The 12 Most Petty Memes You Can Use

When you're petty and you know it, pick a meme

Blonde-haired woman wearing white shirt with crossed arms looks annoyed
Woman is not amused. LightFieldStudios / iStock / Getty Images

Petty memes express our less-than-kind thoughts or feelings about a situation, behavior, or person. When you are all out of sugar and spice, have no energy left to be nice, and just can’t even… it’s obviously time to break out the petty – the petty memes, that is.

What Do Petty Memes Mean?

No matter how sweet and kind a person is, we all have those moments where the sugar-coating has all cracked and chipped away. Insert the petty meme. Petty memes have a range of undertones, such as sarcastic, shallow, annoyed, patronizing, condescending, rude, playfully snarky, or sometimes just downright mean. Yet, somehow, they’re always incredibly funny too.

How are Petty Memes Used?

Most people use petty memes as a way to “blow off steam” when they’re just too irritated to deal with a person or situation. Generally, petty memes are not used to call out a specific person, but rather to release frustration to the masses (or at least your friends list) and possibly have a laugh to break the tension. While secretly, a person might hope the undisclosed target of their petty meme will realize their behavior matches the meme and make changes, this rarely (read, never) happens.

Examples of Petty Memes:

Let’s break down some examples of petty memes to explore this concept a little further.

Example #1:

Image: Willy Wonka (a.k.a. The Condescending Wonka)

Text: Please tell me more

Meaning: The person this meme is intended for is likely incorrect, lying, or babbling total nonsense in way that is humorous or displays them for the foolish show-off they are.


Example #2:

Image: Woman rolling her eyes

Text: I just rolled my eyes so hard… I saw my brain

Meaning: The person this meme is intended for has done or said something so annoying or stupid that the resulting eye rolling reflex is strong enough to (figuratively, of course) cause the eyes to flip back far enough to view the brain.


Example #3:

Image: Animated man in a suit holding up one hand as if in warning

Text: Hey, train wreck, this isn’t your station

Meaning: Mind your own business. Nothing to see here, move along. You were not invited to this situation.

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Who is Felicia? And Where is She Going?

Will Smith with one arm in the air snapping fingers
See ya, Felicia!.

Bye, Felicia! It’s a classic (from the 1995 movie Friday starring Ice Cube) and it’s delightfully petty. Leaving a toxic workplace? Bye, Felicia! Removing an intolerable frenemy from your life? Bye, Felicia! Getting rid of the worst boyfriend or girlfriend in the history of the world? Bye, Felicia!

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Your Small Foolish Mind Amuses Me

Condescending Willy Wonka Please Tell Me More
Wonka is fascinated by your foolishness.

The famous meme character, Condescending Wonka, is simply perfect for pettiness. Use this meme when the person you’re dealing with is just too clueless, too self-important, too much of a know-it-all, and just doesn’t ever shut up… or all of the above.

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Is That a Cerebellum I See?

Woman with black hair rolling her eyes
I can see my medula oblongata from here.

This is the meme for those moments when you just can’t even! When faced with such extreme annoyance, the eye rolling reflex is uncontrollable. The strength of this reflex is directly related to the level of stupidity of the other person. This particular case is extreme.

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Well Just Bless Your Heart!

White background with black font that reads: Me, jealous of you? Bless your delusional heart.
Bless your heart!.

Lest anyone doubt which way you mean it, “bless your heart” can be clarified with plenty of petty adjectives… delusional, neurotic, two-faced, phony, crazy, or simpleton. This gem of a saying from the South works so well in so many situations.

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Dislike is a Two-Way Street

Dr. House gives sarcasm when he dislikes stupid.
No stupid, no sarcasm.

Everyone has something they just don't like. Stupid people don't like foreign languages they don’t understand (ahem, sarcasm). Sarcastic people don't like dealing with so much stupidity.

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You’re* Their* Too*

Orange background with saying that reads: I am silently correcting your grammar
Always. Every single thing you post. Proper grammar is a virtue.

This meme is for all of the grammar police, all over the world. When you get tired of posting corrections in the comments with * or you can’t read a person’s post without one of your eyes starting to twitch, just drop this meme in the comments instead. Besides, if someone doesn’t know their there from their they’re and their their, do you even want to know them?

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Does This Story Have an End? Or at Least an Intermission?

Boss saying: If you could just get to the point, that'd be great
Is there a point? There should definitely be a point.

We’ve all come across the never-ending post at some point in our social media lives. It’s usually a story about some random happening in Stephen’s day that starts out interesting but quickly devolves into seven subplots, four parallel stories, and nine flashbacks. By the end (if we make it to the end), we’re left wondering what Gina even has to do with it, what happened to Coach Bell, and what does it all mean? Was there even a point?

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All Aboard! Next Stop… Not Yours!

Animated man in a suit with holding up his hand saying: Hey, train wreck, this isn't your station
Not your station. Not your train. Not your rail line.

We all know that one person who has to get involved in everyone else’s business as if it’s their mission in life to ride every crazy train to Dramaville… and derail it for maximum mayhem. Meanwhile, they seem completely oblivious to the disaster zone of their own life.

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What Language are you Speaking?

Beyonce saying: Wait, what!? Sorry I don't speak basic
Beyonce doesn't speak your language. Neither do smart people.

Who better than Queen Bey for a petty little meme to fend off the basic people? You know the type, the people who do everything possible to copy the crowd rather than stand out from the crowd. No pizzazz, no razzle-dazzle, no magnificent displays of individuality… just plain, average, following everyone else off the cliff while taking spider-eyed, duck-faced selfies. Just. So. Basic.

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Cue the Laugh Track!

Black background with white writing that reads: I'm glad you're learning to laugh at yourself. That was getting kind of awkward for the rest of us.
Laugh at yourself and the world laughs with you or at you.

What a relief it is… when that one person who takes themselves far too seriously no matter how ridiculous their argument, finally lets out even the smallest giggle and thus grants permission for everyone else to release the laughter they’ve been struggling to hold in.

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Is it Crazy in Here, or Just You?

Animated woman with caption: I have two words for you, get help
The help you need is the professional kind.

When a person’s crazy reaches the what on this big blue earth is wrong with you level, it’s quite appropriate to refer that person to a professional. We mere petty people are not adequately trained and compensated to deal with such extreme lunacy.

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Ow! The Stupid! It Hurts!

Blue background with black writing comparing how death hurts others but not you, and the same is true of stupidity
Your stupid is painful.

Be kind and remember that some people are deeply affected by stupid. It causes them tremendous pain and possibly years of costly therapy.