A comic series created by Archie Comics, Sonic X could be considered a Spin-Off of the long-running Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series, taking place in an alternate universe that is ostensibly the same one seen in the anime Sonic X (some time before the finale of the first series). The story, (as we're reminded at the beginning of every issue) is that Sonic and his friends have been transported to Earth by one of Dr. Eggman's machines, and now they do battle with the doctor here, while hanging around the house of the insanely wealthy Chris Thorndyke on their off time.
The series lasted for forty issues (November, 2005-February, 2009) before the executives at Archie decided to pull the plug. It focused more on lighthearted slapstick and fun than ongoing storylines, though it did have a few, such as the evil organization S.O.N.I.C.X. and Eggman's stint as the beloved lucha libre El Gran Gordo. Unfortunately, as a result of the early cancellation, things were wrapped up hastily, and a planned conclusion of the El Gran Gordo storyline (and presumably others) never saw the light of day.
Still, short as it was, it was fun while it lasted.
This comic book contains examples of:
- Adaptation Personality Change: Less of an intentional change and more of a result of the writer not fully grasping the characters' personalities, but the comic made Sonic less of an Aloof Ally and more of a goody-two-shoes, and gave Sam Speed a temper.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Issue #25, S.O.N.I.C.X. has created duplicates of Sonic that come in red, orange, yellow, green, and purple, later a blue one as well. The first five Sonic duplicates cause chaos in Station Square: The red one smashes cars, the yellow one throws bricks at windows, the purple one destroys fruit stands, the green one attacks a policeman, while the orange one is being rude at restaurants.
- Ascended Meme: "Eggman's already stolen forty cakes! That's terrible!"
- El Gran Gordo has become an ascended meme of his own in the Archie Comics, making occasional appearances in the Off-Panels.
- A Day in the Limelight: Dr. Eggman in most of the second half of the series.
- Affably Evil: Dr. Eggman, especially later on.
- Anti-Villain: While Dr. Eggman starts out as villainous as always, he becomes less antagonistic as the series goes on and his Masked Luchador persona takes over.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Vector gets transformed into a giant by S.O.N.I.C.X.
- Badass Mustache: Dr. Eggman, of course. He takes the badass part to brand new levels, especially as El Gran Gordo.
- His mustache takes priority too. In the first issue, Eggman postpones his evil scheme because "tonight is the night I wax my moustache!"
- Bald of Awesome: Dr. Eggman, even though his is also Bald of Evil.
- Bald of Evil: Dr. Eggman, obviously.
- Beach Episode: Sort of. Issue #34 is a pool party.
- Becoming the Mask: Eggman as El Gran Gordo. It's originally a ploy to earn quick cash, but the doctor ends up loving his role as a hero to the people.
- Book-Ends: Possibly unintentional, but the cover for the issue 40 (the final issue) is in some ways similar the the cover of the first issue.
- Breakout Character: Dr. Eggman starts in a typical villainous role, but soon becomes the primary focus of most of the stories.
- Caffeine Bullet Time: Bokkun becomes very quick and very crazy when he's had too much sugar.
- Dr. Eggman eats one of Bokkun's sweets by accident and goes into a costume-wearing frenzy.
- Call-Back: When Eggman appears in the El Gran Gordo costume in Issue 35, Sonic reminds him that he told him to get rid of that costume back in Issue 32.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Whenever Robotnik pretends to be El Gran Gordo, he actually displays a surprising level of strength. Once his tricks wear off against Sonic, he manages to put up a decent fight, and later when he returns to the costume he matches someone far larger and stronger and - after seeing Chris Thorndyke crying at his "champion" losing - pulls a Heroic Second Wind and wins the fight.
- Crossover: Shadow's battle with Metal Sonic stretching across 3 comics: starting in Sonic the Hedgehog #196, passing through Sonic X #40, and ending in Sonic Universe #1.
- Cut Short: While it started the year after its parent work ended, it ended with an And the Adventure Continues panel rather than any real resolution.
- Denser and Wackier: Compared to the anime anyway, with Incredibly Lame Puns and Laughably Evil "villains" a-plenty. The El Gran Gordo subplot takes it to almost Gag Series levels.
- Earth Drift: Inverted compared to the anime and other Sonic works. The human world is a Fictional Earth, unlike the Constructed Worlds of the franchise's other continuities.
- Enemy Mine: Sonic teaming up with Dr. Eggman... Er, the masked hero, El Gran Gordo.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Sonic and Eggman end up switching bodies. Neither is very good at their respective skills. Eggman as Sonic keeps crashing into things, and Sonic as Eggman can hardly pilot the Eggmobile.
- Friendly Enemy: Sonic's and Eggman's relationship. When Eggman's not launching an evil scheme, the two are practically friends. They have civilized conversations, face off in (mostly) friendly competitions... Sonic even helps Dr. Eggman get back in control of his secret lair so he can get back to launching his evil schemes again. When Eggman shows up for a party, nobody bats an eye, either. Eggman's just the friendly neighborhood supervillain. Maybe it has something to do with his total incompetence...
- Fun with Acronyms: Society for Observing and Neutralizing Inter-dimensional Creatures and Xenomorphs... or S.O.N.I.C.X.!
- Furry Confusion: Sonic comes upon a realistic hedgehog and wonders where its sneakers are.
- Girl Posse: Milan Ramada's two-girl "entourage". They just follow her around while she tries to make others feel miserable.
- Going Down with the Ship: "Captain Eggman" promotes his cannon to captain and tells it to go down with the ship after Sonic damages it.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Sonic and Eggman civilly compete in competitions like wrestling and pet shows when they aren't battling for the fate of the Earth.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: S.O.N.I.C.X. tries to turn Sonic into one of these and fails miserably.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Sonic and Eggman get their brains switched in Issue #37. They both run into this problem: Eggman can't control Sonic's speed and constantly crashes into things, and Sonic can't figure out Eggman's technology and can barely pilot the Eggmobile.
- Identity Impersonator: In "The Return of El Gran Gordo", Eggman has Bokkun attack the town disguised as him so he can convince people he's not El Gran Gordo.
- Look Behind You: A bad guy distracts Charmy by asking "Hey, what's that over there?"
- Love at First Sight: Eggman loses his mind for Ella in issue #34.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: In issue #36, Cream lets out a sonic scream in order to rescue a judge and her kitten from a group of unruly dogs. However, Cream hasn't used this in any bits of the Sonic franchise since. Now, ain't that a shame...
- Make My Monster Grow: In issue #38, S.O.N.I.C.X. tries to turn Sonic into a giant monster, but they end up turning Vector the Crocodile into one instead. In the next issue, Eggman makes Bokkun grow giant as well so he can fight the giant Vector and save Station Square so Eggman can make himself look like a hero.
- Masked Luchador: Eggman as El Gran Gordo, and Sonic as El Rapido Azule.
- Meaningful Name: El Gran Gordo (EGG).
- Mythology Gag: In one issue, Sonic has to deal with a group of Sonic duplicates out to muddy his reputation. The last of these duplicates looks exactly like Sonic did back in the Boxart for the US Genesis games.
- In the St Patrick's day issue, Cheese turns green after spending the morning hanging out with Sonic. In Sonic Adventure, Chao that have been exposed to lots of run-stat animals turn green.
- Oddly Small Organization: S.O.N.I.C.X. tries to be a Nebulous Evil Organization, but being a very small and inept group of Sonic haters makes them more Plucky Comic Relief than anything.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Sonic sees "Eggman" robbing a bakery and a candy store, he quickly catches on that this "Eggman" is actually Bokkun in disguise.
- Opening Narration: Every issue opens with a narration about how Sonic was transported to Earth, often given by the characters themselves.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Eggman puts on a lucha libre outfit and begins wrestling in an attempt to get some cash. Everyone falls for it except Sonic. Many female cast members even become infatuated with him.
- Eggman does this all the time. And just about every time, Sonic's the only one who isn't fooled. Some of Eggman's disguises include, but are not limited to: Santa Clause, the mechanic Robbie Nick, the viking Aggman der Terrible, pirate Cap'n Eggman, and much more. In issue 35, we see that Eggman has a whole collection of costumes, wigs, and other disguise paraphernalia, including a Chris Thorndyke costume.
- Restricted Expanded Universe: Archie wasn't allowed to introduce any characters from the games or make any real changes to the status quo.
- Rich Bitch: When Milan Ramada and her entourage can't sit at their favorite table at the local ice cream parlor and must either sit elsewhere or wait until the customers at the table leave, she threatens to have her father build another ice cream parlor across the street just to drive it out of business.
- Running Gag: Eggman and his cronies have only the loosest understanding of money, the concept of which apparently doesn't exist in the universe he and Sonic originate from. Whenever Eggman or his robots refer to money, they always call it "little green pieces of paper".
- Shout-Out: As a more-or-less gag comic, shout-out humor is practically a given. A few examples:
Eggman: Let's get out of here, and prepare for tomorrow night.
- One issue ends with this exchange:
Bokkun: Why? What are we going to do tomorrow night?
Eggman: The same thing we do every night, Bokkun...
- Training from Hell: Knuckles puts Sonic through this prior to his match with El Gran Gordo.
- Meanwhile, Robotnik is going through similar training. It helps - he still loses to Sonic, but even after his plot to win fails, he still puts up a decent fight - it isn't a Curb-Stomp Battle (see Charles Atlas Superpower above)
- Trapped in Another World: Sonic and friends are trapped in Chris's world, just like in the animated series the comic is based on. #40 features an alternate version of Shadow the Hedgehog, who likewise accidentally ends up in Chris's world during a fight with Metal Sonic. They both leave again at the end of the issue.
- Ungrateful Bitch: Milan Ramada. When Sonic saves her and several other people from missiles shot by Eggman, she berates Sonic for letting Eggman take advantage of the distraction to steal her limousine.
- Villain Protagonist: By the end of the comic's run, Eggman is practically the main character. Granted, he was holding onto his "villain" role by a thread by that point.