Deepfakes -- the art and science of deceptive video editing -- is all over the news, and for good reason. The world's biggest entities, such as Facebook, are starting to call them not just a cute trend but an actual threat to America. Here are 26 deep fakes that make that point beautifully. Some are uncanny. Some are hilarious. But they're all worth paying attention to... if you can figure out who is who.
This video from deepfake video maker DrFakenstein takes your favorite goth girl, Wednesday Adams, and replaces her face and voice with that of popular sitcom Parks and Rec's Ron Swanson.
DrFakenstein credits AI audio studio Stable Voices for Swanson's delivery of Adams' monotone and morose dialogue.
Michael J. Fox played the iconic Marty McFly in the 1985 comedy Back to the Future. But what if the know-it-all teen was played by one of today's heartthrobs? Say... Tom Holland?
This deepfake video brought Tom Holland back to the future using DeepFaceLab and Hitfilm Express 13 softwares.
YouTube channel Ctrl Shift Face morphed ace attorney Saul Goodman's face into Donald Trump's, so you could have a mind-bending experience watching this scene about money laundering from Breaking Bad.
This freaky deepfake video of Bill Hader's face morphing into the people he's mimicking has more than six million views.
Ctrl Shift Face credits DeepFaceLab software for creating the almost seamless transitions between faces.
"I'm equal parts impressed and equal parts terrified of this technology..." commented one YouTube viewer.
If you've ever wondered what Dirty Harry would be like if Arnold Schwarzenegger were the star, here's your chance.
This iFake video put Schwarzenegger's face on Clint Eastwood's body. The creators credit impressionist Joe Gaudet for the excellent Governator voice over.
If you were a die-hard Game of Thrones fan who was disappointed by the series ending, this video is for you.
This Game of Thrones deepfake makes Jon Snow apologize for season 8. YouTube channel Eating Things With Famous People created this hilarious video. Snow admits, "When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you f***** up."
If you thought this classic Christmas movie could be improved by adding Sylvester Stallone, congratulations! The folks at YouTube channel Ctrl Shift Face created this terrifying deepfake video exactly for someone like you.
Yo, Adrian! Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.
The first few seconds of this Buzzfeed-released viral video of Barack Obama fooled a lot of people. But if you watched long enough, you learned a valuable lesson from one of Hollywood's creepiest filmmakers.
Peele and Buzzfeed created this video to bring attention to the growing problem of fake-news videos. This deepfake was made with Adobe After Effects video software and an AI program called FakeApp.
Quite a few deepfakes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the rounds in 2019. They fooled a lot of people, including President Donald Trump. Although most of Pelosi videos have been taken down, a few can still be found online.
CBS News reports that the Worldwide Threat Assessment said "Adversaries and strategic competitors would likely attempt to use deepfakes to influence campaigns in the U.S. but they could also be used for other nefarious reasons."
Actor and impressionist Jim Meskimen filmed himself doing various impressions and transformed his face to match with the help of fellow YouTuber SHAM00K.
His impressions included such greats as Colin Firth, Bryan Cranston, Robert De Niro and more.
"Much of the credit here goes to Sham00k, who initially approached me (from England) and suggested a collaboration. He is the mastermind behind the mind-blowing, face-morphing effect here," Meskimen wrote in a comment on his video.
The YouTube channel TheFakening created probably the weirdest deepfake ever when it superimposed Elon Musk's face onto the babies of a viral YouTube video called "Cutest Baby Montage Ever."
This roundtable, facilitated by the website Collider, includes all your favorite actors. But guess what: It's actually fake.
Celebrity impersonators provided the bodies and the voices while video technology provided the faces.
Doesn't that look just like Tom Cruise? Well, it's not!
Collider also wants you to envision what bad boy billionaire superhero Tony Stark would be like if he were portrayed by Tom Cruise.
In this deepfake, video technology and a clever voice-over take Cruise from Rain Man to Iron Man.
This deepfake video from video-slash-marketing shop Corridor Digital went viral because quite a few YouTube viewers believed it was real.
But spoiler alert: It's totally fake (and totally awesome). On the video's YouTube page, Corridor wrote, "This video was created using Deepfake technology. If the double-360-neck-snap didn't give it away: THIS ENTIRE PIECE WAS STAGED."
An AI George Lucas introduces this Collider-made deepfake of Leonardo DiCaprio as Anakin Skywalker in various Star Wars films.
"The fact that you can add someone's face like that is just insane!" wrote a YouTube commenter.
Advertising company Canny made this deepfake of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg by using CannyAI's video dialogue replacement (VDR) technology. It went viral and made headlines for how many people it duped.
Did you know that Will Smith was originally offered the role of Neo in The Matrix but turned it down? Thanks to a deepfake video by YouTuber Shamook, you don't have to wonder what it would've been like.
Will Smith's face is superimposed onto Keanu Reeves' body in this deepfake video.
Mia Sorvino portrayed Marilyn Monroe in the 1996 TV movie Norma Jean & Marilyn.
The YouTube account DeepHomage superimposed Monroe's face on Sorvino's body to make the made-for-TV film more true-to-life.
Cage was almost cast as Superman in the '90. Here you can see him as the superhero's love interest, Lois Lane. "That is convincingly realistic," wrote a reviewer.
Poor Oprah. DrFakenstein crafted this masterpiece with Mike Tyson's face on Oprah's body.
Oprah/Mike Tyson's guest in the video is none other than her BFF, Gayle King, with the superimposed face of rapper Snoop Dogg. You get a deepfake! And you get a deepfake!
Maybe you've never noticed how much Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon look alike, but bunches of YouTubers are pointing to this deepfake as proof.
MIT Technology Review Editor-in-Chief Gideon Lichfield interviewed a deepfake "Vladimir Putin" on stage at MIT's EmTech conference to show how the technology can be used in real time.
What would The Room be like starring Brad Pitt? Ctrl Shift Face answered that question for us with this deepfake video.
But does Pitt's face superimposed over star and director Tommy Wiseau's make it more watchable?
The folks behind the YouTube channel TheFakeReport recast The Shining with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
How strange is it to hear Shelley Duvall's voice coming out of Angelina Jolie's mouth?
Designer Ben Marriott reimagined Willem Dafoe as Rick Sanchez from the cartoon series Rick and Morty, using the animation software Maya.
In the original clip, Willem Dafoe plays the Green Goblin from 2002's Spider-Man movie. In the deepfake, he's taken on Sanchez's hair, eyebrows, eyes and signature drool.
You may recognize this criminal duo from the Austin Powers series.