The Brief: This meme is an image of a fist from the children's cartoon, Arthur. It is used to express reactions of anger or frustration.
Arthur‘s clenched fist first became meme material in 2016 after a Twitter user posted the image, which is a still from a scene where Arthur punches his sister. He captioned it “This is just a pic of Arthur’s fist but idk how I feel that it’s just so relatable. So many emotions in one fist.”
After that, people began using the image to express emotions such as rage, resentment, and frustration, pairing it with text to make a viral meme. It has since been modified into countless other versions to make jokes and express emotions.
when you wake up and see you missed the "you up?" text pic.twitter.com/Gxvb3hZ6d5
— FIONA (@fionabfhz) July 28, 2016
John when you tell him he looks like Arthur pic.twitter.com/0NW3NDtAb1
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 21, 2017