The Internet’s love affair with Pluto erupts in hilarious and heartbreaking memes

Pluto may not be a planet—to the outrage of its biggest fans—but that won’t stop us from memeing it like it’s Jupiter. The recent flyby by NASA‘s New Horizons probe gave Pluto-lovers something far more important than planetary status: comedy. 

Or is it tragedy?

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Pluto’s plight as a demoted planetary underdog is one of science fandom’s favorite lost causes, and the flyby has revived all of our conflicted feelings about the little guy.

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"It’s ok, Pluto, Makemake and Haumea still love you."

“It’s ok, Pluto, Makemake and Haumea still love you.”

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Pluto has clearly won our hearts by having one of its own.

"I made a felt Pluto!"

“I made a felt Pluto!”

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But like all planetary bodies, it also has its dark side.

The flyby has also spawned its own Rorschach Test, given the many different things people (and self-aggrandizing brands) have observed in its tan orb.

Sailor Pluto also got her share of attention.

There’s the obligatory rickroll.

There’s even plenty of non-visual memeing to go around. Tumblr has adapted its “shoving breadsticks in my purse” fad to the uncomfortable subject of Pluto not being a planet. Here’s one variation on the theme that has been making the rounds.

me on a date: so what do you think about pluto
them: pluto’s not a planet-
me, shoving breadsticks into purse: i have to go home right now immediately 

And, of course, if memes aren’t your thing, shipping is always in style.

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Aja Romano

Aja Romano

Aja Romano is a geek culture reporter and fandom expert. Their reporting at the Daily Dot covered everything from Harry Potter and anime to Tumblr and Gamergate. Romano joined Vox as a staff reporter in 2016.