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2012 Internet Meme Costume Ideas (for the lulz)

Updated on October 15, 2012

As a huge fan of internet memes, I would like nothing more than to dress like one for Halloween. When a couple friends mentioned the idea of hosting a meme-themed Halloween party, my head started spinning. There are so many hilarious options! From bronies to rage faces, memes offer some of the cheapest, but most trendy (and humorous) costume opportunities.

Let's have a look at the best ones (starting with the trendiest for 2012). Some require little more than a printer, a piece of paper, some string, and scissors. Others are all about one or two small accessories. And a few incorporate more artistry and advanced planning. All, however, are fantastic. Enjoy.

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Don't Worry, Wer'e From the Internet

One of the easiest meme-related costumes (and one which can quite effectively be matched with another costume) is one related to the "Don't Worry, We're From the Internet" meme. This catchphrase-based meme mostly involves creating image macros using photos of nerdy cosplayers with the phrase, "Don't Worry, I'm from the Internet." or "Don't worry, m'aam, we're from the Internet."

To replicate the meme in costume form, just create a sign that says something to the effect of "Don't worry ______, ___ from the Internet."

To be really true to the meme, it would be best to pair this sign with an outlandish costume. Dressing up as a character from a video game, anime series, Star Trek, or Star Wars is ideal. You might also just dress like a hopeless nerd or horrifying freak.

The perk of this costume is that it enables you to wear potentially-embarrassing costumes ironically!

Ermahgerd Girl

On March 14th of 2012, a girl of a photo grasping Goosebumps books (with pigtails, a retainer, and an expression of great excitement) was posted online, which was quickly re-posted with the caption "GERSBERMS - MAH FAVRIT BERKS!"

Thus the Ermahgerd meme was born. While much of the meme revolves around the original image, a big portion of the meme revolves around retainer lisps. Both key elements are easy to incorporate into a simple costume. All you might need is:

  • Pigtails
  • A retainer, if you have one
  • Goosebumps books
  • A willingness to speak with a retainer lisp all night
  • A willingness to start all exclamations with "ERMAGHERD!" or to hold up your books and yell "BERKS!!"

Hipster accessories to consider.
Hipster accessories to consider. | Source

[Insert Type Here] Jesus

Memes like Hipster Jesus and Guido Jesus translate very well to costume parties because Jesus costumes are so easy to buy, make, or wear, and making them particularly meme-friendly only requires the addition of a couple of accessories.

Should you like to put together a Guido Jesus costume, all you would need is:

  • A fake tan
  • Flowing black hair (grab a wig!)
  • Chin-strap facial hair (may be drawn on with a marker, mind you)
  • A tight white shirt
  • Muscles

Hipster Jesus costumes are even easier. All you really need is one or more of the following:

  • Hipster glasses
  • Tight pants
  • A flannel shirt worn over a white sheet robe

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The Anonymous Costume

Throughout 2011 and into 2012, the mysterious, controversial (and politically active) hackers behinf the group Anonymous have been making headlines, so the ultimate internet meme costume involves dressing up as these world famous heroes/antiheroes.

Dressing up as a member of Anonymous is ridiculously easy. All you need is a Guy Fawkes mask, which is not only inexpensive but versatile (e.g. good on Halloween, good on the 5th of November, good for V for Vendetta cosplaying parties, and good for joining Anonymous-inspired or associated protests).

If I were to don the most relevant meme-related costume, this would be it. Hands down.

Click on the link above to get the full sized, printable image.
Click on the link above to get the full sized, printable image. | Source
Rage Faces - more advanced! Spotted at Wundercon 2011.
Rage Faces - more advanced! Spotted at Wundercon 2011. | Source

Rage Faces

An immensely popular meme costume in 2012, Rage Faces (including, obviously, the most beloved ones, such as Y U NO guy, Forever Alone, Me Gusta, and, my personal favorite, Trollface) make up the most simple internet meme costume one could imagine.

The incredibly lazy (or rushed, or nonchalant) need do no more than print out a rage face on paper, stab two eye holes with a pencil, tie some string around the sides, and voila! A perfect, easy rage face mask results.

I've even done most of the legwork for you by providing an image from the left. See what I do for you??? Y U NO PRINT THIS???

Rage face masks can be far more elaborate, of course. Pictured to the left is a pair of more advanced masks I ran across at a comic convention in San Francisco. These creative meme cosplayers utilized thicker boards and drew the faces themselves. Well done, dudes!

In addition to donning rage faces, you might also use Awesome Face (sometimes known as Epic Smiley). Just a thought!

Pepper Spray Cop- cut and paste 'im!
Pepper Spray Cop- cut and paste 'im! | Source
Pepper Spray Cop meets the Death of Socrates
Pepper Spray Cop meets the Death of Socrates | Source

Pepper Spray Cop

If you exist in America and are not a total hermit, you must be aware of Pepper Spray Cop, otherwise known as Lieutenant John Pike, a police officer at UC Davis who pepper sprayed a bunch of young Occupy protesters (in an exceedingly casual manner) on November 18th, 2011.

This incident took place in front of a very large group of people, many of them intent on photographing and filming every moment of the debacle, so after the pepper spraying took place, the internet was soon littered with images of this man spraying orange mist onto the huddled masses.

Such politically charged and visually dramatic imagery is just too perfect to not be picked up- hence the Casually Spray Everything Cop meme was born. People started photoshopping Pepper Spray Cop into all sorts of historically significant paintings and photos, creating both hilarious and poignant images!

Why not create some Casually Spray Everything moments of your own by getting a cheap cop costume, a bottle of hair spray, and a riot helmet? The lulz will abound.

The Brony Costume

One of the most popular internet memes that first emerged in 2011 involves bronies. If you're not familiar with this trendy group of people, here's the gist: they're male fans of the cartoon television series "My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic". Chances are you know about them already. They have, after all, made their way into the mainstream media, even getting mentioned on CNN and NPR.

A brony costume can be incredibly simple. All you would need is: (1) to be male, and (2) to be wearing a My Little Ponies t-shirt, or to be toting around a My Little Pony doll. The total cost of this costume should be no more than $20 (plus some of your dignity, but if you're dressing up as anything, lost dignity is a given).

Some cursory knowledge of the television series is desirable, as it would always help to be in character as you impress your buddies with your knowledge of Tlight Sparkle and the fun misadventures that take place in the quaint town of Ponyville.

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Nyan Cat / Pop Tart Cat

If you would like to build a fancy costume this year, and also want to be somewhat trendy, a great option is Nyan Cat. This strange animated gif cat first blessed this fine planet in April 2011, and has been lulling audiences into a trancelike state ever since.

To create a Nyan Cat costume, you'll need to combine a gray cat costume with a large, torso (at least)-sized pink poptart, and a rainbow. Combining these elements in an artful manner is where the skill and creativity factor in. The ultimate costume would, of course, also incorporate the song "Nyanyanyanyanyanyanya!" Duh.

One could knit the Pop Tart Cat costume, as pictured to the right. But one could also...

  1. paint one's face gray,
  2. add two rosy pink circles on one's cheeks
  3. don dray socks and gloves, a gray tale, and gray ears
  4. paint two large slabs of cardboard pink with red sprinkles and wear them, sandwich board style
  5. purchase a gay pride flag and let it trail from the back slab of cardboard

To make life easy for you, I've conveniently linked to the cat products and flag below. You're on your own for the cardboard.

Of course, if this costume is too much for you, you could always create an awesome lawn decoration like the one pictured to the right. I want to find the people who made this. I want to find them and kiss their feet.

Look at those eyes. Just look at them!
Look at those eyes. Just look at them! | Source

Steve Buscemeyes

Are you looking for a cheap, quick, and hilarious meme costume? It doesn't get much better than Steve Buscemeyes.

This meme, which involves pasting Steve Buscemi's eyes onto various people (mostly celebrities). Since Mr. Buscemi has, er, exceedingly unique eyes, this simple cut-and-paste action produces some truly remarkable results.

To make a Steve Buscemeyes costume, all you need to do is find a sizable image of Steve Buscemi, print it out, cut out the eyes (with wee holes so you can see through) and either tape them to a pair of glasses or turn them into a tie-on mask. For added creepiness, you may want to photoshop the image before printing to get the skin tones to match your own.

Rebecca Black

A collection of meme costumes would not be complete without a shout out for dear ol' Rebecca Black. Honestly, walking around with some portable speakers blasting her (ever so fabulous) hit "Friday" is almost an internet meme costume in and of itself (though I suppose it should be more technically classified as performance art... or political satire?).

One could, however, dress as Miss Black herself. If you do take this route, I recommend dressing (and styling your hair) as she does at the very beginning of the video. All you'll need is a turquoise shirt, some pajama bottoms, and some craaaaazy hair. Knowing the lyrics to her song (as shameful as that is) will help to make the costume more effective, I think. But then again... that would require listening to the song...

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The Image Macro Costume

Image macros are one of the most popular means of delivering internet memes, so turning yourself into an image macro, meme-related or not, is an excellent option, and offers the added utility of timelessness (which is great, because you can re-use whatever you create year after year).

Creating an image macro doesn't have to be too difficult. With two strips of thick poster board and two wooden dowels, plus some cut-out letters, one can create a very convincing image macro frame for one's own face. A good example can be seen to the right.

One could also purchase a larger poster board and simply cut out a round space for one's face, or a larger square for one's head and shoulders.

Simple, but effective!
Simple, but effective! | Source

The Lolcat Costume

In internet meme world, lolcats never really go out of style. If you don't believe me, run a Google image search for "vintage lolcat" and you'll discover that humans have been photographing and captioning humorous images of felines for decades and decades.

Dressing as a lolcat is not incredibly hard. One simple option involves donning a traditional cat costume, but walking everywhere with a cheeseburger (in homage to the first major lolcat website, ICanHazCheezburger, which has since gone on to become the Cheezburger Network).

Another option is to dress as a particular lolcat, such as monorail cat, serious cat, or invisible bike cat. A third scenario involves dressing as a cat but applying words from an image macro to one's person, as pictured in the photo to the right.

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Philosoraptor Costume

For the more cerebral of meme fans, the philosoraptor is an excellent choice. There are two general approaches one might take to this costume:

  • Dress as a famous philosopher (perhaps a fun French philosopher with a beret) with a velociraptor hand puppet
  • Don a velociraptor mask and reptile-like gloves and assume the classic philosoraptor pose upon being questioned about one's costume (for creative flourish, one might dress as a philosopher to lend more credence to the costume

If you have a legitimate velociraptor costume, all the better! Just wear the whole thing, assume the pose as you please, and let the meme illiterate just assume you're dressing as a dino.

Antoine Dodson Costume

If you want to go slightly retro with your internet meme costume, you might as well dress as Antoine Dodson, the Internet Meme Darling of 2010.

Dressing up as the inspiration for the Bed Intruder Song is not difficult. All you'll need is:

  • A red bandana around your head
  • A black tank top
  • Jeans

And of course, you'll need to have memorized his famous words. Or at least the ones that make up the refrain of the hit Autotune song Autotune the News made of his media interview:

He’s climbing in your windows. He’s snatchin your people up.Tryna rape em so y’all need to. Hide your kids, hide your wife. Hide your kids, hide your wife. Hide your kids, hide your wife. And hide your husband. Cuz they’re rapin errbody out there.

An oldie but goodie!
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Three Wolf Moon

If you want to go vintage 2009, go for a Three Wolf Moon shirt.

The Three Wolf Moon shirt the only way to physically wear a meme, since the shirt itself was the source of all the unexpected hilarity. If you're not familiar with this meme, you need to little more than view the Amazon.com comments on the original shirt.

Basically, they started and didn't stop. And they became, of course, increasingly hilarious and absurd.

Another exceedingly simple internet meme costume, this shirt is readily available, as it always has been, on Amazon.com. All you have to do is put it on. And let the lulz begin.

Zombie Kid / I Like Turtles

One of my favorite memes is an old one- back from 2007! Are you, like myself, incredibly fond of Zombie Kid of the I Like Turtles meme?

If you don't know what I'm talking about, watch the video. See? Wasn't that GREAT?

Zombie Kid is incredibly easy to dress as. All you need is some cheap face paint, a shirt, and the brilliant catchphrase. The meme reference might be a bit outmoded or obscure, but after all this time, it is more likely to be regarded as classic than passe.

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The Possibilities are Endless

Did I miss your favorite meme? Oh noes!!

To be honest, there are so many amazing memes out there... it would be difficult to cover all of their potential costumes in one guide. But if there is one that you think would produce a great costume, leave a comment about it! If it's a really really good one, I'll add it to the article!

Also, be sure to weigh in to the right and vote for your favorite costume idea. I'm curious to see which you think is the best! Also, if you happen to dress up as any of these things, you had better let us know how it goes by coming back and leaving a comment!

Finally, if you would like to learn more about the various internet memes out there, I heartily recommend visiting the folks over at Know Your Meme. Their fantastic video explanations, plus their crowdsourced pages explaining even the more obscure memes floating on the internetz, are fantastic. So far as I'm concerned, they're the ultimate internet meme authority, and I adore them with all my technology-addled heart.

Happy meming!

What would the ultimate meme costume be?

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      KraftyKas 5 years ago

      Lol awesome! So dead on funny, I struggled to pick a favorite! I'm so following you now... on the hub lol, not in a stalkey way :)

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      anonymush 5 years ago

      op is a flag

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Hahaa, that's awesome!

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      Lysette Sola 5 years ago

      Believe it or not, but I created a Nyan Cat costume that i will be debuting at a up coming anime convention. My body wasn't painted because I didn't have time to paint it, but I will be painting it at the convention. :)

      http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x114/deathangel...

      here is a link for you guys to see. It's obvious which one is me xD

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      melbel, you are all kinds of awesome!!! I kind of want to be Anonymous, too. Heck, I want to be all these things! Guess I'll have to go to a lot of parties, then @_@. I bet your costume'll be super successful!

      And RedElf, I say your lolcat love is just another sign of your excellent taste!

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      This is such fun! Love the homage to the cheezburger kitties! I have always loved the lolcats (and all their friends). Bookmarked for future reference :D:D:D

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      vperry 6 years ago

      Nice article! I'm not going out for Halloween, but will pass the article on to others that may need some ideas. Good job.

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      Melanie Shebel 6 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      I am going to be Anonymous for Halloween. I think everyone in my family is going to do that, actually.

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      Firstiwe 6 years ago

      A nice topic. Btw, Helloween is coming. I would like to get your advice on the costume.

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      Ikeji Chinweuba 6 years ago from Nigeria

      i really love halloween costumes..nice hub

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the great post..nice

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      JD Beebe 6 years ago from New York, New York

      Simone, these are great! I found the Rage Comic Masks at www.headlinecostumes.com too! They have a ton of fun costume ideas, including Chuck Testa and the Pan Am Stewardess outfit!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Hahaa, it's impossible to keep on top of all of 'em, Robin! I'm glad to have introduced you to a couple more fun memes, hehee!

      I hope Nyan Cat pranced through your dreams, kimh039!

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      Kim Harris 6 years ago

      another fun hub by simonesmith:) and a lot of effort! Thanks for my bedtime story. I'll drift off smiling. Good night.

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      Robin Edmondson 6 years ago from San Francisco

      These are hilarious, Simone! Antoine Dodson has to be my favorite; it was fun watching that video again. There are a bunch of others that I didn't even know about; I'm such an old lady! Thanks for keeping me in the loop, Simone!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      That is one epic costume idea, 50 Caliber! Pretty involved, but epic!

      And you KNOW I was, tlpoague. Memes are totally chuckle-worthy. And that redneck themed party sounds like SO MUCH FUN! I've never been to one but have always wanted to. Some neighbors of mine once held one with a food contest, which was awesome. The winner was kitty litter cake.

      I sure am a fan of trends and memes, Happyboomernurse! You're right- these costumes are (mostly) super low maintenance, so they're a great option for those who don't want to stress!

      Bronies are definitely new, FloraBreenRobison, so you're not so out of the loop! And I think a lolcat costume would be incredibly fun to do!

      You're ever so welcome, nikki_m! Wouldn't it be awesome to see someone dressed as him and singing the whole song?????

      There sure are, randomcreative. And thank goodness for that!

      I'm seriously thinking of dressing as Nyan Cat for Halloween, livelonger. I have the cardboard. All I have to do is pick up a flag.

      drbj, I would not be surprised. Costumers have all the fun. And great point about Anonymous masks for adults!!!

      You've got excellent taste, Patty Inglish, MS.

      And this is true, funmontrealgirl! I guess they'll have to be careful!

      You're right, Mentalist acer. Zombie Kid is just one of hundreds of YouTube-based memes one can dress as. Ah, the options!!!

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      There is really a lot of You Tube characters a person could choose from like Turtle Zombie.;)

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      funmontrealgirl 6 years ago from Montreal

      Very nice ideas. Thanks for sharing. The anonymous one is certainly very simple, but people might think you are on your way to protest!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Philosoraptor Costume. Yeah, that's me!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you for the hilarious and very original costume ideas, Simone. Do you s'pose you were a costumer in another life?

      For adults who are having a chocolate fit and no candy on hand, go out on Halloween wearing one of those Anonymous masks, carrying a large sack and follow a group of kids as they tour the nighborhood. Your explanation as you hold out the sack to an astonished homeowner is: My kid is home sick.

      If you have a kid in college you may be telling the truth. Homesick?

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      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Antoine the Bed Intruder is probably my favorite, but I did NOT know about Nyan Cat and think it is the most beautiful one. I like your suggestion about pulling a huge rainbow flag behind you in order to complete the look.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This is such an awesome idea for Halloween costumes! There are so many creative options out there for all of these memes.

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      nikki_m 6 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri

      I totally lost it at the Antoine Dodson costume. Once again, thanks for the afternoon rofl

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      Headline Costumes 6 years ago

      this company here is where I bought my trollface costume from. They have other rage faces too and some other meme costumes http://www.headlinecostumes.com

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I must admit for whatever reason I hadn't heard of Bronies, despite being young enough to have had My little Ponies growing up. I don't think I'd want to wear a mask like Guy Fawkes because I'd worry about not being able to see. Being that I love cats and not pop tarts, I would likely choose a lolcat costume.

      Emereld-a meme is a cultural phenomenon. So an internet meme is a phenomenon on the web.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      I knew we could count on you to come up with a Halloween costume hub that is trendy and clever. Love your internet meme ideas which are particularly good for those who don't want to fuss over their costumes but still want to participate in the fun of celebrating Halloween.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      I'm not sure if you were chuckling the whole time you wrote this, but I was while I read it. All I could think of was adding 'Proud to be in the Redneck Club'. (This thought came from a certain event my sister held to annoy her neighbor.)

      It will be interesting to see what costums Halloween brings out this year. Thanks for sharing this informative and facinating hub on memes. (I haven't picked a favorite yet, but will be on the look-out.)

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Simone, I found some fun in this as well as my costume has a name/description of meme never thought that far into it.

      Good old Billy Bob Thornton's Karl Childers, mmmmm I reckon 3 years mmmmmm working on unhinging my jaw that forces out the hilarious "mmmm funny ha ha, not funny queer" mmmmm all the while hump backed and wring hands like washing them.

      That is my number one character eh wot? I think I've ever seen. A bit of a challenge as unhinging your jaw then forcing your voice through the partly collapsed pie hole kinda hurts if done for an extended period. Much fun anyway it seems to draw attention as well.

      Thanks for the meme definition and education you've done large, eh? Full transcript can be found with a search on Google for the movie and I can't locate the video interview that gave me the "how he did it" for the voice, now I just need the "moe" scull-cap wig with hair cut from a bowl and hang my pony tail out the back under the shirt with armpit deep pants LOL.

      Peace,

      Dusty

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Nice choice, David!

      And wow, Emerald Strachan! You're in for some fun discoveries then. What I recommend is checking out Know Your Meme on YouTube. Their videos about various internet memes are both hilarious and informative. As for Halloween... welp, it's a close equivalent to a gay pride celebration for straight people.

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      Emerald Strachan 6 years ago

      I don't know what internet memes are.....forgive my naivety but I am not really familiar with Halloween. The costume ideas are good though.

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      David 6 years ago

      These are hilarious! I think I might go for the Anonymous mask myself. It won't take as much time as the others.