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Kilroy has since been immortalized in this war memorial.
The Awesome Face. A classical memetic image.

"Kilroy was here."

– Arguably the first meme.

"Free will is a myth. Religion is a joke. We are all pawns controlled by something bigger: Memes. The DNA of the soul. They shape our will. They are the culture. They are everything we pass on.""

Monsoon.

A meme is an idea that spreads itself, supposedly in the same way that a gene does in biology. Basically someone proposes an idea of some kind, then people take notice of said idea and spread it around. Depending on the content of the idea; the useless ones stagnate and die after people no longer deem them worthy of passing around. Useful ideas however, are continually propagated as time progresses, starting from individuals, to the masses, up until generations of people pass it on and on until it becomes a common idea.

A good and simple example comes from the Japanese Macaque: One day a monkey saw a human take a bath in a hot spring, thought it was a good idea, and when it was cold one day it went into a spring itself. Other monkeys saw the first monkey and realized that, hey, that monkey's got a good thing going and also entered the hot spring. Over time the idea, or "meme" of the hot spring entered the general monkey population and today most Macaques take hot spring baths. Many of our laws, morals, knowledge, culture, and our very way of life, are the memes left behind by our ancestors.

In the context of the internet in general a meme is a running joke; an inside joke that everyone is in on. A meme can be a pattern of text or images that is posted repeatedly, either for its intrinsic humor value, as a punchline or automatic reaction to certain types of posts, or for the extrinsic humor of the meme itself (posting a meme because the meme itself is desirable, not because the post itself is good). Correctly using memes for humor is an art form, and one that /tg/ takes endless joy in, as it does all scientific pursuits.

Memes on /tg/, as on any board, often come about organically: someone posts something so hilarious or elegant or horrible that it must be reposted. If it gets reposted enough, and enough people are introduced to it and begin reposting it themselves, it becomes a meme. Sometimes a meme is taken from somewhere else: catch phrases and running jokes from movies and games, or features of websites (like greentext or hashtags) can be elevated into meme status by being adopted and reposted for the lulz outside of their original context. A forced meme is when a single person repeatedly posts something, which is not (yet) a meme, in an attempt to make it a meme. It usually fails.

List of Good Memes[edit]

New memes are created all the time, while old ones go out of fashion. Some may be flash in the pan, and yet others are timeless, truly lasting as a testament to their utility and humor; but a selection of /tg/ memes includes:

  • Neckbeard - A common term for fa/tg/uys. Born from the common stereotype of the fat gaming nerd with unkempt facial hair in the neck region.
  • Two wound lootas. Because we cannot let it live down. Miniwargamer Quirk spent a few days/games saying his lootas had two wounds. Now people always say that Quirk will use two wound (insert one wound model) at least thrice per video.
  • SPIRITUAL LIEGE - A meme making fun of the shitty Fluff of the fifth edition of Codex: Space Marines for Warhammer 40,000, which may as well have been called Codex: Ultramarines due to Matt Ward's infamous fanboy-jizzing all over his favored chapter in the Space Marines codex. In said codex, he referred to Marneus Calgar as the Space Marines' Spiritual Liege, and the ideal example of what all Space Marines aspire to be, above even their own Primarchs and Chapter-Masters. Suffice to say, this line induced more facepalms than Maradonia Saga from the player-base.
  • Just as planned - Used to indicate some clever feat of manipulation or forward-planning, often by Tzeentch or his minions; alternatively, used to indicate Tzeentchian involvement in a humorous manner. Originally an /a/ meme based off of an early 2000s anime called Death Note.
  • Not as planned - Like above, but after all this Tzeentchian flubdubbery: the planner suddenly realizes an unexpected obstacle in their scheme, causing all of their work to be railroaded.
  • *BLAM* - Taken from a the Imperial Commissar's infamous role of executing friendly troops for heresy or dereliction of duty. Has since by adopted by /tg/ as a way of stopping one from further spreading heretical content. *FWIP* is the fantasy version of this meme involving execution by sword or bow, if guns are not available in the game's setting.
  • Love Can Bloom - Refers to a specific tale of a Vindicare Assassin falling in love with Farseer Taldeer, his intended victim. Used more generally to indicate sweet and gentle happenings within the GRIM DARKNESS of the 41st millennium.
  • Katanas are Underpowered in d20 - Originally started as the rantings of a weeaboo who thinks Katanas should be buffed and made better than their European cousins. This eventually evolved into people using the meme to make fun of any any supposed underpowered or under-represented weapon and proposing how to make them viable.
  • Bear Lore - A reference to the incredibly stingy Bear Lore chart in the 4e Monster Manual, which implies that a high degree of Nature skill is required to even know that bears have claws and teeth.
  • CLANG! - A meme centered around a Universal Stillpoint Rod, which, once activated, remains in that spot in the universe forever. These rods lurk like space-detritus, waiting for an unfortunate moment for someone to be standing where they are when sud-CLANG! WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?! / The sound it makes when you have vaginal sex with a robot
  • MY TACTICS ARE TOO SUBTLE FOR YOU!!! - Starting from a simple thread in /tg/, Oinkbane the wereboar assassin became great in the minds of many. Though he may seem like the most ineffective assassin, his tactics are TOO SUBTLE! He has a habit of appearing where people do not expect, and has no problem defying the laws of physics to do so. Reality does not seem to apply to him, and he has murdered many a foe. SNEAK ATTAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!
  • CREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED!! - A beloved 40K meme in which Usarker Creed from Warhammer 40K uses his tactical genius ability to scout units that by all accounts, could not be scouted, into position. Hence, the meme revolves around Creed suddenly putting superheavy vehicles in otherwise impossible locations due to his Tactical Genius, like a Baneblade in the middle of an enemy camp or a Warlord Titan behind a piece of shrubbery.
  • Alignments - A Motivational Poster describing one of the nine classic D&D alignments, with a photo and quote of someone that embodies that ethic.
  • What I Made / What the DM Saw / What I Played - three-piece clipart describing how the player subverted expectations.
  • Anal Circumference - An unfortunate meme that stems from the equally-unfortunate FATAL RPG system, widely mocked as one of the most depraved and idiotic things transcribed to text. The general gist is that there is an entire subsystem in place for how much someone's ass in FATAL can stretch, and like most things in FATAL, this subsystem fails utterly, but has been adopted to mock morally questionable character checks in other games, or preparation for anal violation.
  • SPESS MEHREENS - A legendary meme that stemmed from Dawn of War: Soulstorm. One of three (the others being METAL BOXES and .) A meme making fun of Indrick Boreale's outrageous accent and hilariously messed-up verbiage, which is so bad that it makes one wonder what the hell Relic was smoking when its writers shat out the dialogue involved.
  • METAL BOXES - Another meme from Baldstorm. Taken from Firaeveus Carron's unnatural hatred for MEHTUL BAWKSES, deeming them for COWARDS AND FEWLZ. His solution for this is to take away the Blood Raven's MEHTUL BOXES
  • Cornholio the Cultist - Yet another meme from Baldstorm (Truly the Emperor provides). Taken due to Soulstorm's inability to recruit the old VAs of certain units (in this case, the cultist), resulting in them having Scot McNeil do it instead. The hilarious result is this.
  • THIN YOUR PAINTS - Originally criticism for people who used too-thick paint on their minis, it has since also evolved into a joke involving any time /tg/ judges a presented mini-army's aesthetics.
  • Classic Blunder - When someone starts a thread with an image more interesting than the text and /tg/ discusses the image instead, completely ignoring the text. Named after a line from "The Princess Bride".
  • Dohohoho - When someone makes a topical joke using a Statler and Waldorf routine to jeer at someone or something in a (attempted) witty manner. A higher class of meme for distinguished gentlemen.
  • I put on my robe and wizard hat - Used randomly when talking about magic (or sometimes psy powers), this amusing meme originated from a quite interesting cybering session.
  • Fish of Fury - A 40K game mechanic-turned meme that caused the Tau to be unapologetic rage-generators at their launch and has since fallen by the wayside, but which /tg/ periodically attempts to reference to make funny with mixed results.
  • DISTRACTION CARNIFEX - Another game mechanic from 40K in meme form, stemming from a popular tactic for Tyranids in multiple editions wherein a player kitted out a relatively cheap Carnifex for use as a distraction. Officially died due to Robin Cruddace, but changes in later editions made them kind-of viable again. The tactic was immediately adapted by other players using other factions, with mixed results. May or may not be a variation of the older than the internet DISTRACTION PENIS meme.
  • That Which Must Not Be Named - A meme due to the Chaos Sp- *ahem*, a certain unit's infamy of being so useless in the WH40K (atleast in previous iterations, but they're so bad that the curse stuck through later editions) that merely saying "Chaos Spawn" would curse the speaker to spontaneously transform into a-NOOORAAWASDGFAFASDASERWA. They are typically called "That Which Must Not Be Named", or variations thereof, to avoid such a fate. This meme is also generally used for discussing any topic so vile, merely mentioning it is bound to put a curse on you.
  • Squats - /tg/'s version of the Candlejack meme. If you mention Squats, Games Workshop sends its death squads after you. One wonders why this meme even exists, since hardly anyone even knows about Squats anymore. Became almost entirely irrelevant when 6th edition brought them back into the canon. UNTIL THE DEATH SQUADS BROUGHT BACK THE SQUATS!!!
  • Skub - An term used by /tg/ to describe a topic or event that has a community's opinion divided into two factions of extremes, rarely or never reaching a common-ground of understanding for anything. Any skub topic brought up on /tg/ is bound to cause lively debates.
  • Elf slave, wat do? - An elven slave is presented before you, what will be your next course of action?
  • Ork Snipers - A meme stemming from the Celestial Lion's command structure being sniped off during a battle with Orks, under covert orders from the Inquisition. As an Oxymoron (being that its impossible for an Ork to count as a sniper with their inability to take accuracy into account), "Ork Snipers" have since been a term for any flimsily-executed cover-up done by someone.
  • Dare you enter my magical realm? - When dealing with a /d/M, "magical realm" is code for "the gamemaster's sick fetishes incorporated into the campaign."
  • The Dark Angels' LOYALTY - A meme that evolved from the Dark Angels' schism during Luther's betrayal TOTALLY COMMON NEED TO EXPRESS HOW LOYAL WE ARE, and their active attempts to silence anyone who knows the truth about their dark past REITERATE HOW NOTHING BAD HAPPENED TO THE CHILDREN OF THE LION AND ALL OF THESE CLAIMS BROUGHT UP ARE WILD RUMORS FROM FOUL TRAITORS WHO ARE NOWHERE RELATED TO THE DARK ANGELS. People who have had their statements struck out are typically captured and disposed of by the Dark Angels to avoid further inquiry GIVEN A STERN WARNING THEN THEY WILLINGLY GO ON A PILGRIMAGE OF REPENTANCE FOR THEIR SINS ON SOME REMOTE IMPERIAL WORLD BY THEMSELVES WITH NO OTHER WAY TO CONTACT ANYONE ELSE AGAIN TO PREVENT THE OFFENDER FROM SPREADING FURTHER LIES.

List of Bad Memes[edit]

There are good memes, and there are bad memes. Why had God abandoned us? These are just a few of the memes that /tg/ (and sometimes 4chan itself) hates with a burning passion:

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Memes Through Cross-Contamination[edit]

Memes by definition spread. What may start as some obscure bit of silliness on /a/, /b/ or /co/ could very well wind its way through /d/, /aco/ and even /tg/ before it's run its course. Many of these are simply ignored as shit, but a rare few become beloved by both their respective boards and /tg/:

  • Brundlepenis - A meme that migrated from /d/ and arrived on /tg/ after someone posted pictures of what appeared to be half-men-half-dicks, and several fa/tg/uys made clear their intent to use them as inspiration for Slaaneshi that which must not be named. Things went downhill from there and any posting of Brundlepenis on /tg/ will cause equal parts hate and laughter.
  • Heterosexual Sex in the Missionary Position - Another meme that migrated from /d/, and is ostensibly the more humorous of the two. It generally involves someone requesting image of Heterosexual Sex in the Missionary Position, and then being called a sick fuck by the other anons/tripfags/namefags in the thread, as such is too intense for the guys posting Futa Mermaid porn. Hilarity through irony thus occurs.
  • Bane? - A meme beloved by /tv/, and often spread throughout the rest of 4chan. It mocks the opening scene of 'The Dark Knight Rises' and the action between a CIA Agent and Bane. /tg/ seems unconcerned with Baneposting, and tolerate it more than most other boards. Alternate theory: Being elegan/tg/entlemen, they are of course big guys(for you), and not hotheads. So while the fire rises around the rest of the boards, /tg/ knows he didnt fly so good, and said nothing... I said nothing.
  • Penguin of Doom - A meme suspected to have been created as a satire of teenage girls who go through their "random = funny" phase. Known by /tg/ for its Space Marine variant.

Rebecca Black[edit]

What started as an aborted attempt by /b/ to incite /tg/ to join it in hating something quickly turned sour when /tg/ discovered that Rebecca Black's autotuned voice sounded distressingly like someone with an infamous voice in Dawn of War: Soulstorm.

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Just looking at her has been known to induce fury.

Another of several memes that wound up on /tg/ through cross-contamination of /b/ and /v/, Rebecca Black is a fucking horrible singer who did a song called Friday, which can only be described as being akin to subjecting your eardrums to a protracted virus bombing, but without the sweet release of death at the end. It is so bad, in fact, that it has managed to drive numerous fa/tg/uys into homicidal frenzies. Furthermore 80% of the song was autotuned...who would have guessed.

This is unusual, for several reasons.

/tg/, historically, knows better than to get involved with hate on music groups/artists that suck - and not simply on matters of principle. When /b/ began a hate-campaign against Justin Bieber, for example, /tg/ just rolled its eyes and went about its usual business of getting shit done, since the userbase of /tg/, being slightly less retarded than most, knows that in a few short years, he won't even exist in the back of our memories anymore, self-destructing or simply getting too old to be viable, much as was the case for every other fucking useless boy band that came out in the 1990s and early 2000s. Suffice to say, when /b/tards brought news of this particular singer to /tg/, it brought out a rare level of rage that only one man thus far has been able to coax out.

None can quite say why the song (and its singer) is so bad; in fact, the entire work as a whole is a rich trapestry of suckage, kind of like a stack of codices by Matt Ward. Some parts of the work stand out as particularly stupid; the fact that the entire song is done with the aid of a harmonizer and was done by a bunch of rich white people who think this is akin to Doomrider making a comeback in scope likely does volumes for the hate, as does the obvious 13-year-old driving in the video and the song itself being complete and total feces.

True to form, however, /tg/ has done its time-honored practice of getting shit done and making win out of fail, when one specific fa/tg/uy noticed something that had previously gone unnoticed by most of the other users of /tg/. When it had been brought to the attentions of those involved, much laughter and humor came about.

Daughter of Boreale[edit]

WEHLL DAHN, MAH DAUGHTAR!

The /tg/ meme of Rebecca Black is somewhat different than the simple ones stemming from other boards; /tg/ argues that Rebecca Black is, in fact, the illegitimate daughter of Indrick Boreale. The similarities in their verbiage is just too hilariously similar to be coincidence. Comparing Boreale's SPESS MEHREENS and EMPRAH to the lyrics of Friday certainly strongly suggests it:

SEVEHN A.M. WAHKEN UP IN TEH MAHRNING

GOTTA BE FRESH GOTTA GO DOWNSTEHRS

GOTTA HEV MY BEHWL, GOTTA HEV CEREAHL

SEEING EVEHRYTHAN, THE TAHM IS GOHN

TICKAHN OHN AND OHN, EVEHRYBAHDY'S RUSSIAN

GOTTA GEHT DAHWN TO TEH BUHS STAHP

GOTTA CATCH MAH BUHS, I SEE MAH FREINDS


KICKAHN IN TEH FRAUHNT SEAT

KICKAHN IN TEH BAHCK SEAT

GOTTA MAKE UHP MAH MIND

WHICH SEAT CAHN I TAKE?!


IT'S FRIDEH, FRIDEH

GOTTA GET DAHWN ON FRIDEH

EVERYBAWHDY'S LOOKAHN FORWAHRD TO TEH WEEKEHND, WEEKHEHND

FRIDEH, FRIDEH

GETTIN' DAWHN ON FRIDEH

EVERYBAWHDY'S LOOKAHN FORWAHRD TO TEH WEEKEHND


PAHRTAYAHN PAHRTAYAHN (YAH)

PAHRTAYAHN PAHRTAYAHN (YAH)

FAHN,FAHN,FAHN,FAHN

LOOKAHN FORWAHRD TO TEH WEEKEHND (FOR THE EMPRAH)


7:45, WE'RE DRIVIN' ON TEH HAHWAY

CRUHSEN SO FHAST, I WANT TIME TO FLAYH

FAHN, FAHN THINK 'BOUT FAHN

YOU KNOW WUT IT IS

I GOT DIS, YOU GOT DIS

MAH FREHND IS BAH MY RIGHT, EHHHHHH

I GOT DIS, YOU GOT DIS

NOW YOU KNOWWIT


KICKAHN IN TEH FRAUHNT SEAT

KICKAHN IN TEH BAHCK SEAT

GOTTA MAKE MAH MIND UHP

WHICH SEAT CAHN I TEEEAAAAAAAAAKKKKE?!


IT'S FRIDEH, FRIDEH

GOTTA GET DAHWN ON FRIDEH

EVERYBAWHDY'S LOOKAHN FORWAHRD TO TEH WEEKEHND, WEEKHEHND

FRIDEH, FRIDEH

GETTIN' DAWHN ON FRIDEH

EVERYBAWHDY'S LOOKAHN FORWAHRD TO TEH WEEKEHND


PAHRTAYAHN PAHRTAYAHN (YAH)

PAHRTAYAHN PAHRTAYAHN (YAH)

FAHN,FAHN,FAHN,FAHN

LOOKAHN FORWAHRD TO TEH WEEKEHND


YESHTERDEH WAS THURDSDAY

TOHDEH IT IS FRIDEH, FRIDEH

WEH, WEH, WEH, SOH EXSHAITED

WE SO EXSHAITED

WEH GHONNA HAVE A BALL TODEH

TOMMOROH IS SATURDAY

AND SUNDEH COMES AFTAHWERDS.

I DOH WANT THIS WEEKEHND TO EEEEEHHHNND!


  • Some of the verses are sung by a fairly incompetent rapper, but we don't care about that so resume the fail:*


IT'S FRIDEH, FRIDEH

GOTTA GET DAHWN ON FRIDEH

EVERYBAWHDY'S LOOKAHN FORWAHRD TO TEH WEEKEHND, WEEKHEHND

FRIDEH, FRIDEH

GETTIN' DAWHN ON FRIDEH

EVERYBAWHDY'S LOOKAHN FORWAHRD TO TEH WEEKEHND


PAHRTAYAHN PAHRTAYAHN (YAH)

PAHRTAYAHN PAHRTAYAHN (YAH)

FAHN,FAHN,FAHN,FAHN (YEEEEEAAAAAAAH)

LOOKAHN FORWAHRD TO TEH WEEKEHND


IT'S FRIDEH, FRIDEH

GOTTA GET DAHWN ON FRIDEH

EVERYBAWHDY'S LOOKAHN FORWAHRD TO TEH WEEKEHND, WEEKHEHND

FRIDEH, FRIDEH

GETTIN' DAWHN ON FRIDEH

EVERYBAWHDY'S LOOKAHN FORWAHRD TO TEH WEEKEHND


PAHRTAYAHN PAHRTAYAHN (YAH)

PAHRTAYAHN PAHRTAYAHN (YAH)

FAHN,FAHN,FAHN,FAHN (YEEEEEAAAAAAAH)

LOOKAHN FORWAHRD TO TEH WEEKEHND

FOR THE EMPRAH

Noise Marine?[edit]

Another theory is that she is actually a noise marine, making her an androgynous boy, but that's just how Slaanesh rolls. I mean, listening to her ear abortion would be enough to kill a man, so why not weaponize it?

Proof is here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNCrCJ5FZu0&feature=related

However, it would seem Rebecca is in fact a Tzeentch champion, namely his "hope" aspect as she remains positive and hopeful that she'll have that singing career, rather than despair from all the flak she's gotten, and has been slowly changing into a half decent singer. Just as Planned.

In Conclusion[edit]

The evidence is all too clear: Rebecca Black is Boreale's daughter. WHO HAS FALLEN TO THE CAPRICIOUS WILES OF THE BLASPHEMOUS CHAOS GODS!!!

Sadly, this fact does not make her not suck ass.

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Gallery[edit]

Meme Magic[edit]

A term that originally gained popularity during the 2016 American Presidency race where /pol/ claimed that due to the powers of Kek, an Egyptian frog deity, managed to get Donald Trump elected into becoming president of the USA. While this is a case of the internet, well, being the internet; the term "meme magic" was officially born after /pol/ and /b/, assumed that by shitposting as many pro-Trump and anti-Hillary memes on every place they could get to; this collectively contributed to Trump being elected through, well, the magic of memes. Don't wrap your head around it too much, and just have fun about the concept.

Meme magic has since referred to people shitposting memes about a certain topic, then said meme suddenly becoming a reality outside of their community. The biggest exemplar about this on /tg/ are the Squats, who after 20 years of being thrown out of the proverbial airlock, drifting into obscurity, and relegated into /tg/'s version of candlejack: has since come back into the game...sort of. Right now they're just a in Necromunda, but who cares? SPESS DORFS WERE BROUGHT BACK FROM THE GRAVE THROUGH THE POWER OF MEMES. Hell, the list below also shows that meme magic works a good deal for /tg/.

Also notable is that Pepe was making the rounds in 2010-2011, as part of the Rage Faces memeosphere that rapidly consumed Reddit during that time (an early warning sign of the cancer to come), and died along with the rest of those memes by late 2012 when everyone had gotten sick of the putrid mess. That it returned in force by late-2014 is eyebrow-raising in and of itself, as most memes that die that hard stay dead forever. Meme magic indeed.

BEAR WITNESS TO MY ASCENSION[edit]

While most memes never make it out of the shit pit of the internet, several of /tg/'s have been included in the source materials which spawned them, almost-certainly owing to the fact that their creators are one of us.

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