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Edgy[1] Memes, hence the name, is a genre of memes that are deemed disconcerting, crude and/or alarming.

For similar - societal - aspect using hate and fear instead of humor and snark, see Larpercore.

These started to appear in modern[2] (2010s, peak 2012/2013 - ongoing) times, and are related to Dank[3], Surreal[4] memes.[5]

For more, see Joke Aesthetics.

Edgy (Cringe/Ironic) Memes[]

These memes are generally seen as being better than I am 14 and this is deep in that they're well-meant but come off as pretentious, and worse than Surreal Memer and Dank Meme Voyage. They are similar to "poser" subcultures such as Hipsters, Corporate Hippie, Corporate Grunge, Corporate Punk, etc. They are related to Safe Edgy[6], Busukawaii, Arabfunny and Xpiritualism. Examples of these types of memes include:

Internet stances, a whole genre of its own

  • Example:
    • Ironic Doge Memes: Ironic Doge Memes are memes that feature the Doge meme in strange or surreal[8] circumstances. Many take the form of image macros and often feature edits to the Doge image for the purposes of dark or absurd humor. "Wacky Dog Does an Uncharacteristic Thing" is a major subgenre within the ironic trend.


One may even consider Hyperborean and Fashwave along with the aforementioned Surreal Memer, Dank Meme Voyage and arguably Void-Meme.

Another examples:

Unintentionally Edgy Memes[]

In general, UEM originates from a lack of associated aesthetics, and an excess of memes and images.

Unintentionally Edgy Millennial - Gen X - Late Gen Z Memes[]

Terms: [9]

  • SuccessPictures, CollegeHumor (what it became - that it isn't funny anymore to the majority), BuzzFeed, BoredPanda; MostAmazingTop10, some of The Infographics Show, Kurzgesagt[10],9GAG, etc.

SuccessPictures seems to somewhat bear resemblance with/to I am 14 and this is deep, - more than not, this is caused by generational differences in society, changes in value system/order. (Goes in hand with "Born in the wrong generation" statements, stance(s and such).) [This] similar, shared style [as above,] can be seen also in Funwaacore. (See reused Gallery below)

confused•com | Quora[]

- of few places - it is just this vile, "ok, no, grandpa", unfunny [overused] TYPE of humor


Attitudes shared with (among others, Funwaacore)

  • (Internet Archive) (see Funwaacore)
  • r/Funwaa (Reddit)
  • r/LaughJokes (Reddit)
  • (Facebook)
  • r/ComedyCemetery (Reddit)

Unintentionally Edgy Boomer Memes[]

One may even consider those below as form of EM (when overdone, took too seriously or without second thought) [is it lifestyle? Or[11] parody? Post-irony?...]:

About: Age Test is a quiz game in which one or more images of culturally obsolete objects are presented without labels to the reader, whose approximate age can be deduced from his or her ability to recognize the items or the connection between them.

==== Grażynacore can count in ====[]

Postcards, e-mails, chainmails - you named it

- between sweet and kitschy, overused, terrific (t. In ironic use? For reals? No one can tell...)


Edgelord[12] is a derogatory label used to describe someone

who exhibits extremely edgy behaviors, typically with a penchant for discussions relating to grimdark literature, nihilism and other taboo subject matters like Nazism, for the sake of offending or shocking others in online forums.

While unclear exactly when the term came into widespread usage, one of the earliest known definitions of "edgelord" was posted by redditor Malicaena on March 17th, 2013, in the context of describing a particular type of players in MMORPG Guild Wars 2:

"who tries his hardest to look very dark and dangerous so they can show everyone their 'dark side.'"

Edgelord urbdic

On February 19th, 2015, Urban Dictionary user Petrus4 submitted an entry for "edgelord."

Various takes[]

Beginning of snarky (self-aware) era - captions edits are still big, but they are more (but not absolutely) absurd, compared to classic memes. Meta-narrative is also more visible - themes of slanders (boomers, hypercapitalism), takes (e.g. "they are both same", "pick one (button)"); last era(?) before corporations and governments (still scared of internet) take these "takes" as their weapons in politics play.

Templates used in this era include:

  • No One Wants to Work Anymore (attitude; facebook/meta, twitter, NYT/NYP... screenshots - enabling Reagan-type Neoliberalism[10])
    • Before and After Corn Syrup ("I hate the Antichrist[10]")
    • "greedy boomers" taking their money to their grave(s) (or "villains laughting" edits)
      • "old money/economy Steve" captions
  • Before and After Crack
  • Two Buttons
  • Running Away Balloon
  • Angry NPC Wojak
  • They Are The Same Picture
  • Drake No-Yes
  • Edits and comments in similar vein to e.g.
  • There is no outside place for you
    Skinner (is) Out of Touch
  • Spongebob Diapers with Captions
  • Change My Mind
  • Facebook Minions
  • Agartha/wojak/2000s-2010s absurdist humor
    • - (edgy) Antichrist memes
      • Doomers, LARPercore starts to play a role in the (sub)culture(s) - "world is shit and absurd"... (stance of "why to play if I cannot win")
  • Coaxed into Snafu cynical stereotypes and generalizations
  • Cheems Chad vs Soyjak, new take on Old Meme Rage comics faces
  • Clown applying makeup denial
    Clown Applying makeup (marks denial of something)
  • Doomerism and absurdism meme
    Doomerism vs Absurdism comparison (Millenials vs Gen Z/Alpha)

Subtypes/Different names:[]

Ironic memes[]

Ironic Memes are memes that are used satirically, usually by being deliberately humorless, crude or overused, as a way to both criticize meme or meme elitism cultures. Ironic memes often spawn as a response to overuse with time, usually due to "The Family Guy Effect," as well as to simply catch those with less internet experience off guard.

The use of ironic memes often includes

  • intentional overuse of older internet phenomena, like 1337 speak or Rage Comics,
  • as well as the use of the word "meme" as a replacement for some parts of speech, such as nouns or verbs.

Ironic memes trace back to roughly mid-2008 and were popularized on platforms like 4chan, YouTube and Reddit.[13]

Dank Memes[]

Dank memes is a term usually used in a condescending manner to refer to

  • in-jokes that, to the one who posts it, have lost their comedic value yet continue to be posted.
  • The use of the word "dank" has its origins in drug culture as a synonym for "cool."


Deep-Fried Memes (also see Void-Meme)[]

Deep-Fried memes are a style of meme where an image is put through dozens of filters to the point where the image appears grainy, washed-out and strangely colored. These are often, applied to memes popular with Black Twitter such as Real N**** Hours and Spell ICUP N****.

Surreal Memes[]

See Surreal Memer.




  • [1]
  • [2]
  • [3]
  • [4]
  • [5]
  • r/MemeEconomy
  • r/im14andthisisdeep
  • r/EdgyMemestwo
  • r/dankmemes
  • r/Memes_Of_The_Dank
  • r/ComedyCemetery
  • r/comedyhomicide
  • r/terriblefacebookmemes
  • r/edgyMemesINC
  • r/terribledankmemes
  • r/its_not_a_phase
  • r/teenagers
  • r/okbuddyr_t_rd
  • r/okbuddydaylight
  • r/copypasta
  • r/teenagersnew
  • r/EdgyMemeTeens
  • r/Edgymemebois
  • r/dankteen
  • r/HolUp
  • r/BigChunguSClub
  • r/Shrekmemes
  • r/unwholesomememes
  • r/antisjwmemes
  • r/SpicyTangyMemes
  • r/bullyjokersus
  • r/TheSecondLife
  • r/ThenAndNowMemes
  • r/UnpopularHumor
  • r/boottoobig
  • r/BootTooFried
  • r/memehospitalpatients
  • r/FunnyMemesGooglePlus
  • r/ThatsAGrudgen
  • r/asseatingmemes
  • r/WeDoALittlePosting
  • r/19684

Aesthetics (starterpacks):[]

Other similar:[]

  • one image, many reposts: [(in)famous mall ninja image]
    • Path of a Warrior


  • Facebook Minion-posting
  • "Then vs. Now" memes
  • r/unwholesomememes - making wholesomememes less painful
  • and various cat memes

Aesthetics Wiki[]


  6. Safe Edgy is a slang term used to describe humor, especially ethnic jokes, that would be considered edgy and offensive if it was directed at another group. The term is used to describe jokes about British and French people, among other things, and is used as a part of memes criticizing such types of jokes and mocking those who make and enjoy them. Influencers and content creators like Hasan Piker and Cr1TiKaL have both been labeled "safe edgy."
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  8. for memes in this vein, see Surreal Memer
  9. Old Memecore, Dank Meme Voyage, MLG, - among other younger genres
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 [for their doomerism] and corporatism-grade technopositivism on edge of Reagan-type neoliberal expansionism/colonialism - "technology (money) before people", dissociation of ends, means with society (lack of empathy, questionable morality, change for sake of sake (ROIs))
  11. this type of uncertainty - like with stories/green-texts on 4chan