What If We Kissed, also known as What If We Kissed At…? is a cliché phrase meme, that revolves around the fantasy of kissing in an unconventional place. It plays on the cringeworthy attitudes of prepubescent teens, who are shy and are making their first attempts at flirting.
The meme format usually involves emojis, to express shyness, as well as a photo of the place in question. The places in question are usually from video games or environments, which are frequently memed about, adding to the cringe nature of the meme.
The exact origin of the meme is not known, although its precursor can be identified as “What Would You Do If We Kissed?”. It was especially prevalent among manga and anime communities, being shared on Twitter and Reddit around 2015.
One of the earliest “What If We Kissed” meme appeared on Reddit’s r/me_irl thread on September 15th, 2018, after u/h0bbez reposted it, asking “What If We Kissed In The Battle Bus?”. The meme received a large amount of reactions and was swiftly adopted by other users for its cringe nature.
The meme spread onto other online platforms in 2018, including Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, with people wondering about the outcomes of a kiss in various strange or unreal environments.
While the “What If We Kissed” meme never became viral, it still spread to a significant amount of sites, appearing on a large number of memes, eventually making it to TikTok as well.