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Arthur's Fist is a reaction image featuring a screen capture of the protagonist Arthur from the titular children's television series holding a clinched fist, which is often accompanied by captions describing various infuriating or frustrating circumstances. The image is taken from the Arthur Punches D.W. scene, notable for inspiring a series of YouTube poop videos.

Origin

On September 6th, 1999, Episode 1 Season 4 of Arthur titled "Arthur's Big Hit" was broadcast, during which Arthur is shown clinching his fist before punching his little sister D.W. for breaking his Bell X-1 model airplane (shown below).

On July 27th, 2016, Twitter user @AlmostJT[1] posted a screen captured image of Arthur's fist, describing the picture as "relatable" for displaying "so many emotions in one fist" (shown below). The original tweet has since been removed.

Spread

On July 28th, 2016, Redditor axedowg submitted the fist image with the caption ”when people say 'Harambe was just a gorilla'” to /r/blackpeopletwitter,[3] where it gathered upwards of 4,800 votes (89% upvoted) and 130 comments within five days (shown below, left). Meanwhile, the Arthur__Hands[2] Twitter feed was launched, featuring various examples of the Arthur fist meme (shown below, right).

That day, Paper Mag[7] and The Daily Dot[8] published articles highlighting notable examples of Arthur fist tweets. On July 30th, Redditor MGLLN posted a photoshop of Arthur's fist punching North Korea to /r/blackpeopletwitter[4] (shown below, left). In 72 hours, the post received more than 6,300 votes (89% upvoted) and 140 comments. On August 1st, Redditor Aerolas submitted a picture of Spongebob Squarepants holding a clenched fist with the caption "Arthur memes are better than Spongebob memes" to /r/blackpeopletwitter[5] (shown below, right). That day, The Verge[6] published an article about trending image titled "The Arthur first meme is the best new meme in a long line of Arthur memes."

LeBron James Usage

On November 7th, 2017, basketball star LeBron James posted a picture of Arthur's fist to his Instagram account[9] with the caption "mood" (shown below). This led to speculation that James was frustrated with his team, as Arthur's Fist is typically used to symbolize frustration.

He responded to questions about the post by simply saying "I like Arthur."[10] Shortly after the post speculation, James posted a compilation of photos pumping his fists in celebration along with Arthur's Fist,[11] apparently indicating that he intended the fist to symbolize him being pumped up. This led SB Nation[12] to speculate if James actually understood what memes meant.

John Legend Costume

On February 21st, 2017, Chrissy Tiegen posted an Arthur's Fist joke in response to people saying her husband, John Legend, looked like Arthur (shown below). Her tweet gained over 216,000 retweets (shown below).


On April 25th, 2018, Legend posted an ad he starred in for Google Duo which referenced the meme. The video gained over 19,000 retweets and 50,000 likes (shown below). The video was covered by Bustle.



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cbeachsands

You tell Arthur Read that he'll never trend on this website again!

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Snagrio

"Memes never die, at least to advertisers."

Ironically, they certainly die when advertisers use them.

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Bill-Stan, Gaijin Supreme

I don't know what's more lethal to memes – Family Guy, or commercials.

That's it. We need to have an advertisement for Family Guy with the most outdated cringiest memes in them and Loss.jpg shoved in there somewhere most un-subtly. If a fucking nuke like that can't kill Loss, then nothing will.

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game4brains

See, you're neglecting the fact that people would just make a loss edit out of that.

Loss is a meme that survives specifically because of its universal applicability; people can and will make loss edits out of anything and everything.

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ImYourAverageMemer

Can people make a loss edit out of this comment?

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Meme Station

shirt and hoodie
https://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1332777-arthurs-fist

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Sanakan_ht

Waiting for a Warhammer version of it.

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Takashi.0

>When the heresy's too much to handle.

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Sanakan_ht

I was expecting for the TTS version, but I created it myself and uploaded it to the gallery.

Anyways, I like what you did there.

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TheLastMethBender

For real tho D.W fucking deserved it

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Yahoo

Don created this article, this must mean it's serious

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Greeneyre

Is it just me or does "Arthur's Fist" sound like a siege weapon in the shape of a massive fist?
Or a sex toy, whatever works

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NITRON

anyone else images this is followed by arthur saying some anime inspired speech before smiting his hell spawn of a sister into oblivion?

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optimus primevil

not a speech but i can give you the exact scene that comes to mind when i see this

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Silvally

When Dio taunts you by kissing yo gurl

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