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It involves a fake PS2 game and David Lynch.
This is not going to make any sense at first, but listen to me: there’s a wild Tumblr meme in which the female green M&M from the candy’s advertising campaign really wants a copy of the game Bambi for the PlayStation 2. And if you don’t get it for her, you’re going to pay the price.
It all started around nine months ago with an exchange on Tumblr, where a poster with the username relishboi was roleplaying as the M&M mascot Ms. Green. She asked another poster, brownreasontolive, to come sit down next to her, and then she said this:
now listen to me young man, i am talking directly into your ear now. i need you to do me a favor. you will do this for me. i need you to go to gamestop, and i need you to ask the bastard working the counter if they have bambi on the ps2. if you come back empty handed youll be in big trouble mister. you will never see the light of day.
This post established all the key points of the Ms. Green character and the related meme: Ms. Green is a dominating personality who always gets what she wants. And what she wants is Bambi for the PlayStation 2.
Tumblr loved it. The original relishboi post now has more than 100,000 notes, and the “listen to me young man” speech is a popular copypasta—a long chunk of text that people copy and paste on social sites for comedy purposes.
Now the M&M mascot is back in a big way on both Twitter and Tumblr. Perhaps inspired by Ms. Green’s appearance on Valentine’s Day M&M packaging, posters are memeing her with fanart and new jokes. The meme version of the character is much richer and more interesting than the official version.
ah, there you are. did you forget you owe me a favor? there's a gamestop right around the corner. go and ask if they have bambi for the ps2 right now young man, or so help me. pic.twitter.com/K252dCxnEJ
— If ya ain't spinnin' ya ain't winnin' ❤ (@ObsidianWasp) February 8, 2018
you thought i wouldn't find you, idiot? you didn't uphold your part of our deal. i will crawl through Five Hundred Thundering Storms to get my bambi, you know this to be true. ive crossed the entire length of the Bastard ocean so point me to the nearest gamestop right N pic.twitter.com/e4MdV3IUdg
— the bo mayor of second life @ KAMPAIGN (@Galaxyoogale) February 12, 2018
oh, do you want a drink, idiot? but you didn't forget about our agreement, did you? your coke zero will remain a Fallacy, an Illusion, until you get me my bambi. dont think i wont be watching you. if you even Try to cross me i will tear you limb from limb. pic.twitter.com/BElVTPNYM3
— the bo mayor of second life @ KAMPAIGN (@Galaxyoogale) February 12, 2018
You think you're so clever, don't you, idiot? You know what the consequences of a late arrival are. You waited for today, so I'd be forced to chop my own guts in order to make chocolate. Not this time. My gift for you is Mr. Red's meat, and your gift for me better be Bambi. pic.twitter.com/df4UbR6ksE
— bambi switch port (@pumpkinhiIl) February 14, 2018
Thought you could escape from me, idiot? Take a look at what that got you. Since your absence, I now control these very streets, and I’m still waiting for my Bambi. The nearest Gamestop is only a few minutes away. Do not disappoint me this time, or I'll make you regret it. pic.twitter.com/2AlXgcpaHh
— God Is Royco (@SpongeGasm) February 14, 2018
oh, hello, young man. thinking of taking a nice winter stroll through the woods? think again, degenerate. the only place you're strolling is to the gamestop three miles away near the highway, where i've heard reports of a copy of bambi generations for nintendo 3ds. if you fail, i pic.twitter.com/fNVtg1n84q
— Super High School Level Wuff (@KendanKip) February 14, 2018
well well well, if it isn't you once more, you come to me with gifts of Valentines, but each one is like Rubbish to me
Listen boy, i grow weary of your transgressions, you have failed me time and time again, I never get my Bambi and you always get off Scott Free. pic.twitter.com/xlyZO7Ar2O
— Bazookles (@Bazoookles) February 14, 2018
Young Man, I called you here to discuss our plans for you getting me Bambi 2. You have ran away from me far too long. It is time for you to accept your fate. pic.twitter.com/XZXluKC6vM
— that dipshit rat stuart little (@captainjodariel) February 13, 2018
there you are, idiot. Your failure to bring me the Bambi has gone too far. You'll feel what is like to be destroyed by God now. You'll never see the light of day ever ag pic.twitter.com/0hmO1QwQ0r
— Lemmy! (@lemmyling) February 14, 2018
There is just an incredible amount of content in the Green M&M x Bambi for PlayStation fan canon. People love to roleplay the candy-coated dominatrix and step on fuckbois who don’t deliver the goods.
There’s one more twist that makes this meme extra good, though: Bambi for PlayStation 2 doesn’t even appear to be a real game. Best I can tell, it’s a bit of absurdist humor based on this 2001 PS2 commercial by surrealist master David Lynch, which happens to be titled “Bambi.”
So now we’ve got a candy domme, a PlayStation game that never existed, that bastard at GameStop, and David Lynch. That’s some impressive worldbuilding for a Tumblr post, and it explains why the meme still resonates after nearly a year.
Even without the Green M&M, the “now listen to me young man” copypasta has taken on a life of its own.
now listen to me young man, i am talking directly into your ear now. i need you to do me a favor. you will do this for me. i need you to go to gamestop and i need you to ask the bastard working the counter if they have bambi on the ps2. if you come back empty handed youll be in b pic.twitter.com/dYY1JffTdY
— carver hawke (@enemymage) February 14, 2018
now listen to me, young man, i am talking directly in your ear now. i need you to do me a favor. you will do this for me. i need you to go to castle oblivion, and i need you to ask the bastard on the top floor if they have ventus in the chamber of waking. if you come back empty h pic.twitter.com/AztPVlzQiH
— Super High School Level Wuff (@KendanKip) January 28, 2018
GameStop’s official Twitter account has even acknowledged the meme.
Caption This! Comment with your best caption for this photo. Bonus points to the first "Now listen to me young man…" pic.twitter.com/zVSprodXQJ
— GameStop (@GameStop) January 19, 2018
But nothing will ever top the original. You’ll never see that green M&M the same way again.
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.