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get mad or go mad. The proof is in the Let's Plays of Sonic 06.
SEGA added the Retcon ending at the last secondBecause deep down the developers knew this game was going to be terrible, they wanted to help lessen the damage the game did to fans by having the ending erase the entire game's plot for the sake of helping players forget this entire mess ever happened.
The dimension Blaze went to is the same one Tikal and Chaos were inAnd Mephiles killed them all.
Elise was intended to be an Audience Surrogate for female players.I mean, by using the same tricks done for decades to attract female audiences. Elise has little personality, gets captured many times so Sonic can rescue her, etc..
In another timeline, Mephiles would have been called "Homunculus".They have very similar origin stories, and the Duke of Soleanna looks almost like Father!
Eggman made Sonic the Hedgehog 2006He made it as part of his Anti-Sonic Propaganda Project.
Maybe Mephiles' plan has an explanation.Probably the longer Iblis stays within Elise, or even free but separate by its "brother", the more independent it becomes, making it harder to recompose Solaris. That's why he doesn't simply go to the future to merge with Iblis: she's too indipendent by that point. Also, he cannot merge with Iblis in the period from its creation, to the separate sealing of the two parts, to the liberation of Mephiles from the Sceptre of Darkness: maybe it's because Mephiles is now more "normal" and cannot exist in two places at once (not counting the clones). This would have made sense...if it was somehow explained in the game. But hey, it's a good explanation... that cannot be jossed, because the game doesn't have one.
Mephiles made Sonic the Hedgehog 2006So that if he shows up for another game, no one will take him seriously, which he will use to his advantage. As an added bonus,nthe cast wouldn't remember him because he isn't supposed to exist.
the Blaze in this game is a Descendant of the one in the Rush gamesGiven Blaze is in the future here.
Solaris wouldn't have been evil if the moronic King hadn't decided to do (probably) hideous experiments on the deity his people worshippedExactly what it says on the tin. How cruel and amoral do you have to be to capture and experiment on the GOD THAT YOUR PEOPLE WORSHIP? Admittedly, we don't know if Solaris was really a god or not. Still, that's kind of a dick move, honestly. If someone tried to take control of MY mind and make me control time for them, a mindless slave, and then I went insane and decided to destroy everything, I'd be pretty pissed too. All kidding aside though, I can't be the only one who thinks the stupid king is directly responsible for turning a probably harmless god into a psychotic Lavos-wannabe.
Adding onto this, the Duke of Soleanna is evil.When his wife died, the Duke of Soleanna went nuts. Wanting to stop tragedies from ever happening, he planned to control time itself through the Time Master that is Solaris.
Mephiles killed Blaze!How else would he get Iblis back?
Either Silver or Elise was supposed to be Sally Acorn
When Sonic and Elise reset time,it didn't affect anyone outside that particular reality. When Blaze sealed herself into another dimension with Iblis, she went into an entire different place with its own timeline that wasn't affected by the Retcon because Solaris didn't exist.
Shadow and Silver were Bunnie Rabbot and Sally Acorn at earlier points of developmentAnd there were two games: Sonic Adventure 3 for Wii, and Shadow The Hedgehog 2 for PS3/360. These two were combined into one. Final Character (06) = Orignal (SA 3/ Shadow 2)
We were originally going to see Blaze die onscreen
Mephiles has No Fourth Wall.He's not trying to blow up reality for kicks. He's aware he's in a game, and a terrible one at that. The destruction of time supposed to force Sonic and co. into erasing the game from history. Him killing Sonic was due to the game forcing him to do it, and/or to prove just how bad this game is. If he destroyed time, it would mean there wouldn't be a game in the first place. Either way, the canon is spared from having to include this game. Unfortunately for him and us, his influence wasn't able to Ret Gone our copies of the game.
Mephiles didn't know any better...He was just trying to survive the only way he knew how. Those terrible hedgehogs were out to get him, and no one seemed to want to help him find his brother, who'd been missing since the lab exploded and they were separated. He had reason to believe Iblis was kidnapped like he was, and was being held against his will in a place not too far from where he resided. Mephiles recruited Silver and Blaze to rescue him before learning that Silver was an accomplice with Shadow during both of their kidnappings, and that Sonic was the one heavily guarding the place where Iblis was being held. Unable to wait any longer, Mephiles moved forward and eliminated Sonic to free his brother, who had been waiting ten long years. Mephiles was too overcome with emotion during their reunion. Sadly, the both of them never lived happily ever after, because he did not fully kill Sonic, who teamed up with Silver and Shadow to "take care of their problem". Some say they (mis)used the power of the Emeralds that Mephiles had tried so hard to keep from them, and erased all accounts of what really happened, and rewrote it all hastily before the story was released in the form of the game we are now so familiar with.
The entire game is a daydream thought up by Princess EliseIt's why Sonic falls in love with her in one day. It's why she gets kidnapped every other second only to be rescued by her favourite blue hedgehog. It's why the physics don't work like they should, it's a daydream, it doesn't have to make sense. It's why the story makes no sense, it's how she knows Silver when she shouldn't, it's why she's the single most important person ever. It's all a daydream from a bored Princess Elise waiting for the festival to start. The end of the game is when she finally jerks out of it.
The Hyrule Royal family has some connection to Soleanna.Just take a look at the Hyrule Royal Crest◊ compared to Solaris' second form.◊ It's TOO similar to be a coincidence!
Mephiles trying to make Elise cry instead of just killing her makes senseMaybe Elise dying didn't release Iblis: maybe she cried and released him just before she died. If that happened, it would make (slightly more) sense. Stupid Evil. Causing suffering is his absolute number one favorite thing to do, and he would give up ANYTHING to cause suffering.
Elise is kidnapped with great frequency.Hence why no citizen or officer goes to help her: She's been kidnapped so many times it's guaranteed that she'll be back and be kidnapped again.
Amy doesn't use actually powers of invisibility; she uses a Somebody Else's Problem Field.This is the only game in the series where Amy can turn invisible, and as one might expect from this game, absolutely no explanation is given. (It's been said that she uses tarot cards, but she only uses them to hunt down Sonic, so I can't imagine her occultism goes beyond that.) Because Eggman's robots and Iblis' fire monsters were programmed to look for Elise (and aren't terribly smart to begin with), the sight of a pink female hedgehog running around [insert level here] wouldn't cause much concern unless they accidentally noticed her—the only way to discover something cloaked by and SEP. Very few people that don't already know Amy rarely notice her unless she she accidentally glomps them, so an SEP would likely explain her invisibility. Fridge Logic page, we're talking about a Bad Future set After the End, and people are doing whatever they can just to survive. There's no TV and no popular culture, and no TV Tropes.com, so there's no concept of "Obviously Evil," since Iblis is the only thing which is evil and obviously-so. Second of all, Silver is apparently the only one who is capable of fighting Iblis. Neither of them think to say "Well why don't you go back in time and do it yourself?" because they implicitly assume that Mephiles is less skilled/powerful than Silver (and, by extension, the Iblis Trigger). Finally, Iblis has blotted out the sun (I base this on Cue the Sun), so the most prominent source of light is fire, and Iblis's flames in particular. Therefore, in the minds of the people in Silver's time, Dark Is Not Evil — in fact, "darkness" might be a symbol of solidarity against the Flame of Disaster. "Mephiles the Dark" might as well mean "Mephiles the Guy Who Really Hates Iblis," in that case.
Soleanna is Silent Hill or some Sonic equivalent, in which everyone native to Soleanna is dead...Taking a few strange things into account: In the 360 version of the game, at the very least, you can play your own music over the soundtrack, and if you hit Pause, not Stop, you can access the ambient sounds of any game as the sound bytes instead of just that and music. The creepy thing is that the kingdom of Soleanna sounds completely dead. The people hardly speak. There is no background murmur of people conversing in grouped areas when you would expect. No one seems to be overly worried of incoming danger half the time. The only dog (Pelé the Beloved Dog) in the kingdom spends his time (as in not during the mission) sitting by the edge of the water between two buildings, staring out at the abandoned castle, and if you push him aside, he will simply trot back and sit down, and continue to stare at the abandoned ruins. There is no obvious link to the world beyond the kingdom, other than the magic portal mirrors. A particular line of dialogue by Mephiles in an early draft of the script included the statement "I transcend time itself... A bridge to other worlds!". Let's dissect that for a moment. To "Transcend" is to be above. Mephiles is above time itself, and therefore cannot be affected by changes in it. He is a "Bridge to other worlds". A "bridge"? "Other worlds"? There's other universes that exist beyond the main canon and the Next Gen sub-universe? (I believe this game took place in an AU, with only half the opening and the whole closing scene being canon, while the rest was merely Deja Vu when eyes met...) Mephiles bridges the gap of other worlds as well as manipulates time and cannot be touched by it. Perhaps Mephiles was merely a gatekeeper or guardian to the entry of Soleanna, Iblis is the demon that decimates it, Solaris was supposed to be who the people prayed to for protection, and Sonic and his friends were merely outsiders who stumbled upon the lost world through whatever Chaos based shenanigans that ensued... Chaos energy has been known to cause space time rifts, and merge souls of the ancients to the present time, after all. Elise was meant as a vessel to house and contain Iblis, to keep peace to Soleanna. Mephiles, knowing that it's not how it should be, seeks to free Iblis to either bring back the destruction, or maybe he seeks to join with Iblis to become Solaris in order to return things as they once were, but is instead seen as being a villain for deciding a couple sacrifices must be made to achieve the goal of the people as a whole. Perhaps the royal family of Soleanna had been under a pact with Solaris, one which was broken the moment The Duke sacrificed himself in place of what might have been Young Elise's early demise... Perhaps the royal females' lives were meant as a trade off to keep order in that pact. Elise's mother died while the girl was young, at least, young enough to not fully grasp the finality of death itself ("Will we be able to see Mama again?"). No indication is given of it being through illness, nor complications, so why..? Because Elise is the only remaining member of the royal family left alive, and therefore, her death now would quickly terminate any deal such as that, before she has a chance to continue the lineage... Perhaps Mephiles settled on the plan to simply upset rather than just kill her to release Iblis, as it was confirmed that her death would break the seal as well if Iblis was not transferred to another vessel prior to death. He chose to do it that way in order to spare her should the event arise that Iblis would need to be contained again. Mephiles, while temporarily joining with Iblis, would then attempt to cleanse the isolated world of the overwhelming darkness, before splitting again and trapping Iblis once more until time calls for it again, but is misunderstood as attempting to destroy reality, hence why the characters saw fit try to destroy Mephiles as well, even though they couldn't really because he was not affected by time changing. With Iblis destroyed, Mephiles must now remain in Soleanna forever to continue to guard the portals, and avoid the monsters that seem to reside only there (Worms, Takers, Biters, Golems, Stalker, Titans...) from escaping into the other worlds. Having been this guard for many, many years, by himself, all alone, has caused the unfortunate side effect of instability manifesting in his bizarre, twisted childish behavior (demanding to be entertained, referring to things as his "Puppets", fits of anger when "rules" are not followed, his tendency to twirl around theatrically as if enjoying the attention on himself...), as well as giving him Cheshire Cat like qualities (appearing when he feels is convenient, cryptically conveying information in a riddle like pattern, giving "Yes and No" answers, causing havoc out of boredom, and seemingly jumping between either sides when it suits his interest.). Likewise, Mephiles has possibly grown insane from the demands of such a task, with knowledge of any and all realities, and no clear way to mentally sort which one he exists in now, and his fascination with Shadow could stem from Shadow being a key part in one reality that he could assume that sticking close to him and wanting to offer an alliance is really because Shadow is the solution, as perhaps Soleanna is Shadow's Silent Hill. Why Shadow's? Because there's some striking similarities between The Soleanna Disaster, and the ARK incident.
Silver is a bioticKind of a not-entirely-serious WMG, but... well, the stuff he pulls has been shown to be capable by some biotics (let's chalk up his full-on flight to Cutscene Power to the Max; his hovering, at least, has been done in ME canon).
Silver is an Ultimate Life Form.This runs along with the theory that Sonic is in fact a part of Project Shadow that Gerald set up after he went bananas - the machines that created him had a malfunction that released him earlier than planned, and thus he didn't have any mental preprogramming to destroy the world and woke up at a younger physical age than Shadow first did. Far in the future, someone founds the same ancient mechanisms that created Sonic and used them to create another super-hedgehog for the purpose of saving the world.
Mephiles can't time travel.At least, not physically. Being the mind of Solaris, Mephiles doesn't have access to Solaris' time travel power-Iblis does(the past isn't screwed because Iblis doesn't have any intelligence to use Solaris' power). Mephiles' ability to "time travel" is actually a form of Mental Time Travel-Mephiles is capable of reading his future or past self's mind, and using that to his advantage(or, more accurately, his mind exists simultaneously throughout history). The unnecessarily complex plan was because Mephiles was unable to alter history-even if he knew what was coming, he'd be physically unable to change where he should be. The solution-get someone else to alter history in a way he could have an impact. That way, an alternate timeline would allow him some freedom, regardless of why. If Silver killed Sonic, it would have Iblis' flame form out in Soleanna, and he would be waiting there. If Silver failed to kill Sonic, he'd expect Sonic would want to know why, and would try to Set Right What Once Went Wrong by saving Elise-changing history so that Iblis could be released in a pure flame form, giving him another chance.
Lex Luthor trapped Sonic in another virtual world.Before using it on Superman, Lex wanted to test out his computer simulation on Sonic. He had access to better technology. but was just as inept at programming it. The game suffers from many of the same problems as Lex's first simulation. such as poor draw distance (although he didn't even bother with the fog this time) and glitches. Everyone Sonic encounters are really just part of Lex's simulation, and the Idiot Plot, as well as the idiocy of Soleanna's citizens, is explained as the simulation's poorly programmed AI. Eggman's new design (and subsequent return to his old design after this game) comes from Sonic's mind combining his memories of fighting Dr. Eggman with the simulation's image of Lex.
Blaze was Silver's imaginary friend.Think about it. Mephiles doesn't acknowledge her. Sonic doesn't acknowledge her. No one but Silver acknowledges or interacts with her. She has no relevance to the plot except for the end of Silver's story.
Mephiles and Iblis are the Pharaoh and Zorc from Yu-Gi-Oh!It's an alternate universe where they merged after being sealed in Ancient Egypt.
The Eggman we see is Actually a Doombot.Beginning to realise that Evil Is Not a Toy, Eggman created a Doombot-esque copy to do more dangerous work such as experimenting with a splintered, angry Father Time. Since the Doombot isn't meant for battle, he designed it to mimic human movements. Big mistake.
Mephiles is an Alternate Universe counterpart of SonicMephiles was made to be the anti-Shadow while Shadow's an anti-Sonic. The two 'anti's cancel each other out. Mephiles=Sonic
Iblis is femaleOr at the very least, the feminine aspects of Solaris. Basically, what this troper means is that since Solaris is supposedly a deity, and the central deity of a monotheistic religion, it can be assumed that Solaris is in and of itself possessed of both male and female traits. Since Mephiles is very evidently masculine, judging from simply the voice and mannerisms and ignoring the fact that he modeled himself on the very masculine Shadow, because that's irrelevant, then that would mean that Iblis would have to be feminine. Now, this troper doesn't mean anything by characterizing the violent and destructive force of nature with no sense of self control as female, I'm just going off the concept that a creator god would have to be male and female at the same time, and since the two are only half of the god in question, then they would have to have only one or the other.
This game itself was made by Dr. Eggman.You probably know enough evidence for this.
Shadow is Silver's dad or grand-daddyFace it, he goes through the game with this little flashing sign on his back saying "I am this guy's father figure." Silver obviously thinks Shadow is awesome from the moment he gets roundhouse-kicked in the head. Then there's the physical similarities, the psychological similarities, the way Silver follows him so easily, the way Shadow's conveniently immortal and is in stasis in the future, the way Shadow administers his fatherly discipline... Oh yeah, and the huge, flashing amount of Shadouge in this game helps it along (I'm not a Shadouge fan but even I can see it). And Sonic certainly can't be his dad because he's DEAD yet it doesn't destroy Silver.
Sonic wasn't the Iblis Trigger, he was the Straw that Broke the Camel's Back.Look at all the raging paradoxes their time travel opens up. Mephiles didn't need Silver to kill Sonic. He was hyping up to kill Sonic himself from the start.
The Sonic Rush Blaze and the Blaze here are both canonicalThere just coincidentally happened to be two teenage pyrokinetic cats. One in the future, and another in the Sol Universe. Also, it would explain the personality differences. The Blaze in Rush preferred solitude and usually had a grumpy attitude. The Blaze here is more of a wise, mentor type, apparently has no problem working with others and is far less aggressive.