If there's one celebrity couple who does online trolling better than anyone else, the prize surely has to go to Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. The pair have independent, very funny social media accounts, but when you put the two together, it's a sure-fire recipe for many laughs. And one time of year when fans of the couple can really celebrate? Why, it's their respective birthdays, of course.
Over the years, Lively and Reynolds have perfected the art of the birthday troll. But, this year, Reynolds went the extra mile, posting not one, not two, but ten different "unflattering" images of his lovely wife.
Always one to give as good as she gets, Lively responded in the perfect way. These two really make us believe in love!
Ryan Reynolds is one of Hollywood's best-loved actors.He's probably best known for his role as Marvel superhero, Deadpool - in fact, he even directed the second Deadpool movie.
He's also well-known for something else.
My daughter loves being buried up to her neck in sand at the beach. Her little face lights up when I come back to get her the next day.— Ryan Reynolds (@Ryan Reynolds)1500234574.0
Reynolds' wife is the stunning, Blake Lively.She's had an impressive movie career, although many would argue that her most famous role is still that of the privileged socialite, Serena van der Woodsen, in teen soap, Gossip Girl.
The pair are undeniably, couple goals.Aside from being two of the most attractive people on the planet, they also seem to have an excellent sense of humor when it comes to their relationship.
Which is often depicted on social media.
Being a Dad isn't just about eating a huge bag of gummy-bears as your wife gives birth. It means being comfortable with the word hero.— Ryan Reynolds (@Ryan Reynolds)1497804202.0
But there's one time of year in which Reynolds really shines.
Happy Birthday to my amazing wife. https://t.co/7vulMXqOdp— Ryan Reynolds (@Ryan Reynolds)1503719075.0
Though Lively gives as good as she gets.
Happy birthday, baby. https://t.co/TysO4F620D— Blake Lively (@Blake Lively)1508798192.0
Here's another classic birthday troll.
Just want to wish Billy Ray Cyrus the most special, magical birthday ever. I love you with all my heart. Also, Happy Birthday to my wife.— Ryan Reynolds (@Ryan Reynolds)1472127725.0
But, this year, Reynolds went the extra mile.
via: InstagramIn his need to upstage his previous birthday tributes to Lively, he shared a collage that he'd clearly been working on all year.
Yep, that's right.
via: InstagramA whole selection of images of Lively looking not quite her polished best.
They include some classic Reynolds tropes.
via: InstagramFor example, the ole crop-out - in which Reynolds posts what is technically a couple-selfie, but really barely includes his lovely wife.
The images tended to feature Lively looking unprepared for the camera.
via: InstagramAnd so generally show her with her eyes closed, mid-blink - and often feature some unappealingly blurry camerawork.
Fans noticed something hilarious.
via: InstagramIn every picture featuring the pair, while Lively looks less than her best, Reynolds is always absolutely working the shot.
But fans also noticed something else.
via: InstagramIt's true that these images of Lively are a little different to the uber-posed, made-up shots that we're used to seeing.
via: InstagramLively doesn't really look bad, per se, in any of the images. Sure, she looks a little unprepared and poorly posed, but she's still undeniably a ten out of ten. Did your plan kind of back-fire on you, Ry?
In this image, for example, she looks... fine?
via: InstagramAs one commenter puts it, "There are no bad pictures of @blakelively." We kind of have to agree.
Many people have noticed the same thing.
via: InstagramAs one Facebook commenter put it, "Blake can never look unflattering I think that was the whole point. They are a very cute couple ... Happy birthday Blake!"
Well, maybe apart from this one.
via: InstagramBut only one of the ten being an actual bad photo is pretty good innings for Lively - although that's hardly surprising.
Although many have loved the post.
via: InstagramThe fact that Lively can be so undeniably attractive and still manage to have a sense of humor about how she's depicted in public is a pretty refreshing viewpoint.
And this week, the roles were reversed.Reynolds turned forty-three on October 23rd - and you best believe the internet was looking out for one thing.
Blake Lively's birthday post, of course!And after what Reynolds had done for her, the internet knew we were in for a good one.
And Lively didn't disappoint.
Needless to say, everyone loved it.
via: InstagramAnd Blake's sister hit back with an even bigger roast.