The Brief: "Ah yes, enslaved" memes are a from a surreal meme format that gives new names to everyday objects.
“Ah yes, enslaved” memes first appeared on Reddit in April 2019 as an image of the Meme Man, and a water bottle with the caption “ah yes, enslaved moisture.” The Meme Man (also featured in Stonks Memes) is a character based on a 3D image of a human head who often shows up in surreal memes.
Variations of this meme switch out the water bottle and the word moisture for other everyday objects and new names for them. The general idea behind many these memes is that many modern inventions are made up of materials that could be viewed as “enslaved” when they’re channeled to be made into something else. Other variations riff on the meme format itself or other ways in which an object could be renamed as something that’s “enslaved.”
“Ah yes, enslaved” memes may not be obviously funny to most people. This “fake deep” image macro format serves largely as an inside joke for those deeply immersed in ironic and surreal meme culture.
These memes are particularly popular on Reddit but have spread to other social media platforms as well. An entire Instagram account dedicated to these memes has over 1,400 f0llowers.
Bottle of water = enslaved moisture
Treadmill = enslaved road = domesticated earth
Shower = enslaved rain
Battery = enslaved electrons
Unfortunately, to some teenagers, high school = ‘enslaved hell,’ whatever that means.
Bullet = enslaved gunpowder
Pizza pockets = enslaved lava
Bag of chips = enslaved air
An ah yes, enslaved, ah yes enslaved meme. This is very meta.
Ah yes, enslaved meme template: