If you had told me years ago that in 2021, I’d be scrolling through my phone bopping to The Backyardigans, I wouldn’t have believed you — yet, here we are. The International Super Spy TikTok trend, in which users reveal “top-secret” or little-known facts about themselves, has taken the world by storm over the past few days, allowing TikTokers to expose themselves faster than one could sprint through the Palace of Versailles.
The trend arrives amidst a revival of Backyardigans music on TikTok and uses a soundbite from the “International Super Spy” episode which aired on September 17th, 2007. The clip is sung by Pablo, an adorable blue penguin known for his loveable disposition of general anxiety and unabashed enthusiasm — a combo that many of us can likely relate to at this point.
In the video, Pablo sings: “There’s one thing you can expect from me and that’s the unexpected.” After a dramatic pause, he sings, “‘cause I’m an international super spy…” and with the utmost determination that a small, anxious penguin can muster, he belts, “SUPER SPY!” The clip is delightful, hysterical, and has been stuck in my head on repeat for several days now.
To try this trend for yourself, start by writing something that most people would expect by looking at you, and just when Pablo is about to sing “Super Spy,” follow it up with something unexpected.
As with most TikTok trends, creators are taking #InternationalSuperSpy to places that are both hilarious and serious, like Howie the dachshund going undercover for dog treats to Hestia attending an all-boys school before revealing she is trans. I’m loving this take on #InternationalSuperSpy from Alyssa Garcia who “reveals” she is Mexican despite others assuming she is Irish due to her red hair, light skin, and freckles.
There’s something about engaging in a trend inspired by The Backyardigans that feels refreshing and wholesome. If you want to try the International Super Spy trend for yourself, get some inspiration from TikTok, cue this Backyardigans banger, and prepare to be #exposed.