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Always Having Juice is a Sonic the Hedgehog Alternate Universe Character Blog created by Consuelo, aka Calamity Jane where any average Joe on the internet can ask up to fifteen characters questions (though certain characters are less likely to answer than others, see here for details).

The blog, drawn in a simple yet strange art style which looks like it's from a modernist art piece, is set in an alternate continuity (known as the Calamitous Zone) that takes elements from the games, the comics, the OVA, and everything in between and merges them into one cohesive whole. While most characters retain some semblance of their canon personalities, their portrayal and backstory varies wildly (Sonic is Jewish, Silver is half-robot, Eggman's motives differ, etc.) Questions range from being character-focused to being setting-focused, and there’s some very thorough Worldbuilding involved.

Since 2013, it is no longer updated.

Now has a Character Page.

Always Having Juice provides examples of

  • Acrofatic: Don't let Sonic's weight fool you; he's just as fast as he is in the games.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Of various elements and characters in the many Sonic continuities.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The Overlanders don't seem to have natural skin tones, instead having everything from pale green to pink to blue to stark white to gray and everything in between. That's not even getting into the blue/pink hedgehogs and otherwise technicolor Mobians.
  • Art Evolution: Inverted. The initial art style for the first story arc included shading and lots of details, but that became rather exhausting for the artist, so it regressed into a much simpler style.
  • Artifact of Doom: According to Knuckles, the Chaos Emeralds are these, since anyone who tries to use them go ''insane''. This includes Chaos, Professor Gerald Robotnink and Sonic the Hedgehog himself. The fact that these three, all good-hearted and noble individuals in their own right, were extremely (if not forcefully) affected by the power, Knuckles is fully right in why the Emeralds are too dangerous for anyone to use.
  • Ascended Meme: On one update of the story "It All Started With a Hedgehog," the author accidentally placed Manic's nose such that it could be easily mistaken for Sonic's pupil. This led to a minor case of amused confusion in some of the readers, and the mistake has even spawned fanart.
  • Bad Future: Heavily implied for Silver and Blaze. Blaze specifically states that she was the only source of heat for miles, and the only thing Silver has ever “said” about his situation was a wordless image of him sitting alone in what appears to be a very large bookshelf.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Every single character shown is easily distinguishable from one another.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Surprisingly, Metal Sonic.
  • Composite Character: Gaia Mercury is a merging of Sonic the Werehog from Sonic Unleashed and Lah from the Night of the Werehog short that promotes the game. Likewise, Dark Gaia is a mixture of the Monster of the Week from Sonic Unleashed as well as Mephiles the Dark from Sonic 2006.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Parodied with COHOSE YUOR CLOOR.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Subverted; Cream was an orphan before being adopted by Vector.
  • Cool House: Sonic’s house is a refurbished airplane, similar to the one found in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie.
  • Creepy Child: Cream has a difficult time discerning the real from the imaginary due to her power, and was diagnosed as mentally ill before being adopted by Vector.
  • Cyborg: Calamityverse Fiona the Fox is this.
  • Disappeared Dad: Sonic’s father is deceased. He grew up with his mother, sister, brother, and uncle.
  • Distressed Dude: In the original Sonic CD, Sonic rescued Amy from Metal Sonic. In this universe, though, Rosy is the one who rescues Sonic from his doppelganger.
  • Elemental Powers: Knuckles has earth powers, Blaze has fire powers, and Storm has air powers.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Black Doom, to the point where he's still haunting Shadow from beyond the grave.
  • Enemy Within: Super Sonic, a la Fleetway.
  • Everyone Is a Super: Every single named character appears to have a power of some sort, save for the very minor ones. It’s outright stated that not having a power is strange and concerning.
    • Furthermore, it's common for people to share powers and society is built with this in mind. When Sonic is asked about where he gets his shoes, Sonic says that there are other people with super-speed and in fact, they have their own section in shoe stores for their footwear. He then remind us that he just happens to be the''fastest.''
  • Expo Speak: Understandable, due to it being a rather different continuity from the games. Usually lampshaded.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against Mobians in Surface War II and occasionally against Sonic for being Jewish.
  • Five-Token Band: This trope is twofold.
    • On one hand, the fifteen main characters include two Jewish people, at least three noticeably dark skinned people, a chameleon from the Fantasy Counterpart Culture of the Middle East, two open homosexuals and their adopted children, two cyborgs, and a genetic experiment.
    • On the other hand, there are also two hedgehogs, a fox, an echidna, an example of Humans by Any Other Name, a crocodile, a chameleon, a bee, a rabbit, two robots, two half-robots of dubious biological species, a bat, and an alien who may or may not be imbued with hedgehog DNA.
      • The human portraits of the cast are also just as diverse; Sonic, Rosy, and Vector are Caucasian, Tails is South Asian, Knuckles is Jamaican, Espio is Arabic, Charmy and Rouge are African American, Cream is Japanese, Silver is albino, Blaze is Indian, and Shadow is Ambiguously Brown. There've also been hints that Eggman is Hispanic.
  • Floating Continent: There used to be about two thousand Floating Islands floating in the atmosphere, but ever since Surface War II, that number has been reduced to less than 200.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Super Sonic.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Bad smoking, courtesy of May Ameila
  • Green and Mean: Scourge the Hedgehog everyone. He's naturally green here unlike his counterpart, but still serves as an anti-Sonic of sorts. While Sonic is a Nice Jewish Boy, Scourge is a Jerkass anti-semite who once tossed Sonic's yarmulke to the mud and called him some anti-semetic slurs to his face. Sonic remembering the incident has him respond with barely-held fury.
    • Also, Jet the Hawk.
  • Human Aliens: At first, the Overlanders seemed to be mostly human with a few outliers. Now it's pretty clear that these guys are not human at all.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Metal Sonic REALLY wants to be “The Real Sonic”. So much so that he kidnaps Tails to learn the true meaning of Hanukkah, claims that having more stripes proves he’s the real Sonic. He also dons a certain pink apron and tiny blue hat whenever asked questions that have him approach uncomfortable conclusions (such as how he can be the real Sonic if he lacks legs.)
  • Imaginary Friend: Vector and Cream share a power in which they can see every single Imaginary Friend ever dreamed up ever. The power can be turned off.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Evoked by Metal Sonic.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Sonic, who is a hedgehog, adopted Tails (fox) as his younger brother; Vector (crocodile) and Espio (chameleon) adopted Cream (rabbit) and Charmy (bee) respectively.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Variation with Super Sonic; though it's a shoutout that he's completely mad (much like his Fleetway self.)
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Charmy is a bee, and has Super Strength. His limbs are about as thick as a leek.
  • The Noseless: Rouge is often drawn like this, such as here.
  • One Head Taller: Shadow the Stranger is considerably much taller than his Mobian acquaintances, best seen here and here, though he’s actually just 4’7”, which isn’t tall at all by Overlander standards.
  • Patchwork Fic: The setting (and many of the characters) incorporates elements from just about all walks of Sonic lore, including Sonic the Comic, Sonic Underground, Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, and Sonic Unleashed.
  • Power Incontinence: Cream doesn’t know how to control her powers of Super-Imagination, which is why she was wrongfully diagnosed with schizophrenia. Vector is trying to teach her.
  • Psycho Electro: From what we've seen, Super Sonic.
  • The Quiet One: Shadow has this as a character trait, while Espio and Omega don’t answer questions much.
  • Tsundere: Blaze, in a way. While not prone to running "hot" (as she is a rather calm and collected character), she seems to be rather unwilling to elaborate on how much she "likes" Sonic.
  • Reset Button: Shadow’s Time Travel ability amounts to this; if he ever messes up, he strikes a pose and goes back in time to a point where he can start over.
  • The Runaway: Rosy the Rascal and her cousin Rob O’ the Tyrants are trying to get away from their parents and their “family business”.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Super Sonic, once again.
  • Running Gag: Putting on the "nerd glasses" whenever Expo Speak is done. Usually done by whoever is answering the question.
  • Science Fantasy: Whatever cannot be defined or explained by science fiction (such as the imaginary Nazo Immune Cell which grants Mobians and Overlanders their powers) is explained through more supernatural means (such as the Floating Islands all being kept in the air by hidden, ancient artifacts such as the Master Emerald).
  • Shown Their Work: In spades, particularly in regards to the world building. In brief, the moderator of the blog has clearly done her research on Judaism, World History, Spanish, Japanese, biology, astrology, and so on. There was even a modification made to Jet's character design when further research on Native American Culture unearthed some Unfortunate Implications.
  • Super-Speed: A common enough power to where speedsters have their own section of special shoes in shoe stores since normal ones would just burn out quickly:
    Sonic: I’m not the only speedster on Mobius! Heh… I’m just the fastest.
  • Take Over the World: Subverted by Eggman, who explains his disinterest in the matter compared to his canon counterparts.
  • Take That!: To more extreme "social justice" bloggers on Tumblr.
  • Un-Sorcerer: Maria Robotnik. Being born without any Nazo Cells in her body not only meant she was born without powers, but also completely messed up her health, being unable to digest certain foods and having very, very weak muscles.
  • The Mafia: Possibly. Rosy tends to tiptoe around the subject of what her family does.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The way the Chaos Emeralds work in this universe.
  • Word Salad Title: Apparently, the title was chosen as a reference to a song by Dan Deacon, and doesn't have anything to do with the contents of the blog.