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    Almar got a reaction from Plumbers_Helper in Knuckles as Guardian of ME   
    https://sonic.fandom.com/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_Technical_Files
    Says he's supposed to be clever but just ignorant of the world outside his island:
    He is very clever and smart, but had lived his life in solitude and was not accustomed to dealing with characters from the outer world, much less such a cunning one as Dr. Robotnik. This is why he was easily deceived by Robotnik into thinking that Sonic was a bad guy trying to steal the Chaos Emeralds. This deception allowed Robotnik to pit Knuckles against Sonic as a powerful adversary.
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    Almar got a reaction from Dr. Mechano in Eggman looked up to and admired Gerald Robotnik.. so why did Eggman become evil?   
    I mean, his bio in Sonic Technical Files combined with his Sonic Jam guide bio says he's not a bad man but one who just wants to mechanize the world since he sees machines as beautiful while not realizing the harm he's doing (too childish and self-centered). Not hard to figure that he sees a Mecha Earth as a better Earth.
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    Almar got a reaction from MetalSkulkBane in Filling the Blanks: Babylonians   
    The Riders games had to have happened on the Human World/Earth since G.U.N.'s in them and we see crowds of humans.
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    Almar got a reaction from simtek34 in Movie improved Sonic/Eggman connection   
    Sonic wasn't intended to be "lonely" though. He was meant to be a "cheerful loner" as they call it who digs his friends but is fine being alone.
    As for Eggman, he's meant to be a manchild who's not really "bad" and doesn't realize how much harm he's committing or is too much of a manchild to notice.
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    Almar got a reaction from DabigRG in Knuckles: friend or foe?   
    He wasn't designed to be that way. Sonic 3 also repeatedly showed him getting the better of Sonic. As for Adventure, the situation was that Knuckles had no way to tell at a distance the difference between a ME piece and a Chaos Emerald, Eggman telling him words to set up a fight, and Knuckles being hot-blooded (which is also a trait he has in that same JP lore source).
    Short version is that Knuckles is meant to be clever and in-tune with his environment but hot-blooded and reckless.
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    Almar got a reaction from NeoZDuwang in Eggman looked up to and admired Gerald Robotnik.. so why did Eggman become evil?   
    Eggman's bio in Sonic Jam's guide says that he doesn't realize the great harm in what he's doing, is not a "bad" man, and wants to mechanize the world.
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    Almar got a reaction from Jack out of the comics! in Popular and unpopular Sonic opinions you agree and disagree with!   
    Nega is just Eggman without any affable bits. Compared to Blaze (Nega Sonic) and Marine (Nega Tails), he's hilariously lagging behind since he's not actually different from Eggman where it counts and/or does it in a way that's bland and undermines Eggman as a villain.
    Erazor is a magic being instead of another villainous scientist, is muscular rather than obese, is grim and sneering rather than grinning and hoppy. He wasn't intended as such but that speaks well on how they did the laziest job they could've done when making Eggman Nega.
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    Almar got a reaction from simtek34 in Does the series have too many characters?   
    Not really? The Avatar and Sonic do practically everything with only Silver and Rouge in a pinch not screwing up/being helpful enough among Sonic's Friends.
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    Almar got a reaction from Miragnarok in Does the series have too many characters?   
    A big difference between Mario's retcons and Sonic's retcons is that something like the Koopalings not being Bowser's legit children doesn't clash as strongly with what you see in the games as something like Two-Worlds.
    TheKoopalings appearences in the games proper before the retcon instead of cartoons/comics either didn't give them dialogue or just had them as Bowser's thugs. If anything, it was the games post-retcon that gave them more character. If you're going in SMB3 blind today and not aware much of the Koopalings' other appearences you can easily see them as just Bowser's generals instead of family.
    Two-Worlds on the other hand requires you ignoring or reimagining key details in the core games like the obvious presence of the Echidna's ruins. Bring in stuff like offscreen portals or spaceships.
    And finally, Mario never tried to have any more continuity than something like Disney's Classic Canon. Sonic obviously tries to give the illusion it has plots that are serious enough and consequences.
     
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    Almar got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in Why are we convinced Infinite is gone for good?   
    Zavok might not have been meant to be an ally of Eggman but he was obviously meant to be a recurring villain since he wasn't presented as Eggman's superior like Chaos or Eggman Nega and wasn't shown as more obviously monstrous like Black Doom or Erazor or Infinite.
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    Almar got a reaction from Moose the Cat in Was Sonic ever really in a good state after the Mega Drive era?   
    Sonic Adventure 2's Shadow is to Sonic what Wario was to Mario back in Super Mario Land 2: An exaggerated version of the character done in such a way to be the villain. 
    Sonic is supposed to be aloof and something of a loner so we have Shadow. He has jet skates instead of just running just as how Wario is a brute instead of how Mario is graceful.
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    Almar got a reaction from Moose the Cat in Why are we convinced Infinite is gone for good?   
    Zavok might not have been meant to be an ally of Eggman but he was obviously meant to be a recurring villain since he wasn't presented as Eggman's superior like Chaos or Eggman Nega and wasn't shown as more obviously monstrous like Black Doom or Erazor or Infinite.
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    Almar got a reaction from DryLagoon in Was Sonic ever really in a good state after the Mega Drive era?   
    Are you talking about Maria getting shot and killed? Even though there was no blood or visible wound? G.U.N. being around even though our world has organizations/militaries like the U.N.'s peacekeeper forces and N.A.T.O.?
    I've this talk over on the /chans/ and I don't buy it. Chaos and Shadow both even serve the same overall role of being a foil to Sonic (Shadow more obviously one) who was wronged in the past and seeks revenge on the world for it while using Eggman as a pawn.
    That was a dub only line. He said "interesting" in the JP version.
    And how many of those Classic fans aren't also fans of say, SatAM? I ask this since from my knowledge, much of the so-called opposition in tone and world and so on between "Classic" and "Adventure" roots more in headcanon and being too attached to non-game interpretations than strictly what's in the games, statements from Sonic's fathers, art made by Ohshima...
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    Almar got a reaction from Wittymations in Realism in Sonic   
    That would be fanfiction that just acts like Sonic and Co. are something like the N'aavi. Sonic even with all the environmentalism was never meant to be at odds to modern/human civilization (hence him going to malls). The promotional manga even showed that Star Light Zone was treated by South Island's inhabitants as an indigenous part of the island.
    Sonic is a drifter, Tails is an outcast. Knuckles is a hermit who either hunts for his shiny rock pieces or follows Sonic around. Amy is a fangirl who already lives in Station Square (with nobody commenting on her as an alien). None of them would represent the rule among their kinds and the Adventure Era largely didn't take place in population centers.
    Knuckles' culture was key to Adventure One's plot. It was well recognized by human researchers who would've done things like carbon dating. Point is, the one confirmed example of a furry only society in the 3D games made under Naka wasn't treated as an isolate but no different than modern day White Americans studying the Triple Allaince's ruins down in Mexico.
    The whole notion that there has to has to be some Affirmative Action for furries within somewhere like Station Square is silly. Sonic was only made a hedgehog to begin with since it suited the gameplay ideas Naka had. The whole "furry society setting" wasn't really solidly a thing as far as Naka and Co. cared (only solid example within gameverse is the Knuckles Clan, with Hedgehog Town another example including manga) and is overall more strongly tied to Western interpretations.
    Frankly, in light of some discussions on reddit and the /chans/ I suspect that much of the discourse surrounding Sonic and humans is a matter of cultural differences. In the West, it's taken for granted that humans and something like a funny animal can't be in the same Earth casually chatting without either being some alien outsider in a "serious" work (so not something like Regular Show) unless it's like the following:
    -Fantasy/Sci-Fi
    -Superhero
     
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    Almar got a reaction from Miragnarok in Realism in Sonic   
    The Adventure Era's gritty realism is as exaggerated as its darkness.
    The Sonic proper gameverse was repeatedly shown as a stylized form of Earth (that is, many of the environments are stylized and/or exaggerated versions of things that are actually in our world like forests or pyramids or military bases). Not Doctorsuessland or a post-apocalyptic furry fantasy world in the DiC cartoons.
    Designwise, characters like Elise aren't realistic even accounting for technology. They're stylized. You can especially see this looking at the concept art the Adventure games and 06.
    That's what happens when the discourse on the series has too many e-celebs and memers.
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    Almar got a reaction from Miragnarok in Sonic is (supposed to be) cool   
    Are we pretending the Genesis' games had no technological limitations or otherwise were a total representation of what Sonic's fathers intended the world to be?
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    Almar got a reaction from Sonario in Am I the only one who hates new Amy?   
    She (Cream) started out as the Girl Tails to Amy's Girl Sonic. Especially since one of Tails' canned designs was a bunny.
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    Almar got a reaction from Kaotic Kanine in Am I the only one who hates new Amy?   
    She (Cream) started out as the Girl Tails to Amy's Girl Sonic. Especially since one of Tails' canned designs was a bunny.
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    Almar got a reaction from Sonic Fan J in Am I the only one who hates new Amy?   
    Be honest, enough of the vocal/online attitude towards Adventure Era/Intended Amy roots largely in meme/Western interpretations like Sonic Shorts and Adventure's dub combined with Westerners that don't "Get" what she's supposed to be.
    She wasn't meant to be some wise mature warrior maiden. Not level-headed. In many ways she was just a younger and girl Sonic (who if you recall was meant to be a punkass, not Jesus). She could lead her little posse in Heroes when she was out smashing things since they were Cream (little girl not assertive enough to say no) and Big (doesn't give a damn). That's a far cry from being a pencil pusher in some rebel army. 
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    Almar got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in Am I the only one who hates new Amy?   
    Yeah but the Resistance was a bad idea to begin with, at least how Forces did it, so...
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    Almar got a reaction from batson in Am I the only one who hates new Amy?   
    Be honest, enough of the vocal/online attitude towards Adventure Era/Intended Amy roots largely in meme/Western interpretations like Sonic Shorts and Adventure's dub combined with Westerners that don't "Get" what she's supposed to be.
    She wasn't meant to be some wise mature warrior maiden. Not level-headed. In many ways she was just a younger and girl Sonic (who if you recall was meant to be a punkass, not Jesus). She could lead her little posse in Heroes when she was out smashing things since they were Cream (little girl not assertive enough to say no) and Big (doesn't give a damn). That's a far cry from being a pencil pusher in some rebel army. 
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    Almar got a reaction from Kaotic Kanine in Am I the only one who hates new Amy?   
    Yeah but the Resistance was a bad idea to begin with, at least how Forces did it, so...
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    Almar reacted to Tarnish in Am I the only one who hates new Amy?   
    Like every other character besides Sonic in the past 15 or so years. Included in name, but not in character or personality.
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    Almar reacted to E-122-Psi in Am I the only one who hates new Amy?   
    I think the thing is that Amy is generally the 'everygirl' role wise, so tends to get more vibrancy from doing things by her own accord like Sonic does.
    This I think is why Amy tends to suffer as a character in the Freedom Fighter/resistance format interpretations, Amy doesn't really work as a soldier relegated to a job, she tends to be best being proactive and having her own ambitions, just the games aren't too great finding ways for her to do such without being depicted as a mere annoyance.
    I think this is why Heroes near about finds the happy balance with her, they don't just put her on team good guy like Sonic's lot, she wants to help out Cream and Big, but she's doing it by her own accord (this is 'big sister Amy' not 'instructed cadet Amy') and has at least the side motivation of Sonic's supposed presence in the whole matter giving an excuse to follow him. In the final climax the group she leads is as key to helping out as the other two supporting teams.
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    Almar reacted to Won't Stop, Just Go in Popular and unpopular Sonic opinions you agree and disagree with!   
    the tone debates are mostly people trying to enforce their stylistic preferences as some kind of objective truth and I've mostly just ignored participating in that discussion because of it. most sonic games are both stylistically consistent with themselves and don't leave the realm of 8 year old friendly action game. not all of them seek to recreate the experience of the original games 1:1 but most of them aren't a far cry from that, stylistically. Mechanically is a whole other thing that I could have a ball-game describing how they fucked up and where, but most Sonic fans are concerned with tone and worldbuilding more than anything else even though I think that stuff was mostly fine up until they stopped trying. Some dark stuff happened but one of the lamest things that started in the past 10 years was everyone trying to file off the ever present more tragic, sinister darkly satirical, edge in an effort to make it more presentable to the WOAH DUDE WHY IS SONIC A WEREWOLF LOL people.

    as an aside: there are a lot of things you can read into the classic games and style due to their nature, but entirely dialogue driven sitcom is probably the very last thing I would get from it. if there's anything I think is a direct misunderstanding of the originals, its that. sonic is flexible so I don't mind it doing that but that's probably the farthest you can get from the older games characters with their expressive nature and show-don't tell manner if storytelling and character building.

    all this is to say that Sonic Boom is already a boring concept to me on paper, but it could have justified it's own existence if it was funny. It's not. The fact that it got over 100 epsiodes while most of the other, better toons were cancelled early is a crime. I don't know if that's an unpopular opinion or not. It probably isn't, but I felt like saying it. the only worse Sonic cartoon was underground and at least that had uniquely bad ideas.
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