This little guy has become one of the most well-known GIFs used regularly to express surprise or disgust.
His name is Emerson, and the popular GIF came from a viral video off of YouTube featuring little Emerson playing happily with his throne of toys, that is, until his mother would blow her nose. This would scare the baby temporarily, reacting with such surprise that the internet immediately fell in love with him.
The most well-known moment comes at 00:43
In early 2011, this video of two babies seemingly talking to each other in complete gibberish hit the front page of Reddit, leading it to be posted pretty much everywhere else on the internet and then on television a few weeks later.
Remixes and other videos were made immediately, most notably by comedian Patton Oswalt. With over 200 million views, the video has made the babies involved some of the most internet-famous babies in history. It’s like they’re making fun of us. In the right state of mind, this video could lead you to an existential crisis.
There’s nothing better than a baby’s laughter. This little baby is just having himself a great time listening to (who we presume is) his dad making sounds. This could easily be the best day of his life so far.
He was also one of the first babies to go viral once YouTube began, garnering over 150 million views across multiple videos, getting on countless news stations and even being the choice clip shown to The Queen of England upon her visiting YouTube headquarters in 2008.
Over half a billion views. The kids from “Charlie Bit My Finger,” a video featuring a kid and his baby brother who keeps biting his finger, has been seen by more people than most of your favorite TV shows.
And all these kids had to do was be insanely adorable.
You’ve seen “Success Kid” before. Plenty of times. He’s a little man named Sammy whose mom took a picture of him that went up on Getty Images in 2007. Then in 2008, the popular photoshop of “Success Kid” (then known as the “I Hate Sand Castles” kid) made the rounds on sites like MySpace.
Once this took off, Sammy became extremely common throughout the internet as a picture anyone can use to express their excitement at something relatively mundane.
And once he was made into an Advice Animal (first seen in this form as uploaded to Reddit), much like most other Advice Animal memes, he became ubiquitous around the web.
Easily one of the most watched videos of 2009, if not the biggest viral video that year. This little tyke’s name is Cory. Cory’s parents were so pleased by his instant internet fame when the video of him dancing to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” (which is a whole meme in of itself), that they made the baby a Twitter account, T-shirts, and capitalized on their internet stardom as quickly as you probably should.
(Follow the baby on @BabyCory)
The greatest shortcut ever taken by a baby in any internet video with nearly 5 million views.
The video was originally uploaded to YouTube by a Redditor named Stardestroyer65 (likely a Star Wars fan) who shot this video of his daughter playing with her toys, then seeing a car fall on the ground, which led to her laughing like a supervillain at the demise of the small imaginary people in the car.
Various video manipulations were made once the thing went viral, and the video was soon given the Imperial Death March and various other songs that made the child’s victory over the car seem so evil, yet adorable.
Just a viral YouTube video featuring exactly what it sounds like, with over 15 million views. It is pretty cute how surprised and delighted the parents are by what had just happened.
Babies make for good memes because they’re tiny and unassuming. And what are they doing? Why are they doing those funny poses?
Sometimes, it’s to celebrate, as with the unsavory yet hilarious Third World Success Kid. Due to his circumstances, he relishes in the small victories, like surviving malaria and not knowing who Snooki is.
Sometimes, the meme kid’s gesture and expression serves as a warning. The How Do I Put This? Baby gives cautionary advice to family, friends, and strangers.
When life hands you lemons and you don’t really know what they are because you’re just a baby, you’re in for a sour surprise. But oh, the faces you’ll make! You could be an internet celebrity! This one is my favorite.
Is he threatening you? Or is he just messing with you? That’s the mystique of the Kung Fu Baby, who waves his arms in a menacing fashion and then gives you the fuzzy eyeball. All I’m saying is that if I saw my own infant pull something like that, I’d maybe zip him up in a suitcase.
Miniatures? Check. Puppets? Check. Giant drunk baby staggering all over the place, knocking over stuff like it’s nothing, picking food off strangers’ plates and spitting up everywhere? Jackpot. In this trailer for his short film Las Palmas, Swedish filmmaker Johannes Nyholm nails my Friday nights at the Cha Cha Lounge.
As soon as this video hit the internet, people fell in love with it, giving the filmmaker some great exposure, but more importantly, showing us how we are clearly all children when we drink too much.
The Shaytards Youtube channel began in October 2008 when the patriarch of the family, ShayCarl, filmed himself talking about wanting to lose weight. More than 1,200 video posts and nearly half a billion views later, the Shaytards may be the most prolific — and happiest — family vloggers in all of history.
Events documented vary from the mundane to the milestone, including youngest of four, baby Rocktard’s birth, first steps, and first words.
One of the first viral videos of all time, as well as one of the most ubiquitous, this is a viral baby that started in the only way something could in 1996: email chains.
Originally a sample file from a 3-D computer animation software, this GIF/video was soon given the soundtrack of “Hooked on a Feeling” by Rusted Root (originally by BJ Thomas), and was sent around LucasArts by the person who did it. Eventually, the people who originally sent the email around started getting it back from other people in the company and soon afterwards, from friends of theirs from around the world.
It got so huge that it even made it on the then-popular TV series “Ally McBeal,” which is sometimes credited for having brought the baby to fame, but much like most viral videos and internet memes, it started the way anything else does on the internet: with nerds.
With over 5 million views worldwide, this is one of the most famous (early) viral clips from 2006, when YouTube was but wee baby itself.
It made a huge splash on YouTube early on. It really is the weirdest one on this list, but really plainly shows you that this kid’s parents do a lot of one kind of thing while he’s in the same room.