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This or That Challenge

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Updated Oct 31, 2022 at 10:48AM EDT by Zach.

Added Dec 01, 2020 at 12:00PM EST by Phillip Hamilton.

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This or That Challenge, also known as the Tricky Challenge, is a social game and internet challenge on TikTok set to the song "It's Tricky" by RUN DMC[1] in which two options are presented at a time, one at the left and one at the right side of the screen, and the TikToker must choose which one they prefer by walking or dancing off-screen in the direction of their preference. The challenge is often performed with multiple people, who line up and walk toward their preference one at a time.


It's unknown who started the This or That Challenge, but the earliest videos following the challenge date back to at least November 11th, 2020. On that day, TikToker catherinebertholddd uploaded a video to TikTok[2] in which she and three friends perform the challenge to a number of prompts, garnering over 3.4 million views in 3 weeks (shown below).


On November 15th, Brooke Monk uploaded a video to TikTok[3] performing the challenge with her sisters, garnering over 31.7 million views in 2 weeks (shown below, left). On November 23rd, dolly_broadway uploaded a video[4] performing the challenge, garnering over 32.4 million views in 1 week (shown below, right). As of December 1st, these are the two most popular videos following the trend.

On November 25th, Ethan Klein of H3H3 Productions uploaded a video to TikTok[5] performing the challenge with Trisha Paytas, garnering over 1.5 million views in 6 days (shown below, left). On the same day, Paytas posted her own version of the challenge with Klein to her TikTok page,[6] garnering over 1.3 million views in the same span of time (shown below, right).

As of December 1st, videos using the hashtag #thisorthat have been viewed over 755 million times. The original sound for "It's Tricky" has been used in over 2.9 million videos.

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[1] YouTube – RUN DMC – It's Tricky

[2] TikTok – catherinebertholddd

[3] TikTok – I love this trend

[4] TikTok – this or that

[5] TikTok – ethankleinh3

[6] TikTok – trishlikefish88

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