“The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” appear in several books in the Christian Bible, including the Book of Zechariah and Ezekiel in the Old Testament, as well as Revelation in the New Testament.
The characters are deeply rooted in western culture, appearing in countless cultural works, including the 1983 song of Metallica “The Four Horsemen”.
The phrase was first defined on Urban Dictionary on September 11th, 2003.
“The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” have been referenced on memes, since the times, Pedobear would have still found memes attractive – with early image macros dating back to 2011, the year when internet memes started appealing to the wider audience.
In the following years, “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” were featured on memes occasionally, however, they became a trending meme theme in 2016, with image macros appearing in a significantly larger amount on sites like Reddit, 9GAG, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
- Healthydebate.ca – There is a fifth horseman of the Apocalypse – and it is us
- Britannica.com – Four horsemen of the apocalypse
- Wikipedia.org – Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- Gottman.com – The Four Horsemen: Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness, and Stonewalling