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Sanic, an intentional 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 used the new Youtube system to fake themselves as his username and act to be him. However, anyone who has the username 0nyxheart and claims to be him to this date is fake and seeking attention. Including the editor to this page of the same name.
On November 2nd, 2011, YouTuber Utentagen uploaded an animation 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 up votes.
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.
6 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 2 months, the video has gained over 150,000 views and 450 comments.
On Augest 16th, 2013, YouTuber xman263 posted a video titled “SANIC SEE DEE” Paroding the box art of Sega’s game “Sonic CD” For the Sega CD. It plays a heavily distorted version of “Palmtree Panic: Present” in it. The video has gained over 9,000 views and 60 comments.
Steven Universe reference
In the show “Steven Universe”, shown on Cartoon Network, “Lil’ Sanic” was featured in one of the episodes as shown below (Right) along with Pikachu from the “Pokemon” series (Left), and Gitaroo Man (Middle).
As of March 2014, there are more than 3,300 fan art illustrations hosted on DeviantART under the tag “Sanic.”