You Sit On A Throne Of Lies

You Sit On A Throne Of Lies

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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.[3][4]


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.[8] On May 14th, 2012, Redditor wordsandstuffs submitted a post titled “You float on a throne of lies” to the /r/funny[10] 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[9] 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.

Notable Examples

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.[5][6]

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