Adorkable: For a genius, Tails is often the most adorable when he flops.
Alas, Poor Scrappy: While a non-fatal example, Chris getting beaten up by Shadow can be seen as a little too brutal to count as a Take That, Scrappy! He is still a child who can't fight back, after all.
Americans Hate Tingle: While Chris Thorndyke was negatively received by Western audiences, he was more positively received in Japan.
Author's Saving Throw: It's ridiculously easy to see Tails' increased screentime and development as well as his relationship with the plot-critical Cosmo as this during Season 3 in response to the all complaints that he got shafted in favor of Chris for the first two seasons.
The Japanese version had some pretty good ones. Stand outs being the theme song, the first two ending themes, and Eggman's Lemotif is unforgettable.
Even some fans who hate the dub admit the theme song is pretty cool at least... and catchy.
The 4Kids dub also gives Sonic himself an original Leitmotif, which is suitable catchy and triumphantly heroic. Often used as a fanfare.
Knuckles and Eggman were given Leitmotifs of their own as well, and both fit their characters rather well; with Eggman's having a menacing, threatening feel to it, and Knuckles having a driving, powerful vibe.
The Japanese version of the final Sonic Adventure 2 arc episode used Live and Learn for Sonic and Shadow teleporting the ARK to safety and the celebration afterward. Unfortunately the dub replaced it with its generic action music.
And then the Japanese original version of Season 3 gave us some really good soundtracks that, sadly, never got released properly - a few good examples are the appropriately gritty Metarex theme and the equally oppressive and slow-paced Metarex Battle theme.
Amy. Many dislike her portrayal in this anime for her obsession towards Sonic as well as her Tsundere traits (especially in season 3), and they also hated how this ended up having an influence on her game counterpart for about a decade. Others however find these traits amusing and think they make her stand out more compared to her game counterpart.
Bokkun is a mixed bag. Some enjoy his antics and find him sympathetic during his Butt-Monkey moments, while others think he's annoying and runs his exploding message gag into the ground very quickly.
Chris in season 3. Some like his Character Development from a child to an adult, his role of being more productive for Sonic and his friends against Eggman and the Metarex by being a Gadgeteer Genius, and for his more heroic moments like sacrificing his one-way ticket back to his world to help stop the Metarex and helping Eggman escape after the Metarex held him prisoner. Others think that while he's a lot better portrayed compared to the previous seasons, he still doesn't really stand out much as a character considering that making him a Gadgeteer Genius has made him a lot more similar to Tails, combined with most of his moments of helping Sonic and his friends are things that Tails would do himself and has done in the games, all of which further cements how much of an unnecessary character Chris was overall for this series and think that he should have just stayed in his world and never appear in this season.
Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: At the end of Episode 41, Eggman is fleeing after the failure of his Egg Moon plan when Sonic and friends suddenly confront him with... a Sonic X pop quiz?! It's hard to say what's weirder — Sonic and friends choosing such a bizarre means of stopping him, or Eggman just blindly going along with it.
Some Sonic fans claimed that the English dub ruined it, and the show is actually good in the first place. Other argued the fact that Chris' status as spotlight hogger at the expense of Sonic and friends screen time proved that the show's already bad without some Bowdlerization from 4Kids. Others think Chris is annoying, but that the show is still enjoyable on its own, or alternatively claim him to be just one of many problems it has. Considering it's Sonic we're talking about, it's kinda unavoidable.
The English dub by 4Kids Entertainment. Some decry it for its Bowdlerization like the censorship of character deaths, the Dub Induced Plot Holes created by the characters' deaths being censored, and making the emotional moments less impacting compared to the Japanese version. Others think that it's still one of 4Kids' better translations due to its solid English voice cast, its writing making the Broken Aesops less Anvilicious and making some of the emotional moments still impacting, and handling some of the characterization better than the Japanese version.
Season 3 is often considered to be either the best season or the worst season. Best because it had its own original plot, the humans were mostly gone, the writing was darker, and Cosmo. Worst because the plot and villains had little in common with any other aspect of the Sonic franchise, being stuck on a spaceship didn't fit Sonic's free roaming nature, Tails taking the spotlight even further from Sonic, and Cosmo.
Critical Research Failure: For the first few episodes of the English dub, Chaos Control is described as Eggman's base rather than what transported Sonic and his friends to Earth, apparently the result of 4Kids not knowing much about the Sonic series at the time.
Die for Our Ship: People who shipped Cream and Tails together were pretty upset with the arrival of Cosmo.
Molly, who only appeared in one episode yet is remembered for one of the most heart-wrenching moments in the entire series and is popular enough to be shipped with Shadow.
Helen, who only had A Day in the Limelight in Episode 14, but is very well liked due to fans finding her a likable character with a very touching friendship with Sonic in said episode. So much that the same fans vocally wished that she was the human protagonist of the anime instead of Chris Thorndyke.
Fan-Preferred Couple: Despite Rouge and Topaz having romantic feelings towards Knuckles and Mr. Tanaka respectively in the show, many fans prefer to ship them with each other instead due to their strong bond and chemistry as well as the ton of Les Yay between them.
Growing the Beard: The halfway of the first season fared the show better as the video game characters were given episodes focused on them and showed them plenty of depth, particularly the episode where Tails tries to stop a dam from being built in the middle of a savanna that would result the wild animals to losing their habitat as it reminds him of how he was always bullied by the other animals before he met Sonic.
He Really Can Act: Originally, Mike Pollock at the time was only known for his comedic roles in anime dubs like Ultimate Muscle and Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. But when he was cast as Dr. Eggman in this anime, his performance for the character received a lot of praise and was one of the few voice actors that replaced the main video game voice actors that didn't receive criticism for their performance, so much that he became the most popular voice actor in the entire Sonic Franchise, and was the only voice actor who wasn't replaced when the 4Kids voice cast was replaced as the voices for the characters in the video games in 2010. He was also positively recieved for his more serious performances in the dub, particularly his "The Reason You Suck" Speechto Chris in Episode 49.
Eggman's insistence about being the show's real protagonist in the original Japanese version of the "Eggman Corporation" two-parter only becomes more amusing due to the comic series, where he more or less does become the Villain Protagonist.
In English, Sonic X was famously dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment who are infamous for their Bowdlerization of the properties they localized. In 2005, they made their official debut voicing in a Sonic game: Shadow the Hedgehog, which had a rating of E10+ and featured the guns and swearing that 4Kids were prohibited from showing. Bonus points for Maria's Death by Origin Story being censored in the dub of X, considering Shadow explores the titular character's past in more detail, meaning a flashback to Maria's death was all but guaranteed.
Idiot Plot: The Egg Moon storyline only happens because Sonic is apparently the only person in the entire world who realizes that the sun moves throughout the sky every day, so the moon couldn't possibly be blocking it all day, every day if it is stuck in geosynchronous orbit like Eggman claims it is. Even the most intellectual of characters like Tails and Chuck forgot that detail until Sonic specifically told everyone as such. Even then, he didn't bother doing so before smashing up Eggman's Sunshine Balls, and only does so after getting tired of fighting Knuckles and GUN over the mess.
Eggman borders on this at times. Granted that he's a villain and his actions are evil, but all his hopes and dreams revolve around wanting to rule the entire world, and this nasty blue hedgehog just won't let him do it. It really does bring his speech to Chris in Episode 49 of the dub a deeper meaning.
Dr. Eggman: All your dreams have been shattered, haven't they? Life is like that, kiddo. Take it from somebody who knows! Whenever you reach too high... Life smacks you down!
Dark Oak is this too. When learning his backstory, it's hard not to feel sorry for him.
Les Yay: All the time between Topaz and Rouge - the crown jewel of the lot being the scene where Topaz buys her a diamond ring, with Topaz acting very awkwardly and Rouge, naturally, never dropping her overly husky voice.
Dark Oak, supreme leader of the Metarex, is a chilling combination of power and tragedy. Originally an alien lifeform named Lukas, he fell out with his lover Earthia and parts of his own species trying to save his world from destruction. His ambition and sound intentions eventually corrupted him to become Dark Oak, an Evil Overlord bent on creating a galaxy free of war and conflict by annihilating everything except plants and botanical lifeforms like himself. Introduced trouncing Super Sonic in an attempt to get all seven Chaos Emeralds, Dark Oak strays to the background and creates strategies to systematically crush his opposition that, even in failure, will give him an idea of what they are capable of. Dark Oak's cruelest but most ingenious act was forcing a sleeper agent within the ranks of Sonic and crew from the very beginning. Said person had a tracking device that relayed valuable information to the Metarex as they captured the Chaos Emeralds and the Planet Eggs for "Forestation." At the end of a hard-fought battle, Lukas dies realizing the errors of his ways and reconciles with Earthia in the afterlife.
Shadow the Hedgehog, the Ultimate life form, lost his best friend Maria and his creator Dr. Gerald Robotnik when they were killed by G.U.N. in the Space Colony ARK. Desiring revenge, when Gerald's grandson Dr. Eggman released him, he manipulated him into gathering all seven Chaos Emeralds and putting them in the ARK's Eclipse Cannon, which in truth would lead to a Colony Drop. Shadow's plan was only foiled when Chris convinces him to help save the world. He would have died doing so if Eggman didn't save his comatose body. Amnesiac, he returns and saves Chris from death, destroys a Metarex and retrieves an Emerald for Eggman out of gratefulness. Learning that Cosmo is a sleeper agent for the Metarex, he tries to kill her. In his attempt, he outsmarts Tails thrice by hacking into the Blue Typhoon's heat source search program, then into the ship's camera system when Tails locks the heat program and by teleporting back in the ship when Tails launched him into space. Only stopped in his attempt by Cosmo's amulet teleporting him, Shadow helps the heroes in the final battle against the Metarex. After attempting to save Cosmo from Final Mova, he sacrifices himself by moving everyone to safety as Final Mova exploded. Ruthless but caring, Shadow surpassed his game counterpart in sheer audacity and brilliance.
Rouge the Bat is a thief obsessed with jewels, starting a stealing spree upon appearing on Earth. Once she learns the location of a Chaos Emerald, she misdirects Sonic while she collects the emerald. However, it was a trap from G.U.N. : she improvises by accepting to become a G.U.N. agent and in return, is granted immunity and keeps her loot. When E-70 Noizi almost defeated her by using her weakness to sound, she used a bomb attached to her wrist to win. Unlike her game counterpart, she succeeds in stealing the Master Emerald during the "Shadow Saga" and joined Eggman and Shadow while hiding her loyalty to G.U.N.. When she later participates in a tournament for a Chaos Emerald, she fights Tails who's stronger than expected. She wins by kissing him and then throwing him out of the ring. When facing Knuckles, she has him agree to fight inside a dark tent, making him fight blind. During the Metarex Saga, she blackmails Bokkun into suggesting to Eggman a plan to obtain an emerald for himself, while she plans to swoop in and steal it. Skilled and manipulative, Rouge was one of the anime's most competent characters.
"I was just about to consume this delicious banana!"Explanation A particularly Narmful line of Eggman's, made even worse by the extremely Limited Animation of him eating said banana. The entire scene is a staple of Youtube Poops.
"Maria!"Explanation Shadow shouts Maria's name a lot
Black Narcissus shows that he truly crosses the line when he captures and tortures Chris and Cosmo and uses them as bait to have the Metarex prototypes Silver and Gold test Sonic's speed, strength, and skills. This moment is what triggered Sonic's Unstoppable Rage and Superpowered Evil Side transformation, and this action was just enough for Narcissus to cross the horizon itself. Good thing Eggman and his followers came to help calm things down — after all, Even Evil Has Standards.
Dr. Eggman: (to Black Narcissus) It's one thing to take them prisoner and threaten them but when you actually hurt somebody, that's going too far.
Pale Bay Leaf crossed the line with what he did to Leon and several other anti-Metarex resistance pilots from Molly's home planet: embedding their bodies into the bases of trees and leaving them to weaken within there as a show of betraying them after promising them fame and fortune by inviting them to the side of the Metarex.
Averted with the old man who, in his youth gunned down a twelve year old girl on board Space Colony Ark. Decades later he's clearly deeply remorseful for what he did, and gives Scarlet the information she needs to finally understand what happened to her father all those years ago.
Even though the show doesn't intend it, Shadow tries to murder Cosmo because she's a sleeper agent, and tearing through the entire crew without even explaining why.
Shadow: I have my reasons, but I'm not telling you!
Rouge crosses it during episode 64 when she tries to get Chris to give her the two Chaos Emeralds he stole from Eggman and then lets him fall from a great distance when he refuses. Had Knuckles (who was close by) not caught him, the bat would`ve sent Chris plummeting to his death then and there.
Fans of the show have a hard time forgiving Chris for stealing the roles that originally belonged to the video game characters in the second season's Sonic Adventure 2 arc, which is one of his main contributions to his status.
Much of Amy's detractors pull from her Flanderizationed portrayal in later episodes of X. Even the games used Amy's more obsessive and clingy Sonic X personality for a while, before dialing her back around Sonic Generations.
The criticism labeled against the show that Sonic himself is Out of Focus already took place in the source material. It's not Chris Thorndyke's fault Sonic is barely developed as a character, it is more the case that in the Adventure games (and Sonic Team's usual treatment on him) he is a reactive hero with a flat character arc and without much background that helps others develop while he himself remains the same. If anything, the criticism of Chris overtaking the spotlight is a consequence of adapting the games as faithfully as they could.
Dark Super Sonic. He's on-screen for under a minute, yet he's arguably the most popular thing added in the show.
Despite appearing for a few seconds in the pilot episode, the character dubbed as Nazo has gotten a lot of attention due to the mysterious nature (true to his name) as to what purpose he could have had. According to Word of God, the character is just a scrapped design of Super Sonic.
The Scrappy: Chris Thorndyke is hated by Sonic fans for being a one-man Spotlight-Stealing Squad in the first two seasons, as he intrudes on the roles of certain characters during arcs based on Sonic games that were moments that allowed the characters to show their Hidden Depths, and for constantly taking up most of the screen time in the episodes at the expense of Sonic and his friends despite him not being the titular character or having any traits to justify that amount. Fans also found Chris to be an unrelatable character given his wealthy life style and successful family members that pretty much contradict his Audience Surrogate status, as well as his forced Lonely Rich Kid status that makes him look more like an Informed Loner. He also had criticism relating to his dependency on Sonic, which was unfortunately so bad to the point where he kept Sonic from returning home to stop their worlds from being frozen in time.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Chris is generally agreed to have improved as a character in the third season (though opinions on how much vary, see Base-Breaking Character above). Partly by giving him less screen time, and making the time he DID have on-screen actually productive, having become more mature and a Gadgeteer Genius. It helps that he was mentally an adult by that point.
So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus by many people, that the show is at least entertaining even with its flaws.
Spoiled by the Format: At the end of Episode 50, Chuck gets a portal back to Sonic's world up and running, and one by one, his friends starts passing through it. But there are still two episodes to go, so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise when Chris shuts down the portal to stop Sonic from leaving.
Squick: According to the eye-catches in the Japanese version, Chris' grandfather Chuck is 55-years-old and Chris' father Nelson is 43-years-old, meaning that Nelson was born when Chuck was 12-years-old.
In another episode Vector claims that Cream, a six year old, should be sent home to her mother (hoping to gain brownie points with Vanilla). Then he throws her into a sack and carries her and Cheese (and Cosmo) off. It's true that Vanilla didn't exactly say she wanted Cream home, but should a six-year-old be running around the galaxy fighting a powerful and murderous alien force?
Take That, Scrappy!: Eggman delivers an awesome"Reason You Suck" Speech to Chris in episode 49 - best in Japanese. He deliberately gets Chris to believe he has something to do with time being frozen, just to see what Chris would do, which turns out to be banging down his door demanding that he unfreeze time, thinking he did it just to blackmail Sonic into leaving Chris' world (nevermind the laundry list of other problems time being frozen might cause the planet, none of which seem to occur to Chris). Then after Eggman admits he lied to test Chris, Chris starts complaining about being lied to, and Eggman goes off about how Chris is so willing to scapegoat someone else (in this case Eggman, which makes sense since he is a huge liar who tricks everybody for his own evil schemes) just so he can find a reason to keep Sonic from leaving. Eggman criticises Chris for just wanting to be with Sonic, stating that if that's all Chris cares about, then he'll always be small-time.
Dark Super Sonic could have been a great opportunity to put some limelight back on Sonic and the unstableness of his emotions in that form could have made for some compelling conflict. Plus the form simply looks awesome. Unfortunately, Sonic didn't get to do much in that form as Dr. Eggman immediately tells him to get a grip.
Season 3 has Chris Thorndyke all grown up, but curious as how to visit Sonic's world. Once he crosses the portal, he's immediately transformed back into the little kid from the first two seasons. While he still has his elder wits and experience, many lamented the opportunity to have an adult Chris tag alongside Sonic and friends in the Blue Typhoon.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The reason why so many fans viewed Chris as unsympathetic is due to his Lonely Rich Kid status being underdeveloped and barely having any focus, which made him come off as a Informed Loner due to him being around people all the time. The anime could have had a Flashback episode early in the series that expanded on Chris' life before he met Sonic, in which the episode would touch more upon his loneliness that is implied to be caused by his parents' absences and being stuck inside his huge mansion all the time are the sources to his loneliness in which makes his life boring. But unfortunately, the only thing that the anime offers to expand on his loneliness is just a minute long flashback at the beginning of Episode 51, which takes place after the two previous episodes of where the damage has already been done through Chris throwing a tantrum over saying goodbye to Sonic and him shutting down the portal to stop Sonic from returning home and nearly causing time to be destroyed in the process.
Unintentionally Sympathetic: Chris's parents, Nelson and Lindsay Thorndyke. The anime attempts to paint them as bad people for their neglective parenting towards Chris. However, throughout their screen time, they are shown to be rather kind people who care very deeply about Chris and would drop anything their working on whenever they realized that he's in danger. In fact, the reason why they became so busy with their careers in the first place was because they wanted to give Chris everything he ever needed and wanted, making their negligence towards Chris unintentional. They instead just come off as rather Innocently Insensitive for their actions instead of uncaring jerks.
For a dub-induced version of this, we have the events of episode 74. After Cosmo turns out to have been a sleeper agent all along, Knuckles, Tails and Chris argue over the possibility of removing the tracking device that allowed the Metarex to see and hear everything Cosmo, well, saw and heard - unfortunately, as it turns out, doing so would render Cosmo blind and deaf for the rest of her life. In the original, Knuckles insists that there must be another way to remove or at least disable the tracking device without harming Cosmo, but in the 4Kids dub, he completely forgoes Cosmo's safety and still insists on removal of the device... Even if it meant rendering Cosmo unable to see and hear ever again.
Chris Thorndyke has had a couple of moments of this.
Chris regarding his relationship with his parents. While his parents haven't really been the best of parents, they show many times that they do love and care for Chris and would drop everything just to help Chris when he is in trouble or having huge emotional problems. In fact, they had no problem admitting to their errors when they realized they haven't been good parents and attempted to make it up to Chris by spending more time with him. Despite this, Chris still acts as though his parents are selfish jerks who care more about their jobs than they care about him. Even Cream calls him out on his attitude towards Lindsey one time because she saw Chris' mother crying about how she felt she was a bad mother.
Chris teleporting himself to Sonic's world in the third season is supposed to be seen as Chris making a selfless attempt to go help Sonic when he realized he and his friends were in huge danger using the teleporter he doesn't know that is safe. However, despite being unclear if the teleporter works or not, he was perfectly okay with risking his life to see Sonic again while leaving his friends and family in fear and worry that the teleporter may not have worked and ended up killing him, or that he made it to Sonic's world but they don't know how to bring him back and worry that he'll be trapped there forever.
Unpopular Popular Character: In-universe, Eggman and Knuckles are both Butt Monkeys intensely jealous of Sonic's popularity. Out universe they have almost as big a fanbase as the latter (though granted this was also before the show made them 'unpopular').
Wangst: Chris in episode 49. Upon hearing that Sonic and his friends must return to home to avoid their worlds being frozen in time, Chris reacts by throwing a tantrum over having to say goodbye to Sonic. While a reaction like that would be understanding for any kid who's grown quite attached to a friend, he spends the majority of the episode whining that everyone is lying to him and states that his only wish is to be with Sonic forever. So much that it was quite cathartic for Eggman to call him out on it.
What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The show can get pretty violent at times, including a scene where Chris gets stabbed by Black Narcissus, not to mention the third season's rather dark tone in general. Then again, it's anime.
Rebecca Honig's performance as Cream is considered to be the dub's worst casting choice due to fans finding her voice sounding way too shrill and breathy that it easily makes Cream the most annoying character.
Jason Griffith was one of the cast members of the dub that got hit with the most flak from detractors of the dub's voice cast for his performance as Sonic, though it had mostly to do with him replacing Ryan Drummond rather than his performance since Drummond at the time was beloved for his performance as the character in the games, and Sega's decision to recast the voices for the characters in the games with the 4Kids cast starting with Shadow the Hedgehog added even more fuel to the fire for Griffith as he stated in an interview that he got a lot of pan mail with some of them telling him to commit suicide.
Amy Palant had gotten some flak for her performance as Tails due to making him sound more like a girl and less like a boy, though she did manage to make Tails sound more boyish later on particularly in Season 3.
Cosmo might just be one of the most woobified characters throughout the whole Sonic franchise. Not only did the poor girl see her whole family get killed in front of her, but when she learns that she was an unwilling spy for the Metarex all along , she experiences a full-on Heroic BSoD - which even continues throughout the entirety of her portion in Episode 74 and brings her to the point of contemplating going on an outright Suicide Mission.
Tails becomes this in the season finale: having to kill the girl he loves (the above-mentioned Cosmo) to save the universe understandably wrecks the poor little fox. Damn... Sonic has a hard time to cheer him up.
Shadow. During the Sonic Adventure 2 adaption, he was motivated by Marias death, and cried when remembering her true wish, and in the Japanese version right after Molly died, it looked like he was trying really hard not to cry.
One of the English dub's most welcomed changes was downplaying Chris' self-centered and immature moments, making his Nice Guy and selfless traits stand out more compared to the Japanese version.
Particularly near the end of episode 51 in the dub where Chris decided to let Sonic go back to his world, in which he gives Sonic a sincere apology for stopping him from going back, which not only showed that he was remorseful for keeping Sonic from going back to his world but also remorseful for almost freezing time in the process. While in the Japanese version even though he is remorseful for keeping Sonic in his world, Chris doesn't really give Sonic an apology and more of a self-centered confession that he can't be free like Sonic given his life as a Lonely Rich Kid, and time being frozen is not brought up in that confession which gives the impression that Chris was not remorseful for almost destroying time.
Ass Pull: Much like the anime, the comic series similarly had to wrap things up rather hastily due to its cancellation in favor of Sonic Universe, leading to a somewhat clunky crossover with the current arc in the mainstream series.
Within the Sonic X franchise itself, the comic is noted for circumventing some of the flaws of its animated counterpart, namely by downplaying the formulaic storylines like making Eggman the center limelight near the end of the series for example, moderatingChris'role in favor of making Sonic and Tails the center limelight like they should have been in the first place since Chris is not the titular protagonist, undoing a lot of the Flanderization that befallen the later episodes of the anime like Amy's Tsundere traits, and adding even more Mythology Gags to the games themselves. In addition in spite of using the English dub as basis, it generally has more witty, less Narm writing that's more consistent with the Japanese renditions.
Growing the Beard: The comics' stories were fun at early stages, but essentially just scaled down stories in the style of the early episodes of the anime. Later on, the creative team from the Archie comics gave more input, leading to more innovative stories, impressive story art and Character Development concerning one egg shaped doctor.