For as long as people have loved and played video games, they have made fan art of said video games. Some art is really detailed and beautiful, while others is simple and made on MS Paint in the 1990s by an overly enthusiastic teenager (oddly specific, I know). As the Internet has evolved and video games have become more graphically advanced and complicated, so has the fan art and the people who indulge and draw it, along with their, ahem, preferences.
In this day, you can’t Google search video game characters or go onto Deviantart without tripping over some unseeable fan art. You know the kind. The ones with pairings that make no sense, pregnant people that shouldn’t be pregnant, and the ones that make you wish you had turned your safe search on and you should definitely clear your browser history. That is the kind of fan art this list is about today! We will delve into the underbelly of internet fan art, ranging from inflation to quicksand (?) to Sonic being in pretty much every weird fan art situation ever conceived. Here are 15 deviant video game trends that just won’t go away. You have been warned.
15. Genderbending Characters
Another staple of the internet, genderbending is the act of taking a character and making a version of them that is the opposite gender. So drawing Mario or Link like they are women, for example. Some of these come out cute and really creative, but some come out a bit more devious than that. There are many people who make things pretty lewd and out there, and odds are if a character exists, a genderbent version of it probably exists as well.. Characters that are commonly genderbent include Link, Mario, and Sonic the Hedgehog (side note: you’d be amazed at the stuff artists will do to Sonic, so dwell the internet with caution).
14. Video Game Characters Wearing Diapers
This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: characters wearing diapers. There is a community for everything, and diapers is one of them. Diapers, you ask? There is, oddly enough, a lot of fan art out there of video game characters in diapers. Not full on baby gear, but their normal outfits with simply diapers. Some characters drawn in such a fashion include Princess Peach, Ash Ketchum, Sonic (of freaking course), and many more! This is another one of those trends where you should tread lightly on “research,” so if you are going to do it, fire up Incognito load and be prepared to answer lots of uncomfortable questions from your girlfriend should you get caught.
13. Sonic The Hedgehog’s Feet (Yes, Sonic Has His Own Entry)
Foot obsessions are definitely not unheard of, but this entry is special in the way that we are specifically touching on Sonic the Hedgehog’s big ole feet. Yes, there is a whole subcategory of people who love, obsess, and will draw his feet with the love and attention a mother hen would give to a fragile egg. Again, there is a market for everything, and apparently, this one is folks who love alarmingly large feet on a giant blue hedgehog. I really have nothing else to go on, other than the unfortunate realization that people do really uncomfortable things to Sonic in fan art. Go forward with the knowledge that there is a chance you know someone who likes blue hedgehog feet.
12. Pregnant Sonic (Yes, I Said It)
Returning to Sonic briefly, there are a lot of pieces of fan art out there depicting him in the later stages of pregnancy. It’s in the title of this article, it’s weird, and it makes no damn sense. This seems to be a long-running (haha) trend too, as I can find art that goes back into the early 2000s. In addition, Sonic gets paired up with lots of potential baby daddies, so this begs the question: who is the father? Time to get Maury on the phone. Some other video game men that fall victim to such unorthodox pregnancy includes Mario and Link. Looks like Peach and Zelda have some explaining to do (seriously, a lot).
Ah, inflation. A favorite in the underbelly of Deviantart, inflation is (much like many of the trends on this list) straightforward. It involves a character being filled with air, food, or some other substance and being filled into a sphere or a ball. From there, there are a lot of sub-categories I quite frankly don’t want to get into. This is a particular trend where no one is safe. Mario? Filled up with air and rolled around a la Violet Beauregarde. Lara Croft? Filled with a suspicious gel to a plump mound. Overall, this is one of those trends that has become more and more common as the years have gone on, and does not look like it is going away anytime soon. So be prepared to see it on Deviantart whether you want to or not.
10. Human Versions Of… Pokémon?
We all knew this was coming. As a long time denizen of the internet, odds are good that if it exists, a mature female version of it will follow in its path. It is literally one of the rules of the internet. Pokémon are no exception, both in terms of fan art and cosplay. Hot Pikachu, hot Charizard, hot Snorlax, you name it, there is a version of it with heaving chests. What makes it even worst is that there is just as much fan art of the curvy Pokémon with their trainers in, ahem, compromising positions. Which is just wrong, honestly. Are the Pokémon aware they are being taken advantage of? Should the trainers be ashamed of themselves? Should people be ashamed of themselves? Yes. The answer is yes.
9. Five Nights At Freddy’s Fan Art (Pretty Much Anything Involving Chica)
Five Nights at Freddy’s is one of those games that took the internet by storm after let’s players (such as Markiplier or jacksepticeye) played it on their respective channels and after a lot of fan art from the game circulated around such places like Tumblr and Deviantart. Much of this fan art was aimed at Chica, the animatronic duck, because you can make anything hot, including animatronics. Chica is usually depicted as having rather large, erm, assets in most fan art that features her. What is more disconcerting than her being a homicidal animatronic robot is that she is an animatronic robot in a kids birthday center. It’s just plain wrong. Yet the world goes on, and artists give Chica a full figure.
8. Furry Versions Of Video Game Characters
You all knew furries would find their way on this list. Otherwise you’ve been living under a rock for the last ten years. They are as much a staple of the internet as breasts and cat memes. For the new and uninitiated, furries are humans that have significant animal features. They have made more and more frequent recurrences in the last few years on places such as Deviantart. As a result, many popular video game characters have been transformed into furry creatures, including Mario (as the raccoon, of course), as well as Samus Aran and many other characters. The animals they are shown as can range from raccoon to cat to… goldfish? Furries are an interesting bunch.
7. Self-Insert Fan Art
Self-insert fan art is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a type of fan art where the artist inserts themselves into the world (literally, not in an artistic deep meaning sense). The artists convey themselves through drawings of themselves or drawing terrifying disembodied arms and hands to interact with the video game character in question. This has become a much more popular form of fan art in the last few years, especially with the release of such games as Undertale and Five Nights At Freddy’s. Most of this fan art can be innocent, but a lot of it can also involve the artist shipping themselves with the characters in question and doing, ahem, stuff with them. Ah, what a time to be alive.
6. Characters In Maid Outfits
If you have ever been to an anime convention or are familiar with them at all, you might be familiar with the idea of a maid cafe. You can go there, and girls (and sometimes guys) dressed in maid outfits will come and serve you food and drink. It is an interesting concept that has translated to fan art a lot recently, especially in the realm of Sonic the Hedgehog. But let’s be honest here; pretty much everything has been done to Sonic. Anyway, there has been a lot of fan art involving muscly men (think Mortal Kombat) wearing maid outfits and serving food. It kind of meets the corner of cutesy and crossdressing in an interesting (and disconcerting depending on how you draw it) way.
5. Video Game Women Struggling In Quicksand
This is honestly one I had never heard of before. There is this intrigue on the underbelly of the internet in relation to quicksand. More specifically, attractive women sinking into quicksand. Why is this interesting to people, you ask? Your guess is as good as mine, my friend. There is fan art out there of women from various video games, like Princess Peach from the Mario Bros. or Samus Aran from Metroid, struggling in quicksand (while in tight clothing, of course) to get out. This seems pretty straightforward, but also a little concerning and dubious. Overall, be careful who you decide to hike with in the jungle in the future.
4. Smooth Game Consoles (Wait, What?)
Human versions of Pokémon makes a bit more sense than this given that they are alive. In recent years, people have been taking to making human versions of various game consoles, such as the Xbox, Wii, and as of recently, the Nintendo Switch. But of course, it took a curvy, attractive direction, as many people made hot versions of these different consoles, namely in human and anthropomorphic. And yes, that does include the Nintendo Switch, strange as it looks. They managed to make a controller that looks like a derpy dog head attractive. Do people really find this attractive? On second thought, I don’t think I really want the answer to that. The Internet is already a weird enough place.
This is another pretty straightforward trend; basically, it involves very buxom women wearing very tight latex catsuits. This leads to a lot of obvious sights of curves and assets. It is prevalent in a lot of video games heavily featuring women, but namely Bayonetta. I mean, seriously, look at the suit Bayonetta wears. And those heels? They capture every single curve and make the boys (and some girls) go va-va-voom! There is some fanart of character that does not canonically wear such suits too, and it seems to be a sub-set on Deviantart too. If you are going to look this up and do, ahem, “research” on this particular trend, be sure to clear your browser history.
2. Pairings From Different Video Game Franchises
Pairings from different video games pretty much involve different characters from various franchises getting together and getting to know each other on a more personal level. This can range from light and cute, fluffy stuff, to some downright dirty, vile, exorcise-your-computer-after-you-are-done fan art. That sort of stuff. Some popular pairings tend to be Samus Aran and Princess Peach, and of course Sonic and Mario. Something I’ve realized during my research for this article is that Sonic is pretty much involved in every category of fan art possible, so it isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine him paired with someone. It is a lot lighter than some of the other positions I’ve seen Sonic in…
1. Family Pairings (Ew, I Know)
If the title for this entry sounds like it implies a fan art style involving “family matters”… you are completely (and unfortunately) correct. This trend involves pairing up siblings with one another in a romantic or physical (ahem) manner. The age difference and gender, or the simple fact that they are related means nothing here apparently. Some characters that are popularly paired and shipped are Sans and Papyrus from Undertale (its really hard to find appropriate pictures for them, trust me. I learned this the hard way) along with Mario and Luigi (unsurprisingly). Some of this stuff gets super lewd, so I would definitely say dwell Deviantart carefully if you get curious and tell no one.
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