Evil X Be Like refers to an image macro trend that uses the catchphrase and phrasal template "Evil X Be Like." Meme creators primarily insert a well-known musician or other pop culture icon into the template, then, they change the bottom caption of the image macro to a well-known lyric or quote from that pop culture icon, making it "evil." The trend started on Facebook in September 2021 but saw the most amount of usage across iFunny going into October 2021.
On September 12th, 2021, Facebook page, Pains of Hell Wellness Clinic, posted an image using Impact font top and bottom captions reading, "Evil MLK Be Like / I Have A Nightmare." The meme (shown below) received roughly 3,700 reactions and 1,900 shares over the course of one month.
On September 14th, 2021, iFunny account @TriggerWarning reposted the MLK version of the meme, spreading it to additional platforms online. The post was featured on iFunny and received roughly 19,500 smiles over the course of 27 days.
On September 18th, Redditor JackieMations uploaded a new version of the meme (shown below) with a caption reading "Evil Frank Sinatra Be Like / That's Death" to the subreddit /r/OkBuddyRetard. The meme received 181 likes over the course of 23 days. On September 19th, iFunny account @okbuddyretardlol reposted jacobsonic123's meme. The meme was featured and received roughly 11,300 smiles over the course of 22 days.
More iFunny accounts began to follow the meme format in the days following. On September 21st, iFunny account @HannibalOfCarthagesGhost posted a Blue Oyster Cult version of the meme (shown below) which received 669 likes over the course of 20 days.
On October 9th, 2021, iFunny account @Sylvan posted a version of the meme with text reading, "Evil Beach Boys Be Like / Wouldn't It Be Horrible." The meme (shown below) was featured and received roughly 13,900 smiles over the course of two days.
The "Beach Boys" version of the meme was reposted to Twitter on October 9th, 2021, by Twitter account @bigottimerush. Their tweet received roughly 99,800 likes over the course of two days. It was also reposted to Instagram on October 9th, 2021, by Instagram account @grapejuiceboys, who received roughly 75,100 likes over the course of two days.
Finally, Upgrade refers a series of memes in which wizards and scientists discover upgraded versions of musical bands and cultural phenomena. Spawned by a viral meme in which a wizard discovers "Mambo No. 6," an upgraded version of "Mambo No. 5", the trend found a significant presence on Facebook in late February 2020. The format is a derivative of both Finally, Synthetic Watermelon snowclone and Foo Fighters vs. the Foo meme.