About

Me and the Boys is a snowclone caption used in memes about various activities. Originally popular as a hashtag and a non-ironic caption, in early 2019 the phrase, paired with non-sequitur followups, gained popularity in /r/okbuddyretard subreddit and on Instagram, gaining mainstream attention with 60’s Spider-Man villains variations in late May 2019.

Origin

While the exact origin of the phrase is unknown, before 2019 “Me and my boys” has been often used as a title for photograph posts on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Reddit and other social platforms (examples shown below). For example, on Instagram[1] over 26,500 posts tagged with the hashtag #meandtheboys could be found as of January 30th, 2019.

me and the boys making a quick stop (Baghdad 2003) Green Me and THE BOYS European shorthair Cat Small to medium-sized cats Felidae Whiskers Photo caption Tabby cat Carnivore Kitten Pixie-bob European shorthair Human Selfie Photography Me and the boys (O cara que bateu a foto cortou o Prompto, tadinho) NFORMATION Product
 

Spread

On November 7th, 2018, Redditor[2] calogant reposted an older image of several popular characters holding copies of the Holy Bible in church with a caption “Me and the Boys at bible study” to /r/okbuddyretard subreddit (shown below, left). The post gained over 1,500 upvotes in two months. On January 5th, 2019, Instagram user swaggycreeperguy posted an image of floating figures captioned “Me and the boys in creative mode“,[7] with the post gaining over 190 likes in five months (shown below, right). On January 14th, 2019, Redditor _ItsDank_ reposted the image to /r/okbuddyretard, where it gained over 16,100 upvotes in two weeks.[3]

Me and the Boys at bible study O HOLY BIBLE Animated cartoon Cartoon Animation Child ME AND THE BOVS IN CREATIVE MODE Text Font
 

Within 24 hours, the submission was reposted on /r/memes[4] and /r/me_irl[5] subreddits, gaining over 4,900 and 35,000 upvotes in two weeks, respectively.

On January 23rd, 2019, Redditor[6] RadicalCars posted another version of the meme to /r/okbuddyretard (shown below, left), garnering over 11,600 upvotes in one week. Following the initial posts, more versions of memes featuring the caption appeared in the subreddit and on Instagram in late January 2019.

MEAND THE BOYs DRINKNGTHATP SS Pikmin 2 Pikmin 3 Clip art ME AND THE BOYS ME AND THE BOYS ARE GOING GOAT KARTING WANT TO COME JAREDE? mematic Dog Canidae Dog breed Photo caption Text Street dog Snout Font Photography MEAND THE BOYS ON OURWAY TO DIVERSIFY OUR INVESTMENTS IN JAHCOIN New York Fashion Week Suit Gentleman Male Fashion Outerwear Footwear White-collar worker Human
 

60’s Spider-Man Villains Variations

On May 25th, 2019, Redditor[8] cobe1712 added an image of 60’s Spider-Man Rhino to a still image from episode 19 “To Catch a Spider / Double Identity”[9] of 1967 animated TV series Spider-Man showing characters Vulture, Electro and Green Goblin smiling (shown below, left). The post gained over 52,500 upvotes in seven days. On May 26th, Redditor White__Science__Man reused the image for a Me and the Boys meme which gained over 29,700 upvotes in eight days (shown below, right).[10]

12 yo me showing my bovs the word "sex" in the dictionary Filthy Frank Cartoon Text Line Me and the boys looking up breasts in the dictionary Cartoon People Anime Fictional character
 

In the following days, Me and the Boys memes based on the image gained significant spread on Reddit, with notable examples posted in /r/dankmemes,[11] /r/ShitpostCrusaders[12], /r/me_irl[13] and other subreddits. On June 3rd, a collection of examples was featuring on Ebaum’s World.[14]

Teacher:*gets pregnant* Someone in class: Guess what she did? Me and my friends at 5th grade: Cartoon People Text Line Anime Organism Fictional character me and the boys trick or treating in our 30's T Cartoon Anime Fictional character Me and the boys when the teacher is picking two teams for PE u/buzin32 People Text Human Adaptation
 

Various Examples

MEAND THE BOYS RAIDING HABBO HOTEL Font MEAND THE BOYS WHEN WE GET CAUGHT EATING BATTERY imgflip.comm Cartoon Animated cartoon ME AND THE BOYS WATCHING THE SPOONS IN THE MICROWAVE SPARKING Nose Facial expression Head Skin Chin Mouth Photo caption Forehead Finger
Me and the boys in any game with customizable characters People Cartoon Anime Animated cartoon Fictional character Line Me and the boys getting the teacher to tell us stories instead of work People Cartoon Text Line Fictional character When you keep seeing the "Me and the boys" memes but you don't have any friends Text Cartoon Fictional character Line Organism
 

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