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Matt Furie's drawing of Pepe the frog started on the 4chan chatrooms back in 2009 before it was adapted into the depressed face we know and love on a body building forum. By the next year, the pic, along with the words "feels bad man", were all over Facebook and beyond and he's now so well known that just his little sad eyes are enough to signify that something awful is going down.
Back in 2010, a Japanese kindergarten teacher posted pics online of her Shiba Inu dog including this shady side-eye shot that took Reddit by storm. The word "doge" meanwhile comes from Homestar Runner's online puppet sketch show in which Homestar misspells the word dog. Doge even had his own version of bitcoin set up late last year - not bad for a dog. Very wow.
Famously messing up the routine during Katy Perry's 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, Left Shark (and the dancer inside him, Bryan Gaw) quickly became the internet's favourite reaction gif. Such was his popularity that when the Super Bowl rolled around again this year, Google saw a huge spike in traffic for the term "left shark". He was clearly missed.
YouTuber Laina Morris' parody version of Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" gained over 1m views in 48 hours in 2012, getting quickly posted to Reddit and birthing a meme based on that iconic screenshot. Laina has since posted more parodies and advice videos via her YouTube channel and twitter feed.
The NBA shooting guard for the LA Lakers shot an episode of YouTube series "Thru The Lens" following a day in his life that featured his now iconic confused take to camera. Twitter made particularly big use of this one during the Drake and Meek Mill feud but really it works anytime you feel like the world has gone a little crazy.
Porr Demi! The slightly-less-than-flattering photo from the red carpet of the 2014 Royal Variety Performance was shot by a fan on their phone before Tumblr unleashed the hounds and went to town with fan art and photoshop fun. In October 2015, Tumblr user Cstcrpt coined the name Poot and claimed this was a shot of Demi's long-lost sister. Oh well, let's just hope people don't think she's real...
Kermit has been a meme in his own right since the advent of the internet (who doesn't love the Muppets?) but the tea shot first appeared on Tumblr on the blog "Kermit The Snitch" in 2014, rounding up the funny pics of the frog. The pic is, of course, taken from Kermit's appearance in a Lipton commercial alongside Animal and Miss Piggy that featured the tagline "Be More Tea".
Originally uploaded to DeviantArt by Oakland artist Carlos Ramirez, the comic character became used on 4chan as the universal symbol of a web troll. The image can now be seen in thousands of web comics across Reddit, Tumblr and Facebook, often behind the wheel of a car in heavy traffic.
Owned by Tabatha Bundesen of Morristown, Arizona, the image of Grumpy Cat reached the front page of Reddit within 24 hours of posting by her brother Bryan Bundesen in 2012, sparking endless photoshops. At the same time, two YouTube clips and an Imgur page went similarly viral, and Grumpy now has his own merch line and even a movie in development.
In 2007, photographer Laney Griner posted a picture on Flickr of her 11-month-old son Sammy. Cut to 2008 and Myspace users were posting it with the caption "I Hate Sandcastles" and a crying kid photoshopped in the background next to a large pile of sand. Most amazingly, thanks to this image, a 2015 crowdfunding campaign to get Griner's husband Justin a kidney transplant went viral and raised $88,000, smashing its goal of $75,000. Nice work internet!