2016 was a year rich in events that inspired the imagination of Internet users.

These are some of the memes that were created in the last 12 months.

A meme, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is a noun meaning:

“An element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means.
“An image, video, piece of text, typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.”

It comes from the Greek word “mimēma”, for that which is imitated.

And the Oscar goes to Leonardo Di Caprio

In previous years, memes of a desperate Leonardo Di Caprio losing the Oscar after being nominated were almost an Oscars Ceremony tradition, before he finally won in 2016.

Full collection in The Hollywood Reporter

Lara Croft in visit to Greece

Greek food and PM Tsipras’ apparent enjoyment of the Tomb Raider games and films were the focus of Greek users when Angelina Jolie came to visit.

The Brexit earthquake shakes Europe

One of the biggest political events in Europe this year was certain to inspire memes.

The Euro 2016 goldmine

The European football Championships were a treasure trove for meme creators:

England’s defeat to Iceland

The Boateng dance

Full collection on euronews

Simeone Zaza didn’t escape, after his spot kick:

And Cristiano Ronaldo, of course:

The Rio Boltympic Games

Another huge sporting event, the Rio Olympics, gave the internet much ammunition:

Meme celebrity gets a statue in Istanbul

Tombili, the cat who inspired a meme, died in 2016. Neighbouring residents launched a petition which garnered 17,000 signatures, and a statue was erected to honour him, at last.

Then came the US Election

Neither candidate escaped the wrath of the internet.

With Hillary Clinton


The winner, Donald Trump

(More on Pepe the Frog in Le Monde)

And Joe Biden. Memer in Chief

Obama went to Greece for provisions.

Matteo Renzi, arrivederci

Italian PM leaves after losing the referendum on the Constitutional reform.


Renzi not the only one leaving

People also decided to edit Donald Trump’s face onto the head of Queen Elizabeth II. Because this is the internet, and because they can.

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