Hiding From a Serial Killer

Hiding From a Serial Killer

Updated Nov 13, 2019 at 02:16PM EST by Philipp.

Added Mar 14, 2017 at 11:18AM EDT by Don.

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Hiding From a Serial Killer is an image macro series featuring a photograph of a man in his underwear hiding behind a closet door. The images are typically captioned with mock interactions in which a person trying to hide from a serial killer is tricked into giving away their location in a variety of humorous ways. In 2019, a variation which used an "armed robber" instead of a serial killer grew popular on Twitter.

Additionally, "Hiding From a Serial Killer" refers to a comic by Filipino comic artist Nazzquipit based on the joke. Starting in December 2017, the comic has been used for memes based on the joke.


On December 14th, 2016, Twitter user @tylercoleray[1] tweeted a mock dialogue in which he accidentally replies with the lyrics to "Rain Drop Drop Top" while being hunted by a serial killer (shown below). Within three months, the tweet gained over 2,600 likes and 1,500 retweets.

Tyler @tylercoleray hiding from a serial killer* Me: omg I'm gonna die if he finds me Killer: raindrop e. RETWEETS LIKES 1,501 2,684 11:29 AM - 14 Dec 2016


That same day, Twitter user @ItsKermit[7] reposted @tylercoleray's tweet. On December 23rd, 2016, Instagram user thefunnyintrovery[5] posted a photograph of a man hiding in a closet captioned with @tylercoleray's tweet (shown below). Within three months, the post garnered more than 18,800 likes and 670 comments.

*hiding from a serial killer* Me: omg l'm gonna die if he finds me Killer: raindrop Me: DROPTOP

On March 12th, 2017, Redditor Berwve submitted a post titled "Hiding from serial killer memes on the rise!" to /r/memeeconomy,[2] highlighting an image macro in which the man accidentally replies "Trivago" when the serial killer asks "Hotel?" (shown below, let). That same day, Redditor unixstickers uploaded a Linux operating system-themed image macro to /r/linuxmemes.[3]

*hiding from a serial killer* Me: omg l'm gonna die if he finds me Killer: Hotel? Me: Trivago S--- hiding from a serial killer Me: If I stay quiet, he won't find me Killer: Best operating system is Linux Me: GNU/Linux IT'S FOSS

On March 12th, the 9gag Instagram[4] feed posted a photograph of a woman hiding in a library, who is tricked into revealing her location by singing along to "All Star" (shown below). Within 48 hours, the post gained over 415,000 likes.

"hiding from a serial killer* Me: OMG I'm gonna die if he finds me Killer: some Me: body once told me

Comic Version

On December 27th, 2017, Filipino comic artist Nazzquipit posted a four-panel comic comic based on Facebook. The post received over 16,000 reactions and 8,600 shares in two years (shown below).[11]

COCONUT!!! Nesfruta buko why not... Nazzquipit

In the following days, users on Facebook re-edited the speech bubbles in the comic in the vein of Hiding From a Serial Killer jokes, with the format also spreading to Twitter and Reddit. For example, a January 4th, 2018, post by Redditor LuxDivina in /r/Xenoblade_Chronicles subreddit received over 400 upvotes in six months (shown below, left).[12] A June 18th, 2018, post by Redditor Glassbil123 in /r/PrequelMemes gained over 3,800 upvotes in six months (shown below, center).[13]

THINK YOU CAN DON'T FORGET ME! TAKE ME?! |Nazzquipit ? NOT TO ME Am i expendable? Td just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX. Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project. There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux" distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux. Tuse Linux

Armed Robber

In August of 2019, a variation on the meme grew popular on Twitter, this time showing people highlighting from an armed robber. These variations did not include a reaction image as the "serial killer" edits did. The resurgence started with an August 26th tweet from @real_jaeflex[9] that gained over 8,000 retweets and 20,000 likes (shown below).

w Your Uncle From Kaduna. @Real jaeflex Me* hiding under the bed* Armed robber: Me: Armed Robber: Me: Armed Robber: Brown Skin Girl Me: YOUR SKIN JUST LIKE PEARLLLLLLLL!!! 1:56 AM Aug 26, 2019 Twitter for iPhone

This led others to adopt the same format in their own variations. Other popular tweets include tweets by @MCMVIII (shown below, left), @amaditalks (shown below, middle), and @bkerogers (shown below, right). The jokes were covered by Daily Dot.[10]

MildSauce @MCMVII Me, African American over 30, hiding under bed: Armed robber: Me: Armed robber: *plays Return of the Mack* Me: YOU LIED TO MEEH Mx. Amadi @amaditalks Me, aging femme planning her commune hiding under the bed: Armed robber: Me: Armed robber: Thank you for being a friend Me: TRAVELED DOWN A ROAD AND BACK AGAIN well damn Brooke Rogers @bkerogers Me, a basic millennial hiding under the bed: Armed robber: Me: Armed robber: Comin' outta my cage Me: AND I'VE BEEN DOING JUST FINE

Various Examples

hiding from a serial killer me:omg I am gonna die if he finds me. killer: Valar Morghulis. me: Valar Dohaeris. IG/gaemofthrones *hiding from a serial killer* Me: omg I'm gonna die if he finds me Killer: like a bloody storm Me: ATSUKU LIKE A BLOODY STONE *Hiding from a serial killer* Modi: I am gonna die if he finds me Killer: World Tour Modi: Kidhar bababc Oh s--- hiding from josuke kira: s--- ! hes going to find me Josuke: sheer heart attack has a weakness kira: SHEER HEART ATTACK HAS NO WEAKNESS!! kira: The RX570 is better! Ojustgot this 1050ti asagit Im gonna let it shine This little light of mine @dank jesus memes


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