Last night, in the staging area of the men's 200 butterfly semifinals, Michael Phelps, the greatest athlete of all time, delivered us the greatest game face of all time.
The swimmers have only just become aware that NBC films them before they come out on the pool deck--which gave us Lilly King's now iconic "finger wag." Phelps, clearly aware of the cameras, wanted to send his own message to the world, and his opponents.
.@MichaelPhelps is the meme of the moment when he was caught on camera w/ his game face on. #PhelpsFace pic.twitter.com/kkjHFONGPp
— Fox5NY (@fox5ny) August 9, 2016
A fitting face for Michael Phelps. This is the face all saiyans make when they're about to power up. pic.twitter.com/tQAaofJZUu
— Woof Blitzer (@I_Exude_Sarcasm) August 9, 2016
The face seemed to be directed right at Phelps' biggest competition in the event that started it all for Michael, back at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney: Chad Le Clos, of South Africa.
Le Clos was playing some Jedi mind games of his own, stretching and shaking it off directly in front of Phelps.
Michael Phelps game face is something serious. pic.twitter.com/C38RwIPn9h
— DC Maryland Virginia (@DMVFollowers) August 9, 2016
Unfortunately for Clos, his attempt at intimidation only awoke the beast even more...
Not surprisingly, the internet has gone insane:
Michael Phelps is not going to let the sirens lure him out of his ship pic.twitter.com/qR5BXZmUVB
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) August 9, 2016
I TRIED SO HARD
AND GOT SO FAR
BUT IN THE END
IT DOESN'T EVEN MATTER pic.twitter.com/1VxozwtHtk
— Ira Madison III (@ira) August 9, 2016
[🎶 Baby beluga in the deep blue sea 🎶 ] pic.twitter.com/LC3gNek8Mk
— Gabriel Snyder (@gabrielsnyder) August 9, 2016
"cargo shorts" pic.twitter.com/jYI1pCHFms
— Shirley Li (@shirklesxp) August 9, 2016
when u remember the revenant pic.twitter.com/CBTbdpjlCg
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) August 9, 2016
I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative pic.twitter.com/5zuTbQJxwN
— Michelle Lee (@heymichellelee) August 9, 2016
When you're the real Slim Shady but someone else stood up. pic.twitter.com/CtQTu7FXEa
— B®endan (@ChiBDM) August 9, 2016
when ur crush's significant other is at the party pic.twitter.com/KJ0N10brb5
— Max Read (@max_read) August 9, 2016
tfw you've been seen on a security hologram killing younglings pic.twitter.com/rb67z6XxAd
— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) August 9, 2016
Game face runs in the Phelps family...
Boomer Phelps is carrying on the #PhelpsFace legacy. pic.twitter.com/imhVKMJ2AK
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) August 9, 2016