The Brief: These TikTok videos show people acting the handshake meme to show separate things sharing common ground.
This TikTok meme is a video adaptation of the popular handshake meme. In these videos, TikTok-ers show two different things shaking hands, indicating that they share a common characteristic. In the one-man show spirit of TikTok videos, the two things are usually played by one person, using text labels to indicate what they represent. Then, a close-up of an elaborate handshake, high five, or fist bump is shown to illustrate those two things or people bonding over their commonality.
At the punchline of these jokes are roasts and self-drags, which are often centered around puns. This meme format combines some of TikTok’s signature features: meme-ability, popular song soundtracks, and quick, relatable humor.
The hashtags #handshake, #handshakechallenge, and #wompwomp have received tens of millions of views.
TikTok Handshake & Womp Womp Memes
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A more literal interpretation of the meme: