Every day, hundreds of new memes are posted to the internet. We forget that they are all actual people who are just like us because we have grown accustomed to them. Despite their seeming immobility, they have undergone significant real-life changes since the memes gained popularity. You’ve arrived at the correct location if you’ve ever wondered what modern-day heroes from your favorite memes look like.

A selection of “before” and “today” pictures featuring some of the most well-known meme heroes have been put together by us. It will be difficult for you to identify some of them. You are welcome to look them up!

#1 Success Kid (Sam Griner)

These Are The Current Looks of 15 Well-Known Memes' Heroes
Image source: Sam Griner, Success Kid

The first instance of the “Success Kid” appeared in 2007 when Laney Griner posted a picture of her son Sam on Flickr. With the caption “I Hate Sandcastles,” Sam’s photo became popular first. However, Laney took issue with the meme’s context because it painted her kid as a bully. The “Success Kid” meme gained popularity, and Laney gradually came around to it.

#2 Disaster Girl (Zoe Roth)

These Are The Current Looks of 15 Well-Known Memes' Heroes
Image source: zoeroth

In 2004, Dave Roth took this picture of Zoe Roth, a young child, while she watched firefighters extinguish a fire. The image appeared in a magazine that held a picture competition. After the picture went viral, Zoe expressed her desire for the meme to help her get into college.

#3 Doge (Kabosu)

These Are The Current Looks of 15 Well-Known Memes' Heroes
Image source: kabosumama

In 2013, the “Doge” meme originated. This Shiba-Inu, named Kabosu, the picture went viral. This adorable doggo is still alive and can be followed on Instagram, despite reports that it has passed away.

#4 Grumpy Cat (Tardar Sauce)

These Are The Current Looks of 15 Well-Known Memes' Heroes
Image source: realgrumpycat

Grumpy Cat, as Tardar Sauce, rose to fame in 2012 thanks to her Reddit photographs. Grumpy Cat’s distinctive appearance made people fall in love right immediately, and it amassed millions of followers worldwide before sadly passing away in 2019.

#5 Roll Safe (Kayode Ewumi)

These Are The Current Looks of 15 Well-Known Memes' Heroes
Image source:  BuzzFeed UK

The BBC documentary series “Hood Documentary,” which was filmed in 2016, is the source of the meme “Roll Safe.” When Kayode Ewumi compliments a woman on her “excellent intelligence,” he is seen grinning and nodding his head.

#6 Blinking White Guy (Drew Scanlon)

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Image source: drewscanlon

The real name of Drew Scanlon is Drew Scanlon. In 2013, Drew Scanlon’s webcast yielded this gif. Jeff Gerstmann, the editor-in-chief of Gaming Bomb, was immersed in Starbound. “I’ve been doing some farm with my h*e,” Drew said, as Drew heard him say.

#7 Ridiculously Photogenic Guy (ZeddieSmith)

These Are The Current Looks of 15 Well-Known Memes' Heroes
Image source: Zeddie Little

2012 saw Zeddie Little, also known as “Ridiculously Photogenic Guys,” capture this moment on the Cooper River Bridge Run. Will King posted it to Reddit, where it quickly gained popularity and over 40k upvotes.

#8 Side-Eyeing Chloe

These Are The Current Looks of 15 Well-Known Memes' Heroes
Image source: Lily & Chloe

The youngster with the sided eyes, Chloe (KAftC), became famous in 2013 after posting a video on YouTube with the title “Lily’s Disneyland Surprise… AGAIN.” The reactions of Chloe and her sister Lily to learning they will be visiting Disneyland are captured in this video. Her Instagram account, which has almost 600,000 followers, is currently accessible.

#9 Bad Luck Brian (Kyle Craven)

These Are The Current Looks of 15 Well-Known Memes' Heroes
Image source: mnhaverland

2012 saw Kyle’s friend Ian Davies post his yearbook photo to Reddit, where it went viral. “Takes driving test..?.” is the caption. Kyle says he made his face red with a sweater massage during their first DUI, after which he put on an offensive smile.

#10 Confused Nick Young (Nick Young)

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Image source: Nick Young

“Confused Nick Young” is a meme that was originally shown on “Thru The Lens” in 2014. This screen grab is from a moment when Nick’s mother described him as “a clown” when he was younger.

#11 Harold Hiding the Pain (Andras Arato)

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Image source:  BuzzFeedVideo

In 2011, Andras Arato, also known as “Hide The Pain Harold,” became a model for stock photography whose expression went viral. Over time, the meme gained popularity, and the man even discussed his newfound fame in Kyiv during a TedTalk in 2018.

#12 Overly Attached Girlfriend – Laina Morris

These Are The Current Looks of 15 Well-Known Memes' Heroes
Image source: Laina

When YouTuber Laina Mors submitted a parody of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” video to a contest for Bieber’s new perfume “Girlfriend,” it led to the creation of the “Overly Attached Girlfriend” meme in 2012. Regretfully, Laina claims that following her popular video, she was contacted about privacy concerns. Her personal information was discovered, and fans attempted to view her academic records. She declared in 2019 that she would no longer be making videos for YouTube.

#13 Trying to Hold a Fart Next to a Cute Girl in Class (Michael McGee)

These Are The Current Looks of 15 Well-Known Memes' Heroes
Image source: aaduk_ala

User Aaduk ala made the Michael McGee meme that went viral on Reddit back in 2014. “Trying to hold a fart near a pretty girl in school” was the caption that went with it. Mike said in an interview with Unilad that he had been friends with the individual who snapped the picture ever since he came to Texas. He was aware that I may pull a face at any time. He urged me to make a face because he wanted to make a hilarious Twitter caption. The moment he shared it, it became viral.

#14 Good Luck, Charlie (Mia Talerico)

These Are The Current Looks of 15 Well-Known Memes' Heroes
Image source: Mia Talerico

Mia Talerico is featured in the “Good Luck Charlie” meme from the Disney Channel.

#15 First World Problems (Silvia Bottini)

These Are The Current Looks of 15 Well-Known Memes' Heroes
Image source: silviabottini_

Italian actress Silvia Bottini is the person portrayed in the meme “First-World Problems.”

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