If you have been on any part of the Internet over the past few weeks, you’ve probably come across an illustration of a frog on a unicycle. Sometimes he is a GIF animation, other times just a regular image, but in all of these scenarios, his name is “Dat Boi,” he is a meme, and I, like most other people, love him dearly.
Dat Boi is a truly dank meme because he does not really make sense, but, at the same time, he doesn’t have to. Basically, all one has to do to make this meme work is to post any image of Dat Boi on their feed and caption it, potentially, with either (or both) of these captions: “Here comes Dat Boi” and “O shit waddup.”
His exact origins are murky. Some people have attributed it to an old illustration in a physics textbook, but according to some in-depth research from the good people at New York Magazine, it appears that Dat Boi is actually a conflation of two older, less popular memes that combined to make the Dat Boi a super-meme. In any case, people are fiercely protective over Dat Boi, even more so than former fan favorite memes like Damn Daniel and Mr. Krabs. It seems that people empathize with him because, according to New York Magazine, “Dat Boi is funny because the frog does not look like the kind of person you’d call ‘Dat Boi.’ He’s a frog, and he’s on a unicycle.” Who can’t relate? We all see ourselves in Dat Boi, which means that we can’t help but greet him with a “waddup?” whenever he cycles across our feeds.
Anyway, I love Dat Boi. I cannot say how long he will last, but I also cannot imagine my life without him. So, before the Dat Boi backlash arrives–which, as many people have been speculating, is nigh–check out these inexplicably perfect Dat Boi memes:
1. Here is a good example of what one might expect in a Dat Boi meme:
— dat boi (@datboimemes) May 9, 2016
2. Dat boi is excellent for job interviews:
boss:so ur resumes just a frog doing sick unicycle tricks?
me:ya, dat boi is me
boss:(under breath) o shit waddup pic.twitter.com/E0zda3qT88
— dat boi (@datboimemes) May 1, 2016
3. He reveals what we all truly desire:
4. And unites us all:
5. This Bernie vs. Hillary meme is bad and sexist, but this example is…very good:
6. Here is one of his many origins:
'DAT BOI' IS FROM AP PHYSICS 1 ESSENTIALS. pg 179 pic.twitter.com/ekshDA1ckx
— David Magno (@MrMagDude) May 5, 2016
7. And a very excellent film about Dat Boi:
8. Though how could we forget about Dat Boi Is Mine?
9. Another gorgeous film:
— james nielssen (@cool_as_heck) May 15, 2016
11. Also same:
12. This is…heavy:
14. Don’t let content ruin your life, guys:
— dat boi (@datboimemes) May 14, 2016
15. Here is another, though no less valuable, interpretation:
here come dat boi pic.twitter.com/ssoyRoZXqr
— gizmo (@little_kelfie) May 2, 2016
What do you think about Dat Boi? Which of these posts was your fave? Let us know in the comments!