The Violence Has Escalated
The Violence Has Escalated is a meme that has been circulating online since at least 2014. Unlike other memes, it does not have a specific symbol associated with it. Most often, it includes a soldier or recognizable fighter, and an image of a Win95-style message field. A video posted on YouTube in 2018 by Gyan Ko featured a soldier with a weapon and a voice saying “the violence has escalated.” The video gained a large following, and spread like wildfire.