Video Game: Sonic.exe

"This Sonic was a monster, a pure evil, sadistic, all-powerful, nightmarish, demented monster... and all of his victims, including Tails, Knuckles, Robotnik and possibly Kyle, are just his little toys, and the game is the very gateway into his chaotic, nightmarish world and the very Hell his victims are trapped in."
Tom

Sonic.exe originated as a Creepypasta by JC the Hyena seen here concerning a man named Tom who receives a bizarre CD in the mail from his friend Kyle, who hasn't heard from in a while. Disregarding Kyle's note telling him to destroy the CD, Tom plays it and is disturbed by the title screen showing Sonic with bleeding red eyes with black sclera. As he plays the game further, Tom bears witness to just how monstrous this incarnation of the blue hedgehog really is.

Since then, Sonic.exe has received fan-made sequels and has also been produced into a video game of sorts that replicates the experience (sans Sonic actually coming out of the screen, by YouTube user MY5TCrimson. The SomeOrdinaryGamers walkthrough of the game can be watched here.

A sequel (also in video game form, and made by MY5TCrimson too), based on a spinoff, Sally.exe, is available here.

A fan film is also being produced. Teaser for that is here.

An Ordinary Sonic 1 ROM Hack, a crossover ROM hack of the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game, was released at Sonic Hacking Contest 2013. In this game, Sonic.EXE invades the game and targets the genuine article. Unfortunately, the author was unable to complete the game before the contest deadline, so Star Light Zone and Scrap Brain Zone are Dummied Out.

A fan film has been created as part of a Youtube series titled Tales from the Consoles as the pilot episode. To watch it click here

In 2013, the official sequel was made. However, it doesn't focus much on the game itself (in fact, only two of the three new scenarios were described), rather what happens when you play the game.


Sonic.exe provides examples of:

  • Anti-Frustration Features: An Ordinary Sonic 1 ROM Hack will allow monitors to respawn.
  • Apocalyptic Log: The letter written by Kyle that comes with the package, as well as Derek's diary.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In-game, X succeeds in killing Tails, Knuckles, and Eggman in Tom's playthrough. In Derek's playthrough, he's killed Shadow and Sally, though Derek refuses to finish the game as Rouge. Outside the game, X has claimed many victims thanks to Shannon Goldman and the Cult of X distributing the game, and will go after anyone else next.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The Zalgo-ified title screen.
  • Broken Heel: Tails slips when running from X in 'HIDE AND SEEK'.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: A bizarre attempt at one, given X's nature and what it does to people, not to mention the devouring of souls and all that.
  • Continuity Nod: Tom and Kyle are mentioned in the sequel. Apparently, they weren't the first to play it...
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Kyle's fate in this spinoff.
    X: No one will ever notice what happened to him, not even his family. Why? Because I took his place.
  • Evil Laugh: X does it regularly. Tom comments that it sounds like that of Kefka.
    • The playable version uses Kefka's laugh, naturally.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Several hints of this are seen in the text screens, such as it asking "READY FOR ROUND 2, TOM?"
  • Full Name Ultimatum: In the sequel, when X cuts off his contact with Cole, Derek exclaims, "Goddamn you Sonic.exe!!!"
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The game cuts to black when X lunges at Tails and Knuckles, followed by a high-pitched scream and a laugh.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: You get into one of these when playing as Knuckles. You can try to punch X, but he teleports away every time, and eventually Knuckles will just break down crying.
  • Interface Screw: In Version 5, before the next Japanese text appears, the UI starts glitching out with "SCORE" and "RING" being mirrored and eventually the UI slowly disappears altogether.
  • Jump Scare: The high-pitched scream that emits from X's victims. Also, the static and some of the images appear as such.
  • Last Stand: The protagonist, along with a few other people in Anti-Sonic.dll.
  • Luck-Based Mission: An Ordinary Sonic 1 ROM Hack as a whole. When a level begins, it takes 12 seconds and a half for the level to warp to X's world. After you escape once, the timing of subsequent warps is random. This can lead to unwinnable situations as levels are only beatable in their normal version.
  • MST: Retsupurae has done a reading of the Creepypasta in their usual (pretty much cynical and negative) style.
    • Yuriofwind has a reading of the story's "first" act, but he summarized the rest, because the rest is pretty much the same thing as the part he read.
    • BAD CREEPYPASTA has done an MST readng of the story while playing a drinking game, getting hammered while mocking the story.
    • The Annotated Series did this visually to the game version as a Hallowe'en special.
  • Nightmare Face: But of course. At the end of Eggman's level, a hyper-realistic representation of him appears on-screen.
  • No Name Given: The original creepypasta never does give a name for the demonic Eldritch Abomination that terrorizes the narrator, with "Sonic.exe" being the most popular Fan Nickname to distinguish him from the original Sonic. According to the original author's follow-up, the character has taken the nickname as his own name. The sequel validates this name, as well as giving him the alias "X".
    • In An Ordinary Sonic 1 ROM Hack, the character is referred to simply as Him.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Eggman's level takes place in a long, empty hallway that gradually dims as he descends each level. Considering what has already been seen by that point, Tom could only wonder what would happen to Eggman.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: After you finished playing, your soul is ripped from your body, you get a number scratched on your chest, and your computer's hardrive is wiped of everything except the Sonic.exe file.
  • Perspective Flip: Through the Eyes of the Characters, played through, well, the game's characters, X himself, and one of his unfortunate victims.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The first sign that something is horribly wrong with this version of Sonic.
  • Sensory Abuse:
    • In Hill Act 1, when you first run into X there's a static noise that starts layering on itself, becoming louder and louder.
    • And don't forget that bloodcurdling scream.
  • Slasher Smile: You think?
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tom in a nutshell.
  • Unwinnable by Design: The "games" X presents himself in are actually inescapable traps used to torture and mangle his victims. The control the player has over the characters is simply a fašade X uses to torment the player along with the characters.
  • Wham Line: "'X' is really called 'Sonic.exe'."
  • Would Hurt a Child: X kills Tails.
  • You Bastard: As Tom plays the game, Tails, Knuckles, and even Eggman ultimately fall prey to X. Following Knuckles' demise, Tom receives a message that tells him "So Many Souls to Play With, So Little Time...Would You Agree?" Tom then comes to the conclusion that he has sent these characters to their doom, just as Kyle has when he played it. When you get down to it, the game is deliberately designed as such.
    • And in Sally.exe, Cream, Amy, and Sally also meet their end at his hands.
    • In the playable video game version where the player cannot keep them from dying either.
    • The narrator in the spinoff Anti-Sonic.dll blames Sonic fans (and to some extent the reader) for writing X into existence with their fanwork, eg. fanart, fanfic, etc.
    • Even worse, in the sequel, it's revealed that the Sonic characters who died are the representations of human souls who became X's slaves.

Alternative Title(s):

Sonic Exe