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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Sonic, who's a significantly bigger Jerkass here than in other Sonic media.
  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: The news that they are re-releasing older issues.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The entire Pirate STC strip, based on an equally crazy Sega of Europe ad campaign, which somehow managed to make Decap Attack seem sane and logical by comparison.
  • Complete Monster: Super Sonic, Dr. Zachary, Chaos, Megatox, The Evil One, and Robotnik himself. To quote one poor Mobian on the subject of Robotnik's rule: "Everything is punishable by death these days." Not to mention his trying to destroy the whole planet simply because he was tired of losing to Sonic.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Robotnik's Evil Plan involving the Drakon Empire, resulting in him absorbing the power of the Chaos Emeralds, ruling over Mobius for eternity, and capable of tormenting Sonic in any way he could think of.
    • Sonic's defeat of Robotnik here counts too, as it's one of the few times that he used his brain to defeat Robotnik, simply by appealing to his vanity & new found god-hood by pointing out that if Robotnik was so powerful, it wouldn't matter if Sonic had an ally or not, Robotnik would still win. Robotnik buys into it, and lets Sonic choose one person - Sonic chooses Knuckles, the Guardian of the Chaos Emeralds, who promptly uses the Grey Chaos Emerald (The "control" emerald) to defeat Robotnik.
      • The reason they defeated Robotnik to liberate Mobius counts here too, as the Omni-Viewer states that Super Sonic will cause a planet-wide EMP when he explodes the asteroid he was trapped in. Sonic immediately asks the Omni-Viewer if he can move the asteroid above Mobius, and when asked why, he simply smirks and says "Because most of the technology on Mobius is Dr Robotnik's!"
  • Darker and Edgier: During the Sonic Adventure adaptation, and Robotnik's A God Am I story arc.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: STC had its fair amount of bad strips that fans would rather forget, such as Bravehog, The Trickster and the biggest stinker of them all; Amy's Secret Past which had no regard for continuity whatsoever. Ugh.
    • Surely Bravehog was the bigger continuity criminal, totally overriding Sonic's backstory? Its art was significantly worse than Amy's Secret Past, too.
      • Ironically, those two also contradicted each other: Amy's Secret Past was an attempt to explain why she has similar slicked-together spikes as Sonic despite not having superspeed (him having obtained them during the accident which gave him this) while Bravehog showed all the hedgehogs in the past looking like Sonic.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Super Sonic is the most well-known character from this comic, and is the one to get the most love. While people often play up his craziness, also expect to see it toned down often.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: One-off character Turbo, who was essentially an alien version of Sonic.
    • Oh, and Fang, Big, Tikal, and Mighty make appearances too.
    • Super Sonic embodies this trope. He's all anyone ever seems to care about in this comic, outside of the fanbase at least.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Archie Comics Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • First Installment Wins: Very few of the other comics are remembered. Then again Sonic was the basis of the pun in the title, the magazine mostly revolved around him, and his story got all the plot development.
  • Gannon Banned: You shouldn't mix this comic with the Archie's Sonic around fans of either series if you want to keep your head.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Inverted. The writers almost got into a lawsuit once due to the fact they weren't listening to their guidelines, but later Sega stopped paying attention. Thus the writers were given a major amount of freedom that other adaptations weren't. Sonic and friends could be in the presence of alcohol (not a G-Rated Drug, and they refused to drink it though), one arc was name "Village of the Damned", and violence was abound (though oddly bloodless).
  • Growing the Beard: The original issues were mainly crude one-shots with little continuity and often horrid artwork. It was also more comical then later issues. At issue 8 is when they decided to gain an actual plot, though even then it took a few issues to fully grow its beard.
  • Jerk Sue: Sonic, according to Word of God- Nigel Kitching has stated in-interview that Sonic being mean to Tails and getting away with it was very much his intention.
  • Les Yay: Quite common between Tekno and Amy.
  • Narm: Shortfuse's aforementioned habit of explaining his origin in every single appearance gets this way after a while.
    • There were several examples in the non-Sonic stories as well. From the Eternal Champions strips there was Xavier's frequent battle cries warning his foes to fear "the power of magick!" only for it to very rarely work.
    • From the character guide included in the Eternal Champions special issue each character has a profile which links their greatest fear to the cause of their death, so Trident (who was crushed by a pillar) gets "unnatural fear of pillars" while Larsen (who was killed by his boss, Mr. Tagliani) has "an unusual dislike of tagliatelle".
  • Tear Jerker: For some fans, the Christmas story which sees Robotnik visited by Father Christmas, who warns him that his downfall is approaching and encourages him to change his evil ways, reminding him that he hasn't really benefited personally from his rulership of Mobius. Robotnik orders him to leave before realizing that he was right: "Keep your advice, old man! I like being evil and I don't need presents! I'm in charge! I've got power! I've got... I've got... I've got no friends on Christmas Day..."
    • Johnny's death. It still haunts many fans to this day.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Tails. His vocal fanbase led to his solo adventures in the Nameless Zone and as 'Zonerunner' in the Chemical Plant Zone, even though he was as hapless as ever and usually triumphed by accident.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Pachacamac, who is at least a less dubious character than in other continuities (he does not kill Chao, only Drakons, who are at war with the echidnas anyway) and has a good relationship with Tikal.
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