Coincidence? I Think Not!


What does Coincidence? I Think Not! mean?

The phrase Coincidence? I think not! is a memorable quote from the 2004 Pixar animation, The Incredibles, said by the teacher of Dash, accusing him of putting needles on his chair. It’s often used online as a reaction image or GIF for expressing one’s suspicion over the link between two shady things or occurrences.



What's the origin of Coincidence? I Think Not!?

The origin of the phrase “Coincidence? I Think Not!” is from the 2004 Disney Pixar movie The Incredibles. In the movie, there is a scene where Dash Parr and his teacher Bernie Kropp are in a situation where Mr. Kropp is trying to prove to Dash’s mom, that Dash was the one putting needles on his chair. He’s trying to prove himself right by highlighting that Dash is making a minor move just at the moment when he was sitting down, to which the teacher exclaims “Coincidence? I think not!”

An isolated clip of the scene was uploaded to YouTube by Thecomment on March 10th, 2011. Shortly after this, reaction image macros memes and GIFs started emerging online.

Spread & Usage

How did Coincidence? I Think Not! spread?

The meme started gaining popularity in the early 2010s, mainly as a reaction image and GIF on social media sites, forums and message boards, affirming conspiracy theories, by denying the possibility of a coincidence.

Alternatively, “Coincidence? I think not!” also became a popular exploitable meme format on sites like iFunny, 9GAG and Tumblr, while also being used as a reaction meme on Reddit, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Due to the iconic nature of The Incredibles, “Coincidence? I think not!” is still a widely popular reaction meme, appearing widely throughout the internet.

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