Geralt Is A Man Of Few Words And Many Memes

About

Geralt’s “Hmm” is a line frequently used by the character Geralt of Rivia (played by Henry Cavill) in The Witcher Netflix TV series that has since become a meme through use as a reaction image. Using a still captured from the show with the subtitle “Hmm,” it is most often used to react to either an image or caption featured above that evokes a thought-provoking response. The catchphrase has become a commonly used term online with or without the accompanying image, similar in fashion to Geralt’s “Fuck,” which is also sometimes used in conjunction.

Origin

Debuting on December 20th, 2019, The Witcher premiered on Netflix and rapidly saw a large response from several online communities. There are numerous scenes throughout the show featuring Geralt responding simply with “Hmm,” especially in response to something he begrudgingly acknowledges or thinks about.

The original clip used in the meme comes from season one of the series, episode six titled “Rare Species,” where Geralt is sitting by a fire in a tavern conversing with the character Borch Three Jackdaws. At one point during the conversation, Geralt replies with his iconic, “Hmm.” The scene, featured below, shows Geralt wearing his iconic Witcher armor while sitting next to the fireplace alongside Borch and Jaskier the bard.

Spread

After the release of the show, many fans and media outlets noted the frequent usage of the phrase throughout the series and began making various compilations (like the one above), as well as discussing his delivery of the line. A post to r/Witcher by u/Al-Andalusia on December 28th, 2019, with the title “Geralt of Hmmmvia” shows an early example of this. The post went on to receive numerous Reddit awards, over 20,000 upvotes and nearly 500 comments.

The earliest example of the image itself being pulled from the show and used as its current meme format was uploaded to Imgur by ISeeBulge on December 24th. In the following days, Reddit users quickly adopted the meme making several posts across a wide range of subreddits.

The r/NetflixWitcher sub was a common place to find examples of the meme’s early use, one of which comes from u/CarbonatedInsidious on December 27th (shown below). This post garnered over 3,500 upvotes and 47 comments.


Outside Witcher-related subreddits, the meme became a commonly used format related to Minecraft, particularly noting the similarity of the line to that of the villagers within the game. On r/Memes, u/SanGG96 received over 22,000 upvotes and an award for their submission about Minecraft, which was one of the first highly upvoted examples of the Hmm format.

On January 20th, 2020, u/WeakWrecker posted another version with Geralt’s face distorted to r/DankMemes and ultimately became the “Meme of the Week” after netting over 100,000 upvotes (shown here).


When your wife gives birth but you don't feel the dad jokes kicking in and your neighbor has suddenly turned into a comedian: Hmm Forehead Text Photo caption Internet meme Human
Elsewhere online, the meme also saw use on other social media platforms. On the Facebook page “Legends Got Depression” a popular version was reposted to their feed January 22nd, garnering 5,200 likes, 3,200 comments and 31,000 shares.

Various Examples


Me: rebuilds their shit looking village, fights off hordes and hordes of zombies, builds them a new iron golem. Minecraft villager: Hmm made with mematic Henry Cavill Geralt of Rivia Hair Forehead Photo caption Chin Human Internet meme Female orgasms: Oh fuck please, fuck, fuck fuck, god, don't stop, aaaaahjfhegstdhihvhihnnvxsdyn Male orgasms: SWALLOWPOSTING Hmm Henry Cavill Geralt of Rivia The Witcher Forehead Photo caption Human Me: Burns down the whole village Minecraft villager: Hmm Henry Cavill Geralt of Rivia Hair Facial expression Forehead Chin Photo caption Internet meme Human Universe: *exists* Philosophers: Hmm Henry Cavill Geralt of Rivia Hair Forehead Chin Human Photo caption Internet meme how many days ago was the year 2000 Q All 8 Maps E News I More Images Settings Tools About 1,460,000,000 results (0.63 seconds) Count Days 6,969 days 31 December 2000 - 30 January 2020 Hmm nice Henry Cavill Geralt of Rivia Text and in 2020 realising 1820 & 1920 both #coronovirus becomes a thing had plagues Hmm Fuck. Henry Cavill The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Geralt of Rivia Text Human Photo caption

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