One Twitter user has combined The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with a couple of dank memes to create one of the funniest videos related to the game.
The main focus of the video, which was created by editor and voice actor MarachiiSoup, is Link using his shield to bounce a laser beam back toward a treacherous Guardian. Guardians are some of the most difficult enemies players will come across in Breath of the Wild, and while there are a number of ways to harm them, parrying the blast is one of the most difficult. It requires players pressing A at the precise moment the laser hits. If carried out correctly, the result is a badly damaged and stunned Guardian.
The feat accomplished in the clip is impressive in itself, but it’s the use of different internet culture moments that make the video shine. From the “Deal with it” sunglasses to airhorns blasting at the end of the video, the use of different, recognizable memes contributes to the overall hilarity of it.
Right after Link destroys the Guardian, the video pans to a post on Facebook featuring numerous comments from people calling out the Guardian and expressing their sentiments. This isn’t a meme of any kind — in the same way “Deal with it” is — but it’s familiar enough that it’s instantly recognizable. Most people have read through the comments on a Facebook page or YouTube video enough to understand why it was incorporated into the clip.
The most memorable parts of the video, however, include Link walking away from the burning Guardian while sunglasses appear over his face and airhorns sound off, Denzel Curry’s “Ultimate” playing in the background. The “Deal with it” meme started in 2005 after appearing in a web comic, but it wasn’t until 2010 that it picked up steam. The first memorable use of the meme included GIFs of dogs or smug faces as sunglasses dropped over their eyes. As Link walks away from the Guardian, the sunglasses quickly drop over his face. The words “Deal with it” never appear, but the meme has become so infamous that its inclusion is generally understood.
The use of airhorns first became a meme in 2013, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the official subreddit for airhorn remixes appeared. Users would post remixed versions of songs featuring airhorns throughout and in Oct 2014, College Humor posted a list of songs that were greatly improved thanks to the airhorn meme. MarachiiSoup makes it blatantly obvious that what he’s going for, adding actual visuals of airhorns going off around Link.
As of this writing, the tweet has been retweeted almost 15,000 times. Copycats have also begun adding the video to YouTube, claiming it as their own.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is currently available to play on the Nintendo Switch and Wii U.