This ‘Medieval Meme’ is tough to describe, because it doesn’t go by just one name or description. Sometimes it’s known as ‘Just Medieval Things’, other times it’s referred to as ‘Medieval Reacts’, and often this meme is described as just a ‘Medieval Macro’ (which is actually the best description of all). The crux of the meme is taking Medieval artworks (paintings, statues, tapestries, etc) and adding modern day captions on top of the picture, making it an ‘image macro meme’, which means just that. Medieval artwork is notoriously macabre, often depicting scenes of decapitations, war, and the wrath of Satan. So when you add modern day captions onto screen caps of those paintings and tapestries the juxtaposition can create one hell of a meme. Often this meme is offensive, and sometimes the memes are even NSFW, but keep in mind that they are just captions on top of medieval paintings and you should find a way to not be so offended.
As this Meme You Should Know has began to flourish in recent months it has taken two distinct paths of growth: Twitter and Reddit/Tumblr. On Twitter the main catalyst of this meme going viral was the account @MedievalReacts, an account that often takes captions from pics that have already gone viral and repurposes them on medieval pics. That account’s already up to 315k followers, and every time it tweets a new image that pic is almost guaranteed to go viral. The other avenue of virality has been Reddit and Tumblr, which often create more of a story with the pic than the ones on Twitter. As you’ll see in from the 55 pics below, on Reddit/Tumblr the ‘Medieval Reacts’ or ‘Just Medieval Things’ meme is likely to tell more of a story than a joke.
The pics below are a cross section of the very best ‘Medieval Reacts’ and ‘Just Medieval Things’ memes so far, half came from Twitter (link above) and half came from Reddit/Tumblr (links above). So sit back, relax, and prepare to be offended.
Obviously some of the paintings with captions may not be Medieval or Gothic, but that’s no reason for you to point that out in the comments. We all recognize that there were some revolutionary war paintings in there amongst others, you’re not the only person who noticed it. I included them because they still fall under the ‘Just Medieval Things’ and ‘Medieval Reacts’ genre of meme.
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