Ever heard of Rage Faces or Rage Comics? Spending a lot of time on social networking sites has most likely exposed you to a strange phenomenon called the Internet meme.
An Internet meme is usually a photo, video or general idea from the Internet that gets passed around rapidly from one user to another. These photos or videos become so popular that they help reshape and redefine Internet culture, thus being defined as “memes.”
Rage faces--otherwise known as Internet meme faces--are funny and exaggerated comics or pictures that depict everyday life situations. The following is a list of some of the funniest and most popular faces that are used.
The “Okay” meme face is just what it sounds like—a funny face looking downward, almost self-consciously, looking like he’s quietly muttering the word “okay” under his breath. This funny face is often used to depict someone agreeing to something when he or she really doesn’t want to agree to it, or when he or she agrees to it anyway in order to feel included.
This is a face that represents those moments when a person has nobody around to talk to or spend time with when company is actually preferred. This meme face is regularly used to tell stories relating to single life, relationship troubles or friendlessness. It’s a funny face that is used to exaggerate and make fun of the loneliest of times.
The “Rage Guy” meme face is used to illustrate those regular life situations when something just doesn’t go your way and before you know it, curses are flying out of your mouth. Whether you’re having a bad hair day or realizing you’re late for work because you can’t get the car started, the “Rage Guy” face can be applied to almost anything that’s unpleasant.
The “Poker Face” meme face is expressionless and only features two beady eyes and a straight line across the face for a mouth. This face is mainly used to illustrate awkward and often embarrassing social situations in which the “Poker Face” guy always exhibits a blank, emotionless facial expression.
The “Aww Yea Guy” meme face is always used to express excitement or to recognize an accomplishment. He’s seen leaning backwards and shouting “aww yea” as if he has succeeded at something or as if he was congratulating somebody.
“LOL” stands for “laugh out loud,” which is the most common way to express laughter on the web. The “LOL Guy” face is for the individual who likes let his inner silliness shine through. The “LOL Guy” meme face laughs at almost everything. Showing off his googly eyes and his big lips, he is characterized by comedy and general goofiness.
The Spanish phrase “me gusta” translates to “it pleases me” or “I like it” in English. The “Me Gusta” meme face is characterized by a very round head, scrunched up facial features and bulging, bloodshot eyes. The face is typically used to respond to awkward situations or disgusting events.
Also known as “Coolface,” this guy is used to imply one’s intention to troll another. In other words, the “Trollface” meme face acts to make fun of others and is used to exhibit feelings of satisfaction from seeing others suffer. His face is characterized by a huge grin and mischievous eyes. He often asks, "Problem?" directed to a specific person in a bad situation, as if to purposely annoy them.
“Y U NO” stands for “why you no” in plain English, which is incorrect grammar for “why don’t you.” The term “Y U NO” is often used in SMS texting as a way to complain about something or bring someone’s attention to a certain issue. The “Y U NO” meme face has a round head and a displeased looking face. He is always holding up his hands in a way to add dramatic emphasis to his complaint.
There are two versions of this “Oh Crap” meme face. They both depict a pretty detailed sketch drawing of a person throwing their head back and scowling at a specific situation or individual. The angrier of the two meme faces actually has red eyes and large teeth. These faces are used to emphasize anger, confusion, surprise and disgust.