinosaur
One very popular meme at the time of 2010 was Sanic, he's basically a derpy drawing of sonic, many know him, and why wouldn't you, he's the fastest chili dog in the world
Nyan Cat is one of the most important internet phenomena ever. Originally created by Christopher Torres during a donation drive for the Red Cross in 2011, Nyan Cat's popularity has only continued to grow in its six years of existence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH2-TGUlwu4
Grumpy Cat (RIP)
Tardar Sauce, nicknamed Grumpy Cat, was an American Internet celebrity cat. She was known for her permanently "grumpy" facial appearance, which was caused by an underbite and feline dwarfism, (April 4, 2012 – May 14, 2019) May she rest in peace
This is fine
The "This is fine" meme comes from KC Green's 2013 webcomic "On Fire.", which shows a dog in a house on fire and a cup of what I think is coffee
"Yeah Boy" is a song co-written and recorded by American country pop singer Kelsea Ballerini for her debut studio album, The First Time (2015). Ballerini co-wrote the song with Forest Glen Whitehead and Keesy Timmer, but of course, slowly turned into a meme
Do u no de wae? (Ugandan Knuckles)
Where is de Queen?
Ugandan Knuckles is inspired partly by the film "Who Killed Captain Alex?", a low-budget Ugandan action/comedy released in 2010. Ugandan Knuckles’ catchphrase “do you know the way” spoken with an African accent was inspired by a similar line in the movie (it is also phonetically spelled "do you know de wey?")