It Was Time For Thomas To Leave
It was time for Thomas to leave is a reaction meme that features a still image taken from the well-recognized British stop-motion children’s television series, called Thomas & Friends (earlier Thomas, the Tank Engine).
The whole title of the meme would be It was time for Thomas to leave. He had seen everything.
Online, this still image is used as a reaction image. People submit it under situations where they see or experience something shockingly grotesque, or something so unusual that it makes such a horrid impact on them that they desperately want to quit from the situation.
The episode, which featured the origin scene of the meme was first shown to the public in 1989.
During the scene we can see Thomas with wide-open eyes and a big smile, rolling out of the station, as the narrator articulately utters: It was time for Thomas to leave. He had seen everything.
Spread and Usage
The still image bearing the quote was initially introduced as a meme in 2016 on an image-board forum called Sonic Stadium. One user pressed the idea of using the screenshot as a meme whenever somebody wants to disperse from a situation.
Eventually these endeavors have become successful and the meme started to get recognized on more mainstream platforms like Twitter and Reddit.