When James Franco asked: “First time, huh?” in the 2018 movie, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, he probably did not know the simple question would become the famous, first time meme. Ironically, Franco’s character in the movie was an unnamed one. However, the first-time meme seemed to have given the character a name, not in the movie but on the Internet.
Indeed, the Internet never forgets. The first-time meme seems to have made The Ballad of Buster Scruggs an evergreen one. Not only that, fans want to know how to create the meme. If you are one of them, then this article will reveal the important things you need to know.
What is first time meme?
A first-time meme refers to a screen-captured image of a scene where James Franco’s unnamed cowboy character, who was about to be executed on the gallows, asks a fellow death row convict, “First time?” in the 2018 film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The movie was released in November 2018 on Netflix.
The first time meme origin can be traced to September 12, 2018, when Netflix uploaded a trailer for the movie to YouTube. The trailer received more than 1.7 million views in less than three months.
Since then, there have been numerous first-time memes all over the Internet.
How to make first-time meme
To make a meme, you need a meme generator. A meme generator is a free online image maker that lets you add custom resizable text, images and much more to a template.
There are several meme generators you can download online. Once you download one, take the following steps to create your first-time meme:
- Choose a template. There are over a million user-uploaded templates online.
- Simply upload the screenshot of the “first time?” moment on the template. Add some texts
- Add texts or customize the image to your liking using the buttons beside your meme canvas.
- Hit “Generate Meme” and then choose how to share and save your meme. You can share the meme on your social media accounts through your phone or other devices.
Top 10 first-time memes
Now that you know what a first-time meme means and how to create one, let us go ahead to present the top 10 memes you can find on the Internet.
10. Raising children is hard
Only parents can relate to this one. As soon as you bring a child into the world, just say bye-bye to sleep and prepare for frequent headaches from lack of sleep. If sleeping is your hobby, well… sucks to be you.
9. Yeah, we’ve all been there
Well, women have been controlled by the patriarchal world from time immemorial. So, being made to take the COVID vaccine during the height of the virus is nothing new to female folks. Men should join the queue.
Sisters, should I increase the volume?
8. Bitcoin craze
Bitcoin made overnight millionaires, especially during its inception in 2009. Since then, it has become the popular alternative currency for business transactions. It is especially sweet when you make money using Bitcoin for the first time.
7. England to Spain
EURO 2020 is one to remember as England lost the final on home soil to the winners, Italy, via a penalty shootout. Some 24 years earlier, The Three Lions lost, also on home soil, to Germany in EURO 1996 semi-final via the same penalties.
In the FIFA World Cup 2022, Spain lost to Morocco in the quarterfinals via the same penalty shootout.
Guess Spain should take coping lessons from England.
6. Lion King
The Lion King is an iconic animated movie by Walt Disney. People born in the 80s and 90s could relate to that emotional scene where the lion king, Mufasa, dies due to his brother’s treachery. The 2019 remake was a live-action recreated, very emotional scene.
Kids of these days may have cried, and so did we in those years.
5. Losing your virginity
Sex is an eye-opener for anyone who is doing it for the first time. It introduces you to your sexuality, especially when it is a mind-blowing experience.
Firstborns can relate. When you are an only child, you have all your parents’ love and attention. Then you have a sibling, and the attention is divided. When you are the middle child, well, appreciate the little that will come your way because the last born takes it all.
Meanwhile, e no concern firstborn. They are even expected to act as parents to their younger siblings instead of fighting for attention.
3. First come, first served
Well, there is one good thing about experiencing something bad first. You get over it first and console others after you. Older siblings often serve as human templates for their younger siblings.
2. Seen it all
Queen Elizabeth II may be dead, but she had lived through some of the worst times in human history. They include World War I, World War II, the London Train bombing and the COVID-19 pandemic. No wonder she was the longest-reigning monarch in Europe.
1. The origin
This is the original first-time meme that started the trend. On November 25 2018, a Twitter user, @Ayub_dz, posted a screenshot of the moment with the caption: “When you’re hiding from a school shooter and the foreign exchange student starts crying.” The tweet received more than 37,000 retweets and 131,000 likes in five days (shown above).
More memes have been uploaded on the Internet since then.
There is always something we do for the first time. Sometimes they are normal; sometimes, they are ridiculous. Either way, we want to express our first experience, and the first-time meme will do it perfectly.
Memes are great ways to express ourselves in these days of social media and the Internet. First-time memes have trended for years. In case you are looking for how to create your own, or you just want to laugh at the available ones online, you can see they are pretty easy to find.
I hope you like the memes and do not forget to share them with family and friends.
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