Every day, there are hundreds of memes online. We are so familiar with them that we often forget they represent real people like us. Although they look frozen in time, their lives have changed significantly. You’ve reached the right place if you’ve ever wondered about the appearance of the heroes in your favorite memes.
We’ve compiled a collection with “then” and photos featuring some of the most popular meme heroes. Some of these photos will be difficult to identify. They are easy to find!
#1 Success Kid (Sam Griner)
The “Success Kid” originated in 2007 when Laney Griner uploaded a photo of her son Sam onto Flickr. Sam’s photo was the first viral with the caption “I Hate Sandcastles,” but Laney did not like the context of the meme because it made her son look like a bully. Laney accepted the meme as the “Success Kid” meme.
#2 Disaster Girl (Zoe Roth)
Dave Roth took this photograph of Zoe Roth in 2004 when she was a young girl watching firefighters extinguish a fire. The photo was published in a magazine which ran a photo contest. Zoe shared the picture and said that it quickly went viral.
.#3 Doge (Kabosu)
In 2013, the “Doge” meme was created. The viral hit photo of Kabosu, a Shiba Inu, was taken in 2013. Despite rumors to the contrary, this adorable doggo is still available and can be followed on Instagram
#4 Grumpy Cat (Tardar Sauce)
Tardar Sauce, also known as Grumpy Cat, was made famous by her Reddit posts in 2012. People fell in love with Grumpy Cat’s distinctive appearance instantly. Unfortunately, she died in 2019.
#5 Roll Safe (Kayode Ewumi)
The BBC documentary “Hood Documentary,” which was filmed in 2016, contains the meme “Roll Safe.” Kayode Ewumi smiles and points at his head after calling a woman beautiful because of her “good brains.”
#6 Blinking White Guy (Drew Scanlon)
Drew Scanlon is Drew Scanlon’s real name. Drew Scanlon streamed this gif in 2013. Gaming Bomb’s editor-in-chief Jeff Gerstmann was currently playing Starbound. Drew heard Drew tell Drew, “I’ve been doing some farming with my h*e.”
#7 Ridiculously Photogenic Guy (ZeddieSmith)
Zeddie Little, aka “Ridiculously Photogenic Guys,” took this photo during the Cooper River Bridge Run in 2012. It went viral after Will King uploaded it on Reddit and received over 40k upvotes.
#8 Side-Eyeing Chloe
In 2013, the KAftC posted a video titled “Lily’s Disneyland Surprise… AGAIN” to YouTube. This viral sensation was Chloe (KAftC). This video shows Chloe’s reactions to being told she would go to Disneyland. Her Instagram account has almost 600k followers.
#9 Bad Luck Brian (Kyle Craven)
After Ian Davies, Kyle’s friend, uploaded the yearbook photo to Reddit, it became viral. The caption was: “Takes driving test .?.?.”. Kyle claimed that he reddened his face by covering it with a sweater, then smiling offensively.
#10 Confused Nick Young (Nick Young)
The meme “Confused Nick Young,” first aired on “Thru The Lens,” dates to 2014. This is a screenshot of a scene where Nick’s mom said he was “a clown” in his youth.
#11 Harold Hiding the Pain (Andras Arato)
Andras Arato, also known as “Hide The Pain Harold,” is a stock photographer model. His facial expression was a popular meme in 2011. This meme has been widely popularized over time. The man gave a TedTalk about his new fame in Kyiv in 2018.
#12 Overly Attached Girlfriend – Laina Morris
The “Overly Attached Girlfriend” meme was born in 2012 when YouTuber Laina Moors uploaded a parody video of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” video to a contest for Bieber’s new perfume “Girlfriend.” Laina claims that privacy concerns were raised after she posted her viral video. Fans discovered her personal information and attempted to access her college records. She stated in 2019 that she would cease creating YouTube-content.
#13 Trying-to-Hold a Fart Next to a Cute-Girl in Class (Michael McGee)
Reddit’s viral meme featuring Michael McGee, created in 2014 by user aaduk_ala The caption read, “Trying to hold the fart beside a cute girl at school.” Unilad interviewed Mike, who stated that the man who took this photo was a friend since my move to Texas. He was aware that I could make any face I wanted. He wanted me to make a funny Twitter caption, so he told me to make a face. After he posted it, it took off.
#14 Good Luck, Charlie (Mia Talerico
Mia Talerico has been featured in the Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie” meme.
#15 First World Problems (Silvia Bottini)
Silvia Bottini is an Italian actress who appears in the meme “First-World Problems.”