*UPDATE - DIOGENES SOLVED THE PROBLEM! IT'S A WHALE OF A TALE!
"If I could just take all the SSMB members in the in the world who like to debate about Knuckles and just, you know, buy a farm somewhere and let them all run free, you know, let them do little macaroni art pictures of their favorite Master Emerald theories..."
- Indigo Rush in his latest work, "Stop Derailing the Bloody Topic"
So, Knuckles, The bloat thrower, independent flow-er, magical emerald holder. Gives you the coldest shoulder, his spike goes through boulders, that's why he stays a loner. Born by himself, doesn't need a posse, gets it on by himself and adversaries get shelf'd
We've long dealt with the inconsistencies of him being a strict guardian to the Master Emerald for the sake of the balance of the world, yet he constantly finds himself outright ignoring this role to join Sonic in his latest escapades to save the world from Dr. Eggman's nefarious schemes. On occasion it'll be a hoard of poorly written alien baddies or the whole Babylon Gardens saga, but the point is that for a while, he was seldom seen protecting the Master Emerald from any outside harm. And sometimes there's no good reason to leave it alone, such as attending Sonic's birthday.
Why is this? Does he feel that the Master Emerald is safe enough to leave it by itself on occasion? If this were the case, then where is Knuckles during games such as Sonic Unleashed or Sonic Colors? It's generally assumed he's back on Angel Island doing his guard duty, but how come all of a sudden the safety of the Master Emerald matters again?
It's obviously due to poor writing and consistency. The Sonic series' storyline post-Sonic Adventure 2 went through a bit of an identity crisis, and certain key elements such as the role of the Master Emerald were almost completely discarded for the sake of including a popular character into another game. While I can get behind Knuckles appearing in more titles, I, along with many others, would feel that it would be at least "nice" if we could have an explanation for it.
We have these details to work around:
1) Knuckles is one of the more popular characters
2) Fans want him to appear in more games
3) Knuckles is tied to his role as guardian of the Master Emerald
4) Him not guarding the Master Emerald implies irresponsibility and inevitable chaos
5) Him carrying the Master Emerald with him causes the island to crash again
6) Eggman can use it to devastating effects
7) Eggman also probably knows the location of the Hidden Palace, so Knuckles can't just store it there
It's a complete and utter mess, and one would have to do some serious brainstorming to make it work. Spin-offs that have no coherent plot like racing games or the Olympic Games spin-offs needn't count, but for those who want some reasonable consistency, this is a legitimate issue.
I've seen some brilliant members toss some good theories around, so I figured this topic should be used to condense all of them into one place, as well as facilitate general discussion about Knuckles as a character and his involvement in the series.
What've you guys got to bring to the table?
Edited by Indigo Rush, 03 June 2012 - 04:21 PM.