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The absolute worst Sonic moments

Ever since Sonic Unleashed was confirmed earlier this month we've been digging up all kinds of Sonic tidbits for you to chew on, from his rise and fall to the best moments the series has produced over the years. Today, in our last Sonic piece for April, we're diving into the cringe-worthy missteps Sonic has taken since his inception. The Rise/Fall article spelled out, in detail, how the franchise has slid since 1991, but this piece zooms out and hand-picks the worst of the worst. Even though they cause physical pain to witness, you can't bring yourself to look away.

Rather than beat around the bush and lead up to the main offender, we're just gonna lay it out there. Probably won't surprise anyone to see we chose 2006's Sonic the Hedgehog as the lowest point, and this video sums up exactly why:



Who thought having Sonic interact with, cuddle and kiss a human female was a good idea? Parts of that video are so bad we're embarrassed to even be in its presence, let alone playing it or, god forbid, programming it. How could no one stop this madness before it went to retail? The fact it exists means multiple people had to see, approve and usher it to the next level of development. For shame.

You know that feeling you get while watching Episode II, when Anakin and Padme are "frolicking" in the field and it's so stiff, wooden and artificial that you feel ashamed to even be watching? Yeah, same thing here, only now it's a huge-headed hedgehog playing with a fairly hot human princess. Never mind his spikes, his huge Disney hands or the fact that he's a hedgehog, she likes him for him. True love has never been so disgusting.

Meanwhile, the game's a piece of junk, even without the conceptually challenged story.

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8 comments

  • waffledragon33 - December 13, 2008 3:17 a.m.

    this was a bad idea. sonic + humans= bad
  • lucklesswonder - December 14, 2008 7:31 p.m.

    Come on! The Saturday morning Sonic cartoon was great. I still watch the damn thing.
  • Silver2 - September 4, 2009 11:39 p.m.

    wtf hedgehog+human=Amy pissed
  • YourOldPalD - December 30, 2009 5:15 a.m.

    Actually I liked the cartoon (except the Shiny Super Serious one, it was shittier then a turd sandwich and don't get me started on Sonic Underground and X, i'd rather end my own life then waste the energy it takes to form the sentences of despisition I have to those 2 abominations) But sadly it's just an example of a company that strikes it gold then rubs that gold in everyones face until everyone starts swinging for the fences. They had it. It was good, they tried to ride it for what it's worth and unfortunately they rode it so hard that the engine exploded killing 5 people. Goddamn it Sega, when will you learn
  • joemegson94 - March 4, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    Those cartoons look absolutely awful. Why does Sonic even like chilli dogs anyway?
  • michaelmcc827 - March 23, 2010 9:28 p.m.

    Hahaha, loved the progression in the Sonic pics. recaptcha: large whooping
  • zackpack - July 13, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    Are you Stupid Satam is the best thing that ever Happen to Sonic and if you ever watch Satam you would of seen how Bunnie got Her arms off Sonic and Sally went back in time to try and stop Dr.Robotnik from ever takeing over the world and they ran into there kid selfs and There kid Self's Tryed to stop Dr.Robotnik they made it to Robotnik Base and Bunnie ARM AND LAG FELL INTO THE ROBOSIZER AND GOT ROBOSIZE'S. Durrr!!!!
  • Miko - July 16, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    I can understand discomfort over anti European stereotypes and Sally being nude when no other females in the show with similar proportions are. I think though, the intention was to make Sally stand out a feminist icon since, many of the male characters were at least partially nude. What I don't agree with is for example your assessment of Bunnie. Bunnie never loses her limbs. They're her limbs but roboticized. Roboticization is an idea introduced in the very first episode of the show. I also understood it's relationship to Bunnie's condition when I was around 4 or 5 so I'm pretty confident kids can grasp it. Is the idea too much for a Sonic cartoon? Well, I don't really think so. The original games had no problem putting animals into machines and making them matrix-like batteries, robbing them of their free will. The show simply took the word-for-word concept in the manuals (turning animals into robots) and expanded on it to make it last 2 seasons. If Sonic could bounce on an enemy and free everyone in game, everything would be over in 1 or 2 episodes. What's also disheartening is that you don't actually follow the plot of the show as much in this review or evaluate it like you do shows like Sonic X. It's basic premise follows the general idea behind Sonic 2. Robotnik is taking over refineries, factories and cities all over and Sonic has to stop him and save everyone. Sounds-- much like Sonic X sticking with a lot of the core game ideas available at the time. I will agree though that Sonic Underground was very difficult to swallow and the theme was incredibly lame, even when I was a kid back then. I also didn't like the idea of littering the series with humans either in Sonic X. Like or hate the adventure characters if you will, but in many instances the humans just sat around taking up roles that were initially the Sonic Adventure crew's prior to the show. Chris was especially a Gary-Stu, deliberately placed in there to act as a self insert for kids.

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