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Sonic Says refers to a series of exploitable photoshopped images from the video game Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. In the meme, the original text from the video games are replaced with a humorous and absurd "tip."
On February 23rd, 2010, Sega released the video game Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing for the X-Box 360, Playstation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS and PC] The game's loading page features an image of Sonic the Hedgehog offering tips and tricks for the game (video below). Each hint is headed by the phrase "Sonic Says," which comes from a segment from the _ Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog_ animated television series.
The earliest known example of the image used in a meme occurred on May 31st, 2016, according to Me.me. That day, an Instagram  user posted the "Sonic Says" image with the text "Suffering has no end."
Several months later, on January 4th, 2017, Instagram user @dj_tds.7z posted a variation with the text "If you ain't suckin my dick shorty get out my face." The post (shown below) received more than 800 likes in nine months.
On August 5th, 2017, Redditor  audio45 posted the image with the text "Sonic Says: If your profile picture is from an anime, your opinion doesn't count." The post (shown below, left) received more than 8,400 points (96% upvotes) and 90 comments in under two months.
Less than a month later, Tumblr  user hvmanfilth posted a variation with the saying "If you kiss a girl it's gay because you kiss all the guys she kissed but if you kiss a guy it ain't gay because you're kissing all the girls he kissed." The post (shown below) received more than 28,000 notes in less than a month.
On September 27th, Redditor Don-Brix posted the meme in the /r/MemeEconomy subreddit, garnering more than 400 points (90% upvoted) in 24 hours.
 Wikia – Sonic Says
 Wiki – Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
 Instagram – @hellmo666's Post
 Reddit – 🅱️onic 🅱️ays
 Tumblr – scotchtapeofficial's Post
 Me.me – Suffering has no end
 Instagram – @dj_tds.7z's Post
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