The People Behind Viral Memes, Where Are They Now?

Published on 03/11/2021
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While there isn’t an actual time frame, memes have ruled online culture for a long time. Hundreds of familiar faces people visit the internet enjoy, thanks to all the laughs these photos bring, dating back to Grumpy Cat or even Bad Luck Brian. Have you ever heard what happened to these people or animals? Don’t worry. You’ll find out how these internet sensations are doing today as you read on. Prepare to have a good laugh when you pass through time.

First World Problems

That moment you were too excited to charge your phone and realized it was unplugged. As you already knew, it was going to be a bad day. An issue that you can only see in first-world society. The image comes from a few Silvia Bottini performances. so that she didn’t weep in vain.

First World Problems

First World Problems

Too Attached

The whole thing started with a Justin Bieber music video. Laina Morris, who produced a spoof video of Justin Bieber’s single “Boyfriend,” is the woman featured in this meme. It was a disturbing video that quickly went viral. She used the meme’s popularity to launch a thriving YouTube channel, and her Twitter account is now viral. She agreed to take a break from social media in July 2019 to concentrate on her mental health. That was a wise move on her part.

Too Attached

Too Attached

Get Going!

Some of you can recall Success Kid. He was one of the first to attract a lot of exposure and get his image repurposed on hundreds of websites. Sammy Griner is his real name, and he was less than a year old when the photograph of him triumphantly clenching sand became viral. The best thing is that the meme assisted his family in raising funds for his father’s kidney transplant! There was a time when the internet wasn’t so bad!

Get Going!

Get Going!

Side-Eye Chloe

You’ve already sent out the Side-Eye Chloe meme with a friend if you’re good with gifs and videos. It’s the ideal response to something that doesn’t float your boat or inform anyone that they’re acting out of character. It takes a lot to please Chloe, which is why she became a social media sensation. She responded flatly when her parents told her that she would be going to Disneyland. Chloe and her sister now have their own Instagram account as they continue to start their careers.

Beware Of Side Eye Chloe

Side-Eye Chloe

Scumbag Steve

Scumbag Steve is his nickname, but his actual name is Blake. The reality is that Blake took this picture as a prank while visiting his grandma, and he had no idea it would become as famous as it did. He’s now just a normal guy struggling to make ends meet. “I’m Blake Boston from Boston, alias the OG meme Scumbag Steve, father of two boys,” his Twitter bio reads. ScumbagSteve was born on the internet, and his time has come to an end.

Scumbag Steve

Scumbag Steve

Doggo

Who is the nice kid? Who among us is a healthy little boy?! Okay, enough with the talking to the picture as if the dog can hear, but it’s hard not to ask this puppy if he’s a good boy because he’s so adorable! Kabosu is his name, and Doge is the meme. Everything his owner had to do was upload an amusing image on the website, and the rest was taken care of by the internet. He was a puppy in the picture, but now he’s a big boy!

Doggo

Doggo

She’s So Confused

When your mates or family members mention something to you that you don’t understand, a meme like this comes in handy. Confused Math Lady is a Brazilian actress called Renata Sorrah, not just some random guy. She appears in telenovelas, and seeing how perplexing, such shows can be, it’s no surprise she looks perplexed. Let’s face it. We’ve all had our Confused Math Lady moments where we’ve lost all ability to think of a brilliant solution.

She's So Confused

She’s So Confused

The Most Interesting Man

Surely, this guy comes to mind when you hear about a fascinating man on the planet. In 2009, a commercial for Dos Equis became one of the most popular memes. Jonathan Goldsmith is the name of the person you see. He reveled in making difficult activities seem to be child’s play. That translated well to meme culture, which explains why it became so famous. In real life, he’s an actor, but his marketing campaign may be his most well-known achievement.

The Most Interesting Man

The Most Interesting Man

Crying Piccolo Girl

It’s easy to get caught up in March Madness. Schools give it their all in the hopes of making it to the National Championship game while maintaining their academic standing. Members of the band are included in this. After Villanova was eliminated from the tournament, senior Roxanne Chalifoux made her final appearance. It reduced her to tears on live television, but she went on to star on The Tonight Show again.

Crying Piccolo Girl

Crying Piccolo Girl

Bad Luck Brian

Bad Luck is credited with being one of the first meme creators. When Brian first became famous, it was one of those that people often shared. You can use some bad luck scenario for this meme, and it will succeed. The amusing thing is that he isn’t called Brian. Kyle Craven is his name, and he has no idea how this photo ended up on the internet because it wasn’t in his high school yearbook. He is now working in the building industry.

Bad Luck Brian

Bad Luck Brian

Fart Dude

Maybe we’ve all been confronted whilst trying to “hold back” our gas while we’re with someone approaching us. To people, “Holding it back” is easier. Michael McGee was playing keep-away from stagnant air. He was only making veins on his forehead seem prominent on purpose. Michael was now 21 and lived on his own. Please remember: He went to the same school as the Overly Attached Girl.

Fart Dude

Fart Dude

Just Gavin

Gavin devised one of the internet’s most illustrious plans. It looks like he’s baffled and bemused at the same time. To conclude, he seems very lost. He has a larger-than-life social media presence on the internet. If you followed him on Twitter or Instagram, you could see his charm. That’ll make him happy!

Just Gavin

Just Gavin

Clarity Clarence

The moment where something strikes you and all of a sudden, you’re enlightened. The meme society seems to say that it’s Clarence who suddenly is insightful. Really, he’s pretty boring. He’s been really well at getting out of the limelight but can never be forgotten.

Clarity Clarence

Clarity Clarence

My Momma Said

Most families have to cope with younger siblings trying to compete with older siblings as they grow up. When you’re the younger sibling, it’s not as much fun — ask Cardi B. My Momma Said’s now-viral meme shows the rap phenomenon as a little girl as if she’s negotiating for someone to let her play. If they don’t, she’s on the verge of telling her mother that they won’t let her.

My Momma Said

My Momma Said

Hide Them All!

If you come across this guy, consider concealing your kids and your wife. After being interviewed by his local news channel in 2010, Antoine Dodson became a viral joke. “Hide yo kids, hide yo mom,” he famously said when asked about an intruder who broke into his house. People started making remixes of songs featuring his voice image, which made him even more popular. Today, he’s dabbled in songwriting and has tried his hand at acting.

Hide Them All!

Hide Them All!

Good Luck Charlie

Tv programs have a reputation for making some of the most amusing meme pictures online. Thanks to Mia Talerico, the Disney show Good Luck Charlie is a perfect example of this. Talerico depicted Charlie in the series and presented us with this unforgettable scene. When you don’t know how to solve someone else’s dilemma, you can use the popular shrug as an image. She’s been a bit older and is also working as an actress.

Good Luck Charlie

Good Luck Charlie

The Attractive Felon

Some might argue that his beauty is a crime. Since his mugshot went viral and a slew of people began making jokes out of it, he received the moniker Felon, Bae. Jeremy Meeks is his name, and he has built a prosperous modeling career entirely based on a single photograph. It was most likely one of the few instances that crime paid off. People on Twitter were gushing about him and his unusual eye color.

The Attractive Felon

The Attractive Felon

The Aliens Guy

It was impossible to describe anything to people who thought what you were talking about was totally crazy. That’s what Giorgio A. Tsoukalos was going through at the time, and it made him become a popular meme. Since he is an alien scholar, the subject matter he touched on was extraterrestrials. He’s become well-known due to this viral moment, and he’s now attempting to share his experience of extraterrestrial creatures with a wider audience.

The Aliens Guy

The Aliens Guy

Mr. Why, You Always Lying?

Nick Fraser wanted to cover Next’s song “Too Close” as a way to boost his social media reach. His video went viral, and a meme featuring his “lying” face was born. He gained so much interest that his social media following grew, and he now uses exclusive funny clips to keep his fans laughing. His career did not take off as soon as some others, but he remains one of the world’s most popular influencers.

Mr. Why You Always Lying?

Mr. Why, You Always Lying?

Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat is a special and memorable meme. This cat embodies what it’s like to wake up on Monday after fun and satisfying weekend. This feline’s fame grew to the point that she focused on a book, a shoe line, and a popular Instagram account. Unfortunately, in May of this year, the last of her nine lives came to an end. Even though she is no longer physically there, there are thousands of memes featuring her profile.

Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat

Hide The Pain Herold

Hide the Pain was the name of the day. Herold, the guy who laughs, seems to be fighting the temptation to weep even though he laughs. Everything in the way he keeps uncertainty in his eyes gives the feeling that he’s hiding something, which most of us can relate to at some stage in our lives. Andras Arato, a very popular Hungarian on social media, is the guy with the popular word. Harold revealed in his fame, even giving a Ted Talk about what it’s like to be a living meme. You can currently see him pounding his drum at a Manchester City game.

Hide The Pain Herold

Hide The Pain Herold

Mr. Photogenic

When you run in a marathon, you should prepare to look as tired as you are. On the inside, Zeddie Little seemed to be just as happy as ever. Few people, let alone a marathon runner, can maintain such a calm and casual demeanor when running some distance. As a result, Zeddie won the nickname “Ridiculously Photogenic Man.” This meme also got the long-distance runner on Good Morning America. He’s still taking nice pictures with ease these days.

Mr. Photogenic

Mr. Photogenic

Blinking Guy

Drew Scanlon earned the nickname “Blinking Man” after posing with his eyes wide open and then closing them and “blinking.” Fans of the meme would often repeat one or both images to make it seem that he was blinking for a longer or shorter period of time, or more or less often, depending on the caption. Since he used celebrity to start his career, Drew may have one of the most famous meme stories. He now has a popular YouTube channel and a Patreon page where fans can support him financially.

Blinking Guy

Blinking Guy

The Old El Paso Girl

Can you remember the advertisements for Old El Paso from back in the day? Mia Agraviador was the little girl who told the town that hard tacos and soft tacos could coexist. “Why not both?” became a common tagline for several subjects, and the meme was born. Mia is much older now, and she no longer works as an actor. While the lovely young lady is pursuing her education, we’re sure she still loves soft and hard tacos.

The Old El Paso Girl

The Old El Paso Girl

Disaster Girl

After a picture of Zoe Roth, then four years old, posing in front of a burning building went viral, she became recognized as Disaster Girl. Even though the little girl has nothing to do with the accident, the picture shows she is hiding something. Zoe has aged, and her sly personality seems to have disappeared. Even though she is now a graduate student, she also loves making fun of her childhood moniker. Taking a shot in front of a bonfire was something she was well aware of.

Disaster Girl

Disaster Girl

The Roll Safe Guy

When Kayode Ewumi built a funny Vine account, he dared to fulfill his dreams. Then, he worked with a friend to produce a hilarious show that he uploaded to YouTube. This thought face meme was born after two million views. Their output was so well received that it was picked up by BBC 3. Kayode won the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit of 2016 for his role as the lead in BBC’s Are You Being Served. To share his story and encourage others, he gave a TED Talk.

The Roll Safe Guy

The Roll Safe Guy

Ermahgerd! It’s That Girl!

Before she got her hands on the Goosebumps novels, Maddie Goldenberger was just like every other child. She morphed into the Ermahgerd girl at that point. This photograph was taken in the late 1990s, and it quickly became an internet phenomenon. Maddie began her career as a nurse after attending college and playing basketball. Though we can’t say for sure how she feels about Goosebumps these days, we’re confident she’s still a huge fan.

Ermahgerd! It's That Girl!

Ermahgerd! It’s That Girl!

Conceited The Rapper

Conceited, a well-known rapper, influenced this meme. Someone has said something questionable, as shown by his duck face lips and lifted eyebrows. That’s what made the image so famous and relatable. Conceited is still a rapper today and has also been on the MTV show Wild n’ Down. On the internet, you can watch one of his many rap fights. He also created Fight Box Networks, an organization devoted to fighting culture.

Conceited The Rapper

Conceited The Rapper

The Squinting Woman

Kalin Elisabeth was a stunning social media influencer who was in the midst of a photoshoot when it took a less flattering shot. She was hunched over and squinting in the above shot, the ideal pose for a viral meme. Fortunately for her, the exposure her amusing meme got resulted in a flood of new fans on her social media pages. She now loves flaunting her professional modeling abilities on social media. But we’re also crossing our fingers for that hilarious candid from her.

The Squinting Woman

The Squinting Woman

Lil Terrio

It was only one of the Lil Terrio memes that went viral online. Since the young boy went viral after posting some funny Vine dance steps, he became an internet phenomenon. The young dancer is already busting dances with a slew of rappers who have replicated his moves. On Vine these days, you will find a slew of young lad interviews discussing life after becoming a child celebrity. Many users want to watch him on Instagram.

Lil Terrio

Lil Terrio

Cash Me Outside

Because of her performance on Dr. Phil, Danielle Bregoli shocked the crowd when she talked in convoluted slang to the point of telling her if she completed fifth grade. “Cash me outside, how about that?” she said. “Let’s take this outside” was the translation for those unfamiliar with the word. Danielle’s mother believed that the angsty youth on the show was “all talk.” Danielle Bregoli was now known as Bhad Bhabie, a rapper.

Cash Me Outside

Cash Me Outside

Nick Young Looking Curious

Many basketball enthusiasts knew who Nick Young was, but the rest knew him from a viral internet joke. Someone wanted to put question marks in Nick Young’s picture because he seemed to be perplexed by something. It quickly went viral and became a joke. After playing for the LA Lakers and Denver Nuggets, Nick Young became a free agent, and some can recall his brief friendship with rapper Iggy Azalea.

Nick Young Looking Curious

Nick Young Looking Curious

The Hipster Barista

Dustin Cole may have looked to be your ordinary barista, but a one-on-one interview changed his life forever. Dustin was pictured wearing a dark scarf, black glasses, and a low v-neck shirt that prominently displayed his tattoos. When people saw the picture, they immediately thought of him as a hipster barista. Even though they ridiculed his style, he gained attention when his picture became a meme.

The Hipster Barista

The Hipster Barista

Friend-Zone Johnny

Johnny became a meme for the wrong reasons, which was unfortunate. When visiting a girl to wish her a happy birthday, Friend-Zone John brought flowers and treats. Johnny was pointed to as a wonderful friend by the girl who wanted to share his social media photo. Fortunately, the girl made up for her error later on when another meme emerged. Johnny, who was pictured with his arm around the girl and the caption “Jokes on you.”

Friend Zone Johnny

Friend Zone Johnny

The Skateboarding Professor

We’re willing to say that if all college professors were skateboarders, the dropout rate at colleges and universities would be lower. Tom Winter showed that no matter how old or young we were, we could all be awesome. The college professor has no qualms about riding his skateboard all over campus. Tom Winter preferred to ride a skateboard to support the community rather than to look hip.

The Skateboarding Professor

The Skateboarding Professor

It’s Too Darn High!

When anyone captured Jimmy McMillian after a tense conversation, he became an internet phenomenon. During a discussion, he said that the rent was much too expensive. Since everybody could react to Jimmy McMillian’s relatable terms, it became a hashtag. Jimmy was also an outspoken protester who wasn’t afraid to demonstrate a karate move in public. Jimmy McMillian will not be long before he becomes yet another meme.

It's Too Darn High!

It’s Too Darn High!

Alex From Target

No one could thoroughly clarify the intent of the Alex From Target meme. It was a picture of a young Target employee loading things into a suitcase. He was asked to perform on Ellen Degeneres’ talk show due to the meme’s success. The author of the meme was a normal young adolescent with a loyal girlfriend and a broad following on Instagram.

Alex From Target

Alex From Target

Crying, Old Man

When we see an older adult weeping, we normally experience a pang in our hearts, but the Crying Old Man meme turned out to be hilarious. They used the meme to explain lighthearted jokes that could make a frown into a smile. Bernard Cribbins, an actor who starred in Doctor Who, was the brains behind the meme. He took the photo during his last episode on the show, which helped improve the meme.

Crying Old Man

Crying Old Man

Annoyed Picard

Years after the episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation became famous, someone came up with the concept of taking a screen capture. The meme exploded to the point that the Irritated Picard entertained even those who had never heard of Star Trek. It was lucky that Sir Patrick Stewart, the famous star, retained his cheerful disposition. Sir Patrick Stewart’s career began to flourish, and the meme resulted in his fame.

Annoyed Picard

Annoyed Picard

10 Guy

A man who claimed to be intoxicated and under the influence of drugs appeared in the 10 Guy meme. People invented the word “10 Man” to describe someone who didn’t have anything but turned metaphysical. Even though they commonly used 10 Guy, no one knew who the person was. We had no idea what the individual could be doing now, which was unfortunate.

10 Guy

10 Guy

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