The Brief: This image macro meme format uses password strength ratings as a metaphor for things that are weak vs. strong.
Weak vs. strong password memes reference the relatable experience of typing in a new password, only to have a website rate it as “weak.” While some platforms allow users to set weak passwords, others require that they meet certain security standards to be considered strong enough to use. This meme format, which is popular on Reddit, features an image of a password form, with one password marked as “weak” and the other as “strong.”
This password format is often used to juxtapose two things, adding comedic exaggerations and jokes. Variations of these memes have been circulating online for years and they had a spike in popularity on the Dank Memes subreddit in August 2020.
A reference to how Redditors often react when a post of theirs blows up:
Some variations of weak vs. strong passwords include dark humor and hint at violence by pairing someone or something weak and vulnerable with a weapon.