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SOON is a common caption in image macros that typically feature a creepy looking figure peering out of a dark enclosed space or a figure looking out from a a window or closed door. The caption implies that the figure is plotting some sort of devious scheme, intended for either the viewer or a person or object in the foreground.


One of the earliest online references to a menacing "soon" appears in the webcomic The Parking Lot Is Full[21] in an installment posted on March 27th, 2001. The comic, captioned, "Quiet Ambition," features Jesus behind God's shoulder thinking, "Soon."

THE PARKING LOT ISFULL by Ja ck McLaren and Pat Spa cek Soon... Co 2 Quiet ambition


One of the earliest known images utilizing a SOON caption featured an angry looking orange cat glaring at a small Chihuahua puppy. It was posted to I Can Has Cheezburger[1] on April 12th, 2007, but has since been removed.


The cat image was reposted on the science fiction message board Chronicles[7] on April 22nd, 2007 in a Photo of the Day thread. Throughout 2007, the image appeared on The Brand Builder Blog[8], FARK[9] and the Democratic Underground.[10] One of the first derivative images depicted a number of cats sitting on a rooftop, staring at city lights. It was posted to I Can Has Cheezburger at an unknown date and reposted to CheeseDS[11] on February 11th, 2008.


In June 2010, the captioning technique saw renewed interest after someone submitted an image of a bear-shaped honey container that looked as if it were peering out from the cupboard with evil eyes to Reddit.[2] Based on an original photograph titled "Honey Bear Sweet Honey Bear" by artist Brock Davis[3], the image macro received 1397 upvotes and 627 points before it was archived. Later that month, the honey bear image was featured on The Chive.[4]


Throughout late 2010 and early 2011, there were a handful of SOON images shared on Reddit.[6] In April 2011, Buzzfeed[5] compiled a series of 13 of the "most menacing" SOON image macros. In January 2012, a Facebook fan page for the series launched.[16] Throughout 2012 and early 2013, additional compilations of these image macros have been featured on humor sites including Izismile[12], Amazing Creatures[13], Bite[14] and Dump A Day.[15]

Notable Examples

Additional image macros utilizing the SOON caption can be found on I Can Has Cheezburger[17], Memebase[18], Tumblr[19] and Quickmeme.[20]

Soon SOON Soonoo Soon

Search Interest

External References

[1] I Can Has Cheezburger – Soon. (Archive)

[2] Reddit – SOON / 6/13/2010

[3] It Is The World That Made You Small – Make Something Cool Every Day

[4] The Chive – Best photos of the week / 6/25/2010

[5] BuzzFeed – The 13 Most Menacing Threats Of SOON / 4/1/2011

[6] Reddit – Soon… / 12/31/2010, Soon. / 4/17/2011, Soon ….. / 4/6/2011, SOON / 4/24/2011

[7] Chronicles – Re: picture of the day!

[8] The Brand Builder Blog – BrandingWire: Finally letting the cat out of the bag.

[9] FARK – Littermates?

[10] Democratic Underground – 2. is it so wrong to love LOLcats?

[11] CheeseDS – SOON.

[12] Izismile – "Soon” Meme Collection (17 pics)

[13] Amazing Creatures – 17 Funny animal "Soon" pictures (17 pics)


[15] Dump a Day – Funny "Soon" Meme

[16] Facebook – Soon (Meme)

[17] I Can Has Cheezburger – Images tagged "SOON"

[18] Memebase – Images tagged "SOON"

[19] Tumblr – Posts tagged "soon meme"

[20] Quickmeme – Soon meme

[21] The Parking Lot Is Full – Soon

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Justus Bearden, not ALL Bronies, but many, go on well known Internet sites such as YouTube, then comment on any video or music that has a Brony remix and comment about how the Pony one is better for the sole reason that it has Ponies and that anyone who thought otherwise must be mentally retarded. I've seen at least twelve videos where it has happened. THAT is where I get Bronies thinking they're high and mighty from. Some Bronies, such as yourself, seem like perfectly respectable members of society. Once again, I don't hate Bronies, I just hate the delusion of superiority that a lot seemingly suffer from.


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