In an era where no facial expression and no action is left un-memed, everyone’s favorite honey-loving bear has also become a phenomenon on its own. Meme culture has evolved overtime with a strong focus being on creating jokes that are “salty” and relatable to anyone who views them and tuxedo Winnie the Pooh is no exception.
Also known as a fellow man of culture, this meme came about after an image of Pooh slouching on a couch had a fancy, dinner tux photo-shopped onto it. The meme inially surfaced on 4chan and in early 2019, it was picked up by Reddit users and eventually made it to other social platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
The image of Pooh used in the tuxedo Winnie the Pooh memes is taken from one of the earlier featurrettes of the cartoon dating back to 1974. The image of Pooh dozing off in the armchair was picked up by internet users all the way back in 2013 on 4chan, but it wasn’t until 2019 that a Reddit user dressed Pooh up in his slick black and white tux. Within just 2 days, the meme had more than 58,000 votes.
Becoming a Dank Meme
Tuxedo Winnie the Pooh was used so often that it became a dank meme (a term used to refer to any meme that makes such little sense that it becomes hilarious). The image became the face behind all the memes used to show a sense of overconfidence or performing a foolish or basic task that supposedly made the person feel like they deserved praise and applause.
Evolution of Tuxedo Winnie the Pooh
Since the meme that first floated around on the internet featured a photo-shopped version of Pooh, it was only fair that other internet users add their own unique spin to it. In June 2019, the slouched image of Winnie was merged with the eyes and facial expression from once-viral Pepehands meme.
Other versions of Pooh with headphones also surfaced. Some users also took to changing Pooh’s features to show what the meme looks like on different social media platforms with a particularly burn on TikTok, a relatively new digital platform for sharing video content.
Tuxedo Winnie the Pooh had his moment to shine in early 2019, but unfortunately, it wasn’t popular enough to maintain its virality for more than a few months.
It’s important to note that despite the image being taken from a children’s cartoon, the majority of the memes depicting this sense of self-praise featured adult content and jokes that were meant for an older audience.
The meme hit its peak with a score of 100 on Google Trends in March/April 2019, but apart from that, it has a relatively low trending score with an average of 2/100.