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People Are Turning This Brutal National Spelling Bee Winner Into A Meme

"Children are terrifying."

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For the third year in a row, the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie. Nihar Saireddy Janga, an 11-year-old from Austin, Texas, and Jairam Jagadeesh Hathwar, a 13-year-old from Painted Post, New York, were declared co-champions Thursday night.

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From left: Nihar Janga, 11, of Austin, Texas, and Jairam Hathwar, 13, of Painted Post, N.Y.

But the tie came after hours of grueling competition and intimidating mind games by Nihar to unravel his competitor, Jairam.

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A Vine created by Sports Illustrated's The Cauldron, which has garnered over 3.4 million loops in just 13 hours, captures Nihar's brute competitiveness.

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People immediately saw this kid was vicious AF.

"Children are terrifying," said one person.

"This dude is harder than algebra," said another person.

this dude is harder than algebra #fbrg

But while some people shuddered at Nihar's cold stare and taunting applause, other people turned it into memes to clap back at anyone who doubted them.

Me to people in 2009 who told me Lady Gaga wouldn't have success past Just Dance.

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Other people used that death stare as political commentary.

Some homebodies saw the doubt in their friends' faces when they lie on Twitter about going to the club.

when you write a tweet that references going to the club and someone who knows you in real life sees that tweet

Other people said this is the look you give to a friend when you want to say, "I told you so."

when your friend ignores advice about seeing their ex and then you right

Some were pretty pleased with the level of competition between Nihar and Jairam.

These kids play the spelling bee exactly as god intended:

Some people saw a future businessman in Nihar's sheer intensity.

Then after all the bitter competition, Nihar left Jairam hanging when he went for a high five to celebrate their shared victory.

Even Tom Brady has never been left hanging this bad #SpellingBee

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Leticia Miranda is a retail reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Leticia Miranda at leticia.miranda@buzzfeed.com.

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