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Archie Sonic Online is a fan continuation of Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics). In 2013, several legal issues had forced the comic to undergo a Continuity Reboot, wiping out and altering 20 years' worth of characters and plotlines. While some fans were happy with the reboot, others were unhappy with the decision and wished to know what become of the old universe, as it left many questions unanswered and plotlines unresolved.

In 2015, a small group of fans gathered together in order to continue What Could Have Been. Archie Sonic Online seeks to continue the original continuity as it ended in Issue #247, making a proper conclusion to the unresolved Mecha Sally and King Naugus arcs that were going on at the time, then continue on with their own original direction. It solely covers the pre-rebooted comic universe, not the universe that came about after the Worlds Collide crossover, though elements from the new universe may appear as time goes on.

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The main portion of the site consists of fan-versions of both the Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe comics, continuing from the official numbering pre-Worlds Collide, as well as possible mini-series. Other than that, there are five issues of Mobius Legends, a collection of stories outside the main comic's canon that are meant to train the writers and artists that have joined the team. They also have plans to rewrite the "Endangered Species" arc past part 1.

Not to be confused with Sonic the Comic – Online!, a similar fan continuation of Sonic the Comic, or Sonic Retold, a fancomic that continues where the old universe left off after the Endangered Species arc.


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    Sonic the Hedgehog Online 
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Eggman appears to do this when Sonic corners him, but this is just a ruse so he can release Emerl and make him attack Sonic.
  • And I Must Scream: After being restored, Sally reveals that she was aware of all of her actions as Mecha Sally, but she was powerless to do anything about it.
    • During a character Q&A, Geoffrey revealed that being possessed by Naugus is like being stuck in a dark room, but you can still see and feel what you're doing.
  • The Atoner: In issue 248, Cream insists on distracting Tails Doll and acting as a decoy to draw it out, wanting to make up for the fact that she was the one who brought it into New Mobotropolis in the first place.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Team Freedom realizes that the red gem is the Tails Doll’s weak point, and act accordingly.
  • Badass Adorable: As per usual, Amy is this, fighting Emerl all by her lonesome. Cream as well, as she manages to distract the Tails Doll so Team Freedom could defeat it.
  • Breather Episode: After issues of hectic action, "Turning Point" of #250 focuses on everyone embracing Sally's return and Sally readjusting to her freedom.
  • Break Them by Talking: Mecha Sally counters Sonic's vow to save her by reminding him of the times he failed to do just that. The first two weren't even his fault while the third was a tragic oversight. Still, it was enough to make Sonic hesitate long enough for Mecha Sally to land a cheap shot.
  • ...But He Sounds Handsome: In issue 250, Naugus spares no words praising himself to Sonic while possessing Geoffrey, gloating that he's the true king and has given far greater protection and stability than the Kingdom of Acorn ever could, and insisting both he/Geoffrey and Sonic should be proud to serve him. Naugus is subsequently left visibly irked when Sonic bluntly states he can't serve a king who only serves himself.
  • Call-Back: As to be expected, this continuation shares the original comics' habit for referencing past events and dating the issue numbers.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: A dark version. Mecha Sally taunts Sonic by reminding him off all the times he has failed Sally, referencing the Mecha Madness Arc, the Endgame Arc, and the lead-up to her own creation. She then further taunts him with all the allies who have previously died under his watch, such as Nate Morgan, Tommy Turtle, and Sir Connery.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Metal Sonic was absolutely no match for Naugus' powers.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Averted. When New Mobotropolis is under attack in issue 249, Amy fights Metal Sonic and Emerl (while technically genderless robots, both are usually considered to be male) while Sonic deals with the female Mecha Sally.
  • The Gloves Come Off: For obvious reasons, Sonic is reluctant to fight Mecha Sally. But when his robotic former lover is about to shoot Cream, he straight up decks her across the face. Taken even further when she is seconds away from exploding and about to shoot him point-blank. He gives her a vicious headbutt, severely damages her with a barrage of spin-dashes, and plows her into the ground.
  • Grand Theft Me: Ixis Naugus is still in possession of Geoffrey St. John's body, as seen in issue 249. However, the spell seems to be wearing off, and Naugus's form is still breaking down.
  • Headbutt of Love: Sonic and Sally, at the end of #249. Although he had given her a literal headbutt in her roboticized form immediately before this.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Dr. Eggman gives Metal Sonic permission to destroy Mecha Sally if he is unable to retrieve her.
  • It Only Works Once: In issue 247, Sonic was about to be shot point-blank by Mecha Sally while he was grappling with her, and was only saved by Tails' timely intervention. When Mecha Sally later tries the exact same thing again during their final battle, Sonic saves himself by headbutting the laser.
  • It's All My Fault: Cream blames herself for Tails Doll destroying New Mobotropolis by bringing it there.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Big ends up being instrumental in defeating the mutated Tails Doll by removing its power source with his fishing rod. He comments upon the experience, stating that "Fishing inside monsters is weird."
    • Eggman's dialogue from yelling at a seemingly inactive Emerl mirrors that from his debut game.
    • Naugus considering crystallizing Metal Sonic for his own purposes is a nod to the Eggman's Dozen story arc from Sonic Universe, where Metal Sonic was indeed crystallized by him and his sister.
    • Julie-Su's pose in her Data File mirrors that of her pose from the beta cover of StH #244 (as shown here).
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: In issue #250, Conquering Storm told Eggman that she received an oil shipment, referencing the events of Sonic Universe Online #53. None of Sonic Universe Online's issues were released yet when StHO #250 came out.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Sonic's expression throughout the final leg of his fight between him and Mecha Sally is pure desperation. Case in point? Sonic is seen crying. No wit. No attitude. Only tears.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Naugus-in-Geoffrey St. John's body tries to imitate the British accent and mannerisms of his possessee, but does a really poor job of it.
  • Original Flavour: The comic tries to stick as closely to the style and format of the official comic series as possible, even featuring an editorial page at the end of each issue in style of the old ones.
  • Power Copying: Just like in his debut game, Emerl can copy his opponents' moves. Sonic dismisses as a rather lame power at first, but when Emerl hits him with a spin-dash move, he quickly reconsiders his first assessment.
    • Metal Sonic also copies Ixis Naugus' magic abilities after freeing himself from the wizard's ice prison in issue 249.
  • Red Herring Twist: With Sally deroboticized through other means, it seems that Naugus’s ability to turn robotic limbs into flesh and blood is this.
  • Retcon:
    • The events of Sonic Universe Issue 50, prior to Worlds Collide, will be considered non-canon.
    • With the Endangered Species arc being re-imagined for this continuation, Sonic and Shard never met and the latter never considered using the Krudzu to deroboticize Mecha Sally, explaining the need for the Bio-Analyzer.
    • Since the events of Worlds Collide didn't happen in the continuity, there is no mention of Dr. Wily or any indication of him and Eggman's plans together.
  • Running Gag: Cubot's voice still isn't working properly, and each issue has him switch to a different accent.
    • #248: German.
    • #249: Pirate.
    • #250: Surfer dude.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The site header is done in the style of Sonic Runners.
    • StHO #248's Off-Panel has a cameo from Wolvurkel, last seen way back in StH #8.
  • Silence Is Golden: The last five pages of issue 249, in which Sonic defeats Mecha Sally and returns her to normal, play out with no dialogue whatsoever (with the exception of Sonic saying "Please...").
  • Take a Third Option: The official comic had hinted at Sally's deroboticization being possible through two different ways, namely Naugus' magic and the Krudzu Hybrid Hydra. Archie Sonic Online uses neither, as the key to restoring Sally is ultimately a newly-introduced "Bio-Analyzer" that was salvaged from Eggman's World Roboticizer.
  • Taking You with Me: In issue 249, Metal Sonic triggers Mecha Sally's self-destruct sequence. In the middle of the countdown, Mecha Sally laments to Sonic how he's going to be with her again...in death. Luckily, an emotionally distraught Sonic manages to incapacitate and deroboticize her in less than 10 seconds.
  • Tears of Joy: Sonic, once Sally is deroboticized.
  • Transformation of the Possessed: Naugus-in-Geoffrey St. John's body involuntary starts to revert to his old form, much to his panic.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After Mecha Sally frees Metal Sonic from Silver's psychic grip, he immediately orders her to self-destruct, not that she minds.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Subverted. The plan Tails explains to deroboticize Sally ultimately does work, but not without heavy resistance from Metal Sonic, Emerl, and Mecha Sally herself.
  • Use Your Head: When Mecha Sally tries to shoot Sonic point-blank with a laser installed in her head, he headbutts her so hard that the laser breaks. He's even shown to have a visible bruise afterwards.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Mecha Sally had no qualms about targeting Cream during her bout with Sonic. Thankfully, Sonic managed to hit Mecha Sally and save the young rabbit at the last second.

    Mobius Legends 
  • A Day in the Limelight: Each of the 15 stories focus on a handful of the supporting characters within Sonic's universe.
    • A Prelude: Zonic.
    • Your First Chili Dog: Tails and Ray.
    • Trigger: Blaze and Elise.
    • New Domination: Metal Sonic.
    • A Maiden's Heart: Amy.
    • Invaders From Beyond: Knuckles and Julie-Su.
    • Regrets: Rouge, Scourge, and Fiona.
    • Don't Forget: Silver.
    • Disturbed: Shadow.
    • A Zoneful of Zones: Scourge, back when he was Anti Sonic.
    • Cornered: Knuckles and Dr. Finitevus.
    • Lying: Sally. Also, Anti-Sonic.
    • Reckoning: Breezie.
    • Dimitri's Log: Dimitri.
    • Protogegg: Eggette.
  • All Just a Dream: Silver seems to believe that his paradoxical adventure in Don't Forget is this.
  • Ascended Meme: Protogegg has a suprise appearance from Eggette, a fan character based on a reinterpreted Sonic Mania sprite.
  • Book-Ends: The first issue's cover story is about Zonic and the Zone Cops monitoring realities that should've been affected by the Super Genesis Wave. The last issue ends with Zonic watching the realities from throughout the miniseries, giving a thumbs-up to the viewer as thanks.
  • Call-Back: A Zoneful of Zones has Sonic's name being called out, and written in logo form - much like the first 50 or so issues of the main series. This may or not be foreshadowing that the story is a prologue to one of those 50 or so issues (specifically issue 19).
  • Canon Discontinuity: The Mobius Legends stories are non-canon to both the official comic and the fan continuation, being used as test drives for writers and artists and having an "anything goes" policy.
  • Continuity Nod: At the beginning of Your First Chili Dog, Tails finishes telling Ray about a mission with the Sand Blasters that took place previously in the official comic.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In Cornered, Thrash was absolutely no match for Finitevus.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Scourge turns out to be doing this for Sonic in Lying.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Lying both refers to Sally hiding her Dead Sparks with Sonic after his return in StH #130 and Scourge lying to everyone by pretending Sonic survived the fight with the Xorda.
  • Dying Alone: Dimitri's Log has him left in a box to rust, so he gathers his thoughts on his actions in the official comic as he powers down. Subverted in the end, as he's found by Sonic a week later.
  • End-of-Series Awareness: The Off-Panel for #5 has Sonic demanding to know who's responsible for letting him not be a main character in any of the issues. After figuring out it was Eggman's fault, Sonic gets the series canned, continuing the "And then [X] was cancelled forever" joke... except this time it actually worked.
  • For the Evulz: Metal Sonic is given free will to make any decision he wants in New Domination, but still wants to complete his original programming of killing Sonic for his own satisfaction.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Blaze and Elise act this way towards each other in Trigger.
  • Hidden Depths: In A Maiden's Heart, Amy's relationship with Sally is given a more in-depth explanation than in the official comic. Rouge also shows the ability to pick apart Fiona's unhealthy relationship with Scourge in Regrets.
  • How We Got Here: A Zoneful of Zones turns out to be the events that led Scourge (then Evil Sonic) to be in StH #19.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Mephiles tries to be this to Shadow in Disturbed.
  • Mind Screw: One of the themes of "Don't Forget" is the effects that his temporal adventures have had on Silver's mind, as he's briefly partnered up with figments of all of his partners from different continuities and realizes to his horror that he can't remember all of them properly.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Zonic has one of these upon first realizing the effects of the Super Genesis Wave in A Prelude.
    • Breezie freaks out when she solves LJ's puzzle, and has another moment when Pseudo-Sonic sees her escaping during Reckoning.
  • Retraux: The cover for A Zoneful of Zones (and the overall cover for ML #4) was modeled in the same way the covers for the Sonic Archives were.
    • Cornered was drawn entirely in black and white save for flashbacks, which were in sepia instead.
  • Riddle Me This: In Reckoning, Breezie figures out the note Eggman gave to LJ is one of these. Unfortunately for her, the solution is "Defectors must die".
  • Self-Made Orphan: In Protogegg, the girl who would become Eggette freezes her parents alive for being too "cowardly" to kill Mobians.
  • Shot-for-Shot Remake: The test story Invaders From Beyond is drawn almost identically to a short adaptation of Sonic Chronicles that was scrapped from the official comic.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Evil Sonic encounters a Zone Cop in A Zoneful of Zones, the first thing he says is "I swear, the chili dogs were gone when I got there!"
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Protogegg has Eggman notice an Overlander girl who isn't terrified of being enslaved, nor show any reaction to the possibility of her parents falling to that same fate. His interest piques when she calls them idiots and chastises them for not hating Mobians enough like she does.

    Sonic Universe Online 
  • A Day in the Limelight: Much like before, Sonic Universe Online is this to certain characters.
    • Rabbot Rebound will focus on Bunnie Rabbot, following up on Chaotix Quest's Sequel Hook.
    • The story arc following Rabbot Rebound will focus on Blaze, after she supported Team Rose in Treasure Team Tango.
  • Grand Finale: Issue 50 is said to be one for the unconcluded Sonic Underground.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Jack and his Sand Blasters are visibly disturbed when Bunnie nonchalantly asks how they plan to torture her while she’s their prisoner.
  • Later Installment Weirdness: Rabbot Rebound will consist of three issues instead of the standard four. This is due to the story arc naturally fitting into three issues rather than four. It's been hinted that future arcs will be shorter or longer than four parts as well.
  • Meaningful Name: Lesath, a scorpion, is named after the star of the same name, which rests in the constellation Scorpius.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The legionnaires in Rabbot Rebound are shown without their trademark hoods. This also happened with Chaotix Quest, where they were shown like that due to the concept of the Dark Legion already being trademarked at the time.
    • The background of #52's cover is that of Mirage Saloon, fitting the Western setting of Rabbot Rebound.
    • The name of Jack's prison guard, Scarlett O’Fenn, is a reference to the fact that Bunnie’s true name was at one point planned to be “Scarlett O'Hare”.
  • Original Character: Both Lesath the Scorpion and Scarlett O'Fenn were made exclusively for Sonic Universe Online (although the latter was based off of a background character that appeared in the official comic).
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Scarlett, the newest member of the Sand Blasters, is a fennec fox.

    Knuckles: Endangered Species 
  • Advertised Extra: Gae-Na is featured prominently on the cover for the first issue, and while she is the one who defeats Amy at the beginning of the story, she is barely seen again after that.
    • Thrash and his Devil Dog army also appear on the cover, but Thrash only appears in two scenes (including the last one), while only two Devil Dogs appear aiding him on the last page.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • When Lien-Da claims the Dark Egg Legion can't leave Eggman's rule, Tails, to everyone's suprise, drops the bombshell that the reason they can't leave is because Eggman rigged their cybernetics with explosives as a security measure. This causes panic and self-doubt among the Legionaires.
    • When Lien-Da tells Remington that every bad thing she has done was for the sake of her people, Remington asks everyone around them to close their eyes if they've never lost anyone they loved because of Lien-Da and Eggman, and not one eye closes. Lien-Da looks shocked at the citizens and her own minions glaring at her; too bad it doesn't last.
  • Badass Adorable: Not only does Saffron take out some legionnaires, but she is the one that has the honor of destroying Metal Knuckles. Julie-Su also counts as this, as usual.
  • Badass Normal: The citizens of Albion take up arms to help the Chaotix. Wynmacher is also the one that defeats Lien-Da.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The story begins where issue 243 left off, with Metal Knuckles knocking out Sonic with one blow. He then similarly dispatches Tails, while Remington and Amy are both quickly zapped into submission by Lien-Da and Gae-Na, respectively.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Julie-Su makes quite a handful of zingers in issue 1. Sonic is also this, obviously.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Lien-Da and her Dark Egg Legion chapter are defeated within the first issue of the miniseries (and, if bringing StH #243 into the equation, the end of the arc's first half) to make way for the true Big Bad of the story arc - Thrash the Tasmanian Devil.
  • Enemy Mine: The cover of #2 implies that the Dark Egg Legion will have to team up with their enemies in order to fight Thrash and his Devil Dog army.
  • Fix Fic: The entire existence of this mini-series stems from the author's goal to remake StH #244-246, which were all massively altered due to... less-than-pleasant circumstances.
  • Funny Background Event: As Knuckles and Julie-Su go over their plan to liberate Team Fighters and the rest of their kind, Crystal-La clearly struggles with using a blaster, much to Komi-Ko's exasperation.
  • My Greatest Failure: Saffron still hasn't gotten over the destruction of the Golden Hive Colony and the permanent damage to Charmy's mind. So much as looking at how the Echidnas might suffer a similar fate pushes her Trauma Button.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Knuckles demonstrates how much practice he has had controlling Chaos Energy by attacking Syntar with a Warp Ring.
  • Oh, Crap!: The general reaction to everyone present at the time, enemy and ally alike, when Tails lets slip that Eggman has placed bombs inside all of his legionnaires.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Lien-Da goes through this when Tails and Remington humiliate and discredit her in front of her minions and Julie-Su destroys the generator keeping them prisoner.

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