Was this the Year of the GIF? That’s what some English dictionary said. Whatever. Every year is the year of the GIF. EVERY SINGLE YEAR. The people of the internets voted for the very best GIFs of 2012 and here they are!
Sure, we are leaving a lot of out, and that’s where you come in: link to your best in the comments!
The Summer Games left us many GIF jewels. This sweet moment with Bolt was one of them.
And then there was Michelle Jenneke.
The next Tarantino movie will be good, but this shot of Leo makes it all worth it.
Hey, it’s Kate Upton and one of her never-ending GIFs. You know the ones. The ones that every man in the planet keeps watching again and again, hoping that one boob will get out of the bikini at the next bounce.
My favourite cat GIF by far.
Never in history has disappointment been captured in such perfect way.
This was a meme at the beginning of the year: Batman and Robin running in front of a thousand things.
If there’s any GIF that makes me want to snuggle with a dog, this is it.
Avengers was probably the biggest blockbuster of the year. This was its funniest moment.
If this duck doesn’t make you happy, you are a jerk.
This idiot jumping kind of hurts, but it’s utterly satisfying at the same time.
This one makes me cringe, but it’s impossibly hypnotising.
Oh Kim, please never change.
Obviously, this is not a real video, but it’s a masterful and hilarious fake. Badass Obama.
The tiger in his pool is a never-ending factory of GIF awesomeness.
Baumgartner jump. One of my favourite moments of 2012.
Lana del Rey performance in Saturday Night Life was atrocious. And of course, people took the piss.
The Tupac hologram wasn’t as atrocious, but people made fun of it too anyway.
The cliffhanger of one of the best series in the history of television: Breaking Bad. If you haven’t seen it, don’t read what the book says. It’s a big spoiler.
Another one of someone falling.
Look at the Lakers Bros. Then look at them again. Keep looking. It’s hypnotising.
Bonus: Everyone loved this space Kim so much that some wanted to propose it for a GIF Pulitzer, so I’m including it.