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The best GIFs of 2016

Our GIF to you.

 

Monica Riese

Internet Culture

Published Dec 10, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 10:11 am CDT

The dumpster fire year of 2016 is finally coming to a close, but not before we all take a long look back at all the ups, downs, and strong right hooks the year threw our way.

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Fortunately, for every circumstance, tragedy, gaffe, goof, victory, and heartbreak, there is a reaction GIF. And now, the fine folks at Giphy have compiled the list of the best GIFs from 2016, so we can reflect appropriately. These 25 standouts were carefully curated with popularity and view count in mind, and they cover everything from easy Tinder icebreakers to stoic political moments.

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So sit back, relax react, and enjoy the sight of 2016 in your rearview mirror.

1) Illustrated Obama mic drop

2) Crying Jordan

3) Sloth from Zootopia

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4) Unamused old lady

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5) Chris Christie clapping

6) Broad City

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7) Leonardo DiCaprio at the Golden Globes

8) Hello bear

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9) The People v. O.J. Simpson

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10) Deal with it cat

11) Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton

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12) Minions screaming

13) Flower scares cat

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14) Sup seal

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15) Showbiz Pizza training video

16) Slipping penguin

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17) Captain Obvious mic drop

18) Monkey hug

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19) Rad dogman

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20) Buffy the Vampire Slayer grossed out

21) Pandas jumping

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22) Rihanna in ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’

23) Children’s Hospital celebration

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24) Winking heart burger

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25) The Simpsons chef kiss

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*First Published: Dec 10, 2016, 7:00 am CST