El Gran Gordo never surrenders! (He never diets either)
A comic series created by Archie Comics
, Sonic X
could be considered a Spin-Off
of the long-running Sonic the Hedgehog
comic book series, taking place in an alternate universe that is ostensibly the same one seen in the anime Sonic X
(some time before the finale of the first series). The story, (as we're reminded at the beginning of every issue
) is that Sonic and his friends have been transported to Earth by one of Dr. Eggman's machines, and now they do battle with the doctor here, while hanging around the house of the insanely wealthy Chris Thorndyke
on their off time.That's about the point where any sense of restraint gets thrown out the window.
The series lasted for forty issues (November, 2005-February, 2009) before the executives at Archie decided to pull the plug. It focused more on lighthearted slapstick and fun than ongoing storylines, though it did have a few, such as the evil organization S.O.N.I.C.X. and Eggman's stint as the beloved lucha libre El Gran Gordo. Unfortunately, as a result of the early cancellation, things were wrapped up hastily, and a planned conclusion of the El Gran Gordo storyline (and assumedly others) never saw the light of day.
Still, short as it was, it was fun while it lasted.
This comic book contains examples of:
- Ascended Meme: "Eggman's already stolen forty cakes! That's terrible!"
- El Gran Gordo has become an ascended meme of his own in the Archie Comics, making occasional appearances in the Off-Panels.
- A Day in the Limelight: Dr. Eggman in most of the second half of the series.
- Affably Evil: Dr. Eggman
- Anti-Villain: Dr. Eggman in this incarnation, definitely.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Vector gets transformed into a giant by S.O.N.I.C.X.
- Badass Mustache: Dr. Eggman, of course. He takes the badass part to brand new levels, especially as El Gran Gordo.
- His mustache takes priority too. In the first issue, Eggman postpones his evil scheme because "tonight is the night I wax my moustache!"
- Bald of Awesome: Dr. Eggman, even though his is also Bald of Evil.
- Bald of Evil: Dr. Eggman, obviously.
- Beach Episode: Sort of. Issue #34 is a pool party.
- Becoming the Mask: Eggman as El Gran Gordo. It's originally a ploy to earn quick cash, but the doctor ends up loving his role as a hero to the people.
- Book Ends: Possibly unintentional, but the cover for the issue 40 (the final issue) is in some ways similar the the cover of the first issue.
- Breakout Character: Dr. Eggman starts in a typical villainous role, but soon becomes the primary focus of most of the stories.
- Caffeine Bullet Time: Bokkun becomes very quick and very crazy when he's had too much sugar.
- Dr. Eggman eats one of Bokkun's sweets by accident and goes into a costume-wearing frenzy.
- Call Back: When Eggman appears in the El Gran Gordo costume in Issue 35, Sonic reminds him that he told him to get rid of that costume back in Issue 32.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Whenever Robotnik pretends to be El Gran Gordo, he actually displays a surprising level of strength - once his tricks wear off against Sonic, he manages to put up a decent fight, and later when he returns to the costume he matches someone far larger and stronger and - after seeing Chris Thorndyke crying at his "champion" losing - pulls a Heroic Second Wind and WINS THE FIGHT.
- Crossover: Shadow's battle with Metal Sonic stretching across 3 comics: starting in Sonic the Hedgehog #196, passing through Sonic X #40, and ending in Sonic Universe #1.
- Cut Short
- Freaky Friday: Sonic and Eggman end up switching bodies. Neither is very good at their respective skills. Eggman as Sonic keeps crashing into things, and Sonic as Eggman can hardly pilot the Eggmobile.
- Friendly Enemy: Sonic's and Eggman's relationship. When Eggman's not launching an evil scheme, the two are practically friends. They have civilized conversations, face off in (mostly) friendly competitions... Sonic even helps Dr. Eggman get back in control of his secret lair so he can get back to launching his evil schemes again. When Eggman shows up for a party, nobody bats an eye, either. Eggman's just the friendly neighborhood supervillain. Maybe it has something to do with his total incompetence...
- Fun with Acronyms: Society for Observing and Neutralizing Inter-dimensional Creatures and Xenomorphs... or S.O.N.I.C.X.!
- Furry Confusion: Sonic comes upon a realistic hedgehog and wonders where its sneakers are.
- Gag Series: Oh yeah.
- Going Down with the Ship: "Captain Eggman" promotes his cannon to captain and tells it to go down with the ship after Sonic damages it.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Sonic and Eggman civilly compete in competitions like wrestling and pet shows when they aren't battling for the fate of the Earth.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: S.O.N.I.C.X. tries to turn Sonic into one of these. They fail.
- Love at First Sight: Eggman loses his mind for Ella in issue #34.
- Masked Luchador: Eggman as El Gran Gordo.
- And Sonic as El Rapido Azule.
- Meaningful Name: El Gran Gordo (EGG).
- Mythology Gag: In one issue, Sonic has to deal with a group of Sonic duplicates out to muddy his reputation. The last of these duplicates looks exactly like Sonic did back in the Boxart for the US Genesis games.
- In the St Patrick's day issue, Cheese turns green after spending the morning hanging out with Sonic. In Sonic Adventure, Chao that have been exposed to lots of run-stat animals turn green.
- Oddly Small Organization: S.O.N.I.C.X. tries to be a Nebulous Evil Organization, but being a very small and inept group of Sonic haters makes them more Plucky Comic Relief than anything.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When Sonic sees "Eggman" robbing a bakery and a candy store, he quickly catches on that this "Eggman" is actually Bokkun in disguise.
- Opening Narration: Every issue opens with a narration about how Sonic was transported to Earth, often given by the characters themselves.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Eggman puts on a lucha libre outfit and begins wrestling in an attempt to get some cash. Everyone falls for it except Sonic. Many female cast members even become infatuated with him.
- Eggman does this all the time. And just about every time, Sonic's the only one who isn't fooled. Some of Eggman's disguises include, but are not limited to: Santa Clause, the mechanic Robbie Nick, the viking Aggman der Terrible, pirate Cap'n Eggman, and much more. In issue 35, we see that Eggman has a whole collection of costumes, wigs, and other disguise paraphernalia.
- Restricted Expanded Universe: Archie wasn't allowed to introduce any characters from the games or make any real changes to the status quo.
- Running Gag: Eggman and his cronies have only the loosest understanding of money, the concept of which apparently doesn't exist in the universe he and Sonic originate from. Whenever Eggman or his robots refer to money, they always call it "little green pieces of paper".
- Shout-Out: One issue ends with this exchange:
- Strange Bedfellows: Sonic teaming up with Dr. Eggman... Er, the masked hero, El Gran Gordo.
- Training from Hell: Knuckles puts Sonic through this prior to his match with El Gran Gordo.
- Villain Protagonist: By the end of the comic's run, Eggman is practically the main character. Granted he held onto his "villain" role by a thread by that point.