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The 13 Best Memes That Lived & Died in 2016

From Eugene Krabs' hazy whirlwind to Arthur's livid fist-clenching, the memes in 2016 had us spinning all around. Did your favorite make the list?

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Why use words when you can use a meme?

This year was ripe with viral quips—most of them inexplicable in their rise to fame, but inescapable nonetheless. Harambe aside (sorry, you won't see our fallen primate on this list), Arthur the aardvark saw a resurgence online in 2016, along with Kermit the Frog (or Tea Lizard, depending on what you feel like calling him) and Mr. Krabs.

But why should I keep talking about memes? Just experience them yourself! Click through to see the most overused memes of 2016.

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Arthur's fist

Whenever you were mad but didn't want to cause a scene, Arthur's clenched fist perfectly expressed how you were feeling.

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Crying Jordan

Seeing your hero break down into joyful tears is always an odd thing to see, and that's why 2016 kept circulating the moment over and over and over and over and over...

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Dark Kermit

Kermit, who is best known for drinking sassy tea (and, you know, being a Muppet), got a new role this year, when he outed your inner demon.

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When you know better, but have to keep your mouth shut, Conceited's clip from a freestyle battle is here to explain.

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Name a more iconic duo...I'll wait

Posted as a joke, one Twitter user trolled people when she called Kylie and Kendall Jenner "iconic." Now people can't stop showing them up.

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Delete your account

With perhaps the craftiest, most succinct burn of the entire 2016 election, Hillary Clinton swiftly shut down Donald Trump. The meme quickly died after that.

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"Respect people's privacy bless up thank u"

DJ Khaled and his ever-flowing stream of meme-ifiable monologues provided these words of wisdom.

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Perhaps the most famous child on the internet since Honey Boo Boo, Gavin has a reaction to everything.

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Honey Bun Baby

Babies make the darndest faces...and the darndest memes. Lil' baby Ashton has no idea how famous he is.

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Hazy Mr. Krabs

Mr. Krabs's world is a blur, and that's why his meme is perfect for those times when you don't know WTF is going on.

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Me at the beginning of 2016 vs. me at the end of 2016

Ah, the sweet duality of life. Just like actors can take on both light and dark roles, so can you, my friend, especially after a particularly rough year.

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Dumb face

Hey, remember the presidential debates? Donald Trump gave us a bevy of ridiculous reaction GIFs that will hopefully die in 2016 like democracy did.

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U Name It

Thanksgiving is all about the food, and so is Shirley Caesar, a preacher who was remixed into a hit song that spread throughout the Internet.

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