Are You Two Friends? meme from Star Trek Voyager.

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Are You Two Friends? is a two-panel object-labeling meme format based on a scene from the Star Trek: Voyager TV series in which characters Ensign Kim and Tuvok provide opposite answers to the question whether they are friends. Gaining initial spread in July 2020, the format was popularized online in April 2021.


On January 15th, 1997, episode 14 "Alter Ego" of season three of the science-fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager premiered.[1] In the episode, characters Ensign Kim and Tuvok become rivals in a love triangle with the character Marayana. In one scene of the episode, Marayana asks if Kim and Tuvok are friends, to which they provide simultaneous but opposite answers (scene shown below).

- Are you two friends?
- Yes.
- No.

On October 27th, 2016, Tumblr[2] user captainsblogsupplemental posted three images from the scene captioned with the dialogue (shown below). The post received over 7,600 likes and reblogs in five years.

Are you two friends? Yes. No.

On July 12th, 2020, the Facebook[3] page United Federation Of Leftist Memes posted the earliest discovered meme based on the scene, with the post gaining over 1,600 reactions and 910 shares in one year (authorship unconfirmed, shown below).

Conservatives Are you two friends? Leftists Liberals Yes. No.


In the following days, the meme received further spread online, including reposts by Facebook[4] page La Resistance and Instagram[5] account the.decadent.socialist.

Following the spread of the post, in mid-July 2020, the format gained a limited presence online. On July 13th, an unknown Redditor posted the first derivative meme based on the format, with the meme gaining over 4,400 upvotes in the /r/COMPLETEANARCHY[6] subreddit in six months (shown below, left). A July 14th post in the /r/YUROP[7] subreddit received over 860 upvotes (shown below, center). On October 19th, 2020, Facebook[8] page Classical Studies memes for Hellenistic teens posted a meme that received over 3,400 reactions and 750 shares in six months (shown below, right).

Conservatives Are you two friends? Anarchists Ancaps Yes. No. Are you two friends? Yes. No. Persia Are you two friends? Sparta Athens Yes. No.

The format did not see active spread until April 10th, 2021, when Redditor duganaok posted a meme based on it, which received over 20,300 upvotes in /r/PoliticalCompassMemes[9] in 18 days (shown below, left). In the following weeks, the format gained viral popularity online, primarily on Reddit and Facebook; for example, on April 18th, Redditor Stripe73 posted a version that received over 32,700 upvotes in /r/PrequelMemes[10] in 10 days (shown below, right).

Are you two friends? Libertarians Republicans Yes. No. Are you two friends? T/PrequelMemes г/ОТМemes Yes. Yes.

In addition to the standard version of the format, a version with both provided answers being "yes" also saw use.

Various Examples

OMNIVORES Are you two friends? VEGANS VEGETARIANS Yes. No. Are you two friends? Any month that's not June Junebugs No. Yes. (6 Dads after a good fifteen minutes with the dog they were vociferously against getting Are you two friends? Yes Yes
Are you two friends? Yes Yes INTERNET Are you two friends? Animal Crossing DOOM Yes. Yes. Are you two friends? Yes. No.


Are you two friends? Yes. No. Are you two friends? Yes. No.

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