If you've used TikTok, you've probably come across the Adult Swim or AS trend. The short video app was full of videos that looked like bumps or ads and ended with an “[as]” sign. The trend reached its peak in the middle of 2021, but people still care about it and it hasn't gone away completely.
Through the trend, which is now part of the language of the platform, users showed how creative they could be. The original trend had nothing to do with adult content, but it seems that people are now using the term to describe TV shows for young adults. Here's what we know about what the AS stands for.
What is Tiktok's “Adult Swim” Trend?
People are making videos on TikTok with the words “(adult swim)” or “[as]” or random sentences that sound like rambling thoughts. These are used as captions and look like bumpers from Adult Swim.
The TikTok trend went viral because a TikTok user named @supvano (also known as Vano 3000) made his own beat based on the song “Time Moves Slow” by BADBADNOTGOOD and Sam Herring. He then used that song as the background music for his own bumpers.
The song became popular, which started the Adult Swim trend. It was so well-liked that he promised to put out the beat. There are no signs that the Adult Swim trend will stop.
#adultswim has been seen more than 6.3 billion times, and #adultswimchallenge has been seen 133.3 million times. Most of the likes, comments, and views on the most popular bumper videos are very high.
Some videos are funny but about boring things, like people trying to do their homework. Others try to show the “AS” logo on TikTok as creatively as they can, like by making a neon sign or spelling it out with cereal. If you make the right videos with the popular TikTok song, it could be just what you need to get more followers on the app.
What is Adult Swim?
Adult Swim is a block of programming on Cartoon Network that airs at night and is aimed at adults or people who stay up late. It was started as a way to show cartoons and other shows that might not have been allowed on a channel that most people thought of as a kids' channel.
It first aired in 2001, and as it became more popular, Nielsen gave it its own separate ratings report in 2005 because it was aimed at a different audience.
Adult Swims shows are known for their sexual themes, nudity, strong language, graphic violence, and often weird, surreal, or overly minimalist style. It has shown original shows like The Boondocks, Black Dynamite, and Rick and Morty. It has also shown shows like Black Jesus and Adventure time.