The Intensifies meme is a reaction image format, used as a humorous way to depict a sudden escalation or increase in intensity.
It is often used to exaggerate an action or emotion, emphasizing its impact and capturing the attention of the audience. The meme consists of a word or phrase in all caps, followed by the word “Intensifies” in parentheses. The intensity is further conveyed by image macros, with people making a Stank Face, often distorted or enhanced with lazer eyes.
This meme has become popular across various platforms as a way to add comedic effect to different situations. A prominent example, that went viral is the Desire to Know More Intensifies. It may also be mixed with other memes, such as the Heavy Breathing template.
One early case of “Intensifies” comes from the subtitles of “Breaking Bad,“ when in Season 5 Episode 4, Walter White and Water White Jr. (played by Bryan Cranston and RJ Mitte respectively) are revving their car engines. The subtitles of the scene display “Revving Intensifies”.
The episode was aired on August 5th, 2012, and an early case of the meme emerged on the /tv board of 4chan in December, 2012.
In later years, the format would grow significantly, with distorted image macros, and vibrating GIFs, paired with the caption “Intensifies” emerging on a large number of social media sites, including Reddit, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as well as 4chan.
“Intensifies” would later appear in the meme format of 2019, revolving around the Google Map Points like churches in Poland or Gun Stores in the United States.
Despite its age, the “Intensifies” format is still a popular way of expressing excitement online, appearing on reaction image macros, GIFs, while it is also used as a frequent phrasal template.