5 popular memes and their movie origins
We’ve all seen them before. Willy Wonka gently mocking you. Morpheus blowing your mind. Boromir imploring that “One does not simply…”. With the age of the internet “meme” on the rise, memes inspired by characters from popular movies have become all the rage as a way of wryly commenting on current political and social issues. If you’ve ever wondered about the origin of some of those memes, read on to find out:
Meme: Condescending Wonka
Origin Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
The late and great Gene Wilder is still lauded to this day for his star turn as Roald Dahl’s Willie Wonka Character in the film based on his book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His colorful and dry take on this eccentric character has been beloved by generations of fans. The acerbic bite of his Willy Wonka has been expressed throughout the internet with the meme appropriately named “Condescending Wonka”.
Meme: “What if I told you…”
Origin Movie: The Matrix (1999)
The science fiction film The Matrix blew audiences’ minds when it was released in 1999, so it’s appropriate that a popular meme was created out of Lawrence Fishburne’s Morpheus character, whereby he “blows someone Away” with an alternative view, opinion or fact. Interestingly, Morpehus never actually says "What if I told you" in this scene.
Meme: “One does not simply…”
Origin Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
This is one of the most well-known memes on the internet, as Lord of The Rings character Bromir (Sean Bean) imploringly tries to give stern advice. The meme is from the 2nd in the film trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring) and is based on a direct quote from the Council of Elrond Scene. It has subsequently become a popular way of trying to give “meme advice”.
Meme: "That Escalated Quickly"
Origin Movie: "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
The comedy film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy features a classic scene in which competing news teams are pitted against each other in an over-the top fight scene. After the fight, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) succinctly reflects on the chaos by simply saying “that escalated quickly”. This hilarious line has now become a firm favourite for commenting on a situation (usually an internet chat) that spirals out of control quickly.
Meme: Conspiracy Keanu
Origin Movie: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Keanu Reeves made his name in the cult classic Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure in which 2 high School slackers are afforded the chance to travel back in time as a way of preparing for their history exam. The snapshot that inspired this particular meme is from the scene in which Bill and Ted are trying to flee medieval times. Vulture has been credited by Know Your Meme with popularising the meme. Love slots based on movies? Check out our movie-themed slots such as Bridesmaids™ and Jurassic Park™.