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What is the But It Came Out in 2007 meme, now trending all over social media?

Ayaan Paul
Ayaan PaulSep 03, 2022 | 08:00

What is the But It Came Out in 2007 meme, now trending all over social media?

A new Internet trend has taken social media by storm, with the closing sequence to Michael Bay’s Transformers being used as a template against popular film endings.

Michael Bay’s blockbuster action flick Transformers, the first major live action adaptation of the Japanese toy franchise of the same name, was a defining part of most millennial childhoods. 

Transformers (2007)

The film followed two rival intergalactic robot races - the Autobots and the Decepticons - as they crash land on Earth in an attempt to find the ultimate source of power, the Allspark. These robots had the unique ability to ‘transform’ into a vehicle of their choice, hence the name.

Though panned by critics, Transformers was a smash hit at the box office, grossing $709 million worldwide, and was also nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.

Let’s be honest, Transformers was super cool. Trashy, cheesy and horribly acted, but super cool nonetheless. 

One of the most distinct memories every fan has of the film, however, is its infamous closing sequence:

As the noble Autobots claimed victory over the evil Decepticons, their valiant leader, Optimus Prime stares out into a twilight sky and proclaims one of the most iconic lines in cinematic history,

However, what really drives home this speech and marks one of the most memorable cut to credits was the use of American rock band Linkin Park’s, What I’ve Done as the soundtrack for this closing sequence .

What I’ve Done was also released in 2007 as the first single to their album Minutes to Midnight. It is the band's most commercially successful single in terms of pure sales and reached the 7th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 besides being nominated for a Grammy award. 

Its inclusion in Transformers... well, let’s just say that an Optimus Prime speech set to a Linkin Park track was quite possibly the most badass closing sequence to have ever graced our eyes (and ears). And the internet really hasn’t forgotten that.

Lately, a wave of new memes has swept social media with the “but it came out in 2007” trend really exploding over the internet. Hilarious edits of What I’ve Done set to choppily cut final segments to popular films have begun to flood the internet.

Here are some of the best, “but it came out in 2007” memes we’ve come across,

(spoiler alert for films you haven’t watched yet)

A major improvement to the original ending if we’re being honest...

Just when you thought Godzilla couldn’t get any cooler...

Yep, this fits pretty well...

Just the sort of reaction the final Hello There ought to gauge...

Okay this has no right fitting so well...

Oooof, now this was awesome...

And one with the 'Chazelle Stare' of course.

Bet Nolan fans are trembling right about now.

This is just about every anime ending ever though.

Do we have a winner here?

Now we do.

We could go on and on; the list of memes is rather voluminous. Though the meme has catapulted the track and Linkin Park back on the Top Charts, it still serves as a somber reminder...

The former lead vocalist and songwriter for Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, lost his life battling severe depression and substance abuse in 2017; a tragic, unforeseen death that shocked the world. 

Bennington’s memory stays strong, five years after his untimely passing and the latest trend fortifies the belief that Linkin Park shall stay evergreen forever, 2007 or not.

Here’s one last surge of nostalgia for the fans:

Last updated: September 03, 2022 | 08:00
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