*Dies From Cringe*
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Dies From Cringe, also known as Dies Of Cringe, refers to a series of reaction images with a character sprawling as if they've died after seeing something deeply embarrassing, aka cringeworthy.
On December 18th, 2017, Urban Dictionary user Hi, I'm Steve added a definition of "dies of cringe" to the site that explained "To see or hear something, so f*cking cringy you die." (shown below).
The catchphrase didn't gain popularity until early 2021. On March 15th, 2021, Tenor user amareloPvP uploaded a GIF using a character from Killer Bean fainting with the caption "dies from cringe" (shown below).
Starting that day, the GIF began seeing use as a reaction on social media. Variations soon followed on Tenor. For example, on August 21st, 2021, Tenor user RocketMan341 uploaded an edit by using the character Aether from Genshin Impact (shown below, left). On January 28th, 2022, Tenor user MroddMEMES uploaded similar edit by using the character SpongeBob from SpongeBob SquarePants (shown below, right).
On June 25th, 2021, TikTok user @this.is.fvcking.cringe uploaded a video using the Killer Bean version as a reaction. The video received more than 249,000 views in one year (shown below, left). On June 27th, 2021, TikTok user @_.hawii uploaded an edit that received more than 4 million views in one year (shown below, right).
On June 23rd, 2021, YouTube user TrackingLuis uploaded an edit titled "Dies of Cringe Meme" that received more than 188,000 views in one year (shown below, left). On December 12th, 2021, YouTube user manlikeisaac uploaded a Shorts video that received more than 1.6 million views in one year (shown below, right).
 Urban Dictionary – Dies of Cringe
 Tenor – Dies Of Cringe Cringe GIF
 Tenor – Aether Dies From Cringe GIF
 Tenor – Dies From Cringe GIF
 TikTok – #diesfromcringe
 TikTok – my first vid
 YouTube – Dies of cringe Meme
 YouTube – dies of cringe 💀
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