The Brief: As the game Among Us rises in popularity, it's inspired TikTok memes and skits.
Among Us memes are popular on Reddit, Twitter, and now TikTok. Memes from this app, which is based on the party game “Mafia,” reenact scenes from the game and joke about the experience of playing it. One particularly relatable and frustrating experience from the game is being accused of being the impostor after trying to expose the real impostor. In these videos, TikTokers use homemade animations, clips from the game, and create skits where they wear different colored t-shirts to act as the different characters. Videos also sometimes include graphics from the game such as “emergency meeting” and “dead body reported.”
At the time of writing, videos associated with the hashtag #AmongUs have been viewed over 1.9 billion times on TikTok where they surged in popularity in September 2020.
In what could be called the Among Us “side” of TikTok, creators change their profile pictures to characters from the game and fill comments sections with debates about who the impostor is. This is reminiscent of Lego Star Wars profile pictures and TikTok cult activity.
A “calm down Jamal” meme:
Among Us memes on TikTok act as inside jokes for those who play the game and a reminder of its massive popularity for those who haven’t played it yet.