In recent years, the release of movie trailers for highly-anticipated properties have taken on an almost circus-like atmosphere to them. People await the trailer’s release with bated breath and then quickly dissect every last morsel of information made available in said trailer. This is simply the way of things now. In the case of the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, one of the things that stood out the most hungry fans was the inclusion of a new, cute alien creature known as the Porg.
Much as how fans reacted to the introduction of BB-8 in the trailer to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans adopted porgs with a great amount of… ahem…. force, and by the time the movie actually came out, porgs were already a major part of popular culture. After they were hilarious and adorable all throughout The Last Jedi, fans were even more invested in the cute little creatures. Their expressive features made them easy fodder for internet memes, where, let’s be honest, images of cats and cute videos of dogs reign supreme. With that in mind, here are some of the most adorable Porg memes from around the internet. Set your blasters to squee.
15. THAT FEELING WHEN…
Perhaps the most popular usage of memes in general on the internet is as a stand-in for what you might be feeling at any given moment. You know, instead of saying to someone, “I think your views are dumb,” you would just post a meme that says basically the same thing, but in a more humorous or biting way. That’s partially why Porgs have become so popular for memes, because they seem like they can say so much for us.
The shot of the Porg shouting as it travels on the Millennium Falcon, for instance, has been used for a bunch of different memes. These are usually based around how the Porg looks to be feeling at the moment: a heady mix of fear, anger and angry fear. Obviously, for many of us, that is a relatable feeling. For instance, that feeling when you discover that your little brother wrecked your science project? You are as angry as this Porg appears to be.
14. RESISTANCE IS CUTE-ILE!
People tend to associate things that have similar names, so it was no surprise when one of the first things that people began to match the Porgs up with were the evil cyborg collective known as the Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation. One of the reasons for this was the fact that there was a whole pile of Porgs on the planet where Luke was staying, so that made it easy to make “Porg collective” jokes.
However, more enterprising folks then began to edit the shouting Porg from the trailer into becoming a sidekick to Captain Jean-Luc Picard when he was assimilated into the Borg and became Locutus. It’s scary and adorable at the same time! Speaking of Picard, couldn’t you just imagine the Porg shouting out “There are four lights!”
13. WE SECOND THAT EMOTION
The stunning work that the designers of the Porgs did in the graphics of the creature have given them a shocking level of expressiveness. The two most common Porgs that we have seen pop up in memes is the shouting Porg from the trailer and then the sad-looking Porg from a different part of the movie.
The sad-looking Porg has been a perfect template for all sorts of memes that involve the Porg saying various deep and/or dark views about life. Seen through the lens of a sad Porg, these statements take on a whole new level of sadness/bleakness. We suspect that the sad Porg would write some really depressing poetry in high school that would bum out all of their friends and family.
12. THE ADAPTABILITY OF PORGS
Porgs have proven to be hilariously adaptable into other memes, as they look a lot like some of the other animals that have been the subjects of some notable memes. For instance, a very popular meme has been the concept of Sea-Lioning (coined by artist David Malki), where a woman is shown saying that she doesn’t care for Sea lions and then a sea lion hounds her over her comments.
This is to symbolize a certain type of online poster who will “polite” you to death while still being a jerk behind the politeness — you just want to be left alone, but they insist on arguing with you, using feigned “politeness” to argue that they should be allowed to do so. Here, the Porg has been adapted into being an annoying, mansplaining creature like the sea lion.
11. THE OTHER OTHER WHITE MEAT
The big shocker for fans watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi is that once Chewbacca was introduced to the adorable and cuddly Porgs, he promptly captured, killed and roasted one of them! It was hilarious and unsettling at the same time.
Taking the idea that, at the heart of it, Porgs are an animal that can be turned into a delicacy as much as any other animal (like, say, a chicken), this meme goes one step further and has the Porgs turned into Chicken McNuggets (well, Porg McNuggets, that is). Also, the added piece of disturbing hilarity is that their screams are memorialized on their McNuggets, making it a haunting collection of Porg tenders. We wonder if they pair well with the green milk that Luke drank in The Last Jedi.
10. SOMETHING’S COOKING
Jim Henson was always trying to think of new gags for his famous creations, the Muppets, and his son Brian would recall his father driving while listening to a tape of “How to Speak Mock Swedish.” Henson would use the gibberish language to come up with nonsensical recipes for sandwiches and other super random things. That was the inspiration for what ultimately became the character of the Swedish Chef.
The concept of the character is that no one can understand the Chef, who speaks in gibberish, with the most common phrases being some variation of, “Bork Bork Bork.” Naturally, then, the “bork” translated beautifully to “Porg” and now the Chef is being depicted as trying to slaughter a Porg so that he can prepare him for a delicious supper.
9. A PORGIAN RHAPSODY
As shown above, the two most famous Porg images on the internets are of the shouting Porg from the Millennium Falcon and the sad Porg. Oddly enough, this isn’t the shot of the Porg from Ahch-To that gave Chewbacca a sad look as Chewie was trying to chow down on the Porg that he had killed. No, this is a shot from later in the film when the Porgs settle into the Millennium Falcon. So the look is probably meant to be more serene than scared.
A few brilliant meme-creators came up with the idea of pairing the two images together to match different lyrics from Queen’s hit song, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” specifically the different points in the song where the song’s narrator is sad and then excited.
8. MOVIE SEQUELS + CUTENESS = AWESOME
The Porgs were among the breakout characters of 2017’s The Last Jedi, which was a sequel to 2015’s The Force Awakens. A year earlier, 2016’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a sequel to 2014’s first Guardians film. Just like how the Porgs were an adorable addition to the cast of the Star Wars film, so, too, was Baby Groot a cute addition to the Guardians. After Groot seemingly died in the first film, we see him slowly re-growing at the end of the movie.
In the sequel, he acts like a toddler throughout the film, including a moment where Groot seems like it doesn’t know how to handle a dangerous bomb. Its confusion over whether to press the button (that would kill them all) or not was hilarious. In this cute team-up, the Porg is on the scene, as well, to help Groot out!
7. LOOKING TWICE
In 2017, perhaps the most popular internet meme was based on an amusing set of stock photographs that a photographer took on a group of models. The photographer had the same basic group of models posing in a number of set-ups for stock photos that would then be sold to sites that needed images. However, people soon became obsessed with the seeming story that the photos told, of a boyfriend who has a wandering eye and checks out another girl right in front of his girlfriend.
This photo was then adapted into memes where the boyfriend would symbolize different people and each of the girlfriends would symbolize different people. In this particular instance, the boyfriend is Star Wars fans and his old girlfriend is the Ewoks while the new girl catching his eye is the Porgs.
6. DEJA VU, ALL OVER AGAIN
In the classic 1992 film, Groundhog Day, Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is stuck in Punxsutawney for the celebration of Groundhog Day, the day when the ceremonial groundhog (named) Punxsutawney Phil exits his home and, depending on whether he sees his shadow or not, the world will have a short or a long winter.
Of course, things go terribly wrong for Phil when a snowstorm keeps him stuck in Punxsutawney and when he wakes up the next day, it is Groundhog Day all over again! He is seemingly doomed to repeat Groundhog Day for all eternity. At one point, he decides that the only way to stop the time loop is to kill Punxsutawney Phil, so he kidnaps him and drives them both to their deaths. It doesn’t work. This cute meme swaps a Porg in for Punxsutawney Phil.
5. PORG TAKEOVER
An amusing trend in internet memes is to take a movie poster and use photo-editing tools to change the people on the film’s poster. This was famously used recently for the Avengers: Infinity War poster when Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye was missing from the large group poster. So enterprising fans then edited Renner’s Hawkeye into every character on the poster.
Similarly, fans have been going through old Star Wars movie posters and editing Porgs into the place of all of the characters. The one that this has worked the best with is clearly Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, since “Porg” slides into the place of “Rogue” very nicely. Let’s face it, there’s no way that we wouldn’t all want to see Porg One if it were real, right?
4. ARTSY PORGS
In the famous sequence in the Millennium Falcon where the Porg is shouting, it isn’t really upset. It’s actually very excited. It is pumped about flying along in the Falcon (as they show up at just the right time to save the day). Of course, someone shouting because they’re excited and someone shouting because they’re upset looks basically the same in the grand scheme of things.
Because of this, the screaming Porg works really well when it is edited into Edvard Munch’s famous painting, The Scream. You could imagine a whole art gallery filled up with just Porgs edited into famous paintings. Couldn’t you just see a bunch of Porgs sitting around a table playing poker? What kind of smile would a Porg deliver on the Mona Lisa?
3. PORG AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
In 1980, Bill Murray starred in a semi-biographical film about the life of Hunter S. Thompson called When the Buffalo Roam. Murray spent so much time with Thompson that he had essentially taken on the persona of Thompson. Years later, Murray reflected, ” I took on another persona and that was tough to shake. I still have Hunter in me.”
The film was later re-made by Terry Gilliam as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (spotlighting one specific Thompson book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, rather than merging a bunch of Thompson’s books together, like Where the Buffalo Roam did), with Johnny Depp as Thompson. Here, you can see that the spirit of Thompson has also taken over a Porg, as this mash-up from a scene of Thompson shouting from the film has transitioned beautifully to a shot of the shouting Porg.
2. PEEPING PORGS
Bob Clark was a B-movie filmmaker in the 1970s, when he directed and produced the surprise hit slasher film, Black Christmas, in 1974. He then moved to Canada, where he pursued a film career, moving on to higher brow fare. However, for years he had dreamed of doing a story about his youth growing up in Florida. Finally, in 1982, he put his stories of his youth into what would become, essentially, the first teen sex comedy, Porkys.
The movie would become a surprise smash success, briefly being the highest-grossing comedy in the history of film! Clark would later go on to do the classic film, A Christmas Story. Here, the infamous scene in Porkys where the teens spy on their classmates through a hole in the shower is filled with a Porg!
While one of the most acclaimed horror films in history, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining deviated a great deal from the original Stephen King novel it was based on. Not only that, but Jack Nicholson would also occasionally improvise some scenes within the film as Jack Torrance, the groundskeeper at a hotel who goes insane and tries to kill his family.
The most famous was when Nicholson is cutting through his wife’s door to try to kill her and he shouts, “Here’s Johnny!” a reference to how Ed McMahon would introduce Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Kubrick had lived in England for years, so he had never actually seen Carson’s Tonight Show, so he had no idea what Nicholson was doing. Here, it is now a Porg shouting instead of Jack.
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