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The Most Popular Memes Within the Anime Community

Updated November 14, 2017 13.8k votes 3.1k voters 100.9k views15 items

Memes make the online world go round. When it comes to creating these Internet gems, anime fans don't waste a minute creating hilarious image macros or videos based on their favorite series. It's impossible to browse Reddit, Twitter, or Tumblr without encountering an anime meme or three. With so many anime memes out there in the wild, it's hard to keep track of them all. Some memes have been around for so long it's hard to remember where they even originated from.

Not to fret as this list has collected 15 of the most popular anime memes from every outstanding anime community. Which anime community meme is your favorite? Vote for the ones that bring the biggest smile on your face. 

  • 1. Spot the Main Character

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    Main characters in anime – especially shounen anime – tend to stick out like a sore thumb. Whether it's their ridiculous hairstyle or the blandness of the background characters besides them, there's just no way to hide a main anime character in the crowd – which is why playing "Spot the Main Character" is such an amusing game to play with anime fans. No matter how hard the animators try, they just can't hide the visual distinction of the main character in comparison to everyone else.

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  • 2. It's Over 9000!

    Not all inaccurate translations are necessarily bad. While the reading of Goku's powers was actually “over 8000” in the original Dragon Ball Z episode, the line delivery of "It's over 9000!" by Brian Drummond as Vegeta in the original English dub of the anime propelled this scene to meme status.

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  • 3. My Job Here Is Done

    The show might be named Sailor Moon, but the real hero is Tuxedo Mask. Well, if you ask Tuxedo Mask, anyway. While the masked hero never actually says the line "My job here is done" in the Sailor Moon anime, it is a playful exaggeration of the character's constant interventions in series – giving Sailor Moon a one-minute pep talk before making a dramatic exit.

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  • 4. LOLfansubs / Failsubs

    Before Netflix and Crunchyroll, anime fans had to rely on armature fansubbers to translate their favorite anime shows from Japanese to English. While there were certainly some fansubs that put in the extra mile, others truly showcased their poor grasp of the Japanese language.

    As a result, the world has been gifted classic examples of horrible translation – such as the infamous "All According to Keikaku (Keikaku means plan)" line from Death Note fansubs. Translation note: That's not how translations should work!

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