20 Movies and TV Shows That Inspired Funny and Massively Viral Memes

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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.

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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.

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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.

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