Pop Culture dictionary the Arya Challenge or the Arya [thee ahr-ee-uh chal-inj] Published June 27, 2019 What does the Arya Challenge mean? The Arya Challenge is an internet trend where people imitate a skilled, lethal knife jab by the character Arya Stark on the popular television show Game of Thrones. (Of course, don’t go imitating this with knives or other dangerous objects, folks.) Related words valar morghulis, Hodor meme, khaleesi, Falling Stars Challenge, Idol Challenge, BTS Persona Challenge, mannequin challenge Where does the Arya Challenge come from? CNN 🚨 Spoiler alert! 🚨 An independent, tenacious, righteous master fighter? That sounds like Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams), one of the most widely admired characters on Game of Thrones. Arya cemented her beloved status after spectacularly slaying the nearly unstoppable Night King, who commanded an army of the undead threatening to take over their fictional world. Teen Vogue On Episode 3, Season 8 (April 28, 2019) of the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series, the Night King is holding up Arya by the throat, a squeeze away from killing her. It looks grim for our hero, until she drops her knife—a storied blade of Valyrian steel—from one hand, catches it in the other, and stabs him in the stomach. (All in slo-mo, of course.) The Night King shatters into millions of pieces. So does his zombie army. Arya saves the day. #GameofThrones #AryaStark Kill Night King pic.twitter.com/003TPsvWge — Pradeep Vijay (@PradeepVj7) April 29, 2019 Shortly after the episode first aired, Arya’s badassery (how else can we put it?) inspired Twitter users, notably @KremPuff and @GBDRN, to record and post imitations of Arya’s knife move as if it were a dance. They dubbed it #TheArya. I made up a new dance move #thearya #got #GamefThrones #BattleForWinterfell #arya pic.twitter.com/2IuFoL7Q1T — Liz (@KremPuff) April 29, 2019 Do #TheArya pic.twitter.com/IMLvlCnXIr — GΔΒΥ DURΔΝ 🇩🇴 (@GBDRN) April 29, 2019 Twitter users were inspired to record their own versions of the the Arya, and the internet trend was dubbed the Arya Challenge. Interpretations came to incorporate all kinds of props for the knife, from lacrosse sticks to cell phones to hairbrushes to keys. By early May, the trend was receiving coverage in major media outlets like Time and CNN. Nichtern says #NotToday Holy Cross😤 With his six assists today, the rookie is tied for first in Army’s single-season assists record with 45👏 #GoArmy #FamilyToughnessTradition pic.twitter.com/BBDKZWXLHK — Army M.Lacrosse (@ArmyWP_MLax) April 30, 2019 Finally after multi shots.How many shots did you take @Maisie_Williams ?? ❤️Do #TheArya #Aryachallenge #AryaStark @Maisie_Williams @SophieT @GameOfThrones #BattleOfWinterfell #GameofThrones Hit the Arya #thearya ☠️ |🔪| | / / pic.twitter.com/InCfFLwFrx — फ्रस्ट्रेटेड इंजिनियर 🏴☠️ (@EclecticRhymstr) May 1, 2019 Examples of the Arya Challenge GOT is so good that I was doing the Arya challenge in the shower with a bar of soap. @GM_Populair93_, May 2019 Opening your car, brushing your hair — they seem like normal everyday activities, but not with the Arya challenge. Chloe Wilt, Revelist, May 3, 2019 Wiki Of Thrones SEE MORE EXAMPLES Who uses the Arya Challenge? The expression the Arya Challenge is used to describe people doing the Arya and posting it on Twitter or social media. Both are often hashtagged as #AryaChallenge or #TheArya. I may not be a faceless man, but come see us at Legacy forge at the Tennessee Ren fest and I can arm you like a Stark! #TheArya #NotToday #Arya #Aryachallenge #GameofThrones #RenFest pic.twitter.com/8JSmZHX8X7 — Peppermint Cheetah⚔🏳️🌈 (@CthulhuCheetah) May 4, 2019 Sometimes people slow down their Arya to mimic the slow motion of the original scene or muse about various creative props. is the Arya Challenge a thing?#GameOfThornes pic.twitter.com/fvoMnY5TXb — tanner olson (@tannerJolson) April 30, 2019 wanna do #TheArya with a chicken doner wrap — ezzz (@e1aci) May 2, 2019 Pictures of Arya Stark and her actor, Maisie Williams, are also incorporated into references to the Arya Challenge. battle of winterfell victory party #TheArya pic.twitter.com/KlrxUeY4Qv — 🌙 (@taeyeounf) May 3, 2019 Just Added bystander effect, CSI effect, Streisand effect, L + ratio, docufiction Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of the Arya Challenge like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of the Arya Challenge that will help our users expand their word mastery.