By Natalie Abrams
Updated May 23, 2016 at 10:47 PM EDT
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The Army of the 12 Monkeys have come to life in the real world.

No, a plague is not about to ravage most of humanity — as far as we know — but fans of Syfy’s cult hit series 12 Monkeys have taken to the streets to share their love for the show by, well, breaking the law.

The symbol of the Army of the 12 Monkeys, the nefarious group behind the plague that kills billions and sends weary time traveler James Cole (Aaron Stanford) back in time to prevent it, have mysteriously started popping up around Hollywood and Universal City over the last few weeks.

EW has confirmed that no one from the show or with Syfy is involved in the symbol being tagged around town. But who’s actually behind it remains a mystery. Motivated fans hoping for a third season pick-up, perhaps?

“I think what I find most concerning is how many of my friends, family and co-workers just assumed it was me!” executive producer Terry Matalas tells EW. “While we are incredibly flattered by the outpouring of creative enthusiasm from our fans, vandalism is probably not the most appropriate medium for supporting the show. We encourage 12 Monkeys fans to enjoy the show in a safe and lawful manner. But really, really cool stencil.”

Still, the movement could help in the ratings. It’s unclear if there’s a direct correlation, but Live +3 in the 18–49 demo saw a 5 percent lift from episode 204 to 205.

12 Monkeys airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.

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Syfy takes on the original time-traveling film in a weekly series format.
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