Narm / Sonic the Hedgehog

While the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has grown up, it doesn't always show when it comes to the writing.

See also the page for moments that are truly and intentionally funny.

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    The 8-bit/16-bit games 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 1:
    • After Scrap Brain Zone Act 2, with only one act left before Final Zone, the devs decide to intensify the story. The music changes, and the diabolical Eggman, with a big grin on his face, slowly approaches and hits a switch that... takes you to the next level. Which is an inexplicable Palette Swap of Labyrinth Zone.
    • The final showdown is simply called... Final Zone. Not even a "The" preceding it, just "Final Zone."
  • Sonic 3 & Knuckles:
    • As seen in the Sonic Adventure 2 review by Somecallmejohnny (when admitting that Eggman wasn't the sharpest tool in the drawer in the 16-bit era either), a pre-boss battle in Flying Battery has Eggman controlling a laser beam that fires at Sonic. Each time it fires, it's apparent that it's damaging Eggman's own base, until, after enough times, his trap falls apart and Sonic can continue on. What makes this one Narm is the look of surprise Eggman makes as it breaks down, as if he didn't expect it to happen.
  • Multiple:
    • A strange breed of unintentional hilarity in the classic games: any time Eggman is scripted to run as fast as he needs to to avoid Sonic's grasp, like in Sonic 2's Death Egg Zone where you can spin dash at him and he'll still get away.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog CD features the Metallic Madness Bad Future theme in the Japanese version. The robotic voice of Dr. Eggman taunting you would be a tad more menacing, but then he throws in the line "Get some help!" It sounds like he's encouraging the player to get assistance or to seek a therapist.

    Sonic Adventure 
  • Sonic Adventure:
    "Oh, no! Our weapons are useless! Retreat! All personnel, fall back!"
    • What really pushes this into Narm territory is the fact that, upon receiving this order, the kneeling police officers calmly get to their feet and proceed to moonwalk away from Chaos.
    • "Our hearts combined form awesome power!". Sure they do, Tails.
    • "Watch out, you're gonna crash! AAH!" Made more ridiculous by the way his tongue sticks out at the end of that line.
      • Doubly so since he does that expression a few times. Stick out spines and poke tongue out. It's almost adorable.
      • While we're at it, almost every single facial expression in the game.
    • There's also Knuckles' absolutely apathetic cry of "Oh no" whenever he is hit in the boss battle against him.
      • Same goes for Sonic whenever you fight against him.
      • The way Sonic says "No" when he dies is just as bad.
      • It's even "better" if he falls into water or a bottomless pit. "NAUGH."
    • Sonic half-yelling "Eeeeeeeeegmaaaaaaan" with all the passion and rage of a waitress reciting the beer menu.
      • Tails' version of it is even funnier. He sounds like a zombie.
    • Once Chaos gets the first Emerald, Sonic tells Tails "We can't let that monster get any bigger. It could get ugly!" It sounds more like he's worried about how hideous Chaos will look, rather than the danger he poses.
    • "All's well that ends well, right?" Made even funnier if you've seen the Hellfire Commentaries play-through of it:
    Fastest Thing Alive: THE CITY'S BEEN FUCKING DESTROYED!!!!
    • Let's not forget the infamous Tails line, ""That's Eggman! I wonder what happened to Sonic?"
    • Eggman's infamous line "Get a load of this!" Unsurprisingly, it became quite popular for use in Stupid Statement Dance Mix videos.
      • Not to mention the "Ha ha ha, see if you can make it through here, Sonic!" line whenever he reveals his weak-point for all to see...
      • Also Eggman's ridiculous arm flailing when he says the above line.
      • ANYTHING Eggman says is truly narm, because of the hammy delivery.
    • Some of the lyrics to Knuckles's theme, especially this line: "You can call me Knuckles/Unlike Sonic, I don't chuckle/I'd rather flex my muscles."
      • The chuckling line becomes funnier if you remember how in Sonic 3 & Knuckles, he chuckled a lot as he antagonized you while Sonic did no such thing.
      • What's even better is the final line: "I was born by myself, I don't need a posse/I get it on by myself, adversaries get shelved." I mean, honestly? This was included in a children's game?
    • After completing the Sky Deck and leaving the pool in Knuckles' storyline, there is a cutscene in which Knuckles witnesses Chaos' transformation into Chaos 6 some distance away. It would be an okay scene, but for some reason the game plays his "drowning" death vocal, making it seem like he drowned in air. It doesn't help that his drowning voice clip sounds like he's possessed by Goofy.
    • This line:

    Sonic Adventure 2 
  • Even though Sonic Adventure 2 was made in America, the script apparently got translated to Japanese and then back into English, rendering lines that were only sometimes comprehensible, rarely synced to the mouth movements, and even overlapped each other. "He must be using the Chaos Emerald to wa...[rp]" "[My] is Shadow."
    • Let's not forget how some of the lines were left completely untranslated.
    • This exchange:
      Shadow: Faker? I think YOU'RE the fake hedgehog around here! You're comparing yourself to me?! HA! You're not even good enough to be [my fake]!
      Sonic: [I'll make] you eat those words!
    • Worse, sometimes the overlapping was between lines spoken by the same character. "Hey. It's not his spee[d]. [H]e must be using the Chaos Emerald to war[p]."
    • Then there's an instance where Eggman is supposed to cut off another character, but because of Japanese and English's different sentence structures, he reacts about a second too early.
      Reporter: Mysteriously, the only thing that was stolen was th—
      Eggman: The Chaos Emerald?!
      Reporter: —aos Emerald.
    • Speaking of that scene, the news report could have been dramatic if the reporter wasn't speaking with some kind of mix-and-match accent made from bits of Australian, cod-Canadian, and rugby-ball-up-the-arse English. The strange part is that this seems to be intentional.
    • How has Sonic's finishing blow to the Egg Golem in the Dark story not been mentioned yet?
      Sonic: TERIAAAA!
      • Add to the fact that this is one of the more serious Sonic installments, and the subtitles are in Comic Sans MS.
    • Tails' reaction to Sonic's (apparent) death was something of a Dull Surprise.
      Tails: What have you done, to Sonic? I'll never forgive you for this.
    • Before the scene above, there's the scene where Sonic tries to give the fake Chaos Emerald to Eggman. When Eggman traps him, Sonic gives out a "Whoa.", while his mouth is stretched out to comically large proportions. Even worse, the "Whoa" is the same thing he says during playtime when the player has him an inch away from falling off a cliff.
    • The same scene has Amy's ridiculously fake crying: "Soniiiic... UH HAW HAW HAW."
    • During both Sonic and Shadow Duel Boss fights, if you're using Sonic and hit Shadow enough times, Shadow will drop these gems:
      Shadow (first battle): I'm the coolest!
      Shadow (second battle): Ow. That hurt.
    • To add another Adventure 2 Battle line to the mix, during the final fight of Dark (Shadow vs. Sonic), whenever Sonic falls off the edge (which will happen a lot): "I'll use your technique! CHAOS... CONTROOOooOOL!" Every. Single. Time.
      • He stops himself mid-sentence most of the time. "I'll use your — CHAOS CONTROL!"
      • Sounds like Sonic is throwing a Poké Ball containing Chaos Control...
      • In the Dreamcast version, Sonic just says "I'll use... CHAOS CONTROL!"
      • "I'm not done with yo[u yet!] — SONIC WIND!
    • Sonic and Shadow's second battle with each other is full of Narm, no matter which side you're playing. The equivalent to Sonic's above quote is Shadow's, "THIS IS THE ULTIMATE!"
      • The above cases are rare examples in which the player is largely responsible, as Sonic and Shadow's lines ("I'll use your technique! Chaos Control!" and "This is the ultimate power!", respectively) can be cut off if the player zooms too far ahead of their rival during the utterance and subsequent Chaos Control warp, causing the dialogue to skip ahead so that the A.I. can keep up with the player.
      • Before their first battle in Green Forest on the Hero side, you see Shadow jump down onto the platform Sonic's on. While it looks cool, Shadow's model does not have a mouth and has hilariously drooped down eyebrows, all while he's saying, "There's no time to play games. You won't even get the chance!", as if Shadow is a wet blanket that doesn't want Sonic to have any fun.
    • The final fight with the FinalHazard. The Biolizard's merged with the Space Colony ARK to expedite its descent onto Earth, so Super Sonic and Super Shadow head out to stop it. The battle itself is epic, complete with Crush 40's "Live and Learn" blaring out, but the final boss itself becomes a lot more silly, since it looks more like the Biolizard has the ARK's Eclipse Cannon shoved up its arse.
  • Sonic's delivery of the line "BLOWS UP?!"
    • Adding to that, in the Hero's Story, Sonic says this line, as well as the line, "I've got to find Amy and Tails right away!" with his teeth clenched. He actually moves his mouth on the Dark Story, but that doesn't excuse how he can do that in the Hero's story.
      • Not to mention Shadow with his mouth hanging open the whole time.
  • "My power is FAILING!"
  • In the last story, we have this hilarious moment. The colony starts falling, Sonic and Knuckles feel the sudden vibration and realize something bad is happening. Rouge appears and explains the situation in a complete deadpan... And then she opens her mouth and eyes widely, after Gerald's last message suddenly pops up on a screen nearby.
  • The last story. Sonic and Shadow are preparing to go into their super forms to fight the Biohazard and save the earth. Knuckles watches them, transfixed in awe... with the derpiest expression ever on his face. Summed up best by the Great Clement here.
  • Before Amy busts Sonic out of his cell, he says the reason he's imprisoned is because of "that fake hedgehog." What makes it funny is that, while he says his line, he does some weird lunging exercise, and then starts jogging in-place for some reason.
  • For such a stoic character, Shadow has quite the hammy displays at times, enhanced by his permanent frown and his English VA's delivery:
    Shadow: *talking to no one* It all starts with this... *holds Chaos Emerald over his head* A jewel containing the ultimate power! [1]

    Shadow: *speaking slowly to Eggman* I've been waiting for you, Doctor. Now, I will show the glooorious achievement of what the world's leading scientist - Professor Gerald - has created. (...) A weapon capable of destroying an entire planet. *points index finger skywards* Codenamed: The Eclipse Cannon! *clenches hand into a fist* (...) *extends arms to the sides* Once you have that, then you have the ultimate power of destruction to use as you please. And then... (closeup on face) the wooorld... could be yooours! [2]
  • Is that what...Chaos Control is?! - Said by Shadow, the first person to use Chaos Control in the series.
  • Some of Eggman's lines are pretty strangely delivered.
    (when petting a Chao) Yooooosh....note 
    (in the cutscene leading up to Cannon's Core) Then, let's get to WOOOOORK!
    (said when Sonic enters the last room in the gravity gimmick level) Well done Sonic, but you'll never leave this room alive, haha!
  • At the beginning of Rouge's driving stage:
    (spoken normally) I'm picking up a signal from the Emerald. (amazingly high-pitched and whiny) Fox boy, wait for meeee!
  • And then there's the immortal line, "We all did it together!"
    • Making this even worse is that it comes right after Eggman makes a surprisingly emotional and genuinely well-acted speech about his grandfather. Nice job ruining the moment, Tails!

    Sonic Heroes 
  • Let's show that creep THE REAL SUPER POWER OF TEAMWORK! Yeah, because WE'RE SONIC HEROES! Actually, the entirety of Sonic Heroes was pretty Narmy.
  • "Let's blast through with SONIC SPEED!"
  • "SHAA!"
  • Rouge's "I'm getting dizzy" vocal sounds suspiciously like Howard Dean's YAAAGH scream. It's even worse in that her VA says it sounding very much like Tails.
  • This cutscene leading up to Team Sonic vs. Robot Storm.
  • There's also this from Hang Castle. All-around Narm.
  • And that's not getting into the music... although it comes off as Narm Charm to a point.
  • Upon defeating Metal Sonic:
    Metal Sonic: I am the ultimate overlord, Metal Sonic! I am the real Sonic!
  • "Take thi- Take thi- Take thi- Take this!"
  • "Hey! There's a FROG over there!"
  • "Shi! Urah! Yeeeeeaaaaah!"
  • "I'll punch this thing WITH MY FISTS!"
  • Play as Team Chaotix, get a bad reel on one of the casino level slots with Espio as the lead. Listen to his needlessly overdramatic guttural growl of:
    Espio: NOOOOOO! I have failed!!
    • He really elongates the "NO" there and can't decide between screaming it and growling it. It sounds very silly, especially when Espio's now portrayed as a ninja, if not then a parody of anime ninja. It's surprising that Sega hasn't had him recite the Kuji-In yet.
  • "You're going to pay for this!" does not sound very threatening when being said by a big dopey cat to a giant robot-dragon thing.
  • The 4 Conflict Ball cutscenes where 2 teams are about to battle each other. It's absurd how quick they are to start a fight. Take a look:
  • Tails' extremely grating "YA WANT SOME MOOOORE!?" line makes him sound like a kid who's trying to act like a tough guy he saw in a movie.
  • Amy's cry of "Oh my GOD!" whenever you come across an item like a 1-UP is sure to raise a few laughs.

    Shadow the Hedgehog 
  • The game in general has been hailed by some as a camp masterpiece, largely due to the copious amounts of Narm (but not entirely).
  • "Where's that... DAMN 4th Chaos Emerald?!"
    • This is made especially comical because the captions put the emphasis on the word "fourth" instead, even though there is absolutely no such emphasis in the dialogue.
      • They seem to put a huge emphasis on the word DAMN every time Shadow spouts it off, almost as if flaunting that it's supposed to be Darker and Edgier than the mainstream series.
  • The expression on the GUN Commander's face when as a child he saw Shadow's creation. There's a reason it's the page picture...
    • Not helping this scene was the introduction before it, in which the GUN Commander gives a speech about Maria being like his sister over a flashback of the two of them on the ARK. Would have been more dramatic, except the GUN Commander as a kid tauntingly spanks himself as if to say that Maria can't catch him, all while on a big, dramatic space station. And the gesture looks very, very silly.
    • The fact that the GUN Commander as a kid had such a horrified reaction to the sight of a cartoon hedgehog after cheerfully playing around in the same space colony that housed the creation of dangerous research projects like a giant mutant lizard and the berserk bionic clones of a god that destroyed an ancient civilization. This was apparently traumatic enough for him to blame Shadow for the death of Maria and to try to get revenge on him by joining the very organization that was actually responsible for her death.
  • Black Doom has a Narm scene in the Last Story, when he sics his Black Leeches on the paralyzed heroes: "Ah, my dear offspring... eat and devour these savory dishes!!!" Cue the Black Leeches just squelching about in front of Sonic and friends while the furries (and Eggman) completely overreact. Seriously, the Special Effect Failure just totally wrecked that scene.
    • The way Shadow speaks, clutching his chest like he's suffering heart failure, or putting in dramatic pauses every few seconds, is pretty narmy.
  • Shadow's ridiculous barrage of expletives whenever he gets attacked.
    • After Shadow falls...
      Shadow: Damn! Not here!
  • Upon discovering Eggman's fleet of Shadow Androids, Shadow goes on to utter the following line with downright Shatnerian diction:
    Shadow: Shadow.... ANDROID?! Am I... an... android TOO?!
    • One level later, Shadow asks Eggman if he is indeed an android. Eggman confirms this, but Shadow's reaction is a very confused "What?", like he didn't actually expect Eggman to say yes.
  • During the Glyphic Canyon level, when you've got Knuckles with you, has a segment where you have to walk into this tornado to progress. What does Knuckles have to say while you're doing this? "HELP!!! WE'RE BEING SUCKED IN!!!" This is made much more hilarious for two reasons: the first is that Knuckles is voiced by the glorious Dan Green, and the second is that, if you wait around on the bridge for a bit, Knuckles will tell you to walk into the tornado.
  • The GUN Commander's exposition rant to Shadow just before the Cosmic Fall level. Quite profound and dramatic and would be very much so in a more serious game... if not for the fact that, gun aside, the scene looks quite comical when he's ranting about this to a nearly adorable cartoon hedgehog.
  • The Pure Hero Dark Ending: After defeating Sonic, Shadow goes on to proclaim..., I am the most powerful hedgehog in the world! The power of these Emeralds makes me invincible! I am the ultimate hedgehog! This is WHO I AM. *maniacal laugh*
  • A lot of the "enraged" faces Shadow makes during the intro.
  • Shadow taking the Chaos Emerald powering the space colony he's on, causing it to meltdown which prompts him to make this face.
  • "This blue sky... staring at it from afar, have I seen it before?"
  • The President having a framed photograph of Sonic and Shadow.
  • "You're going STRAIGHT TO HELL!"

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) did have some. This is especially due to the contrast of the kind of realistic humans and the animal and human contrast during the drama scenes, the nonsensical plot, the dialogue, and moments of pure silliness like Eggman or Tails pressing buttons like he was a cartoon.
    • During Shadow's Story, there's a message from a GUN Agent who tells you that Omega has tracked down Mephiles to Wave Ocean... and the actor botches up the line and tries it again! Keep in mind that this is left in the finished game.
    • At least Eggman's moments are So Bad, It's Good. The scenes with him in are pretty much one of the few bearable bits of the game's plot.
    • "Don't touch it!"
    • Don't forget Mephiles' "resurrection," where he introduces himself then starts zombie walking while looking straight down. This, combined with his black and white color scheme.
    • And then there's the glorious Narm that is Sonic's death scene: the overdramatic slow-mo fall, Princess Elise's Big "NO!", the organ that plays like an old-timey film, the total randomness of the murder, or the fact that being impaled by a laser lance of death apparently doesn't leave a single mark on him.
      • Mephiles's Large Ham laugh.
      • The heroes' reactions to seeing Sonic's corpse.
        Tails: No... You don't think?
    • In Sonic's boss battle with Silver. "It's no use!" While meant to cause fear, surprise, or even wonder, it quickly becomes Narmy, and even more quickly becomes frustrating, especially after the 20th or 30th time.
    • "That tornado is carrying a car!"
      • Besides carrying cars, the tornado is also sentient (throws cars in front of Sonic) and stops when you finish the level, just hanging out in the background while Sonic poses.
    • Sonic's "Test of Love." If an oracle using "Dramatic" lines to tell you to choose between two girls in a mission that's so random it's basically a Big Lipped Alligator Moment isn't enough for you, keep in mind that this supposedly dramatic choice used the same upbeat little tune all the other missions use.
    • During the final boss of Sonic's story, Eggman will occasionally yell "Fall!", sounding less like an evil genius trying to kill you and more like a little kid who was one pin away from getting a strike in bowling.
      • Similarly, him occasionally yelling "Here I come, Sonic!" sounds odd considering this incarnation of Eggman was more realistically designed and acted than his more traditional appearances otherwise.
      • And than there is his infamous death scene
    • And then there's Sonic's hilariously goofy/creepy laughter. Thank you, Jason Griffith...
    • What about the part where Mephiles twirls? As seen here, he sort of pirouettes off screen. It's supposed to be teleportation, but it looks more like he's auditioning for the role of Rothbart.
  • When the characters fall down into Bottomless Pits, you can't help but get a laugh. Shadow's dramatic death quote is particularly funny.
  • The achievements have some pretty hilarious Engrish, such as "Super Sonic obtain the all moves!"
  • Elise, if you get an A rank on Dusty Desert: "I'm tho happy," in a voice that sounds more like a Valley Girl than a princess.
  • When Silver is defeated, he half-yells "Not... now..." in a tone that brings back unfortunate memories of Knuckles's "oh no" from Sonic Adventure.

    Sonic Unleashed 
  • The Dark Gaia battle of Sonic Unleashed suffered from a Narm of its own: The Unexpected Gameplay Change of fighting its first form with a Humongous Mecha formed from all of the Gaia shrines, Rock'em Sock'em Robots style.
  • Speaking of Unleashed's final boss, Chip's super awkward grunts deserve a mention.
  • Come to think of it, anything Chip says during the final fight is just awkward and pretty narmy.
  • Whenever the Werehog dies by fall damage or water, he lets out a scream of bloody murder, which is very capable of being Narm. To elaborate, whenever he falls off of a high place, after a certain point you suddenly hear a startlingly loud "AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!" from the Werehog.

  • Rouge the Bat in every appearance, especially for her... bouncing... In her first appearance, half of us were busy laughing at how unrealistically she moved; the other half found it... interesting.
  • The 3DS version of Sonic Generations attempts to convey the plot of the console versions to the best of its ability. Emphasis on "attempts." There had to be a better way to convey destroying Eggman's robots or making a Heroic Sacrifice than having 3D models slide past what appear to be trading cards.
    • The face Classic Sonic makes when he's surprised. He just stands there with a gaping mouth, wide-eyed (keep in mind Sonic's two pupil, one eyeball design) stare.
    • The battle the two Sonics are supposed to have with Eggman before the final boss is butchered in this version. The game portrays the battle with still images, cheap visual effects, and text boxes. It gets especially confusing when Tails enters the fight.
  • The most narmful moment in the console/PC version of Sonic Generations has to be Modern Sonic's parting words to Classic Sonic: "Enjoy your future! It's gonna be great!"
    Many players: Don't listen to him, Sonic.
  • Sonic and the Secret Rings gives us Erazor Djinn's final form: Alf Layla Wa Layla, mainly its voice. It's meant to sound echoey and distorted to show how powerful he's become, but the effect used for it is just awful. He ends up sounding like a demonic chipmunk as opposed to a monstrous abomination.
  • In Sonic Shuffle, Lumina and Void's constant angsting.
    Void: You don't need me? Then...Why was I... BOOOAAARRRUUUGGGHHHNNURRRRRRRRRGH?
    • The above is made even better when you see that the weird black light he emanates as he begins to go One-Winged Angel is shown coming out of his crotch.
  • Emerl's death in Sonic X is an very emotional scene except for the fact in the Japanese version at one point Cheese's crying sounds like a squeaky toy.
  • Seeing Big the Cat show up in anything past his missions in Sonic Adventure. Those who've grown accustomed to his derpy voice and irritatingly slow movement won't help but involuntarily chuckle whenever he shows up even in dramatic moments.
  • And, nobody mentions Sonic and the Black Knight? In that game, when the characters die by a bottomless pit/lava, they'd usually yell, or grunt. But, not Lancelot/Shadow, who screams in the most hilarious delivery!
    Lancelot/Shadow: I HAVE FAILED!!
  • The Sonic 25th Anniversary Party. Those who had to watch the event on stream had to deal with audio issues through out the most part of it (one segment where the host began to talk about the future plans for Sonic was left entirely mute because of the audio issues) and video quality problems. Apart from that, the event was filled with awkward and cringey moments. The event will probably go down in history as one of the most unintentionally hilarious gaming events ever.