Tom & Jerry‘s 2021 movie may not have been as well received as the animated series, but it’s proof that the show has remained in fans’ hearts for multiple generations.
The series is so ubiquitous that it’s become one of the most common shows for memes templates. While it has tough competition from other classics like SpongeBob SquarePants and The Simpsons for “most meme’d,” it’s undeniable that Tom & Jerry features some of the best memes on the internet from any TV show or movie.
The Omnitrix Watch Flex
A meme that brings late-90s and most 2000s kids back to their childhood, few things were as big a status symbol at school as the Omnitrix from the classic series, Ben 10.
Ben 10 featured everything from a fantastic cartoon villain in Kevin Levin, a brilliant sidekick in Gwen, and a great protagonist in Ben. The Omnitrix was nearly lightsaber-tier in coolness levels for kids ever, and was a far cooler status symbol than any generic product like AirPods, as perfectly demonstrated by the buff Tom facing off with Jerry.
Going to sleep isn’t as easy for some as it is for others, and Tom & Jerry perfectly encapsulates this feeling with the help of everyone’s favorite insomniac mouse: Jerry.
Cartoons do a great job of humorously showing the passage of time, and the still of Jerry unable to sleep is a great way of showing how long someone can stay wide awake in their bed battling sleeplessness. The ending makes the meme all the more relatable and tragic, showcasing Jerry finally falling asleep before his alarm goes off.
Another Tom & Jerry meme that calls forth scholastic memories, kids from elementary to college know all about thinking they’ve nailed studying for an exam or writing a paper, only to see a grade far beneath what they expected.
Tom & Jerry is universal in the messages it portrays, and part of what makes the actual meme template enhance the meme is that both images are of Tom. While the meme itself works for a student/teacher relationship, it’s equally funny to think of the meme template as the student reviewing their own work after they’ve written it.
There’s a reason that sibling drama is so common in all mediums, from anime sibling rivalries to family fights in sitcoms. It’s a relatable topic for anyone with siblings, but the resolution is also often not as dramatic in real life as it is in shows.
Sibling drama in real life often ends with a quick resolution, despite how bad the initial fight may seem. Similarly, Tom and Jerry often seem to find themselves quickly allying even after lengthy battles. In fact, there are many times throughout Tom & Jerry when they feel more like brotherly rivals than true enemies.
Skip Button Serotonin
The inverted version of a popular Tom & Jerry meme template highlights that the way the skip button on YouTube works is controversial for many fans, with it not being present in shorter ads.
The ultimate doomsday scenario for fans is, of course, when there’s no skip button on fifteen-second or viewer ads. However, even an ad of around five seconds without a skip button strangely feels much lengthier than skipping a longer ad for many viewers. It’s a common example of how just pressing a button gives serotonin to many people, regardless of context.
Letters In English
If there’s one language that English speakers love to make fun of, it’s English. Spellings and pronunciations are consistently inconsistent, partially due to so many influences by other languages.
While tsunami is not an English word and the “t” is supposed to be pronounced in the word, it is true that the letter is often not pronounced in English. In contrast to the words that use the letter silently, there is one word where the letter is more pronounced than any other: “tea,” which is pronounced exactly the same way as the letter.
The New Pokémon Game Villains
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet is one of the most anticipated games of the year, with many interesting changes to Pokémon in both the games and in the anime, including the new villain team: Team Star.
The original villains of the franchise, Team Rocket, were the perfect balance between the two most recent archetypes: murderous lunatics and ridiculous goofballs. Having a team of Pokémon thieves worked better than Team Galactic who wanted to destroy the world, and Team Yell who wanted to support a high schooler’s gym battles, both of which are ridiculous for different reasons.
The MCU has an ambitious number of superheroes, all varying in talent and power. In the X-Men movies, Quicksilver was one of the most powerful characters in the entire story.
Sadly, the MCU didn’t treat Quicksilver with the same dignity that X-Men did. Wanda’s brother was a fairly pitiful character and never even got the chance to be a proper Avenger. The Quicksilver would have been a proper sibling to the equally overpowered Wanda, as both characters would be capable of winning important battles on their own.
How To Boil Water
Tom & Jerry fans who reside in the UK, as well as any other tea enjoyers across the world, may enjoy the discourse created by one of Tom & Jerry’s most popular meme templates.
The meme template features a guest appearance from Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, both terrified of an incoming Tom. The guests are appropriate for such a British meme, pitting those who use different types of kettles to make their tea against those who use microwaves to heat up their tea water. It’s a humorous way to combine two beloved franchises and good execution of a great template.
A Deconstructed Rick Roll
Rick Rolls are one of the most iconic early internet memes, and this Tom & Jerry meme is a great deconstruction of the classic lyrics to “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley.
The meme is pretty self-explanatory, with another cat refusing to give “You” “Up.” It’s one of the funnier and more clever deconstructed song memes out there, and it fits perfectly with one of the most viewed songs on all of YouTube, with over 1 billion views. For Rick Astley and general meme lovers alike, it’s a solid reference.