The United Kingdom had a profoundly normal one last Saturday, when King Charles III, ol’ Chucky 3, became the 40th British monarch crowned at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony featuring all manner of storied orbs (opens in new tab), gowns, gloves (opens in new tab) and knick-knacks. There was also a big rock that the suffragettes once bombed (opens in new tab), so that’s all very exciting.
But here at PC Gamer, we only pay homage to one King (opens in new tab), so the glitz and glamour of the coronation aren’t particularly interesting to us. What is interesting, though, is the sheer profusion of memes that the coronation’s incongruous and archaic rituals brought into being on social media. The last coronation happened in 1953, 58 years before the release of Dark Souls, which meant Twitter didn’t have much to say about it at the time. But now? I couldn’t even do my usual Sunday morning doomscrolling without encountering games-related gags about the event, which I’ve otherwise tried to avoid.
Everyone at King Charles’ coronation looks like a Dark Souls character before they turned bad pic.twitter.com/CJJymaVkzMMay 6, 2023
Given the coronation’s thumping orchestral soundtrack and its withered, velvet-clad guests, most of the jokes and memes were Soulsborne-related. Although Dark Souls’ vision of decaying kingdoms ruled over by increasingly insular and delusional cliques of rulers absolutely obsessed with guarding their power at the expense of everyone else bears no resemblance whatsoever to the modern United Kingdom, it just seemed to chime with the pomp and circumstance of the ceremony somehow.
Thus, many jibes about the aged attendees at the coronation regretting their Faith/INT builds, comments on the boss fight music that played throughout key moments, and speculation on the precise nature of the stat boosts conferred by items like the Sovereign’s Ring (opens in new tab). Congratulations to King Charles, by the way, for the +0.3 monthly piety and +2 court grandeur granted by those splinters of the True Cross (opens in new tab). That stuff adds up.
Here are a few of my favourite memes from the coronation. Shoutout in particular to Twitter user kindekuma, who managed to slip a Resident Evil 4 reference in among the endless Soulsborne jokes.
huge boss fight confirmed for the coronation pic.twitter.com/xnmnZ9C5qLMay 6, 2023
Every single photo I’ve seen so far of the #Coronation looks like someone lowkey regretting doing a faith build in Elden Ring. pic.twitter.com/epQ0b6ymGgMay 7, 2023
americans are making fun of all the rpg shit from the coronation but i think we should have more dark souls ass artifacts and rituals this shit funny as hell. make the president have to collect the Liberty Emeralds to swear The Blood Pact of Uncle Sam on Paul Bunyan’s Mighty Axe pic.twitter.com/pSDMNmcnoRApril 30, 2023
Me after grinding xp for 100 hours pic.twitter.com/gkFD7qF3QEMay 6, 2023
This sells for 100,000 pesetas pic.twitter.com/3AVqKnHvCKMay 6, 2023
Didn’t know the coronation was Dark Souls 2 themed this year. No wonder Britain sucks, it was made by the b-team pic.twitter.com/58hRY1Ku1JMay 6, 2023