According to Special meme fresh’s post on Know Your Meme, the 3D model of the head originates from “a wonky attempt at a human head posted on 4chan’s 3DCG board long ago.” The image was later adapted to be their profile mascot, first appearing in their profile photo on April 9th.
On March 4th, 2016 a photo of meme man accompanied by a parody of UKIP‘s Pledge To Britain was posted to /r/Braveryjerk. As of almost a week later, the post has over 100 points (99% upvoted). A post to Tumblr of the character photoshopped to be looking at the word meme was posted on November 3rd, 2015. The post has gained over 40 thousand notes.