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.
  • 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 its cancellation in favour of Sonic Universe, leading to a somewhat clunky crossover with the current arc in the mainstream series.
  • Author's Saving Throw: It's ridiculously easy to see Tails' increased screentime and development as well as his relationship with the plot-critical Cosmo as this during Season 3 in response to the all complaints that he got shafted in favor of Chris for the first two seasons.
  • Awesome Ego:
    • Sonic. He can back up everything he boasts about.
    • And Shadow too. He's the ultimate life form and does nothing to hide that fact!
  • 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.
      • The 4Kids dub also gives Sonic himself an original Leitmotif, which is suitable catchy and triumphantly heroic. Often used as a fanfare.
    • The Japanese version of the final Sonic Adventure 2 arc episode used Live and Learn for Sonic and Shadow teleporting the ARK to safety and the celebration afterward. Unfortunately the dub replaced it with its generic action music.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
  • Better Than Canon: Despite the heavy Broken Base, it's generally considered that this show solved Shadow's amnesia problem better than the canon game did. Not hurt by averting Angst? What Angst? and having Shadow actually ask people about his past; they just usually refuse to tell him.
  • 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 its 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.
    • Season 3 is often considered to be either the best season or the worst season. Best because it had its own original plot, the humans were mostly gone, the writing was darker, and Cosmo. Worst because the plot and villains had little in common with any other aspect of the Sonic franchise, being stuck on a spaceship didn't fit Sonic's free roaming nature, Tails taking the spotlight even further from Sonic, and Cosmo.
    • Dr. Eggman telling Dark Sonic to chill. Some feel that Eggman did the right thing as Sonic could potentially harmed his friends in the form and lost complete control of himself. Others feel that Eggman stopping him deprived them of a wicked opportunity to see Sonic kick serious butt (especially given the issues Sonic had been going through that season), and that DR. EGGMAN of all people telling Sonic to get his emotions under control was very hypocritical and in bad taste.
  • 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!
    • Also, Knuckles when using Shovel Claw.
  • Creator's Pet: Chris Thorndyke: not liked by many fans, yet has the majority of screen time. It's to the point where, in the first series, he gets considerably more screen time than the title character. Heck, the show is basically "Chris X" instead of Sonic X.
  • Die for Our Ship: People who shipped Cream and Tails together were pretty upset with the arrival of Cosmo.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Dark Oak. He's an Evil Genius with a Badass Cape and a Badass Baritone, who managed to outsmart both Sonic and Shadow.
    • Even Dr. Eggman manages to swap into this in season 2.
    • And then, there's also Dark Super Sonic.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Cosmo.
    • Dark Super Sonic, to a ridiculous extent.
    • 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.
    • Bokkun.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Throughout the entire Shadow Saga, Chris continually reminds Shadow of Maria and acts as somewhat of a Morality Pet. You might think it's due to his Creator's Pet tendencies, until you realize that Chris and Maria are more similar than you think. They both have done reckless things to help Sonic and Shadow respectively (to the point that it cost Maria her life), and even though Chris has some bratty moments in the show, for the most part he's still a kind, idealistic kid like Maria was. That, and Maria died at age 12 while Chris was 12 at the time of season 2 (or season 1 part 2).
  • 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.
    • Speaking of Cosmo, imagine what would have happened if the tracking device that allowed the Metarex to spy on Sonic and the others through Cosmo's eyes and ears was actually removed just like how Knuckles suggested in the dub - basically, Cosmo would have ended up blind and deaf for the rest of her life. The fact that Cosmo is eight years old at the time doesn't help matters.
      • And why did Cosmo not remember about how exactly she escaped the destroyed space colony? It's very likely that the Metarex modified her memories in one way or another...
  • 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Eggman's line about how actually hurting people is taking things too far becomes this compared to the former Archie Comics series, given that Eggman there is Faux Affably Evil on a good day, and flatout livid with Fantastic Racism and Kick the Dog tendencies when he isn't an active Butt-Monkey; there's also Sonic Forces, in which he succeeds in taking over the world and seemingly is more than willing to kill any resistance judging by the destruction he's ramping up on a planetary scale instead of remaining to his isolated factories and bases and Sonic-focused world domination plots.
  • 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.
  • Idiot Plot: The Egg Moon story line only happens because Sonic is apparently the only person in the entire world who understands basic astronomy.
  • Internet Backdraft: When Discotek Media announced that they licensed the show for a DVD release, they specified that they would only be releasing the 4Kids English dub note . This decision did not sit well with fans expecting a release of the Japanese dub, with many stating that they'd skip the release altogether and others begging Discotek to make an effort to release the Japanese dub.
  • 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..."
    • There's also Shadow.
    • Dark Oak is this too. When learning his backstory, it's hard not to feel sorry for him.
    • To some extent, Knuckles. Just consider the fact that he's ignored and mocked by others, even by his own friends when he disagrees with their thinking. And not to mention that he doesn't get a lot of gratitude or respect for risking his life to save others.
  • 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:
  • 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.
    • Even though the show doesn't intend it, Shadow tries to murder Cosmo because she's a sleeper agent, and tearing through the entire crew without even explaining why.
      Shadow: I have my reasons, but I'm not telling you!
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The whirling sound that accompany's Sonic's ring-powered Spin Dash.
  • Never Live It Down: The fans never lived down the fact that Chris practically stole Amy's role in the second season's Sonic Adventure 2 arc.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Dark Super Sonic. He's on screen for under a minute, yet he's arguably the most popular thing added in the show.
  • One True Pairing: Tails/Cosmo slowly became this for the fandom.
  • 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. It helps that he was mentally an adult by that point.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Chris Thorndyke, because he took up a lot of the spotlight. That he seems boneheadedly insistent on giving himself front-row involvement in all the dangerous situations that Sonic and the gang gets up to, despite really just being a kid with no special skills, doesn't do much to endear him either.
    • Cream the Rabbit, mostly because of her overly shrill voice - to the point where some people joked that her voice pitch was getting higher with each episode.
  • 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 deliberately gets Chris to believe he has something to do with time being frozen, just to see what Chris would do, which turns out to be banging down his door demanding that he unfreeze time, thinking he did it just to blackmail Sonic into leaving Chris' world (nevermind the laundry list of other problems time being frozen might cause the planet, none of which seem to occur to Chris). Then after Eggman admits he lied to test Chris, Chris starts bitching about being lied to, and Eggman goes off about how Chris is so willing to scapegoat someone else (in this case Eggman) just so he can find 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.
    • That is, if you've got the Japanese version. The English dub sanitizes it to get rid of it being a "Reason You Suck" Speech altogether, keeping most of the other facets of the scene intact. In fact, this version ends on the note that even Eggman would miss Chris.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Dark Super Sonic could have been a great opportunity to put some limelight back on Sonic and the unstableness of his emotions in that form could have made for some compelling conflict. Plus the form simply looks awesome. Unfortunately, Sonic didn't get to do much in that form as Dr. Eggman immediately tells him to get a grip.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Chris teleporting himself to Sonic's world in the third season is supposed to be seen as Chris desperately resorting to a potentially lethal experiment For Science! to prove it's possible to be done after not seeing him for six years. Except he doesn't tell anyone, not even his wife, meaning if Chris got killed or lost in the process, no one would've known until it was far too late, if at all; he even has an internal monologue (in the Japanese version at least) almost sounding like he's reserved to his fate if it happened to fail. This isn't helped by the fact that he more than willingly ignores the problems of Year Outside, Hour Inside (where a month in Sonic's world equals a year in the real world) and thus leaves his wife and family behind for what seems like twelve years.
    • Chris himself comes off as this. This is due to a few factors. The first factor is how the writers try to make Chris out to be a Lonely Rich Kid, despite the fact that Chris has a good social life apart from Sonic (he has friends his age). The second factor is him getting a lot of screen-time from the main characters, despite him not having any super abilities.
    • For a dub-induced version of this, we have the events of episode 74. After Cosmo turns out to have been a sleeper agent all along, Knuckles, Tails and Chris argue over the possibility of removing the tracking device that allowed the Metarex to see and hear everything Cosmo, well, saw and heard - unfortunately, as it turns out, doing so would render Cosmo blind and deaf for the rest of her life. In the original, Knuckles insists that there must be another way to remove or at least disable the tracking device without harming Cosmo, but in the 4kids dub, he completely forgoes Cosmo's safety and still insists on removal of the device...Even if it meant rendering Cosmo unable to see and hear ever again.
  • 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 occasional Broken Aesops (eg. the dub alters a conversation in Episode 56 about how it's essentially okay for Knuckles to be duped if it's by the heroes rather than Eggman into a sympathetic insight by Cosmo over Knuckles' Insane Forgiveness).

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