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Sanders Sides

Vine/Sanders Shorts tropes involving the Dad Guy, the Prince Guy, the Teacher Guy and the Anxiety Guy appear in the Sanders Shorts section as, as noted by Thomas Sanders himself, these characters are independent from the Sanders Sides and are part of a different universe. This includes YouTube special "Dad's Big Game Day Tips", which features the Dad Guy from the Sanders Shorts, and not Morality. On the other hand, the Snapchat and Twitter special video "My Personalities All Had Little Adventures Yesterday" is canonical to "Sanders Sides" due to the title explicitly calling them "Personalities",note  therefore tropes seen in that special can be found here.

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    General 
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"Wow! Is there four people in here or is it just me?"
This folder contains tropes shared by multiple characters in general, including Thomas, the main Sanders Sides and the Dark Sides.note  Tropes present only in single characters and those that, even if they're shared by multiple characters, have a special meaning for one particular character, are in these individual character folders. Tropes that belong to the Dark Sides as a group are not here but in the Dark Sides folder below.

  • Achilles' Heel: Each Side has a weak point that totally breaks him out of character and makes him act like the opposite of what they usually are.
    • Thomas: His Synchronization with the Sides can be both a strong and a weak point, depending on which emotion he gets synchronized with and if it's positive or negative. For instance, if Patton gets too overwhelmed with sadness, he can drag Thomas to the same state of sadness, and neither Patton nor Thomas will be able to do anything about it until Patton himself gets out of that sad state for real. Also, the total absence or inaction of any of the Sides can affect Thomas in the most unexpected ways, radically changing his personality depending on which of the Sides is missing. For instance, if Virgil is missing, Thomas loses his common sense, his survival instinct and his fight or flight reflexes, endangering his life.
    • Deceit: Thomas himself is both his strong and his weak point, as he is the source of Deceit's power to silence the other Sides. If Thomas, consciously or not, wants to, Deceit can silence the other Sides at will, and when Thomas makes up his mind otherwise, Deceit will become powerless and the Sides will be free to speak. Another weak point is that sometimes he can be caught off-guard for some reason, and when that happens, he may stop lying and start saying truths he didn't want to say.
    • Logan: The sight of a jar of Crofter's jam makes Logan break out of character dramatically, or rather, comically, as he drops his serious facade and becomes a living Hurricane of Puns. In this state, he can even sing with a melodious voice when the very few times he sings otherwise, he does it out of tune or sticks with rapping.
    • Patton: Sudden changes in Thomas' life can make him break out of his silliness and feel sad. Losing someone Thomas loves romantically, which is a type of sudden change, can make him act way more seriously and smartly than on average while he's in that sad mood.
    • Roman: The sole thought of the possibility of letting Thomas down makes his ego and his narcissism fall apart and he starts feeling insecure and somehow worthless.
    • Virgil: His weak point is his worrying about Thomas' relationship with his friends. The thought or fact of losing Thomas' loved ones can break his chill demeanor and even cause a panic attack for him.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Each Side is a literal embodiment of one facet of Thomas' personality.
  • Ascended Extra: Logan, Roman and Patton are all based off of characters from Thomas' Vines (Teacher Guy, Dad Guy, and Prince Guy respectively). Averted with Virgil, who didn't appear until the YouTube videos, even though an Anxiety Guy did appear once on Vine after Virgil's debut, and now makes occasional appearances in Thomas' Snapchats and Instagram videos. It should be noted that the Vine/Instagram universe and the Sanders Sides universe, as Thomas Sanders said himself, are independent of each other and don't share canonicity, therefore the Vine characters and their Sanders Sides counterparts are different characters that only share physical appearance and nothing more.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: The first three Sides introduced. Logan is obviously Brains, Roman is Brawn and Patton is Beauty.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Characters tend to do this, especially Thomas, when talking directly to the camera and the viewers, but all of the Sides do it from time to time.
    Logan: Belittlingly? How is treating their time as valuable belittling? [to the viewers] Are you feeling belittled? Comment below if you're feeling belittled.
    Roman: Don't bring them into this! How dare you? [to the viewers] Sorry, everyone, pardon Logan's rude behavior. [smiling, pointing at an icon that appears on the corner] And make sure to ring that bell.
    Logan: Oh, but you can talk to them?
    Roman: Yes, to clear out your bad behavior!
    Logan: My bad behavior? MY bad behavior!?
    Roman: Do you know how our arguments should go, Logan...?
    [Logan and Roman start arguing.]
    Patton: Uhh... [to the viewers] Hey, kids! Daddy and daddy are just having a little discussion, that's all. Just focus on daddy, and everything will be fine, okay, here we go... [starts making gestures to the camera as if playing with a baby]
  • Clothing Reflects Personality: Each of the Sanders Sides reflect exactly who they are:
    • Logic, as he also is Thomas' acquired knowledge, appears with the outfit of a teacher, necktie included, as "serious people wear neckties".
    • Morality, who represents the capacity of Thomas to distinguish from right and wrong that he learned "from (his) own parental unit", is portrayed as an average American family man.
    • Creativity, who also represents his hopes and fantasy dreams, is portrayed as a Disney prince.
    • Anxiety, who represents Thomas' self-deprecating feelings and fears, is portrayed as an emo teenager with dark clothes.
    • Deceit, who represents Thomas' lies, is portrayed with a 19th century outfit that remind of Mr. Hyde.
  • Color Coded Emotions: In season two, each Side was given a specific key color from the rainbow that represents him.
    • Thomas: Though he wears casual clothing, he's represented with the full rainbow in official Sanders Sides posters, and he's explicitly said "I'm full rainbow all the time."
    • Roman: His key color is red, so he wears a natural Prince Outfit in white with a big red sash over the chest.
    • Deceit: His key color is yellow, so he wears bright yellow gloves, a black and dark gray outfit with yellow edges and a capelet that is made of black fabric on the outside and yellow fabric on the inside.
    • Patton: His key color is blue, so wears a light blue polo shirt with a gray cat hoodie wrapped around his shoulders. Previously, he had a gray cardigan on his shoulders.
    • Logan: His key color is indigo, so he wears a black shirt with an indigo necktie. Before the establishment of key colors, his necktie was light blue.
    • Virgil: His key color is purple, so he wears a purple shirt with a black hoodie with purple patches. Before the establishment of key colors, he wore all black and dark gray.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Can sometimes skirt with Literal-Minded. Logan and Patton have moments misinterpreting certain words or phrases.
  • Comical Overreacting: All the Sides and Thomas have done this from time to time, especially over-emotional Patton and over-dramatical Roman.
    • Thomas has an over the top reaction when Patton suggests the possibility of Joan being murdered.
      Patton: What if a known murderer came to your house asking where your friend was, so they could kill them? Would you tell the truth, then?
      Thomas: [Yelling] NO, NOT JOAN, NEVER! JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNN!
      Logan: [chill voice] He seems to like his friends...
    • Logan sometimes overreacts screaming in frustration after Patton delivers one dad joke too many.
      Patton: Awww, what's the matter, Logan, do your socks have holes in them?
      Logan: No, they do not!
      Patton: Then how'd you get your feet in them!
      Logan: [screaming] YEEEEAAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!
    • When Patton gets emotional, he gets emotional.
      Patton: You're so smart. You could solve anything. [crying] Why don't we talk more?
      Logan: Uh-oh! Feelings!
    • Roman is a Drama Queen, literally and figuratively.
      Thomas: I don't think that's fair. You've always been there playing a role.
      Roman: A role? [partially squealing] I'm not some bread roll to wait you over while you wait for your dinner! I am the main course!
      Virgil: [sighs] Oi...
    • In Virgil, this is a rare trope, because he's usually chill on the outside, even if he is a turmoil of edginess on the inside, but Roman has the ability to break his defenses and put him over the edge, not often, but still.
      Roman: (Virgil is) our utterly delightful go-between for the operation of the lights, the sets, the costumes, the props, the actors, the...
      Virgil: [anxious voice, covering his head with his hands] SO MANY THINGS!

      Roman: I've got it! Thomas, you write down all of your thoughts and feelings in an eloquent letter and deliver it to him in a basket full of his favorite things!
      Thomas: Maybe...
      Virgil: [yelling] WHOA, WHOA, WHOA! WHAT!?
    • Deceit usually stays smooth and cool, but he occassionally overreacts when saying a lie, especially when he wants that lie to be obvious, so the sarcasm can burn his opponent. The overreacting, however, is not less comical because of that.
      Deceit: Classy is my middle name. Seriously, it's on my birth certificate, you can look it up for proof.
      Virgil: Yeah, well, maybe... maybe in Opposite Town.
      Deceit: [high pitched, at times screeching, laughter] OH, HA? OH, HA, HA, HA! AAAAAAH, HA, HA, HA! HA, HA, HA, HA, HA! GOOD ONE! HA, HA, HA, HA...
      Virgil: Okay, okay, you're now overselling it.
      Deceit: [sarcastic] Oh, you are hilarious, Virgil. You always have been!
  • The Corruption: A variation happens when Roman, Patton and Logan are stuck in Virgil's room for too long. They develop the same dark smudges under their eyes that Virgil has and start becoming loud and... well, anxious.
  • Costume Evolution: All four of the Sides had their costumes upgraded at the end of "Fitting In (Hogwarts Houses!)", with Virgil and Roman arguably having the largest changes.
    • At the end of the "Moving On" two-parter, Patton trades in his cardigan for a cat hoodie given to him by Logan.
  • Curse Cut Short: All of the Sides and Thomas have done this at one point or another. Virgil in particular does it frequently enough that he manages to avoid getting cut off in "Moving On".
  • Determinator: The Sides will do everything they can to make an impact on Thomas' life, whether it be positive or negative.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Patton is a dad nicknamed Dad, and Roman is a prince nicknamed Princey.
  • Expy: Discussed:
    Roman: Well, there is one thing I think we can all be thankful for, you guys.
    Logan: Oh yeah? What is that?
    Roman: You can't get any more unique than all of us.
    Patton: That's right, Roman!
    [Roman laughs while Patton gives a weird look to the camera, then on a separate confessional Patton talks to the camera]
    Patton: I didn't wanna admit I was a bit confused by that. He's such a big Disney fan, I would've thought he'd see how similar we are to the concept of Inside Out...
    Roman: [off-screen, yelling] WHAT?! Oh my-
    Patton: You think he heard me?
    Roman: MY LIFE IS A LIE!
  • Five-Man Band: Thomas and his mind. Thomas is The Leader. Virgil is his Lancer. He's usually right behind Thomas when trouble starts, and he's sarcastic, cynical, and obnoxious where Thomas is kind-hearted and optimistic. Logan is The Smart Guy, representing the more factual and pragmatic part of Thomas' brain. The Big Guy Roman is loud, daring, and the most eager to jump into action. Patton acts like The Chick, being the nicest, most emotional, and most optimistic of the group.
  • Freudian Trio: The first three Sides introduced. Patton is the Id, Logan is the Superego and Roman is (obviously) the Ego. However, these three characters are a special case, since they all act as a part of Thomas.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: Established in the Q&A, originally in the Avatar: The Last Airbender context, but their personalities match up with the astrology ones as well. Roman is Fire (Large Ham fiery passion), Logan is Earth (rational and has Spock Speak), Patton is Air (The Chick and a literal airhead), and Virgil is Water (deep and mysterious). A fan on tumblr did a particularly profound analysis on the matter.
  • Given Name Reveal: At the end of "Losing My Motivation", Patton says Logan's name, thus revealing that the others have names. Roman and Patton's names were later revealed in "Am I Original?" and "Growing Up", respectively, while Virgil's name was revealed in the second part of "Accepting Anxiety".
  • Hidden Depths: Everyone.
    • Thomas can and does lie, conscious or unconsciously, and despite his usual pureness and avoidance of bad language, he does curse (conveniently bleeped) when suddenly scared or in pain, just like anybody else. The mere existence of the Dark Sides foreshadows more hidden depths to be uncovered soon.
    • Logan can rap and is prone to being just as silly as the other Sides. Also, despite the hundreds of time he's denied to have any kind of emotions, he has shown occasional signs of happiness, anger, guilt, even hurt. Deceit, who seems to know everyone inside out even more than they know themselves, has implied, in his habitual inverted language, that Logan has feelings whether he recognizes it or not.
    • Roman, for all his boasting and self-aggrandizing, can sometimes feel nervous or insecure, and will admit when he makes a major mistake.
    • Patton has a habit of masking his negative feelings with jokes and a cheerful demeanor. He's also much more astute than the others give him credit for. And even though he uses to be nice and friendly with almost everybody, he is capable of hating and rejecting Deceit. He has also shown signs of being as manipulative as Deceit at times to make other Sides side with his views of right and wrong.
    • Virgil is a strong example of a Stepford Snarker, in earlier episodes hiding his desire to befriend the others behind biting remarks and harsh mannerisms. He's grown out of this over time, and everyone is better for it.
    • Deceit, despite his malicious and manipulative methods, seems to have Thomas' best interests in mind like all the other Sides. It is also implied that he likes Scooby-Doo, a series whose main premise is to unmask villains who pretend to be someone else.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Thomas and the Sides become cartoon characters for a minute thanks to Butch Hartman.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: Thomas uses the word "like" in his speech, like, a lot, so it is no surprise that the rest of the Sides, like, use it too.
  • Lead In: Usually how each of the Sanders Sides videos start, with each character aside from Thomas, Virgil and Deceit "rising" in from the bottom of the screen to begin their part in the video.
  • Leitmotif/Establishing Character Music: All the Sides have one that benefits their personality, usually playing when they first emerge or when the camera focuses on them.
  • Memetic Mutation: Thomas and many of the Sides seem to show an appeal to memes.
    Virgil: Can't be a bad video if you never make one.
    Thomas: You're right, I'm an adult. Me Me Big Boy.
    Virgil: Is no one going to acknowledge that he (Logan) just dabbed?
    Deceit: Who's she? Never heard of her!
  • Meaningful Name: They each have a given name derived from the aspect they represent, as discussed in this behind-the-scenes Q&A.
    • Logan's name is based off of logic, obviously, but more specifically logos, one of Aristotle's ingredients for persuasion. That leads to...
    • Patton's name comes from pathos, the appeal to emotion. It also ties in with paternal, as he's the fatherly character.
    • Roman's name comes because he is a romantic in that he loves love, but is also a Romantic like the literary movement, which involves fantasy, imagination, and spontaneity, and has tales of knights and princes as one of its main topics.
    • Virgil's name is derived from "vigil" or "vigilant", and also named for the guide through the underworld in Dante's Inferno.
  • Medium Awareness: All the Sides and especially Thomas are conscious all the time that they're on a YouTube video.
    Thomas: I'm still hungry!
    Roman: Stop him! Stop him!
    [Thomas goes to the kitchen and starts looking for something to eat]
    Logan: Thomas, we can't afford these detours anymore!
    Thomas: I found some granola!
    Roman: [Sighs] We're trying to do a vid here, buddy!
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: All of the Sides were only known by their nicknames at the start of the series; however, this trope has completely been averted by the end of season one, except for the Dark Sides like Deceit and the rest to come in the future.
  • People Puppets: Thomas is this for Roman and Logan. Roman controls Thomas' left arm and leg, while Logan controls Thomas' right arm and leg.note 
  • Puppet Permutation: The Sides, at Patton's suggestion, using their shape-shifting power, transform into puppets to help Thomas work out an issue.
    • Patton transforms into a paper-bag puppet, because he wanted to do something "simple and fun".
    • Roman transforms into a detailed, extra-chinned puppet that reminds of The Muppets or Sesame Street.
    • Virgil transforms into a sock puppet that reminds a bit of Coraline, as Roman points out.
    • Logan initially rejects the idea of transforming into a puppet and refuses to do so, but in the end, when he's convinced by the others that it can be an effective and useful way of working out issues, he transforms into a metallic robot-like puppet with bulbs as eyes and hooks as hands.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Patton (cheerful, enthusiastic, friendly, emotional) vs. Logan (intellectual, pompous, irate, pragmatic)
    • Roman (creative, hammy, adventurous, daring) vs. Virgil (sarcastic, cynical, antisocial, cautious)
    • Roman and Patton are the Red Oni's, and Logan and Virgil are the Blue Oni's. Who also make up the right brain and the left brain, respectively.
  • Rubber Men: The Sides have the ability to stretch their limbs as if they were made of rubber. This unsettles Thomas every time he sees it, sometimes making him scream out of horror, and other times getting him sick up to the verge of vomiting.
    • Roman was the first one to show this ability in "Why Do We Get Out of Bed in the Morning?". He stretches his elbow beyond human capacities up to reaching Logan in the other edge of the living room, scaring the heck out of Logan (apparently unaware at this point he had the same ability too) and Thomas, who screams upon seeing it. This happens off-screen though, and only the edge of the elbow is seen on Logan's chest.note 
    • The second time, both Patton and Virgil use this ability several times to give each other a high five, and Thomas almost throws up upon seeing it. Logan didn't use this ability until he got in the shape of a robot puppet, resulting in a more pleasant visual for Thomas.
    • Deceit takes this ability to the extreme, as he can summon extra limbs when stretching them.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Thomas, Roman and especially Patton have shown an intense fear against spiders in different instances.
    • In the first episode, Thomas talks about his biggest fears and Patton immediately mentions "Spiders!", with an unsettled reaction by Thomas.
    • In "Losing My Motivation", Logan makes Roman jump scared and run away when he says he's seen a spider behind him.
    • In the second part of "Accepting Anxiety", Patton's afraid of a curtain that appears to have spiders on it, even after being told (repeatedly) that they are not real.
    • In "Fitting In (Hogwarts Houses!)", Patton goes on a hilariously serious and solemn rant about Aragog, the giant spider from Harry Potter.
    • And then in "Embarrassing Phases: The Nightmare Instead of Christmas," Patton works himself into a fit of terror at the thought of Spider-Man, with the tipping point being his acknowledgement of the spider logo on his suit.
    • Inverted with Virgil, who decorates his room with spider imagery and actual cobwebs spun by a pet spider.
  • True Companions: The may have their arguments every once in a while, but if there's something to know about them, it is that they'll always have each other whenever they need each other and that there's no closer bond than the one they all share. It's like they're all one person. In fact, they literally are, and no other bond can equal that.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They really do care about each other, and especially Thomas. But you'd never guess that from all the time they spend arguing and fighting with each other. Virgil, in particular, seems to enjoy stirring up conflict, but by the Christmas Episode for 2017, the other Sides acknowledge him as their best friend.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Sides have the power of changing their form at will. Not only they can change into another human likeness, but they can even change into any non human form. The first time they did it, their clothes remained the same, but in later instances of using this power, it was seen that they can change clothes too if they want to.
    • In "Making Some Changes", they transform into Thomas' friends, Joan, Terrence, Valerie and Talyn. Hilarity Ensues as they then switch back and forth between them throughout the rest of the video. Virgil especially has a rough time, as he is transformed by Thomas and the other Sides against his will again and again.
      Logan: It was almost as if this whole video was an excuse to show us portrayed by your friends.
    • In "Learning New Things About Ourselves," the Sides shapeshift into puppets in order to provide a Sesame Street-like introspective environment for Thomas.

    Thomas 
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"It's a little weird to be talking to myself so much..."
My personality is very weird, I'm sorry about that...
Thomas is a young man who has the ability to project all the aspects of his personality into several people he calls the Sanders Sides.note 
First appearance: "My True Identity", October 19, 2016

  • An Aesop: Thomas always ends each episode with a monologue that summarizes the main topic of the episode and gives advice to viewers about how to improve themselves in relation to the topic.
  • Author Avatar: Thomas as a character is an avatar of the real life Thomas Sanders, even sharing name, but the real life Thomas Sanders always talks about Thomas in third person, making clear they're two independent entities.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Under the influence of Patton, until Logan and Roman managed to rein him in, Thomas used to eat all kinds of bizarre mixtures of things, like ramen noodles, chocolate syrup, M&M's, marshmallows, sprinkles... among other stuff, all mixed together in a single bowl... And against all common sense, he found it delicious!
  • Distracted by the Sexy: He's sometimes sidetracked by cute guys... including when he was supposed go to a performance Joan was giving. Oops.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He's not a fan of carrots, at all.
    Roman: No sweets or guilty pleasures! Only broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots...
    Thomas: [concerned] Ca... uh... carrots!?
    Roman: [Firmly] Yes, carrots!
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: Thomas is prone to have panic attacks when in extreme situations.
    • When Deceit tells him that he's been Patton all along and that Thomas has no morality, despite the other Sides try to tell Thomas that Deceit is lying, Thomas starts whining, looking in all directions, not knowing what to do.
    • He has the same kind of response when his ex-boyfriend calls him back on the phone. At first, he doesn't know what to do, then he blasts the phone to the ground, yelling, and admits he panicked.
  • Fully-Clothed Nudity: When under the effects of Virgil being gone, he takes his pants off and happily waves them in his hand, making Roman and the others react with shock and covering their eyes, and Patton scolding him to put them back "right now". This brief moment of "nudity" is off-screen all the time, though.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: In short, Thomas simply adores dogs.
  • Imaginary Friend: The Sanders Sides would be this for Thomas.
  • The Leader: Thomas acts like the leader of the team in many of the debates, moderating some conversations, cutting off fights between Sides when they appear and reining them in if they get out of control. Furthermore, Thomas is able to command the Sides to do or say something and the Sides note  must obey, whether they like it or not, although Thomas will rarely use this ability. Subverted sometimes, when for some reason the roles are switched and one, some or all of the Sides get in charge while Thomas follows them.
    Virgil: You're the boss, Thomas. Any information you want to know, you can know.
  • Lead You Can Relate To: Thomas is portrayed as an average human being with his own personal and existential issues to which the audience are meant to relate to.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Even though Thomas has the power to make the Sides do or say whatever he wants them to, there are limitations to this ability, in the sense that if Thomas asks the Sides to do something that goes against their own nature or capacity, the Sides will not do it. For instance, Logan cannot tell Thomas that he did a good audition as Thomas asked him to do, if objectively and rationally Thomas failed, and Thomas cannot command Virgil to leave him if Thomas is anxious, as Virgil cannot leave, even if he wanted to, until Thomas gets honestly relaxed.
    Thomas: I was hoping that you'd tell me that I did good, objectively!
    Logan: Yikes! Unfortunately, I cannot do that, Thomas.

    Virgil: That's when you start wondering why you do feel all relaxed. You don't usually feel this way, so what are you doing different? [threatening voice] What are you doing wrong? What are you forgetting to do?
    Thomas: [anxious] Okay, stop it, stop it!
    Virgil: Sorry, kid, but this is what I do.
    • Subverted in that if Thomas wants something to be true or not true badly enough, the Sides will be physically unable to tell him otherwise due to Deceit's influence.
  • Medium Awareness: Thomas starts and ends each episode talking directly to the viewers, even though when he starts his conversations with the Sides, he seems to forget this until the end.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: Thomas is really afraid to confess to Joan that the reason he forgot to attend a show they were doing was because he was dating a cute guy he had just known, and he fears he's going to lose Joan's friendship because of this. In the end, when Thomas finally tells Joan the truth, it turns out that Joan doesn't mind at all and everything is okay.
  • Morality Pet: Along with Patton, he serves as this to Roman, Logan, and even Virgil. They can all be jerks in their own ways, but everything they do is for the sake of Thomas' wellbeing.
  • Mr. Imagination: While for himself and for the viewers, he sustains long conversations with the Sanders Sides, for other viewers watching him in-universe, he's just talking to himself.
    Joan: I just hope you didn't do that thing that you do sometimes, where you freak out and stand in the middle of your living room and talk to yourself for twenty minutes.
  • Nerd: Though not showing the classic image of a nerd, he certainly is one, and even the hugest nerd of the team, Logan, has noticed this.
    Logan: That's the problem with pursuing "riches", it can be defined in almost any way.
    Thomas: Totally, I mean, in The Witcher 3, if you wish for Master Mirror to make you rich, he only gives you like five thousand crowns! Like, that's rich, Master Mirror? It costs, like, two thousand crowns to get a decent piece of armor!
    Logan: I never thought I would be able to say this without seeming like a big hypocrite... but you are a huge nerd.
    [Roman nods in agreement with a slightly embarrassed face.]
  • Nice Guy: He always tries to be kind and supportive of everyone, but especially of his friends, and gets filled with anxiety when he thinks he might have let Joan down.
  • Proud to Be a Geek: And this was made clear already in the first scene from episode one, where he appears sleepy, surrounded by toys and dolls of many things he loves, like a teddy bear wearing a Steven Universe shirt, a pizza stuffed doll and a Stitch stuffed doll.
  • Synchronization: Whatever affects Thomas, affects the rest of the Sides, and whatever affects any of the Sides has some sort of effect on Thomas too. This is logical, since the Sides are in Thomas' mind, or rather, they literally are Thomas' mind.
    Thomas: I've become... sentimental.[...]
    Patton: [to Logan, emotional] With you I'm always home!
    Logan: [to Patton] You need to chill out!
    Thomas: [to himself] I do need to chill out!
  • Token Human: He is surrounded by people with powers like shapeshifting, making things appear or disappear, teleportation... and he is the only one that lacks any of these special abilities and requires the others' help in this matter. Sure, everything is in Thomas' mind, and in a way he's the source of all of these powers, but still.
    Thomas: Dang! Look at all you guys, looking all festive for the holidays! All right. My turn. Where's my sweater? Come on, sweater time. Sweater me up!
    [Roman cringes and makes a weird noise]
    Patton: [cringing] Oh, boy.
    Roman: Yeah, we can't conjure a sweater for you.
    Thomas: [disappointed] Oh...
    Patton: Well, this is awkward...
    Roman: We're imaginary... You're not...
    Patton: I feel bad now.
    Thomas: [Trying to mask his disappointment] No, it's just fine. It's fine. Let's just move on.
    • As of "Embarrassing Phases: The Nightmare Instead of Christmas," he at least seems to have mastered the art of insta-changing his clothes.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Zigzagged. Not counting the aloofness he has when Virgil is missing, sometimes he starts acting a little bit goofily compared with other episodes, as if being slightly less smart than before. This only happens at certain moments with comedy purposes, though. For example, he is easily the silliest character in "My Negative Thinking" and "Why Do We Get Out of Bed in the Morning?". However, there are episodes where he is The Only Sane Man, such as "Losing My Motivation", "Accepting Anxiety: Part 2", (where every Side except Virgil is slowly succumbing to the effects of his room) and "Moving On: Part 2".
    Roman: That effort should go towards reaching some sort of peak.
    Thomas: Some sort of beak?
    Roman: What? No!
    Thomas: Oh, like climbing a tall tree all the way up to a bird's nest, birds have beaks, and from there, I will be able to take flight!
    Roman: You know what? Sure! You took the long way around, but you got there. [...]
    Logan: ...and as far as "reaching your peak" is concerned...
    Thomas: Uh... it's... it's beak.
    Logan: Whatever...
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Some stories Thomas goes through are inspired by true events in Thomas Sanders' real life, while others are in whole or in part fictitious.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Subverted. Thomas would like to believe this is the case, but he's only human, and is just as capable of being dishonest as anyone else.
    Thomas: Why didn't I know about him (Deceit) until now?
    Virgil: He had you convinced you are an honest person.
    Thomas: But... I'm an honest person!
    Deceit: [dangerously sweet voice] Oh, you are, Thomas. You are a good person. Everybody says so.
    Logan: Nobody is a completely honest person.
    Thomas: I try to be...
    Logan: That's a more honest statement!

    Logic/Logan 
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"I think I have a vocab word for this..."
Feelings. The bane of my existence.

Logic, whose real name is Logan, is Thomas' analytical mind, as well as his acquired knowledge over the years. He handles facts and points out fallacies, and he is the source of data and information in every conversation with the other Sides.

First appearance: "My True Identity", October 19, 2016

  • Berserk Button: The thing Logan fears most is not being taken seriously. If someone makes fun of him or tries to put him as the butt of the joke, Logan will react violently against them in an explosion of wrath, even if he'll quickly regret it afterwards.
    Logan: When all of you decided on using puppets to address a serious issue, Logic was already figuratively thrown out the window.
    Roman: [Sighs] Again, you don't have to use the word "figuratively". We know that you weren't literally thrown out of a window!
    Logic: How? Have you been watching me constantly? [...] I just don't want to concern anybody by suggesting I was thrown through a window. [pulling out a vocab card] I wanted to communicate, five by five, that I'm five by five.
    Thomas: It's okay, Roman, his intentions are there. I mean, who does going above and beyond with clarity hurt?
    Roman: Going above and beyond? [Mocking laugh] More like going overboard. It's stupid.
    [Logan shows a face of fury. In a low angle shot, he crumples the vocab card, then shouts a war-cry and throws the paper ball aiming at Roman, hitting him in the eye.]
    Roman: [Covering his eye, with a voice of pain] Aw! Oh, my gosh, oh, my gosh!
    Patton: [horrified, covering his mouth with his hands, squealing] Mee-mee!
    [Thomas looks at Logan and Roman with a horrified cringing expression]
    Roman: [Mixed voice of pain and over-dramatic anger] You hit me in the eye! [Logan shows a mixed face of concern, fear and regret after realizing what he's just done] You hit me in the eye, you frickin' book-germ!
    Virgil: Geez, L, that was pretty rough!
    Logan: I'm sorry, I don't know what that was...
  • Big Word Shout: FALSEHOOD!
  • Brutal Honesty: He's marginally less rude about it than Virgil, but he's still quite straightforward with his thoughts.
  • By the Hair: Logan doesn't usually summon the other Sides, so this is how he summons Roman in "Why Do We Get Out of Bed in the Morning?"
    Roman: You suck at summoning, Logan! You pulled my hair!
  • The Comically Serious: His straight-faced Sarcasm Blindness makes watching him interact with the others much funnier.
  • Character Tic: Adjusting his glasses.
  • Companion Cube: He loves Crofter's jam so much that he even talks to jars as if they were close friends... before devouring them, that is.
    Logan: Crofter's... you're the only one that understands me.
  • Cool Teacher: Logan is a perfect look-alike of the Teacher Guy from the "Sanders Shorts".
    Logan: Hello, class!
    Thomas: There's no class in here.
    Logan: Yes, there is.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the first episode of the series, he was more affable towards Patton and Roman.
  • Emotion Suppression: Logan has repeated again and again that he doesn't have feelings. However, he has shown occasional stints of anger, happiness, hurt and regret, among others, though he quickly represses them when he has them. His trademark shouting, "FALSEHOOD!", is an example of these abrupt surges of emotions from him. Deceit, on the other hand, has implied, in his usual inverted talk, that Logan is lying about "not feeling anything".
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: Thomas lost his motivation to do a vlog and Logan ended up accusing everyone of it. The culprit was Logan himself.
  • Exposition Fairy / Mr. Exposition: Will be the one to explain the obscure concepts the video focuses on or references. These have included: cognitive distortions, different types of lies, the Yerkes–Dodson curve and various other subjects. It's justified, since, among other things, he's the Side that holds all of Thomas' acquired knowledge.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: Earth.
  • Get Out!: Pulls one on Patton and Roman after Thomas finished talking about New Year's resolutions.
    Logan: See, this was MY video, I helped. Just me, no one else.
  • Gratuitous Latin: Latin is the language of science. It's no surprise that Logan knows it and uses it, sometimes in place of the words we common mortals would use.
    Logan: Fun, fascinating... Tomato, solanum lycopersicum...
  • Hidden Depths: He can rap, and loves cosplaying, poetry, and onesies. He also enjoys Crofter's jam, so much so in fact that he'll gladly sing about Crofter's if given the opportunity.
  • Ignored Expert: He was ignored by Thomas, mocked by Roman and shouted at by Patton when Virgil showed the first signs of a panic attack that announced a worsening in Thomas' anxiety if they stayed in Patton's room for too long, so he, offended, left them on their own.
  • I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: He tends to do this when other Sides interrupt him by lashing out against him. He simply remarks he's ignoring them and goes on talking.
    Logan: Preposterous.
    Virgil: Your mom is preposterous!
    Logan: I'm ignoring you. What you're doing there, Thomas...

    Roman: Well, if my ideas are all so stupid, why don't you explain why we must do what we do, Mr. Smarty-Pants?
    Logan: Gladly. Thomas...
    Roman: Geek Squad? More like Squad-less Geek! HA-HA-HA! You're alone!
    Logan: Well, you're lashing out like a little bratty baby. I'm gonna take the figurative high road and ignore your name calling.
    Roman: But you just called me a bratty baby...
    Logan: AH-DUH-DUH-DUH-DUH! Thomas must do...
  • Immune to Slapstick: He tries to be serious all the time. He hates the goofiness and eccentricities that surround him and refuses to participate in them. Only recently he's started seeing that this silliness can also be helpful and useful in dealing with issues.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be blunt, and can be so pragmatic it comes off as a bit coldhearted, but Logan is, at his core, only looking out for Thomas in his own way, and really is a good guy.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Downplayed. While he can quite snarky and cynical, he always has Thomas' best interests in mind.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: It's his usual reaction to Patton's dad jokes. From sighing to screeching, we've seen a lot of the spectrum from him reaction-wise.
    Patton: You're right, high five!
    Logan: We're just across the...
    Patton: Down low...
    Logan: I... uh...
    Patton: ...gan!
    Logan: Gan? Low-gan? I might scream...
    Patton: But you can't, because your volume is too low...
    Logan: Don't you dare!
    Patton: ...gan!
    Logan: You're dead to me.
  • Literal-Minded: Logan doesn't understand jokes or metaphors sometimes.
    Logan: You're mixing metaphors. We're talking about a car, not a horse.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Used In-Universe. When Logan shouts "Falsehood!" with a squeaky loud voice, the others are usually not amused by it, when not utterly startled.
    Thomas: Gryffindors have also short tempers, which I think could apply to both of you.
    Roman: Oh, shut up!
    Logan: [overlapping] FALSEHOOD!!!
    Virgil: [covering his ear with a finger] Wow... I did not miss that!
  • Nerd: Shows the stereotypical image and behavior of a classic nerd.
  • Nerdgasm: The feeling Logan recognizes he has everytime deadlines are met when doing a project.
  • Never Live It Down: After accidentally misusing the word "infinitesimal" in "Losing My Motivation", Patton does not let him forget it.
    Logan: You make ONE MISTAKE and THIS is what happens!
  • Not So Different: With Virgil. Logan even told Virgil that he feels so, since in his opinion Patton and Roman "bring in a lot of sunshine."
  • Not So Above It All: While Logan is the resident rational man among the Sides, he does have his moments.
    Thomas: Ok! Booked.
    Virgil: Wait, what?
    Logan: BOOK?!?!
    Virgil: What the f--
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Shares Blue Oni with Virgil.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a brief one to Roman in "Making Some Changes".
    Logan: El príncipe es estúpido.
    Roman: What?
    Logan: It is my understanding that you speak Spanish, so I really wanted to help you get it through your thick, self-aggrandizing skull in both languages. You are vapid and slow-witted.
  • The Reveal: Ended up being the cause of Thomas' lack of motivation, but also the solution to Thomas' lack of motivation.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: The most rational member of the group, and he wears thick-framed specs.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He tends to get rather... specific and long-winded when a simple sentence would've sufficed.
  • Speaking Simlish: And he doesn't even need Daydream Mode to pull this off.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: "FALSEHOOD!!!"
  • The Spock: He tries to always take the logical route.
  • Spock Speak: He rarely uses slang, though he's trying to learn so he can keep up with the others.
  • The Stoic: He tries to be this.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: When he realizes the one causing Thomas' lack of motivation he's been hunting during "Losing My Motivation" is himself.
  • Too Clever by Half: He's the smartest of them all, he knows it and doesn't miss a chance to show off.
    Logan: I don't think I'm smarter than anyone else. I know I'm smarter than anyone else!
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Crofter's brand jam. To the point where he faints upon learning of the new blend named after him.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame:
    • He gets frustrated whenever Patton giddily points out if he makes a pun or a dad joke.
    • Thomas once said he was doing fine in a video, to which Logan expresses distress.
      Thomas: And, I'm feeling pretty good this week.
      Logan: Dang.
      [An astonished Thomas looks at Logan]
      Logan: I mean, yay!
  • You Make Me Sic: Logan used the word infinitesimal incorrectly in "Losing My Motivation", and Patton has made fun of him for it in later videos, much to his dismay.

    Morality/Patton/Dad 
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"Independence is a celebration! It's got "dance" right in the word."
Life is short. Might as well make it short and fantastic!

Morality, whose real name is Patton but is also known as "Dad", represents Thomas' emotions and sense of right and wrong... as well as his love for dad jokes. He also represents Thomas' inner child.

First appearance: "My True Identity", October 19, 2016

  • Absurd Phobia: Patton is afraid of spiders, like Thomas and Roman. However, he's also afraid of fake cartoon spiders, whether they're in Virgil's curtain or in Thomas' Spider Man costume.
  • Accidental Pervert: After writing out a way to ask Valerie out on Valentine's day ended in failure, he decided that talking isn't the solution and goes to hug Valerie instead. The others quickly stop him.
  • Accidental Public Confession: Deliberately states that Thomas' Misleading Compliments series is just a form of Clickbait-y insults. Both Logan and Thomas himself react with shocked expressions.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Patton seems to be the guy to really love alliteration.
    Roman: You should see it! Patton holds onto everything in the past that you've cherished! I mean, it is Peak Proud Papá!
    Thomas: Perfect!
    Virgil: Pardon?
    Patton: Patton! [giggles] I'm just... thought I would hop aboard at the alliteration station!
  • Adorkable: He was bound to be this.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: "Falsehood," one of Logan's stock phrases, when coming from Thomas, especially after Patton was talking about always being happy, hiding his true feelings in the process.
    Thomas: It's okay to be sad sometimes.
    Patton: Haha, I'm never sad! I'm your happy pappy Patton! Just a fun-loving father figure figment!
    Thomas: Falsehood.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Tells Thomas something deep and inspirational, then goes right back to being the Patton character by mentioning the Limited Wardrobe between him and Logan.
    Patton: What positive impacts do you inevitably hope to bring to this world?
    Thomas: Wow, that was a deep, and poignant, ques...
    Patton: [to Logan] HEY! We have the same glasses!!
    beat
    Logan: Yup.
  • Big Brother Worship: While he is not literally his brother, Patton has this type of relationship with Logan from time to time.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In "Making Some Changes", he takes advantage of the fact that he and Thomas aren't being played by the same person and walks into Thomas' space. Virgil calls him out for it, but he continues to do it throughout the video. He even hugs Thomas at one point!
  • Brick Joke: If Patton has what seems to be a throwaway joke in a video, there is a good chance it'll make a sudden reappearance a few minutes later.
  • Bumbling Dad: Well, not an actual dad, but as Thomas' morality he tends to consciously slip into this role anyway.
  • Characterization Marches On: In "A New Year of Lying to Myself in Song", Patton shows a true face of concern when Virgil appears, and in "The Mind vs. The Heart", Patton makes a negative comment against Virgil. A far cry from the father-son bond that would be created between them in later episodes.
    Patton: What about Anxiety? He always seems to get you down!
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He's quite spontaneous, and will often give an "odd" answer if asked a question.
  • Declaration of Protection: Patton will do anything it takes to protect Virgil, even if Virgil is self-deprecating himself.
    Virgil: I talk bad about myself.
    Patton: I will physically fight you!
  • Fully-Clothed Nudity: Patton was implied to be in his boxers when Roman called him to join Daydream Mode.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: Air.
  • The Heart: Explicitly his function, hence his logo (a Valentine heart with glasses).
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": Has done this in a couple of videos.
    • In "Losing My Motivation":
      Thomas: Oh man, I do do that.
      Patton: Heh, doodoo.
    • In "Making Some Changes":
      Thomas: This is incredibly amusing. But...
      Roman: But?
      Virgil: Yes, but?
      Patton: Hehe, butt.
  • Iconic Item: His cardigan sweater wrapped over his shoulders.
    • Was finally able to wear it during "Losing My Motivation".
    • It was swapped out for a cat hoodie given to him by Logan in "Moving On: Part 2".
  • Insistent Terminology: He refers to adulthood as "adultery".
  • Innocent Innuendo: Very often. From the Insistent Terminology above to the Virgin joke, whenever Patton is around, awkward phrasing seems to follow.
  • Inopportune Voice Cracking: Happens one time to him when he and Logan debated on adopting a puppy.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He loves cats and wears a cat hoodie wrapped around his shoulders. However, as he is also allergic to cats, he can't get close to them, to his dismay.
  • Like a Son to Me: Feels this way towards all the Sides and Thomas, (which can be seen in his addressing them all as "kiddos") though Thomas will periodically remind him that he is not literally his son. Patton's strongest paternal bond, though, is with Virgil, for whom he's ready to fight to protect him, even from himself.
    Patton: [to Virgil] I love my dark strange son.
    Patton: [to Virgil] If you keep talking bad about yourself, I'm going to physically fight you! Nobody talks about my child like that! [then he makes the Eye Am Watching You gesture to a shocked Virgil]
  • Manchild: Significantly more playful and innocent than the other Sides. Ironic, considering he's the dad of the group...
  • Morality Pet: To everyone. Roman's ego, Logan's coldness, and Virgil's sarcasm will all curb themselves for the sake of not hurting Patton's feelings. Even before befriending the others, Virgil admitted to genuinely caring about him.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: In order to relax after a rough day, he eats a cookie. And when he's feeling dangerous... he eats a second cookie.
  • Nice Guy: He's every bit as kind and friendly as he is naive and hyperactive.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Usually he acts as if he was less inteligent that the others, but he has shown signs that he's not that stupid and that he can be smart when he wants to.
  • Odd Friendship: This dude — the sweet, affectionate, overly-cheerful Nice Guy — genuinely gets along with Virgil. Yes, that Virgil.
  • Perpetual Smiler: The times when Patton is not smiling are really rare. And if he ever shows a pouty face, you know something is extremely wrong with him.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Patton gives signs of this along the series. Usually he acts like a silly, childlike, goofy person, but sometimes he shows signs of a great maturity that usually shocks the others, to go back later to his goofyness, and so on.
  • The Pollyanna: He's always optimistic and cheerful.
  • Pungeon Master: He sure loves his dad jokes! (So much so that he tolerates Logan's insults if they are in pun form.)
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": His reaction (complete with dissonant expression) when Thomas phones his ex-boyfriend and then hangs up.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Shares Red Oni with Roman.
  • Stepford Smiler: While most of the time he is genuinely happy, he occasionally falls into this. Especially in both of the "Moving On" videos. He's said he's going to try to get better at admitting when he's feeling down.
  • Squee!: He actually does this quite often. Whether in response to puppies, Thomas suggesting he "tells his loved ones he loves them more," or being told he's cute, Patton isn't afraid to let off a little Fangirl.
    • Some notable examples are when Logan does something that seems unusual for his character, like when Logan accidentally makes a dad joke related to catnaps or when he defeated Roman in a rap battle.
    • When Virgil shows off his new look at the end of "Fitting In (Hogwarts Houses!)", he squees so hard that he chokes on his spit.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bagels.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Logan sees him as this in "Losing My Motivation".

    Creativity/Prince Roman/Princey 
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"I get what you're saying, and I do care about that, but here's the thing: I don't really care about that."
I'm on a solo quest to save myself for now.

Creativity, whose real name is Prince Roman but is also known as "Princey" or simply Roman, is the embodiment of Thomas' fanciful side: his hopes, dreams and ideals, as well as his imagination and creativity. He is also Thomas' ego.

First appearance: "My True Identity", October 19, 2016

  • Born in the Wrong Century: Roman bitterly complains about how he thinks the years where people praised princes and his acts of bravery are long gone.
    Princey: [Sighs] I can't help but wonder if we, as a society, are past the days of celebrating dashing princes and acts of bravery... that are edging on stupidity.
  • Camp: He's always over-the-top and theatrical, and not just in fashion sense.
  • Courtly Love: He's currently on a quest to save... himself.
  • Double Take: This interchange with Logan causes this reaction on Roman.
    Logan: Roman, that was astute!
    Roman: I know!
    Logan: And you used the word "iridescence" earlier. You're on a clever streak today, which is unusual for you.
    Roman: I know! Wait, what?
  • Ermine Cape Effect: Roman is wearing his royal outfit... all the time, every moment, even when he's standing in a humble living room with no trace of nobility or official protocolary tasks nearby.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Before his name was revealed, he was much more often referred to as Prince or Princey than Creativity. And even after his name reveal, Thomas still calls him Princey from time to time.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the first episode of the series, Roman sported a thick foreign accent that disappeared in following episodes.
  • Fanboy: Thomas stated he was on a Disney show. You can most likely guess what happens next.
    Roman: DISNEY, THOMAS!
    Thomas: I know.
    Roman: [squeeing] IMEAN,IT'SJUSTSOAMAZING!
    Thomas: Are you gonna be okay?
    Roman: [incoherent Squeeing]
    Thomas: Okay, I'm gonna move on, while you work this out.
    Roman: [squeeing] OKAY!
  • Flashback: It seems that Roman is in charge of reminding viewers and the other Sides of relevant things that happened in earlier episodes, and he usually does so by conjuring flashbacks.
    • Roman uses one in the second part of "Moving On" in order to catch the viewers who didn't watch the first part up, confusing Thomas in the process.
    • In "Crofter's: The Musical", he tries to use a flashback to remind that he deserves a flavor of Crofter's too because he also said he loves Crofter's, but this time it backfires as the flashback shown catches him, supposedly in an outtake, saying he's "not a jelly fan".
    • Subverted in "Accepting Anxiety: Part 2" when the episode starts as a parody of Lost with Thomas saying "Previously on Sanders Sides..." but then he realizes he didn't prepare anything, so Roman does the review himself saying in a matter of seconds, speaking ultra-fast, everything that had happened in the previous episode.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: Fire.
  • Freudian Slip: Seen in this dialogue with Deceit.
    Deceit: Your name is Roman, correct?
    Roman: [happily] The one and lonely! What? Freudian Slip! I mean... [shows a momentary face of sadness and regret]
  • Glory Seeker: He's always on the hunt for a new quest to bring himself glory.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Roman reveals by surprise that he knows Spanish and keeps up speaking certain words and phrases in Spanish, even when none of the other Sides or Thomas himself know this language.
    Valerie: ¡Ay, te he esperado tanto, Thomas! ¿De verdad que me amas? (Oh, I've been waiting for you for so long, Thomas! Do you really love me?)
    Roman: ¡Te lo afirmo! ¡Te amo con todo mi corazón! (I confirm it! I love you with all my heart!)
    Valerie: [sighs] Ay...
    Logan: How do you know Spanish?
    Thomas: I don't even know Spanish!

    [The following exchange is faintly heard in the background in the actual series but it was revealed in a special montage of the shot in a behind the scenes video]
    Roman: You know how our arguments should always go, Logan? [rising a fist, then the other] Mano a mano! (Hand to hand!) Unless you're not... man-o enough to hand-le it!
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffered one in "My Negative Thinking" after Thomas' attempt in auditioning. It was bad enough that Patton had to babysit him for the entire video, and he wouldn't return until the end card.
  • Hot-Blooded: Easily the most impulsive and irritable of the sides. (Virgil and Logan can also be quite irate, but they tend to be... quieter about it.)
  • Incoming Ham: He tends to enter videos singing and/or shouting.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: More than any of the other Sides, Roman appears very confident, but it's just a facade to hide how insecure he really is. This is at least partly due to Logan's overly harsh critique of his work. Something which doesn't let him feel really proud of anything he does.
    Roman: [sad voice] It's so hard to create anything I can be proud of, when it's critiqued so harshly... [looking at Logan] ...by you.
    Logan: What?
    Roman: [slightly frustrated] Nothing ever seems to be good enough, professional enough... [sad and serious voice] ...serious enough for you.
    Logan: [slightly shocked] I... didn't realize...
  • In-Series Nickname: Princey's nickname comes from him dressing like a stereotypical Prince Charming-type character.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: As well as being Thomas' romantic/creative side, he also encompasses the traditionally "feminine" parts of Thomas. This is reflected in his slightly effeminate voice tone at times (or how he literally screams with the voice of a woman when suddenly scared by Virgil) and the fact that he uses to like things that society usually assigns to women.
    Patton: Whoa, when did you apply eyeshadow?
    Roman: I didn't! But does it look okay? Because a prince has got to slay.
  • It's All About Me: If we know anything about Roman, it's that he's got a bit of an ego. Which makes sense, given that he is Thomas' ego.
    Roman: Time out for thee and time out for thee. Focus on issues or focus on me.

    Patton: Look, the main point I wanted to get to is that you should try to make them feel special. Don't talk about yourself so much and make sure they feel heard.
    Roman: [horrified expression, mumbling with a trembling voice] Not... talk about... me...?
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's self-centered, egotistical, insensitive, and hotheaded... but he's also chivalrous, noble, and incredibly loyal, which is also a textbook example of a Fire personality in astrology.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: Keeps bringing up trying to get back with Thomas' ex, then trying to play it off like he was just joking when Virgil gives him a particular reaction.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Well, he wants to be one. But seeing as how Thomas lives in modern, suburban Florida...
  • Large Ham: You will know when he's near.
  • Living Lie Detector: Inverted. He's unable to identify the lies that Deceit tells him, and takes them at face value, no matter how obvious they are for the others.
    Roman: I hate this guy and his creepy snake face! However, he is very kind.
    Deceit: [sarcastic] Love the new outfit, Roman...
    Roman: [not getting the irony, flattered] Thank you!
    [Logan starts making a gesture of warning Roman, but decides to let it go.]
  • Motor Mouth: His recap of the first part of "Accepting Anxiety". Also the way he asks viewers to buy Logan's Berry in "Crofter's: The Musical" after Thomas tells him if they sell well Roman might get his own flavor too.
  • Never Lend to a Friend: Patton borrowed a dollar from him and he wouldn't return it until eight years later, in "Losing My Motivation".
  • The Nicknamer: Roman's really fond of referring to the others with nicknames:
    Roman: [to Logan] Don't get ahead of us, "Microsoft Nerd".
    Roman: [to Virgil and Thomas] Well, we'll better bring "Count Woe-laf" here. Any input is better than what "Mr. T" is contributing.
    Roman: [to Patton] You're the softest little puff ball we've got, "Padre".
    Roman: [to Deceit] Get out of here, "Jack the Fibber"!
  • Out of Focus: Whenever an episode gives more attention to any other character that is not Roman, he's definitely going to loudly lampshade that by verbally complaining about it.
    Roman: You've kept me in the backseat for the last two "Sanders Sides" videos and that is criminal!
  • Primal Fear: Roman is terribly afraid of the dark. If he's suddenly taken to a very dark place, he'll start screaming with a woman's voice.
  • Prince Charming: A parody of them.
  • The Prima Donna: He's always had quite an ego, but when he gets on stage, Virgil suffers the consequences of his hysterical demands.
    Roman: I mean, I almost lost character here, because... [shouting] THE LIGHTS WERE TOO BRIGHT!
    Virgil: I can only be in so many places at once, dude!

    Roman: I wasn't feeling in character anyway, because I don't have my SIPPY CUP!
    Virgil: [to Logan, worried] I don't know where it is!
    Roman: WHERE IS MY SIPPY CUP, TECH!?
    Virgil: It was... it was on he prop table! Did you move it?
    Roman: NO, I DID NOT MOVE IT, I HAVE BEEN ACTING THIS WHOLE TIME! WHEN WOULD I HAVE HAD TIME TO MOVE IT!?
    Logan: Virge, hurry!
    Virgil: [running out] Stall for time!
    Patton: What is happening back there?
    Virgil: [back with the sippy cup in his hand] It was in the green-room! What was it doing in there?
    Roman: [suddenly smiling] Oh, that's right! I did move it. [unconcerned] I'm so silly, I'm so silly...
    [Virgil looks at Roman with a murderous face and groans while giving him the cup]
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Shares Red Oni with Patton.
  • Royal Brat: Subverted with Thomas. Roman begs Thomas to enter Daydream Mode only to try and help him think of a creative and new idea, but he will usually put himself first before his Sanders Sides brethren.
  • Schmuck Bait: Roman was clearly not happy when Logan pretended to spot a spider behind one of Roman's walls, all just to help prove his point.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: When Virgil appears in "Accepting Anxiety: Part 2", he shrieks like someone in a horror movie. The Behind The Scenes Q&A shows that Talyn provided the scream. He does the same scream when he's immersed in the dark by Virgil in "Embarrassing Phases: The Nightmare Instead of Christmas".
  • Stunned Silence: His reaction to Logan's secret rapping skill.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: In "The Dark Side of Disney", he gives one out to Virgil after he lampshades the overuse of Mary Poppins quotes.
    Virgil: Why are you only quoting Mary Po...
    Roman: BECAUSE JULIE ANDREWS IS A BEAUTIFUL GODDESS AND BECAUSE I CAN, OKAY!?
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Roman kinda hates it when you insult Disney in front of him.
  • Too Much Information: "-…and you are nothing compared to the others," followed by his hand plated onto his mouth - which, by the way, wasn't Roman shutting himself up...
    Thomas: Others? What do you mean, others? What others?
  • Warrior Prince: He's always ready to pull out his katana and get into battle when it's needed. He doesn't have many chances to engage in combat, though.
  • Weapon of Choice: Roman's sword is a nifty samurai katana.
  • Whole Costume Reference: Roman is dressed as a prince, that's obvious, but not any prince. His outfit is really similar to the outfit of the prince from Cinderella, with minor changes.note 
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Inverted. He was the one who told Thomas to call him by his given name when they were going to have a serious talk.
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    Anxiety/Virgil 
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"One option, and I'm just throwing this out there, is to hide under the covers until the sun goes away."
I'm not always the bad guy...

Anxiety, whose real name is Virgil, is the soft-voiced, but not necessarily soft-spoken aspect of Thomas' mind. He gives voice not only to Thomas' doubts and fears, but also his negativity. He also represents Thomas' fight or flight reflexes and his survival instinct.

First appearance: "Taking On Anxiety with Lilly Singh", December 19, 2016

  • A Glass of Chianti: Played for Laughs in one of Thomas Sanders' Snapchat stories, later re-released on his Twitter account, where Virgil sits in a bathtub fully clothed with a cup of Gatorade that looks suspiciously like wine.note 
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Part of the reason he gets along with Patton as well as he does is because Patton is genuinely friendly and welcoming towards him, something the others were not at first. He also opens up more to Thomas and the others once they accept him and acknowledge that they do need him.
  • Being Evil Sucks: In season 1, Virgil was only acting evil all the time. By season 2, he makes clear that he didn't enjoy any single moment of that, as it made him feel bad, both in the sense of not feeling well and in the sense of feeling that he was mean, making him feel "lost", but he did it only because he thought that he had to.
  • Breakout Character: Virgil was originally created as a one-off character for a special collaboration with Lilly Singh. However, he was so well received by viewers that he ended not only as a permanent character, but also as one of the most popular of the Sanders Sides.
  • Brutal Honesty: Played straight when talking about Thomas or the other Sides (except Patton). He always says what's on his mind, no matter how rude he comes off because of it. Averted when talking about himself or about Patton. About himself, he remains extremely reluctant to open up about his own feelings, even after integrating into the group. About Patton, unlike with Thomas and the other Sides, due to the closer bond of friendship he has with him, Virgil is always afraid to hurt Patton's feelings, and tries to avoid that as much as he can. That includes hiding for a long time, and then telling him in the most tactful way he could get, his opinions on how the way Patton treats him as an innocent angelical child makes him feel weird.
  • Callback: In "Accepting Anxiety: Part 2", he tells Thomas to breathe in a specific pattern (in for four seconds, hold for seven seconds, out for eight seconds) in order to get the other Sides out of his room before they become more corrupted. In "Moving On: Part 2", he does the same breathing exercise himself after he has his own panic attack.
  • Character Check: When Virgil's development had already started, and he had started showing signs of softening up, he suddenly reverts to his old malicious self, if only for a couple of episodes.
    Thomas: Why are you being like this? You were so chill in the last couple of videos!
    Virgil: Sometimes, I just gotta be me...an.
    • The entirety of "Embarrassing Phases: The Nightmare Instead of Christmas" is one of these for Virgil, as he forcibly changes the others' costumes to reflect past periods of Thomas's life, proving that he can still be scary and angst-inducing when he wants.
  • Characterization Marches On: In his earliest appearances, he was much more malicious, even actively enjoying his job. A far cry from the Punch-Clock Villain Stepford Snarker with a heart of gold we know today...
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Sometimes invoked this trope, but surprisingly not to an extreme. Or, perhaps not so surprisingly, given that the idea of the character was to teach that it's okay to sometimes be anxious. If he was always wrong, that would send the opposite message.
  • Creepy Monotone: Speaks quietly in a dull, gravelly voice, highly contrasting with his Brutal Honesty.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: His room seems to invoke this to any Side who enters it.
  • Cryptic Conversation: He likes to leave conversation always in vague terms, something that infuriates Thomas.
    Virgil: When you're in these new settings and situations, you know something is off.
    Logan: What?
    Virgil: Something.
    Logan: You can't even give an example?
    Virgil: Something is off.
    Thomas: I hate it when you're just vague!
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The more time goes on, the more hints are dropped that there are things in Virgil's past that may be catching up to him.
  • Dark Secret: After Virgil's conversation with Deceit in his room, it is heavily implied by Virgil's reactions that he's hiding something about his real identity and his relation with the Dark Sides, something he doesn't want Thomas and the other Sides to know about. This is made more clear at the courtroom when Deceit questions Virgil in front of the others about if he's hiding anything and an unsettled Virgil demands him to stop. The exact nature of this secret is not canonically confirmed yet and therefore it's open to speculation and theories, but everything points at Virgil's past as a Dark Side.
    Virgil: What are you doing here?
    Deceit: Mmm? A bunch of talk about Halloween? A season for dressing up and pretending to be something or someone else?
    [Virgil shows a face of slight concern upon hearing that and rolls his eyes.]
    Deceit: [sarcastic] You're right, a master of deception such as myself has no place in that kind of discussion.
    Virgil: Okay, me being able to elicit fear doesn't take away from the fact that I've grown, so don't even try me with that, Harvey Dense.
    Deceit: Clever retort, and convincing statement. [...] Just be sure to keep up that personal growth, Virgil. Who knows? Maybe soon, you could be rid of us all...note 

    Virgil: Guys, he's a liar. You literally know him as Deceit!
    Deceit: Glass houses, Virgil... You yourself said that you are not a beacon of truth.
    Virgil: Yeah, because I'm wrong a lot!
    Deceit: Oh, so you've never been reluctant to share anything with the group, then?
    Virgil: [unsettled low voice] Don't...
    Deceit: Why? I just meant your name...
    Virgil: [containing angst, loudly punching the table] DON'T!
    Deceit: Maybe that's why it's so easy for you to recognize me for what I am. Like I said before, it takes a liar to know a liar.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The snidest and most sarcastic of the sides.
  • Defrosting Ice King: In the middle of season 1, he starts trying much harder to be nice to his fellow Sides and his mean demeanor slowly falls away, to be replaced by a pessimistic attitude. Patton is the one who most easily breaks him of his coldness and gets him to smile, whether of joy of seeing him or simply of fun of his jokes.
  • The Dreaded: At first, Thomas, Roman, and Logan hate it when he shows up, and try to avoid him. Over time, though, they get to know him and he becomes part of the gang.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In his first couple of appearances, he inflicts Thomas with anxiety (and revels in it) but doesn't seem to actually suffer from it himself. Over time he goes from being the part of Thomas that makes him anxious, to the part of Thomas that is anxious.
  • Emo Teen: He's portrayed as one, as he dresses in dark clothes and wears a black hoodie, has messy hair and smudgy black makeup under his eyes, and always speaks in a sullen deadpan voice.
  • Emotionless Guy: He rarely smiles, has a completely toneless voice and acts like he's made out of stone from time to time. After "Accepting Anxiety", this has died down (and his clothing got purple and black instead of all black to show this development).
  • Emotion Suppression: Virgil has shown signs that he's hiding what he's feeling inside, specifically that he truly loves the others, even though sometimes it almost slips out of his tongue.
    Virgil: But when you lo... CARE for someone...
  • Even Darkness Has Standards: In "Losing My Motivation", after Logan goes on a Heroic BSoD rant upon realizing he's the cause of Thomas' procrastination.
    Logan: I'm the cause of this. But I'm also the solution to a problem I have caused and will inevitably resolve. Am I in a paradoxical loop where I endlessly generate a problem and try to solve it like a snake devouring its own tail to satiate its HUNGER?!?
    Thomas: Okay! Calm down time! It's a lot simpler than... whatever you're trying to say.
    Virgil: [horrified expression] That was dark, even for me...
    • Interestingly enough, of all the Sides he is the most overtly suspicious of and hostile to Deceit.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: In his first appearances, when he was a clear antagonist for Thomas, his voice sounded a little raspier. As he softened up and left this evilness behind, his raspiness faded away too and his voice tone became more like a constant whispering instead.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: His second costume includes a black jacket with haphazardly arranged purple plaid patches.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: At first, none of the other Sides are exactly thrilled when Virgil shows up. To be fair, he's not too fond of them, either. However, from the end of season 1, this is an averted trope.
    • The only exception to this is Patton, who cheerfully greets Virgil when he shows up and who Virgil admits to liking more than the other Sides.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: Water.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When he reveals his name in the second part of "Accepting Anxiety".
    Virgil: MY NAME IS VIRGIL! Okay, it's like a bandaid. Just gotta rip it off!
    Logan: ...Virgil?
    Patton: But that doesn't end with an A-N or an O-N. Shouldn't it be something like... Virgin?
    [Roman bursts into laughter]
  • The Gadfly: Even after befriending the others, he can't resist getting a rise out of them, especially Roman.
  • Grumpy Bear: In the smiley, cheerful world of Sanders Sides, Virgil is the near-perpetual grump. In fact, the whole reason he was created was to teach that it's ok to be anxious sometimes (but it's silly to let anxiety go too far as it can be counterproductive).
  • Guyliner: During "Losing My Motivation", it was revealed that he puts on eyeshadow for the dark bag look.
  • Heel Realization: According to Thomas, the reason why he got quiet by the end of "Am I Original?" is he might be the only one who can intentionally "let Thomas down".
  • Heel–Face Turn: Started out as an antagonistic force, but by "Accepting Anxiety" he's become accepted as part of the group.
  • Hidden Depths: Genuinely enjoys Disney movies, laughs at Patton's dad jokes, and also likes shitposts and memes.
  • Hyper-Awareness: He is Thomas' anxiety, so it's natural that he's more aware than anybody else to everything that surrounds him, which explains how he was the first to notice that something was wrong in "Patton's" behavior.
    Logan: Wow, Patton. Referencing famous philosophers? I'm impressed.
    Deceit: [disguised as Patton] Well, I'm Morality, I have to know my stuff.
    Virgil: [suspicious look] "Impressed" isn't the word I'd use.
  • The "I Love You" Stigma: Virgil tries to avoid using the word "love" when referring to his friends.
    Virgil: But when you lo... care for someone...
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: "Villain" is perhaps a bit much, but in pre-"Accepting Anxiety" videos Virgil usually failed to completely sway Thomas to his view on a situation or to get him to take actions he suggested, such as crawling into bed and never coming out again. See also the Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! entry below.
  • Insult Backfire:
    • He called Roman "Sir Sing-a-lot" after Virgil himself was called "Sunshine." Roman ended up using it for himself, though he misused the term and called himself "Sir Sing-a-long".
    • The reverse is also true. Roman called Virgil "an emo nightmare", to which the latter politely says thank you.
  • In the Hood: Even though the hood of his jacket is normally kept down, he does put it up when he's heightened. Specifically, when he hears Logan's part of the "Aggressive Bouts of Beat Poetry", when he starts having a panic attack in Patton's room, when Logan and Roman make him cringe over the "Rain Forest Rap", and when Deceit makes him go through the roof with his remarks during the court scene.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: A variation appears in "Making Some Changes". While he is just as capable of shapeshifting as the other Sides, he repeatedly gets changed by the others and only shapeshifts of his own volition once in the whole video.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: His justification for leaving in "Accepting Anxiety".
    Virgil: Let's just face facts; you're better off without me. [...] I actually think you were right to not want me around. I've always aimed to protect you, but lately...it feels like I've been keeping you from doing anything. [...] All this reflecting and working on your issues with us has gotten me to think that... I overdo it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The "Accepting Anxiety" videos solidify this. He's sarcastic, grouchy, rude, and cynical, but he does care about Thomas, and is genuinely upset when he thinks he's made Thomas too anxious to do anything. He also genuinely likes Patton.
  • Kindness Button: Virgil remains reluctant to return to his job as Thomas' anxiety, no matter how hard Thomas, Logan and Patton try to convince him, until Roman gives him a speech about how he's so important to the team and how he thinks Virgil makes them all better. This speech fills Virgil's eyes with tears and makes him sport a tender grateful smile to Roman.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In season 1, Virgil occasionally says something helpful by accident, much to his frustration. Averted in season 2 when he genuinely starts trying to help.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He loves spooky, gory things. When discussing A Christmas Carol, he gives a genuine grin at the idea of playing the Ghost of Christmas Future.
  • Nightmare Retardant: In-Universe. Virgil tries as hard as he can to scare the others, first dressing as a vampire, covering his fangs with fake blood and rising a knife, then roaring like a lion. He completely fails in both tries.
    Virgil: Oh, my gosh! You guys don't think I'm scary!
    Patton: Wha...?
    Virgil: Put your pants back on, don't patronize me.
    Patton: You mean pantronize...?
    Virgil: Whatever!
    Patton: That just slipped out...
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: He's honestly trying to help Thomas, and anxiety and fear do have their purpose. (They're an inherent part of the human experience for a reason, after all.) But his dark, gloomy personality, antisocial and sarcastic nature, and the fact that no one likes feeling anxious, even when it's needed, makes the others view him as the bad guy, at least at first. And on some level, he agrees with them.
    Virgil: [to Thomas] I've always aimed to protect you! [...] Putting on a dark persona is the best way to get anyone's guard up! But all this reflecting and working on your issues with us has gotten me to think that... I overdo it.
  • Not So Above It All: Even before becoming friends with the others, he can be seen laughing or playing along with some of their antics from time to time. After becoming friends with them, he's much more open about joining in the fun.
  • Odd Friendship: With... pretty much everybody, but especially Patton. Patton is cheerful, cuddly, and naive, while Virgil is none of those things. Despite this, Virgil genuinely likes and is protective of him, and, if his Christmas card for him is any indication, considers Patton to be his best friend.
  • Odd Name Out: The only side whose name doesn't end in -an or -on. Lampshaded in canon.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: Like all of the other Sides, Virgil has his own music theme, and his is a creepy music box that sounds when he appears and also when he's doing his job of instilling anxiety into Thomas.
  • Only Sane Man: Well, he tries to be. However, he's so morose and cynical that he often does more harm than good.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: And he regrets every single time this happens.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In season one, he rarely smiled. This was averted by season two when seeing him genuinely smile became a much more common occurrence.
  • Pet the Dog: In season 1, though he's against Thomas, he'll ocassionally give him a break, or even be sort of nice to the other sides. Not often, but still. Averted in season 2, when the situation will become the opposite, being chill with Thomas as much as he can except when Thomas truly needs a small dose of anxiety for some reason.
  • Precision F-Strike: He was the first Side who swore without getting cut off.
    Virgil: Well, what are you thinking about?
    Thomas: [sighs] Guys...
    Virgil: What else is new?
    Thomas: ...and Dolls.
    Virgil: OH SH**, I thought we were over this!!
  • Properly Paranoid: When he's functioning at the optimum level, he keeps Thomas alert to genuine potential pitfalls in life.
  • Protectorate: This is basically his function.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: A few comments he makes in the early episodes foreshadow he isn't in this for the joy of it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Shares Blue Oni with Logan.
  • The Reliable One: There's one thing you can say about him; the guy isn't fickle.
  • Remember the New Guy?: When Virgil is first introduced, Thomas introduces him only for the audience, but it is implied that he had been around for sometime before his official introduction and that he already was well known at least for Thomas and Roman. This is justified in that he is a representative of a part of Thomas, which should be there within him even when its anthropomorphic personification is not present.
  • The Reveal: Subverted in "My Personality Q&A", where he refused to share his name. Then it happens again in "Making Some Changes" when Thomas asks him to say his name:
    Virgil: Well... okay. My name... [shapeshifts into Talyn, smiling sarcastically] is Talyn!
    Thomas: O-kay.
    Logan: That is upsetting.
    Roman: WELL.
    Patton: Wait, is it Talyn?
    Virgil: [Back to his normal shape] No! You take turns changing me into different friends today and expect me to open up to all of you? Fat chance!
    • Finally played straight in the second part of "Accepting Anxiety".
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: All the Sides upgraded their outfits at the beginning of season 2, in "Fitting In (Hogwarts Houses!)". However, Virgil's upgrade was specially significant, as it was a visual symbol of how he left behind his bitterness from the previous season and started fitting in in the team. To make this clear, Virgil changed his key color from black to purple.
  • Speak of the Devil: If you mention him, he will appear... whether you want him to or not.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: The more he hangs out with the others, the more it becomes clear he doesn't have a goddamn clue what he's doing. He's anxiety personified, what did you expect?
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: As mean as he can be, it's clear he doesn't exactly love his job, and he always sincerely wanted to be the others' friend.
  • Stepford Snarker: You barely need to chip at the sour exterior to see that Virgil is not a happy guy.
  • The Heavy: He assumed this role in his earliest appearances, the main foe for Thomas and the other Sides. He slowly started averting it as his development went on.
  • Third Episode Introduction: Episode one introduced Logan, Roman and Patton. Virgil appeared in episode three and became a regular ever since.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Deceit enters the fray, just look at his face. Eep!
  • Token Evil Teammate: "Evil" is an overstatement, but Virgil tended to take this role, acting as a more harmful or restrictive influence than other parts of Thomas' mind. These days he's mellowed out considerably, and the position of Token Evil Teammate has been taken by another...
  • Villain Decay: That's how the other Sides and Thomas see Virgil after he bonds with the group. They see him in such a friendly way that they're no longer scared of him as they were in the earliest installments, even when he actively tries to be scary. He had to return to being seriously threatening and scary once again, if only for a while, to remind them that he still is Anxiety, and that he can still scare them if he really wants to, no matter if they're friends now.
  • Voice of the Legion: Virgil has this ability, though it only kicks in during times of heightened anxiety, no matter which of the Sides is affected by it. In "Accepting Anxiety", it occurred when the other three Sides became too corrupted by Virgil's room; in "Moving On", it occurred when Virgil himself had a panic attack in Patton's room.
  • When He Smiles: He looks so sweet and happy!
  • We Will Meet Again: In his first appearance, when Thomas gets relaxed and strong enough to expel Virgil away, before he reluctantly leaves, he says these words.
    Thomas: Byeeee!
    Virgil: Fine, but I'll be back!
    Thomas: I mean, I'm sure you will be, but I'll be ready!
  • You Do NOT Want to Know: When Roman lets it slip that other Sides exist at the end of "Accepting Anxiety", Virgil tells a confused Thomas to "table that question for another day." Though, in hindsight, Virgil may not have said this of his own volition...
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: His sole purpose is to protect Thomas. To do that, he chose to be a gloomy Jerk to bring his guard up. He was ready to resist Thomas and the others' hate and rejection and never show the pain this caused on him, because Virgil truly loved Thomas and the Sides, even if he never wanted to recognize it.

    The Dark Sides 
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I'll always be a part of you...
Do not allow him or any of... his friends to stick around that long ever again!
The Dark Sides represent all the repressed aspects of Thomas, the ones he didn't want to recognize so badly that went hidden even from him. It is unknown right now how many there are or what each of them represents, as for the time being only one of them has shown up: Deceit.

    Deceit 
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"Do you know who else is here? Me! So, perhaps, Thomas isn't so innocent."
I don't want Thomas to be disadvantaged in a world where you can die for not following the rules made in the name of a lie.

Deceit was the first of the Dark Sides to show up. He is literally two-faced and represents Thomas' impulses and desire to lie, whether to himself or the others around him.

First appearance: "Can Lying Be Good?", February 3, 2018

  • All According to Plan: Invoked literally by Deceit when the real Patton reappears, but bearing in mind that Deceit usually lies, this is a subversion of the trope, as Logan quickly remarks.
  • Amoral Attorney: He takes on the role in "Selfishness v. Selflessness", putting Thomas on trial for the opportunity to grill him properly (and mess with the other Sides). Thomas brings up how the whole thing is clearly a Kangaroo Court, starting with the fact that the sole juror (Virgil) openly loathes the prosecution (Deceit), which should make the trial null and void. Deceit responds that since the judge (Roman) is biased in his favor, the various conflicts of interest even everything out and make it fair.
    Thomas: That makes it worse!
  • Annoying Laugh: When Virgil attacks Deceit with a pun, Deceit starts laughing hysterically with a high-pitched voice, up to the point of annoying Virgil, as he clearly notes the sarcasm in Deceit's laughter.
  • Animal Motifs: Snakes. Fitting for his deceitful nature.
    • In "Selfishness v. Selflessness", he reveals his sigil: A double-headed yellow snake.
  • Bad Samaritan: While impersonating Patton, he shows himself eager to help Thomas with his issue with Joan, pretending that it's all to help him and to avoid breaking Joan's heart with the truth. In reality, he was only trying to lure Thomas into lying to his best friend, just for the pleasure of seeing Thomas lying, not caring at all about the ulter consequences this could have had on Thomas' well-being or Thomas and Joan's friendship.
  • Blatant Lies / Consummate Liar: Interestingly, he manages both. While some of his lies are really, scarily easy to buy into, a lot of them are really, really not.
    Deceit: [to Virgil] I adore the more intense eye shadow. It totally doesn't make you look like a raccoon.
    Virgil: Nice gloves. Did you just finish washing some dishes?
    (Beat.)
    Deceit: [attempting some semblance of dignity] ...Yes.

    Thomas: But... I'm an honest person...
    Deceit: [dangerously sweet voice] Oh, you are, Thomas. You are a good person. Everybody says so.
  • Brutal Honesty: On the rare occasions he does decide to drop some truth bombs, he is not gentle about it. At all.
  • Camp Gay zigzagged with Evil Sounds Deep. During the court scene in "Selfishness v. Selflessness", many times Deceit exhibits traits from the first trope, with a histrionic, over the top effeminacy, while other times he acts like the complete opposite: smooth, cold, and with a deep, suave voice.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Played with. Deceit's power comes from Thomas' desire not to believe something. This is why he took so long to surface; Thomas didn't want to believe he wasn't always an honest person, so Deceit's existence was hidden from him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Well, not totally evil. Lying in itself is wrong for the majority of the time, meaning that listening to Deceit isn't wholesome. However, he ultimately does act as a means of self-preservation.
  • The Dreaded: The other Sides are clearly not pleased by his arrival, and even seem a little afraid of him, though they are willing to stand up to him.
  • Duality Motif: Deceit has one half of his face of a regular human shape and the other one as a snake, to reinforce the idea of the inherent duality of lies, attractive and sweet on the surface but dangerous and potentially poisonous on the inside.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Well, he's at least not a Nazi.
    Virgil, and later Logan: That can't be where the bar is.
  • Evil Is Not Well-Lit: Everytime he shows up in the apartment and shows his true form, light gets significantly lower around him except for a single spotlight iluminating him. When the real owner of the spot rises up next to him, light returns.
  • Evil Laugh: He gets in an impressive one when he claims to have been Patton all along.
  • Finger-Tenting: His first appearance after taking his Patton disguise off was doing this gesture with his hands, showing off his yellow gloves.
  • Flipping the Bird: Does a double one when Thomas forces him to leave during "Why Do We Get Out of Bed in the Morning?"
  • Foil: To Virgil. Virgil only seems like a Token Evil Teammate, but Deceit truly is. Where Virgil is socially awkward and messy, Deceit is calm, smooth-talking, and well put together. Virgil practices Brutal Honesty; Deceit is, well... Deceit. Virgil's main interest is keeping Thomas safe, even if he goes too far, where Deceit enjoys throwing Thomas into a panic. Most of all, Virgil genuinely has Thomas' best interests at heart and genuinely cares for the other Sides, where Deceit does not.
    • Appropriately, they both act as coaches for Thomas' self-preservation but are problematic when over-indulged. Virgil makes Thomas consider and reconsider actions to avoid bad outcomes, whereas Deceit works to help Thomas either get out of bad scenarios or at least make him feel better about them. However, Virgil can cause anxiety and panic in Thomas, whereas Deceit can put Thomas in morally compromising scenarios by either needlessly lying or convincing himself he's not in a bad scenario in the first place.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Even moreso than Virgil, as even Patton, who has been nice with everyone else, doesn't like him. Roman seems to have a stronger connection with him for some reason, as he takes Deceit's false compliments at face value and sides with him in some of the points Deceit makes, but still Roman doesn't like Deceit.
    • There's evidence to suggest that Deceit isn't fond of being this. He's openly frustrated when Thomas refuses to lie to save face with Joan when he notices Deceit is nearby, and when Thomas openly tells Deceit to leave a video he give a double Flipping the Bird on his way out.
  • Hand Gagging: This is how he silences the other Sides. It's seen directly used on Logan in "Can Lying Be Good?" and is implied to have been used on Roman in Part 2 of "Accepting Anxiety" and Virgil in Part 1 of "Moving On".
  • Hidden Depths: Deceit may initially appear to be a simple sadist who lies about anything and everything. However, he has a very deep grasp on the nuances of law and society, and how easily Thomas could be screwed over by expected societal behaviors. He is far from a pleasant being, and his presence is distressing at best, but he does want what is best for Thomas in his own way.
    Deceit: I don't want Thomas to be disadvantaged in a world where you can die for not following the rules made in the name of a lie.
  • His Name Is...: Has the power to force the other Sides to silence themselves if they say something Thomas doesn't want to hear.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Just because he's a dick who's the personification of lies doesn't mean he isn't capable of laying down some uncomfortable truths — such as when Thomas wants to be selfish, and when it'd benefit him to be dishonest. He also points out that if Thomas were really as selfless and honest as he'd like to believe, Deceit wouldn't even be there. But, here he is.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Too early to really say, but the original sides refer to Deceit and the other currently unseen sides as "the dark sides", heavily implying this trope.
  • Language of Truth: Inverted, believe it or not; everything he says is on some level an attempt to deceive, or to make Thomas embrace dishonesty. He's also able to mute any of the other Sides who tries to say something that Thomas doesn't want to hear, lie or not, which also includes his own reveal. It takes Thomas' permission before they can speak on the matter. Even though he likes to speak in lies, he can tell the truth whenever he wants, which only makes him more dangerous as the easiest lies to buy are the ones that mix truth and falsehood, which makes more difficult to identify which is which.
  • Living Lie Detector: As he says, "it takes a liar to know a liar". He's capable of identifying all the times Thomas or any of the Sides lie, whether if it is a simple lie of comission or a lie of omission where they're hiding something.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Spends the majority of "Can Lying be Good?" trying to convince Thomas and the other Sides that lying is the right course of action to take, all while disguised as Patton, Thomas' morality. He also tries to remind Virgil how anxious losing a friend would make him, and once he's unmasked he flatters Roman with 'compliments' to distract him from his true nature. Roman is the one who is swayed the easiest by his sweet talking, and you can see Logan biting back a 'no'.
  • Master of Disguise: Shapeshifting is a power shared by all of the Sides, but Deceit uses it to the extreme, being able to imitate the person he's shapeshifting to, almost to a point that it's hard for most of them, except Virgil, to distinguish him from the real thing until he decides to take the mask off.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Of the Red Right Hand variety. The snakey half of his face includes a green eye with a slit pupil. The other eye is human and brown.
  • More Than Mind Control: He can hide parts of Thomas from Thomas, and force the others to keep their mouths shut unless Thomas gives them permission to speak on the matter. This gets a bit complex as Deceit is part of Thomas' mind the way the other Sides are — he only has as much power to hide things as Thomas allows him to have. Ultimately, the one letting him hide things from Thomas is Thomas himself.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: He spends the majority of his debut episode pretending to be Patton. He does a scarily good job for the most part, though he slips up just enough to tip off the other Sides gradually (Pointing out when he does something Patton-like, trying to get Thomas to lie when the real Patton has always said lying is wrong, showing no signs of sadness at the idea of a dead hamster, calling Virgil "friendo" instead of "kiddo", etc.) Later, when he tries to impersonate Logan, he talks in idioms and that sets the alarms on Thomas and Patton who think that the real Logan wouldn't use them as he would take them literally. Ironically, Logan later proves that he does know some idioms too.
  • Outright Lie: This is pretty much Deceit’s main language. He also temporarily puts Thomas into a panic by claiming he was Patton all along, though none of the other Sides are fooled.
  • The Philosopher: Deceit loves to quote famous philosophers to support his points of view. Subverted in the sense that he won't hesitate into quoting just the part of their philosophy that fits in with his vision, even if the rest of such philosophy totally contradicts the quoted part.
    Deceit: Stirner was rather... starry-eyed. He believed that no one was more important than anyone else, and if everyone understood everyone else to be equals, then maybe we could have a society where you could either work with others towards a mutual benefit or be left to your own devices if that's what you wanted...
    Virgil: Wait, wait, wait. Did you just say he thought all people were equal? Because... Logan said he was racist.
    Deceit: [punching the stand, angry] And I said we weren't focusing on that today!
  • Poisonous Friend: Unlike Virgil, Deceit takes a great deal of joy in his work, and given how he deliberately put Thomas into a panic by claiming to be Patton all along it's clear he's not too worried about Thomas' well being. However, as one of Thomas' Sides he does have a place and purpose, and he did try to present a solution to Thomas' problem - it just wasn't a wholesome one.
  • The Prankster: He loves to prank the other Sides to laugh at their expense. It is usually practical jokes based on lies where he's the only one laughing with few exceptions, as his jokes use to be hurtful to some degree for his victims.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Given his introductory episode had him playing as Patton the entire time, it's interesting to rewatch the episode with that knowledge in mind and see all the foreshadowing that comes with it.
  • Scaled Up: A minor version but half of Deceit's face looks like a snake's, from his eye to his mouth and the scales.
  • Smug Snake: Well... yeah.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Lampshaded by Roman:
    Roman: I hate this guy and his creepy snake face!
  • The Snark Knight: He drops Patton's affability and slips into this once it's clear Thomas isn't going to lie to Joan, and considering he speaks opposite of what he means he keeps it up from then on.
  • Spot the Imposter: Deceit did an amazing job pretending to be Patton. Unfortunately for him, he went just a bit too far in trying to push Thomas to lie to Joan, and Virgil caught on. It's ambiguous how long Logan knew of the deception, given how casually he was about to state the fact before Deceit shut him up.
  • Sssssnaketalk: When Deceit is specially angry he can start hissing like the snake he is.
  • Stealth Insult: As most of what he says is a lie, all his compliments to the other Sides are this, to varying degrees of subtlety. Roman doesn't seem to appreciate this, taking the compliments at face value.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Oh, yes. Whereas Virgil is simply bad-tempered and cynical, Deceit genuinely enjoys wreaking havoc among the Sides, and intentionally tries to push Thomas into something that would make him deeply uncomfortable.
  • Troll: Loves laughing evilly? Relishes messing with the other Sides and Thomas? Lies practically every word he says without any remorse? Dang right he's one of these!
  • The Unfettered: Deceit is described by Patton as a mechanism of self-preservation for Thomas. At least, that intention is good. However, to reach that goal, Deceit is willing to use any means, most notably lying and manipulating anything and anyone, human (he doesn't care about lying to Joan) or Side (he manipulates the other Sides so that they follow his plan without them even realizing it). This results in his methods being dangerous and harmful for anyone involved, ironically even Thomas himself.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A very downplayed example. When practicing in the Mind Palace only makes the Sides more reticent to lie instead of less and Virgil and Logan become all but convinced they know who Patton really is, Deceit abandons all attempts at subtle manipulation and just straight up tells Thomas that lying is the right thing to do. After Thomas rejects this, Deceit drops his act entirely.
    • Does so again in "Selfishness v. Selflessness", as he struggles to get the other characters to listen to him and begins to break down, clearly having trouble keeping his chill.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Villain may be a bit strong, but ultimately the reason Thomas learned about Deceit was because Deceit decided to emerge and engage with Thomas on a dilemma in the form of Patton. In spite of his performance, once he was in he couldn't leave without causing suspicion and ended up being exposed.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Just like all the other Sides he can do this too, and he does an amazing job at impersonating Patton until the very end.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hinted at in "Selfishness v. Selflessness", where he states that what he wants is to keep Thomas from being taken advantaged of or being destroyed in a world where laws and guidelines must be strictly followed.
    Deceit: I don't want Thomas to be disadvantaged in a world where you can die for not following the laws made in the name of a lie.
  • We Will Meet Again: He evokes this with his characteristic inversion.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's dressed in a very stylish outfit, knowledgeable about philosophy and well-spoken with a posh tone. However, it's clear that he's not working with Thomas' best interests in mind and spent most of his introductory episode disguised as Patton.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: While disguised as Patton, he pretends to be nice and affable, to be in Thomas' side (no pun intended), but when he's called out we see how cold and malicious he is and how dangerous he really is for Thomas.
  • You Do NOT Want to Know: Invoked. He gets his power from Thomas lying to himself, including about things he wishes weren't true. So, Deceit can force the others to keep their mouths shut about the things Thomas doesn't want to know, even if he needs to know.
    Virgil: There are sides to everyone that they'd prefer not to know about, but you're the boss, Thomas. Any information you want to know, you can know. You just... have to be open to hearing it.
    Roman: In other words, would you like to learn something new about yourself, Thomas?
    Thomas: I don't... know.
    Patton/Deceit: [mocking him] Oooh, I don't know either, Thomas! You might not like what you find!

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Cartoon Therapy

This folder includes every character that appears on the series, not only the one played by Thomas Sanders but also those created by him, alone or with Joan and/or others, and played by different actors.


    Dr. Emile Picani 
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"Please! We're talking about cartoons! This is serious!"
Therapy isn't just where people go when something needs to be fixed.

A professional couples counsellor with a penchant for cartoons. Despite having unorthodox methods and being easily distracted by cartoon references, he gets great results.

First appearance: "What 'Steven Universe' Teaches Us About Relationships", December 16, 2017

  • Audience? What Audience?: Sometimes, Picani will suddenly break the fourth wall, leaving his patients confused about who he's talking to or what he's talking about.
    Picani: Mmm? You might not be the right generation to get that reference. Don't worry, most kids watching at home won't get it either.
    Dot: What?

    Picani: Both Sokka and Toph felt different. They both had to begin somewhere, and worked to utilize their best traits to... [waving his arms like in martial arts] KICK BUTT IN THEIR OWN WAYS! [Suddenly camera switches to his right and Picani looks right at that camera and speaks with a smooth and chill voice] Although violence is never the answer.
    [Kai looks to the side, puzzled and wondering what Picani is looking at before continuing to talk]
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Picani works cartoons into his therapy sessions by analysing certain aspects of the cartoon and comparing them to real life events, like the similarities between fusions from Steven Universe and relationships, and what kinds of relationships various fusions represent.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He fills this trope as much as he could without literally being an anthropomorphic rabbit. Say all you want about his practices, he's still a very competent therapist.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: His office is stuffed with cartoon plushies and figurines, and he's no stranger to going off on cartoon-related tangents.
  • It Was His Sled: Subverted; Picani is very careful not to reveal too much about Garnet for the sake of his clients who haven't seen the show (in-universe) and for the audience members who haven't gotten around to it either (out-of-universe).
  • Motor Mouth: Sometimes falls into this.
    Sloane: I noticed he (Corbin) had trouble opening up to people and thought this would be good practice for all the relationships in his life.
    Corbin:You made that judgement about me? Who are you to do that when our relationship basically just started?
    Dr. Picani: Oh Sloane, that is classic StevenQuartzUniverseinepisode25ofseason4"IAmMyMom"whenheturnshimselfovertothegemHomeworldwithoutconsultingtheCrystalGemseventhoughheandConniehadbeenpracticingformonthsonhowtotackleproblemsasaduo. I can't read this! 
  • Shout-Out: They're practically encoded into him.
  • Stone Soup: Dr. Picani is certainly an eccentric character, but he knows what he's doing and his eccentric traits end up making sense to his patients.

    Larry & Dot 
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"The anticipation for this session has got me stressing: therapistressing"
- I'm getting out of here.
- Larry, no! Sit!
Larry and Dot are a married couple that came to see Dr. Picani because Dot felt a disconnection with her husband.

Portrayed by: Esteban Alvarez III (Larry) and Leannis Crutchfield (Dot)
First appearance: "What 'Steven Universe' Teaches Us About Relationships", December 16, 2017

  • Bi the Way: Larry is a proud bisexual man.
    Larry: Growing up it was only grandfather and I. He was always terrified that I would grow up to be a gay man. Lucky for him, I didn't. Unfortunately for him... [looking up, yelling] I'M BISEXUAL! MUAHAHAHAHA! Eat it Pop-Pop!
  • Coordinated Clothes: It seems that Larry and Dot like wearing matching garments. In their first session, they both wore sleeveless sweaters decorated with rhombuses and open collar shirts behind them, differing only in the color schemes and the particular rhombus pattern. In their second session, they both wore hawaiian shirts, Dot's decorated with flowers and Larry's with pineapples, and they also wore straw hats.
  • Happily Married: They have been together for 15 years. They go to couples' therapy in order to deal with issues that crop up before they cause big problems, so the marriage stays happy.
    Larry: You and I, we're two sides of the same Barbra Streisand's Deluxe Greatest Hits Album.
    Dot: Aww, Larry! It's unique expresions like that that converted me in a "woman in love".
  • Missing Mom: Dot mentions that she is the only girl in her family and that her father and her brothers are the ones who raised her.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Larry mentions that he was raised by his grandfather as a child.
  • Stealing from the Office: When they leave after their first session, Larry steals one of the many dolls that Dr. Picani has in his office. They think they were smooth criminals that got away unnoticed, but in their second session Picani makes them see how wrong they are.

    Elliott 
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"You said a lot of words, many of them confused me, but the word 'outcast' sure sounded right for me."
I don't know if I should answer with a who, how or what question.

Elliott is a person that had signed into therapy with their boyfriend, Mitchell, because they're in a somehow toxic relationship, but Mitchell never wanted to show up, so Elliott decided to go through the therapy on their own.

Portrayed by: Joan
First appearance: "What 'Steven Universe' Teaches Us About Relationships", December 16, 2017

  • All Give and No Take: Their relationship with their boyfriend Mitchell appears to lack equality. Elliott tries their best to make the relationship work, but Mitchell does not seem to be putting in the same effort, which makes Elliott sad and unhappy.
  • Destructive Romance: By Elliot's account, it's clear their relationship with Mitchell is not healthy and that it is damaging for Elliot and maybe even Mitchell too.
  • Dysfunctional Family: This is the definition of Elliott's family: a father that neglects Elliott's problems, a mother that accuses them of blaming her for their trouble and a brother with whom they don't have much relation. A brother that their father compares Elliott unfavorably with all the time. Elliott only has a true loving family bond with their sister, who is the only one who truly supports them unconditionally. A sister who is, unfortunately, leaving for college soon.
    Dr. Picani: Okay, Elliott, if memory serves, you're part of a nice little "Modern Stone Age Family".
    Elliott: Let's give them a little credit, Doc, at least the Iron Age, but yeah.
  • Embarrassing First Name: How they see their birth name, Herbert.
  • Non-Binary Gender: Per Word of God, Elliot is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. This is reflected in their clothing which is as non-binary as them, combining garments traditionally used by both sexes with unisex garments.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Because of their father, Elliott feels inferior to their older brother; like they are in a constant rivalry with him that they never asked for.
  • The Unfavorite: This is what Elliott feels they are in their father's eyes.

    Kai 
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"So, if you don't mind, or if you do, I don't care, I'm gonna reclaim the hour that was stolen from me and use it to nap! People lie down in therapy sessions, right?"
Yeah, I'm a weirdo, now you now. But that doesn't need to be anybody's business.
Kai is a young gamer who's pressured by his girlfriend, Lauren, to go to therapy and work out the problems he had while growing up derived from his Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a disorder that causes him pain.

Portrayed by: Talyn
First appearance: "What 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Can Teach Us About Self-Worth", August 8, 2018

  • Berserk Button: If anyone implies, intentionally or not, that he is inferior or "less than", he bursts out with anger.
    Sokka: [from archive footage] Each of you are so amazing and so special, and I'm... not. I'm just the guy in the group who's regular.
    Dr. Picani: Is that something you can relate to?
    Kai: As a matter of fact... IT'S NOOOOOT! YOU DON'T KNOW ME! STOP TRYING TO READ ME! YOU'RE NOT A PSYCHIC, YOU'RE NOT WU! MORE LIKE UNCLE ABUUUUU!!!
    Dr. Picani: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Coming in hot there! I heard of Agni Kai, but this is ridiculous!
    [Kai stares at Picani in silence, a coughing is heard in the distance]
    Dr. Picani: Been waiting to make that joke...
  • Geek: Kai is a cartoon and videogame geek. He knows as much about "Avatar: The Last Airbender" as Dr. Picani himself, even surpassing him at some points. He is also a professional gamer that has won many tournaments of Smash Bros among others.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Kai hides a lot of pain and shame inside of him. He behaves like a real jerk, attacking everyone around him, just to hide that. That is, until Dr. Picani can get to the core of that issue.

    Sloane & Corbin 
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"You made that judgement about me? Who are you to do that when our relationship just started?"
I'm sorry, is this a therapy session or a botany class?
Sloane and Corbin are a happy young couple in the first months of their relation. Sloane senses that Corbin has difficulty in opening up with others, so he signed them both to therapy to try and work out that issue.

Portrayed by: Kyle Tapley (Sloane) and Terrence Williams Jr. (Corbin)
First appearance: "What 'Steven Universe' Teaches Us About Relationships", December 16, 2017

Sanders Shorts

This section includes specific characters created by Thomas Sanders or his team for the Sanders Shorts series, both from Vine and from Instagram. As the series has already more than 1900 installments, to avoid the section growing too big, only characters with a relatively regular string of appearances and which have distinct traits, whether of appearance, personality or both, are included, and fictional versions of Thomas and his friends will not appear here. Some tropes of stories starring these excluded characters can be found in the Web Video general page. Also, characters that are not originally created by Thomas, like Stewie Griffin, Stitch, Kermit the Frog, and other impressions are not included. Tropes involving the Dad Guy, the Teacher Guy and the Prince Guy do appear here.


    Sleep 
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"Get in b***, we're going napping."
Ah, pumpkin spiced seasonal depression, my favorite!

Sleep is a personification of Thomas' slumber. Thomas needs his presence in order to fall asleep, but Sleep has a rebellious attitude, like a teenager, and Thomas often suffers from insomnia because Sleep uses to go out all night to have some fun downtown or wherever. To make things worse, when he decides to come back to do his job, it's usually in the worst times, like when Thomas has to get up or needs to be awake.

First appearance: "So Rebellious, Out of Control", January 16, 2018

  • Berserk Button: He usually acts as if he didn't care about anything, but put the Anxiety Guy in front of him and Thomas shall feel his wrath.
  • Cool People Rebel Against Authority: The title of his first appearance says it all: "So rebellious, out of control". Sleep always wants to do whatever he wants whenever it pleases him and never listens to the "authority", in this case Thomas, who suffers the consequences.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In his firsts appearances, instead of his cup of Starbucks coffee, he was carrying a cup of what looked like beer with a straw. The cup was progressively mutated into the Starbucks cup episode by episode.
  • Irony: He's a personification of sleep... who doesn't stop drinking Starbucks coffee, always carrying a cup in his hand.
  • Invisible to Normals: He's visible and tangible only for Thomas. Anybody else can't see or hear him and that has put Thomas into awkward situations when he's started arguing with Sleep in the middle of the street and other people like Dominic only saw Thomas yelling at the thin air.
  • Mood-Swinger: One moment, he's complaining about how clingy Thomas is about him, and the next moment, he's complaining about how Thomas doesn't give him enough attention.
    Thomas: Hey, Sleep?
    Sleep: What?
    Thomas: You're gonna come to bed pretty soon?
    Sleep: Why?
    Thomas: Cause I need... sleep?
    Sleep: Okay, you need to... back the F up, because TBH, you're getting a little clingy, and it's not a good look on you, sweetie.
    [Next morning, the alarm clock rings and Thomas starts getting up]
    Sleep: Hey, where are you going!?
    Thomas: I have to get up.
    Sleep: Really? You're, like, leaving after, like, three hours of us being together? Like, I... I don't wanna call you selfish, but you basically hate me, and I don't even know why I try. I don't even know why I try anymore!
    [Thomas shows a face of silent frustration]
  • Product Displacement: Everybody knows that the cup of coffee that Sleep is drinking constantly is from Starbucks, but the Starbucks logo on the cup is covered with tape.
  • The Sandman: Even though he doesn't carry sand in his hands because he has them occupied with his cup of drink, he is the Lord and Master of sleep and dreams. Not only he puts Thomas into sleep. He also infuses him with the dreams he has while sleeping, and he loves putting Thomas into all kinds of weird dreams just for fun.
  • Sunglasses at Night: He never takes his sunglases off, no matter if it's day or night, or if he's outdoors or indoors, or if he's up or in bed.

    Dad Guy 
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"Hey, kids! You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish!"
Nice to meet you, Ready. I'm Dad!

The Dad Guy, alternatively known as the Dad Dude or the "Dad Character" is a happy and goofy individual who loves to make dad jokes and sometimes, without malice, becomes neglectful on the care of his children, who happen to be more mature and responsible than him most of the time.

First appearance: "Dad's Jokes Just Became Legit", January 15, 2014

  • Bumbling Dad: He's a dad that cares for his children, but, even if without malice, he's so irresponsible and neglectful that one would wonder how his kids have survived up to teenagehood.
  • Hidden Depths: Even though he uses to be rather irresponsible in respect of his children education, sometimes he can act like a real, serious dad and scold his children if they do something seriously wrong, even if the Pungeon Master inside of him comes out from time to time during the scolding.
    Dad Guy: [Angry] Listen, mister!
    Wizard Thomas: [Startled] What, what?
    Dad Guy: I just got a call from your head master saying you're pranking people by sending them unwanted howlers. What is this!?
    Wizard Thomas: Ummm...
    Dad Guy: You better expect-a-patronus to your actions, sir.
    Wizard Thomas: Are you... Are you still making puns right now?
    Dad Guy: That's right, I am, because this is ridiculous!
    Wizard Thomas: Ridiculous, which is also the spell...
    Dad Guy: The spell against boggarts, that's right! Listen, this kind of thing can get you expeliarmus from school, do you want that?
    Wizard Thomas: Why are you still making puns...?
    Dad Guy: [yelling, angry] I said, do you want that!?
    Wizard Thomas: No! No, I don't!
    Dad Guy: Okay, then I'll better see some improvements soon, or you're going to be the boy who lived... [yelling] outside of my house! Do you understand?
    Wizard Thomas: Yes...
    Dad Guy: [leaving the room] You just got Wingardium Levi-owned, son.
    Wizard Thomas: [mumbling] Oh, my gosh, dad...
  • The Klutz: When the Dad Guy is around, disaster's in the air, for him and for everyone on his surroundings. So far, he's set the kitchen on fire, destroyed an expensive TV set, set a bunch of hot dogs on fire, dropped a whole canister of hot peppers in a chili dish, caused an electric blackout in the whole neighborhood... He is so clumsy that when he hangs out with his kids they have to keep him tied to a leash so that he's not hit by a car.
  • Negative Continuity: This applies to the Dad Guy's family, which has three alternate versions. Most of the times, the Dad Guy is a single parent with two kids, a boy around 12 years old and a girl around 8, but the boy sometimes suffers a multiple case of The Other Darrin between episodes, being played by several different actors with a totally different appearance between each other.note  In the second version, the Dad Guy has an adult sonnote  and a wifenote  that appears on occasion. In the third one, which has appeared only once, he's a single parent again, but he has an adult daughter who has a boyfriend.
  • Pungeon Master: Dad jokes are encoded in his DNA.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Spiders are the only thing that can make his smile fade away and make him truly panic, up to the point of leaving a house after finding a spider or jumping off a running car with his children inside after seeing a spider in the dashboard.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Dad Guy's children, in any version of his family, have the seriousness and common sense that he lacks.
    Dad Guy: Children, stop watching cartoons and do your homework!
    Dad's Daughter: We are!
    Dad's Son: You're the one who's watching!
    Dad Guy: [watching "Steven Universe"] No, I'm watching a master piece!

    Prince Guy 
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"When I think about my worries, and I think about my strife, here is what I simply say: AAAAAAHHHHHH!"
Off we go on our epic quest! No hesitation, no stopping, and no turning back!

The Prince Guy, alternatively known as the Prince Dude or the "Prince Character", is always in the search for adventures, always trying to fight villains, confront perils and save individuals in distress, always on the quest to find his true love, which could be a princess, a prince, a non-binary royalty member, or more commonly, himself.

First appearance: "Fairytale with a Twist: Sleeping Beauty", June 4, 2014

  • Bi the Way: He's had love interests of all sexes during his adventures.
  • Crossdresser: There was a time when he was the sleeping beauty, with a beautiful dress included, and his princess was the one to wear the prince outfit, confusing a competitor rescuer in the process, who thought he was a girl and she was a guy. In the end everyone ended disappointed, the rescuer because he couldn't get the prize he was looking for and the prince and princess were disappointed in him for being so narrow minded.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In his first appearance, he had a lot of jewelry and badges on his chest and sash and his hair had a wet look.
  • Prince Charming: He's a parody of the stereotypical Disney Prince.

    Teacher Guy 
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"Honey, you have three exams, two essays and four projects to worry about, I don't think you really have the time."
Hey! Dress code!

The Teacher Guy, alternatively known as the Teacher Dude or the "Teacher Character", works in a regular high school. He usually is a serious and strict teacher that imparts knowledge to his students with wisdom. However, sometimes he has his moments of losing it and acts more eccentrically than on average, which sometimes is a problem for his fellow teachers.

First appearance: "These Troublemakers", November 3, 2014

  • Characterization Marches On: Except in his very first appearance, where he was a truly threatening character, in many of his first appearances, he acted goofily and happily, sometimes even neglectfully in respect of his teaching duties, very similar to the Dad Guy. As time went on, he progressively became more grounded and started taking his class more seriously. He kept being an eccentric guy, but a serious eccentric guy.
  • Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: He will confiscate anything his students bring that he thinks it might disturb the class like a cell phone or a bag of chips. He will even confiscate one of the students' mom who happened to interrupt a class one day.
  • Nerd: He has the appearance of the typical classic nerd.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Turns out it's not just the students who are upset summer's over...
    Teacher Guy: [with forced cheer and a smile] Who's excited to be back (to school)?
    Student: Absolutely no one.
    Teacher Guy: [suddenly serious] Me, neither. Let's get the heck out of here!
    [Cut to all the students and Teacher Guy escaping in his car.]
  • Silence, You Fool!: He can't stand his students talking in class and will loudly tell them to shut up. This is taken to the extreme, though, as even when they talk with sign language and not making any noise, it bothers him.
  • Stern Teacher: He cares about his students, but he's strict and often humorless.

    Anxiety Guy 
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"Man, what is his problem?"
(The princess is) under my curse, only to be woken up by true love's kiss!

The Anxiety Guy is Thomas' plain anxiety. He acts as the main foe for both the Prince Guy and Sleep. He seems to have some malicious, or at least mischievous motives against the Prince Guy, as he uses to steal his princess, whether it is human or made of rag, but he wonders why Sleep thinks so badly about him.

First appearance: "Happily Ever After", January 12, 2017

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: For Thomas, he's a plain representation of his anxiety.note 
  • Demoted to Extra: Just as the Dad Guy, the Prince Guy and the Teacher Guy from the Vines became the base of Morality, Creativity and Logic, from "Sanders Sides", The Anxiety Guy did the opposite trip. A character named Anxiety, now known as Virgil, made his debut on "Sanders Sides", and later, inspired on Virgil, the Anxiety Guy made his debut on Vine as a supporting character in the Prince Guy series. The very few Anxiety Guy's appearances on the shorts never went any further, always as a supporting character either on the Prince Guy series or in a brief cameo in the Sleep series, never with his own shorts series like the other three guys.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He cursed the Prince Guy's love interest by putting her to sleep, and rejoices on making it difficult for the Prince Guy to rescue her.

    Brain 
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"Hi, I'm your brain, and in a few moments I'll have you imagining all the ways you went wrong."
I don't remember anything you did last week.

Brain is a personification of Thomas' subconscious, the thoughts that appear randomly on his mind, his utilitarian imagination and his train of thought. He loves torturing Thomas putting in his head magnified thoughts of real events, giving him memories from a long time ago when he needs to remember something more recent, or suddenly putting on him random impulses to do the most eccentric things.

First appearance: "Why Do I Do This?", August 13, 2016

  • Bathtub Bonding: It turns out that Brain works his best when he takes a shower with Thomas. It is then when he gets the most creative and gives Thomas the best ideas, though none of them know why.
  • Chaotic Stupid: Brain has a lot of sudden impulsive but disastrous and senseless ideas, like throwing Thomas' phone into the water or eating Tide Pods, and tries to convince Thomas to do them, while Thomas has to act like the Only Sane Man and tell Brain to forget about it, no matter how much Brain insists.
    [Thomas is finishing a dish he's cooking, while humming the song "Under the Sea"]
    Brain: It looks good.
    Thomas: [Smiling] It does!
    Brain: A healthy nutritious array.
    Thomas: [giggles] I try.
    Brain: It looks like you're missing only one ingredient.
    Thomas: [Smiling] What?
    Brain: [pulling out a box, with announcer voice] Tide Pods!
    Thomas: [Yelling, angry] NO!
    Brain: [Same announcer voice] Great for your laundry... [tempting voice] and for your mouth.
    Thomas: Stop! You can't eat those! They're... you... they could cause physical harm!
    Brain: [Same tempting voice] You know you want it...
    Thomas: Shut up!
  • Greed: Brain inspires some momentary impulses of greed on Thomas, especially when Thomas opens a Christmas card and there's no money in it, no matter the fact that Thomas is already a grown up adult.
  • The Paranoiac: It turns out that Brain is quite a paranoid, always thinking something is wrong with Thomas, and inspiring in turn these thoughts on him.
    Thomas: [Resting in his couch] I got everything done. I can actually relax...
    Brain: Mmmm?
    Thomas: What?
    Brain: Everything?
    Thomas: What did I not do?
    Brain: No idea. [talking quickly and anxiously] But whatever it is you're not doing it right now, you're wasting time!
    [Thomas gets up quickly and runs anxiously]

    Mom 
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"I am hanging out, and when I return, I want this place spotless. Spotless!"
I don't care, cancel it. You're babysitting.

Thomas' Mom is quite a person. Even though it doesn't always look so, she takes care of Thomas with love but also with a fist of iron. Her eccentricities, though, sometimes put Thomas into tough situations, and his relationship with his mom is a love/hate one, more of love than hate, but still. She's married to the Dad Guy in one of the versions of Dad Guy's family.note 

Portrayed by: Thomas Sanders' real life mother (2013-2014) and Susan Shrum (2014-)
First appearance: "Moms Know Everything", November 29, 2013
First appearance with Susan Shrum: What's for Supper?, July 14, 2014

  • Cutting Corners: She will try to save money by reducing costs in every possible way, which includes avoiding buying things unless there's literally no choice, and doing magic tricks to make meals out of nowhere when the fridge is empty.
  • Hopeless with Tech: She's terribly bad with computers and often calls Thomas for help. It is specially frustrating for him how long it takes for her to learn just how to turn the machine on.
  • Mama Bear: Even though it doesn't always look so, she loves her child and will do anything to protect him, even fighting an intruder to the death knife in hand.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She doesn't respect Thomas' privacy in the slightest. She forces the lock of his bedroom to see what he's doing, reads his personal chats and emails, and even gets in the shower when he's inside.
  • The Other Darrin: From 2013 up to early 2014, she was played by Thomas Sanders' real life mother. Since July 14, 2014, Susan Shrum replaced her in the role and Thomas' real life mother only appeared as herself in real life pranks and similar unscripted episodes.
  • Parental Neglect: Sometimes she can be quite neglectful. In fact, she has made Thomas feel like The Un-Favorite sometimes due to openly giving more love to her dog than to her own son.

    Sun & Moon 
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"You're mooning me..."
- Hey, Sun! It's bright out here, but I love it!
- This is my time to shine!

The Sun and the Moon govern the sky in the day and night respectively, and they also have their little arguments when Thomas sees them.

First appearance: "That Time of Day... You Know What I'm Talking About", February 9, 2018

  • Accidental Pervert: Moon just wanted to help Sun cast a shadow. The fact that while doing it he mooned him, figuratively and literally, was just an accident.
  • Manchild: Both Sun and Moon behave like children, one way or another. Moon behaves like an innocent, happy child who only wants to have fun, while Sun is quite a Spoiled Brat who always wants to be the center of the Solar System.note 
  • Purity Personified: Moon treats people on Earth in the most kind and friendly way.
  • Too Much Alike: They're both celestial bodys that share the sky. They usually don't appear together, but when they do, they can't help competing with each other over their respective abilities. The Moon does it without noticing it, just thinking of showing off as an innocent game. Sun is pretty conscious of the competition, though, and he always wants to be the best, lashing out when he thinks he's being treated as less than the Moon.

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