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The Many Enemies of Sonic the Hedgehog - "Because Eggman's not the only one, you know"


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I still think that the Storybook games' villains are the best non-Eggman villains.

 

Erazor and Merlina are interesting characters with intriguing backstories that give meaning behind their actions - Erazor always despised humanity and was hungry for power as well yet it's strongly implied that he was written that way and so 'rebelled' against his fate. Merlina adored her grandfather so dearly that she clearly wanted to preserve his honor and/or integrity by attempting to succeed where he failed by trying to create an "Ideal world". The thing that leads to their villainy is that they simply go the wrong way about rebelling against fate and that's a fairly interesting scenario for a villain.

 

They both have a shitload of power at their disposal as well. They have the means to actually shape the world into how they see fit and the only thing that truly stops them is Sonic's perseverance and the direct actions of the allies he makes - It was mainly Shahra who threw an almighty wrench right into Erazor's plan by becoming the wrong sacrifice. Which prevented him from utilizing the power of the World Rings and ultimately brought-about a series of events that worked in (An initially highly screwed) Sonic's favor. Even then, only the lamp truly took Erazor down. And with Merlina, woo boy, that endgame scenario was one of the most hopeless positions Sonic was ever put in. She had no compunctions about beating Sonic to within an inch of his life and it was only his sheer determination that brought-about his own salvation.

 

They also manipulate the characters in very backhanded yet believable fashions unlike Mephiles. Erazor has control of Sonic's very fate within only two cutscenes into the game and effectively blackmails him into doing exactly what he wants - He seized upon on opportunity when he shot the wrong target with that flame arrow and made great use of it and even when his plan backfired you've gotta admire this guy's sheer moxie regarding his defiance. Merlina plays Sonic like a card as well and it's fairly obvious that Sonic trusted her as evidenced by his shock about her revelation and the fact that he handed over the scabbard without reluctance because he had no reason to believe that she was going to do what she did. She hid her true intentions very well throughout.

 

And yet she's still rather sympathetic as well. She didn't want to see her beloved kingdom fall victim to fate and so did what she thought she had to do to stop that. It's only her ideals and the way she went about it that made Sonic oppose her because she was doing it out of one-sided sadness (Which Sonic personally despises) and was depriving everyone else of their right to live life the way it's intended to be lived and was ruthless in her determination to carry out her plan to fruition.

 

These two characters actually have dimension, something lacking from the Zeti. And they also fit within their Storybook universes. It's for all of these reasons that I consider them hands down the best non-Eggman villains. They get bonus points for their ploys bringing out some of the best in Sonic's character and it's most interesting traits regarding his take on heroism as well as making the stories so good.

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The Deadly Six are certainly my favorites under Dr. Eggman and Metal Sonic. 

 

Even though they're quite colorful, they was still lots of fun. I loved their personalities too, even if they were stereotypical personalities. I also enjoyed all of the things they had to say in the game! Zavok, Zazz, and Zor easily had the best lines!

 

I also feel that Zavok was a good replacement of Eggman during Lost World story. Even though Spin Attaxx already covered why I love Zavok, I would also like to add on that Zavok isn't afraid to insult his team or sweet talk them into carrying out his work. 

 

Zavok insult his team for not carrying out their mission to get Sonic correctly. 

http://youtu.be/fYS9BMNe6Nw

 

Zavok starts to sweet talk Zeena to make her quickly get out there and fight Sonic. Final words he say? "Well, that was so easy I almost feel guilty".

http://youtu.be/y642QbLKiw4

 

Last, but not least! I think The Deadly Six officially has one of the best themes ever in the Sonic series! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HW5L7_M9FI

 

I really would love to see the Deadly Six return someday in the future. With Zavok as the leader of them in their return story comeback, it could possibly lead to an interesting Deadly Six revenge story that could give Sonic, Tails, Eggman, and others involved some problems if the revenge plan is quite...deadly! laugh.png

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Blasphemy!! Where's Nack the Weasel, Mecha Sonic (you mentioned him briefly I guess), Silver Sonic, Egg Robo (maybe more Knuckles rival in Sonic 3K), Mecha Knuckles, even Bean and Bark can kinda be if Fighters is included.

Makes me wonder how Sonic would fare against the likes of Wendy Witchkart and the Battle Bird Armada had they ever met back in the day. I'm sure Tails must have mentioned them to him.

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