Famous memes: A look back at Grumpy Cat, Psy, Hampster Dance and more
A meme is a concept that travels from person to person via the Internet. This photo gallery features the Internet's most famous memes.
Brace yourselves, more pictures are coming. Featuring an image of the character Eddard Stark from "Game of Thrones," these images warn people on the Web as to what is coming next.
Brian can never catch a break and maybe that's why he is so popular.
Trolling is the act of posting inflammatory or ridiculous statements with the intention of getting others angry.
Unknown to many, pictures of cats in poses, accompanied by funny captions, has been around since the 1870s. But it wasn't until 2007 when LOLcats took off and phrases like "I can haz cheezburger?" were all over the Web.
One of the earliest memes, "Hampster Dance" was a single-serving site that became popular through emails and blogs.
If the face in this meme looks familiar to you, that's because it's a picture of Barney Stinson from "How I Met Your Mother." True story.
The result of a poor translation job, "All your base are belong to us" comes from the 1991 Sega Mega Drive video game, Zero Wing.
Perhaps the biggest meme of 2012, Tardar Sauce, also known as Grumpy Cat, was named BuzzFeed's "Meme of the Year." Grumpy Cat has also recently signed a movie deal.
One of the earliest memes, "Dancing Baby" or "Baby Cha-Cha" spread through e-mails and early Internet sites.
The college freshman meme, also known as uber frosh, perfectly describes life as a freshman.
Taken from a scene in the "Lord of the Rings" film, one does not simply have a gallery of memes without this one.
"What People Think I Do" had a short-lived run as a meme but it spread like wildfire over Facebook. People everywhere were posting what people think they do.
Nyan Cat is a cat with the body of a Pop-Tart flying through the sky, leaving a rainbow trail behind. Add a Japanese pop song and you have one of the most viewed YouTube videos of all time.
An image from a History Channel special. When something can't be explained, the answer is "aliens."
ERMAHGERD MEMES. The Ermahgerd meme is the result of what it sounds like to talk while wearing a retainer.
While The Most Interesting Man in the World was already a star because of the commercials, once Internet users started adding captions to his image, his popularity grew.
After giving a humorous interview about a fire in her apartment complex, Sweet Brown got the auto-tune treatment and became an Internet star. "Ain't nobody got time fo dat" quickly entered our lexicon.
One of the biggest memes of 2012, Overly Attached Girlfriend was eventually identified as Laina. The 21-year-old quickly adapted to her newfound fame.
Philosoraptor ponders all the questions we have been thinking about.
Psy burst onto the American music scene during the summer of 2012 with his hit single, "Gangnam Style." What propelled "Gangnam Style" into popularity was the humorous dance that went along with it. About 1.5 billion YouTube views later, we still can't get away from it.
It can be tough for some living in a first world country and the "first world problems" meme shows exactly just how hard it can be. "First world problems" has even led to books and is constantly a trending topic on Twitter.
After giving a colorful interview, in which he promised that, "we gon' find you", Antoine Dodson got his 15 minutes of fame. "He's climbing in yo window ..." was being repeated by everyone.
The "Y U NO" face traces back to a Japanese manga but now it is used to bring attention to an issue or subject.
The Forever Alone face has become the symbol of loneliness all over the Web.
What originally was a picture of an 11-month-old boy eating sand, grew into a picture used to represent success.
Although Tim Tebow might not be the star that he once was in Denver, Tebow's sideline pose quickly became the talk of everyone and shortly after that, everyone was down on one knee.