Heroes of Popular Memes – Then & Now


We’ve all had hours of fun on the Internet just looking at memes and wasting our lives away behind our electronic device of choice. When these ordinary people got turned into an extraordinary symbol of laughter, their lives changed. Let’s take a look at some meme heroes and what they look like now.



Success Kid
Sammy Griner’s mom posted this picture back in 2007, when Sammy was a wee lad of 11 months old. The buzz generated by the picture brought up enough money to pay for his dad’s kidney transplant, saving his life in the process.



Disaster Girl
While this may look like this girl, Zoe Roth, really likes arson, the picture was actually taken at a training session for local firefighters. Yay, she’s not a real psychopath!

Scumbag Steve
This picture was taken by the mother of Blake Boston, or Scumbag Steve as he’s called now.

Overly Attached Girlfriend
Laina Walker posted a cover of a Justin Bieber song on YouTube and a bit later, she was famous. Because she has creepy mankiller-eyes.



Bad Luck Brian
Kyle Craven had this picture taken in college. The picture was allegedly taken repeatedly because the teachers thought he was deliberately pulling a face. That’s awkward.

Maggie Goldenberger currently works as a nurse, but created a meme long before that. Her excited face (and the braces) led to people interpreting her expression as “Ermahgerd!”
Because why not.

Side-Eye Chloe
Chloe became a meme when she reacted to her sister crying of pure joy because they were going to Disneyland. Apparently, Chloe didn’t feel like such a strong reaction was needed for such a simple feat.



Dissatisfied McKayla
This is the face you make when you win silver at the Olympics but you’re sure you should’ve won the gold instead. It’s sad that more people will remember her reaction after the competition rather than her actual match in the Olympics.

Outraged girl
This is kind of cheating, but we’ll allow it. Well, the Internet allowed it. This is Mia Talerico, an actress playing in the show Good Luck Charlie. This expressive face was actually a shot from that show.