The Best Memes of 2013

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'Tis the end of the year! We laughed, we loved, an then we inevitably hated this year's most popular memes. Memebase is here to take you back through the internets and remember this year in memes.

  • Unflattering Beyonce

    By Unknown
    Unflattering Beyonce is a photoshop meme based on humorously timed screen captures of the singer Beyonce from her 2013 performance at Super Bowl XLVII.

    Did you know Beyonce was in the Olympics?
    Click here to see more Unflattering Beyonce.
  • Attack on Titan Opening Credits Parodies

    By Unknown
    Attack on Titan Opening Credits Parodies are a series of remixes featuring the theme song from the opening sequence for the Japanese anime television series Attack on Titan. The song has been paired with various footage from other TV shows to give them a dramatic feel, in a similar vein to the Guile's Theme Goes With Everything remixes.


    See more Attack on Titan on Cheezburger.
  • Brent Rambo

    By Unknown
    Brent Rambo is a child model featured in a promotional video for Apple's desktop products in the early 1990s. People use the gif as a reaction or to approve something.


    Learn more about Brent Rambo over at Know Your Meme.
  • Makankosappo/Hadokening

    By Unknown (Via: Coed Magazine)
    Hadokening is a photo fad that involves two or more people staging a "Ki attack" knockout sequence and photographing themselves in mid-action, as seen in the popular Japanese fighting arcade game Street Fighter and manga series Dragon Ball.

    Read more about Hadokening at Know Your Meme.
  • Actual Advice Mallard

    By Unknown
    Actual Advice Mallard is an advice animal featuring a photograph of a male wild duck accompanied by captions containing life hacks and other useful information.

    Actual Advice Mallard also spawned its own meme showcasing bad advice with a red colored duck. This meme is called Malicious Advice Mallard.

    Click here to see more Actual Advice Mallard.
  • Ylvis - The Fox

    By Unknown
    "The Fox" is a song by the Norwegian comedy music duo Ylvis which gained online notoriety following the release of their crazy music video.

    And just in case you were curious, here's what the fox actually says:

    Click here to see what else The Fox has to say.
  • Harlem Shake

    By Unknown
    Harlem Shake is the title of a 2012 heavy bass instrumental track produced by Baauer. In February 2013, the song spawned a series of dance videos that begin with a masked individual dancing alone in a group before suddenly cutting to a wild dance party featuring the entire group. Despite what the name suggests, the videos present a wide range of hip hop dances, including the Bernie, Twerking as well as improvisations.

    Whether you love or hate the Harlem Shake you cannot deny the impact it had by dominating the internet in early 2013. Parody videos blew up such as this Slender Man version:

    Harlem Shake even had its own repercussions. Individuals all over the world were creating their own Harlem Shake videos by participating in the meme on the job, in school, or on monuments.

    Read more about the Harlem Shake and the notable incidents on Know Your Meme.
  • Confession Kid

    By Unknown
    Confession Kid bears a striking resemblance to Confession Bear but focuses on naive and embarrassing childhood beliefs.

    See more examples here.
  • Selfies

    By Unknown
    Selfies, simply put, are the bane of the internet. Self exposing yourself by taking a picture of yourself has somehow become enjoyable and addicting. I mean people have even taken selfies at funerals!

    Want to see more? Are you sure? Check out the selfie tag on Memebase.
  • [Intensifies]

    By Unknown
    [Intensifies] is an Internet slang term that is typically used in audio descriptive image macros and vibrating GIFs to denote a drastic build-up of a particular action, opinion or sentiment in progress.

    [Description Intensifies]
    [Intensifying Intensifies]

    [Knowledge Intensifies]
  • You Had One Job

    By Unknown
    You Had One Job is an expression used to call attention to blunders made by individuals on the job. On the web, the phrase is heavily associated with FAIL image macros.

    See more mess-ups here.
  • I Too Like to Live Dangerously

    By Unknown
    I Too Like to Live Dangerously is an advice animal image macro series based on a screen capture of Austin Powers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The captions typically open with descriptions of mildly risky behaviors followed by the memorable quote.

    This is the most dangerous thing I can think of:
    See more on Know Your Meme.
  • Twerking

    By Unknown
    You thought selfies were the worst thing ever? Guess again...

    Twerking is a dance move done by shaking your hips in a squatting position. It emerged in Southern hip hop in the early 2000s but has exploded in 2013 because of celebrities like Miley Cyrus as well as Jimmy Kimmel's Twerk Fail Hoax video.

    Click here to learn more about the origins of Twerking.
  • Everyone Loses Their Minds

    By Unknown
    Everyone Loses Their Minds, also known as Joker Mind Loss, is an image macro series based on a screen capture of the villain Joker (played by Heath Ledger) from the 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight. The captions typically juxtapose two thematically related events or actions that lead to drastically different public reactions.
  • Thanks, Obama!

    By Unknown
    Thanks, Obama! is a sarcastic expression used by critics of President Barack Obama to blame personal troubles and inconveniences on public policies supported or enacted by the administration. The phrase is often used to caption animated GIFs in which the subject appears to be struggling with a rather simple task, satirizing those who scapegoat Obama as the cause of problems for which he has little or no influence.

    The meme took off in 2013 with the Government Shutdown and Obamacare.

    Read about the origin of Thanks, Obama! on Know Your Meme.
  • Doge

    By Unknown (Via: sshibe)
    Doge is a slang term for "dog" that is primarily associated with pictures of Shiba Inus (nicknamed "Shibe") and internal monologue captions. These photos are also photoshopped to change the dog's face or captioned with interior monologues in Comic Sans font.

    Doge is the most popular meme right now (also most hated). No matter what you do, you can't escape the doge.

    doge for president
    very doge such content

    Honorable Mentions:
    Moon Moon
    Starbucks Drake Hands
    Blurred Lines
    Animal Crossing Villager
    Charles Ramsey's Interview

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