I was born in the darkness (or you merely adopted the darkness) refers to a quote that sparked a series of memes, related to the fictional character Bane, from superhero-movie titled The Dark Knight Rises.
On the internet, the quote has inspired both image macro memes and several snowclones, with the formula being: “You merely adopted the ‘X’, I was born in it, molded by it”.
The Dark Knight Rises premiered in 2012 and was a big success at the time. One iconic scene of the movie was the dialogue between Batman and the mask-wearing antagonist Bane, played by Tom Hardy.
The quote “You merely adopted the darkness, I was born in it, molded by it” was first exploited as a meme as part of the trend called Baneposting, a series of memes that were dedicated to the movie’s various scenes, with the aim of mock-mimicking Bane.
The first snowclone image macro meme that featured I was born in the darkness was uploaded to Memebase.
In 2012 the meme made an appearance on the site FunnyJunk.
During the following years the meme has become widespread and surfaced on several online forums like Reddit and Twitter.
- Quotes.com – The Dark Knight Rises