TikTok is hooked on Spy Dad. The ex-US military operative (or so he says) is a favorite with Generation Zoomers, appearing in more than a dozen Q&A sessions ‘liked’ by more than 14m fans!
Spy Dad is not the only espionage operative - real or imagined - on social media, however. SPYSCAPE undertook a mission to find the best, quirkiest and most creative videos online.
“What are they hiding in Antarctica? Were you ever hurt during your time as a spy? What’s the coolest spy gadget? What would happen if you leaked classified information?” TikTok’s mariaisabellecomstock asks her retired father in rapid succession (after she disses his ‘man bun’ ponytail). Maria’s Spy Dad posts often go viral - one of her TikTok videos reached 18.1million people! - and she posts on Facebook and YouTube.
Inventor Jack Laser has built everything from an Iron Man superhero outfit to a James Bond-style mini underwater scuba tank. The YouTube and TikTok star began inventing gadgets when he was 11 and takes requests from his 1.76m Youtube subscribers about what to create next. So far, Laser has turned himself into a human drone, built Spiderman climbing shoes, invented a belt that turns into a sword and crafted Air Force 1 shoes that shoot fire!
Do you need to hack a cell phone? You’ve come to the right place. Cesar Gaytán has racked up 1m ‘likes’ teaching his Spanish TikTok followers how to spy on random cell phone cameras. But did he really hack a water plant or is that just a clever marketing ploy? Gaytan also posts on Instagram and hosts the Hackwise YouTube channel where he shares real-life stories like the tale of Gary McKinnon, the Scottish black hat who hacked into NASA and 96 other US military computers after 9/11.
You might think opening Pokémon cards while telling mystery stories wouldn’t be a crowd-pleaser but millions of TikTok viewers would prove you wrong. Pokemonunsolved has 50,000 followers and his post about Gareth Williams - known as Britain’s ‘spy in the bag murder’ racked up 1.8m hits!
Med student and TikTok celebrity colinhuskey has 3.5m ‘likes’ for random posts about Friday or going out in public post-Covid, but it is his plan to help the CIA that caught SPYSCAPE’s eye. Huskey found out that only 10 percent of the CIA’s top jobs are filled by women and came up with an ingenious solution to ensure more female spies rise to the top.
Jiemba Sands’ comedy acrobatics - flips, flops and tumbles - entertain his 2.4m TikTok followers, earning an impressive 60m ‘likes’ posting as jiembasands. (He also posts to YouTube and Instagram.) Check out his Jiemba vs John Wick action thriller spoof and Inspector Clouseau tricks!