The phrase I’m a Genius! Oh No! is a popular reaction image meme, used for poking fun at those who act overly confident and then quickly realize their mistake.
The image macro, taken from the anime, Gundam Reconquista in G, features a character with a smug expression declaring themselves a genius, only to have the next panel show them with a look of horror as they realize they’ve made a grave error.
This meme has been widely shared online in the form of GIFs and reaction image macros, providing humor and relatability for those who have experienced similar situations. So next time you’re feeling like a genius, just remember to tread carefully and avoid becoming the next subject of this hilarious meme.
The origin of this meme can be traced back to the 3rd episode of Gundam Reconquista in G, which aired on October 10th, 2014.
In this episode, viewers are treated to an intense final aerial battle scene, during which Klimton Nicchini exclaims “I’m genius!” after landing a well-placed shot. However, his moment of triumph is short-lived as he is soon shot down himself, leading to his fearful exclamation of “Oh no!”
These two moments were later edited together into a reaction image macro, that became a prominent meme.
Despite the popular acclaim of the series, the scene wasn’t turned into a meme until years later.
“I’m a Genius! Oh No!” began surfacing on anime forums and other platforms frequented by weebs in 2017, and the first YouTube upload containing the original snippets from the episode was shared by user Bompi on July 10th, 2018.
Since then, “I’m a Genius! Oh No!” had remained a popular reation image macro as well as a reaction meme, shared on sites like 4chan, Reddit as well as YouTube.
- Gundam Fandom – Klimton Nicchini