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Comic Book: Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog #125, featuring a portion of the cast.note 

The US comic book based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise, published monthly by Archie Comics. Not to be confused with the UK's Sonic the Comic.

The comic debuted in 1993, originally as a tie-in with the SatAM series, mixed with elements from the other animated Sonic show at the time early on. The two adaptions shared a similar background: Dr. Robotnik had taken over the Kingdom of Acorn and turned everyone into robots. He was opposed by the Freedom Fighters, a motley crew that operated out of their secret base of Knothole inside the Great Forest. The team was composed of only a few children, namely Sonic and his friends, and led by the princess of the kingdom, Sally Acorn. Beyond this and a few other background details, the story and tone diverged greatly between them.

In the beginning, the comic was a lighthearted, gag-centric affair. Each issue would feature a few silly stories of the Freedom Fighters thwarting Robotnik's dastardly, ridiculous plans while making sure to tell as many terrible jokes as possible. Over time it adopted a much darker, more serious tone. While actually tacking down when the comic started moving from gags to serious plots and drama is a bit difficult, the most certain turning point was the EndGame story arc leading up to issue 50, where Sally was killed off... until someone higher up decided they didn't like it. Meanwhile, Knuckles the Echidna got his own spinoff series that dealt with his role as the guardian of Angel Island. It introduced quite a large ensemble of characters across its 32 issue life, most of whom made the jump into the back-up stories of the main comic when his title went under.

The series has had many twists and turns over its two decade run and has experienced quite a handful of story arcs and changes that are divisive, to say the least. Some highlights include love triangles, alternate universes, aliens, strange character deaths, politics, and awkward attempts to make the comics more like the games. The status quo shifts so frequently that the comic has a tradition of "milestone events" every twenty five issues, give or take.

A number of companion books have spawned from the series over the years, including several miniseries, the previously mentioned Knuckles comic, several one-shot "special" issues, a tie-in book for Sonic X, a quarterly magazine, and a second comic series running sidestories alongside the main book called Sonic Universe, which focuses on the activities of Freedom Fighters other than Sonic - and villains too. The two series occasionally make references to each other.

In 2013, the comic underwent a Continuity Reboot, discarding many of the previous characters and stories due to a rather nasty legal battle with a previous writer. While several of the core characters and concepts remained intact, the book was essentially given an overhaul to more accurately reflect the franchise as a whole. This sadly does undo a lot of the books' past few years of storylines, but on the upside is a good jumping on point for new readers without worrying about continuity.

In 2013, it crossed over with Mega Man in Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide, and is set for another one, titled Worlds Unite, in 2015.

Has a (fairly exhaustive) Wiki in the Mobius Encyclopaedia.

Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog contains examples of:

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  • Abusive Parents: Locke, sometimes, though he meant well.
  • Aborted Arc: Everything left behind after the reboot. The whole legal trouble with Ken Penders caused Archie to apparently jettison everyone created by former writers out, thus grinding stories to a halt.
  • Action Girl: Every major female character, even the pre-school aged kids. It would actually be easier to name the girls who aren't this to some degree.
  • Action Mom: Lupe, who has two kids, Maria and Marcos, and two more when she adopts Overlanders Ariel and Athena (one of whom is mute).
  • Adaptation Expansion: Quite notable in that the comic has actually the most fleshed-out universe of all Sonic media, including the original games.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Several names were changed from the SatAM show on which the comic was based:
    • Antoine Depardieu became Antoine D'Coolette.
    • Nagus became Ixis Naugus. With the Super Genesis Wave, Word of God confirms that his name is now Walter "Wally" Naugus.
    • Sonic himself was the subject of this trope, as "Sonic" was eventually revealed to be a pseudonym. Only his middle name ("Maurice") was revealed in the comics themselves, although his first name was originally intended to be Olgilvie (before the writer responsible left and everyone else swept the idea under the carpet).
  • After the End: The whole comic is set here.
    • Albeit an end the world's long since recovered from. Silver's time, 200 years in the future, is a better example (see Bad Future below).
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot:
    • NICOLE is a kindly AI, while A.D.A.M. is a malicious AI who tried to initiate a Grey Goo scenario. Honorable mention goes to the various Metal Sonics, Gamma, Omega, and E.V.E.
  • Alan Smithee: Former writer Karl Bollers would sometimes write under the name "Benny Lee". There was also an artist (or artists) known only as "Many Hands".
  • All Deaths Final: The comic adheres to this rule to a remarkable degree for a kids comic. Pretty much anyone who dies is guaranteed to stay dead. For example, the original Dr. Robotnik stayed dead completely and the character was brought back by having an alternate universe version take his place rather than being revived.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Fiona preferred the "evil" version of Sonic to the real thing, and did a Face-Heel Turn to stay his girlfriend when she found out "Sonic" was really "Scourge". (Well, this is what she claims, anyway... and this is Fiona we're talking about...)
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Robotnik's attack on Knothole in the EndGame arc, the Egg Fleet destroying Knothole, the Suppression Squad taking control of Freedom HQ, the Iron Dominion taking control of New Mobotropolis, Eggman attacking New Mobotropolis with the Death Egg Mk. II and Titan Metal Sonic, and the Battle Bird Armada's attack which destroyed the royal palace.
  • Alternate Universe: Universes are known as "Zones". Beginning with the Mirror Universe with Scourge the Hedgehog, and continuing with Blaze the Cat and her "Sol Zone". And did I mention, in one "zone", Sonic is a cop who patrols between zones?
  • Alternative Calendar
  • Ambiguously Human: The Iron Queen. She looked quite human, but a response in the letters section stated she was actually a badger. Since her reappearance in the "Iron Dominion" arc, she is very obviously human, and Sonic suggested through the Fourth Wall Mail Slot that the letters column had been trolled.
  • American Accents: Bunnie has a Dixie accent, despite there being no U.S. South.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Angel Island was occupied for a time by the Dr. Eggman-backed Dingo Regime, whose soldiers not only wore Brown Shirt-esque uniforms, but who imprisoned all captured Echidnas in what were clearly concentration camps.
  • And I Must Scream: This was a big part of the reason roboticization was supposed to be so horrifying.
    • Geoffrey was subjected to this after Naugus possesses his body. Played for Laughs in an Off-Panel strip where he finds out that all Naugus' inner selves do while imprisoned inside him is play poker.
  • And Then What?: Shard asks this of Team Fighters in regards to their quest to rescue Sally, upon finding out that they don't really have a plan for de-roboticizing her.
  • Animal Gender Bender: Walt Wallaby of the Downunda Freedom Fighters has a pouch.
  • Animesque: Depending on the Artist, some issues would go into this.
  • Answer Cut: Lampshaded in issue #124.
  • Anti-Hero: Shadow could be anywhere from type 3 to type 5. Lampshaded in issue #133.
    Eggman: Shadow? What do you want?
    Shadow: Your death, Eggman. I'm going to snap you like a twig, then use you for kindling.
    Eggman: Not if I avoid you like the... devil? Wait a second! Good guys don't kill! Isn't there a hedgehog moral code?
    Shadow: Sonic holds such beliefs. Then again, he's a hero, I'm not.
  • Arch-Enemy: Sonic has Eggman, naturally. Scourge at least thinks he's this to Sonic. Knuckles originally had Dimitri, though Finitevus eventually took the position after the former's shift into Anti-Villain territory and eventual Heel-Face Turn.
  • Arc Welding:
    • Issue 224 revealed that several seemingly unrelated events in the Filler Arc following the Iron Dominion's defeat were actually part of Eggman's plan to convert the Eggdome into a new Death Egg. Issue 233 reveals that many of Geoffrey's past actions were actually part of a master plan to place Ixis Naugus on the throne.
    • During the "Enerjak Reborn" arc, it was revealed just about everything Finitevus had done since his introduction had been part of his plan to create a new Enerjak. It was also revealed that he was the unnamed Echidna scientist who had attempted to return Chaos Knuckles to normal by draining his power (the backfire from that being what rendered him albino).
  • Arm Cannon: Bunnie has one. Which makes her faint when overused. The Iron Queen tried to kill her this way in issue 203.
  • Armed with Canon: Some of the Penders/Bollers feuding came down to this. Of particular note is the business with Antoine's bizarre behavioral change after the Time Skip: Bollers had intended it to be organic growth, and it was the linchpin for several stories planned down the line. Penders retconned it into having been the result of Antoine having been swapped out for his Evil Twin from another dimension.
  • Arranged Marriage: Maximillian and Alicia Acorn. Sally and Anti-Antoine's short marriage was also one of these, until Elias became king and annulled it.
  • Arson Murder And Life Saving: King Max to Sonic in #77.
  • Artistic Age
  • Artistic License – Physics: In issue 175, after Eggman takes his taunts a little too far, Sonic has a break in his sanity and races from somewhere near the west coast of the continent to the east coast and back, ramming directly into Eggman's battle robot, in a matter of seconds. The attack merely dents the shield because the robot was tailor-made to fight Sonic and counter his abilities. The problem is that since the fight happens in what's essentially a future version of North America, Sonic crossed hundreds of miles -nearly a thousand- in seconds. Therefore, Sonic would be going somewhere between 200,000 and half a million miles an hour- something Eggman wasn't aware that Sonic could do and obviously never factored into the robot's design. Sonic's friends destroy it. Knuckles' punches probably don't hit that hard.
  • Art Evolution: The comic's "standard" style has changed many times. At first, the art mimicked Sonic Sat AM. Around the time Sonic Adventure was released, the comic redesigned Sonic, Tails, and Amy to reflect their game counterparts and the book took on an Animesque style. The style of the book gradually shifted to the look of the modern video games, and eventually the older Archie characters were redesigned again into their current form.
  • Art Shift: Some stories switched artists halfway through, such as "Night of 1000 Sonics" in issue #19, the "End Game" story arc, and issue #125. Issue #50 switched artists and writers between different pages, and #152 had three artists with a single writer.
  • Art-Style Dissonance: Jon Gray's pencils are cartoony and hyper-exaggerated. It works great for silly stories, but dramatic stories? Not so much.
  • Ascended Extras: The Badniks from the first two Sonic games were major characters early on.
  • Ascended Meme: In issue 205, Robotnik says "Snoo-PING AS usual".
  • As You Know: Among others, the "dragons can't lie" plot point in Endgame, never mentioned before or since.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Titan Metal Sonic attacking New Mobotropolis during the fallout of the Genesis Arc in issue #231.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Bean, typically — Fiona manages to ditch him by throwing a set of shiny keys out the window, knowing he'll dive after them.
  • The Atoner: Dimitri, following his Heel-Face Turn. Knuckles also had elements of this after his stint as Enerjak.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Battle Bird Armada's Battle Lord. Likewise, his son and heir, Speedy.
  • Author Tract: Ken Penders' run had tones of this. Penders had a very active fixation on gun control laws and gun safety which he brought into the comic aggressively (which made little sense given the vast majority of the characters never used them in the first place) going so far as to turn accidental gun use as the whole reason for the plot-driving war to start.
  • Axe Crazy:
    • Rosy the Rascal, Amy's counterpart on Moebius. She's so in love with Scourge, she wants to bash his head in.
    • The villain Kodos becomes this after going crazy from radiation poisoning. Bonus points for actually wielding an axe.
    • Flying Frog is also pretty crazy — Scourge actually says that he makes Rosy look sane by comparison.
  • Back for the Dead: Hey, it's Sir Connery from back before "Endgame"! Anybody remember him? Well never mind...
  • Back to Front: Issue #71
  • Badass Gay: According to Penders, Rotor the Walrus is gay. Rather notoriously, Sega ordered the creators to keep his sexuality low-key.
  • Badass Mustache: Dr. Robotnik/Eggman.
  • Badass Normal:
    • The closest thing Amy Rose has to a power is her Piko Piko Hammer. She is also the only one capable of going toe-to-toe with the Nigh Invulnerable Iron King.
    • Sally, Post-Development Antoine, and Rotor. They have no fantastic powers, but have their own expertise.
  • Bad Future:
    • Silver comes from a time after some cataclysm destroyed the world, leaving only isolated pockets of civilization.
    • And the X Years Later stories were a Bad Future when King Shadow was running things.
    • And the future where Dr. Eggman came from, which he decided to nuke before heading to Mobius Prime.
    • And then there's another future, first mentioned in issue 106 and later featured in a Sonic Universe story arc called "Fractured Mirror". This world is ruled by Knuckles as a darker version of his old enemy Enerjak. Knuckles hunts down the single pocket of life that remains, a group of Freedom Fighters led by his own daughter.
      • Although thankfully these have been dealt with note 
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Subverted in the "Enerjak Reborn" story-arc. The Freedom Fighters are desperate to stop Knuckles, who has been turned into Enerjak and gone mad with power, and it seems that they might have to destroy him. Enter Eggman, who shows up with his Egg Fleet and warps Knuckles into a prison where he intends to drain the life from him to power his city. Needless to say, Knuckles breaks free and Eggman almost wets his pants.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Before he became Dr. Eggman, Robo-Robotnik managed to finally gather the bits needed to build the Giant Borg, built a physical body for himself with them, take control of armed nukes and used them to wipe out the ex-cyborg Freedom Fighters, leaving his Mobius in his control. Then he thought that Victory Is Boring and invaded Mobius Prime to "fill the void".
  • Bald of Evil: Dr. Robotnik/Eggman and his nephew Snively, though Snively doesn't think of himself as bald. Having about six hairs doesn't really count as a "full head of hair", but he's vain and deluded enough to think it does.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animals: A few examples, such as Nicole in her lynx form, Rosemary Prower (Tails's mother), the alien Ceneca-9009, and Bunnie Rabbot (after she regained her flesh-and-blood limbs, at least).
    • Pretty much everyone who regularly went barefoot was retooled to wear shoes after the second Genesis Wave (including Nicole and Bunnie - the latter regaining her robotic limbs, but having her feet look more like white, pink-striped boots). However, another barefooter was later introduced during the Sonic Unleashed adaptation with the priestess Coral the Betta.
  • The Baroness: Lien-Da. She even has a whip!
  • Beta Couple: Antoine and Bunnie.
  • Betty and Veronica: Unsurprising for an Archie Comic, Sonic and Sally tend to flip flop around over who is the Archie and who is the Betty, but boy is there a long conga line of Veronicas.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Robotnik/Eggman has always been the overall Big Bad of the series, but occasionally the series has had other villains being the driving force behind events:
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Eggman has always been the overall Big Bad of the series, but there have always been villains who are independent of him who are major threats on their own (i.e. Finitevus, Scourge, Naugus, Mogul, the Iron Queen etc.). This is most apparent after the Genesis arc, where Naugus becomes equal to Eggman in terms of the threat he presents to the heroes, and his effect on the central plot. Black Doom and Eggman Nega would also be major threats, but the former is a bit busy being dead, and the latter is fooling around in the shadows. As of the Post-Super Genesis Wave, we can add Dark Gaia to this list.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Evil Sonic before he became Scourge. And Snively's an even better example - he successfully killed off Robotnik only to quickly become Eggman's toady instead, and even after Eggman went insane and he teamed up with the Iron Queen, it's obvious that Snively wasn't the one wearing the pants in that "relationship".
  • Big Damn Heroes: Almost every heroic character has done this at least once. A notable example is in the ongoing Fractured World arc, where Sonic and Rotor are saved from drowning and Dark Gaia's Dark Guardian by Chaos.
  • Bigger Bad: Robotnik Prime, posthumously.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • Bunnie had her share of angst about being part Robian, but she mostly came to terms with it and used her abilities to help in the fight against Robotnik. Then she found out that her robot parts were literally killing her, and was forced to upgrade.
    • Even more so with Sonic's Uncle Chuck and father Jules. After getting his mind freed from Robotnik's control, Chuck would use his status to spy on the mad doctor's revelation. Jules, however, has gotten the worst of it - every other Robian has been restored to their original form but him, isolating him from his family and everyone else around him.

      Jules gets better about it, though, especially once it was revealed that the very reason for his roboticization in the first place (a wound he suffered in the Great War that would have killed him) would mean his death if he was ever deroboticized.
  • Bold Inflation: The comic used to be very, very bad about this.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Heavy and Bomb, members of King Acorn's secret service, are reprogrammed by Eggman and ordered to kill the royal family after they are "rescued" from Robotropolis.
  • Book Ends:
    • Issues 225 and 230, with the titles One Step Forward... and ...Two Steps Back.
    • The ultimate fate of the echidna race pre-reboot: Multiple factions ended up in pocket zones to due attacks from enemies note  or because they were deemed too dangerous by their enemynote . The residents of Albion were attacked by the Egg Legion, and Thrash felt that the echidnas would bring the world to ruin if left unchecked.
  • Bounty Hunter: Nack and his sister Nic fill this trope to a T.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • This has happened to a few characters, but one notable example is what happened to Monkey Khan at the hands of the Iron Queen.
    • Knuckles when he became Enerjak falls under this. It is hinted at that all Enerjaks might be controlled by a greater persona as well.
    • Sonic Universe Issue 37 revealed that this is what happened to G.U.N. Commander Hugo Brass.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Marine. (No surprise there).
  • Break the Cutie: Hershey during the End Game arc, when she learned that her Jerkass ex-boyfriend Drago Wolf tricked her into [almost] killing Sally. Let's just say that near the conclusion, the traitorous wolf learned the hard way about "a woman scorned"...
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Occurs several times in the earlier issues. One example is Robotnik finding Crabmeat reading a Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comic. He then punishes Crabmeat for reading the comic of his most hated enemy, before getting the idea to use the other comic books Crabmeat has for ideas for other robots. And yes, the other comic books are implied to be real comics as well. No, it doesn't make any sense.
    • Also falling into this category is Eggman's ramblings in issue 205. It appears he's finally figured out that he's in a licensed comic book. He still wants to get that hedgehog, though.
  • Breaking Speech: Sonic's dad does an epic one towards Scourge in issue 192.
  • The Brigadier: Commander Abraham Tower.
  • Broad Strokes: After the Super Genesis Wave, most of the video games and at least some of the original timeline happened in the new timeline, but in slightly different ways.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Chaos Knuckles turning to regular Knuckles in #125, and Bunnie being deroboticized in #232.
  • The Bus Came Back: Scratch, Grounder, and Coconuts returned in Issue #187 after a hundred and thirty issues of absence, now employed by Mammoth Mogul at the Casino Night Zone.
    • The Badniks have returned in the post-reboot issues, many of them as part of Hordes led by a Super-Badnik Commander.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Pre-character development Antoine.
    • On the villains' side, Drago. The fans hated him so much, he is punched in the nose once every appearance.
    • Similarly, Nack the Weasel has started becoming this more in his recent appearances.
  • C-List Fodder: Much of Ian Flynn's first year was spent rounding up and exterminating these by the truckload.
  • Cain and Abel: Lien-Da and Julie-Su.
  • Call Back: Sonic Universe #36 references the A.D.A.M. arc when Babylon Garden's Master Core ABIS mentions that the AI had discovered the Garden and tried to use its wormhole generator to bring the Chaos Emeralds from around the galaxy to Mobius, but was unable to without the Garden's power source/key.
  • The Cameo:
    • So far, the only appearances of Black Doom and the Black Arms aliens are a memory image of Black Doom and a single panel showing the Xorda locked in a war with the Black Arms (which explains why the Xorda never returned to see if their attack on Mobius succeeded). After Worlds Collide, the Black Arms return to Sonic's world in a recent Universe arc to avenge Black Doom's death (the events of Shadow the Hedgehog occurred in the reboot timeline) and will have another Universe arc in the future.
    • Mephiles the Dark and Void appeared as inmates in the Zone Jail in Sonic Universe #29.
    • Chester Cheetah appears in issue 72. For some reason.
    • Issue #134 has some Characters from the UK's Sonic the Comic (Tekno the Canary, Ebony the Cat,and her partner, Pajaymas, Shortfuse the Cybernik and Metamorphia) make a cameo appearances.
    • Crow T. Robot makes an appearance in an earlier issue.
  • Canon Discontinuity / Continuity Reboot: Invoked; due to the Cosmic Retcon, which rewrote their entire universe on a molecular and timeline level (which not only completely wiped characters like Robotnik Prime out of existence, but ensured he never existed in the first place) none of the original 251 stories technically happened, and the existing cast only has faint memories of the original timeline that will eventually fade away.
  • Canon Foreigner: Tons. They outnumber the original characters.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The series hasn't been entirely consistent about which of its antagonists openly identify as evil, but Robotnik and Anti-Sonic/Scourge definitely do.
    • In the very first issue, there is a sign on Robotnik's desk which reads "Dr. Robotnik: Supreme Dictator, Industrial Polluter, Megalomaniac, Corrupt Politician, Underhanded Reprobate, Rain Forest Ravager, Puppy Kicker, Oil Spill Coordinator, Holiday Hater, Insurance Salesman. Rights violated while U wait!"
    • As does Drago. When he and Razorklaw captured Sally in issue 214, the latter suggested just killing her, which led to Drago scolding him for not messing with her first and calling Razorklaw a lousy villain.
  • Casting a Shadow: This seems to be a common ability for Ixis wizards, as both Naugus and Geoffrey have it.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Oh my yes.
  • Cat Fight: A really, really blatant one was set up between Bunnie and Rouge.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Although based on the more serious Sonic Sat AM, the earlier comics were much more similar to Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog in tone, with little continuity. The series got more serious and interconnected as it went on. The Endgame arc is pretty much the point where things have fully shifted, though there are a few occasional one-shot lighter comics interspersed here and there.
    • Subtly pointed out by Horizont-Al and Verti-Cal. When they first appeared in #2, they were wacky and whimsy characters, always playing around and changing the laws of physics of their dimension for kicks. When we run into them in #59, it turns out the Ultimate Annihilator destroyed their home, they blamed each other during the rebuild, and they've become giant robots in a never-ending war against each other. Starkest. Contrast. Ever.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • Robotnik (the first one) was more like his Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog self in early comics, even though he looked like his Sonic Sat AM counterpart. Starting with issue 25, a more dangerous, psychotic side started to show, and while he never quite reached the level of nightmarish evil of the Sonic Sat AM Robotnik, he was pretty close to it by Endgame. His current Eggman persona is something of a Composite Character of this and his more comedic games counterpart.
    • This applies to the whole original cast for the most part, who were portrayed as much wackier and bumbling in the original comics, Sally in particular was a far more brattish and prissy character compared to current persona, which is arguably the nearest to a "normal" character in the comics.
  • Cheeky Mouth: It's Sonic the Hedgehog. Of course he has this.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Antoine was pretty much the personification of this trope in earlier issues.
  • Chickification:
    • Sally Acorn was like this for a while. Thankfully ,it didn't last. Surprisingly, though, the lasting effects of it have yet to be Retconned or reversed...

      Happened to her in reverse over the early issues. Sally grew more competent due to a combination of Cerebus Syndrome, bringing her characterization more in line with Sonic Sat AM, and getting her own mini-series.
    • Most of the other female characters got Chickified at the same time Sally did (roughly around #132), but Sally's was so over-the-top that the other cases went largely unnoticed. Thankfully, it didn't last for them either.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder:
    • Snively has this problem and everyone knows it.
    • All the characters from Moebius have this as well. Being evil doubles of the main characters means that most of them are too arrogant to work together without trying to backstab each other.
    • Sleuth Dawg. Oh so much.
    • Bean and Bark betrayed the team Mammoth Mogul hired to hunt down Sonic when Sally offered them more money. When Nack managed to snipe Sonic with a stun laser... they switched right back to Mogul's side.
    • Lien-Da also has shades of this.
  • Clear My Name: The "Mecha Madness" and "Endgame" storylines.
  • Cliff Hanger: Naturally, they abound, as is the norm for a comic series.
    • Issue 172 ends with Antoine storming off, saying he's going to do something he should've done long ago. note  Issue 173 begins with him asking Bunnie to marry him.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Bean doesn't really have lucid moments. You just find a way to make his madness work for you.
  • Colon Cancer: The "Tales of the Freedom Fighters" stories got a bit out of hand in this respect — consider the verging-on-self-parody title "Tales of the Freedom Fighters Presents: Geoffrey St. John: On His Majesty's Secret Service Part 4: The Mission."
  • The Comically Serious:
    • Shadow is occasionally used to this effect, particularly when paired off with characters like Marine or Cream.
    • Sally also has moments of this, though it was more prominent with her earlier, crankier persona.
  • Compulsory School Age: Inverted. After her Plot-Relevant Age-Up, Amy still has to go to school with Tails and the other children, because despite having a teenager's body, they know what age she really is.
  • Continuity Cameo:
    • Bean and Bark got a few of these before showing up as actual characters later on. Their earlier appearances are impossible to reconcile with their current role, though.
    • Patrick Spaziante would often do this with Astal, a Sega Saturn video game character he was apparently very fond of.
  • Continuity Drift
  • Continuity Snarl: Trying to fit Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 perfectly into continuity caused problems. Made worse by the fact that the writers didn't have complete information about the games when they started writing the arcs...
  • Corrupted Data: In one issue, Shadow retrieves a disk that contains files from Gerald Robotnik about his true purpose. However, the disk is damaged by a Badnik attack and the thing was already 50 years old, so it was starting to decay badly. NICOLE is able to rebuild it enough for Shadow to get his answers, though.
    • In an earlier issue, #165, the robot ISAAC was revealed to have corrupted data from centuries of wear (though not all of it was corrupted). It also reveals that the person he was protecting for centuries since the Xorda attack, Dr. Robotnkik's ancestor Ivan Kintorbor, is dead.
  • Cosmic Retcon:
    • Happens in the stories set in the Mobius: X Years Later reality - Sonic goes back in time to fix damage to the timeline that threatens to destroy reality. Unfortunately, this creates an Alternate Timeline where instead of being a Utopia ruled by King Sonic, Mobius is a totalitarian state ruled by King Shadow. Fortunately, Sonic and many of his friends remember how things are supposed to be and manage to overthrow Shadow.
    • Shades of this appear in a few of the Silver stories as well. Apparently, every time Silver goes back in time, some changes are made to the timeline. Unfortunately, none of these changes undo the Bad Future he lives in.
    • Following Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide, the entire Sonic comic series is subject to one of these. Several characters were abandoned, all ongoing stories were dropped, most of the cast was redesigned (either in appearance or personality), several terms and names were changed, most of the franchise's core games were considered canon to the new backstory, and the previous continuity was left as nothing more than lingering memories among the core cast which would eventually fade away. Also, the series's world no longer has a name, thanks to Sega's mandate preventing the use of the word "Mobius".
  • Crash-Into Hello: Sonic and Mina do it at one point, although they already knew each other by then.
  • Creepy Doll/Demonic Dummy: "Project Deadly Cudddles". Yes, it took a while, but it seems that Tails Doll is finally going to force some sunshine on this comic.
  • Criminal Amnesiac: Sonic in issue #28.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Eggman's battle suit in issues #175-7 was specifically designed to outmatch Sonic, which it proceeded to do marvelously. Which meant that when the rest of the Freedom Fighters got to take it on, it went down in a matter of panels.
  • Crossover: One with the Image Comics superheroes, another with Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The Echidnas have a holy book known as "The Tomes." Knuckles mother is seen praying in an Aurorium, a place filled with stained glass windows and dedicated to the worship of Aurora. They also have a prophecy frotelling the arrival of "The Avatar" and a "Lost Tribe" wandering the face of the planet in search of a "Promised Land." Knuckles' Great Grandfather acts as a spiritual leader for the tribe and is known as a "Mitre" or prophet. He is also known to commune with powerful incorporeal beings that only he can see.
  • Culture Clash:
    • Overlanders versus Mobians and Echidnas versus Dingoes.
    • Hell, Echidnas versus Echidnas, too.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • A particularly infamous example in issue #165:
      Julie-Su: "Let me go, you b—"
      Rouge: "Bat. Remember it."
    • Not to mention the innumerable "What the—?"s and "What in—?"s.
  • Cute Bruiser: Amy, full stop.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Eggman has shades of this now, since his "reasoning back to sanity" moment. He knows to retreat if he isn't winning, leave when he already has killed Antoine and knows full well how PISSED that would make Sonic. However, it doesn't help him that he is quite literally Surrounded by Idiots who can't realize that he knows what he's doing.
  • Dark Action Girl: Fiona, Princess Alicia, Lien-Da, Buns, Rosy the Rascal, Conquering Storm, and Julie-Su back when she was a Dark Legionnaire.
  • Darkest Hour: The series has had a few over the years, the climax of "EndGame", the destruction of Knothole, and the Iron Dominion occupation of New Mobotropolis being the most prominent.
  • Dark Furred Redhead: Sally and her family.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: Dimitri was quickly drained of his Enerjak power and left decrepit. The Dark Legion was forced to turn him into a cyborg to keep him alive. Dr. Finitivus, seeking to learn the power of Enerjak, disassembled him, leaving him as just a head in a floating bubble.
  • Dating Catwoman: Rouge tried to invoke this trope with Knuckles, much to Julie-Su's annoyance.
    • Also, one canceled story idea was for NICOLE to have a relationship like this with A.D.A.M., though his apparent death has obviously made this impossible.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Usually the point of the story arcs in Sonic Universe. Sonic's only made around 10 appearances in the series, aside from covers.
  • Days of Future Past: See Feudal Future.
  • Deadly Dodging: How Sonic wins the first fight we see him in.
  • Deader Than Dead: Being the successful target of Robotnik Prime's Ultimate Annihilator, which is capable of destroying the very particles of its target. Said target ended up being Robotnik himself. And then the Cosmic Retcon literally erased him from ever existing at all in the new universe...
  • Death by Childbirth: Snively's mother. There's a lot of speculation that his father hated him for it. Could explain a lot.
  • Death from Above: How Eggman ultimately destroyed Knothole.
  • Defecting for Love: What happened with Julie-Su and Knuckles. Made even stronger when it's revealed that Julie-Su is one of Dimitri's descendants.
  • Defector from Decadence: While they're not full on evil Big abandoned his people, the Felidae, due to their xenophobic and barbaric traditions, which really didn't gel with his laidback, friendly personality. Because of this he's considered an exile in their lands, meaning he's in just as much danger of taking a spear to the face there as anyone else.
  • Demoted to Extra: Rotor Walrus has been hit hard with this, he started out as a strong fixture in the Freedom Fighters, then got kicked into this position after issue #125, in fact his jacked-up importance and Word of Gay relationship in the "Mobius: 25 Years Later" storyline was meant by previous head writer Ken Penders as a way of moving him out of extra status and giving him a much-needed jolt of Character Development. Sadly, when current head writer Ian Flynn took over, he was beaten back down to this spot violently, in both the main comic and the "M:25YL" storyline for quite some time. He eventually regained some prominence when he joined the Royal Council and later made himself a high-tech suit, but not until he'd been largely unseen for several years.
    • A group of characters called "The Substitute Freedom Fighters" faded out of relevance soon after their introduction. Currently, they were brought back as councilors on the royal council. One of them, Hamlin, was angry enough about his treatment that he joined the council out of spite for the Freedom Fighters.
    • Knuckles has also been demoted heavily since his own spin off comic series ended, likely due to his life on Angel Island making it harder to focus alongside the Freedom Fighters down on Mobius.
    • Interestingly, Sonic himself was affected by this - after the Knuckles comic got cancelled, Sonic was limited to mostly being stuck in Knothole following the Sonic Adventure adaptation, with Knuckles and Tails getting a lot of the screen time and action in their backup stories, due to a case of Creator's Pet.
    • A lot of this is Lampshaded in the "Off-Panel" comic strips at the end of the Sonic Universe comics, from Knuckles flipping out over the title not exactly being his to Charmy commenting that if he was going to show up in a storyline, it would be here.
  • Derailing Love Interests: A problem the comic had, along with the Romantic Plot Tumor. Cliff Notes version: Sonic and Sally were always in a Will They or Won't They? plot until Mina Mongoose was introduced, then became a Third Wheel for about a dozen issues before Sonic and Sally hooked up... for all of five issues before Sally broke up with Sonic and he found himself being slung around to every other girl around before stopping with Fiona, who then broke up with him to go with his Evil Twin Scourge. Then, after Sally spent some time with Monkey Khan, they finally rehook back up... only for Sally to get roboticized.
  • Deus ex Machina: Lampshaded in an issue when they need something to free NICOLE from her Mind Control. Their choice falls on the Particle-to-Light Organizer and Transporter Device. Don't get it? PLOT device.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Mammoth Mogul's current status. What this means for his future status as Silver's mentor is currently unknown.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Omega in Universe #4.
    Omega: "I enjoy Plan B!"
  • Didn't Think This Through: Eggman admits attacking Sonic while he was using Chaos Control was "a bit hasty". He reconsiders that position when he spots a gigantic purple crack on the surface of the planet.
  • Diminishing Villain Threat: Taken to the logical conclusion with Eggman in the 200th issue.
    • Ixis Naugus has a funny relationship with this trope. In his first appearance, he was portrayed as a strong force worthy of being feared. He had powers that could control the weather and the movement of the earth, and he forced Sonic and Tails into a wild goose chase around the world. Later, he was downgraded to Mogul's servant and was driven insane. He became a major antagonist again, but his paranoia leads to him simply abandoning his plots for Mobotropolis.
  • Dirty Coward: No real shocker that Snively is one of these.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Xorda. It's not a good idea to piss them off. Or be at all genetically related to anyone who may have pissed them off several millenia ago.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Ostensibly, the Kingdom of Acorn had a strict "No guns" policy after a previous war was started because two kids were playing with a gun. In practice, this is a Depending on the Writer situation — Bunnie, for example, wielded guns for some time, although she never used them. Rotor's stance on the matter has been inconsistent even in the hands of the same writer.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The animosity between the Dingoes and the Echidnas is almost an exact analogy for the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Who plays who is just as much up to interpretation.
  • Doom Magnet: Nate Morgan, arguably.
  • The Dragon:
    • Snively served as this to both Robotnik and later Eggman. For that matter, Lien-Da and the other Dark Egg Legion Grandmasters could be considered Co-Dragons as well, since they're all equally ranked and report directly to Eggman.
    • Conquering Storm could be said to have acted as this to the Iron Queen; she accompanied the Queen to the Eggman Empire when she assumed control of it from the insane Eggman, and was later sent back to the Dragon Kingdom to enforce the Iron Dominion's control over the region.
    • Ixis Nagus was this to Mogul for a time, and had one of his own in Geoffrey.
    • Following the events of "Genesis", Eggman gained a new chief enforcer in Mecha Sally.
  • Dragon Ascendant: After the Iron Queen was dethroned, Conquering Storm took over as Eggman's chief enforcer in the Dragon Kingdom. And Snively has briefly been in this position twice - first, when the original Robotnik was killed, and later when he ruled alongside the Iron Queen after Eggman's breakdown. Both times, however, Eggman eventually showed up to put him back in his place.
  • Dragon Lady: The Iron Queen. Although technically, she's not native to that region.
  • Driven to Suicide: Antoine fakes this when Bunnie fakes defecting to the Battle Bird Armada in SU #18, defenestrating himself from a high hatch into the sea.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: After Robotnik was apparently defeated for good (the first such time) and Knothole Village converted into a bustling metropolis for countless freed Mobians and Robians, the teenage heroes were forced to go back to school. Except Sally because she's royalty. Sonic was kind of bitter about it.
  • Earthquakes Cause Fissures:
    • One of the early comics had Robotnik evacuate Robotropolis because he discovered a massive earthquake was about to hit; when it did, it tore the city a new one.
    • The effects of Eggman's tampering with reality during Genesis caused earthquakes that got progressively worse, to the point that they obliterated an entire city-sized factory complex.
  • Easily Condemned: Robotnik has rather handily succeeded in framing Sonic for treachery more than once. Granted these were often very elaborate acts of deception, but surely Sonic's closest friends at the very least should have known better, especially considering they've frequently seen what elaborate forms of deception Robotnik is capable of themselves.
  • Easy Amnesia: At least once.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Knothole in its original form was sometimes portrayed as one.
  • Element Number Five: Originally, Power Rings, however, with the Ixis wizards making a return, it appears that this is replaced with something much Darker.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Tails Doll.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Word of God says Sonic's was supposed to be Olgilvie.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Sonic's was said to be Maurice. It's since been considered non-canon.
  • The Empire: The Eggman Empire, to be precise.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Happens with such frequency that Sonic's begun to lampshade it. The heroes have, at various junctures, teamed up with Eggman, Snively, their "Suppression Squad" alter-egoes, the Destructix, the Dark Legion, and even Finitevus. They usually get backstabbed, and Sonic's started to lampshade that, too.
    • By and far, the biggest of these situations was when the entire planet united to fight off the Xorda invasion. And naturally, as soon as the Xorda were fought off (and Sonic was sent into space), Eggman stabbed his allies in the back.
    • We have a non-Freedom Fighter example in the Babylon Rogues teaming up with their rivals/former comrades the Battle Bird Armada to regain the Babylon Gardens — which, ironically, puts them in opposition to the Freedom Fighters, since the Gardens are apparently under New Mobotropolis.
  • Engineered Heroics: Deconstructed. At one point Sonic sets up a plan to help Antoine impress his father by dressing up as his own Evil Twin and having Antoine defeat him. Then the real Evil Sonic showed up and Antoine knocked him out without realizing it wasn't Sonic in disguise. When he realized he'd actually decked an actual bad guy and won, he fainted. (Which, incidentally, says a lot about just how pathetic Evil Sonic was prior to turning into Scourge.)
  • The Everyman: The original Freedom Fighters evolved this way over the years, being more understated and "normal" than the cast from the video games. After the Super Genesis Wave, this seems to have reverted.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: There's more princesses in Sonic's world than you can shake a stick at.
  • Evil Albino: Dr. Finitevus, although this is technically an acquired attribute.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Finitevus seemed honestly surprised both that Knuckles friends were willing to die for him, and also that Knuckles would refuse to work with him next time they met, after Finitevus' actions resulted in the death of Knuckles' father.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Fiona's is a vast improvement, and capitalizes on Evil Is Sexy.
  • Eviler Than Thou:
    • Mammoth Mogul gives Dimitri-as-Enerjak the treatment in Knuckles #9, as he Depowers him.
      If there are any lessons to be learned, it's one you so obviously forgot! As I begin to absorb the incalculable power you possess, consider this: there is always someone else who is smarter, stronger, and even more ruthless than you.
    • Teaming up with the villain du jour and winding up on the losing end of this was also anti-Sonic's second most common gimmick (the most common, of course, being the instigator of Clear My Name plots), although that changed after he got a new look.
  • Evil Twin:
    • Everyone from Anti-Mobius who isn't based on someone who's already evil. Special mention has to be given to Anti-Sonic, who used the Master Emerald to turn himself green, renamed himself Scourge the Hedgehog, and has become a recurring villain.
    • Averted with Anti-Knuckles, who's a good guy, just more mellow and pacifistic than Knucklesnote . That doesn't stop him from fighting when he thinks he has to, though.
    • Finitevus is also something of an evil twin to Knuckles. An accident transformed him into a negative image of Knuckles, and he uses the exact opposite methods that Knuckles does; while Knuckles favors direct action, Finitevus uses his powers over dark magic and subterfuge. And while Knuckles is a Guardian, biologically engineered and trained from birth to be an ultimate protector, Finitevus wants to BLOW IT ALL UP!
  • Exiled from Continuity:
    • All of the 170+ characters created by writer Ken Penders have been permanently removed from the series due to a major lawsuit with him, including several major characters and series mainstays.
    • While Eggman Nega technically does exist in the Archie series, he is not allowed to make an unobstructed appearance or even be fully named (only being referred to as "Doctor Nega") because of unexplained hangups with Sega.
    • Due to messy legal issues involving Sega of Japan and Sega of America's separate copyrights on the numerous Sonic properties, as well as copyright hang ups between other studios that co-produced certain Sonic series (I.e. animation studios Studio Pierrot and TMS Entertainment, and American distributors such as the now-defunct A.D. Vision and the now-defunct Creator/4KidsEntertainment and the currently active Saban Brands), Sega gave an editorial mandate that unique material or characters from any Sonic continuities outside of the video games, the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Satam Sonic cartoons (which the Archie comics were directly based on and always borrowed elements from) and Sonic Underground are not allowed to be used in the comic. This ended up biting Archie in the rear hard when they had unauthorized cameos of characters from Sonic The Hedgehog The Movie in issue 101, which earned them a hell of a dressing down by Sega. Sonic X, which is another continuity that the comics are not allowed to borrow from, once had a 40 issue comic tie-in produced by Archie, and a one issue cross-over with the main comic universe, to the point that Sega has forbidden reprints of the Sonic X comic at all.
    • Likewise, elements created specifically for the Archie Sonic comics are not allowed to be used in other Sonic continuities due to the aforementioned legal embargoes.
  • Explosive Leash: When the Dark Legion is stripped of their cybernetics, Lien-Da cuts a deal with Eggman where they will serve him if he restores them; to ensure the loyalty of his new "Dark Egg Legion", Eggman plants bombs on them. When the Iron Queen sets off Lien-Da's bomb, Eggman repairs her and plants another bomb.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Several characters, including Dr. Quack, Amadeus Prower, and Patch.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Sleuth Dog and Fiona Fox play it straight. Later, Geoffrey St. John switches sides — though it turns out Geoffrey didn't actually switch at all; he'd been working for Naugus since before he was introduced.
  • Fake Defector:
    • Dimitri, when he joins Robotnik. He lampshades it.
      "You make it sound like I'm purposefully weakening the greatest evil this world has ever known from within."
    • Duck "Bill" Platypus of the Downunda Freedom Fighters — after his people willingly joined with Eggman, he did as well in order to make sure they didn't suffer too much under his rule, while still being loyal to his team.
  • Faking the Dead: Humans. For the longest time, all that seemed to be left of humanity (or the closest physiology) was the Overlanders. As it turns out, old school humans had managed to set up a series of hidden cities prior to the Xorda attack, allowing them to survive. They were literally hiding for thousands of years.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: Hope is momentarily pleased to hear Snively tell her he's discovered they are half-siblings, not step-siblings as they believed, and that he wants her to be part of his family. However, his offer of a big happy family quickly devolves into a rose-tinted vision of world domination, reminding her that he's still wicked to the core.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The Echidnas, who became the first to be civilized, looked down on everyone. Still did until Eggman wiped most of their population out and Thrash tossed the rest into another Zone.
    • Overlanders, four-fingered humans, were shown to be incredibly war-like and bloodthirsty. It's obvious both Robotniks did nothing to improve that image.
    • Machines in particular. Naugus, on two separate instances, gleeflly ramped up the hate of them in Mobians, leading to a brief Civil War between Mobians and Robians (roboticized Mobians) and the AI NICOLE being temporarily exiled.
    • Not based on race, but the same basic idea is the reason why the Dark Legion broke off from the rest of Echidna society. Their love of technology led to them being persecuted and oppressed by the government.
    • The members of the Battle Bird Armada are a mild example of this. They feel that since they can fly naturally, only they have the right to be in the sky, and everyone else should stay on the ground. One member, Speedy, seems to particularly hate Tails, due to his ability to fly naturally despite not being a bird.
    Speedy: That's right, freak. Crawl. Crawl on the ground where you belong.
    • We learn through a flashback in "The Trial Of Gefforey St. John" that Ixis Naugus was able to convince Gefforey into becoming his student by playing off of Gefforey's resentment of Overlanders (Gefforey's father was a soldier in the Great War and was killed by Overlanders during a mission). It would seem that Mobian/Overlander hatred may not be entirely gone yet.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The entire planet.
    • The Southern Baronies is basically the American South, but with anthropomorphic rabbits. To draw the parallels further, their militia wore gray uniforms, and sought independence from the Kingdom of Acorn.
    • Avalon is basically Robin Hood England.
    • The United Federation is a Hidden Human United States.
    • The Dragon Kingdom is basically a mash-up of Feudal Japan and Imperial China.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink
  • Fat Bastard: Three guesses.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Finitevus is one of the most urbane Omnicidal Maniacs you're ever likely to meet. All the better to contrast with Knuckles, of course. Eggman has shades of this, too.
  • The Federation: United Federation, a federal constitutional republic which is an ally of the Kingdom of Acorn and a major player in the Second Robotnik War, ever since the Freedom Fighters saved Station Square, the capital city, from Chaos.
  • Feudal Future: Elias tried to give the people some more power, but the entire universe collapsing in on itself put a stop to that nonsense and placed his father back in power.
  • First Name Basis
  • Five-Bad Band: Scourge's Suppression Squad.
  • Five-Man Band: Several, including the various Freedom Fighter groups, the Chaotix, the Secret Service, the Destructix, the Suppression Squad...
  • Flanderization: An aversion may come from the early comics, which had a much zanier and cartoony format thus exaggerated a lot of the characters' traits compared to their SatAm counterparts, e.g. Sonic existed as a Karmic Trickster with a Totally Radical mannerisms akin to his AoStH counterpart, Sally's somewhat neurotic and no-nonsense attitude was exaggerated into a spoiled, mean-tempered prude and Robotnik was converted into even bigger a bumbling Card-Carrying Villain than his 'Eggman' incarnations. This was reversed as the comic's writing tone became more serious and akin to the show, though some genuine cases of flanderization do pop up on occasion.
  • Flash Forward: The "X Years Later" storylines.
  • Footnote Fever: Almost every single time the comic references a previous event, there's a footnote helpfully telling you exactly what issue it took place in. In particularly referential issues, the phenomenon is lampshaded frequently.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: The goddess Aurora looked like whatever those who saw her imagined her to look like. To Knuckles, she looked like an echidna.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Inconsistent for years, given the conflicting source material — the cartoons gives everyone four fingers (usually), while the games give almost every one of their characters five. Depending on the Artist, sometimes every character has five fingers, and others the Sega characters have five and everybody else has four. Earlier issues established that the main difference between "Overlanders" and proper humans was the number of fingers: four and five, respectively. Both the finger-debacle and the distinction between the two types of humans were quietly phased out.
  • Fourth Wall Mail Slot: Characters have occasionally answered fan mail "directly" through Sonic-Grams, the online blogs, and during a "novelty question month" on Ian Flynn's messageboard.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Sonic and Knuckles in Sonic Super Special #12.
  • Freudian Excuse: Fiona's abandonment issues have definitely played a major role in shaping her pscyhe.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: A few of the Freedom Fighters, despite being a close unit, have yet to gain distinct interaction together.
  • Funny Animal: Though they do retain some traits of their animal origins. Oddly enough, most sea creatures remain the same.
  • Funny Schizophrenia: Bean. Take Daffy Duck, cross him with Deadpool (albeit a G-rated Deadpool). You have something slightly less crazy than Bean.
    Bean: That was awesome! How do your glutes feel?
  • Furry Confusion: Muttski is a non-anthropomorphic dog: he walks on all fours, can't talk, and is treated as a pet... but Mobius also contains Funny Animal dogs (like Sleuth Dawg). Or at least, he was...
  • Fusion Dance: Originally, Gamma's "soul" was downloaded into Omega's mind, fusing their thoughts together and granting Omega the ability to feel proper emotion. There's also Tikhaos, a fusion of Tikal and Chaos; Titan Tails, made from many versions of Tails fusing together; and this was Ixis Naugus' origin (combined with Two Beings, One Body), the last three remaining Ixis wizards (excluding Mogul) traveled to the sun in an attempt to harness the elemental power of fire, and in the process somehow fused together.
  • Future Badass: Somewhat averted with Silver. He's quite capable, but he's also a bit too inexperienced and naive, which leads to him making mistakes.

     Tropes G-L 
  • Gadgeteer Genius: The comic has a lot of these, most notably Rotor, Tails, and Uncle Chuck.
  • Gender Equals Breed: The only exception is Jon, the son of Rob O'Hedge and Mari-An. Despite being male, he is an Echidna like his mom. The Sonic Encyclopedia explains this. When Mobians of two different species pair up they typically result in twins: a boy with his father's breed and a girl with her mother's. Single born hybrids are extremely rare, with traits leaning mostly towards one breed, regardless of gender, with a notable trait of the other.
  • General Ripper: Depending on which side of the fence you're on, General Helmut von Stryker. His son Kage definitely qualifies.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: The Xorda take this to its logical conclusion by having a genetic engineering weapon that functions very much like a nuke. Said weapon also served as the backstory for the planet.
  • Genre Savvy: Multiple instances, such as the Chaotix when they are in what appears to be an Enemy Mine situation with Dr. Finitevus. They considered that he was likely planning a trap and made an attempt to kill him the first chance they get, but he got the better of them in their fight. Oh, and the whole situation was a setup.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Feist, the 200-foot mystical panda who inhabited the Special Zone and intermittently talks in the third person. Even in this comic, he's treated as a BLAM.
    • Tikhaos, a fusion of Tikal and Chaos who had no foreshadowing at all.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Snively plays hockey with Sonic in issue #33.
  • A God Am I: Every Enerjak, Feist, Mammoth Mogul...
  • Goshdang It To Heck: Lots of bowdlerized profanities.
    • Actually subverted with Antoine, who frequently says mon dieu. In issue 172 he says "Zut alors!", which means "Damn them!"
    • Scourge the Hedgehog and Nack the Weasel both actually do swear, though censored, since this IS a kid's comic.
  • Grand Finale: #47-50 were meant to finish the series.
  • Grand Theft Me: Naugus eventually possessed Geoffrey's body to escape the Body Horror consuming his own.
  • Great Gazoo: Horizont-Al and Verti-Cal, at least in their first apperance.
  • Half Dressed Animal People: Prior to the reboot, this was something of a toss-up as characters' state of dress varied (SEGA-types tend to go with their canon design, SatAM/AoStH-types with their canon design and original characters tend to be fully dressed). Post-reboot, everyone goes SEGA-standard, meaning guys wear, at least, shoes and gloves while girls are fully dressed.
  • Happily Married: Bunnie & Antoine, Bernie & Jules, Amadeus & Rosemary Prower, Elias & Meg, Max & Alicia.
  • Happiness in Slavery: According to the Encyclopedia, the Nerbs enjoy how rigid Eggman's oppression is, and many willingly joined the Dark Egg Legion.
  • Hate Plague: One of the tools in Ixis Naugus' repertoire.
  • Heartbroken Badass: For a variable definition of "badass" (considering he and his team's absolutely dismal fight record), Lightning Lynx in SU#15.
    • On the other end of the spectrum, Bunnie between issues 130 and 156, to the point of Chickification.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Dr. Robotnik, once. It didn't stick. Long-term baddie Dimitri switched sides after the Iron Dominion arc.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Dark Legionnaire Lien-Da is usually shown wearing some sort of leather outfit. And wielding a whip.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Sonic when he realizes that he drove Eggman insane thanks to Snively's Breaking Speech. However, the writers quickly push this under a rug. It counts as Sonic did really feel terrible about what he did to Eggman.
    • Played for laughs with Shadow after Marine tells him she doesn't know as much as she led on about ship building. For several panels, Shadow's expression locks up in one of the most amusing reactions given from a character in the comic.
    • Nicole was on the brink of one; what with almost the whole population of New Mobotropolis having turned against her, and Sally's sacrifice, she was barely able to function and unable to face what few friends she has left.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • There have been a few over the years, with Tommy Turtle and Locke being the biggest examples.
    • Before the crossover, Sally and Antoine; the former to the world roboticizer and the latter while protecting Elias. Thanks to the events of the crossover, they're back to normal.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Omega. Even after gaining a "soul" from Gamma, Omega is still a bit too triggerhappy and willing to blow things up.
  • Hero of Another Story: Many over the course of the comic, ranging from the Arctic Freedom Fighters all the way to the G.U.N. special forces.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Nicole, following her brainwashing by the Iron Queen. It wasn't helped any by Mina's protests or Naugus' Hate Plague-fueled smear campaign.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Pretty much every character that could've stopped Robotnik/Eggman but didn't for whatever reason got this at some point, courtesy of the doctor himself in most cases.
    • Because Eggman was so hasty in trying to stop Super Sonic's Reset Button attempt, most of his victories have been rendered nulled - Knothole and Mobotropolis stand, Sally's no longer Mecha Sally and the Freedom Fighters are still active.
  • Holier Than Thou: The echidna. They were the first advanced civilization and were active for millinea, seeing the other races below them. They're even like that to themselves.
    • A recurring plot in later stories is other fractions conflicting with the core Freedom Fighters, accusing them of being Control Freaks that belittle the contributions of others or ignore suggestions that could have prevented dire consequences. Since strawmen arguments aren't uncommon, to what degree this has substance varies, though compared to the echidnas, the Freedom Fighters at least add up to their ego more.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Bunnie, and her children in the "X Years Later" storyline.
  • Hot-Blooded: Monkey Khan especially, but a lot of the cast has shades of this.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Sonic was thought to had been dead after an explosion of alien tech, but was really flung halfway across the universe. He returned a year later and continued his role as a hero. This, however, led to Sally breaking up with him.
  • Humans by Any Other Name: "Overlanders." It technically refers to a specific subspecies of humanity. The term isn't really used anymore.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: There has been some subtext in this direction, although there have been subversions and exceptions since nearly the beginning. The Mobians and the "Overlanders" were at war... over what turned out to be a misunderstanding, and there were bastards fighting on both sides of the conflict. Yet humans were portrayed as the more warlike and barbaric species even in flashbacks that predated the war. With the introduction of more sympathetic humans such as Nate Morgan and Hope Kintobar, and the human cities from the games, their image appears to have improved, and the comic refuses to dip back into the old subtext.
  • Human Subspecies: The Overlanders and Mobians. Both were the result of the Xorda gene weapons that caused most life (human and animal) to break down into a primordial goop, which reformed thousands of years later. The Overlanders were the physiologically closest to humanity in the comics… until Sonic Adventure had to be adapted, resulting in Homo sapiens Humans appearing.
  • Hurricane of Puns:
    • The earliest issues lived for this.
    • Issue #182, where Sonic for the first time goes face-to-face with Enerjak a.k.a. a Brainwashed and Crazy Knuckles:
    Enerjak (in response to "Energerm"): Are you quite finished?!
    Sonic: Actually... Jumping-jak. Ener-tube. Flap-jak. Ener-state. Ener-jak-in-the-box. And come to think of it, "Enerjak" sounds like some kind of sports drink. Now I'm finished.
  • Hypocrite: This applies to Sally, Knuckles, Antoine, and Geoffrey in terms of calling Sonic immature, obnoxious, and needing to grow up.
    • Sally has been a princess for an incredible amount of time and never just ascends to title of Queen. Contrary to all the obligations that goes with it nothing says she can't be a queen but lead the Freedom Fighters ( her father was king and led and army into battle.) She also never steps up and challenges her father but instead chooses to whine that his choices are unfair instead of calling him out and talking to him like an adult but as his little girl.
    • Knuckles often calls Sonic obnoxious and having a big ego but knuckles himself is no easier to deal with. His entire training as guardian basically made an anti social hot head who sees everyone even children as enemies and always resorts to his fist than to reason. That being said he's miles better than the rest of his family as he actually tries to help everyone.
    • Antoine calls Sonic ego centric and does not play well with others which is sometimes true but Antoine isn't any better. He himself had an ego for a time and in all honesty Sonic has earn the right to brag about himself. Considering he runs head first into battle against tyrants that put him as number 1 on their shit list and never backs down or is intimidated. Antoine can only dream to get that far.
    • Geoffrey is the worst among them. He lost both his parents which made him easy to manipulate by Naugus, but here's the kicker...SO HAS EVERYONE ELSE. He's not the only person to lose loved ones. Sonic has had the displeasure of fighting his and other peoples' loved ones and having to break terrible news to people but he learns to move on as there are more important things to worry about. That's impressive considering that in one of his jaunts into alternate dimensions he had to kill that world's version of his own father. Another comes in as Geoffrey is honestly very insecure and has issues with envy. He never fully gets over his jealousy of Sonic's love-life with Sally and successes. This started when Sonic was teenager and he was a grown man and to this day despite being married and having a life he still has some hate towards Sonic.
      • Possibly the best example is in Endgame: Despite personally knowing about Robotnik's Auto Automatons, robots that can perfectly imitate people, he still believes that Sonic killed Sally until when Dulcy confirms that Sonic's been framed, stating that dragons can sense truth. Throw in his jealousy, and Geoffrey just inexplicably seems to hate Sonic so much that all he needs is an excuse.
    • Arguably even Sonic himself to some degree. While he retains his "like the wind" ethics of the games counterpart, he tends to be one of the Freedom Fighters most wary to others stepping out of line or not listening to him, in some cases bordering a tantrum prone Control Freak. Add to that he has an inconsistent attitude to pacifism and forgiveness, while he has considered sympathy even for his mortal enemy, Eggman at times, he held a rather lengthy violent grudge against Silver for his rather tasteless (and badly timed) approach to heroics.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In an early story, Robotnik asks how Rotor can let himself get so fat... while his own stomach greatly hangs out.
  • Idol Singer: Mina Mongoose.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Horizont-Al and Verti-Cal in issue 59.
  • I Meant to Do That: Nagus' reaction to curing Bunnie.
  • Immortality: This is Mammoth Mogul's shtick, since he's an Alternate Company Equivalent of Vandal Savage.
    • It was Enerjak's shtick too, until Mogul stole his powers.
  • Important Haircut: Sally had one done after Nicole rebuilt New Mobotropolis, cutting it from long to her former short-haired look to signify her de-Chickification.
  • Improbable Age: The Freedom Fighters started fighting The Empire when they were barely even teenagers, and they won. Eggman still hasn't been thwarted once and for all, but the oldest among them is barely a legal adult.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Uma Arachnis and her children, the Arachne. Espio, in accordance with his redesign in Sonic Heroes, and Lightning Lynx were retroactively named as members of the Four Houses of the Dragon Kingdom, a group of ninja clans, alongside Uma.
    • Sonic tried to invoke this when he dressed up as "The Sneak".
  • Insufferable Genius: An early plot turned Tails into one temporarily, and his evil alter-ego Miles behaves that way full-time.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover
  • Interspecies Romance: The various species are more like races or breeds, but let's list them, shall we?
    • Geoffrey St. John/Hershey St. John (skunk/cat)
    • Antoine D'Coolette/Bunnie D'Coolette (coyote/rabbit-cyborg)
    • King Max Acorn/Queen Alicia Acorn (squirrel/chipmunk)
    • Sonic's various relationships:
      • With Princess Sally Acorn (hedgehog/squirrel-chipmunk hybrid) - lampshaded in a later issue:
      Bean: Are you and the princess going to marry and have mutant hedge-squirrel babies?
      • With Mina (hedgehog/mongoose)
      • With Fiona (hedgehog/fox)
    • Thankfully subverted with the Iron King (Bull) and Iron Queen (Human), who are merely in a relationship of convenience in order to solidify their power base.
  • Irony:
    • The historical/geographical kind, at least in the original version of Mobius. The location of the capital city of a one world absolute monarchy? Texas. The home of the racist aggressors and oppressors? New England. The reaction of the Freedom Fighters' government to the people's demands for democratic reform? Crush the rebellion, and imprison the leader.
    • Both Tails and Knuckles were foreseen has having grand heroic destinies fighting against horrible threats. However when you look through the stories involving said destinies, it's easy to feel that the actual threats were their fault. note 
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Bunnie's maiden name is actually pronounced "Rab-BOW", with a long O and a silent T. Due to her being a cyborg, most people assumed it was pronounced as it looked (and was vocalized in the original cartoon): Ra-BOT, an obvious pun. Her uncle has apparently been getting similar treatment.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: For Sonic's sake, Mina took a bullet for Sally. She got better.
  • I Was Beaten By A Girl: Vector, Fang, Draco and the Iron King to name a few, many of them to the point of making a Running Gag out of it. The large amount of Action Girls justifies how often it occurs, but the trope's premise is still quoted frequently.
  • I Will Show You X: Provides the current page image. See Shut Up, Hannibal! for context.
  • Jackass Genie: Appeared in a one-shot and behaved this way for no perceptively good reason besides having an attitude problem. At the end, he was put back in his bottle and thrown into the lake.
  • Jerkass: Scourge is a huge one in stark contrast with the snarky but usually polite Sonic. Drago Wolf manages to top him and makes Scourge look like gentleman by comparison.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In regards to Vector, whose character is not a complete Jerkass just a little rough around the edges, during the Knuckles Comic. Throughout the entire comic's run and a little after that Vector never trusted Julie-Su and openly expressed his discontent with her and was poked fun of by his friends and her despite this. Usually his friends would tell him to chill and that he is just being full of it. Maybe but it doesn't change the fact that Julie-Su and her group did try to kill not only Knuckles, but the Chaotix and innocent people. Julie-Su only left the dark legion because she was in love with Knuckles, not because they were extremist or any thing regarding morality. Considering Vector sees Knuckles and the rest of the Chaotix as his only real family and Knuckles being his very first friend he has full right not to trust her and be worried about his friend especially considering the countless traitors and deception both the freedom fighters and the chaotix have to go through.
    • This is made especially evident in issue #27 of Knuckles comic where Knuckles gets pissed and attacks Vector for bad mouthing Julie-Su. Despite Knuckles going through what is essentially puberty it does not change the fact the Julie-Su being around is effecting Knuckles and Vector views it as a negative as Knuckles is both acting strange and not like his usual self and Vector is trying his hardest to get back the echidna he knows and loves.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Ash the Mongoose, as well as Antoine before his Character Development.
    • Sonic has had this characterization at times, too (though rarely has it been as bad as in Fleetway's Sonic the Comic). At one point, it got so bad that Tails, his best friend, physically assaulted him. He's wised up a little now, though he can still be a Jerk Ass at times.
    • Also, Geoffrey St. John, and Vector some of the time.
  • Kangaroo Court: Sonic was once put on trial by Knothole in a literal Kangaroo Court: two kangaroos were the judges. Other than that, however, it seemed like a fair trial.
  • Kick the Dog: Fiona and Drago seem to treat this as their personal gospel truth. They just can't stop kicking it.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Robotnik Prime and Locke are the big ones.
    • Also, Tommy Turtle and Sir Connery.
    • And Locke was actually Killed Off for Real twice. It was an alternate timeline/future thing.
    • And before any of them, Tobor and Kragok.
    • Nate Morgan and Colin Kintobor.
  • Kill the Cutie: Princess Sally, way more times than necessary.
  • Klingon Promotion:
    • Lien-Da and her brother Kragok took over the Dark Legion by killing their father, and years later, Lien-Da left Dimitri for dead so that she could take over the Dark Egg Legion.
    • And the original Dr. Robotnik (before he became the Big Bad) became head of the Kingdom of Acorn's military by throwing the previous holder of the title into the Zone of Silence. And later, he started off his coup of the Kingdom by doing the same to the King.
  • Knight Templar:
    • King Shadow from an alternate timeline.
    • And the Sand Blaster Freedom Fighters can be pretty fanatic in fighting Robotnik/Eggman. So much so that in their first appearance, they tried to strand Sonic and Tails in their city so that they would always be there to help them fight. Hell, their modus operandi is to practically kidnap anyone traveling through the desert and force them to work for them, as the Chaotix's latest arc shows.
  • Know Your Vines: Sonic was picking flowers to bring to Sally, only for a random background character to wander by and inform him that he's making his girlfriend a bouquet out of poison sumac. Then he starts scratching madly, which makes him swell up until he can't move. This, unfortunately, coincides with Robotnik making Pseudo Sonic, a robotic duplicate meant to infiltrate Knothole and discredit Sonic.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: The early stories had a few, in reaction to the rampant puns.
    Sally: "What have I told you two about those bad puns?"
  • La Résistance: The Freedom Fighters. Though post-Endgame they became more of a special forces unit reporting to the government of the Kingdom/Republic of Acorn. The Secret Freedom Fighters were this when Naugus took the crown.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo:
  • Legacy Character: Enerjak.
  • LEGO Genetics: Sally Acorn is the most prominent example, being half squirrel and half chipmunk without any problems. This is probably the most reasonable example, since squirrels and chipmunks are at least from the same family of rodents.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Way too many times to count. Even gets Lampshaded in issue 218.
  • The Load: Antoine was this before he started to pull his own weight.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Referenced by name by Sonic when Eggman's base starts to self-destruct after Sonic defeats him in the Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II comic adaptation in issue 3 of the Sonic Super Special Magazine.
    Sonic: Whoops... looks like that was another one of those load-bearing bosses!
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: You have almost everyone from the videogames, all of Satam's major characters, and tons of characters created by dozens of authors all together in one book. Even Scratch, Grounder, and Coconuts have shown up!
    • Haven't you seen the image at the top of the page yet?
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Knuckles' family was nigh-Machiavellian in this aspect, actively conspiring to keep him in the dark as much as possible "for his own good".
  • Long Runner: The comic prides itself on being the longest-running video game comic in history, and the editor's notes at the end of the 200th issue boasted that they're only 76 issues away from becoming the longest-running licensed comic book publication of the modern age.
  • A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away...: Played straight for the majority of the comic, then the Xorda showed up and revealed that Mobius was Earth All Along, and that nearly all the characters are the descendants of mankind.
  • Losing Your Head: Due to sudden rapid aging, Dimitri had to have more and more of his body replaced with cybernetic implants. He ended up as a cyborg head in a floating fishbowl.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Used at least once in an early issue.
  • Love at First Punch: Knuckles and Julie-Su, Rob O' and Mari-An. Played for Laughs with Omega and Blaze.
  • Love Triangle: Oh, sheesh... Sonic/Sally/Antoine, Sonic/Sally/Knuckles, Sonic/Sally/Geoffrey, Sonic/Sally/Khan, Sally/Sonic/Amy, Sally/Sonic/Mina, Sonic/Mina/Ash, Sonic/Fiona/Tails, Sonic/Fiona/Scourge, Knuckles/Julie-Su/Rouge... and possibly Locke/Lara-Le/Wynmacher. There may be more, but you get the idea.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father:
    • A variation occurs with Enerjak, who is Knuckles's distant ancestor. Again when the Dark Legion is revealed to be a bunch of echidnas (and led by one of Enerjak/Dimitri's descendants to boot). Then, yet again when Julie-Su finds out that she's the daughter of one of the Legion's Grandmasters, and Kragok and Lien-da's sister. A more literal example occurs when it's confirmed that Remington is Kragok's son.
    • Hope Kintobor was told that her father Colin wasn't her biological father, and Snively was just her step-half brother. It was a lie. When Snively reveals this that they are indeed half-siblings, Hope is shocked but happy at the news. Until Snively goes on about taking over world together as brother and sister. At which Hope breaks down and tells him to get out of her life.

     Tropes M-R 
  • Machine Worship: The Dark Legion, a cyborg echidna sect which practically worshiped technology.
  • Mad Bomber: Bean the Dynamite Duck, and Bomb after being reprogrammed. Bomb is of literal note because he actually is a bomb. He transfers his programming to a fresh duplicate each time he explodes.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Robotnik/Eggman, Dr. Finitevus, Dimitri.
  • Magitek: Regina is a "technomage".
  • Malicious Misnaming: Marine gets this pretty hard from Shadow in Sonic Universe #1.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Finitevus.
    • Scourge seems to have gotten the hang of it, as half of his Universe arc is finding out the Destructix's secrets and getting them to work for him.
  • Married In The Future: In the "X Years Later" arc, Tails is married to Mina Mongoose, Sonic is married to Sally Acorn, and Knuckles is unofficially married to Julie-Su. Other characters like Espio and Vector are shown with children, but the mothers are never mentioned.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The last few panels of issue 224 are the citizens of New Mobotropolis having one of these as they see the Death Egg Mk. 2 rise into the air.
  • Mecha-Mooks: SWATbots, Combots, Shadowbots, Egg Pawns, Egg Swats.
  • Medium Awareness: A regular part of Michael Gallagher's scripts, particularly in the early days.
  • Meet Cute: Knuckles & Julie-Su, Rob & Mari-An.
  • Mêlée à Trois:
    • Sonic Universe issues 21-24 are a four-way fight over a Sol Emerald.
    • Issues 162-164 temporarily involved a three-way fight between the Freedom Fighters, Mogul and the Destructix, and Naugus and the Arachne.
  • Mind Screw: After Genesis Wave II, NICOLE has been used to restore old world memories for the Freedom Fighters. The reaction has been depicted as for Bunnie, who undergoes a Despair Event Horizon due to changes in history in the new realityspoiler , and Sally, who undergoes a similar Despair Event Horizon after very suddenly remembering everything she did as Mecha Sally.
  • Mirror Universe: Moebius (formerly named Anti-Mobius).
    • Bizarro Universe: It's not just good and evil switched, although that's how the idea started. Floating Island floats in the ocean instead of in the sky, Scourge's one billionth ring drove Rosy insane when it granted her wish, and Anarchy Beryl (Anti-Chaos Emeralds) drain energy from people after an initial boost instead of the excess power slowly fading.
  • Misaimed Fandom: In-Universe Example Mina Mongoose uses a concert to rally the people of Mobotropolis to start standing up for themselves and stop taking everything the Freedom Fighters say on faith alone.note  Thanks to Ixis Naugus' manipulations, instead of the debates and civilian empowerment she was hoping for, the result is a divided and even more fearful kingdom and NICOLE eventually being evicted from the city.
  • The Mole:
    • The Guardian Tobor, who is really the Legionnaire Moritori Rex, who took advantage of an accident to replace the real Tobor so he could spy on the Brotherhood of Guardians.
    • Geoffrey has apparently been serving Ixis Naugus since before he was introduced.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Robotnik. Dr. Finitevus.
  • Morally Ambiguous Ducktorate: Averted. Dr. Quack is on the up-and-up.
  • More Hero Than Thou: At the end of the "Enerjak Reborn" storyline, Finetevus reveals that only a Heroic Sacrifice can break Knuckles free of his control. This does not go over as he'd clearly expected: Julie-Su thanks him for the information and volunteers, Archimedes immediately protests it should be him as Knuckles' mentor, and Locke overrides both of them arguing Knuckles will need them and it's his fault in the first place. Finetevus curses them as "grave-eager fools" and attacks.
  • Mr. Exposition: Being a comic this is often required and many characters switch off exposition duties, though there are a lot of backstory references and Mythology Gag one liners frequently used, with varying ranges of clunkiness. Nate Morgan was the most blatant expository device.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The four-armed Bem aliens, and the entirety of the Arachne ninja clan (including Uma Arachnis and her children).
  • The Multiverse: Very early on, the comic parodied the DC multiverse with a literal "superhighway" connecting the various worlds. In a "Bizarro" universe, Dr. Eggman is a kindly veterinarian, while Sonic and his cohorts are evil hooligans in biker outfits. In another, Dr. Eggman was nearly defeated by the Freedom Fighters, but turned himself into a robot as a last resort (and he's even more kill-crazy than the original).
    • Every Sonic game and television show is in canon, except that most exist in multiple universes, or 'Zones'. This includes: The 'Prime' Universe, the Sonic Rush Dimension, the Sonic Underground Universe, the (inevitable) Sabrina the Teenage Witch crossover, and a Sailor Moon-inspired universe where Knuckles wears a tuxedo. Go figure. The "real" world is yet another universe, and features lawyer-friendly versions of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, hot on the trail of a giant blue talking hedgehog. (Sonic Live)
    • Recently, the Cosmic Retcon following Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide caused the entire multiverse to collapse on itself and be reborn. It's yet to be told as to what original worlds are left and what new ones are there. Unfortunately, Ken Penders has claimed he owns the idea of a Sonic multiverse, so Archie is extremely unlikely to do anything of the sort in the reboot aside from Blaze's dimension (which originated in the video games).
  • My Greatest Failure: Uncle Chuck feels terrible for creating the Roboticizer that led to Robotnik forming his army.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Espio... sort of.
  • Mythology Gag: Now with its own page.
  • Narrating the Obvious: All the time in older comics. The writers and layout artists apparently suffered from the unfortunate delusion that every panel had to have dialog in it; they don't really lose this particular delusion, but at least they learn to make the dialog semi-meaningful instead of this trope.
  • Necessarily Evil: Finitevus. Sort of. He doesn't show regret for cruelly lying and manipulating people — just the opposite, really — but he's never seen doing it for sadistic purposes alone.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The comic practically runs on this. Standout events are:
    • Ceneca-9009's Dark and Troubled Past. She invented a de-roboticizer to help the metallic aliens of Biotex. She learned too late that the Biotexans evolved their metallic bodies as a defense against deadly microbes. Oops...
    • In issue 225, Eggman tells Sally that if she and the other Freedom Fighters had finished him off any of the times they'd had the chance, they could have prevented him from rebuilding the Death Egg in a more powerful form.
    • Sonic's dad and uncle found Robotnik and brought him to King Max, who made his infamous decision to make him warlord. Uncle Chuck made the roboticizer, allowing Robotnik to make the headway needed to make his empire so fast.
    • Locke. Oh my god Locke. His exposing Knuckles' unhatched egg to a Chaos Emerald let to said child's transformation into Chaos Knuckles, which prompted the Echidnas of Albion to try and siphon it away out of fear of what might happen. During the attempt, however, Saffron and Charmy interfered - causing the excess energy to be transferred into a then-unnamed Finitevus. If Locke left well enough alone and not experimented on his unborn son, the Echidnas wouldn't have been brought to the brink of extinction via the destruction of Albion, and the Brotherhood of Guardians would still be around.
      • The Brotherhood of Guardians as a whole. They had a major tradition not to interact with the world at large unless it actively threatened their interests. During the last year or so of Robotnik Prime's reign of terror, he found the Floating Island, weaponized it, and crashed the first Death Egg into it to try to sink it into the ocean. Not once did they raise a finger to stop him. The firing of Robotnik's Ultimate Annihilator helped free the Dark Legion, whose plans are what caused Knuckles' Chaos transformation in the first place.
    • Although it was due to bad timing, Geoffrey restoring Naugus to place him on the throne ultimately did nothing more than to weaken the heroes, bolster Eggman's power, and (in Silver's timeline) destroy the world. That is, until the crossover.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: The Iron Queen. Even in print, it manages to be grating.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: The Mobius: 25 Years Later series features Sally (chipmunk/squirrel) and Sonic's (hedgehog) kids, among other examples.
  • No Fourth Wall: The "Off Panel" strips and in the comic's early era, when Michael Gallagher was the main writer.
  • No Macguffin No Winner: In issues 217 and 218, Sonic and Bunnie find themselves stuck in between a chapter of the Dark Egg Legion and the Sand Blasters, who are fighting over an oil refinery. Unable to decide whether to help the Legion chapter (who, despite working for Eggman, are led by Bunnie's beloved uncle) and the Sand Blasters (who, despite being Freedom Fighters, are fanatic Jerk Asses), they ultimately decide to simply destroy the refinery, keeping anyone from having it.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Subverted after defeating Eggman in issue 200. The citizens of New Mobotropolis take to celebrating as soon as the news is heard. The only problem is that all of Eggman's assets were immediately siezed by the Iron Queen, who wastes no time at all in going to New Mobotropolis and completely cumbstomping the entire city. Khan calls them out on this.
  • No Social Skills: Knuckles turned out this way due to the Guardian tradition of Parental Abandonment.
  • Noodle People: Several; almost everyone is drawn with noodle limbs, but Ash Mongoose is particuarly egregious in this regard.
  • Not So Different: The Brotherhood is pretty damn hypocritical in their combating the Dark Legion, using the very technology that they convinced echidna society to ban and thereby started the conflict in the first place. The Dark Legion comes close to calling them out on this on several occasions.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: After the Worlds Collide crossover, pretty everything about the series changed thanks to Eggman ramming into Sonic as he was trying to fix their universe with Chaos Control.
  • Nuclear Weapons Taboo: Partially subverted in the comic itself; played straight with the Kingdom of Acorn.
  • Oddly Small Organization: The Freedom Fighters, though it's temporarily subverted at different points in the series. This later comes back to bite the main characters in the tail when three of the disenfranchised former members of the Substitute Freedom Fighters become leaders in the government.
  • Off Model: It was so bad that there is a blog dedicated to these moments. Fortunately, it's gotten a lot better about it in its later years, but it still pops up every now and then.
    • The aforementioned "Many Hands" turned in downright abysmal art that hardly wasn't in this trope. Ron Lim's takes on the characters were pretty off, too.
  • Offhand Backhand: Bunnie to Naugus in #173.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Dr. Finitevus believes that the world is hopelessly corrupt and must be "cleansed with emerald fire." He is utterly convinced of the righteousness of his position and quite willing to lay down his own life to achieve his aims.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with Ray the Manta Ray (leader of the Forty Fathom Freedom Fighters) and Ray the Flying Squirrel (member of the Chaotix).
  • One World Order: The Kingdom of Acorn before the events of the comics; Dr. Robotnik's empire after his coup.
    • Of course, now it's pretty much broken up. Sonic makes a particular note of the fact that Eggman's lost control of his own empire at one point.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: A few:
    • Snively, who was rather shocked when Robotnik actually called him by his given name (Colin). What's weird is that he apparently prefers the nickname... probably because Colin is also his father's name, and there was apparently some resentment there.
    • Sonic, technically.
    • Tails, for Miles.
    • Earlier in the series, Rotor as Boomer.
    • Technically, all the Moebius residents except for Miles.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Eggman to Sonic.
  • Orwellian Retcon: When some old stories were reprinted in Sonic Firsts, Princess Sally was recolored to match her modern design and all references to "Boomer" were changed to "Rotor".
    • In general, compilations often have slight art improvements and corrections for continuity. The most common one is Sonic's eyelids being recolored to blue rather than tan.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Dulcy the Dragon and her race.
  • Out of Focus: With a case of Loads and Loads of Characters, it's not uncommon to see many of the characters put on the back burner for awhile. During the Bollers era, Sally seemed to be the one getting Out Of Focused while the early days of the Flynn era had Rotor put into this spot.
  • Papa Wolf: Eclipse has a...unique personality, including a fierce protectiveness towards the Dark Arms.
    Eclipse: What?! They were in the nursery?! I'll hunt them down and rip—
    Black Death: The Dark Arms are unharmed.
    Eclipse: (Expression of relief)
  • Parental Abandonment: Almost every character until Robotnik's death.
    • Of particular note is Knuckles, who was left in a wilderness by his father at a young age, and was then spied on by him for a while. This happened to every Guardian before him, but Locke had a particularly hard time with it, which eventually tore their family apart and caused his wife to leave him.
  • Parental Neglect:
    • Anti-Jules, to the point that it's implied that Scourge killed him out of resentment.
    • Colin Sr., apparently. It's probably why his son turned into The Starscream.
  • Pet the Dog: Right before betraying the Freedom Fighters to help Robotnik again, Snively makes sure to convince Hope Kintobor to leave Knothole. Why? Because he knows Robotnik is going to attack Knothole soon and doesn't want her to get hurt. This hint of decency gets cruelly subverted later on, when he tries to convince Hope to help him conquer the world.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Amy does this for the Sonic Adventure adaptation, though they still generally treat her as her actual age when that matters.
  • Plot Tumor: Coupled with Knuckles turning into a Canon Sue, as described above. Knuckles goes from living in a wilderness, believing himself to be the last of his kind, to living in a city full of other echidnas and having a family tree that became massively convoluted. Eventually, the echidna ended up becoming the most important race in the comic. Then, the Eggman Empire came along, and then a lawsuit, and... let's just say there aren't as many echidna now.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Back when the writers integrated the game adaptations into the comic's continuity. Elements of the game’s story had to be condensed, expanded, or altered as to fit within the setting. Eventually this was all retconned, and the games are simply canon to the comic.
    • One example is the Sonic Adventure adaptation. Up to that point, the only Humans were the Overlanders, who did not have the temperament or culture of the United Federation. The Solution? Have Station Square under a mountain, where regular humans have thrived for thousands of years (and many comic issues) unseen.
  • Pretend To Be Brainwashed: NICOLE does this when freed from the Iron Queen's control; she pretends to be subservient until the heroes can turn the tide.
  • Product Placement:
    • Stories that really serve no purpose other than to serve as a five-page advertisement for whatever the newest Sonic game is. Word of God has declared the "another time, another place" stories were non-canon in the comic's continuity, although some elements from the games themselves may seep in.
    • Sometimes the "Editor Notes" will include something along the lines "Find out more in this other issue, Available Now!". Often lampshaded in the Sonic-Grams letters page, where if a graphic novel is mentioned they would follow it by a "Plug Plug Plug".
  • Projected Man: How Nicole now interacts with the rest of the cast, in a lyn(u)x form.
  • Psycho for Hire:
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Eggman became this after Sonic #200. He got better as of #210.
  • The Psycho Rangers: The Suppression Squad, who are the Freedom Fighters' Evil Twins from an alternate dimension.
  • Punny Name:
    • As elsewhere in the franchise, Tails' full name is Miles Prower. Miles-Per-Hour.
    • The comic tended to like a lot of puns for a while, and originated many of its own. A particularly cringeworthy example would be "Sleuth Dawggy-Dawg," who actually turned into a fairly regular Recurring Character they mercifully took to referring to only as "Sleuth Dawg".
  • Put on a Bus: Because of a legal battle with Ken Penders over character rights, "Endangered Species" arc was re-written so all the echidnas except Knuckles were sent through a Warp Ring.
    • Earlier, Sleuth Dawg decided he was done and walked out on the comic, promising not to be seen.
    • Because of the Penders lawsuit, any character who was created by a former writer of the comic or was inspired/tied to the works of a former writer has been erased from the comic forever thanks to the Super Genesis Wave that Eggman unleashed at the end of Worlds Collide
  • Putting on the Reich:
    • The Overlanders and the Dingoes on occasion.
    • And the Dark Legion from time to time.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: In the Yet Another Christmas Carol plot.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad:
    • The Destructix, comprised of Predator Hawk, Sgt. Simian, Lightning Lynx, Flying Frog, Sleuth Dawggy-Dawg, and Drago Wolf. Sleuth and Drago left the team, but Fiona and Scourge have taken their places.
    • The Badniks—the original Dr. Robotnik's swarm of little animal-themed Mecha-Mooks who served mostly as comic relief in the comic's early days. They'd been forgotten about for ages, but were eventually reintroduced to the book.
    • As of Sonic Universe #37, Eggman has a new group of personal enforcers in the Metal Series robots.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Hyper Knuckles. Lampshaded by Sonic
    Sonic: Hyper Knuckles was way stronger! Or are you just afraid of being pink?
  • The Real Remington Steele: Fiona, who was introduced as a Robotnik-created bot years before her real self appeared.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Sonic gives one to Eggman in issue #200 while delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle. He regrets it when it contributes to Eggman's Villainous Breakdown. This was in response to a particularly nasty one given from Eggman to Sonic in 175, who did the same thing.
    • Sonic gives one to Scourge. This comes back to bite Sonic later as it inspires Scourge to conquer his home world. Scourge later gives a twistedly identical speech to Sonic.
    • And then Sonic gives one to Silver after he got the "traitor" wrong one too many times.note 
    Sonic: Listen! There. Is. No. Traitor. I believe in my friends. I believe you're a flake. Each of them is a hundred times the hero you want to be. Now. Get. Out. GO. HOME.
  • Recursive Acronym: ADAM (ADAM Determines Anonymous' Movements).
  • Recap Episode: Issue 57.
  • Redemption Equals Death: This is the case for the original Metal Sonic, who sacrifices himself to save Sonic and Tails after seeing Sonic go through everything to save his best friend. Subverted after he was rebuilt as part of the Secret Freedom Fighters storyline.
  • Reliable Traitor:
    • Robotnik re-recruits Snively by out-and-out telling him that this is his role, but that he plans to be ready for the inevitable backstab.
    • Pretty much applies to all his Egg Bosses.
  • Remember the New Guy
    • Similar to the show; Dulcy the Dragon was fitted into the comic with nothing more then a small back-up story introduction which gave her backstory and essentially went "She's been part of the Freedom Fighters all this time! Honest!"

      Dulcy was later phased out of the comic, only appearing in the backgrounds in the last couple years and not even those most recently. From "remember" to "forgotten"?
    • Lampshaded example when Dr. Eggman meets a leader of one of his armies known as Axel the Water Buffalo. He's quick to say he recognizes him and recruits him in trying to get to the Death Egg II. Orbot's quick to point out that they've never seen him before and Eggman has already figured that out - he admits that he was a bit too hasty in stopping Super Sonic's Chaos Control and realizes that a lot of Mobius has been altered..
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: The Sand Blast City Freedom Fighters - unlike other Freedom Fighter cells, they use dubious methods such as kidnapping Sonic and Tails. And then capturing Bunnie to get revenge. Worse, their maltreatment of ex-Robians led to the creation of a DEL Chapter. That's right, things got so bad that former slaves would rather side with Eggman than live under the Sand Blasters.
  • Re Tool: The stories following the Mega Man crossover are being created as semi-sequels to games, possibly to ease the new status quo in, as the first major storyline is set to utilize plot points from Sonic Unleashed, and the first two storylines in "Sonic Universe" are using elements from Sonic Rush Adventure and Shadow the Hedgehog.
  • The Reveal: "...but all the same, welcome to New Mobotropolis. I will be your hostess... NICOLE."
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Trey Scales, or really almost anyone who tries to deal with Robotnik.
  • Ripple Proof Memory: Post-Worlds Collide, it seems some people, like Sonic, Blaze and Eggman, remember the old universe.
  • Robot War: Technically, usually, since this is Robotnik/Eggman's Weapon of Choice.
  • Romantic False Lead: Geoffrey St. John appears to have been crafted with this initial purpose in mind, although he did fulfill a function in the plot outside of the love triangle. Mina was a more blatant example.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • The House of Acorn.
    • And the Battle Kukkus.

     Tropes S-Z 
  • Sanity Slippage: Naugus is started to suffer this post-Genesis, as a result of the personalities of the wizards who formed him reemerging and fighting him for dominance. This is mirrored by Body Horror, as his body tends to mutate when he loses control and becomes a rampaging beast, though this usually only last a few minutes at a time before he manages to regain control of himself.
  • Savage Wolves: A whole mess of them make up a group called The Wolf Pack. However, one of their former members, Drago, is a traitorous wuss. Hebecomes more threatening after getting legionized, can only really do so much.
  • Scenery Gorn: Several times during the comics' run; Silver's future, Enerjak's destruction of New Megaopolis, and Eggman's attack on Knothole & New Mobotropolis are just a few examples.
    • Robotropolis wasn't exactly a pleasant sight to behold either.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • The Dark Presence.
    • Once the Destructix starts to fall apart, Sleuth hands control to Fiona and just walks away.
    • Naugus gets so freaked out over the visions of the original universe that he throws himself out of a window and races into a forest, telling Sonic and Tails they can have Castle Acorn back.
  • Sdrawkcab Alias / Name: Julian Kintobor changes his name to Dr. Ivo Robotnik. What makes it confusing is that there is both a Kintobor family (Robotnik's brother shares the last surname) and a Robotnik family (Gerald Robotnik is Julian's grandfather). The Encyclopedia clears it up a bit: Ivo Kintobor (Robotnik's Father) had married Gerrald's daughter, and thus united the two lines. Julian took his father's name, and his mother's maiden name. Though why no one pointed out the strange coincidence regarding their names remains a mystery.
  • Seldom Seen Species: Mina and Ash Mongoose.The echidna. lynx.
  • Self-Made Orphan: It's heavily implied that Scourge killed his neglectful father Anti-Jules.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Mogul.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Silver's mission is to undo the Bad Future he's from.
    • Sonic tried this with both Genesis Waves. He doesn't do a great job.
  • Shamed by a Mob: Issue #74 involves this when the freedom fighters discover Robotnik running an outer space sweatshop after they all thought he was dead.
  • Ship Sinking:
    • Sonic and Fiona, and Tails and Fiona, via the comics and Word of God.
  • Shout-Out: Tons, for just about every fiction franchise on Earth. Most of these can be found in a group shot of AU Tails. Check out the page for a few notable examples.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In issue #74, after the freedom fighters find Robotnik on the walkway of some outer space facility, (note that up until that point they thought he was dead), there are at least two varieties (or maybe three) of Shut Up, Hannibal! in a row:
    Sonic: You're toast if you don't tell me what happened to my family and the other roboticized Mobians, Ro"butt"nik!
    Robotnik: Come now, hedgehog. Can't you at least take a moment to welcome me back from the dead? Didn't your parents teach you better manners?
    Sonic: Why, you lousy...
    Sonic runs at Robotnik, but he's smacked aside.
    Bunnie: Ah'll show you manners!
    Bunnie then punches Robotnik in the face, and Sonic and Tails stumble upon Robotnik's sweatshop.
    Tails: Sonic, look!
    Sonic: I see it, Tails! ALL of the missing robians being forced to work in this suped-up outer-space sweat-shop!
    Robotnik: Forced? Quite the contrary, Sonic. I've merely RESTORED their LACK of free will. They have absolutely no say in the matter. How can you say that I've done something wrong? Why, look at all the new jobs I've created!
    Sonic: Create this!
    (Sonic then runs up at Robotnik and knocks him off the walkway.)
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Antoine and Bunnie really border this at times, half their panel time they seem to be holding hands or making gooey eyes at each other. The funny accents (one of which is French) only elevate it at times.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: The Xorda take this to almost unfathomable extremes. At one point they dispatched a peaceful ambassador to Earth who was promptly dissected. The Xorda retaliated by gene bombing the entire planet. Several thousand years later, life had come back to the planet, but since it all still had genetic traces of the humans who had committed the offense, the Xorda were intent on coming back and wiping it all out for good this time.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss/Kiss-Kiss-Slap: For a while, it reached ridiculous levels with Sonic and Sally. It's calmed down since.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: The comic started off as something of a pastiche of the very silly Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and the mostly-serious Saturday-morning Sonic Sat AM. In the beginning, it was more like "AoStH with the SatAM characters", but Cerebus Syndrome pushed it further and further towards SatAM's darker style. Even so, while the comic has never really regained the level of goofiness present in the earliest issues, there has been a fair amount of fluctuation all over the scale depending on the era and the writer. Where it should fall, optimally, is one of the many things the fanbase can never agree on.
  • Species Surname: Sometimes (Sonic the Hedgehog, Larry Lynx), sometimes not (Amy Rose, Sally Acorn).
  • Spiritual Successor: To Sonic Sat AM, after the show ended.
  • The Squadette: Julie-Su of the Chaotix.
  • Spinoff: An assortment of mini-series, Knuckles' comic, and Sonic Universe.
  • The Starscream:
    • Robotnik's nephew Snively served as his increasingly untrustworthy lieutenant, and eventually set in motion a plan to destroy Robotnik. In "Endgame" he actually succeeds in erasing the original Robotnik from existence.
    • Robotnik/Eggman has stated that he knows that Snively and several of his Grandmasters are planning to turn on him, but precisely because of that they serve him to their fullest, because they want to take over a strong empire. He actually applauds Lien Da for an underhanded attempt and chastises Snively for a sloppy one.
      • Eggman has another reason for encouraging his Grandmasters to plot against him, he actually finds it fun to have enemies to defeat, seeing it as just a game to him. But he wants them to be aware of the consequences if they lose.
    • Also there's Miles, Tails' Evil Twin from Moebius. Originally loyal to Scourge (Sonic's counterpart), he eventually convinced the rest of the Suppression Squad to turn on him, and soon after set himself up as their new leader.
    • Conquering Storm is a low-key one but any advantage she see against Eggman, she more then willing to take such as providing Snively with the Iron Oni to use against Eggman.
    • Lien-Da Desposed of her Grandfather to gain the role of Grandmaster and tried to overthrow the Iron Queen. This didn't work out too well however.
      • She is currently one to Eggman. He in fact saved her from dying because he's amused by having his underlings trying to kill him as part of his "game."
    • Kragok was this to Lien-Da - he had agreed to share power as the Grandmaster after they did away with their father, only for him to take the entire thing.
  • Start of Darkness: Regina the Iron Queen shows us hers in "A Lonely Girl's Story".
  • Status Quo Is God: Played completely straight at first, with the Freedom Fighters winning little battles but never coming closer to winning the war. Then End Game came along...
    • Being a Long Runner, the status quo has been shaken up rather often since, but you can basically bank on it eventually returning to Sonic and friends vs. Eggman.
    • In #197, Zonic even says, "Sonic-Prime has to fight a Robotnik" in response to Sonic telling him the current Eggman was the Zone Cop's problem.
  • Story Breadcrumbs: While Ian Flynn has the entire post-Super Genesis Wave timeline mapped out from the very first issue, he can't reveal the entire thing in the comics, so he'll drop bits and pieces of it as the years go on.
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • Power Rings. Ian Flynn explained that he wasn't eager to use them in stories as their wish granting abilities could easily solve every problem brought up.
    • Silver, before the reboot. He had a rough idea of what was going on leading up the traitor's actions, but his not wanting to mess with the timeline more then needed kept him from just talking to the Freedom Fighters and sharing their collective knowledge.
    • In the Sonic/Image crossover, Spawn. Chances are he's only there for market value, but had he actually participated in the story, he would've killed all the villains in seconds.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Omega prefers this to dumb things like "words" and "diplomacy". So far, he's been pleased.
  • Super Dickery: Issues #28, #203, and #204
  • Super Mode: Among others, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, Blaze, and Scourge can invoke this with enough MacGuffins.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • Robo-Robotnik/Dr. Eggman, for, well, himself. Continuity treats them as the same character, more or less.
    • Bow Sparrow and Thorn the Lop for Rob o' the Hedge and Mari-An, respectively. Rob was originally featured on the preview cover for SU #47, but a new cover was created in the wake of his absence. Also worth mentioning is Axel the Water Buffalo subbing in for Diesel the Bear, a character who only appeared in a single issue.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Snively was sometimes depicted as this in the earlier issues — very much in contrast with his later characterization. Crabmeat, however, plays it straight.
  • Talkative Loon: Bean.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Knuckles's ancestors, the Brotherhood of Guardians, and the leaders of the Dark Legion. It eventually is revealed to include Julie-Su and Remington. Finitevus eventually lampshades this.
  • Tennis Boss: Silver eventually realizes that the only way to stop a super-powered Enerjak is to reflect his own chaos energy back at him.
  • Terrible Trio: The Hooligans (formerly Team Hooligan), consisting of Nack, Bean, and Bark.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Orbot and Cubot, Scratch and Grounder, Bean and Bark to an extent.
  • Theme Naming: The Brotherhood of Guardians.
  • Third-Person Person: Feist.
  • Tickle Torture: In #58.
  • Time for Plan B: Eggman comes up with a series of plans on the spot to counteract Snivley freeing the Iron Queen and piloting an ancient giant robot in Universe #40, though they're more like steps in one large plan, which is probably even more impressive.
    Plan A: Throw a monkey at them.
    Plan B: Throw a roboticized chipmunk at the monkey.
    Plan D: Lock both mechas in place and sabotage the other robot with an omnitool while the Iron Queen's too busy controlling the monkey.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Four-foot tall Snively dating the statuesque Iron Queen.
  • Token Evil Team: Team Dark. Shadow's mellowed out, but Rouge is a thief who's in it for herself, and Omega is a Sociopathic Hero. If Abraham Tower has his back story from the games...
  • Too Dumb to Live: By the time the series was about a decade into it's run, it became very apparent that Robotnik-Prime's bid in taking over the planet really shouldn't have been as successful, or lasted as long as it did, Freedom Fighters excluded. Note that some of these elements were from before the reboot and thus might not have carried over to the new continuity.
    • There were the magic users, including Naugusnote , Mogulnote , and various others who apparently could have been at least a minor threat to Robotnik, but chose to do nothing. The biggest example for Naugus is in 225: Despite having the power to travel through shadows, so he might've been able to stealthily track Eggman down and kill him, Naugus takes the Death Egg Mk 2 head-on and gets knocked aside since its defenses can block his magic attacks. Immediately after Geoffrey told him not to underestimate the DE no less.
    • The Echidnas, who include the Brotherhood of Guardiansnote  and the Dark Legionnote , and the civilizations of Echidnopolis and Albionnote .
    • The Overlandernote  and Humannote  which included the entire G.U.N. military of the United Federation.
    • And perhaps most alarmingly, the Acorn Monarchy even possessed a pool of magical goo, called the "Source of All" which would allow whatever Royal who bathed in it to have "guidance" through their reign and allowed them to see what future events would come in their time. Despite going through this ritual, King Acorn apparently never saw the Great War and it's instigators, Robotnik coming or his own banishment to another Zone coming from a mile away. Aside from creating the Sword of Acorns & the Royal Crown which possessed great magic, the Source did nothing for itself or the Royal Family, and was ultimately destroyed when Robotropolis was nuked by Station Square, which neither it nor the Royal Family saw coming!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Antoine takes several, Evil Sonic when he becomes Scourge, and Dr. Eggman big time after he overcomes his Villainous Breakdown purely with logic, snaps out of his insanity, and puts himself back in the game arguably more dangerous than ever. His return to sanity is even punctuated by quite possibly the most dark and ominous panel Eggman has ever appeared in.
    • Especially obvious in issue 225 where he toys with Sonic to stall for time, nonchalantly injures/possibly kills Sally, then he fires his cosmic retcon device while holding a glass of wine, watching Sonic battle his robots from above, to celebrate his absolute victory.
    • In Scourge's case, it also included gaining several levels in popularity - the fans like him a lot better when he's not just a cliched Evil Twin.
  • Tornado Move: One issue had Sonic take out a patrol of Swat Bots by sticking his arms out and spinning around, creating a tornado. However, Sonic starts bragging without stoping, causing him to spin right into a nearby rock.
  • Totally Radical: The series consistently billed itself as "The World's Most Way Past Cool Comic!" for twenty years. Delicious early '90s camp.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chili-dogs for Sonic.
  • Trickster Mentor: Archimedes the Fire Ant filled this role for Knuckles, by way of a clever scheme that initially made Knuckles and the readers believe he was being set up as a villain.
  • Two Beings, One Body: Naugus' origin.
  • Unexpected Character: Issue 268 features Breezie from The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Ungrateful Bastards: The Nerbs go straight from this to We Want Our Jerk Back.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Scourge and Fiona. Also the Iron King and Queen, who (thankfully, for obvious reasons) are just in a marriage of political convenance. And the Queen also had a thing on the side with Snively.
    • And if there was any doubt that Scourge and Fiona truly cared about each other, take this into account: after Scourge was arrested by the Zone Cops, Fiona tracked down the Destructix, got them to work for her, and then intentionally got arrested, all so that she could break him out.
  • The Unpronounceable: Dr. Fukurokov. No one in the comics can pronounce it, though Word of God gives the pronunciation as FOO-KOO-ROW-KAWV, after the Japenese word for owl, Fukurou.
    Fukurokov: One day the world will tremble at the name of Dr. Fukurokov!
    Antonie: Maybe, but zey won't be able to pronounce it.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Many characters go through this for some reason or another.
    • Sonic, most notably, in #50 and #175. You do NOT mess with his friends, family, or home.
    • Hershey in #50, after learning that Drago used her in a murder scheme.
    • Tails, to a lesser extent in #178, seeing his hedgehog friend act like a Jerkass at the time.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Was a very real and menacing threat for nearly 15 years, before an alien race changed the roboticized citizens back to normal (with the exceptions of Sonic's dad, whose life depended on the installed robotics, and Bunnie, a cyborg) and eliminating the ability to do this. Thanks to the events of the Genesis arc, Roboticization came back, although the only people vulnerable to it are those who had never been deroboticized by the Bem. Unfortunately, this included Sally, who became its first victim. Now after the crossover, Sally was never changed, and it's unclear just what kind of threat roboticization actually poses.
  • Universe Compendium: The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. While having minor flaws, the Encyclopedia is likely the best way to get acquainted with the comic's setting and history. Not surprisingly for a comic going over 200 issues, the Encyclopedia is dense with information.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom. This applies to Sonic, Sally, Knuckles, and Tails's respective families. Issue 50 revealed that Sonic's dad and uncle found Robotnik and brought him to King Max, who made his infamous decision to make him the new Warlord. Additionally the brothers drove off a young Regina Ferrum back in the day as well, not to mention Charles invented the roboticizer. During this time up to when they were captured, Knuckles's father and ancestors were aware of Robotnik, but devoted none of their considerable resources to stop him, despite Robotnik once trying to weaponize the Floating island in the Sonic and Knuckles tie-in comic and trying to drive the island into the sea in the Death Egg saga despite the Knuckles spin off title revealing his family was still living on the island and would've been aware of this; Locke even commented on the Ultimate Annihilator in the spin off title. And almost immediately after they returned, Tails's parents caused a political reformation that may well have resulted in, in addition to King Naugus, the disaster Silver's trying to prevent.
    • Geoffrey as well. He admitted in court that he purposefully avoided warning King Max about Robotnik before his original takeover. By passing up an opportunity like that, he became partially responsible for almost everything in the book up to this point, including his wife's death. His actions may have led to Silver's disaster as well: if he hadn't stolen the purple Chaos Emerald for Naugus, the Freedom Fighters might've used its power to repel Eggman's attack without losing Sally. Since she was roboticized, her team has broken up and according to Silver, his disaster started in the arctic, where Sally was before the crossover...
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: King Shadow in the X Years Later timeline.
  • Vague Age: The planet itself, believe it or not, with the time between the Xorda attack on Earth and the current strips ranging from anywhere between 3,200 years to 15,000 years.
  • Verb This!: See Shut Up, Hannibal!.
  • Viewers Are Morons: There is a pronounced tendency, especially in the earlier years, for characters to describe what they're doing or what's happening to them, in real time. Which you can also see happening in the artwork.
    • The characters also had a bit of a habit of saying each others' full names for the longest time, and they still do this from time to time. It was actually a tradition to introduce Sonic the Hedgehog in this way, using the logo in a speech bubble in the early days.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Dr. Eggman
    • Scourge after he's betrayed by everyone. He expresses a desire to destroy two whole worlds, one of which is his home, just out of annoyance.
  • Villainous BSOD: Scourge didn't take being arrested by the Zone Cops too well - he lost all his drive, and let himself get pushed around by the guards and other prisoners, not even protesting his new nickname "Snot". Fortunately (for fans of his character, anyway), the arrival of Fiona and the Destructix causes him to regain his old spark.
  • Villain Episode:
    • The "Scourge: Lockdown" arc (Issues 29-32 in Sonic Universe) is all about Scourge, Fiona, and the Destructix trying to bust out of the Zone Cops' prison.
    • The "Babylonian Rising" arc (Issues 33-36) was mostly about the Babylon Rouges and the Battle Bird Armada competing to get into the Babylonian Gardens. Sonic and his friends show up midway though it's still mostly the villains' story.
    • The "Scrambled" arc (issues 37-40) was focused on Eggman dealing with Snively's latest betrayal.
  • Villain Team-Up: Happens almost as frequently as the Enemy Mine situations, given the number of villainous factions involved in the series. Almost always ends with them betraying each other.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Ixis Naugus, due to playing to the public's distrust of NICOLE, and his defense of New Mobotropolis during the Death Egg and Battle Bird Armada attacks. And also because Geoffrey's unable to warn the council of what Naugus tried to do in the "Secret Freedom" arc.
  • Visionary Villain: Enerjak.
  • The Voiceless: Bark the Polar Bear, Bean's partner in crime, never speaks.
  • Water Works: in a comic full of young girls and emotional teenagers, the character who easily cries most is a man in his thirties. Particularly, in the period between him letting Regina down to the end of his rescue attempt for her, Snively manages Broken Tears, Inelegant Blubbering, Berserker Tears, Tears of Fear, and many, many instances of Trying Not to Cry with a Single Tear of pure bitterness and rage. This is not a subversion of Men Don't Cry, though, as these are generally not Manly Tears.
  • We Come in Peace — Shoot to Kill: When intelligent alien life first found Earth, they dispatched a peaceful ambassador to discuss beneficial trade. Said ambassador was promptly dissected.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
    • Knuckles and Locke's relationship has elements of this. Also, Antoine invokes this trope when he tries to earn his father's appreciation after the latter starts acting more impressed with Sonic.
    • Snively's lack of appreciation by his father is hinted to be part of the reason for him being evil. Interestingly enough, his father, Robotnik's brother, was also favored over his brother. Hmmm.
    • And let's not get started on King Max's relationship with his kids.
    • A.D.A.M. towards Robotnik.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Knuckles as Enerjak. The dingoes also apply, depending on how you look at it.
    • Finitevus considers himself one. Though he isn't.
    • Lien-Da.
    • Geoffrey is one as well — he helped Naugus become king because he honestly believed it's for the Republic's own good. Though now that he's seen Naugus' true nature, he regrets helping him.
  • Wham Episode: Things generally shake up every twenty-fifth issue.
    • Issue 25: Not much of a Wham, unless you count introducing Amy and Metal Sonic. Although the Cerebus Syndrome started settling in after this point.
    • Issue 50: The conclusion of the "EndGame" arc and the death of the original Robotnik.
    • Issue 75: Robo-Robotnik reveals himself to the Freedom Fighters and is destroyed, only to come back in his Eggman form.
    • Issue 100: Eggman gains the ability to roboticize by touch and uses it on Nate Morgan; Kodos, Arachnis, Tobor and Kragok are all Killed Off for Real; and the Robians are freed from Eggman's control.
    • Issue 125: The conclusion of Xorda arc; Sonic is sent into space, which allows for the one-year Time Skip when he gets back to Mobius.
    • Issue 150: It's revealed to the readers that Sonic and Antonie have been replaced by their Evil Twins from Moebius. The B-story has Tails stopping Mammoth Mogul from destroying the multiverse.
    • Issue 175: The Destruction of Knothole.
    • Issue 200: Eggman's Villainous Breakdown.
    • Issue 225: The new Death Egg attacks New Mobotropolis, and Sally is gunned down by Eggman.
    • Issue 250: The start of the final act of the Sonic/Mega Man crossover. Though a true wham would be 251, the final issue of the crossover, where Eggman disrupts Sonic's Chaos Control as he attempts to restore the world, causing some significant changes, and 252, the issue immediately following the crossover, showing the ramifications of Eggman's disrupted Cosmic Retcon.
    • Wham Episodes not on the 25-issue mark include 160 (Anti-Sonic becomes Scourge), 172 (Fiona Fox reveals her Face-Heel Turn), the entire "Enerjak Reborn" arc (180-184), and 219 ( Geoffrey pulls a Face-Heel Turn).
    • Also offsetting the 25-issue mark are issue 230 (which follows up on the events of 225 as Sally survives... only to be roboticized.), issue 234 (wherein Antoine is nearly Killed Off for Real, and issue 252 which shows Sonic back home after Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide, and quickly wraps up numerous subplots in mere pages.).
    • Issue #256: The aftershock of the Super Genesis Wave has caused Sonic's planet to explode and the entire multiverse to collapse on itself.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Hope Kintobor. Her idealism reaches it's breaking point during the "Scrambled" storyline.
  • Will They or Won't They?:
    • Sonic and Sally did this for a long time. Then they started dating, broke up, and are doing it again.
    • Knuckles and Julie-Su had a fair bit of this when they first met, too. And Rouge acts like she and Shadow are dating, but she acts this way to everybody, while Shadow is an emotional cripple with about three years of life experience (most of it pretty horrible), with some serious anger and brooding issues.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Both Dimitri and Knuckles were turned into the crazed god Enerjak by draining power from the Master Emerald.
  • Women Are Wiser: Most of the females, while still having their own shortcomings, are somewhat more level headed than their male comrades.
    • Sally in particular, though having a few infamous moments of ill perception, is arguably the most "normal"-acting character in the comic (though both her and Bunnie had near equally wacky and blundering personas than Sonic and co in the earlier light-hearted issues).
    • Notably averted with Lien-Da, who's in her 30's and still acts like a spoiled child half the time.
  • World of Badass
  • Worthy Opponent: Speedy comes to view Tails as one following their initial confrontation, as he goes from calling Tails "freak" to referring to him by name and insisting everyone else in the Armada do so as well. Hell, the next time they meet it almost seems to have reached Friendly Enemy status.
  • Wrench Wench: Hope Kintobor, in keeping with the family tradition, is quite the mechanical prodigy.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: The Twilight Zone (no, not that one), a pocket dimension where time passes at roughly a quarter of the speed of the main universe. The Dark Legion was imprisoned here for centuries before eventually escaping.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: How Rob O' the Hedge often talks. His cousin, Amy, who comes from the same region, doesn't do this.
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: An early, non-canon story.
  • You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: Snively begins to suspect that Eggman is slipping when he calls him by his real name.
  • You Have Failed Me: The first Robotnik, often. Eggman has also shown aspects of this from time to time.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: King Shadow to Lien-Da.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Tails in SU#20 actually quotes the source word for word.
  • Younger and Hipper: Well, not hipper, per se, but Nu!King Acorn is much younger than the one prior to the reboot, looks more like Ray the Flying Squirrel and isn't a jerk.
  • Zen Survivor: General von Styker, after his son ousts him from power.

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Spy BoyScience Fiction Comic BooksStarslayer
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