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Ruined Childhood

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Ruined Childhood
Category: Meme Status: Confirmed Year: 2001 Origin: Star Wars Region:
Tags: image macro, childhood, ruined, slang, nostalgia, rule 34, online nostalgia, star wars, peter jackson, george lucas, photoshop phriday, rugrats, simpsons, pokemon,

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Ruined Childhood
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rage comic about playing old Pokemon games and realizing Muk is cum spelled backwards


Ruined Childhood is a slang term used to describe a nostalgic subject that has been marred by a new discovery or an implication of suggestive nature, either in the image or video itself as well as comments. To a lesser extent, the term can be also used to describe a fan's disappointing reception of a highly anticipated sequel to a classic work. This concept can be applied to almost anything with nostalgic value including toys, cartoons, movies, and games. However, it should NOT be confused with Rule 34 which is the act of simply making something pornographic.


The phrase was used online as early as December 2001 in a petition[1] to have George Lucas hand over his position of director on the third Star Wars prequel film to Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings movie franchise. This campaign was launched in response to Lucas allegedly “ruining” the fans' childhood memories of the Star Wars through his prequel works, which were met by poor reception upon releases. The petition received 7487 signatures.

The next year, the phrase "ruined childhood" was used on Something Awful[5] to describe a Photoshop Phriday contest in which users changed titles of classic literature and comics into sexual innuendos, attempting to change how people thought of the content, similar to One Letter Off Movie Posters.

Classics Illustrated cover of Rip Van Winkle with the title changed to Dead Hobo Tales cover of Moby Dick comic with the title changed to Giant Phallic Symbol


The phrase appeared again in reference to the Star Wars prequels in 2003 when a user on the Star Wars Community forums[2] started a thread titled "Raped childhood support group" for people to share their disappointment after seeing The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. "Raped childhood" was first defined on Urban Dictionary[3] on October 11th, 2004, again with a Star Wars mention. In 2009, the phrase was used in reference to Power Rangers[11] and Back to the Future.[12] It also has been used to describe alternate theories about the universes of Pokemon[6] and Rugrats.[7]

dark theory about Rugrats being a fantasy fabricated in Angelica's mind

On October 27th, 2011, the single topic blog Ruined Childhood[13] was created, pairing images of nostalgic television shows including the Simpsons and Rugrats with rap lyrics. As of March 2012, the blog has over 53,000 followers. These types of images can be found on the Tumblr tags for "raped childhood"[9] and "ruined childhood."[10]

gif of Tommy and Chuckie looking intoxicated pic of Wakko from Animaniacs pushing bitches out of the way robot from Power Rangers surrounded by hoes

On January 24, 2011, humor site Cracked[8] compiled 17 photos that appeared whimsical to a child with their behind-the-scenes counterparts, spoiling the magic of several famous movie scenes and television setups.

behind the screen picture of Star Wars characters behind the screen picture of Sesame Street characters

In Mainstream Media

In October 2008, South Park referenced the phrase in the episode The China Probrem[4], depicting George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg raping a Stormtrooper and Indiana Jones, respectively.

Notable Photos

LINES 001 TOP o10000 A-TYPE SCORE 000268 189 hand slap.con 003 NEXT LEVEL 04 002 9GAG.C raiduuuuu Didn't look like a blowjotb when i was a kid

Notable Videos

Search Interest

Search interest peaked slightly in February 2011, hitting an all-time high in January 2012.

External References

[1] Petition Online (via Wayback Machine) – Peter Jackson to Write and Direct Star Wars Episode III

[2] Star Wars Community – Raped childhood support group

[3] Urban Dictionary – definition for "Raped My Childhood"

[4] South Park Wiki – The China Probrem

[5] SomethingAwful – Classic Comics

[6] The Journal of Cartoon Overanalyzations – Comment about ruined childhood

[7] FunnyJunk – Ruined Childhood (page has been deleted)

[8] Cracked – 17 Images That Will Ruin Your Childhood

[9] Tumblr – Posts tagged "raped childhood"

[10] Tumblr – Posts tagged "ruined childhood"

[11] Vocaforum (via Wayback Machine) – My raped childhood

[12] Cracked – The Hoverboard Lie: How Back to the Future Ruined Childhood

[13] Ruined Childhood – Home

Tags: image macro, childhood, ruined, slang, nostalgia, rule 34, online nostalgia, star wars, peter jackson, george lucas, photoshop phriday, rugrats, simpsons, pokemon,