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Movie Titles in Movie Lines or He Didn't Say That refers to a series of memes in which a name of a movie or a video game is edited into the lines as if a character says it. Originating from a /tv/ thread, the trend gained significant popularity on Reddit, Facebook and Twitter in mid-October 2020.
On October 4th, 2020, an anonymous 4chan user started a /tv/ thread "Favorite movie lines," posting a still image of character Paul Allen from 2000 film American Psycho intentionally miscaptioned "Patrick, it's you!! You're the American Psycho?!!" In the same thread, another user replied "He didn't say that" (post and reply shown below, left), with other users ironically accusing him of not watching the movie and humorously gaslighting the user that the line was said. The thread received nearly 100 replies, with jokes similar to the original being posted by other users in the thread (example shown below, right).
Prior to the viral popularity of the meme in October 2020, the joke concept has been used both in memes and mainstream comedy. A 1997 sketch "Titular Line In Star Wars" by Upright Citizen Brigade is a notable example of the joke being used in popular culture.
Later on October 4th, 2020, Redditor BillCosbyFortnite posted a screenshot of the post together with the reply to /r/greentext subreddit, where it received over 1,100 upvotes in two weeks. More reposts of the screenshot were made in the following week on various social media.
The format did not see spread until on October 10th, Facebook page Nocturnal sleeping pattern 6 started posting memes in which the name of the film was edited into the lines of the movie (original author of the memes is currently unconfirmed). For example, a Taxi Driver meme using the joke received over 220 reactions and 270 shares in one week (shown below, left). A Pulp Fiction meme received over 210 reactions and 40 shares (shown below, right).
On October 12th, 2020, Redditor CamSeag reposted the Taxi Driver meme in /r/moviecirclejerk subreddit, where it received over 2,400 upvotes in one week, prompting the spread of the format in the community in the following days (example shown below, left). On October 13th, Twitter user @TheEpicDept reposted the Taxi Driver meme, gaining over 1,500 retweets and 16,200 likes in one week, with Twitter users replying with similar jokes (example shown below, center). Additionally, the meme received further spread on Facebook; for example, on October 11th, 2020, Facebook user Rusty Montgomery posted a Blade Runner joke that received over 440 reactions and nearly 30 shares in Blade Runner RepliPosting group (shown below, right).
On October 16th, 2020, Twitter user @Carzonfye reposted a No Country for Old Men meme previously posted in /r/moviecirclejerk, gaining over 2,200 retweets and 22,600 likes in three days. The tweet prompted viral spread of the format on Twitter in the following days, largely due to the efforts of novelty Twitter account @TitlesInMedia (Favorite movie lines), created on October 17th, 2020 for the purposes of collecting instances of the meme. The account accumulated over 42,000 followers in two days.
In the comment sections of the posts, users would often use the comment "He Didn't Say That" as a reference to the original thread reply.
 4chan – /tv/ Thread #140245384
 4chan – /tv/ Post #140245402
 4chan – /tv/ Post #140245487
 4chan – /tv/ Post #140245674
 Reddit – Real quote from American psycho
 Facebook – Nocturnal sleeping pattern 6
 Facebook – Nocturnal sleeping pattern 6
 Reddit – What is this some kinda Joker ripoff?
 Reddit – He said the title !
 Reddit – Adaptation
 Twitter – @TheEpicDept
 Facebook – Frank Alex
 Twitter – @Carzonfye
 Twitter – @TitlesInMedia
 YouTube – UCB – Titular Line In Star Wars
Oct 19, 2020 at 11:20AM EDT
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