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Sanic, a deliberate misspelling of “Sonic”, refers to a series of fan artworks and game modifications featuring a poorly illustrated version of the video game character Sonic the Hedgehog. Sanic is commonly associated with another poorly-drawn illustration of Sonic titled “Gotta Go Fast”.
On March 31st, 2010, YouTuber 0nyxheart uploaded a video titled “How 2 Draw Sanic Hegehog”, containing footage of a Sonic the Hedgehog illustration being drawn in MS Paint accompanied by a distorted version of the music from the “Green Hill Zone” Sonic the Hedgehog level. The original upload of the video has since been removed, but has been reuploaded by many fans.
Ever since he took down the video, people have used the new YouTube system to fake themselves as his username and pretend to be him. However, anyone who has the username 0nyxheart and claims to be him to this date is fake and seeking attention.
On November 2nd, 2011, YouTuber Utentagen uploaded an animated music video featuring Sanic and “Gotta Go Fast” illustrations (shown below, left), claiming that it is a leaked E3 trailer for the then-upcoming title Sonic Generations. On March 15th, 2012, YouTuber MixMastaCopyCat uploaded a video titled “Let’s Play Sanic The Game”, which contained footage of a man playing a Sanic 3D video game while yelling maniacally (shown below, right). Within two years, the video garnered upwards of 570,000 views and 2,900 comments.
On May 27th, 2013, FunnyJunk user weniscake submitted an edited version of the Running Dad comic in a post titled “Sanic da hoogheheg,” in which a father with blue hair jumps out a window and runs down a trail (shown below). In the first years, the post gained over 26,500 views and 500 upvotes.
On July 30th, YouTuber Vinesauce posted a video titled “The Legend of Sanic: Ocarina of Fast”, featuring gameplay of a Sanic game mod for the the Nintendo 64 game The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time with Vinny’s commentary. In the following eight months, the video accumulated more than 570,000 views and 1,400 comments.
Six months later, Vinesauce posted another video titled “I Found Sanic In Rust” with footage of a player trying to act like Sanic Hegehog on a server of the Indie survival game, Rust. In only two months, the video has gained over 150,000 views and 450 comments.
On August 16th, 2013, YouTuber xman263 posted a video titled “SANIC SEE DEE” parodying the box art of SEGA’s game Sonic CD for the Sega CD. In the video, a heavily distorted version of “Palmtree Panic: Present” plays. The video gained over 9,000 views and 60 comments before it was removed after xman263’s account was terminated. Since then, the video has been reuploaded: