The Brief: People are tweeting about hypothetical couples in "bf and gf" Twitter memes.
“GF and BF” Twitter memes present hypothetical heterosexual couples, many of whom are defined by opposite or complementary characteristics. This trend follows the popularity of tweets about “stock market boyfriends” and their “astrology” or “OnlyFans” girlfriends. The GF’s and BF’s in these memes include internet archetypes like gamer BF and gamer GF and other specific types of significant others.
Many of these memes note discrepancies between partners’ social media habits:
bf that never posts on insta gf that tweets every 9 seconds
— cammy🎧🎶 (@b4byfrog) February 8, 2021
viral tweet bf and not very online gf
— Elly Belle, notably not a woman 🔮 (@literElly) February 9, 2021
twitter gf who tweets 10 times a day and twitter bf who last tweeted in 2016
— Hafsa 😔🔪 (@shhhrrek) February 8, 2021
In addition to rehashing relationship stereotypes, some of these memes depict people’s relationship goals or fantasies.
pretty gf and bf who does whatever gf says
— angíe (@444ngie) February 8, 2021
all over the place gf and calm bf
— kiran (@kiranbutbitter) February 8, 2021
obsessed with bf gf and obsessed with gf bf
— sana ♡ (@sp3llb00k) February 8, 2021
Slow eater gf, eats fast and waits patiently bf
— Zahra. (@zahra_rangraje) February 8, 2021
Archaeology bf and Astrology gf
— 𝕭𝖗𝖚𝖏𝖆♡𝕭𝖎𝖙𝖈𝖍 (@brujabitchh) February 8, 2021
Some tweets may recount personal experiences or couples people have observed IRL. They include allusions to both healthy and unhealthy relationships.
tarot gf and emotionally unavailable red-flag bf that her tarot cards warned her about months ago
— 𝕶𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝕲𝖊𝖔𝖗𝖌𝖊 𝐕𝐈 (@ariesmoan) February 9, 2021
improv bf and gf who has settled
— shelby (@shelbytheclown) February 8, 2021
Engineering bf and no gf
— your valentine (@GavinChapman_) February 8, 2021
Low iron gf and will catch you when you fall bf
— aamz & legs (@aaminah_97) February 8, 2021
doesnt drink coffee bf and caffeine headache gf
— 𝘋𝘈𝘙𝘊𝘐𝘌 𝘞𝘐𝘓𝘋𝘌𝘙 (@333333333433333) February 9, 2021
sleepy gf and supportive bf
— ellie 🧚🏼♀️ (@iamcIairoswife) February 8, 2021
gf who constantly sends selfies and bf who tells gf they look beautiful everytime.
— aimee🧘♂️(they/them) (@longh0tsummer) February 8, 2021
People are using this format to post memes about queer couples as well.
astrology gf and stock market gf pic.twitter.com/tkA6qDxpP1
— boobs (@Iebsianism) February 9, 2021
astrology bf and astrology bf pic.twitter.com/2zzZlEJRJo
— tobias💫 (@uglysharkboy) February 8, 2021
Whenever i engage with a “gf/bf” tweet i usually mean it in a nonbinary way sksks
— wilfre (@Wilfreyy) February 9, 2021