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There are a lot of different profile pictures Create Avatars Online Without Any Image Editing Create Avatars Online Without Any Image Editing Read More that exist on social networking platforms The 5 Top Reasons Social Networks Lead to Social Revolutions The 5 Top Reasons Social Networks Lead to Social Revolutions Read More , but sometimes they can get a little corny or too repetitive. However, we’ve already seen all of the usual suspects – duckface, mirror shot, gangsta sign….there’s more to life than duck hunting, people.

Below are five other cliché profile pictures that are currently on the market, and let’s keep in mind that I am mostly describing them all at an extreme level.

The Casual Model

We all know that girl – the one who believes that she is the stuff. Whenever a camera is nearby, she jumps on the opportunity by instantly posing wherever she’s at. It could be a gorgeous building, and she’d strike a pose. It could be in front of a trash dump site, and she’d go Vogue on that mug. Nuclear wasteland, poverty-stricken village, gun-pelted warzone, homeless tent city – BAM, it’s time to attempt to look sexy.

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The Attention Battle

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There are a few of folks online that happen to have friends in the real world, and while out on their partylicious escapades, they will occasionally take group or pair photographs. However, you’ll notice something about these particular pictures. Sure, they may appear to be merely taking a friendly pic, but in all truth, they are battling for the viewer’s attention.

Sometimes, one will hog the screen while pushing the other to the side. Others, all participants will make the most ridiculous faces possible. Usually, these images result in cropped profile photos How To Put Your Face On A Different Body Using GIMP How To Put Your Face On A Different Body Using GIMP Admit it, playing around with image editing tools such as Photoshop and GIMP can be pretty fun, depending on what you're trying to do. Virtually anything can be done with these tools, from some simple... Read More with comments such as “Thanks for cutting me out lol” – the most hate-filled “lol” of all time.

The Drunken Night

Practically speaking, if I had any, I simply wouldn’t put my drunken pictures online. Sure, it might have been the best night of your life – playing checkers with shot glasses, zooming down the bar like it’s a slip-n-slide, and singing a pepped-up version of Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” on stage – but consider the consequences.

Sometimes, there are future employers out there who aren’t going to want a raging party animal like yourself. However, I guess that’s just too bad for them (thankfully, MUO isn’t like that – our New Year’s Party was a hoot).

The Overdone Edit

While others don’t, I love color grading on photographs and video. However, there is such a thing as too much color grading on photographs and video, and often, this is either done with Windows’ built-in photo enhancer or more commonly, phone apps. These photos typically result in over-exposed images that feature a race of nose-less human beings with black, soulless eyes.

The cringe-factor increases with friends who comment on these photographs, saying, “OMG u r so talented lol” and “this is so beautiful”. Granted, I’m not one to critique someone’s work, but sometimes, it’s just nice to see what a person actually looks like.

The Friend’s Camera

The phenomenon of this profile picture style has both perplexed me and humored me. Occasionally, there are people who will take these dramatic shots 3 Hipstamatic-Equivalent Android Apps For Retro Photo Effects 3 Hipstamatic-Equivalent Android Apps For Retro Photo Effects Android users often bemoan the fact that they have to wait longer than iPhone users to get some of the cool apps - or that these applications never make it to the Android. A current... Read More of themselves looking in the distance or perhaps staring out a window as rain gently slides down the glass pane, symbolizing the slow progression of grief in this long journey called life. They want you to think that they are deep and philosophical, but heck no, they aren’t.

In reality, this person has extended their arm and taken this picture of themselves at least fifty times, trying to make it look just right. Their arm has likely been curved into an awkward U-shape just to avoid getting it into the frame. They will be going to the ER simply because they took this picture. There was no friend that captured this moment – it’s all a lie.


There are lots more of these cliché types of photographs, and I’d love to hear about a few more. Granted, I can’t say much for whether or not I would like to see them. However, faithful MUO readers, what I can say is this – moderation is everything.

What other types of cliché photos do you know of? Do you have any samples to share?

Image Credits: clarita, earl53klk13, kconnorsmensatic, anitipatterson

  1. Nahar Aba Hakeem
    March 4, 2012 at 5:15 am

    yeah. that's true. but what is the point of pointing this out?

    • J. Lockhart
      March 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Because the world is too cynical, and we all need to read light-hearted things sometimes. Cheer up, my friend.

  2. Negred
    February 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    You left out one of my personal favorites: the duckface.

    • J. Lockhart
      February 18, 2012 at 6:13 am

      Gotta read the intro, my friend.

  3. James LaBarre
    January 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Mine is a picture of me in my Punk/New Wave days in 1981.  That way anyone who sees it from then can at least know who I am  ("Hey!  It's the 'Button Man'")

    • J. Lockhart
      January 25, 2012 at 6:38 am

      Oh man. That is actually pretty great. Is it that you just leave the picture up so old friends can find you?

  4. Maryc27
    January 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    the angle of taking a pic from above as if someone randomly super tall took a pic of you pose looking up at them seductively

    • J. Lockhart
      January 25, 2012 at 6:37 am

      So awkward.

  5. Qqqwww
    January 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    What about the ones next to or in front of a touristic attraction or famous building? They scream "I've been there, I travelled, I know other countries, I'm important". I hate them...

    • J. Lockhart
      January 25, 2012 at 6:36 am

      Three words: Tower of Pisa. 

  6. Jeremy13132
    January 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Duck lips from the POV of a 7 foot giant looking down at 4 ft tall girls. Often seen combined with the mirror shot mentioned by Angie or "The Friend's Camera" mentioned in the article

    • J. Lockhart
      January 25, 2012 at 6:37 am

      And I totally thought there were tons of seven-foot-tall photographers out there...

  7. Bumferry Hogart
    January 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    what about the "sucking-in-my-cheeks-so-i-dont-look-obsese-with-the-camera-at-arms-length" shot. makes my teeth itch when i see those.

    • J. Lockhart
      January 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      I don't know if that would have fit in a subtitle, but it's definitely one for the list.

  8. Angie Wassenmiller
    January 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Where is the bathroom mirror photo?

    • J. Lockhart
      January 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      I agree it's been overdone... but phew. People are always talking about it. I wanted to take a look at some others.

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