Perhaps I treated you too harshly is a quote that is said during the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame, by the movie’s main antagonist Thanos.
Online, the reference is used as a form of reaction meme, usually appearing under situations where somebody misjudges another person by prejudice.
Avengers: Endgame was presented to the public for the first time in 2019.
At one point of the movie, the Avengers are having Thanos held as hostage, interrogating him about the Infinity Stones, a key element in the movie franchise.
After Thanos tells the team that he had destroyed the stones, the Avengers stand in disbelief, but Thanos’ daughter Nebula is also with them who reassures the members that his father tells the truth.
It is after that moment that Thanos says to Nebula: “Thank you, daughter. Perhaps, I judged you too harshly.”
A series of still images taken out of the scene was uploaded to the site Imgur just a few days after the movie’s premier.
Later this was the image that became the template for many memes online, initially appearing in various Reddit threads and eventually spreading to all major community platforms. These image macros of perhaps I treated you too harshly are commonly used as reaction memes in comment sections.