Top 13 Challenges Popular on YouTube
YouTube Challenge Videos
Challenges on YouTube have become the bread and butter of popular YouTubers, and there are plenty of reasons why. Most of the these challenges help up-and-coming content creators because they...
- Are easy to follow
- Allow collaboration with other YouTubers
- Attract a lot of attention
The last one is the largest selling point because that's what young audiences seem to be into now. Even those who would never do challenge videos do them because fans request them, so they give in and challenges get created.
But which challenges are the most popular, the most well-known, and the funnest to do? Keep reading and you'll find out.
The Most Popular YouTube Video Challenges
From #1 to #13
1. The Eat It or Wear It Challenge
2. Try Not to Laugh
3. The Whisper Challenge
4. Speed Drawing
5. Touch My Body
6. Chubby Bunny
7. Innuendo Bingo
8. The Cinnamon Challenge
9. Say Anything
10. Bean Boozled Challenge
11. The Disney Challenge
12. Ghost Pepper Challenge
13. Charlie Charlie Pencil Game
13. Charlie, Charlie Pencil Game
This game became a monster trend in the YouTube community. The fun comes from its simplicity and roots in urban legend, or maybe people think it's akin to an imitation Ouija board.
Objective: Call the ghost or spirit of a Mexican boy named Charlie in a séance-style setup with a piece of paper and two pens or pencils.
Setup: Take out a piece of notebook paper and draw two lines: one horizontal and one vertical across the paper. Write the words "Yes" and "No" in the four corners with yes in the upper left and bottom right and no in the upper right and bottom left. Place two pencils in the center of the paper in a cross shape with one balanced on top of the other.
Finale: Say "Charlie, Charlie are you there?" to summon the spirit. If the pencil moves towards yes, then you may proceed to ask him more questions. To end the game, you ask Charlie if you can stop playing, and he has to say yes. Otherwise, you must keep playing.
Verdict: There were claims that this game was real with some religious groups calling it dangerous because it popularized summoning demons and whatnot from other realms. The truth is that it's a fun and harmless little sleepover game. You really think it's that easy to summon a demon with a piece of paper and two pencils? Come on people, think logically!
12. The Ghost Pepper Challenge
This is a highly challenging albeit dangerous challenge involving the ingestion of the famous ghost pepper or in extreme cases the Carolina Reaper to see how long you can last against the heat.
Objective: The goal is very simple. How you play varies but the end result will test your endurance with the taste-testing of one of the hottest peppers on Earth.
Setup: Often players will only have to eat a ghost pepper if they lose some sort of game, but you can cut straight to the chase and start chowing down on these spicy morsels.
Finale: The "winner" is the person who doesn't end up crying or screaming in pain from the heat. In some instances it's the person who can either last the longest or eat the most ghost peppers.
Verdict: The ghost pepper or "Bhut jolokia" has a rating of over one million Scoville heat units, which makes it hundreds of times hotter than Tabasco sauce.
If you're even slightly sensitive to spicy foods, then DO NOT try to attempt this challenge due to serious health consequences.
I'd also recommend using more mild peppers to soften the blow, but if you think you can handle it, then try the ghost pepper challenge and see how you fare against your friends.
11. The Disney Challenge
What is the Disney challenge?
Objective: Two people have to listen to a series of Disney songs (mostly animated) and guess the song's name and movie origin within 7-10 seconds of the intro.
Setup: Usually a third person would pick and choose the random songs and give the two players short snippets of the songs' intros. If the participant guesses both song and movie within the time limit, then they receive 2 points. If they only correctly guess one of them, then they get 1 point. There is one catch: the other player can steal a point or earn points if they know the song, the movie, or both if the first player got them wrong.
Finale: This is not a Jeopardy-style buzz-in. Each person gets a turn to guess the song and movie, but both players have the potential to earn points for each song. You can settle on how many songs you want to play, but they must be past or current Disney songs. At the end of the game, players tally up their points, and the one with the most points is the winner or Disney star.
Verdict: It's not a hugely popular YouTube game, but it's a lot of fun, especially for kids. There's no harm in it, which is great considering how dangerous challenges can be and no expletives either (rare, I know). I enjoyed watching people play, and both kids and adults can take part, making for a nice family bonding game for parents and children.
10. Bean Boozled Challenge
Based on the Harry Potter classic chewy delight, this jelly bean challenge tests your taste buds with a mix of good and terrible flavors.
Objective: Spin the wheel and see which color jelly bean you get, but watch out because one of them is good while the other is disgusting.
Results: Depending on your luck, you could be enjoying tasty candy or feel like throwing up (hint: you might get the vomit flavor).
Verdict: It's a Russian roulette game with candy. The winner is the one with the most luck and least amount of awful jelly beans. You can make this challenge as creative as you want, and definitely have someone eat some disgusting beans as part of their punishment if they lose.
9. Say Anything
How could saying something be so hard?
Objective: You'll need a minimum of two people but several can play (more difficult). The goal is to say any word when it's your turn to speak, as long as you don't repeat a word someone has said in that round.
Setup: Players are not allowed to pause for more than a second or two when it's their turn. If they do, then they get punished by putting a piece of scotch tape on their face.
Finale: The winner is the person who's punished the least and has the least amount of tape on their face after a set amount of rounds. You could also be creative and pick out your own punishment for the loser/s.
Verdict: It can be silly and a bit painful trying to remove the pieces of tape on your face, but the game itself it very simple and anyone can play. YouTubers normally use the tape to add a comedic effect to their videos. But if you choose to opt out of the tape, keeping score works too, or if you feel daring, then think of your own punishments.
8. Cinnamon Challenge
This is an older challenge and is one that I don't care for at all, but I'll mention it because of how notorious it was. It may have even sparked the entire YouTube challenge/collaboration movement that's so popular today.
Objective: You have to eat a spoonful of cinnamon to see if you can handle it. (Spoiler alert: You can't.)
Verdict: Young people would often spring this challenge onto unsuspecting people, not realizing how impossible and harmful taking a spoonful of cinnamon was, so it evolved into a mean prank over time. The fun for the spectator comes with the surprise when the participant spews out clouds of cinnamon within seconds of trying to eat it. I mean okay, ha ha, that's funny I guess, but the individual would often cough for awhile afterwards and I'm sure the health effects aren't pleasant either. I'm glad this fad has passed because, to be honest, it looked dangerous and stupid to me and I don't recommend it. If you want to try it then go ahead, but you've been warned.
7. Innuendo Bingo
A messy challenge that's only as dirty as your mind.
Objective: Try not to laugh while keeping liquids in your mouth.
Setup: Usually two players sit across from one another and take a drink of water while looking at each other. Several sound clips have to play in the background. Every time water is spewed, the losing player must take an additional sip for the next round.
Finale: The winner is the person who can survive the most rounds while keeping the water or other liquid in their mouth. The point/round system is subjective.
Verdict: The game itself is not dirty at all, but it challenges how your mind responds to innuendo. The clips are often edited/cut together to elicit suggestive sounds despite the fact that nothing of an explicit nature actually happening. This game gets wet and messy very quickly, and there's a danger that the person across from you will (accidentally) spit water on you. The more distance you keep between yourself and the other player, the less likely you'll get water on you.
6. Chubby (or Fluffy) Bunny
This is another oldie challenge that was common at sleepovers. It's had a second life on YouTube.
Warning: Choking hazard: Be extremely careful if you do this challenge.
Objective: Common rules call for each player to take a marshmallow, put it in their mouth (don't chew, eat or swallow), and say "Chubby Bunny" before moving on to the next person.
Setup: The goal is to see who can last the longest with the most marshmallows in their mouth before they inevitably have to spit them out. You can use big or small marshmallows. Some have done this while reading a book, and some say different things instead of "Chubby Bunny."
Finale: Have a spit bucket or bag handy because this game gets messy quickly. Also do not go beyond your limits because it can easily become extremely hazardous if you do.
Verdict: It's funny to hear someone try to talk with a bunch of marshmallows in their mouth, but it gets disgusting at times. There's an obvious choking hazard with this challenge, which is why I don't recommend it despite its long term popularity. There are better, safer challenges out there and you should partake in those rather than something so risky.
5. Touch My Body
This is the most intimate of the challenges on this list, if you couldn't already guess from the name. That's why couples or members of the opposite sex engage in it.
Objective: One person is blindfolded and the other places the blindfolded person's finger onto one of their body parts. The one that can't see has to guess what the body part is.
Setup: All you need is a blindfold and maybe some hand sanitizer. You can keep score of who guesses the most correct and create your own punishment for the loser (if you want).
Finale: People switch back and forth after a few guesses, and there are usually no limits when it comes to which body part you select. This is why there's a lot of careful wording involved and why couples often perform this challenge.
Verdict: As a spectator, this challenge is pretty funny. The funniest part is the reactions of the blindfolded participants because they don't know where their finger is going. The one guiding the other person's finger often tries to fool them by moving around or lifting articles of clothing to make the challenger believe the body part is something else. Overall, it's a fun couples challenge that's hilarious to watch.
4. Speed Drawing
Anyone can play this challenge, and it's a fantastic way to think quickly on your feet.
Objective: You and a few others draw pictures within a short time span (usually 1-2 minutes), and the winner is the one whose drawings are the best.
Setup: The videos on YouTube usually have a theme for the drawings (actors, TV stars, Star Wars characters, etc.) but there's no limit to what you can select. Just make sure the people involved have some idea what the character or thing being drawn is supposed to look like.
Finale: You can vote on the best pictures afterwards or have a neutral party judge the best drawings. The points get tallied up at the end, culminating in a winner (duh). You can choose a punishment for the losers if you want.
Verdict: This challenge is up there with the Disney challenge when it comes to play-ability. It's very safe and doesn't require much time or effort to set up. It's a good way to test your artsy abilities and quick thinking skills. The fun comes from the results because there's only so much you can draw in a minute. I highly recommend this to everyone, especially kids.
3. The Whisper Challenge
I love watching people play this game because of the extreme randomness of what they say. The results are hysterical, unexpected, and so much fun to watch.
Objective: Try to read lips and figure out what the person is saying while you wear headphones blasting loud music.
Setup: All you need is headphones, some loud music, and imagination. Make sure the music for the listener is loud enough so that the other person is not audible. Remember, the point is to figure out what they're saying by reading their lips.
Finale: People take turns trying to guess what the other one is saying. This game is mostly for amusement and hilarity so few people track points, but you could if you wanted to.
Verdict: This is a cool party game. If you don't want to try it yourself, then take a look at some YouTubers doing this challenge. Most of the videos have very foul language, but it's also hysterical watching those people try to read lips. What they say is as ridiculous as you might imagine it'd be.
2. Try Not to Laugh
Accessible and suitable for all ages. The challenge is exactly what it sounds like, yet oddly enough the more you try, the harder it gets.
Objective: Survive a series of funny Youtube clips (or 6 second vines) without laughing (or smiling, depending on how you want to play).
Setup: You'll need mobile or internet connection because the game is entirely based on video clips. The best way to play is to view a compilation of vines and clips specially designed to make you laugh and/or smile.
Finale: The more people who play, the better. Try to outlast friends and family in a game of willpower and facial muscle control. If you can't handle not smiling, then at least try not to laugh (get it ha ha).
Verdict: This challenge is accessible for all ages and for the most part age appropriate. It's a fun party game although judging who smiles or laughs can be a struggle. There are countless video montages created for this game on YouTube, but it's a "challenge" finding a collection of clips that are actually really funny. There are also spin-offs such as "Try Not to Cry" and "Try Not to Scream/Be Scared." However, before you move to those, I suggest trying this game out to test its comedic chops.
1. Eat It or Wear It Challenge
A challenge that takes taste-testing is another level. This game is messy but fun if you can handle putting disgusting things in your mouth.
Objective: From a pile of closed bags with numbers on them, choose one and either eat the food inside or "wear" it. The winner is the one who wears it least.
Setup: There's a lot of prep work involved if you consider getting, bagging, and numbering the foods.
Finale: The randomness of the contents of the bag is the scariest part. You would think eating a rather disgusting item would be the worst part, but having heaps of smelly, wet, and sticky food in your hair is just as bad.
Verdict: This challenge is a food fight in disguise, but there's nothing wrong with that. If you must play, then do so out in the open. Also don't go overboard on the food selections. Have the food at least be edible in some shape or form, and as with any food challenge: Be aware of food allergies!
Top 5 Honorable Mentions
1. Wet Head Challenge
A quiz challenge where players wear a special helmet with tubes attached that they must pull out when they get an answer wrong. One random tube that gets pulled will cause water to spill out and cause you to lose.
2. 100 Layers
Can you put a 100 layers of something on yourself and live to tell the tale? The layers could include anything from hats, shirts, makeup, and more.
3. Mannequin Challenge
A late 2016 classic where everyone does their best to freeze in place while the popular song "Black Beatles" plays in the background. This challenge was one of the few to break into the mainstream like the ALS ice bucket one did several years ago.
4. Try Not to Sing Challenge
Can you listen to your favorite, catchiest songs without singing or rocking to the beat? This try not to laugh spin-off will test your patience and make you question your ability to stay still.
5. No Thumbs Challenge
A fun game for all ages where you try to accomplish various tasks while your thumbs are tied up but remember— no cheating!
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Questions & Answers
In the Charlie, Charlie Pencil game, does Charlie stay and follow you?
According to the game's theory, once you say goodbye to Charlie after you finished playing he will no longer be around.
In the Charlie, Charlie Pencil game, does Charlie follow you around once the game ends?
If you end the game and say bye to him, he won't bother you anymore.
What Youtube challenge do you like best?
The whisper challenge is probably my favorite. I also like the ghost pepper or hot pepper challenge because it's funny to watch people's reactions.
Is Charlie Charlie real?
As far as I know, there's no actual entity named Charlie Charlie. It's more of an online urban legend or a Creepypasta like Slenderman.
When was this article made?
It's under two years old, which I know is like decades on YouTube. That's why I tried focusing on the more "classic" YouTube challenges of the past five years.