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* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', a tie in comic for ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' that eventually became its own thing. Published by Creator/ArchieComics from 1992-2016.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', a UK comicbook published by Fleetway that ran in the '90s.
* ''ComicBook/SonicAdventures'', a French comicbook that lasted two issues.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogIDW'', a comic based on the games by Creator/IDWPublishing. Started running in 2018.

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* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', a UK comicbook comic book published by Fleetway that ran in the '90s.
* ''ComicBook/SonicAdventures'', a French comicbook comic book that lasted two issues.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogIDW'', a an American comic based on the games by Creator/IDWPublishing. Started running in 2018.

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* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', a tie in comic for ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' that eventually became its own thing. Published by Creator/ArchieComics from 1992-2016.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', a UK comicbook published by Fleetway that ran in the '90s.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogIDW'', a comic based on but still [[AlternateContinuity separate from]] the games by Creator/IDWPublishing. Started running in 2018.

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The US comic book based on the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' video game franchise, published monthly by ArchieComics. Not to be confused with the UK's ''SonicTheComic''.

Originally a tie-in with the [[Series/SonicTheHedgehog SatAM series]], the comic debuted in 1993. When the series ended, the comic, which by then had developed its own continuity, kept going. The comic has been published monthly since its inception.

The plot at first remained the same. Dr. Robotnik had taken over the Kingdom of Acorn and had turned everyone into robots. He was opposed by the Freedom Fighters, a band of, well, freedom fighters that operated out of their secret base of Knothole. Sally Acorn was the leader while Sonic the Hedgehog was their main fighter. But then the series started to make its own characters and have more complicated storylines that would last a couple of issues.

This culminated in issue fifty where it permanently split from the original source material. Sally was put into a coma, Sonic was framed for her attempted murder, and Robotnik set in motion a doomsday plan to destroy Knothole. Sonic cleared his name and defeated Robotnik, who in the end was killed by his own nephew. Originally Sally was meant to die, but [[ExecutiveVeto editorial changed that]] to her waking up from her coma.

Meanwhile Knuckles the Echidna got his own spinoff series that dealt with his role as the guardian of Angel Island. It ends up he (and this was a surprise to Knuckles) was the latest in a long line of guardians, The Brotherhood of Guardians, who protected Angel Island from the Dark Legion. The series dealt with Knuckles' role as Guardian while fighting the Dark Legion. A whole new (and very large) set of characters for Knuckles to interact with was introduced. This series was cancelled, but everyone who was introduced has been integrated into the main cast.

Since then the story has gotten more complicated. A Robotnik from another dimension arrived to fill in his original's place and renamed himself Eggman. Other villains were introduced, like Mammoth Mogul and Scourge the Hedgehog, to expand the villainous cast. Sally's family turned up and caused shenanigans when Sally's father fired her from her leader position. Everyone who was turned into a robot was turned back and moved to Knothole, while the rest of the planet has been introduced and linked with Knothole. This in turn has changed the status quo from counter-revolutionaries fighting an oppressive government to all out war between two sides. A love triangle was introduced between Sonic, Sally, and Mina the Mongoose that lasted for a while, but has since been gotten rid of. An attempt to integrate all of ''Sonic Adventure 1 & 2'' into the storyline resulted in further complications. Finally Eggman bombed Knothole into last week so everyone had to be relocated to New Mobotropolis (built out of nanites no less).

The series has been subject to [[FlameWar huge debate]], with accusations of FanDumb, FanWank, DorkAge, CharacterDerailment, and NostalgiaFilter being thrown from all sides over the quality of the series. Despite this, the series is actually the longest-running singular comic series based on a licensed franchise. They must be doing ''something'' right.
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!!This comic book contains examples of:
* ADayInTheLimelight: This seems to be the point of ''Sonic Universe''
* AbusiveParents: Anti-Jules, under neglect.
** Locke, sometimes, though he meant well.
* ActionGirl: It'd be easier to list the girls who ''aren't'' to some degree.
* ActionMom: Lupe, who has two kids, Maria and Marcos, and two more when she adopts Overlanders Ariel and Athena (one of whom is mute).
* AdaptationDecay: ''Sonic Adventure 2'' has received multiple adaptations trying to fit it into the comics; all of them are considered inferior to the game. Also, the ''Sonic Rush Adventure'', ''Sonic Chronicles'', ''Sonic Unleashed'', and ''Sonic and the Black Knight'' adaptations are considered to be poorly done, as they only introduce the game, and then tell you to go play it. ''Sonic Universe'' #1 did fill in the holes left by the ''Sonic Rush Adventure'' adaptation. The other three are [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]] (they were never meant to be canon, just to advertise the games).
** Not to mention the ''Sonic Adventure'' one, which was very poorly done. A city of humans inside a mountain, with an artificial sky?
** The finished ''Sonic Adventure 2'' adaptation in ''Sonic Universe'' isn't that bad. It does a good job of fitting the game into the canon at that time, as Knuckles and Tails couldn't really be involved.
* AfterTheEnd: The whole comic is set here.
* AGodAmI: Enerjak in all his forms.
* AIIsACrapshoot: NICOLE is a very nice AI, while A.D.A.M. is a very evil AI who tried to initiate a "Gray Goo" scenario. Honorable mention goes to the various Metal Sonics, Gamma, and Omega.
** And before any of them? E.V.E.
* AlasPoorScrappy: [[spoiler:Tommy Turtle.]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Fiona preferred the "evil" version of Sonic to the real thing, and did a HeelTurn to stay his girlfriend when she found out "Sonic" was really "Scourge". (Well, this is what she ''claims,'' anyway... and this ''is'' [[ConsummateLiar Fiona]] we're talking about...)
* AllTheMyriadWays: There are a nigh infinite amount of parallel universes reachable through the cosmic interstate, some very similar and others nearly completely reversed from the "Prime" Zone. Most of them have character counterparts as well.
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway: Played straight for the majority of the comic, then the Xorda showed up and [[TheReveal revealed]] [[spoiler:that Mobius was Earth all along, and that nearly all the characters are the descendants of mankind]].
* AlternativeCalendar
* AmericanAccents: Bunnie has a Dixie accent, despite there being no [[TheDeepSouth U.S. South]].
* AndIMustScream: This was a big part of the reason roboticization was supposed to be so horrifying. It's kind of moot these days since for some convoluted reason it can't happen any more.
* AnimalGenderBender: Walt Wallaby of the Downunda Freedom Fighters has a pouch.
* AnswerCut: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in issue #124.
* AntiHero: Shadow could be anywhere from type 3 to type 5. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in issue #133.
-->'''Eggman''': Shadow? What do you want?
-->'''Shadow''': Your death, Eggman. I'm going to snap you like a twig, then use you for kindling.
-->'''Eggman''': Not if I avoid you like the... devil? Wait a second! Good guys [[ThouShaltNotKill don't kill]]! Isn't there a [[RecycledInSpace hedgehog moral code]]?
-->'''Shadow''': Sonic holds such beliefs. Then again, he's a hero, I'm not.
* ArmCannon: Bunnie has one. [[AwesomeButImpractical Which makes her faint when overused]].
* ArrangedMarriage: Maximillian and Alicia Acorn. Sally and [[spoiler:Anti-]]Antoine's short marriage was also one of these, until Elias became king and annulled it.
* ArsonMurderAndLifeSaving: King Max to Sonic in #77.
* ArtShift: Some stories switched artists halfway through, such as "Night of 1000 Sonics" in issue #19. The "End Game" story arc was also a story arc that switched artists (and even co-writers) between installments, and then switched artists between scenes in the final chapter.
* {{Ascended Extra}}s: The [[{{Mook}} Badniks]] from the first two Sonic games were major characters early on.
* AscendedMeme: [[http://blogs.sega.com/sonic/2009/09/30/ian-flynn-is-full-of-win/ PINGAS!]]
* [=~Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!~=]: Bean, typically and also literally -- Fiona manages to ditch him by throwing a set of shiny keys out the window knowing he'll dive after them.
* AsYouKnow: Among others, the "dragons can't lie" plot point in Endgame, never mentioned before or since.
* [=~Author's Saving Throw~=]: Ian Flynn's fans believe he has managed to pull off a lot of these, especially regarding plots left dangling or satisfied unsatisfactorily by the previous author. Of course Ian himself has his detractors as well, so YourMileageMayVary.
* AveMachina: The Dark Legion, a cyborg echidna sect which practically worshiped technology, even to the point that when their cybernetic implants are removed Lien-Da screams, "NO! It's not unnatural to want to better yourself!"
* AxeCrazy: Rosy the Rascal, Amy's counterpart on Moebius. She's so in love with Scourge, she wants to bash his head in.
** The villain Kodos becomes this after going crazy from radiation poisoning. Bonus points for actually wielding an axe.
* BackForTheDead: Hey, it's Sir Connery from back before "Endgame"! Anybody remember him? ...no? [[HeroicSacrifice Well never mind...]]
* BadassMustache: Dr. Robotnik/Eggman.
* BaldOfEvil: Dr. Robotnik/Eggman and his nephew Snively.
** Snively doesn't think of himself as bald. Having about three hairs doesn't really count as a "full head of hair" but he's vain and deluded enough to think it does.
** ''Six'' hairs. That he's attached tracking devices (?!) to...
*** [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Those hairs are REALLY important to him]].
* TheBaroness: Lien-Da. She even has a [[WhipItGood whip]]!
* BattleRoyaleWithCheese: The aptly titled Super Special ''Battle Royale'', which only exists to depict the Freedom Fighters and Chaotix beating the crap out of one another.
* BetaCouple: Antoine and Bunnie.
* BigBadassWolf: A whole mess of them form the Freedom Fighter cell known as, you guessed it, the [[http://archiesonic.wikia.com/wiki/Wolf_Pack Wolf Pack]].
** However, their former member, Drago, is a traitorous wuss.
* BigDamnVillains: Averted in the "Enerjak Reborn" story-arc. The Freedom Fighters are desperate to stop Knuckles, who has been turned into Enerjak and gone mad with power, and it seems they might have to destroy him. Enter Eggman, who shows up with his Egg Fleet and warps Knuckles into a prison where he intends to drain the life from him to power his city. Needless to say, Knuckles breaks free and Eggman almost wets his pants.
* BiologicalMashUp: Naugus' origin.
* BlessedWithSuck: Bunnie had her share of angst about being part Robian, but she mostly came to terms with it and used her abilities to help in the fight against Robotnik. Then she found out they were literally killing her, and was forced to upgrade.
** Even more so with Sonic's Uncle Chuck and father Jules. After getting his mind freed from Robotnik's control, Chuck would use his status to spy on the mad doctor's revelation. Jules, however, has gotten the worst of it - every other Robian has been restored to their original form but him, isolating him from his family and everyone else around him.
*** [[IGotBetter Jules gets better about it]], though, especially once it was revealed that the very reason for his roboticization in the first place (a wound he suffered in the Great War that would have killed him) would mean his death if he was ever deroboticized.
* BodyguardBetrayal: Heavy and Bomb, members of King Acorn's secret service, are reprogrammed by Eggman and ordered to kill the royal family after they are "rescued" from Robotropolis.
* BountyHunter: Nack and his sister Nic fill this trope to a T.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: This has happened to a few characters, but one notable example is what happened to Monkey Khan at the hands of the Iron Queen.
* BrattyHalfPint: Marine.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Occurs several times in the earlier issues. One example is Robotnik finding Crabmeat reading a ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' Archie Comic. He then punishes Crabmeat for reading the comic of his most hated enemy, before getting the idea to use the other comic books Crabmeat has for ideas for other robots. And yes, the other comic books are [[LawyerFriendlyCameo implied]] to be real comics as well. No, it doesn't make any sense.
** Also falling into this category is Eggman's [[TalkativeLoon ramblings]] in issue 205. It appears he's finally figured out he's in a licensed comic book. He still wants to get that hedgehog though.
* TheBrigadier: Commander Abraham Tower.
* BrokenBase: SeasonalRot is largely the cause of this. Where did the DorkAge start? Where did it end? ''Did'' it end? Was Sally's {{Chickification}} justified, or was it a hideously huge breach of established character just to [[ShipSinking sink the fanbase's largest ship]]? The typical benchmarks are that the series started to decline after ''Endgame'', took a full-on nosedive during the Bem/Xorda arc, and has only started recovering since issue #160 with Ian Flynn being head writer. Of course, this is [[UnpleasableFanbase the Sonic fandom]]...
* ButtMonkey: Pre-character development Antoine. On the villains' side, Drago.
* CanonForeigner: Tons. They outnumber the original characters.
* CanonSue: Though he was accepted by most of the fanbase, Knuckles started turning into this after a while. Being part of a vast lineage wasn't the end of it, he eventually came to have an important prophecy associated with him and took on powers that allowed him to warp reality as he saw fit. At its peak, Knuckles started to eclipse Sonic in importance, and one storyline set in the future revealed that Knuckles ''destroyed Robotnik'', who was Sonic's main villain and rival. Add onto his his previous friendship and relationship with Sally, and you get the distinct impression that Knuckles had pretty much taken over the comic. Recently, however, they've started to balance this, with Sonic taking the reins back as main character, and him, Tails, and Knuckles being defined as Mobius's quintessential PowerTrio.
** ''Many'' fans blame former head writer Ken Penders for this, as he's accused of turning Knuckles (and the Echidna race as a whole) into a SpotlightStealingSquad, while he was in charge.
* CapuletCounterpart: What happened with Julie-Su and Knuckles. Made even stronger when it's revealed that Julie-Su is [[spoiler: one of Dimitri's descendants.]]
* CardCarryingVillain: The series [[DependingOnTheWriter hasn't been entirely consistent]] about which of its antagonists openly identify as evil, but Robotnik and Anti-Sonic/Scourge definitely do.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Oh my yes.
* CatFight: A really really blatant one was set up between Bunnie and Rouge.
* CerebusSyndrome: Although based on the more serious ''SatAM'', the earlier comics were much more similar to ''Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog'' in tone, with little continuity. The series got more serious and interconnected as it went on. The ''Endgame'' arc is pretty much the point where things have fully shifted, though there are a few occasional one-shot lighter comics interspersed here and there.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Robotnik (the first one) was more like his ''Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog'' self in early comics, even though he looked like his ''SatAM'' counterpart. Starting with issue 25, a more dangerous, psychotic side started to show and while he never ''quite'' reached the level of nightmarish evil of the ''SatAM'' Robotnik, he was pretty close to it by ''Endgame''.
* CheekyMouth: It's Sonic the Hedgehog.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Antoine was pretty much the personification of this trope in earlier issues.
* {{Chickification}}: Sally Acorn was like this for a while. Thankfully it didn't last. Surprisingly, though, the lasting effects of it have yet to be {{Retcon}}ned or reversed...
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Snively has this problem and everyone knows it.
** All the characters from Moebius have this as well. Being evil doubles of the main characters means most of them are too arrogant to work together without trying to backstab each other.
*** Sleuth Dawg. Oh so much.
* ClearMyName: The "Mecha Madness" and "Endgame" storylines.
* CListFodder: Much of Ian Flynn's first year was spent rounding up and exterminating these by the truckload.
* ColonelMakepeace: Many over the course of the comic, ranging from the Arctic Freedom Fighters all the way to the G.U.N. special forces.
* ContinuityCameo: Bean and Bark got a few of these before showing up as actual characters later on. Their earlier appearances are impossible to reconcile with their current role though.
** Patrick Spaziante would often do this with Astal, a Sega Saturn video game character he was apparently very fond of.
* ContinuityLockOut: The first couple of issues of ''Sonic Universe'' have this problem. #1 gave such a quick summary of ''Sonic Rush Adventure'' that only people who played the game knew what was going on. Also, #1 continued from ''Sonic X'' #40 (a whole different series), which continued from ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #196, which was part of a large story arc from the main series. #2 was an adaptation of ''Sonic Adventure 2'' (probably an attempt to explain how it ''did'' fit into the continuity, as the original adaptation didn't really tell the reader much of anything about the game's story or how it fit into continuity), but would probably be pretty confusing to anyone who didn't play the original game.
** This may be why the Sonic the Hedgehog comic offering for the 2009 Free Comic Book Day was more of a lengthy synopsis about the characters and the story than anything else...
** It should be noted that they can't get too into the ''SonicRush'' side of things, as they're apparently forbidden from using Eggman Nega beyond a few ominous references.
* ContinuitySnarl: Trying to fit ''SonicAdventure 1'' and ''SonicAdventure 2'' perfectly into continuity caused problems. Made worse by the fact that the writers didn't have complete information about the games when they started writing the arcs...
** The ''SonicAdventure'' snarl was particularly nasty, as it involved taking what had been (until then) a relatively archaic world with violent humanoids (see FantasticRacism and FourFingeredHands below) and trying to force half of the cast into an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent scenario ''and'' trying to introduce humans that were somehow completely different in personality than the ones met formerly without getting rid of the underlying HumansAreBastards subtext.
* CrashIntoHello: Sonic and Mina do it at one point, although they already knew each other by then.
* CrazyAwesome: Several characters fall into this at times, but Omega gets points for [[spoiler: shooting the creator of the Chaos Emeralds in the face while praising Team Dark's agreed "Plan B." ]]
* CreativeDifferences: Penders v Bollers got so bad it ended with them ''both'' leaving the comic simultaneously. Which is why we have Flynn... whose works Penders steadfastly neglects to read but swears to chuck in the {{Canon DisContinuity}} bin if he's ever re-hired.
* CriminalAmnesiac: Sonic in issue #28.
* {{Crossover}}: One with the Image Comics superheroes, another with SabrinaTheTeenageWitch.
* CultureClash: Overlanders versus Mobians and Echidnas versus Dingoes.
** Hell, Echidnas versus Echidnas too.
* CurseCutShort: A particularly infamous example in issue #165:
-->'''Julie-Su''': "Let me go, you b--"
-->'''Rouge''': "Bat. Remember it."
** Not to mention the innumerable "What the--?"s and "What in--?"s.
* DarkActionGirl: Fiona, Alicia (formerly anti-Sally), Lien-Da and Julie-Su back when she was a Dark Legionnaire.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Sally. Well, technically she's a dark-furred redhead, but it's the same effect.
* DatingCatwoman: Rouge is trying to invoke this trope with Knuckles, much to Julie-Su's annoyance.
* DaysOfFuturePast: See FeudalFuture.
* DeathByChildbirth: Snively's mother. There's a lot of speculation that his father hated him for it. [[FreudianExcuse Could explain a lot]].
* DeathFromAbove: How Eggman ultimately destroyed Knothole.
* DemotedToExtra: The Substitute Freedom Fighters. One eventually becomes so bitter about it, he runs for office just so he can make a difference and vent his frustrations...and then leaves office after he's ''still'' ignored by the main cast.
* DeusExMachina: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in an issue when they need something to free NICOLE from her MindControl. Their choice falls on the Particle-to-Light Organizer and Transporter Device. [[DontExplainTheJoke Don't get it?]] [[spoiler: PLOT device.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: Mammoth Mogul's current status.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Omega in SU#4
* DirtyCoward: No real shocker that [[MeaningfulName Snively]] is one of these.
* [=~Doesn't Like Guns~=]: The Kingdom of Acorn has had a strict "No guns" policy ever since a previous war was started because two kids were playing with a gun. Julie-Su is the exception.
** Julie-Su isn't a member of the Kingdom of Acorn. She just lives there.
** This turned into a WallBanger when Rotor chastised a character for suggesting that they use guns, when he himself created and used a gun himself. And both instances were done by the same writer.
*** This gets an AuthorsSavingThrow by Flynn in Issue #215.
** Not to mention that [[GirlsWithGuns Bunnie]] wielded guns for some time. Although she never used them.
* DisproportionateRetribution: It's not a good idea to piss off the Xorda. Or be at all genetically related to anyone who may have pissed off the Xorda several millenia ago.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The animosity between the Dingoes and the Echidnas is almost an exact analogy for the ArabIsraeliConflict. Who plays who is just as much [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation up to interpretation]].
* DoomMagnet: Nate Morgan, arguably.
* DoubleEntendre: Almost certainly unintentional, but still: Lupe comes from the word ''Lupa'', which is Latin and means either ''she-wolf'', or, well...
** [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold SAY]] [[MontyPython NO]] [[FurryFandom MORE]] [[IfYouKnowWhatIMean !!!]]
* DracoInLeatherPants: You'd be surprised just how many pictures there are on DeviantArt of this comic's villains in suggestive situations, but it's perhaps [[http://cacti.deviantart.com/art/Deceptive-Interception-93010581 this one takes the cake]].
* DragonLady: The Iron Queen. Although technically she's not native to that region.
* EasyAmnesia: At least once.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Knothole in its original form was sometimes portrayed as one.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Sonic's is Maurice. It was implied his first name was even ''more'' embarrassing, and Ken Penders revealed it as Oligive on his personal messageboard, but it's not considered canon.
* TheEmpire: The Eggman Empire, to be precise.
* EnemyMine: Happens with such frequency that Sonic's begun to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] it. The heroes have, at various junctures, teamed up with Robotnik, Snively, their "Suppression Squad" alter-egoes, the Destructix, the Dark Legion, and even Finitevus. They usually get backstabbed, and Sonic's started to lampshade ''that'', too.
* [=~Everything's Better with Princesses~=]
* EvilAlbino: Dr. Finitevus.
** Technically an [[GoneHorriblyWrong acquired]] [[EvilMakeover attribute]].
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Fiona's is a vast improvement, and capitalizes on EvilIsSexy.
* EvilerThanThou: Mammoth Mogul gives Dimitri-as-Enerjak the treatment in Knuckles #9, as he Depowers him.
-->If there ''are'' any lessons to be learned, it's one you so obviously forgot! As I begin to absorb the incalculable power you possess, consider this: there is ''always'' someone else who is smarter, stronger and even more ''ruthless'' than you.
** Notably, Dimitri's later characterization would push him further and further towards {{AntiVillain}} status.
** Teaming up with the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain du jour]] and winding up on the losing end of this was also [[EvilTwin anti-Sonic's]] second most common gimmick (the most common, of course, being the instigator of ClearMyName plots), although that changed after [[TookALevelInBadass he did]].
* EvilIsSexy: Lien-Da. A sexy as hell Echidna girl in skintight leather and a habit of whip wielding? What's not to like here?
** The Iron Queen has more than a few fans too. As does Finitevus, Scourge and (disturbingly) Snively and Eggman.
* EvillyAffable: Finitevus is one of the most urbane {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s you're ever likely to meet. All the better to contrast with [[RaisedByWolves Knuckles]], of course.
* EvilTwin: Everyone from Anti-Mobius. But special mention has to be given to Anti-Sonic, who used the Master Emerald to turn himself green, renamed himself Scourge the Hedgehog, and has become a recurring villain.
** Averted with Anti-Knuckles, who's a good guy, just more mellow and pacifistic than Knuckles. That doesn't stop him from fighting when he thinks he has to, though.
** Finitevus is also something of an evil twin to Knuckles. An accident transformed him into a negative image of Knuckles, and he uses the exact opposite methods that Knuckles does; while Knuckles favors direct action, Finitevus uses his powers over dark magic and subterfuge. And while Knuckles is a Guardian, biologically engineered and trained from birth to be an ultimate protector, Finitevus wants to '''BLOW IT ALL UP!'''
* ExecutiveMeddling: Part of the reason why previous head writer Ken Penders left, and part of the reason behind some of the fan frustration, in recent comics. Ever wonder why new writer Ian Flynn doesn't get Sonic and Sally back together? This is why.
* EyepatchOfPower: Several characters including Dr. Quack, Amadeus Prower (Tails' father), and Patch (aka the anti-Antoine).
* FaceHeelTurn: Sleuth Dog and Fiona Fox.
* FakeDefector: Dimitri, when he joins Robotnik. "You make it sound like I'm purposefully weakening the greatest evil this world has ever known from within."
* FantasticRacism: The Overlanders and Mobians are usually pretty antagonistic to each other due to a long history of conflict between them. Attitudes have softened, however, as the comic has gone on and the two have fought together more and more against their common enemies.
** Also the Dingoes and the Echidnas who are constantly at one another's throats.
*** Not based on race but the same basic idea is the reason why the Dark Legion broke off from the rest of Echidna society. Their love of technology led to them being persecuted and oppressed by the government.
*** Normal Mobians had a significant amount of dislike for the roboticized Robians.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The entire planet of Mobius.
* FatBastard: Three guesses.
* FeudalFuture: But Prince Acorn has begun to give the populace more control of their government after an attempted coup, so at least it is progressing.
* FirstNameBasis
* FiveBadBand: Scourge's Suppression Squad.
* FiveManBand: Several, including the Freedom Fighters, the Chaotix, the Downunda Freedom Fighters, and King Acorn's Secret Service.
* FlashForward: The "X Years Later" storylines.
* FootnoteFever: Almost every single time the comic references a previous event, there's a footnote helpfully telling you exactly what issue it took place in. In particularly referential issues, the phenomenon is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded. Frequently.]]
* FourFingeredHands: Rarely consistent, given its conflicting source material--the cartoon gives every Mobian four fingers, while the games gives almost every one of its characters five. Right now the number of fingers depends on the artist, with some giving every character five fingers, and others giving the Sega characters five and everybody else four. Similarly, earlier issues had established that the main difference between humanoid Overlanders such as Robotnik and proper Humans such as the characters seen in the Federation was the number of fingers: four and five, respectively. Thanks to artistic interpretation, this has since been quietly ignored.
* FourthWallMailSlot: Characters have occasionally answered fan mail "directly" through Sonic-Grams, the online blogs, and during a "novelty question month" on Ian Flynn's messageboard.
* FridgeBrilliance: Bunnie is the source of a lot of this. For starters, it's kind of [[FridgeLogic coincidental]] that a rabbit who only becomes partially robotic as soon as the events of the comic start would have the last name "[[MeaningfulName Rabbot]]" her whole life. It turns out that it's actually supposed to be pronounced "Rah-boh," but people just assumed it was "Rah-bot," her being a (half) robotic rabbit and all, and she just [[SureWhyNot went along with it]]. (For a similar name pronunciation scenario, but in reverse, see StephenColbert.) In addition, [[spoiler: the idea that a woman who's robotic from the waste down could [[{{Squick}} conceive and give birth to children]] is [[FridgeLogic pretty ridiculous]], as is the fact that despite her cybernetics being acquired and not genetic traits, [[LamarckWasRight her children also are cyborgs]]. And yet these two facts actually could suffice to explain away each other, since apparently her reproductive structures are functioning, but only can create cyborgs. Still, [[GroinAttack poor, poor Antoine]].]]
* FunnyAnimals: Though they do retain some traits of their animal origins. Oddly enough sea creatures remain the same.
* FunnySchizophrenia: Bean. Just. Bean.
* FurryFandom: Go to DeviantArt, type in echidnas, and see how many people represent themselves as echidnas. We'll wait.
** Hedgehogs - particularly [[ShadowTheHedgehog ones with pinstripes]] - and two-tailed foxes are equally common. Most blame the comics and the [[Series/SonicTheHedgehog SatAM cartoon]] for this most directly.
* FusionDance: [[spoiler: Gamma's "soul" enters Omega's mind, fusing their thoughts together and granting Omega the ability to feel proper emotion.]]
** Also, we have [[spoiler: Tikhaos]].
** And, sadly, [[DorkAge Titan Tails]].
* FutureBadass: Somewhat averted with Silver. He's quite capable, but he's also a bit too inexperienced and naive, which leads to him making a few mistakes.
* GadgeteerGenius: The comic has a lot of these, most notably Rotor, Tails, and Uncle Chuck.
* GenderEqualsBreed: Seems to be the case in the recent "30 Years Later" storyline.
* GeneralRipper: Depending on [[BrokenBase which side of the fence you're on]], General Helmut von Stryker. His son Kage definitely qualifies.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The Xorda take this to its logical conclusion by having a genetic engineering weapon that functions very much like a nuke. Said weapon also serves as the backstory for the planet.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Sonic Universe 17. Bunnie and Antione setting up a tent. (Bonus for being their honeymoon)
* GettingTooOldForThis: They obviously can't invoke this trope completely, as the series has no actors, but in the ''Mobius 30 Years Later'' arc, Sonic is starting to show his age and even jokes about. Luckily, he manages to avoid the repercussions of this from the previous future arc; there, he was on the receiving end of a CurbstompBattle courtesy of the ageless King Shadow.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Feist, the 200-foot mystical panda who inhabits the special zone and intermittently [[ThirdPersonPerson talks in the third person]]. Even in [[FantasyKitchenSink this comic]], he's treated as a {{BLAM}}.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Snively plays hockey with Sonic in issue #33.
* HappilyMarried: Bunnie & Antoine, Bernie & Jules, Amadeus & Rosemary Prower, Elias & Meg, Max & Alicia.
* HeartbrokenBadass: For a variable definition of "badass" (considering he and his team's absolutely dismal fight record), Lightning Lynx in SU#15.
* HeelFaceTurn: Dr. Robotnik at one point, believe it or not. It [[WeWantOurJerkBack didn't last long]].
* HellBentForLeather: Dark Legionnaire Lien-Da is usually shown wearing some sort of leather outfit. And wielding [[WhipItGood a whip]].
* HeroicBSOD: Sonic when he realizes that he literally drove Eggman insane thanks to Snively's HannibalLecture. However, the writers quickly push this under a rug. It counts, though, as Sonic did really feel terrible about what he did to Eggman.
** Played for laughs with Shadow after Marine tells him she doesn't know as much as she led on about ship building. For several panels, Shadow's expression locks up in one of the most amusing reactions given from a character in the comic.
* HeroicSociopath: Omega. Even after gaining a "soul" from Gamma, Omega is still a bit too triggerhappy and willing to blow things up.
* HollywoodCyborg: Bunnie, and her children in the "30 Years Later" storyline.
* HotBlooded: Monkey Khan.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Sonic was thought to had been dead after an explosion of alien tech, but was really flung halfway across the universe. He returned a year later and continued his role as a hero. This, however, lead to Sally breaking up with him.
* HumansAreBastards: Done somewhat ironically. Humans usually are quite amicable people, but our cartoon character counterparts the Overlanders are bastard-covered bastards with bastard fillings sprinkled with bastard frosted bastard flakes - at least from the Mobian perspective. What's the difference? About one finger on each hand.
** [[SuperiorSpecies Also, Mobians live in an idealistic utopian society.]]
** This starts to get averted later on. Around issue #100 or so, the Overlanders return to Mobius. The Overlanders we see here are civilians, and their fear of animals is generally born out of ignorance and isolation from the Mobians. Robotnik's brother may be a racist, sexist asshole, but he is also is a caring, if not extremely foolish father to Hope, and even to Snively (he hugs him when they reunite and is genuinely hurt by his betrayal.) Hope goes on to befriend the Mobians and becomes accepted by them.
** Never mind the fact that the war between the Overlanders and Mobians started due to an accident. Really, the only thing that casts them as particularly bad is the Mobians' own limited perspective and the fact that Robotnik and Snively are the only representatives of their race we see for a while. And the Overlanders kicked them out for being evil scumbags.
** Also, Nate Morgan. He's generally one of the kindest and well mannered characters in the series.
** The idea of the Mobians having a utopian society is also averted in #178-79, where Amadeus Prower leads half of the kingdom in an attempt to overthrow King Elias. The ensuing conflict nearly sends the Mobians into a civil war and brings the tension between Sonic and Tails to a boiling point.
* HumansByAnyOtherName: "Overlanders."
* HurricaneOfPuns: The earliest issues loved this one.
* HypocriticalHumor: In an early story, Robotnik asks how [[strike:Boomer]] Rotor can let himself get so fat...while his own stomach greatly hangs out.
* IdenticalGrandson
* IdolSinger: Mina Mongoose.
* {{Immortality}}: This is Mammoth Mogul's shtick, since he's an AlternateCompanyEquivalent of [[TheDCU Vandal Savage]].
** Also Enerjak's shtick. Until Mogul stole his chaos powers.
* ImportantHaircut: Sally had one semi-recently, cutting it from long to former short look to signify her de-{{Chickification}}.
* ImprobableAge: The Freedom Fighters started fighting TheEmpire when they were barely even teenagers, and they ''won''. Granted, it took them quite a while and it still hasn't stuck, but even the oldest is still barely breaching their twenties.
* IncrediblyLamePun: The early stories were full of them.
** There were even some [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] here and there.
--> '''Sally''': ''"What have I told you two about those bad puns?"''
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Espio, in accordance with his redesign in ''Sonic Heroes.'' Now, made even stronger with the addition of the four houses of the Dragon Kingdom, which includes the bat ninja Yagyu Clan. Lightning Lynx is similarly revealed to be a member of one of the Ninja Clans.
** There's also Uma Arachnis and her children.
* InsufferableGenius: An early plot turned Tails into one temporarily, and his evil alter-ego Miles behaves that way full-time.
* IntercontinuityCrossover
* InterspeciesRomance: Let's list them, shall we?
** Geoffrey St. John/Hershey St. John (skunk/cat)
** Antoine D'Coolette/Bunnie D'Coolette (coyote/rabbit cyborg)
** King Max Acorn/Queen Alicia Acorn (squirrel/chipmunk)
** Sonic's various canonical relationships:
*** With Princess Sally Acorn (hedgehog/squirrel-chipmunk hybrid) - [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a later issue:
--->'''[[CloudCuckoolander Bean]]''': Are you and the princess going to marry and have [[LegoGenetics mutant hedge-squirrel babies?]]
*** With Mina (hedgehog/mongoose)
*** With [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Fiona]] (hedgehog/fox)
** Thankfully subverted with the Iron King and Iron Queen, who are merely in a relationship of convenience in order to solidify their power base.
* {{Irony}}: The Historical/geographical kind. The location of the capital city of a one world absolute monarchy? Texas. The home of the racist aggressors and oppressors? New England. The reaction of the Freedom Fighters' government to the people's demands for democratic reform? Crush the rebellion, and imprison the leader. Sally managed to eventually get a compromise.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: For Sonic's sake, Mina took a bullet for Sally. [[IGotBetter She Got Better]].
* IWillShowYouX: Provides the current page image. See ShutUpHannibal for context.
* JackassGenie: Appeared in a one-shot and behaved this way for [[ForTheEvulz no perceptively good reason besides having an attitude problem]]. At the end he was put back in his bottle and thrown into the lake.
* JerkassWoobie: [[ManipulativeBitch Strange]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder as]] [[ConsummateLiar it]] [[HarmfulToMinors sounds]], you could actually make the case for [[DarkActionGirl Fiona]]. She really does have serious abandonment issues and her self-esteem is such that she'd sooner stick by Scourge, who at least once casually ''[[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain slapped her around]]'', over Sonic when the latter started to question her loyalty to him. Even WordOfGod has hinted that she's still not all bad.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ash the Mongoose. Antoine before his CharacterDevelopment.
** Sonic at times too. At one point it got so bad Tails, his best friend, ''physically assaulted him''. He's wised up a little now, though he can still be a JerkAss at times.
** Also, Geoffrey St. John, and Vector some of the time.
* KangarooCourt: Sonic was once put on trial by Knothole in a literal Kangaroo Court: two kangaroos were the judges. Other than that, however, it seemed like a fair trial, though the prosecutor seemed a little too interested in getting a guilty verdict.
* KilledOffForReal: Robotnik Prime and Locke are the big ones.
** Also, Tommy Turtle and Sir Connery.
** And Locke was actually KilledOffForReal ''twice''. It was an alternate timeline/future thing.
** And before any of them, Tobor and Kragok.
* KissingCousins: A distantly related version, when it's revealed that Julie-Su is descended from the evil side of Knuckles' family tree.
* KnightTemplar: King Shadow from an alternate timeline.
* LaResistance: The Freedom Fighters and the multiple affiliates that followed.
** And the Rebel Underground, a group of freedom fighters who invoke this trope in imagery and name.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: The TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles appear in the background of one panel in issue #10, [[LampshadeHanging remarking that they're in the wrong comic.]] (It should be noted that ArchieComics produced a comic book series based on the turtles, ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures''.)
** Also, in issue #18, Sonic mistakes the badnik Bat Brain's silhouette for the Batsignal and thinks {{Batman}} is trying to steal his spotlight.
** The main story (as well as the cover) of issue #8 takes this trope to extremes.
* LegoGenetics: Sally Acorn is the most prominent example, being half squirrel and half chipmunk without any problems.
* [=~Let's You And Him Fight~=]: ''Way'' too many times to count.
* TheLoad: Antoine was this before he started to pull his own weight.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: You have almost everyone from the videogames, everyone from [[SatamSonicTheHedgehog Satam]], all the original characters, all the original characters from Knuckles' series, and all the characters introduced to tie the videogames and comics together.
** Haven't you seen the image at the top of the page yet?
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Knuckles' family is (or ''was'') nigh-Machiavellian in this aspect, actively conspiring to keep him in the dark as much as possible "for his own good".
* LongRunner: The comic prides itself on being the longest running video game comic in human history, and the author's notes at the end of the 200th issue boasted that they're only 76 strips away from becoming the longest running licensed comic book publication of the modern age.
* LosingYourHead: Due to sudden rapid aging, Dimitri had to have more and more of his body replaced with cybernetic implants. Now he is just a cyborg head in a floating fishbowl.
* LotusEaterMachine: Used at least once in an early issue.
* LoveTriangle: Oh, ''sheesh''... Sonic/Sally/Antoine, Sonic/Sally/Knuckles, Sonic/Sally/Geoffrey, Sonic/Sally/Khan, Sally/Sonic/Amy, Sally/Sonic/Mina, Sonic/Mina/Ash, Sonic/Fiona/Tails, Sonic/Fiona/Scourge, Knuckles/Julie-Su/Rouge... and possibly Locke/Lara-Le/Wynmacher. There may be more, but you get the idea.
** Sally is arguably more of a LoveDodecahedron...
* LukeIAmYourFather: A variation occurs with Enerjak, who is Knuckles' distant ancestor. Then again when the Dark Legion is revealed to be a bunch of echidnas (and led by one of Enerjak/Dimitri's descendants to boot. Then, yet ''again'' when Julie-Su finds out that she's the daughter of one of the Legion's Grandmasters, and Kragok and Lien-da's sister.
** A more literal example occurs when it's confirmed that [[spoiler: Remington is Kragok's son.]]
* {{Magitek}}: Regina is a "technomage".
* MadBomber: Bean the Dynamite Duck, and Bomb after being reprogrammed. Bomb is of literal note because he actually ''is'' a bomb. He transfers his programming to a fresh duplicate each time he explodes.
* MadScientist: Dr. Robotnik/Eggman, Dr. Finitevus, Dimitri.
* MagnificentBastard: Mammoth Mogul most certainly didn't fit the bill for this early on, even though he was clearly meant to be one. An immortal cavemammoth from earth's second Ice Age (it's complicated), Mogul was always plotting and scheming, with the writers trying their darndest to build him up with unlikely XanatosGambit stories. Nothing worked, and his world domination plans failed again and again and again. Then one day Mogul wised up and essentially said to the heroes "I just remembered that I'm immortal. So here's my new plan: I'll live in this sweet casino I just had built, amuse myself by taking pot shots at you whenever I can, and wait for you all to die of old age. I can beat you by outliving you."
* ManipulativeBastard: Finitevus.
* MechaMooks: [=SWATbots=], Combots, Shadowbots, and later, the Egg Pawns.
* MediumAwareness: A regular part of Michael Gallagher's scripts, particularly in the early days.
* MeetCute: Knuckles & Julie-Su, Rob & Mari-An.
* MirrorUniverse: Moebius (formerly named Anti-Mobius).
** BizarroUniverse: It's not just good and evil switched, although that's how the idea started. Floating Island floats in the ocean instead of in the sky, Scourge's one billionth ring drove Amy insane when it granted her wish, and Anarchy Beryl (Anti-Chaos Emeralds) drains energy from people when they use it instead of boosting their energy.
* TheMole: The Guardian Tobor, who is really the Legionnaire Moritori Rex, who took advantage of an accident to replace the real Tobor so he could spy on the Brotherhood of Guardians.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Robotnik. Dr. Finitevus.
* MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate: Averted. Dr. Quack is on the up-and-up.
* MrExposition: Nate Morgan was the most blatant about it.
* MyGreatestFailure: Uncle Chuck feels terrible for creating the Roboticizer that led to Robotnik forming his army.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: [[spoiler:Espio]]
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Marine gets this pretty hard from Shadow in ''Sonic Universe'' #1.
* MythologyGag: Sonic and Sally's future offspring are called Sonia and Manik, the names of Sonic's siblings in Sonic Underground.
** On the title page for one issue, Nack's description is listed as "Fanged Sniper", a reference to his Japanese name.
** Sonic remarks that he beat Scratch, Ground, and Coconuts when he was eight, which is the age he would have been when you subtract the number of years ago ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' aired from his current age.
* NecessarilyEvil: Finitevus. Sort of. He doesn't show regret for cruelly lying and manipulating people -- just the opposite really -- but he's never seen doing it for sadistic purposes ''alone''.
* [=~Noblewoman's Laugh~=]: The Iron Queen. Even in ''print'', it manages to be grating.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: The ''Mobius: 25 Years Later'' series features Sally (chipmunk/squirrel) and Sonic's (hedgehog) kids, among other examples.
* NoFourthWall: The "Off Panel", brief comics in some issues that have the characters frequently doing this and often interacting with the writers/editors of the comic. Also noticeable in the comic's early era, when Michael Gallagher was the main writer.
* NotSoDifferent: The Brotherhood is pretty damn hypocritical in their combating the Dark Legion, using the very technology that they convinced echidna society to ban and thereby started the conflict in the first place. The Dark Legion comes close to calling them out on this on several occasions.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: Partially subverted in the comic itself; played straight with the Kingdom of Acorn.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The Freedom Fighters, though it's temporarily subverted at different points in the series. This later comes back to bite the main characters in the tail when one of the disenfranchised former members of the Substitute Freedom Fighters becomes a leader in the government.
* OffhandBackhand: Bunnie to Naugus in #173. [[VillainDecay How the mighty have fallen]].
* OmnicidalManiac: Dr. Finitevus believes the world is hopelessly corrupt and must be "cleansed with emerald fire." He is utterly convinced of the righteousness of his position and quite willing to lay down his own life to achieve his aims.
* OneWorldOrder: The Kingdom of Acorn before the events of the comics; Dr. Robotnik's empire after his coup.
** Of course, now it's pretty much broken up and the only vast power base is the Iron Queen's control of Robotnik's city and the Dragon Kingdom. Sonic makes a particular note of the fact that Eggman's lost control of his own empire at one point.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Snively, who was rather shocked when Robotnik actually called him by his given name (Colin). What's weird is that he apparently ''prefers'' the nickname... and Colin is also his father's name.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Dulcy the Dragon and her race.
* ParentalAbandonment: Almost every regular character, until Robotnik Prime's death.
** Of particular note is Knuckles, who was left in a wilderness by his father at a young age, and was then spied on by him for a while. This happened to every Guardian before him, but Locke had a particularly hard time with it, which eventually tore their family apart and caused his wife to leave him.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: Amy does this for the ''SonicAdventure'' adaptation.
* PlotTumor: Coupled with Knuckles turning into a CanonSue, as described above. Knuckles goes from living in a wilderness, believing himself to be the last of his kind, to living in a city full of other echidnas and having a family tree that becomes more and more convoluted as time goes on. Eventually, the echidnas end up becoming the most important race in the comic. Then, the Eggman Empire (and Ian Flynn) came along... Needless to say, there aren't as many echidnas now.
* ProductPlacement: Stories that really serve no purpose other than to serve as a five-page advertisement for whatever the newest Sonic game is.
** WordOfGod has declared the ''SonicChronicles'', ''SonicUnleashed'', and ''Sonic and the Black Knight'' stories as non-canon in the comic's continuity.
* ProjectedMan: How NICOLE now interacts with the rest of the cast, in a lyn([[IncrediblyLamePun u]])x form.
* PromotedFanboy: Ian Flynn was known as the author of a popular fan comic [[http://www.bumbleking.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=63855#63855 Other-M]] before getting hired as head writer.
* PsychoForHire: Bean is the ComedicSociopathy version of this.
* PsychopathicManChild: Eggman has become this after Sonic #200.
* ThePsychoRangers: The Suppression Squad, who are the Freedom Fighters' [[EvilTwin Evil Twins from an alternate dimension]].
* PunnyName: A particularly cringeworthy example would be "Sleuth Dawggy-Dawg," who actually turned into a fairly regular RecurringCharacter they've mercifully taken to referring to only as "Sleuth Dawg".
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Overlanders and the Dingoes on occasion.
** And the Dark Legion from time to time.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Destructix, comprised of Predator Hawk, Sgt. Simian, Lightning Lynx, Flying Frog, Sleuth Dawggy-Dawg, and Drago Wolf. They haven't gotten much characterization over the years, and mostly show up when various {{Big Bad}}s need some minions to throw at the heroes.
* RaisedByWolves: Knuckles in what is actually a Guardian tradition
** Aerial and Athena are this trope ''literally'', as the adopted daughters of Lupe.
* TheRealRemingtonSteele: Fiona, who was introduced as a Robotnik-created bot years before her real self appeared.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Sonic to Eggman in issue #200. He regrets it when it contributes to Eggman's VillainousBreakdown.
* RecursiveAdaptation: The comic has already started to incorporate some plot elements from ''SonicChronicles'', which had adapted much of its own material after the comic.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: This is the case for the original Metal Sonic, who sacrifices himself to save Sonic and Tails after seeing Sonic go through everything to save his best friend.
* ReliableTraitor: Robotnik re-recruits Snively by out-and-out telling him that this is his role, but that he plans to be ready for the inevitable backstab.
* TheRenfield: Snively was sometimes depicted as this in the earlier issues -- ''very'' much in contrast with his later characterization.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Silver of the much maligned ''Sonic the Hedgehog 2006''. His comic version is liked a lot more because his personality has been changed to a guy who is not very confident in his abilities as a "SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong" guy.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Trey Scales]], or really almost anyone who tries to deal with Robotnik.
* TheRival: Geoffrey St. John.
* RobotWar: Technically, usually, since this is Robotnik/Eggman's WeaponOfChoice.
* RomanticFalseLead: Geoffrey St. John appears to have been crafted with this initial purpose in mind, although he did fulfill a function in the plot outside of the love triangle. Mina was a more blatant example.
* RomanticPlotTumor: Plagued the comic for quite a long time. Luckily the comic has since moved on.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The House of Acorn.
* RunningTheAsylum: Several examples, the most prominent being Ian Flynn, the current head writer.
* TheScrappy: Tommy Turtle probably got it the worst, but Dulcy and pre-Character Development Antoine had no few detractors. Mind you none of them had ''anything'' on [[SonicX Chris Thorndyke]].
* [=~Screw This, I'm Outta Here~=]: The Dark Presence
* SdrawkcabName: Julian ''Kintobor'' changes his name to Dr. Ivo ''Robotnik.''
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Mina and Ash Mongoose. And of course, the countless echidnas. And the lynx.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Implied with Scourge. Also Lien-Da.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Mogul.
* ShipSinking: Sonic and Fiona; and Tails and Fiona, via the comics and WordOfGod.
* ShoutOut: Tons, for just about every fiction franchise on Earth. Most of these can be found in a group shot of AU Tails.
** One particular example is M, Robotnik's android "daughter." She's a sunglasses wearing android MadeOfIron, who eventually gets her outer shell blown off to reveal a skeletal-looking body underneath. [[TheTerminator Now what does this remind you of?]] To add to it, there's the fact that she looks like a female version of Arnold.
** A supplemental piece of art for an earlier comic was also a {{homage}} to Disney's ''{{Aladdin}}''.
** I always assumed Constable Remington was a shout out to the series ''RemingtonSteele''.
** Eggman's rambling in one of the more recent comics (STH 204) is likely a ShoutOut to the hybrids in the re-imagined BattlestarGalactica.
* ShutUpHannibal: In issue #74, after the freedom fighters [[spoiler:find Robotnik on the walkway of some outer space facility, (note that up until that point they thought he was dead)]] there are at least [[VerbThis two]] [[IWillShowYouX varieties]] (or [[YourMileageMayVary maybe]] three) of ShutUpHannibal in a row:
-->'''Sonic''': You're toast if you don't tell me what happened to my family and the other roboticized mobians, [[spoiler:Ro"butt"nik]]!
-->'''[[spoiler:Robotnik]]''': Come now, hedgehog. Can't you at least take a moment to [[spoiler:welcome me back from the dead]]? Didn't your parents teach you better manners?
-->'''Sonic''': Why, you lousy...
-->''Sonic runs at [[spoiler:Robotnik]], but [[spoiler:Robotnik]] smacks him aside.''
-->'''Bunnie''': [[IWillShowYouX Ah'll show you manners!]]
-->''Bunnie then punches [[spoiler:Robotnik]] in the face, and Sonic and Tails stumble upon [[spoiler:Robotnik's sweatshop]].''
-->'''Tails''': Sonic, look!
-->'''Sonic''': I see it, Tails! ALL of the missing robians being forced to work in this suped-up outer-space sweat-shop!
-->'''[[spoiler:Robotnik]]''': Forced? Quite the contrary, Sonic. [[KickTheDog I've merely RESTORED their LACK of free will. They have absolutely no say in the matter.]] How can you say that I've done something wrong? Why, look at all the new jobs I've created!
-->'''Sonic''': [[VerbThis Create this!]]
-->''(Sonic then runs up at [[spoiler:Robotnik]] and knocks him off the walkway.)''
* SlapSlapKiss[=/=]KissKissSlap: For a while it reached ''ridiculous'' levels with Sonic and Sally. It's calmed down in more recent strips.
* SpeciesSurname: Sometimes (Maurice "Sonic" Hedgehog), sometimes not (Amy Rose).
* {{Spinoff}}: Knuckles' comic. Also the new ''Sonic Universe'' comic.
* TheStarscream: Snively. Actually, he once successfully killed Robotnik. The Eggman in the series now is actually from a parallel dimension.
* StartOfDarkness: Regina the Iron Queen shows us hers in "A Lonely Girl's Story".
* StuffBlowingUp: Omega prefers this to happen in every mission he's taken part in so far. So far, he is pleased.
* SummersFamilyTree: Knuckles' ancestors, the Brotherhood of Guardians, and the leaders of the Dark Legion. It eventually is revealed to include [[spoiler: Julie-Su]] and [[spoiler: Remington.]] Finitevus eventually lampshades this.
* SuperDickery: Issues #28, #203 and #204
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [=RoboRobotnik=]/Dr. Eggman, for, well, himself.
* TalkativeLoon: Bean.
* TakeThatScrappy: Sonic's dad does an ''epic'' one towards Scourge in issue 192.
* ThemeNaming: The Brotherhood of Guardians.
* TickleTorture: In #58.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Team Dark. Shadow's mellowed out, but Rouge is a thief who's in it for herself, and Omega is a HeroicSociopath. And if Abraham Tower has his back story from the games...
* TookALevelInBadass: Antoine takes several, Evil Sonic when he becomes Scourge, and [[spoiler:Dr. Eggman]] big time after he [[spoiler:overcomes his VillainousBreakdown purely with logic, snaps out of his insanity, and puts himself back in the game arguably more dangerous than ever. His return to sanity is even punctuated by quite possibly the most dark and ominous panel Eggman has ever appeared in.]]
* TotallyRadical: The series still bills itself as "The World's Most Way Past Cool Comic!" Delicious early '90s camp.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Chili-dogs for Sonic.
* TricksterMentor: Archimedes the Fire Ant filled this role for Knuckles, by way of a XanatosGambit that initially made Knuckles and the readers believe he was being set up as a villain.
* UnfortunateImplications: Let's see, two characters are given the WordOfGay treatment by the comic's previous head writer. The current writer, who is later established as gleefully mistreating characters in the comic he doesn't like, as one of his first tasks after taking over the story, kills off said characters (or one of them, anyway) in a short, hasty, and brutal torture scene that ends with their captors giddy over the deed, then refuses to make an official statement on the WordOfGay either way, ignoring the whole thing.
* {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s: The Nerbs go straight from this to WeWantOurJerkBack.
* UnpleasableFanbase: It's Sonic the Hedgehog, it comes with the territory.
* VagueAge: The planet itself, believe it or not, with the time between the Xorda attack on Earth and the current strips ranging from anywhere between 3200 years to 15,000 years.
* ValuesDissonance: Covering everything from the systems of government on Mobius to the clothes the characters don't wear.
* VerbThis: See ShutUpHannibal.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Dr. Eggman]]
** Also Scourge after he's betrayed by everyone. He expresses a desire to destroy two whole worlds, one of which is his home, just out of annoyance.
* VillainDecay: Taken to the logical conclusion with Eggman in the 200th issue.
** Ixis Naugus suffered from this in a very disappointing way. In his first appearance, he was portrayed as a strong force worthy of being feared. He had powers that could control the weather and the movement of the earth, and he forced Sonic and Tails into a wild goose chase around the world before they sent him back to the Void. Several years later, he came back in a rather {{badass}} way, making the [[HighlyVisibleNinja Arachne]] his servants, claiming the Sword of Acorns and trashing both Dr. Eggman's headquarters and his robot bodyguard Mecha pretty badly. However, when he found out that Mammoth Mogul was the founder of the Order of Ixis, he gave him the Sword of Acorns and became his second-in-command, only to be captured by the now pissed off Dr. Eggman and sent to the Egg Grape Chamber. There he becomes insane and now he's nothing more but a dumb, wild animal, only loyal to Mogul, and without any of the awesome powers he once had. A poor way to end a character slated to become the next main villain of ''SatAM'', but if [[spoiler:Dr. Eggman]] could have "reasoned [himself] back from the brink" than there's some hope that Naugus could do it too.
* VisionaryVillain: Enerjak.
* TheVoiceless: Bark the Polar Bear, Bean's partner in crime, never speaks.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Knuckles and Locke's relationship has elements of this. Also, Antoine invokes this trope when he tries to earn his father's appreciation after the latter starts acting more impressed with Sonic.
** Snively's lack of appreciation by his father is hinted to be part of the reason for him being evil. Interestingly enough, his father, Robotnik's brother, was ''also'' favored over his brother. Hmmm.
** And let's not get started on King Max's relationship with his kids.
** A.D.A.M. towards Robotnik.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Knuckles as Enerjak. The dingoes also apply, depending on how you look at it.
** Finitevus considers himself one.
* TheWesley: Tommy Turtle.
* [=~Will They Or Won't They~=]: Sonic and Sally did this for a long time. Then they started dating, broke up, and are doing it ''again''.
** Knuckles and Julie-Su had a fair bit of this when they first met too. And Shadow and Rouge still do, though it's unlikely they ever will given Shadow being an emotional cripple who can barely articulate his feelings other than arrogance and anger.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Both Dimitri and Knuckles were turned into the crazed god Enerjak by draining power from the Master Emerald.
* WordOfGay: Ken Penders got around the CCA somehow by hinting at one of the characters in the "Mobius: X Years Later" storyline being gay... and somehow doing this while showing the life partner, threading the relationship into the text. Once fans started searching, it became obvious (and confirmed by Ken), that the hinted couple was ''Rotor and Cobar'', the latter an echidna scientist from ''the Dark Legion''.
* WordOfGod: Current writer Ian Flynn has organized his own message board, where he and other creators interact with fans and answer their questions.
** His predecessor, Ken Penders, also has an active message board that talks about the stories that he had planned for the series. Interestingly, ''Ian'' has stated in his board that he's a follower of Ken's board, himself.
* WrenchWench: Hope Kintobar, in keeping with the family tradition, is quite the mechanical prodigy.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: How Rob O' the Hedge often talks. His cousin, Amy, who comes from the same region, doesn't do this.
* YouHaveFailedMe: The first Robotnik, often.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: King Shadow to [[spoiler: Lien Da]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: A ''lot'' of the cast is like this.
* ZenSurvivor: General von Styker, after his son ousts him from power.
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The US comic book based on the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' video game franchise, published monthly by ArchieComics. Not to be confused with the UK's ''SonicTheComic''.

Originally a tie-in with the [[Series/SonicTheHedgehog SatAM series]], the comic debuted in 1993. When the series ended, the comic, which by then had developed its own continuity, kept going. The comic has been published monthly since its inception.

The plot at first remained the same. Dr. Robotnik had taken over the Kingdom of Acorn and had turned everyone into robots. He was opposed by the Freedom Fighters, a band of, well, freedom fighters that operated out of their secret base of Knothole. Sally Acorn was the leader while Sonic the Hedgehog was their main fighter. But then the series started to make its own characters and have more complicated storylines that would last a couple of issues.

This culminated in issue fifty where it permanently split from the original source material. Sally was put into a coma, Sonic was framed for her attempted murder, and Robotnik set in motion a doomsday plan to destroy Knothole. Sonic cleared his name and defeated Robotnik, who in the end was killed by his own nephew. Originally Sally was meant to die, but [[ExecutiveVeto editorial changed that]] to her waking up from her coma.

Meanwhile Knuckles the Echidna got his own spinoff series that dealt with his role as the guardian of Angel Island. It ends up he (and this was a surprise to Knuckles) was the latest in a long line of guardians, The Brotherhood of Guardians, who protected Angel Island from the Dark Legion. The series dealt with Knuckles' role as Guardian while fighting the Dark Legion. A whole new (and very large) set of characters for Knuckles to interact with was introduced. This series was cancelled, but everyone who was introduced has been integrated into the main cast.

Since then the story has gotten more complicated. A Robotnik from another dimension arrived to fill in his original's place and renamed himself Eggman. Other villains were introduced, like Mammoth Mogul and Scourge the Hedgehog, to expand the villainous cast. Sally's family turned up and caused shenanigans when Sally's father fired her from her leader position. Everyone who was turned into a robot was turned back and moved to Knothole, while the rest of the planet has been introduced and linked with Knothole. This in turn has changed the status quo from counter-revolutionaries fighting an oppressive government to all out war between two sides. A love triangle was introduced between Sonic, Sally, and Mina the Mongoose that lasted for a while, but has since been gotten rid of. An attempt to integrate all of ''Sonic Adventure 1 & 2'' into the storyline resulted in further complications. Finally Eggman bombed Knothole into last week so everyone had to be relocated to New Mobotropolis (built out of nanites no less).

The series has been subject to [[FlameWar huge debate]], with accusations of FanDumb, FanWank, DorkAge, CharacterDerailment, and NostalgiaFilter being thrown from all sides over the quality of the series. Despite this, the series is actually the longest-running singular comic series based on a licensed franchise. They must be doing ''something'' right.
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!!This comic book contains examples of:
* ADayInTheLimelight: This seems to be the point of ''Sonic Universe''
* AbusiveParents: Anti-Jules, under neglect.
** Locke, sometimes, though he meant well.
* ActionGirl: It'd be easier to list the girls who ''aren't'' to some degree.
* ActionMom: Lupe, who has two kids, Maria and Marcos, and two more when she adopts Overlanders Ariel and Athena (one of whom is mute).
* AdaptationDecay: ''Sonic Adventure 2'' has received multiple adaptations trying to fit it into the comics; all of them are considered inferior to the game. Also, the ''Sonic Rush Adventure'', ''Sonic Chronicles'', ''Sonic Unleashed'', and ''Sonic and the Black Knight'' adaptations are considered to be poorly done, as they only introduce the game, and then tell you to go play it. ''Sonic Universe'' #1 did fill in the holes left by the ''Sonic Rush Adventure'' adaptation. The other three are [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]] (they were never meant to be canon, just to advertise the games).
** Not to mention the ''Sonic Adventure'' one, which was very poorly done. A city of humans inside a mountain, with an artificial sky?
** The finished ''Sonic Adventure 2'' adaptation in ''Sonic Universe'' isn't that bad. It does a good job of fitting the game into the canon at that time, as Knuckles and Tails couldn't really be involved.
* AfterTheEnd: The whole comic is set here.
* AGodAmI: Enerjak in all his forms.
* AIIsACrapshoot: NICOLE is a very nice AI, while A.D.A.M. is a very evil AI who tried to initiate a "Gray Goo" scenario. Honorable mention goes to the various Metal Sonics, Gamma, and Omega.
** And before any of them? E.V.E.
* AlasPoorScrappy: [[spoiler:Tommy Turtle.]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Fiona preferred the "evil" version of Sonic to the real thing, and did a HeelTurn to stay his girlfriend when she found out "Sonic" was really "Scourge". (Well, this is what she ''claims,'' anyway... and this ''is'' [[ConsummateLiar Fiona]] we're talking about...)
* AllTheMyriadWays: There are a nigh infinite amount of parallel universes reachable through the cosmic interstate, some very similar and others nearly completely reversed from the "Prime" Zone. Most of them have character counterparts as well.
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway: Played straight for the majority of the comic, then the Xorda showed up and [[TheReveal revealed]] [[spoiler:that Mobius was Earth all along, and that nearly all the characters are the descendants of mankind]].
* AlternativeCalendar
* AmericanAccents: Bunnie has a Dixie accent, despite there being no [[TheDeepSouth U.S. South]].
* AndIMustScream: This was a big part of the reason roboticization was supposed to be so horrifying. It's kind of moot these days since for some convoluted reason it can't happen any more.
* AnimalGenderBender: Walt Wallaby of the Downunda Freedom Fighters has a pouch.
* AnswerCut: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in issue #124.
* AntiHero: Shadow could be anywhere from type 3 to type 5. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in issue #133.
-->'''Eggman''': Shadow? What do you want?
-->'''Shadow''': Your death, Eggman. I'm going to snap you like a twig, then use you for kindling.
-->'''Eggman''': Not if I avoid you like the... devil? Wait a second! Good guys [[ThouShaltNotKill don't kill]]! Isn't there a [[RecycledInSpace hedgehog moral code]]?
-->'''Shadow''': Sonic holds such beliefs. Then again, he's a hero, I'm not.
* ArmCannon: Bunnie has one. [[AwesomeButImpractical Which makes her faint when overused]].
* ArrangedMarriage: Maximillian and Alicia Acorn. Sally and [[spoiler:Anti-]]Antoine's short marriage was also one of these, until Elias became king and annulled it.
* ArsonMurderAndLifeSaving: King Max to Sonic in #77.
* ArtShift: Some stories switched artists halfway through, such as "Night of 1000 Sonics" in issue #19. The "End Game" story arc was also a story arc that switched artists (and even co-writers) between installments, and then switched artists between scenes in the final chapter.
* {{Ascended Extra}}s: The [[{{Mook}} Badniks]] from the first two Sonic games were major characters early on.
* AscendedMeme: [[http://blogs.sega.com/sonic/2009/09/30/ian-flynn-is-full-of-win/ PINGAS!]]
* [=~Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!~=]: Bean, typically and also literally -- Fiona manages to ditch him by throwing a set of shiny keys out the window knowing he'll dive after them.
* AsYouKnow: Among others, the "dragons can't lie" plot point in Endgame, never mentioned before or since.
* [=~Author's Saving Throw~=]: Ian Flynn's fans believe he has managed to pull off a lot of these, especially regarding plots left dangling or satisfied unsatisfactorily by the previous author. Of course Ian himself has his detractors as well, so YourMileageMayVary.
* AveMachina: The Dark Legion, a cyborg echidna sect which practically worshiped technology, even to the point that when their cybernetic implants are removed Lien-Da screams, "NO! It's not unnatural to want to better yourself!"
* AxeCrazy: Rosy the Rascal, Amy's counterpart on Moebius. She's so in love with Scourge, she wants to bash his head in.
** The villain Kodos becomes this after going crazy from radiation poisoning. Bonus points for actually wielding an axe.
* BackForTheDead: Hey, it's Sir Connery from back before "Endgame"! Anybody remember him? ...no? [[HeroicSacrifice Well never mind...]]
* BadassMustache: Dr. Robotnik/Eggman.
* BaldOfEvil: Dr. Robotnik/Eggman and his nephew Snively.
** Snively doesn't think of himself as bald. Having about three hairs doesn't really count as a "full head of hair" but he's vain and deluded enough to think it does.
** ''Six'' hairs. That he's attached tracking devices (?!) to...
*** [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Those hairs are REALLY important to him]].
* TheBaroness: Lien-Da. She even has a [[WhipItGood whip]]!
* BattleRoyaleWithCheese: The aptly titled Super Special ''Battle Royale'', which only exists to depict the Freedom Fighters and Chaotix beating the crap out of one another.
* BetaCouple: Antoine and Bunnie.
* BigBadassWolf: A whole mess of them form the Freedom Fighter cell known as, you guessed it, the [[http://archiesonic.wikia.com/wiki/Wolf_Pack Wolf Pack]].
** However, their former member, Drago, is a traitorous wuss.
* BigDamnVillains: Averted in the "Enerjak Reborn" story-arc. The Freedom Fighters are desperate to stop Knuckles, who has been turned into Enerjak and gone mad with power, and it seems they might have to destroy him. Enter Eggman, who shows up with his Egg Fleet and warps Knuckles into a prison where he intends to drain the life from him to power his city. Needless to say, Knuckles breaks free and Eggman almost wets his pants.
* BiologicalMashUp: Naugus' origin.
* BlessedWithSuck: Bunnie had her share of angst about being part Robian, but she mostly came to terms with it and used her abilities to help in the fight against Robotnik. Then she found out they were literally killing her, and was forced to upgrade.
** Even more so with Sonic's Uncle Chuck and father Jules. After getting his mind freed from Robotnik's control, Chuck would use his status to spy on the mad doctor's revelation. Jules, however, has gotten the worst of it - every other Robian has been restored to their original form but him, isolating him from his family and everyone else around him.
*** [[IGotBetter Jules gets better about it]], though, especially once it was revealed that the very reason for his roboticization in the first place (a wound he suffered in the Great War that would have killed him) would mean his death if he was ever deroboticized.
* BodyguardBetrayal: Heavy and Bomb, members of King Acorn's secret service, are reprogrammed by Eggman and ordered to kill the royal family after they are "rescued" from Robotropolis.
* BountyHunter: Nack and his sister Nic fill this trope to a T.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: This has happened to a few characters, but one notable example is what happened to Monkey Khan at the hands of the Iron Queen.
* BrattyHalfPint: Marine.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Occurs several times in the earlier issues. One example is Robotnik finding Crabmeat reading a ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' Archie Comic. He then punishes Crabmeat for reading the comic of his most hated enemy, before getting the idea to use the other comic books Crabmeat has for ideas for other robots. And yes, the other comic books are [[LawyerFriendlyCameo implied]] to be real comics as well. No, it doesn't make any sense.
** Also falling into this category is Eggman's [[TalkativeLoon ramblings]] in issue 205. It appears he's finally figured out he's in a licensed comic book. He still wants to get that hedgehog though.
* TheBrigadier: Commander Abraham Tower.
* BrokenBase: SeasonalRot is largely the cause of this. Where did the DorkAge start? Where did it end? ''Did'' it end? Was Sally's {{Chickification}} justified, or was it a hideously huge breach of established character just to [[ShipSinking sink the fanbase's largest ship]]? The typical benchmarks are that the series started to decline after ''Endgame'', took a full-on nosedive during the Bem/Xorda arc, and has only started recovering since issue #160 with Ian Flynn being head writer. Of course, this is [[UnpleasableFanbase the Sonic fandom]]...
* ButtMonkey: Pre-character development Antoine. On the villains' side, Drago.
* CanonForeigner: Tons. They outnumber the original characters.
* CanonSue: Though he was accepted by most of the fanbase, Knuckles started turning into this after a while. Being part of a vast lineage wasn't the end of it, he eventually came to have an important prophecy associated with him and took on powers that allowed him to warp reality as he saw fit. At its peak, Knuckles started to eclipse Sonic in importance, and one storyline set in the future revealed that Knuckles ''destroyed Robotnik'', who was Sonic's main villain and rival. Add onto his his previous friendship and relationship with Sally, and you get the distinct impression that Knuckles had pretty much taken over the comic. Recently, however, they've started to balance this, with Sonic taking the reins back as main character, and him, Tails, and Knuckles being defined as Mobius's quintessential PowerTrio.
** ''Many'' fans blame former head writer Ken Penders for this, as he's accused of turning Knuckles (and the Echidna race as a whole) into a SpotlightStealingSquad, while he was in charge.
* CapuletCounterpart: What happened with Julie-Su and Knuckles. Made even stronger when it's revealed that Julie-Su is [[spoiler: one of Dimitri's descendants.]]
* CardCarryingVillain: The series [[DependingOnTheWriter hasn't been entirely consistent]] about which of its antagonists openly identify as evil, but Robotnik and Anti-Sonic/Scourge definitely do.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Oh my yes.
* CatFight: A really really blatant one was set up between Bunnie and Rouge.
* CerebusSyndrome: Although based on the more serious ''SatAM'', the earlier comics were much more similar to ''Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog'' in tone, with little continuity. The series got more serious and interconnected as it went on. The ''Endgame'' arc is pretty much the point where things have fully shifted, though there are a few occasional one-shot lighter comics interspersed here and there.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Robotnik (the first one) was more like his ''Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog'' self in early comics, even though he looked like his ''SatAM'' counterpart. Starting with issue 25, a more dangerous, psychotic side started to show and while he never ''quite'' reached the level of nightmarish evil of the ''SatAM'' Robotnik, he was pretty close to it by ''Endgame''.
* CheekyMouth: It's Sonic the Hedgehog.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Antoine was pretty much the personification of this trope in earlier issues.
* {{Chickification}}: Sally Acorn was like this for a while. Thankfully it didn't last. Surprisingly, though, the lasting effects of it have yet to be {{Retcon}}ned or reversed...
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Snively has this problem and everyone knows it.
** All the characters from Moebius have this as well. Being evil doubles of the main characters means most of them are too arrogant to work together without trying to backstab each other.
*** Sleuth Dawg. Oh so much.
* ClearMyName: The "Mecha Madness" and "Endgame" storylines.
* CListFodder: Much of Ian Flynn's first year was spent rounding up and exterminating these by the truckload.
* ColonelMakepeace: Many over the course of the comic, ranging from the Arctic Freedom Fighters all the way to the G.U.N. special forces.
* ContinuityCameo: Bean and Bark got a few of these before showing up as actual characters later on. Their earlier appearances are impossible to reconcile with their current role though.
** Patrick Spaziante would often do this with Astal, a Sega Saturn video game character he was apparently very fond of.
* ContinuityLockOut: The first couple of issues of ''Sonic Universe'' have this problem. #1 gave such a quick summary of ''Sonic Rush Adventure'' that only people who played the game knew what was going on. Also, #1 continued from ''Sonic X'' #40 (a whole different series), which continued from ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' #196, which was part of a large story arc from the main series. #2 was an adaptation of ''Sonic Adventure 2'' (probably an attempt to explain how it ''did'' fit into the continuity, as the original adaptation didn't really tell the reader much of anything about the game's story or how it fit into continuity), but would probably be pretty confusing to anyone who didn't play the original game.
** This may be why the Sonic the Hedgehog comic offering for the 2009 Free Comic Book Day was more of a lengthy synopsis about the characters and the story than anything else...
** It should be noted that they can't get too into the ''SonicRush'' side of things, as they're apparently forbidden from using Eggman Nega beyond a few ominous references.
* ContinuitySnarl: Trying to fit ''SonicAdventure 1'' and ''SonicAdventure 2'' perfectly into continuity caused problems. Made worse by the fact that the writers didn't have complete information about the games when they started writing the arcs...
** The ''SonicAdventure'' snarl was particularly nasty, as it involved taking what had been (until then) a relatively archaic world with violent humanoids (see FantasticRacism and FourFingeredHands below) and trying to force half of the cast into an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent scenario ''and'' trying to introduce humans that were somehow completely different in personality than the ones met formerly without getting rid of the underlying HumansAreBastards subtext.
* CrashIntoHello: Sonic and Mina do it at one point, although they already knew each other by then.
* CrazyAwesome: Several characters fall into this at times, but Omega gets points for [[spoiler: shooting the creator of the Chaos Emeralds in the face while praising Team Dark's agreed "Plan B." ]]
* CreativeDifferences: Penders v Bollers got so bad it ended with them ''both'' leaving the comic simultaneously. Which is why we have Flynn... whose works Penders steadfastly neglects to read but swears to chuck in the {{Canon DisContinuity}} bin if he's ever re-hired.
* CriminalAmnesiac: Sonic in issue #28.
* {{Crossover}}: One with the Image Comics superheroes, another with SabrinaTheTeenageWitch.
* CultureClash: Overlanders versus Mobians and Echidnas versus Dingoes.
** Hell, Echidnas versus Echidnas too.
* CurseCutShort: A particularly infamous example in issue #165:
-->'''Julie-Su''': "Let me go, you b--"
-->'''Rouge''': "Bat. Remember it."
** Not to mention the innumerable "What the--?"s and "What in--?"s.
* DarkActionGirl: Fiona, Alicia (formerly anti-Sally), Lien-Da and Julie-Su back when she was a Dark Legionnaire.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Sally. Well, technically she's a dark-furred redhead, but it's the same effect.
* DatingCatwoman: Rouge is trying to invoke this trope with Knuckles, much to Julie-Su's annoyance.
* DaysOfFuturePast: See FeudalFuture.
* DeathByChildbirth: Snively's mother. There's a lot of speculation that his father hated him for it. [[FreudianExcuse Could explain a lot]].
* DeathFromAbove: How Eggman ultimately destroyed Knothole.
* DemotedToExtra: The Substitute Freedom Fighters. One eventually becomes so bitter about it, he runs for office just so he can make a difference and vent his frustrations...and then leaves office after he's ''still'' ignored by the main cast.
* DeusExMachina: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in an issue when they need something to free NICOLE from her MindControl. Their choice falls on the Particle-to-Light Organizer and Transporter Device. [[DontExplainTheJoke Don't get it?]] [[spoiler: PLOT device.]]
* DevilInPlainSight: Mammoth Mogul's current status.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Omega in SU#4
* DirtyCoward: No real shocker that [[MeaningfulName Snively]] is one of these.
* [=~Doesn't Like Guns~=]: The Kingdom of Acorn has had a strict "No guns" policy ever since a previous war was started because two kids were playing with a gun. Julie-Su is the exception.
** Julie-Su isn't a member of the Kingdom of Acorn. She just lives there.
** This turned into a WallBanger when Rotor chastised a character for suggesting that they use guns, when he himself created and used a gun himself. And both instances were done by the same writer.
*** This gets an AuthorsSavingThrow by Flynn in Issue #215.
** Not to mention that [[GirlsWithGuns Bunnie]] wielded guns for some time. Although she never used them.
* DisproportionateRetribution: It's not a good idea to piss off the Xorda. Or be at all genetically related to anyone who may have pissed off the Xorda several millenia ago.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The animosity between the Dingoes and the Echidnas is almost an exact analogy for the ArabIsraeliConflict. Who plays who is just as much [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation up to interpretation]].
* DoomMagnet: Nate Morgan, arguably.
* DoubleEntendre: Almost certainly unintentional, but still: Lupe comes from the word ''Lupa'', which is Latin and means either ''she-wolf'', or, well...
** [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold SAY]] [[MontyPython NO]] [[FurryFandom MORE]] [[IfYouKnowWhatIMean !!!]]
* DracoInLeatherPants: You'd be surprised just how many pictures there are on DeviantArt of this comic's villains in suggestive situations, but it's perhaps [[http://cacti.deviantart.com/art/Deceptive-Interception-93010581 this one takes the cake]].
* DragonLady: The Iron Queen. Although technically she's not native to that region.
* EasyAmnesia: At least once.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Knothole in its original form was sometimes portrayed as one.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Sonic's is Maurice. It was implied his first name was even ''more'' embarrassing, and Ken Penders revealed it as Oligive on his personal messageboard, but it's not considered canon.
* TheEmpire: The Eggman Empire, to be precise.
* EnemyMine: Happens with such frequency that Sonic's begun to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] it. The heroes have, at various junctures, teamed up with Robotnik, Snively, their "Suppression Squad" alter-egoes, the Destructix, the Dark Legion, and even Finitevus. They usually get backstabbed, and Sonic's started to lampshade ''that'', too.
* [=~Everything's Better with Princesses~=]
* EvilAlbino: Dr. Finitevus.
** Technically an [[GoneHorriblyWrong acquired]] [[EvilMakeover attribute]].
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Fiona's is a vast improvement, and capitalizes on EvilIsSexy.
* EvilerThanThou: Mammoth Mogul gives Dimitri-as-Enerjak the treatment in Knuckles #9, as he Depowers him.
-->If there ''are'' any lessons to be learned, it's one you so obviously forgot! As I begin to absorb the incalculable power you possess, consider this: there is ''always'' someone else who is smarter, stronger and even more ''ruthless'' than you.
** Notably, Dimitri's later characterization would push him further and further towards {{AntiVillain}} status.
** Teaming up with the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain du jour]] and winding up on the losing end of this was also [[EvilTwin anti-Sonic's]] second most common gimmick (the most common, of course, being the instigator of ClearMyName plots), although that changed after [[TookALevelInBadass he did]].
* EvilIsSexy: Lien-Da. A sexy as hell Echidna girl in skintight leather and a habit of whip wielding? What's not to like here?
** The Iron Queen has more than a few fans too. As does Finitevus, Scourge and (disturbingly) Snively and Eggman.
* EvillyAffable: Finitevus is one of the most urbane {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s you're ever likely to meet. All the better to contrast with [[RaisedByWolves Knuckles]], of course.
* EvilTwin: Everyone from Anti-Mobius. But special mention has to be given to Anti-Sonic, who used the Master Emerald to turn himself green, renamed himself Scourge the Hedgehog, and has become a recurring villain.
** Averted with Anti-Knuckles, who's a good guy, just more mellow and pacifistic than Knuckles. That doesn't stop him from fighting when he thinks he has to, though.
** Finitevus is also something of an evil twin to Knuckles. An accident transformed him into a negative image of Knuckles, and he uses the exact opposite methods that Knuckles does; while Knuckles favors direct action, Finitevus uses his powers over dark magic and subterfuge. And while Knuckles is a Guardian, biologically engineered and trained from birth to be an ultimate protector, Finitevus wants to '''BLOW IT ALL UP!'''
* ExecutiveMeddling: Part of the reason why previous head writer Ken Penders left, and part of the reason behind some of the fan frustration, in recent comics. Ever wonder why new writer Ian Flynn doesn't get Sonic and Sally back together? This is why.
* EyepatchOfPower: Several characters including Dr. Quack, Amadeus Prower (Tails' father), and Patch (aka the anti-Antoine).
* FaceHeelTurn: Sleuth Dog and Fiona Fox.
* FakeDefector: Dimitri, when he joins Robotnik. "You make it sound like I'm purposefully weakening the greatest evil this world has ever known from within."
* FantasticRacism: The Overlanders and Mobians are usually pretty antagonistic to each other due to a long history of conflict between them. Attitudes have softened, however, as the comic has gone on and the two have fought together more and more against their common enemies.
** Also the Dingoes and the Echidnas who are constantly at one another's throats.
*** Not based on race but the same basic idea is the reason why the Dark Legion broke off from the rest of Echidna society. Their love of technology led to them being persecuted and oppressed by the government.
*** Normal Mobians had a significant amount of dislike for the roboticized Robians.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The entire planet of Mobius.
* FatBastard: Three guesses.
* FeudalFuture: But Prince Acorn has begun to give the populace more control of their government after an attempted coup, so at least it is progressing.
* FirstNameBasis
* FiveBadBand: Scourge's Suppression Squad.
* FiveManBand: Several, including the Freedom Fighters, the Chaotix, the Downunda Freedom Fighters, and King Acorn's Secret Service.
* FlashForward: The "X Years Later" storylines.
* FootnoteFever: Almost every single time the comic references a previous event, there's a footnote helpfully telling you exactly what issue it took place in. In particularly referential issues, the phenomenon is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded. Frequently.]]
* FourFingeredHands: Rarely consistent, given its conflicting source material--the cartoon gives every Mobian four fingers, while the games gives almost every one of its characters five. Right now the number of fingers depends on the artist, with some giving every character five fingers, and others giving the Sega characters five and everybody else four. Similarly, earlier issues had established that the main difference between humanoid Overlanders such as Robotnik and proper Humans such as the characters seen in the Federation was the number of fingers: four and five, respectively. Thanks to artistic interpretation, this has since been quietly ignored.
* FourthWallMailSlot: Characters have occasionally answered fan mail "directly" through Sonic-Grams, the online blogs, and during a "novelty question month" on Ian Flynn's messageboard.
* FridgeBrilliance: Bunnie is the source of a lot of this. For starters, it's kind of [[FridgeLogic coincidental]] that a rabbit who only becomes partially robotic as soon as the events of the comic start would have the last name "[[MeaningfulName Rabbot]]" her whole life. It turns out that it's actually supposed to be pronounced "Rah-boh," but people just assumed it was "Rah-bot," her being a (half) robotic rabbit and all, and she just [[SureWhyNot went along with it]]. (For a similar name pronunciation scenario, but in reverse, see StephenColbert.) In addition, [[spoiler: the idea that a woman who's robotic from the waste down could [[{{Squick}} conceive and give birth to children]] is [[FridgeLogic pretty ridiculous]], as is the fact that despite her cybernetics being acquired and not genetic traits, [[LamarckWasRight her children also are cyborgs]]. And yet these two facts actually could suffice to explain away each other, since apparently her reproductive structures are functioning, but only can create cyborgs. Still, [[GroinAttack poor, poor Antoine]].]]
* FunnyAnimals: Though they do retain some traits of their animal origins. Oddly enough sea creatures remain the same.
* FunnySchizophrenia: Bean. Just. Bean.
* FurryFandom: Go to DeviantArt, type in echidnas, and see how many people represent themselves as echidnas. We'll wait.
** Hedgehogs - particularly [[ShadowTheHedgehog ones with pinstripes]] - and two-tailed foxes are equally common. Most blame the comics and the [[Series/SonicTheHedgehog SatAM cartoon]] for this most directly.
* FusionDance: [[spoiler: Gamma's "soul" enters Omega's mind, fusing their thoughts together and granting Omega the ability to feel proper emotion.]]
** Also, we have [[spoiler: Tikhaos]].
** And, sadly, [[DorkAge Titan Tails]].
* FutureBadass: Somewhat averted with Silver. He's quite capable, but he's also a bit too inexperienced and naive, which leads to him making a few mistakes.
* GadgeteerGenius: The comic has a lot of these, most notably Rotor, Tails, and Uncle Chuck.
* GenderEqualsBreed: Seems to be the case in the recent "30 Years Later" storyline.
* GeneralRipper: Depending on [[BrokenBase which side of the fence you're on]], General Helmut von Stryker. His son Kage definitely qualifies.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The Xorda take this to its logical conclusion by having a genetic engineering weapon that functions very much like a nuke. Said weapon also serves as the backstory for the planet.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Sonic Universe 17. Bunnie and Antione setting up a tent. (Bonus for being their honeymoon)
* GettingTooOldForThis: They obviously can't invoke this trope completely, as the series has no actors, but in the ''Mobius 30 Years Later'' arc, Sonic is starting to show his age and even jokes about. Luckily, he manages to avoid the repercussions of this from the previous future arc; there, he was on the receiving end of a CurbstompBattle courtesy of the ageless King Shadow.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Feist, the 200-foot mystical panda who inhabits the special zone and intermittently [[ThirdPersonPerson talks in the third person]]. Even in [[FantasyKitchenSink this comic]], he's treated as a {{BLAM}}.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Snively plays hockey with Sonic in issue #33.
* HappilyMarried: Bunnie & Antoine, Bernie & Jules, Amadeus & Rosemary Prower, Elias & Meg, Max & Alicia.
* HeartbrokenBadass: For a variable definition of "badass" (considering he and his team's absolutely dismal fight record), Lightning Lynx in SU#15.
* HeelFaceTurn: Dr. Robotnik at one point, believe it or not. It [[WeWantOurJerkBack didn't last long]].
* HellBentForLeather: Dark Legionnaire Lien-Da is usually shown wearing some sort of leather outfit. And wielding [[WhipItGood a whip]].
* HeroicBSOD: Sonic when he realizes that he literally drove Eggman insane thanks to Snively's HannibalLecture. However, the writers quickly push this under a rug. It counts, though, as Sonic did really feel terrible about what he did to Eggman.
** Played for laughs with Shadow after Marine tells him she doesn't know as much as she led on about ship building. For several panels, Shadow's expression locks up in one of the most amusing reactions given from a character in the comic.
* HeroicSociopath: Omega. Even after gaining a "soul" from Gamma, Omega is still a bit too triggerhappy and willing to blow things up.
* HollywoodCyborg: Bunnie, and her children in the "30 Years Later" storyline.
* HotBlooded: Monkey Khan.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Sonic was thought to had been dead after an explosion of alien tech, but was really flung halfway across the universe. He returned a year later and continued his role as a hero. This, however, lead to Sally breaking up with him.
* HumansAreBastards: Done somewhat ironically. Humans usually are quite amicable people, but our cartoon character counterparts the Overlanders are bastard-covered bastards with bastard fillings sprinkled with bastard frosted bastard flakes - at least from the Mobian perspective. What's the difference? About one finger on each hand.
** [[SuperiorSpecies Also, Mobians live in an idealistic utopian society.]]
** This starts to get averted later on. Around issue #100 or so, the Overlanders return to Mobius. The Overlanders we see here are civilians, and their fear of animals is generally born out of ignorance and isolation from the Mobians. Robotnik's brother may be a racist, sexist asshole, but he is also is a caring, if not extremely foolish father to Hope, and even to Snively (he hugs him when they reunite and is genuinely hurt by his betrayal.) Hope goes on to befriend the Mobians and becomes accepted by them.
** Never mind the fact that the war between the Overlanders and Mobians started due to an accident. Really, the only thing that casts them as particularly bad is the Mobians' own limited perspective and the fact that Robotnik and Snively are the only representatives of their race we see for a while. And the Overlanders kicked them out for being evil scumbags.
** Also, Nate Morgan. He's generally one of the kindest and well mannered characters in the series.
** The idea of the Mobians having a utopian society is also averted in #178-79, where Amadeus Prower leads half of the kingdom in an attempt to overthrow King Elias. The ensuing conflict nearly sends the Mobians into a civil war and brings the tension between Sonic and Tails to a boiling point.
* HumansByAnyOtherName: "Overlanders."
* HurricaneOfPuns: The earliest issues loved this one.
* HypocriticalHumor: In an early story, Robotnik asks how [[strike:Boomer]] Rotor can let himself get so fat...while his own stomach greatly hangs out.
* IdenticalGrandson
* IdolSinger: Mina Mongoose.
* {{Immortality}}: This is Mammoth Mogul's shtick, since he's an AlternateCompanyEquivalent of [[TheDCU Vandal Savage]].
** Also Enerjak's shtick. Until Mogul stole his chaos powers.
* ImportantHaircut: Sally had one semi-recently, cutting it from long to former short look to signify her de-{{Chickification}}.
* ImprobableAge: The Freedom Fighters started fighting TheEmpire when they were barely even teenagers, and they ''won''. Granted, it took them quite a while and it still hasn't stuck, but even the oldest is still barely breaching their twenties.
* IncrediblyLamePun: The early stories were full of them.
** There were even some [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] here and there.
--> '''Sally''': ''"What have I told you two about those bad puns?"''
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Espio, in accordance with his redesign in ''Sonic Heroes.'' Now, made even stronger with the addition of the four houses of the Dragon Kingdom, which includes the bat ninja Yagyu Clan. Lightning Lynx is similarly revealed to be a member of one of the Ninja Clans.
** There's also Uma Arachnis and her children.
* InsufferableGenius: An early plot turned Tails into one temporarily, and his evil alter-ego Miles behaves that way full-time.
* IntercontinuityCrossover
* InterspeciesRomance: Let's list them, shall we?
** Geoffrey St. John/Hershey St. John (skunk/cat)
** Antoine D'Coolette/Bunnie D'Coolette (coyote/rabbit cyborg)
** King Max Acorn/Queen Alicia Acorn (squirrel/chipmunk)
** Sonic's various canonical relationships:
*** With Princess Sally Acorn (hedgehog/squirrel-chipmunk hybrid) - [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a later issue:
--->'''[[CloudCuckoolander Bean]]''': Are you and the princess going to marry and have [[LegoGenetics mutant hedge-squirrel babies?]]
*** With Mina (hedgehog/mongoose)
*** With [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Fiona]] (hedgehog/fox)
** Thankfully subverted with the Iron King and Iron Queen, who are merely in a relationship of convenience in order to solidify their power base.
* {{Irony}}: The Historical/geographical kind. The location of the capital city of a one world absolute monarchy? Texas. The home of the racist aggressors and oppressors? New England. The reaction of the Freedom Fighters' government to the people's demands for democratic reform? Crush the rebellion, and imprison the leader. Sally managed to eventually get a compromise.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: For Sonic's sake, Mina took a bullet for Sally. [[IGotBetter She Got Better]].
* IWillShowYouX: Provides the current page image. See ShutUpHannibal for context.
* JackassGenie: Appeared in a one-shot and behaved this way for [[ForTheEvulz no perceptively good reason besides having an attitude problem]]. At the end he was put back in his bottle and thrown into the lake.
* JerkassWoobie: [[ManipulativeBitch Strange]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder as]] [[ConsummateLiar it]] [[HarmfulToMinors sounds]], you could actually make the case for [[DarkActionGirl Fiona]]. She really does have serious abandonment issues and her self-esteem is such that she'd sooner stick by Scourge, who at least once casually ''[[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain slapped her around]]'', over Sonic when the latter started to question her loyalty to him. Even WordOfGod has hinted that she's still not all bad.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ash the Mongoose. Antoine before his CharacterDevelopment.
** Sonic at times too. At one point it got so bad Tails, his best friend, ''physically assaulted him''. He's wised up a little now, though he can still be a JerkAss at times.
** Also, Geoffrey St. John, and Vector some of the time.
* KangarooCourt: Sonic was once put on trial by Knothole in a literal Kangaroo Court: two kangaroos were the judges. Other than that, however, it seemed like a fair trial, though the prosecutor seemed a little too interested in getting a guilty verdict.
* KilledOffForReal: Robotnik Prime and Locke are the big ones.
** Also, Tommy Turtle and Sir Connery.
** And Locke was actually KilledOffForReal ''twice''. It was an alternate timeline/future thing.
** And before any of them, Tobor and Kragok.
* KissingCousins: A distantly related version, when it's revealed that Julie-Su is descended from the evil side of Knuckles' family tree.
* KnightTemplar: King Shadow from an alternate timeline.
* LaResistance: The Freedom Fighters and the multiple affiliates that followed.
** And the Rebel Underground, a group of freedom fighters who invoke this trope in imagery and name.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: The TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles appear in the background of one panel in issue #10, [[LampshadeHanging remarking that they're in the wrong comic.]] (It should be noted that ArchieComics produced a comic book series based on the turtles, ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures''.)
** Also, in issue #18, Sonic mistakes the badnik Bat Brain's silhouette for the Batsignal and thinks {{Batman}} is trying to steal his spotlight.
** The main story (as well as the cover) of issue #8 takes this trope to extremes.
* LegoGenetics: Sally Acorn is the most prominent example, being half squirrel and half chipmunk without any problems.
* [=~Let's You And Him Fight~=]: ''Way'' too many times to count.
* TheLoad: Antoine was this before he started to pull his own weight.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: You have almost everyone from the videogames, everyone from [[SatamSonicTheHedgehog Satam]], all the original characters, all the original characters from Knuckles' series, and all the characters introduced to tie the videogames and comics together.
** Haven't you seen the image at the top of the page yet?
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Knuckles' family is (or ''was'') nigh-Machiavellian in this aspect, actively conspiring to keep him in the dark as much as possible "for his own good".
* LongRunner: The comic prides itself on being the longest running video game comic in human history, and the author's notes at the end of the 200th issue boasted that they're only 76 strips away from becoming the longest running licensed comic book publication of the modern age.
* LosingYourHead: Due to sudden rapid aging, Dimitri had to have more and more of his body replaced with cybernetic implants. Now he is just a cyborg head in a floating fishbowl.
* LotusEaterMachine: Used at least once in an early issue.
* LoveTriangle: Oh, ''sheesh''... Sonic/Sally/Antoine, Sonic/Sally/Knuckles, Sonic/Sally/Geoffrey, Sonic/Sally/Khan, Sally/Sonic/Amy, Sally/Sonic/Mina, Sonic/Mina/Ash, Sonic/Fiona/Tails, Sonic/Fiona/Scourge, Knuckles/Julie-Su/Rouge... and possibly Locke/Lara-Le/Wynmacher. There may be more, but you get the idea.
** Sally is arguably more of a LoveDodecahedron...
* LukeIAmYourFather: A variation occurs with Enerjak, who is Knuckles' distant ancestor. Then again when the Dark Legion is revealed to be a bunch of echidnas (and led by one of Enerjak/Dimitri's descendants to boot. Then, yet ''again'' when Julie-Su finds out that she's the daughter of one of the Legion's Grandmasters, and Kragok and Lien-da's sister.
** A more literal example occurs when it's confirmed that [[spoiler: Remington is Kragok's son.]]
* {{Magitek}}: Regina is a "technomage".
* MadBomber: Bean the Dynamite Duck, and Bomb after being reprogrammed. Bomb is of literal note because he actually ''is'' a bomb. He transfers his programming to a fresh duplicate each time he explodes.
* MadScientist: Dr. Robotnik/Eggman, Dr. Finitevus, Dimitri.
* MagnificentBastard: Mammoth Mogul most certainly didn't fit the bill for this early on, even though he was clearly meant to be one. An immortal cavemammoth from earth's second Ice Age (it's complicated), Mogul was always plotting and scheming, with the writers trying their darndest to build him up with unlikely XanatosGambit stories. Nothing worked, and his world domination plans failed again and again and again. Then one day Mogul wised up and essentially said to the heroes "I just remembered that I'm immortal. So here's my new plan: I'll live in this sweet casino I just had built, amuse myself by taking pot shots at you whenever I can, and wait for you all to die of old age. I can beat you by outliving you."
* ManipulativeBastard: Finitevus.
* MechaMooks: [=SWATbots=], Combots, Shadowbots, and later, the Egg Pawns.
* MediumAwareness: A regular part of Michael Gallagher's scripts, particularly in the early days.
* MeetCute: Knuckles & Julie-Su, Rob & Mari-An.
* MirrorUniverse: Moebius (formerly named Anti-Mobius).
** BizarroUniverse: It's not just good and evil switched, although that's how the idea started. Floating Island floats in the ocean instead of in the sky, Scourge's one billionth ring drove Amy insane when it granted her wish, and Anarchy Beryl (Anti-Chaos Emeralds) drains energy from people when they use it instead of boosting their energy.
* TheMole: The Guardian Tobor, who is really the Legionnaire Moritori Rex, who took advantage of an accident to replace the real Tobor so he could spy on the Brotherhood of Guardians.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Robotnik. Dr. Finitevus.
* MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate: Averted. Dr. Quack is on the up-and-up.
* MrExposition: Nate Morgan was the most blatant about it.
* MyGreatestFailure: Uncle Chuck feels terrible for creating the Roboticizer that led to Robotnik forming his army.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: [[spoiler:Espio]]
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Marine gets this pretty hard from Shadow in ''Sonic Universe'' #1.
* MythologyGag: Sonic and Sally's future offspring are called Sonia and Manik, the names of Sonic's siblings in Sonic Underground.
** On the title page for one issue, Nack's description is listed as "Fanged Sniper", a reference to his Japanese name.
** Sonic remarks that he beat Scratch, Ground, and Coconuts when he was eight, which is the age he would have been when you subtract the number of years ago ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' aired from his current age.
* NecessarilyEvil: Finitevus. Sort of. He doesn't show regret for cruelly lying and manipulating people -- just the opposite really -- but he's never seen doing it for sadistic purposes ''alone''.
* [=~Noblewoman's Laugh~=]: The Iron Queen. Even in ''print'', it manages to be grating.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: The ''Mobius: 25 Years Later'' series features Sally (chipmunk/squirrel) and Sonic's (hedgehog) kids, among other examples.
* NoFourthWall: The "Off Panel", brief comics in some issues that have the characters frequently doing this and often interacting with the writers/editors of the comic. Also noticeable in the comic's early era, when Michael Gallagher was the main writer.
* NotSoDifferent: The Brotherhood is pretty damn hypocritical in their combating the Dark Legion, using the very technology that they convinced echidna society to ban and thereby started the conflict in the first place. The Dark Legion comes close to calling them out on this on several occasions.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: Partially subverted in the comic itself; played straight with the Kingdom of Acorn.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The Freedom Fighters, though it's temporarily subverted at different points in the series. This later comes back to bite the main characters in the tail when one of the disenfranchised former members of the Substitute Freedom Fighters becomes a leader in the government.
* OffhandBackhand: Bunnie to Naugus in #173. [[VillainDecay How the mighty have fallen]].
* OmnicidalManiac: Dr. Finitevus believes the world is hopelessly corrupt and must be "cleansed with emerald fire." He is utterly convinced of the righteousness of his position and quite willing to lay down his own life to achieve his aims.
* OneWorldOrder: The Kingdom of Acorn before the events of the comics; Dr. Robotnik's empire after his coup.
** Of course, now it's pretty much broken up and the only vast power base is the Iron Queen's control of Robotnik's city and the Dragon Kingdom. Sonic makes a particular note of the fact that Eggman's lost control of his own empire at one point.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Snively, who was rather shocked when Robotnik actually called him by his given name (Colin). What's weird is that he apparently ''prefers'' the nickname... and Colin is also his father's name.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Dulcy the Dragon and her race.
* ParentalAbandonment: Almost every regular character, until Robotnik Prime's death.
** Of particular note is Knuckles, who was left in a wilderness by his father at a young age, and was then spied on by him for a while. This happened to every Guardian before him, but Locke had a particularly hard time with it, which eventually tore their family apart and caused his wife to leave him.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: Amy does this for the ''SonicAdventure'' adaptation.
* PlotTumor: Coupled with Knuckles turning into a CanonSue, as described above. Knuckles goes from living in a wilderness, believing himself to be the last of his kind, to living in a city full of other echidnas and having a family tree that becomes more and more convoluted as time goes on. Eventually, the echidnas end up becoming the most important race in the comic. Then, the Eggman Empire (and Ian Flynn) came along... Needless to say, there aren't as many echidnas now.
* ProductPlacement: Stories that really serve no purpose other than to serve as a five-page advertisement for whatever the newest Sonic game is.
** WordOfGod has declared the ''SonicChronicles'', ''SonicUnleashed'', and ''Sonic and the Black Knight'' stories as non-canon in the comic's continuity.
* ProjectedMan: How NICOLE now interacts with the rest of the cast, in a lyn([[IncrediblyLamePun u]])x form.
* PromotedFanboy: Ian Flynn was known as the author of a popular fan comic [[http://www.bumbleking.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=63855#63855 Other-M]] before getting hired as head writer.
* PsychoForHire: Bean is the ComedicSociopathy version of this.
* PsychopathicManChild: Eggman has become this after Sonic #200.
* ThePsychoRangers: The Suppression Squad, who are the Freedom Fighters' [[EvilTwin Evil Twins from an alternate dimension]].
* PunnyName: A particularly cringeworthy example would be "Sleuth Dawggy-Dawg," who actually turned into a fairly regular RecurringCharacter they've mercifully taken to referring to only as "Sleuth Dawg".
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Overlanders and the Dingoes on occasion.
** And the Dark Legion from time to time.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Destructix, comprised of Predator Hawk, Sgt. Simian, Lightning Lynx, Flying Frog, Sleuth Dawggy-Dawg, and Drago Wolf. They haven't gotten much characterization over the years, and mostly show up when various {{Big Bad}}s need some minions to throw at the heroes.
* RaisedByWolves: Knuckles in what is actually a Guardian tradition
** Aerial and Athena are this trope ''literally'', as the adopted daughters of Lupe.
* TheRealRemingtonSteele: Fiona, who was introduced as a Robotnik-created bot years before her real self appeared.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Sonic to Eggman in issue #200. He regrets it when it contributes to Eggman's VillainousBreakdown.
* RecursiveAdaptation: The comic has already started to incorporate some plot elements from ''SonicChronicles'', which had adapted much of its own material after the comic.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: This is the case for the original Metal Sonic, who sacrifices himself to save Sonic and Tails after seeing Sonic go through everything to save his best friend.
* ReliableTraitor: Robotnik re-recruits Snively by out-and-out telling him that this is his role, but that he plans to be ready for the inevitable backstab.
* TheRenfield: Snively was sometimes depicted as this in the earlier issues -- ''very'' much in contrast with his later characterization.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Silver of the much maligned ''Sonic the Hedgehog 2006''. His comic version is liked a lot more because his personality has been changed to a guy who is not very confident in his abilities as a "SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong" guy.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Trey Scales]], or really almost anyone who tries to deal with Robotnik.
* TheRival: Geoffrey St. John.
* RobotWar: Technically, usually, since this is Robotnik/Eggman's WeaponOfChoice.
* RomanticFalseLead: Geoffrey St. John appears to have been crafted with this initial purpose in mind, although he did fulfill a function in the plot outside of the love triangle. Mina was a more blatant example.
* RomanticPlotTumor: Plagued the comic for quite a long time. Luckily the comic has since moved on.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The House of Acorn.
* RunningTheAsylum: Several examples, the most prominent being Ian Flynn, the current head writer.
* TheScrappy: Tommy Turtle probably got it the worst, but Dulcy and pre-Character Development Antoine had no few detractors. Mind you none of them had ''anything'' on [[SonicX Chris Thorndyke]].
* [=~Screw This, I'm Outta Here~=]: The Dark Presence
* SdrawkcabName: Julian ''Kintobor'' changes his name to Dr. Ivo ''Robotnik.''
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Mina and Ash Mongoose. And of course, the countless echidnas. And the lynx.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Implied with Scourge. Also Lien-Da.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Mogul.
* ShipSinking: Sonic and Fiona; and Tails and Fiona, via the comics and WordOfGod.
* ShoutOut: Tons, for just about every fiction franchise on Earth. Most of these can be found in a group shot of AU Tails.
** One particular example is M, Robotnik's android "daughter." She's a sunglasses wearing android MadeOfIron, who eventually gets her outer shell blown off to reveal a skeletal-looking body underneath. [[TheTerminator Now what does this remind you of?]] To add to it, there's the fact that she looks like a female version of Arnold.
** A supplemental piece of art for an earlier comic was also a {{homage}} to Disney's ''{{Aladdin}}''.
** I always assumed Constable Remington was a shout out to the series ''RemingtonSteele''.
** Eggman's rambling in one of the more recent comics (STH 204) is likely a ShoutOut to the hybrids in the re-imagined BattlestarGalactica.
* ShutUpHannibal: In issue #74, after the freedom fighters [[spoiler:find Robotnik on the walkway of some outer space facility, (note that up until that point they thought he was dead)]] there are at least [[VerbThis two]] [[IWillShowYouX varieties]] (or [[YourMileageMayVary maybe]] three) of ShutUpHannibal in a row:
-->'''Sonic''': You're toast if you don't tell me what happened to my family and the other roboticized mobians, [[spoiler:Ro"butt"nik]]!
-->'''[[spoiler:Robotnik]]''': Come now, hedgehog. Can't you at least take a moment to [[spoiler:welcome me back from the dead]]? Didn't your parents teach you better manners?
-->'''Sonic''': Why, you lousy...
-->''Sonic runs at [[spoiler:Robotnik]], but [[spoiler:Robotnik]] smacks him aside.''
-->'''Bunnie''': [[IWillShowYouX Ah'll show you manners!]]
-->''Bunnie then punches [[spoiler:Robotnik]] in the face, and Sonic and Tails stumble upon [[spoiler:Robotnik's sweatshop]].''
-->'''Tails''': Sonic, look!
-->'''Sonic''': I see it, Tails! ALL of the missing robians being forced to work in this suped-up outer-space sweat-shop!
-->'''[[spoiler:Robotnik]]''': Forced? Quite the contrary, Sonic. [[KickTheDog I've merely RESTORED their LACK of free will. They have absolutely no say in the matter.]] How can you say that I've done something wrong? Why, look at all the new jobs I've created!
-->'''Sonic''': [[VerbThis Create this!]]
-->''(Sonic then runs up at [[spoiler:Robotnik]] and knocks him off the walkway.)''
* SlapSlapKiss[=/=]KissKissSlap: For a while it reached ''ridiculous'' levels with Sonic and Sally. It's calmed down in more recent strips.
* SpeciesSurname: Sometimes (Maurice "Sonic" Hedgehog), sometimes not (Amy Rose).
* {{Spinoff}}: Knuckles' comic. Also the new ''Sonic Universe'' comic.
* TheStarscream: Snively. Actually, he once successfully killed Robotnik. The Eggman in the series now is actually from a parallel dimension.
* StartOfDarkness: Regina the Iron Queen shows us hers in "A Lonely Girl's Story".
* StuffBlowingUp: Omega prefers this to happen in every mission he's taken part in so far. So far, he is pleased.
* SummersFamilyTree: Knuckles' ancestors, the Brotherhood of Guardians, and the leaders of the Dark Legion. It eventually is revealed to include [[spoiler: Julie-Su]] and [[spoiler: Remington.]] Finitevus eventually lampshades this.
* SuperDickery: Issues #28, #203 and #204
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [=RoboRobotnik=]/Dr. Eggman, for, well, himself.
* TalkativeLoon: Bean.
* TakeThatScrappy: Sonic's dad does an ''epic'' one towards Scourge in issue 192.
* ThemeNaming: The Brotherhood of Guardians.
* TickleTorture: In #58.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Team Dark. Shadow's mellowed out, but Rouge is a thief who's in it for herself, and Omega is a HeroicSociopath. And if Abraham Tower has his back story from the games...
* TookALevelInBadass: Antoine takes several, Evil Sonic when he becomes Scourge, and [[spoiler:Dr. Eggman]] big time after he [[spoiler:overcomes his VillainousBreakdown purely with logic, snaps out of his insanity, and puts himself back in the game arguably more dangerous than ever. His return to sanity is even punctuated by quite possibly the most dark and ominous panel Eggman has ever appeared in.]]
* TotallyRadical: The series still bills itself as "The World's Most Way Past Cool Comic!" Delicious early '90s camp.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Chili-dogs for Sonic.
* TricksterMentor: Archimedes the Fire Ant filled this role for Knuckles, by way of a XanatosGambit that initially made Knuckles and the readers believe he was being set up as a villain.
* UnfortunateImplications: Let's see, two characters are given the WordOfGay treatment by the comic's previous head writer. The current writer, who is later established as gleefully mistreating characters in the comic he doesn't like, as one of his first tasks after taking over the story, kills off said characters (or one of them, anyway) in a short, hasty, and brutal torture scene that ends with their captors giddy over the deed, then refuses to make an official statement on the WordOfGay either way, ignoring the whole thing.
* {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s: The Nerbs go straight from this to WeWantOurJerkBack.
* UnpleasableFanbase: It's Sonic the Hedgehog, it comes with the territory.
* VagueAge: The planet itself, believe it or not, with the time between the Xorda attack on Earth and the current strips ranging from anywhere between 3200 years to 15,000 years.
* ValuesDissonance: Covering everything from the systems of government on Mobius to the clothes the characters don't wear.
* VerbThis: See ShutUpHannibal.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Dr. Eggman]]
** Also Scourge after he's betrayed by everyone. He expresses a desire to destroy two whole worlds, one of which is his home, just out of annoyance.
* VillainDecay: Taken to the logical conclusion with Eggman in the 200th issue.
** Ixis Naugus suffered from this in a very disappointing way. In his first appearance, he was portrayed as a strong force worthy of being feared. He had powers that could control the weather and the movement of the earth, and he forced Sonic and Tails into a wild goose chase around the world before they sent him back to the Void. Several years later, he came back in a rather {{badass}} way, making the [[HighlyVisibleNinja Arachne]] his servants, claiming the Sword of Acorns and trashing both Dr. Eggman's headquarters and his robot bodyguard Mecha pretty badly. However, when he found out that Mammoth Mogul was the founder of the Order of Ixis, he gave him the Sword of Acorns and became his second-in-command, only to be captured by the now pissed off Dr. Eggman and sent to the Egg Grape Chamber. There he becomes insane and now he's nothing more but a dumb, wild animal, only loyal to Mogul, and without any of the awesome powers he once had. A poor way to end a character slated to become the next main villain of ''SatAM'', but if [[spoiler:Dr. Eggman]] could have "reasoned [himself] back from the brink" than there's some hope that Naugus could do it too.
* VisionaryVillain: Enerjak.
* TheVoiceless: Bark the Polar Bear, Bean's partner in crime, never speaks.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Knuckles and Locke's relationship has elements of this. Also, Antoine invokes this trope when he tries to earn his father's appreciation after the latter starts acting more impressed with Sonic.
** Snively's lack of appreciation by his father is hinted to be part of the reason for him being evil. Interestingly enough, his father, Robotnik's brother, was ''also'' favored over his brother. Hmmm.
** And let's not get started on King Max's relationship with his kids.
** A.D.A.M. towards Robotnik.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Knuckles as Enerjak. The dingoes also apply, depending on how you look at it.
** Finitevus considers himself one.
* TheWesley: Tommy Turtle.
* [=~Will They Or Won't They~=]: Sonic and Sally did this for a long time. Then they started dating, broke up, and are doing it ''again''.
** Knuckles and Julie-Su had a fair bit of this when they first met too. And Shadow and Rouge still do, though it's unlikely they ever will given Shadow being an emotional cripple who can barely articulate his feelings other than arrogance and anger.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Both Dimitri and Knuckles were turned into the crazed god Enerjak by draining power from the Master Emerald.
* WordOfGay: Ken Penders got around the CCA somehow by hinting at one of the characters in the "Mobius: X Years Later" storyline being gay... and somehow doing this while showing the life partner, threading the relationship into the text. Once fans started searching, it became obvious (and confirmed by Ken), that the hinted couple was ''Rotor and Cobar'', the latter an echidna scientist from ''the Dark Legion''.
* WordOfGod: Current writer Ian Flynn has organized his own message board, where he and other creators interact with fans and answer their questions.
** His predecessor, Ken Penders, also has an active message board that talks about the stories that he had planned for the series. Interestingly, ''Ian'' has stated in his board that he's a follower of Ken's board, himself.
* WrenchWench: Hope Kintobar, in keeping with the family tradition, is quite the mechanical prodigy.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: How Rob O' the Hedge often talks. His cousin, Amy, who comes from the same region, doesn't do this.
* YouHaveFailedMe: The first Robotnik, often.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: King Shadow to [[spoiler: Lien Da]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: A ''lot'' of the cast is like this.
* ZenSurvivor: General von Styker, after his son ousts him from power.
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* EvilerThanThou: Mammoth Mogul gives Dimitri-as-Enerjak the treatment in Knuckles #9, as he Depowers him.
-->If there ''are'' any lessons to be learned, it's one you so obviously forgot! As I begin to absorb the incalculable power you possess, consider this: there is ''always'' someone else who is smarter, stronger and even more ''ruthless'' than you.
** Notably, Dimitri's later characterization would push him further and further towards {{AntiVillain}} status.
** Teaming up with the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain du jour]] and winding up on the losing end of this was also [[EvilTwin anti-Sonic's]] second most common gimmick (the most common, of course, being the instigator of ClearMyName plots), although that changed after [[TookALevelInBadass he did]].


** Played for laughs with Shadow after Marine tells him she doesn't know as much as she led on about ship building. Results in one of the most [[{{Narm}} awkwardly funny]] facial expressions ever seen in the comic.

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** Played for laughs with Shadow after Marine tells him she doesn't know as much as she led on about ship building. Results For several panels, Shadow's expression locks up in one of the most [[{{Narm}} awkwardly funny]] facial expressions ever seen amusing reactions given from a character in the comic.

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