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."
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.
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.
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
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 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."
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."
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.
SHIII!! RAUUGH! AGGHH!!Explanation Knuckles says this whenever he's punching his enemies. It can sound as if he said "shit, rock, yeah!".
"Take this! Take this! Take this! Take this! CHARGE!!!!"Explanation Eggman says this during the Egg Emperor boss battle. Constantly.
Because we're Sonic Heroes!Explanation Sonic says this to Metal Sonic after defeating him in his Metal Overlord form.
"FIND THE COMPUTER ROOM!"Explanation The Hero goal of Cosmic Fall, as explained by a particularly-grating Vector the Crocodile.
"Where's that DAMN fourth Chaos Emerald?"Explanation Shadow misemphasizes a Precision F-Strike in a particularly narmful way at the beginning cutscene of Circus Park.
"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, 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.
Sonic Boom cured autism for ten seconds. Explanation Based on a (likely fake) post◊ from someone who works with disabled children for a living, where an autistic child played Sonic Boom and managed to say the longest, clearest sentence he had ever said in his life, expressing his displeasure with the game.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Another scene from the movie...spawned a meme image.note Metal Sonic's only line in this film.
Hyper Metal Sonic: THERE IS ONLY... ONE... SONIC...(echoes)
"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!"