The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was released on March 30th, 2006 in the US.
In the game, should the player break the law, they are approached by a guard, saying various lines, like “stop, you’ve violated the law”.
Starting in 2007, YouTube remixes of the guards’ phrases became popular, along with songs and montages of in-game content.
“Stop, You’ve violated the law” was fist defined on Urban Dictionary in 2010.
Following 2015, the format would be seen on image macros, appearing on sites like Reddit, Tumblr, as well as Twitter.
- The Gamer – Someone Remade Billie Eilish’s Therefore I Am With Oblivion Guard Dialogue
- Urban Dictionary – Stop! You have violated the law!