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  • Accidental Innuendo:
    Knuckles: "Knuckles Jr. isn't working out."
    • In the episode "Eggman Unplugged":
    • In the episode "Chez Amy":
    Amy: "Quit eating the Amy sauce!"
    • From "It Wasn't Me, It Was the One-Armed Hedgehog":
    • Later in the same episode:
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: With the video games' very poor performance and the Archie Comic's sudden cancellation, many thought that the cartoon would soon follow. Thanks to jokes proving to be genuinely funny and some tweaks to the main cast's dynamics have made the cartoon resilient, to the point that it's the first Western-made Sonic animated series to gain a second season since Sonic Sat AM.
  • Anvilicious:
    • "Battle of the Boy Bands" screams (or more accurately sings) in the viewer's face exactly what the writers think about pop music and teen idols.
    • "Nutwork" pulls no punches in its Satire of news media and its viewers. Sticks, of all people, is presented as the voice of reason compared to the greedy TV newscasters and Apathetic Citizens.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • While the show's returning of Amy to a main character, particularly after having been delegated to glorified cameos in game canon, has been well-received, some wish she would have been swapped out for Blaze or Rouge, or are just annoyed about her in general, especially her competence boost at the expense of everyone else. Others are just fine with Amy, like her new personality and are happy she's as awesome as she is.
    • Sticks the Jungle Badger: A hilariously paranoid nut adding a new interesting addition to the cast dynamic, or an obnoxiously loud companion that won't shut up?
    • Shadow. Like his canon counterpart, except it's the opposite. Many who didn't like him came around and saw him as Evil Is Cool, while many of his fans hate his new voice. And, of course, there are also fans of his that are glad to see a version that can go all-out due to being evil.
    • Knuckles. While he does seem genuinely funny to watch, his characterization is influenced by his comical first appearance which didn't sit well with fans that favor his more serious personality from the Adventure games. That's not to say he's completely unrecognizable with his Sega counterpart, but it's certainly the most noticeable of the personality tweaks applied to the cast. Despite this, it's actually an inversion of the trope, as he's possibly one of the most popular characters of the series.
  • Broken Base:
    • Knuckles' huge design change. The fandom is split between fans saying They Changed It, Now It Sucks! (leading to many jokes that involve him "missing leg day"), and those who think it's a good change because he finally looks like the bruiser he is rather than a twig with the same build as Sonic and Tails.
    • And perhaps even more contentious, his personality. He's either amusingly stupid and funny, or a massive insult to absolutely everything that Knuckles originally stood for. There is a surprising amount of fanart that revolves around main!Knuckles beating the stuffing out of his counterpart (sometimes with him screaming something along the lines of "THAT'S NOT ME"). The fact it seems to play off his main counterpart's Flanderization doesn't help.
    • The show itself. Decent animated cartoon that captures the franchise's funnier moments or an ugly insult to the franchise that came three decades late and only exists to sell toys? You decide.
  • Cargo Ship: Tails and his plane. It's actually sort of canon, according to "Dr. Eggman's Tomato Sauce".
  • Comedy Ghetto: Sonic Boom being a comedy show has invoked some Sonic fans to denounce it, in spite of the games moving into comedy as of late. It isn't even the first Sonic TV series with standalone plots and comedic overtones. Though the marketing initially did make it seem like it would be more adventure based and that it would be more in line with the game's somewhat serious tone.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Surprisingly few episodes involve Sonic and co doing much more than scuffle with Eggman rather than stop any schemes directed towards the civilians. This at times seems just as well, as the depiction of most of the supporting cast is fairly unsympathetic, most of them either idiotic or self centred and thus rarely showing the heroes much loyalty or gratitude (or in cases such as the Gogobas, outright manipulative Entitled Bastards), with a small division even roots for Eggman while Sonic saves them. At times it's easy to want Sonic to just let them rot.
    • This trope seems to be more downplayed in season 2, mainly with the characters acting friendlier and the supporting cast taking steps to show gratitude.
  • Designated Hero: Used quite fittingly In-Universe in "Designated Heroes", where Sonic is such a smug glory hogging asswipe about stopping Eggman that even the others decide to teach him a lesson.
    • In "Alone Again, Unnaturally" Sonic causes the conflict of the episode by pushing Tails' speed amplifier too far and unjustly breaks Eggman's stuff when he blames him for it.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Several of the Lightning Bolt Club members have become popular, due to being even more Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains than Eggman.
    • Mark the Tapir, almost to Just Here for Godzilla levels, for being a well-deserved Take That, Audience! towards one of the most infamously toxic fanbases in history and the culmination of the Sonic marketing team's frequent (and well-loved) jabs towards their fanbase's less-than-savory tendencies. The fact a lot of people have compared him with Chris-Chan doesn't hurt, even if the creators say the similarity wasn't intended.
    • As with other adaptations, Eggman himself is quite popular, having several episodes devoted to him and receiving a more sympathetic characterization.
    • Metal Sonic was extremely popular in both of his appearances, especially in the Season 2 finale where he beats the living daylights out of Sonic and Shadow with very little effort.
  • Evil Is Cool: Shadow is a complete dick, but he makes up for it in being a No-Nonsense Nemesis, and fairly badass at that.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Some of the Furry Fandom have taken a liking to Boom's version of Shadow, and it's not that hard to see why, especially considering his already well-established fans.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Role models live boring lives and will be defeated by everyone else.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Aside from the fact mentioned in the Comedy Ghetto entry above and the quality of the games, another factor that caused fans to denounce the show was that news of Friendship is Magic writer Dave Polsky being on board as a major writer and script editor for the show. While there is some friendly overlap between the Sonic and FiM fandoms due to similarities between the two franchises, the more vocal bronies have traditionally been rather harsh to Sonic and his fandom. Sonic fan aversion to FiM comes partially from this and partially from the same reasons as everyone else who doesn't like FiM or bronies. Even today clashes between both camps still happen from time to time, with many of those that are instigated by the vocal bronies comparable to mixing nitro and glycerin.
  • Foe Yay:
    • In the very first episode, Eggman asks "What fool would want to be Sonic's sidekick? *wistfully* Spending every day with him, enjoying his friendship and respect... NOT ME, THAT'S FOR SURE!"
    • And many, many more examples between those two. They're just a Foe Yay honeypot.
    • To an extent, between Shadow and Sonic, with Shadow being ridiculously obsessed with beating him.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show has a strong international audience and airs in over 90 countries worldwide. However, it should be noted that the show's lower popularity in America is mostly due to Cartoon Network throwing it under the bus with lazy advertising and poor time slots.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 2 has better animation, more involved, higher-stakes stories, established writers from the Archie Sonic comics working on it, and takes more risks..
  • Harsher in Hindsight: After reading a comic book, Sonic comments: "To Be Continued? If I have a comic, I'd never end it like that!" Well, about that...
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Cindy Robinson was an unpopular replacement as Amy's voice actress in her early run in the games, often compared to a woman doing falsetto, affecting a very Minnie Mouse-like voice. Prominent Vocal Evolution arising from the show giving her an expanded role allowed for a more varied range of reactions and lines for the character. This has made more fans deem her a worthy successor to Amy's previous actresses. Her voice in LEGO Dimensions is the same, indicating that this new tone will stick across the whole franchise. Her voice work in Give Bees A Chance is a particular standout, displaying the character from happy giggling to depression to outrage. Also doubles as She Really Can Write, as she wrote the episode herself.
    • The cast in general have had several episodes to polish their voice work for the characters, the more flexible scripts compared to the video games have given them all moments to shine.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Sonic's refusal to wear pants in "My Fair Sticksy" is quite hilarious as in one of the earlier sketches for the characters, Sonic was originally going to wear them. It became more funny when it was revealed one of Sega's editorial mandates for the Archie and IDW Sonic comics is that male characters can't wear pants.
    • In "Double Doomsday", Tails unintentionally ends up referencing a Sonic meme from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
    • The infamous infinite Knuckles jump glitch from Rise of Lyric. In the episode "Dude, Where's My Eggman?" during his retelling of the events of their recent clash with Dr. Eggman, Knuckles is faster than Sonic, invincibly strong and untouchable, and inexplicably flies off into space. This video sums it up rather nicely.
      • The whole sequence is this in the light of "Two Good to be True" with Knuckles from another dimension who's the leader in his universe.
    • Before the show even aired, somebody created a Twitter blog entirely dedicated to posting bogus summaries of Boom episodes. Among the blatantly false claims about exorcisms and selfies are some predictions that have people joking that whoever created the blog is working on the show:
      • One of the very first posts, from 6th of February in '14, predicts the first episode's plot with scary accuracy. Gets even better when considering how other posts state things such as "Knuckles tries to make Sonic his official sidekick" and "Amy learns to Juggle" [sic].
      • "Eggman fakes an injury and takes Sonic to court with a No win, No Fee company." Guess what. And Knuckles eats (well, tries to eat) a sandwich in that episode, too, though how much cheese it has remains unknown.
      • And the selfies part has become even funnier since a selfie ended up saving the day in "It Takes A Village To Defeat A Hedgehog''.
    • Eggman uses the line "It's no use" in the episode ',Hedgehog Day'', which is about a disruption in the fabric of time, a la Groundhog Day. Now where have we heard that line in a similar context in a Sonic property before...
      • This also occurs with Tails in "Spacemageddonocalypse".
    • In Planes, Trains and Dude-Mobiles, Sonic complains about getting another speeding ticket. In LEGO Dimensions if Sonic is paired up with Batgirl, she'll tell him right up that if he speeds, she's giving him a ticket.
    • One wonders why, in "Eggman: The Video Game: Part 1", Shadow's so touchy about being called weak by Sonic, since he's got no problem doing the same to Infinite.
    • The jokes about Knuckles "skipping leg day" in this series became this in light of Sonic's beefed up new design in Sonic the Hedgehog (2019), which gives him a muscular, realistic looking pair of legs.
  • Ho Yay:
    • In the episode "Into the Wilderness", there's a scene where Knuckles literally jumps into Sonic's arms. Sonic acts totally casual about it.
    • "Just a Guy" has the Trio attend one of Amy's sensitivity trainings because Sonic insulted a friend of Knuckles' by mistake. Sonic knows a group hug is incoming; he lowers his eyes and tells the others in effect to just get it over with. Knuckles immediately pulls Sonic to himself, and Sonic starts staring into the distance suddenly looking rather surprised...
    • The entirety of "Bro Down Showdown" for Sonic and Knuckles.
    • Let's not forget "It Wasn't Me, It Was the One-Armed Hedgehog", where Knuckles pretends to be tracking down Sonic to turn him in, playing to his 'stupid, gullible' personality, he's actually trying to throw off the angry mob so he can warn Sonic and protect him. He flat out tells Sonic that he's "too important to lose". Sure, he's being ditzy and saying he's 'a valuable member of Team Knuckles', but still, he's basically telling Sonic that he doesn't want to lose him because he's too important to him.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog" was extremely popular, just because of Shadow's appearance. The 2-parter episode "Eggman: The Video Game" also followed the suit due to the same reason.
    • Similarly, "It Wasn't Me, It Was the One-Armed Hedgehog" was popular specifically because of Metal Sonic's appearance. This may explain why it and "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog" were both included in the DVD sampler that comes with the Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice game.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Knuckles Explains Feminism
    • Hawaiian Shirt Shadow, from a false rumor started by someone pretending to be working on the show. Anyone who was actually expecting this is going to be disappointed when Shadow appeared.
      • On a lesser note, Chubby Silver.
    • Knuckles' beefing up. And "skipping the leg day."
      • He's also put in a group with Ike (who received a beefier redesign for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS taken from his Radiant Dawn appearance) and Swampert (who received a really beefy Mega Evolution in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire). People who have noticed this trend call it "The Year of Buff."
    • Jokes about Sonic getting taller and thinner in future Sonic titles are making the rounds, as is a one-shot gag suggesting Little Mac uppercut him so hard during Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS that he was permanently stretched taller. That scarf's hiding a neck brace.
    • The excessive amounts of sports tape on all the redesigns.
    • When the designs were revealed, everyone started "Boomifying" other characters from different games, TV shows, and movies. (especially from Sonic's rival series) on Tumblr and DeviantArt.
    • "I didn't even bring any weapons. Here, check my pants!"
    • "SONIC'S ARMS ARE NOT FRIGGING BLUE!" Jokes have been made that this minor, almost missable redesign riles hardcore Sonic fans so much they're willing to mace people over it.
    • The scene where Eggman literally cheated on his ballots by stuffing it with his own name, and it's very compatible with the Super Smash Bros. ballots memes.
    • Using any of Knuckles' quotes from past games, mostly "Unlike Sonic I don't chuckle" and "Oh no".
    • "RADICAL SHUT YOUR PIEHOLE!"
  • Moe: Amy. Admit it, she's downright huggable.
    • Tails also more than qualifies.
      • Tails' love interest Zoey as well. They make an adorable couple.
  • More Popular Spinoff: The show is recognized as being the best thing to come out of the Boom franchise. So much so that Fire & Ice ignores the games' continuity and was made to resemble the show, taking place sometime in its second season. The second season actually backed this up, too; antagonist Defekt turns up in one episode during the later half of the season itself.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Sticks' singing, In and Out-Universe.
  • Narm:
    • Sonic's speech in "Just A Guy" tries to be either awesome or shocking, but thanks to his repeated voice cracking, can come off as this.
    • Shadow's voice, to some, insisting that he sounds older than he should, although one could make the case that he could be older than Main!Shadow.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Despite the show being a comedy, there was a moment of horror when Sonic, under the influence of his mecha suit, nearly murders Eggman. Luckily, his friends were able to pull him to his senses before he did it.
    • There's also the scene in "I Can Sea Sonic's Fear From Here" where Sonic, who is already terrified as it is (being underwater, since water is his worst fear), gets his air hose cut by one of Eggman's robots, leaving him to nearly suffocate to death. Fortunately, his friends get to him in time, but not before he spends an entire minute of the episode frantically gasping for air. It's no wonder that he's even more terrified of water by the end of the episode...
    • The Bike Chain Bandit, an Ax-Crazy Hostile Hitchhiker from the episode, "Planes, Trains, and Dude-Mobiles". Knuckles, thinking that Sonic and Tails need company on their way to the Dude-itude concert they're going to perfom at, somehow thinks that picking up the Bike Chain Bandit on a dark and stormy night is a good idea. The Bike Chain Bandit is described by a radio broadcast as a large, snaggle-toothed opossum wearing a trenchcoat, and carrying a duffle bag filled with bicycle chains. The Bike Chain Bandit attempts to choke Knuckles with a bicycle chain while Knuckles is still driving the Dude-Mobile, but fortunately for Knuckles, is kicked out of the Dude-Mobile by Sonic.
    • Tails as a Beebot Cyborg in "You and I Bee-come One", as he eventually goes against his allies and connects to other Bee-bots, is quite nightmarish.
    • Beth the Shrew nearly getting crushed by a garbage compacter in "Don't Make Me Angry". Grade-A Adult Fear fuel.
  • Older Than They Think:
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The man in the Sonic costume taking out his trash from Just A Guy.
    • Amy's surprise appearance in 9 to 5 Knuckles, where she not so subtly rips apart Barker's argument, delivers a Badass Boast, and gets so furious her friends have to restrain her from ripping him a new one.
  • Periphery Demographic: Due to some edgy politically incorrect jokes, apparently references to Chris-Chan and being Actually Pretty Funny the series has gotten some fame in Imageboards like 8chan's comics and cartoons board.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Since the actual designs were revealed, most fans have warmed up to them (Amy in particular). Knuckles has some mixed reactions (especially his larger frame), but some actually like Knuckles' new characterization, being more lively and willing to get in on the silliness. Sonic, however, still gets a lot of flak for his lankier legs and blue arms. At the very least, even some of the show's detractors give props to the redesigns staying faithful to how the modern games look, including their in-game voice actors certainly doesn't hurt. Contrast this with Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, which gets flak for their own designs of another iconic video game hero.
    • Amy herself. For those who weren't fond of her Stalker with a Crush attitude in the games and comics, many have taken a greater liking to this incarnation. In particular, playing up her Team Mom and Genki Girl traits and severely toning down her obvious affection for Sonic. It's still there, but in a much lesser capacity.
    • Sticks was a Base-Breaking Character for a while due to her not having many important roles in episodes and her Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies becoming grating. In the second season, her tendency to hate technology and believe everything is a conspiracy is toned down and made funnier when utilized, while her other traits are given more focus to add to her character, and she gets focus equal to the rest of the team.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The opinion of most viewers. The general consensus is that the show is much better than the two video games promoting it, but offers nothing really spectacular that hasn't been seen in most modern Cartoon Network shows.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • All liquid animation in the show looks very low quality. For example, the slime animation in "Buster", especially if you compare it to the slime animation in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures.
    • For a character intended to have Super Speed, Sonic moves in what could be best described as a brisk jog much of the time, especially on close-up shots of him. He will still leave a blur as if he's going much faster.
    • Most fans state that while the humor is good, the body animation is a bit on the stiff side that even the console game cutscenes (not the in-game ones) look more fluid.
  • Squick: Orbot preparing orange juice by squeezing the orange against his 'teeth' and then having the juice squirt out into the glass through his finger. Even Eggman is creeped out.
  • Stealth Pun: Cubot is square and is dim witted. He's a blockhead.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • Episode 9, "Guilt Tripping", has a couple of obvious riffs, one to The A-Team theme and another to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
    • Episode 14, "The Meteor", has a wrestling video game with background music that sounds just like the level start riff from Pac-Man.
    • Comedy Chimp's routine in Episode 17, "Don't Judge Me", the chase scene in Episode 39, "Battle of the Boy Bands", and the pillow fight in "Cabin Fever" all use a song that sounds remarkably like "Yakety Sax".
    • Episode 23, "Let's Play Musical Friends", the game that starts with a level that looks suspiciously like Green Hill Zone has music to match.
    • The logo theme that plays prior to Eggman's movie in Episode 33, "Eggman the Auteur", sounds almost exactly like the 20th Century Fox logo theme.
    • Episode 37, "Next Top Villain". When Dave's plan creates disco-style lighting, Knuckles turns on music that sounds suspiciously like "YMCA".
    • In Episode 39, "Battle of the Boy Bands", Sonic's rock band Dude-itude plays a song remarkably similar to "Can't Stop" and "Give it Away" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
    • Episode 42, "Late Night Wars", adds a "Stayin' Alive" soundalike.
    • Episode 56, "Alone Again, Unnaturally", has music tracks reminiscent of the intro music and the main theme from Back to the Future.
    • During Episode 66 FiendBot while FriendBot fights Eggman's big robots a piece of music that sounds like the Pacific Rim theme plays in the background.
    • The climax of Blackout has an Indiana Jones soundalike as they're escaping a collapsing an ancient temple after stealing an artifact. Makes sense, really.
    • Team Sonic's soccer match in the beginning of Eggman's Anti Gravity Ray is accompanied by a song that's almost identical to Van Halen's Jump.
    • During the montage in If You Build It They Will Race where Team Sonic individually designs their own car, the music played is practically the opening riff to Knight Rider.
  • Tear Jerker: In spite of being a very upbeat comedy, there's enough examples to earn it a page.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: From the very start, when the silhouettes of the new character designs were revealed, many fans went ballistic, especially in regards to Knuckles' new-found buffness. This has, for the most part, died down as fans have seen that the designs adapt better than expected in animation.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: For a character so heavily touted as Original Generation, Sticks does next to nothing in almost every episode. If she's lucky she gets a few lines ranting about people getting mind controlled, and if she isn't, expect her to be there to simply fill out group shots.
    • Knuckles and Amy as well, to a lesser extent, for much of the same reasons. They both generally get more lines than Sticks but still rarely ever do much of anything.
    • Seems to be moving away from this in Season 2, with episodes like Spacemageddonocalypse, In the Midnight Hour, Blackout, Unnamed Episode, and Give Bees A Chance giving a larger focus on different characters saving the day instead of Sonic.
  • Unexpected Character: While it was known ahead of time that another mainline Sonic character would be moved into the Boom universe, people were expecting a more well-known choice, such as Blaze or Silver, after the previous transplants were fan-favorites like Shadow and Metal Sonic. Vector, on the other hand, was quite the surprise.
  • Vindicated by History: Downplayed, but you'd be surprised by the amount of people - even those who hated the design - to look on Boom!Sonic's design more favourably after the pre-release renders leaked for Sonic for the live-action movie.
    • The show itself seems to be getting this as of late, with many holding it up as an example of a good comedy-based cartoon after the initial reaction to the show and the disasterous licensed games. By the time the show was confirmed dead, there were more people mourning it than rejoicing.
  • Win the Crowd: The show itself. After the first batch of episodes aired, the reception has been far better to the show than to Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal (see The Problem with Licensed Games below).
  • The Woobie: Orbot and Cubot. Constantly belittled, abused, treated as disposable tools, and they spend all their time being the butt of jokes. Funny ones to be sure, but it's still enough to feel pity for the little guys. Particularly after "Dude, Where's My Eggman?"
    • Tails anytime an episode revolves around him and his inventions since they often backfire and all of his friends (Sonic usually being the exception) turn on him and rip him a new one when all he's trying to do is help.
    • Sonic himself can count. His rant in "Just A Guy" sums it up very well: he is hardly ever shown any appreciation for saving the village every week, and it seems that the only time that anyone notices what he does is when he does something wrong. Oh, and not to mention how quick the villagers and even his own friends are to turn on him (with absolutely no one coming to his defense)...

    The Games 
  • Accidental Innuendo: From Shattered Crystal:
    Amy: Oh, I'm great! Nothing like having your mind violated by a giant mutant robot snake. It's like a spa day.
  • Adaptation Displacement: A negative example; due to the games' poor reputation, they're much more well-known than the show it debuted alongside.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Lyric. Tragic Villain driven to madness by his incurable condition from his experiments with the Crystals? Or sociopathic, Card-Carrying Villain out to destroy the world in a petty fit of revenge?
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • A 1 GB patch was released for the game in all regions in January 2015 that addressed many glitches. The "infinite jump" glitch with Knuckles is gone, more barriers were added to level geometry to prevent players from falling out of the game world, and numerous smaller bugs relating to graphics were fixed as well. The framerate was also made smoother, along with the lighting and shadows getting a small bump in quality to better match up with the game's debut trailer.
    • One of the complaints against Shattered Crystal was the fact that Sticks replaced Amy as the fourth playable character. Fire & Ice rectifies this by having both Amy and Sticks playable.
    • Many have assumed delaying Fire & Ice itself was an effort to give the game more development time to ensure it doesn't suffer the same fate as its predecessors. Although it got better reviews than Shattered Crystal, few reviewers rated it any higher than So Okay, It's Average.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Lyric. Some fans see him as a bland Generic Doomsday Villain who's just there to usurp the plot from Eggman like the Deadly Six. Others are more welcoming and see his Knight of Cerebus status as a perfect foil to Eggman's Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
  • Bile Fascination: When it was released Rise Of Lyric was dubbed the worst game in the franchise by fans and critics, even usurping games like Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). You can do the math.
  • Cargo Ship: Knuckles/The Pause Button has become a common joke pairing within the fandom.
  • Critical Backlash: Rise of Lyric has been getting bad reviews all around, but the game does have a few defenders here and there, mostly feeling that while the game could have been better, it's not as bad as people make it out to be.
  • Critical Dissonance: Shattered Crystal has gotten this treatment in contrast to the universal bile Rise of Lyric has gotten. Most mainstream reviewers hate it as much as they hate Rise of Lyric, while some fans are at least willing to give it a chance, believing that while the game has its flaws, it's at the least a slight step up from the Wii U version.
  • Designated Hero: Shadow in Shattered Crystal is supposed to be seen as something of a '90s Anti-Hero, but many instead see his Enemy Mine situation as making him more evil. Not to mention he's very much a Jerkass anyways.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Perci, one of the NPCs in Rise of Lyric and the main character in charge of the security of Bygone Island (as well as being the only one on the island that's more concerned with the threat that Lyric presents than the others). Not only did artists jump all over her design when it was revealed, but due to an audio bug in Rise of Lyric, it's implied that the developers were probably intending for her to have a bigger role in the game than the one she ends up providing (see They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character below). Sadly, the show has done very little with her either.
  • Fandom Rivalry: A very weird example. The "fanbases" of Rise of Lyric and 06 constantly go at each other's throats debating which game is worse. And then there are those who think both games are as bad as each other.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • The infinite jump glitch with Knuckles. This same glitch can also be used to give Knuckles momentum on the ground, giving him very fast running speed. This was later removed in the January 2015 patch.
    • Sonic can charge his spindash and then jump to go a massive distance in the air, and he and Amy have the ability to gain a lot of height by performing an input after stomping on an enemy.
    • Supposedly, there's a glitch in certain areas that can make the graphics better.
    • While the patch removes Knuckles' infinite jump glitch, it gives him the same high jumping as Amy and Sonic and allows him to dig in platforms he shouldn't be able to in the penultimate level, allowing for a lot of Sequence Breaking.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Lyric originally being envisioned as an owl makes perfect sense when you realize that the developers are the same ones who worked on Sly Cooper, whose Arch-Enemy is, in fact, an owl.
      • Regarding that, he even eventually is voiced by two voice actors who did work in Sly Cooper as well.
    • Lyric is a villain who's a snake with robotic limbs. This description also fits Serpentine in Freedom Planet, an indie game inspired by Sonic that came out the exact same year.
    • The TV show has a joke where Tails claims to have serious short-term memory loss, then repeats himself immediately afterwards. That would help explain why he and the other playable characters make repeated observations to ramps and other objects in Rise of Lyric.
  • I Liked It Better When It Sucked: Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric received a 1 GB patch update that fixes most of the games technical problems, including the infamous Knuckles infinite jump. While some fans enjoyed the admirable attempt at an Author's Saving Throw, the removal of Knuckles' jump was considered a bummer, as breaking it was one of the few entertaining things to do in what is considered a low quality game. Rise Of Lyric as a game is no longer infamously bad thanks to the patch, but to some fans, the loss of the "infamously bad" took away what made Rise of Lyric memorable, and now consider the game to be just barely mediocre.
  • Internet Backdraft: Pretty much mentioning anything about Sonic Boom is enough to start a Flame War. There are places on the internet where the series is universally hated. Sadly, the failure of the games has also caused the show to receive hate as well.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moral Event Horizon: Lyric crosses it when he orders his robots to shoot Sonic after forcing Amy and the others to give up the crystals just because he wanted revenge against Sonic. That is, if using Metal Sonic to raze half of Slowpoke Isle wasn't enough.
  • Misblamed:
    • Judging from the comments on a Did You Know Gaming episode some Sega fans use Rise of Lyric as a reason to hate on Nintendo again. While it was on their console (and the engine Boom was originally built on was not supported by the Wii U), SEGA never really told the development team what sort of console they would be working on; all they had was an "unspecified next-gen console".
    • Like it's also stated under Executive Meddling and above, SEGA is the one that made the exclusivity deal with Nintendo promising Rise of Lyric on the Wii U and none of the other consoles. Big Red Button, being the developers, had nothing to do with the decision and they were very surprised when the learned that it would be exclusive to the Wii U as the engine used for the game, Cry Engine III wasn't designed to run with the Wii U and they were hoping it would be a multi platform game.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Rise of Lyric-wise, even if you don't mind their new characterisations (though most people seem to do), pretty much no minute goes by without someone saying something which can get very grating. Worse when not only do all four main characters usually have something to say about events unfolding, even if it's pretty much the same general thing between each of them, but if you clear things faster than expected their line orders start mixing up resulting in repeated quips about things you've already dealt with before the game catches up.
    • And in both games, Sonic and the gang pretty much have to vocalize and grunt for every action they do. With almost every jump, every homing attack, every boost, or otherwise, they never, ever, ever shut up.
  • Narm:
    • Metal Sonic walking towards Sonic as a door closes in the beginning looks like he's power-walking.
    • Lyric letting out an angry growl every time one of the gang snatches a crystal during the final battle. It doesn't make him any more intimidating and comes off as rather unnecessary.
    • The Big Bad's name being "Lyric", of all things. Just about every critical review includes a small gripe about how nonthreatening it sounds.
    • The drowning voice clips.
  • Replacement Scrappy: A lot of people weren't happy with the fact that Sticks replaces Amy as the fourth playable character in Shattered Crystal, especially since the latter ends up as a Damsel in Distress to justify this.
  • The Scrappy: Going one step beyond his standard Base-Breaking Character status, Shadow manages to land himself squarely here. He was stripped of most sympathetic qualities and given a flimsy "I hate friendship" attitude. He also has no effect in the story; he just shows up for a random boss fight and is gone for the remainder of the game, aside from a small cameo at the end. So he's not only unlikable, but also completely inconsequential. Shattered Crystal gives him a slightly more justified reason for his attitude (he was brainwashed by Lyric into serving him) and more clarity to his significance (he even takes out Lyric in the ending), but even then, it's not much.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • The ring cap of 100 is incredibly unorthodox for a sonic game. The ability to hold 200 rings can only be unlocked by Rise of Lyric with Shattered Crystal, thus costing an extra $40.
    • Controlling the riptide. In theory it's a twin-stick shooter, in practice it's a mess. The left analog stick is used to steer and the right analog stick is used to shoot.
    • Sonic runs slower than his fat plumber rival in sections that aren't designated speed sections.
      • The speed sections themselves suffer from wonky collision detection, and abysmal framerate.
    • Pushing buttons over and over again will get really boring after just a few minutes.
    • The combat sections are so monotonous that they make the Werehog look like Bayonetta.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Despite the game's unanimously negative reviews, playthroughs from Screw Attack, Brutalmoose and Game Grumps have proven that Rise of Lyric can be enjoyable thanks to hilarious glitches, laughably bad graphics, and some cutscenes and dialogue that ends up being funny for all the wrong reasons. Which is why some were less than pleased when the game was patched.
  • So Okay, It's Average:
    • Those who don't outright despise Rise of Lyric usually see it as this, citing that outside of technical problems, it's a playable but unremarkable adventure-platformer. The 1 GB patch firmly planted the game into this, which may or not be considered a good thing.
    • Shattered Crystal, on the other hand, has received more favourable reception from players (see The Problem with Licensed Games) with the general consensus being that while it has its own share of faults, it is at the least much better than Rise of Lyric due to being free of the technical problems that plague Rise of Lyric, having faster gameplay and better use of exploration to where it feels like a true Sonic game.
    • This was the general reaction to Fire & Ice. Although it's considered a decent enough game, multiple reviewers feel it comes up short in several areas, and that it's not truly outstanding in any way. It was certainly not enough to help save the franchise's reputation, at any rate.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Fire & Ice received middle-of-the-road reviews, a step up from Shattered Crystal and especially Rise of Lyric.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Early impressions for Rise of Lyric were not been good to say the least; due in part to the sub-par graphics and gameplay decisions.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Once Let's Players got some early copies, a slew of problems were discovered with Rise of Lyric:
    • The textures and effects are very subpar and reminiscent of what you'd find on a PS2 game.
    • The new combat-oriented gameplay is monotonous and reminiscent of the nigh-universally derided Werehog.
    • A few game-breaking glitches have been found such as falling through the hub world just by jumping to an innocuous spot and respawning outside of a force field that only goes away when the enemies inside are destroyed.
    • The in-game cutscenes are rather crude.
    • Aspects of the story (incidentally seen as nothing to write home about) like who Shadow is and why he hates Sonic aren't explained well, if at all (despite this supposedly being a brand new branch with more story and characterisation than the main Sonic universe).
    • Overall, people called this game "Sonic '14", "Sonic '06 2", and "Sanic Doom" as a result. Not helping things are Sega not releasing review copies until after launch and taking down the initial Let's Plays in what seems like an attempt at damage control. As a game made for the cartoon, all of this qualifies the game for this.
    • Shattered Crystal on the other hand has gotten more positive reception due to having a more coherent plot (there's even a comic drawn by the Archie staff to explain some things), faster gameplay and better use of exploration and platforming that it feels like a true Sonic game. However, there's still several problems, including the levels being too long, being unable to play as Amy in this version, forced uses of rival races and Worm Robot runs to advance the game, and only one boss fight (Lyric at the end).
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Rise of Lyric. Where do we start? The game was supposed to have more characterization than the mainline games, but it seems whoever wrote the story didn't even attempt to flesh out any of the characters and it shows.
    • Lyric. He was played up as this great evil and a darker and graver threat than Eggman. And that part is true as he does usurp the plot from Eggman and has some pretty dark scenes such as when he nearly kills Sonic, but at best he's a Generic Doomsday Villain as he has so little characterization beyond his desire to create a robotic world and his desire for revenge against Sonic. And while we're shown some admittedly interesting bits and pieces of his past, such as his fall into madness and villainy from his experiments with the crystals and his imprisonment by the Ancients, they're never fully expanded on and mostly glossed over to advance the already rushed plot. Shattered Crystal rectifies this somewhat by having a comic prequel that explains how he was imprisoned by the Ancients, but it's not much. All in all, there isn't enough of him shown to be really interested in him. Here's hoping Sega rectifies this if he will appear in the show.
    • On a similar vein, we have Shadow. While he has a bit more of a role in Shattered Crystal thanks to the comic prequel, in Rise of Lyric, he's reduced to a random boss fight and his relation to Sonic is left largely unexplained. Worse still, his personality is vastly different from his mainstream counterpart — while his mainstream counterpart is a prick for sure, he's still heroic in his own right. Here, he's just an arrogant jackass who antagonizes Sonic for no other reason than "just because." This is made all the more jarring as Shadow's design is strikingly similar to his mainstream counterpart, the only difference between them is the additional quills like Sonic. For reference, see mainstream Shadow and Boom Shadow.
    • Then, there's Metal Sonic. While he has a bit more of a role in Rise of Lyric than Shadow, there is still so much of him that is left unexplained such as his rivalry with Sonic or how he even knows the gang. Worse still, it seems he's been reverted back to the Flat Character his mainstream counterpart started as, basically a robotic lookalike who challenges Sonic because Eggman created him that way. Shattered Crystal ends up making this worse by reducing him to a mere rival race. What makes Metal Sonic's appearance even more jarring is that he is the only returning character whose character design is exactly the same as his regular counterpart, so ironically he no longer resembles the character he was supposed to. Despite the general contentious nature of the sports tape designs, a lot of fans seem to think that not wrapping Metal in duct tape or warning tape was a missed oppertunity.
    • There's also Sticks the Badger. Like Shadow, she has a larger role in Shattered Crystal and is one of the playable characters. But in Rise of Lyric, she's a cameo who only appears in a sidequest to ask the gang for the crowns they've been collecting. There's no explanation of how she knows the gang or how they actually met and she's basically there just to be there. To make matters worse, her personality in this game is so vastly different from how she's portrayed in Shattered Crystal and the TV show that she's practically unrecognizable. In the TV show, she's portrayed as a paranoid nut who is capable of talking normally despite her feral nature. In here, she's not only far less paranoid, but her speech is more primitive than in the show. Made all the more jarring as she's one of the main characters of the TV show, which the game is supposedly a prequel to.
    • Some people feel that Q-N-C and Perci fall into this. For the former, it's because there are lines in the game that imply that he was meant to follow Sonic throughout the adventure (he appears twice in two different levels and both times the characters talk as if he's been with them for the whole game) and either betray him or fully betray Lyric at the climax. For Perci, not only did her design take off well with the fans, but there's an audio bug where Amy says "Good job, Perci!", hinting that she would've been an Action Girl, or at least have had a more active role in the plot.
    • Sonic himself in Rise of Lyric is characterized as a loner, though he hardly shows it. One of the ideas that would open doors for Sonic to express it is when he takes Shadow's words at heart about him being weak for relying on his friends and go on his mission alone, thus temporarily falling out with the others. This also doubles with his friends calling him out on getting them locked in the ruins despite that he tried to save them from being harmed by Metal Sonic and an army of robots.
    • Shattered Crystal, on the other hand, has Eggman. While he has a much larger role in Rise of Lyric and is one of the bosses in the game, in Shattered Crystal, he's reduced to a cameo appearance. Rubbing salt in the wound, he's a voiced cameo at that. He doesn't even make a full physical appearance and is never seen nor mentioned for the rest of the game after defeating Metal Sonic. Made all the more jarring as like Sticks, he's one of the main characters of the TV show, which the game is supposedly a prequel to.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Rise of Lyric's plot is such a pitiful mismanagement, it's not even funny. This is supposed to be a new universe of the Sonic series, a chance to start fresh and offer a new take on things. But it seems whomever wrote the story only put the barest minimum of effort into fleshing out the world and it shows. We're dropped right into the game with no given introduction to the main cast or their conflict with Eggman at the start. There's no clue of Shadow's relation to Sonic (only Shattered Crystal addresses this; his role in Rise of Lyric is nothing more then a cameo). The time travel part is, at best, largely glossed over. Random characters show up just to be there, including Sticks, one of the main characters in this series (except in Shattered Crystal, where she's more important). Ultimately, the story can't seem to decide where to really go with itself. There are some legitimately good ideas here, such as the Ancients, the Chaos Crystals and Lyric's apparent fall into madness from studying them, but we're never really shown them; instead only vague hints are given, then dropped to move on with the adventure, which ultimately robs them of context. In the end, enough isn't explained to really get invested in the plot, let alone care about the characters and their plights.
    • Shattered Crystal somewhat rectifies this by having a slightly more coherent plot and a comic prequel to explain some things in the game, but like with Rise of Lyric, it still leaves some things unexplained. It also doesn't help that the game is completely separate from Rise of Lyricnote , which causes a Continuity Snarl that only adds to the confusion.
    • Sonic was supposed to be a loner in the games' continuity (especially in Rise of Lyric), but other than a few comments and cutscenes (usually between him and Knuckles) that suggest that he doesn't like working with the others (which can come off as just Sonic being his usual cocky self), he spends most of the games being a great team player. When Shadow appears in Rise, he even taunts Sonic for relying on his friends!
    • The opening cutscene begins with an In Medias Res-style no-context scene of Sonic getting blasted by Lyric's robots, falling into a hole, and being buried by rocks, before cutting to a "Yesterday" card and beginning the story, seemingly setting up a How We Got Here plot leading to that event. But when the climactic scene finally occurs, after Sonic is buried and Lyric leaves with his robots, he's immediately dug out by his friends and is completely unharmed, undermining the drama of the scene and causing the In Medias Res intro to only lead to a massive Anti-Climax.
  • Uncanny Valley: Amy's facial polygons have some... issues during in-engine cutscenes.
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    The Comics 
  • Awesome Art: Sonic Boom is among the most gorgeous looking comics in the Sonic franchise.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The series gets a second chance with a new 3DS game, just as word of the comic's cancellation dropped at the same time.
  • Tear Jerker: In Issue 4 When Sticks want to help her friends but they think her Rock Of Justice is silly conspicuous nonsense. The fact she becomes blue out of sadness and even starts busting into tears adds quite a bit to it as well.
    • When Sonic realizes his friends are missing towards the end of issue 6.
  • Too Good to Last: The comic series wasn't even serialized for a year before being canned. However, its stories will continue in other comics.

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