Another benign violation: The Success Kid Meme

Occasionally, I come across something that is funny (to me), and I am struck by how it is consistent with the benign violation theory. example

The latest: Success Kid meme.

The benign violation theory proposes that humor occurs when a situation is simultaneously seen as wrong, unsettling or threatening (i.e., a violation) and okay, acceptable or safe (i.e., benign).

A recent blog post about memes pointed out how to create the Success Kid meme:

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As it says, you start with a potentially bad ending that turns out out positively, or as I would say:

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Here are a couple of good ones that fit the theory:

 

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PS I suspect that at some later point I will need to tackle the Third World Kid meme controversies.

2 responses to “Another benign violation: The Success Kid Meme”

  1. Laney Griner

    I’m “Success Kid”s mom and Benign Violation very accurately describes how it feels to have your child suddenly become a meme. Though it’s mostly pretty great.