Euphoria‘s second season ended final evening (Feb. 27), and so did an period of memes.
Season 2 premiered in January, and for its two-month length Euphoria discourse has been inescapable on Twitter and TikTok. Twitter experiences that as of final Friday (Feb. 25), Season 2 had been tweeted about 30 million instances, making it essentially the most tweeted-about tv present of the last decade to this point. Euphoria is talked about a lot on social media that you do not even have to observe the present to maintain up. Whereas many of those tweets are viewers reacting to the present, the present has additionally impressed in style memes and TikTok tendenciesefficiently overrunning the web.
Individuals on-line are getting obsessive about ‘Euphoria’ with out having seen a single episode
Los Angeles Occasions tv editor Matt Brennan argues that the plethora of memes is a results of Euphoria taking itself “painfully” severely. And he is proper! A lot of the net discourse (and meme creation) spurs from the depth of the present and its signature over-stylized look, which contrasts the mundanity of highschool most of us skilled.
Let’s have a look again on the season by the memes and web tendencies it spawned.
Following the Season 2 premiere Euphoria trend fanatics ran to TikTok to indicate off their “Euphoria Excessive” appears to be like.
Euphoria‘s ostentatious outfits and assertion make-up has been fueling web humor since 2019, but it surely advanced into an inescapable TikTok pattern this season. Set to an audio snippet from an episode of Spongebob Squarepants — by which Squidward asks, “And why aren’t you in uniform?” — the pattern finds TikTokkers strolling into body sporting a median highschool outfit earlier than strolling away and reappearing in Euphoria-applicable apparel. The movies often options textual content that reads one thing alongside the strains of “once you’re leaving for the bus, however you keep in mind you go to Euphoria excessive.” Over 115,000 movies have been made to this point.
Even the phrase “Euphoria Excessive” eclipsed TikTok to turn into a operating joke amongst followers and onlookers alike. It is the go-to method Euphoria followers seek advice from East Highland Excessive.
Maddy banging on the toilet door
Within the premiere of Season 2, Maddy bangs on the toilet door at a home get together the place, unbeknownst to her, her greatest pal Cassie and her abusive ex Nate are hooking up. It is a tense and suspenseful second, so naturally it grew to become a meme. Screenshots of Maddy pounding her fists in opposition to the toilet door circulated Twitter, the clip gained traction on TikTok, and it did not take lengthy earlier than Maddy was photoshopped into any possible state of affairs.
Cassie hiding within the bathtub
The lavatory scene was so iconic that it impressed one more meme. When Nate exits the toilet, Cassie is left hiding within the bathtub, trying scared out of her thoughts. Cassie curls up within the bathtub together with her hand over her nostril and mouth, and her teary eyes convey the phobia on the prospect of being caught by Maddy as she enters the toilet.
Customers sarcastically captioned the screenshot of Cassie within the tub with conditions the place they like to hide themselves, none coming near the drama of the scene.
Maddy and Cassie aren’t the one Euphoria characters who grew to become web sensations this season. Fezco, the present’s beloved, soft-spoken drug supplier, was essentially the most talked-about character on Twitter this season due to his blossoming relationship with Lexi (in keeping with Twitter, there have been over 270,000 tweets concerning the duo). He additionally impressed a TikTok pattern.
When Fez confronts Rue after a irritating encounter with a drug supplier, he says, “Why you performing like that shit was enjoyable Rue? For actual. You pissing me off, performing dumb as fuck proper now. God rattling, all this smiling and laughing and shit.” The soundbite shortly took off on TikTok, because the soundtrack to folks describing annoying conditions. Almost 40,000 movies have been made utilizing the sound.
The season’s third episode gave us the best ensemble scene of the present up to now, and like all of life’s biggest moments, it takes place within the ladies’ toilet. Cassie is within the determined throes of attempting to get Nate’s consideration by progressively loud outfit decisions. She wears a gingham ensemble, which prompts her mates to ask if she’s auditioning for the drama membership’s manufacturing of Oklahoma. After a lot confusion, Maddy tells Cassie she’s dressed “like a rustic music star,” and Cassie asks, “In a superb or dangerous method?” To which Maddy replies, “Bitch, you higher be joking” together with her signature blunt supply and skeptical stare.
The screenshot of Maddy saying “Bitch, you higher be joking” shortly grew to become a meme on Twitter with customers enhancing the textual content and Maddy and Kat to make it apply to different TV exhibits, films, and songs.
‘I’ve by no means ever been happier’
Just like the different toilet scene, each Maddy and Cassie bought the meme remedy. Kat asks, “Are you OK Cass?” and Cassie imagines responding with a hysterical monologue the place she admits she’s in love with Nate. The monologue climaxes with Cassie cry-yelling, “You may all decide me if you need, however I’ve by no means ever been happier!”
Cassie’s meltdown grew to become a TikTok sound earlier than we even knew what a memorable scene it will be. When it was teased within the trailer for Season 2, TikTokker @dcmiegod edited the clip with the tune “The Excellent Lady” by Mareux, and it’s been the soundtrack to over 80,000 movies. The sound accompanies customers’ describing conditions the place, like Cassie, they have been clearly not at their happiest!
Cassie in HS v. me in HS
A behind-the-scenes toilet mirror selfie of Sydney Sweeney glammed out in Cassie’s gingham costume grew to become fodder for a meme that, like “Euphoria Excessive,” pokes enjoyable on the unrealistic nature of the characters’ highschool apparel. Captioned “Cassie in HS v. me in HS,” this meme finds Twitter customers posting a picture of themselves in highschool contrasted with Sweeney’s mirror selfie. Twitter experiences that this was one of many 4 most tweeted Euphoria memes.
Euphoria‘s portrayal of highschool has lengthy been a topic of web debate. Many discover the present’s highschool setting far-fetched and distracting, whereas others vehemently argue that their highschool was simply as messy as East Highland Excessive. A TikTok pattern emerged that satirizes that discourse. The pattern is text-based, and every video begins with “folks say Euphoria is unrealistic, however at my highschool…” after which they describe the plot of one other absurd TV present, e book, or film.
One instance of the pattern is @hackedat150k’s video that reads, “Individuals say euphoria is unrealistic however at my highschool our bizarre Spanish trainer snuck into the boy’s locker room and heard a soccer participant singing and blackmailed him into becoming a member of the glee membership. Then he traumatized his college students with a rendition of ‘gold digger.'” Glee ran so Euphoria might stroll.
Might finish Nate Jacobs
On this meme Twitter customers counsel characters that would destroy Euphoria‘s central villain, Nate Jacobs. Or a minimum of put him in his place, since Euphoria‘s creator/director/author Sam Levinson seemingly cannot. The meme is captioned with one thing like “get her in a room with Nate Jacobs” or “he might finish Nate Jacobs” and are accompanied by a photograph of a superior antagonist. Once more followers are including Euphoria to the pantheon of popular culture by placing it in dialog with different iconic TV exhibits, books, and flicks.
Within the penultimate episode of the season Lexi debuts her much-anticipated play primarily based on her and her sister Cassie’s lives. Lexi boldly portrays Cassie’s total pal group in her play. The one factor higher than Lexi’s play are the character’s reactions to it. Most notably, Maddy turns to Kat and says, “Wait, is that this fucking play about us?” solidifying Maddy because the meme muse of Season 2
This line immediately grew to become a trending audio on TikTok. The soundbite has been utilized in over 84,000 movies, and TikTokkers are utilizing it to explain situations the place they associated to a bit of media.
Elliot’s (pointless) tune
‘Euphoria’ in its musical period.
Credit score: HBO
The ultimate noteworthy meme comes from the season finale, by which total minutes have been spent on Elliot (performed by real-life singer-songwriter Dominic Fike) singing a particularly repetitive tune to Rue. Followers have been understandably annoyed, contemplating what number of free ends have been left on the finish of the finale — and that frustration resulted in lots of, many memes. However a minimum of the tune itself was written by Zendaya and producer Labrinth, who has composed all of Euphoria‘s signature (and very viral) sounds this season.
Till 2024 I assume!