Truth or dare is a popular game, but some players tend to fall back on the same, predictable challenges.

Whether it’s around a campfire or at a sugar-fueled slumber party, there are plenty of fun opportunities to test people’s personalities and their knowledge of themselves. From old-fashioned parlor games to good-natured conversations intended to extract confessions, friends can submit themselves to challenges, or discern information about each other. In that arena, truth or dare remains the game to rule them all.

A Brief History of Truth or Dare

Truth or dare, or some early version of the party game, dates back to at least the early 18th century. Far, far earlier, if you trace its roots back to the command games, such as the basilinda of ancient Greece.

The rules are few, and straightforward. Each player is given a choice between answering a question truthfully or performing a dare. Certain parameters may be agreed upon by the group. For example, the outdoors may be proclaimed off-limits at a sleepover, to avoid waking the chaperones.

Despite truth or dare’s centuries-old history, it remains as unpredictable as its players. Sure, some “risque” questions or dares have emerged as old standbys, but otherwise, the game is limited by the imagination, or deviousness, of those issuing the challenges.

But, in case you’re worried about having the perfect “truth” or “dare” at the ready, we’ve assembled a plethora of ideas that can both meet your friends’ expectations and challenge their minds.

Truth Questions

Any player who chooses “truth” is virtually guaranteed to be met by a few boos. After all, it’s generally accepted as the safe option. Unless the challenger is willing to get extremely personal with the question (and risk having to face the same, uncomfortable probing later), truths can get bland, pretty quickly.

But nothing in the rules says questions need be embarrassing. Instead, they can be thought-provoking, and revealing in a way that allows you to better know your friends.

Truth Questions About Feelings

  • Who was your first celebrity crush, if you ever had one?
  • Who is your current celebrity crush, if you have any?
  • What was the most awkward moment of your life?
  • Are you able to determine what your happiest memory is?
  • What is your biggest fear? (For the sake of specificity, the question could elaborate on the kind of fear, such as phobias.)
  • What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
  • What was the most embarrassing moment of your life?
  • What is your biggest regret?
  • When was the last time you cried? (If you feel like, you could ask to specify why.)
  • What are you most insecure about?
  • What embarrassing habit do you have?
  • What aspect of yourself are you the proudest of?
  • What is one thing you wish you could change about yourself?
  • Have you ever been heartbroken? If so, why?
  • Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
  • When was the last time you were angry?
  • In which situation were you the most scared you have ever been?
  • Is there anything about your life that you’d like to change?
  • Any particular thoughts that keep you awake at night?
  • When was the last time you felt jealous?
  • When was the last time you lied, and why?
  • Do you have any secrets that you’ve hidden until you were asked this very question?
  • What do you fantasize most about?
  • What is your biggest pet peeve?
  • Do you feel like people misunderstand you? If so, in what way?
  • What is the worst argument you’ve had?
  • Do you believe in the paranormal?
  • What makes you the most worried regarding your professional life?
  • Does the idea of getting older make you feel scared or worried?
  • What is the worst physical pain you’ve experienced?
  • Are there any movies or television shows that you watch to make yourself feel better?
  • Is there any unpopular artist or piece of media that you enjoy despite its unpopularity?
  • What’s the most fun you’ve ever had?
  • What is the worst emotional pain you’ve ever experienced?
  • What do you currently consider to be your biggest accomplishment?

Truth Questions About Relationships

  • What do you value most in a friendship?
  • What do you value most in a romantic relationship?
  • Have you ever been in love?
  • Do you currently have a crush on someone? If so, who?
  • Who was the first person you had a crush on?
  • What’s the worst date you’ve ever been on?
  • On the flip side, what’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
  • Have you ever been ghosted?
  • Have you ever ghosted someone?
  • Have you ever lost a friend?
  • If you could date anyone in the world, who would it be?
  • How many people have you kissed?
  • Do you believe in soulmates?
  • Have you ever been broken up with?
  • Have you ever broken up with someone?
  • What is the last text you sent?
  • Why did your last relationship end?
  • What is your love language?
  • Have you ever had a crush on a friend’s significant other?
  • What are your thoughts on monogamy?
  • Do you want to get married one day?
  • In general, what qualities do you find most attractive in a person, whether on a platonic or romantic level?
  • What is your biggest turn-off?
  • Do you have a best friend, and if so, who is it?
  • Who do you trust the most in your life?
  • To spice things up, who do you trust the least in your life?
  • Who in this room do you consider yourself to be the closest to?
  • How would you describe your relationship with your parents?
  • Are there any extended relatives that you are particularly fond of?
  • Have you ever considered getting back together with a former partner?
  • What sibling are you closest to, if you have any?
  • What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told your parents?
  • Is there someone that you think of as the first person to contact when you have good news?
  • Have you ever cheated on someone?
  • Have you ever been cheated on?
  • Have you ever been stood up on a date?
  • What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done at school?
  • When did you have your best kiss?
  • When did you have your worst kiss?
  • What is the moment you consider to be the one where you got in the most trouble?
  • Have you ever felt betrayed by someone in this room?
  • Who in this room do you wish you were closer to?
  • Have you ever given someone a second chance?
  • Is there someone that you think of as the first person to contact when you have bad news?
  • If you could trade lives with anyone in this room, who would it be?
  • If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
  • Who was your first celebrity crush?
  • Who is your biggest role model?
  • How would you describe yourself in three words?
  • What is one conspiracy theory that you actually believe?

Other Truth Questions

  • What is the most scandalous photo you have ever taken?
  • Do you still sleep with a stuffed animal?
  • Can you recall any childhood memory that you particularly fond of?
  • What is your idea for a dream vacation?
  • Have you ever cheated on a test?
  • Have you ever cheated while playing a sport or board game?
  • Have you ever cheated while playing a video game?
  • Who in this room would you bring with you on a deserted island?
  • Has anyone ever spread a rumor about you?
  • What is the best advice you ever received?
  • What would you get a tattoo of if you could get one right now?
  • What is the most inappropriate time you’ve laughed?
  • Do you believe yourself to have any particular talents?
  • On the other hand, what is the worst advice you ever received?
  • What is the last thing you Googled?
  • Where do you see yourself in a decade?
  • What is the most inappropriate thing you’ve ever laughed at?
  • Have you ever stood up for someone in a heated argument?
  • What’s the grossest thing you’ve ever done?
  • What’s the strangest dream you’ve ever had?
  • What is something you regret lying about?
  • How would you describe your sense of style on a scale from one to ten?
  • What social media platform do you spend the most time on?
  • Have you ever sneaked out of your house as a kid?
  • If you could have any career in the world, what would it be?

Dares

Just as with truths, dares come with their own risks for the challenger. It may be hilarious to watch as a player performs an embarrassing, or gross act, but be warned. The proverb “What goes around comes around” is seldom more fitting than in a game of truth or dare.

Inventive Dares

  • Remove your socks with your teeth.
  • Go next door with a measuring cup and ask for a cup of sugar.
  • Let the group choose an item for you to brush your teeth with.
  • Write your name on the floor with your tongue.
  • Stick a Hot Cheeto in your nose, and leave it there for five minutes.
  • Open your front door and howl like a wolf for 30 seconds.
  • Let the person to your right put duct tape on any part of your body they choose and rip it off.
  • Put a bunch of honey on your nose and coat it with flour.
  • Take a shot of pickle juice.
  • Talk to a pillow like it’s your crush.
  • Pretend you’re a bird and eat cereal off the floor using only your mouth.
  • Make out with your hand.
  • Let someone else style your hair and keep it that way for the rest of the day.
  • Use a brush like you’re talking into a microphone each time you speak.

Weird Dares

  • Pick your friend’s nose.
  • Create a fake social media account.
  • Make repulsive sounds while eating and drinking.
  • Cross your eyes when talking.
  • Talk without closing your mouth.
  • Act like an animal of the group’s choosing.
  • Get into a debate with a wall.
  • Squirt your face with a squirt gun continuously while talking.
  • See how many grapes you can stuff in your mouth.
  • Read a sentence of your choosing and hiccup in between each word.
  • Sing the alphabet backward.

Disgusting Dares

  • Draw on your face with permanent marker.
  • Dip your sock-covered feet in the toilet, and don’t dry them off for the rest of the game.
  • Eat a spoonful of mustard.
  • Lift up the couch cushions, and if there is anything under them, you need to put it in your mouth for 10 seconds.
  • Bite into a raw onion
  • Spin around 10 times and try to walk straight.
  • Eat a raw egg.
  • Let the group choose three random things from the refrigerator and mix them together. Then you have to eat the mixture.
  • Stand up and do jumping jacks until your next turn.
  • Rub your armpits and then smell your fingers.
  • Dig through the trash and name everything you find.

Funny Dares

  • Go on Facebook Live and read the back of a shampoo bottle.
  • Call a corner store and ask if they’re open.
  • Stand in the backyard and yell at the top of your lungs, “Nooooo! I was adopted!”
  • Go outside in the driveway and do the disco without music.
  • Call a car part store and tell them that you need a part for your Model T.
  • Take a selfie with the toilet and post it online.
  • Sniff everyone’s feet and rank them in order of freshest to stinkiest.
  • Call a New York-style pizza place and ask them what the difference is between New York pizza and “real” pizza.
  • Open your front door and loudly sing “Hallelujah!”
  • Go outside and pretend you’re cutting the grass with an invisible mower.
  • Call a pizza place and ask if they use cruelty-free wheat in their dough.

Embarrassing Dares

  • Call your mom and tell her you can’t find a girlfriend (or, a boyfriend) in a panicked voice.
  • Wear your underwear over your pants for the rest of the game.
  • Send a Snapchat of you pretending to cry because you just found out you were adopted.
  • Sniff the armpit of the person next to you, and describe what it smells like to the entire group.
  • Go outside and try to summon the rain.
  • Sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” in a British accent.
  • Take a picture of a tampon and post it on Instagram.
  • Call a random number, and when someone picks up, immediately start singing the national anthem.
  • Call Target and ask if they deliver popcorn.
  • Call McDonald’s and ask if they sell Whoppers.
  • Call a pizza shop and ask if you can return a pizza.
  • Eat a spoonful of mayonnaise
  • Call a car dealership and ask if they have any horse buggies in stock.
  • Change your relationship status on Facebook to “it’s complicated.”
  • Call Macy’s and tell them you’re interested in buying them.
  • Sing instead of speak for the next two rounds of the game.
  • Call a random number and sing “Happy Birthday.”
  • Call a Chinese restaurant and ask if they have sushi.
  • Dance for one minute with no music
  • Read your last text out loud
  • Show the room your Google search history
  • Knock on the neighbor’s door and ask for an egg
  • Let someone in the room text your parents or any other loved one

More Physical Dares

  • Do 10 push-ups
  • Drink a glass of water without using your hands
  • Pretend to be the person closest to your left
  • Pretend to be the person closest to your right
  • Use one word to describe every person in the room
  • Draw a picture of the closest person on your left
  • Draw a picture of the closest person to your right
  • Eat ketchup straight from the bottle
  • Imitate a celebrity until the group guesses correctly
  • Dump a glass of water over your head
  • Let someone in the room style your hair whatever way they want
  • Say the alphabet backward
  • Sniff the feet of person to your right
  • Stand on one foot until your next turn
  • Eat a snack of your choice without using your hands
  • Wear a blindfold for the remainder of the game
  • Do your best runway model walk
  • Drink a cup of pickle juice
  • Spin around quickly five times, then try to walk in a straight line
  • Stay frozen in place until your next turn
  • Name a famous celebrity that looks like each player
  • Try to lick your elbow
  • Put ice in your socks and keep it there until your next turn
  • Do an impression of someone in the room
  • Trade an item of clothing with someone
  • Let the person on your left draw on your face with pen
  • Take a sip of hot sauce straight from the bottle
  • Do 10 squats
  • Read the last text your ex sent you

Other Miscellaneous Dares

  • Go outside and sing “Let It Go” from Frozen as loud as you can
  • Talk with a British accent for the next two rounds
  • Brush your teeth with peanut butter and take a picture
  • Mix three liquids together and drink the concoction
  • Share the juiciest piece of gossip you know
  • Call the eighth contact in your phone and try to hold a 30-second conversation
  • Do jumping jacks for three minutes
  • Sing a song of the group’s choosing
  • Yell out the first word that comes to your mind
  • Break an egg over your head
  • Try to perform a magic trick
  • Get in the shower with all of your clothes on
  • Give someone your phone and let them text any of your contacts
  • Spin an imaginary hula hoop around your waist for the next three rounds
  • Post an embarrassing selfie to your Instagram Story
  • Make up a song about a person in the room
  • Try to lick your foot
  • Show the group what’s inside your purse, bag, or backpack
  • Eat a spoonful of the spiciest item in the kitchen
  • Text your crush and ask them out on a date
  • Perform a ballet routine for one minute
  • Try to talk without opening your mouth
  • Have a staring contest with the person to your right
  • Let the group DM someone on a social media platform of your choice from your account

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