- Angela Abar wrestles with destiny in ‘Watchmen’ episode 8 Sunday 9:05 PM
- Guy who runs Trump Organization Twitter account caught hyping up own tweet Sunday 4:51 PM
- People found out how tall Olaf is–and now ‘Frozen’ is terrifying Sunday 3:41 PM
- Rapper Juice WRLD dead at 21 Sunday 3:02 PM
- Embody Andrew Yang, fight other presidential candidates in video game Sunday 2:33 PM
- Ariana Grande spoke with TikTok teen who looks exactly like her Sunday 1:00 PM
- Beyoncé accused of paying dancers ‘low rates’ Sunday 11:58 AM
- Timmy Thick blasted for saying the N-word in comeback video Sunday 9:11 AM
- Netflix’s ‘The Confession Killer’ is a devastating and well-built portrait of a con artist Sunday 8:00 AM
- Swipe This! I’m ashamed to tell anyone about my online shopping habit Sunday 6:00 AM
- UPS facing backlash for thanking police after employee killed in shootout Saturday 5:02 PM
- Sanders campaign fires staffer after anti-Semitic, homophobic tweets surface Saturday 3:13 PM
- Brother Nature was attacked, says everyone just watched with phones out Saturday 2:45 PM
- Ryan Reynolds’ gin company hires Peloton wife for ad Saturday 1:24 PM
- Ex-vegan YouTuber accused of fraud after following meat-only diet Saturday 1:11 PM
The next up-and-coming meme is, in fact, pretty old.
The “unsettled Tom” meme template initially cropped up in 2012, when it was still part of an online comic, according to KnowYourMeme. The template is simple. A phrase at the top gently sets the tone, only to undergo a complete 180 with a shocking twist. At the bottom, an image of Tom and Jerry‘s Tom the cat perfectly captures our feelings with his highly disturbed expression.
The template has been on the rise for weeks, but only recently has it has blown up online. Reddit, of course, began the craze when user inactive_meme shared it this month. In no time, a trend was born.
Most of the memes rely on shock value when the big reveal exposes how inappropriate the initial—seemingly benign—action was.
Someone even created a subreddit just for the meme, r/UnsettledTom six days ago. There, redditors have been sharing different versions of the meme nonstop.
The meme has lots of universal potential. It could be a political template or a way to mock the next celebrity to accidentally reveal their racist or sexist beliefs. It will surely die out in time—as all memes do—but for now, Unsettled Tom is going strong.
- Everyone is making memes of Meghan McCain saying ‘my father’ on loop
- ‘Bitch I’m Bella Thorne’ morphs into TikTok dyslexia meme
- Tim Cook turns his iPad meme into an AirPod meme
H/T Trend Prediction
Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.