Terry The Fat Shark refers to an image macro of a shark who is usually posted on Wednesdays appearing to bear a “gift” as a “token of friendship.” The caption of each Terry meme promises he will return the following Wednesday with a new gift.
Terry the Fat Shark was first posted to /r/dankmemes on March 6th, 2019 by Redditor Ecstatic_Pickle, gaining over 4,800 points before the meme was deleted by moderators for being “normie trash.” On March 20th, 2019, Redditor Aphex_tw1n reposted the first Terry the Fat Shark image in /r/oddlyspecific, gaining over 1,100 points in roughly a year and a half. Terry presents a shrimp.
Terry began growing more popular in other subreddits and on other social media sites over a year after the first post. For example, a Terry dubbed “Week 13” posted in /r/memes on June 17th, 2020 by Redditor omega_wolf gained over 490 points (shown below, left). On June 3rd, Imgur user ImYourBiologicalStepDadUncleRob posted an example that gained over 110,000 views on the platform (shown below, right).
On August 26th, 2020, Ecstatic_Pickle posted a Grant Gustin Next To Oliver Queen’s Grave celebrating the revival of Terry the Fat Shark. The meme was covered by StayHipp.