Chuck Norris jokes are a widespread, Internet originated, sensation that take the form of hugely exaggerated claims and facts about Chuck Norris’s strength, ferociousness, sexual potency and masculinity that have no basis in truth for Chuck Norris or any human. The more outrageous the claim, the funnier and more memorable the joke becomes.
The rising popularity of the jokes and their association with the star have somewhat affected Chucks very reputation, whether negatively or not is up for debate. Ultimately they have become ubiquitous with the star and could even become as popular and long lasting as knock knock jokes.
When and where did it first start and why Chuck Norris?
Chuck Norris did not become a perfect specimen of virility, superhuman strength and physics defying roundhouse kicks overnight. A successful movie career throughout the 80’s and 90’s solidified Chucks reputation and prompted the many myths and exaggerations surrounding him. A mainstay of many Chuck Norris films is his ability to perform a perfect roundhouse kick, usually to the face.
A good example of the types of films that began Chucks reputation are The Delta Force (1986), Lone Wolf McQuade (1982), The Way of the Dragon (1972) and Missing In Action (1984) show Chuck Norris and roundhouse kicks in action
With an exaggerated Hollywood effects of the kick coupled with Chuck Norris apparent ability to “take out” every and all enemies with it, it became common to make claims on how powerful it was. This evolved into other areas of masculine abilities and impossible acts of magic attributed to him generating the internet phenomenon we know today.
The exact origins of the jokes are not quite certain, because with anything born out of word of mouth or internet word of mouth its not possible to say. Conan O'Brien is said to have used the jokes in 2005, but who is to say where that idea came from or where he heard them. Perhaps popularising the jokes make for the origin.
The man’s popularity has to be a big part of the jokes, as outrageous as they are a degree of likability people have for Chuck is necessary for them to proliferate. Figures of hate tend generate their own, short lived crude jokes if at all.
Why Chuck Norris Jokes are so funny and popular
They are relatively easy to make up, you already have one ingredient, Chuck himself, then take something every day and normal, combine that with something completely ridiculous, outrageous or just plain incomprehensible and word it like a fact or true statement and you have yourself a joke.
The idea of a person performing mathematically or physically impossible acts isn’t funny in of itself, but combining that with a humorous twist involving Chuck Norris’s persona and suddenly it becomes very funny and the more popular the sensation becomes the funnier subsequent jokes become.
So therefore, the very fact that it is a chuck Norris jokes makes the joke funny, whether it is even technically a joke e.g. Chuck Norris can divide by zero. The very fact of chuck Norris being the point of jokes around him performing impossible acts makes this single statement funnier than if directed at someone else.
Another example is Chuck Norris can strangle you with a cordless phone. The violence of his character in this joke is emphasised by the complete and utterly impossible act of strangling someone with a non-existence object, in this case a cordless phone. One could easily strangle someone with a regular phone.
Expansion to other celebrities
An attempt has been made to expand to other celebrities, such as Steven Segal, another popular 80’s, 90’s actor that performed over the top action set pieces and that perhaps took himself a little seriously. Bruce Lee and Mr. T are other examples.
Similar jokes centring on these celebrities in other roles, while popular in their own right, never had the following and recognizability as the chuck Norris ones.
No article about Chuck Norris jokes can be complete without a few funny examples:
- Chuck Norris destroyed the periodic table, because Chuck Norris only recognizes the element of surprise.
- Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits
- In fine print on the last page of the Guinness Book of World Records it notes that all world records are held by Chuck Norris, and those listed in the book are simply the closest anyone else has ever gotten.
- Chucks iPad supports flash
- Chuck Norris invented water.