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Sonic the Hedgehog was a series of comic books published by Archie Comics, featuring SEGA's mascot video game character Sonic the Hedgehog. The series ran for a total of 24 years (1993-2017) and 290 issues before its cancellation. The series held the records for longest running video game-based comic and longest running licensed comic series.
The main basis for the Archieverse, the series featured a mixture of characters, settings and storylines from the Sonic the Hedgehog SatAM cartoon show, the Sonic the Hedgehog video games by SEGA, and various other incarnations of Sonic. It also included many elements unique to the comic universe.
The main focus of the comic's storyline was the title character, world-famous hero Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic is endowed with super speed and a hatred of oppression, which puts him at odds with the nefarious Dr. Eggman. Sonic is in many ways different from his game counterpart - in the comics, he is depicted as having important ties with his family and friends, a characteristic absent from other incarnations. He is also portrayed as having a deep sense of duty - in the games Sonic treats his ongoing conflict with Eggman as just an opportunity to have a fun time, whereas in the comic he holds a personal grudge against the Doctor and understands his ability to protect the world from this menace.
Although Sonic normally goes adventuring by himself in the video games (with the occasional company of other player characters), in the comic he is affiliated with the Knothole Freedom Fighters, a ragtag rebellion that was formed to counter the tyranny of Dr. Ivo Robotnik and his legion of unquestioning, warlike robots. The basis of the original issues were designed to closely mirror Sonic SatAM, as well as the names and likenesses of Sonic's allies in the Freedom Fighters. Since then, the series has integrated many elements from the video games, which has led to ongoing story arcs involving, Knuckles the Echidna and others.
Initially, the series kept to a single continuity that lasted for the first 247 issues, as well as most spin-offs, before switching to an altered continuity from issue 252 onward. While the two continuities are completely different to each other at their core, they are still connected in terms of overall storyline, with an in-continuity reason for the switch.
- Issues 1-247
At the beginning of the series (in its original canon), the year was 3235, though by the end it was 3237 (due to the relativity of Sonic's "year" in space, in which several months passed while he was gone on Mobius while only weeks passed for him). Sonic had lived on Mobius in New Mobotropolis by the end of the series. It was eventually revealed that Mobius was actually a future Earth (in an alternative reality), the year being 14,015 AD by our calendar. (StH: #148, #157)
- Originally, the date the Xorda attacked Earth was the year 0 by the Mobian calendar (during the 21st century by our calendar), and that was known in Echidna theology as the first "Day of Fury". However, the date of the Xorda attack was retconned to have occurred roughly twelve thousand years ago from the current Mobian year. The reason for the Mobian date only being 3237 with the currect retcon is unknown.
At the onset of the series, Sonic's original home was Knothole Village, a secret woodland base hidden within the Great Forest outside of Robotropolis. Since then, other areas of Mobius have been featured in the series. Additional main areas of setting include Angel Island, Downunda, New Megaopolis and Station Square.
- Issues 252-290
The comic officially entered into a new continuity from its 252nd issue onward. The switch to this new canon was initiated in issue 247 when Mobius was hit by the reality-warping Genesis Wave, which in turn led to a 4-month long crossover with another licenced video game-based comic series. The crossover event culminated in the fabric of Sonic's entire Multiverse collapsing in on itself, which resulted in Sonic's world returning in an almost completely unrecognisable state, and all alternate realities (excluding the Sol Zone) being completely destroyed and replaced by new ones.
The comic, from there on, took place in a world that bore a closer resemblance to the games, but with several concepts being carried over from the old continuity. It's unknown how much of the elements introduced in the old continuity still remained.
The backstory of StH #131-144 introduce the famous Mobius: 25 Years Later storyline, providing readers with a glimpse into the future. In this future reality, Sonic is king of Knothole and married to Sally. Knuckles has attained the rank of Guardian and is (unofficially) married to Julie-Su. However all is not well as the timeline is in danger of collapsing into destruction. Sonic and Knuckles try with the help of Rotor to prevent this catastrophe. Sonic ends up saving the universe, but it is unfortunatly reset with alterations, which are seen in issues #166-167. A continuation of this universe, known as Mobius: 30 Years Later, was told in Sonic Universe #5-8, taking place five years after the events of StH #167.
Another future version of Mobius was seen in StH #103 and #104, which was home to the Freedom Fighters of the Galaxy. Taking place in the year 4235, this dark version of the future reveals that the various members of the Knothole Freedom Fighters survived, while the rest of Mobius became uninhabitable due to Robotnik's victory (which costed him his own life). Thus the surviving Freedom Fighters left Mobius in space ships, each settling on a different planet, resulting in societies being born each looking similar to the Freedom Fighter that landed there. However, a violent race simply called "The Shark" began a war against their planets, and thus a member from each of the four races gathered together and formed the Freedom Fighters of the Galaxy. Eventually they met up with that universe's version of Sonic, who had also survived, and together combated Silver Snively and later Robolactus.
Other future versions of Mobius have been seen in various issues. The future reality which NICOLE hails from was seen in the Sonic In Your Face special and StH #119. The universe Robo-Robotnik comes from which was home to Cyborg Sonic was seen in StH #19, and another future universe where Sonic and Sally were married and had a son Manik and a daughter Sonia was seen in StH #22.
- It remains unknown if the universes seen in StH #19 and StH #22 were two distinct universes or the same, given that they appear to be very different. However, Robo-Robotnik comes from them. Given the dialogue, it is possible they are both distinct universes, and Robo-Robotnik originated in one but somehow ended up in the other. This is the theory assumed by this site's canon policy, as it is supported by dialogue.
Unique Story Elements of the Chaos Emeralds
The comic's mythology surrounding the Chaos Emeralds is quite different from what is seen in the games. In the Archieverse, the green Chaos Emeralds on Mobius were the result of radiation from the Xorda's Gene Bombs reacting with beryl deposits over ten thousand years ago, resulting in the Coming of the Chaos Emeralds.
- This explanation has been considered false as it contradicts past origin tales for the Chaos Emeralds, and the storyteller Isaac has been rebuked as insane. However, other elements detailed by Isaac are considered canon as it is not contradicted by anything.
Six other colours of Chaos Emeralds exist but were spread across different planets throughout the universe. These major differences between the Archieverse and the games has recently been reduced. During the "The Great Harmony", Turbo Tails and Super Shadow pulled all of the universe's different coloured Chaos Emeralds to Mobius, where they sent them to the Zone of Silence. Once there, the Emeralds were combined by Feist into a single gem for each color, thus creating seven Chaos Emeralds total. The Zone of Silence was also transformed into the "Special Zone", which looks more like the games' special stages. Feist has subsequently forced people seeking Chaos Emeralds to undergo challenges to obtain them, all of them being based off versions of special stages from the Sonic games.
The origins of the Master Emerald are also significantly different from the videogames. In the Archieverse continuity, the Master Emerald was only created recently in 3236, as a result of Super Sonic, Hyper Knuckles and Turbo Tails defeating the super powerful Master Mogul, with help from Athair and the Brotherhood of Guardians channeling their powers to turn Mogul's energies into the Master Emerald.
Mobius was also home to seven colored "Super Emeralds". The Super Emeralds in the Archieverse were a result of the "Seven Server Chao" transforming into them while absorbing Chaos' power and weakening him. They transformed back into Chao after Perfect Chaos was defeated and thus the Super Emeralds no longer exist.
Storyline - Synopsis of Issues and Story Arcs
During the first two years, the comic consisted mostly of isolated stories. The continuity of the series was such, that only a few exceptions, the early issues could be interchanged with no noticeable effect. The only ironclad continuity during this period were the introductions of characters (such as Bunnie Rabbot, Knuckles, and Super Sonic) that would become familiar and lasting faces as the series continued. With little in the way of established character development, the team of writers had a largely free hand when it came to writing them. This resulted in a large amount of verbal and visual humor, with each issue built around Sonic and his allies constantly foiling Robotnik's plans- whether it be to tear down a forest or find the hidden location of Knothole Village or to build a robots of mass destruction. These stories often carried tongue-in-cheek environmentalist messages, with many of Dr. Robotnik's plans involving deforestation and pollution.
During the third year of the comic's run, the issues started to gain of sense of continuity, as a number of ongoing story elements were introduced. This is most notable with the addition of the Mecha Sonic story in issue 39 and the Mecha Madness special. Sonic is captured and turned into "Mecha Sonic" by Robotnik and then sent out to attack Knotthole Villiage. Knuckles submits himself to being roboticized in order to defeat Mecha Sonic.
From here, the storyline would be further developed into what is now a fully continuous one. Following the defeat of Mecha Sonic, the Freedom Fighters come together in issue 46 to discuss ways to attack and defeat Robotnik once and for all. The loyalty of many of the Freedom Fighters comes into question, particularly notable in a feud between Sonic and Geoffrey St. John, who claimed to be a member of the Acorn Secret Service.
End Game and After Robotnik's Death
The series then set out on an ambitious four-part storyline, the renowned End Game saga, that would culminate in the special 50th issue and profoundly change the direction of the series.
Spanning issues 47-50, the saga begins with a mission by the Knothole Freedom Fighters and the Wolf Pack, led by Lupe, to attack Robotnik’s base deep inside his city. Sally recalls that her father, King Acorn, suspects Sonic of being a traitor and will likely reveals himself during the mission. Just as thing appears to be going according to plan, Sally is hanging from a rope- in danger of falling- when Sonic appears. Just as it seems that he's going to rescue her, he takes a knife out and cuts the rope, sending her plummeting to the ground. The mission is called to retreat, and the Freedom Fighters move back to Knothole Village.
Meanwhile, Sonic is battling Robotnik inside the base (when he apparently left Sally for dead). Robotnik escapes and Sonic leaves the base wondering where the rest of his companions have gone. He returns to Knothole only to be arrested and put on trial. He's spared the death penalty in lue of his services, and is sentenced to life in the inescapable prison, the Devil's Gulag- along with other traitors, such as Sleuth Doggy Dog. While Sonic is being transported, SWATbots attack the vessel and it crash lands. Sonic manages to escape the wreckage and sets out to clear his name- with the story taking narrative and visual cues from "The Fugitive".
King Acorn learns of Sonic's escape and demands the recapture of Sonic by St. John. On the run, Sonic takes refuge in a cavern. Meanwhile, Bunnie and Antoine discover that Drago (a member of the Wolf Pack) has been working with Robotnik in order to frame Sonic. They're captured by SWATbots, and are sent off to a prison colony in Downunda (Run by a rebuilt Crocbot). King Acorn's increasingly erratic behavior culminates when he decrees that his new "Warlord" will be Robotnik. Sonic continues his run from St. John's "manhunt" temporarily escapes them with the aid of Dulcy the Dragon. Robotnik reveals the king is a duplicate by making it self destruct and his true plan then become evident to all. All this would lead up to Sonic's return to Knothole in issue 50, where Sonic clears his name and heads to Robotropolis for a final showdown with Robotnik.
As the issue notes, Sonic is uncharacteristically devoid of his usual humor as he approaches Robotnik's main base of operations- silently cutting through everything in his path. Sonic reaches the center of the building, where he mockingly addresses the Doctor as "Julian". During their final battle, Robotnik’s Ultimate Annihilator goes off and the room is destined for destruction, but Robotnik and Sonic remain to fight to fight to the end. A blinding white flash engulfs everything, and Sonic emerges victorious and Robotnik dies (due to Snively tampering with the weapon to only target Robotnik). Sonic returns to Knothole, where Dr. Quack that Sally's fall left her comatose, and that her "coffin" was actually a life-support system. Sonic arrives at the memorial, where he revives the princess with a kiss (and an unheard admission of his feelings for her).
Story lines continue after the End Game Saga. Mobotropolis is retaken in Super Special #2 and reconstruction soon begins. Ixis Naugus makes his first appearance in issue 53. Although temporarily defeated, he would return in Super Special #4, which lead into Sonic and Tails' world tour of Mobius- chasing down Naugus. He reappears in issues 64-66, along with the first appearance of Nate Morgan, who would go on to become a member of the regular cast. Ixis is defeated this time by Ultra Sonic and Hyper Tails and re-imprisoned in the Zone of Silence.
Following this, Sonic and Tails return to Mobotropolis, only to be surprised by the return of Prince Elias Acorn (who was brought back by St. John and his Secret Service in the now ongoing Knuckles the Echidna series issues #19 - #21). The next several issues involve numerous strange incidents by a mysterious figure on board a satellite which bears striking resemblance to the late Dr. Robotnik. In issue #71 Sonic's appearance is altered to resemble his Sonic Adventure game counterpart and Knothole is returned to regular time and space (since the Ultimate Annihilator was fired, it was trapped in its own zone 3 hours in the future).
Arrival of Eggman and Aftermath
Issues #74 has the Freedom Fighters go to outer space to discover the nature of the mysterious satellites and destroy them. Once on board, they are greeted by what they all believe is the original Dr. Robotnik. However, after being hit by corrosive acid, his fake exterior is melted and it is revealed to be Robo-Robotnik (first seen in issue #19 and later #22). Robo-Robotnik explains how he killed his enemies in his own reality, and decided to replace the late Dr. Robotnik in this one, having nothing left to do in his own universe. Robo-Robotnik is defeated and his satellites destroyed with help from Snively, but his "conscience" is downloaded to a new body below Mobotropolis, thus giving him his Sonic Adventure and "Dr. Eggman" appearance for the upcoming game adaptation.
Issue #76 marks Mobotropolis falling to "Eggman" and everyone forced to return to Knothole. Sonic Adventure is readily adapted into the series with the appearance of Chaos, beginning in issue 79. The saga ends with Sonic successfully defeating Perfect Chaos, the final form of Chaos after absorbing all of the emeralds, by transforming into Super Sonic in issue 84. Chaos returns to his imprisonment in the Black Emerald along with Tikal.
Issue 85 features Silver Sonic II, a scaled down version of the Silver Sonic seen in the Death Egg Saga. The next two issues (86 and 87) feature the return of Metal Sonic (first seen in Sonic the Hedgehog issue #25 and once again in the Knuckles Chaotix Special). Despite being able to defeat Sonic and Tails with ease, Metal Sonic realizes he can be more than his programming, and sacrifices himself to save Sonic and Tails from a lava flow.
The next several issues deal with the return of the Overlanders, including Robotnik's brother and Snively's father Colin Kintobor. They also launch the Chaos Knuckles saga in the back stories, beginning in issue #94. Sonic Adventure 2 comes into adaptation for one issue (#98) featuring Shadow the Hedgehog and his backstory. The majority of the issue leads up to the events of the game, and brings back Silver Sonic II, only to have him destroyed by Shadow.
Issue #100 marks the death of Nate Morgan and the restoration of the roboticized Mobian's free will via the Sword of Acorns. It also introduces Dr. Eggman's ability to roboticize individuals with a mere touch. In the issues leading up to #125, Dr. Eggman is transformed into an organic life form, all of the roboticized Mobians are restored to their organic state (with the exception of Sonic's father Jules and Bunnie, neither of which could survive in an organic state).
Issues #124 and #125 introduce the Xorda and establish Mobius as Earth, albeit thousands of years in the future. The Xorda attempt to wipe out all life on the planet, but Mobius' inhabitants unite and fight back, successfully defeating the Xorda. However, Sonic is subsequently transported thousands of lightyears off Mobius when he prevents the Quantum Dial from going off, resulting in everyone believing him to be dead. The final scene depicts dozens of characters gathered in mourning at his funeral (including the President of the United Federation in his only in-person appearance in Knothole).
Change in Status Quo
Sonic's journey through space leads up to many interesting story lines, such as the return of Super Sonic in issue 126, and Sonic's discovery that Tails parents are still alive on a far off planet. Sonic returns in issue 130 where he reveals to everyone that he is indeed alive and well. He learns that Eggman has engaged in all-out war with the Kingdom of Acorn and the United Federation (Station Square's population), the status quo having severely changed as a year has passed on Mobius since his presumed death, Angel Island having fallen to the Eggman Empire and Knothole a technological Mobotropolis.
Issues 138 through 141 feature the Return to Angel Island arc, where many Echidnas from the Knuckles series are featured or killed off, Hunter returns as an operative for Eggman, the Brotherhood of Guardians and Dimitri are revealed to be missing, Lien-Da controls the Dark Legion and Knuckles regains his powers of gliding and his knuckles, which he'd lost after returning from the afterlife in issue #124.
Issue 145 features the return of Shadow, who continues to be a player, fighting both Sonic and a newly created Metal Sonic, in issues 146 through 149. This arc heavily touched on the history of Mobius (from the original conflict with the Xorda on Earth to prehistoric Mobius), all provided by the ancient robot Isaac which has existed since the 21st century, prior to the first Xorda attack.
The backstories of issues #149 and #150 deal with Tails being the Chosen One and defeating Mammoth Mogul (who at this point has the ability to destroy entire universes and realities), trapping inside his own Chaos Emerald. The main stories deal with Anti Sonic and his attempt to impersonate the real Sonic in the primeverse. Following this, the next few issues deal with Anti Antoine and his attempts to take over the Kingdom of Acorn by poisoning King Max. It is finally revealed that Patch has been impersonating Antoine for almost a year, having replaced him some time during Sonic's absence in space and only now has been discovered. He is sent back to Anti Mobius and the real Antoine is returned home. After this, Sonic and Fiona Fox begin a relationship.
Issues #160 and #161 deal with Sonic's eighteenth birthday and Anti Sonic's transformation into Scourge. Following this, Fiona disappears frequently, her shady past brought to light, as well as Dr. Finitevus's plans slightly touched upon. Issues #162 - #164 main story once again bring a major change to the status quo, with the Ancient Walkers and Sir Connery killed off, Naugus returns and becoms a loyal minion to Mammoth Mogul along with the Arachne and Destructix, the Source of All is totally destroyed, and by the end of the arc, Eggman's robotic "daughter" Mecha is killed, while Mogul, Naugus, the Arachne and the Destructix are all prisoners in the Egg Grape Chambers. It is revealed in issue #165 and #173 that the Arachne die in the Egg Grapes while the Destructix are freed and begin working for Dr. Finitevus, while Mogul looses his Chaos Emerald and is freed with Naugus, the latter having been reduced to a mindless beast.
Issues #168 and #169 finally reveal the mysterious identity of Anonymous, turning out to be Eggman's artificial "son" A.D.A.M. instead of the suspected original Dr. Ivo Robotnik. Tommy Turtle is killed in this arc as well. Another significant change in the status quo is that Tails and Shadow send all of the Chaos Emeralds (except the Master Emerald) in the galaxy into the Zone of Silence, which is transformed by the deity Feist into the Special Zone in the following issue.
Once again the status quo undergoes a massive change in the "Eggman Empire" arc spanning issues #175 - #177, in which Knothole is completely destroyed by the Egg Fleet and Sonic suffers a major defeat, with only him, Knuckles, Tails, Amy and NICOLE having not been captured. Things quickly turn around when they five free everyone and NICOLE has them transported to New Mobotropolis, which acts as their new home.
Issues #178 and #179 feature Tails and Sonic fighting and Amadeus and Rosemary Prower, Tails' parents, initiating a revolution and a fight for political change. The arc ends with King Elias agreeing to the creation of the Acorn Council, which transforms the Kingdom into the Republic of Acorn.
Issues #180 through #184 mark the long-awaited return of Enerjak, this time being Knuckles instead of Dimitri however. Major changes occur in this arc; the history of Finitevus is finally explained, along with Albion's destruction, what happened to the missing Brotherhood members and Moritori Rex, and the death of Kage Von Stryker and the end of the Dingoes control over Angel Island. Additionally, the Egg Fleet is totally destroyed and along with New Megaopolis. Enerjak is finally defeated by Super Sonic, but only due to Locke, Knuckles' father, sacrificing his life.
Turning of the Tides
Following the Enerjak arc, Mammoth Mogul is featured in the next four issues, once again becoming immortal by obtaining a Chaos Emerald, provided by Sonic after Mogul threatens to kill off Tails, Mina and Mighty. Following this he takes over the former Casino Night Zone and employs former Badniks from the early days, including Scratch, Grounder and Coconuts, along with original SWATbots and other badniks like Crabmeat and Motobug.
Issues #189 and #190 reintroduce the former Anti Freedom Fighters as the Suppression Squad, now subservient to Scourge who has made himself king of Anti Mobius (now called "Moebius") and made Fiona (who betrayed Sonic and became Scourge's girlfriend in issue #172) his queen. The Suppression Squad attacks and takes over Freedom HQ, while the Chaotix attack the Dark Egg Legion in the ruins of New Megaopolis. Dimitri explains to Knuckles his true intentions for joining the Eggman Empire, hoping to weaken it from the inside.
In issues #191 and #192, Sonic returns to Freedom HQ, to briefly fight Scourge, and Metal Sonic, who was sent there before Sonic's arrival, and later on Metal Scourge, as Dimitri's plans are complicated when it is revealed that there are bombs implanted inside the cybernetics given to the Dark Legion members.
Issues #193 - #196 deal with the Freedom Fighters combating the Suppression Squad and eventually working with them when they mutiny against Scourge and Fiona. Scourge ends up being sent back and trapped in Moebius with Sonic and Amy by the Suppression Squad, giving Sonic a chance to defeat him. Meanwhile Silver the Hedgehog arrived in Mercia where he told Rob O' the Hedge he needed to find Sonic. The two then travel to Moebius and a massive brawl between Sonic, Shadow, Metal Sonic, Amy, Rosy the Rascal, Scourge and Silver ensue, though Scourge triumphs after transforming into Super Scourge. The Suppression Squad returns to their home zone and are beaten by Super Scourge, but Sonic manages to trick Scourge into de-powering and defeats him finally.
Issue #197 has Sonic take Scourge to No Zone where he was imprisoned. While in the No Zone, Zonic explained that Mobius Prime Sonic needed to fight some version of Dr. Robotnik for the zone's stability, and thus he would not be taking Dr. Eggman away. Learning this, Sonic is convinced to defeat Eggman once and for all. Sally was also charged with treason for focusing on the Suppression Squad earlier, despite the Council of Acorn's ruling to focus on fighting the remains of the Eggman Empire. Hamlin led the prosecution, but ultimately the charges against Sally were dropped.
Issues #198 - #200 deal with the combined might of the Knothole Freedom Fighters and Chaotix launching an all-out assault on the Eggdome. Despite Eggman and the Dark Egg Legion's efforts to fend them off, the two groups break into the Eggdome. Snively, scheming with Dimitri to betray Eggman and wait for his girlfriend, the Iron Queen, to show up, orders the Dark Egg Legion to let Sonic through to fight Eggman alone, knowing that Eggman's sanity was hanging by a thread. Sonic managed to defeat Eggman's Egg Tarantula, though this defeat ultimately results in Eggman going into complete insanity. Snively informs the Freedom Fighter's they've won and they return to New Mobotropolis. Meanwhile, Snively locks the maddened Eggman in a padded room, and following this, welcomes the Iron Queen and her cohorts to New Megaopolis.
New Faces of Evil
Issues #201 - #202 reveal the new face of evil which has usurped the Eggman Empire: the Iron Dominion. Having taken over the ruined capital of New Megaopolis with no resistence, the Iron King and Queen gain control of the Dark Egg Legion, as they fail to provide a means for them to disable the explosives Dr. Eggman placed in their cybernetics. When Sonic and Monkey Khan attempt to defeat the new threat, they are easily forced back by the combined might of the Dark Egg Legion, the Yagyu Ninja and the Iron King. Issue #203-#204 has the Iron Queen and Snively go on the offensive, as the Iron Queen uses her Magitek powers to control Bunnie Rabbot first, then Monkey Khan, having them attack the Freedom Fighters from within New Mobotropolis. Issues 205-206 show Eggman escaping from his cell and a failed attack on Sonic. These issues also show Lien-Da's past and her taking the Grandmaster title away from Dimitri. Issue #208 New Mobotropolis is taken over by the Iron Dominion after the Iron Queen takes control of NICOLE through her nanites, though in the next issue NICOLE regains control of herself and pretends to be controlled, through her Iron persona, so that Sally, Sonic, Tails, and Monkey Khan can defeat the Iron Dominion's forces after breaking their support lines. In issue #210 Snively goes to visit his uncle's padded cell only to find that Eggman had recovered his sanity, although Snively keeps him locked up. Afterwards Amy Rose, Geoffrey St. John and Antoine D'Coolette attack a public Legionization. In issue #211 Sonic and the other heroes return, bring news of the four clans breaking ties with the Iron Dominion. With the heroes soon gaining the upper hand, a terrified Snively frees Dr. Eggman from his cell, and both flee with the Dark Egg Legion to the Eggdome. Soon after, the combined might of the heroes defeats the Iron Dominion.
Freedom Fighters Around The World
In issues #213 - #218, Sonic will travel to different locations to aid local Freedom Fighter groups against the Dark Egg Legion chapters, travelling with Sally to the Cat Country to reconcile with the Wolf Pack, going to the Northern Toundra to help liberate the Walrus horde (with help from Silver & Rotor) and take Bunnie on a trip to Sand Blast City to destroy the Oil Ocean Refinery. Little did Sonic know that most of the problems he encountered where related to Eggman and his newest plan...
Return of Old Enemies
After coming back to New Mobotropolis, Sonic was tasked to retrieve a Chaos Emerald from the Special Zone with Geoffrey to seemingly aid King Max . While travelling to the Zone (and encountering Feist again), they succeeded in claiming a Chaos Emerald , only for Geoffrey to shoot Sonic in the back and take the Emerald for himself, leaving Sonic astray in the Special Zone. This act was none other then a ruse from Geoffrey to restore Ixis Naugus to sanity. Sonic managed to escape the Zone, but Geoffrey was nowhere to be found. While Naugus & Geoffrey where preparing their plan to take over New Mobotropolis, Sonic & the Freedom Fighters enjoyed some "peace", having no enemies around. The people of New Mobotropolis grew scared of Nicole's power due to the Iron Dominion invasion, and their fears were amplified by Naugus' magic, causing tensions around the city.
In the meantime, Eggman finished his preparations for his latest plan and recovered a Chaos Emerald from the Special Zone to power up his latest creation.
Naugus & Geoffrey started their attack, with the former heading for the Castle Of Acorn to "discuss" with the Republic Council and the latter fighting the Freedom Fighters. Sonic rushed to confront Ixis Naugus, only for the Council to decide that this new matter should be dealt with words and not with fists.
When an earthquake shook the ground, noticing that Naugus had nothing to do with it, a truce was established and everyone discovered with horror that Eggman was back... in the Death Egg Mark 2 (which was the Eggdome).
Sonic, Naugus & the Freedom Fighters rushed to fight the battlestation. Naugus' magic was ineffective, but Sonic & Sally managed to get inside. They followed the opening doors to a big room where Eggman greeted them, and sent them a newly created Silver Sonic III to fight the heroes. Sonic engaged the robot, and Sally understood that it was just to stall them. She rushed through a hallway, and was seemingly shot down by a hidden turret. Sonic rushes in tears to Sally, only for the world to be washed in white... Eggman had successfully launched Operation: Clean Sweep. (#219-#225)
In a new strange world, Sonic is looking for missing people and animals, stumbles accross Snively who is capturing them, saves Sally, Rotor & Antoine in Green Hill Zone, and confronts Eggman in Marble Zone before chasing him with the group in Labyrinth Zone & Scrap Brain Zone. Sonic then brings the Freedom Fighters to Emerald Hill Zone to introduce them to his friend Tails, and after a new powerful earthquake, the group leaves to shut down Eggman's power sources, beginning with Chemical Plant Zone. After having a flashback from Sally being shot, Sonic decides to leave the group to confront directly Eggman (while Tails followed), so that all the others could be safe elsewhere. The rest of the Freedom Fighters went to Oil Ocean Zone to shut it down, being secretly spied on by Aquis. Sonic & Tails went to Metropolis Zone for the final showdown with Eggman. In the meantime, we learned that the Death Egg Mark 2 had its energy drained because of the launch of Operation: Clean Sweep and that when recharged by the 7 Chaos Emeralds Eggman collected through unknown means, it will be able to roboticize the whole planet in one shot. The earthquakes that have been shaking the planet throughout the saga are a result of reality being stretched by Operation: Clean Sweep and fighting to snap back (Snively quotes this as the falling apart of all space-time continuum). Sally, Rotor & Antoine manage to shut down Oil Ocean Zone, depriving Eggman's bases from fuel and power. Eggman escapes to the Death Egg Mark 2 with Sonic hopping on his shuttle. The two fight aboard the flying fortress with Eggman gaining the upper hand until Sonic uses the Chaos Emerald powered cables to transform into Super Sonic. He defeats Eggman with ease, and realising that this world is falling apart, uses Chaos Control to change everything back to normal. (#226-#229)
End Of The Freedom Fighters
Sonic's Chaos Control managed to change the world back how it was, ten seconds before Eggman hit the Cosmic Reset Button, hence before Sally was shot down by the turret. Sonic acts fast and saves her, with the turret hitting Silver Sonic 3 instead. They go through the Death Egg to find the World Roboticizer. They are greeted by Eggman, and a big fight ensues opposing Sonic to Eggman, Metal Sonic and Silver Sonic 3 (who just arrived, damaged). Sally uses the distraction to get into the systems of the Death Egg to try and stop the roboticizer, but Nicole can only convert the beam to her exact location. As Sally says her goodbyes, she presses the button, and the roboticizer blows up, destroying Metal Sonic & Silver Sonic 3, and severly damaged the Death Egg. Sonic & Eggman come out of the rubble, and as Sonic prepares himself to stop Eggman, Mecha Sally emerges from the rubble.(#230)
She grabs a still shocked Sonic by the throat, and throws him out of the Death Egg under Eggman's orders. He is caught by Tails on the Tornado, and with the Freedom Fighter Special, they try to get back on the Death Egg. Eggman releases Projects Titan and Deadly Cuddles (Titan Metal Sonic and Tails Doll respectively) on the city. Bunnie and Naugus fight Titan Metal Sonic, and while Naugus crystallizes the monster, Bunnie is caught in the cross-fire. Eggman fire the Annihilator Beam at the city, but Naugus uses the now crystallized Titan Metal Sonic to take the hit, destroying it and saving the city. Sonic and the Freedom Fighters and forced to bail out of the planes, pinning them down on the ground. They are forced to let the Death Egg retreat and go back to the city to see Naugus being praised by the people. (#231)
Naugus is elected King by the people due to his recent actions in Elias' place. He de-crystallizes Bunnie, but her cybernetics disappear as a side effect. Sonic goes to Angel Island to see if Knuckles can lend him a Warp Ring to get to the Death Egg, but they have a fight and Sonic goes back home empty handed, just in time for Geoffrey's trial. But they are cut short by the Battle Bird Armada who attack the city to dig up the Babylon Garden. Sonic & the Freedom Fighters push off the attack at the price of the city being destroyed. Nicole & Rotor slowly rebuild the city for the trial to occur. Geoffrey is accused of treason and found guilty thanks to Antoine, but Naugus gives him the annual royal pardon and let's him go scot-free, much to the displeasure of everyone. (#232,SU #35,#36,#233)
Elias decides to leave the city with his family to move to a safer place, but not before approaching Harvey Who to find a means to get his crown back. He is escorted by the Freedom Fighters but thanks to Naugus plotting in the shadow with Eggman, they are attacked by the Death Egg. Eggman sends his new Egg Swats, Mecha Sally and Metal Sonic to fight the heroes. Sonic stalls Sally but Metal Sonic goes for Elias' vehicle, only to have Antoine jump in to get him away. Eggman detonates Metal Sonic, critically injuring Antoine. (#234)
Antoine is taken to the hospital, and in the meantime Amy tries to comfort everyone in the city. Silver arrives from the future, having clues to who is the traitor. Bunnie leaves the city, blaming herself for what happened to Antoine, saying she will find a solution. While Amy is being comforted in turn by Sonic's parents, Sonic sees Silver outside the window and calls him. Silver says he is looking for the traitor who he thinks is Antoine. Angered, Sonic spin dashes through his window right to Silver and rushes him to the hospital to throw him against Antoine's bed, who is in a coma. After arguing with Silver and sending him away (as well as Geoffrey), Sonic realises that the Freedom Fighters are gone. (#235)
The Rise of Teams Freedom and Fighters
Things begin to look up again when two new teams where formed to replace the collapsed Freedom Fighters: Sonic, Tails, Amy and T-Pup join together to create Team Freedom, while Rotor, who had recently resigned from the council in protest of Nicole's exile, assembled Team Freedom, made up of Big, Cream & Cheese, and a newly rebuilt and reprogrammed Heavy and Bomb. Team Fighters set off to chase the Death Egg across the planet, rescue any civilizations that are terrorized by the Doctor along the way, and eventually rescue Sally. Meanwhile, Team Freedom remain in New Mobotropolis to protect the city from any local threats (unaware that "Operation Deadly Cuddles" is causing trouble right under their noses, secretly causes the Nanite structures of New Mobotropolis to became unstable and collapse: which the others believe to be simple technical difficulties). Meanwhile, development also began in secret by Harvey Who to bring together a secret Freedom Fighter team to keep tabs on King Naugus. (#236-237)
Team Fighters began their journey when they travelled to and saved Furville from Eggman's attack. They then followed the Death Egg to the Wolf Pack Nation, where they managed to prevent Lupe from being Legionized, and again to Feral Forest where Eggman's forces where deployed to go after Elias and his family. Eggman also took advantage of Sonic being away from home by launching an attack on New Mobotropolis, not counting on Team Freedom to take action. At the same time, Harvey Who's newly formed Secret Freedom Fighters had officially been formed, consisting of Silver the Hedgehog, Larry Lynx, the Wolf Pack twins Leeta and Lyco, who had been despatched to the city not long after Team Fighters visit to the Wolf Pack Nation, Elias, who had managed to escape the wrath of Eggman's forces in Feral Forest (not being spotted by Tails, who was sworn to secrecy), and the newly rebuilt Mecha Sonic, now going by the name of Shard. Council of Acorn member Sir Charles Hedgehog and the exiled NICOLE where also in on the teams activities. The new group, unbeknownst to anyone else, also aided in Team Freedoms efforts to ward off Eggman's forces. The Secret Freedom Fighters would soon begin their main mission to keep tabs on King Naugus and his apprentice. It was revealed that Naugus was planning to enslave the city and rebuild the Order of Ixis, as well as the fact that he had began to mutate, making him more dangerous. Geoffrey, who was slowly beginning to realise the error of his masters true intentions, tipped off Silver about Naugus' plan to cast a spell over the Royal Military Headquarters, where the Council would be meeting to ratify the new constitution for the Republic of Acorn. The team successfully thwarted this plan, leaving Naugus's mutations to slowly become worse. He and his secretly treacherous apprentice later attended Mina Mongoose's latest concert, which she had put together in order to convince the citizens that the city needed NICOLE back, much to the corrupt kings dismay. The concert ended abruptly after the Tails Doll, in it's latest act of behind-the-scenes campaign of terror, causes the stage to collapse, however this event only supported Mina's case that NICOLE needed to be around to keep the Nanites stable, which would lead to the council immediately lifting her exile. Pushed to the edge over everything that's been happening to him, Naugus's mutations elevated to agonising proportions, leading Geoffrey to finally lashing out at his master over his recent evil deeds. To prevent his apprentice from breaking his contract, Naugus possessed Geoffrey's body, in order to sustain himself. Acting as Geoffrey, he continued to appear on the king's behalf, claiming him to be gravely ill. (#237-241, SU#41-44)
Battle for the Echidna Race
After being briefly distracted by a new Titan Metal Sonic under the control of the Krudzu, Team Fighters followed the Death Egg to Albion, to find that the city had already been ravaged by that chapters Dark Egg Legion, as well as Eggman's latest addition to the Metal Series, Metal Knuckles. When the attack began, Constable Remington had sent out a distress call that had reached Haven, where Knuckles the Echidna was working to get the place back online. With the prospect of facing his people after his stint as Enerjak in mind, Knuckles reluctantly arrived in the city to find the whole place deserted. It turned out during Team Fighters ongoing battle against the DEL legionnaires, Tails attempt to use the legions electrical stun traps-spread throughout the city-against the legion themselves, caused the system to overload and emit an electrical wave knocking out heroes and villains alike, rendering them unconscious. The lack of unconscious echidnas littering the streets was revealed to be the work of Thrash the Devil, who had taken advantage of the situation by banishing each and every echidna through a super charged warp ring to an unknown location, thus completing his long sought-after revenge for the echidnas treatment of his species. Additionally, Thrash had also ambushed and banished Julie-Su and Saffron Bee at Shrine Island shortly after Knuckles had departed. An enraged Knuckles battled Thrash with the help of Team Fighters, before all being sidetracked by the revived Metal Knuckles, now under the control of the Krudzu. Thrash departed through his warp ring during Metal Knuckles attack, with Knuckles chasing after him, leading to a continuing tussle across several different areas on Mobius, all of which culminated on Shrine Island where Thrash had escaped, leaving only a drained warp ring behind. Back in Albion, the tides where turned when an unexpected ally joined the battle: Shard the Mecha Sonic. After questioning whether or not he should be trusted, the reformed 'bot helped Team Fighters put an end to Metal Knuckles once and for all. After Shard had repaired the crashed Tornado (secretly placing a tracker on it in the process), Team Fighters continued their pursuit of the Death Egg, while Shard journeyed back to New Mobotropolis with what was left of the Krudzu, with the intention of getting it reprogrammed into a de-roboticizing agent for use on Mecha Sally. With knowledge of where Team Fighters are heading, thanks to the tracker, Shard informs fellow SFF member, Silver, who, thanks to Harvey Who, now knows the identity of his "traitor", and that he's nearly too late. (#241-246)
Team Fighters finally caught up with the Death Egg, docked at the Egg Bunker in the Northern Tundra, where they reunited with the Arctic Freedom Fighters and formulated a plan to storm the flying fortress. Soon, Silver the Hedgehog had arrived from New Mobotropolis, to the annoyance of Sonic, still ripe with the resentment at the time traveller for his previous accusation, and was about to fly off the handle once again after Silver identified Sally as the traitor, before Tails insisted that he allowed Silver to explain himself first. Based on the research conducted by Harvey Who, Silver explained that Sally's status as a "traitor" was only due to the obscured historical records from his future, and that in reality, Sally's act of treachery was not of her own free will due to being under Eggman's control as a robot, something that only came about due to her selfless act of inverting the world roboticizer on herself. With Silver promising that his objective has now changed, so that he now intends to rescue Sally, Sonic agrees to let him help them. Once the Freedom Fighter teams successfully infiltrate the Death Egg (avoiding an underwater run-in with the Arctic DEL in the process) Eggman dispatches his forces, including Mecha Sally, to deal with the intruders, before setting off to prepare for his latest plan with "Albert". Back in New Mobotropolis, meanwhile, a ceremony commemorating the opening of the newly rebuilt Castle Acorn was disrupted by a building collapse, caused once again by the Tails Doll. Noticing that the doll always seems to be missing whenever these bad things happen to the city, Cream the Rabbit suspects that her new "inanimate friend" may be more than it appears to be, to which she alerted Team Freedom leader Rotor, who agreed that Cream may be onto something. Putting this theory to the test, Team Freedom set up a plan to catch Tails Doll in the act: tricked into thinking it had once again been left free to cause more trouble, it crawled away to the power station where Team Freedom ambushed the demented dolly. Realising the jig was up, "Operation: Deadly Cuddles" transformed into its true, monstrous form, it's murderous sights set on the team. Back at the Northern Tundra, Silver proved himself the hero of the hour, paralysing Mecha Sally with his psychokinesis, seconds before the former princess could finish off Team Fighters. Mecha Sally had been stopped, but the celebration was short-lived, as once again, Sonic found his view being obscured by a sea of white. A new Genesis Wave had been unleashed. (#247)
When Worlds Collide
The new Genesis Wave had been unleashed once again by Doctor Eggman, only this time he had some outside help. Several weeks before, the Doctor had a chance meeting with an evil scientist from an alternate reality. This man, Dr. Wily was hiding out in a rainforest on his world when one of his robots discovered a mysterious blue gemstone out in the jungle: the blue Chaos Emerald that had vanished from Sonic's world after the first Genesis Wave was reversed. Using his technology to examine the gem, Wily had accidentally interrupted a video conference between Eggman and his DEL troops. Initially infuriated by this, Eggman soon learnt of Wily's situation: particularly of how he concocted evil plans that where constantly thwarted by a hero in blue, which Eggman related to. Realizing the potential of what they could accomplish together, the two constructed the Skull Egg Zone, a pocket zone between their two worlds that allowed them to meet, where the two of them would devise a plan. Combining their resources to build the Wily Egg, they launched a Genesis Wave across both their realities from the Skull Egg Zone, which allowed them to retain their memories of the old and altered realities.
In a bid to gain the power to rewrite their universes without limitations, Eggman and Wily set out to collect the remaining Chaos Emeralds, and captured several of Sonic's friends in order to create new agents to do so: the Roboticized Masters, Robians modified with technology from the Robot Masters of Earth 20XX. After having Copy Robot capture several of Sonic's allies and having Metal Sonic attack Mega Man, the evil doctors tricked the two heroes into battling each other. However, the two eventually realized that they had been deceived, and joined forces in order to oppose the doctors and rescue Sonic's friends and Mega Man's kidnapped creator, Dr. Light. Journeying into the Skull Egg Zone with several allies, they began systematically restoring the Roboticized Masters to their normal forms while pursuing the Wily Egg.
Eventually, the heroes-joined by Sonic's various allies-engaged the evil doctors' Robot Master Army in an epic battle outside the Wily Egg. After the rescue of Dr. Light, Sonic and Mega Man made their way aboard with Tails and Rush, though the latter pair retreated after Tails was injured in battle with the Mega Man Killers. A battle between the two heroes and the Chaos Devil was interrupted by Mega Man's old ally Duo, who took over the fight and allowed the heroes to continue on. Sonic and Mega Man were then forced to battle Metal Sonic, Bass, and Treble, and proved victorious only to be captured by the doctors in their Egg-Wily Machine X. After learning of the doctors' plans to permanently change their realities with the Super Genesis Wave, the pair were rescued by Knuckles, Proto Man, and Dr. Light, who were able to come to their aid thanks to the arrival of the Light Robot Masters. Drawing energy from the Chaos Emeralds, the two became Super Sonic and Super Mega Man in order to battle the doctors as the Super Genesis Wave washed over the Skull Egg Zone and both their home realities. The two heroes defeated the villains and attempted to restore their home realities to normal, but Super Sonic's efforts were disrupted by Dr. Eggman. (MM: #24-27, StH: #248-251, SU: #51-54)
The New Sonic Comic Universe
Sonic awoke after the Super Genesis Wave in the middle of Mobotropolis, to find that he and Tails where seemingly caught in a battle with the transformed Tails Doll. Tails displayed confusion at Sonic's claim that they where just on board the Death Egg rescuing Sally: likewise, Sonic appears downright clueless over Tails explanation that they have returned from a journey to follow-up on NICOLE and King Acorn. Meanwhile inside Castle Acorn, King Naugus (no longer in possession of Geoffrey St. John, the latter nowhere to be found) watched as the monster caused carnage outside, as he waited for Nicole (confined to her old handheld form) to finish creating a power ring that would restore his powers, which he had apparently lost at some point. Angered by the holo-lynx's snarky attitude, he grabbed her: leading to the corrupted King receiving a jolt that brought back memories of a different world. Spooked, he fled the castle, smashing through a window. In the ensuing mayhem, Tails discovered Nicole's handheld laying in the grass outside, and she appeared to be heavily glitching out. Tails reached towards her to examine her, only to be zapped with a jolt of new memories upon contact. After the duo finally disabled the Tails Doll, by taking of its power gem, Tails informed Sonic of what he's just experienced, finally realizing what Sonic's earlier confusion was about. Upon rescuing King Acorn, the two determined that their best course of action would be to find the other Freedom Fighters. At the same time, Dr. Eggman arrived back on the planet as well, retaining his memories of the original timeline. (StH: #252)
Sonic and Tails quickly discover that things have changed about their world as they find Big the Cat no longer living in their home city and Rotor Walrus as a burly fighting mechanic. Eggman also discovers changes to his empire, the Dark Egg Legion having been replaced by the Egg Army, but also learns that the planet is becoming unstable. Sonic and Tails restore Rotor's memories and later Antoine's-since in this new reality he never ended up in a coma-but Sonic is exposed to a strange substance that has begun leaking from out of the planet. They then find and restore the memories of Bunnie, who is once again a cyborg, before finding Amy, Cream the Rabbit, and Sally (who is no longer roboticized). Upon restoring Amy and Sally's memories, they learn from NICOLE-at the same time Dr. Eggman learns from the Death Egg's scanners-that the Super Genesis Wave not only irreversibly altered the Prime Zone, but has caused the entire multiverse to collapse in on itself. To make matters worse, it's also discovered that the remaining energy from the wave is piling on top of the planet. Unable to take the strain, the planet splits apart. (StH: #253-256)
Shattered World Crisis
The Freedom Fighters almost immediately launch into relief efforts using their new Sky Patrol base, while Dr. Eggman searches for a means of repairing the planet. After learning of the legend of Dark Gaia and Light Gaia, he kidnaps Uncle Chuck and Professor Pickle to learn more and subsequently dispatches his forces to locate the Chaos Emeralds and the ancient Gaia Temples. The Freedom Fighters manage to rescue the kidnapped scientists, and begin their own search for the jewels and temples. (StH: #257-259)
The Freedom Fighters' quest took them to the undersea city of Meropis and the Crystal Cave, where they found new allies and a Chaos Emerald, respectively. Sonic, Rotor, and Amy joined in Meropis' defence from Dark Gaia's Minions, and learned that Chaos and Tikal were active once again and trying to help with the current crisis. Traveling to Soumerca, the Freedom Fighters met old allies Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel while searching for another Chaos Emerald; a confrontation between them and Egg BossThunderbolt led to the end result of mutations caused by Sonic's exposure to Dark Gaia's essence: his transformation into the Werehog. After a brief rampage, his friends managed to help him recover his senses, and he took up training with Mighty and Ray's mentor Moss the Sloth while his friends went after another Chaos Emerald. Despite another attack from Thunderbolt and several of Eggman's E-100 Series robots, the heroes all survived, though Eggman got the Emerald in the bargain. (StH: #260-267)
Sonic, Tails, and Amy then entered the Chaos Emerald Championship organized by Sonic's old enemy Breezie the Hedgehog in order to win another Chaos Emerald. This forced them to compete against a number of other fighters, including the Hooligans, Segata Sanshiro, Pane the Boar, Espio the Chameleon, and Knuckles the Echidna. At the same time, Eggman dispatched Metal Sonic to attack Breezie's facilities. (StH: #268-)
Race to Fix the Planet
Genesis of a Hero
- The bolded titles are major and significant story arcs
- The Beginning (#0-3 Miniseries)
- First Adventures (#1-8)
- Zone Hopping & New Faces (#9-25)
- Other Problems (#26-35 + Super Sonic vs Hyper Knuckles)
- Retrieving The King (#36-38)
- Mecha Madness (#39-40 + Mecha Madness Special)
- Preperations For War (#41-46 + Sonic Quest Miniseries + Sonic Live!)
- End Game (#47-50)
- Effects Of Victory (#51-#55 + KtE#9 + Sonic Super Special 1-2-4)
- World Tour (#56-#63 + Knuckles the Echidna #11-#12)
- The Naugus Trilogy (#64-#66)
- Trouble at Home (#67-#71)
- Rise of the Eggman (#72-#78)
- Sonic Adventure (#79-84 + Sonic Super Special #13)
- Heading Home Again (#85-#87)
- The Big Payback (#85)
- Heart of the Hedgehog (#86-#87)
- Negative Relations (#88-97)
- Sonic Adventure 2 (#98 + SU #2)
- No Rest For Heroes (#99-102)
- Freedom Fighters of the Galaxy (#103-104)
- Myth Taken Identity (#103-105)
- Crouching Hedgehog, Hidden Dragon (#106-107)
- Cleaning Time (#108-112)
- When A Mammoth Returns (#114-118)
- Prelude To Crisis (#119-121)
- Heart Held Hostage (#122-123)
- Sonic Adventure 2.5 Omega (#124-125)
- Tossed in Space (#126-129)
- Home (#130-134)
- Mobius: 25 Years Later (#131-144, #166-167)
- The Tommy Trilogy (#135-137)
- Return to Angel Island (#138-141)
- The Original Freedom Fighters (#142-143)
- Shadows Of Hope (#145)
- The Good, the Bad and the Unknown (#146-149)
- The Chosen One (#149-150)
- Evil Sonic Havoc (#151-152)
- Songoose (#153-154)
- Line of Succession (#155-156)
- System Shutdown, Reconfiguration, and Reboot (#157-159)
- Birthday Bash (#160-161)
- The Darkest Storm (#162-164)
- Leak (#165)
- Order From Chaos (#168-169)
- Family Meetings (#170-171)
- Joy Before Cry (#172-174)
- Eggman Empire (#175-177)
- House of Cards (#178-179)
- Enerjak Reborn (#180-184)
- Mogul Rising (#185-186)
- Mister Popular/Beating the House (#187-188)
- The Bold New Moebius Saga (#189-197) (Made into 4 two-part arcs + 1 Issue)
- A Bold New Moebius (#189-190)
- Metal and Mettle (#191-192)
- Otherside (#193-194)
- Hedgehog Havoc (#195-196)
- Consequences (#197)
- The Battle to Bring Down the Eggman (#198-200)
- Egg Phoenix Down (#198)
- Knocking on Eggman's Door (#199)
- Turnabout is Fair Play (#200)
- The Iron Dominion (#201-212 + Sonic Universe #13-16)
- Change in Management (#201)
- Dangerous Territory (#202)
- Heavy is the Head (#203-204)
- On The Run (#205-206)
- Blackout (#207)
- Iron Dominion (#208-209)
- Journey To The East (Sonic Universe #13-16)
- Home Invasion (#210-211)
- The Roads We Take (#212)
- Problems Abroad (#213-#218)
- Reining Cats and Dogs (#213-#214)
- Family Matters (#215-#216)
- Thicker Than Water (#217-#218)
- Rise of King Naugus (#219-#224)
- In Service to the King (#219-#220)
- Changing Tempo (#221)
- The World Can Wait (#222)
- Chaos and the Crown (#223-#224)
- One Step Forward... (#225)
- Genesis (#226-#229)
- ...Two Steps Back (#230)
- Fall of The Freedom Fighters (#231-#235)
- Lost In The Moment (#231)
- Dark Tidings (#232)
- The Trial Of Geoffrey St.John (#233)
- Unthinkable (#234)
- Remember The Fallen (#235)
- New Teams To Cry Freedom (#236-#241 + Sonic Universe #41-#44)
- Cry Freedom ! (#236)
- Loyalty (#237-#238)
- Heroes (#239-#240)
- Secret Freedom (Sonic Universe #41-#44)
- Unraveling (#241)
- Endangered Species (#242-#246)
- Unfriendly Skies (#242)
- Endangered Species (#243-#246)
- At All Costs: Part 1 (#247)
- Pre-Super Genesis Wave Timeline ends here
- When Worlds Collide (#248-#251 + Sonic Universe #51-#54 + Mega Man #24-#27)
- Kindred Spirits (MM #24, SU #51, StH #248, MM #25)
- Into the Warzone (SU #52, StH #249, MM #26, SU #53)
- Chaos Clash (StH #250, MM #27, SU #54, StH #251)
- Post-Super Genesis Wave Timeline starts here
- A New Sonic Comic Universe (#252-#256)
- At All Costs: Part 2 (#252)
- Countdown to Chaos (#253-#256)
- Sonic Unleashed (Part 1) (#257-#272 + Sonic Universe #63-#66 + Sonic Universe #71-#74)
- Damage Control (#257)
- The Chase (#258-#259)
- The Great Chaos Caper (SU #63-#66)
- Waves of Change (#260-#263)
- Control (#264-#265)
- Ambushed (#266-#267)
- Champions [Sonic the Fighters] (#268-#271)
- Spark of Life (SU #71-#74)
- Sonic Comic Origins: Into the Unknown (FCBD: #9)
- Ray of Hope (#272)
- Fury (SU #75)
- Worlds Unite (#273-#275 + Sonic Universe #76-#78 + Sonic Boom #8-#10 + Mega Man #50-#52)
- Deadly Fusion (SU #76, SB #8, StH #273, MM #50)
- Broken Bonds (SU #77, SB #9, StH #274, MM #51)
- Allied Forces (SU #78, SB #10, StH #275, MM #52)
- Sonic Unleashed (Part 2) (#276-287 + Sonic Universe #83-#90
- Cold Hearted (#276)
- Thunder, Rain and Lightning (#277)
- Face of the Enemy (#278-279)
- Eggman's Dozen (SU#83-86)
- Keys to Victory (#280)
- Wings of Fire (#281-282)
- The Mission (#283)
- Panic in the Sky (#284-287)
- Shattered (SU#87-90)
- Genesis of a Hero (#288-291) (fourth chapter unreleased)
- Sonic the Hedgehog #25: "Go Ahead, Mecha My Day": A loose adaptation of the game Sonic CD, featuring the Archieverse debuts of Amy Rose and the original Mecha Sonic. (July 1995)
- Sonic the Hedgehog #50: "The Big Goodbye": The fourth and final chapter of the "Endgame" story arc. Features the final battle between Sonic and the original Dr. Robotnik, ending in the latters demise, and the end of the First Robotnik War. (June 1997)
- Sonic the Hedgehog #75: "I Am The Eggman": The "resurrected" Dr. Robotnik is revealed to be his alternate future counterpart, Robo-Robotnik, who takes over from his predecessor in his conquest of Mobius, beginning the Second Robotnik War. Features the debut of Robotnik’s modern "Dr. Eggman" design. (July 1999)
- Sonic the Hedgehog #100: "Reunion"/"Welcome to the Dark Side": The Robians are freed from Robotnik’s control, and Nate Morgan is roboticized. Meanwhile, Knuckles joins the Dark Legion. (August 2001)
- Sonic the Hedgehog #125: "Sonic Adventure 2.5: Omega": The people of Mobius unite against the Xorda to stop them destroying the planet. The war ends with Sonic making the ultimate sacrifice, seemingly resulting in his death, but is actually sent across space. (July 2003)
- Sonic the Hedgehog #150: "From Hero To Zero In No Time At All"/"The Chosen One: Part 2": Antoine is revealed to have been replaced by his Evil Mobiuscounterpart at some point during Sonic’s time in space. Elsewhere, Tails teams up with his own countless alternate-reality counterparts to defeat Master Mogul. (June 2005)
- Sonic the Hedgehog #175: "Eggman Empire": Eggman launches a surprise assault on Knothole, resulting in its total destruction. The first in a three-part arc leading to the creation of New Mobotropolis. (May 2007)
- Sonic the Hedgehog #200: "Turnabout is Fair Play": The supposed "final" battle between Sonic and Eggman, leading to the Doctor completely losing his grip and going insane. Also sees the beginning of the Iron Dominion’s takeover of the Eggman Empire. (May 2009)
- Sonic the Hedgehog #225: "One Step Forward...": See’s Eggman’s return after his loss in #200, the launch of the Death Egg Mark 2 and first Genesis Wave, leading into the "Genesis" saga. Coincided with the comics celebration of Sonic’s 20th Anniversary. (June 2011)
- Sonic the Hedgehog #250: "When Worlds Collide: Part 9": The ninth chapter of the Worlds Collide crossover, and the first chapter of its third and final act. The heroes of Sonic’s and Mega Man’s worlds begin their final assault on the Wily Egg, and Dr. Eggman attempts to kill Dr. Light. This 48-page issue, coinciding with the comic’s own 20th Anniversary, also includes a partial reprint of "Genesis: Part 4" (StH#229). (July 2013)
- Sonic the Hedgehog #275: "Worlds Unite: Part 11": The eleventh and penultimate chapter of the Worlds Unite crossover. The Unified Army begin their final battle against Sigma. Sonic and Mega Man attain their respective super transformations to turn the tide. This 48-page issue also includes a reprint of the sixth Sonic Comic Origins story "Into the Unknown". (August 2015)
Sonic the Hedgehog #25
Sonic the Hedgehog #50
Sonic the Hedgehog #75
Sonic the Hedgehog #100
Sonic the Hedgehog #125
Sonic the Hedgehog #150
Sonic the Hedgehog #175
Sonic the Hedgehog #200
Sonic the Hedgehog #225
Sonic the Hedgehog #250
Sonic the Hedgehog #275
Specials, Miniseries, and Knuckles Series
Sonic the Hedgehog was originally published as a four issue mini-series, with the first issue labeled as "issue 0" and the second as "issue 1" (despite the note on issue 1 that it was the "first issue"). At the end of issue 3 (the fourth issue of the series), it was announced that Sonic would return in a regular series, and the next issue was published as "issue 1" of the regular series.
In addition to the main Sonic series, Archie Comics published various special issues. Longer than typical issues of the comic, these specials feature stories involving Sonic and other related characters. Several miniseries have also been published, featuring characters such as Sally, Tails and Knuckles.
Because of the popularity of the specials and Miniseries featuring Knuckles, in 1997 Knuckles the Echidna became an ongoing series. Knuckles's stories featured its own cast of Characters, including the Chaotix and Knuckles's romantic interest, Julie-Su. Like the Sonic comic, Knuckles's comic is filled with background information about Knuckles's family history. Knuckles's family has split into two factions: the Brotherhood of Guardians and the Dark Legion. Knuckles is a member of the former, and Julie-Su used to be a member of the latter. Much of the conflict of the comic surrounds the relations between these two warring factions.
In 1999, the series was cancelled, but the stories were continued in the pages of Sonic the Hedgehog. After Knuckles's cancellation and until issue 125, a typical issue of Sonic included a Sonic story and a Knuckles story, sometimes even including a third story. This led to each story getting considerably less space than it previously had. Recently, Knuckles's appearances have been infrequent but his story continues within Sonic's stories.
The creators also have a comic strip similar to those found in a newspaper at the end of some issues called Off-Panel. Off-Panel was in every issue for a long time and continues infrequently in the comic series. The strips parody the lives of the editor and the writers as they walk around the office and interact with characters from the comic in various ways. However, it has recently return in Sonic Universe and the main series, and is focusing on the characters themselves and their interactions Off-Panel.
Sonic and other characters from the series have also made guest appearances in other Archie Comics publications. Sonic has appeared in three crossovers with the main Archie Comics cast (all of which are considered non-canon), the most notable of these being his crossover with Sabrina the Teenage Witch, a story which began in an issue of the latters comic series, and concluded in Sonic Super Special #10. More recently, and more notably, Sonic appeared in a 12-part crossover with Archie's Mega Man series (based on the CAPCOM video games). The story spans over 4 issues each of both characters books, as well as the Sonic Universe spin-off series. Unlike the above crossovers, this one is considered canon, and in fact its events served to bring about the continuity reboot for the Sonic books. Later a second Sonic and Mega Man crossover would be produced, this one including elements from the Mega Man X series and bringing the new Archie Sonic Boom comic into the mix as well.
List of Writers
- Karl Bollers
- Paul Castiglia
- Romy Chacon
- Angelo DeCesare
- Joe Edkin
- Clayton Emery
- Danny Fingeroth
- Ian "Potto" Flynn
- Mike Gallagher
- Mike Kanterovich
- Benny Lee
- J. Oliveras
- Ken Penders
- Tania del Rio
- Tom Rolston
- Evan Skolnick
- Frank Strom
- Kent Taylor
List of Pencillers
- Chris Allan
- Jeff Axer
- Ben Bates
- Gary Bedell
- Dawn Best
- Al Bigley
- Steven Butler
- Renae De Liz
- Colleen Doran
- James Fry
- John Hebert
- Michael Higgins
- Kyle Hunter
- David Hutchison
- Manny Galan
- Jon Gray
- Sanford Greene
- Ron Lim
- Dave Manak
- Art Mawhinney
- Sam Maxwell
- Harvey "Harvo" Mercadoocasio
- Nelson Ortega
- Ken Penders
- Jamal Peppers
- Nelson Ribeiro
- Tania del Rio
- Scott Shaw!
- Tom Smith III
- Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante
- Frank Strom
- Brian Thomas
- Jim Valentino
- Todd Wahnish
- Tracy Yardley!
- Ben Bates
- Jamal Peppers
- Evan Stanley
- Diana Skelly
- Terry Austin
- Jack Morelli
- Jonathon Grey
List of Inkers
- Jim Amash
- Saleem Crawford
- Jon D'Agostino
- Pam Eklund
- Mike Higgins
- Rich Koslowski
- Harvey "Harvo" Mercadoocasio
- Al Milgrom
- Jay Oliveras
- Ken Penders
- Andrew Pepoy
- Jeff Powell
- Aimee Ray
- Josh Ray
- Nelson Ribeiro
- Henry Scarpelli
- Phil Sheehy
- Brian Thomas
- Conor Tomas
- Bill White
- The reason behind the comics reboot in 2013 can be attributed to several issues behind the scenes. One of the biggest, and arguably most infamous reasons, is due to the settlement that resulted from the long-running legal battle between Archie Comics and former Sonic writer Ken Penders, in which he copyrighted several of the characters and concepts he brought to the series, which made up sizeable chunk of the Sonic comic universe. This has rendered said characters and concepts unusable in new stories, making the original continuity impossible to work with since so much of it depended on Penders concepts.
- The reboot came at rather short notice for the comic. Ian Flynn has gone on to state that he had plans for the original continuity for as far as issue 300.
- Sonic The Hedgehog was the last title to bear the markings of "Archie Adventure Series", a sub-brand dedicated to more action-adventure series outside of Archie's usual Slice of Life stories. The title was phased out after Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 159 in favor of "Archie 65th Anniversary" special branding, with the exception of Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 175. From Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 180, the title bore the normal Archie logo.
- Sonic the Hedgehog is the longest running video game-based comic ever. Counting other Sonic-related publications, Sonic the Comic would be second and Sonic Universe third. Minus them, Top Cow's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider comic series would be in second. It is also the longest-running franchise-based comic book series ever, surpassing Marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian (which lasted 275 issues from 1970-1993).
- The reasoning for the title's ultimate cancellation is officially unknown. Various third-party sources, however, seem to hint at a number of missteps, including:
- The various licensing fees needed for Worlds Unite and the storyline being barely enough to recoup the costs.
- The "Riverdale Reborn" initiative, which saw the main Archie titles cancelled and relaunched, notable for the company bringing out a Kickstarter to fund the launch of three other titles and being forced to shut it down after much backlash.
- The TV series Riverdale, which proved to be something of a critical darling for Archie.
- A second lawsuit, this one involving former artist Scott Fulop.
- there is a fan continuation of the pre reboot universe http://archiesoniconline.com/
IDW’s SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Runs Free Of Archie Comics’ Past
As the Sonic The Hedgehog series celebrates its first milestone by reaching 25 issues with IDW comics, its time for fans of the Archie Comics series to jump on board. It may be hard to accept, but the characters from Archie’s run are not needed in the new universe created by IDW.
With the debut of the new series, fans were still holding out hopes; IDW would make some reference to the long-running Archie series. Whether through magic, science, or some combination of the two way to connect the old Sonic world (because through the 25 issues, it has become clear this isn’t a world featuring any of the landmarks in the Archie run).
Furthermore, fans don’t just want the characters featured in Archie back; they also want the storyline to be fixed. When hit with a legal battle (a summary of which can be found here), the creators found they had to remove several characters tied up in the legal dispute. Thanks to a plot device known as the Genesis Wave, Archie removed the characters but moved the series on like nothing had happened. Many fans were hoping legal disputes would eventually be resolved, and the effects of the Genesis Wave would be reversed. Sadly, with the cancellation of the series by Archie Comics, this hope seemed to burn out.
Now with 25 issues under the belt, fans have been presented with a brand new world for Sonic and his friends to explore. One which is unencumbered by the problems from the lawsuit or the 25 years of mythology.
The IDW stories have proven to be a joy to read. The introduction of new characters such as Dr. Starline, Whisper the Wolf, and Tangle the Lemur (Tangle and Whispered even received their own 4 issue mini-series), has shown there is no need to rehash the Archie timeline. There is plenty of great moments so far and there is sure to be more in the future. Writer Ian Flynn has an in-depth knowledge of the franchise since he was the writer of the previous series. Flynn has crafted several great arcs so far under the IDW banner.
Perhaps in the future, the series will work towards finding a way to tie back into the Archie Comic Sonic history. Perhaps Princess Sally, Bunny Rabbot, Antoine DeCollete, and all of the cast who lived in the comic books on after Sonic The Hedgehog cartoon was canceled will return. Fans will always clamor for a Genesis Wave reversal as they are emotionally invested, but if you’re a fan of Sonic you should be reading the IDW series as a new set of characters have their arms wide open for your embrace.
What do you think of the IDW Sonic The Hedgehog series? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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Why Sonic Comics Changed For the Worse (And How They Can Be Fixed)
TheSonic the Hedgehog comic series from Archie Comicsis, undoubtedly, one of the greatest things that ever happened to the Sonic universe since sliced bread was topped with chili and a hotdog. A great deal of thanks can be credited to its Saturday morning cartoon namesake, a much darker rendition of the Blue Blur's war against the evil Dr. Robotnik. Why have IDW Publishing's Sonic comics been less successful?
Some see many of Archie's defining qualities as assets while others perceive these very same qualities as major failings. The greatest point of contention is that the world was heavily saturated in more than 200 characters who were thrust into rather deep, but oftentimes neglected mythologies and storylines that sometimes were never expanded upon, just tapered off or disappeared altogether. While there were arguably way too many characters, a healthy majority were actually quite compelling and integral to the plot and overall character development. Some played a more crucial role than Sonic himself while others truly augmented the Blue Blur in a way that some of the more traditional and well-known characters such as Tails could never achieve.
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All of this awesomeness came from the creative mind of writer Ken Penders, and Archie Comics benefited greatly from his prolific contributions from the 1990s until 2006 when he left to pursue other opportunities. But upon his replacement by Ian Flynn, Penders began taking legal action, so he could continue his "Mobius: 25 Years Later" plotline by copywriting his work. After a slew of lawsuits, eventually all of Penders' nearly 250 characters could no longer be used. Archie Comics attempted to adapt by introducing the Genesis Wave that completely uprooted and transformed the Sonic universe before getting canceled in 2017.
Almost immediately, IDW Publishing swooped in and began publishing a new series with Archie's Ian Flynn still at the writer's helm. But rather than taking more stylistic cues from the Saturday morning cartoon that made Archie Comics' continuity a success in the first place, the new series more or less continued in the direction that Archie Comics began post-Genesis Wave, which relied more heavily on the light-hearted nature of the Sega games. Of course, IDW cannot use many of the characters that Penders copyrighted, such as Sonic's evil twin Scourge, but those that the publisher can adopt, most notably the Freedom Fighters, have yet to appear.
The Freedom Fighters and Sally Acorn
Obviously, the first way to improve IDW's series would be to bring back the Freedom Fighters, but hopefully not as they appeared post-Genesis Wave. Unfortunately, that would undoubtedly be what Ian Flynn would do should he ever get the green light, as he's mentioned they'd be modernized. What does modernize mean? Well, if Archie's post-Genesis Wave is any indication, they would share a resemblance to IDW's more cartoony cast of characters who are much more light-hearted and not noticeably emotionally scarred by Dr. Eggman's exploits.
Even though the majority of the Freedom Fighters would be welcome, Princess Sally is the one that IDW would benefit from the most just based on how much she improved Sonic's character. Currently, the female character that Sonic spends the majority of his time interacting with from IDW's cast is Amy Rose, a relationship that's mostly defined by his indifference towards her romantic advances. Although he trusts her power and skill as a warrior, the fact that he continuously spurns her advances with nary a thought about how it may hurt her makes Sonic come across as a colossal jerk and prevents them from actually connecting further on a platonic level. Plus, Archie Comics' Amy was much more compelling in that, as a kid who was much too young to join the Freedom Fighters, she wished upon the Magical Ring of Acorn to make her an adult.
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Meanwhile, Sonic's relationship with Sally was quite complex and a rollercoaster for fans who were rooting for them to get together. Although they did hook up for a short time, Sonic always held her in high regard, not just due to her abilities but for who she was as a person. He treated her with respect. How she commanded his awe humanized the Blue Blur in ways that no other character has been able to achieve since then.
Sega-themed Characters Like Chaos
As to why IDW continues to drag its feet with the Freedom Fighters remains to be seen, but a possible solution would be to incorporate a character from Dreamcast's Sonic Adventures series who appeared in both of Archie's pre- and post-Genesis Wave storylines: Chaos, a Chao who mutated into a water elemental.
Of course, the portion of Chaos' past from Archie's continuity where the mutant wiped out Knuckle's Clan of Echidnas would have to be retconned as the Echidnas are owned by Penders. But overall, the creature would be a welcome addition to the IDW franchise, not just because it appeared in Archie Comics but due to its complexity; it was originally an enemy of Sonic when Chaos attacked Station Square in the Sonic Adventures crossover before becoming an ally post-Genesis Wave. Also, Sonic is afraid of, and kind of worthless in, water, and as that's what Chaos is comprised of, it would add yet another dynamic to Sonic's character that's currently lacking, should Chaos appear.
More Compelling Current Characters
Many of the characters in IDW who started out in Archie could also be improved by following the latter's example, similar to how Archie's Amy Rose was compelled to change who she was to achieve her dream. For instance, Tails was not only the technical genius as he's portrayed in both continuities, but a character whose complex and deep relationship with Sonic ended up exacerbating an old sore point in their friendship to such an extend that they became mortal enemies. In IDW, Sonic and Tails are obviously close, but Archie's rendition looked up to Sonic as an older brother and even lived with him because the twin-tailed fox's parents were stuck on a faraway planet.
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This introduces yet another missing dynamic in IDW, as there are currently no parental figures, including Sonic's family, who in the Archie series were robotized, gained back their free will, and later returned to their original form except for Sonic's father. In what just further proves the importance of family, when Tails' parents returned and Sonic later betrayed him, this combination created a whole new recipe of disaster that culminated in Tails fighting Sonic.
Then there was the whole prophecy surrounding Tails, where he was referred to as the Chosen One. Although this title would get lost and then resurface numerous times throughout the series, he later embraced his destiny by transforming into a massive version of himself after he absorbed all of the version of Tails in Sonic's multiverse.
Lore and ancient relics
IDW would most benefit if the publisher broadened the franchise's horizon while adding more complex layers to the series' world through lore. Penders introduced quite a few mythologies into Archie's Sonic during his tenure that, while compelling, were usually discarded for whatever reason. Finding a way to incorporate similar legends into IDW would be beneficial, especially when they involve artifacts. Some of the more effective examples include Archie's mysterious liquid known as the Source, the nexus to the comic's royal family power that every member had to bind with. It was here where the famed Sword of Acorn was forged, a mystical weapon that could restore free will to those who had been roboticized. What made Sally an even more compelling character, she was the only one could activate its powers and could actually talk with the sword.
All of this aside, it's critical to note that IDW's Sonic is still a young series, having not yet reached 40 issues, especially when compared to Archie's nearly 300-issue epic. It can be argued that Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog never really got started until issue #47 with the EndGame series. Maybe that will be the magic number for IDW? So while IDW Publishing might not be able to bring back the many characters that Penders won in his lawsuit, it can introduce more compelling characters and a rich tapestry of mythology and lore, both of which would generate deeper and more effective plotlines.
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Comic Book / Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW)
No copyright law in the universe is stopping this guy!note Well, this time, we hope.
—Sonic the Hedgehog
The One Where... it's Truer to the Text, but has plenty of new characters.
In 1993, video game superstar Sonic the Hedgehog scored himself a comic book series by Archie Comics. But after 24 years, a whopping 290 issues, a Soft Reboot, and constant screwings from lawyers, the series officially ended on July 19, 2017 when SEGA formally ended its relationship with Archie Comics. Two days later, however, on July 21, IDW Publishing announced that it was far from being all over, as they had successfully obtained the license to publish a new series of Sonic the Hedgehog comics.
The comic is a clean slate Continuity Reboot, and some Archie Sonic alumni have returned to work on the comic, including writer Ian Flynn, who was with the Archie series from its 160th issue until its cancellation. The storylines are divided into "seasons" roughly a year long.
In a Forces-like continuity separate from the games, a month has passed since Dr. Eggman tried to raze the world with the power of the Phantom Ruby. But after that battle, the doctor just disappeared, leaving his Badnik army to roam the land, being more of a nuisance than anything else. Sonic is still cleaning up the mess his nemesis did to world, but then the 'bots suddenly start to perform coordinated attacks against the populace, with no signs of Eggman's involvement. He will have to team up with both old and new friends to unravel this mystery and put an stop to this threat! However this mystery turns out to be the prelude for a host of incoming new problems and threas for our heroes. But Sonic is never one to back down from a challenge and he and his friends continue to fight the good fight to protect their world.
It kicked off on April 4, 2018, with the first 4 issues having weekly installments in April and then monthly updates come May 2018. Thanks to its success, the series has had a few spin-off mini-series as well.
- Tangle and Whisper: During Wondercon 2019, the staff revealed the first spin-off mini-series starring the titular duo which started in the summer of the same year. The story focuses on the two Canon Foreigners as they deal with a shapeshifting villain named Mimic who seems to have ties with Whisper. This would be the third time a non-Sega character got their own mini-series within a Sonic comic (Sally had her own mini back in the 90s and Scourge received his own story arc in Sonic Universe).
- Bad Guys: In April 2020, another mini-series was announced, focusing on several of the villains of this comic, with the main focus on Dr. Starline, another new character created for IDW, as he leads said villains to go against Eggman while also plotting something of his own. It was released in October of that year. Ian headed up this series while Evan Stanley took over writing duties for the main comic during so, with the two alternating beyond the mini-series run.
- Imposter Syndrome: Announced in the 2021 Free Comic Book Day issue. This mini-series acts as a lead up to the "Battle for the Empire" arc. Starline begins his power play and sets his sights on bringing down Sonic and Eggman with his own creations. It'll introduce two new characters to the mix, Surge the Tenrec and Kit the Fennec, and set to be released in November 2021.
In July 2020, Tangle and Whisper joined the mobile games Sonic Dash and Sonic Forces: Speed Battle as playable characters, with the former appearing in Dash on July 3-9 and in Speed Battle on July 8, and the latter appearing in Dash on July 10-16 and in Speed Battle in July 17, marking as the first appearance of comic characters outside their continuity. (Barring non-playable cameos from the Archie cast in the bonus stages of Sonic Spinball.)
On September 2020, it was stated that Classic Sonic would get a special of his own as part of Sonic's 30th anniversary. This one shot was released on June 23, note the release date of the first Sonic game 2021 as the 30th Anniversary Special. An extra story for that comic was released as a separate issue in August 14th on Free Comic Book Day. note Normally FCBD would be in May. But due to COVID concerns from 2020 into 2021, it was pushed back to August.
On a fandom project related note, see also, Sonic Rebound, which is a fan-made collaborated really faithful Animated Adaptation of the comics note Bear with them on updates though, they take awhile to make. As well Adrenaline Dubs videos of the comic that adds voices to the characters (sans animation of course).
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- Adapted Out: Zig-Zagged in relation to the events of Forces; despite taking part directly after Forces, only some details of the game seem to have made the jump. For example, Wispons, the general concept of the Avatar, and possibly the Phantom Ruby (through reference to the Phantom Replicas) are mentioned, but Classic Sonic and Infinite are currently not accounted for.
- Adaptation Expansion: The IDW series, acting as a sequel to Sonic Forces, answers some minor questions of the original game. These answers should be taken as Loose Canon (as in, fact until the games state otherwise).
- Issue 3 reveals that before Tails dissapeared, he gave the resistance the Wisps communicator to the resistance. With it, the resistance got help from the wisps to fight Eggman's army.
- The reason Eggman used a phantom of Metal Sonic instead of the real deal is due to Metal receiving upgrades, but when he was finished, the war was over.
- Affirmative Action Girl: Tangle was added in order to have a girl who could easily go on cool adventures.
- Airborne Aircraft Carrier: Eggman's Egg Fleet, the Flying Seafood Special-stylized armada from Heroes makes a come back, again commandeered by Neo Metal Sonic.
- Alien Geometries: The tower in "Test Run" constantly moves around the people who enter it, and when Sonic uses his speed to try and outpace the changes, the place warps into an M. C. Esher-style warp.
- All for Nothing: In issue #28, Sonic discusses that their attempt to save the world from the Metal Virus via the Chaos Emeralds and Warp Topaz may have failed before. Silver may have been the deciding factor to defy this trope because he arrived to their present to prevent this fate.
- Alternate Continuity: The series is set in a separate continuity from the previous Sonic comics and other Sonic media, including the games (though game events still could have happened, albeit in a different way). Check Broad Strokes to see what games are taken for granted.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us:
- Angel Island gets taken over by the Egg Fleet by the end of Issue #8. The next several issues are dedicated to liberating it.
- In Issue #22, Restoration HQ is overrun with Zombots after an infected monkey slips in with the refugees and transforms, triggering an outbreak that quickly spreads.
- After Rouge crashes the Faceship in Issue #28, an enraged Zavok goes One-Winged Angel and starts throwing Zombots (including Sonic's infected allies) onto Angel Island, while he himself blasts it with fireballs from below. With their last safe haven now compromised, the remaining heroes stage a desperate Last Stand throughout Issue #29, attempting to buy Sonic and Silver time to defeat Zavok and eradicate the Metal Virus for good.
- In Issues #42, the new Restoration HQ is invaded by the Deadly Six, while Starline sneaks in at the same time and kidnaps Belle. Sonic, Tangle, Whisper, and Tails spend the next issue fighting off the attack, only to be informed of Belle's abduction thereafter.
- Ambiguous Situation: By the end of Issue #8, it's still unclear whether Eggman is really suffering from amnesia, or faking it. It's finally confirmed to be true in Issue #11, when Tinker is horrified at the prospect of regaining Eggman's memories.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: Issue #5 reveals that Eggman is suffering from amnesia, having become the kindhearted Mr. Tinker. Then in Issue #11, Dr. Starline abducts him and performs a procedure to restore his memories, which kicks in during the following issue.
- Amnesiac Hero: Issue #31 reveals Sonic has become this, developing a socialite personality and adopting the name "Mr. Needlemouse". This doesn't last long, as midway through Issue #32, Blaze uses the Sol Emeralds to restore Sonic's memories.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: The second year of the comic kicks off the Plague arc wherein Dr. Eggman unleashes a metal virus that turns organic creatures into Zombots. After dousing Rough and Tumble, Sonic is infected and tries to run the disease off to mixed results, barely managing to stay alive by the end of it. When the outbreak hits the first named character to succumb is Charmy who tried to help a quarantined woman. As the arc progresses, Cheese, Chocola, Shadow, Vanilla, Vector, Big, Froggy, Jewel, Tangle, and Knuckles all succumb to the virus, while Cream was heavily implied to become a Zombot, but we never see her fully turn. Also, Amy, Tails, and even Eggman himself contract the virus but never fully turn into Zombots, leaving only Espio, Whisper, Silver, Rouge, and the Babylon Rogues the only ones to not be infected at all this whole arc.
- Animesque: No doubt. From the exaggerated facial expressions, to the consistently fluid drawings, to the heavy amount of overall detail, to the sometimes VERY cute-sy look of the characters, to even the dynamic use of speed-lines in some of the fight scenes, to say that quite a lot of the art for the issues are manga-inspired would be an understatement. Some issues are like this even more than others, since it depends on the artist, with Adam Bryce Thomas being the most mangaesque.
- Appropriated Appellation: Sonic takes to calling people infected with Eggman's robo-virus "zombots" due to being rendered mindless by it. Eggman himself likes the name, and starts using it.
- Arc Hero: While Sonic is the main hero of the series, each arc so far has seen at least one of his friends take prominence over the others.
- Opening Arc: Knuckles.
- Metal Virus/Chao Races and Badnik Bases Arcs: Silver and Cream.
- Season 3 arc: Belle.
- Arc Villain: Each arc has its own central antagonist.
- Opening Arc: Metal Sonic.
- Metal Virus Saga: Dr. Eggman after he invents and unleashes the Zombot Virus. However, he starts to lose control of it, and in Issue #25, Zavok takes over as the main villain for the rest of the arc. Eggman retakes the Big Bad crown for the epilogue, though.
- Dr. Starline is the Overarching Villain of Season 3, being absent only from the Test Run arc.
- Armor-Piercing Response: In Issue #6, Shadow heatedly asks Sonic why he'd be willing to give the seemingly amnesiac Eggman a second chance. Sonic counters by bringing up all the things Shadow did before his own HeelFace Turn.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: While introducing himself and Knuckles in issue #3, Sonic accuses Rough and Tumble of "theft, extortion, kidnapping and being Grade-A jerks".
- Artwork Bump: While the art in the issues are consistently good, well-detailed, and expressive, there are some issues that are even more detailed and expressive than the others, or on an entirely different level altogether. Example? Just compare the fight scenes in Issue #1 to the fight scenes in Issue #7.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The climax of the Metal Virus arc has the survivors faced with a giant, Chaos-powered Zavok throwing his Zombot army at them.
- Ax-Crazy: Mimic the Octopus and the Deadly Six (especially Zazz and Zor).
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Sonic and Tangle at one point during Issue #4.
- Bad Future: Silver's reasoning for returning in issue #8. He joined the Resistance during Forces because the Eggman Empire took over. However, when he came back, everything was dead. After speculation from the two, Silver believes that Eggman's Metal Virus is to blame, after Eggman explains that the Zombots will disintegrate in a hundred years or so if left unchecked. After the Metal Virus is destroyed, Silver returns to his time and finds it restored to a prosperous state.
- Berserk Board Barricade:
- Vanilla does this in Issue #18 to try and keep Zombots out of her and Cream's house. It doesn't work, forcing Cheese and Chocola to sacrifice themselves while Cream and Vanilla barely escape.
- In Issue #38, Sonic, Tails, and Amy barricade themselves inside a house in the town area of Eggman's new tower, attempting to keep a Badnik horde outside from getting at them.
- Bash Brothers: Sonic and Tails, as demonstrated right off the bat in the first issue.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Sonic and Amy have a touch of this as Amy, revealed to be one of the higher-ups of The Resistance, tries to get him back in the fold in Issue #2. Sonic even turns it on her, offering to take her on his solo travels, knowing she wont leave her role no matter how she feels about him.
Amy: Dont make me slap you.
- Big Bad Ensemble:
- As usual, Dr. Eggman is the primary antagonist of the setting and Sonic's nemesis, although due to the amnesia he suffers after events of Sonic Forces, Metal Sonic is the Big Bad for the first year of the comic. Come Issue #12, Eggman regains his memories and Big Bad mantle, and Metal Sonic demotes himself back to dragon.
- The Deadly Six are introduced roughly halfway through the Metal Virus Saga. Zavok, the group's leader, is often the Big Bad of the arcs he appears in, with his fellow Zeti acting as Co-Dragons.
- After Eggman fires him, Dr. Starline goes on to start his own faction, with the goal of proving himself Eggman's "superior replacement".
- Big Badass Battle Sequence: Two of these form the climax of each major story arc to date.
- The opening saga has all the heroes who debuted before Issue #9 fighting to liberate Angel Island from Neo Metal Sonic's forces, climaxing with the battle against Neo's final form, Master Overlord, in Issue #11.
- The Metal Virus saga's climax in Issue #29 pits a 99%-infected Sonic and seven of his allies, along with Eggman and Metal Sonic, against a giant Zavok and the heroes who got Zombot-ified. What ensues is a nail-biting, down-to-the-wire Last Stand in which the heroes are very nearly defeated. The tide finally turns when Sonic and Silver go super, allowing them to curb-stomp Zavok and destroy the Metal Virus. Issue #30 shows one more skirmish in the immediate aftermath, as Cream, Cheese, Tangle, Whisper, Silver, and the Chaotix take down a back-to-normal-size Zavok.
- Big Badass Rig: Shadow drives one in Issue #19 for the uninfected citizens of Sunset City to use to escape from the Zombots.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- In Issue #4, Blaze shows up just in time to save Sonic and Tangle from being overwhelmed by badniks.
- Lampshaded by Vector in Issue #17 when Sonic saves him from a group of Zombots.
Vector: What is it with you and the dramatic timing?
- In Issue #20, just as Sonic and Omega are about to be overwhelmed by the Zombots in Sunset City, Silver and Tails show up to rescue and evacuate them.
- In Issue #32, Eggman is about to finally wipe out the heroes, when Sonic returns from the Sol Dimension and tears Eggman's Party Crusher mech apart.
- Shadow does this twice in Chao Races and Badnik Bases.
- In Issue #40, Eggman has Sonic, Tails, and Amy at his mercy, but then Tangle drops in uninvited to rescue the trio.
- Double-subverted in the Zeti Hunt arc. Sonic intercepts the Zeti before they can storm Restoration HQ's command center, but they overpower him along with Tangle and Whisper. Then Tails shows up with his "Zeti-Zappers" just in time to stop them from killing Sonic.
- Big Damn Reunion:
- All of the main, and some minor, characters in Issue #29 form this trope as Super Sonic and Super Silver defeat Zavok and rid the world of the Eggman's Metal Virus, effectively curing the world. The fact that they have all gathered around Angel Island, formerly infected/"Zombot-ified" or otherwise, certainly helps. As the Restoration, Chaotix, Team Dark, Cheese, Chocola, and Big celebrate on the island's surface, Cream and Gemerl arrive on the beach below just in time to reunite with Vanilla.
- In Issue #32, after Blaze sends Sonic back to his dimension and he chases Eggman off, almost all of his friends rush him in a huge Group Hug to welcome him home.
- Issue #41 has a villainous example where the Deadly Six reunite after not seeing each other since Issue #25. Zavok retrieves Zazz and Zomom, while Zik, upon learning of Zavok's survival, gathers Zeena and Zor so the pack can regroup quicker.
Master Zik: We are the Deadly Six once more.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Rough and Tumble fit this mold, with Rough being shorter and less muscular than his brother, Tumble.
- Big "NO!":
- Neo Metal Sonic shouts this in Issue #11, upon being defeated as Master Overlord.
- In Issue #23, Sonic does this when Starline finds a signal that works on the Zombots and Eggman orders it uploaded to the Faceship.
- Cream in Issue #27, as Zeena prepares to throw her to a Zombot horde.
- Zor in Issue #28 upon losing to Silver and Whisper. It becomes less genuine when Zor accepts his fate.
- In the same issue, Zavok lets out one when Rouge steals the Chaos Emerald powering the Faceship, causing it to crash.
- Silver in Issue #29 when Sonic and Metal Sonic are flamed before his eyes by Zavok.
- Shadow exclaims this in Issue #36 when he's denied a rematch with Starline (who fought and defeated him earlier).
- While fighting the Hooligans over a Chaos Emerald in the 30th Anniversary Special, Sonic and Tails both yell this when the Emerald falls off a cliff.
- Bittersweet Ending:
- "Big's Big Adventure" from the 2020 Annual. On one hand, Big has finally managed to find Froggy. On the other hand, Froggy has been infected and turned into a Zombot, with Big not far behind in joining him.
- "All or Nothing", the climax of the Metal Virus Saga, ends with the Metal Virus having been destroyed, the Deadly Six defeated, and everyone restored to normal. But the world is still in tatters after the whole ordeal, and Sonic has gone missing after the Warp Topaz overloaded from Super energy and blew up.
- Test Run and Zeti Hunt with the heroes victorious, but Belle heartbroken as it's revealed her creator was Eggman's amnesiac self, "Mr. Tinker"—a side of him she concedes is gone forever. The finale to Zeti Hunt also has Starline getting what he wanted out of Belle and escaping before the Chaotix can arrest him.
- Bookends: The first and last stories of the 2020 annual shows how two characters who were converted into Zombots offscreen in the main Metal Virus arc - Big and Jewel - ended up that way.
- Ian Flynn's uninterrupted run of the comic began with Eggman getting amnesia and ends with Sonic in the same situation.
- Both Sides Have a Point: In Issue #6, Sonic tries to stop Shadow from killing an amnesiac Eggman reasoning that he's not a threat in his current state and should be left alone until he is. Shadow counters that just because one loses their memory doesn't make them any less dangerous, speaking from his own experiences. The two being who they are, naturally they can't come to a peaceful solution and opt for a violent one.
- Break the Cutie:
- Cream gets a hard dose of this trope during the Metal Virus Saga, with the Zombot plague claiming her two Chao and her own mother right before her eyes. To top it off, she herself gets infected after a physically-abusive scuffle with Zeena. The fact that she's only six years old doesn't help matters one bit.
- Whisper is The Quiet One as a direct result of this trope. She was once a cheerful and plain-spoken girl, but when Eggman and Mimic wiped out her old team, the Diamond Cutters, she was traumatized for life. She gets this again when Tangle is turned into a Zombot by the Metal Virus and subsequently enslaved by Zavok, who then adds to Whisper's misery by pitting the girls against each other.
- While Tails loses less to the Metal Virus than Cream, Whisper, Espio, or Rouge do, being screwed out of making a cure hits his confidence hard. By the final battle with Zavok and the Zombots, Tails is barely holding himself together, and when he himself gets infected by Cheese and Chocola, the poor kid is reduced to tearfully begging for his life.
- Belle suffers this trope in Issues #40 and #44, as Eggman and Starline dash her hopes of ever seeing the former's "Mr. Tinker" persona—under which he created her—again, with both men shamelesslyrubbing her tragic past in her face. While Tangle consoles Belle in the first instance, the second breaks her altogether.
Belle: (To Vector, about Starline) He broke my heart.
- Breather Episode:
- Issue #31 comes in between the action-packed climax of the Metal Virus saga in Issue #30 and the final epilogue of the saga in Issue #32. While Eggman shows up at the end of the issue for one final attempt to crush the heroes, and other plot threads are laid down, it's mostly about tying up loose ends and giving the heroes a chance to finally take a moment for themselves after the Zombot apocalypse.
- The entire "Trial By Fire" arc (Issues #45-47) is this, coming between the major action and drama of the "Zeti Hunt" and "Battle For the Empire" arcs and focusing just on some of the girls going on a camping trip.
- Broad Strokes: The IDW Sonic series take place in an Alternate Continuity of modern Sonic, but like with the Post-Genesis Wave Archie Sonic series, events of the games happened in the past. How the games events align in the timeline is a question the regular games have, and the comic prefers to not answer it. Almost all the modern games have happened, but the following are ignored: the classic Sonic series (due to Executive Meddling) and Team Sonic Racing.
- Broken Pedestal: Starline is first introduced as an avid fan of Eggman and his work, but loses faith in him over time upon realizing Eggman is His Own Worst Enemy. Tensions between them boil over when, thanks to Starline, the Deadly Six usurp control of the Zombots, which gets him fired by Eggman. Initially, Starline remains loyal to Eggman, but finally gives up on him in the Bad Guys miniseries and strikes out on his own thereafter.
- The Bus Came Back:
- Issue #7 brings back Metal Sonic, back in his "Neo" form from Heroes, as the arc's Big Bad.
- The Babylon Rogues (Jet the Hawk, Wave the Swallow, and Storm the Albatross) come back after being completely absent in the Sonic games since Free Riders in 2010.
- Both Gemerl from Advance 3 (2004) and Chocola from Heroes (2003) return after their oneshot appearance in their respective games. Cream and Cheese (last appaearance in Generations, 2011) and Vanilla (last mentioned in Free Riders) likewise return.
- In Issue #29, Super Silver reappears for the first time since Sonic '06.
- But Now I Must Go: At the end of the Metal Virus Saga, Silver returns to his own time now that it's been saved.
- Orbot, Cubot, Rough, and Tumble stand out as the unluckiest villains in the comic.
- Jewel often gets the short end of the stick in the Annuals, even making her on-page debut getting spooked out of her wits by Tangle when the latter comes to introduce Whisper. All her other misfortunes aside, Jewel has to put up with the hyperactive Tangle's antics on a regular basis, which in and of it itself is hardly any fun.
- Zazz and Zomom are arguably this among the Zeti.
- Cream spends the latter two-thirds of the Metal Virus Saga getting screwed over, from her debut in Issue 18 to the virus' demise in Issue 29. She loses her hometown, pet Chao, and mother to the Zombot plague, watches her friends cross the Despair Event Horizon, and then finally gets infected herself during a physically-abusive scuffle with Zeena. Talk about rotten luck.
- Eggman spends the All or Nothing arc as this, finally paying the price for his arrogant mishandling of the Metal Virus.
- Belle's clumsiness frequently brings this trope down on her.
- Call-Back: A new antagonistic force was based on something from one of the older games. It's Metal Sonic, back in his Neo form from Sonic Heroes.
- Call to Agriculture: The Annual shows that after the Egg Fleet's defeat in the comic's first year, Silver took to gardening as he was interested in how the planet could sustain life in a way his time couldn't. Blaze decides to help as well and though she admits to only knowing some of the basics, she manages to restore the soil and they grow a garden together.
- Canon Foreigner: This comic introduces four new major heroes not original to the games: Tangle the Lemur, Whisper the Wolf, Jewel the Beetle, and Belle the Tinkerer. It also introduces seven new antagonists: Dr. Starline, a rival Mad Scientist to Eggman; skunk brothers Rough and Tumble; shapeshifting mercenary Mimic the Octopus; Intrepid Merchant Clutch the Opossum; and Starline's enforcers, Surge the Tenrec and Kit the Fennec.
- Canon Immigrant: That said, according to Word of God, Sega actually owns the rights to all the IDW-made characters, and can use them at will. Tangle and Whisper have subsequently appeared in the Mobile games Sonic Dash and Sonic Forces: Speed Battle.
- Car Fu:
- Shadow in Issue #19 plows his truck through a horde of Zombots. He runs them clean off a bridge into the river below, as Big's 2020 Annual story reveals.
- In Issue #21, after losing the Metal Virus cure, Tails puts his Cyclone mech in car-mode and drives it through a mass of Zombots, including the infected Cheese and Chocola.
- In Issue #42, the Deadly Six set a truck on fire and crash it into the guard station at Restoration HQ's entrance.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: As per usual, Sonic and co. don't let being in a battle interfere with their banter.
- Cerebus Syndrome: The series was originally being billed as a Lighter and SofterContinuity Reboot that kept the same writing staff from the Darker and EdgierSonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) but set out to have a tone closer to the SEGA video games. And yet, the Metal Virus saga is arguably even darker than the darkest of the older comic's darkest story arcs, as it's basically a slightly less gory Zombie Apocalypse story played completely straight. The reason for this, the writers eventually admitted, is that the storyline was plotted out as a possible highly dramatic endpoint for the Archie comics and the staff kept the story and moved some characters around to extricate Sally, Antoine, Bunny, Rotor, and Snively for the storyline so they'd be replaced with both game centric characters and new cast members like Whisper and Tangle. This resulted in a high degree of Mood Whiplash as the storyline that was plotted to FINISH decades of continuity for another comic ended up being only the new comic's second arc.
- Chromatic Arrangement: Issues #39-40 have Sonic, Amy, Tails, and eventually Tangle fighting a trio of red, blue and green Eggman robots called Egg Vipers.
- Colony Drop: Rouge takes away the Chaos Emerald powering the Faceship and has it crash on top of the legion of Zombots. When questioned, Rouge rationalized that their friends would all be fine, seeing as the Zombots could regenerate.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The characters' text boxes, whenever they're speaking from off-screen. To name a few examples:
- Blue for Sonic;
- Black for Eggman;
- Gold for Tails;
- Red for Knuckles and Zavok;
- Pink for Amy and Rouge;
- Lavender for Blaze;
- Silvery-white for Silver;
- Charcoal-gray for Tangle;
- Green for Vector;
- Tan for Cream and/or Vanilla;
- Burgundy for Starline.
- Belle and Master Zik have bicolored text boxes; Zik's are yellow with a blue border, while Belle's are white with an orange border.
- Continuity Cavalcade: Issue #5 has Sonic mentioning and recapping past actions of Eggman while mulling over how to deal with his supposedly amnesiac state. This includes Eggman attacking Sonic in the Egg Viper, blowing up parts of the moon as a show of the Ark's power, fighting Sonic with the Time Eater and splitting the planet apart in trying to awaken Dark Gaia.
- Continuity Nod:
- The beginning of the first issue has panels showing Sonic's past battles with Eggman, with the doctor piloting the Egg Viper, Egg Emperor, Egg Dragoon, and the Death Egg Robot from Sonic Forces.
- Egg Hammers appear in the first issue as Super Badniks. Likewise, the style of Egg Pawns that originated in that game appear as the foot soldiers of Eggman's army, rather than the variety seen in Sonic Forces.
- In the first issue, Sonic and Tails use their combination rolling attack from Sonic the Hedgehog 4.
- Tails expresses his concerns over Sonic getting caught off-guard again in the first issue.
- In Issue #3, Sonic reminds the Wisps of how they helped him in variousadventures.
- In Issue #7, Sonic remembers Neo Metal Sonic from Sonic Heroes and casually remembers that the Metal Sonic he fought in Forces was just a Phantom Ruby copy, explaining why he wasn't in the game.
- In Issue #12, Orbot tries to get Mr. Tinker to turn back to normal by offering to find a list of eldritch creatures for him to "resurrect and then lose control over", which Eggman has done countless times across the games. note Namely, in Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, Sonic Battle, Sonic Advance 3, Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, Sonic Generations, Sonic Lost World, andSonic Mania. You'd think he'd learn.
- One story from the fist annual features the re-appearance of the Babylon Rogues. In a separate story, Rouge and Rough & Tumble race to loot Eggman's Pyramid Cave lair from Sonic Adventure 2, the latter pair stumbling onto the Egg Golem.
- After being infected with the techno-organic virus, Sonic reminisces in Issue #16 about previous times a villain has afflicted him with a curse, the flashback showing the Flame Arrow and his Werehog form.
- Continuity Reboot: This will not follow any storylines established in the Archie series, or any other adaptation. Also, none of Ian Flynn's characters will return, not even being reimagined for the new continuity, in the interest of a new clean slate.
- Covers Always Lie: Several characters that were featured on Retail Incentive covers hadn't yet debuted in the series. Cream the Rabbit, E-123 Omega, and G-Merl were all on covers for the first year's arc and they wouldn't appear until year two. Marine has appeared on covers for Issues #24 and #37, but has yet to debut in the comic.
- Crush Blush: Amy briefly swoons at Sonic's loner attitude toward the end of Issue #2, but quickly snaps herself out of it.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Neo Metal Sonic lays one down to Sonic in their first encounter in the comics, forcing Sonic to retreat. He does the same later against Sonic and Knuckles once he's powered up by the Master Emerald. It's only thanks to Shadow's intervention that he doesn't beat them both outright.
- In All or Nothing Zor is matched against Silver and Whisper and comes up short. The other Zeti traded blows with their foes but Zor is unable to land a hit on Silver. When he finally restrains the hedgehog, Whisper destroys all of his energy clones and dislodges his Chaos Emerald with a single trick shot and Silver sends him crashing into the dirt.
- In Issue #29, Super Sonic takes down a powered-up Zavok in seconds after an uphill battle to gather all of the Chaos Emeralds, to which Super Silver casually calls it anti-climactic. Zavok tries to continue the fight in the following issue, only to be subdued again in a mere two pages by Sonic's reunited friends, who arrest him on the spot.
- Darker and Edgier: The Metal Virus Saga enforced this for 16 issues (#13-#29 with the virus itself in play), 17 counting the 2020 Annual special. Many of the main cast (old and new, good and bad) are turned into zombots, with Sonic fighting off the infection, the remaining characters are effected emotionally and mentally, losses are made at a global scale, almost every solution to eliminate the virus fail, and even Eggman loses control of the situation, and that's even before the Deadly Six become involved. It takes Sonic and Silver's use of the Chaos Emeralds and the Warp Topaz to end this trope.
- Darkest Hour: Issues 24 and 25 mark the low-point for the heroes during the Metal Virus Saga. The virus has now engulfed the whole world, almost all the heroes have become Zombots, Sonic's ability to run off his own infection has begun to wane, and Starline has called in the Zeti to control the Zombots. And there's still worse to come, as the Zeti usurp control of the Zombots from Eggman: being Technopaths, they can control the Zombots easily, and empowering themselves with the Chaos Emeralds lets them control thousands of Zombots at once. Zavok himself, commandeering the Faceship, quickly enslaves all of Sonic's Zombot-ified allies and sets out to finish the survivors off once and for all.
Preview for Issue 25: "The world has fallen to the Metal Virus. Heroes, villains, and civilians have become Zombots. There's only one place left to hide and the few survivors—good and bad alike—find themselves up against a new threat commanding the Zombot hordes. Who will Sonic turn to for help in his most desperate hour?"
- The climax of "All or Nothing" is the "do or die" moment. While the survivors have gathered all be ut one Chaos Emerald, their numbers have been reduced to only ten (including Eggman and Metal Sonic), they've got nowhere left to run or hide, and Sonic, his Super Speed now useless against his infection, is only minutes away from becoming a Zombot. Even worse, the survivors find themselves up against their Zombot-ified friends and a giant Zavok; Knuckles also becomes a Zombot in the ensuing battle. Zavok very nearly triumphs before Sonic and Silver finally get the last Chaos Emerald and go Super; only then does the tide decisively turn in the heroes' favor.
- Day of the Jackboot: After Angel Island is conquered by the Egg Fleet, it's quickly converted into a fortress, with a statue of Eggman being built atop the Master Emerald's chamber.
- Death Glare:
- Whisper is prone to these whenever she gets angry. They're intense enough to unsettle even fearless individuals like Sonic or Tangle.
- Starline gives off one at the end of Issue 24, as he presents Eggman with the Deadly Six.
- Eggman, Starline, and Metal Sonic get an epic manga-esque one from Amy in Issue 25.
- Sonic in Issue 42 gives off one as he hurries to Restoration HQ, which is under attack from the Zeti.
- Debut Queue: The first four issues feature Sonic teaming with Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Blaze respectively. The third issue also features the debut of the Canon Foreigner villains Rough and Tumble, with Tangle the Ring-tailed Lemur following in Issue #4, the Chaotix in Issue #5, and Shadow and Rouge in Issue #6. Issue #7 features the return of Neo Metal Sonic, and the 8th issue has both the return of Silver and the debut of another new character, Whisper the Wolf.
- Decapitated Army: Eggman's disappearance after the events of Sonic Forces left his Badnik army aimless and attacking locals randomly. However, by the time events of issue 1, they've had become much more organized. This leads Tails and Sonic to determine that something is controlling the army. Later issues confirm it's not bad ol' Doc (who probably suffers from amnesia) that's back, but Neo Metal Sonic, who commands Eggman's forces until his creator returns.
- Deer in the Headlights:
- Cream, when she finds Zombots attacking Vanilla and their Chao in Issue #18.
- In Issue #29, Whisper tearfully hesitates to fight back against a Zombot Tangle, leaving herself wide open to attack. Fortunately, Tangle pulls her punches and is cured before she can infect Whisper.
- Amy and Jewel at the beginning of Issue #32, when Eggman comes to crash the heroes' party. Whisper defers to them for orders, but Amy is indecisive since she handed leadership of the Restoration over to Jewel, who cowers and points out her forte is organization managment, not combat leadership. Command ends up falling to Vector during the battle.
- Eggman himself suffers the trope in the same issue when Sonic returns from the Sol Dimension and lands in front of him—much sooner than he anticipated. Eggman is so horrified that he freezes dead in his tracks and drops his guard, making no attempt to attack the heroes further or even defend himself when Sonic moves to free Omega from his machine, disabling it.
- Detail-Hogging Cover: EvanStanley'spaintedcovers are very realistic compared to the interior art.
- Devoured by the Horde: Charmy, Shadow, Vanilla, Zeena, Zomom, Zor, and Master Zik become Zombots after others swarm them. Shadow and Zeena at least go down fighting, while Zor willingly submits and the rest never stood a chance. Sonic himself almost meets the same fate several times, eventually worsening his infection to the point where he can barely stand up or talk.
- Didn't Think This Through:
- In Issue 18: Sonic comes across two villagers who opt to burn down the forest around Cream's village to prevent the Metal Virus from spreading. Sonic furiously calls them out on this, pointing out that though it'll stop them from getting infected and prevent the virus from spreading, they'll just get consumed by the forest fire instead; the villagers in question can only stammer in response, having failed to consider that.
Sonic: Cream gets to hang out with me because she's got some sense!
- Orbot reveals to Dr. Starline that this is one of the main reasons Eggman always loses: he has big ideas and big executions but often rushes things without thinking long-term and devolves into his hatred of Sonic, which costs him every time. No better is this displayed than in the MetalVirus arc. While Starline wanted to conduct more tests to realize the extent of its capabilities, Eggman decides to use it the moment it appears to work, reasoning that he can fix any bugs later as they crop up. This leads to the Zombots slowly getting out of control, to the point they begin to disregard Eggman's vocal commands.
- Dr. Starline himself falls into this when he gets sick of Eggman's shortsightedness regarding the Metal Virus and elects to take matters into his own hands. Starline's solution is to bring in the Deadly Six to control the Zombots, using the Cacophonous Conch to keep them under his control. However, Starline finds out too late that the conch only works as long as his lungs last, effectively making it useless once he needs to catch his breath, and he didn't have a backup plan in the event he lost it; the minute he lets his guard down, the Deadly Six snatch the conch right out of his hands and hijack the Zombots for their own purposes, which of course just makes the situation even worse. Zavok even lampshades this.
Zavok: What was that about a "lack of foresight"?
- In Issue 26: Apparently no one thought that sending Gemerl (a robot) up against a Zeti (who can control machines) was a bad idea. Likewise Cream's insistence on coming and jumping into the portal against his wishes ended up putting her in danger as she didn't have much of a plan other than trying to shame Zeena into giving up.
- In Issue 18: Sonic comes across two villagers who opt to burn down the forest around Cream's village to prevent the Metal Virus from spreading. Sonic furiously calls them out on this, pointing out that though it'll stop them from getting infected and prevent the virus from spreading, they'll just get consumed by the forest fire instead; the villagers in question can only stammer in response, having failed to consider that.
- Disability Immunity: Because he was already infected by the Metal Virus, with his speed keeping it in check, Sonic is the only one who can fight Zombots directly without spreading the contagion. Contact with them causes his own infection to jumpstart, though, so he can't fight for long periods of time. After his speed loses its ability to counteract the virus, Sonic can no longer fight the Zombots with turning too fast, so he keeps his distance until the final battle with them and Zavok.
- Discard and Draw:
- The Metal Virus does this to Rough and Tumble. In addition to losing their free will, they lose their speed, spin attack, and durability. However they gain a Healing Factor to compensate for their fragile forms and they become virus carriers. Shadow likewise loses some of his abilities after he turns but remains more skilled than an average Zombot, as well as durable enough to tank a brutalNo-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Knuckles.
- In the Bad Guys miniseries, Starline creates a specialized Power Core called the Tricore, which replaces the Warp Topaz as his main draw after he lost the latter gemstone in Issue #25.
- The Dog Bites Back:
- A village ended up being taken over by Rough and Tumble, stealing away their Wisps and Wispons. Sonic reminds the Wisps of the good they've done helping him, in turn getting them to turn against the bullies.
- In Issue #30, Cream sics Cheese on Zavok, who then gets a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Tangle, Whisper, and the Chaotix before Silver finally restrains him. In doing so, Cheese, Tangle, Vector, and Charmy get revenge on Zavok for enslaving them while they were Zombots in "All or Nothing"; Whisper and Espio likewise avenge being forced into emotionally painful fights with their friends.
- Averted with Shadow, who himself spent several issues as Zavok's Zombot slave but declines to pay him back for it.
- Rouge is more than eager to beat up Starline with Amy after she got hypnotized into helping him attempt to kidnap Tails earlier in Chao Races and Badnik Bases.
- Downer Ending:
- In "The Last Minute" (Issues 21-24), four of these happen in a row. Issue 24's ending in particular is a huge downer.
- "The Catalyst" in the 2020 Annual, which takes place parallel to "The Last Minute". The entire story is just one big setup for the events in Issue 24.
- Issue 30 ends with Sonic trapped in the Sol Dimension with amnesia; his friends downtrodden over his disappearance; the Deadly Six, except for Zavok, on the loose; Eggman escaping after Metal Sonic skewers Gemerl and fends off Shadow; and the world still in shambles in the Metal Virus' wake.
- Drill Tank: Rough and Tumble attack Sonic and Amy with one built by Eggman.
- Dwindling Party: From Issues 17-29, the heroes' numbers gradually but inexorably decline as they turn into Zombots one after another. The villains also suffer this trope starting in Issue 25. By halfway through Issue 29, every named character is infected or otherwise out of commission except Silver, Rouge, Espio, Whisper, and Zavok. Of those, Rouge gives up and lounges on the Master Emerald; Whisper and Espio are boxed in; and Zavok gets his ass kicked after Silver purges Sonic's infection and they go Super. Ultimately, Super Sonic and Super Silver are last ones standing before the Metal Virus is destroyed.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: "Out of the Blue" ends with Knuckles back to guarding his homeland in peace, Silver finally getting a good future, the world well on its way to recovery from the eradicated Zombot plague, Sonic's friends happy to have him back after Blaze sends him home, and Sonic himself off with a smile towards his next adventure. Downplayed with Shadow, who's ashamed over getting Zombot-ified due to his own foolishness but at least seems to have learned his lesson, and the Babylon Rogues, who fail at robbing Jewel again thanks to Rouge but avoid getting caught in the act. Overall, despite Eggman crashing the victory celebration in a last-ditch attempt to avert this trope, one of the darkest storylines in the history of the Sonic franchise ends with a well-earned and deserved happy ending for the heroes.
- Elaborate Underground Base: The Restoration's post-Metal Virus headquarters, introduced in Issue #37, is a large complex with (at least) a command center, a mechanics shop, and a central area that looks like a mall.
- Enemy Mine: In Issue 25, After the Zeti manage to get around Starline's plan to control them, Eggman and Metal Sonic and are forced to go to where the Restoration remnants are (in this case, Angel Island) and team with the protagonists to stop them and eliminate his Metal Virus. While Whisper wanted to kill Eggman for the virus claiming Tangle (and Eggman's prior murder of her old team, the Diamond Cutters), Cream insists on having Eggman help them to save her family and their friends. Likewise, Amy calls in the Babylon Rogues to come help as well since with all the Zombots around, they wouldn't have anyone to steal from if the world is conquered.
- Defied with Starline, who wants nothing to do with any of them and resolves to try to solve the problem himself, getting fired by Eggman as a result.
- Epic Fail:
- Eggman not only losing control of the Zombots to the Deadly Six, but also contracting his own Metal Virus from none other than Froggy.
Eggman: Get to their shuttle! Get out of here and—! (Trips on Froggy and gets infected) NO! NOT LIKE THIS!
- The Tangle & Whisper miniseries starts out with Tangle crashing into chili dog vendor's cart while upside-down.
- In Issue #37, Belle's Failure Montage while working in Restoration HQ's machine shop culminates in one of these. Tangle quickly stops the Disaster Dominoes and relieves Belle before the angry foreman can berate her further.
Tangle: You cause one little industrial accident, and you'll never hear the end of it. They should call it the "rules-toration", huh?
Belle: Ouff, this is a disaster.
- Eggman not only losing control of the Zombots to the Deadly Six, but also contracting his own Metal Virus from none other than Froggy.
- Episode of the Dead: Actually, 18 episodes/issues of Zombots.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In the Annual, the Babylon Rogues rob a museum full of Gems, and Storm accidentally grabs the curator, mistaking her shiny shell armor for a diamond. Upon finding her, Wave demands they return her as they're thieves, not kidnappers. Storm tosses her out of their ship and accidentally damages her wing, sending her falling, which makes Jet and Wave angrier because they didn't want her getting hurt.
- Evil Overlooker:
- The cover◊ for Issue #10 features Neo Metal Sonic looking down at Sonic and friends.
- Two of Issue #29's covers feature Sonic, Metal Sonic, Silver, and a giant Zavok, with the latter glaring down at the former three.
- Extremely Short Timespan: Issues #21-30, plus the concurrent 2020 Annual stories "Big's Big Adventure" and "The Catalyst", all take place over the course of about 36 hours. Totally justified, of course, since the heroes' Darkest Hour occurs on Day 1, and on Day 2, they soon find themselves in a Race Against the Clock to stop the Zeti and save Sonic from total infection. Sonic and Silver finally go Super seconds before Sonic succumbs, and from there, nailing Zavok and destroying the Metal Virus takes only a few minutes. By nightfall on Day 2, the Zombot Apocalypse is over, though the world now lies in ruins and Sonic is nowhere to be found.
- Face Plant: Happens occasionally to Tangle, although she quickly recovers from it every time.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: Wispons, which civilians in the series sometimes use to defend their towns from Eggman's Badniks. Whisper's former team, the Diamond Cutters, also used these before their demise and she herself uses a "Variable Wispon", which utilizes multiple different Wisp powers instead of just one.
- Eggman is known to possess a laser handgun, which he pulls on the Restoration while battling them in Issue #32.
- Taken Up to Eleven with Fang the Sniper's gun in the 30th Anniversary Special. Whereas in Archie Sonic it was an actual handgun, here it's just a cork-shooting popgun. While Fang can still hurt people with it, it's pretty much useless against Mighty.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence:
- In the 2019 Annual, Jewel's wing is cracked when Storm throws her out of the Babylon Rogues' airship.
- While he never actually goes through with them, Tumble occasionally makes some very graphic death threats. In Issue #13, he wants to crush Sonic's skull, and at the climax of Bad Guys, he threatens to turn Starline inside-out as revenge for hurting his brother, Rough.
- The deaths of the Diamond Cutters in the third Tangle & Whisper issue.
- Tangle's graphic Zombot-ification sequence at the end of Issue #24.
- In Issue #27, Zeena kicks Cream and holds her by the ears in front of several Zombots, one of whom scratches Cream's arm and infects her.
- In Issue #30, Metal Sonic skewers Gemerl through the chestfrom behind with his bare hand. As Cubot once said, it's pretty gruesome from a robot's perspective.
- On two occasions in Issue #32, Eggman shoots at Tails with his laser handgun, with the second shot just barely missing Tails' face.
- Mimic holds a knife to Starline's throat near the end of the third Bad Guys issue. In fact, he was going to stab Starline to death in his sleep earlier on, until Zavok talked him out of it.
- The Farmer and the Viper: Sonic and the leader of Windmill Village want the amnesiac Eggman to remain free, believing he could do more good as Mr. Tinker than he would in a cell. When Eggman regains his memories he creates the Metal Virus to turn the world into his slaves, with Windmill Village being turned into ground zero for the virus' launch.
- Eggman does it again at the climax of the Metal Virus story arc, after Amy saves him from an infected Big, into whom Eggman kicks her, getting her infected, before hightailing it. Luckily, he trips over an also-infected Froggy before he can escape and contracts hisown virus.
- Fastball Special:
- At one point in Issue #2, Sonic had Amy hit him with her hammer, firing him off like a croquet ball.
- During the climax of the fight in Issue 4, Tangle uses her tail as a slingshot to launch Sonic and Blaze into the carrier dropping Badniks onto Tangle's hometown.
- Sonic with Silver does an highly effective crowd-control version of this in Issue #8.
- Issue 28 ends with a supersized Zavok throwing handfuls of Zombots onto Angel Island. In his first handful are Shadow, Vector, Charmy, Tangle, Big, Cheese, and Chocola (whom he previously enslaved), much to Sonic and the other survivors' horror.
- Zavok chucks another mass of Zombots at Sonic and Metal Sonic in Issue 29, as they rush to get the final Chaos Emerald from him. Metal Sonic flies Sonic straight through the handful, impressively dodging every Zombot in it along the way.
- The Fellowship Has Ended: After putting down Neo Metal Sonic, Knuckles decides to disband the Resistance so he can get back to guarding the Master Emerald. Amy doesn't take that lightly.
- Fire, Water, Wind: Issues #39-40 have Sonic, Amy and Tails fighting a trio of red, blue and green Eggman robots called Egg Vipers. The red Viper is armed with flame throwers, the blue is armed with water cannons and the uses wind turbines.
- In Issue #12, Orbot brings up Eggman having a very bad track record with keeping a handle on the various evil forces he's harnessed over the years.True to form, his very next scheme—the Zombots—escapes his control remarkably fast.
- After returning to the future following Sonic Forces, Silver states in issue #8 that there was nothing left in the future but ruin and scarce metallic plantlife, with no people to be found. This is what will ultimately become of the world if the Metal Virus consumes it all; every living thing converted by the virus will eventually disintegrate into nothing after a few hundred years.
- From Bad to Worse: The Metal Virus Saga in a nutshell. The "Next Time..." text at the end of Issue #24 even literally says this.
- Girls' Night Out Episode: The "Trial By Fire" arc focuses on Amy, Tangle, Jewel, and Belle going on a camping trip and getting waylaid by a forest fire.
- Girls with Guns: Or rather, with Wispons. Some female civilians are shown using them during the "Fallout" arc, while Whisper uses a unique "Variable Wispon" as her Weapon of Choice.
- The Good Guys Always Win: As usual, due to Sega-imposed mandates, Sonic and co. always defeat Eggman or any other villain in the end, no exceptions. Even if Eggman does get the upper hand for a short period, Sonic has to overcome him in a subsequent issue. If a villain attacks but Sonic is not around, his friends Hold the Line until he shows up or, in some cases, save the day themselves.
- Godzilla Threshold:
- Blaze notes that using all the Sol Emeralds to enter her Super Mode is extremely risky, but decides that liberating Angel Island is worth that risk.
- The Metal Virus survivors' plan in "All or Nothing" is chalk-loaded with risks—especially Sonic and co.'s Enemy Mine with Eggman and Metal Sonic—but as Cream points out to Whisper, it's all worthwhile if it means restoring their Zombot-ified loved ones to normal and saving the world. Even Whisper (who hates Eggman even more than Cream claims to know) can't deny that logic.
- Another significant risk, as noted by Starline, is the Warp Topaz overloading from exposure to the Chaos Emeralds' power, with catastrophic results. The other survivors disregard his warnings, but Super Sonic and Super Silver eventually find out Starline was right when they notice the Warp Topaz overreacting to their powers. Since they're out of time and options, they carry on, destroying the Metal Virus, but thereafter the Warp Topaz explodes from the overload. The results aren't as bad as Starline feared, but Sonic vanishes without a trace.
- Gondor Calls for Aid:
- Issue #9 opens with the Resistance gathering every heroic character introduced over the previous eight issues in order to liberate Angel Island.
- Issue #25 has Amy call in the Babylon Rogues as they are the only other thieves besides Rouge that can help steal the Chaos Emeralds back from the Zeti.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Every time a major character gets infected during the Metal Virus saga, the scene cuts away before they succumb. Except for Tangle, whose Zombot conversion happens 100% on-page and in greater detail than the other transformations.
- Gratuitous Spanish: In Issue #7, after Sonic is put on the ropes, he notes that it's time to bail now that "señor Starfish-Head (AKA Neo Metal Sonic)'' entered the picture.
- Hartman Hips: Tangle, Rouge, and Zeena all have a pair of these.
- Heist Clash: The 2019 Annual story "Curse of the Pyramid" has Rough and Tumble planning to loot one of Eggman's abandoned bases. They run into Rouge who is interested in the treasure hidden in the base and naturally compete with her for who gets to rob the place. Rouge uses the rumors of a curse upon the base to scare the brothers away in order to protect some animals that have taken refuge within the base and is rewarded with the treasures she was seeking.
- Heroic Sacrifice: How most of the Metal Virus' named heroic victims are eliminated, though as mandated by Sega, all examples of this trope in the comic are non-fatal.
- Cheese and Chocola defend Cream and Vanilla from a Zombot, stalling it just long enough for Sonic to come to the rescue.
- Vector and Tangle each put up a Last Stand to cover the Restoration's retreat.
- Cream voluntarily drops out after getting infected, not wanting to pose a risk to her remaining friends once she succumbs.
- After the Babylon Rogues defeat Master Zik, Jet finds out Wave and Storm lost their Extreme Gear to the Zombots. While he could've escaped, since his own airboard is still working, Jet maroons himself on purpose to stay with his teammates, sending only his airboard back with Zik's Chaos Emerald. The trio ultimately avoid getting infected, but Jet's act still counts as this trope.
- During the final battle, Knuckles takes on Zombot!Shadow, condemning himself to the same fate in the process, to help buy Sonic and Silver time to defeat Zavok and destroy the Metal Virus.
- The villagers Sonic saves in the first issue are thrilled and awestruck to be in his presence, with one saying that the attack is worth it just to be able to say he winked at them.
- Tangle becomes this for Blaze after first seeing her in action.
Tangle: You. Are. Amazing!
- Silver gets excited when it appears that the Resistances Guardian Angel (Whisper the Wolf) is in the same Eggman base as them.
- Hope Spot: In #Issue 21, Tails manages to find the cure for the Zombots and goes to upload to Restoration HQ. Only for the Zombot-ified Cheese and Chocola to destroy his Wi-Fi and a Zombot that breaks into his workshop knocks the Server Blade carrying the information out of his hand. He's forced to flee before he make another copy. Not that it matters anyway, the HQ already fell due to another outbreak from within.
- Hurl It into the Sun: The ultimate fate of the Metal Virus, courtesy of Super Sonic, Super Silver, and the Warp Topaz.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Cream subverts this with Gemerl in Issue 27. When Zeena takes control of Gemerl with her Zeti powers and forces him to attack Cream, the rabbit doesn't actually fight him. Instead, she talks him into freeing himself and manages to get through to him. Zeena then uses a Chaos Emerald-powered means to [physically] control him like a puppet on a string, but Cream and Gemerl eventually turn it against her.
- Idiosyncratic Cover Art: The covers of the first four issues form a larger picture. From Issues 27-32, there's three more examples spanning two covers each.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
- In the first issue, an Egg Hammer hit by Sonic ends up falling onto the handle of its own mallet and skewering itself.
- In Issue #30, Metal Sonic plunges his hand through Gemerl's chest from behind to rescue Orbot and Cubot, as well as ensure Eggman's escape. While he remains functional and mobile, Gemerl (who was already damaged by the Zombots and Zeena earlier) doesn't fully recover from the hit until the end of Issue #36.
- Just Eat Gilligan: Espio and Shadow wanted the amnesiac Eggman to be imprisoned or killed respectively while Sonic managed to convince them to let him remain free and give him a chance to do good as Mr. Tinker. After Eggman regained his memories and released the Metal Virus, the two blamed Sonic for not allowing them to arrest or take out the doctor when they had the chance.
- Kick the Dog: Every villain in Sonic's Rogues Galleryloves doing this.
- Where does Eggman conduct a mass test of the Metal Virus? The same village that took him in as the amnesiac Mr. Tinker.
- Eggman specifically targets Vanilla and Cream's hometown just to hurt Sonic by way of hurting his friends.
- In Issue #26, while Sonic is trying to burn off the infection on a treadmill, Eggman and he get to talking with Eggman claiming Sonic spread most of the infection to the grass and trees during all his running around. Sonic doesn't believe it, but Eggman neither denies or refutes that claim, stating he purposefully put the thought into his mind. Considering Sonic's current state at that point, Sonic can't doubt it either, much to his annoyance.
- Zeena figuratively and literally does this to Cream during their fight in Issue #27. Gemerl is not happy, and punishes the Zeti near the end as a result.
Gemerl: You. Hurt. Cream.
- While his fellow Zeti just take control of random Zombots, Zavok picks out all of Sonic's Zombot-ified friends to be his personal horde's vanguard. In Issues #28-29, he sends eight of them—Shadow, Tangle, Vector, Charmy, Big, Cheese, Chocola, and Froggy—to face the Sonic and the other survivors on Angel Island. The infected and healthy heroes do battle, and the danger of infection aside, it pains the survivors to fight their loved ones. Zavok's dialogue in Issue #28 implies this was precisely what he was going for: forcing Sonic to face his turned friends just to add to the blue blur's misery.
Zavok: Can you see them from your hiding spot, Sonic? The faces of all the friends you've failed?
- King Mook: Eggman obtains Omega's disembodied head in Issue #30 and rebuilds his body, then builds a heavily-armed Humongous Mecha version of Omega around that and sics it on the Restoration. Omega is built into the mecha's core like a figurehead, which backfires on Eggman when removing him cripples it.
- Knight of Cerebus: The Deadly Six, anytime they're on-page. The Metal Virus also counts until Sonic and Silver eradicate it.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- In Issue #25, Eggman confiscates the Warp Topaz from Starline, fires him, and has Metal Sonic throw him off Angel Island to parts unknown via Starline's own portal. It serves him right, since him restoring Eggman to villainy was the catalyst for the Zombot Apocalypse, and by getting the Zeti involved, he made things worse than ever for heroes and villains alike.
- The Zeti gleefully use the Chaos Emeralds to take control of the Zombots and use them to attack people. So it's fitting that when the heroes steal the Emeralds back from them, they're left to be infected by the Zombots that are now free of their control.
- In Issue #29, Eggman shoves Amy into a Zombot Big, infecting her, and tries to escape in the Restoration airship. Just seconds later, Eggman trips on an also-Zombot Froggy and contracts his own Metal Virus.
- In Issue #31, Tails and Tangle rescue Rough and Tumble from the mining pit they were trapped in as Zombots. The skunk brothers laugh off the heroes' offer of redemption and run off to cause more trouble, only to immediately get lost in the mines.
- Later, in the Bad Guys miniseries, Starline finds Rough and Tumble back in jail. As it turns out, the duo returned to the same town they took over earlier in the series, but this time, the townspeople were ready for them. Rough openly admits it was a bad idea.
- At the climax of Chao Races and Badnik Bases, Starline triggers an avalanche in White Park to distract Sonic and Shadow while he makes off with a kidnapped Tails and Rouge. In the end, only Starline himself gets hurt by said avalanche.
- La Résistance: The Resistance from Sonic Forces is back and still active, since cleaning up after the war is no overnight matter, plus the Badnik army becoming more competent necessities their continuing operation. Amy tries to convince Sonic to join back with them in Issue #7, but he declines on the grounds that belonging to an organization is simply not his thing. That said, he does join back up with the others after learning that Neo Metal Sonic is the one in control of the Badniks. After Metal was defeated, Knuckles unofficially disbands the group, leading Amy to rebrand it into The Restoration.
- Let No Crisis Go to Waste:
- The Test Run arc turns out to be a case of this. Sonic and company investigate what they think was an Eggman plot at a tower with odd spatial properties but instead it's actually a testing ground for new Badniks. Orbot and Cubot panic over Dr. Eggman's reaction to the discovery of the tower, but Eggman decides to roll with it and unleash all the Badnik prototypes and mechs in training onto the intruders.
- In Zeti Hunt, the Zeti invade Restoration HQ at the same time Starline sneaks in, looking for Belle. Starline uses the ensuing chaos as cover and kidnaps Belle while Sonic and co. are preoccupied with the Zeti.
- Let's You and Him Fight:
- Issue #6 is all about a fight between Sonic and Shadow concerning what to do about Mr. Tinker, the amnesiac Eggman... which was set up by Rouge - she planned that a brawl with the blue blur would clear Shadow's head enough to consider not to outright murder the Doctor.
- Issue #18 has Gemerl and Sonic fighting for a brief period as Sonic is infected with the virus and Gemerl has been ordered to fight back any of the Zombots. Though Gemerl knows Sonic isn't fully infected he won't allow Sonic to remain in the area because he's too much of a risk while Sonic won't leave because too many people are in danger. Cream makes Gemerl apologize later.
- Issue #34 has a downplayed example when Sonic and Tails meet Belle for the first time. Sonic tries to fight her, but all she does is dodge until he steps on her tail, causing her to involuntarily back-kick him in the face. She apologizes and begs for mercy before Tails intervenes and tells Sonic to back off.
- Lie Back and Think of England: A rare non-sexual example: Dr. Starline tells Mr. Tinker to "lie back, relax, and think of Eggmanland" when about to painfully restore his memories of being Eggman.
- Limited Wardrobe: As usual, the game characters are limited solely to wearing their standard attire and nothing more, and are not allowed to change them regardless of context, per Sega imposed guidelines. On a more peculiar note, male characters (sans Eggman) aren't allowed to wear pants.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!":
- In Issue #28, the remaining Metal Virus survivors get one when they're faced with an army of Zombots, including their infected friends, being thrown towards Angel Island by a now-giant Zavok.
- In Issue #35, Amy, Cream, Belle, Gemerl, and Cheese get this when a shady merchant, whom Shadow KO'd earlier, recovers and sics his collection of Badniks on them.
- Happens twice in Zeti Hunt: first when the heroes learn the Zeti are attacking Restoration HQ, and then after the fight when they learn Belle was kidnapped by Starline.
- Moment Killer: A recurring Running Gag in the series, played for both drama and laughs.
- In Issue #5, Sonic's decided to leave the amnesiac Eggman in peace when Shadow and Rouge show up, the former seeking the doctor's destruction.
- Issue #30 has two instances of this trope:
- Cream and Gemerl's reunion with Vanilla amid dozens of cheering people is rudely interrupted by Zavok.
- Wave comments on Jet's noble act of sticking with her and Storm back in Issue #28, rather than save himself when he had the chance.note Jet's airboard was still working after the fight with Zik, but Wave and Storm lost their boards to Zik's Zombot horde, leaving them stranded. This prompts Jet to brag about how heroic and noble he was, ruining the moment.
- Issues #31-32 end and begin, respectively, with the series' ultimate example thus far.Everyone is celebrating the Metal Virus' demise when Eggman suddenly crashes the party in a giant battle mech, announcing his presence with what might as well be a comic book version of Chewing the Scenery.
Eggman: TREMBLE IN FEAR, FOOLS! I AM DR. EGGMAN—GREATEST OF PARTY CRASHERS IN THE FIERCEST OF PARTY CRUSHERS!
- Motive Rant: Starline gives one upon meeting Sonic and Silver in Issue #14, desiring to see if the former lives up to the hype of being Eggman's nemesis. They're unimpressed, viewing him as creepy and crazy.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Knuckles senses that something is wrong with the Master Emerald. Its revealed that Neo Metal Sonic is using it as his throne.
- Near-Villain Victory:
- The Metal Virus Saga amounts to an Up to Eleven case of "Team Rocket Wins", with Eggman and the Zeti coming dangerously close to a full victory several times.
- After losing control of the Metal Virus, Eggman, content with just making Sonic's life a living hell, plans on evacuating to another planet, leaving everyone else to die. He'd have gone through with it, too, if Starline hadn't screwed them both over by getting the Zeti involved.
- Zavok in Issue #29 is literally one nanosecond away from winning when Sonic and Silver finally go Super and turn the tables.
- In Issue #32, Eggman crashes the heroes' victory celebration and puts them on the backfoot before Sonic returns to stop him. Downplayed, as Sonic's friends were holding their own before he arrived; therefore, this example serves no purpose other than to give Sonic a Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Sonic, Tails, and Amy spend the vast majority of the Test Run arc stuck in a Reality Warper Eggman base. Eggman discovers their intrusion before they can escape and, after getting them on the ropes, prepares to kill them until Tangle comes to the rescue.
- In Issue #43, Zavok easily defeats Tangle and Whisper and comes dangerously close to killing Sonic and Tails before he finally goes down.
- The Metal Virus Saga amounts to an Up to Eleven case of "Team Rocket Wins", with Eggman and the Zeti coming dangerously close to a full victory several times.
- Never Recycle Your Schemes:
- After catching up on everything that happened while he was amnesiac, Eggman decides against repeating Neo Metal Sonic's recently defeated plan, even when Starline points out it could be tweaked to succeed. Instead, he moves on to something new.
- Starline learns this the hard way when he recycles Eggman's old scheme of controlling the Deadly Six. And just like Eggman, the six quickly overpower him and take control of his new plan.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- Nightmare Face: For an all-ages comic, the series has some very creepy examples of this trope. Evan Stanley and Adam Bryce Thomas are especially good at drawing these.
- Mimic the Octopus excels at this trope, due in part to his Black Eyes of Evil and the Skeleton Motif he uses to make himself look scarier. He plays it straightest when he shows his true form's eyes and mouth while still disguised as someone else.
- Neo Metal Sonic gives off one in Issue #10 as he starts to transform into Master Overlord.
- In Issue #24, Whisper makes a feral one when she breaks down over Tangle's Metal Virus infection, and the same issue's final shot has each of the Zeti wearing one, too (due to the glow of Starline's Warp Topaz).
- The Zombot heroes' silhouettes bear one each at the end of Issue #25.
- Giant!Zavok's face takes on a demonic look while he's shooting fireballs in Issue #29.
- Nobody Can Die: Per Sega mandates, characters from the games are equipped with adamantium level plot armor by default and cannot be killed off. Unfortunately, this means they can be subjected to a Fate Worse than Deathif the plot demands it, such as becoming Zombots (zombies with robot characteristics) with the Metal Virus.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished:
- Sonic rebuilds Metal Sonic after their battle at Angel Island as an act of compassion. Metal escapes Tails's workshop and ends up being what restores Mr. Tinker's memories of being Dr. Eggman.
- Sonic saving Tinker from Shadow also qualifies.
- Referred to by name by Eggman when he "rewards" the village that took him in as Mr. Tinker by making them ground zero of the Metal Virus plague.
- Much later, Amy defends Eggman from a Zombot Big. She quickly pays for doing so as Eggman kicks her into Big, infecting her.
- Sonic rebuilds Metal Sonic after their battle at Angel Island as an act of compassion. Metal escapes Tails's workshop and ends up being what restores Mr. Tinker's memories of being Dr. Eggman.
- No Hugging, No Kissing: Per Sega mandates, none of the game characters in the comic can have a steady relationship, and Amy cannot like anyone but Sonic, and Sonic and Amy cannot date at all as they would lose their dynamic.
- Non-Standard Character Design: If you look close enough at Tumble, you'll see that he has no gloves on. Aside from the animal friends (Flickies and the like), all animal-based characters in the Sonic games are depicted wearing gloves. In the same vein Tangle has finger-less gloves.note This wasn't the case in the pre-reboot Archie Sonic comics, but those didn't tend to follow the same design rules.
- No Name Given: "Sonic's planet"/"this planet". In order to move away from the Archie continuity, the writers can no longer name the planet "Mobius" by SEGA's executive order. Just like in Sonic X, Sonic's world is unnamed and the writers have to use oddly long euphemisms whenever they talk about Sonic's homeworld, such as the Zeti awkwardly referring to the world as "The planet that Sonic and Eggman fight over."
- Subverted with the Zombots. They're basically indestructible and some characters who get infected (especially Big) take no damage whatsoever, but they'll all crumble to dust within two centuries, as described by Eggman and Silver.
- Likewise, robotic characters are immune to the Metal Virus, which cannot convert inorganic matter. However, Zavok (while in his giant form) is able to grab whole handfuls of Zombots without getting infected.
- In All or Nothing, Amy is matched against Zomom and later a Zombot Big, both of whom defeat her hammer attacks using Kevlard. Her classic self gets the same results while hammering at Bark the Polar Bear in the 30th Anniversary Special.
- In Issue #28, Zazz shrugs off a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Espio, Zavok having given him worse before. Much to Zazz' fury, Espio makes off with his Chaos Emerald anyhow.
- Mighty in the 30th Anniversary Special no-sells Fang's cork gun, a claw-swipe from Metal Sonic, and an energy blast from Heavy King using his shell.
- Subverted with the Zombots. They're basically indestructible and some characters who get infected (especially Big) take no damage whatsoever, but they'll all crumble to dust within two centuries, as described by Eggman and Silver.
- Oh, Crap!: A number of examples from both sides. Belle's variation (replacing "crap" with "sawdust") in particular is said often enough to be her unofficial Catchphrase.
- In issue #7, "Eggman" begins raving about his plans...only for Sonic to take the wind out of his sails rather bluntly:
Sonic: (makes "time out" gesture) Whoa-whoa-whoa! Save the rant, faker.
- Silver's word-for-word reaction at the end of Issue #8 to learning that Angel Island has been conquered.
- Rough also says this word-for-word in Issue #15, when the drill tank he and Tumble are driving almost falls down a mine shaft.
- Issue #27: Eggman and Sonic get one when the Faceship, now under Zavok's control, appears above Angel Island.
- Issue #33: Amy gets one en route to White Park when she spots Shadow standing in the middle of the road dead ahead.
- In issue #7, "Eggman" begins raving about his plans...only for Sonic to take the wind out of his sails rather bluntly:
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- In the first issue, after defeating the Badniks that attack the town, Tails notes that, since the attack was more coordinated, this doesn't reek of Eggman since he always likes to make a showing of his attacks. The lack of fanfare's a bit spooky. It's also a hint that it's not Eggman leading the Empire at the moment, but Neo Metal Sonic.
- Sonic and pretty much all his friends go through this during the Metal Virus saga. After Zombots overrun Restoration HQ, Tails' labs, and Spiral Hill Village with Vanilla, Vector, and Tangle being assimilated into the hordes, all of Sonic and co.'s morale goes out the window. During the climax arc, "All or Nothing", not only are all the comic-relief characters Zombots, but the survivors are too depressed, demoralized, and desperate to be upbeat about diddlysquat.
- One-Winged Angel:
- Issue 10 ends with Neo Metal Sonic using the Master Emerald's power to become Master Overlord, as whom he fights the Resistance in Issue 11.
- At the end of Issue 28, Zavok changes into his giant form from Sonic Lost World, setting the stage for the climax of the entire Metal Virus arc in Issue 29.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Anyone succumbing to the Metal Virus don't actually die and become undead in order to become "Zombots". They are instead "programmed" to act like zombies while encased in a super contagious liquid metal coating, forcing them to infect anyone around them. Compared to classic Zombies, who bite other victims, Zombots only need to touch someone for the infection to spread, making them far more dangerous. To make matters worse, the infection accelerates when fighting another Zombot while infected.
- Out-Gambitted: The Zeti plan on taking control of the Zombots to take revenge on Eggman and Sonic, but Starline sees this coming and is prepared to seizing control of them in turn. Unfortunately, he didn't take into account the Restraining Bolt getting stolen by the Zeti.
- Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females: The males go pantsless or almost naked while females wear full clothing without exception. This is one of the many, many mandates issued by SEGA. There are occasional exceptions, however, as in Issue #42, a female Restoration soldier is pantsless like the male soldiers.
- Plot Armor: Sonic's speed was the only thing that kept him from becoming a full Zombot, and even this was implied to deteriorate, as pointed out by Gemerl. Luckily, the plan to use the Warp Topaz and Chaos Emeralds helped eliminate the Metal Virus before it completely overtook him.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
- Precision F-Strike: Issue #8 sees Silver drop an "Oh, Crap!" when he and Sonic learn about the situation with Angel Island.
- Pushed at the Monster: In the climax of the Metal Virus arc, the heroes are beset by Zombots on Angel Island and have to hold out till Sonic and Silver can enact their plan to reverse the virus. Amy tries to save Eggman from a Zombot!Big but her hammer does nothing to him. However, Eggman uses the opportunity to kick her into Big and try and flee via a shuttle. He doesn't get far, as he slips on a likewise Zombot!Froggy and gets the virus on him anyway.
- Rapid-Fire "No!":
- Charmy's "Oh, Crap!" reaction in Issue #17 right before the Zombots seize and infect him.
- Tangle does this in the Tangle & Whisper miniseries' second issue when the Arc Villain locks her in a safe, triggering her Claustrophobia.
- In Issue #32, Eggman yells this just before Sonic frees Omega from the doctor's Humongous Mecha.
- Redemption Rejection:
- After defeating Metal Sonic, Sonic offers him a truce. Metal responds by slapping Sonic's hand away and fleeing. Sonic brushes it off at first, but after the Zombot plague is unleashed, he expresses genuine disappointment that Metal returned to Eggman's side, helping turn his master back to his old self in the process.
Sonic: You just had to go back to him, didn't you? You couldn't be like Gemerl or Omega. You just had to be a one-note jerk.
- By returning to villainy after his amnesia was cured, Eggman embraces this trope in a way, as shown by his Ignored Epiphany moment in Issue #23.
- After the Metal Virus is destroyed, Tails and Tangle rescue Rough and Tumble and offer them a chance at redemption for their past crimes, since they were tricked by Eggman into Zombot-ifying themselves. The skunk brothers just laugh it off and run away.
- After defeating Metal Sonic, Sonic offers him a truce. Metal responds by slapping Sonic's hand away and fleeing. Sonic brushes it off at first, but after the Zombot plague is unleashed, he expresses genuine disappointment that Metal returned to Eggman's side, helping turn his master back to his old self in the process.
- The Reveal:
- Issue #5 reveals Eggman has amnesia after his latest defeat and has taken up a much kinder identity as "Mr. Tinker".
- Issue #7 reveals the mysterious figure controlling Eggman's army is Neo Metal Sonic as he attempts to find Eggman while taking over the world in his stead. And at the end of the issue, we find out he's conquered Angel Island.
- Issue #11 reveals Mr. Tinker really is an amnesiac Dr. Eggman. He is kidnapped by Dr. Starline, a mad scientist that forcefully re-implants his memories.
- Issue #30 reveals Sonic ended up in Blaze's world after he and Silver destroyed the Metal Virus.
- Issue #35 reveals the hooded figure stalking the heroes in White Park is Dr. Starline himself.
Starline: (To Tails) A-A-Ah, sidekick...I'll handle the dramatic reveal, thank-you-very-much!
- Issue #40 reveals the identity of Belle's long-lost creator: Eggman himself, while he was "Mr. Tinker".
- Issue #44 reveals Belle's Dark and Troubled Past in full detail, from shortly after her creation all the way up to when she first met Sonic and Tails.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Tails, Cream, Charmy, Jewel, the Chao species, and Depending on the Artist, Tangle.
- Ruins for Ruins' Sake: The Emeraldville Ruins, a town laid to waste during the war in Sonic Forces. This is where Blaze helps Silver make a garden in the 2019 Annual. After the Metal Virus Saga, Restoration HQ is relocated under the ruins, with the tool shed in Silver's garden housing a secret elevator that acts as a backdoor entrance to the base.
- Say My Name:
- In Issue #24, Whisper tearfully screams out Tangle's name after learning she contracted the Metal Virus.
- In Issue #36, Rouge flees when Cream unwittingly busts her and Amy by telling Vanilla about the White Park incident. Thus left to face Vanilla by herself, an irate Amy screams Rouge's name.
- Scenery Porn: Plenty. To name but a few locations:
- Angel Island (of course).
- Spiral Hill Village (Tangle and Jewel's hometown) and the surrounding areas.
- Silver's "Good Future" after the destruction of the Metal Virus.
- Blaze's palace in the Sol Dimension.
- The new Restoration HQ, as first seen in Test Run. Belle and Charmy are amazed upon first seeing it.
- Winterburg, the snowy town where Master Zik fights the Babylon Rogues over a Chaos Emerald and later observes a fight between Sonic and Eggman.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: By All or Nothing, every Comic Relief hero, including resident Plucky Comic Relief Tangle, has become a Zombot, and Sonic's own comical traits have receded due to his trauma and fatigue. Due to those characters' infections sidelining them, said arc's Played for Laughs moments are largely limited to Knuckles' Skewed Priorities, Rouge's antics, and Eggman's comeuppance by Zombot!Froggy.
- Shoot the Dog: When pushed into a risky Quarantine situation with the Zombots, Team Chaotix end up prioritizing healthy people over the partially infected whom they leave behind hoping that they can come back with a cure later. Charmy takes issue with it and tries to go back, only to become infected as well. In the end, Espio drags Vector onto the escape ship before he can go back and attempt a rescue.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!:
- In Issue #11, Master Overlord is ranting about his superiority to Sonic, only for Whisper to shoot him in the face.
Sonic: Nice shot, Whisper! Ten points for dramatic timing!
- In Issue #30, Zavok refuses to concede defeat as he fends off Tangle, Whisper, and the Chaotix, only to be restrained by Silver and captured.
Silver: Then you'll be crushed!
- In Issue #11, Master Overlord is ranting about his superiority to Sonic, only for Whisper to shoot him in the face.
- Silence Is Golden: Metal Sonic's short story in the 2020 Annual, Reflections follows the non-speaking robot. There's no speaking until the end where Dr. Starline shows up and scolds him.
- Simultaneous Arcs: Issues 21-23 (during the Last Minute Arc) take place at the same time. #21 from Tails perspective after Amy called him (while trying to create a cure for the Metal Virus). #22 showing what happened on Amy's end after she made the call (before the fall of Restoration HQ) and #23 showing what Sonic was doing as events happened in the former two issues (facing Eggman after his amnesia).
- Issues 26-28 (during the All or Nothing Arc) has Sonic's friends travel to separate parts of the world to take 5 Chaos Emeralds back from five of the Deadly Six at the same time. Justified as they had to prevent them from warning each other. Near the end of 28, everyone makes it back with 5 of the Emeralds. Well, almost everyone note Cream the Rabbit is infected by the virus, so Gemerl sends the Chaos Emerald to the portal of the rendezvous point, choosing to stay with Cream until the crisis is over. Jet the Hawk does the same to stay with his fellow Babylon Rogues in a Last Stand against a Zombot horde.
- Sinister Silhouettes: Starting in Issue #25, villains are occasionally presented in this manner (usually with the obligatory pupillessGlowing Eyes of Doom). If a silhouetted villain's mouth is visible, a Nightmare Face often results.
- All of Sonic's friends who become Zombots appear this way at the end of Issue #25 and early in Issue #29. This includes Knuckles after he gets infected in the latter issue.
- Zavok is silhouetted on Issue #29's B-Cover. He is also shown looming over Cream in this manner in Issue #30, and again (to a degree) over Zazz in Issue #41.
- Eggman, and the Humongous Mecha he intergrated Omega into, are presented in this manner at the end of Issue #31, with all but the mech's claws being draped in shadow. Doubles as The Darkness Gazes Back.
- One panel in Issue #42 has Starline silhouetted as he approaches Belle.
- Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Frozen Peak, Winterburg, and White Park.
- Spoiler Cover: Happens a lot, but so far the "All or Nothing" and "Out of the Blue" issues take the cake.
- Certain covers for Issues 25 and 27 do a damn fine job spoiling which characters survive and/or get infected.note Issue 25's RI-B cover depicts the Zombot heroes separate from the healthy ones, but Tangle is hidden so well that her fate in the previous issue is kept ambiguous until later; Cream's infection, on the other hand, is spoiled outright by Issue 27's main cover.
- A convention-exclusive cover for Issue 29 big time spoiled the appearance of Super Silver in that issue.
- The Idiosyncratic Cover Art for Issues 31-32 spoil where the heroes celebrate the demise of the Metal Virusnote The bell tower in the background is a landmark building in Spiral Hill Village, Tangle's hometown., as well as Eggman's attack on them using Omega and how Sonic returns to stop him.note Namely, dropping out of the sky on fire after Blaze sends him home.
- A hooded figure stalks the heroes for much of the "Chao Races and Badnik Bases" arc. For those following the Bad Guys miniseries along with the main series, Issue 35's RI-B cover spoils who this hooded figure is: Dr. Starline.
- Status Quo Is God:
- Per mandates imposed by Sega, none of the game characters can have character development unless approved, and SEGA Characters cannot be changed in any way unless approved, so don't expect any major or long-lasting shakeups in the series.
- Admit it, from the moment you saw Mr. Tinker, you knew that he would go back to being Eggman again before the first year wrapped up. Though, it's still quite impressive SEGA even let it last for a year at ALL, given how strict they are on this comic. It certainly lasted longer than Sonic's amnesia, which came and went in the span of two issues.
- Discussed in Issue #26. Sonic calls Eggman and Metal Sonic out on their Redemption Rejection and reminds Eggman of the good he could do as Mr. Tinker. However, Eggman smugly declares he is who he is and that's just the way he likes it, before making a Kick the Dog speech. With that, Sonic gives up and bitterly concedes to this trope, telling his two main nemeses they'll go back to being enemies once the Metal Virus is no more; Eggman reponds that they never stopped being enemies in the first place. Later, after Eggman's defeat in Issue #32, Sonic laments they'll keep fighting for a long time and hopes, in vain, that the doctor will come around someday.
- Story Arc: The comic's story pans out in multiple smaller arcs that are tied together by an overarching narrative.
- The first arc, running from Issues #1-#12, features the Sonic characters rebuilding after the events of Forces, dealing with Eggman's army as it comes under the control of Neo Metal Sonic, and trying to figure out the mystery of where Eggman himself disappeared to.
- The second arc, running from Issues #13-#32 (plus the 2020 Annual), has Eggman, now restored to power, unleashing the Metal Virus on the world and turning heroes and villains alike into Zombots. After losing control of the Zombots to the Deadly Six, Eggman is forced to help Sonic and the gang end the plague, only to betray them after the Metal Virus is gone and try one last time to kill them as they begin rebuilding.
- The third and current arc, spanning Issues #33-#50 and the Bad Guys and Imposter Syndrome miniseries, features Sonic and co. tying up some loose ends as the world rebuilds from the Zombot Apocalypse. Meanwhile, in the wake of his fallout with Eggman in Issue #25, Starline creates his own villainous faction and plots to surpass his former idol.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Sonic and Eggman take to calling those infected by the Metal Virus "Zombots".
- Suddenly SHOUTING!:
- Whisper does this whenever she breaks characterand raises her voice.
- Silver's Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap! moment in Issue #8.
- Neo Metal Sonic's Jump Scare moment in Issue #10 as he begins to go One-Winged Angel, announcing the last pieces of his plan are in place.
- Jet's above-mentioned Pre Ass Kicking One Liner in Issue #28.
- Knuckles to Sonic in Issue #29, while facing down their infected allies:
Sonic: Yeah, it looks bleak, but I've got a plan. Trust me.
Knuckles: You better... (Punches Zombot!Shadow and infects himself) OR I'M SO GOING TO HAUNT YOU!
- Amy's above-mentioned Say My Name moment in Issue #36.
- Played for Laughs in Issue #39, when Tangle tricks Orbot and Cubot into giving her a lead on where Sonic, Tails, and Amy are trapped.
- Suicidal Overconfidence:
- As usual, this is one of Eggman's biggest flaws and one of the main reasons he always loses. His mismanagement of the Metal Virus, for example, not only results in the Zombots escaping his control but he himself getting infected before Sonic and Silver save the day.
- Shadow is convinced that being the Ultimate Lifeform will protect him from the Metal Virus. He's wrong.
- Super Mode: Super Sonic is mentioned several times, although he doesn't appear until the climax of the Metal Virus saga in Issue #29. There's also Burning Blaze, Super Silver, and Super Neo Metal Sonic.
- Synchronous Episodes: Issues #21, #22, and #23 all take place at the same time. "The Catalyst" from the 2020 Annual also happens during this time period, as does part of "Big's Big Adventure" (also from the 2020 Annual).
- Take That!:
- Eggman rushing production of his Metal Virus but dismissing the mutation as something to fix later is essentially a dig at gaming companies who tend to release buggy and unfinished games and having to fix it in DLC patches note Which Sega is likewise guilty of i.e Sonic Boom.
- In Issue #41, after Sonic calls him "Baldy McNosehair" (again), Eggman angrily retorts that said quote isn't funny. This is a nod to how a lot of fans feel about the perceived overuse of such dialogue in the games, especially throughout The New '10s.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
- In general, the Restoration proves that it's NOT the Knothole Freedom Fighters through this trope. Amy tries to bring Sonic back into the fold and have him lead the group, but he refuses as it doesn't gel with his carefree, never staying put in one place attitude. When Angel Island is saved, Knuckles immediately abandons the group to be guardian of the Master Emerald again and, by issue #31, Amy is so overwhelmed by the logistics of it all that she tosses the reins to Jewel.
- After Sonic and Tails beat the Egg Hammers in Issue #1, they look back at the town they just saved and see the damage caused, with some of the townsfolk again panicked. In addition, Tails is still worried about possibly losing Sonic again.
- In Issue #15, Sonic and Amy explore an abandoned base of Eggman's that the Resistance managed to raid and liberate prisoners from during the war. However, Amy glumly mentions they lost people as well, showcasing that the war against Eggman indeed had causalities on their side.
- In Issue #22, we see the Resistance HQ can only hold so many uninfected since they're all in a small building and housing millions on people from cities they evacuated. And not surprisingly, miss whomever was infected. One of them manages to get into the base, hiding that the Metal Virus got on him until ultimately he succumbs. This, combined with the Zombot-ified Charmy that Vector and Espio brought in breaking free from his container, ends up infecting the base in no time.
- In Issue #25, Starline's attempt to use the Cacophonous Conch to control the Deadly Six fails as he didnt know the Restraining Bolt only works when it's blown into.
- Even though the direct effects of the Metal Virus were reversed, it still had a lasting impact. When the girls go camping in Issue #45, the camp director warns them that, since metal plants don't absorb water, the entire region's rather dry, and warns them to be extremely careful about their fire use.
- Tempting Fate:
- Issue 17 starts with the Chaotix being informed of the Metal Virus. While they heed the warning, Vector assures Charmy it shouldn't be coming through their door anytime soon. Not a second later, the door is kicked in and Zombots start coming into their office. The trio make their way outside only to see Eggman attacking the city with the virus.
- In Issue 23, after losing the data for a Metal Virus cure and hearing about the concurrent mishaps on his friends' ends, Sonic tiredly remarks that at least things can't get any worse. They do.
- Near the end of Issue 31, Tangle tells Whisper to let the Babylon Rogues enjoy the victory celebration, saying she'd rather not have another fight in her hometown so soon after the Metal Virus plague ended. Whisper understands, but just seconds later, Eggman shows up to crash the party, hoping to murder the heroes while Sonic is M.I.A..
Tangle: You gotta be kiddin' me!
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: When Starline attempts to kill Sonic with a bombing, Eggman is furious, both because he views Sonic as his to defeat, and because he sees a mere bomb as a barbaric and unsophisticated means of victory.
- E-123 Omega believes only he has the right to destroy Eggman, asserting so when he and Cream stop an embittered Whisper from killing the evil doctor.
- The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Eggman's password is always a variation of "Hate That Hedgehog". In the case of the base visited by Sonic and Amy in Issue 15, it's H4T3TH4TH3DGEH0G
- This Cannot Be!:
- Shadow is dumbfounded when he's infected by the Metal Virus, as he had thought that him being the Ultimate Lifeform would prevent that.
- Espio's reaction when he tries to steal a Chaos Emerald from Zazz and is caught in the act when Zazz sniffs him out. Espio didn't think Zazz could detect him while he was invisible and is shocked when he's detected regardless.
- Time Skip: As it carries on from Sonic Forces (or at least in a continuity similar to it), it's set one month after the ending of that game. The Resistance, who disbanded after the events of the war against Eggman, have regrouped due to both realizing restoration efforts are going to take much longer than expected and that some of Eggman's Badniks are still running amok and causing chaos.
- A short time, ranging from a few days to a week or two, elapses between Issues 12-13 and 30-31.
- Truer to the Text: Sonic and his friends skew much closer to their video game selves than the previous continuity. The biggest change is Sonic, whose portrayal dumps the 24+ year idea of being the team player and a slight womanizer with the Totally Radical attitude in favor of the gold-hearted loner who cares for his friends but hates the idea of being anchored down in one spot, preferring to run off to his next adventure.
- Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: Downplayed with the Metal Virus. Eggman does spend a few issues testing its limits but Starline feels that he ended up pushing the project out too quickly with only a basic amount of data gathered on it.
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Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics)
Comic book series
For a list of all Sonic-related comics series, see List of Sonic the Hedgehog comics. For the comic series debuting in April 2018, see Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW Publishing).
Sonic the Hedgehog was an American comic book series published by Archie Comics, in partnership with Sega. The series was based on Sega's video game franchise as well as DiC Entertainment's 1993 animated series of the same name. After initially beginning with a four issue miniseries between 1992 and 1993, the first full-length issue of the comic was published in July 1993. The series ran for 290 issues for over 20 years, earning a place in the 2008 Guinness World Records for being the "longest-running comic series based on a video game", and it became the longest-running franchise-based comic series in 2015, surpassing Marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian (which ran for 275 issues) before it was confirmed cancelled in July 2017 (although the comics ceased release in January of that year), following Sega and Archie Comics' decision to discontinue their business relationship. The series features a cast of hundreds of characters, consisting of those derived from the Sonic games and those original to the comics, with stories focused on a crime-fighting organization called the Freedom Fighters, led by Sonic, as they face off against series antagonist Doctor Eggman alongside a variety of other villains.
While the series largely consists of its own continuity, certain issues implemented aspects of the Sonic video games into their plots and settings. Following a lawsuit in 2013 by former writer Ken Penders, Archie rebooted the series, removing several characters from the comics' continuity and moving it closer to that of the games. Over its history, the series has seen a number of spin-off publications being created – these include Sonic Universe, which focuses on stories revolving around different side characters from the main series; Knuckles the Echidna, focusing on adventures involving Knuckles and his friends the Chaotix; Sonic X, a comic series based on the 2003 Japanese anime of the same name; and Sonic Boom, a comic series based on both the cartoon series and the video game series of the same name. In addition, the comic series has had two crossovers with Archie's Mega Man comic-book series, based on the Mega Man video games from Capcom.
A succeeding series of Sonic comics by IDW Publishing began serialization from April 2018, following IDW's acquisition of the Sonic license. Ian Flynn, who formerly worked on the Archie series, was recruited by IDW to help with producing stories for the new series.
The Sonic the Hedgehog comic debuted in the US as a four-part miniseries (cover-dated 1992 to February 1993). This was followed up a few months later by the series Sonic the Hedgehog (July 1993 – December 2016). Numerous one-shot specials and several reprint series' followed.
The comics follow the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends, called the Freedom Fighters, who battle against the evil Doctor Robotnik. Initially based on the plot of the 1993 animated series, the comic later incorporated elements from the video games and other media. Ken Penders, former writer of the comic, sued Sega, EA, and Archie Comics for copyright infringements, leading to a continuity reboot with all established characters created by Penders and other writers being removed, save those of current writer Ian Flynn, who penned the new continuity, and those created for assorted animated series, which Sega retains the rights to. The new continuity is a world much more closer to the world depicted in Sega's games.
The original universe, which remained canon until the comic's 247th issue, is set on the planet Mobius, an alternate version of Earth where animals were mutated into the anthropomorphic Mobians. Dr. Robotnik is depicted as a tyrant, ruling from Robotropolis, following a coup d'état against the Kingdom of Acorn. A small band of heroes, the Freedom Fighters, fight back against his forces from the secluded village of Knothole. Amongst the group are Sonic, his best friend Miles "Tails" Prower, love interest and team leader Princess Sally Acorn, French-accented Antoine D’Coolette, cybernetic Bunnie Rabbot, technician Rotor the Walrus, and Sally's handheld computer Nicole. Other allies like Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose, and Sonic's Uncle Chuck join them in later chapters. Robotnik in turn is aided by his nephew Snively.
Robotnik meets his demise in the fiftieth issue, erased from existence by his own superweapon. An alternate version of Robotnik from a parallel world becomes the lead antagonist, first introduced as "Robo-Robotnik", but later takes on the name of Dr. Eggman. New antagonists were introduced, including the evil sorcerer Ixis Naugus; Scourge the Hedgehog, Sonic's evil counterpart from a parallel universe; and the Dark Egg Legion, a union of other factions like the Iron Dominion and the echidna-led Dark Legion. Game storylines like Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 were adapted, introducing Shadow the Hedgehog as a recurring character.
The Xorda, an extraterrestrial race whose past actions led to the creation of Mobius and evolved anthropomorphic animals, try to destroy the planet. Sonic defeats them, only to end up lost in space, but returns home a year later. Sally's father, King Maximillian, is poisoned by Antoine's evil counterpart, Patch, and hands the throne over to his son Prince Elias. For a brief time, Snively defects to the Freedom Fighters only to betray them, bombing Knothole with the Egg Fleet. The citizens are imprisoned in the Egg Grapes, but Sonic frees them. Nicole uses nanites to create New Mobotropolis. Tails’ father Amadeus tries to bring democracy to the city against the monarchy, Sally preventing a civil war by establishing the Council of Acorn, consisting of royal and public officials.
Eggman has a mental breakdown due to his failed attempts to control the planet and is temporarily institutionalized, allowing Snively and the Iron Queen, Regina Ferrum, to take over his empire, leading to a lengthy war against the Freedom Fighters. Naugus comes to rule New Mobotropolis as king, due to a deal Sally's father made with him. Eggman returns to power and sanity, unleashing the Genesis Wave, altering the world, but Sonic reverses it. Sally sacrifices herself to stop Eggman's superweapon, the World Roboticizer, and becomes a robot. The Freedom Fighters reform as Team Freedom, Team Fighters, and the Secret Freedom Fighters to combat Eggman and Naugus.
Eggman activates a second Genesis Wave, transporting himself, Sonic, and other characters into the world of Mega Man, leading to the crossover Worlds Collide. A second crossover Worlds Unite happened in 2015, featuring characters from other Sega and Capcom titles.
The original multiverse ceased to exist when Dr. Eggman launched the Super Genesis Wave in conjunction with Dr. Wily, causing the Prime Zone (Sonic's World Dimension) to be irreversibly rewritten and the multiverse surrounding it to collapse in on itself, destroying every prior known reality (with the exception of the Special Zone and the Sol Zone, Blaze's World Dimension, the latter due to the Jeweled Scepter) and creating new ones in their place.
Sonic and Dr. Eggman maintain their memories of the original continuity, which are then shared with Tails, Sally, Rotor, Antoine, Bunnie, Amy Rose, and Naugus when they make contact with Nicole. However, this world is altered by the second Genesis Wave and Earth is split apart, awakening Dark Gaia, leading to the events of Sonic Unleashed. The comic also introduces Naugus’ sister Wendy, a witch who pledges allegiance to Eggman and plots to gain the Cacophonic Conch.
Spin-offs and other related series
The series was originally published as a four issue mini-series, with the first issue labeled as "issue 0". At the end of the fourth issue of the series, it was announced that Sonic would return in a regular series, and the next issue was published as "issue 1" of the regular series.
Alongside the main Sonic series, Archie Comics published various special issues. Longer than typical issues of the comic, these specials feature stories involving Sonic and other related characters. Several miniseries have also been published, featuring characters such as Sally Acorn, Tails and Knuckles.
Because of the popularity of the specials and Miniseries featuring Knuckles, in 1997, Knuckles the Echidna became an ongoing series. Knuckles' stories featured its own cast of characters, including the Chaotix. In 2000, the series was cancelled, but the stories were continued in the pages of Sonic the Hedgehog until it was phased out completely by Sonic issue 125. In this form, a typical issue of Sonic included a Sonic story and a second, shorter Knuckles story afterwards, though eventually this phased out as well.
To allow for stories that focused more on side characters than primarily on Sonic-most notably the other characters featured in the Sega games-the Sonic Universe comic line was introduced. This series has included a wide range of characters previously introduced in other comic issues, as well as allowing for the introduction of additional characters to the comic cast. Typically, the series is broken up into four-issue long story arcs focusing on a select character or group of characters, though one-issue stories have also been released.
Archie has also produced two Sonic series based on other branches of the Sonic franchise, namely the Sonic X anime and the Sonic Boom cartoon. The Sonic X series began in September 2005, and ended after forty issues in January 2009, the last of which featured a crossover story with the main Sonic the Hedgehog series that served as a prequel to the first Sonic Universe issue. The Sonic Boom line began in October 2014, and was later incorporated into Worlds Unite before concluding with its eleventh issue in September 2015.
The Archie Sonic series has also produced several Free Comic Book Day issues, which typically feature either reprints of older issues or new stories that fit into the series continuity. Since 2013 these issues have served as a combination free comic special with the Mega Man series; a free Sonic issue serving as a prequel to Sonic Lost World was also released in 2013 for Halloween Comic Fest. Various compilations have also been put together, such as the Sonic Saga Series, Sonic Archives and Knuckles Archives, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe and standalone graphic novels, Sonic Legacy, Best of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Super Digest and Sonic Super Special Magazine. Following Worlds Collide the latter two series and the Free Comic Book Day issues began featuring stories in a series entitled "Sonic Comic Origins", which detailed the histories of various characters in the post-reboot continuity.
A short, three panel comic strip similar to those found in a newspaper at the end of some issues called Off-Panel. It was originally found in the main series of comics, and was later continued in the spinoff series Sonic Universe. Earlier strips involved fictional version of staff interacting with comic characters, while later strips removed this element, it always retains elements of comical gags relating to the issues main story, often containing fourth wall breaking.
See also: List of Sonic the Hedgehog characters and Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series) § Characters
The comic book has had a large cast of characters, primarily originating from the video games, the 1993 animated series, and other media. A number of characters were created by various writers including Ken Penders, Ian Flynn, Michael Gallagher, Karl Bollers, Scott Fulop, and Dan Slott. Following Penders' lawsuits against Sega and Electronic Arts, and later against Archie Comics, the continuity of the comic was rebooted into a new timeline, removing most of the characters created by previous writers, save Flynn. Due to the large cast, only major and recurring characters are included in this section.
The central protagonists of the comic, the Freedom Fighters are a resistance movement who battle against Dr. Eggman and various other antagonists for the freedom of their planet. The main faction are the Knothole Freedom Fighters, led by Sonic the Hedgehog and Princess Sally Acorn, who operate from the village of Knothole in the Great Forest.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: The main protagonist, a blue hedgehog capable of running at supersonic speeds. The leader of the Knothole Freedom Fighters, Sonic and his friends fight to protect their home from Dr. Eggman and other antagonists. He is characterized as being naturally heroic, cocky, free-spirited, loyal to his friends, and enjoys eating chili dogs. In the original continuity, he was the son of Jules and Bernadette Hedgehog, who were both roboticized. He is viewed as a legendary figure in his home dimension, and throughout the multiverse. In the "Mobius: X Years Later" arc, set in an alternate future, Sonic became King of Mobius, married to his love interest Sally Acorn, and had two children named Sonia and Manik (sharing their names with Sonic's siblings in Sonic Underground). Sonic has shown an ability to transform into super forms, like Super Sonic, when using the power of the Chaos Emeralds and other magical devices.
- Princess Sally Acorn: Co-leader of the Freedom Fighters and Sonic's main love interest. A 16-year-old chipmunk, Sally is a mature, firm, kind, and tomboyish character. Taken to Knothole as a child during Dr. Robotnik's coup d'état, she grew up to lead the Freedom Fighters against the Eggman Empire. In the original continuity, she was daughter of King Maximillian and Queen Alicia, and had an older brother, Prince Elias, who ascended the throne after her father's abdication. Sally had an on-and-off relationship with Sonic, but also had romances with Geoffrey St. John and Monkey Khan. Sally sacrificed herself to protect the world from Eggman's World Roboticizer, and was transformed into Mecha Sally. Following the second Genesis Wave, that created a new continuity, Sally is now the sole heir of King Nigel Acorn, and was never roboticized, regaining her memories of the original timeline.
- Miles "Tails" Prower: A young, twin-tailed fox who is Sonic's best friend. At first a supporting character, Tails later became a prominent member of the Freedom Fighters. He was the child of Amadeus and Rosemary Prower, two key figures in the Kingdom of Acorn's government, but both were roboticized, and later rescued by the extraterrestrial species, the Bem. When Tails’ parents attempted to ignite a revolution against the Acorn monarchy, it put Tails in conflict with Sonic until the Republic of Acorn was formed thanks to Sally bringing peace. In "Mobius: X Years Later", Tails married Mina Mongoose and had two children Melody and Skye. After the second Genesis Wave, Tails, regaining his memories of the first continuity, built the Sky Patrol aircraft and is aided by robot named T-Pup.
- Bunnie Rabbot: An 18-year-old cyborg rabbit, Bunnie was partially roboticized as a child, though this was altered in the new continuity, where Uncle Chuck turned her into a cyborg to save her life from an injury. A courageous, good-natured character, Bunnie speaks with a Southern accent and has ambitions of being a hair stylist. Her mechanical limbs have had several abilities including extensions, rocket-powered flight, and could transform into weapons. In both continuities, Bunnie married Antoine D’Coolette. Her uncle, Beauregard "The Baron" Rabbot, was a member of Eggman's Dark Egg Legion. In "Mobius: X Years Later", Bunnie and Antoine had two children, Jacques and Belle.
- Antoine D'Coolette: A 19-year-old coyote who sports a French accent (starting with issue #10). Initially pompous and bumbling, Antoine hid behind a wall of bravado to hide his anxieties. He had a crush on Sally, but fell in love with and then married Bunnie. He is a skilled swordsman, and is shown to have developed his own take on Sonic's signature Spin Dash manoeuvre. In the original continuity, his father was Armand D’Coolette, a former war general, who was roboticized and served as Dr. Robotnik's High Sheriff in Mercia. He was restored to normal, but was later poisoned by Antoine's evil counterpart Patch D'Coolette. Antoine was knocked into a coma after defending his friends from Metallix, though in the rebooted continuity, his injury never occurred.
- Rotor the Walrus: A large, purple-coloured walrus, Rotor serves as the mechanic and inventor for the Freedom Fighters. Formerly nicknamed "Boomer". Intelligent but laidback and a little lacking in self-confidence, Rotor acts as the muscle of the group. Though a main member of the Freedom Fighters, Rotor took an increasing backseat role as the comic continued, becoming a member of the Council of Acorn, but later become a member of Team Freedom alongside Cream the Rabbit, Big the Cat, and robots Heavy and Bomb. His spine was injured during the destruction of Knothole, leading him to wear a specially-designed suit that could help him in battle. In the rebooted continuity, he has gained a more muscular physique, and built the Sky Patrol with Tails. The reboot also introduced his estranged father Tundra the Walrus, who serves as one of Dr. Eggman's sub-commanders. In 2009, The Sonic Stadium reported that Ken Penders had planned to reveal Rotor as gay in the Mobius: 25 Years Later storyline, but this idea was later dropped because of the gross underdevelopment of the character.
- Nicole: The artificial intelligence of Sally's handheld computer who can appear as a holographic Mobian lynx. Nicole, at first, lacks a personality but developed one over the course of the comic. In the original continuity, Nicole was programmed by a version of Rotor from the future; while in the reboot, she was designed by scientist Dr. Ellidy, based on his deceased daughter Nikki. Nicole was given nanobots obtained from one of Dr. Eggman's creations, allowing her to create and protect the city New Mobotropolis, making her a powerful character in the comic. However, she was brainwashed by the Iron Dominion and attacked the city, something that was later used by the newly crowned King Naugus to have her exiled. In the new continuity, Nicole regains her handheld form, and several characters who make physical contact with her regain their memories from the lost timeline.
- Amy Rose: A pre-teen hedgehog who has a long-standing crush on Sonic. Optimistic, cheerful, and tough, Amy began as a supporting character but evolved into a leading protagonist and a major member of the Freedom Fighters. Amy was introduced as a cousin to Rob O’the Hedge, being rather bratty, immature, and physically, had her character design as seen in Sonic CD. Wishing to become a Freedom Fighter, Amy used the magical Ring of Acorns to physically age herself, now resembling her modern appearance introduced in Sonic Adventure. Amy wields the Pico Pico Hammer in battle, and occasionally, leads Team Rose, which consisted of herself, Cream the Rabbit, Big the Cat, and Blaze the Cat. She later joined Team Fighters alongside Sonic and Tails. Following the continuity reboot, Amy remains a member of the Knothole Freedom Fighters, regaining her memories of the original timeline by touching Nicole alongside Sally.
- Cream the Rabbit and Cheese the Chao: A young, six-year old rabbit and her Chao companion, Cream and Cheese lived an idyllic life with Cream's mother Vanilla until Dr. Eggman invaded. Cream is sweet, kind, and considerate, befriending Amy Rose and the more volatile Blaze the Cat. They are members of Team Rose, and became a part of Team Freedom alongside Rotor, Big, and Chaotix members Heavy and Bomb.
- Big the Cat: A large, simple-minded fisherman cat who lives in the Mystic Ruins, accompanied by his best friend Froggy, who is a frog. Though a little dumb, Big is quite friendly, capable of using his great size and strength to aid the Freedom Fighters. He is a member of Team Rose, later Team Freedom, and then the Knothole Freedom Fighters following the second Genesis Wave.
- Dulcy the Dragon: A supporting member of the Freedom Fighters, Dulcy was one of the last Mobian dragons left unroboticized at the start of the comic's story. She is ditzy, emotional, and clumsy, but loyal to her friends. Following the continuity reboot, Dulcy was given a new character design, and reimagined as a member of the Shijin Warriors in Yurashia.
- Lupe the Wolf: A Mobian wolf who is an ally to the Freedom Fighters, and a member of the reclusive Wolf Pack. A brave warrior, Lupe was inspired to oppose Dr. Eggman after meeting Sally, Sonic, and Antoine. In the original continuity, Lupe was chieftain of the Pack, leading them against the Eggman Empire, but when captured by a roboticized Uncle Chuck, she sacrificed herself to be his lone victim and spared her people from enslavement. This was later reversed by the Bem, and Lupe made peace with Chuck.
- Uncle Chuck: Sonic's uncle, originally named Sir Charles Hedgehog and then Professor Charles the Hedgehog, Uncle Chuck played a key role in the rise of both Sonic and Dr. Eggman. The inventor of the original Roboticizer, Uncle Chuck designed it to heal people from life-threatening injuries, such as his brother Jules, only for the original Dr. Robotnik to steal the blueprints and use it to turn people into robotic slaves, known as Robians in the original continuity. Chuck evacuated the young Freedom Fighters during Robotnik's coup d’état, later captured and roboticized himself. He was freed by Sonic's efforts, becoming an ally to the Freedom Fighters as an inventor. Chuck is aided in the new continuity by Ben Muttski, who first existed as Sonic's pet dog, before being reimagined as an anthropomorphic canine.
- Knuckles the Echidna: An echidna who guards the floating Angel Island and the Master Emerald, Knuckles is a prominent character throughout the comic's history, having his own spin-off comic that ran from 1997 to 1999. Knuckles is a single-minded character, focused on his duty protecting his home, but is stubborn, hot-headed, and gullible. His initial backstory differentiated from video game canonicity, the comic introducing a rich cast of characters, created by Ken Penders, most of whom were echidnas. Knuckles guarded the Master Emerald as taught to by his father Locke, but left occasionally to aid the Freedom Fighters and his own team, the Chaotix. He eventually gained a romantic interest, Julie-Su, and in "Mobius: X Years Later", the couple has a daughter named Lara-Su, who would inherit her father's role as guardian of Angel Island. In the new continuity, Knuckles is depicted as the last of his kind.
- Julie-Su (old continuity): Knuckles’ love interest prominently featured in the original continuity. A member of the Chaotix, Julie-Su was a tomboyish, tough character, just as stubborn and temperamental as Knuckles. Raised as a soldier of the echidna-based Dark Legion, Julie was abused by her half-sister Lien-Da, and eventually left to join Knuckles and the Chaotix. Julie-Su and all of the other echidnas were imprisoned in another dimension by Thrash the Tasmanian Devil, a writing decision introduced following Ken Penders’ lawsuit against Archie Comics, removing the character from the comic.
- Lara-Su (old continuity): The daughter of Knuckles and Julie-Su, Lara appeared in the "Light Mobius" timeline originating from "Mobius: X Years Later". Lara wished to inherit her father's role as guardian of the Master Emerald, though Knuckles at first refused her the role due to his own past upbringing. When the timeline was warped by Sonic to save the future, Lara fought to correct it by deposing Shadow the Hedgehog, who had become the new King of Mobius instead of Sonic. Lara eventually became the guardian of the Master Emerald, a role which lasted at least five years. An alternate version of Lara, named Jani-Ca, exists in the "Dark Mobius" timeline, leader of the Dark Freedom Fighters and sought to defeat Dark Enerjak, actually her father Knuckles, Lara then inheriting the mantle of Enerjak.
- The Chaotix: A group of Mobians formed by Knuckles to help the Freedom Fighters, but also work as a detective agency. The original line-up introduced in the comic consisted of Knuckles and Julie-Su; Vector the Crocodile, a detective who serves as the de facto leader; Espio the Chameleon, a quiet, focused ninja; the pacifistic traveller Mighty the Armadillo, and his best friend Ray the Flying Squirrel; hyperactive Charmy Bee, who was initially introduced as the runaway prince of the Golden Hive Colony; his girlfriend Saffron Bee; and the former Badniks, Heavy and Bomb. Julie-Su and Saffron were trapped into another dimension by Thrash the Devil, and following the continuity reboot, only Vector, Espio, and Charmy remain members of the Chaotix, though Knuckles, Mighty, and Ray have past connections to the group.
- Shadow the Hedgehog: A black and red hedgehog, Shadow is an immortal created through Project Shadow, created by Professor Gerald Robotnik, Dr. Eggman's grandfather, and the evil alien Black Doom. Aloof, grumpy, and a lone wolf, Shadow's backstory and role follow the plot introduced in Sonic Adventure 2. Shadow later became a recurring anti-hero, forming Team Dark alongside Rouge the Bat, E-123 Omega, and Hope Kintobor. Like Sonic, Shadow could transform into super forms using the Chaos Emeralds, such as Super Shadow. He has become a recurring protagonist in the Sonic Universe comic.
- Rouge the Bat: A bat who works as a secret agent for the United Federation and is a jewel thief. She is a member of Team Dark, and while good in nature, has had run-ins and allegiances to several antagonists such as Dr. Eggman. Flirtatious and cunning, Rouge maintains a love/hate relationship with Knuckles, but also has a close bond to Shadow and E-123 Omega.
- E-123 Omega: The third member of Team Dark, E-123 Omega was a robot designed by Dr. Eggman. Abandoned by his creator, Omega turned against Eggman and vowed to destroy his creations. He is a prideful, violent character with a love for destructive force, but remains loyal to his friends despite his chaotic nature.
- Hope Kintobor (old continuity): A human girl introduced in the original continuity, Hope was Dr. Eggman's niece and Snively's half-sister. She and her parents had travelled into space after the Great War to find a new home, but unlike other humans, referred to as Overlanders in the comics, Hope had no animosity towards Mobians. She eventually returned to Mobius, but her family were roboticized, and Hope was taken in by the Freedom Fighters. Hope reconciled with Snively, hoping he would turn over a new leaf, only for her brother to betray the Freedom Fighters and destroyed Knothole with the Egg Fleet. Hope left and eventually joined Team Dark as a support technician.
- Blaze the Cat: The princess of the Sol Dimension, Blaze is the guardian of the Sol Emeralds. Though she acts calm, collected, and reserved, Blaze has a short temper, which is emphasized by her destructive pyrokinesis. Her temper can make it difficult for her to think clearly, and she is distrustful towards others. Blaze has made several appearances in both the main series and the Sonic Universe spin-off. She has appeared as a member of Team Rose, being friends with Amy Rose and Cream.
- Silver the Hedgehog: A telekinetic hedgehog who lives two-hundred years in the future, Silver often travels back in time to avert threats that will affect his own world. Silver is driven by a strong sense of justice, but he is quite naïve, jumping to conclusions, and can be easily manipulated or fooled. In the original continuity, Silver went back in time to identify a supposed traitor in the Freedom Fighters whose betrayal would lead to the post-apocalyptic state of his own era. He misidentifies numerous characters as the traitor before learning Sally is the unintentional culprit upon her roboticization. When Naugus becomes King of New Mobotropolis, Silver is recruited into the Secret Freedom Fighters by spymaster Harvey Who, to quietly dismantle Naugus' regime. The other team members included Sally's brother Elias, Leeta and Lyco Wolf, bad luck magnet Larry Lynx, and Shard, a reprogrammed model of Metallix the Metal Sonic. Following the continuity reboot, Silver's future has altered and he combats the Genesis Portals, a side effect of Eggman's second Genesis Wave. He is aided by Gold the Tenrec, a telepathic member of the secretive Onyx council, and scientist Professor Von Schlemmer, based on a character introduced in The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- King Acorn: Sally's father and the King of Mobotropolis. The King's personality, name, and character greatly differ before and after the continuity reboot. He was betrayed by Dr. Robotnik, his former adviser, and banished to the Special Zone alongside Naugus, who served as his court wizard. In the original continuity, he was King Maximillian Acorn, a troubled ruler whose experiences left him a shadow of his former self, further worsened when poisoned by Antoine's evil counterpart Patch D’Coolette, leaving him wheelchair-bound. Following the second Genesis Wave, the King is reimagined as King Nigel Acorn, younger, jovial, and more considerate.
- Rob O'the Hedge (old continuity): A hedgehog based on Robin Hood, Rob was Amy Rose's cousin and the King of Mercia, operating from Deerwood Forest. Leader of the Crazy Kritter Freedom Fighters, Rob was characterized with a "ye olde" English dialect and a charismatic personality. Like Robin Hood, he was a skilled archer, and worked as a representative of the downtrodden against Dr. Eggman's forces. He married Mari-An, an echidna based on Maid Marian, and a son named Jon. Rob became King following the death of the original Dr. Robotnik, but went into hiding when Eggman's forces targeted his son. He was replaced by Bow Sparrow, a character also heavily based on Robin Hood, leader of the Woodland Kingsmen.
- Geoffrey St. John (old continuity): A skunk who was a recurring member of the Freedom Fighters. Egotistical, self-righteous, and uncompromising, Geoffrey acted as a rival to Sonic, and a love interest towards Sally. He led the Rebel Underground against Dr. Robotnik, crossing paths with the Knothole Freedom Fighters, but became their ally until Robotnik's defeat. He married Hershey the Cat, a long-time friend. He then led the Royal Secret Service on orders from Sally's father King Acorn. Hershey disappeared while on a mission and was presumed dead. It was revealed that Geoffrey actually worked for Naugus as his apprentice, originally assigned to prepare the Kingdom of Acorn for Naugus’ rise to power as King, and he ensured his master's succession to the throne occurred. However, upon seeing how evil Naugus was, Geoffrey tried to defect, only to be possessed by his master. As a creation of Ken Penders, Geoffrey was removed from the comic following the continuity reboot.
- Ken "Monkey" Khan (old continuity): A character heavily inspired by Sun Wukong, Monkey Khan was known as the "King of the Free People", originating from the village Leung West. Captured by Dr. Robotnik and turned into a cyborg, Khan was sealed away for ten years when he proved to be uncontrollable. He was freed by Sally, and became an ally during the war against the Iron Dominion and their allies from the Dragon Kingdom. Being based on Sun Wukong, Khan fights with a quarterstaff and can summon a cloud for transport. He was also a rival of Sonic for Sally's heart, but he stood down so she could mend her relationship with Sonic.
- Mina Mongoose (old continuity): A sixteen-year old musician and singer. Mina was gifted with the ability of super speed by Mammoth Mogul. Her mother Isabella was roboticized, but later freed and served on the Council of Acorn. Initially quiet and shy, Mina became more outspoken as the comic went on. She fell in love with Sonic, spending more time with him, but backed off when she realised he loved Sally. She formed the rock band "Knothole Knuts", and later, the "Forget-Me-Knots", named after Knothole following its destruction. She formed a romantic relationship with band manager Ash Mongoose. In "Mobius: X Years Later", Mina was shown to have married Tails and had two children named Melody and Skye.
- Nathaniel "Nate" Beauregard Morgan (old continuity): A black Overlander geochemist, Nate is named after a character mentioned in the production bible of the 1993 animated series. He had a long complex history with Dr. Robotnik, exiled from his homeland after an experiment was sabotaged by the latter. He invented the Power Rings, creating the Lake of Rings in what would become Knothole. He became a friend to Sally's grandfather King Frederic, but went into self-exile when Naugus, fearful that technology would replace his influential magic, framed Nate as an Overlander spy. Nate lived in a mountainside castle, accompanied by Eddie the Yeti, a cybernetic mutate. He became an ally to the Freedom Fighters during their battles with Dr. Eggman and Naugus. He aided in the rescue of his people, only to be roboticized by Eggman, and later perished when Robotropolis was destroyed by a nuclear weapon. In the new continuity, a Mobian named Dr. Ellidy, a Mobian lynx, is inspired by Nate, designing the Power Rings and also Nicole, based on his late daughter Nikki.
- Tikal the Echidna: She is the spirit of an ancient Mobian echidna who long ago sealed herself and Chaos within the Master Emerald. The daughter of Knuckles Clan chief, Pachacamac, Tikal rejected her father's warmongering ways to befriend Chaos and the Chao he protected. She is a devout pacifist and follows the teachings of her grandmother. Later, when Chaos was released by Dr. Eggman, she joined forces with Knuckles the Echidna and Sonic the Hedgehog to try and stop his rampage. After her success, Tikal returned to the Master Emerald with Chaos, though the two remained aware of evils afflicting their former home. (A history seen in both continuities and based on Sonic Adventure.) Tikal and Chaos had emerged the shattered Master Emerald during the Super Genesis Wave. She came to the aid of Coral and Pearly to play the Mystic Melody to defeat the Dark Gaia minions.
- Chaos: A mutated Chao, which was responsible for all but wiping out the Knuckles Clan of echidnas. Imprisoned in the Master Emerald by Tikal, a girl from that tribe, Chaos remained trapped for centuries until he was released by the maniacal Dr. Eggman. After accumulating power from various Chaos Emeralds, he attacked Station Square only to be stopped by Super Sonic. Following this, Chaos and Tikal returned to their home within the Master Emerald. (A history seen in both continuities and based on Sonic Adventure.) Chaos and Tikal had emerged from the Master Emerald during the Super Genesis Wave. Chaos went down to Meropis to aid the defenders there, Sonic and Rotor and prevented the ocean from being drained and defeated the Dark Guardian.
- Razor the Shark (new continuity): A former pirate of the Pirates of the Setting Dawn who was rescued and was nursed back to health by Coral the Betta after being thrown overboard by some of his former crewmates. He soon became Coral's protector and the Eusebes Shrine defender after his rescue. He has a Chao companion named Crusher.
- Coral the Betta (new continuity): A young priestess of the Eusebes Temple who was chosen over Princess Undina, her childhood friend. At some point after she was chosen, she had to go through some training to officially become a priestess. She soon took Pearly in as her apprentice and trained her in the rites. During the Shattered World Crisis, she had lost her confidence since Queen Angelica and King Puff thought she had caused it. Tikal soon came to her and Pearly's aid as soon as she was able to and proved she was the right priestess. She gained her confidence back as she was able to restore Aquarius and defeat the Dark Gaia minions. Queen Angelica and King Puff soon saw Coral as the right priestess after that.
- Pearly the Manta Ray (new continuity): A young priestess in training by Coral who also has a fear of Chao.
- Honey the Cat (new continuity): A sixteen-year old fashion designer, businesswoman, and CEO for her company, "Honey Brand Clothing". She's all about self promotion as seen in the Chaos Emerald Tournament. Yet unlike Breezie, she has good morals and is an ally of the Freedom Fighters. When something serious is at stake, she's willing to step down to help. She competed in the Chaos Emerald Tournament only for self promotion. She's an ally of the Freedom Fighters as she promised if she won, she'd give the Chaos Emerald to them. During the fight, she showed a devious side by taking out Tails by ambushing him using a multi-image trick in which he called her out for cheating. Later, she's hired by Breezie to design uniforms for her robot employees. Honey takes this time to call her out for involving Metal Sonic and the Hooligans in the tournament for the sake of getting rich. Honey is a scrapped character from the game Sonic the Fighters, but was redesigned to simplify her complicated outfit. She is based on the character from Fighting Vipers with the same name.
- Relic the Pika (new continuity): An archaeologist and close friend of Knuckles the echidna. When she was able to explore Angel Island, she met Knuckles and convinced him to let her stay. Later, she discovered an ancient robot named Fixit who soon became her assistant.
- Professor "Dillon" Pickle (new continuity): An absent-minded professor from Spagonia, and a long-time friend to Charles Hedgehog. Pickle was kidnapped by Eggman following his research into the Gaia manuscripts, forcing the Freedom Fighters to mount a rescue operation. His research provides a path to save the Shattered World for good.
- Dr. Ellidy (new continuity): Nicole's creator post-Genesis Wave. He has removed himself from normal society and lives by himself, using repurposed badniks for everyday chores.
- Master Moss (new continuity): A zen master sloth who, in the Post Genesis Wave universe, taught Mighty the Armadillo how to channel and hone his incredible strength. After Sonic's Werehog form is unleashed, he helps the hedgehog learn how to control the dark transformation.
- Gemerl the Gizoid (new continuity): An ancient robot rebuilt by Eggman to serve as an enforcer, only to be re-reprogrammed by Tails into a bodyguard for Cream and Cheese. Introduced into the comic during the Worlds Unite crossover.
- Chip the Light Gaia (new continuity): He is an ancient spirit that restores the world whenever it shatters every ten thousandth year, the most recent time being the Shattered World Crisis. He is a close ally of the Freedom Fighters, Chaotix, Knuckles the Echidna, and Tikal the Echidna. His opposite counterpart is Dark Gaia.
- Doctor Eggman: The main antagonist of the series, Dr. Ivo Robotnik, nicknamed Dr. Eggman, wants to conquer the world under the banner of his Eggman Empire. He is a genius with an IQ of 300, commanding a vast army of robots. He often roboticizes his victims into mindless machines subservient to his will alone. Two versions of the character have existed in the comic. The first, formerly Julian Kintobor, based on the character's incarnation from the 1993 animated series, was a power-hungry and misanthropic mad scientist who took over the Kingdom of Acorn after helping King Maximillian win the Great War against the Overlanders. Cruel, sadistic, but also insane, Robotnik grew obsessed with defeating his nemesis Sonic. He died in the comic's fiftieth issue, vapourised by his weapon, the Ultimate Annihilator, its trajectory altered by his nephew Snively. The second character, introduced as "Robo-Robotnik", hails from an alternate timeline where he roboticized himself. Following Dr. Robotnik's death, his counterpart takes over his empire on Mobius Prime, adopting the alias as Dr. Eggman, physically capable of changing his robotic body. Following the continuity reboot, Eggman becomes the singular incarnation of the character, maintaining his memories of the original timeline.
- Snively: Dr. Eggman's nephew and toady, Snively is a diminutive, bald, pointy-nosed human who helped his uncle overthrow King Acorn. However, he is often abused and mistreated by Eggman. Just as cunning and intelligent as Eggman, Snively is passive-aggressive and has a tendency to backstab his allies. Despite several attempts to defect or betray his uncle, Snively always returns to his side, destroying Knothole in one case. He became a member of the Iron Dominion, dating its leader Regina Ferrum. Following the Genesis Waves, Snively was reimagined as Dr. Julian Snively, now sporting glasses and a beard, works for G.U.N., and while unrelated to Eggman, he still assisted in his takeover of the Kingdom of Acorn.
- Metal Sonic: A robotic version of Sonic created by Dr. Eggman, Metallix has served as a recurring rival to Sonic and other characters throughout the comic. There have been several versions of the character. The original model, after being totally destroyed during an eruption of Mt. Mobius, leaving only its personality crystal which had gained free will after watching Sonic refuse to leave Tails behind, was reused by Uncle Chuck to create Shard, a member of the Secret Freedom Fighters, while another was sent to the Sol Zone and later reappeared as the pirate Captain Metal.
- The Hooligans: A trio of criminals who are occasionally employed by Dr. Eggman and other villains to collect bounties or interfere with the Freedom Fighters. The group consists of sniper and jewel thief Nack the Weasel, silent muscle Bark the Polar Bear, and psychotic bomb expert Bean the Dynamite Duck. They are often defeated by Sonic and company, but there are moments where they become dangerously close to killing or otherwise ruining Sonic.
- Walter Naugus: A major antagonist in the comic, Naugus is an evil sorcerer who wishes to conquer the Kingdom of Acorn. His backstory alters between the two continuities. He was banished to the Special Zone alongside King Acorn by a treacherous Dr. Eggman, but later escapes. In the original timeline, he was called Ixis Naugus, a member of the Order of Ixis, founded by Mammoth Mogul. He was created from a fusion of three wizards, the rhinoceros Agunus, the bat Nusgau, and the lobster Suguna, who all fought for mental supremacy, driving Naugus to madness. He recruited Geoffrey St. John as his apprentice to ensure his succession to the throne, later possessing the skunk when his own body began to mutate. Following the Genesis Waves, Naugus is renamed Walter Naugus, and is a troll. His attempt to conquer the Kingdom is thwarted when he regains his memories of his past life by touching Nicole and flees, meeting his sister Wendy Naugus, based on Witchcart from Tails' Skypatrol. He made several attempts to regain his magic (which was siphoned by the second Genesis Wave), all that culminated into a battle over the Master Emerald with Knuckles. He was eventually defeated and imprisoned in the Kingdom.
- The Dark Legion (old continuity): A technocratic organization of echidnas who served as recurring antagonists towards Knuckles and, to a lesser extent, to the Freedom Fighters. They were formed after the echidnas of Angel Island denounced the empire's advanced technology. All members have cybernetic implants. Notable members include Julie-Su's half-siblings Lien-Da and Kragok, who were both quite abusive and hateful towards her, Kragok's son Remington, and mad scientist Dr. Finitevus. The organization would later join forces with Dr. Eggman, becoming the Dark Egg Legion.
- Dr. Finitevus (old continuity): A mad scientist and former member of the Dark Legion. Once an ambitious scientist, Finitevus was transformed into an albino echidna after using his invention, the Chaos Siphon Suit, to drain Chaos Knuckles’ of his power and restore him to normality. Finitevus became a major antagonist shortly after, most notably bringing about the resurrection of the evil Enerjak using Knuckles as a host, hoping to use him to cleanse the world with fire and death. Deceptive, cunning, and intelligent above all else, Finitevus is known to subtly use his allies or others as pawns for his scheme, and would happily betray them or leave them to die the second he feels their usefulness has ended.
- Enerjak (old continuity): Enerjak was an evil demigod who lacked a physical form, his consciousness possessing several echidnas. He manifested as a villainous alter ego for his host, and harnessed destructive powers. His most notable host was Dimitri, a scientist from Angel Island, who fused with eleven of the Chaos Emeralds and became Enerjak. Losing his power to Mammoth Mogul, Dimitri gained a cybernetic body and changed his ways, uniting the echidna empire, but due to failing health, was reduced to a robotic head. Knuckles later became the fourth Enerjak in both the main continuity, and in the "Dark Mobius" timeline, the title later inherited by Lara-Su.
- Scourge the Hedgehog (old continuity): Sonic's evil counterpart from the parallel world of Moebius. Introduced as Anti-Sonic, Scourge at first resembled Sonic but wore sunglasses and a leather jacket. He made himself King of Moebius after murdering his father, and led the Anti-Freedom Fighters, which consisted of evil versions of Sally, Tails, Rotor, Antoine, Bunnie, and Amy Rose. He gained his signature green fur after trying to trigger a super transformation using the Master Emerald. He later joined and led such groups like the Suppression Squad and the Destructix, accompanied by his girlfriend Fiona Fox, a former Freedom Fighter who betrayed the other members due to past grudges. The group were imprisoned within the Zone Jail by another of Sonic's counterparts, Zonic the Zone Cop, but later escaped back to Moebius.
- Mammoth Mogul (old continuity): An ancient, immortal mammoth who is a talented sorcerer and criminal businessman. He received his intelligence and magical powers upon finding a Chaos Emerald, forming the Order of Ixis to rule over Mobius. Though egotistical and manipulative, he is charismatic, well-cultured, and patient thanks to his immortality. Mogul used his magic to give Mighty his superhuman strength, and Mina her super speed, cursing them with a post-hypnotic mark to forget their encounters and would serve as sleeper agents when needed. After multiple attempts to conquer the world and losing to the Freedom Fighters, Mogul became manager of the Casino Nights Zone, employing old Badniks as employees such as Scratch, Grounder, and Coconuts, waiting to play a long game to ensure his victory. In a possible dystopian future, he would take on Silver the Hedgehog as his ward, teaching him to master his telekinetic abilities and sending him to the past to destroy the traitor of the Freedom Fighters.
- The Iron Dominion (old continuity): A recurring organization who once served under Dr. Eggman's regime until defecting to become their own faction. It was led by the "Iron Queen", the human Regina Ferrum, and the "Iron King", the Mobian ox warlord Jun Kun. Regina grew up in the Overland capital MegaCentral, living as part of a cult that studied technomagic, allowing her control electric impulses and machinery. After her cult's ways were banned, Regina vowed to bring technomagic back to the world. She joined forces with Jun to conquer the Dragon Kingdom, waging war against the ruling clans of the kingdom. The Iron Dominion later joined forces with the Eggman Empire. Jun was defeated in battle, while Regina fell in love with Snively, plotting to take over the Eggman Empire together. However, Snively was secretly imprisoned by his uncle and replaced by a robotic clone to keep the Dominion in line.
- Black Arms: An extraterrestrial race introduced in Shadow the Hedgehog, the Black Arms traverse space on the Black Comet, and are led by the evil Black Doom. The events of Shadow the Hedgehog take place out of sight, Black Doom creating Shadow alongside Professor Gerald Robotnik, intending on using him as a weapon. The Black Comet was destroyed by Shadow. However, another branch of the Black Arms, led by Black Death, invaded Earth following the second Genesis Wave. A new Ultimate Lifeform, Eclipse the Darkling, was created by the Black Arms, but solely out of alien blood, giving him an inhuman appearance. Black Death was killed by Shadow and G.U.N., but Eclipse remains active.
- The Xorda (old continuity): A powerful extraterrestrial species, the Xorda resemble cycloptic cephalopods that communicate telepathically. They played a major role in shaping Mobius, bombing the planet with Gene Bombs, mutating life and creating the Mobians. They returned a millennia later to exterminate Mobians as they did with mankind, but were repelled by Sonic.
- Breezie the Hedgehog (new continuity): A greedy and devious businesswoman who runs the entire "Breezie Media". During the Chaos Emerald Championship, she rigged the tournament by involving the Hooligans and Metal Sonic in the fights just for the sake of getting rich. After she hired Honey the Cat to design her employees’ uniforms, Honey had called her out for the rigged tournament and Breezie responded by saying "she would soon see it her way" and called Honey out for taking out Tails during the fight. Like Mammoth Mogul during the Pre-Super Genesis Wave, Breezie hired old Badniks as employees in Casino Park such as Scratch, Grounder, and Coconuts.
- Orbot and Cubot: Eggman's two bumbling hench-bots built to be his right-hand men, taking Snively's position after his betrayal and imprisonment.
- Tails Doll: A mysterious Badnik made in the form of a doll that resembles Tails. The Tails Doll is much more than it appears to be at first glance. Used by Eggman for stealthy infiltration and observation missions, it can transform into a monster-like form once its parameters are met. Used by Eggman to try and destroy the shield generator of New Mobotropolis, it finally managed to do so, and then attacked the city just as the second Genesis Wave happened. Following the Super Genesis Wave, it was defeated by Sonic and Tails during its destructive attempt to wreck Mobotropolis. Later repaired by Eggman, it snuck aboard the Sky Patrol and is feeding Eggman updates on the Freedom Fighters progress to obtain the Chaos Emeralds and Gaia Keys.
- Egg Army: The regional Egg Army leaders who lead different Egg Army regions. In the old continuity, the Egg Army (called the Dark Egg Legion) consisted of Sub-Bosses (or Grandmasters) who ran each Egg Army unit. They are Drago Wolf, Razorclaw, Beauregard "The Baron" Rabbot, Cmd. Hugo Brass, Lien-Da, Duck "Bill" Platypus, The Foreman, Lord Mordred Hood, Akhlut the Orca, Bride of the Conquering Storm, and Diesel the Bear. In the new continuity, the Egg Army consisted of Egg Bosses. They are Axel the Water Buffalo, Akhlut the Orca, Lord Mordred Hood, Maw the Thylacine, Nephthys the Vulture, Thunderbolt the Chinchilla, Tundra the Walrus, Battle Lord Kukku XV (he was the leader of the Battlebird Armada in the old continuity), Abyss the Squid, Conquering Storm the Lynx, and Clove and Cassia the Pronghorns (although Cassia was ranked as Co-Egg Boss), with Wendy Naugus later being conscripted as a twelfth Egg Boss following a failed attack on the Empire with her brother Walter. The only regional Egg Army leaders seen in both continuities are Mordred Hood, Akhlut, and Conquering Storm. Although they had redesigns for the reboot (except Mordred Hood).
- Dark Gaia Creatures (new continuity): A race of hostile supernatural monsters tied to a dark mutagenic energy created by Dark Gaia that emerged during the Shattered World Crisis.
Main article: List of Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog publications
Shortly after Archie Comics acquired the rights to produce the comic series, editor Daryl Edelman approached writer Michael Gallagher (whom he worked with at the time on Betty and Veronica) via a phone call on July 23, 1992, to write stories for the comic. Edelman believed that Gallagher was well-suited writing for the comic for several reasons, among them his work over at Marvel Comics. After briefly discussing the series' concept and that the 4-issue miniseries would have 3 self-contained stories in each issue, Gallagher was told by Edelman to "establish the characters quickly through strong exposition" using "visuals from the game" (which would be faxed to him) and needed the first script in a week. After taking the job, he went to work and received a full page of "Sonic Line Art" (showing the character in various poses), 4 pages of model sheets showing illustrations of the characters, and 3 pages of character descriptions, locations, and the series' back story. He later recalled that the characters eventually became "very familiar to him and began to suggest their own stories". After the miniseries, he ceased being the only writer of the issues, though he continued to contribute throughout its run.
The comic has been received positively. Destructoid praised the comic series, especially the earlier issues during the 1990s, for adding more backstory and character interaction than was presented in the Sonic video games for the Sega Genesis.
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- ^Bollers, Karl; Lee, Benny (July 2002). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 112. Archie Comics.
- ^Bollers, Karl; Penders, Ken (December 2003). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 131. Archie Comics.
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- ^Penders, Ken; Gallagher, Michael (November 2005). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 155. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 2011). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 230. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (January 8, 2014). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 256. Archie Comics.
- ^Gallagher, Michael (March 1999). Archie Sonic Super Special Issue 9. Archie Comics.
- ^Chacon, Romy; Lee, Benny (October 2003). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 129. Archie Comics.
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- ^Penders, Ken; Emery, Clayton (February 1998). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 58. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (November 2006). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 168. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (February 2012). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 234. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics Publication. p. 10.
- ^Flynn, Ian (April 2012). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 236. Archie Comics.
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- ^Flynn, Ian (2014). Sonic/Mega Man X Free Comic Book Day 2014. Archie Comics.
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- ^Oliver, Tristan (2009). "Rotor Planned as Gay Character, Says Ken Penders". The Sonic Stadium. Archived from the original on November 12, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
- ^Flynn, Ian (2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics.
- ^Penders, Ken; Kanterovich, Mike; Spaziante, Patrick (October 1994). Sonic in Your Face. Archie Comics.
- ^Baker, Aleah (February 2015). Archie Sonic Universe Issue 73. Archie Comics.
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- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (September 4, 2013). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog. Archie Comics.
- ^Gallagher, Michael (June 1995). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 25. Archie Comics.
- ^Bollers, Karl; Penders, Ken (December 1999). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 79. Archie Comics.
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- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 34.
- ^Gallagher, Mike; DeCesare, Angelo (October 1995). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 29. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (May 11, 2016). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 281. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 14, 2015). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 277. Archie Comics.
- ^ abPenders, Ken (October 1999). Archie Sonic Super Special Issue 11. Archie Comics.
- ^Bollers, Karl; Penders, Ken (October 1999). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 78. Archie Comics.
- ^Penders, Ken (January 1997). Archie Knuckles the Echidna Issue 1. Archie Comics.
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- ^Flynn, Ian (March 2013). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 246. Archie Comics.
- ^Penders, Ken (December 2004). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 144. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (September 2006). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 166. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (March 2011). Archie Sonic Universe Issue 26. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. pp. 14–15.
- ^Penders, Ken (May 1998). Archie Knuckles the Echidna Issue 14. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. pp. 47–48.
- ^Flynn, Ian. The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. pp. 47, 49.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. pp. 47, 50.
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- ^Lee, Benny; Bollers, Karl; Penders, Ken (March 2002). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 108. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 108.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 107.
- ^ abFlynn, Ian (January 2012). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 233. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (August 26, 2015). Archie Sonic Universe Issue 79. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 24.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 57.
- ^Flynn, Ian (November 2012). Archie Sonic Universe Issue 46. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 61.
- ^Flynn, Ian (April 2013). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 247. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 56.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 33.
- ^Flynn, Ian; Gallagher, Mike (February 2008). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 185. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 189.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 66.
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- ^ abFlynn, Ian (January 2016). Archie Sonic Super Digest Issue 15. Archie Comics.
- ^ abFlynn, Ian (June 11, 2014). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 261. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (August 13, 2014). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 263. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (January 21, 2015). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 268. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (February 11, 2015). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 269. Archie Comics.
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- ^Flynn, Ian (May 14, 2014). Archie Sonic Universe Issue 63. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (June 4, 2014). Archie Sonic Universe Issue 64. Archie Comics.
- ^ abFlynn, Ian (February 12, 2014). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 257. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 8, 2014). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 265. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (April 9, 2014). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 259. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (August 4, 2014). Archie Sonic Universe Issue 66. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 69.
- ^Penders, Ken; Bollers, Karl; Gallagher, Michael (June 1997). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 50. Archie Comics.
- ^Bollers, Karl (July 1999). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 75. Archie Comics.
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- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 70.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 74.
- ^Flynn, Ian (September 18, 2013). Archie Sonic Universe Issue 56. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. pp. 93, 97.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 91.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 1998). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog Issue 66. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. pp. 83–85.
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- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. pp. 110–111.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 90.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 78.
- ^Flynn, Ian (October 10, 2012). The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia. Archie Comics. p. 98.
- ^Flynn, Ian (July 2009). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 202. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (May 2012). Archie Sonic Universe Issue 40. Archie Comics.
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- ^Flynn, Ian (2013–2014). Archie Sonic Universe Issues 59–70. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (July 31, 2013). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 251. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (August 29, 2012). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 240. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (June 29, 2016). Archie Sonic the Hedgehog 283. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (February 15, 2012). Archie Sonic Universe Issue 37. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (March 30, 2016). Archie Sonic Universe Issue 83. Archie Comics.
- ^Flynn, Ian (May 14, 2014). Archie Sonic Universe Issue 63. Archie Comics.
- ^Sonic the Hedgehog: The Beginning. Archie Comics. 2003. pp. 4, 5. ISBN .
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