AS Meaning on TikTok as Adult Swim Bumps Become Latest Trend

TikTok users have been recreating Adult Swim's iconic bumps, making the trend one of the most popular on the app at the moment.

Adult Swim is the grown-up version of Cartoon Network (CN), and starts its programming on the same channel in the evening, when most of CN's audience are asleep. The programming launched in 2001 and hosts shows like Rick and Morty and Robot Chicken.

The channel runs iconic bumps, or bumpers, during commercial breaks, often used as a way to mark that an adult show is about to start, rather than the usual Cartoon Network shows. For this reason, some bumpers were often made "scary" as a way to scare off any children viewers.

For the most part, Adult Swim bumpers took the style of a creative shot of generally mundane settings—fields, rivers and people swimming are among the popular ones. Towards the end of the footage, the Adult Swim logo would be revealed within the setting, hidden among the scenery.

Sometimes, the bumps would use text on screen with a comedic or inspirational message.

For many, these shots were, and still are, a large part of their teen and adult lives.

Ever the app to reminisce, TikTok users have taken to creating their own versions of the Adult Swim bumps. TikTok producer Vano 3000 created a song audio on the app, and prompted others to use it for their own takes on the Adult Swim clips. The audio is sampled from BADBADNOTGOOD's "Time Moves Slow."


this is my new favorite trend so of course i had to hop on it #adultswim

♬ VANO 3000 - VANO 3000

#AdultSwim has over 790 million views on the app at the time of publication. Users are capturing scenic shots of seemingly mundane tasks, only to reveal the logo in an unexpected place.

TikTok user @kevboyperry hit over 900,000 likes with his use of cashew nuts to make the logo. While @bloodlobster's use of CDs in a professional-style shot gained her over 1.8 million likes in just a day.

"POV: It's 2007, you've pretended to go to bed so you can stay up to watch Cowboy Bepop. Life is good," wrote one viewer.

"I love this trend so much it reminds me of my childhood/adolescecne staying up late watching Futurama," added another.

"She understood the assignment," Adult Swim's official account commented on the video.

That isn't the only time Adult Swim recognized the videos either, as it uploaded its own heartfelt response to the clips on TikTok. Like the trend, the video used scenic shots with text on-screen reading: "We've been talking to you like this for a long time. It's nice to see you talking back to us. Let's keep it going."

Michael Cahill, vice president of on-air and social media for Adult Swim, told Newsweek: "We've been creating bumps on our air for over a decade. To see people having as much fun with them as we have over the years is incredible."

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Man watching TV, streaming service, video on demand, remote control in hand. Adult Swim's iconic bumps have become a TikTok trend. Getty Images. Getty Images