Ever since TikTok’s popularity skyrocketed in 2020, ‘cults’ have gone viral – and here are five of the biggest ones.

Don’t worry, a TikTok ‘cult’ isn’t one of the satanic, brainwashing things you see in movies, it’s just a large group of TikTok users who are all interested in the same thing.

By definition, a cult is a “group who share a common interest”, and that’s exactly what the TikTok cults are – a group of people who all love the same thing, like a movie, character or musician.

Since 2020, a number of different ‘cults’ have gone viral on TikTok. Here are the five biggest ones…

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Eddie Cult

Let’s start with the most recent ‘cult’ that’s taken over TikTok, the Eddie Cult, or Eddie Munson Cult as it’s also known.

Eddie Munson is a character in the newest season of the Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things who is the internet’s latest heart-throb.

Played by actor Joseph Quinn and introduced in Season 4, Eddie is the leader of the Hellfire Club at Hawkins High School and an electric guitar player in his band Corroded Coffin.

On TikTok, fans are sharing their love for the character by joining the Eddie Munson Cult and changing their profile picture to a photo of him.

At the time of writing this, videos with the hashtag #EddieCult have had 84.5 million views and that number continues increasing every day.

Minion Cult

Another ‘cult’ that’s going viral right now is the Minion Cult, which is dedicated to the Universal Pictures franchise Despicable Me.

Everyone is sharing their love of Minions ahead of the new movie The Rise Of Gru which arrived in cinemas on July 1st.

The movie is one of the year’s biggest hits and broke the box office record for highest grossing July 4th movie ever at $125 million.

Fans are changing their profile picture to a creepy photo of a person dressed up a minion to show they are part of the ‘cult’ which has had over 376 million views under the hashtag #MinionCult.

People are also taking part in the viral gentleminions trend which involves going to watch the movie at the cinema whilst wearing a suit.

Step Chickens Cult

Now let’s go back to where the whole TikTok ‘cult’ trend started, the Step Chickens.

Back in 2020, a TikTok user called @chunkysdead, or Melissa, started her own TikTok ‘cult’ called the Step Chickens which quickly went viral.

To join, users had to change their profile picture to a blue photo of her, which was her first order as cult leader to see if she could take over TikTok – and she did!

Videos with the hashtag #StepChickens have had a huge 177 million views and Melissa gained hundreds of thousands of followers.

@chunkysdead

Thank you @reitergrace for joining us. RISE MY STEP-CHICKENS RISE 🐔 #fyp #stepchickens #joinourcult

♬ original sound – Melissa Ong

Lana Cult

In 2021, the Lana Cult went viral as TikTok users declared their love for musician Lana Del Rey.

The 37-year-old American singer-songwriter has released eight studio albums and is known for her cinematic style which explores themes like tragic romance, glamour and melancholia.

To join the ‘cult’, everyone had to change their profile picture to a strange photo of Lana Del Rey’s face in front of a big car explosion.

Videos with the hashtag #LanaCult have had over 367 million views and it was a fun way for TikTok users to show their support for Lana Del Rey.

Horchata Cult

The Lana Cult wasn’t the only viral one in 2021, as the Horchata Cult took over TikTok around the same time.

It was started on April 25th by a popular TikTok user called Horchata Soto who had the aim of taking over TikTok – and he did!

The Horchata Cult was a group of TikTok users who all love tacos and Hispanic food and grouped together to take over the app.

Jorge Soto, better known as Horchata, is a 19-year-old content creator from Rhode Island, USA who has 2.7 million followers on his profile @horchata_soto.

Videos with the hashtag #HorchataCult have had 17 million views and people changed their profile picture to a cute photo of a cup of milk with eyes to show their support.

@horchata_soto

Join the Horchata Cult!!! ❤️❤️❤️ #storytime #horchata

♬ original sound – Jorge Soto

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