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Sonic the Hedgehog: State of Decay is a 2014 Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic, co-written by DeviantArt users Dan Gleeson (Toa Arcan) and Jethro Robbins-Dyer (battlebrothertherix), which ran for forty-nine chapters, including the prologue and epilogue. The third co-written story between them, the chapters were split between both authors' pages, the even-numbered ones on Arcan's, and the odd numbers on Therix's, to ensure that both got equal attention. The series was a Darker and Edgier take on the blue hedgehog, set in a rough approximation of the Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog continuity, set sixteen years after the events of the 2011-2013 storyline. The series ignored the events of Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide, as well as the subsequent Continuity Reboot in order to take advantage of the wider cast. The series also made heavy use of elements from Sonic Battle and Sonic the Comic in the form of Emerl the Gizoid and series Big Bad Metallix.

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Suffering a fatal injury in battle with a new model of Metal Sonic named Metallix, Sonic finds himself waking up ten years in the future, lost and disoriented. In his absence, Mobius has been conquered by an alliance of villains and fallen heroes, while only a few scattered Freedom Fighter teams remained, nominally under the leadership of Nicole the Lynx. Rejoining his ragtag allies, Sonic takes it upon himself to bring down the Alliance, destroy Metallix, and free what remains of Mobius.

The series can be found between both writers' pages, or collated into an archive on Toa Arcan's journal.


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  • The Bad Guy Wins: How the series starts, with Metallix killing Sonic.
    • The Memory Lane arc, where the Mecha Destructix manage to recover the body of Auto-Fiona, enabling her to be retrofitted as a weapon for Metallix's use.
  • Badass Normal: Nic uses nothing but a machete and a high-powered rifle, while Li Moon only has her sword. Both of them are dangerous fighters who have no trouble holding their own in battle.
    • Averted by Sally and Antoine, who use augmented armour to make themselves stronger, and Amy, who is easily subdued by Nic.
  • Barrier Warrior: Mecha Fiona wields a pair of arm-mounted devices which absorb energy and redirect it for her.
  • Battle Couple: Sonic and Sally, Tails and Fiona, Nicole and Emerl, Bunnie and Antoine.
    • To a lesser extent, Metallix and Mecha Fiona, Nic and Lightning, and Scourge and Amy.
  • Berserk Button: Do not insult Sonic's friends, even the ones he's unsure of, like Miles. He will flatten you.
  • Cold Sniper: Averted with Nic, who is probably the most talkative and upbeat of the Freedom Fighters once they get stronger.
  • Cool Plane: The transport that the Freedom Fighters use to return to Mobotropolis from the ruins of Robotropolis, as well as the Mecha Destructix's shuttle.
  • Cool Sword:
    • Sonic obtains the Sword of Acorns and Sword of Light during the Battle of New Mobotropolis.
    • Miles' Morganite blade, Metallix and Emerl's energy blades also count.
  • Crapsack World: What Mobius has become since Sonic's death.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Sonic's plans. Lampshaded by Emerl.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
  • Dark Fic: Sonic dies in the prologue.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dark Sonic
  • A Day in the Limelight: Occasionally, the less central members of the Freedom Fighter team get a mission to themselves, most notably Lightning, Li Moon, and Nic.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sonic, Emerl, Miles, Fiona, Nic,
  • Death Seeker: Miles.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Queen Alicia Prower. Scourge decides that she "seduced" Fiona, and kills her for it.
  • Disney Death: Sonic and Emerl
  • The Dragon: Metallix begins as this to Robotnik, later Mecha Fiona, and then Auto. to Metallix himself.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Metallix
  • Driven by Envy: Ken Khan is repeatedly compared unfavourably to the then-deceased Sonic, to the point that the Sword of Acorns rejects him and refuses to let him lift it. When he cajoles Sally into marrying him, the Sword rejects her as well.
  • Dual Wielding:
  • Dying Alone: Miles invokes this, returning to the charred remains of Moebius in his final moments.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: And how!
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Knuckles, who arrives in Chapter 44. Auto-Fiona joins the heroes in chapter 42, and launches a mental attack on Metallix in chapter 47, before slowing down Quarantine Alpha's failsafe detonation.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower:
    • Super Sonic, Dark Sonic, Hyper Sonic.
    • Sally's currently unnamed Chaos Emerald-powered Super Armour.
    • Metal Overlord.
    • Super Knuckles.
  • Emergency Transformation: Fiona used Miles' robots to convert him into a cyborg after his near-death at Scourge's hands. Initially outraged that she didn't let him pass on, he later thanks her for giving him the chance to finish Scourge off. Similarly, Scourge is roboticized in order to save his life after he is cut in half.
  • Establishing Series Moment: Sonic's death in the prologue.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Metallix genuinely cares for Fiona and Auto-Fiona, just in warped, deranged way.
    • Miles was this, before Scourge's murder of his family and Fiona saving his life led him to join the heroes.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • No-one agrees with Finitevus' plans to burn Mobius. Even Scourge, who considers Finitevus a friend and despises Metallix, sides with the android when it comes to deciding whether to destroy Mobius.
    • Scourge also regrets asking if Auto-Fiona is attractive once Metallix informs him that she resembles a thirteen year old in body below her armour.
  • Evil Albino: Finitevus
  • Evil Costume Switch: Ken, Sally, and Amy. Iron Sally's overdesigned dress is a source of great humour in Scourge's eyes.
  • Evil Laugh: Often.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Metallix has a baritone voice.
  • Evil Twin: Scourge.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Scourge and Amy to Eggman, Metallix to them in turn.
  • Expy: Metallix to General Grievous, specifically his role in Star Wars: Clone Wars.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There:
    • Emerl has a third optic sensor in the middle of his forehead.
    • So does Nicole after getting her Gizoid body.
    • As does Metallix in his Overlord form.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Amy, Ken
  • Family-Unfriendly Death:
    • Sonic is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice.
    • Alicia was beaten to death in front of her crippled husband.
    • Ken is cut from shoulder to opposite hip.
    • Eggman is stabbed by Scourge and then crushed by Amy's hammer.
    • Finitevus is decapitated by Metallix.
    • Amy's throat is slit by Auto-Fiona.
    • Scourge is deroboticized and left to bleed out by Miles.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Fiona wore them as a villain. They were given to Amy after the vixen's roboticization.
  • Finish Dialogue in Unison: Sonic and Knuckles' surprise that each other survived their encounters with Metallix.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Genius Loci: Quarantine Alpha, Metallix's polar lair.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Every robot and Adept.
  • Golden Super Mode: Super Sonic.
  • Good Is Not Soft: The approach Sonic and Nicole take in their leadership of the Freedom Fighters. Sally has no problems adapting to it, nor do the rest of the team.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Ken's fall is sparked mainly by being unfavourably compared to the deceased Sonic. This isn't just limited to Sonic's friends, his critics include The Source of All itself.
  • Gut Punch: Several.
    • Sonic's death, for one, along with his discovery of his friends' fate.
    • Miles' backstory.
    • Nicole finding out how shattered Fiona is on the inside, despite her outer bravado.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Both Miles and Scourge, by each others' hands.
  • Happily Married:
    • Miles and Alicia were this, before Scourge got involved.
    • Bunnie and Antoine stay that way, despite everything around them.
  • Hartman Hips: All Gizoids, as part of their androgynous design. Nicole calls attention to it, causing Emerl to decide he needs an upgrade with a thinner pelvis.
  • The Heavy: Metallix and Mecha Fiona in early chapters. They are succeeded by Mecha Scourge and Auto-Fiona.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Fiona, Miles, Lightning, Nic, Auto-Fiona.
  • Hero Killer: Metallix
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Emerl offlined himself to save everyone from the berserker, planet-destroying Ultimate mode when Sonic died.
  • Heroic Second Wind: The whole story can be seen as this for the Freedom Fighters.
    • Tails and Miles get theirs against Mecha Fiona, when Miles' Anarchy Spear overloads her defences.
    • Miles later gets one, oddly, when Scourge delivers a fatal stab wound, knowledge of his imminent demise and reunion with his family spurring him on to tie up his loose ends.
    • Lastly, Sonic and Sally get theirs when Emerl, Nicole, and Knuckles arrive to turn the tables on Metal Overlord.
  • High Collar of Doom: Iron Sally wears one.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Finitevus discovers that decapitating Shadow will kill him. Finitevus dies when Metallix decapitates him.
    • Scourge cuts off Miles' legs and breaks his spine. Miles returns the favour.
    • Metallix builds his base in the arctic, where the lower temperature allows himself and Auto-Fiona to work better. The FF destroy the air conditioning, making it too cold, and bring cold weather gear to protect themselves.
    • Metallix impales Sonic through the chest with his arm-blade in the prologue. In chapter 47, Hyper Sonic rams the Sword of Acorns through Metallix's chest, killing him.
  • Hover Tank: The Alliance uses them. Two of them are sent with Ken and Iron Sally to New Mobotropolis in the third arc. One is obliterated by Emerl's Chest Blaster, and he uses the other as an Improvised Weapon.
  • Humongous Mecha: Eggman/Robotnik's specialty, as per usual.
  • Hurting Hero:
    • Miles
    • Sonic and Tails in the earlier arcs.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Sally falls victim to this at Ken's hand.
  • I Die Free: Miles.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Sonic, Metallix.
  • Implacable Man:
    • Metallix
    • Sonic himself becomes this after his revival.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Knuckles can ignite his fists with Chaos Fire, based on one of his special attacks in Sonic Advance 3.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted, probably. The fates of Alexis Acorn and Cream the Rabbit are left unsaid for the sake of good taste, but their usefulness as Robians is limited...
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Sonic's Sword of Acorns can only be lifted by himself, and can be charged up by his own powers. It also makes any wielder an instant expert. The Sword of Light is similar, but less powerful.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: Miles' Morganite Claymore isn't particulary special as blades go, but the metal it is made of enables it to No Sell the powers of Super forms, including their normal invulnerability.
  • It's All About Me: Scourge
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sonic, Fiona, Emerl, Miles, Nic
  • Karma Houdini: Auto-Fiona to an extent. She receives no real punishment for attempting to brainwash Fiona and killing two guards, swiftly followed by Amy. However, the psychological trauma from the latter is considered enough.
  • Karmic Death: Scourge kills Miles' family and razes Moebius. Miles makes sure his demise is painful.
  • Kill It with Fire: The only way to stop Metallix's Fluites.
  • Killed Off for Real: Every death except Sonic's.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Metallix
  • The Lab Rat:
    • Miles passes his time in the lab, helping to keep his focus. Tails does the same.
    • Finitevus is their opposite number in the Alliance.
  • Laser Blade: Emerl and Metallix. Emerl's are scanned from Mecha Sally, and, as such, are barely functional.
  • Last of His Kind: Miles, after Scourge is roboticized, is the last living Moebian.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Sonic dies in the prologue. The whole story is about his return from death.
  • Light Is Good: Super Sonic has gold fur, and Hyper Sonic blazes pure white.
  • Light Is Not Good: Metal Overlord initially has brilliant white armour.
  • Long-Runners: 49 chapters, including the prologue and epilogue. Arcan's next-longest story is a mere 13.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Amy loses her mind when Sonic dies...
  • Love Makes You Evil: ... which Scourge is happy to exploit.
  • Love Redeems:
    • Played with: Miles' love for Alicia and Anima is what makes him a hero, but they're already dead, and he's just out for revenge.
    • Played straight with Tails snapping Fiona out of her funk, and Fiona helping Auto see the truth about Metallix.
  • Mad Scientist: Robotnik and Finitevus' MO.
  • Made of Iron: Every Chaos or Anarchy user.
    • The Robians too, particularly Mecha Fiona, who, thanks to her weapons, remained untouched for six years.
    • Sally in her Powered Armour takes multiple hits from Metallix that would've killed other people. She still manages to get up and cripple him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Metallix again. Auto is a little too moral for his tastes, so he manipulates her naivete and corrupted memory core to keep her on his side.
  • Mean Boss: Scourge treats everyone working for him as little more than an object to be used, especially his girlfriends; Fiona (Who leaves him prior to the beginning of the series) and Amy Rose.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Par for the course with this franchise.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade:
    • Sonic obtains the Sword of Acorns and the Sword of Light
    • Nicole gets a Gizoid body for use in the final battle.
    • Sally gains an Emerald-powered suit of armour.
    • Metallix is repeatedly upgraded, first by Robotnik and Finitevus, then later by himself.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Sally and Fiona have glassy red eyes after Finitevus is done with them.
  • Mirror Boss: Fiona vs. Evil Fiona/The Warden during Head Trip.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Finitevus
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Robotnik/Eggman and Finitevus.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Auto, after killing Amy.
  • My Greatest Failure: Miles' failure to protect Alicia and Anima.
  • Named Weapons: The Sword of Acorns and the Sword of Light.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
    • Averted by Scourge, who is taken seriously by few of the Freedom Fighters and fellow members of the Alliance.
    • Metal Overlord, on the other hand, is a force to be reckoned with.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Metallix, Mecha Fiona
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Metallix vs. anyone. He kills Sonic in his base form, only fails to kill Knuckles after an upgrade because he missed a fatal shot, and he even manages to beat down Emerl. The dark Fiona/Warden dishes these out to Scourge/Sonic and Mecha Tails during the Head Trip arc, before receiving one in kind from Fiona herself. Sonic deals one to Ken, and Miles delivers one to Mecha Scourge once he loses his grip on his restraint.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Mobius is ruined, the ARK, along with GUN in its entirety is destroyed. Most the heroes are either dead or Roboticized.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While Scourge is generally treated as a joke and taken seriously by very few characters over the course of the fic, it must be remembered that he did wipe out Moebius and kill everyone there except for Miles, who he brutality crippled before murdering his wife and AI-daughter in front of him. He even ends up being the one to kill Eggman early on in the story.
  • Off with His Head!: How Finitevus meets his end. Also, the only way to kill Shadow.
  • Official Couple: Sonic and Sally, Tails and Fiona, Emerl and Nicole, Bunnie and Antoine.
  • Oh, Crap!: Plenty of times. Meta example: Sonic's death caused this.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Finitevus
  • One-Man Army: Sonic, Metallix, Mecha Fiona, Emerl.
  • One-Winged Angel: Metal Overlord.
  • Portal Cut: Finitevus loses a hand this way during his brief altercation with Metallix.
  • Power Copying: Emerl possesses the ability to scan the ability of any non-magical power, and use it equally well, if not better, than the original user.
  • Power Gives You Wings: The Metal Overlord has twelve wings, three pairs on his back, and three wings on each hip.
  • Powered Armour: Miles wears some. Mecha Fiona does too, which is later given to Sally, while it is modified to run on Chaos Emeralds.
  • Prepare to Die: Sonic and Metallix both give far warning before killing their enemies.
  • Pun: Sonic and Emerl are fond of them.
  • Reality Ensues: Shadow may be immortal, but he still needs his heart and lungs to live, and he dies after being decapitated.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Sonic delivers a vicious one to Ken.
    • Fiona receives a similarly vicious one from Tails, leading to a wakeup call during a flashback. She later returns the favour.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Metallix, Mecha Fiona, Iron Sally, Super Scourge, Super Sonic
  • Sanity Slippage: Metallix.
  • Save the Villain: Averted, mostly, but Fiona chooses to save Auto-Fiona and help her regain her sanity rather than destroy her.
  • Scaled Up:Metallix transforming into the Metal Overlord. Not as draconic as his design in Sonic Heroes.
  • Sequel Hook:Auto-Fiona steals the core of Quarantine Alpha, and uploads it to her own computer in New Mobotropolis, since she can't face killing her "brother."
  • Serial Escalation: The series starts with an all-out brawl between Sonic and Metallix, ending in the former's death. It goes up from there.
  • Ship Tease: Nic the Weasel and Lightning Lynx.
  • Shock and Awe: Ken's method of attack. Emerl copies it, of course. The Robian ninja clans are equipped with electrical weapons.
  • Shout-Out: Plenty, and a common feature in the writing of both authors. Not just to Sonic lore, but to other franchises and series, including Justice League of America, Transformers, Star Wars, BIONICLE, and even Xionic Madness.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Miles versus Super Scourge
  • Slasher Smile: Mecha Fiona, Scourge, Finitevus, and Amy display them.
  • Smooch of Victory: Sonic and Sally share a particularly deserving one.
  • The Starscream: Scourge to Eggman, Finitevus to Metallix
  • Story Arc: Chapter 0: Downfall, Chapter 1-4: Strange New World, Chapter 5-9: New Mobotropolis, Chapter 10-11: Reformatting, Chapter 12-16: Airborne, Chapter 17-21: Head Trip, 22-24: Memory Lane, Chapter 25-30: Fortress Falling, Chapter 31-36: Automation, Chapter 37-39: Beginning of the End, Chapter 40-Finale: Metal Madness
  • Super Mode: In order, Emerl, Scourge, Sonic, Nicole, Metallix, and Knuckles all get to display theirs.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Ultimate Emerl is mentioned, though when Emerl and Nicole use the form, they are able to maintain control of it.
  • Super Speed: Guess.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Finitevus, Ultimate Emerl
  • Take That!:
    • Several, to Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog and SEGA's more infamous moments, Fan Dumb stereotypes.
    • The most common target is the final pre-Continuity Reboot Story Arc of the comic, which featured Mecha Sally. During a battle with Metallix, a pair of energy blades that Emerl copied from Mecha Sally are shattered, causing the robot to quip that "she never really worked right". Later, Sally herself initially refuses to use Mecha Fiona's Powered Armour, as the blue-and-white colour scheme reminds her of her own Mecha form, alluding to Archie Comics' initial plan to have the remains of Mecha Sally's armour and weapons become the new outfit for her organic self, had the Continuity Reboot not effectively separated the two designs.
  • Take That, Us: Toa Arcan's artist's comments.
    Toa Arcan: Here, have a whole chapter of talking with Auto!
  • That Came Out Wrong: Sonic, a few times, but rarely resulting in an innuendo.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Several characters do it, Sonic lampshades it when he does.
    Sonic: Crap, now I'm talking to myself again...
  • Took a Level in Badass: Li Moon and Miles are the best examples. Nicole also gets one when she acquires her Gizoid body.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The heroes go through this during Sonic's ten-year absence.
  • Trick-and-Follow Ploy: Fiona attempts to use Auto to track Metallix's base by letting her escape. Unfortunately, it allows Auto the opportunity to kill Amy.
  • Unflinching Walk
  • Unholy Matrimony: Ken and Iron Sally. To a lesser extent, Metallix and Mecha Fiona
  • Unwilling Roboticization: Fiona is subject to this, as is Scourge, though both benefit from it in the long run. Countless other Mobians fall victim to this trope, notable victims including the Destructix, the Four Brides of the Iron Dominion, and Mina Mongoose.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Everyone in the Alliance to Metallix.
  • Villain Episode: A few of the chapters focus on the Alliance's issues instead of the heroes.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Iron Sally suffers one as Emerl repeatedly No Sells her abilities and prevents her from aiding Ken. She later has another one when she realises that she was engaged to Sonic before his death, and her memories of her real life return to her.
    • Metallix also suffers one as his programming decays.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The Death Egg's main weapon is referred to as such.
  • Wham Episode: The series begins with one. The next chapter continues this, with Sonic discovering the means through which his life has been restored, as well as the fates of his home and one of his friends, followed by Miles' revealing himself as the one who saved him. The next chapter includes the reveal of just how much things have gone wrong lately. Robotnik's death at Scourge's hand probably counts too.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Miles could've killed Scourge whenever he wanted, but he was obsessed with deconstructing him first. As a result, he loses Alicia and Anima.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Ken's Atom Bat, Emerl's wrist blades, and Mecha Fiona's Energy Reflector Gauntlets are all damaged beyond use in the series.


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