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“I’ve Made a Huge Mistake” is an expression indicating that the speaker feels remorse for something that he or she has done. It is often associated with a reaction GIF featuring the character Gob from the television sitcom Arrested Development.
The phrase is believed to have originated from an episode of the American television sitcom Arrested Development, which ran on the Fox television station from November 2nd, 2003 to February 10th, 2006. In the show, the character Gob would often utter the expression “I’ve made a huge mistake” after realizing he had done something wrong (shown below).
Urban Dictionary user dogmatica submitted an entry for the phrase on October 1st, 2005, citing Gob’s use of the expression in Arrested Development (shown below).
On December 26th, 2011, Redditor childofmarvel submitted a post titled “How I feel when my boyfriend doesn’t get my Arrested Development jokes” the /r/gifs subreddit, which featured an animated GIF of Gob saying the line “I’ve made a huge mistake” from the end of an episode titled “Key Decisions” (shown below).
On February 3rd, 2012, a Quickmeme page for “I’ve Made a Huge Mistake” was created, which featured a still image of Gob from Arrested Development with captions describing regrettable actions. The same day, Redditor SamuraiLom submitted a Quickmeme image macro to the /r/AdviceAnimals subreddit, including the caption “I fucked my chemistry lab partner / it’s the second week of the semester” (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post received over 7,300 up votes and 345 comments.
On April 10th, Redditor berryhill submitted a post titled “Day 2 after shaving my ass” to the /r/gifs subreddit, which linked to the original Gob animated GIF as the punchline. On April 15th, a page was created for “I’ve made a huge mistake” on the Arrested Development Wiki, citing several times the expression was spoken in the show. As of November 19th, 2012, four Facebook pages titled “I’ve Made a Huge Mistake” have been created.
The phrase has been used to caption other image macros in which the subject appears to be distraught.