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Over 9000 Hours in Ms Paint is a catchphrase and snowclone (Over X Hours In Paint) used to highlight, often in exageration, the amount of effort and time put into an artwork, usually a drawing created in Microsoft's basic illustration tool MS Paint. The phrase has since become adopted by online artists as tongue-in-cheek titles for and descriptions of their drawings.
While commenting on the time put into any creation is a recurring habit among people outside of internet, one of the earliest online mentions of anyone genuinely describing the time they took in making a picture using Ms Paint was TRMK forum user Gororules, posting a thread on November 15th 2004 about sprites he made. Then, its first online mention as an hyperbole can be found in a July 2005 thread made on the official Winamp website in which user gaekwad2 commented that the image creation of a desktop by another user "[…] must have takenat (sic) least 500 hours in MS Paint".
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On September 4th 2005, Newgrounds user MidnyteRayne sarcastically replied "5,000,000 hours in MS paint." to a post asking what progams were used to make Canadian tv show ReBoot. As early as 2011, the Lurkmore website began mentioning the usage of the phrasal template "x hours in MS Paint" as being commonplace on 4chan's /b/ (random) board as well as being often mixed with the Over 9000 slang. These common occurances were also reported on TvTropes, naming it "9001 hours in MS Paint" as an example of memetic mutation from 4chan related to the MS Paint software.
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