Here’s What 11 Classic Meme Icons Look Like Today Vs. Then

by Tim K

We all remember those early days of memes. Easy, straightforward, nothing too confusing — and, most important of all, pretty funny. It was a simpler time. A slower time. Some would say a better time. A classic meme came around every now and then, and took the whole world by storm.

But alas, the waves of time continue to relentlessly crash all around us, reminding us with each passing moment that impermanence is the one, true central pillar of life on this Earth.

…But that doesn’t mean we can’t look back! Here’s 11 photos showing what some of the most famous meme icons look like today vs. what the looked like when they rose to prominence on our old-ass Motorolla Razrs and Dell PC monitors.

Check Out Classic Meme Icons Below

1. Success Baby Is Now Success Adult With Cool Hair

Success Kid (Sam Griner)
Sam Griner

2. Grumpy Cat In 2012 Vs. 2019 [When It Died 🙁 ]

Grumpy Cat (Tardar Sauce)

3. Tiny Attitude Girl Vs. Slightly Bigger Smiling Girl

Side-Eyeing Chloe (Chloe)
Lily & Chloe

4. Blinking Guy Has A Helmet Now!

Blinking White Guy (Drew Scanlon)

5. He Looks Much More Serious These Days, Almost Like He’s Mad At Us!

Roll Safe (Kayode Ewumi)
BuzzFeed UK

6. Forget This Kid? Well, Now He Always Carries Around That Painting Of Himself To Remind You!

Bad Luck Brian (Kyle Craven)

7. Nick Young! Looks Basically The Same. Good For Him!

Confused Nick Young (Nick Young)
Nick Young

8. For Sure Thought This Kid Would’ve Exploded By Now!

Trying To Hold A Fart Next To A Cute Girl In Class (Michael McGee)
aaduk_ala, McGeezyyy

9. She REFUSES To Shows Her Teeth Nowadays!

Overly Attached Girlfriend (Laina Morris)

10. The Natural Progression…

Scumbag Steve (Blake Boston)

11. These Days, She’s MUCH Further Away From The Camera!

First World Problems (Silvia Bottini)

So awesome. Anyone else think we should bring these memes BACK with the older-people versions? Could be cool! Something to think about.

Like our list of Classic Meme Icons? Check out these Sopranos memes!