10 of the best Chernobyl Memes

Andrew Crabtree
4 min readFeb 14, 2022


We are approaching another anniversary of one of the worlds worst disasters. I’ve to comment further on an old post.

Memes are seen as light-hearted and a bit of fun. However, there are some profound lessons to be taken from the whole event.

The below aims to provide those lessons in a rememberable way.

Monday 26th April 2022 marks the 37th anniversary of the largest man-made disaster in the history of the nuclear power industry. On 26th April 1986, one of the worst atomic disasters took place. Not only did it cost the Soviet huge fiscal loss, but it also led to the loss of human life. On the 0–7 International Nuclear Event Scale, which indicates the severity of the nuclear disaster, Chernobyl’s catastrophe is rated 7.

You can find out more about Chernobyl, what happened at Chernobyl, and the debated impacts following the incident in a previous post on Chernobyl.

For this post, I explore the memes that have been created and shared surrounding the Chernobyl incident.

#1 a jab at the anti-nuclear environmentalists

This is a jab at using the term “Chernobyl” as an anti-nuclear argument from people claiming to be environmentalists. @LoicTheStoic believes that if you genuinely cared about the environment, you should learn the facts about nuclear and understand it is essential to maintain a clean energy future.

#2 pre-drinks promises

An amusing observation by @scenic_depictions on how easy commitments are broken following a couple of alcoholic drinks. Not necessarily directly linked to the office, but an important message all the same.

#3 gaming setup

We love this from @squattingslavs. Using the Reactor 4 control room is funny to show a gaming setup.

If you watched the HBO depiction of Chernobyl, you would look at this control room, remembering the severe lack of consideration of safety and unquestioning obedience.

#4 management inquiry

From @hbo.Chernobyl. Everyone can relate to a time when they have been holding something back and trying to avoid the line of questioning. Dyatlov was the fall guy for the whole incident and couldn’t avoid the investigation.

#5 sticking to my story

@freishmemes nicely shows the attitude towards the levels of radiation that they were dealing with.

#6 complete denial

Like the above, @stumurph uses the well known Drake meme to show the denial amusingly.

#7 chain of command

Taken from the HBO depiction of the Chernobyl incident, the above refers to the popular film, Horrible Bosses.

#8 the right men for the job

@Reddit_Memes also uses the famous Drake meme, but this time in a tongue-in-cheek way, to show the commitment of the society miners who helped with the effort to avoid a catastrophe. A monumental effort.

#9 memes on memes

@wellerstein shares a couple of memes commenting, to his surprise, that Chernobyl memes are trending.

#10 myth-busting

Finally, we love how @Gen_Atomic jumped in on the action and used the opportunity to dispel some myths surrounding the nuclear industry.

Not many people know, and it is very rarely mentioned that the other reactors at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant continued to generate electricity until the millennium.

There you have it. Hopefully, you learned a little more about the Chernobyl disaster in a way that stuck with you. It would be great to hear your comments.

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Andrew Crabtree

I write about what I'm currently geeking-out over. What I read, watch and listen to, as well as my experiences as a Dad, Husband and Nuclear Energy Consultant.