The Brief: This meme of a police officer running has been used to convey both running away from something in fear as well as running towards another person, as if to attack them.

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In this meme, an exaggeratedly-large, animated police officer is seen running across the street, intent on reaching someone or something on the other side. It’s unclear why the the meme was made from a pixelated image.

The subject of the meme is hyper-masculine, swoll police officer, Earl Devereaux from the 2009 film, Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsThe character is known for taking his job very seriously and constantly showing off his athleticism whenever possible, just as we see in this meme.

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The meme has recently become popular on Reddit meme-maker threads, like Dank Memes. 

Some variations capitalize on the character’s job as a police officer, showing him determinedly running towards something/someone as if to defend them from danger.

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While in others, the officer is racing towards a goal, the implication being that first one there takes the W.

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The officer’s aggression has also been likened to pesky computer applications that consistently send pushy reminders, like Spotify and Steam.

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Alternative versions focus less on the officer and more on instances in which someone might be running.

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