You sit on a throne of lies refers to a memorable quote from the 2003 Christmas comedy, Elf, uttered by Buddy the Elf.
Online, it is used as a reaction image macro or GIF, highlighting the deceptive attempts of someone else.
Another popular line from the film is Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins
Elf premiered in the United States on October 3rd, 2003.
In one of the scenes, Buddy the Elf (portrayed by Will Ferrell) is seen at a mall, approaching a fake Santa Claus, telling him “You sit on a throne of lies”.
The moment experienced a large amount of popularity among fans of the film, and a YTMND page was launched, themed around the scene on June 1st, 2005, by Cryokenetic.
The meme didn’t establish a widespread following, however, until 2011, when it was listed on TV Tropes on June 11th.
Within the following years, numerous image macro and GIF memes appeared online, especially on Reddit subs, like r/Funny as well as Twitter and 9GAG.
“You sit on a throne of lies” always experiences a surge in popularity in December every year.
- Theawesomedaily.com – You Sit on a Throne of Lies is a Catch Phrase Worthy of Meme Heaven
- Screenrant.com – You Sit On A Throne Of Lies: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Elf