1 – Success Kid
The meme originated in 2007, after Laney Griner uploaded to Flickr a photograph of her son Sammy trying to eat sand. The meme gained initial popularity captioned “I Hate Sandcastles”, suggesting that the boy had just destroyed another child’s sandcastle. Eventually the interpretation of the image shifted, focusing on the boy’s facial expression and clenched fist as a gesture of self-congratulation, adding captions that boasted of small personal victories and good fortune.
Now Sammy is 10 years old!
2 – Scumbag Steve
Scumbag Steve is an image macro series featuring a kid with a sideways fitted cap standing in a hallway. The overlaid text generally centers around unethical behavior regarding drugs, partying, and other hedonistic behaviors. The original image came from the cover of the album “Ma Gangsta” by the rap group Beantown Mafia.
3 – College Freshman
College Freshman is meme featuring a college student with headphones, a University New Hampshire hoodie and a mobile phone. The captions usually highlight the all-too-familiar cliches found in campus social scenes and student life during college years.