Is The White Guy Still Blinking? See 15 Meme Legends Then & Now To Watch How They've Changed

Salena Harshini |Jan 12, 2021

What are the names of these famous meme heroes? How did the photos of them go viral? And most importantly—what do these internet legends look like now? Click to see now!

Social media is loaded with iconic memes of all kinds which keep being passed on among generations. But what are these viral meme heroes’ names? How did they get famous and where are they now? See what these 15 meme stars look like now and how they are doing below!

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See meme stars then & now!

1. Success Kid (Sam Griner)

One of the most viral memes was created in 2007. After Lany Griner uploaded a picture of her son eating sand on Flickr and it turned famous captioning "I Hate Sandcastles."

Success Kid
The boy seemed to just destroy another kid’s sandcastle

The ‘Success Kid’ was made and the mom embraced it although she did not like the fact that her son appeared like a bully at first. The picture has been featured in a lot of ads, screensavers, shirts, and more.

2. Doge (Kabosu)

One of our top meme stars is Kabosu. It became widely known in 2013. The photo graced online in 2010 and the doge was snapped sitting on a couch with her eyes glaring at the camera sideways. Her raised eyebrows even made it more hilarious.

The glaring doge is now 15 years old

The 15-year-old dog also has an Instagram account.

3. Disaster Girl (Zoe Roth)

The legendary picture originated way back in 2004 when Zoe’s father, Dave Roth captured this moment. She was observing firefighters who were controlling the fire two blocks away from their house in Mebane, North Carolina.

The dad entered the snap in a photography magazine’s competition and won. Since it was published in the magazine, it took social media by storm.

Disaster Girl
The girl still has that smile

Zoe shared, "I'd love for the meme to help me get into or pay for college somehow. But I ultimately want people to know me for me."

4. Side-eyeing Chloe (Chloe)

Another little girl who became one of the meme stars in Chloe. She became viral in 2013 after KAftC uploaded the Lily's Disneyland Surprise… AGAIN on Youtube.

Side Eyeing Chloe
The little girl has her own Instagram account

The two sisters Chloe and Lily were on the way to school when they received the news of a surprise trip to Disneyland.

While Lily was crying with joy, Chloe was giving a disturbing look to the lens like she was unsure about what was happening.

Is Chloe still giving her sister that look? Guess we will never know

If you want to see how Chloe has changed, check out her Instagram account which has nearly 600k followers.

5. Blinking White Guy (Drew Scanlon)

If you have not known, the star in this iconic meme is Drew Scanlon. This GIF originates from a 2013 live stream when he was a video producer at the famous gaming website Giant Bomb.

Blinking White Guy
One moment of blinking and he becomes worldwide viral

Moreover, this is when he was watching Jeff Gerstmann – the editor-in-chief playing a 2-dimensional action-adventure game.

6. Harold Hiding The Pain (András Arató)

Talking about meme stars, it would a lack not mentioning Harold Hiding The Pain. The meme captured András Arató, a senior photography model whose facial expression made it look like he was having suppressed pain.

Harold Hiding The Pain
You may have seen this man somewhere

It all started in September 2011 when the picture was published on the Facepunch forum. The main character also hpsted a TedTalk in Kyiv, Ukraine. In detail, he discussed his life story as a “meme-hero”.

7. Bad Luck Brian (Kyle Craven)

Thus picture became a meme as Ian Davis posted a yearbook pic of his friend Kyle Craven to Reddit. The caption was “Takes driving test .?.?. gets first DUI”.

Bad Luck Brian
He went viral overnight

Before taking this legend, Kyle apparently used a sweater to rub his face, make it red, and posed with an obnoxious smile. This meme is used generally to depict tragic, embarrassing, and unlucky events.

8. Confused Nick Young (Nick Young)

The picture that featured NBA basketballer Nick Young is a screenshot from the Youtube web serial “Thru The Lens."

Confused Nick Young
This is an iconic confused face

This is the part where he made a confused face when his mom said he was “a clown” when he was younger.

9. Trying To Hold A Fart Next To A Cute Girl In Class (Michael McGee)

Another meme star was introduced when Reddit user aaduk_ala shared a photograph and penned it, "Trying to hold a fart next to a cute girl in class".

Trying To Hold A Fart Next To A Cute Girl In Class
We appreciate the efforts you paid in impressing her

Mike McGee said,

"Well, the guy who took the picture has been a good friend of mine since I first moved out here to Texas, so he knew I was able to make the face anytime I wanted. So he wanted to make a funny Twitter caption and told me to make the face. He posted it and like two or three months after he posted it, it took off!"

10. Overly Attached Girlfriend (Laina Morris)

The 2012 meme also remains the top meme stars. Youtuber Laina Morris uploaded a video showing her parody version of Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend. Her personalized lyrics were seen as clingy. On another hand, it was submitted after Bieber's announcement about an online singing contest to promote his “Girlfriend” perfume.

Overly Attached Girlfriend
Morris announced in 2019 that she is quitting the platform for the good

Unluckily, Morris had to cope up with many serious privacy issues after becoming viral. Strangers found her Facebook account and talked to her like friends. Also, people even tried to access her college marks.

11. Aliens Are To Blame For Everything (Giorgio Tsoukalos)

The man behind the viral meme is Giorgio Tsoukalos, a Swiss-born ufologist, writer, producer, and TV presenter. He is mostly famous for his features on the Ancient Aliens TV series.

Aliens Are To Blame For Everything
He looks like Einstein in some angles

Fun fact: He supports the theory that ancient alien astronauts did interact with ancient humans.

12. Good Luck Charlie (Mia Talerico)

The meme came from a part of the famous Disney Channel comedy show “Good Luck Charlie”.

Good Luck Charlie
The "I have no idea" girl is now 12 years old

The picture and the GIF are often utilized as a synonym for “I don’t know”. The little girl in the meme has also grown up now.

13. Sweating Jordan Peele (Jordan Peele)

One of the meme stars is no other than Hollywood star Jordan Peele. This is a capture from the US-aired Key and Peele comedy show. The episode that this hilarious meme came from includes when the character breaks down in sweats as his girlfriend confronted him due to his internet search history.

Sweating Jordan Peele
The September 2013 meme is a mood of almost every man with his browsing history

Apart from this, Jordan Peele is a talented actor-director. His movie Get Out is one of the best horror movies of all-time.

14. Dramatic Dmitry (Vladimir Brest)

In fact, these Dramatic Dmitry pictures are those from Russian musician Vladimir Brest’s Paranoia album. It was released in 2014.

Dramatic Dmitry
"When you're single and All By Myself plays in the middle of the night"

In 2013, the musician said,

"I myself am generally positive. However, I want my songs to be attached to these memes. It is also bad that most of the pictures are obscene. All this is seen by children. I don’t want to be a person guilty of degradation and corruption of the young generation.”

15. Roll Safe (Kayode Ewumi)

Amond all the meme stars then & now images, "Roll safe" man is also a worth-mentioning name. It comes from the Three mini-documentary of BBC in 2016, "Hood Documentary".

Roll Safe
These legends will always be appreciated for the material they provide

The character portrayed by Kayode Ewumi was pointing to his head and smiling after he found a woman "beautiful" as she's "got good brains". He is now 27 years old.

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