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[Thomas]: Previously on Sanders Sides... Ahhh- I didn't cut together any footage for this.

[Roman]: Ugh, it's fine. I'll just perform the review myself, so... Thomas started the video and was acting like an aloof moron with no filter and Logic was like, "What's up?" Then, Morality and I showed up, and we were like, "What's up?" Then, we realized Anxiety wasn't here and Thomas didn't have any anxiety at all, and I was like, "That's not a bad thing because I'm the dreamer." But the other two were like, "We need him or whatever..." So we were like, "Where is he?" Then we deduced that he was probably in the corner of Thomas' mind where Anxiety resides or "Anxiety's Room". So we all journeyed there together to find him. Does that make sense?

[Logan]: Yeah, or you know, you could just... click here and watch the previous video.

[Patton]: And that's what you missed on me!


*In Anxiety's room*

[Thomas]: -pops up- Whoa... -chuckles- I -snaps his fingers- knew I should've taken that left turn at Albuquerque.

[Logan]: You made that joke in the last video.

[Thomas]: I know... It was just to re-establish where we are in the present timeline. Wow... So, this is Anxiety's room...

*quick walkthrough of Anxiety's room accompanied by sinister music*

[Thomas]: His room sure looks a lot like my living room... Like, what is this, the upside-down world or something?

[Logan]: -sighs- No, the room just varies based on whatever your present location is.

[Thomas]: One of the darker corners of my mind, the source of all my worries and fears, and-

[Logan]: Nightmare Before Christmas?

[Roman]: Aw!

[Thomas]: Yeah, it does not get that dark.

[Roman]: Oh, I love that.

[Patton]: YAH! Spiders!

[Logan]: No need to worry, Patton. That is just the... pattern on the curtains.

[Patton]: I am terribly afraid of spiders... I would like to trade places with someone.

[Logan]: This room is literally covered in spider webs and yet, the curtains unsettle you?

[Patton]: Well, I literally don't see any spiders in those, Logan. These curtains are literally covered in them.

[Roman]: Why, those are just silly cartoons, they're not even realistic. But if need be, I will destroy them for you, Patton.

[Patton]: Thanks, but let's call them what they are, Roman.

[Roman]: Spider curtain-

[Patton]: Creepy Crawly Death Dealers.

[Roman]: Eh, okay...

[Thomas]: Alright, but, like, if this is his room... where is Anxi-

[Anxiety]: -pops up- -shouting- WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY ROOM?!

[Thomas]: AAAAAHHH!!!

[Logan]: AAAAAHHH.

[Roman]: -extremely high-pitched- AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!

[Patton]: AHHH, I think one of them moved!

[Thomas]: Anxiety? -gasps- Oh my goodness, I am so happy to see you! That's weird.

[Anxiety]: You literally all just screamed in unison upon seeing me.

[Logan]: Sorry, it's just- you do this thing where you- where you just kind of... appear.

[Thomas]: -coming to his senses- Wait, what am I wearing?? What IS my hair?!

[Roman]: Welcome back, Thomas. -throws Thomas a hairbrush-

[Thomas]: -fixes up hair- Thanks, Roman. -throws hairbrush back, which hits Roman-

[Roman]: Ow!

[Thomas]: Look, Anxiety, you don't understand.

[Roman]: Come on...

[Thomas]: For some reason, I wasn't feeling your presence at all.

[Anxiety]: Yeah, I know. It's because I've decided to duck out.

[Patton]: Quack.

[Thomas]: What- duck out?

[Patton]: Quack, quack.

[Roman]: That's a thing you can do?

[Logan]: For this video, I guess.

[Thomas]: What do you mean?

[Anxiety]: I removed myself from the equation. I quit. Decided it wasn't worth it anymore.

[Thomas]: Why would you do that?

[Anxiety]: Well, it didn't seem like I was wanted. You all made that pretty clear anytime I showed up.

[Patton]: Wha-

[Anxiety]: Except you, Patton. You're a funny guy.

[Patton]: I love my Dark Strange Son.

[Roman]: Well, surely you knew that we were just preparing ourselves for the worst po-... Okay, uh... Maybe I could rephrase that. Uh, we were just tensing up because we knew that something bad would... Uh... G- Look, it's just... you're never really fun and—

[Thomas]: Roman, shut up.

[Roman]: Ah, look, I am the creative side, not the fluffy, cutesy, kind, wordsy side... Sooo...

[Logan]: -eyeshadow gets added- One would think that the creative side would be able to come up with a nicer way to talk to others!

[Roman]: -eyeshadow gets added- You'd think the smart side would know when to mind his own business!

[Anxiety]: Okay, it's real sweet that you all decided to come for a visit, but if I wanted to stand around being insulted, I would've shown up in person like I usually do.

[Patton]: -eyeshadow gets added- Aw, you poor, little, anxious baby!

[Anxiety]: Let's just face facts... You're better off without me.

[Thomas]: No, NO, no, no, that is where you're wrong!

[Logan]: Very much so. I don't think any of us comprehended how much you factor into Thomas' decision making.

[Thomas]: Yeah.

[Logan]: I mean, without you, he was acting like a- um... just a- like a big, bumbling, couch potato man.

[Thomas]: That-… There's probably a nicer way to say that, but—

[Logan]: Just an unfiltered... Just gonna come out and say it. A cotton-headed, Ninny Muggins.

[Patton, Roman, & Thomas]: -big gasp-

[Thomas]: That is enough out of you... Logic!

[Logan]: See, he's reining me in right now because of you.

[Anxiety]: You DO talk too much sometimes...

[Logan]: -big inhale- I never thought I'd appreciate you saying that.

[Patton]: We've already learned that Thomas listening to me too much can be a problem. Same with Roman. Probably even Logan.

[Logan]: Hahaha. Easy...

[Patton]: Now, while I still have your attention, do you think maybe we could switch places?

[Anxiety]: Alright, I can't say it isn't nice to hear you all groveling, but... 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.

[Roman]: If your only goal is to protect, then why do you act like the embodiment of a dark and stormy night all the time?

[Thomas]: Roman?

[Roman]: What?! He's a creepy cookie! You're a creepy cookie, Anxiety!

[Thomas]: Roman!

[Roman]: You're like a- an oatmeal raisin cookie that's primarily composed of raisins. A raisin oatmeal cookie. No one wants that!


[Roman]: I'm sorry.

[Thomas]: You pump those brakes!

[Roman]: -eyeshadow becomes darker- I'm sorry. I'm just- I'm feeling a little, um... extra passionate here.

[Patton]: When did you apply eyeshadow?

[Roman]: I didn't! But does it look okay? Because a prince has got to slay.

[Patton]: Of course, it looks good. Why would you think it wouldn't? Do you have self-esteem issues? -gasp- Am I asking too many questions?

[Anxiety]: 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.

[Patton]: You could never overdo it.

[Thomas]: Mmm... Well...

[Patton]: -eyeshadow becomes darker- You are perfect and special just the way you are. I don't care how dark your clothes are, you shine... ♪ Bright like a diamond... ♪

[Thomas]: You o- you okay, Patton?

[Patton]: I just got a lot of feelings...

[Roman]: Hey, Patton! ...Eyeshadow buddies.

[Patton]: We are buddies...

[Logan]: Look, Anxiety, you're a natural fight-or-flight reflex. That's what you're instilled in humans to act as. And for some people, yes, you're a little heightened, but what's a little extra height, right? I mean, that just means you're tall enough to ride every ride at Disney World. Unless you're too tall and you get decapitated on it's a small world. Wow. Sorry for that little tangent. I am reeling right now. The point is too much of anything can be counterproductive.

[Anxiety]: Well, yeah, but for me—

[Logan]: Hold on! -eyeshadow becomes darker- Yes, I'm about to provide more exposition, Thomas. Just bear with me.

[Thomas]: Okay...

[Logan]: The relationship between anxiety and performance can be expressed on THIS CURVE, known as the Yerkes-Dodson curve. It's named after the psychologists, R. M. Yerkes and J. D. Dodson. They—

[Roman]: Get on with it, calculator watch!

[Patton]: Yow, loud noises!

[Logan]: Okay! Up here is where you want to be. The optimum degree of constructive tension. Yes! Too much anxiety pushes us to this side of the curve and performance is hindered, which is less than ideal. BUT without you at all, Thomas is not just on this more relaxed, laid-back side of the graph, which is also not ideal when you're trying to get things done, he's all the way down here.

[Roman]: -bangs are down- By the horn of a unicorn, that WAS going somewhere! I normally would've fallen asleep, but I am not feeling like my fabulous self right now. I am bitterly jittery, and not very glittery.

[Anxiety]: So, with me, aren't you just always on the other side of that... curve thing?

[Logan]: -bangs are down- Yerkes-Dodson curve.

[Anxiety]: Yeah, that.

[Thomas]: There's ways that I can work on that, Anxiety, but I'd rather work on it WITH you than without you at all.

[Anxiety]: How?

[Thomas]: I just need to make you feel listened to. You're- You're like- like a really important alarm clock. Sure, the noise can be sudden and a little unpleasant sometimes, but it's important for me to recognize the concern, register it, and carry on, changing my actions, if necessary.

[Logan]: You're what made Thomas double and triple-check things he needed to study before taking tests and—

[Patton]: -bangs are down- Offer you that feeling of tingliness after achieving something he didn't think was possible!

[Logan]: E equals MC scared!

[Patton]: Sorry, was that too loud? I was worried I wouldn't get another chance to speak and I wanted to share my thoughts before I forgot it.

[Thomas]: Anxiety... I-In small doses, you're what pressures me to get out of bed. To get moving and doing stuff. I'm lucky to have you the way that I do.

[Logan]: Some people have anxiety that's heightened to the point where it becomes an incredibly difficult and hindering condition. Whether it's a symptom of a different issue or an anxiety disorder or the unfortunate result of something someone may be going through.

[Thomas]: And I don't want to downplay any of that, but I think, maybe I could benefit from trying to understand you better.

[Anxiety]: I mean, it's cool to see you all trying to be helpful. Well, most of you, but—

[Roman]: Anxiety, you're... ...what pushes Thomas to rehearse and rehearse before performances. You are that nervousness that he feels right before going on stage, but just as he does so... you ease up, and... you let his excitement and passion for performance take over. I think that's as good a sign as any that... you're willing to work as a team... and that you make us... better. -losing it- Was that good? Did I do good?!

[Patton]: -losing it- I'm gonna cry. I just don't want to lose any of you!

[Logan]: -losing it- Yerkes-Dodson!

[Anxiety]: Uh-oh...

[Thomas]: Uh, what the heck is going on?

[Anxiety]: These guys have all been in this corner of your mind for too long... -tempest tongue activated- It's corrupting them. All their main functions are starting to work to drive you far over to the other end of that curve.

[Thomas]: What?!

[Anxiety]: Hang on. We're getting them all out of here. Thomas, remember what you've learned... Breathe in for four seconds.

[Thomas]: -breathes in-

[Logan]: Hmm... -sinks out-

[Anxiety]: Hold your breath for seven seconds.

[Thomas]: -holds breath-

[Patton]: -big sniff- -sinks out-

[Anxiety]: Now breathe out for eight seconds.

[Thomas]: -breathes out-

[Roman]: Ugh... -sinks out-

[Anxiety]: Keep it up, Thomas. -sinks out- That's good, keep going.

[Thomas]: -sinks out-

*new scene; back in Thomas' apartment*

[Thomas]: -pops up-

[Logan]: -pops up- -back to his senses- Unh!

[Roman]: -pops up- -back to his senses- Gah! Okay.

[Patton]: -pops up- -back to his senses- Hng! Huh! Ah!

[Anxiety]: -pops up- That was a really risky thing you guys did.

[Thomas]: Yeah, I'm pretty sure that if you were with us from the start, you'd have kept us from doing that in the first place.

[Anxiety]: Being anxious about the idea of growing more anxious. Yeah, that sounds like me.

[Roman]: You... rescued me.

[Anxiety]: Yeah, well... fight-or-flight, am I right?

[Logan]: -sighs- Incredibly right. Just like you keep Thomas away from potentially dangerous situations, you also enable him to escape from the ones he manages to get himself into.

[Patton]: I am incredibly proud of you, Anxiety.

[Anxiety]: Pfft... -embarrassed- Whatever.

[Patton]: But I'm more proud of myself for enduring the Great Spider Threat of 2017.

[Logan]: They were just curtains, Patton.

[Anxiety]: You all went through that for me...

[Roman]: Eh, don't sweat it, Brad Pitiful. It was no big deal.

[Thomas]: It was worth it to regain my good ol' worrywart.

[Logan]: That's right. And just like you saved us, It's the vigilant people that work the hardest to save the world. Sometimes it's better for a society to be anxious than complacent.

[Anxiety]: Another thing... I lower all expectations for social gatherings. So, if you do actually go out, anything remotely good will be pleasantly surprising.

[Thomas]: OH MY GOSH!

[Patton]: There you go!

[Roman]: Yes!

[Anxiety]: Hey, not so bad...

[Patton]: Party on, my dudes.

[Thomas]: Well... Glad to have you back, Anxiety, and I promise to make sure you feel listened to and strive for a better balance from here on out. And to all of you out there—

[Anxiety]: Wait. Oh, boy. I'm actually considering it...

[Thomas]: What? What?

[Anxiety]: You've kinda made me want to open up to you, but big surprise, I'm really anxious about it.

[Patton]: Anxious! Like your name!

[Anxiety]: Yep, that was, uh... That-… You're great, Patton. But, uh, actually... on the subject of my name...

[Roman]: Shut up.

[Logan]: Oh, that's okay. No pressure. If you don't want to—

[Patton]: Logan. Shut your ever-flapping gob talker, okay?

[Thomas]: No pranks or misleading?

[Anxiety]: Not this time. Oh, man. Why did we have to have a heartfelt moment?

[Patton]: It's totally fine, this is a very accepting environment. But I have to tell you that I've been theorizing on it for a very long time. So if it's not exactly the name that I think it is... I will lose it.

[Anxiety]: Okay, promise you won't laugh though...

[Thomas]: Wh- Of course not.

[Anxiety]: My name... -dramatic music- -quickly- MY NAME IS VIRGIL! Okay. It's like a band-aid. You just gotta rip it off.

[Logan]: Virgil?

[Roman]: -snorts-

[Virgil]: Mmm...

[Patton]: Oh, but that doesn't end with "-an" or an "-on"... Mm, shouldn't it be something like, uh, Virgan?

[Roman]: Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

[Thomas]: Why's that so funny?

[Roman]: Um... because, um... It's not.

[Thomas]: I think it is an awesome name.

[Logan]: It's not what I anticipated, but I do like it.

[Patton]: It's different, but I like that it's different.

[Roman]: It was... unexpected, but... it took a lot to trust us with that information... Virgil.

[Virgil]: Eh. You can call me Virge.

[Thomas]: Well, this has been a day learning to embrace all of who I am, learning new things about myself... Thank you for opening up to us, Anxiety… Uh, Virgil. Virge, for short.

[Virgil]: Whatever. I'm at least glad I can offer some help, even if sometimes I can be... hard to deal with.

[Logan]: In Thomas' case, you are indeed manageable.

[Roman]: Yeah, and you are nothing compared to the others. -covers his mouth-

[Thomas]: Others? What do you mean others? What others? Well, this is foreboding.

[Roman]: Ah, it's nothing. So long! -sinks out-

[Logan]: Farewell. -sinks out-

[Patton]: ♪ Auf Wiedersehen, goodnight. ♪ -sinks out-

[Thomas]: What was that all about?

[Virgil]: -sigh- Look, I know I'm the one that's causing you to be suspicious, but honestly, table that question for another day.

[Thomas]: Gotcha. And Virgil?

[Virgil]: You know, it's really weird hearing you say that.

[Thomas]: Honestly, thank you for all of the good stuff that you DO provide... You can be a good guy.

[Virgil]: -smiles- -sinks out-

[Thomas]: -to viewers- I hope this helped shed light on some of the possible upsides of anxiety. Again, there are plenty of people out there dealing with conditions where anxiety isn't as easily manageable, and too much can, of course, be a hindrance. But for many of you, by taking time to accept it as a natural part of you, by making it feel heard and not letting it dominate you, hopefully, managing your anxiety will get a little easier each day. Until next time, take it easy, guys, gals, and non-binary pals. PEACE OUT!

*new scene*

[Thomas]: This video went over possible upsides to anxiety, but many of us struggle with anxiety in different ways. If you're struggling with anxiety or something else, just know that you're not alone and there are resources available to help you. Here are a few numbers you can call should you need help and not know who to turn to. Stay safe, I love you guys.

*end card; in Virgil's room*

[Logan]: -pops up- Thought I saw this thing in here earlier. Is this my Alice in Wonderland puzzle book??

[Virgil]: Oh... yeah.

[Logan]: I respected your privacy for this long. Please try to respect mine. -sinks out-

[Virgil]: Okay...

[Roman]: -pops up- Greetings, friendo...

[Virgil]: Yes?

[Roman]: I couldn't help but notice that you had some very nifty posters back here...

[Virgil]: Ugh, you probably already own like 101 Disney posters.

[Roman]: Yeah, I do. But me and these posters are ♪ simply meant to be... ♪

[Virgil]: You can't have my sick nasty Tim Burton posters!

[Roman]: Ugh, fine. -sinks out-

[Patton]: -pops up-

[Virgil]: Urgh! What?

[Patton]: Hey, kiddo. Not trying to bother you, just made you a little something for the room... -tosses paper at Virgil- Hope to see you soon. -sinks out-

[Virgil]: -looks at paper, which happens to be a card that reads: "U R FAM"- -opens it where it says "ILY" with a picture of the four sides under a sun wearing sunglasses, a rainbow, and a heart on the other page- He never really was good at art...

Transcriptsv · d · e
Season 1 My True Identity! · WAY TOO ADULT · Taking on ANXIETY with Lilly Singh!! · A New Year of Lying to Myself... In Song!! · The Dark Side of Disney! · I'M IN A DISNEY SHOW!! · The MIND vs. The HEART! · Alone on VALENTINE'S DAY! · Losing My Motivation · Sanders Sides Q&A · AM I ORIGINAL? · My NEGATIVE Thinking · Growing Up · Making Some Changes! · Becoming a CARTOON! feat. Butch Hartman! · ACCEPTING ANXIETY, Part 1/2: Excepting Anxiety! · ACCEPTING ANXIETY, Part 2/2: Can Anxiety Be Good?
Season 2 Fitting In (Hogwarts Houses!) · MOVING ON, Part 1/2: Exploring Nostalgia · MOVING ON, Part 2/2: Dealing With a Breakup · The Sanders Sides 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS! · Can LYING Be Good?? · Why Do We Get Out of Bed in the Morning? · Crofters - THE MUSICAL! Learning New Things About Ourselves · EMBARRASSING PHASES: The Nightmare Instead of Christmas! · Selfishness v. Selflessness · Dealing with INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS · Putting Others First - Selfishness v. Selflessness Redux
Sanders Asides Are There Healthy Distractions? · Flirting with Social Anxiety · Working THROUGH Intrusive Thoughts
Extras BLOOPER REEL! · Sanders Sides - BEHIND THE SCENES Q&A! · BLOOPER REEL!! The Bloop Strikes Back! · Behind the Scenes Featurette: Why Do We Get Out of Bed in the Morning? · 5 Sanders Sides Behind the Scenes Facts (Learning New Things About Ourselves)