''[[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/gallery/83636#/d13l3kj Ghosts of the Future]]'' is a fan comic that is set 200 years after the deaths of [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] and his friends. Silver the Hedgehog is just an ordinary kid living in San Francisco and working at a fast food joint, until he starts having strange dreams. Then he meets the immortal Shadow, who is being guided by the ghost of Sonic, and learns that he must now retrieve the Chaos Emeralds. Along the way, he will have to help Sonic's ghost confront his horrible memories, help Shadow overcome his guilt, and help himself deal with his feelings for his best friend and coworker, Blaze...

The comics can all be found [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/gallery/ here]] and [[http://www.mgcomics.com/GOTF/ here]].

Now has a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/GhostsOfTheFuture character page]] that NeedsWikiMagicLove.
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!!This fan comic provides examples of:

* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler:This reality's version of Nicole is a terrifyingly callous being that Dr. Robotnik used to destroy Sonic and his allies.]]
* AdaptationOriginConnection: It's hinted that Blaze and her father are descendants of Big the Cat in this continuity. Also, [[spoiler:Nicole]] was created by Gerald Robotnik alongside Shadow and may have been indirectly responsible for Maria's death.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Nicole]] is callous, ruthless, and does horrific things... but she's also unfailingly polite, cheerful, and friendly with everyone, even her enemies.
* TheAgeless: Shadow's aging has totally stopped [[spoiler:thanks to Nicole's nanites.]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler: Nicole.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: There's a lot of setting and lore info on the artist's tumblr, like the origins of the Hybrids (the equivalent to Mobians in this setting).
* AnyoneCanDie: Holy Hell yes. The comic ''starts'' with Tails and Knuckles dead and keeps going from there.
* ArtEvolution: The first few pages are quite different in quality from the recent ones. Compare [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-2-page-02-67960409 this early page]] with its [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-2-page-2-Remake-99511102 remake]].
** Evolved so much so that the artist was [[AscendedFanboy hired by Archie]] to work on [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog their Sonic comic]].
* AstralProjection: [[spoiler: Vinnie gains the ability to do this]].
* TheAtoner: Shadow, though the crime heís trying to atone for wasnít really his fault. [[spoiler:Metal Sonic]] also becomes one after being freed from the [[BigBad Big Badís]] control.
* BaldOfEvil: Eggman in issue 1.
* BarrierWarrior: [[spoiler:Vennie has the power to create forcefields so powerful that one severs Scourge's connection it his "Boss". Silver's own powers are able to supplement them.]]
* BeneathTheMask: Sonic keeps up his usual cheerful persona for the most part, but too much reminding of the people he's lost reveals that he's not handling his grief nearly as well as he claims.
* BerserkButton: Threaten the people Sonic cares about, even slightly, and he ''loses it''. Given how many friends he's already lost, this is pretty understandable.
** Metal Sonic also seems to really set Sonic off, to the point that [[spoiler:he outright tries to ''kill'' Metal when they fight at the hospital]].
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Nicole.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Antique, Tikal's counterpart on Moebius,]] seems as kindhearted as her main universe self, but is really a ruthless KnightTemplar whose willing to doing ''anything'' to [[spoiler:fight Scourge's "boss".]]
* BlessedWithSuck: [[spoiler:Scourge was turned into a powerful, immortal spirit by [[EldritchAbomination his mysterious "Boss"]], but at the price of being forever bound to said Boss as a servant and having to watch as it destroyed Moebius.]]
* BloodKnight: Omega, just like his canon self. He openly admits to hoping a plan will go wrong so he can fight some mooks.
** ''Sonic'' of all people becomes one whenever Badniks show up. At one point Tikal has to actually force him to stop attacking after he gets a little ''too'' excited in a battle; Sonic doesnít even realize what heís doing until she snaps him out of it.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:The weaker Scourge is, the more decayed and damaged his spirit looks. When he first appears he's practically a skeleton, and he only gets his more familiar appearance after getting a power boost.]]
* BreatherEpisode: After an intense string of [[WhamEpisode Wham Episodes]], issue 16 is a quiet, introspective story about the heroes remembering the people they've lost and reflecting on all that's happened.
* ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou: Even more than the actual game during the Sonic and the Secret Rings arc.
* CallBack: Many references are made to Sonic's previous adventures in the game series, especially ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheSecretRings''. Intentional, as [[WordOfGod Evan Stanley]] said it's her favorite game.
* TheCameo: Several characters from The Middle Ground, the webcomic site that hosts ''Ghosts'', appear as background characters.
* TheChosenOne: Sonic and Tikal believe Silver is this, though Silver himself has his doubts.
* CoolOldGuy: Blaze's dad is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and BoisterousBruiser who gives Silver and Blaze both a lot of good advice. [[spoiler:He's also a member of the New Chaotix.]]
* TheComicallySerious: Shadow, mostly.
* ContinuityCavalcade: The headquarters of [[spoiler:the New Chaotix]] is littered with numerous items, gadgets, and robots from past ''Sonic'' games.
* CuteAndPsycho: [[spoiler: Nicole.]]
* CuteLittleFangs: Many of the main characters are shown with these from time to time.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than the official franchise, anyhow.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Scourge agreed to help his "[[EldritchAbomination boss]]" find purchase in Moebius in exchange for immortality. He quickly regretted it, given that he's now bound in service to said "boss" and had to watch as Moebius and everyone on it was destroyed.]]
* DistantPrologue: The story opens with Sonic losing against Eggman and becoming a spirit, then skips ahead 200 years to the present day.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Silver's sister Venice is always seen barefoot. In the comic, she's only ever seen in her home [[spoiler:or, later, a hospital bed]], where it's not atypical, but [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-Venice-concept-90461047 her concept art]] and [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-profile-Vennie-112811928 her profile]] note that she "likes to go barefoot" and that "[she] spends a lot of time outside, barefoot", respectively. In addition, [[spoiler:Nicole]] also goes barefoot, as per the character's original design, while Tikal and [[spoiler:Scourge]] lose the shoes from their original designs.
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: The intro, and a [[RecurringDreams recurring dream]] for Silver in chapter 1.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Scourge and Antique use a ton of Anarchy Beryl to attain their super forms, then fling themselves at Scourge's EldritchAbomination boss to buy time for the heroes to escape Moebius. They're not ''shown'' dying, but it's all but explicitly stated they won't survive.]]
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:Scourge's "boss" is a massive being made of shadows that destroyed Moebius and is trying to reach [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog the Prime Zone]] to destroy it to. Anything it touches is turned to stone and it takes two people in super form to fight it off even temporarily.]]
* EldritchLocation: All the Special Zones are depicted as utterly bizarre and alien. [[spoiler:Moebius]] has also become one, thanks to [[spoiler:Scourge's EldritchAbomination master]].
* EpicFlail: Blazeís dad wields a mace-and-chain attached to a fishing rod, implied to have been inherited from Big the Cat.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: What will happen if the Chaos Emeralds aren't returned to the mortal realm. Specifically, the whole universe will basically break and ''stop working''.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:Scourge genuinely loved Fiona Fox and is wracked with remorse over the fact that she and everyone else on Moebius is dead because of him.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** [[spoiler:Metal Sonic]] insists that he would ''never'' willingly [[WouldntHurtAChild hurt Vennie]] and indeed, [[spoiler:he only attacked her because Nicole forced him to]]. Though it's not clear if he's always held such standards or is [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming just now developing them]]...
** [[spoiler:Scourge]] also draws the line at outright hurting Vennie, though he ''is'' willing to hold her hostage to dissuade Sonic and company from attacking him.
* EyeColourChange: Happens sometimes. [[spoiler: Specifically when Sonic briefly takes over Silver's body to save him and with Metal Sonic... for some reason.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:The entire GUN organization has been corrupted into a tyrannical SecretPolice by Nicole after she infiltrated and took control of them.]]
* FamilyBusiness: A character that looks similar to Big the Cat runs a Chinese restaurant and Blaze the Cat (who is his daughter in the comic) works there, with Silver being the only unrelated employee on their staff. Sliver claims icecream is his as well.
* FogFeet: Sonic gets this occasionally, while the Djinn during the Secret Rings arc do this very, very often.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: [[spoiler:Metal Sonic]] for the heroes. With the exception of Sicily, none of them like or trust him since he's been a villain for most of his life and [[spoiler:crippled Vennie while under Nicole's control]].
* GadgeteerGenius: Silverís older sister Sicily is an aspiring engineer with a talent for repairs. [[spoiler:Which backfires horribly when she repairs an abandoned robot that turns out to be ''Metal Sonic''.]]
** It seems she got it from her father, whoís also pretty skilled with machines and [[spoiler:pilots [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Big Foot mech]] he restored into battle.]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: There are some people you don't want to upset. [[spoiler: Such as Sonic...]]
* GovernmentConspiracy: [[spoiler:Nicole has infiltrated and taken over GUN, which now serves her sinister designs rather than helping people.]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:Nicole may be the BigBad, but Scourge's EldritchAbomination of a boss completely outclasses her.]]
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Played with; Sonic and Silver are seen in their standard designs a couple of times, but almost everyone else in any other circumstance is fully clothed, with the exception of Shadow, who never wears a shirt (even when he's wearing a jacket). Sonic is also shown with increasing amounts of jewelry, [[WordOfGod which correlates with how many Chaos Emeralds he has found]].
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Metal Sonic]] gets his lower waist smashed off by [[spoiler:Silver's mom in Werehog form]]. Being a robot, he's more or less unharmed by it, but the team forbids Sicily from repairing him since they don't trust him.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Scourge]] pulls one. [[spoiler:Metal Sonic]] is trying to do one, but most of the heroes except Sicily are ''not'' receptive to the idea.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Scourge and Antique stay behind on Moebius to try and fight off Scourge's "boss", allowing the heroes to escape.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: [[spoiler:The [[ComicBook/SonicTheComic Fleetway Sonic and Omni-Viewer]] ]] show up during one of the expeditions into the Special Zone, having their own adventure while our heroes search for a Chaos Emerald.
* HiddenDepths: Vennie quickly realizes that [[spoiler:Scourge's tough guy act is an increasingly feeble facade. He's really filled with grief and remorse over having accidentally caused the destruction of Moebius and everyone on it.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Eggman in issue 1, after the mind-control device he had on Shadow was destroyed.
* HumanityIsInfectious: Not humanity, but the same basic principle; [[spoiler:being powered up by Sonicís spirit has the unexpected side effect of granting Metal Sonic self-awareness and morality.]]
* HumongousMecha: [[spoiler:Silverís dad]] pilots a [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Big Foot mech]] at one point.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Blaze gets ''extremely'' angry upon learning how many secrets Silver has been keeping from her, [[spoiler:despite being a member of the New Chaotix and keeping just as many secrets from ''him''.]] Silver calls her out on this and she admits that he's right. They both agree to never keep secrets from each other again.
* IThinkYouBrokeHim: Silver's reaction after Amy's Secret Rings look-a-like shows up and Sonic faints.
* TheLastDJ: Rouge and Omega effectively become this for [[spoiler:GUN, after Nicole takes it over.]]
* TheLostLenore: Amy for Sonic, though heís begun to move on from it. Rouge for Shadow.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Nicole makes Metal Sonic savagely attack and cripple Vennie, simply to silence a witness.]]
* KilledOffForReal: Amy, Knuckles, and Tails are dead before the comic even starts. [[spoiler:Eggman]] dies shortly after via a neck-snap from Shadow. [[spoiler:Rouge and Omega]] are eventually revealed to have died [[spoiler:on Moebius]] at some point. [[spoiler:Scourge and Antique]] aren't ''explicitly'' shown dying, but the ending of issue 15 pretty much assures they do.
* TheMagicGoesAway: After the Chaos Emeralds were sent away from Earth, the number of Hybrids born with special abilities dropped to almost nothing (Silver [[spoiler: Blaze and Vennie]] were likely because their parents ran around collecting ancient artifacts and the like), and if they aren't brought back, the universe will essentially grind to a screeching halt.
* MercyKill: Shadow's ''Arabian Nights'' counterpart is forced to do this to Blaze's counterpart, much to Silver's horror. Sonic tries to reassure him by pointing out the "Arabian Nights" world is basically fake, but Silver isn't entirely convinced.
* MissingMom: Blaze's father is a major character, but her mother is nowhere to be seen. [[spoiler:Blaze eventually reveals that she's dead; she died trying to help Blaze during a SuperPowerMeltdown.]]
* MoralityPet: Sicily for [[spoiler:Metal Sonic]]. Vennie for [[spoiler:Scourge]].
* MotorMouth: Vennie talks ''non-stop''. [[spoiler:She stops doing it as much after being crippled, much to Silver's distress.]]
* TheMultiverse: The Special Zone permits travel between realities in the Multiverse. The characters travel to [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Moebius]] and later encounter [[ComicBook/SonicTheComic the Fleetway version of Sonic]].]]
* MythologyGag: After his HeelFaceTurn, [[spoiler:Metal Sonicís]] eyes change from red to green, mirroring a similar color change Shard the Metal went through in the Archie comics.
** [[spoiler:Fleetway Sonic and the Omni-Viewer]] use British accents and slang, alluding to the fact that they originate from [[ComicBook/SonicTheComic a British comic]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Sicily discovers and repairs [[spoiler:a damaged Metal Sonic, mistakenly thinking he's just a normal, harmless robot. Nicole proceeds to take remote control of him and cripple Vennie before sending Metal after Silver.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:If Nicole hadn't tried to use Sonic as a power source for Metal Sonic, Metal likely wouldn't have been ''capable'' of his HeelFaceTurn, let alone willing to do it.]]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[spoiler: Would you believe a ghost werehog? Ok, it's not really a werehog, more like a "corrupted-manifestation-of-gaia-induced fluffy state", but whatever.]]
* NoSell: [[spoiler:Nicoleís]] mind controlling nanites can be no-selled if a spirit is already possessing the victim, as discovered when [[spoiler:Sonic stopped her from controlling Shadow by doing just that.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Generally speaking, if Sonic isnít acting obnoxiously upbeat, something is ''very'' wrong. Same goes for Vennie.
** [[spoiler:Nicoleís]] AffablyEvil demeanor has broken exactly once; [[spoiler:when Shadow managed to NoSell her mind control attempt]].
* OddCouple: Shadow and Sonic's ghost.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Silverís younger sister is named Venice, but the rest of the cast almost exclusively calls her ďVennieĒ.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Sonicís [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed werehog]] form makes a brief appearance. [[spoiler:Silverís mom is able to turn into a werehog at will thanks to a mysterious artifact she found years ago.]]
* PowerIncontinence: [[spoiler:When she was young, Blaze had zero control of her powers and they would flare up whenever she got too emotional. Her mother died in one of the fires she inadvertently started.]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:Nicole briefly uses Sonic's spirit as a makeshift power source for Metal Sonic, which has the unintended effect of [[HumanityIsInfectious giving Metal Sonic a conscience]].]]
* PsychicPowers: Silver gains these after his first run in with Sonic. Note that he already had the powers, the contact with Sonic just jump-started them.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Silver tries this in issue 8. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive thanks to Sicily unwittingly repairing Metal Sonic.]]
* ReleasedToElsewhere: In a flashback, [[spoiler:Nicole]] claims that the Commander of GUN has been "let go". It's ''very'' clear what she actually means by that.
* TheRemnant: After Sonic and his friends died, the few heroes left (Rouge, Omega, the Chaotix, and Big) [[spoiler:formed the New Chaotix, a group of freedom fighters secretly battling Nicole and GUN. Silver's parents, Blaze, and her dad are all members of it.]]
* RunningGag: Silver never seems to be allowed proper pants when attempting to retrieve a Chaos Emerald.
** [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-2-page-12-70506571 Sonic 2006 outfit]]
** [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-4-page-09-76528962 A skirt/kilt]]
** [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-7-page-17-162117944 Dinosaur-print boxer shorts]]
* SecretPolice: [[spoiler:GUN has become this for Nicole.]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:Blaze accidentally killed her mother when she was ''four'', due to a bout of PowerIncontinence. Her father didn't blame her, but Blaze certainly blames herself.]]
* SeriousBusiness: [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-7-page-24-181191333 Ice cream.]]
-->'''Shadow:''' [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-7-page-21-172984645 More flavors. Better toppings.]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome Perhaps even... HOT FUDGE.]]
* ShipTease: Silver with Blaze, and Sonic with Tikal.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Narrowly avoided with Vennie, though she's effectively crippled until Silver can obtain the next Emerald so Tikal can heal her.]]
* StylisticSuck: [[spoiler:Fleetway Sonic and the Omni-Viewer]] speak in a slightly stilted, exposition-heavy style similar to the one in their native comic.
* SymbioticPossession: Sonicís spirit form has the power to do this, which comes in handy for [[spoiler:countering Nicoleís nanites]].
* TakenForGranite: Anyone that gets touched by [[spoiler:the EldritchAbomination that destroyed Moebius]] has this happen to them. [[spoiler:Rouge and Omega died this way at some point in the past.]]
* TokenEvilTeammate: The heroes see [[spoiler:Metal Sonic]] as this, even though he's genuinely trying to be a good guy now.
* TomatoInTheMirror: Maybe. [[spoiler:Nicole speculates that Sonic may actually just be a magical copy of the real Sonic. There are hints that she may be right...]]
* TookALevelInKindness: [[spoiler:Metal Sonic, after he's freed from Nicole's control.]]
* TroubledFetalPosition: After he's made to kill several of the heroes at the start of the comic, the Chaotix find Shadow [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-issue-12-Page-10-492101633 like this]]. He's still in it, [[HeroicBSOD shivering]] and [[MadnessMantra muttering to himself]] when Rouge and Omega come to collect him.
* UnknownRival: [[spoiler:Scourge]] to Sonic, due to the fact that [[spoiler:Sonic has never encountered him before in this universe. Scourge meant to reach [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog the Prime Zone]], but ended up in this one by mistake.]]
* VillainTeamUp: [[spoiler:Nicole and Scourge decide to team up to take down Sonic.]]
* VillainousFriendship: Downplayed as they aren't especially close and don't spend much time together, but [[spoiler:Scourge and Nicole]] get along pretty well due to having similar interests (i.e. killing Sonic).
* WalkingShirtlessScene: For some reason, Shadow doesn't wear shirts. Perhaps it's to contrast how Sonic "doesn't like pants".
* WeirdnessMagnet: Unfortunately for Silver, his life was turned pear-shaped the moment he met Sonic and Shadow for the first time.
* WhamLine: Silver discovers a... startling secret.
-->[[spoiler:'''Silver's Mom''': ''*referring to herself, her husband, and Blaze's dad*'' We are the New Chaotix... Secret agents dedicated to preserving the legacy of Sonic the Hedgehog... ''*turns into werewolf thing*'' ...and bringing G.U.N. down! We know you're Nicole's puppets! So BRING IT ON!!!]]
-->'''Silver and Sonic''': O_O