Canon, Fanon, Your Design

Canon, Fanon, Your Design

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Canon, Fanon, Your Design is a fan art trend where artists draw a character from a select fandom in their canon style, fanon (fan canon) style and in their own design. The trend was popularized on Twitter in late March 2023 after a user shared a template for the trend, inspiring numerous examples over the following weeks.


On March 23rd, 2023, Twitter[1] user @SunnyDionysus posted a blank template with three side-by-side rectangles, labeled left to right, "canon," "fanon" and "your design," writing, "New art trend! Take your fave character and run :D" garnering over 8,300 likes and 2,400 retweets in a month (shown below). Artists are meant to draw the canon design for a select character from a fandom in the left-most box, the fanon, meaning "fan canon"[2] design in the middle and their own design in the right-most box.

Sunny D BEST INU @SunnyDionysus New art trend! Take your fave character and run :D CANON 3:37 PM - Mar 23, 2023 2.4M Views . FANON YOUR DESIGN ...


The posted inspired numerous artists to post their fan art using the template on sites including Twitter, DeviantArt and Tumblr. For example, on March 26th, 2023, DeviantArt[3] user kyo09222 posted a Five Nights at Freddy's version of the meme that gained over 100 favorites in a month (shown below, left). On March 31st, Twitter[4] user @RayePickle posted a version referencing Animaniacs, garnering over 5,000 likes in just over three weeks (shown below, right).

CANON Just the illustration FANON The face of the Glambons Design belongs Snartles YOUR DESIGN Self-proclaimed "OG Bad Boy" canon no neck HE HAS A NECK!! Ö small and round fanon (?) my style SIKE! no more shoulders taller and sharper (also furier) small and round again, lol

The trend continued into April. On April 19th, Twitter[5] user @justsomeegg posted a version of the trend referencing Genshin Impact character Aether, garnering over 480 likes in five days. On April 23rd, Tumblr[6] user modharvest posted a version about Princess Peach (shown below).

CANON ModHarvest FANON *disclaimer - These are NOT bad interpretations, simply fanon ones ive seen straight up tyrannt horns abo bimbo in love bowser W YOUR DESIGN ModHarvest



Various Examples

CANON 24 FANON BEATWAVE ZANDER R YOUR DESIGN BEAT WAVEZ CANON FANON 124 Q YOUR DESIGN CANON I have appearance! FANON (how i drew him when i was 11) 9999 e tehe! YOUR DESIGN glasses mode! normal, ஆடடு by Mada CANON FANON B YOUR DESIGN CANON n sss. FANON U v YOUR DESIGN

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External References

[1] Twitter – SunnyDionysus

[2] Wiktionary – definition of fanon

[3] DeviantArt – kyo09222

[4] Twitter – RayePickle

[5] Twitter – justsomeegg

[6] Tumblr – modharvest

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