* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Sonic, who's a significantly bigger {{Jerkass}} here than in other Sonic media.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** The Sonic of this continuity; either he's a hilarious AntiHero or an irritating asshole.
** The ExecutiveMeddling that led to Amy morphing from girly-girl to tomboy was unpopular with Nigel Kitching and just as unpopular with fans. It wasn't just the idea itself (which makes for the first split between people who liked the new Amy vs people that preferred the old one) but also the role model-seeking reasoning behind it as she wasn't allowed to be as flawed as the male characters, thus often making her come off as rather flat and boring. Nigel Kitching was so annoyed with the change in fact that he deliberately stopped using her in his stories until the woman that made the decision (Deborah Tate) was replaced with someone else. The resultant stories by Lew Stringer (who agreed with Tate) where she tours time and space fighting evil is perhaps where the bulk of this opinion comes from as their quality varies from good to awful depending on who you ask. Many fans love Amy's ActionGirl behavior and her toned-down personality, while many others find her pretty flat and boring.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The entire ''Pirate STC'' strip, based on an equally crazy Sega of Europe ad campaign, which somehow managed to make ''Decap Attack'' seem sane and logical by comparison.
* CompleteMonster:
** [[TheEmperor Emperor Metallix]] is the supreme leader of the [[BrotherhoodOfEvil Brotherhood of Metallix]] and one of the comic's most significant early villains. [[AIIsACrapshoot Going rogue from his intended purpose]] as one of Robotnik's drones, Emperor Metallix begins a crusade to [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out all life from Mobius]] and replace it all with machinery. To this end, Metallix forcibly duplicates the Omni-viewer, callously ordering his double agent Nack the Weasel killed when he sells out the Chaotix before trying to terminate the Chaotix themselves. Metallix later drives a crusade to roboticize the Miracle Planet--enlisting Grimer's unwilling help and later threatening to kill Grimer before Sonic's eyes--and, succeeding at that, alters history so that Robotnik never comes into being and Emperor Metallix leads a successful assault on Mobius that leads to the death of most of the planet's organic life and the few survivors relegated underground. Emperor Metallix has no compunction brutally killing whatever stands in the way to it and its own victory, and even Dr. Robotnik rightfully fears and dreads what [[TheDreaded Emperor Metallix]] is capable of.
** [[MadScientist Dr.]] [[EvilAlbino Zachary]], Knuckles's ArchEnemy, is introduced as a seemingly harmless old man and one of the last of the echidnas. Zachary tricked Knuckles into leading him into the Emerald Chamber, whereupon he shattered the Master Emerald and used the Chaos Emeralds to empower a reprogrammed machine of his. Zachary gleefully allowed the inhabited floating island to fall onto Mobius as a "monument to his genius", [[OmnicidalManiac intending to butcher the population of the planet Mobius]] for his own amusement before seeking revenge on Knuckles's people. In his second appearance, rebuilt as a cyborg, Zachary leads Robotnik to the location of the floating island's villagers so Robotnik could use them as components in a biological computer, which would consequentially kill them, a process which Zachary [[LackOfEmpathy happily watched over]]. Possessed of a vindictive streak matched by few, Zachary manages to outshine most of the comic's other antagonists despite his relatively minor running as a villain.
** [[KnightOfCerebus Chaos]], the BigBad of the final arc, undergoes significant AdaptationalVillainy from his [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure game counterpart]] and becomes incredibly vile. [[FromNobodyToNightmare Once a Drakon Prosecutor]] who fought for the glory of his cruel empire, Chaos was forcibly mutated into a beast made of Chaos Energy when he was exposed to the Chaos Emeralds. Sealed for a time, Chaos immediately goes on a destructive rampage once released by the careless exploit of Grimer, savagely killing Johnny Fleetfoot during his confrontation with the Freedom Fighters. Once Chaos comes into contact with the Chaos Emeralds again, Chaos attempts to drain them--uncaring this will cause the island they support to collapse into the ocean; even the amnesiac Super Sonic, who also used Chaos Energy, wasn't such an OmnicidalManiac--and later successfully manages to achieve his Perfect Chaos form upon absorbing them in Robotnik's fortress, announcing his intent to [[InTheirOwnImage remold the entire planet in his destructive image]] and murder all resistance towards him. In a comic already filled to the brim with villains that threaten all of Mobius, Chaos's actions have lasting effects on the Freedom Fighters and he ultimately stands as one of the most evil among the comic's villains.
* CounterpartComparison:
** Sonic gets compared to [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie the OVA Sonic]] as they both are noticeably more bratty than Sonic normally is written as.
** Amy and [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom Boom Amy]] are compared sometimes, due to them being similar enough {{Alternative Character Interpretation}}s of Amy as even more of an ActionGirl than she normally is.
* CultClassic: It has fallen into obscurity (compared to other adaptations) post-cancelation due to being region specific and having [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes no rereleases]], however it still has a devoted fanbase.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Super Sonic is the most well-known character from this comic, and is the one to get the most love. While people often play up his craziness, also expect to see it toned down often.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** One-off character Turbo, who was essentially [[RecycledInSpace an alien version of Sonic]].
** Oh, and Fang, Big, Tikal, and Mighty make appearances too.
* FandomBerserkButton:
** You shouldn't mix this comic with the [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie's Sonic]] around fans of either series if you want to keep your head.
** Due to the series being surprisingly obscure the characters often get mistaken for fan-characters. Referring to them as such severely irks fans.
* FanonDiscontinuity: ''STC'' had its fair amount of bad strips that fans would rather forget, such as Bravehog, The Trickster and Amy's Secret Past. Ironically, "Bravehog" and "Amy's Secret Past" also contradicted each other: Amy's Secret Past was an attempt to explain why she has similar slicked-together spikes as Sonic despite not having superspeed (him having obtained them during the accident which gave him this) while Bravehog showed all the hedgehogs in the past looking like Sonic.
* FandomRivalry: With ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''.
* FanPreferredCouple: Both Tekno and Johnny are more common love interests for Amy than Sonic. Amy likewise for Tekno, who is supposed to be paired with Shorty.
* FirstInstallmentWins: Very few of the other comics are remembered. Then again Sonic was the basis of the pun in the title, the magazine mostly revolved around him, and his story got all the plot development.
* GrowingTheBeard: The original issues were mainly crude one-shots with little continuity and often horrid artwork. It was also more comical then later issues. At issue 8 is when they decided to gain an actual plot, though even then it took a few issues to fully grow its beard.
* HilariousInHindsight: Executives trashed the comics' initial characterisation of Amy and insisted on making her a more positive role model. Said original characterisation was downright uncanny to how the official games series would later depict her.
* IAmNotShazam: Super Sonic is the most popular thing to come out of the comic. Many people who have never read the comic incorrectly call him "Fleetway", which is the publishers name.
* JerkSue: Sonic, according to WordOfGod- Nigel Kitching has stated in-interview that Sonic being mean to Tails and getting away with it was very much his intention.
* LesYay: Quite common between Tekno and Amy.
* {{Narm}}:
** Shortfuse's aforementioned habit of explaining his origin in every single appearance gets this way after a while.
** There were several examples in the non-Sonic stories as well. From the ''EternalChampions'' strips there was Xavier's frequent battle cries warning his foes to fear "the power of magick!" only for it to [[InformedAbility very rarely work]].
** From the character guide included in the ''Eternal Champions'' special issue each character has a profile which links their greatest fear to the cause of their death, so Trident (who was crushed by a pillar) gets "unnatural fear of pillars" while Larsen (who was killed by his boss, [[TheMafia Mr. Tagliani]]) has "an unusual dislike of tagliatelle".
* OlderThanTheyThink: Despite being such a relatively obscure adaptation, ''Sonic the Comic'' introduced many concepts and aspects that were eventually used by later adaptations and even the games, some by coincidence and others due to the comic serving as inspiration for later ''Sonic'' incarnations:
** It characterized Tails as a CaptainObvious.
** Similarly, Charmy was portrayed as an annoying {{Cloudcuckoolander}} over a decade before ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' came out.
** It did [[SuperpoweredEvilSide an evil Super Sonic]] waaay before ''Anime/SonicX'' and ''Archie''. This character is also similar to VideoGame/SonicExe.
** It also showed Metal Sonic betraying Robotnik prior to ''Sonic Heroes''.
** It had a Death Egg II before ''VideoGame/SonicTheFighters'' and VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4 came out. Though this one was mostly identical to the original one, and was created due to the original Death Egg being shown getting destroyed prior to the VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles adaptation, thus necessitating the introduction of a second one.
** It introduced [[MadScientist Dr. Zachary]], who [[{{Expy}} Doctor Finitevus]] from the Archie comics has many similarities to in terms of appearance, character and history.
** It also preceded ''Sonic X'' in depicting Sonic's world and the Earth as two separate planets existing in the same continuity with travel between the two being possible.
** It depicted Amy as an ActionGirl before the games did it. In a twist of {{Irony}}, her characterisation prior to developing into one was also, much like Charmy, incredibly reminiscent of how the game series would later depict her.
** Prior to Shadow's introduction in the games, the franchise already had a [[TheStoic stoic]] [[TheRival rival]] to Sonic who suffers from amnesia and is obsessed with learning about his past in the form of this continuity's Knuckles.
** The saga with the Metal Sonic army in the Archie comics was a reference to the Brotherhood of Metallix in [=StC=], which was based on the same idea.
** Another storyline it did before Archie was Robotnik snapping and losing his sanity after too many defeats.
*** However, Robotnik's imprisonment was made different in both continuities (if one counts [[=StC=]] - Online). In the continuation, Robotnik is locked away for the safety of Mobius, only for Dr. Zachary to free him. In the Archie comic, Snively locks Robotnik away for his own sanity and to heal his insanity, only for Robotnik to break out himself by accident, and be reinprisoned later on.
** It had a badnik who switched sides and decided to oppose Robotnik in Shortfuse the Cybernik, who preceded Gamma from Sonic Adventure.
** The Shanazar arc had Sonic visiting an Arabian setting before ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheSecretRings'' came out.
** In this continuity, Robotnik successfully takes over the world by sending Sonic into the future, allowing him to conquer Mobius in Sonic's absence. Come ''VideoGame/SonicForces'' in 2017 where the plot involves Eggman displacing Classic Sonic by sending him into the future, allowing him to successfully take over the world in his absence.
** Amy's fangirling of Sonic being heavily toned down also appears in her ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' incarnation.
** It introduced its own version of Metal Knuckles before ''VideoGame/SonicR'' came out.
* TheScrappy: Shortfuse isn't very well-liked for having a flat personality that doesn't really shine through (he's pretty calm for someone who's supposed to be quick-tempered), constantly explaining his origin for no reason, and in general being pointless, with some accusations of being the CreatorsPet.
* TearJerker:
** For some fans, the Christmas story which sees Robotnik visited by Father Christmas, who warns him that [[ForeShadowing his downfall is approaching]] and encourages him to change his evil ways, reminding him that he hasn't really benefited personally from his rulership of Mobius. Robotnik orders him to leave [[spoiler:before realizing that he was right]]: "Keep your advice, old man! I like being evil and I don't need presents! I'm in charge! I've got power! [[spoiler:I've got... I've got... I've got no friends on Christmas Day...]]"
** [[spoiler:Johnny's death]]. It still haunts many fans to this day.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Tails. His vocal fanbase led to his solo adventures in the Nameless Zone and as 'Zonerunner' in the Chemical Plant Zone, even though he was as hapless as ever and usually triumphed by accident.
* ValuesDissonance: Much of the dislike for Fleetway's characterization of ''Sonic '' comes from America, which prefers flawed yet still largely clean-cut heroes. ''Archie's Sonic'' very much follows this characterization.