The Charlie Bit My Finger Kidsv
Over half a billion views. The kids from "Charlie Bit My Finger," a video featuring a kid and his baby brother who keeps biting his finger, has been seen by more people than most of your favorite TV shows. Networks would KILL for this kind of exposure.
And all these kids had to do was be insanely adorable.
In 2007, YouTube user HDCYT's video featured a 1-year-old biting his 3-year-old brother's finger, as the older one complains about how much that hurts, kindly asking his brother not to bite his finger in the most politely British way imaginable.
You've seen "Success Kid" before. Plenty of times. He's a little man named Sammy whose mom took a picture of him that went up on Getty Images in 2007. Then in 2008 (aka the Golden Age of the Internet when .gifs were still used to communicate and page backgrounds were allowed to be sparkly), the popular photoshop of "Success Kid" (then known as the "I Hate Sand Castles" kid) made the rounds on sites like MySpace.
Once this took off, Sammy became extremely common throughout the Internet as a picture anyone can use to express their excitement at something relatively mundane.
And once he was made into an Advice Animal (first seen in this form as uploaded to Reddit), much like most other Advice Animal memes, he became ubiquitous around the web.
Two Babies Who Talk in Babyv
In early 2011, this video of two babies seemingly talking to each other in complete gibberish hit the front page of Reddit, leading it to be posted pretty much everywhere else on the Internet and then on television a few weeks later.
Remixes and other videos were made immediately, most notably by comedian Patton Oswalt. With over 70 million views, the video has made the babies involved some of the most Internet famous babies in history. It's like they're making fun of us. In the right state of mind, this video could lead you to an existential crisis.
DA DA DA DA DA DA?
DA DA DA DA!
The Scared Babyv
This little guy has become one of the most well-known .gifs used regularly to express surprise or disgust in regards to the post being talked about.
His name is Emerson, and the popular .gif came from a viral video off of YouTube featuring little Emerson playing happily with his throne of toys, that is, until his mother would blow her nose. This would scare the baby temporarily, reacting with such surprise that the Internet immediately fell in love with him.
He's arguably the cutest baby on this list. I will fight you on this.
The most well-known moment comes at 00:43
Baby Trashes Bar in Las Palmasv
Miniatures? Check. Puppets? CHECK. Giant drunk baby staggering all over the place, knocking over stuff like it's nothing, picking food off strangers' plates and spitting up everywhere? Jackpot. In this trailer for his short film Las Palmas, Swedish filmmaker Johannes Nyholm nails my Friday nights at the Cha Cha Lounge.
As soon as this video hit the Internet, people fell in love with it, giving the filmmaker some great exposure, but more importantly, showing us how we are clearly all children when we drink too much.
Single Ladies Dancing Babyv
Easily one of the most watched videos of 2009, if not the biggest viral video that year. This little tyke's name is Cory. Cory's parents were so pleased by his instant Internet fame when the video of him dancing to Beyonce's "Single Ladies" (which is a whole meme in of itself), that they made the baby a Twitter account, t-shirts, and capitalized on their Internet stardom as quickly as you probably should. Unless you're Scumbag Steve, you only have a matter of weeks before that goes away.
(Follow the baby, yes a baby, on @BabyCory)
Bombs Away Baby
The "Crazy Mean Baby" or the "Incoming Baby" is, much like "Success Kid" at first, a popular photo meme that started from the Superherohype.com community.
Once people saw a picture of this baby looking like it's yelling orders out of a foxhole or in the middle of a tirade, they started making all kinds of photo manipulations putting the baby in different situations, the most popular of which is one of him in an army helmet. Some people, though, even put him in a series of film situations (a 7-minute long video montage of which can be seen on this video here).
According to KnowYourMeme.com and some random jerks on the Internet, the kid's dad was a graphic designer (unlike anyone else on the Internet) and a photographer. He threw some Photoshops of the "Crazy Mean Baby" online along with the original to do that thing that street performers do by throwing a few dollars into the guitar case so it looks like someone's already given – only for memes. The guy seeded his own meme, which is smart.
It's one of the most recognizable and commonly known images on the Internet, and an adorable picture of a baby, who is now probably old enough to be embarrassed by its existence.
This Little Guyv
There's nothing better than a baby's laughter. (Except on an airplane. For some reason, parents don't seem to realize that the sound of a baby squealing with delight is just as loud and awful as that of a baby shrieking in agony.) (Am I a bad person?) This little fella is just having himself a hell of a time listening to [who I presume is] his dad making sounds. This could easily be the best day of his life so far.
He was also one of the first babies to go viral once YouTube began, garnering over 150 million views across multiple videos, getting on countless news stations and even being the choice clip shown to The Queen of England upon her visiting YouTube headquarters in 2008.
The Dark Side Babyv
The video was originally uploaded to YouTube by a Redditor named Stardestroyer65 (obviously a Star Wars fan) who shot this video of his daughter playing with her toys, then seeing a car fall on the ground, which led to her laughing like a supervillain at the demise of the small imaginary people in the car.
Various video manipulations were made once the thing went viral, and the video was soon given the Imperial Death March and various other songs that made the child's victory over the car seem so... evil. Yet adorable.
That Baby That Sneezes and Farts at the Same Timev
Just a viral YouTube video featuring exactly what it sounds like. With over 15 million views. It is pretty cute how surprised and delighted the parents are by what had just happened.
The Dancing Babyv
One of the first viral videos of all time, as well as one of the most ubiquitous, this is a viral baby that started in the only way something could in 1996: email chains.
Originally a sample file from a 3D computer animation software, this .gif/video was soon given the soundtrack of "Hooked on a Feeling" by Rusted Root (originally by BJ Thomas), and was sent around LucasArts by the person who did it. Eventually, the people who originally sent the email around started getting it back from other people in the company and soon afterwards, from friends of theirs from around the world.
It got so huge that it even made it on the then-popular TV series "Ally McBeal," which is sometimes credited for having brought the baby to fame, but much like most viral videos and Internet memes, it started the way anything else does on the Internet: with nerds.
The Lemon Tasting Baby
"Babby" is a misspelling of the word "baby." It originated in the worst imaginable place on the Internet which is, sadly, where a lot of the biggest memes and viral videos originate (4chan).
On April 1st of 2010, as soon as the image board 4chan's video games section called "/v/" was loaded on midnight on the east coast, the founder of 4Chan (who's even done a TED Talk on the whole phenomenon of his website, which gets over 300 million page views per month) had changed the entire background to a picture of this very baby. The song "Gee" by Girl's Generation was also forcibly looping in the background, which was very annoying.
And now, the baby has been photoshopped into pretty much everything, from Justin Bieber's face, to episodes of "The Wire."
The Kung Fu Babyv
Is he threatening you? Or is he just messing with you? That's the mystique of the Kung Fu Baby, who waves his arms in a menacing fashion and then gives you the fuzzy eyeball. All I'm saying is that if I saw my own infant pull something like that, I'd maybe zip him up in a suitcase.
The Shaytard Kidsv
The Shaytards Youtube channel began in October 2008 when the patriarch of the family, ShayCarl, filmed himself talking about wanting to lose weight. More than 1,200 video posts and nearly half a billion views later, the Shaytards may be the most prolific – and happiest – family vloggers in all of history. Events documented vary from the mundane to the milestone, including youngest of four, baby Rocktard's birth, first steps, and first words.
The Evil Look Babyv
Ray of sunshine by day, un-f*ck-with-able by night. This little barrel of laughs has no idea what the Evil Look means, but he knows it makes his parents crack up when he delivers. And 12 million viewers, too.
Mr. T Baby
Starting with an offensive-yet-adorable picture of an Asian baby dressed as Mr. T from "The A-Team," this photo went viral during the Halloween season of 2011. Gold chains, an army shirt, A-Team belt buckle, and a mask with black skin and facial hair makeup, has to be one of the funniest, weirdest baby costumes in Internet history (which actually says a lot).
The baby, made popular by Reddit and popular film site FilmDrunk, is named Scout. She's an adorable little girl who was wearing an outfit made by her artistic father who was able to scrape together the now-famous costume completely from Goodwill.
In an interview with FilmDrunk's Vince Mancini, the father had the following to say:
"Though my wife and I were fans of the A-Team, the idea actually came from her natural chubbiness! I knew with the right clothing, the chubbiness could turn in to major muscles, and when I looked at her, I just saw Mr. T."
His wife was very patient with him; he posted the picture online, and the rest is history.
The Stairs Babyv
The greatest short cut ever taken by a baby in any Internet video with over 3 million views ever.
The Baby That Humps The Dollv
With over five million views worldwide, this is one of the most famous (early) viral clips from 2006, when YouTube was but a year old.
It was featured on "America's Funniest Home Videos," and made a huge splash on YouTube early on. It really is the weirdest one on this list, but really plainly shows you that this kid's parents do a lot of one kind of thing while he's in the same room.
And the Rest of the Baby Memes
Babies make for good memes because they're tiny and unassuming. And what are they doing? Why are they doing those funny poses?
Sometimes, it's to celebrate, as with the unsavory yet hilarious Third World Success Kid. Due to his circumstances, he relishes in the small victories, like surviving malaria and not knowing who Snooki is:
Sometimes, the meme kid's gesture and expression serves as a warning. The How Do I Put This? Baby gives cautionary advice to family, friends, and strangers:
Baby Godfather is also scowling and upset – but adorable, all dressed up in a widdle tuxedo with those chubby widdle cheeks – and not about to take it lying down: