The infamous spike pitExplanation 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 a 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, 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, 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.
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
THAT LOOKS LIKE A HOMING SHOT!Explanation In the Final Boss battle with "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.
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, 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.
Sexy Tails.◊Explanation In one of the later stages of the game, Tails is captured and delivered to the Deadly Six in a ridiculous "sexy" pose. This, combined with his irritated look, caused him to rocket to almost Memetic Sex God levels.
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.
Sonic is the fastest thing alive... in bed.
"CHECK OUT THE CONSLES! WOOOAAAAHH!"Explanation Alton Towers has 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.
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."
"I'LL HAVE TO GIVE MYSELF A PRRRROMOTION!"Explanation From the Adventures episode "Tails' New Home", uttered by Robotnik to himself after he sets up a trap for Tails by setting him up with "his real family" (actually bug robots in disguise).
"Ah! Happiness is so much more enjoyable, when it comes from the misery of others!"