Interrupting Meme

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Knock Knock.

Who's there?

Interrupting Article.

Interrupti-- A particular form of Memetic Mutation, generally taking the form of an article, video or similar, in which the subject at hand gets flipped, turned upside-down, so I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, I'll tell you how--, sorry. The subject at hand is overtaken by the meme, to the surprise and chagrin of the viewer. Sometimes these memes go as far as interrupting other memes. (One assumes that should any of these memes face off against each other, the universe would end.)

See also Bait and Switch. The original topic may be left with No Ending. If the original topic was boring anyway, the interruption may serve as a Drop the Cow moment.

Examples of Interrupting Meme include:


  • MORNING RESCUE! (Especially combined with Puella Magi Madoka Magica. And especially in the role of Big Damn Heroes.)
  • Energizer batteries once featured a toy drum-playing rabbit that was still going, even interrupting other (fake) commercials.
  • Old Spice similarly interrupts other (fake) commercials, claiming that it's too powerful to let an ad-break end. (It's probably supposed to run in conjunction with another Old Spice ad, but sometimes it's played in isolation.)

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

  • As of Final Crisis due to The Anti-Life Equation running through all of humanity, some fans have beguALL IS ONE IN Darkseid.



  • This is used in the Interrupting Cow joke, as follows:

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Interrupting cow.


Knock knock.
Who's there?
KGB w-


Live-Action TV


  • A Rickroll can occasionally take this form.
    • Especially with that year Astley Rickrolled all of America during the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
  • As the current page image shows, the Kanye West "Imma let you finish" meme is sometimes used in this-Yo Troper! I'm real happy for ya, and imma let you finish, but this is one of the greatest pages of all time! ONE OF THE GREATEST PAGES OF ALL TIME!!!!-fashion.
  • Sometimes, people will start to write a post, but then their parents will open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk the dinosaur.
  • The monster mash is occasionally used as an alternative to the Bel-Air theme song.

Professional Wrestling


Edge: [Running down the ramp with the Money In The Bank briefcase] I'M CASHING IT IN! I'M CASHING IT IN! RING THE DAMN BELL!


Tabletop Games

Board Games

  • I was going on TV Tropes, thinking about how to add to the Warhammer 40,000 article, when suddenly I heard a rumbling sound. I looked around a bit, and concluded it must be coming from underneath the table my monitor was sitting on. I stood up and looked underneath the table, when, out of nowhere, a frakking Baneblade came out from under my computer, smashed it and the table, then shot up my modem and entire Chaos Space Marine army. How the hell did a 300 ton tank sneak underneath my computer? It would have to take some kind of tactical genius t- CREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDD!
    • It's also damn near impossible to discuss the Imperial Guard, and especially Commissars, witho-*BLAM*
    • Squats (essentially Space Dwarves) are infamous among the fandom, and merely bringing up their name ca
    • There is an infamously terrible unit which shall not be named because otherwise you'll turn into one and being a Chaos Spawn suck-OH GOD I DIDN'T MENAW 0 RWHIOEFEFER 9 IGHERGVJKR

Card Games

  • Magic: The Gathering: Time Stop! [1]
  • The Scornful Egotist is a creature spell that, despite it's flagrantly bad effect, has gathered something of a ALL HAIL THE GREAT LORD EGOTIST.

Tabletop RPG

Video Games

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

Real Life

  • We'd talk about the vuvuzelas at World Cup 2010, but BZZZZBZZZZBZZZZBZZZZBZZZZBZZZBZZZZ
  • The ZX Spectrum USENET newsgroup often has particularly embarrassing statem3w587fuN^NO&*IULYBvilu£%b6viaby5i+++NO CARRIER+++
    • This is most certainly a remnant of the era of FidoNet and similar messaging networks, conected via BBSes before the advent of the Internet. Users usually connected to a BBS via a phone line (one phone line, one user) and they could usually write messages on forums directly on their terminal emulation software instead of using an off-line, separate program. When they were typing the message and the line got suddenly noisy, the software interpreted the line noise as random characters. The "NO CARRIER" was the standard modem response after an interrupted connection; whether the text ended being part of the message or not depended on the software, but it always appeared in the console of the interrupted user; hence the meme.
    • This was later picked up by Slashdot.
  • Attention Deficit Disorder, and the jokes about it like for example "They say I have ADD, but they don't understa- CHICKEN!" and its varia- Ooh Shiny!.

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  1. Unlike other counterspells, once played, Time Stop ends the turn.