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Virgil Sanders
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Name Virgil Sanders
Also known as: See List of nicknames
Moniker: Anxiety
First Revealed: 19th December 2016, Taking on ANXIETY with Lilly Singh!!
Name Revealed: 15th July 2017, ACCEPTING ANXIETY, Part 2/2: Can Anxiety Be Good?
Associated with: Fear, insecurity, instinct, reflex, concern, caution, paranoia, existentialism, cynicism
Likes: My Chemical Romance, Evanescence, Gorrilaz, Tumblr, MySpace, Disney, Green day, Fall Out Boy, ’emo bands’ in general, ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’.
Dislikes: Being the center of attention, parties

Virgil Sanders is Thomas Sanders' fourth and long presumed to be final major Side. He was a former Dark Side before defecting. Virgil represents Thomas' anxiety, caution, vigilance, and his fight-or-flight reflex. His fellow Sides are Roman, Patton, and Logan.

Virgil is also the voice of reason, much like Logan, but does not attempt to solve the problems he sees in the same ways Logan does. He represents Thomas's fear, edginess, and overall dark nature. Virgil is a "self-deprecating emo" (implied by Roman and Virgil himself), and has gone through a lot of character development since his introduction.

Virgil started out as the main antagonist of Season 1, but it wasn't until ACCEPTING ANXIETY, Part 1/2: Excepting Anxiety! when he was officially accepted as a Side. His character arc parallels Thomas gradually becoming more comfortable with his anxiety. Virgil himself has stated that he puts on his dark persona as it's the best way to get anyone’s guard up. Although after said arc, Virgil has shown his more sensitive side, cooperating more with the other sides.

 Physical Appearance


From Virgil's first episode, Taking on ANXIETY with Lilly Singh!! to Fitting In (Hogwarts Houses!) when the Sides changed into their new outfits, he wore a black t-shirt, with a black plaid hooded jacket over the top (unzipped). He also wore black jeans and black shoes (only shown in his first episode). He had messy black eyeliner that was smudged under his eyes. Virgil also generally has his bangs down in front of his eyes.


From Fitting In (Hogwarts Houses!) to present, Virgil wears a custom made black hooded jacket (unzipped), with purple-and-black plaid patches sewn on. His sigil is found on the left part of the chest. He wears a purple dyed, long sleeve t-shirt with a slightly ripped pattern. His bangs in front of his eyes also remain the same. The black under his eyes remains the eyeshadow from ACCEPTING ANXIETY, Part 2/2: Can Anxiety Be Good?.

In the end of Flirting With Social Anxiety, his eyeshadow briefly turned purple. This signifies the feeling of butterflies in the stomach.

Other Outfits

On occasion, Virgil has worn various other outfits.

Christmas sweater

In The Sanders Sides 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!, Virgil wears a complex Christmas sweater consisting mainly of the colors purple, black, and white. The most prominent features are the large trees on the sleeves near the shoulders, Virgil's signature plaid purple patches, and the curvy gusts of wind near the cuffs of his sleeves. He comments that the sweater is pretty chill (earning the comment from both Logan and Patton that "I'd say mine is rather toasty").

Techie Outfit

In Can LYING Be Good??, he wears a black long sleeved shirt. When managing the controls (the lights, the set, the costumes, the props, the actors...) he wears a black headphone set with a microphone attached.


In Learning New Things About Ourselves, Virgil turns into a sock puppet. He wears his normal hoodie and he has purple hair made of string. His eyes are buttons, the left one being green and the right one being purple.

Halloween Costume

In EMBARRASSING PHASES: The Nightmare Instead of Christmas!, Virgil dresses up as a vampire. He wears red lipstick, dark eye makeup, and later lots of fake blood. He wears a poet shirt with lace cuffs, a maroon ascot, a grey vest, and dark maroon gloves under a black cape with decorative stitch marks.

Court Outfit

In Selfishness v. Selflessness, he wears his normal hoodie with a purple polo shirt underneath. He also wears a black tie with purple-and-black plaid patches sewn on it.


Virgil has a notable pessimistic personality. His tendency is always to adopt the most negative interpretation, or to imagine the worst outcome of any situation. In some cases, this appears to be a confidence issue, and he is simply trying to avoid setting Thomas up for disappointment. Sometimes, Roman and Logan find his attitude a bit annoying, while Patton takes the opportunity to offer him encouragement. His negative outlook is also often employed for comedic purposes (You tried, you failed, let's go to sleep).

He finds that he does not fit within a specific Hogwarts House, unlike the other Sides and Thomas.


Virgil's Room is described as the corner of [Thomas'] mind that [he'd] go to if he wanted to enhance [his] anxiety. The room also has a negative effect on the Sides, causing their main functions [start] to work to drive [Thomas] far over to the other end of that [Yerkes-Dodson] curve, heightening his anxiety. These negative effects can be evidenced by the Sides gradually gaining black eyeshadow that mimics Virgil‘s constant black eyeliner pencil smudges, although even Virgil when in the room has a darker, more intense eyeshadow. The other sides become progressively more anxious to an extreme but they still maintain their core values that their personality fractions represent. As their anxiety heightens, Virgil's voice grows progressively more distorted and demonic.

It is the first ‘Room’ to be shown, and is based on the exact location that Thomas is at - however, said location (his living room) is decorated in darker decorations.

Logan's corner of the room is covered in cobwebs; spider covered curtains, or as Patton refers to it, Creepy Crawly Death Dealers covered curtains behind Patton's spot; a poster of The Nightmare Before Christmas and a stripy lamp behind Roman; and a clock on the wall behind Thomas whose hands move faster than usual.


In the Q&A, Virgil's name was stated to be of Latin origin and means 'protector'. Joan had also said that they wanted Virgil's name to fit with Roman someway and there was a Roman poet named Vergil(ius). It has been confirmed they made allusions to the fact Virgil was a poet and derived the name from 'vigil' too. The poet was also a character in the story "Dante's Inferno" who assisted Dante out of the underworld (much like what happens in ACCEPTING ANXIETY, Part 2/2: Can Anxiety Be Good?). It can also mean 'strong' or 'flourishing'.



Virgil's relationship with Roman is a bit of a rocky one; they are almost always at odds. They slowly seem to be patching this up, however, as Roman is attempting to lessen the insults and Virgil does notice this.

Virgil’s favorite thing about Roman is that he “goes for things” but he’s not sure if he actually likes that. He isn’t sure if he would like to be more outgoing like Roman, or if he doesn’t want to let that fear into his life. But if that’s what makes Roman happy, he says go for it, man.


Virgil seems to get along with Patton the best of all the other Sides, stating that Patton is a funny guy in ACCEPTING ANXIETY, Part 2/2: Can Anxiety Be Good?. Patton seems to care a lot about Virgil in turn. On rare occasions, Patton can make Virgil laugh or at least smirk. He typically accomplishes this with his puns, dad jokes or by simply causing Logan to lose his temper, which Virgil finds hilarious. However, in an effort to hide his feelings under a dark persona, Virgil hides his laughter by placing his hand over his smile, laughing quietly or simply repressing any signs of anything positive-related caused by Patton or any other Side for that matter. Also, in the end segment of The Sanders Sides 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!, Virgil gives Patton a note for a Secret Santa present. The note says on the front You make me want to die... then on the inside, it says of laughter. Underneath that phrase, it says Best Friends -Virgil.

Although, sometimes, Virgil is shown to be uncomfortable by Patton's nicknames for him, which he sees as belittling while he is just as old as the rest of them. This causes there to be a slight rift between them Patton may or may not be aware of.


Virgil and Logan have in common that they both see the more realistic side of life, although they do conflict in several discussions, most notably in My NEGATIVE Thinking. In this video, Virgil insults Logan several times, and at the end, he acts surprised when Logan compliments him on the debate, saying that [he] thought [he] didn’t like [him].


While initially fooled by Janus's disguise as Patton in Can LYING Be Good??, Virgil grows gradually more suspicious over the course of the video, suggesting that he can identify Janus. He does not appear to be afraid to make snide remarks at Janus's expense, shooting back an insult about Janus's yellow gloves when the latter says his eye shadow makes him look like a raccoon. It can also be noted that Virgil and Janus share a hateful glance at each other. When Janus appears in Selfishness v. Selflessness, Virgil ruins his dramatic introduction, with Virgil angrily asking him what he wants. He has also stated, repeatedly throughout the episode that Janus is dishonest and can't be trusted. Janus provokes Virgil and mocks him for being reluctant to share his name with the rest of the Sides. When Janus appears to take his hat back from Roman in Are There Healthy Distractions?, Virgil hisses at him.


Throughout Dealing with INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS Virgil, along with Patton, tries to repress Remus. Virgil admits that Remus is a part of Thomas. However, Virgil states at the end of the episode that instead of being a terrible disease, [Remus is] just a common cold that's gone before you know it. He also admits that he feels ashamed that he was unable to protect Thomas from Remus and the Others.


List of nicknames

Note: These quotes may be wrongly attributed. If you see one that is wrongly attributed, please make note of it at the talk page.

  • Beast
  • Emo Nightmare
  • Hot Topic
  • Sunshine
  • My Chemically Imbalanced Romance
  • Brad Pitt-iful
  • Negative Nancy
  • Doctor Gloom
  • Jack Smellington
  • Count Woe-laf
  • Jason Toddler
  • Jerky McJerk Face
  • Supreme Dark Overlord of Negative Commerce
  • Surly Temple
  • J. D-lightful
  • Marilyn Morose
  • Panic! at the Everywhere
  • Dark, Strange Son
  • Creepy Cookie
  • A Raisin Oatmeal Cookie
  • Incredible Sulk
  • Charlie Frown
  • Robert Downer Jr.
  • Shadowy but Angelic Songbird
  • Vomity Central
  • Cute Little Muffin
  • Sweet and sour misunderstood shadowling
  • Kylo Friend
  • Raccoon
  • Trifling ass-ailant of my emotions
  • Purp man
  • Emo
  • Virge
  • the one angry man
  • My Son
  • Gerard Gay
  • Scare-amore


  • Virgil's theme is actually a song called "Jester's Tear" by Celestial Aeon Project.
  • While the names of the other two Dark Sides end in -us, much like how Roman, Logan and Patton 's names are constructed, he is notably the only one whose name does not end in either. However, he is named after the poet Virgil, whose full name was Vergilius Maro.
  • Virgil's favorite color is purple.
  • Virgil is the only one whose introductory video did not feature two other Sides, but rather one other.
  • Virgil's eye shadow was originally eyeliner that Thomas smudged underneath his eyes.
    • When it came to the Accepting Anxiety arc, the crew wanted to shade on the Sides as a gradual effect, but eyeliner made that difficult. They decided to switch to eyeshadow, which Talyn applied, and that became a mainstay of Virgil's looks.
  • Since Virgil's name is a direct reference to the poet of the same name, it has technically been spelled wrong all the time.
  • In My Personality Q&A, it has been established Virgil would wield water. In fact, he shares a lot of things with the physical element of water, as well as its astrological personality (naturally perceptive, intuitive, sensitive, mysterious). In Learning New Things About Ourselves, he was likened to rain, since both are unpleasant at times but ultimately needed for survival. Water represents life, motion, renewal, blessing, intuition, reflection, the subconscious, fertilization, purification and transformation. Furthermore, purple and black are often used to represent connections to the eldritch and the deep sea/abyssal regions.
  • Virgil initially does not normally “rise up” like the other sides do. Instead, he just appears without warning. This could symbolize the fact that anxiety, which Virgil represents, can come out of nowhere for Thomas. It is something you wouldn’t notice unless you really re-watch the episodes. In the episode MOVING ON, Part 2/2: Dealing With a Breakup, Virgil says that was new for [him], [as he has] never done that whole rising up thing. The sudden change from random appearances to the 'rising up' of the other sides shows that Virgil has begun fit in with the other sides and that Thomas started to accept him as part of the group.
  • Previous suggestions for Virgil's name while deciding were 'Ethan' and 'Peyton'.
  • In the end credits of EMBARRASSING PHASES: The Nightmare Instead of Christmas!, he and Janus have a conversation on how Janus has noticed Virgil has evolved, which might signify that Janus has respect for him.
  • Initially, Virgil did not wear his sigil anywhere visible on his clothing, similar to the known Dark Sides, only to gain it during the costume switch.
  • He has his own flavor of Crofter's named Boo-Berry Cranic Attack which is a wild blueberry and cranberry mix.
  • Although the exact machinations of birthdays pertaining to the Sides are unknown since they are not human and cannot be literally born, Thomas confirmed Virgil's as being December 19th, as it is the date that he firstly appeared.

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