while some sci­en­tific dis­cov­er­ies are the re­sult of years of re­search, oth­ers are stum­bled upon com­pletely by chance – and when hu­man­ity un­cov­ered the uni­ver­sally ap­pro­pri­ate mu­si­cal back­ing for any piece of video footage, it was the lat­ter. In 2010, some­one com­bined video from the Su­per Mario Bros movie and au­dio from Su­per Street Fighter II, then up­loaded it to Youtube un­der the user­name guilethe­m­e­fit­sall.

This pioneer soon re­vealed that their user­name was no mere boast, as a se­ries of clips showed that Guile’s theme goes with ev­ery­thing. The mu­sic was in­serted into scenes in­clud­ing Mu­fasa’s death in

The Lion King, Su­san Boyle singing and the countdown from, erm, Countdown, and fit each of them as if it had had been com­mis­sioned be­spoke.

The phe­nom­e­non was so pow­er­ful that the guilethe­m­e­fit­sall ac­count racked up

3.75 mil­lion views across 17 videos, and copy­cats quickly emerged. Soon, Guile’s theme was plas­tered atop videos of drunk peo­ple try­ing to stand up, Un­cle Phil’s pool hus­tle in Fresh Prince Of Bel-air and Gor­don Ramsay block­ing a slap to the face. Some of these achieved as many as 3.5 mil­lion views of their own, but the most pop­u­lar was one set to footage from the Ja­panese film Ka­men Rider Decade: All Rid­ers Vs Dai-shocker, which achieved a mas­sive 6.5 mil­lion views. So the next time you need mu­sic for an epic birth­day party, ro­man­tic night in or health and safety video that needs a lit­tle ‘lift’, con­sider Guile’s theme.

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