"That Guy" for the Me Fi September 6, 2017 6:14 PM   Subscribe

A brief history of the Mefites who did not necessarily want to be That Guy, but dammit...

Not to be That Guy, but does this really count as Irony?
OK, I'll be "that guy" - whazzup with the arcade games that just look like crates?
Hate to be that guy, but some all of the "body art" is very disturbing
I am going to be that guy: the one who makes the first comment, which is that "I hate jump scares"
Just to be "that guy"...These aren't posters
I genuinely wonder if I wanted to be 'that guy at Starbucks' what it means, coffee wise
I'm think a part of me must still be that guy, a little bit. I liked this almost as much as I liked Mallory Ortberg's Male Novelist Jokes
I hate to always be that guy but this seems dodgy. None of the photos really shows anything I'd recognize
Not to be that guy, but this is why we don't want to ignore signs of climate change
Hate to be that guy, but it's 'gripping hand.'
Also, just to be that guy — the common trope of pitting "Twitter versus Action" is and always will be really annoying
I'll be 'that guy' and ask for context. I'll even admit that I've heard of, though never read, any David Foster Wallace
I'll be that guy who says that the names of these dogs are derived from Inuit "-miut," meaning roughly "people" in the sense of a community
I don't wanna be That Guy, but it does seem to me the subject of the FPP should maybe have his name spelled right in the FPP
I'm a big DD appreciator, and this is a cool breakdown of Rio. : ) However, I'm gonna be that guy and sayyy...
I hate to be that guy, but part of this is a problem with modernism: objective news is a modernist project
don't be That Guy. "I am familiar with this work's influences, therefore I deem this mere imitation" is rarely a winning attitude
I really hate to be "that guy", but... The "Oh! My car!" guy is from the Super NES version of Final Fight
I hate to be that guy, but as a Hawkman I can safely say this is fake
I'm going to be That Guy and say I actually like the version with Deckard's VO
Fuck the higher road and fuckity fuck the other cheek, I have decided to be That Guy
Also, to be That Guy, several of those images were taken from a google search. Many of them, including the Power Girl boobs one,
I'm sorry, I'm afraid I'm also going to be That Guy. This violate's Dreadnought's Rule for Boat Naming:
I was raised essentially from birth to be that guy. My father was a classic nerd:
I used to be that guy about it, but I'm over it. Pearl Jam is fine,
I hate to be that guy, but I think this might be fake
I want to be that guy, and lemme tell you why. I miss Birkenstock socks
Man, I hate to be That Guy, the one who always says this shit, but this one time I feel it's really, really appropriate: Please show me your $500 movie that's as good or better
I don't want to be That Guy, but an old-fashioned safety razor was a good investment
I don't want to be "that guy" but if if you're going to play two player Contra it's B, A, Select, Start
I hate to be that guy who links to a Daily Mail story, but not only does he have a mom,
Ok, I'm going to be that guy. I don't really read comic books and don't really know the Marvel Canon, and I don't watch much TV--anyway,
Just to be that guy in the room, I don't think his ideas failed because these were bourgeois values, but
I don't mean to be that guy, and who am I to question the mighty Mystery Writers of America, but
I don't want to be that guy who is always saying, "Modern art is bullshit," but
So I'm going to be that guy who jumps in and says why this is an incorrect decision after thinking about it for only 30 seconds
You know, I used to be that guy who would say that "reddit has some decent groups
Okay, I'll be that guy: I miss the days when you weren't allowed to swear so much in public
I really hate to be "that guy" and come down on the side of the mega wealthy drug companies, but:
well. not to be that guy but, you don't quite understand the meaning of "more or less"
Not to be that guy, but that's not gonna fly. Are you driving a train into the Ukraine?
Yep gonna be that guy….Utz doesnt use Old Bay just "Chesapeake Bay Crab Seasonings" …Herr's uses Old Bay. That being said I still love Utz Crab Chips
I'll be That Guy and admit that I'd be more than a bit irked to catch this plummy-voiced belter shoveling
Stop spouting archly about it if you don't want to be That Guy, because man do actual recording musicians get tired of that shit.

actually loves being that guy
posted by ominous_paws to MetaFilter-Related at 6:14 PM (77 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite

I'm pretty sure that I am saved from being That Guy only by not being a guy.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 6:19 PM on September 6 [5 favorites]


Well, you could always be "That Girl".
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:41 PM on September 6 [6 favorites]


Please tell us the story of how this came to be.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:02 PM on September 6 [8 favorites]


Does the ominous pause imply ominous_paws wishes to become the That Guy That Guy?
posted by cgc373 at 7:10 PM on September 6


Please tell us the story of how this came to be.

Do you really want to be That Guy who can't just admire the meal without bugging the chef for the recipe?
posted by Etrigan at 7:25 PM on September 6 [9 favorites]


Cool. Now do "doggie-dog world".
posted by yhbc at 7:42 PM on September 6 [3 favorites]


I hate to be that guy but I've never been that guy in the history of MetaFilter. I'm pretty proud of myself.
posted by Fizz at 7:44 PM on September 6 [1 favorite]


Arranged properly, these are verses to a song. Somehow.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:49 PM on September 6 [4 favorites]


Do you really want to be That Guy who can't just admire the meal without bugging the chef for the recipe

It's worse than that. I'm That Guy who wants to know how the magic trick is done.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:56 PM on September 6 [3 favorites]


Please tell us the story of how this came to be.

It's clearly inspired by this "Metafilter:" joke by pracowity!
posted by aka burlap at 7:56 PM on September 6 [4 favorites]


Perfect post!
posted by ellieBOA at 8:56 PM on September 6 [1 favorite]


I correctly predicted one was cortex

I rediscovered my hatred for serial comma omission.

Thank you for the post it was a good time.
posted by fleacircus at 10:26 PM on September 6


The Merkins!
posted by unliteral at 11:02 PM on September 6


On the griping hand, the links for "Hate to be that guy, but it's 'gripping hand.'" and one or two others are sadly borked.
posted by XMLicious at 11:44 PM on September 6 [1 favorite]


This strikes me as a good reminder that everything we say on this site is very public and permanent.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 1:29 AM on September 7 [2 favorites]


Alas, I've always wanted to be that guy, but I'm stuck being this guy instead.
posted by gusottertrout at 2:20 AM on September 7


It's clearly inspired by this "Metafilter:" joke by pracowity!

Sorry.
posted by pracowity at 2:44 AM on September 7 [2 favorites]


This is fabulous and hilarious, and most of those guys on metafilter are great guys!

I love how some of them hew so closely to "That Guy". Like some, I'm like "naaaawwww, you're not really that guy", and the others I was like "Nawwwww, you really are that guy!"
posted by smoke at 3:31 AM on September 7


I have not said this (on Metafilter . . . . yet . . .) but I am tooootally "That Guy" - and I am a gal!
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:08 AM on September 7 [1 favorite]


That Guy adjacent.
posted by Sebmojo at 5:10 AM on September 7 [2 favorites]


Oh god that "click track" thread is giving me hives.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:48 AM on September 7


MetaFilter: That Guy, SAIT.
posted by Celsius1414 at 6:11 AM on September 7


That Guys is just a social construct!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:27 AM on September 7


#notallthatguys
posted by uncleozzy at 6:30 AM on September 7 [10 favorites]


I was That Guy (first link!) and then another guy was That Guy who totally pounced on me in the thread and called me tedious.

My mother called me tedious once. Once.

That Other Guy hasn't posted since 2015.
posted by bondcliff at 6:45 AM on September 7 [4 favorites]


Flagged as fantastic.
posted by jillithd at 6:45 AM on September 7 [1 favorite]


Wow, that guy cares deeply about a lot of different stuff.
posted by lollusc at 6:50 AM on September 7 [3 favorites]


And he knows a lot about all of it. More than you, as he's obligated to point out.
posted by nickmark at 6:59 AM on September 7 [4 favorites]


I'm that guy who just looked over his calendar very carefully to see if he had time to check each and every single one of these to find out how often he was That Guy.

(Unless I missed one, it's zero.)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:18 AM on September 7 [3 favorites]


This is a great post, but it raises the question: has no one registered That Guy as a username?
posted by languagehat at 7:36 AM on September 7 [3 favorites]


I recently saw a great interaction on a Facebook page between a local newscaster and a friend who is now running for a Councilperson position, and is African-American, that went something like this:

Newscaster: Not to be that guy, but do only minorities get to decide what can and can't be said about minorities?
Friend: You could try just not being that guy, but if you're going to be that guy, our discussion is done.

It was both a good reminder that if you feel the urge to say "not to be that guy," maybe just don't, and if somebody is making some weird, weak defense of privilege, you're not actually obligated to humor them.
posted by maxsparber at 7:50 AM on September 7 [13 favorites]


Well I hate to be That Guy, but
posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:52 AM on September 7 [7 favorites]


So I'm going to be that guy who jumps in and says why this is an incorrect decision after thinking about it for only 30 seconds

found my soulmate
posted by phunniemee at 7:55 AM on September 7 [5 favorites]




I used to be 'That Guy'. But then they changed what 'That' was.
Now the guy I am isn't 'That' and what's 'That' seems weird and scary to me.

IT'LL HAPPEN TO YOU!
posted by Atom Eyes at 8:46 AM on September 7 [5 favorites]


Google search input: "not to derail, but" site:metafilter.com
Number of results: 1,220
posted by duffell at 8:50 AM on September 7 [2 favorites]


Also, not to derail, but I made that point about "not to derail, but" earlier this year and the number of results has grown by 50 since then.
posted by duffell at 8:55 AM on September 7 [3 favorites]




It was both a good reminder that if you feel the urge to say "not to be that guy," maybe just don't

for when you say the words, the roaming spirit of That Guy is invited into your body and you become his host
posted by prize bull octorok at 10:27 AM on September 7 [12 favorites]


Arranged properly, these are verses to a song. Somehow.

I thought about it and agreed and so here you go:

I Hate To Be That Guy But
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:29 AM on September 7 [24 favorites]


The Cubbies will never win it all. Lol.

*ahem*

Go Cubs, Gooooo,
Go Cubs, Goooo,
Hey eriko, whadda you say
since you were proved wrong yesterday?


Okay that sucked but in my defense I'm more a fan of the Red Sox
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:41 AM on September 7


I hate to be that guy but the "grippy hand" link and Deckard links are broken.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 11:07 AM on September 7 [3 favorites]


I'm definitely that guy who scanned this panicking that I was in there.
posted by lumpenprole at 11:50 AM on September 7 [5 favorites]


I knew I wasn't that guy. Another great chance for MeFternity missed.
posted by Namlit at 12:56 PM on September 7


I had no idea there were so many guys on Mefi!
posted by ferret branca at 1:24 PM on September 7


"Diamonds, Daisies, Snowflakes,
That Guy
Chestnuts, Rainbows, Springtime...
Is That Guy
He'a tinsel on a tree...
He's everything that every guy should be!

Sable, Popcorn, White Wine,
That Guy
Gingham, Bluebirds, Broadway...
Is That Guy
He's mine alone, but luckily for you...
If you find a guy to love,
Only one guy to love,
Then he'll be that Guy too...
That Guy"

-That Guy
posted by clavdivs at 2:03 PM on September 7 [1 favorite]


I am at least one of those That Guys, but it's a medical problem
posted by scruss at 2:11 PM on September 7


I knew I wasn't that guy. Another great chance for MeFternity missed.

I hate to be that guy, but if you know you're not that guy, then chances are you actually are that guy.
posted by ambrosen at 2:13 PM on September 7 [2 favorites]


Good Guys
Buddy
Jasmine
Pearce
De Maupassant
Smiley
Incognito

Bad Guys
Fieri
Ritchie
Nice
That
Larry the Cable
posted by Atom Eyes at 2:17 PM on September 7 [16 favorites]


You forgot "of Gisborne".
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:33 PM on September 7 [6 favorites]


Also Fawkes!

And that rope on a boat called a guy. That's a good guy.

Hell, one could make an alignment chart of Guys if so desired. Is That Guy Evil or Chaotic? Where, exactly, does Guy Fieri fit?
posted by barchan at 4:01 PM on September 7


Let's not forget guyball
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 4:15 PM on September 7 [1 favorite]


Guy Fieri is chaotic neutral.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:18 PM on September 7 [2 favorites]


That Maddin fellow.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 4:28 PM on September 7


> Does the ominous pause imply ominous_paws wishes to become the That Guy That Guy?
> I Wanna Be The Guy (previously)

Aw, shucks. I wanted to be That Guy who mentions I Wanna Be The Guy in reference to wanting to be that guy, previously.

The guy That Guy "That Guy"s that guys that guise is the guy.
posted by Johann Georg Faust at 4:37 PM on September 7


You guys...
posted by Chairboy at 5:34 PM on September 7


And don't forget Teeny Little Super.
posted by zamboni at 6:13 PM on September 7 [3 favorites]


Guys! Guys! Guys!

There's another one!

Oh wait. Different pronunciation.

Carry on.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:30 PM on September 7


One might say he's an exile from Guyville.
posted by Atom Eyes at 6:52 PM on September 7 [2 favorites]


I may not be that guy, but I am... *jerks thumbs up toward face and grins ear-to-ear* THIS FRIGGIN' GUY! C'mere, you.
posted by duffell at 7:41 PM on September 7


Pretty fly for that guy.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:39 PM on September 7


the 1st 6 seconds
posted by brujita at 12:55 AM on September 8 [2 favorites]




I've got a student who is not a native English speaker, but his English is so nearly perfect that I sometimes forget, until he uses a slightly weird turn of phrase.

Today he was talking about picking up his kids from school, and he said, "One guy finishes school at three, but the other guy is only little and that guy needs to be picked up at lunch time". It was super cute and reminded me of this thread.
posted by lollusc at 3:58 AM on September 8 [8 favorites]


My son, now ten, referred to everyone and everything as guys for a while when he was 3 or so. The cat: "She's such a cute yittle guy!" It was very cute and I totally caught the big. Even now I frequently refer to myself, a woman, as a guy. "I'm the Web guy," or "I'm not that kind of guy." It's hard to break and I'm sure it just comes off as weird.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 8:43 AM on September 8


I'm glad someone brought up Guy LaFleur so we can combat the prescriptive implications of the post title suggesting Mefi and guy end in long I. Because if it was up to me they'd end on long E.
posted by gusottertrout at 11:13 AM on September 8


Once when I lived in a different town there was a sort of street festival, and I ran into my friend Nora accompanied by two male individuals I hadn't met. One was a guy called Aman, and the other was a man called Guy.
posted by tangerine at 1:25 PM on September 8 [3 favorites]


I would really hate to be that guy butt.
posted by GuyZero at 2:15 PM on September 8 [1 favorite]


Wait, which guy?
posted by scratch at 9:05 PM on September 8


Ro Gearloose!
posted by y2karl at 8:13 AM on September 9


Damn that that guy guy.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:16 AM on September 9


I'm glad someone brought up Guy LaFleur so we can combat the prescriptive implications of the post title suggesting Mefi and guy end in long I. Because if it was up to me they'd end on long E.

Why not both, eh?

Guy Lafleur and Guy Caballero
posted by Room 641-A at 8:34 AM on September 9 [2 favorites]


Not to be that guy,
But that's not gonna fly.
Are you driving a train
Into the Ukraine?


OK. Now I want to hear the rest of the song.
posted by Grangousier at 3:38 PM on September 11


Nothing you can try
Can make me not say, "I
'll be That Guy."
posted by The Underpants Monster at 3:10 PM on September 14


The Underpants Monster's enjambment's stressing me out.
posted by cgc373 at 6:59 PM on September 15 [3 favorites]


I'm not that guy...
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:40 PM on October 3 [2 favorites]


Pretty fly to be that guy....
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:52 AM on October 4 [1 favorite]


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