Foreboding, isn't it?Sea3on
is an ongoing fan-made webcomic continuation
of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning cartoon
, created by the fansite Fans United for SatAM. The whole comic is based on what details were revealed about the plot of the intended third season of the show
Picking up from the ending of the cartoon
, Dr. Robotnik, the Emperor Scientist
and former Big Bad
, has been defeated, his Doomsday Project has been thwarted, and the Freedom Fighters are finally ready to take back their world. Unfortunately, Snively
steps up and takes over Robotnik's empire, and former one-shot villain
Naugus returns to wreak his own special brand of havoc. The FF, however, are prepared to fight to the end, and are joined (sort of) by Knuckles the Echidna, who has his own agenda.
The comic currently consists of five chapters and four interludes in-between, with a few one-shot jokes here and there. The series can be read here
Sea3on contains examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Sally and Bunnie, in spades.
- Adaptational Villainy: In his single appearance in the original show, Naugus was not outright hostile to Sonic or the Freedom Fighters; he did use them for his plans, but was more concerned with getting his vengeance on Robotnik. In this comic, however, he is clearly a villain in every sense of the word.
- Anti-Magic: Knuckles can apparently protect the Chaos Emeralds from being tracked by Naugus' magic through some means.
- Big Bad: Naugus.
- Badass Long Robe: Knuckles wears one, complete with a hood.
- Big Damn Heroes: On several occasions, one of the Freedom Fighters, usually Sonic, manages to arrive just in time to save the others from peril.
- Cardboard Prison: During the first chapter, "Back to Square One", Sonic, Sally, and Bunnie are imprisoned in a jail cell. Sonic is taken away for questioning, and Sally manages to trick the SWATbots into letting them go after realizing that Snively altered their audio receptors to make them think he was Robotnik.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Sonic, of course. Whether he's being strapped into a chair for (possibly brutal) interrogation or facing impending doom, Sonic always has a wisecrack or two in store for the bad guys.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Dulcy, though considering her status among the fans, this is probably a good thing.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: In chapter 4, Knuckles gets ahold of the Chaos Emerald and starts to bail out and leave Sonic and co. to deal with Naugus and Snively, but when he remembers that Sally had risked her life to save him from Naugus, he has a pang of conscience and goes back to help.
- Demoted to Extra: Robotnik himself has yet to make a full appearance in the comic, only being mentioned by other characters and seen in flashbacks.
- Dimensional Traveller: Naugus.
- The Dragon: Naugus is initially this to Snively, but soon reveals his own agenda and plans.
- Elemental Powers:
- Unlike the games, the Chaos Emeralds are said by Naugus to have these, specifically the abilities of Fire, Water, Wind, Rock, Forest, Light, and Darkness.
- Naugus has some elemental magic as well; he's particularly fond of encasing Sonic's feet in ice.
- Generation Xerox: Sally's mother and Rotor's grandfather in Chapter 5.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: See Cardboard Prison above.
- Hopeless With Tech: Naugus prefers relying on his magic over Snively's techno skills and robots, and considering the latter's track record, it's quite justified.
- Hurting Hero: The first interlude, "Waiting is the Hardest Part", reveals that, behind his Gung Ho Soldier/Deadpan Snarker attitude, Sonic is in fact guilt-ridden and troubled over the various losses he has suffered throughout the fight against Robotnik and considers himself a failure, though he is nonetheless determined to win the war in the long run.
- Sally suffers this twice. The first time is towards the end of the first chapter when she realizes that despite Robotnik being gone, the war isn't over yet, resulting in a brief Heroic BSOD. The second time is at the end of the third chapter when Naugus reveals that her father is trapped in The Void with Robotnik.
- Hypno Ray: Naugus uses this on both Sonic and Sally to varying degrees of success.
- MacGuffin: The Chaos Emeralds, just like in the games.
- Mecha-Mooks: Wouldn't be Sonic without 'em.
- Neck Lift: Sally is a victim of one at the claw of Naugus.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By using the Deep Power Stones to destroy the Doomsday Project, Sonic and Sally caused energy waves to spread all over Mobius and into The Void, allowing Naugus to use his place-switching spell on Robotnik and escape.
- Not His Sled: Details revealed about the third season stated that NICOLE would eventually be revealed to be a childhood friend of Sally's whose consciousness was trapped in the computer (much like Archie eventually got around to doing). Here she's Sally's mother!
- Psycho Rangers: The robo-Bunnie from the second short "Me and My Shadow".
- Re Cut: Of a sort. There was another Sea3on comic that was uploaded to the Internet five years before the current version, but that version suffered from a constantly revolving number of artists—many times within the same issue—resulting in very uneven and ever-changing artwork, not to mention a story riddled with plot holes and numerous inconsistencies with the previous TV series. Suffice to say, the original Sea3on is lost to the annals of the Internet (and for good reason), and the current version of the comic is far superior.
- Whole Episode Flashback: Chapter 5 is one told by Queen Nicole Acorn to Sally and Sonic via pre-recorded message on NICOLE.
- Would Hurt a Child: In Chapter 2, Tails performs a Big Damn Heroes moment by tackling an off-guard Naugus when the wizard is about to kill an immobile Sonic. Naugus retaliates by freezing Tails' namesakes in mid-air sending the fox club plummetting to his doom from the top of the in-construction Chaos Eye, only to be saved by Knuckles in the nick of time.
- Xanatos Gambit: Naugus pulls off one in Chapter 3: Attacking Sally, Bunnie, and Rotor inside Snively's Chaos Eye, he admits to them his dissatisfaction of serving Snively and offers them an alliance in exchange for the safe return of Sally's father. Even though the Freedom Fighters refuse, Naugus doesn't deactivate the bombs they have already placed inside the Chaos Eye, destroying it and forcing Snively to rely on his magic to track down the Chaos Emeralds, just like Naugus originally intended.