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Sisyphus, or Sisyphos, is a character in ancient Greek mythology who was punished by Hades to push a large boulder up a hill every day for eternity because it would roll down to the bottom every time he completed the task. Metaphorically, the myth of Sisyphus represents everyday struggle akin to route and laborious tasks, sometimes referred to as Sisyphean Tasks. Memes of Sisyphus Pushing A Boulder became prominent on social media platforms and websites like Twitter, Reddit, 4chan, Instagram and TikTok, among others, going into the early 2020s, mostly due to Sisyphus' plight being relatable to many in the modern era. Additionally, the drastic nature of Sisyphus' punishment was subverted by satirical memes that labeled his task with objectively less laborious tasks.


In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was the king and founder of the city-state Ephyra. According to legend, he angered Zeus when he told the river god Asopus that Zeus had carried off his daughter Aegina. Zeus sent Death (also known by the name Thanatos) to carry Sisyphus off. When he was to be chained up by Thanatos, Sisyphus tricked him into demonstarting how the chains worked and chained Thanatos instead, leading to no mortals on Earth dying during that time. Eventually, Ares freed Thanatos and handed Sisyphus over to him, resulting in Sisyphus' eventual death.[1]

After he died, Sisyphus went to the underworld where he was punished by Hades with an endless task. As stated in Homer's The Odyssey:[2]

And I saw Sisyphus at his endless task raising his prodigious stone with both his hands. With hands and feet he tried to roll it up to the top of the hill, but always, just before he could roll it over on to the other side, its weight would be too much for him, and the pitiless stone would come thundering down again on to the plain. Then he would begin trying to push it up hill again, and the sweat ran off him and the steam rose after him.


In memes and online history, the first known meme about Sisyphus was uploaded to the Know Your Meme[3] website on November 20th, 2011, by KYM user Olex Xelo. The meme was a play on the "They see me rollin'" meme, essentially satirizing Sisyphus' task with the unserious caption (shown below). Despite its 2011 upload, variants of the same Sisyphus meme with the "They see me rollin'" concept were uploaded as early as 2009.[4]

SISYPHUS They saw him rolling

In 2014, a currently unknown meme creator made a Sisyphus drawing that replaced his face with Feels and the boulder with the Feels Bad Man version of Pepe the Frog (shown below, left). Currently, the image's first known posting was on May 24th, 2014, appearing on 4chan's[5] /sp/ board. It was used various times on 4chan going into the 2010s, such as on October 11th, 2015, when it was used by an anon on the /fit/[6] board who also referenced Sisyphus in the greentext (shown below, right).

1408190150501.jpg, 112KiB, 764x938 Anonymous Sun 11 Oct 2015 05:39:15 No.34496076 Quoted By: >>34496115 >>34496120 >>34496056 oh and >i'm sure other guys are making her c-- by now >she's probably never thinks of me >disable text notification month ago >was begging her to talk to me >if i look at these messages and there's something, or there's nothing i'm sure it will put me into a tailspin of depression and begging >if she cared she would have called me once >give people a google voice number now >will probably just get a new phone so i don't have to open my texts >tomorrow's my birthday and i'll be alone >sisyphus is not happy with his task >health and fitness

Similar Wojak characters made to look like Sisyphus surfaced online in the 2010s.[7][8] In the 2020s, Sisyphus spread elsewhere online. For instance, on May 25th, 2020, the Twitter[9] page analytical_shit posted an "Are you winning, son?" meme about Sisyphus, earning roughly 3,600 likes in one year (shown below, top). On June 19th, 2020, Twitter[10] user jakebrodes tweeted a similar meme, additionally referencing the "Wait, it's all Ohio?" template. The meme received roughly 21,200 likes in three years (shown below, bottom).

ARE YA WINNING, SON? Always has been SON Wait it's all Pain?

Sisyphus Puns

Sisyphus Puns, also known as Greek Mythology Puns or I Had A Joke About Sisyphus, refers to a series of tweets made in mid-August 2021 in which users make puns and jokes about characters from Greek mythology, with a particular focus on Sisyphus. The puns stemmed from a July 31st Tweet, and often follow a snowclone format reading, "I had a joke about X, but…"

Sisyphus is Happy TikTok / TikToker @awakenatlas

On January 29th, 2023, TikToker[11] awakenatlas posted a video in which they claimed, "We're kind of missing the point of the Sisyphus myth. He gets stronger." They went on to claim that Sisyphus' punishment could be interpreted as a reward, meaning that his task is a symbol of daily routine that one should find beauty in. Over the course of four days, the video received roughly 191,900 plays and 19,800 likes. The video went more viral when it was tweeted about by Twitter[12] user seungylee14 on January 31st, 2023, who wrote:

gm to the tiktok lady who said the myth of Sisyphus is about the value of having a good daily routine and that Sisyphus is happy because he is getting more swole every time he pushes the boulder up. my brain gets hot like an old laptop thinking about it

The tweet received roughly 90,500 likes in two days. Then, later on January 31st, 2023, Twitter[13] user Money__Doug quote retweeted seungylee14 with a repost of the TikTok video, gaining roughly 980,000 views and 28,600 likes in two days (shown below).

Thereafter, multiple Twitter users levied criticisms against TikToker awakenatlas' take on Sisyphus, such as Twitter[14] user tallntran on February 1st, 2023, who stated:

there is a sick kind of humor in modern people not seeing what's so horrifying about sisyphus being forced to perform a task that he can never complete, every day, for all time. what was once a punishment from the gods is now a 9 to 5

The tweet received roughly 88,800 likes in one day (shown below, left). Also on February 1st, 2023, Twitter[15] user katamaridumassy posted a drawing of Sisyphus with a speech bubble portraying his ecstasy about pushing the boulder, gaining roughly 6,000 likes in one day (shown below, right).

rhena @tallntran there is a sick kind of humor in modern people not seeing what's so horrifying about sisyphus being forced to perform a task that he can never complete, every day, for all time. what was once a punishment from the gods is now a 9 to 5 11:00 AM - Feb 1, 2023 1.7M Views ● 12.3K Retweets 401 Quote Tweets ●●● 88.7K Likes YES... HA HA HA... YES!

One Must Imagine Sisyphus Happy

One Must Imagine Sisyphus Happy is the concluding sentence of Albert Camus' essay The Myth of Sisyphus. In July 2023, the quote became popularized on TikTok alongside a series of video memes where users overlay images of Sisyphus rolling the boulder over clips from video games, TV shows and other pieces of media that are comparable to the myth of Sisyphus, often in a comedic way. The memes are often set to the song "Me and the Birds" by Duster.

Various Examples

ZEUS! I HAVE PUSHED THIS STONE UPHILL FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS ONLY FOR IT TO ROLL BACK DOWN! WHY DO YOU PUNISH ME SO? HELP YOU GET SHREDDED BRO! LOOK AT THOSE MUSCLES! @SKELETON-CLAW ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE SUFFERED GREATLY, THIS IS NOT MEANT AS PUNISHMENT, BUT RATHER TO HELP YOU... YOU CAN STOP IF YOU LIKE I'M GOOD SKELETONCLAW.COM hmm today . willroll ä boulder up a hil foral of etenty as punishment Sisyphus Trolley Problem The lever only changes the course of the track for 5 seconds, before switching back to the first path, where it will kill 5 people. You must keep pulling the lever in order to save these people (neither you nor the captives need to sleep or eat coz this is a greek myth or something). There is noone else nearby, and no way of leaving or reaching help. Do you keep pulling the lever in the hope that somehow these circumstances will change, or do you decide that this is an inherently futile act and that to keep all of you in this state of imprisoned limbo for all eternity was more cruel than death? Camus: One must imagine Sisyphus happy. Sisyphus: F--- this F--- this rock F--- you Camus I'm not һаpрy F--- this mountain I just wanna die F--- the gods SUSSYTHUS 0. "Listen to me sisyphus you must roll a boulder uphill for eternity as punishment for your greed and deceitful nature The trickster Sisyphus exhausted after the boulder rolls to the bottom of the hill yet again:

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External References

[1] Google Books – Classical Mythology

[2] Tufts EDU – Homer's The Odyssey

[3] Know Your Meme – Image #203,119

[4] Blogspot (via Wayback Machine) – elborak

[5] 4chan (via 4plebs) – /sp/

[6] 4chan (via desuarchive) – /fit/

[7] Know Your Meme – Sisyphus Feels

[8] Know Your Meme – Imaging Wojak Happy

[9] Twitter – @analytical_shit

[10] Twitter – @jakebrodes

[11] TikTok – @awakenatlas

[12] Twitter – @seungylee14

[13] Twitter – @Money__Doug

[14] Twitter – @tallntran

[15] Twitter – @katamaridumassy

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