14 Mannequin Challenge Inspiration Videos

by Lily Feinn

It's been just a few weeks since the Mannequin Challenge broke the internet, and the viral trend is still making waves, with creative new entries arriving every day. If you are planning on getting a group of friends together to make your own scene, check out these awesome Mannequin Challenge inspiration videos for some serious #goals. Just, y'know... make sure you spend some time getting used to not moving a muscle first. It's not easy.

The challenge had deceptively humble beginnings: The initial video posted by Twitter user @pvrity___ in mid-October simply featured a group of Florida teens holding an impressively still tableau in a classroom. The short clip began to trend on social media, picking up thousands of likes and retweets the weekend before the election; then, high school and college students across the country began jumping in to add their own variation, each one more complex than the last. The rap duo Rae Sremmurd's song "Black Beatles" has become the challenge's anthem, underscoring many an attempt. With the help of the trend, the track quickly gained popularity, and has since risen to the top of the Billboard singles chart.

Now it seems everyone is getting in on the fun. Celebrities, sports teams, politicians, and even well-trained pets have since put their own unique spins on the phenomenon. With each new iteration, the #mannequinchallenge becomes ever more complex. Here are some of the most creative and inspiring tableaus:

The Gravity-Defying Challenge

Still scratching my head over how they pulled this one off. Was it editing? Strings? Magic?? I'm gonna go with magic.

The Crowd Challenge

How they got that many Gen Zers to stand still is a mystery. I don't think I would have the self control to pull it off.

The Labor-Themed Challenge

From Mannequin Challenges, oh, what Dreams are born. (Dream is the name of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna's baby. Just, y'know, FYI.)

A Very Good Dog Challenge

This is one of the most recent challenges to trend, and that dog should get aaaaaaall the treats. You know what they say: A dog is a Mannequin Challenge's best friend. (See what I did there?)

The Underwater Challenge

With the use of some weights and excellent lung capacity, this water polo team essentially won the Mannequin Challenge by making the impossible possible.

The High School Hangout Challenge

One of the OG high school squad challenges, and still one of the best.

The Original Beatles Challenge

Sir Paul McCartney responded with this hilariously simple Mannequin Challenge. Somehow the combination of minimalism and fresh flowers works for his spin.

The Longest Challenge

Clocking in at three minutes and traversing the entire studio, James Corden's team took freezing in place to a whole new level.

The Ouchiest Challenge

My muscles ache just from watching that.

The White House Challenge

I wish I could be frozen with Michelle Obama and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Literally "Frozen In Time" Challenge

Just goes to show what a pro can do with their friends, a camera, and a lot of know how.

The Rollerskating Challenge

Holding a pose on wheels deserves all the props.

The I'm With Her Challenge

Though nearly half of elligible Americans didn't get this message on election day (seriously, you guys — our voter turnout is abysmal), this Mannequin Challenge will still go down in history.

The Most Adorable Challenge

These preschool kids gave it their all, and the results were too cute to ignore.

What are you waiting for? Grab a camera and a couple of friends, and get posing!