These Nicolas Cage Memes Win the Internet

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Jenkins, Beverly. "These Nicolas Cage Memes Win the Internet." ThoughtCo, Jul. 27, 2016, thoughtco.com/nicolas-cage-memes-4066799. Jenkins, Beverly. (2016, July 27). These Nicolas Cage Memes Win the Internet. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/nicolas-cage-memes-4066799 Jenkins, Beverly. "These Nicolas Cage Memes Win the Internet." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/nicolas-cage-memes-4066799 (accessed October 18, 2017).
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The Best Nicolas Cage Memes on the Internet

Nic Cage as Mona Lisa
Via Screencrush.com.

Not long ago, Nicolas Cage was just another Hollywood actor with some famous relatives (his uncle is director Francis Ford Coppola), but since the mid-2000s, Cage has morphed into a hero of the internet world. Cage's trademark deadpan performances and unintentionally comedic delivery have spawned meme after meme, and the fact that he not only knows that he is the butt of these internet jokes, but gamely goes along with it, makes him a veritable web icon.

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Nicolas Cage Has Great Hair
Via Twitter/@BreezyPuffs.

It all started in 2005, when website community YTMND, (You're The Man Now, Dog!) started creating simple graphics of Cage with text and looping audio. These images were some of the earliest internet memes, and they included gems such as "Nicolas Cage Loves Mario Kart," "Cage Rampage," "Nic Cage has Great Hair," "Cage Loves Katamari," and "Nic Cage Doesn’t Change Facial Expressions."

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Nic Cage Bees Meme
Via Moviefone.com.

In 2006, after starring in the regrettable film, The Wicker Man, Cage's internet meme-makers kicked it up a notch. Thanks to some strange lines from the movie, along with Cage's trademark intensity and commitment to the role (read: overacting), memes like "Not the bees!" and "How'd it get burned?" surfaced.

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Picolas Cage meme
Via Memecenter.

Cage remained in the celebrity gossip news often during the next few years, thanks to well-publicized financial and marital problems, along with the fact that he never seems to stop making movies. To date, Cage has 78 acting credits on his IMDB profile.

 

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Nicolas Cage Argument Is Invalid Meme
Via Know Your Meme.

In 2007, a screen shot from set of the 2007 sci-fi action film Next, brought on the next, and arguably the funniest, Cage-based meme. The image showed a be-wigged Cage with a fake bird on his head, with the text, "Your argument is invalid" emblazoned across the bottom. The expression is often used during online arguments.

 

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Courtesy: Reddit

Over the next few years, Cage would be continuously parodied and spoofed for his many acting roles in movies that were, well, not great. A still shot from the 1988 black comedy Vampire's Kiss, for instance, inspired the very funny, "You Don't Say" meme, in which Cage sports an incredulous facial expression that makes Cage look downright crazy. The image would eventually be turned into a contour drawing by a Reddit user, and now the drawing has become a certifiable "Rage Face" comic. These days, you can't go to any of the major humor sharing sites without seeing a "You Don't Say" rage comic.

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Nic Cage as Everyone ET
Via Blogspot/NicCageAsEveryone.

As if taking stills from his movies and adding funny text wasn't funny enough, internet users soon found another way to lampoon their favorite everyman actor. Using Photoshop, people soon started replacing actors' faces with Cage's face. The phenomenon quickly went viral, and soon there was an entire blog devoted to these images, called, appropriately, Nicolas Cage As Everyone. If you have ever wondered what Nic Cage would look like as a panda or as a cast member in the Harry Potter movies, this blog is for you.

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Nic Cage is a vampire
Via BuzzFeed.

In 2011, an eBay item caused a stir online once again. The item for sale was a 1870s photo showing a Tennessee man with a strong resemblance to the Cage. In the listing, the seller claimed that Cage is a vampire who reinvents himself every 75 years so as not to arouse suspicion. After receiving, and declining, 78 offers, the item disappeared from eBay. The "Nic Cage is a Vampire" situation spurred a slew of photos that claimed to show immortal actors, including John Travolta and Keanu Reeves.

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Nic Cage Declaration of Independence
Via We Know Memes.

The 2004 Disney film National Treasure, an Indiana Jones-esque adventure movie in which Nic Cage's historian main character must steal the Declaration of Independence in order to find a legendary Templar Treasure, inspired a new round of funny Cage memes.

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The Best Nicolas Cage Memes on the Internet

Nicolas Cage on SNL Weekend Update
Via NBC.com.

The best part about Cage's internet fame is that he seems to embrace it. Instead of being perturbed by the attention, Cage pokes fun at himself and uses the internet to expand his fan base. He even appeared on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update in 2011, where he joined an identically-dressed Andy Samberg in joking about cloning himself so that he could star in "100% of all movies," instead of a measly 90%. The bit is hilarious; watch it here.

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Nic Cage as Gandalf
Via Sad and Useless blog.

Here's to a celebrity who knows how to take a joke! We love you, Nicolas Cage. Please don't ever change.

NEXT UP: Check out that time when a groggy, jet-lagged Nic Cage had his picture taken by an oblivious fan on an airplane that time. Awwwkward!

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Jenkins, Beverly. "These Nicolas Cage Memes Win the Internet." ThoughtCo, Jul. 27, 2016, thoughtco.com/nicolas-cage-memes-4066799. Jenkins, Beverly. (2016, July 27). These Nicolas Cage Memes Win the Internet. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/nicolas-cage-memes-4066799 Jenkins, Beverly. "These Nicolas Cage Memes Win the Internet." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/nicolas-cage-memes-4066799 (accessed October 18, 2017).