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“You Sit On A Throne Of Lies” is a memorable quote uttered by Buddy The Elf (played by Will Ferrell), the protagonist of the 2003 holiday family-comedy film Elf. On the web, the phrase is typically used to expose a lie or otherwise misleading statement told by someone else.
In the film, Buddy is disturbed to discover that a mall Santa Claus is actually just a man dressed in a costume. Believing that the man is trying to impersonate the Santa Claus he knows, Buddy reacts with disgust, whispering to the man “you sit on a throne of lies” (shown below).
On June 1st, 2005, YTMND user Cryokenetic submitted a picture of Buddy paired with audio of the “You sit on a throne of lies” clip. Within the next eight years, the page received over 220,000 views, 170 comments and the audio clip was subsequently used on over 30 similar YTMNDs.
The phrase saw little activity on the web until June 11th, 2011, when it was added to the “That Liar Lies” page on the trope database website TV Tropes. On May 14th, 2012, Redditor wordsandstuffs submitted a post titled “You float on a throne of lies” to the /r/funny subreddit, highlighting an animated GIF of a cat destroying a floating cat balloon (shown below, left). Prior to being archived, the post gathered more than 13,000 up votes and 240 comments. On May 5th, 2013, Redditor likwitsnake submitted a post titled “You sit on a throne of lies” to the /r/funny subreddit, featuring a photograph of the nutritional information on a bottle of “+Calcium” Hershey’s chocolate syrup with 0% calcium (shown below, right). In the first seven months, the post gained over 14,800 up votes and 340 comments.
Image macros featuring Buddy accompanied by the quote as a caption have been created on Meme Generator has created templates for Buddy The Elf, featuring macros containing the quote in question and several others related to the character.