I Didn't Hear No Bell

I Didn't Hear No Bell

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I Didn't Hear No Bell refers to an image macro from the television show South Park. The line is spoken by Randy Marsh. It is used comedically to show when an already weakened individual or group is unwilling to give up in the face of overwhelming odds of failure. It is sometimes used with an image of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky instead, as the South Park line is a Rocky V reference. It is used similarly Oh I'm Sorry, I Thought This Was America (which also comes from the same South Park episode) and "I can do this all day," said by Captain America.


The line originally comes from Rocky V released in 1990. The line is uttered by Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone, as he rises to his feet to defeat an opponent.

On April 6th, 2005, an episode of South Park titled "The Losing Edge" aired on Comedy Central.[1] The episode features the South Park kids at a baseball game. During the final game, Randy Marsh, father of Stan Marsh, is cheering for the team and trash-talking the opposing team, at which points he starts fighting "Bat Dad," initially losing until finally saying the line 'I didn't hear no bell' and going on to defeat Bat Dad (shown below). The entire sequence is homage/parody of the Rocky V scene.


The first recorded use of the line and image as a meme was a moshpit meme posted by Nik Nocturnal to the Facebook page Memes of the Heavy Metal[2] on October 10th, 2018.

From there it has been used a great deal by r/Historymemes to comment upon underdogs in historic battles. For example, on January 3rd, 2020, Redditor cyrilkhourey-02[3] posted an example about Andrew Jackson, gaining over 500 points (shown below, left). On April 23rd, user The Cheerful Cynic posted a World War I variation, gaining over 300 points (shown below, right).[4]

Treaty of Ghent:*Ends the war if 1812* Andrew Jackson at the battle of New Orleans: A DIDN'T HEAR NO BELL Central Powers: "We conquered your entire country, that means you have to surrender." Serbia: COORS BIERD MPAL BASEBAL SICES COORS FIEL I didn't hear no bell

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Hitler: you've lost thousands of kilometers and we are 5 miles away from your capital and you have had hundreds of thousands of your soldiers killed or captured, surrender now or die! Stalin: COORS TIERD MMPALLA BAREBALSCES COORS FIELD - didn't hear bel HEY,"2020 America 2020 DIDN'T HEAR NO BELL Hey Broly I didn't hear no bell. Thomas A. Watson, October 9, 1876 HEAR U BELL COORS WIEED MPALA ASPAL SICES COORS FIELS THE REPRESHING imgflip.com The Red Army after losing over 1 million men at the Battle of Stalingrad COORS FIERD AMPA BASEBAL SH I didnt hear no bell. COORS FI When someone tries to conquer Russia from the West. COORS WIERD AMPA BASEBAL SH I didn'thear no bell. COORS FI

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External References

[1] IMDb – The Losing Edge

[2] Facebook – Bestmetalmemes666

[3] Reddit – /r/HistoryMemes

[4] Reddit – /r/historymemes

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