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Hellboy: 10 Memes That Perfectly Sum Up The Character

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  • Posted on 06th Aug, 2022 18:14 PM

In honor of the upcoming documentary about Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, here are the memes that best sum up the character.

Though the character of Hellboy has often been overshadowed by the likes of Superman and Captain America, he's been a staple of the comic industry for nearly 30 years. Since 1993, the big red demon has been the subject of video games, three live-action movies, and a plethora of merchandise.

Much of Hellboy's longevity has to do with the way he's characterized. Despite his origins as a half-demon and his destiny as the bringer of the apocalypse, Hellboy is very down-to-Earth and relatable. He's just a working-class joe who just so happens to hunt down monsters. It makes for a gripping and sometimes wry comic franchise that is ripe for memes, and in honor of the upcoming documentary about Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, here are the memes that best sum up the character.


Hellboy Meets Daryl

Source: Reddit

From the B.P.R.D. story Killing Ground, this meme utilizes a humorous yet touching scene in the Hellboy franchise to comment on D&D campaigns. In the heat of battle, they can be breakneck affairs that Dungeon Masters have barely any control over.

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Moving away from the D&D angel, the meme also highlights Hellboy's humanity. He's about to shoot this creature who has supposedly been eating people in Ontario, yet holds off when he realizes that Darryl isn't a monster but a victim of the Wendigo's curse.

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Source: ifunny

Taken from a still of the first Guillermo Del Toro Hellboy movie, this meme makes fun of the random thoughts people have during the day. One might be in the middle of a work-related conversation and suddenly think of something as mundane as Nachos.

As if it weren't obvious, the image points to Hellboy being an ordinary person. He'd rather watch movies than hunt monsters, have a drink with friends, and eat nachos.

Oh You'll Weep

Source: Pinterest

An original piece of artwork from AxelMedellin, this meme sees Hellboy threaten to beat up what appears to be a terrifying statue. Said statue is in actuality a Weeping Angel, one of the scariest monsters from Doctor Who.

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Besides being a delightful crossover, the above image is a clever summation of Hellboy's occupation and temperament. He fights monsters and can be rather impatient when he doesn't get his way.

Hellboy's Thoughts On Nazis

Source: MEME

From one of the best Hellboy comicsThe Conqueror Worm, these panels see Hellboy punch an old man after he reveals himself to be a Nazi. The meme itself doesn't alter anything from the comic, simply adding the text "Hellboy on Nazis" to wrap this perfect sequence up in a bow.

Beyond showcasing Hellboy's disdain for Nazis and his history with Nazi-related villains such as Rasputin, it also hints at Hellboy's views regarding discrimination in general. As a half-demon who had to stay hidden during his childhood, he knows what it's like for people to act on prejudice, and as a result, won't stand for discrimination of any kind.

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Hellboy After Vacation

Source: Daily Mail

A not-so-subtle jab at people who refuse to wear sunscreen, this meme is inspired by a scene early in the 2004 Hellboy movie where the audience sees an adult Hellboy for the first time. It's arguably funnier than the meme.

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Putting aside the lame joke, the meme points to a couple of important facets of Hellboy's character. First, he travels around a lot when fighting monsters. Second, his clothes usually get tattered and torn off him during fights. These are minor aspects of the character, but ones that subtly add to the reader's understanding of Hellboy.

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I've Been Drinking With Skeletons

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Based on an iconic panel from The Island, this meme throws some serious shade at older people (which is ironic considering Hellboy was born in the 1600s). It's also just flat-out hilarious.

Beyond the wonderful interpolation of Mike Mignola's Hellboy artwork, the meme serves to highlight Hellboy's casual attitude. He loves to drink and converse with people, yet he also has been known to abuse alcohol to block the world out (as acknowledged by the character himself in The Storm and The Fury). 

Hellboy Saves Christmas

Source: Deviant Art

A hilarious piece of art from AxelMedellin, this mashup of the Grinch and Hellboy offers a realistic approach to a fight between the two. Hellboy, being a professional paranormal investigator, would beat the stuffing out of the Grinch.

While the meme presents Hellboy in a somewhat violent light, it also points to his no-nonsense attitude and dedication to getting the job done. He's here to help people out, and that often means getting messy to do so.

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I'm Not A Mean Guy

A meme that can very much be repurposed by "nice guys," this still from 2004's Hellboy has the tough and grizzled Hellboy proclaim he is "usually a pretty nice guy once you get to know me." For the most part, this is true.

Related: Every Guillermo Del Toro Movie, Ranked By Rewatchability

Hellboy might come across as stubborn and hot-headed when fighting monsters, but any look at his interactions with his co-workers and citizens shows he's a sociable person. Despite his demon-like appearance, he can strike up a conversation with strangers quite easily thanks to his down-to-earth demeanor.

Are You Hellboy?

Source: Reddit

Taken from The Simpsons, this meme sees Barney ask if the guy in the seat next to him is a specific person. Hellboy responds with something of a contradiction, and it's humorous.

Beyond being a fun mashup of Hellboy and the Simpsons, the meme happens to reveal a lot about the themes of the franchise. Hellboy is prophesized to destroy the world, yet he constantly rejects that role because of how he was raised. He doesn't see himself as Anung Un Rama but as Hellboy.

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Is That A Monkey?

Source: Know Your Meme

Taken from the comic Box Full Of Evil, this sequence of comic panels has gone been used as the template for a litany of memes. Whether it be My Little Pony, The Legend of Zelda, or Patricia McCloskey, no people, characters, and franchises are safe from these three infamous panels.

Aside from its hilarious use by the internet to poke fun at real and fictional events, the meme points to a subtle aspect of Hellboy's character and a major facet of his world. When it comes to the Hellboy universe, the image shows that anything can happen. It's because of this that Hellboy is always looking out for his friends.

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