Unless you’re new to the Internet, you’ve noticed that the cartoons of your childhood make up a good portion of the best memes. SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats and Arthur make up some of the biggest ones, with the latter especially having a current explosion of meme-ablity. Now, nearly 20 years after Arthur debuted on PBS, the anthropomorphic aardvark is all up in your Twitter timeline. Look familiar?
The close up of Arthur’s clenched fist is the newest — and maybe best — in an ongoing series of Arthur memes. It traces back to an episode of the show called “Arthur’s Big Hit,” in which Arthur clenches his fist before punching his little sister D.W. (who has also been a Tumblr fave for a long time) for breaking his model airplane. (Yikes.)
This episode spawned a meme of its own a few years back, resulting in dozens of weird mashup edits on YouTube. Then, last week, when Twitter user @AlmostJT tweeted (and since deleted) the famous fist screenshot with the caption, “This is just a pic of Arthur’s fist but idk how I feel that it’s just so relatable. So many emotions in one fist,” it nailed why it’s so funny. The #ArthurFist meme took on a life of its own, being used to convey everything from too-real everyday minutiae to current events, and hasn’t slowed down since.
The Arthur takeover snowballed quickly from there, and D.W., Francine, Muffy and more started popping up as well (sometimes in some unnecessarily ~NSFW~ scenarios, which network WGBH has expressed disappointment over).
It’s been a week since the Arthur explosion, which in Internet years is basically a lifetime, so it’s bound to burn out soon. We can’t wait to see what floods our feeds next.
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(Featured image via PBS)