WALL-E premiered in the United States on June 21st, 2008.
In one of the scenes, the heroes of the animation attempt to retrieve the last plant on Earth from an evil robot, named AUTO.
It is here, that the motion picture’s antagonist says the line “Give me the plant”.
The original scene was uploaded to YouTube by Gianna Cappuccia on December 28th, 2008, under the title “WALL-E – Give Me the Plant”.
The meme would not become viral until after a decade had passed since the film’s premiere.
A GIF of the scene was first uploaded to Imgur on November 12th, 2018.
“Give me the plant” image macros would start emerging on Reddit in February, 2019.
Later, the meme format had spread to sites like Imgur, iFunny, 9GAG and Twitter.