Childhood Enhanced

Childhood Enhanced

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"Childhood Enhanced" is an expression used to describe characters from children’s fiction that have been updated for mature audiences, which is often seen as a positive spin on the Ruined Childhood meme.


The earliest known use of the phrase online can be found in a post titled “Childhood Ruined or Enhanced?” submitted by user QuadLife to the Internet humor site FunnyJunk[8] on August 26th, 2010. The post featured an adult-oriented alternate universe illustration of creatures from the Pokemon franchise (shown below).

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES I think ljust fucked your's over


On June 28th, 2011, FunnyJunk[4] user cunthearyou submitted a post titled “Childhood Enhanced,” featuring a photograph of the pop singer Katy Perry wearing a white sequin dress with a picture of the character Smurfette from the children’s animated television show The Smurfs on the front (shown below).

IN3D SONY make.believe JULY 29 lieve aD ULY 29 SONY make.believe JULY 2 SONY make.believe IN3D JULY 29 WENN

On June 5th, 2012, Tumblr user J-Rey-Baltazar[5] reblogged a set of animated GIFs from the animated Disney film Aladdin edited with mature-themed captions, adding the description "Childhood enhanced!" (shown below). Within the next 10 months, the post received upwards of 80,100 notes.

She got this ass.. that just. and her tits.. wow and her head game. Childhood enhanced!!I LOL

On December 25th, Redditor Lomango submitted a post titled “Childhood Enhanced” to the /r/funny[3] subreddit, featuring a Calvin and Hobbes comic illustration in which the character Calvin asks his stuffed animal tiger to “maul a motherfucker” (shown below, left). In the first four months, the post received over 260 up votes. On March 6th, 2013, Redditor Rsproule23 submitted a adult-themed illustration inspired by the children’s folk tale "Little Red Riding Hood" (shown below, right) to the /r/WTF[9] subreddit, to which LeWildRedditor replied “childhood enhanced.” Within the next month, the post received upwards of 110 up votes and 20 comments.

Hobbes, I need you to maul a motherfucker

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[1] Tumblr – Fuck Yeah Childhood TV

[2] Reddit – Childhood FUCK YEAH

[3] Reddit – Childhood Enhanced

[4] FunnyJunk – childhood enhanced

[5] Tumblr – J-Rey-Baltazar (unavailable)

[6] Imgur – childhood ruined

[7] (via Wayback Machine) – Futurama Fry is not sure

[8] FunnyJunk – Childhood Ruined or Enhanced

[9] Reddit – Childhood ruined

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