The 25 Most Important GIFs Of 2012

By 12.18.12

I’m back for a second installment of the UPROXX year-end GIF recap. Just like last year’s, this collection is simultaneously definitive and subjective, and, seeing as how we’ve just experienced The Year of the GIF, couldn’t be more open for criticism. The only we can all agree on: hard “g” or GTFO.

With the animated format taking over the world (wide web) in 2012 you’ll find that many of the following entrants are GIF themes, as opposed to one-off images. That’s just how things work now. Brave new world and all. I’ve attempted to tackle them in semi-chronological order of how we discovered them throughout the year (nostalgia!) but since Emma Stone is the best — and it was also kind of her year — and her contribution couldn’t be more apropos, she gets top billing.

Glaring omissions and comments regarding how much I suck at this welcome in the comments.

Gifolas Cage

Cage on Cage is just one of the many amazing Nicolas Cage GIFs we discovered on Gifolas Cage in early 2012.

GIF Bomb Lady

When an unsuspecting grandmother chose the exact moment ESPN cameras panned over David Robinson to stand up she became GIF Bomb Lady and served as Tumblr muse for roughly a week and a half, inspiring all sorts of incredible variations.


Rihanna And Katy Perry At The VMAs

Kurp is the only person who watched the VMAs but luckily he did because otherwise we would have never known about this suggestive-yet-ambiguous moment shared between Rihanna and Katy Perry.


'60s Batman Running Away From Sh*t

’60s Batman Running Away from Sh*t had its moment in the sun early in 2012, back when ’60s superhero lulz were all the rage.

Spinning Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey and her next level performance skills stole our hearts in 2012. This is one of the many amazing variations.

Pete Campbell Gets Knocked The F*ck Out

Simply a wonderful moment in television history. Bonus: Mmmm, Whatcha Say remix.

Chandler Bing Dances On Things

Pretty sure these came into play when landing Lizzy Caplan.

Hologram Tupac

Hologram Tupac was the GIF that kept on GIF-ing after he made his debut at Coachella in April.

College Humor

Kate Upton Does The Cat Daddy

And the world was never quite the same. You may want to scroll by this one quickly for various reasons.

Always Ron Swanson

It’s virtually impossible to select a single Ron Swanson GIF from 2012 but it would also be an Emmy-level snub not to include at least one, so I’ve selected some of his truest words of wisdom.

Via Chet

Django Hai There

When the first Django Unchained trailer hit the web in June one moment in particular stuck out.


Michelle Jenneke - World's Best Hurdler

Thanks to With Leather and these warm up GIFs Michelle became your new favorite hurdler in 2012. Tough shakes, Gail Devers.

Motivation By McConaughey

Encompassing everything that is McConaughey acting and Film Drunk’s Oscar campaign in a single GIF.

The Only JGL GIF You’ll Ever Need

In the leading man department, 2012 was indeed the year of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Panty Fire

Olympic Diving Lulz

Olympic lulz fever ran rampant on the internet this summer and here’s the best GIF of all. No one denies this.

F*ck Yeah Dementia

The Ultimate Dancing GIF

Step 1: Combine two dancing GIF trends you already enjoy. Step 2: Add a dash of Britney. Step 3: Internet.


Hank Schrader On The Toilet

The lasting memory when we all think back to how S5 Part One concluded. Also, “Walt Whitman was a meth dealer” never fails to make me giggle uncontrollably.

Beyonce's Back Court

As CB put it, no explanation, just mesmerization.


The Greatest Alison Brie GIF Of All Time

2012 is the year it happened.

Girl Vs. Wave

No real context except it’s amazing and should be your reaction GIF to all surprising news.

Felix Baumgartner’s Space Dive

Cool jump, bro.

Lakers Bros

Speaking of bros, quite possibly the most spectacular sports GIF ever GIF’d. Also amazing in reverse.

And Finally, Jiggly Olivia Wilde

When Olivia Wilde got handsy with herself for the sake of British comedy it threatened to break the internet and inspired us to research her other contributions to GIF culture. This will never be topped though.

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