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The World's most famous Blue Hedgehog! ...then again, he is the world's only Blue Hedgehog.

Sharper than a Cyber-Razor Cut, it's Sonic the Comic!
—The tagline for the very first issue.

A British comic by Fleetway which originally ran in The '90s. Although Sonic the Hedgehog is in the title, it began as a sort of Sega equivalent to Nintendo Power (although not to be confused with the Official Sega Magazine which ran at the same time), showcasing strips about upcoming Sega games along with reviews, cheat codes, walkthroughs, and the like. As time went on, various factors (including a hedgehog version of Wolverine Publicity) caused most of those to be phased-out in favor of more Sonic stories.

Along with Sonic, other games to spawn their own strips included:

  • Decap Attack: Longest-running of all the non-Sonic strips, re-imagined as a loopy piece of surreal humour and puns which somehow managed to make the Sega game, itself wacky, look staid by comparison.
  • Streets of Rage: Typical '90s Dark Age adaptation of the fighting game, with the memetic lines "Ninjas are wimps, man!" and "AND I WANT A HELICOPTER!"
  • Ecco the Dolphin: Fairly straight adaptation of the original game.
  • Kid Chameleon: While accurate, it reimagined the hero as a Henshin Hero. Sadly, it was never finished.
  • Shining Force: For some reason, the bog standard fantasy setting of the game was changed into a post-World War 3 hellscape; in the vein of Shadowrun, the resulting mutations birthed fantasy races of centaurs, elves and so forth.
  • Golden Axe
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World: Sequels called Wonder Boy in Demon World and Wonder Boy in Ghost World.
  • Mutant League: No relation to the American animated series beyond both adaptating the same Genesis sports games by Electronic Arts.
  • Marco's Magic Football
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • Eternal Champions: Popular enough to get its own summer special.
  • Rocket Knight Adventures: An original storyline set after the games, with Sparkster returning to find his people brainwashed by a new set of invaders.

The UK's Sonic adaptation was distinct from all others, chiefly because it strove to accurately translate the world of the games into serial form, albeit what was under the Western canon at the time. This included the Zones, rings, Star Posts, Badniks, animal friends, and more. Those elements sometimes appear in other adaptations, such as the Archie Sonic series (which had a murky sense of how Rings and Zones actually worked or where they existed in relation to the 'verse), but not to the same degree. A few inconsistencies can be blamed on Sega's typically-poor communication with their media outlets in the west: for instance, Nack the Weasel (a.k.a. Fang the Sniper) was introduced in Sonic the Comic as a member of the Chaotix, despite him debuting in Sonic Triple Trouble and having nothing to do with that team. (Admittedly, Knuckles does feature in both games.)

The book really took off following a Time Skip in which Sonic was hurled into a Bad Future. The next ninety-odd issues consisted of Sonic organizing the Freedom Fighters and toppling Robotnik in the 100th issue.

Like Archie, the book had its own stable of Canon Foreigners: Captain Plunder the Sky Pirate, Grimer (The Igor to Robotnik's Frankenstein), Doctor Zachary, Metallix, Shortfuse the Cybernik, and Tekno the Canary. Metallix was an effort to add more distinctiveness to the video game villain Metal Sonic, being a group. The comic also has its own take on Super Sonic, which asks a simple yet horrifying question: what would happen if Super Sonic was a murderous psycho?

Fleetway did acknowledge their Archie counterpart and its inspiration Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) in magazine features, but they did not incorporate any of that into the UK Sonic's canon. (Alhough Sonic the Comic may have influenced Archie near the end: Both books featured Knuckles fighting an albino member of his species, and an Enemy Without plot involving Super Sonic going on a rampage.) Similarly, the book was not linked to the earlier UK Sonic novels that had, for example, SatAM's Sally Acorn as a character; however, the novels did appear to influence the comic. Both had time-travel plots that involved Sonic being forced to instigate the accident which created Robotnik, as the alternative was even worse; being conquered by Metallix in the comics, and the whole universe being infected by Chaos in the novels.

After the print magazine's demise, the comic (as well as some of the articles) was continued by fans under the name Sonic the Comic Online. The Trope Page for the online continuation of Sonic the Comic can be found here. For a time, the original comic had its own site with issues uploaded weekly, but it no longer exists.

It has absolutely nothing to do with SoniComi.

Sonic the Comic contains examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Johnny was supposed to gain a crush on Amy, but writer Nigel Kitching felt that it would end up taking up too much of the already-limited page space to develop. Similarly, the conclusion of the Agent X arc was meant to reveal that Johnny genuinely had gone over to Robotnik's side after growing weary of years of fighting him. Lew Stringer, who wrote most of these stories, eventually decided against it; Johnny was Nigel's character and Lew felt it wouldn't be fair to turn him evil. Anyway, he eventually judged that Johnny was "too nice a guy" to do that.
  • Acid-Trip Dimension: The Special Zone. Referenced when a character claimed the part where most of the action took place was the weird part. There are, however, parts of the Special Zone which are "normal". It's a Cloud Cuckoo Land to Sonic, but it's pretty average in comparison to the swirling mass of colours that make up the rest of the dimension.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • Sonic Adventure's storyline was radically changed to fit into the comic's continuity. Despite being rushed, the end result was a fitting end to the original run.
    • The Sonic 3D Blast adaptation became one with the introduction of The Drakon Empire near the end.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Eye variation: Once the Sonic Adventure adaptation came around, the only character with their game eye color was Sonic (and, in his case, it was due to a side effect of prolonged exposure to Chaos, so it's not his natural color). Amy and Tails both had brown eyes instead of green and blue. Knuckles has blue eyes instead of purple.
    • For whatever reason, Knuckles has a metal ring around his neck instead of his trademark fur marking. In his first appearance he didn't have the metal ring.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Sonic is a heroic, laidback character in the games, and at the time of the comics was written in western canon as being a Totally Radical Mascot with Attitude, but in here, he's a bullying, immature Jerkass, especially with the way he treated Tails. Despite caring for his friends, he really has a hard time showing it.
    • Overall the whole comic is noticeably meaner and more cynical in its take on the Sonic universe. The Chaotix similarly are hit with far more snide and mean tempered characterisations. This especially sticks out for Mighty, who compared to his good natured games counterpart is essentially a lite version of Sonic here. Espio and Vector's Vitriolic Best Buds relationship with Charmy is also mostly diluted to just the vitriolic part.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: This series uses the same origin as the Sonic the Hedgehog Promo Comic, so Sonic originally began as a brown hedgehog with Super-Speed who met the benign Dr. Ovi Kintobor and became friends. Sonic is turned blue during an experiment to test his maximum speed while a lab accident forced the evil Kintobor was attempting to contain with the Chaos Emeralds to merge with him (and a rotten egg) and transform him into Mad Scientist known as Dr. Robotnik.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Chaos, Robotnik and Super Sonic all fit in here. Chaos is an evil Drakon villain with no sympathetic past in this comic, while in the games he witnessed the massacre of Ridiculously Cute Critters. In the comics, he tormented the Ridiculously Cute Critter he was trapped with, while in the games she was his friend. Super Sonic is an Ax-Crazy split-personality who, initially, only exists to mindlessly destroy but later becomes a cold blooded sociopath that likes to play with his food. As for Robotnik, he's a ruthless tyrant, possibly worse than the SatAM version.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Robotnik had his own one-shot comic strip a few times. Megadroid too.
  • A God Am I: Dr. Robotnik in the Robotnik Reigns Supreme arc.
    • And again in the Game Over arc, but under different circumstances.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot:
    • The Brotherhood of Metallix, Commander Brutus.
    • An interesting variation in Citizen One, a computer program capable of creating Zones. Even though Robotnik made it, he abandoned it because it only wanted to make happy Zones.
  • Aliens Speaking English: The characters aren't from Earth but can communicate with English speaking humans.
  • Alternate Species Counterpart: In issue #17, Sonic and Tails were forced to dream that they were human by Eggman's Mind Game machine.
  • Ambiguously Human: Grimer, Captain Plunder, the inhabitants of the Special Zone... Word of God is Grimer is probably a reptile but what type is never specified.
  • And I Must Scream: Shortfuse being trapped in his Cybernik armour for the rest of his life is one thing, but the strip Out Of Work Hero from Issue #106 reveals that when the electromagnetic pulse hit Mobius in Issue #100 his suit's power cut out mid-flight over a lake of lava, causing him to fall in. His invincible armour and reserve life support systems kept him alive until the power supply returned and he crawled back to the surface, but the dialogue reveals that he was trapped under the lava for months.
  • Anticlimax:
    • The Brotherhood of Metallix are defeated with the press of a button. Gets a Lampshade Hanging from Sonic.
    • The ending to the series. Super Sonic goes berserk, and two or three pages later he's transfused in Sonic and the series ends with a group shot.
    • Sonic's battle with Root. Sonic spends the whole issue fighting his mind-controlled minions, including the Chaotix and reaches Root, who prepares to fight him. Then Sonic kicks a pillar onto him.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Most noticeable in the case of Johnny Lightfoot and Porker Lewis, but in general all the animal people of Mobius start wearing more clothes and looking more human-like suddenly over the course of a few issues.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Many, but primarily the Chaos Emeralds.
  • Arc Villain: Nutzan Bolt, Trogg, The Brotherhood of Metallix, Commander Brutus and others.
  • Art Evolution: Originally the comic had many artists of varying skill levels, however around the middle it started coming more into place. The series looks dramatically cleaner and different just before Adventure, in comparison to the beginning. Eye colours tend to be inconstant at that, often switching between their game colours and Fleetway colours depending on the artist.
    • Richard Elson's Sonic quickly evolves from having a design similar to the Western 'mohawk' design to one matching his appearances in Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic 3D Blast.
  • Ascended Extras: Johnny Lightfoot and Porker Lewis originated as being among the names of the small furry animals Sonic breaks out of the Badniks in the games.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Amy starts off as a fanatical fangirl of Sonic before being forced to join the Freedom Fighters for her own safety. This led to a series of events which saw her toughen up, gain a much more subtle respect for (and love of teasing) her hero and eventually become the leader of the Freedom Fighters in Sonic's absence.
  • As You Know:
    • Shortfuse tends to mention his backstory in each appearance he makes. Always goes something like, "Remember me, Robotnik? The badnik you created who turned on you?" It's become a bit of a Running Gag with the fans of the comic.
    • If Grimer appears unaccompanied, someone will manage to mention he's Robotnik's "creepy assistant".
  • Back for the Finale: Ebony and Super Sonic reappear in the last two stories.
  • Badass Santa:
    • An interesting case, in that STC's Father Christmas' badassery comes from his ultimate pacifism. He will not, and implicitly cannot fight, nor does he involve himself in the fighting. He's one of Mobius very few 'true' magic users, as it were, and cannot be touched except in good will. Attacks pass clean through him, and Robotnik's automated defences and robots quietly stop working while he's around.
    • Sonic did once assume he was Robotnik and flung him through the air by his beard. It didn't slow him down at bit, not to mention giving him the chance to burst dramaticly from the snow.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • In early story Hill Top Terror, Tails uses Super Sonic's ego to get him to stop the volcano, Tails taunts Super Sonic saying he can't stop the volcano which makes Super Sonic decide to stop the volcano by wrapping it in a speed cocoon so he can prove that he can.
    • Robotnik Reigns Supreme! sees Robotnik gain godlike power from the Chaos Emeralds, allowing him to manipulate reality to the extent that he traps Sonic in a reality where Sonic never existed and Robotnik has ruled Mobius for years with most of Sonic's friends dead (Tails), terrified refugees (Amy and Johnny) or Robotnik's loyal servants (Porker and Knuckles). Despite such moments as Robotnik recreating several of Sonic's old villains for him to fight at once, or taking away Sonic's powers, Sonic managed to trick Robotnik into providing him with the tools he needed to stop his foe (his speed and Knuckles with his memory of the true timeline restored) by playing on Robotnik's ego, suggesting that he was only doing these things because he was scared Sonic would win if he had his powers.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Johnny wanted his own solo adventure, he gets what he wanted when Brutus attacks the Cotton Factory Zone.
  • Big Bad: Doctor Robotnik is the Big Bad for Mobius for the first 100 issues, following this he is first Demoted To Emperor Ko-Dorr's Dragon which leads to Emperor Ko-Dorr being the Big Bad, after this he is then Demoted To Princess Kupacious' Dragon which leads to Princess Kupacious being the Big Bad, however in the Sonic Adventure arc Chaos becomes the Big Bad, Trogg is the Big Bad in the Nameless Zone arc.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: First Robotnik and Emperor Metallix fight for role of the role of Big Bad then Robotnik and Brutus, after that Robotnik and Super Sonic.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The kind rooster landlord that gave Knuckles his pub's best room and offering him a pint of his best beer is really Robotnik in a disguise.
  • The Cameo: Berk, Boni and Drutt from The Trap Door make a brief cameo in Decap Attack strip.
  • Canon Foreigner: Most of the cast if you take a strict definition of the Japanese continuity. Also several original zones were created as locations, such as the Nameless Zone, Grim Zone, Pleasant Zone and Stone Tower Zone.
  • Canon Immigrant: Possibly; and by somewhat circuitous proxy. Dr. Zachary, an evil white-furred echidna scientist, was an invention of Sonic the Comic, but the American "Archie" Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) comic later introduced an evil white-furred echidna scientist of its own, by the name of Doctor Finitevus. In late 2008, almost a decade after Sonic the Comic went into full rerun, the videogames finally incorporated Imperator Ix, another evil white-furred echidna scientist. The changing names make this a kind of in-franchise Expy.
  • Captain Obvious: Tails' Captain Obvious statements did not go unnoticed by Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • From Issue #6:
      Tails: Wow! The Death Egg!
      Sonic: Tails, what is it with you and stating the blatantly obvious?
    • And later on in the same strip:
      Tails: Sonic! You're alive!
      Sonic: And you're still stating the obvious, I see.
    • And in Issue #115:
      Tails: They... they're joining together!
      Sonic: Tails, you always were an expert at stating the flipping obvious!
    • In one of the Summer Specials:
      Tails: Sonic! He's attacking us!
      Sonic: Thanks Tails, I had noticed.
  • Chained to a Railway: The Marxio brothers chain Sonic and Porker to a rollercoaster.
  • Characterization Marches On: Doctor Robotnik quickly moves from a bumbling mad scientist who makes corny egg puns and has shades of being a Dirty Coward to an intimidating Magnificent Bastard and a force to be reckoned with, ruling over the planet with an iron fist.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Even in an universe full of them, Charmy Bee really stands out (his persona to amusingly similar to how the games later wrote him).
    • Simpson The Cat is a bigger example due to being similar to a Tex Avery character.
  • Colony Drop:
    • Done by Knuckles, who punches a fault line near the Carnival Night Zone. Since the Carnival Night Zone was built on the edge of the Floating Island, Knuckles completely smashed off that portion of the Floating Island, removing the Carnival Night Zone from the island and sending it falling to Mobius, slightly cushioned by some remaining power of the Master Emerald. The crash-landing of the ruined Carnival Night Zone was a shock to one Emerald Hill boy who had just before wished that the Carnival Night Zone was closer then it crashes in front of him.
    • In the Sonic Adventure arc, in order to stop Chaos from absorbing the Chaos Emeralds, Knuckles hesitantly ejects them from the island, which without any power then crashes down into the sea.
    • In the story Return of the Nightmare it has Super Sonic heads into space, where he decides to pull Mobius' moon out of orbit. The moon smashes into the planet thankfully in was only in Super Sonic's dream which was cause by Ebony's Globe of Enrokk spell which when successfully cast, a sphere of light surrounds the target's head and inside the globe, the target sees whatever they want to see, thus subduing them for a while and preventing Super Sonic from causing real damage.
  • Comic-Book Time: The series is explicitly in the '90s. Several issues mention the years in-series being the same as the year the issue was written in. So we have one issue is set on New Year 1997, and a few issues later we have an issue set in 1998... But no one seems to age throughout the comic. Amy does get a bit less-childish in terms of looks though.
  • Covers Always Lie: Some covers prominently featured conflicts that were resolved within a couple of pages in the comic itself (examples: Sonic's long-lost brother Tonic it was Metamorphia again and Knuckles vs. Shortfuse the fight lasts for two blows before the misunderstanding is cleared up).
  • Darker and Edgier: During the Sonic Adventure adaptation, and Robotnik's A God Am I story arc. The comic itself was this to the games; matching or even surpassing Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) at its darkest. Much like SatAM, a lot of the comic is set in a dystopian world ruled by Robotnik, with many of it's citizens being forcibly turned into robots to do his bidding. Unlike SatAM, this version of Robotnik is explicitly shown to also have citizens outright executed for incredibly petty reasons. To quote one poor civilian on the subject of his rule; "everything is punishable by death these days." The series also shows the psychological toll the adventures take on our heroes; Porker Lewis permanently retires and shows PTSD symptoms after a long period captured by the Metalix for the rest of the comic's life, and after losing one of his closest friends, Sonic himself starts suffering from grief-stricken hallucinations and night terrors. Explicitly shown during the Robotnik Reigns Supreme arc, as Robotnik is demonstrating how his altered-timeline Mobius fears and worships him.
    Robotnik: "Ah, the celebrations are beginning! Today is Robotnik Day, you see!"
    Sonic: "Celebrations... they don't look very happy to me!"
    Robotnik: "Of course they're not happy! Where's the fun in being a dictator if people are happy about it?"
  • Deconstruction:
    • Everything you know about the franchise is turned on its head here. Sonic's flaws are played up a lot more and they end up biting him in the ass as he becomes a social pariah because of them. Robotnik is legitimately insane as his normal quirks are not played for laughs. Its one of the bleakest settings for the franchise to date.
    • Super Sonic is rewritten from a standard Super Mode to a Superpowered Evil Side who exists purely for chaos.
  • Depending on the Artist:
    • Whether or not Johnny and Porker wear shoes and/or gloves (once they have clothes).
    • Shortfuse the Cybernik's proportions will differ from story to story, with some artists depicting him as being as tall as Robotnik and heavily built, with others depicting him with the same proportions as Sonic or Knuckles (large head, small body with thin limbs) and short enough that the humanoid Commander Brutus has to double over to be eye level to him.
    • Tails is normally brown eyed but the cover for Issue #200 has him with blue eyes.
    • Early issues have Robotnik swapping between his Western games design and an original design by Richard Elson that combines it with his Adventures design, before fully swapping to the Adventures design.
  • Depending on the Writer: As the comic found its footing, the main plots became increasingly more serious and action packed. The side stories however, usually retained their light hearted weirdness from earlier issues. This is especially evident with Robotnik, who would shift from a sinister competent dictactor to a petty arrogant bungler depending on the story.
    • Tails would sometimes switch from a well-meaning but bumbling sidekick to The Load who would do nothing but wish Sonic was there to save the day with no agency of his own, the latter appearing in some of his eariler solo stories.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • At the beginning it was full of one-shots that barely related to each other, often with Off-Model drawings. It took several issues for it to become plot-orientated, and even afterwards it took a while for it to drop the oneshot routine.
    • Doctor Robotnik is constantly making egg-based puns and is portrayed as a bumbling coward, Tails is depicted as The Load who always has to stay behind, and more focus is put on how Sonic is a "totally cool dude".
    • The second issue's Robofox depicts Robotnik running away at the idea of having to face Sonic and Tails at the same time.
    • Robotnik originally had his game design, before changing his outfit to one inspired by his Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) counterpart; 21 issues in, his design is changed to the one from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Averted; the Metallix are trying to convert the Miracle Planet to metal to use as their base, using something called the Alpha Device created by Grimer. After dealing with the Metallix, Sonic proposes 'just yanking the thing out', but Porker Lewis states doing so would blow the planet up.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The Freedom Fighters used Kintobor's laboratory containing living space, storage areas, monitoring equipment (which left plenty of screens on which to play videogames!), a hangar for the Freedom Fighters' biplane, and the mainframe of the Kintobor Computer itself. The Freedom Fighters also expanded the facility in light of their new status as guerillas, excavating further chambers for additional capacity. The most prominent of these was a prison block (less charitably, dungeon), and later Tekno's Workshop the home and workplace of Tekno the Canary.
    • This base is destroyed in Robotnik's Revenge, forcing the Freedom Fighters to go on the run for the rest of Robotnik's reign, after which they set up a new command tower in the Emerald Hill Zone.
  • Enemy Civil War: This was a prominent storyline in the middle part of the comic's run, when Dr. Robotnik had to contend with the rebellious Commander Brutus.
  • Enemy Without: Eventually, Super Sonic manages to separate himself from Sonic. His first priority becomes killing Sonic to remove the risk that they might be rejoined.
  • Epic Fail: Shorstfuse's attempts at getting a job, he fails in all his endeavours, including double-glazing sales, fast food preparation, and armour wax advertising, which he furiously quits after being unable to please the director after twenty takes.
  • Exposition Fairy: The mysterious Voice from the Kid Chameleon adaptation. Subverted when it turns on Casey at the end of the second series and is implied to be the Big Bad he must confront, though the series was never continued.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Averted strangely, with Amy. Her quills are downward at the start of the Adventure arc without any explanation for the decision, but nothing has changed unlike her game or Archie counterparts. It made her look more mature which could have foreshadowed the arc to come.
  • Expy:
  • Face–Heel Turn: Nack starts off a member of Chaotix before he shows his true colours.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Tails in the earlier Nameless Zone stories. Subverted in that, while he didn't think of himself as the hero his friends and family believed he was, he always managed to save the day in the end.
  • Faking the Dead: Used by Amy, Tails, Johnny and the Kintobor Computer to stop Super Sonic trying to kill them, Amy had the Kintobor Computer remotely fly the plane.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Although Sonic The Comic was aimed at kids, the death of the Big Bad Hawk in the first Streets of Rage story was particularly gruesome: he gets kicked into a tank of molten iron.
  • Feather Fingers: Porker could hold things in his hooves for a little while before they were replaced with hands.
  • Flawless Token: According to Word of God, due to Executive Meddling, it was insisted that Amy be rewritten as the most mature and intelligent Freedom Fighter in contrast to the more childish and (supposedly) lovesick admirer of Sonic. The original writers reverted to their intended characterization for Amy in the Sonic Adventure adaption.
  • Footnote Fever: All done by Megadroid, usually referencing a previous issue when something important to the plot was carried over (though he did occasionally get his numbers wrong).
  • Four-Point Scale: Mild example. The game reviews didn't pull many punches (notably lambasting the soon-to-be-infamous Shaq Fu) but the percentage score rarely dipped below 50%.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: Initially, the comic's editors' responses to readers' published letters were presented using the persona of the comic's mascot character Megadroid. In later issues the responses were presented as coming from Sonic.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Chaos was a regular Drakon Prosecutor before exposure to the Chaos emeralds turned him into an Omnicidal Maniac with the power to back it up.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Badnik Army Repair Functionaries, or BARF as well as the Doctor Robotnik Appreciation Tribe, or DRAT
  • Furry Confusion: More or less averted. Sonic is shown to be vegetarian, humans don't exist on Mobius, and almost all animals that weren't completely anthropomorphic got shifted to it. Robotnik, however, is shown eating meat. Considering he is the Big Bad this has rather terrifying implications.
  • Future Imperfect: The Shining Force adaptation, a postapocalyptic fantasy world in which few people remember any details of the language and technology of the former world.
  • Genius Loci: The Zero zone, actually a computer program created by Dr. Robotnik, acts like one and can control it's invoronment.
  • Good Is Not Nice: STC's Sonic was written when Sega was still characterising him as a 'Hedgehog With Attitude', and attitude he certainly has. Sonic is often angry, surly, callous, insulting... and that's just to the people he cares about.
  • Great Offscreen War: The Great War between the Echidnas of Megopolis City and the Drakons of the invading Drakon Empire which took place eight thousand years ago over Mobius' Emerald mines which could contain the Chaos energy, a powerful but highly unstable energy source created by scientists on Drak the Drakons home planet, the Drakons were able to steal seven Emeralds before the war began. The gems, when combined with the Chaos energy, formed the legendary Chaos Emeralds. Two days before the war began, Pochacamac, leader of the Megopolis tribe, managed to steal the sacred Emeralds back from the Drakons, both to keep to return them to their true home and to prevent the Drakons from conquering the entire galaxy. Angered, the Drakons sent out a scout to examine the Echidna defenses before sending a full-scale invasion force to claim the Emeralds. A battle erupted inside Pochacmac's command room, with Drakon Prosecutors and Sentinels fighting against Sonic the Hedgehog and echidnas armed with Guardian Robots. The fight was briefly interrupted when a Prosecutor struck the Emeralds with his Dimensional Staff, causing a chain reaction that turned a fallen Drakon warrior into the mighty Chaos. The ensuing explosion weakened the gathered Drakon soldiers enough for Knuckles and the other tribesmen to fight back while Sonic and Pochacmac took care of Chaos. After a final push, the echidnas drove the Drakon invaders out of the city, but the war was far from over. Although no victor was ever declared, the failure of the Drakons to claim their intended prize suggests the Mobian defence held out, albeit at a great cost.
  • Green Aesop: Much less commonly seen than in other Sonic adaptations. Shows up most prominently when Sonic goes to our world and is horrified by the level of urbanisation and industrialisation.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: While the male heroic characters (the Freedom Fighters and the Chaotix Crew) primarily fight hand-to-hand, Amy Rose's weapon of choice is a crossbow.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Sonic had/came close to having one of these a couple of times. Mostly when something seriously bad happened to his friends. Finding out Robotnik had changed history so that he wasn't there to stop Tails dying, or the time he thought he (as Super Sonic) had vaporised Tails and Amy.
    • Robotnik also played with this at one point, by convincing a clone of Sonic that he was from the future, and that he'd suffered a Heroic BSoD after his gross over-confidence had gotten the entirety of the freedom fighters killed.
    • Porker Lewis permanently retires simply because he is no longer able to cope with the stress of rebelling against Robotnik's rule.
    • After the death of a major character at the hands of Chaos, Sonic breaks completely. The issue after the death has a particularly cruel bait and switch where it looks like the character has survived but it turns out Sonic is hallucinating in his grief.
  • Heroic Resolve:
    • So long as something existed to menace Mobius, Sonic would never give up. Best exemplified by the speech he gives to Robotnik when the latter has absorbed the power of the Chaos emeralds to attain reality warping powers, while they're fighting through a series of increasingly bizarre scenarios.
      Sonic: Change reality any way you like, Robotnik! Whatever you do I'll still fight you, and somehow I'll win! Because no matter how ridiculous the situation, I'll never give up, Robotnik! I'll never give up!
    • In one story, Sonic fights a robot named Predicto that can predict his every move and counteract it. So Sonic gives up. Since the robot was programmed to believe that this circumstance would never happen, it malfunctions and blows up, which is exactly what Sonic intended.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: In keeping with the games, Joe Musashi of the Shinobi stories was a ninja dressed all in white.
  • Humans Are Bastards: In one arc human soldiers invade Mobius and try to conquer it and sell the land to industrial developers. Earth is also portrayed as being noisy, polluted, and way overcrowded.
  • Human Resources: The use of characters as organic batteries for Robotnik's Badniks. In addition, Robotnik's plot during the buildup to Issue #100 involved connecting the Emerald Hill Folk to a machine to form a gigantic Wetware CPU.
  • Human Sacrifice: A young sheep and then Knuckles are nearly sacrificed to a cult's Moon Goddess in exchange for a good harvest in the story Village of the Damned.
  • Hyper Space Is A Scary Place: Initially thought to be the case with the Special Zone, given the laws of physics seem to arbitrarily decide the manner and extent of their application in that dimension depending on location, and which side of the bed the sky got up on this Easter. The heroes are shocked to learn at one point that it is, in fact, inhabited in some places, having originally thought it a bad place to remain for any extended period of time. Though the claims of the inhabitants that they live in the 'normal' parts of the Special Zone are rapidly proven to be subjective.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: In a notable difference to other continuities where Robotnik surrounds himself with idiots and backstabbers, his right hand man in STC is his chief scientist Grimer, who is loyal, dedicated and professional. As well as being the primary designer of many of Robotnik's most dangerous war machines, he personally comes to Robotnik's rescue on several occasions. His finest moment came when he was jailed after Robotnik was apparently destroyed by the Chaos Emeralds, where he took control of his prison, hacked into the Kintobor computer to keep Sonic under absolute surveillance and ultimately outsmarted and outmaneuvered the heroes to find Robotnik.
  • I Am Not Shazam: In-Universe, Shion has this reaction whenever anyone calls him "Wonder Boy".
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Sonic went into a deep depression after Chaos killed Johnny.
  • The Igor: Grimer embodies this trope - the hideous goblin-like appearance, the frail build, the intense and possibly undue loyalty to his boss (who, naturally, he refers to as "Master"), and the deep fondness he has for his work.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Knuckles. Sonic is more of a 'heroic Jerkass.'
  • $* Knight In Shining Armour: Tails in the Nameless Zone stories.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo:
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Sonic's natural tendency is to just rush straight into battle without thinking, and rely on sheer force to plow through anything in his way. This often causes him to be overpowered by stronger enemies, or overwhelmed by sheer numbers. Best seen in this quote where Sonic leaps out of a plane to take on hundreds of robots:
    Tails: But Sonic, shouldn't we have some kind of plan?
    Sonic: I have a plan.[leaps out of plane] I plan to win!
  • Let's You and Him Fight: A common way of setting up crossovers. Usually the formula would be that the two heroes would encounter each other and start fighting out of a misunderstanding, then at the end of Issue #1 of the series the real villain would make an appearance; the second issue would then begin with them teaming up to fight it.
  • Logic Bomb: As mentioned above, one strip featured Predicto, a robot that had been programmed with encyclopedic knowledge of the Freedom Fighters' personalities and battle tactics, allowing it to take on Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Johnny and Porker all at once, and win...until Sonic surrendered. Boom.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Lightmare briefly aided Sonic and the Chaotix Crew when her insane father (Lord Sidewinder) tried to steal Super Sonic's powers, and only stays with his group because she feels obliged to do so as his daughter.
  • Made of Indestructium: Robotnik makes a badnik out of Megatal and it promptly turns on him. He made two more attempts later in the comic: Brutus, created with a copy of Robotnik's own brainwaves which worked out about as well as you'd expect and Vermin who, in contrast to his predecessors, was actually an extremely loyal and formidable minion.
  • The Mind Is The Plaything Of The Body: In the Kid Chameleon strip the protagonist is affected by whatever form he takes, such as Maniaxe being literally Ax-Crazy: his internal monologue remains unchanged and he's aware of how he can start to lose control.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: As in the games The Chaos Emeralds, however there are a few differences such as The Master Emerald also being the Green Chaos Emerald and the Grey Chaos Emerald is the Control Emerald able to control Chaos energy. They were also originally created by the Drakons over 8000 years ago. At the time, they had already discovered Chaos energy but were seeking ways to safely harness it and use it as a fuel source. During their war with the Echidnas, the Drakons seized the Echidnas' sacred Emerald Mines and found that the gems were capable of safely containing Chaos energy, so they put the Chaos energy in the gems, creating The Chaos Emeralds.
  • Monster of the Week: Very frequent. In the early days, they were generally super-powerful Badniks, but around the 100 mark they started using a menagerie of inept supervillains, alien threats, and other such things.
  • Mundane Fantastic: One storyline saw humans from Earth invading Mobius and Sonic travelling to London to stop them.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Averted by Robotnik with great success. The original Metallix Project results in rogue killbots that nearly take over the world; the second results in Robotnik's strongest, most reliable Badniks which can take Sonic in a one-on-one fight. The first Cybernik is an ultra-powerful Phlebotinum Rebel that is a persistent threat to Robotnik; the second Cybernik is loyal and a useful foil to the first.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Super Sonic was sealed in the Black Asteroid but was able to escape by charging himself up so much that he made himself into a sort of electron bomb in order to destroy the Asteroid. The explosion produced an electro-magnetic pulse that spread all over planet Mobius, which cause the totally unintentionally side effect of deactivating all of Robotnik's Badniks and computers, and contributing to the downfall of the doctor's dictatorial rule over the planet, while all Super Sonic intended to do was to escape the Black Asteroid.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Marxio Brothers, an obvious parody of both the Marx Brothers and the Mario Bros. Worth noting that one story opens with Sonic playing a video game featuring the Marxio Brothers as electricians and dismissing it as lousy - obviously a Take That! directed at Super Mario Bros. Fridge Logic kicks in when you notice that - thanks to Sega product placement - Sonic's playing the Mario expy game on a Mega Drive.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Although he has a vaguely reptilian appearance to match his name, the fact Lord Sidewinder generally has a number of snakes draped around his person suggests he's probably not a snake himself.
  • Nonstandard Character Design:
    • The strongly stylized Sega characters often contrast sharply with the designs of STC's original characters.
    • Many of STC's animal characters have quite realistic animal faces and/or human proportions. This is often put into stark contrast - for example, Ebony the Cat is much taller than Super Sonic but has a much smaller head, while Vector sticks out like a sore thumb next to his scientist friends, who all wear clothes, and have more standard crocodile faces and human-like bodies.
    • In addition to animals, STC is populated by a range of gonks entirely unlike any Sega characters - deliberately ugly goblin-like creatures with human proportions, expressive faces with prominent cheekbones and eyebrows, bulging or tiny eyes (sometimes both), and no obvious species-identifying traits. Notable examples include Grimer, Lord Sidewinder and Captain Plunder.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In the Brotherhood of Metallix storyline, Robotnik sends a ridiculous clownish robot, Mr. Blobnik (an obvious Captain Ersatz of the then-popular/notorious Mr. Blobby) to capture him. Sonic underestimates him and for once is actually defeated and captured.
  • Omnicidal Maniac:
    • Appeared to be the entire motivation of Knuckles' arch-enemy, the evil echidna Dr. Zachary. When he first appeared, he boasted of his plans to locate and destroy the other echidnas after he had destroyed Mobius as a warm up, and quite happily acknowledges the fact that he's evil.
    • The only character who manages to be even more omnicidal than Zachary is Sonic's Superpowered Evil Side, Super Sonic, who had no real plan beyond destroying whatever was at hand when Sonic transformed.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Chaos appears randomly in the middle of Metropolis City, uses his ability to induce extreme fear in his opponents to catch the Freedom Fighters off guard completely and kills Johnny Lightfoot, becoming the only villain to successfully kill a Freedom Fighter.
  • Physical God: Super Sonic seems to verge on this, especially towards the end of the arc where Sonic was trapped in the Special Zone. Besides his immense strength and speed (both enough to easily annihilate enemies who Sonic was all but helpless against) and flight, he's also so powerful that the Omniviewer was unable to stop time for him (only slow it enough to ensure that crossing several inches would take years) was able to remain fully aware even while in a state of slowed time, and was able to gather enough charged particles to turn an asteroid into a miniature sun (which then exploded with enough force to bathe the entire surface of Mobius in a powerful electromagnetic pulse). It's occasionally said that he is powerful enough to destroy a planet.
  • Precision F-Strike: A few (censored ones) were dropped by Captain Plunder and Robotnik among others.
  • Putting on the Reich: Not as explicit as most examples, but Robotnik's Special Badnik Service were meant to invoke the SS.
  • Reverse the Polarity: Reverse the Polarity of the Neutron Flow:
    • Issue #149, Tails actually said it...
    • A few other times too. Throwing the Alpha Device that the Brotherhood of Metallix used to transform the Miracle Planet into reverse restored its former grassy glory.
  • Retcon:
    • The stone Sentinel that appears in Issue #29 is clearly not a statue of a fish in robotic armour. You can see its knees!
    • Rerun covers show Sonic with green eyes long before he got hit by Chaos, and brown eyes when he wasn't blue. At least one cover has Tails with blue eyes instead of his trademark brown.
    • Sonic's origin story during the time travel shenanigans in the '70s has him explicitly stated as breaking the sound barrier as the reason why he's blue. Issue #5 opens with him on a treadmill trying to break it, and Tails clearly saying he's still got a way to go.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After Nack sells the Chaotix out to the Brotherhood of Metallix, they tell him he has outlived his usefulness. Nack brought along a Disruptor in case this happened, but he didn't pull it out quite fast enough... which lead to Knuckles picking it up and one-shotting the lot of them.
  • Rhyming Title: "Sonic the Comic".
  • Schizo Tech: Particularly prevalent with the ancient Echidnas. Their empire was in many ways tribal, savage, and mystic, but at the same time developed technologies that sometimes surpassed Robotnik's creations. For instance the Guardians, combat robots-cum-mecha battlesuits designed to protect their facilities (such as the Floating Island). Oh and the Floating Island itself.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Super Sonic for a period when the Omni-Viewer had sealed him in himself—but it turned out that rather than halting time with Super Sonic frozen, it had only slowed it to a crawl, and he would soon be able to escape.
  • Shout-Out: Oh quite a few.
    • Even British daytime television, for instance. Apparently, Richard and Judy were failed artificial life experiments by Decap Attack's Doctor Frank N. Stein.
    • There were plenty to all kinds of popular culture. Marvel Comics, for some reason, attracted several writers' ire with Take That! parodies of their characters living on Planet Meridian in the Special Zone. More unusually, according to Word of God, is that Grimer was named for Gríma Wormtongue from The Lord of the Rings.
    • One of the more obvious shout-outs appears in the 1995 summer holiday special. In Sonic's biography it outright says his favorite shows are Beavis And Butthead and The Ren & Stimpy Show.
    • In Issue #126, Sonic have to fight the forces of Sharka Khan, a Zone Leader who made a deal with Robotnik & Agent X. One of the minions of Khan is an eel named Eelton John. Yeah.
    • The comic had several elements of Knuckles' floating Island clearly inspired by Laputa Castle In the Sky, most notably the Guardian robots.
    • Village of the Damned, as well as its familiar name, sees Knuckles in a predicament somewhat similar to that of Sergeant Howie.
  • The Starscream: Robotnik had to fight against Commander Brutus, a robot with an indestructible body and a copy of his own brain patterns, who started off as Robotnik's Dragon and then rebelled against him. Robotnik himself was briefly The Starscream when he was allied with the Drakon Empire and then to Princess Kupacious; both times he succeeded.
  • Truer to the Text: This is what it tends to come across to Sonic fans who discover the comic after being exposed to the more well known, In Name Only American cartoons Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), and Sonic Underground, or even the Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie OVA. In reality, this comic precedes all Sonic cartoons and the American comics.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Super Sonic has all the powers the form gives in the games with the addition of laser eyes, and is pretty much the most powerful thing on the face of Mobius. He's also a sociopathic murderer, and sometimes destroys a Badnik, only to loop back to try and kill the animal released. This monster only emerged when Sonic was immensely stressed, and eventually had his energies sealed away.
  • Taken for Granite: Medusa turns Death Trap members Prank and Totem Billy to stone. Death Trap member Kalus was already stone, however, and so attacked Medusa for petrifying his friends. A delayed reaction caused the brave Kalus to quickly turn to sand, seemingly ending his life... then it turned out his he still had his mind intact, and simply built a new body out of sand.
  • Take That!: In Issue #2; having been beaten by Tails, Robonik moans as he retreats that he'd much rather be watching an episode of much-maligned soap opera ''El Dorado''. Parental Bonus: Zig-zagged: Considering the show's reputation and target demographic, while it was certainly intended for the older readers, most kids would have got the joke too.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Chaotix Crew. Mighty and Espio can barely stand each other, while Charmy Bee's sunny personality occasionally grates on everyone.
  • Temporal Paradox: The series features the kind of sloppy time travel apt to give a detail-orientated young reader a headache. For example, the Metallix change time so that Kintobor never became Robotnik, creating an alternate future where Grimer still built the Metallix but without Robotnik's addition of failsafe shutdown programme.
  • Terms of Endangerment: whenever Robotnik has the upper hand, he'll refer to Sonic as 'my dear Sonic'.
  • That's No Moon: In story "The Return of Chaotix" Charmy thinks that a massive rain storm is soon to happen, judging by the large cloud moving their way. Sonic is terrified, noticing that the "cloud" is actually thousands of Metallixes blotting out the sun.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Slower than usual, but brutally obvious if one re-reads a bit. Amy is the most obvious example, with her transition from girly to outright dangerous, however Johnny Lightfoot and even, to a limited extent, Porker Lewis. Johnny and Porker began as cute, clothes-less little Mobians, and eventually gained rather badass outfits, and in Johnny and Amy's case, a combat staff and a repeating crossbow.
  • Totally Radical: The stories avoided it aside from the occasional item of clothing, though if you looked at anything else in the comics (especially photo-related) then you notice how Totally Radical it was.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Amy, unlike her original continuity counterpart, has one different outfit for each story she appears in aside from her classic design. Several of them are sweatshirts but they still have different designs.
  • Vague Age: Past events are often stated as happening "years ago" later in the comic implying it's been quite a few years since the beginning of the comic. No one seems to have aged though (Art Evolution aside), except possibly Amy (though she still looks young when her quills are pulled up). The comics also began before Sonic had an age conformation in the West so it's unknown what age he was at the start. Being a UK comic, Knuckles and Sonic are probably over eighteen near the end due to the fact they've both been shown at bars. Sonic and friends are listed as "young" instead of an actual age in their official bios too. Amy doesn't seem to be the "eight years" old she is in the games, maybe just a bit younger than Sonic, though at times she does look childish early on (though this could just be because she's an anime hedgehog). The only hint at Sonic's age is from an early issue where Sonic is a human, and he looks like a prepubescent boy of around 8 or 9.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After constantly losing to Sonic for years (even as a God) Robotnik undergoes this as well as becoming an Omnicidal Maniac in the original comics' last two story arcs.
  • Walk the Plank: Captain Plunder makes Tails Walk the Plank into a pit in Issue #23 however Sonic reminds Tails he can fly, in another story Captain Plunder makes Proctor Speckle Walk the Plank for eating his Old Carribean chocolate bars however Speckle changes into Mr Fry.
  • We Need a Distraction: When Grimer and Nack go looking for Robotnik, they infiltrate the Floating Island by shrinking their ship down to the size of a sparrow and sending a large dragon-like Badnik in at the same time, correctly guessing that Sonic and Knuckles will go after the larger target (unfortunately for them, Sonic realised that the Badnik was just taking their attacks rather than actually doing anything to them in turn in the subsequent fight).
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Pochacamac, who is at least a less dubious character than in other continuities (he does not kill Chao, only Drakons, who are at war with the echidnas anyway) and has a good relationship with Tikal.
  • Wetware CPU: Robotnik's plot during the buildup to Issue #100 involved connecting the Emerald Hill Folk together to form a gigantic computer.
  • Wham Episode: Quite a few infact; Robotnik taking over Mobius and his defeat in the 100th issue, and Johnny's death in the final arc.
  • Wham Line:
    • Sonic The Comic Issue #82 has this line from the Kintobor computer;
      Kintobor computer: Amy, I'm picking up really wacky readings from the Star Post!
      If I'm right we may have sent all the emerald energy into the Special Zone.. what I'm trying to say is that Super Sonic may still be alive in there!
    • And Sonic The Comic Issue #176 has this line from Amy;
      Amy: He’s dead, Sonic… Johnny’s dead…
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…: Averted: Sonic's natural tendency is to just plow through his enemies with shear force and speed, but when faced with an enemy who this doesn't work against he tends to get more tactical and use his powers more creatively (grabbing hold of them and super-vibrating himself, creating cyclones with his speed, angling his attacks so that his momentum is transferred to the enemy, or timing the attack to strike at the point where the enemy is most vulnerable).
  • We Want Our Jerk Back!: They actually did this the other way around with Tails in one story. Inverted because he actually turned into a jerk and they wanted their Nice Guy back.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity/Superpowered Evil Side: Super Sonic. So very much.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Robotnik attempts to invoke this in Robotnik Reigns Supreme, by using his godlike powers to take Sonic 65 years into the future of his altered timeline. Subverted when Sonic is able to manipulate Robotnik's ego into letting him get help from Knuckles in stopping him.
  • Your Size May Vary: Even within a single story, Robotnik's volume apparently expanded and contracted in response to dramatic tension, going from 'averagely-sized obese guy' to 'colossal looming giant' as the situation demanded and panel-space allowed.
  • You're Insane!: Grimer to Robotnik after Chaos absorbs the Chaos Emeralds;
    Robotnik: I keep on telling you, Grimer, my faithful fool... I don't have a plan. This is the end for us all!
    Grimer: You're... you're mad...
    Robotnik: So what?