"Peace Was Never An Option" is a memorable quote spoken by the fictional character Erik Lehnsherr, better known as the villain Magneto, as played by Michael Fassbender in the movie X-Men: First Class.
On February 10 2011, 20th Century Fox released the first trailer for X-Men: First Class, which was viewed over 15 million times on YouTube.<1>
Towards the end of the trailer, the following piece of dialogue is spoken:
The line, as well as Fassbender"s overall performance, were considered by critics to lớn be one of the strong points of First Class; in an article on the popular blog Comics Alliance, David Brothers considered the line khổng lồ be a crucial key khổng lồ understanding Magneto"s character in the film.<4> The line is a quote often used by fans when making references khổng lồ Magneto.
The first use as a caption for an image macro happened two years after the release. An image of a cockatiel atop a tank toy captioned with the line was posted khổng lồ the meme aggregator MemeCenter in 2013, where it gained over 3,000 likes.<3>
On September 24th, 2019, Twitter user
erkshnrt posted an image of the Goose from the Untitled Goose game standing on a handle of an axe, captioned with the quote (shown below, left).
On September 28th, 2019, Twitter user
CampbellxEmma tweeted another image of the Goose holding a butter knife in its beak, based on a close-up of a promotional image for the game,<7> captioned with the quote.<8> The tweet received over 20,600 retweets và 71,600 likes in one week (shown below, left). In the following days, multiple users on Twitter used both images as reactions.<9><10> On October 2nd, 2019, Redditor Happinss-Noise posted a meme based on the image to /r/dankmemes subreddit,<11> where it gained over 43,000 upvotes in five days (shown below, right), prompting popularity of the format on Reddit in the following days.
Note: The rise in late 2013 is due to lớn the release of an album of the same name by the metal band Man Must Die.<2>
<1> YouTube – X-Men: First Class – Official Trailer
<2> Encyclopaedia Mettalum – Man Must Die – Peace Was Never An Option
<3> MemeCenter – Peace Was Never An Option
<4> Comics Alliance – The Best & Worst of ‘X-Men: First Class’ -- Moral Complexity and Depressing Racial Politics
<5> Tumblr – "Search: peace was never an option
<6> Twitter –
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