Michael Phelps, man. First he conquored the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, then the World Championships and finally the Olympics. Now, the most decorated Olympian of all time is taking over ... the Internet?
That's right, Crying Jordan. #PhelpsFace is gunning for your spot atop the sports meme podium. And he has excellent closing speed.
Phelps entered the race Monday night with this furious glower at nemesis Chad le Clos as the two prepared to face off in the semifinal of the 200-meter butterfly.
You underestimate the power of the Dark Side... pic.twitter.com/0exveKlZvn— Deadspin (@Deadspin) August 9, 2016
The 200-meter fly had always been considered Phelps' signature event until the South African upset him to win gold in the 2012 London Olympics. Four years later, le Clos's bouncy boxing warmup in front of Phelps read as a taunt.
The American seemed to interpret it that way as frothy rage took his face from zero to Mortal Kombat in a few seconds. Cue the Internet:
oh god Michael Phelps is gonna be Darth Vader isn't he pic.twitter.com/9Xq3GBU2UB— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 9, 2016
I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative pic.twitter.com/5zuTbQJxwN— Michelle Lee (@heymichellelee) August 9, 2016
Neither Phelps nor le Clos won their heat, finishing second and third respectively behind Hungarian swimmer Támas Kenderesi. They'll go at each other in the medal event tonight at 9:28 p.m. on NBC. Prayers up that le Clos makes it out of the pool alive.
As of this writing, #PhelpsFace is still trending on Twitter.
This may sound premature, but it sure seems that #PhelpsFace will be with us for years to come. As such, it's only fair to induct him into the DMV Sports Meme Hall of Fame.
He will be joining "You Like That?!" Kirk Cousins and "Bruh" John Wall.
And though this one may not have caught on beyond Capitals fans, "Dearest Abigail" Marcus Johansson deserves a nod here, as well.