Movies and TV shows have been inspiring memes ever since memes became a thing. Whether it’s a snapshot of a character’s hilarious facial expression, an immortal line that’s been appropriated for uses in other contexts or simply a classic scene boiled down to a GIF, you can be sure that it’ll quickly go viral.
Take the 1999 sci-fi adventure The Matrix, for instance. Lawrence Fishburne never actually uttered the phrase, “What if I told you…,” but his character Morpheus’ revelatory messages still inspired an entire series of mind-blowing memes.
20. “One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor” – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Before Sean Bean’s Boromir departed Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, he delivered the legendary line, “One does not simply walk into Mordor.” It’s since been used to describe any number of difficult tasks.
19. Condescending Wonka – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
When Gene Wilder signed up to play the eponymous confectionary king in 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, he could never have imagined his image would go viral four decades later. Nevertheless, in 2011, the “Condescending Wonka” meme was born.