Top 35 Funniest Memes of All Time

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Can you remember life before memes? If you’re under 30, probably not. If you’re over 30, you probably remember when memes were handwritten with feather quills atop postcard-sized works of art. And you need to restock your eye cream.

Funniest Memes of All Time

To pay tribute to some of the most culturally important works of art in the history of humankind, are the funniest memes of all time.

1. American Chopper Argument

American Chopper was a reality TV show featuring Orange County Choppers, a custom motorcycle company in New York. Instead of us getting to watch custom paint drying on choppers, it highlighted the toxic relationship between Paul Teutel, Sr. and his son, Paul Teutel, Jr.

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Tensions rose and gifted us with this particularly heated scene, which became the genesis of the meme and also our current exit interview strategy.

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2. Woman and Cat Yelling

On the left is Taylor Armstrong from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2011, pointing and yelling at someone or some poorly arranged flower vase. On the right is a cat named Smudge, who is clearly offended that you said he “needed a salad.”

Armstrong isn’t really screaming at Smudge (because that fluffball could never do anything wrong), but the photo combo, which was originally created by @MISSINGEGIRL, became a meme minefield for opposing opinions. Those exist on the Internet?

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3. Scumbag Steve

We’ve all had one too many “Steves” in our lives. If you haven’t, please give us the number of the devil who bought your soul, because we have an offer to make.

The image itself actually first appeared on the cover of an album by a group called Beantown Mafia in which “Steve,” AKA Blake Boston, was a rapper. Even better, the original photo was taken by Blake’s mother.

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4. Distracted Boyfriend

Perusing stock photo websites is our pastime, just behind watching Dr. Pimple Popper videos. Sure, we need better hobbies, but we’re not alone in this because the Distracted Boyfriend meme is the result of a stock photo that exploded on the internet.

It makes for a pretty timeless meme since we’re always distracted by something. Oh look, another popping video!

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5. Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat graced the Internet’s presence for the first time on Reddit in 2012 and went viral within hours. Unfortunately, Grumpy Cat (aka Tardar Sauce) died in 2019, but her spirit, frowny face, and place in the Meme Hall of Fame live on forever.

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6. Philosoraptor

The Philosoraptor meme features a velociraptor asking life’s most important questions. In 2008, the original illustration was released and copyrighted by artist Sam Smith as a t-shirt design. No, not that Sam Smith. Not that one either. Or that one….

It’s hard to know for sure who was the first person to place text over the design and turn into the meme monster it is today, but thank goodness they did or we might all still be full of existential dread even more than we are now.

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7. Success Kid

While many memes may be used to be condescending or to mimic people, Success Kid is generally super positive and helps celebrate all those wins in life.

The ironic thing is the original photo was not showing success, but rather frustration. Taken by photographer Laney Griner of her then 11-month-old son Sammy in 2007, the photo went viral after she posted it on her Flickr account. How do we explain this…it’s like an early version of Instagram?

It wasn’t until 2011 that one of the earliest Success Kid memes was uploaded to Reddit. And if that’s not enough for positivity, the sensation of the meme was used to generate enough donations for Sammy’s dad’s kidney transplant in 2015. Success, indeed!

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8. Condescending Willy Wonka

A screengrab of Gene Wilder from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory turned a playful scene into a sarcastic, condescending meme series that befits the reclusive Wonka himself.

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10. Ermahgerd

The photo of 11-year-old Maggie Goldenberger that gave birth to this glorious meme shows off that gloriously awkward middle school age that kids these days seem to not be going through.

The photo began circulating the internet with the caption “Ermahgerd Gersberms,” which translates to “Oh my god, Goosebumps.” Ah, the simple highs of a Scholastic book fair. From there, it took off with nonsensical pronunciations of other items that only the Internet could understand.

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11. Futurama Squinting Fry

Feeling a little confused or skeptical? We give you this screengrab from Season 2, Episode 6 of Futurama, “The Lesser of Two Evils.” It offers the best facial expression for all those moments of I’m not quite sure, but something doesn’t feel right here. Also evidenced in all photos from our 30th birthday party.

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12. Evil Kermit

In this still, from Muppets Most Wanted, Sith Kermit consults normal Kermit to visualize his inner monologue. Spoiler: It gets dark. Upside: You can use this Evil Kermit meme to fuel your pettiest desires.

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13. Roll Safe/ Guy Tapping Head

The meme of the guy tapping his head to imply using some flawed “critical thinking” skills came from BBC 3’s #HoodDocumentary series.

An oral sex quip was made by the character R.S. (aka Roll Safe) played by Kayod Equmi, and now the screengrab is used for arguably questionable life advice… also known as “advice from my sister.”

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14. Kim Kardashian in Bed

Ever laid in bed staring blankly while avoiding all responsibilities? Kim Kardashian has too! Celebrities – they’re just like us.

Funny Memes15. Disaster Girl

This meme didn’t come from a stock photo. Zoe Roth’s dad caught her looking a little too happy during their local fire department’s live drill training, posted it on the Internet, and memers took over.

Good news – Roth is now in her 20s and not an arsonist. In fact, she recently sold an original copy of the meme as an NFT for half a million dollars. She donated the money to charity and paid off her student loans.

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16. I Am Once Again Asking for Your Financial Support Bernie Meme

Only Bernie Sanders can create two viral memes in one year while wearing the same jacket. (His only jacket?) And he did it by keeping it real, as always, saying “I am once again asking for your financial support” in his December 2019 fundraising video.

Although that makes perfect contextual sense, people ran with it to create a meme that’s popular for any scenario in which you’re asking for something. But we’d still like the cash.

17. Surprised Pikachu

Feign a surprise with Pikachu on your side using this meme that showcases a screenshot from the anime Pokémon. The episode the image originated from is Season 1, Episode 10 at exactly the 3:05 time mark.

But it was in late 2018 when the Internet started pairing surprised Pikachu with captions that showed surprise despite a predictable outcome. I choose you, sarcasm!

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18. All Right Then, Keep Your Secrets

Taken from the 2001 film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, this shot captures Frodo with a questionably happy facial expression. Did he have an extra special second breakfast?

If his look of bemusement wasn’t good enough, Frodo actually uttered the phrase, “All right then, keep your secrets,” making it so that memers only had to come up with half of the joke. It’s like they don’t even know what hard work is anymore.

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19. Awkward Moment Seal

Life is awkward, but this little seal is here to help see you through it. Just don’t forget to bring him fish – he gets bitey.

Originally uploaded on Nature’s Pics Online, the first meme was uploaded to Reddit the next day.

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20. Arthur’s Fist

Ever been so mad you can’t do anything but tense up and clench your fists? The Arthur’s Fist meme will help you explain your frustration. We know. Words are solid. Thanks for that, Thesaurus!

The screenshot is from Episode 1, Season 4 of the children’s TV show, Arthur. In this scene, Arthur is shown clenching his fist before punching his little sister, D.W. Wait, what?

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21. Drakeposting

If you want a meme that expresses just how much you prefer something (cake) over something else (vegetables), then Drake has you covered with his “Hotline Bling” dance moves.

If you somehow managed to miss his 2015 music video, give it the old college watch so you can experience Drake dancing in empty, color-changing rooms. Which explains our college years more than we’d like to admit.

Funny Memes22. This Is Fine Dog

The world is on fire meme that we may have overused in 2020 comes from a comic strip known as Gunshow

If you’re a pro at ignoring how bad things really are until they’re catastrophic, then this is the response meme for you. And you can join our club! We meet on Monday mornings. What a great time.

Funny Memes23. Is This a…?

In the anime series The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird, the character mistakes a butterfly for a pigeon. Common mistake.

By swapping out the butterfly and the pigeon for literally anything or any concept, this meme works for plenty of occasions.

24. Bad Joke Eel

The original image for this meme was taken by Jeffrey N. Jeffords while scuba diving in the Philippines. The moray eel made his first joke on Reddit in January 2012, and he’s been giving dads a run for their money ever since.

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25. The Most Interesting Man in the World

Borrowed from a Dos Equis marketing campaign, the most interesting man in the world is also suave and confident and apparently does whatever he wants. The photo is most commonly accompanied by a “I don’t always ____, but when I do, I ______.”

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26. First World Problems

The next time you want to cry about your high-speed WiFi being down, just know you could become a meme once the Internet comes back on.

The hashtag #FirstWorldProblems was started in 2009 as a way to trivialize things not worth complaining about. in 2011, the world mashed it together with this stock image of a crying woman and Silvia Bottini has been famous since.

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28. Daily Struggle

Unlike most of the other memes, the image and the meme originated together on this one.

In 2014, animator Jake Clark posted the original comic on his Tumblr which showed a visibly shaken character struggling to choose between “Be a dick” and “Don’t be a dick.” We still can’t figure out the right answer, which probably explains why we’re always so sweaty.

The Internet took that image and spawned various iterations from it, many of which swap the character’s head for another. Clark credited his inspiration from the Sweating Towel Guy illustration and Hank Nova from the video game Timesplitters 2.

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30. But That’s None of My Business

The Internet made Kermit a meme twice in 2014. Once as Evil Kermit, and this time, drinking iced tea and throwing major shade with the line “but that’s none of my business.”

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