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YMMV: Sonic X
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Whether or not you hated Cosmo it's hard not to feel sorry for her when she pulls her Heroic Sacrifice.
    • Likewise, no matter how much you hated Chris, that final scene with him in Memories of the Wind is pretty damn tear-jerking, especially for anyone who's had to let go of their best friend before.
  • Ass Pull: The justification and execution of why Sonic and company had to go home at the end of the second season was... rather poorly written. Chris's damning lack of judgement in that episode does a very good job of distracting the audience from the gaping plot holes, however.
    • The comic series similarly had to wrap things up rather hastily due to it's cancellation in favour of Sonic Universe, leading to a somewhat clunky crossover with the current arc in the mainstream series.
  • Awesome Ego: Sonic.
  • Awesome Music:
    • In the original Japanese version, anyway. What do you expect from something in the Sonic franchise?
    • Even some fans who hate the dub admit the theme song is pretty cool at least... and catchy.
  • Bizarro Episode: The episode with King Boom Boo.
  • Broken Base: Over whether this show's a good Sonic adaptation or not.
    • Some Sonic fans claimed that 4Kids ruined it, and the show is actually good in the first place. Other argued the fact that Chris's status as spotlight hogger at the expense of Sonic and friends's screen time proved that the show's already bad without some Bowdlerization from 4Kids. Others think Chris's Creator's Pet status are annoying, but that the show is still enjoyable on it's own, or alternatively claim him to be just one of many problems it has. Considering it's Sonic we're talking about, it's kinda unavoidable.
  • Character Rerailment: The comics adaptation does well to reverse some of the Flanderization prominent in the anime. Sonic in particular was back in main focus and regained a lot of his original more emotive personality, he and Tails also work together on a more frequent basis.
  • Crazy Awesome: Dr. Robotnik in the comics. Especially after he takes up the title of EL GRAN GORDO!
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Chris Thorndyke: not liked by many fans, yet has the majority of screen time to the point where, in the first series, he gets considerably more screen time than the title character.
  • Designated Hero: Sonic in the last 2 episodes of the show continued to smile as he noticed a friend sacrificing herself... and he's still treated as the hero in the end.
  • Designated Monkey: Knuckles (due to aforementioned The Complainer Is Always Wrong and Anvilicious role) bordered into this at times, though granted it was occasionally justified by him being an unhelpful Jerkass at times.
  • Ear Worm: "Gotta go faster, faster, faster-faster-faster!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Bokkun.
    • Cosmo, to the fans who don't consider her a Mary Sue.
    • Dark Super Sonic, to a ridiculous extent.
    • While Chris is almost universally hated, a number of the other human characters are quite popular among fans such as Topaz and Mr. Tanaka.
    • Molly, who only appeared in one episode yet is remembered for one of the most heart-wrenching moments in the entire series and is popular enough to be shipped with Shadow.
    • Despite appearing for a few seconds in the pilot episode, the character dubbed as Nazo has gotten a lot of attention due to the mysterious nature (true to his name) as to what purpose he could have had. Chakra-X only seems to have helped with it inhis flash series Power of Nazo.
  • Fridge Horror: At the end of the third season after Cosmo sacrifices herself, the seeds of her species are spread across the galaxy. Now then, take into account that we don't see where most of them land. In fact, we don't see where any of them land. Let's also take into account that it was shown that Cosmo Grew from a seed into a small baby. This means That all of Cosmo's seedling would develop into babies. Some of them would develop in the wild, without any civilization.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Sonic X was cancelled in Japan after the first two seasons, even though all of the season three episodes were already completed, voiced and scored. However, its popularity in America has allowed the third season to be dubbed and aired. The Japanese versions of the third seasons episodes have managed to make their way online, however.
  • Growing the Beard: It didn't occur that much, but the Metarex season was somewhat better because they expanded on the actual main characters, whereas most of the first seasons Chris stole the show from the main characters. In the Metarex arc even he became less annoying.
    • The comic adaptation was fun at early stages, but essentially just scaled down stories copying the early anime. Later on, the creative team from the mainstream comics gave more input, leading to more innovative stories, impressive story art and Character Development concerning one egg shaped doctor.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Guess what other Sonic-related series involves an OC named Chris who takes up 99% more screentime than the title character?
    • Eggman's insistence about being the show's real protagonist in the original Japanese version of the "Eggman Corporation" two parter only becomes more amusing due to the comic series, where he more or less does become the Villain Protagonist.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Robotnik borders on this at times.
    "All your dreams have been shattered, haven't they? Life is like that, kiddo. Take it from somebody who knows..."
  • Les Yay: All the time between Topaz and Rouge - the crown jewel of the lot being the scene where Topaz buys her a diamond ring, with Topaz acting very awkwardly and Rouge, naturally, never dropping her overly husky voice. Among the many past radar-getting hijinks Rouge is involved with.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Luke/Lucas/Dark Oak. His objective to turn the entire universe into one with peace and tranquility and devoid of flesh and blood so that plants can rule is motivated by his love for Hertia/Earthia, and he uses carefully-laid-out plans and strategies to carry out said objective. Even though he acts like a monster sometimes, deep down, he's rarely cruel and is actually troubled by his past. His smooth operations mainly involve collecting the Planet Eggs as well as the seven Chaos Emeralds, and for good reasons, and not to mention, there's also his act of manipulating Cosmo into using Sonic and the others to collect the Emeralds for him so he could claim them with her help. In the end, following Cosmo's Heroic Sacrifice, he reforms and finally realizes the errors of his ways, and happily departs for the afterlife alongside a vision of Hertia.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moment Of Awesome: Has a section.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Black Narcissus shows that he truly crosses the line when he captures and tortures Chris and Cosmo and uses them as bait to have the Metarex prototypes Silver and Gold test Sonic's speed, strength, and skills. This moment is what triggered Sonic's Unstoppable Rage and Superpowered Evil Side transformation, and this action was just enough for Narcissus to cross the horizon itself. Good thing Eggman and his followers came to help calm things down — after all, Even Evil Has Standards.
    Dr. Eggman: (to Black Narcissus) It's one thing to take them prisoner and threaten them but when you actually hurt somebody, that's going too far.
    • Pale Bay Leaf crossed the line with what he did to Leon and several other anti-Metarex resistance pilots from Molly's home planet: embedding their bodies into the bases of trees and leaving them to weaken within there as a show of betraying them after promising them fame and fortune by inviting them to the side of the Metarex.
    • Averted with the old man who, in his youth gunned down a twelve year old girl on board Space Colony Ark. Decades later he's clearly deeply remorseful for what he did, and gives Scarlet the information she needs to finally understand what happened to her father all those years ago.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Dark Super Sonic. He's on screen for under a minute he's arguably the most popular thing added in the show.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Chris in the Metarex arc. Partly by giving him less screen time, and making the time he did have on screen actually productive.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Chris Thorndyke, because he took up a lot of the spotlight.
    • Cream the Rabbit, because of her shrill and breathy voice.
    • Cosmo, to some fans. Especially Tails and Cream shippers.
  • Strangled by the Red String: One can't help but feel this way about Tails and Cosmo's relationship in season three. There's really no reason why Tails fell for Cosmo so suddenly, or why Cosmo was paired up with Tails instead of any of the other (and older) males on the Blue Typhoon. And this pairing was strangled together even in-universe. In one particular episode, the Chaotix try several methods to pair the two together. They do this, uh......BECAUSE!
    • More or less a case of Kissing Under the Influence as what ultimately solidifies Tails and Cosmo's pairing is when they both fall for a trap set by Amy, who intended to have Sonic fall in love with her instead, via a Love Potion.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Knuckles largely exists as a Commander Contrarian to the team that desires to take more desperate measures to get back home. While he has a bad attitude (especially where Sonic is concerned) and some of his ethics like trusting Eggman over and over are genuinely short sighted, the team tend to demean him over any point he makes (a few of which are rather valid and likely would have led to less disastrous results if followed, though of course this is never called out). It doesn't help that most of the time he argues with them he is tricked or bullied into following through rather than reasoned with in any way, despite the team endlessly pointing out how wrong it is when Eggman manipulates him in a similar manner.
    • In another episode, Vector claims that Cream, a six year old, should be sent home to her mother rather than tagging along with Sonic and the others around the universe fighting a powerful and murderous alien force. While he steps over the line by trying to send her back by force, it's hard not to feel he has a strong point, especially since Cream shows far less physical capability in this interpretation. It's only worsened since, much like their arguments with Knuckles, the other team mates are belittling to his theories and angrily label him an egotist who should butt out.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Eggman delivers an awesome one to Chris in episode 49. He lies on purpose about his involvement in the time freezing issue just to see Chris' reaction to his admittance in order to gauge his selfishness. Then when Chris starts bitching about being lied to when Eggman admits that he was lying just to see said reaction, Eggman starts delivering the home truths about how he is so willing to scapegoat someone else (Him) just for the sake of having a reason to keep Sonic all to himself. Many Chris haters cheered at this verbal smackdown and it cannot be denied that this moment was one of Eggman's greatest Moments of Awesome in the entire series.
  • They Just Didn't Care: Directed towards 4Kids's english dubbing of the series. Many of the key elements that are present in the Sonic franchise were often either misinterpreted or mislabeled in the 1st season (prime example was "Chaos Control" being mistaken for the name of Eggman's base, when in actuality it is when Sonic or Shadow use the Chaos Emeralds to teleport between Time and Space). This is mainly due to the dubbing cast OR crew members not bothering to do their research.
    Michael Haigney (The producer of the english dub): I've never played the game, seen the series or read the comics.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: In universe, Eggman and Knuckles are both Butt Monkeys intensely jealous of Sonic's popularity. Out universe they have almost as big a fanbase as the latter (though granted this was also before the show made them 'unpopular').
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The show can get pretty violent at times, including a scene where Chris gets stabbed by Black Narcissus, not to mention the third season's rather dark tone in general. Then again, it's Anime.
  • Woolseyism: While the dub is berated by fans as a Macekre for the most part, some find the pun-riddled dialog to have a So Bad, It's Good quality, and the Mickey Mousing to have a debatable quality over the Japanese edit's more limited and occasionally out of sync soundtrack (the decision to omit occasional tracks taken from the games however was not taken well). Also the dub surprisingly was slightly less Anvilicious about the show's occasion Broken Aesops.

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