At this point, the internet is full of all kinds of iconic memes featuring various people and animals from all around the world. Real-life people and animals with their very real lives. Yes, it’s a simple and a pretty obvious fact but, to be completely honest, I rarely think about it while using these memes in my everyday life.
What are the names of these famous meme heroes? How did the photos of them go viral? Was it intentional? And most importantly—what do these internet legends look like now? Would we still recognize them if we were lucky enough to see them on the street? Today, let’s discuss all of that. Without further ado, Humor LAD invites you to scroll down and find out what your favorite meme celebrities look like now. And as always, don’t forget to vote for your favorites.
1. Success Kid (Sam Griner)
The meme was born in 2007 after Laney Griner posted a photo of her son Sam trying to eat sand on Flickr. Thae photo first became famous as a meme captioned “I Hate Sandcastles,” suggesting that the boy had just destroyed another child’s sandcastle. Apparently, Laney Griner didn’t like the context of the meme as she felt it made her son look like a bully, when in fact, he loved sandcastles. But then the “Success Kid” meme was created and the woman embraced it. Since then, the photo has been featured in various ads, appeared on Hot Topic shirts, Xbox screensavers, and many more.