Don't worry, he knows meme explained

What's The 'Don't Worry, He Knows' Meme? The 4Chan Green Text Story Explained

4chan has been responsible for a lot of what is now considered canon internet memes, like the classic "Don’t Worry, He Knows" green text story from 2013.

The meme has been around for more than a decade on the internet and is written from the perspective of a teenage boy whose love interest, referred to as his "pseudo-girlfriend," ends up sleeping with his friend's older cousin. But where did it originate and how did it grow as a popular copypasta meme on Reddit and Twitter / X? Here's what we know.

Where Is The 'Don't Worry, He Knows' Meme From?

Back in January 2013, an anonymous 4chan user posted a story claiming that a girl he knew "since kindergarten" who he had developed strong feelings for ended up sleeping with his friend Eric's older, married cousin. At the end of the story, the girl ends up passionately kissing the man in front of him, saying "Don't worry, he knows."

File: 1358598745671.jpg-(67 KB, 800x600, For4Chan01.jpg) Anonymous (ID: hYpqmQGj) 01/19/13(Sat)07:32:25 No.452153060 Replies: >>452153414 >>452153772 >>452154186 >>452157264 >>452157960 >>452161987 >>452162321 >>452162418 >>452162608 >>452163065 >>452163220452163858 What to do /b/? I've been in love with the same girl for basically all my life but the situation is all f----- up now and I don't know how to stop f------ caring about her. Pic related, it's her >Be crushin on same girl for all my life >Knew her since kindergarten >Her parents are poor and live in a one bedroom with four kids so they don't care she sleeps over most nights >Hang out almost everyday for years >All our friends joke about us getting married one day >She knows I'm into her and she says she feels same way but "doesn't want to label it" >Get her to make out but really not much more >Says she likes me too much and is afraid we'll go all the way if we do anything more >Resigned to being a virgin til I eventually marry this girl >Both of us mainly hang out with two other guys (lets call Eric and Dave) >Mainly consists of playing Halo at my house >Sometimes smoke weed when Eric can get it >Talk about parties but never get invited >Eric starts hanging out with his oldfag cousin sometimes >Make fun of him for hanging out with 37 year old >Says cousin buys beer and lets him smoke at his place >wellwhydidntyousaysointhefirst place.jpg >Start going to his cousins place to drink and play halo once a week when his wife and kids are gone visiting wife's parents >He buys the beer, has food, videogames, not bad situation >He can have a pretty annoying bossy attitude and thinks hes the king of our weekly hangs but whatever >Start bringing the pseudo-gf to these things >Cousin is always eyeing the f--- out of her but she's used to being the only girl at our hangs so whatever Continued >>Anonymous (ID: YilxdjUe) 01/19/13(Sat)07:36:20 No.452153414 >>452153060 (OP) Anonymous (ID: hYpqmQGj) 01/19/13(Sat)07:50:03 No.452154764 Replies: >>452155342 >>452162321 >>452162508 >>452163698 File: 1358599803376.jpg-(68 KB, 800x600, For4Chan02.jpg) Sorry I suck at typing. >Even though this cousinfag knows that this girl should be off limits he is always f------ hitting on her >Worst part is she doesn't seem to mind >One day he asks her why it doesn't say I'm her boyfriend on facebook >mfw when she says "Oh he's more like my best friend than anything" >seething anger when he says "Man you gotta lock that s--- down bro, she's banging" >Only really see this cousinfag once a week and she still sleeps over all the time so thinking whatever nothing will come of it >I keep telling her he's an a------ >She agrees but tells me 'you know me, I don't even know how to be rude" >Besides not like we can really stop going, ritual is pretty ingrained at this point >Eventually start combining Halo and drinking, halo drinking games >We're retards we didn't think of this sooner >Old cousinfag instates random different rules all the time >House rules he says >Since pseudo-gf doesn't really play, he sometimes has rules involving her >She has to get the beers if theres a multikill, s--- like that >One day he proposes she has to sit on lap of the guy who wins for the next game >Randomly this oldfag is the best of us so rule is obviously for him >I start to say, "Dude I don't think she wants.. >When at the same time she laughs and says "You boys.." implying okay >Feel like a huge f----- for being too protective, get red and just go with it >She spends the majority of the next couple of hours on his lap >Raging as we go home, get in a fight with her, make up as we always do continued >> Anonymous (ID: hYpqmQGj) 01/19/13(Sat)07:51:26 No.452154902 also harder than i thought for me to relive all this s--- so sorry for the slow pace, i'll try to be faster DED TO WILL wwwww any un >>Anonymous (ID: hYpqmQGj) 01/19/13(Sat)08:01:19 No.452155892 Replies: >>452156101 >>452156116 >>452156329 >>452156350 >>452156363 >>452156429 >>452162321 >S--- continues like this for the next few times >Mostly lap sitting >Sometimes they get her to do a joke sexy dance >Nothing I can get publically too mad about >My uncle has a wedding on the same day one of these hangs happens >Ask her not to go >She says "she probably won't" >Ask her again, basically begging this time >She says she'll try to get out of it but that the guys are pushy and she's bad at saying no >Both true statements, but I get mad at her telling her to have a spine >Get in a fight again >Don't have time to make up before leaving for wedding >ihaveareallybadfeeling.jpg >Fidgeting entire weekend >Text with her on ride back with the parents, she says to call her once I get back, by the tone I know she feels guilty >ohfuck.png >Turns out she had gotten too drunk and they incorporated stripping into the game, cousin, Eric and Dave all saw her completely naked >Whattheflyingfuck.jpg >get in another fight >mfw i realize that they've gotten more sexual pleasure out of her than me at this point >think its basically over, have to find a new social life >she calls me really late and comes over > cries apologizing, says she has a really big problem saying no and will try to fix it >forgive her and go to bed cuddling continued >> Anonymous (ID: PVdqgKy3) 01/19/13(Sat)08:03:30 No.452156101 >>452155892 also 'ffiore pics please Anonymous (ID: hYpqmQGj) 01/19/13(Sat)08:11:55 No.452156963 Replies: >>452157229 >>452157609 >>452162321 >Really awkward with Eric and Dave the next time I see them >Don't really address it for a while but eventually we have an awkward apology talk since I'm clearly p----- >She stops going to the cousinfags for a while >Eventually starts going again > to repair all our broken friendships" she says >Things slowly but surely evolve back to where they were >I know I gotta put a stop to this >Realize booze is really the main difference between my place and oldfags >Start taking booze out of parents cabinet when we play halo at my place >Didn't really know what the f--- I was thinking since we still went to cousinfags as much as we used to >Eventually parents find out >My grades also been going down also >Combination gets them megapissed >Pseudo-gf can't sleep over and I can't go out for a week >pseudo-gf and I fight over this can't even remember why the f--- we did >Get text couple of days later from cousinfag telling us he has the place to himself so to come over >no0000000000000000.jpg >Try to sneak out but get caught >Frantically try to call her but she's still p-----, not picking up >Next day still no contact, weekend so don't see her at school >whatthefuckwhatthefuckingfuck.jpg >freak the f--- out, basically having emotional breakdown continued Anonymous (ID: 1n00t0iK) 01/19/13(Sat)08:11:59 No.452156969 Hurry the f--- up op Anonymous (ID: YSFAhA2+) 01/19/13(Sat)08:20:31 No.452157818 >>452157730 I want to believe OP wouldn't do that. >>Anonymous (ID: hYpqmQGj) 01/19/13(Sat)08:22:01 No.452157949 Replies: >>452158091 >>452158459 >>452158483 >>452158492 >>452158501 >>452158745 >>452162321 File: 1358601721575.jpg-(56 KB, 800x598, For4Chan03.jpg) >see her at school when Monday finally f------ comes >she avoids me all day >she leaves before I can track her down afterschool >text her a zillion times, tell her grounding is over and I really want to talk to her, if its over she can at least tell me >find Eric and Dave, too freaked out to be subtle ask them what the f--- happened >really f------ f------ awkward but basically tell me that they played strip halo again >Eric quickly leaves but Dave tells me later that Eric and cousin f-- were feeling her up while she was half passed out >says hes sorry and he tried to stop it >have no one else to be mad at so flip out at dave >> Anonymous (ID: hYpqmQGj) 01/19/13(Sat)08:32:22 No.452158975 Replies: >>452159150 >>452159216 >>452159237 >>452159303 >>452162616 sorry I'm so slow, recanting is really affecting me >middle of the night, she randomly says "I love you >unexpectedbestmomentomylife.jpg >don't even hesitate, say "I love you too >no matter what?" she says >I say of course >asking no matter what continues for a while >eventually get bad feeling >she tells me that she had no where to go once my parents didn't let me have her over >that she hated staying at her house and how I knew how much she hated her parents >eventually admits she was telling oldfag this by text on her way home Friday night (when stripping happened) >he tells her his house is free until Monday, invites her to stay over >I am shaking while she tells me this >The way she was acting all clicks and makes sense in my mind >Never had a moment of clarity like this >I don't even have to ask but I do >She tells me they went all the way >Not even sure why I asked the details but I had to >how many times? >she says I don't know a billion times and then settles down on five >did you enjoy it? >she says no but I press her and she says she orgasmed >what positions? >missionary and doggy >condom? >pause, no >we're both crying this entire time >still in state of shock in the morning, get morning after pill though at least continued VICII LINC vela Cillian 15 caulicu uw, I DELI is Constructing in popped overall¯QUI/Lume III a utalitil Anonymous (ID: qwj4zea5) 01/19/13(Sat)08:22:11 No.452157960 Replies: >>452158646 >>452159762 >>452153060 (OP) I don't doubt OP is beta, but those two can't be the only parameters. I don't want to be either of them. >> Anonymous (ID: hYpqmQGj) 01/19/13(Sat)08:46:24 No.452160373 Replies: >>452160525 >>452160559 >>452160612 >>452160617 >>452160628 >>452160654 >>452160657 >>452160685 >>452160689 >>452160701 >>45216 >>452160718 >>452160721 >>452160779 >>452160801 >>452160890 >>452160943 >>452160950 >>452161031 >>452161065 >>452161086 >>452161274 >>452161301 >>452161327 >>452161384 >>452161465 >>452161486 >>452161770 >>4 >>452162589 >>452162670 >>452162862 >>452162975 >>452163457 >>452163786 >We're still really weird the next few days but I'm still oddly positive >She says I love you all the time from never saying it at all >actually go facebook official >everyone at school has heard about what happened but I don't give a s--- >hold hands everywhere, we tell each other as long as we have each other it'll be okay >Finally catch up to yesterday >Get a text from oldfag saying to come over >Almost laugh that he thinks we're still going >After school look for real-gf now >see her with Eric and Dave >Still p----- at Eric, so already in bad mood >MFW They say they are on way over to cousinfags >I don't even know what to say >I say I'm not going >when it's clear they are going to go with or without me I go with them >just play halo and drink for a while >so mad but don't even know what to do >sense of awkwardness is even worse >feel like I'm not even in the room >try to get her to go home multiple times, eric and cousin convince her to stay >she's on my lap the entire time with my arms around her >end up watching Prometheus >dave has gone home at this point >make the mistake of getting up to get a beer >when I'm back she's on oldfags lap >I ask her if she's okay >she says yes >halfway through oldfag and her start kissing >eric goes "dude chill out" >mfw when she says, "don't worry he knows" >I tell her that I'm leaving >She says she's going to stay This was last night and I haven't talked to her since >eventually she texts me back eventually saying 'you're acting like there's something to end >get this in front of dave and start crying, run away >so f------ embarrassed to even remember this f------ s--- >thinking life is over >she comes over that night, no text no call no nothing >is sobbing at the door >don't even know how to be mad at her >I tell her its okay, I heard what happened and I forgive you >she just keeps crying and we go to bed continued

For those who love overstimulation videos, TikToker @greentextgamer posted the full "Don't Worry, He Knows" accompanied by Grand Theft Auto gameplay (seen below).

@greentextgamer “Don’t worry, he knows” – Classic Greentext Repost #greentext #story #tts #sad #lovestory #dating #teenagelove #abuse #abuseawareness #heartbreak #dontworryheknows #4chan #redditreadings #4chantiktok #gaming #retrogaming #fyp ♬ original sound – greentextgamer

How Did 'Don't Worry, He Knows' 4Chan's Post Became A Viral Meme?

It wasn't until June 2015 that the "Don't Worry, He Knows" story started to grow popular online after Redditor going by the handle of /u/Reapus1 posted a screenshot of an infidelity revenge story on 4chan titled "Don't worry, he knows" to /r/4chan. (seen below)

Anonymous 01/15/15(Thu)1203:10 No.592811867 592811 133 # nah, I got cheated on and took back the engagement ring in front of her family last Easter in the middle of dinner, reminded her that "her ring" was a promise to not suck off her ex boyfriends and told her to get accustomed to her parents house because she's moving back there with them at the end of the month. Wiped my mouth with my napkin, thanked everyone for a wonderful dinner and left while she was screaming, her mother was crying, and her father stared straight ahead still chewing You just gotta time it right. 22592812016 # 229 22592812224 # 225 22592815448 # 25 35

A couple of years later, in April 2017, the meme was introduced to a wider audience when the story was shared by the meme page ShitpostBot 5000 on X, who uploaded a picture of the girl from the original 4chan thread with the caption "When your little cousin says he's better than you at Smash Bros" (shown below)

when your little cousin says he's better than you at Smash Bros

For the full history of "Don't Worry, He Knows," be sure to check out Know Your Meme's encyclopedia entry for more information.

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