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Added May 11, 2012 at 10:27AM EDT by Looka.

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“Genius” is a rage comic character and an expression used to marvel at someone’s stupidity. Because of its dubious use in criticism of others and self-deprecative humor, the character shares common grounds with other memes in the rage comic universe, particularly some of the more sarcastic ones like “You Don’t Say” and “Watch Out, We Got a Badass Over Here.”


The earliest comic using the Genius face was submitted by Cheezburger user antihero to the four pane comic site Comixed[1] on September 1st, 2011. Titled “Idiot Savant Says…,” the comic depicts a tablet user who is frustrated with typing on the touch screen and attempts to solve the problem by buying a case with a keyboard, making the tablet function just like a laptop. Meanwhile, it remains unclear whether the character was traced from a photographic image or posted anywhere prior to this comic.


The following day, Memebase user Viktor_Alekzander posted a response comic[2] (shown below) suggesting that the face should be further developed into a rage comic character. On December 27th, 2011, the Genius character was added to the webcomic generator site All The Rage Faces,[3] followed by several appearances throughout Memebase[4][5] between January and March, We Know Memes[6][8] in March 2012 and August 2012. Additional instances have appeared on Tumblr[11] with the tag “genius meme,” MemeCenter[9] and Reddit.[12]

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[1]Comixed – Idiot Savant Says…

[2]Memebase – make it a rage face? URA GENIUS!

[3]All The Rage Faces – Genius

[4]Memebase – Posts tagged “genius”

[5]Rage Comics – Posts tagged “genius”

[6]We Know Memes – Genius Rage Face

[7]Memegenerator – Genius Rage Face

[8]We Know Memes – Best of the Genius Meme

[9]MemeCenter – Search results for “genius”

[10]Facebook – Genius Meme

[11]Reddit – Minecraft Genius

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