IDK I've Never

IDK I've Never

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Updated Jul 30, 2020 at 03:46AM EDT by Philipp.

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About

IDK I've Never and IDK I Haven't refer to a series of snowclone memes in which an uneducated guess is made about the plot of books, films and video games based solely on their name, with the author of the meme then admitting that they have never read, seen or played it. The memes gained notable popularity on Twitter in February 2020, also spreading to TikTok.

Origin

On April 28th, 2019, an unknown twitter user posted the earliest known "IDK I've Never" joke,[11] writing "the justice league after they save winterfell from thanos or something idk I've never seen star wars" and attaching a still image of a dancing K-Pop band (shown below). Not entirely following the format in the sense that it did not draw the punchline from the name of the series, the tweet received over 6,400 retweets and 18,900 likes prior to being deleted.


the justice league after they save winterfell from thanos or something idk I've never seen star wars 1.3M views · From everglow pics 1:55 PM · 4/28/19 · Twitter for Android

On November 8th, 2019, Twitter[1] user @pqrasite made the earliest known "IDK I've Never" joke based on an uneducated guess about the plot of the 2019 South Korean film Parasite (shown below). The tweet received over 60 retweets and 930 likes in five months.

On December 28th, 2019, @pqrasite[2] posted a similar joke about the 2019 film Little Women based on a fish pedicure video posted by TikTok[3] user @sumeetsigdel5 (shown below). The tweet gained over 20 retweets and 340 likes in three months.

The meme format did not see viral spread until on February 22nd, 2020, Twitter[4] user @thclighthousc coiped @pqrasite's post, gaining over 610 retweets and 5,200 likes in two months.

Spread

Starting on February 23rd, 2020, multiple users on Twitter posted jokes about various films based on the format. For example, a February 23rd joke about Star Wars by Twitter[5] user @jedimulaney received over 380 retweets and 2,500 likes. A same-day Uncut Gems meme by Twitter[6] user @strlordx received over 290 retweets and 3,800 likes (shown below), with a significant number of memes being posted between February 23rd and 25th.

On March 2nd, 2020, Twitter[7] user @chirithee posted a Dancing Triangle meme about The Magnus Archives podcast, gaining over 890 retweets and 2,200 likes in one month and reigniting the popularity of the format (shown below). In the following days, multiple users on Twitter posted memes which utilized the Dancing Triangle "Lose Control" clip; for example, a meme about Mother 3 video game by Twitter[8] user @libbec_received over 970 retweets and 3,900 likes in one month. A March 13th, 2020, Animal Crossing meme by @rice_deity[9] received over 836,200 views, 30,500 retweets and 95,300 likes in one month.

In the following month, the format maintained notable popularity on Twitter, with more humorous clips being used as punchlines. On March 14th, 2020, TikTok user @divine.spark[10] copied @rice_deity's meme, with the meme format spreading on the app in the following weeks.

Dancing Triangle

Dancing Triangle, also known as Triangulo Bailando, is a computer-generated animation of an anthropomorphic "triforce" triangle from the animated fan-made Legend of Zelda web series The Legend of Zelda: The Light of Courage. Starting in June 2018, the clip gained popularity in memes in which people set the looped animation to different songs. In 2020, the animation, usually paired with "Lose Control" by Missy Elliott, saw a surge in use following a series of viral Twitter and TikTok posts.

Various Examples

https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6809500364396711174
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6809811998562471173
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6809397770810592517


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External References

[1] Twitter – @pqrasite

[2] Twitter – @pqrasite

[3] TikTok – @sumeetsigdel5

[4] Twitter – @thclighthousc

[5] Twitter – @jedimulaney

[6] Twitter – @strlordx

[7] Twitter – @chirithee

[8] Twitter – @libbec_

[9] Twitter – @rice_deity

[10] TikTok – @divine.spark

[11] Reddit – i’ve never seen star wars!!!1! anyway stan kpop

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