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  • Adorkable: Silver's naivety and insecurities make him surprisingly adorable despite his sometimes violent personality.
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    • Big the Cat is fairly well liked in Japan, but is so strongly disliked by western Sonic fans (both for his slow paced, unorthodox fishing gameplay in Sonic Adventure, and for finding his infantile, slow-witted personality to be grating rather than endearing) that he's been reduced to sporadic cameos and bit player appearances after Sonic Heroes.
    • Cream the Rabbit is a popular enough character in Japan that she's become a mainstay in the series, while by many western fans she was hated almost as much as Big the Cat. A likely reason was her personality; polite, submissive, and somewhat withdrawn. Also, she has a really high-pitched voice. Over time however, much of the fanbase began to warm up to Cream, thanks to her consistent Game-Breaker status with anything she was playable in. Thanks to speedruns and let's players showing off what she could do, she acquired more of a Memetic Badass reputation instead. It also helped that her succeeding voice actresses toned down her shrillness which made her easier to like.
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    • While not being exactly hate per se, the whole franchise is not very popular in Latin America, barring Mexico (in less degree, thanks to the animated series) and Brazil. Unlike other examples, it's not because Latin American fans hate the franchise or the characters themselves exactly, but because, as Sega's consoles were never popular in that region,note  the whole series doesn't have the same fondness in that region in the same way Sonic had in the English-speaking world and Europe. For beginners, the Sonic's comics were never translated in Spanish or Portuguese and the whole franchise is only known thanks to the animated adaptations, as the videogames were pretty obscure, compared with Nintendo's characters like Mario and company.note 
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  • Angel/Devil Shipping: While nowhere near as ubiquitous as Sonamy or Shadamy, there are some fans that ship Amy Rose and Metal Sonic, the two characters having shared a Distressed Damsel dynamic in their debut game. More reasonably, several fans ship her with Shadow rather than Sonic, thanks to reminding him of Maria herself, on top of the sentiment that he'd be more steady of a partner compared with Sonic's wanderlust.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: This trope has been the bane of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise for many years. While Sega marketed the character as a "cool and edgy" alternative to the squeaky-clean Mario and while the series began to try out much more dramatic storytelling following Sonic Adventure, there was a lot of pushback against the idea that a series starring a blue cartoon hedgehog would even try to be serious, with Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) being the final straw. Sega seemed to be taking it to heart since every game afterwards increasingly became Lighter and Softer and Denser and Wackier, much to the frustration of fans who liked their dramatic storytelling.
  • Archive Panic: Nearly seventy games in 25 years, several animated TV shows, countless cameos in other series, and several comic series, one of which had been around since Sonic's heydey, and ran until July 2017.
  • Awesome Art: A proud tradition of the series. In particular, the original Sega Genesis games (and Sonic CD) have barely aged in this respect.
  • Awesome Ego:
    • The main character. Without his 'tude, he wouldn't be popular at all. Fortunately, he has the prowess and victory streak to back it up.
    • Shadow even more so than Sonic, he has to stop time and space to proclaim how he is the ultimate lifeform!
    • Metal Sonic was so egomaniacal in Sonic Heroes, that he makes the very hedgehog he was based on seem downright modest in comparison.
    • Eggman has also won most of the fanbase over with his hammy proclamations of his intelligence and how much he clearly enjoys his job.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Miles "Tails" Prower. In the Classic games he was a standard Sidekick, but could keep up with Sonic and was just as capable when it came to taking on Eggman. In the Adventure series, he undergoes major Character Development, becoming more self-reliant and beating Eggman by himself. However, starting with Sonic Unleashed, he hardly fights and mostly stands on the sidelines while Sonic handles all of the work. In the aforementioned game, he's frightened and flees when spotted by some Nightmares, despite defeating far tougher foes in the past; and in Sonic Forces, he cowers in fear at Chaos 0, when he's already beaten the more powerful Chaos 4 in Sonic Adventure.
    • Knuckles the Echidna. Once considered Sonic's equal and the respected guardian of a powerful artifact, he has devolved into a Butt-Monkey who always gets tricked by an outside party and rarely has any significance to the plot.
    • Amy. Started off as a Damsel in Distress in CD, but went on to appear as a playable character in the Sonic Drift games and Sonic the Fighters, where she acquired her iconic piko-piko hammer. In Adventure, she is captured by Zero, but is capable of fending for herself and escapes on her own, resolving to earn Sonic's respect through her own merits. In Heroes, she leads Team Rose and helps take down Eggman, and is the first to go after Metal Sonic. However, in every game after she is consistently portrayed as a side character whose only purpose is to either get captured or cheer for Sonic while he does all the work. Sonic Forces restores some of her former glory by having her actively combat Eggman's forces, but she's still a far cry from the Action Girl she once was.
  • Character Rerailment:
    • The entire reason the modern Sonic design was created is because Yuji Naka felt that people had begun to view the character as cutesy and he wanted to restore his original "bad boy" feel. Sonic Colors does this again by drifting away from the goody-goody, teamwork-obsessed Ace he had started to become to a slightly more nuanced version of the snarky Mascot with Attitude that he was supposed to be from the start.
    • As of Sonic Free Riders, Shadow's haughty attitude has made a comeback. Lampshaded by Knuckles.
    Knuckles: Nice to see your ego's as big as ever, Shadow.
    • Amy's obsession with Sonic and her temper grew throughout the 2000s, however by Lost World it had been dialed back down to the point where the two can have normal conversations again.
  • Comedy Ghetto: From Sonic Colors and onwards, some Sonic fans have become absolutely livid with the drastic change in narrative style. Sonic Adventure to Sonic Unleashed featured complicated drama-oriented stories, whereas Sonic Colors to the present has a more sitcom-like comedic approach characterized by minimal plotting and cutscenes dominated by witty dialogue. This is enough for current head writers Ken Pontac and Warren Graff to receive verbal lashings at every fan panel they attend and even death threats over the Internet.
  • Crack Ship: Quite a few fan pairings range from weird to downright disturbing, such as Sonic X Eggman and Modern Sonic X Classic Sonic and Eggman X Eggman Nega. In general, pairing Sonic up with human females is surprisingly popular, especially odd considering the infamous reception of the one time that actually happened in the series.
  • Creator Worship: Fans who grew up on the games from the 2000's feel this way about Shiro Maekawa, whom many consider one of the series` definitive writers and manages to make the large scale, epic Shonen-esc plots whom many love. After his departure from Sega after Sonic and the Black Knight, and with the advent of Warren Graff and Ken Pontac headlining the series as the head writers for the next decade, bringing their own amount of controversy, many fans are wishing for Maekawa to return to work on the series again.
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Thanks to Super Smash Bros., Sonic X Mario and Sonic X Lucina are common pairings in the fandom.
    • Due to the Sonic/Mega Man crossover Robotnik/Wily is an insanely popular pairing in the fandoms.
    • Despite the tension the two fandoms have together, pairings of Sonic and Rainbow Dash are quite common in fan works.
    • Rouge is also often paired up with many characters from other fandoms due to her flirtatious nature.
    • Rin (Love Live!) becoming Sega's Image Girl in Japan has led to some Sonic/Rin fan art.
    • Some non-romantic examples from DeviantArt are Sonic and Hilda, Rosa, Yancy and Serena (All from Pokémon), Sonic and Miley Verisse (Cherry Tree High Comedy Club), Tails and Bianca (Pokemon Black and White), Tails and Harriet Sinclair (Cherry Tree High Comedy Club) and on a minor scale, Sonic and Yui Hirasawa (K-On!).
    • Sonic The Hedgehog and Hello Kitty have also started becoming a common ship since the Sonic 25th Anniversary event where Sanrio and Sega announced a crossover called Sanrio X Sonic The Hedgehog which featured various Sanrio characters as the main Sonic characters.
    • Thanks to memes, there's plenty of people who ship Shadow with Shrek.
  • Death of the Author:
    • The sudden revelation of there being two "separate worlds"note  has been rejected by a good portion of the fandom due to it being incredibly confusing and convoluted compared to just simply having one setting in which both humans and anthros co-exist. It doesn't help that the games themselves have never implied there being two worlds, despite statements saying that the idea has been in place as far as Sonic Adventure.
    • And now to continue Classic Sonic a separate franchise from Modern Sonic, Sega has decided that the current incarnation of Classic Sonic is from a separate timeline rather than Modern Sonic's past self, and has forbidden certain linked to one era from appearing in the other. This has not sat well with a large chunk of the fanbase.
  • Die for Our Ship: The fandom has a reputation for employing this mentality often. One of the more common examples is people who ship Amy with Sonic or Shadow tending to give the male of the opposing ship the Ron the Death Eater treatment.
  • Dork Age: Has its own page.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation:
    • Takashi Iizuka's assertion that Modern Sonic's world is split into two separate worlds—the human world (not Earth) and Sonic's world (not Mobius) and that it's been this way since Sonic Adventure, just never outright stated—was generally not met with warm reception. Many just see the change as completely unnecessary since there was already so much overlap in characters and content between both eras. It doesn't help that various Sega employees have offered contradicting interpretations of what exactly this entails.
    • In Sonic Forces, the sudden explanation that Classic Sonic is from another dimension conflicts with his origin as Modern Sonic's past self in Sonic Generations. This was done as a way to keep Classic Sonic's world open as a separate franchise, but the poor conveyance of this fact wasn't given a warm reception.
  • Fandom Heresy: Never admit you like Sonic 06 (At least unironically). Ever. Rise of Lyric even more so.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Sonic and Mario were this from the 90s and early 2000s; one of the most classic examples in gaming history. However, fans of both series from that era seem to laugh about the rivalry nowadays and have evolved to become amicable with each other. Newer fans who didn't grow up during that era tend to overlap. There is also a Vocal Minority who grew up during the Console Wars between Nintendo and SEGA and never grew out of it who loathe Nintendo with every fiber of their being for having so-called won the war (as Nintendo continues to make game systems), and they want nothing less than to demote Nintendo to a 3rd-party developer like SEGA, if not destroy Nintendo as a company outright. Where the other Sonic fans were happy to see Sonic get into a Super Smash Bros. game, these fans were insulted to a new degree, as it was undeniable proof that SEGA and Nintendo are buddy-buddy with each other, or they interpreted it as admission of SEGA's defeat due to Sonic being the only SEGA representative in a roster full of Nintendo characters.
    • Sonic fans and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fans are notorious for clashing with each other, which happens a lot on each other's fansites. This is mainly because the two fandoms are Not So Different, but absolutely hate that fact being brought up. It got so bad that for a while, the famous brony website Equestria Daily explicitly banned any Sonic related content from being posted on it. The rivalries escalated even further when it was revealed one of the writers for Sonic Boom is Dave Polsky, who is a writer for Friendship Is Magic.
    • After kicking a hornet's nest towards Mighty No. 9 when Keiji Inafune's translator misattributed that the game's problematic development was "better than nothing" and the official Sonic the Hedgehog twitter putting said words into Inafune's words into his mouth in an infamous tweet, some fans of Mighty No. 9 were quick to remind the owner of said twitter account that Sonic the Hedgehog's reputation isn't all sunshine and rainbows. This was coming from a character whose franchise had no less than three major disasters, two of which were Sega basically saying the same thing for Sonic's 15th anniversary, and a laundry list of spin-offs that were also seen as average at best or complete train-wrecks at worse, moreso than Mighty No. 9 has been accused of.
    • For a more specific part of the franchise, fans of Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog hold resentment towards Riverdale thanks in no small part to the fact that Archie's focus on the show actually played a part in the comic's hiatus and eventual cancellation.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The series very lax, open ended direction on introducing new content and elements in each game alone has made it into a fanfiction gold mine. And thats not even factoring in that the series has numerous and vastly different incarnations, with alternate timelines and dimensions in the main series alone (and sometimes these continuities even overlap or outright crossover together in content), truckloads of both developed and oneoff characters, a combo of magic / surreal fantasy and video game tropes, with in and out cycles of generally light but existent continuity, light/dark elements, and stronger stories/excuse plots and an ever expanding world with new elements and locations coming and going (i.e. alternatives to the Chaos Emeralds like the time stones and Chaos Rings, the existence of aliens in several different Sonic games), the characters minimal to nonexistent backstories (particularly Sonic's) the many crossovers and cameos in other major franchises, including Mario, Mega Man, The Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros. and even some of Sega's own franchises (Sonic headlines the Sega All Stars series alone, and the amount of cameos he makes in other Sega works, such as NiGHTS into Dreams..., is staggering), and the numerous number of series memes, have given the franchise more than enough material to sustain one of the most active fanfiction communities around.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Besides some fans pretending games like Sonic 2006 didn't happen (which hilariously, the game itself kinda did), there are a subset of Sonic fans who only consider the classic era games canon, and consider anything from Sonic Adventure and onward non-canon. This stance unintentionally became official when Sega retconned the Classic and Modern Era Sonics into being separate dimensions from each other as opposed to past and present.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • There's Sonamy, Sonaze, Shadamy, Silvaze, Knouge, Shadouge, etc. etc. There are a lot of preferred couples, but those are the most common.
    • On the Tails side of things, Taiream has had a fairly noticeable presence in the fandom over the years despite the fact that Tails and Cream never showed any romantic interest in each other in any Sonic media. (Although outside of the games, Tails has had a notable history of love interests).
    • When it comes to the slash side of the fandom however. Sonadow is by far the most popular slash ship and while there are definitely other popular slash ships, Sonadow continues to dominate that side of the fandom and is one of Sonic's most popular ships to date. The fact that the ship has been officially sunk during the Twitter takeover Q&As has done very little to stop fans from shipping the two hedgehogs together.
  • Fountain of Memes:
    • Just about every line Dr. Eggman says in battle can be turned into a meme.
    • Knuckles, due to his immensely goofy and quotable nature in adaptations, and the & Knuckles part of Sonic & Knuckles being adopted as an internet joke.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • The Sonic fandom has ironically become one with the Mario fandom. The original heated Nineties' rivalry has quelled and turned into a Friendly Rivalry, with only the bad blood resonating with the older fans. Now, instead of the two fanbases at each others' throats, they are actually quite disappointed that the two franchises still haven't had a proper Platform Game crossover yet. In the mean time, they just enjoy the Olympic Games, the numerous crossover Fanworks and Mods, and Sonic being a beloved guest star in Super Smash Bros. Speaking of Smash Bros, Sonic being the only guest star to return in one of Nintendo's biggest series is a big time sign of how much Nintendo and their audience welcomes the blue blur. Many have also noted that Super Mario Odyssey seems to be strongly influenced by Sonic Adventure.
    • They're also quite friendly with the Mega Man fandom and people who like one series tends to like the other. Both series' blue protagonists who often go by similar titles among fans, as well as being classic series who ended up getting the short end of the stick in many ways over time, are most likely some of the bigger factors in it.
    • The fandom is also on rather good terms with fans of Batman. This is because the largest quantity of vocal Sonic fans grew up in the early 90s, when Batman got a Darker and Edgier take and thus had substantial audience overlap of kids who were taking in the similarly dark and moody Sonic series from DiC and Archie Comics.
    • There also appears to be a decent overlap between Sonic fans and fans of Michael Jackson, mainly due to Jackson himself having been a Sonic fan in his later years, even composing part of the soundtrack to Sonic 3 & Knuckles. The discovery of the latter during the second half of the 2000s and the first half of the 2010s is likely what caused this overlap to develop and grow in the first place.
    • Even though there have been many spates of a Fandom Rivalry, a group of fans in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom have actually created quite a few pieces of the Sonic and MLP characters in a crossover fashion, including two notable crossover fanfics.
  • Gateway Series: Next to Mario, Sonic is definitely one of the first big video game franchises gamers get drawn into, due to its colorful artwork, fantasy tone, and casual-based gameplay. And by proxy, Sonic is also a gateway to Sega's other big series as well.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Sonic the Hedgehog is much more popular in many western countries than at home. This can be justified by the fact that Sonic was specifically designed to appeal to western audiences in the first place, and the fact that the Sega Genesis never got a strong foothold in Japan. The third season of Sonic X didn't even air there and was mainly commissioned for the international markets, despite all the episodes having a Japanese dub recorded alongside the English dub. Several Sonic games, such as Sonic Chronicles, have performed abysmally in sales over there. There's also a particularly fanatical subset of fans in the UK, thanks to Sonic the Comic. There's yet another slight fanbase division over international differences.
  • Goddamned Bats:
    • Nearly every single enemy in the second half of Sonic Chronicles can act as this due to either ridiculous defenses, regenerating health, poisoning you every chance they get, leeching off your health, or any combination of the previously mentioned.
    • The Raptor Hawks in the first half of the game probably count, too. Although there's only six of them at the most, they have 120HP, do ~50 damage per hit, and can use "Evading" whenever they want. It's a good thing when they use their Special move, Feather Barrage, because it's easy to counter.
    • The artificial chaos enemies from Sonic Adventure 2. Very impressive reach, very hard to kill, and start appearing in levels that are already difficult to begin with!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • All of the vintage US Sega ads touting Sonic as the anti-Mario are this now, in light of the fact that Sega is now making games for Nintendo's consoles, and their own mascot has shared a few crossover games with his former rival now.
    • A Japanese commercial for the original game features Sonic destroying an ersatz Death Star with Eggman's face on it. Fast forward to Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and a Death Star ersatz, the Death Egg, would prominently appear.
    • Dr. Eggman's design from Sonic Adventure and onward bears a startling resemblance to another famous cartoon supervillain—it's especially obvious when he gets his mustache burned off in Sonic Lost World.
    • In the Sonic the Hedgehog Promo Comic, Dr. Kintobor is busy searching for the seventh Chaos Emerald, having already found the other six. Thing was, this comic was written around the time the first game was made, which only had six Chaos Emeralds—the seventh Emerald wouldn't become canon until Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
    • The cover of Sonic the Hedgehog Story Comic has Sonic's arms accidentally colored blue. Fast forward a couple decades, and his Sonic Boom incarnation has his arms officially colored blue.
    • The obscure Knuckles Chaotix would have not only a teamwork concept, but Metal Sonic performing a One-Winged Angel, predating their more prominent use in Sonic Heroes by many years. To top it off, both games feature the Chaotix characters.
    • On that note, Tails Skypatrol features a level called Rail Canyon, which would become the name of an (unrelated) level in Sonic Heroes.
    • For its original release, Sonic the Fighters (A.K.A. Sonic Championship) saw a limited release in American arcades because Sega of America's executives found the cartoonish slapstick "too violent" and that it would tarnish Sonic's image. Nine years later, Shadow got his own spin-off game, and it was far more violent and intense than Fighters, and another less cartoonish fighting game with the characters, Sonic Battle, was released, and yet Sega of America heavily promoted them. And also, Sonic Riders had lots of cartoonish slapstick just like Fighters, and SoA were fine with that too. Also, Fang the Sniper/Nack the Weasel was actually going to use a sniper rifle, but Sega wouldn't allow realistic firearms in the series. Later 3D Sonic games had no problem with using realistic firearms.
    • An old promo image exists of Mega Man and Sonic shaking hands, meant to promote Capcom releasing Mega Man: The Wily Wars for the Sega Genesis. Fast forward many years later, and Sonic would not only star with Mega Man in an ambitious comic book crossover, but in a fighting game as well!
    • Sonic 3D Blast features a minor shield power up that is very similar in function to the Homing Attack, a basic series move that wasn't introduced until Sonic Adventure.
    • In 2002, Electronic Gaming Monthly released an infamous April Fools' Day prank article showing that Sonic and Tails were hidden as unlockable characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and had to be unlocked by getting 20 kills in Cruel Meleenote . Come six years later, and Sonic really would become a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and even its subsequent sequel, with Tails also appearing (albeit as a trophy, and not playable).
    • The cancelled game Sonic X-treme met its fate due to Development Hell and an attempt at Christmas Rushed. Ten years later, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) would meet a poorly-received fate due to the latter.
    • One pic from Sonic The Screensaver has Sonic finding a magic lamp and using it to wish for a Sega Stadium. Fast forward to 2006, and Sonic would really find a magic lamp (and ring) in Sonic and the Secret Rings.
    • Sonic Pocket Adventure had a two player vs. mode called "Sonic Rush". Bonus points for both games being made by Dimps.
    • Sonic Lost World has a startling amount of similarities to the cancelled Sonic X-treme in terms of game design, which the developers admitted was a coincidence, but welcomed the comparisons anyway.
    • There existed a Xbox Sonic skateboarding game that never got past the beta stages called Sonic Extreme. Just a few years later, they'd rework the board racing concept, albeit with a more futuristic flair, into the Sonic Riders series.
    • Paramount and Sega were both sister companies for a long time, as Gulf+Western controlled both companies from 1969 until the latter was spun-off in 1983. Now, Paramount has the rights to produce a film based off Sega's biggest property, marking the first time since more than three decades ago that the two collaborated on a major project.
    • Amy Rose's trademark weapon is her wooden mallet. The same weapon would much later become Harley Quinns weapon of choice, and the two characters are pretty similar when you think about it: they're both crazy in love characters who happen to be really cute, although Amy is a lot nicer, obviously. This would later be referenced in LEGO Dimensions
    • Speaking of Amy, her obsession with Sonic, coupled with her occasional fits of (comedic) violence, could be perceived as a kid-friendly version of Yuno Gasai.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Despite how neglected it was by everyone except Amy and everything it went through, E-102 Gamma doesn't angst about any of it.
    • Knuckles. He's the last of his kind, and has dedicated his life to guard the Master Emerald forever, due to being the last guardian, which at the same time means he has to restrain himself away from friends unless it's very important, but he has never once whined about it. Knowing he's doing the right thing, he sticks to his duty, and keeps a cool head. Though he does have some angst moments once in a while, it's very rare.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Most fans play the 3D games for the Sonic gameplay rather than for the many, many other gameplay styles, even when it can comprise as little as 1/4th the length of the entire game. This has resulted in Sonic being the only playable character in most of the more recent games (Unleashed and Sonic 4, and Generations if you discount the sidequests).
    • Many people played the Adventure titles solely for the Chao Gardens. Curiously, this feature was removed from later games despite their popularity.
    • A good bit of the younger audience grew up on Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic Adventure 2, and are only in it for Shadow. This has led to him being even more of a Base-Breaking Character.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Sonic and Tails. Let's just say that pairings with them can get rather silly at times. It's made all the more confusing because neither of them is particularly interested in romance (bar Sonic X and the comics), to the point where Tails outright hates romance in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, and, to a lesser extent, the games.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Dr. Eggman has gained this status, particularly his Adventures of Sonic counterpart. The main games show he's no slouch either, due to his hammy personality, incredible persistence and resourcefulness, and inexplicably being able to outrun Sonic from time to time.
    • For some strange reason, the Tails Doll from Sonic R has gotten this reputation in fanfiction.
    • Cream. Thanks to her Game-Breaker status in nearly all of her playable appearances, jokes have been made that this shy, adorable bunny and her pet Chao is a supreme badass to be feared and could demolish armies of robots in seconds as war gods.
    • Mecha Sonic, the boss from Sonic & Knuckles in Sky Sanctuary Zone. This is mostly due to its involvement as the main antagonist of the webseries Super Mario Bros. Z where it's a complete Adaptational Badass, but also it being the first villain to ever achieve a super form.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Shadow became this in certain circles in the 2010s, thanks to the rise of the "edgelord" meme, with Shadow more or less being the face of it.
    • Infinite, who according to many fans is nothing more than the "I AM NOT WEAK" guy.
  • Memetic Personality Change: Even though Shadow's personality ranges from a Stock Shōnen Rival to Sonic to an Anti-Heroic Jerkass, much of the fandom portrays him as a memetic edgelord based on his gun-toting, PG-swearingnote  '90s Anti-Hero personality in his self-titled spinoff, even giving him the nickname "Ow the Edge". This became an Ascended Meme in the various Twitter Takeovers, where, among other things, he says he likes to eat whole coffee beans for breakfast and his favorite anime is Kill la Kill, which, like his memetic personality, has an edgy, weapon-toting protagonist who has alien DNA. In less serious works it's also popular to portray him as trying to be edgy without actually knowing what that is, in a dig at some of his fanbase.
  • Misblamed: Roger Craig Smith is often accused by detractors of sounding too old for Sonic compared to Ryan Drummond and Jason Griffith's younger sounding performances, however the older sounding voice is actually an deliberate decision by Sega, who wanted him to sound older.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • In games where you collect Chaos Emeralds as part of a 100% Completion rather than as Plot Coupons, the classic "got an Emerald" sound is this.
    • The gasping sound made upon touching an air-replenishing bubble, especially if you were on the brink of drowning.
    • The sound of Eggman's machine exploding at the end of each level in the classic games, especially if said machine was a difficult one.
  • My Real Daddy:
    • In terms of voice actors, Mike Pollock seems to be becoming this for Robotnik; he's played the character more than anyone else and is the current official voice for nearly every work of Sonic fiction. Not to mention most of Robotnik's other voice actors are either uninterested (Jim Cummings, Gary Chalk) or dead (Long John Baldry, Deem Bristow, and Chikao Ohtsuka).
    • In terms of the development of the games, the series was created by 3 people: Yuji Naka, the founder and former head of Sonic Team, as well as the programmer of the Sega Genesis Platform Games, Naoto Oshima, the actual creator and designer of both Sonic and Eggman, and Hirokazu Yasuhara, the designer of the very first game's levels (including the famous Green Hill Zone). Similar to Keiji Inafune's involvement with Mega Man, Yuji Naka took most of the credit for creating the series. Sadly, all 3 of them no longer work with Sega, and the series is currently headed by Takashi Iizuka.
    • Christian "Taxman" Whitehead and Simon "Stealth" Thomley are the face of 16-bit Sonic ports, thanks in no small part to their ports of Sonic 1, 2, and CD, as well as being the masterminds behind Sonic Mania. This unfortunately led to some backlash against the SEGA AGES port of Sonic 1 and 2 on Switch simply because they aren't Taxman and Stealth ports, even though M2 (the team behind the SEGA AGES series) is known for their wide portfolio of Polished Port projects.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The corny dubs of most of the games may be annoying, but the thrill of the gameplay is usually worth it.
    • Fans of the more serious stories tend to argue this. Sure, cartoon animals might come off as hard to take seriously in some of the dark plotlines, but they feel that the stories still offer many memorable scenes and enjoyable writing.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Possibly played deliberately with E-102 Gamma. With his intimidating design, lifeless facial features, Machine Monotone and deadly abilities (he came close to blowing Sonic's brains out point blank at one point), he may have made for a genuinely terrifying and imposing creation of Eggman's, if his sentience didn't get in the way. Even his theme qualifies both as Nightmare Fuel and a pure Tear Jerker.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • A good number of fans seem to think that Amy Rose has only been around since the Sonic Adventure days/is a recent addition, but the true fact is that she has actually been around for about or (at least) almost as long as Tails (depending on whether you count the manga or Sonic CD as her debut).
    • Vector was created around Sonic 1 development, and Charmy is from the same manga Amy made her debut.
    • On a separate matter, Sonic is not the first fictional hedgehog to utilize a Rolling Attack. Mattimeo, published two years before the first game was released, had a pair of hedgehogs locking together and then rolling around to attack enemies.
  • Old Guard Versus New Blood: One of the biggest reasons for the franchise's notorious Broken Base is the series' constant revisions and bringing in new concepts and by extension, new fans who become accustomed to those concepts and revisions only for them to be downplay and removed in later entries. Nowhere is this more true than the transition that happened from 2D to 3D, with some of the old guard from the classic titles pushed back against some of the changes made in Sonic Adventure and onward, but Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Heroes brought in tons of new blood given the series had gone multiplatform for the first time ever, and said new blood rejected the old guard for criticizing the things they loved. A similar split also happened after Sonic Colors caused yet another split between the old guard of who grew up on the aforementioned Adventure titles and the new blood coming in with Colors (or in some cases, fans who left the series returning to it). Part of the split is because Sega constantly tries to appease all of the sects, which just causes even more strife.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: How many fans feel in regards to Shiro Maekawa and Shadow the Hedgehog, feeling that being one of the character's co-creators, he is the only one who writes the character in a way many fans prefer as opposed to other writers, who's interpretations of Shadow tend to be far more controversial within the fanbase.
  • Popularity Polynomial: Probably no other video game franchise has fluctuated as much as Sonic has. If the history of the franchise is anything to go by, Sonic appears to have a boom-and-bust cycle with peaks around anniversary years that end in 0 and nadirs around anniversary years that end in 5. For example, Sonic's 10th and 20th anniversaries respectively produced Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Generations, which were both very successful and well-received. Meanwhile, his 5th anniversary saw the release of the underwhelming Sonic 3D Blast, as well as the cancelled Sonic X-Treme, and his 15th produced the even more infamous Obvious Beta Sonic 06, which many fans wish was cancelled. The trend continues with Sonic Boom becoming the worst-selling Sonic title with less than 500K across two platforms, while Sonic Mania Plus would receive universal acclaim and become the highest rated Sonic game in 25 years.
  • Recurring Fanon Character:
    • From Sonic the Hedgehog 2, there is an infamous glitch that would turn the titular hedgehog green with a black mark on his face. The character, nicknamed Ashura by the community, would become popular enough to receive some fan works with him acting as an Evil Counterpart of Sonic, and eventually inspired Ian Flynn to turn Anti-Sonic into a green hedgehog named Scourge in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • Omelette, also known as Eggette, was created after someone noticed an upside down sprite of Eggman from Sonic Mania looked like a different character entirely. The character became popular with the fanbase and is commonly regarded as Eggman's niece or daughter, and is used in notable fanworks such as Sonic Legacy and the eighth season of Sonic for Hire, and even has a cameo in Sonic X Reanimated.
    • X, also known as Sonic.EXE, is a vile demon that takes on the appearance of/possesses Sonic. This character, originating from its own story, has since had multiple fan video game adaptations, and has frequently been pitted against Sonic himself in fanfictions and videos.
    • Maria the Hedgehog was created by fans and is often mistaken for canon. Though she's usually depicted as Maria reborn as a hedgehog, some depict her as a clone.
    • Nazo, a mysterious white-furred hedgehog who bears a passing resemblance to Super Sonic from an unused Sonic X screenshot. Although Word of God has since confirmed he was merely an alternate design for Super Sonic, fans treat him as his own character to the point where he was the main antagonist of Nazo Unleashed.
    • The most common depiction of the Player Character of Sonic Forces is a rust-furred, bespectacled wolf named Gadget, who is often shown wearing a pair of olive drab gloves and boots that bear black chevrons on them, an olive drab and black earpiece with attached microphone, and a tan utility belt with a shoulder strap, and equally often shown to favor the Burst Wispon. This wolf is based directly off of the one shown off in the Custom Hero reveal trailer.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • When Silver got a starring role in the Milestone Celebration Sonic '06 with Sonic and Shadow, fans felt he was usurping worthier characters like Tails or Knuckles and accused Sega of being biased against their non-hedgehog characters. Silver's cameo in Brawl also led to claims of this. Him being That One Boss supreme in the game did not help much, either.
    • The Rivals games were more enjoyable before we found out Eggman Nega kicked Eggman out of the villain spotlight.
    • Since Shadow's introduction in Sonic Adventure 2, some fans weren't happy with how he replaced Knuckles' role as Sonic's main rival and often view him as the reason for Knuckles becoming less prominent after Sonic Adventure.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Thanks to Bioware and other games in the series, Big went from a boring idiot to lovable oaf that is easier to laugh with.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) managed to make Shadow the Hedgehog more bearable for some of his previous haters. Since the previous game saw him reach the end of his Quest for Identity and resolve to put the past behind him, this game saw Shadow greatly cut down on the angsting and replace it with stoic badassery. And from a purely technical perspective, his gameplay is probably the least broken out of the three main heroes. It also helps that Shadow is the one who actually gets things done in the game. Sonic is stuck rescuing the same princess over and over and Silver is either getting manipulated by the Big Bad, dealing with Iblis in the future, or forcing Sonic to rescue the same princess over and over. Meanwhile, Shadow is the one taking on the Big Bad.
    • Silver became this in Sonic Generations, which even those who hated him in Sonic '06 have admitted to loving his new, more powerful form and the boss battle against him. His appearances in the Archie comic have also made him one of Sonic Archie's most popular new characters, to the point of him getting a new Sonic Special.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Robotnik/Eggman might be a Fat Bastard, but in most of his incarnations he's also brilliant, stylish, and chews the scenery to the point that a better nickname might be Hamman.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The older entries evoke this in two ways: firstly, the speed which the eponymous Blue Blur ran through the levels in the first game in the series really seemed quite blistering to gamers of the day, even if nobody would think twice about it now, especially in light of the jaw dropping speeds Sonic reaches in later games like Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Generations (the latter compounding this by showing that the younger Sonic is canonically slower than the older one, if just mildly). Also, in order to truly see the heavily promoted "edginess" of the character, which has worn dry over time due to familiarity and Sonic's numerous imitators, you really need to be aware that when Sonic first appeared in 1991, the vast majority of platform heroes were promoted as squeaky-clean and cutesy. A teenage hedgehog with a spiky hairstyle and a self-confident smirk was enough to seem uber-cool by comparison.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Fan pairings of Tails and Cream are very popular, probably due to their similar age and abilities and genial personalities, even though the two very rarely interact in-canon, much less show any hint of interest towards each other.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Its Sonamy vs. Shadamy, Knouge vs. Shadouge, Silvaze vs. Sonaze, Sonaze vs. Sonamy, and Sonadow vs everybody.
  • Signature Song: The "countdown" theme, and not for good reasons.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Among the usual candidates named for this are multiple song lyrics, most strikingly We Can, My Sweet Passion, and the in-level Knuckles raps from Sonic Adventure 2, the campy dialogue during levels, and, to a lesser extent, in some cutscenes, and almost everything about Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
  • They Changed It, So It Sucks: Gameplay reasons aside, a common complain from the western fanbase, especially the old-schoolers is the modern games emphasis on always referring to Dr. Robotnik as Doctor Eggman. Even though Robotnik itself is a name change (his name was always Dr. Eggman in Japan, and the dub name was added entirely without Sonic Team's consent) and both names are still considered official by Sega, people who grew with Robotnik feel its more menacing sounding.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: A common complaint against the series as of Unleashed is that the various characters are left by the wayside with too much focus on Sonic and Tails. Ironically, the opposite was what many fans had an issue with before.
    • Many Knuckles fans have felt this way, as he started out as a very promising character being a Foil for Sonic, only for his role in the games to gradually diminish after Sonic Adventure, and it didn't help that Shadow taking over the "main rival" role essentially made Knuckles' original purpose redundant. He suffered neglect through both the series' 'character over-saturation era' to the current 'Sonic (and occasionally Tails)-centric era'. To add salt to the wound, Knuckles was a very influential character in both long-running comic book series at the time, which makes his exclusion in games post-Adventure baffling.
    • Amy Rose. Starting as a lovestruck fangirl of Sonic in CD, her playable debut in Sonic Adventure gave her a story arc where she's inspired to win Sonic's affection by becoming a hero in her own right. Afterward, most games just have her in a mostly supporting (But still fairly prominent) role as Sonic's Hopeless Suitor. It doesn't help that after the anime, the series played up her more aggressive traits while downplaying her sympathetic ones, something that games since Sonic Unleashed (2008) have addressed.
    • You would never believe Shadow was one of the most prominent figures in the series. As mentioned, he displaced Knuckles as Sonic's primary foil and became something of an anti-heroic face for the series, having a central role in at least three major titles. After 2006, he's been mostly relegated to cameos and spin off titles barely resembling the main incarnation. Tropes Are Not Bad however as most would agree he started to suffer from overexposure at that point.
    • Silver was introduced as an attempt to add a third main hedgehog to the franchise, but since the game he first appeared in also marked the point in time when the majority of the cast as Demoted to Extra, he's barely appeared, and we know very little about him.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Dr. Eggman motivations. Sonic Adventure 2 and Shadow the Hedgehog hinted that he had a deeper motivations towards villainy with how much he looked up to his grandfather and that his motive for conquering the world was to overthrow the corrupt governments who killed his grandfather. But it has been largely thrown away for the initial portrayal of "generic mad scientist who conquer the world just because."
  • Uncanny Valley: Starting in Sonic Adventure and peaking in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), many find the semi- to completely realistic humans next to the cartoony anthropomorphic animals and the stylized Eggman to be very off-putting.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: Silver's head quills look a lot like a marijuana leaf. This led to BrainScratch Commentaries coining the Fan Nickname "Pothead the Porcupine" for him.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Sonic's role in most of the game's plots is to generally be The Hero who saves the day; while he does have a fairly charismatic personality, he remains static for most of the series. It's the supporting cast that get most of the Character Development and more fleshed out personalities, most of which bounces off of Sonic himself. This also extends to gameplay, primarily in the 2D titles; Sonic tends to be simplest character in terms of abilities while it's the likes of Tails, Knuckles, and Amy who get all of the variations of his gameplay style.
  • Vindicated by History: In recent years, Sonic's Dork Age has gotten heavy amounts of this, with the usual Broken Base that is often accused of existing becoming more and more quiet or shunned entirely in recent years, and numerous once base-breaking entries in the series, such as Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Heroes most notably, are now more fondly remembered for being innovative and VERY risky departures from the usual gameplay and actually doing quite well in a few areas. This only got better with the Moment of Awesome that is the release of Sonic Mania, the surprising quality of Sonic Boom with its backhands to the fanbase (which were oddly very warmly welcomed by the fanbase, ironically) and more well-written and sneaky jokes. With a newfound degree of polish to the games (despite a few more questionable decisions here and there), the franchise, while nowhere near as massive as its heyday, is steadily regaining it's speed.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Sonic the Hedgehog's official media outlets are known for frequently using memes that are current at the time (including most Sonic-related ones) and making jabs towards the series' infamously vocal fanbase and its more ridiculous or unsavory tendencies. Some fans don't mind this as they feel that both the series and its fanbase are frequently in shambles, so some self-awareness helps to earn SEGA of America a bit more respect. On the other hand, others just find this habit obnoxious, seeing it as an immature and unprofessional way to appeal to the fanbase to "excuse" the well-known issues within itself and the franchise as a whole.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Sometimes falls under this trope.
    • Sonic Adventure 2 features mass government killings, including a terminally ill girl, Eggman using "Weapons of mass destruction", blowing up the moon, and putting a gun against Amy's head, and Sonic nearly dying in the equivalent of being chained to a bomb.
    • Shadow the Hedgehog was going to be aimed at older fans, but they decided to tone it down. Judging by the use of realistic guns, minor swearing, dark storyline, and textures straight out of an M-rated game, it looks like they failed.
    • In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the main villain wants to destroy all of time and space, and Sonic gets murdered at the end of the game. (He gets better.)
    • Finally, Sonic Lost World features some very dark dialogue, such as "I long for death's cold embrace", "First you're contemplating genocide" and talk of skinning alive, and Amy and Knuckles get the life sucked out of them.
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