Scratch Trends

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Scratch Trends are popular styles and events that have gone around on Scratch. Some trends have been influential on project styles that many people have used, and some other trends have been items that people use in their projects, instead. The trends are not always correlated with projects, however; others have had to do with profile pictures, usernames, or forum activities.

Trends are generally like fads, meaning they do not exist a long time. The trends listed on this page are not necessarily still ongoing and may have ended long ago; on the contrary, some trends on this page are still ongoing today. New trends form as popular media and Scratch-related events change.

Project Trends


An example of a Toki character.

The Toki, a fictional creature that was popular on Scratch, was created by the user Maki-Tak and became popular quickly in the community. The first Toki was created on August 21, 2008, and was used in a yearbook project. As the Toki was used again and again, the fad caught on, and Scratchers began making their own Tokis based off the original. The toki fad eventually sparked its own Wiki, filled with user generated content.

How it Worked

This trend incorporated a new type of creature, which was the Toki, into projects and a bit of the website as well. What one would do was create a character which was a Toki, and draw/color it how one wanted to. People would then use the Toki that they had created and put it into their projects; an example of projects they could've been in is an animation. It was common that one would create an account that was named "(your Toki's name)-Tak" as an account to do things related to one's Toki. Toki characters had appeared in many projects,[1] and they were certainly a notable trend.


The Toki was a popular trend, and it sparked many projects and users involving them to be created. As of October 2014, there have been around 2,500 projects that have the word "Toki" in the notes, instructions, tags, or title created,[2] and there have been around 3,400 users with the word "Tak" (another name for toki) in their username.[3]

5 Random Facts about Me

"5 Random Facts about Me" was a project trend/meme that was mainly popular in Scratch 2.0. This trend involved users creating projects that included five facts about them that usually did not have anything to do with Scratch (e.g. hobbies, favorite foods, etc.).

How It Worked

The Scratch Team's example.
A Scratcher would remix a project or create their own, filling out different background images with pieces of personal trivia.


The phrase 5 Random Facts About Me is mentioned in the Notes, Credits, and Title of 4,060 projects.[citation needed] The original project created by the Scratch Team has more than 1,200 remixes[4] and 200,000 views.[5]

1S1S Projects

Main article: 1S1S project

More Popular in the time of Scratch 1.4, 1S1S projects were developed by many users, often experienced, and used only one sprite and one script in the production of a Scratch project. In technical terms, Scratch is a multi-threaded programming language, so multiple different instructions of code can logically be executed within the same frame. A 1S1S project brought on the challenge of creating a single-threaded project, as some professional JavaScript games for instance are made.

With the release of Scratch 2.0, the trend died down quite a bit. Users still develop 1S1S projects today but they are less frequent and rarely on the front page.[citation needed] One possible reasoning might be the controversy that custom blocks and cloning could have brought into Scratch. There has been debating on the forums over whether or not custom blocks would still count as 1S1S. The unsureness could possibly be a result of the fading fad that once bustled on the Top Loved section of the old site.

How ________ are you?

"How ______ are you?" was a popular trend where users would share projects with information about themselves. Other users would then remix the project and compare how alike they are with the original users. After the first "How ______ are you?" project was released, it gained popularity fast. However, it has since lost popularity. Popular facts to be in these types of projects were similar to[citation needed]:

  • My hair color is _____
  • My eye color is _____
  • I do/do not wear glasses
  • I am a boy/girl

Sometimes, users would count up how many features they have in common with the project's creator, and at the end, the user would fill out a tally that may look like:

  • 0-3: We aren't alike
  • 4-7: Let's be friends!
  • 8-9: Wow, we are pretty similar!
  • 10: TWINS!

Coloring Contests

With Scratch 2.0's vector option being released, coloring contests became very popular. The creator of the contest would draw a base design for someone to remix, and color. Even now, one can go to the top-remixed and find a coloring contest since they are mostly on the front page.[citation needed] Sometimes these contests were judged, or they were just for fun. Some users complained it was a cheap way to get a project on top-remixed.[6] These contests were commonly abbreviated as "CC".

Animal OC

An example of an Animal (specifically Warriors) OC, consisting of a normal animal body shape (Art by -SkyStar-).
Another example of an Animal (specifically Sonic the Hedgehog) OC, consisting of an ideal humanoid shape (Art by PrincessPandaLover).
Animal OC stands for "original character", and is the term used for an animal character belonging to a Scratcher, to be used in their projects. An OC can range from pets to wild animals, and to completely original creatures such as a Jabberbeak.[7] Many are anthropomorphic (also known as "furries" by some) which means non-humans which have human-like attributes. Some anthropomorphic animal OCs can talk like humans but still act like animals, while others fully function and live like humans.

How It Worked

Scratchers create a character based on themselves or a person who they would like to be, and incorporate their character into games, animations, and drawings. The character can be from a fandom, such as Warriors, Sonic the Hedgehog, or My Little Pony, or from the Scratcher's own imagination.


The trend of Animal OCs has spiked in Scratch 2.0, being incorporated in Coloring Contests, Role Playing Games, and more prominently animations. As of 2/18/2015, 598,000 projects have the word OC in their tags, notes and credits. They have been more common than human and non-animal OCs.

A majority of Animal OCs are cats, probably due to the popularity of either the Warriors book series or cats on the Internet. This has sparked controversy (see List of Controversial Topics on Scratch#Warriors for more info).


According to Wikipedia, shipping is support of an imaginary, usually romantic, relationship of 2 people, usually fictional characters. There has been many popular ships in the Scratch community such as SonAmy[8] and Jelsa.[9] However, shipping real Scratchers is not allowed as it can be disrespectful and embarrassing to the Scratchers being shipped.[10]

Illuminati Conspiracy Theories

There has been a recent trend of Scratchers posting conspiracy theories claiming that somebody/something is "illuminati". In these conspiracy theories, there are usually some evidence which includes some minor connection to the subject and Illuminati. A studio with illuminati conspiracy theories along with other conspiracy theories can be found here.


This involves a project in which there is a set of drawings of animals (usually the same species) in which a user can "adopt" them and use it in their projects. Characters, often chibis, are also often put up for "adoption". In a variation of Adoptables, called "Draw to Adopt", a Scratcher usually wins the adopt by re-drawing them the best in their own style. This trend is very popular in Scratch, as it is often used as a contest to celebrate a milestone (such as reaching a certain number of followers), as well in other sites such as DeviantArt.[11][12]

...In a nutshell

This is a project which is an animation, in which the user sums up a certain topic in the shortest way.[13] The title of the project would end with 'in a nutshell. These types of projects usually have a funny twist, just to entertain the audience.


An example of an outro

An outro is what comes up at the end of a project. It usually contains the word "End" or "fin", background music, moving sprites, icons encouraging the viewer to favorite, love, and comment on the project, and info on where the user is outside of Scratch, such as Minecraft, Facebook, etc.. Outros have become popular all over Scratch, making the traditional black screen with the white word, "END", obsolete.

How would you draw me?

This trend of Scratch Memes involves a user putting a drawing of their OC in their style and leaving a blank space. Others remix the project and in the blank space, draw the OC in their style. Another similar trend, "Draw a character and I'll ______ify for you", has also been popular.

Lyrics Taken Literally

This trend involves a humorous animation showing figurative lyrics of a song happening literally. For example, if the lyrics said "You're the apple of my eye", the animation might would show a person being represented as an apple.

This has been very viral over Scratch and "Lyrics taken literally" animations appear regularly on the Front Page, mainly the What the Community is Loving row.

Animated Meme

An Animated Meme is a recent trend that involves a character, often a cat, dancing to music. Examples include:

Many users do not consider Animated Memes to be truly memes, as they are in a much different format than a typical internet meme. [1] Due to the common inclusion of cats, they have also contributed to the controversy surrounding the popularity of cats on Scratch. See also [Grumpy cat], who is the subject of many internet memes.


Danec (a mispelling of "dance", found with name of sound within origin project) was a meme that originated with scratchU8's (a popular Scratcher that has now left) Dancing animation, which involved 4 instances of a chibi version of his OC dancing, by flapping their arms, to repeated voice clips saying "Dance".

Although the project was shared in 2013, the meme started in 2017 by Project_Corruputer. The meme consisted of from various projects using the chibi scratchU8 (nicknamed danceU8) to remixes of songs using the "dance" voice clip. A studio dedicated to such meme can be found here.

100% pen

A 100% pen project is a style that requires using only the Pen blocks for visuals. These projects tend to be low on assets and are challenging to create, such as 1s1s projects. For examples, see [2]. Other documentation can be viewed here


The user Eggnormous started this trend when they made projects containing pictures of characters from Disney movies with faces made to look like those of the popular Pokemon, Ditto.


The user ChristianKid5 created a project titled Rockified (Scratch Mascot Edition), which was later featured. The project caused Scratchers to remix the project and take a character and turn it into a rock using Scratch Editor.

Artist cards

Artist cards are original pieces of artwork created by someone and then traded around, similar to the manner of trading cards. They are popular among users who mainly create Art Projects.

This was first brought to Scratch by the user -SkyStar- after gaining popularity on other sites, but died off after her being banned. It was later revived by the user, Wildflight. Although many artist card studios exist, the original art card studio created during the revival can be found here.

Studio Trends

Add Everything

Main article: Add Everything studio

An Add Everything studio allows all projects to be added no matter what genre or style it is. They have random thumbnails from cats to dancing characters and usually have a goal of how many projects to reach (now combatted with the project number system change). This trend is controversial and resulted in many protests. However, it has inspired similar trends such as 'Add All Curators' and 'Add All Comments'.

Add All Curators

Add All Curators studios are a variation of Add Everything studios, and are also controversial. However, instead of adding as many projects as possible, the goal of the studio is to add as many curators as possible. Some people think these kind of studios are annoying,[citation needed] as they spam their notifications with studio invites. A slight variation include managers instead of curators, where everyone is promoted as a manager upon joining.

Role Playing

Main article: Role-Playing Game

Role-Playing Games (also known as RPGs) are often played in studios, where it is played in the comments and the biographies are posted. Some of the most popular role playing studios are based off media (for example, Eragon, Warriors, Doctor Who, etc.), while some are from the creators imagination (for example, Anthros, Jigglers, Goitz, etc.).

Car Companies

Car company studios are fictional car "companies" where participants will draw and design cars and add the company logo to the project with the car, and publish and add it to the respective studio. Car company studios have possibly started with a studio by the Spanish user Hugo_Oyon, with the Declasse studio[14]. The studios were expanded after Hugo_Oyon and another car-liking user xXLamboFanXx started a studio entitled "LFM Automotive"[15], a studio made for more car designs. The first LFM model was entitled the LFM Primero[16]. Several other designs came soon after, including remixes of the Primero, which now has over 65 remixes[17], and after a short while, a few more users joined LFM Automotive. A few users made their own companies, while other users also made sections such as Linos Tuning Co.[18] and Marina Motors[19]. There are also a few groupings of two companies such as LamboFan-SomeChevys Motors[20]. There are also branches for things like trailers[21].

Account and User Icon Trends

var0 User Icon Restyles

An example of an icon which has been restyled by var0. Link to original is in the description of the file. Another example is here with the original here.

A user, "var0", launched a project accepting requests of user icons.[22] This was first unknown until djdolphin requested a restyle of their icon. This passed on to other Scratchers who then requested a restyle of their own icon, due to the simplistic and hilarious results. This trend has transformed a small user icon shop to a base of this popular trend.

However, due to account migration by var0, the shop was closed and this trend is no longer alive.

Fake Locations

Via Inspect Element, getting back to "Location not given" is possible

This started by using locations with interesting names as a country such as "Antarctica", "Heard and McDonald Islands", "Christmas Island", and to revert to "Location not given". In addition, Scratchers have discovered that two letter country codes (must exist to work) can be set as a location in place of traditional countries, such as "United States", which could be replaced with "US" with Inspect Element.[23] It has also been discovered that users can go to account settings and double-click on the "Save my Changes" button to set it to "Location not given".[24] This became a popular tradition to make your account look interesting or even funny.

An example of a fake location

One of the most popular country code location is "ST", a joke reference to Scratch Team. In reality, however, ST refers to São Tomé and Príncipe. Some Scratchers who are really active in the Advanced Topics forum set their location to "AT" (Austria). The ways to get two letter locations or "Location not given" have since been fixed.

Roleplaying Accounts

Some users have created accounts specifically for roleplaying as their own characters. They'll usually roleplay as the featured character and post projects about their character. It's common for fan characters and existing canon characters[25] to be role played by account but rare for original characters. Test/Tutor accounts, which are often used to teach other scratchers how to make a type of project or to test out project types before sharing them on the user's main account, are also common.

LGBT Icons

In the month of June, it is a common tradition to have an icon in a theme of LGBT pride, which means to include rainbows. Most user icons were revamped to have a rainbow background, while some were not a revamped version.[26][27]

Some Scratchers who were against the LGBT pride converted their icons to black-and-white. This practice has been turned down already by the Scratch Team. In 2017, the "Scratch Christian Month" trend was introduced and people began putting crosses on their icons as a Christian-friendly alternative to the LGBT icon trend.[28]

Other users do not know about Pride Month, but switch their icon to a rainbow because they may like it.

Licky Icons

An example of a licky icon

Many users' profile pictures feature an animated animal/object licking the screen, usually a cat. This trend is still very popular today and is widespread on the Internet as a meme.


In this trend, when a user reaches a certain number of projects, they'll create a new account called with the same username but with "Rises" at end. When they reach a certain number of projects on the new account, they'll create a new account with the username used for the first account, but with "Revives" at end. This practice may repeat at certain times.

This practice received some critiscm[29] because some users may think of it as spam, much like namesnipes.

Some users have received alerts from the Scratch Team for project spamming, where they create a large number of projects simply in order to boost their number of projects.[citation needed]

Calvin and Hobbes

There has been a trend in which something related to Calvin and Hobbes, such as an icon, is used. This is not very popular and commonly used by "ATers", users who spend much time in the Advanced Topics forum.

Joke Accounts

This trend is similar to the "Roleplaying accounts" trend except joke accounts are created for fun and aren't used much. Joke accounts may represent either a character or a feature and they may act like it. Many joke accounts are abandoned after a while and are sometimes considered namesnipes. There are also a few evil kumquat joke accounts.[citation needed]

Glitchy Logos

This trend was started by TrapHD when they made a tutorial on making a "Glitchy Logo".[30] This taught how to simply turn your user icon into a glitchy mess. Almost everyone who commented on the tutorial has a glitchy icon. People used this tutorial to impress other users or just make their user icon better.

t r x y e Logos

This trend was started by -Pineapple- when they made the project "t r x y e meme-thing".[31] It is based off of Troye Sivan's album cover for TRXYE. Many users remixed this project[32] and made their own, and most of them use their version as profile pictures.[33][34][35] This trend has died down, and now very few users have a t r x y e logo.

Chibi Harry Potter Logos

This trend was started when ceebee, a well-known user and member of the Scratch Team, changed their icon to a chibi Harry Potter. Many people took it and recolored/edited them and used it as an icon.[citation needed]

Halloween Logos

Scratch used to have a feature named Scratch Holiday Logo, however that feature was removed because it was very difficult to change the Scratch Logo[citation needed]. Since then, Scratchers have gotten creative and started doing a Halloween profile picture. Scratchers would either decorate their User Icon using other Scratchers' icons. For example, UserA has a picture of a cat they drew, UserB has their Original Character for their User Icon, and UserC has their logo for their icon. UserD takes UserA, UserB, and UserC's User Icon and makes the icons switch between UserA, UserB then UserC's picture.

What's in the Peanut Butter Jar

In Summer 2017, some users started saying "What's in the peanut butter jar?" Instead of saying "What's up?"[citation needed] This prompted many users to switch their icons to peanut butter jars or add peanut butter backgrounds.

x__0 Style Accounts

In June of 2017, an account named x__0 was created.[36] this account posted projects with animated thumbnails, and was considered as "spooky" by some of the Scratch community.[citation needed] Some users were inspired by x__0 and decided to make accounts similar to x__0, with a similar concept and username.[37][38]

Forum Trends

Evil Kumquat

Main article: Evil Kumquat
Cheddargirl's signature before being "eaten" by an evil kumquat.
An evil kumquat

Several users have replaced their signatures with messages saying their signatures were eaten by an evil kumquat.[39] This trend was created by cheddargirl during the Scratch 2.0 beta.[40]

There's really no such thing as an evil kumquat (unless you count all the accounts claiming to be one). I just being too lazy to reconstruct the old sig I had from the 1.4 forums after the image hosting site I used was no longer supported, so I just went with the idea of blaming it all on an evil kumquat.[41]

– cheddargirl

Two kumquats.

Joke studios[42] and accounts[43] have been created relating to evil kumquats. A kumquat is actually a small orange fruit, related to the orange.


Some users make scripts about kumquats in their signatures using the [scratchblocks] BBCode tag, such as:
when gf clicked
if <[an evil kumquat v] is visible? :: sensing> then
get rid of evil kumquats :: custom

Another variation of the trend is when a single block is used to represent a supposed guard. A comment beside it often describes the name.

A Single block with a description showing the name.

Support Words

In the Suggestions forum, there was once a trend where people would use a specific word for "support" instead of using the word "support" itself. Then they'll put the "translation" in their signature, many by saying "[random word] = Support". The words that people used were completely random, and if they supported a suggestion, they would post that word instead of the generic support. The trend is now rarely used after a Scratch Team member told people that it was confusing and advised people not to use it.[44]

Semicolon Signature

Main article: Semicolon Glitch

In September 2013, a small and unharmful bug on the Scratch website resulted in a small semicolon that appeared at the bottom-left corner of every page. Very quickly it because popularized and after its removal people began placing the semicolon into their signatures in remembrance. After a year later, the semicolon is still present in some signatures of active users on the forums.[45]

If you see this signature while scrolling

Example of this trend

This trend involves a signature containing the following content:

If you see this signature while scrolling,

(a picture)
You have been visited/greeted by X
Y will come to you

only if you comment "Thanks X" on my profile.

There has been also variations of this trend, such as where the "only if" phrase is removed, or no image at all. Some also replaced X with their own username.

This was started by Zro716 and has spread slowly. The consequences of this trend is that the profile comments may be filled with comments saying "Thanks X!" or depending on what the signature requests users to do, which can be annoying and considered spam, which is why it's recommended to only use this trend temporarily.

"thisandagain pls explain"

"Thisandagain pls explain" or "thisandagain plz explain" is a catchphrase about a Scratch Team member, thisandagain, that has become a recurring phrase and even a small meme in the Scratch community, usually in the Advanced Topics community. The phrase is thought to have originated from Scratch user __init__ of the Advanced Topics in this post. The phrase has also been parodied.

"Ninja'd" Posts

When two or more users make very similar posts in a short amount of time (usually in the Questions about Scratch forum), they might edit their post and say "Ninja'd by (username) :P)", "ninjaed", or something similar to that message. Ninja's happen when a user starts typing a post, but when they submit the post, another user has already written something similar.


Sometimes, a user will ask for "Internets" in their signature. Internets come from the site Internetometer. A user might put in their signature "Like this post? Give me internets!" and it would contain a link to a page for others to give the user an "Internet".[46]


According to Wikipedia, Rickrolling is a prank and an internet meme involving using a type of bait and switch with a disguised hyperlink (Sometimes called click bait) to the Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up".[47] During April Fool's Day 2017, this trend was very popular around the Scratch Forums.

Citation Needed

Sometimes on the forums, especially the Suggestions forum when somebody exclaims a fact that isn't backed up with proof, users simply say 'Citation Needed'.[citation needed] This has been popular with photoshopped images of the word Citation Needed, or simply just a large word. However, this is usually looked down upon because some users find it offensive/mean.

"Random Facts about Random ____"

Recently, on Things I'm Reading and Playing (forum), topics asking for facts about the said medium have been appearing. It first started with the "Random Facts about Random Video Games" topic by I-Iz-Litten. This trend had grown in a few days from only 3 topics to 25 topics that follow this trend.[48]

After a few days, most of the topics were deleted and the rest were closed since they didn't fit with the forum very well.

After the topics were closed, a "remembrance" group was founded and all people involved in the short lived trend were invited.[49]

"Bootleg ________ items" and "______ Shipping Topic" have also sprung up too.

See Also


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