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  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": Most of the Sonic fandom's only knowledge of the series is that Sonic is a Jerkass, Amy is an Adaptational Badass Tomboy, and Super Sonic is an Ax-Crazy split personality that got separated from Sonic.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • The Sonic of this continuity; either he's a hilarious Anti-Hero or an irritating asshole.
    • The Executive Meddling that led to Amy morphing from girly-girl to tomboy was unpopular with Nigel Kitching and just as unpopular with fans. It wasn't just the idea itself (which makes for the first split between people who liked the new Amy vs people that preferred the old one) but also the role model-seeking reasoning behind it as she wasn't allowed to be as flawed as the male characters, thus often making her come off as rather flat and boring. Nigel Kitching was so annoyed with the change in fact that he deliberately stopped using her in his stories until the woman that made the decision (Deborah Tate) was replaced with someone else. The resultant stories by Lew Stringer (who agreed with Tate) where she tours time and space fighting evil is perhaps where the bulk of this opinion comes from as their quality varies from good to awful depending on who you ask. Despite the criticism, many fans love Amy as a headstrong Action Girl and prefer her toned-down personality, especially over her in-itself base breaking characterization from post-Sonic X in the games.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The entire Pirate STC strip, based on an equally crazy Sega of Europe ad campaign, which somehow managed to make Decap Attack seem sane and logical by comparison.
    • The fourth issue's Sonic strip, "Day of the Badniks", depicts Robotnik in a "fancy metal suit" that makes him appear to have dressed as a cyborg circus ringmaster, complete with top hat and cape. It's acknowledged exactly once and doesn't play a part in the story.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Emperor Metallix is the supreme leader of the Brotherhood of Metallix and one of the comic's most significant early villains. Going rogue from his intended purpose as one of Robotnik's drones, Emperor Metallix begins a crusade to wipe out all life from Mobius and replace it all with machinery. To this end, Metallix forcibly duplicates the Omni-viewer, callously ordering his double agent Nack the Weasel killed when he sells out the Chaotix before trying to terminate the Chaotix themselves. Metallix later drives a crusade to roboticize the Miracle Planet—enlisting Grimer's unwilling help and later threatening to kill Grimer before Sonic's eyes—and, succeeding at that, alters history so that Robotnik never comes into being and Emperor Metallix leads a successful assault on Mobius that leads to the death of most of the planet's organic life and the few survivors relegated underground. Emperor Metallix has no compunction brutally killing whatever stands in the way to it and its own victory, and even Dr. Robotnik rightfully fears and dreads what Emperor Metallix is capable of.
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    • Dr. Zachary, Knuckles's Arch-Enemy, is introduced as a seemingly harmless old man and one of the last of the echidnas. Zachary tricked Knuckles into leading him into the Emerald Chamber, whereupon he shattered the Master Emerald and used the Chaos Emeralds to empower a reprogrammed machine of his. Zachary gleefully allowed the inhabited floating island to fall onto Mobius as a "monument to his genius", intending to butcher the population of the planet Mobius for his own amusement before seeking revenge on Knuckles's people. In his second appearance, rebuilt as a cyborg, Zachary leads Robotnik to the location of the floating island's villagers so Robotnik could use them as components in a biological computer, which would consequentially kill them, a process which Zachary happily watched over. Possessed of a vindictive streak matched by few, Zachary manages to outshine most of the comic's other antagonists despite his relatively minor running as a villain.
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    • Chaos, the primary villain of the final arc, undergoes significant Adaptational Villainy from his game counterpart. Once a Drakon Prosecutor who fought for the glory of his cruel empire, Chaos was forcibly mutated into a beast made of Chaos Energy when he was exposed to the Chaos Emeralds. Sealed for a time, Chaos immediately goes on a destructive rampage once released by the careless exploit of Grimer, savagely killing Johnny Lightfoot during his confrontation with the Freedom Fighters. Once Chaos comes into contact with the Chaos Emeralds again, Chaos attempts to drain them—uncaring this will cause the populated island they support to collapse into the ocean—and later successfully manages to achieve his Perfect Chaos form upon absorbing them in Robotnik's fortress, announcing his intent to reshape the entire planet and purge everything not part of his destructive image. Online expands further on his villainy, where he's revealed to have constantly tortured the teenage Tikal for eight millennia while sealed away with her.
  • Cult Classic: It has fallen into obscurity (compared to other adaptations) post-cancelation, due to being region specific and having no rereleases, however it still has a devoted fanbase.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Super Sonic is the most well-known character from this comic, and is the one to get the most love. While people often play up his craziness, also expect to see it toned down often.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • One-off character Turbo, who was essentially an alien version of Sonic.
    • Oh, and Fang, Big, Tikal, and Mighty make appearances too.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception:
    • You shouldn't mix this comic with the Archie's Sonic around fans of either series if you want to keep your head.
    • Due to the series being surprisingly obscure, the Canon Foreigner characters like Johnny Lightfoot, Tekno, Shorty, and Morian often get mistaken for fan-characters. Referring to them as such severely irks fans.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: STC had its fair amount of bad strips that fans would rather forget, such as Bravehog, The Trickster and Amy's Secret Past. Ironically, "Bravehog" and "Amy's Secret Past" also contradicted each other: Amy's Secret Past was an attempt to explain why she has similar slicked-together spikes as Sonic despite not having superspeed (him having obtained them during the accident which gave him this) while Bravehog showed all the hedgehogs in the past looking like Sonic.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Both Tekno and Johnny are more common love interests for Amy than Sonic.
    • Amy likewise for Tekno, who is supposed to be paired with Shorty.
  • First Installment Wins: Very few of the other comics are remembered. Then again Sonic was the basis of the pun in the title, the magazine mostly revolved around him, and his story got all the plot development. One exception is with Decap Attack, which ran far longer than the other non-Sonic strips and is very fondly regarded by readers.
  • Growing the Beard: The original issues were mainly crude one-shots with little continuity and often horrid artwork. It was also more comical then later issues. At issue 8 is when they decided to gain an actual plot, though even then it took a few issues to fully grow its beard.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Executives trashed the comics' initial characterisation of Amy and insisted on making her a more positive role model. Said original characterisation was downright uncanny to how the official games series would later depict her. Amy's post-change personality is also similar to her Sonic Boom personality (which the games themselves started taking influence from starting with Sonic Forces).
    • Sonic's aloof and Jerkass personality contrasts so heavily with his game personality, as canonized after Sonic Adventure, that it's funny. Sonic is heavily associated with friendship to the point where it's a core element of games like Sonic Heroes and Sonic Forces.
    • In the final arc, Knuckles anguishes as the Floating Island falls to Mobius and tells his friends to leave without him. His suicidal angst at failing to protect the Chaos Emeralds emulates a scene in Sonic and the Black Knight where Sir Gawain is so humiliated after losing to Sonic that he tries to commit seppuku.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Super Sonic is the most popular thing to come out of the comic. Many people who have never read the comic incorrectly call him "Fleetway", which is the publishers name.
  • Les Yay: Quite common between Tekno and Amy. The two are always traveling as a duo and are quite close. In 2018, they were given Word of Gay per Word of Dante (Nigel Kitching, one of the original comic's main writers).
  • Magnificent Bastard: Doctor Robotnik. Multiple times, in fact.
  • Narm:
    • Shortfuse's aforementioned habit of explaining his origin in every single appearance gets this way after a while.
    • There were several examples in the non-Sonic stories as well. From the Eternal Champions strips there was Xavier's frequent battle cries warning his foes to fear "the power of magick!" only for it to very rarely work.
    • From the character guide included in the Eternal Champions special issue each character has a profile which links their greatest fear to the cause of their death, so Trident (who was crushed by a pillar) gets "unnatural fear of pillars" while Larsen (who was killed by his boss, Mr. Tagliani) has "an unusual dislike of tagliatelle".
    • Robotnik's random pop-culture references in "Robofox" and "Hidden Danger".
  • Older Than They Think: Despite being such a relatively obscure adaptation, Sonic the Comic introduced many concepts and aspects that were eventually used by later adaptations and even the games, some by coincidence and others due to the comic serving as inspiration for later Sonic incarnations:
    • It characterized Tails as a Captain Obvious.
    • Similarly, Charmy was portrayed as an annoying Cloudcuckoolander over a decade before Sonic Heroes came out.
    • It did an evil Super Sonic waaay before Sonic X and Archie. This character is also similar to Sonic.exe.
    • It also showed Metal Sonic betraying Robotnik prior to Sonic Heroes.
    • It had a Death Egg II before Sonic the Fighters and Sonic the Hedgehog 4 came out. Though this one was mostly identical to the original one, and was created due to the original Death Egg being shown getting destroyed prior to the Sonic 3 & Knuckles adaptation, thus necessitating the introduction of a second one.
    • It introduced Dr. Zachary, who Doctor Finitevus from the Archie comics has many similarities to in terms of appearance, character and history.
    • It also preceded Sonic X in depicting Sonic's world and the Earth as two separate planets existing in the same continuity with travel between the two being possible.
    • It depicted Amy as an Action Girl before the games did it. In a twist of Irony, her characterisation prior to developing into one was also, much like Charmy, incredibly reminiscent of how the game series would later depict her.
    • Prior to Shadow's introduction in the games, the franchise already had a stoic rival to Sonic who suffers from amnesia and is obsessed with learning about his past in the form of this continuity's Knuckles.
      • Said portrayal also precedes Sonic Adventure, the OVA, Sonic X and Archie in depicting Knuckles with a serious and tough personality.
    • The saga with the Metal Sonic army in the Archie comics was a reference to the Brotherhood of Metallix in StC, which was based on the same idea.
    • Another storyline it did before Archie was Robotnik snapping and losing his sanity after too many defeats.
      • However, Robotnik's imprisonment was made different in both continuities (if one counts [StC] - Online). In the continuation, Robotnik is locked away for the safety of Mobius, only for Dr. Zachary to free him. In the Archie comic, Snively locks Robotnik away for his own sanity and to heal his insanity, only for Robotnik to break out himself by accident, and be reinprisoned later on.
    • It had a badnik who switched sides and decided to oppose Robotnik in Shortfuse the Cybernik, who preceded Gamma from Sonic Adventure.
    • The Shanazar arc had Sonic visiting an Arabian setting before Sonic and the Secret Rings came out.
    • In this continuity, Robotnik successfully takes over the world by sending Sonic into the future, allowing him to conquer Mobius in Sonic's absence. Come Sonic Forces in 2017 where the plot involves Eggman displacing Sonic by sending him into the future, allowing him to successfully take over the world in his absence.
    • Amy's fangirling of Sonic being heavily toned down also appears in her Sonic Boom incarnation.
    • It introduced its own version of Metal Knuckles before Sonic R came out.
  • Popular with Furries:
    • Being an incarnation of Sonic, Super Sonic was destined for this from the get go. His villainous personality makes him popular with furry Sonic fans, most who haven't even read the comic.
    • Amy's portrayal as level-headed Action Girl has made her popular, even amongst her detractors from the games.
    • Johnny Lightfoot is a rabbit who has a fair amount of furry fans.
    • Tekno's cute design and gadgeteer personality makes her popular amongst bird fans. She's the most popular Canon Foreigner from the comic.
    • Ebony is a cat character who has an amount of popularity amongst furries.
    • The series introduced an entire Zone full of foxes. Morian is the most popular for her Action Girl personality.
  • The Scrappy: Shortfuse isn't very well-liked for having a flat personality that doesn't really shine through (he's pretty calm for someone who's supposed to be quick-tempered), constantly explaining his origin for no reason, and in general being pointless, with some accusations of being the Creator's Pet.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • For some fans, the Christmas story which sees Robotnik visited by Father Christmas, who warns him that his downfall is approaching and encourages him to change his evil ways, reminding him that he hasn't really benefited personally from his rulership of Mobius. Robotnik orders him to leave before realizing that he was right: "Keep your advice, old man! I like being evil and I don't need presents! I'm in charge! I've got power! I've got... I've got... I've got no friends on Christmas Day..."
    • Johnny's death. It still haunts many fans to this day.
      • The very next issue shows Sonic being haunted by nightmares about it, and briefly retiring because he can't escape the idea that it was his fault.
    • The kind-hearted Super Sonic sacrificiing his sanity and separate life to stop Perfect Chaos.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Tails. His vocal fanbase led to his solo adventures in the Nameless Zone and as 'Zonerunner' in the Chemical Plant Zone, even though he was as hapless as ever and usually triumphed by accident.
  • Values Dissonance: Much of the dislike for Fleetway's characterization of Sonic comes from America, which prefers flawed yet still largely clean-cut heroes.


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