It all started with Bill Nye starring in a National Geographic special called “Bill Nye’s Global Meltdown.” In it, Nye suffers from “climate change grief.” At some point, there’s a scene of a distraught and weary Science Guy walking down a lonely road with a cigarette, engulfed in his thoughts.
It looked like this.
But because the very educated Nye’s known for his clean old-school bow-tied appearance and level-headed way of thinking and talking, reddit naturally spiraled out of control with the still after redditor Chipper_chap posted it in the Photoshop Battle subreddit.
And so the glorious “Badass Bill Nye” meme was born.
There are many, many more, and given Bill Nye’s grand sense of humor, he’s probably loved all of them.