The Brief: These memes roast people's ridiculous and unrealistic expectations for profiting off certain situations.

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This image macro surreal meme features Meme Man, also known as Mr. Succ, standing in front of a picture representing the stock market.

The image is captioned with “Stonks” rather than “Stocks” to emphasize false expectations for profits in certain situations. This is an example of a cause and effect/result meme, where someone has mistakenly assumed that the cause will lead to a result of more money. Ironically, the meme is often used to show how someone has actually lost money despite thinking that their decision/action would do the opposite.

nice stonks
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me$irl
byu/salty_saltine3 inme_irl

Meme Man is the main character in the Surreal Memes multiverse. According to Meme Man’s original popularizer, Special Meme Fresh, Meme Man originated on a 4chan board several years ago.

While the meme originated on Facebook, it recently resurfaced on Reddit and has been especially popular on the Dank Memes Subreddit.

Some examples of the meme:

Al’s toy barn
byu/kapt1ve indankmemes

Profit.
byu/Mohamed_Soumeur indankmemes

Hih Stonk Predictions
by indankmemes

There seems to be some confusion amongst meme-makers when it comes to the Stonks Up meme, as there are several iterations that convey an actual gain of some kind. For example, this Keanu Reeves meme:

And that’s a fact.
byu/TonyGRM16 indankmemes

Smh out loud
by indankmemes

Pocket change FTW:

You gotta do what you gotta do $$$
byu/rgkrewso indankmemes