Who knew that an old-school face would be relevant in 2017?
The face in question belongs to Mickey Mouse, and its origin is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, an animated children’s show that got its start more than a decade ago. Once an episode, Mickey and his friends picked up “mousketools” that helped them solve puzzles or complete adventures together.
It was common for Mickey to explain this action to the audience by whispering to the camera with a hand over his mouth. He would said, “It’s a surprise tool that will help us later.”
Unsurprisingly, the Internet has turned this into a meme.
“It’s a surprise tool that will help us later” has become the punchline to everything from political hashtags to historical jokes. For example, one post on Twitter created this hypothetical exchange between Brutus and Caesar:
Brutus: Let’s go to the Senate.
Caesar: Wait, what’s that knife?
Brutus: It’s a surprise tool that will help us later.
Memes have become a common way to spread jokes, ideas and personal beliefs, but in the ever-changing landscape of the web, only some memes catch fire while others sizzle into nothing. The Mickey Mouse meme seems to have gained traction very quickly, so it’s probably here to stay.
The origins of the Mickey Mouse meme are unclear. Some say that it originated on Reddit, a popular hub for memes, while others think that it might have spawned on Twitter.
An interesting thing to note about the Mickey Mouse meme is that it’s often used in dark and unexpected ways that belie the innocence of the original cartoon. For example, the Caesar and Brutus exchange would have ended with Caesar’s assassination by Brutus. For this reason, it’s sometimes called a “dank” meme where creators purposefully try to make their works as ironic as possible.
Regardless of the exact jokes being made with it, the Mickey Mouse meme is spreading throughout social media like a firestorm. Expect it to hit your local platform sometime soon.