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Always Root for the Underhog by MauricioAbril Always Root for the Underhog by MauricioAbril
This was my piece for Popzilla Gallery's 5th art show called "POPcade" - a tribute to video games and pop culture. It really makes you look deep in yourself and asks the hard question - who would win in a race between Superman, Sonic the Hedgehog, and the Flash? Truly thought provoking :)

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Always Root for the Underhog by MauricioAbril

This picture is simply amazing! I love the overall coloring and the texture the artist managed to give Sonic's fur. The details in the background such as Sonic's friends rooting for him really add to the charm of this picture! The artist also has an overall great gallery that is certainly worth taking a look at. ( Suggested by Amalika and Featured by Ry-Spirit )
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MorphiusX Featured By Owner Edited Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What about adding in Koro-sensei as well? He reaches speeds up to Mach 20!
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jghgrh Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Epic.
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
According to possible plots, the fastest is not measured by greatest speed but least ego, then they become friend during the race. At that point who wins, who cares.
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:iconmauricioabril:
MauricioAbril Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's a good way of looking at it. Maybe this race is for charity :)
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:iconrebellinglemming:
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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:iconmauricioabril:
MauricioAbril Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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TheMJKnight Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
He'd give it his all
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:iconrandomdc3:
RandomDC3 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Would make for an interesting race.
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:icontimon4ever:
TIMON4EVER Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's so tiny>_<
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Tom-Robin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
Sonic is sin fact really slow. Slower than a running Dr Eggman, slower than Mario...
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sonicwind06 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
....You're not using GameTheory are you? Because you know that's been debunked dozens of times by several YouTubers since that video's initial upload.
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Tom-Robin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
No, it's a personal feeling. Sonic is rarely that fast. And when he is, generally, it's not a good game (or he's in a kart).
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zeitgeist1234 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
As opposed to all of those great speed games featuring the Flash and Superman.
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Tom-Robin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
Indeed, Superman and Flash don't have speed games. But what's the difference with the Sonic's speed games? Nobody played them.
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clunker12 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Idiot....
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sonicwind06 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015
Well that's your opinion, and I have no right to deprive you of it. But in my opinion, a majority of Sonic games that are fast are actually really good. Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations have both been almost unanimously praised by both critics and fans alike, while also maintaining a high sense of speed. The same could be said for the Advanced series, Rush series, Adventure series, and, of course, the classic games.
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MegaGundam7778 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist
underdog more like obviouse favorite
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:iconvioletthebat1:
violetthebat1 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is epic beyond proportion! Who will win!?
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Y2CRZY Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always love this pic its sooo cool xD
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:iconmauricioabril:
MauricioAbril Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconappokalipssurvivor:
AppokalipsSurvivor Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
Awesome
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:iconscrapper-girl:
Scrapper-Girl Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so Epic!
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xjarnold Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
If you look to the left you'll see tails, knuckles and Amy cheering sonic on
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jokazim Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Professional
this one makes me smile. Love it
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:iconmauricioabril:
MauricioAbril Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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asdfneingag Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Your piece, this one, has an article in geektyrant.com ^u^ I don't have the link though =/ I just want to let you know that you're appreciated :D
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MauricioAbril Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Aww thanks! Yeah, I do remember seeing that article last year after I posted this (unless there's a new article lol). Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know :)
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asdfneingag Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Student General Artist
No problem! ^_^ Pit Thumbs Up 
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epicman619 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I have questions about peeps that should be there
Where are the following?
Quicksilver (Marvel Comics)
Quickman (Megaman)
Shulk [After Casting Monado Speed] (Xenoblade Chronicles)
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MauricioAbril Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, yes there could be so many fast racers in this race as well, but the concept for this came from the original race between Superman and the Flash back in the 60's. So the idea was to show what it'd be like if Sonic decided to enter the race :)
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Livonata Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm neither a Sonic nor a DC fan but that piece of art is just amazing °A°
The idea and the implementation is so gooooood *falls fron chair*
And look at that little tail of Sonic ... it's so cute ^^
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MauricioAbril Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Aww thank you :)
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kittycat165 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015   Writer
Awsome pic ,
I like every little detail in this artwork Sonic LA- Moving X3 
and of course Sonic will be in the race, I wonder how of the three will win...
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MauricioAbril Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad this piece gets people talking about who would win :D
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kittycat165 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015   Writer
your welcome :)
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ArcticShadowFox Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
needs rainbow dash
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jnoche Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Really...
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wanderingstreet Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, great job. You know this race got ridiculous when Superman is the slowest competitor. I'm a Flash fanboy so my moneys on him.
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MauricioAbril Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it. It was a fun concept :)
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DarthGrave Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Sonic and the Flash both probably would end up in a tie since they both can go the speed of sound and the speed of light. And Superman would end up second. Sure Superman's fast, but the Flash beat him a couple times in a fair race and Sonic's just as fast as the Flash.

To be honest if it was an 'everything goes' race. Sonic would beat both the Flash and Superman in a spilt second since he can use 'Chaos Control' to warp time and space so he can teleport.

Teleportation is the fastest form of speed travel. So if Sonic used 'Chaos Control' in a 'everything goes' race he'd win the race hands down in a spilt second. The Flash and Superman wouldn't stand a chance of beating him.

In a fair race Sonic and the Flash would both end up in a tie for first place with Superman getting second place.
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MauricioAbril Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's cool! I didn't know that about Sonic, but it'll be good in case anyone asks me again (and they will). Thank you!
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jnoche Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, This Amazing! How Long Did it take?:D (Big Grin) Clap :happybounce: La la la la Sonic LA- Moving X3 Sonic Running Sonic Battle run Avatar for SpyroxCynder :sonicclap: sonic gif Hyper Sonic Animation Sonic (Uh-ah) [V2] sonic avie Breakdancing Sonic Icon Sonic Taunt Animated Sonic Winking Avatar Sonic Golf Animation 
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MauricioAbril Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I worked on it in different chunks of time but if I were to guess maybe around 10 hours give or take :)
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jnoche Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, Cool! Keep Up The Good Work!
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NintendoGamer5000 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! Look at Sonic's friends cheering for him in the background! 

Anywho, I think Sonic will win. Sonic Running Sonic Running Sonic Running 
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Knuckles-N-Cupcakes Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey guys sonic needs a Olympic ga....oh wait
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RandomAnimeMadness Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Sonic! :D
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CodeOfArms Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Flash
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Warlordgab Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Even though I know who would most likely win; this is freaking Awesome!!! :headbang:

Sonic looks both badass and adorable :D
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JSGEntertainment Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
What, Quicksilver isn't good enough to join the race? ;P

In all seriousness, excellent job.
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