Headscratchers: Sonic Adventure

  • Why is there a train station in the middle of the jungle?
    • It's a video game.
      • That's not an answer. Come on. Try to think about it. Maybe the jungle is a tourist spot?
    • Archeologists use the train to commute between Station Square and the Mystic Ruins. It was probably integrated into Station Square for the sake of being a tourist destination.
    • The train is like the DC subway when you want to go in or outside the city limits. In this case, the Mystic Ruins are the city limitd.
  • How did Birdie get a locket with a picture with his family in it, much less one with a Chaos Emerald? Did he purchase it? How can he even lift it?
    • It is a video game.
      • See above third tier bullet point.
    • It's been shown that all animals in the Sonic World are higher functioning than what would be expected of normal animals. Birdie's family probably got the locket and took a family picture to put inside it just like any human or anthro would. As for the Chaos Emerald inside...*Le-Shrug*
    • The Chaos Emerald is a shiny object, birds like shinies, and the Chaos Emeralds are hidden across the "world" anyway. The three birds find it, keep it, and then two of them get kidnapped by Eggman and the other one gets chased by Zero until it runs into Amy.
  • Could Sonic have reached the last Chaos Emerald before Chaos if Tikal hadn't stopped him with that final vision?
    • Given how often Sonic lost the chaos emeralds every time by some contrivance, then no. Vision or not, Sonic or somebody in the game would've lost it to Chaos anyway.
    • Somehow the villain always manages to obtain all the Chaos emeralds before the heroes in the Sonic games.
  • Is Tikal sending the heroes back in time? Did those brief moments when they interacted with Tikal in the past actually happen?
    • It is either inconsistent writing, or some characters were sent into the past (Tails) while others only received images (Gamma)
      • Actually, at one point, Tails mentions that Sonic apparently was "out of it" during his visit. Course, it might mean that they'd have to have seen him standing there with a blank look while his mind was literally in the past.
    • Tikal's sending them back in time mentally, with their mental selves temporary manifesting a new body. Their original body goes into some sort of trance while this happens.
  • If that is the altar for the Master Emerald, then what is the Hidden Palace Zone?
    • Well given the name it's probably a place where the guardian hides the Master Emerald when they know their is danger.
    • I assumed that the Chao Colony altar was abandoned and Hidden Palace built to replace it. When Hidden Palace was damaged and rendered unsuitable for housing the Master Emerlad, Knuckles just took it back to the Chao Colony altar.
    • It's possible that they're one and the same, only heavily condensed.
      • But Hidden Palace is under ground!
      • Still counts as invoking the Chaos Architecture trope, since it was not confirmed that they're different locations within the game, nor that they're the same, for that matter.
  • Regarding the Inferred Holocaust: Really, none of the characters give a shit about an entire metropolis destroyed and its population presumably killed? "All's well that ends well", Tails? What?!
    • I guess he felt that it could have been so much worse.
      • The people could have all escaped. It's not like we see any waterlogged carcasses floating about.
      • In the Sonic X anime, the following episode after the Perfect Chaos battle has the citizens fixing it up.
  • Eggman's goal. He didn't seem to think his plan too well. His plan in this game is to create the ultimate city over the ruins of Station Square. The...flooded ruins, that is. If his plan was to build a city over a flooded land mass, why not just build it in the middle of the ocean somewhere? And who other than Sonic does he expect to come to this city knowing that he just rendered countless people homeless in this act? And why need Chaos when he has his own military might? He's got a flagship, countless war machines and even a nuke at his disposal to do away with Station Square at any time and Chaos himself fails to defeat Sonic, Tails and Knuckles despite having the Emeralds to himself. But I guess my real gripe is: You've got an almighty morphing god of destruction entirely composed of a mixture of infinite energy and your archenemy's greatest weakness who grows stronger with each gem of infinite power you feed him. Why would you waste all of that on destroying a city just to make an apparently better on over it when you could hold the entire world under threat of global flood?
    • It's possible that after having Chaos flood Station Sqaure to destroy it and kill everyone he would drain it and build Robotnikland IN the ruins of the city rather than atop it.
    • It's hilarious in hindsight because he actually does destroy Station Square in one game and builds Eggmanland on top of it.
  • Eggman tells Gamma "You're not as advanced as Beta is"; why make the second robot in the E-100 series less advanced than the first? If not better, why not at least make it as good?
    • Eggman knew Gamma would beat Beta, so he outfitted Beta with a new design to make him beat Gamma.
  • Why make the first robot "Beta" and not "Alpha"? Is Zero supposed to be codenamed "Alpha"?
    • Zero was tasked with finding Amy so he could get intelligence from the bird she had.
      • But if you're going for theme naming, why start with the second letter of the Greek alphabet?
  • Why does Eggman make his robots compete with each other and banish the losers (Beta after losing a fight to Gamma, and the other E-100s after Gamma finds Froggy)? Surely he could fight Sonic and co. better if he used all his robots, even if they're not all quite up to the same standard?
    • Eggman's empire has no room for failing robots.
      • Although to be fair, Beta only failed because Eggman created a Thunderdome situation between him and Gamma on some kind of whim.
      • Their failure wasn't rewarded with destruction, just removal... though apparently not necessarily from the ship, as seen in Zeta's case. Windy Valley and Red Mountain were places Sonic went, and Hot Shelter... well, Sonic might have gone there at some point, but he didn't. In any case, Sonic... probably had already gotten the Emerald from Windy Valley by the time Delta was sent there, and Epsilon's animal was likely already freed from the robot at Red Mountain by the time Sonic got there, so they didn't get a chance to encounter and battle him.
  • What does the admissions office at Twinkle Park say to the couples who aren't cute enough?
    • Simple, go spend some time stuffing yourself silly at the local burger joint.
    • Nothing; the closest thing to human interaction being involved in letting prospective park-goers in is that the elevator comes down or doesn't. Or, in the case of those who have a cart pass but don't pass inspection to get into the normal park, the door to that part just doesn't open while the door to the cart section lets them in.
  • Before the Egg Hornet fight, Eggman says his plan is to use Chaos to destroy Station Square and build an empire over the ruins. Why spend so much time and effort harvesting Chaos Emeralds when he had a missile on standby the entire time, ready to launch on the city at a moment's notice?
  • The passageway to Angel Island never appears by the end of Amy's story because she's the only character that doesn't go to Ice Cap or Red Mountain, but chronologically it should have happened by that point in the timeline.
  • How does the Jet Booster allow Gamma and the others to hover when it's not connected to them?
    • It's probably an etheral connection, or the development team didn't care.
  • How much of the Mystic Ruins area is part of Angel Island? We know everything through the cave near the station is Angel Island because it leads to Ice Cap and the Master Emerald altar. But in the flashbacks the Lost World pyramid and the Emerald altar are on opposite sides of the same gate, yet in the present, the Lost World pyramid is in the jungle where Big already lives.
    • Just the Island is Angel Island. the ruins were part if the tribe of echidnas who worshipped Chaos.
  • After Gamma's younger brothers are banished from the Egg Carrier, how does E-105 not only end up back on board but also heavily upgraded?
  • It's established in dialogue that the Tornado is Sonic's plane. Why did Tails slap his own logo all over it while it was in his workshop?
  • How do people enter the casino if they can't fly, glide, climb walls or Light Speed Dash? Whose idea was it to install a switch that generates rings in order to open the door? And why did Sonic bother when he was already travelling with Tails?
  • After Sonic fights Knuckles, he says "Knuckles, don't tell me Eggman tricked you again?", and Knuckles responds "Me? What about you?!" How did Eggman trick Sonic?
  • Apparently somebody, somewhere, has approved a plan to build a highway with loops.
    • I have a theory about that, but nothing to really back it up. You may notice that for Speed Highway in this game and Radical Highway in the sequel, the parts of the "highways" with loops aren't driven on by normal cars and in fact, aren't connected in any car-accessible way to places where they do drive. Well, my thought is that the world is surrounded by Chaos Energy or something. It "likes" things like rings and loops, so it forms rings that hover in mid-air and spin, and for loops, if there are none around, it tries to make them, too, out of whatever it can find. After finding their roads and things bent, broken, and twisted in attempts to make loops, they decided to build loops themselves, out of everything's way, so the energy will leave the things they want to remain flat alone. And as an added bonus, they make neat things for Sonic to waste a second or more on while trying to get to the latest objective.
  • What on earth is that prison inside Red Mountain, and why is it full of weird dancing monsters?
  • Why did Zero have to travel from Station Square to the Mystic Ruins to rendezvous with the Egg Carrier, when it was already shown to be perfectly capable of flying over the city and dropping him off? (You could perhaps argue that the city is too crowded to be able to get a precise fix on him, but there didn't seem to be an issue regarding Sonic when he was in Zero's immediate vicinity.)
  • Why did Zero chase Amy through Final Egg when Eggman had already taken Birdie's Chaos Emerald?
  • Why didn't Tails change the Tornado 2 back to its original mode so that he could make a landing?
  • How does Froggy survive in the salt-water around Emerald Coast?
  • The dialogue is kind of odd in a couple of places, and I think somebody made a mistake somewhere. Interestingly, both involve dialogue spoken near the waterfall, and both involve Knuckles. First, in one version, Robotnik says the exact words, "You are so easily tricked!" which Knuckles later echoes by saying "Now we'll see who's so easily tricked!" when he's alone on the Egg Carrier. Thing is, Robotnik's line wasn't said in Knuckles' story, and it probably should have been, instead of what was said. The other part is that Knuckles says something about having "unfinished business" in both Sonic's and Tails' story, but not his own; there, he phrases it quite differently. But in his story, you can go over to NPC-mode Sonic, and he'll ask what happened to your "unfinished business". Weird.