Comic Book: Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog aka: Sonicthe Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog #125, featuring a portion of the cast.note Keep in mind, this cover is now more than 10 years old.
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. 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 End Game 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 dramatically with such frequency that it has become a tradition of the comic to shake it up in a big way every twenty five issues.A companion series, Sonic Universe, started in 2009. This series takes place in the same continuity, but focuses on events outside of the main comic.The series has its own character sheet that is in need of major contribution.Has a (fairly exhaustive) Wiki in the Mobius Encyclopaedia.
Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog contains examples of:
NICOLE is a kindly AI, while A.D.A.M. is a malicious AI who tried to initiate a "Gray 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 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 isFiona 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.
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.
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.
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).
Armed With Canon: Some of the Penders/Bollers feuding came down to this. Of particular note is the business with Antoine's bizarre behavioralchange 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.
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. 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.
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.
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), and the alien Ceneca-9009.
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 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.
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".
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.
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"...
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.
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.
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).
Chester Cheetah appears in issue 72. For some reason.
Word of God is that the events of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) occurred in the comic as they did in the game, including the Cosmic Retcon. Soleanna was mentioned once by the Babylon Rogues and issue #246 has a brief appearance of White Acropolis, those are the only nods towards Sonic '06. The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia describes it in more detail, including entries on Iblis, Mephiles, and Solaris.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
After Sonic The Hedgehog Mega Man Worlds Collide, the entire Sonic comic is subject to one of these. Several characters are gone, many like King Acorn have undergone major personality changes, everyone except for Sonic, Eggman, Tails, Rotor, Bunnie, Antoine, Sally, and Naugus have no memory of pre-Worlds Collide Mobius, and several storylines have become Aborted Arcs. The video games' events, at least until after Sonic Colors, have also occurred in the new world.
Crash into Hello: Sonic and Mina do it at one point, although they already knew each other by then.
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.
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.
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.
Demoted to Extra: The Substitute Freedom Fighters. One eventually becomes so bitter about it, he runs for office just so he can make a difference and vent his frustrations. Two other members of the Substitute Freedom Fighters were on the council as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and speaks with an Irish accent, for some reason. 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!
Executive Meddling: A large source of fan frustration. Sega doesn't like their characters getting hitched, for example, so you'll rarely see any romance with the video game characters after 2006 or so. Some game characters had parents in the comics but rarely addressed them as such due to editorial and company mandates, usually being cut off (for example, "My m-"). Eggman Nega has yet to make an un-obstructed appearance due to hang ups with Sega.
Due to a lawsuit between Archie and former writer Ken Penders, the characters he created were abruptly removed from the book in the aftermath of the Genesis arc. It's most noticeable in issue #244 where every echidna character Penders created was moved to another dimension. Off-screen. This led to a major case of Aborted Arc, due to the fact that many of the affected characters were integral to ongoing story arcs.
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.
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 dingoes and the echidna. The Overlanders and Mobians used to be this, but this aspect of the comic was quietly phased out over the years. Similarly, the Mobians used to despise the Robians, and this conflict was the cause of the creation of the Great Desert Dark Egg Legion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: In Sonic Universe 17, Antoine makes snarky remarks about Tails not understanding why he wants to be alone on his honeymoon with Bunnie. And then they set up a tent.
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.
Hoist by His Own Petard: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 this...save for Bunnie, who undergoes a Despair Event Horizon due to changes in history in the new reality.spoiler Her robotic limbs in the new reality were constructs to save her life from an attack, not the result of Unwilling Roboticization. This makes it highly unlikely she'll ever be restored again.
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 Specifically, her main concern was to ensure that NICOLE couldn't wind up Brainwashed and Crazy again. 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.
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: There are a nigh-infinite amount of parallel universes reachable through the cosmic interstate, some very similar and others nearly completely reversed from the "Prime" Zone. Most of them have character counterparts as well.
My Greatest Failure: Uncle Chuck feels terrible for creating the Roboticizer that led to Robotnik forming his army.
Seneca-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.
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 fanaticJerk 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tails, for Miles.
Earlier in the series, Rotor as Boomer.
Technically, all the Moebius residents except for Miles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recursive Adaptation: The comic has already started to incorporate some plot elements from Sonic Chronicles, which itself had seemingly borrowed and modified some of its echidna lore material from the comic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Encyclopediaclears 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.
Sonic and Fiona, and Tails and Fiona, via the comics and Word of God.
Flynn has also gone on record to say that the early implied romance between Tails and Barby Koala (of the Downunda Freedom Fighters) is "completely one-sided and kind of creepy", and that as long as he's on the comic it's not going to happen.
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 twovarieties (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.
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.
Spank the Cutie: Averted during the start of the Mobius: 25 Years Later story arc. Knuckles threatens Lara-Su with this, but does not follow through with this after Julie-Su comments that the practice is barbaric. We'll just overlook her gratuitous use of firearms for a majority of her appearances...
Species Surname: Sometimes (Sonic the Hedgehog, Larry Lynx), sometimes not (Amy Rose, Sally Acorn).
Snively. Actually, he once successfully killed Robotnik. The Eggman in the series now is actually from a parallel dimension.
There's also Tails's Evil Twin from Moebius, Miles, who convinced the rest of the Suppression Squad to turn on Scourge, then set himself up as the new leader.
As he explains to Lien-Da in issue #220, Eggman expects this of all his Grandmasters/Egg Bosses:
Think of it as a roulette of trust. I know every single one of you is biding your time. You’re all waiting for the perfect moment to turn on me, and take my empire for yourselves. But until then, you all serve to your fullest, because the stronger you make me, the more you’ll reap in the end. If you manage to turn on me and survive, that is.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 Genesisarc, Roboticization is 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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 Shadow and Rouge still do, though it's unlikely they ever will, given Shadow being an emotional cripple who can barely articulate his feelings other than arrogance and anger.
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).
Word of Gay: Ken Penders got around the CCA somehow by hinting at one of the characters in the "Mobius: X Years Later" storyline being gay... and somehow doing this while showing the life partner, threading the relationship into the text. Once fans started searching, it became obvious (and confirmed by Ken), that the hinted couple was Rotor and Cobar, the latter an echidna scientist from the Dark Legion.
Word of God: Current writer Ian Flynn has organized his own message board, where he and other creators interact with fans and answer their questions. His predecessor, Ken Penders, also kept up a message board while he was writing for the comic, which is still active and occasionally talks about the stories that he had planned for the series.
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.