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Wormcore, also tagged as Worm Time, is based on the toys known as Worm On A String, Magic Worm, and Squirmles. Worm Rights may also be tagged when the post has LGBTQ+ overlap.


This aesthetic is theorized to have started from the Furby fandom on Tumblr, as members of the Furby fandom often joked about Squirmles being a Furby's food. The phrase "Oh, worm?" became a Tumblr meme in early 2017, thus bringing the first wave of site-wide attention to the worm toys. Additionally, a Discord server called "woerms" was created in 2021 and treated these toys as if they were living creatures. Wormcore emerged as its own subculture in mid-to-late 2019.

Wormcore memes often feature Worm-on-a-String toys making threats of violence, crime (especially arson), and the thievery of various body parts. Additionally, many include worm related puns such as asking "any last worms?" to a worm held at toy gun point.


It's Worm Time Babeyy - Tumblr Deep Dive

Strange Aeons video on the Worm community


Worm on a String TikTok Compilation (Magic Worms)

Worm on a String Tik Tok Compilation


The Wormcore aesthetic features self expression and humor. Some key motifs include:

  • Worm-related toys
  • Bright colors
  • Snails, frogs, slugs, bugs, and other similar creatures
  • LGBTQ+ related content
  • Memes
  • Furbies


Obviously dressing as a worm on a string isn't going to be possible as always, but a wormcore outfit can incorporate any of the following:

  • Bright colors
  • Baggy clothes
  • Androgyny/gender nonconformity (but present however you're comfortable)
  • Graphic tees


Wormcore is not a music based subculture, but there are still songs about worms and playlists dedicated to them, as listed below. Due to the overlap in interest demographics, many of these playlists also fit into 2020 Alt and related Gen-Z aesthetics' tastes.


  • Worm on a String by Dillon M.
  • worm on a string by cafeteria vomit


  • Lemon Demon
  • Mother Mother
  • Cavetown
  • Mitski
  • Tally Hall