The violence has escalated is a type of meme that is used to complement situations that include violence or fighting
It is usually a combination of a soldier or a recognizable fighter from a sub-culture, and a Win95-style message box stating “The violence has escalated”.
In 2018, a video by user Gyan Ko was uploaded to YouTube. It featured a soldier’s image and a voice saying “the violence has escalated” in a weirdly pronounced way.
Under the soldier we could also see the Windows 95 system-message box. The aesthetics of the combination of these images laid down the foundations of the template.
Although the original video never saw a great success, some re-inventions of the violence has escalated became relatively popular on forums like Reddit.
In 2019, the most successful take on the template, with a picture of a trooper holding his weapon like a club, landed in r/Memes, reaching a massive 8.1k upvotes.
- Reddit – r/memes