The Adult Swim TikTok Trend, Explained

Do you ever encounter a TikTok trend and think, “how on earth are people so damn creative?!” Admittedly, I feel this way 99% of the time I spend scrolling through the wildly addictive app, but recently, the new Adult Swim TikTok trend has me feeling some type of way. It’s the ideal mix of quirky, artsy, and oddly comforting, which, in my opinion, is a recipe that prepares any trend for viral success.

In this new trend, users pay homage to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, the late-night programming block that’s home to shows like Rick and Morty, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers. Users recreate their own versions of the nostalgic Adult Swim “bumps” — AKA brief transition clips that are used between commercial breaks and featured programs to signal that a show is about to start again. While bumps aren’t unique to Adult Swim, the ones they’ve aired over the past few years are both captivating and cheeky, serving as the perfect inspiration for TikTokers who are down for a creative challenge.

To try the #AdultSwim trend at home, bookmark this audio from music producer VANO 3000 to set the vibe, and check out inspiration from TikTokers like Madison, who created a relatable, satisfying version using items in her closet, or Marley, whose powdered pastry-inspired take on #AdultSwim literally gives me chills on my face

You can make your video as simple or as elaborate as you want, but try to hide the [adult swim] or [as] stylized logo somewhere in your video, ideally, in a place that’s cleverly hidden in your environment or revealed in a subtle, unexpected way.

Whether you want to go the nostalgic route or create an intricately styled cinematic masterpiece, you’re in for a wild ride with the #AdultSwim trend. Psst: Adult Swim has even posted their own version to TikTok since it went viral, saying “Let’s keep going.” You heard them, TikTokers — let’s see what you’ve got.