The Next Big Meme: Me and the Boys

Most guys would agree that there are some things that you can do only with your friends. Whether it’s having a beer or going to game night, some experiences are better enjoyed with the boys. However, how this type of thing became a meme is a mystery. But if you have spent a significant amount of time on the Internet in the past couple of years, you’ve probably seen something like this:

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This meme format has actually gotten a considerable amount of popularity. It seems like just about any activity can be done with the boys. This turned out to be a recipe for hilarious memes. Here’s the origin of “Me and the Boys” as a meme:

What is the “Me and the Boys” Meme?

“Me and the Boys” is a phrase used in any meme about various activities. It was initially used non-ironically in hashtags and captions. Often, it showed time being spent between a group of male friends.

The phrase quickly evolved into a snowclone and gained popularity in 2019. It is usually paired with non-sequitur follow-ups and was used in memes involving Spiderman villains from the 1960s comics.

Origin and Spread

The exact creation of “me and the boys” is unknown. However, it was observed to be a popular title or caption on social media posts. For instance, in 2022, as many as 234,687 posts used the hashtag #meandtheboys.

Some guesses point to 2018 Reddit as the source of the meme format. In November of that year, a user posted an image featuring mismatched characters sitting in a church. The caption read, “Me and the boys at bible study.”

Meme Me and the Boys

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The meme started to gain attention in 2019. The exact format started appearing in different Subreddits, including /r/memes and /r/me_irl. The posts earned thousands of upvotes and began to spread to other websites.

Meme Me and the Boys

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Arguably the most popular format of the meme is the one featuring 1960s Spiderman villains. This meme variation also originated from Reddit and is the main template of many “Me and the Boys” memes.

Me and the Boys Memes

1. Sometimes the boys can like cute, fluffy, and… wait, aren’t those cats?

Meme Me and the Boys

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2. Sometimes, you and the boys can get up to no good in class!

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3. But sometimes, you and the boys can also lend a helping hand to the teacher when needed.

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4. Watch too much anime, and you’ll turn into anime yourselves!

Meme Me and the Boys

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5. The substitute won’t be able to tell who’s who!

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6. This meme started in 2019 and has no plans to stop yet!

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7. The boys have got Captain America’s back.

Meme Me and the Boys

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8. If the boys keep playing, the game is worth it.

Meme Me and the Boys

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9. You and the boys need time for your fantasy tabletop roleplaying game.

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10. When you and the boys have been places…

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11. History-changing boys indeed.

Meme Me and the Boys

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12. There’s nothing like matching wallpapers for you and the boys!

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13. Even Shrek joined the boys!

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14. Nothing changes you and the boys like JoJo can.

Meme Me and the Boys

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15. The more boys, the merrier!

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16. No matter the species, the boys have to get together.

Meme Me and the Boys

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17. There’s nothing worse than not being together with your boys!

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18. Time with the boys knows no bounds.

Meme Me and the Boys

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19. It doesn’t matter how old you are; trick or treating with the boys is still golden.

Source: Know Your Meme

20. The group is already quite a bunch of characters — even without the game.

Meme Me and the Boys

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21. Nothing smells as sweet as victory does!

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22. You and the boys would look way cooler as action figures.

Meme Me and the Boys

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23. It’s like looking in a mirror.

Source: Know Your Meme

24. Even if this meme is just a format, it’s still a lot of fun!

Meme Me and the Boys

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25. When the boys have all the people’s information.

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26. When you and your boys are the coolest.

Meme Me and the Boys

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27. When your teacher calls you and the boys strong.

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28. The boys have to do their part in solving climate change!

Meme Me and the Boys

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29. Whether in the natural or virtual world, the boys have to convene.

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30. Why do nerds have to ruin things for everybody?

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31. What level are you and your boys on?

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32. It’s like looking into another mirror.

Meme Me and the Boys

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33. It’s more attractive to be the boys with good grammar!

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34. When you and the boys are hungry.

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35. When your boys’ game is interrupted.

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36. Sometimes, you and your boys are tasked with finding the impostor.

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37. It’s been a while since the boys have gotten to go to Comicon.

Meme Me and the Boys

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38. This meme can keep on going!

Source: Ebaums World

39. Sometimes, you and the boys have to speak like proper gentlemen.

Meme Me and the Boys

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40. The boys don’t need to wear pants for Zoom!

Meme Me and the Boys

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41. 3D boys coming to a cinema near you.

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42. In sync boys.

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43. Watching in 360p — the good old days.

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44. These are the DC boys, ready to cause some trouble.

Meme Me and the Boys

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45. The boys prefer to call it street art!

Meme Me and the Boys

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46. Remember, it’s important to do social distancing to keep safe, boys.

Meme Me and the Boys

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47. Unfortunately, not a lot of the boys got out of Vietnam.

Meme Me and the Boys

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48. Awkward turtle moments with one of your boys sometimes can’t be avoided.

Meme Me and the Boys

Source: Cheezburger

49. These boys are hungry!

Meme Me and the Boys

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50. You and the boys need to have pearly whites ready!

Meme Me and the Boys

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51. This can sometimes happen when you get too philosophical with your boys about a simple pizza.

Meme Me and the Boys

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52. Smiling in triumph but with a tear in each boy’s eye.

Meme Me and the Boys

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53. You, the boys, and the man buying ice cream.

Meme Me and the Boys

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54. Venom is now part of the boys.

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