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1.
Based on one of the default conversations of guards in the game TES V: Skyrim.

If you talk to the guards they say "I was an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee".

And it really gets annoying after playing the game for some time.

So people started coming up with catch phrases like "I used to be <insert something OP here>, but then I took an arrow in the knee."
"I used to be a douche like you, then I took an arrow in the knee.
by welt_protoss December 14, 2011
 
2.
The only prerequisite for becoming a guard in the land of Skyrim. It doesn't matter on what your previous occupation was, if you took a arrow in the knee then you got the job.

The job requires you to guard the town and inform everyone you meet that you took a arrow in the knee.
"I use to be a (insert previous occupation here) like you, then I took an arrow in the knee."
by Raptor Jewsus January 02, 2012
 
3.
1. The proper way to say arrow to the knee. Idk why everybody says arrow TO the knee when he clearly says arrow in the knee.

2. The thing you try to fit in to every website possible.
1. Noob: I was gonna make breakfast, but then I took an arrow to the knee.
Me: No! Its arrow IN the knee!

2. I was going to write a definition on urban dictionary, but then I took an arrow in the knee.
by Pokagba mo December 15, 2011
 
4.
Meme based on a quote from Bethesda's RPG, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Guards would frequently tell the player "I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I took an arrow in the knee." The Internet joke modifies the independent clause to make it relevant to the topic.
I used to think arrow in the knee jokes were funny, but then I took an arrow in the knee. It wasn't funny.
by Brawldud March 04, 2012
 
5.
“I Took an Arrow in the Knee” is a memorable quote originating from the role-playing video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. An often repeated stock line throughout the game, it went on to inspire the snowclone “I used to X, then I took an arrow to the knee.”

Largely owing to the positive reception of Skyrim, “I Took An Arrow To The Knee” eventually became perceived as a hyper-saturated cliche, similar to “The Cake Is A Lie” from the puzzle action game Portal. In response to the indiscriminate usage of the phrase, some fans of the game began posting satirical animations and image macros criticizing its hackneyed nature.

It is also argued that Taking an arrow in the knee is a Nordic saying meaning "Getting married." Thus, "I used to be an adventurer like you...then I took an arrow in the knee," actually means that getting married ended his adventuring career.
I used to be an adventurer like you...then I took an arrow in the knee.

I used to be an adventurer like you...then I got married.
by Cespanar June 22, 2013
 
6.
“I Took an Arrow in the Knee” is a catchphrase from the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Can most commonly be seen as comments on youtube, hoping other gamers will recognize the comment and give it a thumbs up. or recognize the inside joke on a random video.

Also used as a reason you're no longer doing something awesome.
"i used to hunt crocodiles, until I took an arrow in the knee"
"I used to think Nothing Else Matters, until I took an arrow in the knee"
by Gemini.crickit December 09, 2011
 
7.
A meme adopted from Skyrim, in which NPC guards will declare "I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee." This quote can been altered to fit any situation."
On forum discussing NBA2k11 servers shutting down:
"I used to play basketball like you, then I took an arrow in the knee."
by Thdremily2 December 13, 2011