Without question, the art of making memes took a giant leap forward in the last ten years. It used to be that all anyone could do was make a four-panel comic with poorly-drawn stick figures.
Now, as the sheer number of memes with which the internet could play with has expanded every single week, meme-creators now have multiple images to play with, like an artist choosing between oil paint and guache.
And so, we have to take a look at some of best memes we've ever had, including a new video of a victim of sunburn which has elicited some pretty hilarious, meme-worthy reactions.
When The Mandalorian launched this year on the newly-debuted Disney+, there were rumblings of a huge twist at the end of the first episode. Little did we know that said twist — the reveal of Baby Yoda — would give us not only a huge revelation within the Star Wars mythos, but also a cute little snuggums that we could make internet jokes about for the next decade.
Bone App The Teeth.
Also known as “Bone Apple Tea“, this meme is about collecting the instances of people thinking they know how to say a common phrase — like, say, “bon appetit” — but saying it completely, hilariously wrong (“Bone App the Teeth”).
Alex from Target.
In 2014, a picture of a cute guy working at Target posted to Twitter went hyper-viral because, well, the guy was cute. Alex himself was one of the first internet celebrities to go through a VHI Behind The Music-style rise and fall with internet fame, dropping out of school to become an Influencer before giving it all up and going back to regular life (maybe Target was hiring?).
A video of a bomb dude named Daniel rockin’ them white Vans gave memers their shorthand for “cool.” Before, they had to tell your friend their new threads looked “sick” or “fresh.” Now you can just say “daaaamn Daniel” and move on with your day.
Drake provided us with a lot of memes throughout the decade, but none has had the staying power of the “Hotline Bling” one-two punch — it’s the perfect meme to communicate the idea that one thing sucks, while another thing? Well, that other thing is very cool.
The Confused Math Lady.
Whether we’re talking about a new Star Wars movie’s take on female empowerment or Brexit, we’ve had to sort through a lot of nuance this decade. And the Confused Math Lady? She is the embodiment of the next-level thinking we’ve had to do in the 2010s.
How do you tell someone you’re angry, but in a way that isn’t scary? Why, you send them a picture of an adorable cartoon antelope clenching his fist, of course!
Blinking White Guy.
Just one time, Drew Scanlon of video game website Giant Bomb was so confused on a stream that he did a subtle double-take. And that was all it took to give the internet a perfect image depicting what it feels like to be so stunned you involuntarily blink.