The two (or sometimes three) kids in a trenchcoat meme has been around for a while. It’s been in countless cartoons and comic strips, and every now and again, it’s gloriously spotted in the wild.
Twitter user @Roysenotes recently shared some pictures of what is either a very tall adult with a small face, or one kid on another’s shoulders.
my sister saw two unaccompanied little children in a trench coat giggling amongst themselves yesterday and i am absolutely howling pic.twitter.com/Q3emyEDxgN— royse (@Roysenotes) April 15, 2019
Seeing the meme in real life delighted people on Twitter, many of whom chose to play along with the gag.
Bare feet? I only see a 2nd pair of arms— Fernanda Winck (@FernandaWinck) April 16, 2019
Would a normal adult have two extra feet dangling at the end of their black shirt?— Raouf Eldeeb (@raouf777) April 16, 2019
I'm not judging, man— Bananas Foster (@angry_bucket) April 16, 2019
Doing business transactions— ＜★＞Rin.PassMeTheShield (@RayinAynira) April 16, 2019
Several people also dropped in their favorite version of the trope. This included multiple references to Vincent Adultman, a character(s?) from BoJack Horseman who briefly dated Princess Caroline.
The pioneers pic.twitter.com/LwImPWz387— Wade Matthews (@wadeHmatthews) April 16, 2019
Seriously? No one here to comment with this one? pic.twitter.com/B35FdWuFqA— Matthieu M. (@slurpeemachine) April 16, 2019
Did they try to get a loan? pic.twitter.com/P9Z7dxC6WW— Vee (@concernedvee) April 16, 2019
This isn’t the only real-life version of the kids in a trenchcoat meme to make a splash online. Last year, a couple of kids tried pulling the trick to get into the PG-13 rated film Black Panther.
We tried getting the two for one special at black panther. The manager was not having it. pic.twitter.com/Ktqsuh7s3m— Pillsbury (@stevelikescups) February 16, 2018
Apparently, they were trying to capitalize on the theaters two-for-one special and get a third friend in for free. Unfortunately, the guy working the ticket booth was not buying it.
In fact, this trick has probably worked zero times in history, but if you’re a couple of kids and you really wanna see some R-rated movie, by all means, give it a shot. Who knows, you just might be the first to pull it off.