Bugs Bunny “No” refers to the meme that features a close-up picture of one of the Looney Tunes cartoon characters, Bugs Bunny.
The meme is usually used as a reaction online, mainly in comment sections, and is most of the time paired with the caption “No” on the top of the picture.
The image derives from the Looney Tunes cartoon, The Big Snooze. It first aired in theaters on October 5th, 1946, in the United States.
The scene that inspired the meme is when Bugs Bunny has to save himself from falling, thus he has to drink a bottle of “hare tonic”.
While he is consuming the tonic, he makes a humorous and a quite exploitable face which became the popular meme that it is now.
The earliest known meme was shared on February 14th 2015, on Tumblr, by the user whyx3. The post gained over 11,000 likes and reblogs.
In the following years, the picture gained a significant spread as meme formats, and using it as a reaction became widely popular.
Nonetheless, the first time the image was ever used up close was on August 21st, 2017, when the Tumblr user Zestyblog used it as a reaction to another post. It received over 41,000 likes and reblogs in two years.
It was only in mid-April 2019, when the meme reached its full potential and was only shared as the close-up image with the caption “No”.
On April 14th, 2019, a Redditor created the earliest known “Bugs Bunny No” meme in the format that we all know and love now.
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