Breech Loader: The hell with boring old rape-rape... let's go for GANG RAPE.
The author lets you know it's going Up to Eleven. Then again, by the time you reach this point, you'll probably have been rendered numb to anything less...
Prison Island Break, by Breech Loader, is a Dark Fic; a massive re-imagining of the Sonic the Hedgehog series where everybody is a dangerous criminal. It includes extensive violence, graphic rape, and mental illness. The author doesn't believe in wasting time either; the violation of basic human rights kicks off in Chapter One and escalates, enthusiastically turning your childhood heroes into violent and mentally diseased felons. It's not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, making lesser Dark Fic look like a cookbook.It features characters from a wide range of the Sonic continuities having to survive in, work in, or escape from Prison Island Penitentiary, managed by the Mad Scientist Director Doctor Eggman, and the cruel Head Warden Mephiles. Prison Island has many dark secrets, including torture For Science! and being a hiding place for the powerful Chaos Emeralds...In a variation on Author Existence Failure, the fanfic was at first written by two authors. According to Word of God there was an argument and one of them quit, then refused to post a chapter to redirect the followers. The other author continues alone, but reading the full story requires visiting two different author accounts...Part One - Prison Island BreakPart Two - Prison Island Break: Season TwoThe story is praised for maintaining the core personalities of the Canon Characters while exploring what could happen if they used their powers for darker and more selfish purposes in another world - for example, Sonic was reimagined as something of a mascot of an extremist left-wing political party that seems perfectly happy to be funded by criminal activities.
Prison Island Break contains examples of:
AB Negative: Subverted. Shadow the Hedgehog does have a rare blood type - but it's B-. And so does Silver.
The Alcatraz: Shadow has apparently tried to escape Prison Island and failed - and apparently he's actually gotten the furthest of any convict. He's pretty angry at Sonic for insisting that he can.
Shadow: First the ankle cuff. Then the cell. Then the locked doors. Then the fences, the jungle, the MILES AND MILES OF FUCKING OCEAN! And all the fucking way, there's the Guard Robos, the cameras, the grasses, and that mother-fucking bastardated sonuvabitch Mephiles. You think you're the first to try?
In fact, Sonic talks so much about escaping this inescapable prison, that the other cons and guards think he's kidding.
Anyone Can Die: If the plot needs death, the author doesn't exactly tremble at the prospect of killing off popular characters and has warned readers that their approach is not about to change.
Asshole Victim: Silver was sent to prison for killing someone who will later rape and kill a bus full of children.
Attempted Rape: Shadow attempts to rape Silver under the bleachers and again in the chapel. Shadow is technically straight, and the author portrays it more as one of his random acts of violence than a sexually motivated attack.
Authority Equals Asskicking: Vector is at the top of a criminal empire and he's just as dangerous if not more so as his subordinates. Justified because he had to climb his way to the top, he wouldn't be in that position if he wasn't Badass.
Ax-Crazy: During the riot, Shadow picks up a fire axe and uses it. The author reminds us that fire axes are not designed for cutting, and he's basically using a sharp club - which just makes things even messier.
It can be a little disturbing to find yourself rooting for Shadow the Hedgehog; a serial rapist, leering pervert and constant hypocrite. But when the alternative is somebody like Head Warden Mephiles, it's slightly more understandable.
Doctor Eggman, as Director of the prison, hasn't shown up much so far, but seeing as so far he has callously tortured convicts For Science!! and completely overlooks Mephiles' abuse of... just about everybody... he's on this level too.
CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): Very deliberately averted. As Doctor Blossom performs surgery on Shadow during the riot, she thinks about how little equipment she's got and contemplates how she's so unlikely to save him. When she performs CPR, she has to siphon blood and vomit out of his mouth to stop him from drowning in it. It's an accurately described mess.
Department of Child Disservices: Convict Shadow Robotnik was taken away from his eccentric father-creator Gerald, but Social Services itself accidentally knocked down his sister Maria while doing so, fueling a life-long resentment towards The Man. He was then passed around a series of foster homes which had trouble coping with him due to his emotional trauma and the fact that he's the Ultimate Lifeform. He was finally passed into the care of foster parents who physically and sexually abused him, and who he eventually murdered. Different from many other abuse fanfics in that Shadow clearly avoids bringing it up and will try to change the subject if it does.
Silver: What... happened to you?
Shadow: Nobody ever came when I screamed. Nobody sympathized with me when I did what had to be done. Why should I help you, knowing there's nothing you can do for me?!
Depower: Silver is given an injection upon arrival at Prison Island that prevents him from using his incredibly strong psychic powers. Those will come back if he stops receiving the injection but the wardens definitely don't want that to happen.
Depraved Homosexual: Knuckles. It's stated very firmly that he's in prison because he raped multiple men.
Disappeared Dad: Silver's father. Unlike most other convicts who have some idea of their parents, Silver has never known his father and his mother has even given him conflicting stories on what happened to him.
Drugs Are Bad: For a story that features rapists, murderers and terrorists, the deciding factor is always drugs and the manner of their use. As early as the first chapter, Silver the Hedgehog is depowered using drugs, turning him into a victim. And when it's Serial Killer vs Serial Killer, the bad guy is the one who takes and deals Heroin.
Shadow: You, Scourge... Your only reason to live is me! Without me to punish, you're nothing but another goddamn Judas Shooter!
While it's clear the author has a grudge against irresponsible drug use, they definitely Did Do The Research. This was especially obvious in the chapter where Ketamine was used in its capacity as a rape drug.
Embarrassing First Name: Shadow the Hedgehog's full name is "Ursula Leslie Robotnik", which is why he insists that everybody call him Shadow, but Sonic occasionally embarrasses him with it. At one point he explains that it means "Oops, we expected a girl."
Embarrassing Nickname: Knuckles is nicknamed "Fuckles" (though no one other than Shadow says that to his face) while Silver is nicknamed "Preacher". Shadow regularly calls Sonic "The Blue Blockhead" and "Streak" (as if referencing a stain). And Sonic often refers to Shadow as things like "The Wife" and "Girlfriend", because he knows it annoys Shadow no end.
Florence Nightingale Effect: It is very obvious that this has happened with Shadow the Hedgehog, who is obsessed with Doctor Amy. It's not very romantic, and in fact is even a little creepy since Shadow is a serial rapist-murderer, and voices his desire to rape her specifically right to her face. She tries to rebuff him, or ignore his advances, but it seems she's quite fond of him too.
For the Evulz: Convicts mostly abuse each other to defend themselves, assert their authority and protect their reputation. However Head Warden Mephiles consistently and frequently does it for the sheer joy of it.
Foster Kid: Part of Shadow's backstory is that he went through multiple foster homes after his family was killed.
Friendly Enemy: Shadow and Sonic; the writer skillfully writes so that despite all the fighting they do, they still gradually become friends (although Shadow denies it fiercely).
Shadow and Silver - Shadow comes up with excuses to attack Silver less and less. Later, Silver saves Shadow's life
Shadow: You pry, and poke, and insult all around you by your very demeanour. I should give you the thrashing of a lifetime. But I see now it would be a waste of a good shanking. You can't help it; it's in your nature. It would be like kicking a dog for licking its own balls.
Silver: Th-Thanks, sir...
Gadgeteer Genius: Tails escaped from the medium security prison he was previously incarcerated in by rigging a radio to mess up all the electronics and then flying over the fence. His role in Sonic's escape will also involve electronics.
Gender-Blender Name: Shadow's full name is "Ursula Leslie Robotnik" (The initials are U. L. Robotnik...)
Hair-Trigger Temper: Knuckles certainly is hot-tempered, but this is more the reason Shadow is so feared by the other convicts. There is no in-between mood for him.
Sonic: "Boy, Shadow sure gets antsy when you squeeze the toothpaste from the wrong end."
Later on, Shadow has a Homoerotic Dream, which makes him feel very uncomfortable.
Hospital Hottie: Being one of the few women in the prison, Amy is considered this. She's harassed by Sonic, Shadow and presumably a few other prisoners.
Hypocrite: Shadow is a massive hypocrite - this was actually deliberate. However he doesn't notice and nobody dares to call him out on it, so sometimes he can look like a bit of a douchebag.
Silver sometimes becomes hypocritical regarding his own beliefs.
Hypocrisy Nod: Silver is better aware of his hypocrisy and is disgusted with himself.
Improvised Weapon: Shadow does this all the time. Yes, he's happy to use broken glass and stolen razors. And he'll pull the old toothbrush-shiv too. But the writer did the research and he will resort to using anything to hand.
Made more obvious by how Sonic does not use weapons. This is done to reflect how Shadow used weapons in his own game.
Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The prison doctor Amy Rose Blossom is intended to be this. However she is not a Purity Sue due to her Sympathy for the Devil, a flaw which has her sympathising with the convicts whom the story actually revolves around. She is far from the Protagonist, and while she proves very convincing, certainly doesn't control the other characters.
It Amused Me: Shadow sometimes hurts people to vent his emotional frustrations. It is implied that he hurts random cons when he is not held back by the others.
Scourge is even worse, hurting people just for fun.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shadow. For the longest while you feel like you're trying to see something that's not there. But eventually he starts coming out of his shell, showing more emotions and feeling bad about hurting people. He also starts to get his rages under control.
Narration:What Shadow the Hedgehog said, and what he thought, were not exactly always in the same carpool. On the flip side, they changed lanes so often that they'd clipped each other's wing mirrors off. Still, he certainly wasn't a hero. And nobody could make the mistake of calling him a good man. But he was quick-minded, and fastidious, and determined, and clean, which are all becoming of a hero. The sole quality he lacked was virtue, and he knew it. Still, good men who believe their virtue to be satisfactory have already taken a step down the ladder, and bad men who think themselves sinful enough are ready to take a step up.
Knife Nut: Shadow always has multiple shivs somewhere on his person. They are generally hastily improvised and have been made of anything from simple glass and cloth, to hardened toilet paper. Every time he's shaken down or searched, he's relieved of several but he still manages to produce more.
Knight Templar: Silver thinks of himself as The Paladin, but he's really the less evil variant of a Knight Templar, acknowledging he's not perfect but convinced that his mistakes and wrongdoings can still be justified.
Silver is also extremely pious, and believes that all sins can be forgiven by God if you repent sufficiently.
Laser-Guided Karma: Shadow, himself a serial rapist, is raped in Solitary Confinement by Scourge - who is revealed to be an even worse person. It is suggested this has happened multiple times. Ironically, Shadow doesn't seem to notice that it's Karma at its finest.
Mecha-Mooks: Along with regular wardens there's also the Guard Robos. They're not particularly smart or durable but are cheap, repairable, and replaceable; the latter three traits being vital considering Prison Islands isolated nature.
Might as Well Not Be in Prison at All: Vector has just as much power, if not more power over Prison Island than Mephiles. He's even able to run his criminal empire from inside the prison.
Mood Dissonance: The story is dramatic and violent. But every so often, the author punctuates it with jokes ranging from dark humour, to smart one-liners, all the way to Comedic Sociopathy.
Morality Kitchen Sink: Almost all the characters are morally dubious criminals, including those Sonic allies himself with. The most obvious exception is the villain.
Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: Firmly inverted - Shadow has no qualms about carrying shivs in his clothes and pulling one out at any moment in a fight, and usually wins.
Older than They Look: Shadow is said to be 72, even though he doesn't look any older than Sonic, who is 25. So far this is Word of God, since none of the team has been told this yet...
The Old Convict: Shadow has been in prison for coming up to twenty years now. And even though he's completely insane, just like the usual examples he's in no great hurry to get out, treating the escape more like a boredom relieving exercise.
Pietà Plagiarism: Textual, anyway. Manic dies in Sonic's arms right outside the prison chapel.
Prison Episode: This Sonic the HedgehogAlternate Universe Fic with the Contextual Reassignment of a prison - not just the canon characters going to prison for once, but actively being convicted criminals. Active and completely unrepentant for the most part. All of the powers/talents that make them heroes in canon are simply redirected to criminal ends. Sonic robbed a bank, nearly managed a second one, killed a cop in the process and escaped normal prisons with utter ease. Shadow killed his foster parents, then used his Chaos Control to rape and murder innumerable young women, and killed several men too. He was captured when he Chaos Controlled into the path of a moving vehicle.
Prison Rape: Rape happens to almost everybody, each instance written in graphic detail, including a violent gang rape scene. There are also brief references to past sexual traumas and some deeply disturbing sexual molestation - these scenes are not as detailed to emphasise the loss of memory and passage of time.
Psychopathic Manchild: Shadow is certainly very intelligent and calculating, and also violent and perverted, but he has so little control over his emotional outbursts that he can appear almost pitiable at times.
Rape As Back Story: Shadow the Hedgehog was sexually abused by his Foster parents. Later it is explained via flashback that his Foster father repeatedly forced him to have sex with his (willing) Foster mother, leading him to interpret sex as an act of punishment, rather than pleasure. The reason it is not discussed in depth is because, quite simply, he doesn't want to talk about it.
Shadow the Hedgehog is a Serial Killer-Rapist. His crimes seem to have a Power/Control motive, with rape as another method of control. It is also stated that there are more victims out there.
Shadow: Eleven rapes, nineteen murders. And that's just what they caught me for.
Scourge the Hedgehog is also a Serial Killer-Rapist, but with a much more Hedonistic motive.
Shout-Out: To the games themselves, ironically. There are quite a few of them, including Shadow's riot scenes with Amy reflecting those in Sonic Adventure 2, Shadow commenting that Prison Island's sewers are full of toxic waste (based on the Prison Island level in Shadow the Hedgehog), and this hilarious little gem...
Silver: I was so close! And then the day they put the rings on, I could feel it! I was doing it! I was so close! And now the rings are on, and I know it's there but I can't tap it… It's no use!
Tails: Aw, Silver, don't keep saying that. It just pisses people off.
Stockholm Syndrome: It is clear that Shadow is obsessed with the Prison Doctor, Amy Rose, repeatedly telling her he loves her, that she is a good person, and that he will rape her for her own good. This is a sharp contrast to his psychiatrist Doctor Blaze, whom he also threatens to rape, but much more savagely.
Straw Misogynist: Heterosexual major character Shadow the Hedgehog hates women, loudly classing them as sub-people. This is how he justifies his violence towards them to himself. The sole exception seems to be Maria. Interestingly, his hatred for women is the sole facet of his personality that is neither justified nor explained.
This seems to be intentional. Subtext suggests that Shadow doesn't really hate women (at least no more so than he dislikes just about every other living creature); he just rapes and murders them and claims that he did so because he hates them.
Tailor-Made Prison: Each inmate is carefully monitored, with all of their special abilities kept in mind at all times during their incarceration. Part of the reason Sonic was sent here is because he can't swim.
But y'know what… what's weird? My dad was always sayin' I was a total fuck-up as a son and a Merc… When I first got locked up in medium-sec, he… he visited just to remind me… He was like that to Nic, too. Treated her like a failure as soon as she could walk… And last time he visited, he told me I was gonna die alone and a failure… Y'know, him bein' so wrong 'bout that is… kinda makin' this the best day of my life…
Wide-Eyed Idealist: Silver started off as believing that he'll bring the light of god to the prison population.
Villain Protagonists: The whole main cast consists of violent convicted criminals. They don't even have a particuarly heroic goal; they just want to escape. But because the story is centered on them, they get the Sympathetic P.O.V. and you completely forget they're a collection of terrorists, serial killers and rapists (even though the writer never lets you forget).
Would Hurt a Child: Scourge is a paedophile. There are no little children in prison so he'll take what he can get.
Worst Aid: Zigzagged. The convicts are deliberately written to be absolutely terrible at treating their own injuries. Doctor Blossom's actions are moderately well researched (even if they are pretty troped up for drama).
Silver contemplates while giving CPR that his entire medical experience revolves around watching repeat episodes of Scrubs.
Your Head Asplode: Silver kills a future rapist in this matter. However nobody believes this was really going to happen and even the author suggests he may simply be insane.
Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Sonic, Manic and Tails consider themselves this to some degree, being members of an undefined extremist political party opposing the current government. Sonic is even one of its mascots. However Sonic robbed banks, Manic has destroyed government buildings, and Tails committed international fraud to fund them. The author suggests that the party they belong to should currently be thought of as being on a level with the IRA.