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Benedict Cumberbatch imitates otters who look like him

This meme will truly never die.


Aja Romano

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 28, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 2:18 pm CDT

It’s been nearly four years since Tumblr user redscharlach first introduced the world to the concept of Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch, and since then the meme has spawned endless riffs—as well actual otters named Benedict.

Now we’ve come full circle, thanks to Graham Norton. The talk show host and guest Johnny Depp joined Cumberbatch last night in recreating a number of Notable Otters. Oh, and there was a giant teddy bear involved.

Though Norton loses major points for calling the Sherlock fandom-bred meme the product of “weirdos” (boo, hiss), the results of Cumberbatch’s otter imitations are pretty fantastic. Click each image to enlarge for glory:

Naturally, the “weirdos” have already commemorated the occasion with fabulous fanart:

Watch the segment below:

The best part of all? Cumberbatch apparently kept the giant teddy bear, just like any self-respecting otter would.

Screengrab via lockshocked/Tumblr

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*First Published: Nov 28, 2015, 11:08 am CST