The Brief: This image macro meme format uses password strength ratings as a metaphor for things that are weak vs. strong.

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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.

Love is strong
byu/DanKrug2 indankmemes

“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy/There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti” – Eminem, “Lose Yourself”

Do I detect mom’s spaghetti?
byu/kingofthelol indankmemes

The weak/strong password format is similar to other compare and contrast meme formats like Drake yes/no memes, Kombucha Girl reaction memes, and buff Doge vs. crying Cheems memes.

Password strength memes have lots of untapped potential — invest!
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300 Meters of Dank Range
byu/N907P indankmemes

Made you look
byu/gloriousstiffer indankmemes

I hope I can remember it!
byu/M1chaelSc4rn incomedynecromancy

A reference to how Redditors often react when a post of theirs blows up:

Had to be said
byu/udipadhikari indankmemes

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.

The children were fast but the sword was faster
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Cursed imagery
byu/AmericanCrusade69 indankmemes