Here’s a Little Lesson in Trickery
Here’s a little lesson in trickery refers to a line from the memorable meme song We Are Number One – not to be confused with the meme He Was Number One –, originating from the children’s TV show Lazy Town.
While the song itself was used in memes primarily for its catchy tunes, “Here’s a little lesson in trickery” became a popular reaction image macro, used for referencing shrewd behavior.
“Here’s a little lesson in trickery” originates from the Season 4 Episode 12 of Lazy Town which first aired on October 3rd, 2014, under the title “Robbie’s Dream Team”.
The episode features the song We Are Number One, where the main villain, Robbie Rotten (portrayed by Stefán Karl Stefánsson) is teaching his doppelgangers how to be a true villain.
It is here, the line “Here’s a little lesson in trickery” was first heard.
Spread and Usage
Memes of We Are Number One started appearing online during the fall of 2016, and by December, the first “Here’s a little lesson in trickery” meme also appeared, in a remix of the song, uploaded to YouTube by Mojosoup on December 29th.
In the parody, every line of the original song is replaced with “Here’s a little lesson in trickery”.
In the following years, image macro memes, as well as GIFs, YouTube parodies and remixes all appeared, featuring the titular meme, whose popularity peaked in September 2018.
“Here’s a little lesson in trickery” appeared on countless sites in countless forms, ranging from Reddit, Twitter, 9GAG and Facebook to even me.me, iFunny and Instagram.