The Universal S

  • Published on Aug 10, 2019
  • People from all over the world have been drawing this S-shaped symbol for decades yet no one seem to know anything about it. In this video I explore some of the popular origin theories and showcase my own findings after five years of on and off searching.


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Comments • 17 745

  • Breezy‎ツ゚
    Breezy‎ツ゚ 2 hours ago

    I dub this person as a god

  • Aidan Cushman
    Aidan Cushman 2 hours ago +1


  • Uchenna Akahara
    Uchenna Akahara 3 hours ago

    your data symbol thingy with the world map is wrong, just saying. I grew up in Nigeria, and I remember drawing the S in school

  • Rise Random
    Rise Random 3 hours ago

    See everyone in 6 months!👋

  • The Enthusiasm Project

    I think this is what got me interested in hand lettering as a kid! Woah.

    YOYOSUGAR 3 hours ago +1

    Top 10 facts HAIR

  • Falfango May
    Falfango May 3 hours ago

    This symbol is around the world
    Me: uhh never seen it before
    I guess I'm not living in the same world

  • OSanchezO
    OSanchezO 3 hours ago

    Hans Holbein's

  • Xeno2828
    Xeno2828 3 hours ago +1


    • Xeno2828
      Xeno2828 3 hours ago +1

      Gonna keep doing this even if it somehow happens

  • Alexis Harper
    Alexis Harper 4 hours ago +2

    I was doubtful that this would actually find a conclusion that would feel satisfying, but my god, that actually is an answer that I find satisfying as a semi-definitive answer to that question.

  • Michael Checco
    Michael Checco 4 hours ago

    Awesome video with awesome visuals, audio, and commentary. I think the 1890s drawing could very well have been the beginning, or at least the beginning of widespread popularity. Crazy that it goes at least that far back

  • shadowsa2b
    shadowsa2b 4 hours ago

    i think my sister taught me this when she went to school before i did. i also used to draw Kilroy all the time

  • name's Zeus
    name's Zeus 4 hours ago

    At school i was always told it was a gang symbol

  • Dallas
    Dallas 4 hours ago

    i drew this on the berlin wall before it fell

  • goldybold
    goldybold 4 hours ago

    yes I know the sun isn’t jello 🙃

  • thedogefogx420 thedogefox420

    In my elementary school in Germany we Used It on Sheets in Papier and Made our own Money with It You could Trade one piece of paper with this on It against one yu gi oh card until some Kid that 'sold' The cards realized how stupid It was

  • Adam Coppola
    Adam Coppola 4 hours ago

    Thank you for your time and effort in making this video. When I was in 5th grade (maybe like 1999 or 2000) I had a notebook with a different styled Universal S on each page as a character like a jester or an animal. Thank you for just about solving one of the world's greatest mysteries.

  • Tyler Hayes
    Tyler Hayes 4 hours ago +1

    Imagine going to Area 51 and seeing this on a door. And everybody looses it

  • Polar Panda
    Polar Panda 4 hours ago

    It doesn't look like anything to me.

  • cwjalex
    cwjalex 4 hours ago

    Alien: "On our planet it means 'hope' "
    Earthling: "well, here it's an 'S' "

  • John von Shepard
    John von Shepard 5 hours ago

    It's not a S it stand for Hope.

  • Nick McDonald
    Nick McDonald 5 hours ago

    Its the way that every student draws the block letter S. Ask someone to draw the letter S in block letters and I bet that's the symbol you will get %60 of the time even if they've never seen the symbol before.

  • julian Eickelpasch
    julian Eickelpasch 5 hours ago

    What kind of keyboard is that?

  • John A
    John A 5 hours ago

    Overreaching looking for a mystery where none exists! Latest fad in TheXvid for click-baiting

  • mrJonnyH1
    mrJonnyH1 5 hours ago

    I all ways through that it had something to do with gangs or was that gust gta

  • Asherii B Dragon
    Asherii B Dragon 5 hours ago

    naw thats a school s

  • Jish
    Jish 5 hours ago

    Omg I was never able to properly draw these 🤣. I know it as the Superman s. It was a thing in like 2nd grade. Also this was SOOO interesting 👍

  • Killer Raspberry
    Killer Raspberry 5 hours ago

    I thought it was a The Ohio State University thing, that’s what I thought when I was in elementary school, that may just be because I live in Ohio.

  • Mystical Moonstone
    Mystical Moonstone 5 hours ago

    its wayyy old, like kids in the 1700's made it too.

  • Clint Richardson
    Clint Richardson 5 hours ago


  • Brendan Kolehmainen
    Brendan Kolehmainen 5 hours ago

    Great video man, keep up the good work!

  • HardlyFocused
    HardlyFocused 6 hours ago

    Say your intro of someone saying "just let me know" wouldn't happen to be Commander Sisko from the House Of Quark episode from Star Trek Deep Space Nine saying that to Chief O'Brian would it?

  • Eugene Balfour
    Eugene Balfour 6 hours ago

    I saw in one of Hitler's concepts for the Nazi symbol
    Edit: actually nevermind I checked it again and it was the lightning bolt rune S, not this one

  • duder
    duder 6 hours ago


  • Bambega
    Bambega 6 hours ago

    I think i've seen this symbol being drawn in school checkered notebooks

  • DashedLength
    DashedLength 6 hours ago

    If i could i would smash your intro

  • Reset_
    Reset_ 6 hours ago

    Remember the universal greeting from that one transformers movie?
    This is the real world application of that.

  • Julieta Martinez
    Julieta Martinez 6 hours ago

    Quality content

  • ChrisGaming
    ChrisGaming 6 hours ago

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  • RyGuy
    RyGuy 6 hours ago

    Cool S?

  • Agam Kohli
    Agam Kohli 6 hours ago +1

    wow this was the best youtube video i’ve seen in a while! very well done!

  • Dutch Van Der Linde
    Dutch Van Der Linde 6 hours ago +1

    I remember drawing this in 1899.

  • Mark Soyka
    Mark Soyka 7 hours ago

    You’re a funny man

  • Khaos KhaosKhaos
    Khaos KhaosKhaos 7 hours ago

    My primary school decided to call it the secret S and I thought that was the dumbest shite I heard.

  • Nugget Ő Ő F
    Nugget Ő Ő F 7 hours ago

    Could you make a documentary about the world wars?

  • Renan gameex
    Renan gameex 7 hours ago

    brasileiro é a coisa mais rara neste vídeo

  • Taylor Brooke
    Taylor Brooke 7 hours ago

    The penguins in Antarctica though :p

  • Redwolf 319
    Redwolf 319 7 hours ago

    4:46 that comment that says they couldn’t draw it, I’m glad I’m not the only one 😂 no one would teach me!

  • That 1 Guy
    That 1 Guy 7 hours ago

    what keyboard is that

  • FF~CFG
    FF~CFG 7 hours ago

    I'm impressed by everything you found, but after watching all 18:52 of this I'm dissatisfied with not knowing what the origin is. But I'm not insane and I know I couldn't do half I'd what you did lol great job

  • Lambros25
    Lambros25 7 hours ago

    Here in greece we had a tv channel with the name smile written that way, and that's how most of us know the "universal s"
    I am refering to: 7:45
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    I tried

  • legotroop
    legotroop 7 hours ago

    5:00 this is like the Kronos unveiled scene from the Incredibles

  • Anti communist
    Anti communist 7 hours ago

    huh weird I thought my older brother came up with it.

  • ZicodaExodus
    ZicodaExodus 8 hours ago

    What was the suspensful music during when the worldwide data was shown?

  • Optillistic
    Optillistic 8 hours ago

    Literally it's just to tag like clown homie letters the homies from all around the world taought kids how to tag and so on it spread it some gangsta shit welcome GANG!

  • Nathan Schied
    Nathan Schied 8 hours ago

    I heard somewhere that it was just the superman logo

  • Giovanni Sierra-Moeller

    What the hell no one ever called it the figure s?

  • Sean Rickerd
    Sean Rickerd 8 hours ago

    Awesome video! Thanks!

  • Marty McFly
    Marty McFly 8 hours ago

    Not watching. Sussy. Goodbye.

  • Dre Wolfshire
    Dre Wolfshire 8 hours ago

    Out of all those names there are none in my childhood called: The Super S

  • Landen Mejia
    Landen Mejia 8 hours ago

    Haha nice

  • moyee 64
    moyee 64 8 hours ago

    I called it the Cool S or maybe the devil s

  • etaxalo
    etaxalo 8 hours ago

    No idea where it came from but we used to draw the chain version seen at 7:50

  • Vincer
    Vincer 8 hours ago

    its not just meme... there are way too many universal symbols- and they all can be explained by one simple thing, the one thing they all share in common: the human mind. Theres the patterns all of our brains evolved to notice, then only so many ways the brain can work with and fuss around with then- the most obvious ones become common ocurring ones. one doesn't need to have been exposed unconsciously to this s to come up with it in some bored doodling afternoon. Besides anyone who plays around with stylizing type or geometrical logos have a way higher chance of drawing it- and not just it, many many others. The S may be a bit more common as a meme in graffiti formed, but outside of that its on par with other common symbols to come up with.

  • calebsone1
    calebsone1 8 hours ago

    I remember having this on my notebook in like 4 grade in the earlier 90's. when she was in school and my mom said she saw it in 60's

  • Canadian Bacon
    Canadian Bacon 8 hours ago

    Quality content as always

  • Keenan Chitrin
    Keenan Chitrin 9 hours ago +1

    what keyboard is that?

  • Alexis Harper
    Alexis Harper 9 hours ago +1

    In the midwestern United States, we called it the “Superman S,” even though clearly that wasn’t the S on Superman’s suit, but some kids even said that it came from one of Superman’s old suits. I learned years later that that wasn’t it.

  • Alfredo Vazquez
    Alfredo Vazquez 9 hours ago

    ehm. I know this doesn't have anything with the video, but what keyboard are you using? it looks slick. thanks.

  • Wes Talmadge
    Wes Talmadge 9 hours ago

    i saw that symbol made of particles during the big bang

  • Yosyp
    Yosyp 9 hours ago

    This Universal S was clueless to me... until I saw the rope. I used to play around those quite a lot when I was a child.

  • Kaizykat
    Kaizykat 9 hours ago

    Thank you for taking us on this journey!

  • berta112ify
    berta112ify 9 hours ago

    Holy carp. Check out the 1533 painting “the Ambassador”

  • GodTheChaoticEvil Narcissist

    give a person a pen, some paper and a pen and nothing to do and they will probably invent this symbol if they don't know it already. this also how most people came across it. no special origin needed.

  • Just How?
    Just How? 10 hours ago

    Its satanic