HUEHEUHUEHEUHUEHUE Explanation A common response whenever Stardust Speedway is brought up casually, due to a strange sample being used in the most popular versions of the song.
Too black. Too strong. Explanation A repeating sample from "Wrapped in Black," the music for the final boss in Sonic Rush. Expect lots of coffee jokes to accompany it.
TELEPORTATION YEAH! explanation A rather weird lyric from Sonic CD's JP stage clear and ending theme.
The notoriousdrowningmus—5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0(drown)Explanation The first three games had horrifying music play when Sonic was about to drown underwater, usually prompting a panicked search for the nearest air bubble.
"Your name" The HedgehogExplanation An internet game where you do an image search of your first name with "the hedgehog" tacked on at the end. It usually ends in awe and hilarity.
As well, ChristianSonic fanart. Explanation The prevalence of these pieces filled with low-quality drawing and art, awful puns and "punchlines," and general cringeworthiness, has led to it becoming a meme of its own, even to the point of spreading to other fandoms like the bronies.
The infamous spike pit Explanation In Mystic Cave Zone Act 2, at one point the player needs to grab a switch to lower a bridge to cross a pit. Should the player have the unfortunate experience of falling into this pit, they fall not into a Bottomless Pit, but into a spike pit that is far too deep to jump out of, resulting in a quick death. That is, unless the player is in Super Sonic mode (and if you fell in the pit, you probably are) in which case they are forced to wait for Sonic's rings to run out so they can die and respawn, assuming they have lives left.
3, 2, 1, GO!FAULTExplanation In Competition mode, there is a 3-second countdown before the race begins. If a player crosses the starting line before the countdown finishes, a "FAULT" message is displayed, both players are put back at their starting positions, and the counter restarts. This repeats until both players have the discipline to wait for the countdown to finish.
This may have become a minor Ascended Meme in Sonic Riders, where you are prevented from crossing the starting line by an electric barrier. Do so before the countdown finishes and you'll be zapped by the barrier. Incidentally, this mechanic is actually taunting you — you're allowed to cross the line the very instant the barrier disperses, so the game challenges you to play chicken with it.
Knuckles' chuckle Explanation In Knuckles' first appearance, he starts out antagonizing the two existing heroes, Sonic and Tails, laughing as they fall into his traps. In his theme song in Sonic Adventure, he says "Unlike Sonic, I don't chuckle."
Knuckles is an idiot.Explanation In his first appearance, Knuckles was easily tricked into doing Eggman's dirty work. He also falls for it again in Adventure and Advance 2 (not even counting other continuities). Needless to say, the fandom ensures he'll Never Live It Down.
The Barrel of DoomExplanation Carnival Night Zone has a particular puzzle where you have to move a floating barrel by unintuitively standing on it and pressing up/down in time with the motion to build up momentum. Many players couldn't figure it out and spent ages trying the more obvious method of repeatedly jumping on the barrel instead, since that also makes the barrel move a bit. Any mention of Carnival Night Zone will inevitably lead to someone cursing That Damn Barrel
Everything & KnucklesExplanation In 1994, the release of Sonic & Knuckles and its lock-on technology gave the full game of Sonic 3 the somewhat unelegant sounding title of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. Years later, people realized that adding & Knucklesto anything creates instant hilarity. Ascended in Sonic Mania, where it actually has an "& Knuckles" option, which adds a CPU-controlled Knuckles to any character you choose to play the game with — including Knuckles.
What do you mean I can't play [incompatible game] & Knuckles (and other variations thereof)?Explanation Trying to play any game that isn't Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 will result in the "NO WAY? NO WAY!" screen being displayed. If Sonic 1 is put in, the screen will be in color and animated (slightly). Any other game will give a non-animated, black and white version.
Becomes an Ascended Meme in Sonic Mania with the unlockable "& Knuckles" mode: the player can choose any of the three protagonists and Knuckles will accompany them, much like how Tails does in Sonic & Tails mode. Beating this mode with Knuckles (i.e. a Knuckles & Knuckles game) results in an ending in which the events of the game turn out to be Knuckles reading a story called Sonic Mania & Knuckles.
Hi, I'm Omochao!I'm here to help you!Explanation Omochao is a little Chao robot who is supposed to be the helpful source of tutorials. What actually happened is that Omochao attracted a fair amount of negative attention by players due to how infuriating it is. Omochao gives incredibly obvious hints that only madmen couldn't figure out on their own, flies after you in order to tell you said useless hints, can't be permanently destroyed, and has an annoying voice. He kept appearing in later games, but was made invulnerable to damage, as players kept throwing it down bottomless pits.
ROLLING AROUND AT THE SPEED OF SOUNDExplanation Escape From The City, the music for the first Good side stage of Adventure 2, has been reaching parody levels, possibly thanks to the song's use on Game Grumps
Yosh Yosh Yosh YoshExplanation Eggman's voice clip for petting a Chao. "Yosh" is actually a Japanese affirmative similar in usage to "okay"; for some reason it was never replaced in the dub, confusing the large majority of players who didn't speak Japanese.
Here I come, Rougher than Knuckles / The best of them, Tougher than Knuckles / You can call me Knuckles! / Unlike Knuckles, I don't chuckle. I'd rather flex my Knuckles! Explanation From a video by well known mashup artist Triple Q that replaces some of the words in "Unknown From M.E." with "Knuckles." It's often applied to the rest of the song, and is frequently brought up on videos of "Unknown From M.E." The artist has since taken down the original video and replaced it with an extended version.
R.I.P. Larry, a ghost got him Explantion A Lady Mondegreen situation from the Pumpkin Hill rap. The line "Larry" originates from is "A ghost tried to approach me and got leery."
Watch out! You're gonna crash! Ahh! Explanation A rather infamous line from early in Sonic's story of Sonic Adventure due the questionable quality of its acting delivery. Often used to point out to the people who constantly pressure Sega to bring back Ryan Drummond as the voice of Sonic that his performance wasn't always as perfect as they think it was...
CHAOS CONTROL! Explanation Shadow says this when Team Dark use their Blast Attack, Chaos Inferno. Although Shadow says this line in most games he's in.
LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE EGGMAN'S ROBOTS!Explanation The line reading for Tails had a few grammatical errors, especially on the part of Tails' voice actor. What's particularly odd is that his voice actor clearly says, "Look at all those Eggman robots," but the subtitle is what has the grammatical error.
"Let's show that creep the REAL SUPER POWER OF TEAM WORK!"Explanation Sonic says this in the final story before the Metal Madness/Metal Overlord boss fight.
"THIS is who I am!"Explanation Shadow's last line whenever he regains his memories in one of the 10 endings.
"You know what they say, the more the merrier!"Explanation Eggman during the second Egg Breaker battle. And he says this line every time he uses a specific attack.
Ow the edge◊Explanation The game is Darker and Edgier... or tries to be, anyway. The Sonic fandom gets little respect on the internet, so comparing someone's attempt at "edginess" to Shadow tends to be an indicator of great disdain. This led to a particularly funny cropping of the name "Shadow the Hedgehog".
NOW LOADING...explanation The game has an excessive number of loading screens, even for short scenes and in the worst cases, single lines of dialogue. The iconic loading screen is currently the page image for Loads and Loads of Loading.
BBBEExplanation Sonic says this after he beats a boss. It stands for Best Boss Beating Ever.
Baldy McNosehair Explanation The Wisps don't know Eggman's name, so Yacker refers to him in alien gibberish that Tails translates to "Baldy Nosehair". Sonic thinks it's hilarious and resolves to call Eggman "McNosehair".
"No copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!" Explanation Sonic says this before he beats another boss.
THAT LOOKS LIKE A HOMING SHOT!Explanation In the Final Boss battle with the Time Eater, all of Sonic's friends keep saying a variant of this every time the boss uses homing missiles. Which feels like every fifteen seconds. (This doesn't happen in the 3DS version.)
BE CAREFUL, SONIC! Explanation Almost always follows up the above line.
Rooftree! Explanation Born from the Sonic Stadium Message Boards mocking the Fan Dumb's usual sentiments after noticing a tree◊ on one of Rooftop Run's rooftops. Eventually Rooftree became a Joke Character in the forums.
X? Is that really you, or are you just an impostor? The only way I can find out is by THROWING Y AT YOU. Explanation The initial reason Silver fights Sonic in his Rival Battle is because he's unsure if the Blue Blur is an impostor sent for the Chaos Emeralds or not.
DAT VIOLIN!Explanation Done in regards to the beautiful remixes of Crisis City and Rooftop Run, due to the usage of violins.
Time for a change of pace! Explanation Another of Eggman's repeatable and annoying taunts.
"Enjoy your future, it's going to be great!" Explanation Modern Sonic's parting words to Classic Sonic as the latter returns to his time. The joke being, of course, that his future is going to be rather questionable.
"You got this, Sonic!" Explanation Shadow's line to encourage the Sonics to beat both of the Eggmen, while they are, well, nearly dead. Also, people believe the voice acting made it sound even funnier like "YOU GUT DIS SANIC". Mega G Wolf meme'd this in his playthrough of Sonic Adventure 2. "YOU GOT DIS SONIC YOU GOT DIS SONIC YOU GOT DIS SONIC YOU GOT DIS SONIC YOU GOT DIS SONIC"
"That tornado is carrying the goalpost!"Explanation The car-carrying fire tornado from Sonic '06 is back, except this time it picks up Classic Sonic's goal post and blows it away, extending the level even further. Fans are certain that the tornado is deliberately trolling them.
Pikachu in a sombrero.Explanation When the game was being teased as "Project Needlemouse", one image included the silhouette of the famous banner and ring title screen. A fan jokingly guessed that it was this.
Castlevania Zone Explanation A clever mutation of Sylvania Castle
WHITE CASTLE! SYLVANIA PARK! Explanation Mixing White Park and Sylvania Castle's names around and getting hilarious results
"This is truly Sonic 4 as you imagined it!" -Ken Balough Explanation An infamous quote often used sarcastically when bashing the game's shortcomings.
Ken's Tails beard.Explanation While promoting Episode II in an interview, Ken was shown with a beard colored like Tails.
Welcome to Sonic '14!Explanation The sheer number of glitches, shoddy programming decisions, constant dialogue, and framerate issues are starting to make this game look as bad as, if not worse than, a certain despised Sonic game.
Alternatively, the game can be described as "Sonic '06 2", for the same reasons above.
"I Forgot How to Even"Explanation A video showing off a glitch where spin dashing into NPCs that trigger a cutscene will cause Sonic's friends to spawn incorrectly (most amusingly Knuckles going inside an NPC). This, alongside the many, many different shortcomings featured, quickly went viral.
HBRLRLRLRLExplanation The voice clips for drowning.
The noticeably more buff iteration of Knuckles quickly became memetic.
In a similar fashion, the excessive amounts of sports tape on all the redesigns became a joke after their reveal, leading people to apply the principles to other video game characters.
"SONIC'S ARMS ARE NOT FRIGGIN' BLUE!"/Macing GameStop employeesExplanation The infamous Christian Weston Chandler (author of Sonichu) did not react well to a simple change in color, and during an incident where he attempted to vandalize the games' cases at GameStop to reflect his displeasure, he actually maced an employee on the way out.
Everything that comes out of the announcer's mouth. Explanation TakenobuMitsuyoshi provides the in-game announcements for Time Attack and Competition Mode. It was only a matter of time.
The title screen has Sonic rising out of an emblem as usual. The animation is based on the one from Sonic 1, but he also does a very fluidly animated spin before his finger waggle pose. A particular smear frame of that spin◊ makes Sonic look very silly and has been the subject of parodies, much like that one scene from an early Sonic Unleashed trailer.
Given the sheer number of Promoted Fanboys working on the game, jokes about Sega finally getting fed up with the constant complaints no matter what they do and letting the fans handle things for a change is rather common. Similarly, subtitling the game as "Sonic: You f**king make it then if you're so damn smart!" is also pretty common, similar to reactions to Super Mario Maker.
Due to a few mishaps that happen to Knuckles during the game, "OHNO" has made a return.
Spinning KnucklesExplanation During the opening cinematic, Sonic fights one of the Hard Boiled Heavies, causing Knuckles to climb onto a portal-ring and look inside to see what the commotion is about. When Sonic jumps out of the ring, Knuckles it sent flying, and in the next shot, you can see him clinging onto the spinning ring in the background.
An imageboard poster once claimed the level with ice and cherry blossom elements was called "Sakura Synagoge Zone". Afterwards, it was proven that all their information was fake, but some peope still jokingly insist Press Garden Zone really is called that.
A glitch involving using the Super Sonic transformation while either holding up or as seen here will cause Sonic's quills to stand up and start the Super Sonic theme, but otherwise not change Sonic at all. This includes his coloration, leaving him as blue. Thanks to the newest Dragon Ball anime introducing the Super Saiyan Blue transformation, and Super Sonic's original inspiration being Super Saiyan... well, Super Sonic Blue is born.
SHADOW, GET DOWN FROM THERE! Explanation The reveal that Shadow's on the bad guys' team again had a large chunk of the fandom yelling at him to get off the high rock that he and the other returning antagonists were perched on.
Shadow is not the edgiest anymore. Explanation Infinite's musical theme and introduction video are both delightfully edgy, prompting many fans to joke that Shadow has been dethroned as edgiest Sonic character.
INFINITE EDGE! Explanation The "Ow The Edge"-meme from Shadow the Hedgehog got an upgrade.
"But is X faster than Infinite?" Explanation A scene has Infinite dodging Sonic's boost which has Tails proclaiming that he is faster than Sonic. It has the fandom raising the question if other fast characters such as Eggman, Metal Sonic, Shadow, Blaze, etc are faster than Infinite.
Fursona 5. Explanation One of the Custom Character skins included in the Xbox, PS4 and Switch pre-order of Forces is Joker from Persona 5. Sonic fans and '"Persona'' fans had a field day with this.
(Do X) as Shadow!Explanation The box-art for the Episode Shadow-DLC claims you can "Rediscover three levels as Shadow", "Fight hordes of enemies as Shadow", and "Replay over ten Modern Sonic levels as Shadow". Similarly to (and often paired with) the "& Knuckles" meme, fans decided to apply it to other things.
BLAST PROCESSINGExplanation From a Sega Genesis commercial that aired in the U.S. around the time of Sonic the Hedgehog 2's release. "Blast Processing" was a term used by Sega to explain how the game was able to keep up with Sonic's extreme speed, something they bragged couldn't be done on the Super NES. (For the record, "Blast Processing" just refers to the Genesis/Mega Drive's faster processor, 7.6 M Hz versus the Super NES's 3.58. A hypothetical SNES Sonic game would experience slightly more slowdown when many sprites are on-screen at the same time, but it would be nearly identical otherwise.)
Sonic is the fastest thing alive... in bed.
"CHECK OUT THE CONSLES! WOOOAAAAHH!"Explanation Alton Towers had a "Sonic Room" with audio from Roger Craig Smith as Sonic himself recommending assorted things, such as the game consoles in the room.
I told Knuckles that Eggman was good, Sonic was evil, and The Other Wiki was as authoritative as a peer-reviewed scientific journal. He believed all of it. Explanation Knuckles has a history of battling Sonic because Eggman told him he was up to no good. At least three times.
"GOTTA GO FAST", a phrase associated with two different memes: an infamous piece of Sonic fanart◊, and the North American opening from Sonic X. It also managed to get associated with Tribes due to the gameplay style of the latest installment revolving around speed.
Now also associated with Mario Kart 8 due to both having an amiibo suit based on Sonic and having a new super fast 200cc mode.
It's Ramadan, gotta go fast!Explanation "Fast" can also refer to abstinence from eating, usually for religious occasions such as the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.
Becomes an Ascended Meme in the English-language localization of Hatsune Miku Project Mirai DX (which was also developed and published by Sega), which uses this meme as part of the description for the Sonic figurine. It's also the title of an event match in Super Smash Bros Wii U, but only in the European version. Sonic Boom the show had a field day with it, the most notable being an entire SONG based around it.
Dankey Kang. Explanation A faked Final Jeopardy! clue read, "This video game character is blue, collects Rings, and goes fast." One contestant got it right, but the other two answered "Who is Dankey Kang?" and "Who is Princess Zorldo?" This has led to a series of Photoshops replacing Sonic with Donkey Kong and calling him "Dankey Kang."
The Sonic Cycle◊ note A Trend in the mid-Noughties during the series Dork Age where fans would get excited about a new Sonic game only to be disappointed when it sucked. YMMV if the Cycle is still in play or not.
BZZZZZZZZZZZ Explanation Sonic's 25th anniversary event livestream was plagued with audio issues, the most obvious being an obnoxious buzzing that was never fixed. Some people (Jim Sterling included) have hailed it as one of the best worst livestreams ever, beating even the infamously awkward Konami 2010 livestream (though most fans despise the livestream entirely). Now ascended thanks to Mania, where the exact same buzzing noise can be heard after beating Eggman in Studiopolis Act 2.
Buzzbomber was in charge of the stream. Explanation Some have joked that the audio problems were caused by the Buzzbomber badnik.
We are happy to announce-Explanation One of the most amazing technical gaffs came in right as the speaker was going to make a big announcement, where the audio cut out for the entirety of his build-up to the reveal of Sonic Mania.
Totino's presents Sonic's 25th Anniversary Event Explanation While Sega and Totino's have collaborated with the Sonic brand before, the amount of product placement for Totino's stuffed nachos was too high for many people's tastes. The announcer spent 20 minutes in the beginning of the event advertising them, and kept bringing them back up multiple times, even cutting off the voice actors of Sonic Boom doing a few lines for the audience.
Sonic ice cream barsExplanation At least since around the Sonic X era, ice creams made in the shape of Sonic's head have been available. A seeming lack of quality control means that much-touted gumball eyes are almost NEVER in the right place. Originally a mere oddity, the increased focus on the weirder parts of Sonic owing to its Twitter account propelled the treat into legend.
Sonic Was Never GoodExplanation A rather infamous phrase attributed to IGN, who spent an entire video attacking Sonic and its fanbase when they were supposed to talk about Sonic Mania. Needless to say, a lot of fans were less than impressed at this ghastly lack of professionalism and promptly called out IGN on their bias. The phrase itself is now mainly used in irony, as a way to mock IGN and its own faults.
Sonic Forces Is As Bad As We All FearedExplanation More or less a repeat of the above, but with Sonic Forces and NintendoLife instead of IGN and Mania. A lot of people found Alex's overly hyperbolic criticism to be highly sensationalised and exaggerated, if not outright fabricated, and it became so heated that the offending video was deleted...not that this has stopped people from putting the video up themselves. Some have used the video as fuel concerning the topic of wherever or not the "Safe Hate" against Sonic is getting out of hand.
Obama chuckled. "You mean the Chaos Emeralds?" Explanation From the fanfic "Immortality Protocol Cy-Fox: Book 01" where, during a discussion with other politicians, Obama randomly brings up the Chaos Emeralds. Tends to get used in image macros where anyone seems to be holding a gem of some kind.
Silver the Weedhog. Explanation Silver's five-pointed hairdo looks a lot like a leaf from the marajuana plant, especially when he's viewed from the front.
Everything from this parody comic made by illustrator Tyson Hesse. Meme highlights include:
ALL facial expressions.
Everything surrounding "Nipples the Enchilada".
Oh, my mistake.
NOW YOU'RE A MAN!!
Original the Character! Do not steal!
SONEEK SKETBOARDExplanation This...thing is an advert from Pakistan, advertising some Sonic LCD games that could be gotten in McDonald's Happy Meals of the time. The atrocious animation can only be described as legendary at this point (Shadow missing his chest fluff, Cream straight up lacking details, Rouge being modelled as a naked MOUSE and so on), and the infamously butchered English pronunciations of each character's name and sport only make it one of the Best-Worst adverts in existence.
Similarly, the Facebook page is basically nothing but memes and game updates. Mostly memes.
Your new national anthem... Explanation In the summer of 2016, amidst concerns over anti-black racism in the United States and protests regarding the USA's national anthem, many people were reminded that the true origin of the song "The Star-Spangled Banner" was from the War of 1812, and specifically included reference to killing black American slaves fighting for their freedom. Online petitions were created to replace the anthem with... "City Escape", as a much more inspirational song.