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I Can Fix Him / I Can Fix Her

Added • Updated 18 days ago

Added by Philipp • Updated 18 days ago by Philipp
Added by Philipp • Updated 18 days ago by Philipp

I Can Fix Him / I Can Fix Her
Category: Meme Status: Confirmed Year: 2019 Origin: Twitter Region: United States
Type: Parody, Catchphrase,
Tags: i can fix him, i could fix him, i can fix her, i could fix her,
I Can Fix Him / I Can Fix Her

About

I Could Fix Him or I Can Fix Him is a series of parody memes that reference the stereotypes about romantic preference for "bad boys" and abusive partners. In the memes, the phrase "I could fix him" is applied to a character that is clearly exhibiting psychopathic and dangerous behavior and is considered irredeemable. A female version of the phrase, I Can Fix Her, has also been used.

Origin

The trope is known as I Can Change My Beloved,[1] and describes a person's belief that they can correct the behavior of their romantic interest after entering a relationship with them. On December 5th, 2010, a TV Tropes page for the trope was created.

On February 10th, 2019, Twitter[2] user @mmadinab tweeted the earliest viral joke that parodied the trope (shown below). The tweet received over 2,100 retweets and 4,400 likes in two years.


madina @mmadinab "I CAn FiX hiM" okay bob the builder relax 10:12 AM · Feb 10, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone

Spread

On October 1st, 2019, Twitter user @okayslutty reposted @mmadinab's joke, with their tweet becoming viral and being spread through reposts[3][4] in the the following days. For example, an October 3rd repost by Instagram page humor received over 12,000 likes in two years.

On October 9th, 2019, one week following the premiere of the 2019 film Joker, Twitter user @TamiDaBushPilot tweeted a joke about "fixing" Joker, with their post[5] gaining over 4,900 retweets and 39,500 likes prior to being deleted (shown below). Screenshots of the tweet were widely circulated in the following months.


Tami @TamiDaBushPilot *watching the Joker movie* (under breath) ...i could fix him 18:40 · 09 Oct 19 · Twitter for Android 4,957 Retweets 39.5K Likes

Prior to popularity of the catchphrase in memes in May 2021, several viral version that used the phrase were posted on Twitter in 2020 and early 2021. For example, on April 19th, 2020, Twitter[6] user @JordanUhl posted a photograph of an anti-mask protestor, writing "I think I could fix her." The tweet received over 50 retweets and 3,100 likes in one year (shown below, left). On September 12th, 2020, Twitter[7] user @CosmonautMarcus made a joke about The Boys character Stormfront, with their post gaining over 300 retweets and 7,700 likes in one year (shown below, center).

On March 5th, 2021, Twitter[8] user @nectarina12 made a post that gained over 17,400 retweets and 223,100 likes (censored version shown below, right).


... GOAT @ldrinkh20 I think I could fix her jordan @JordanUhl · Apr 19, 2020 MY BODY 10:39 AM · Apr 19, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Cosmonaut Book Reader Marcus @CosmonautMarcus Okay but guys.listen . hink I could fix her %D 5:26 AM · Sep 12, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone necturnal omissions ... @nectarina12 I can fix him. Forispy hr DOUG HN DRIVE-THR SEATTLE POLICE 3:23 PM - Mar 5, 2021 - Twitter Web App RAPIDRIDE mRAPIDRIDE

More viral versions of the meme were posted in the following weeks (examples shown below). On April 11th, 2021, Tumblr[9] user teio made a post that gained over 59,300 likes and reblogs in two months (shown below, left). On April 19th, 2021, Twitter[10] user @lindseylouwho made a tweet that received over 7,600 retweets and 40,100 likes in two months (shown below, right).


i don't suffer from i could fix him disease. i think i could make him worse #.txt 59,365 notes Apr 11th, 2021 hellhimbo @lindseylouwho "i can fix him." that's cute. i can break him. i can leave him a shell of a man. 3:49 AM · Apr 19, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone

On May 1st, 2021, Twitter[11] user @kuroskiz posted a meme about Total Drama character Chris McLean (shown below, center) which received over 35,000 retweets and 262,300 likes, also spawning "i can fix him / him:" subformat.


angel HYUNJIN IS BACK @kuroskiz yall: i can fix him him: CRIMES Multiple attempted murders Manslaughter Physical and psychological abuse Endangerment Torture Pollution Animal cruelty Fraud Terrorism Snuff filming Property damages Enslavement Poaching Sabotage Arson 11:42 PM · May 1, 2021 · Twitter Web App

In May and June 2021, the catchphrase maintained active use in memes online, primarily on Twitter, being used both in jokes and in ironic memes featuring various characters.

Various Examples


shoe @shoeOnhead i can fix him Otuney4 @stay_there_ · May 29 Replying to @ChunkiestGoyf @kanon06 and 2 others OMNI MAN DID NOTHING WRONG HE'S HOT 3:10 PM · May 29, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone julianna @clairejill "i could fix her" well i could encourage her. i could be her human girlfriend who brings her men to kill whenever she wants' 5:08 PM · May 13, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone chai O @proyearner "i can fix him" trope "i can make him worse" trope 12:18 PM · May 22, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone
Danny Neary @itsdannyneary I can fix her. BGR BGR.com @BGR · Sep 11, 2017 Your future sex robot could be hacked and programmed to murder you bgr.co/7yYqmNh 2:39 PM · Jun 2, 2021 · Twitter Web App kristofer thomas @kristoferthomas i could fix her 1972 OLYMPICS EE 1:18 AM · May 24, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone john is toast @johnistoasted ... I could fix him 9:00 PM - May 21, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone Queen Kitten @Elanikitten "i could fix him" -j. Lo 9:55 AM - May 28, 2021 - Twitter for Android

Search Interest

External References

[1] TV Tropes – I Can Change My Beloved

[2] Twitter – @mmadinab

[3] Facebook – Relatable Indian

[4] Instagram – jumor

[5] 4plebs – /pol/ Thread #229819258

[6] Twitter – @ldrinkh20

[7] Twitter – @CosmonautMarcus

[8] Twitter – @nectarina12

[9] Tumblr – teio

[10] Twitter – @lindseylouwho

[11] Twitter – @kuroskiz



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