He Could Be Any One of Us

He Could Be Any One of Us

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About

"He Could Be Any One of Us," sometimes misquoted as "It Could Be Any One of Us", is a memorable quote said by character Spy in the "Meet the Spy" Team Fortress 2 animated short. Starting in October 2018, a still image of Spy paired with the quote gained popularity as an image macro.

Origin

On May 18th, 2009, Team Fortress 2 developer Valve uploaded a "Meet the Spy" animated short for the Spy class.[1] The video received over 29.3 million views in ten years (shown below). In one scene of the video, Blue Spy tells Blue Scout, Blue Soldier and Blue Heavy that Red Spy has infiltrated their base and that he could be any one of them.



And worst of all, he could be any one of us. He could be in this very room! He could be you! He could be me! He could even be…

On August 15th, 2015, YouTuber crazyhalo posted an Unexpected John Cena SFM meme based on the cinematic.[6] The video received over 1.4 million views in four years.



On October 14th, 2018, Redditor Normified posted the first known meme based on the still image from the cinematic paired with the quote.[2] The post received over 19,700 upvotes in /r/dankmemes subreddit in six months (shown below).


When your teacher says everyone did good on the test except one person who got a 37% And worst of all, it could be any one of us!

Spread

Starting in mid-October 2018, the format received spread in major meme communities on Reddit such as /r/dankmemes and /r/memes. For example, an October 14th post by Redditor Awesomewithaz in /r/dankchristianmemes received over 490 upvotes in six months (shown below, left).[3] An October 28th post by Redditor Lazer-Ninja in /r/dankmemes gained over 19,300 upvotes (shown below, right).[4]


Jesus: *at the last supper* "One of you 12 will betray me soon" Judas: And worst of all, itcould be any one of us! Elon Musk could be hiding anywhere on this subreddit And worst of all, it could be any one of us!

On December 7th, 2018, Redditor Ta1kativ posted an alternative macro captioned "he could be any one of us," with the post receiving over 11,500 upvotes.[5] In the following months, this variation gained the higher popularity compared to the original version (example shown below, right).


Front Office: calls* Teacher: "yea. I'll send him down" Students: he could be any one of us Ben Dover There are 4 people in the U.S. named Ben Dover. he could beany one of us

In the following year, the format maintained moderate popularity on Reddit.

Various Examples


This whole sub knowing that the naruto runner is lurking on this sub right now He could be any one of us. CAMERA MAN: ARE YOU PRETTY FAMOUS ON SOCIAL MEDIA? is.com GABBIE: NO.. NOT ON INSTAGRAM BUT I HAVE ALOT OF FOLLOWERS ON REDDIT Girls.co She could be any one of us. There are 1 or fewer people in the U.S. named Shrek. he coud be any one of us Made in MsPaint
Grkmeulbgoieajhf Yugmndzwtvhxmcup There are 1 or fewer people in the U.S. named Grkmeulbgoieajhf| Yugmndzwtvhxmcup. he could be any one of us When your playing kahoot and someone doesn't answer the question just to waste time And worst of all, it could be any one of us! When there is spy on enemy team And worst of all, it could be any one of us!

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And worst of all, it could be any one of us! he could be any one of us

Search Interest

External References

[1] YouTube – Meet the Spy

[2] Reddit – It was me

[3] Reddit – Meet the Betrayer

[4] Reddit – TRUST NO ONE

[5] Reddit – he could be any one of us

[6] YouTube – He could be in this very room&

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