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Patrick Bateman Walking or Patrick Bateman Listens to Music refers to a series of edits based on a scene from the 2000 film American Psycho in which main character Patrick Bateman walks into his office in his headphones listening to "Walking on Sunshine." In the edits, various songs are edited in, with Bateman representing the Chad meme archetype.
In February 2021, the meme regained popularity as Patrick Bateman Walking in Video Games, with users editing the walking Bateman into various games.
On April 14th, 2000, psychological thriller American Psycho premiered in the United States. In one scene of the film, main protagonist Patrick Bateman is shown walking into his office wearing headphones and listening to "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves (scene shown below).
On December 5th, 2020, iFunny user AlmightySpartan replaced the audio in the clip with "Peroxide" by Ecco2k. The post gained over 1,300 smiles in four days (shown below).
Starting on December 6th, 2020, multiple iFunny users created similar edits based on the video. For example, on that day iFunny user mudderbudder posted an LISA – "Crossing Field" version of the meme that received over 270 smiles (shown below, left). On the same day, iFunny users Arminivs and PartytimeChump posted edits that received over 800 and 600 smiles, respectively (shown below, center and right).
Starting on December 6th, 2020, Instagram account repostrandy started reposting memes to the platform. For example, an edit set to Among Us (Trap Remix) received over 76,500 views and 21,200 likes in three days. A version set to "I Got Skills" by DJ Suede The Remix God received over 33,000 views and 8,400 likes in two days.
Patrick Bateman Walking in Video Games
On February 7th, 2021, TikTok user gold.in.the.gutter posted a Chug Jug With You edit of the meme that received over one million views and 201,000 likes in two weeks (shown below). The same idea was used by YouTuber pipsi a month prior.
In the following days, the meme received viral spread on social media; for example, om February 9th, 2021, content creator IGotSilver reposted the video on their backup Instagram channel. Also on February 9th, YouTube and Instagram user YourBoyBrad remade the meme, gaining over 34,000 views on YouTube and 5,100 views on Instagram.
Starting on February 12th, iGotSilver posted a series of edits in which he edited Bateman into various video games, including Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Galaxy, Grand Theft Auto IV, Fallout: New Vegas and Rocket League (examples shown below). The first video in the series, a Mario Kart Wii edit, received over 62,100 views on Instagram and 30,400 views on Twitter.
Following the viral spread of IGotSilver's edits, the format gained popularity among users on Twitter, Instagram and in VK community MemeBlog. For example, on February 14th, 2021, content creator @conkface posted a Half-Life edit that received over 5,900 retweets and 26,500 likes (shown below).
— conk (@conkface) February 14, 2021
February 16, 2021
best soundtrack for sure pic.twitter.com/hetkon2MFB— MK Online (@TheMassiveMK) February 18, 2021
 Wikipedia – American Psycho
 iFunny – AlmightySpartan
 iFunny – mudderbudder
 iFunny – PartytimeChump
 Instagram – repostrandy
 Instagram – repostrandy
 TikTok – @gold.in.the.gutter
 Instagram – yotengoplata
 YouTube – American Psycho Patrick Bateman Walking to American Boy Fortnite Parody
 Instagram – youtboybrad_tv
 Twitter – @IGotSilver
 Instagram – igotsilver
 YouTube – the community college vibist
Dec 10, 2020 at 01:07PM EST
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