17 Memes You Couldn’t Escape In 2016

17 Memes You Couldn T Escape 2016

How did we even express ourselves before memes became a thing? It seems there were more than usual this year, but as a friend recently pointed out, It’s like we have to laugh or else we’ll start crying. Major pop-culture events like the election, the Summer Olympics, and even the death of a gorilla brought out the pettiness in everyone online.

Whether people were reacting to a Disney Channel star sitting on a chair, a dude shouting, Damn, Daniel over and over again, or an evil Muppet imposter, 2016 was the Year of the Meme. (At least, it will be until 2017 rolls around.)

  1. Arthur’s Fist https://twitter.com/kbiiitcchh/status/758548055071285248

    While Arthur was no stranger to memes , his simple fist took the internet by storm this year.

  2. Damn Daniel https://twitter.com/Josholzz/status/699432086965366784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

    The words damn and Daniel have never been said together more than in February 2016.

  3. Confused Mr. Krabs https://twitter.com/FreddyAmazin/status/707385800665604096

    Waking up from a nap has never felt more real, and the entire internet quickly became shook about nearly everything.

  4. American Horror Story Meets SpongeBob Nickelodeon / funky-al/Reddit

    These SpongeBob SquarePants pics are as diverse as AHS ’s crazy characters, including Evan Peters ’ from all six seasons.

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  5. Name a More Iconic Duo https://twitter.com/jc45cast/status/780969711890685953

    Turns out, there ARE more iconic duos than Kylie and Kendall Jenner . Who knew?

  6. Honey Bun Baby https://twitter.com/babyintheredhat/status/808002525345579008

    Gavin better watch his back, because there’s a new meme kid in town, and his name is Ashton Howell .

  7. Prankster Joe Biden https://twitter.com/HogwartsLogic/status/798907545318461440

    Donald Trump also better watch his back, because Bro Biden is coming for him.

  8. Donald Trump https://twitter.com/Rhyanne_Mackay/status/629918553953533952

    Speaking of the president-elect, he was ruthlessly memed all year in so many different ways, we honestly couldn’t keep track of them all.

  9. Evil Kermit https://twitter.com/bronze_bombSHEL/status/798704731178881026

    Kermit the Frog, a longtime favorite meme subject, is back to convince you to do the thing you know you shouldn’t do.

  10. Hold the Door, Hodor https://twitter.com/dani3ll3braml3y/status/734844713140883457

    Sorry, this meme is still too sad to talk about. R.I.P. Hodor , you gentle giant, you.

  11. Harambe the Gorilla https://www.instagram.com/p/BJbYR33hUUD/

    Harambe’s death inspired ~popular~ and ~classy~ phrases like, Dicks out for Harambe, that were shouted by frat boys for several months. Awesome.

  12. Math Lady https://twitter.com/333333333433333/status/784054305607258112

    Brazilian telenovela actress Renata Sorrah gave us the perfect way to tell someone, I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

  13. Smiling Usain Bolt https://twitter.com/sporker_/status/764991901535797249

    The Jamaican Olympic sprinter smiled at the haters and gave us the opposite of [the] Crying Jordan meme.

  14. Angry Michael Phelps https://twitter.com/bobbywfrancis/status/762853040235876352

    Meanwhile, the American Olympic swimmer gave us the opposite of the Smiling Usain Bolt meme.

  15. Da’Vonne Rogers https://twitter.com/1942bs/status/775363942642253824

    Knock knock. Who’s there? Something very bad that shouldn’t happen but probably will.

  16. Pokémon Go https://twitter.com/Trpys/status/750939030758498304

    Trespassing, running into oncoming traffic, and ditching your loved ones to catch pocket monsters was the only appropriate way to spend summer 2016.

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  17. Skai Jackson http://pink-natural.tumblr.com/post/143085020306/when-youre-playing-mario-kart-with-the-squad-and

    Do you have a case of the pettiness? Then this photo of Disney Channel star Skai Jackson is your answered prayer.