Disruptive Durden / Helpful Tyler Durden

Disruptive Durden / Helpful Tyler Durden

Updated Feb 06, 2014 at 07:33PM EST by James.

Added Mar 10, 2011 at 08:13PM EST by Nathaniel.

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Disruptive Durden, or “Helpful Tyler Durden”, is an advice animal image macro series featuring a fan art painting of Tyler Durden, a character from the 1996 novel and the 1999 film adaptation of Fight Club, with captions describing ethically questionable deeds that end up helping someone else. (See also: Good Guy Greg)


The series uses an image of Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden from the 1999 hit cult film Fight Club. In the story, Tyler Durden promotes anarchy and mayhem by sabotaging various companies as acts of defiance against consumerism with his operation known as “Project Mayhem.”[1][2] On January 4th, 2011, Reddit user ThatDrunkViking posted a thread on the r/AdviceAnimals subreddit titled “Helpful Tyler Durden”.[3] The post consisted of a compilation Helpful Tyler Durden instances on a green color wheel background, which received 2,759 up votes. The series of images had watermarks from Memegenerator.net, suggesting that the macros may have originated from the site.


A QuickMeme[7] page was created on January 4th, 2011. Derivatives can be found on Tumblr[8], FunnyJunk[9], Memebase[10] and the Advice Animals subreddit.[11] There are 3 Memegenerator[4][5][6] pages containing various Tyler Durden derivatives, and a Facebook[12] fan page has 52 likes as of September 26th, 2011.

Notable Examples

Search queries for “helpful tyler durden” saw a significant increase in January 2011, the same month it was posted to Reddit.

External References

[1]Wikipedia – Fight Club – novel

[2]Wikipedia – Fight Club – film

[3]Reddit – Helpful Tyler Durden

[4]MemeGenerator – Tyler Durden

[5]MemeGenerator – Disruptive Durden

[6]MemeGenerator – Tyler Durden 2

[7]QuickMeme – Helpful Tyler Durden

[8]Tumblr – #helpful tyler durden

[9]FunnyJunk – helpful tyler durden

[10]Memebase – Disruptive Durden

[11]Reddit – /r/adviceanimals tyler durden

[12]Facebook – Helpful Tyler Durden

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Majora's Mare
Majora's Mare

I like Tyler Durden as much as the next guy, and I saw the original advice Durden. (Which isn’t even on the page, interestingly enough…) but this article is just not very well written and the things Durden does in these things is just too broad. Let it spread and take on a shape of it’s own, then come back and see us.

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