* Even [[spoiler:NiGHTS]] gets in on the racing action!
* Sonic finally mastering Extreme Gear riding and showing up [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Jet.]] "Even without wings, I can still fly!" You tell him Sonic!
** This is made into a Crowning moment of Funny if you watch [[LetsPlay/HellfireCommentaries Hellfire Commentaries]]
* Knuckles taking the lead when the gang needs to get to Gigan Rocks [[ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat using his treasure hunting skills.]]
* Mastering Super Sonic and using him to dominate opponents can be this. [[CurbStompBattle "As it should be..."]]
* [[TheChick Amy]] showing off the more positive qualities of her angry and assertive personality. After being chased by Storm out of Meteor Tech and mastering her [[MineralMacGuffin Arc Of The Cosmos]], she finally [[CuteBruiser confronts]] him by tossing her Arc Of The Cosmos at Storm, hitting him square in the beak. She then proceeds to completely dominate him and force him to find the way back for both of them.
* [[spoiler:Metal Sonic]] shows signs that he retained his backstabbing nature by simultaneously foiling Eggman's tournament gambit and gaining the racing data of the participants. [[spoiler:After having the events of Heroes seemingly deleted from his memory.]]
** It sorta plays into [[spoiler: the rematch Sonic offered at the end of Heroes.]]
* While it was mainly via cheating, you have to credit Jet for not only outdoing Sonic in the first tournament, but actually being one of very few foes to leave the usually mellow hedgehog ''brimming with rage''.
** The intro to ''Sonic Free Riders'' continues this trend with Jet passing Sonic up during it and taunting him over it. [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140221172435/animaljam/images/6/6f/Angry_Sonic.gif Jet can really bring the worst out of that hedgehog.]]