I Never Asked for This, also referred to as I Didn’t Ask for This is a popular quote, uttered by Adam Jensen, the protagonist of the video game “Deus Ex: Human Revolution.”
It first appeared in the trailer of the videogame, and it would be used as a reaction image and a snowclone ever since.
The meme is used as a sarcastic remark used to express frustration or annoyance when someone is faced with a situation they did not anticipate or desire. “I Never Asked for This” often implies a sense of helplessness and resignation, highlighting the absurdity of the circumstances one finds themselves in.
The quote emerged for the First Time in the reveal trailer of “Deus Ex: Human Revolution”, which was uploaded to YouTube by Deus Ex’s channel on March 12th, 2010.
It would later be used in the Extended Cut CGI Trailer and would also appear as a dialogue option in the game, which was released in North America on August 23rd, 2011.
Discussions about “I Never Asked for This” started emerging on Neogaf as early as June, 2011, with image macro memes soon following.
Memes would already be spread online a month before the game’s release, emerging on Neogaf, 4chan as well as YouTube.
Later in 2011, the meme would be turned into various humorous image macros, which would be reposted on Reddit, while also appearing on fanart on sites such as DeviantArt.
“I Never Asked for This” would often be referenced in the achievements of games, which include “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided”, “Plague Inc.” as well as “PAYDAY 2″, while it would simultaneously appear on reaction images, snowclones and GIFs.
Overal, the “I Never Asked for This” meme is a popular meme, that resonates with countless memes expressing dissatisfaction, like the They Don’t Know format, while it also resonated with edgy teens, similar to the Coldsteel the Hedgehog meme.