Our favorite cranky feline talks — purrs — anti-love.
Love makes the world go round… except when it doesn’t. We’ve all been there before, to that place where your outlook on love is, well, not so bright. We’ve all experienced our fair share of relationship challenges, heartbreaks, and messy breakups.
And who else out there has the power to remind you with just a momentary glimpse of their bitter face of just how incredibly terrible love can make you feel than Grumpy Cat herself?
That’s right. In case you missed it, Grumpy Cat is a feline of the female persuasion. No wonder she’s so gosh darn pissy all the time. Have you been a female on the Internet (let alone in the world!) lately?
It’s rough out there, I tell you. ROUGH.
Previously known by the name she was given at birth (on April 4, 2012), Tardar Sauce, who has both an underbite and feline dwarfism, became an overnight sensation at the tender young age of 5 months, when owner Tabatha Bundensen’s brother Bryan took some photos of her perpetually “grumpy” facial expression and posted them on Reddit with the simple caption, “Meet grumpy cat.”
Reddit user magicsebi decided to help a (literal) brother out, taking it upon themselves to create what seems to be the first ever Grumpy Cat meme.
From there, a true star — and countless hysterical Grumpy Cat memes — were born.
Tabatha, who was a waitress at the time Grumpy Cat memes first started to go viral, told the Telegraph:
“I was able to quit my job as a waitress within days of her first appearance on social media and the phone simply hasn’t stopped ringing since.”
“In two years, Bundesen… generated nearly $100 million from Grumpy Cat’s paid appearances, book deals, and modeling career, according to The Telegraph (Bundesen tells Huffington Post that amount is inaccurate, but doesn’t say if it’s high or low). Bundesen believes Grumpy Cat is ‘unstoppable.'”
While it’s been awhile now since we’ve seen quite as much of Grumpy Cat and her famously bitter memes around these parts of the social media woods, she does appear to be one of those classic staples of comedy history that will never be completely absent. Well, that is, unless Grumpy Cat died, as some people believe is actually the case, but alas, we are not here for such conspiracy theories at this time.
So while sweet and sour mixed breed Tardar (her mother is a Calico and her father’s breed is unknown, the scoundrel), she remains a potentially eternal symbol for all that is bitter, somewhat angry, sarcastic and resentful about love and romantic relationships.
For those of you who have ever known what it means to be crushed by some romantic ideal of love, here are 21 Grumpy Cat memes that will make you feel like the cat’s meow once again.
1. A Grumpy Cat meme for those who have no time for love.
“Love is in the air? Get out the gas mask.”
2. Who needs a relationship when you can stay at home?
“Why socialize when there’s perfectly good wifi and food at home?”
3. A harsh (but totally relatable) Grumpy Cat quote.
“I’m not saying that I hate you, I’m just saying that if you got hit by a bus, I would be driving that bus.”
4. No cares given.
“If I have said or done anything to hurt you, I don’t care.”
5. A Grumpy Cat friendship meme for those people you truly just don’t care about.
“I still can’t see us ever being friends.”
6. Get out of here with those “Free Hugs” signs.
“Free hugs? Go hug a cactus.”
7. Share this Grumpy Cat meme with your friends that aren’t so bright.
“I’m sorry that I offended you when I called you stupid. I honestly thought you knew.”
8. A love quote that starts out cute — but who wants cute?
“Love is an open door. Close it.”
9. A Grumpy Cat quote your talkative friends need to hear.
“I like the sound you make when you shut up.”
10. The only Valentine’s Day meme for single people you’ll ever need.
“If you’re sad about being alone on Valentine’s Day, just remember… no one loves you on the other days of the year either.”
11. There are only two types of people in this world…
“There are two kinds of people in this world, and I don’t like them.”
12. There’s no truer long-distance relationship meme.
“You know what’s great about a long distance relationship? Nothing.”
13. Another perfect love quote.
“Love is in the air. Try not to breathe.”
14. People suck.
“The problem with some people… is that they exist.”
15. The best Grumpy Cat meme for people who love sleep.
“Why fall in love when you can fall asleep?”
16. No hugs, please.
“You’re feeling kinda huggy? I’m feeling kinda stabby.”
17. An (unrequited) love quote.
“If you can’t be with the one you love, hate everybody.”
18. Share this Grumpy Cat meme with the one person you just can’t stand.
“You’re like a ray of sunshine hurting peoples’ eyes and giving them cancer.”
19. The best Grumpy Cat meme for scorned women.
“Flowers and candy? How about fire and brimstone?”
20. Shut that Aladdin quote down real quick.
“I can show you the world. I can show you the door.”
21. This Lion King quote stood no chance.
“Can you feel the love? No.”