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Thanos is a Marvel Comics supervillain known for battling against various superhero teams, including the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four and X-Men. The character gained much notoriety online for his role in the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War.


In February 1973, Thanos first appeared in an issue of the comic The Invincible Iron Man (shown below). The supervillain was featured in various other comics and storylines in various Marvel comics over the next several decades, with his origin being revealed in a miniseries titled Thanos Rising in April 2013.

panel from the Iron Man comic showing Thanos introducing himself


In the Marvel comics[1], Thanos is revealed to have come from Saturn's moon Titan and has the Deviants gene. After becoming interested in nihilism and death as a teenager, Thanos gained strength and powers using scientific knowledge as an adult. In an attempt to impress his love interest Mistress Death, Thanos killed millions of his own race on Titan in a nuclear attack. In later stories, Thanos attempts to gain more power by securing powerful objects like the Cosmic Cube and the Infinity Gems.

Among his various powers, Thanos possesses superhuman strength and is frequently depicted as nearly immortal and invulnerable.


Thanos Edits

Thanos Edits refers to a series of photoshopped images and image macros mocking the design of Thanos in the Marvel film Avengers: Infinity War.

Thanos as Homer Simpson

Thanos Snap / I Don't Feel So Good

Thanos Snap / I Don't Feel So Good is a series of jokes and photoshopped images referencing Thanos snapping his fingers and disintegrating half of the population of the universe.

principal Skinner from the Simpsons with the disintegration effect

Google Easter Egg

Along with the release of Avengers: End Game on April 26th, 2019, Google added an Easter egg to their search, which would run an animation showing search results disintegrating after clicking the Infinity Gauntlet displayed on the search results page for "Thanos" (shown below).

Thanos Car

Thanos Car refers to an image of a modified, purple pickup truck which some say resembles the face of Thanos (shown below).

picture of a purple truck that resembles Thanos


Thanoscopter is a yellow helicopter with the word THANOS displayed on its tail, piloted by Thanos in two issues of Marvels comics. The panels of the comics gained notoriety following the release of Marvel's Avengers franchise, with Thanoscopter later appearing in fan art, memes and online petitions.

comic panel of Thanos piloting the Thanoscopter

Thanos Did Nothing Wrong

"Thanos Did Nothing Wrong" is a phrase used in memes and online discussion about the actions of Thanos in the film Avengers: Infinity War, absolving him of any ethical violations. The phrase is based on the meme catchphrase "Hitler Did Nothing Wrong".

stylized logo with the text Thanos did nothing wrong

Perfectly Balanced

Perfectly Balanced refers to a quote uttered by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, which has frequently been used in memes about the film and is often paired with images showing a 50/50 split.

Perfectly balanced. ...As all things should be

Let Me Guess, Your Home?

Let Me Guess, Your Home? refers to a scene in Avengers Infinity War in which Doctor Strange asks Thanos, "Let me guess, your home," and Thanos responds "It was… and it was beautiful." Screencaps from the scene have been used as an exploitable, with edits featuring various humorous backgrounds behind Thanos as he says "and it was beautiful."

scene of Thanos showing Doctor Strange his home depicted as a common windows background

Thanos Completes the Gauntlet

Thanos Completes the Gauntlet refers to a series of object-labeled image macros that show the Marvel supervillain character Thanos completing the Infinity Gauntlet, giving him immense power in the film Avengers: Infinity War.

Thanos completing the Infinity Gauntlet

What Did it Cost? Everything

What Did It Cost? Everything refers to an exploitable object labeling series of image macros taken from a scene in Avengers: Infinity War in which young Gamorra asks "What did it cost?" and Thanos replies "Everything." The scene has been edited such that either the dialogue has been changed to reflect a different kind of deal, and or the characters have been labeled to change what the characters are talking about.

young Gamorra asking Thanos what did it cost

Ant-Man Will Defeat Thanos by Crawling Up His Butt and Expanding

Ant-Man Will Defeat Thanos by Crawling Up His Butt and Expanding, also known as the Thanus Theory, refers to a humorous fan theory speculating that in the 2019 Marvel superhero film Avengers: Endgame, the character Ant-Man will defeat Thanos by entering the villain's body through the anus while in his microscopic form and will rapidly expand from the inside, killing Thanos in the process. In March 2019, the theory spawned a series of related memes on Reddit.

three comic panel about Ant Man going in Thanos' butt

I'm Sorry Little One

I'm Sorry Little One is a quote uttered by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, which has been used as a reaction image taken out of context and paired with various humorous captions.

Thanos apologizing to a little one

What Does This Monster Have to Mourn?

What Does This Monster Have To Mourn? is a three-panel exploitable image series based on a scene from the film Avengers: Infinity War. The first two panels feature screen captures from the film, focusing on a character asking of Thanos, "What does this monster have to mourn?" The third panel acts as a punchline to the question with the meme's author adding a third panel from outside the film for humorous effect.

Thanos mourning Spongebob and Patrick

The Infinity Gauntlet

The Infinity Gauntlet is a golden glove found in Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Gauntlet houses six multi-colored gems--known as "Infinity Gems" or "Infinity Stones"-- that give the character the power to do anything they please. Online, people use the Gauntlet in photoshop and cosplay memes about fashion and power.

Kermit with a complete Infinity Gauntlet

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External References

[1] Marvel – Thanos

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