Imagine what it would be like if someone used your photo every time they wanted to illustrate something funny, or outrageous? You’d become the laughing stock of humanity, and there’s nothing you would be able to do about it. Well, if you’re lucky, or unlucky enough to be one of these people, then your face has probably gone viral through these memes. Just ask these iconic faces, who were nothing but regular Joes, leading regular lives when suddenly, they became internet sensations.
Anyone who has devoted more than fifteen minutes to the internet has probably seen these memes floating around. But have you ever wondered who the people behind the memes are? Well, wonder no more because this what the people from your favorite memes look like now.
Ming played for the Shanghai Sharks, but he became immortalized when someone caught this facial expression after his teammate Ron Artest walked out in the middle of an interview during a press conference in 2009.
The Turkish chef who owns a chain of steak houses called Nusr-Et sprinkled salt in such a dainty and hilarious way that the internet simply couldn't handle it. But he had no idea that such a simple gesture would get turned into a meme that symbolized someone doing something sassy as heck.
When the actor appeared in season 5, episode 10, he probably never imagined that laying on a wad of cash and shouting “I gotta do it,” would become a meme that symbolized someone who just became rich instantly.
Sorrah’s character Nazare Tedesco was deep in thought during a scene on her show. That scene was later screenshot and used to express when someone is totally lost in thought or trying to calculate some huge mathematical equation. You know, like when you're trying to do the math in your head and explain how you ended up spending $500 at Sephora when you only bought 3 items. Yikes!
The late Gene Wilder passed away on August 29, 2016, from Alzheimer-related complications, but he’ll always be remembered for his role on “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.” Oh, and then there’s this meme that symbolizes that someone around you isn’t very trustworthy. Just look at that face! Gene Wilder isn't buying it!
An underbite and feline dwarfism had given Tardar Sauce that grumpy look, which internet users eventually converted into a meme that people use whenever they want to express sadness or depression.
Morris performed a parody video based on Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend." Eventually, she became known as Overly Attached Girlfriend. But this was an issue for Morris, who quickly learned that people were looking for her on Facebook and were trying to find personal information about her.
The fire in the distance was two blocks away from Roth’s home in Mebane, North Carolina. But the burning house was simply a live training drill for the local fire department. Still, her dad, Dave, took the photo, and now she wishes her meme fame would help her earn money for college.
Chloe’s sister, Lily, was also seen in the YouTube video titled “Lily’s Disneyland Surprise... AGAIN,” which was uploaded on September 12, 2013. But while Lily cried with happiness at the news, Chloe became famous when she gave the camera a side-eyed stare.
In 2007, Lany Griner uploaded the photo of her son to Flickr, and someone wrote a caption that insinuated that Sam didn’t like sandcastles. Naturally, his mom didn’t embrace the concept because her son loved sandcastles. But she prefers the “Success Kid” concept a lot better, even though it embarrasses him.
McGee, aka Redditor user aaduk_ala, posted this photo on March 2, 2014 to the "Funny" subreddit, which became a hit online. But to this day, he regrets that he didn’t copyright the photo because if he had, he feels he could have made some money with it.
On January 21, 2011, the image was uploaded on Reddit and was used multiple times for different memes. Boston revealed in an interview with Know Your Meme, that his mom was the one who took the photo, and he doesn’t mind being meme famous.
Bottini is an Italian actress who has done films like “Only You,” 2015, and The Uncanny Valley, 2018. But this photo in which she’s balling her eyes out was turned into the First World Problems meme. And it looks like she finally stopped crying.
The original photo was taken on January 23, 2012 by a close friend of Craven. That friend also wrote the caption “Takes driving test...gets first DUI." Since then, people have used the photo of the blonde kid with the plaid sweater vest and braces to create all of sorts of hilarious memes.