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In response to the recent endless notes and comments about how my vision of Sonic having an actual semi-dramatic story is wrong and betraying the character's simplistic, colorful, goofy and fluffy true nature...

I present you with an image from Archie comics, one appropriately with Sonic telling you to hush up XD

Sonic had a simpler story in the early days, almost indistinguishable from other platformers at the time (bad guy has captured cute animals, save them) which was serviceable but had no ambition for depth. Ben Hurst and friends decided to put some effort into an animated show and turned the workprint narrative into a more involved story. Listen to Ben's interviews and you'll hear exactly what I claim. Sonic as an animated show was meant to be first and foremost a dark science fiction story, ideally considered like an ongoing movie. The limitations of the budget and studio constraints didn't quite allow the wiggle room to bring that vision to light, but that's where the comics stepped in. Originally the comics too were fluffy and colorful, but they evolved into a story of rebellion and betrayal and heroism. Even the UK picked up this darker story and Fleetway made their own parallel series with even more mature themes. Sonic X too had themes of sacrifice and loss.
The only aspect of Sonic not to evolve has been the games as Sonic Team seems convinced stories in Sonic (because they suck at writing them) are pointless.

Then there are the fans.

What do you want? Are you complaining because Sonic has to be exactly as he's been in the past? Fleetway wrote an entirely different series with similar characters but a different approach. Even Sonic X is different, so what type of Sonic should we be slavishly attached to? Sonic is, or should be, always evolving.
When he doesn't he becomes the laughingstock he is today.
Do you mean the game Sonic? What makes him so great? His modern stories are so lame, his older stories were simple, and for the most part his creators were ignoring them. They tend to change from game to game as well.
Do you just hate it when anyone but the original Japanese creators do anything Sonic? Why? They happily sold of their property to Americans then the British.

So what's your major malfunction?

If we'd all said 'Don't touch Batman! He was always meant to be a goofy neon super hero with bad puns!'
Then we'd never have gotten Batman Begins or my favorite movie The Dark Knight.
If we'd screamed 'No! Don't make television science fiction serials into a more serious adventure movie! They have to be cheap and silly!'
Then we would never have had Star Wars.
If we'd shouted and whined 'Don't touch Tolkien! Leave Lord of the Rings be! There can only be one story about orcs and humans!'
We'd never have Warcraft.
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:icondracoguerrero:
DracoGuerrero Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I say "simple is better"
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:iconjarredspekter:
jarredspekter Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Sure, but it's always nice to have SOME depth, right? XD
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DracoGuerrero Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are we talkin' about "Lord of the Rings Meets Harry Potter" kind of depth?
"The great Knuckles Exhidna of Angel Isles went to Möbius to confront his enemy Dr.Robotnik Death Egg the Third..."
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Um...not necessarily? XD
Look back at the original Star Wars. JUST ENOUGH depth ;)
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DracoGuerrero Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooooh.....

Dr Robotnik: Sonic Speedwalker! I AM YOUR FATHER!

Sonic: NUUUUUUUUUUUU!
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Um...not quite. I was thinking more about the hero's journey, and things like that XD
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DracoGuerrero Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwwww....it sounded like fun....
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:iconjarredspekter:
jarredspekter Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not saying you CAN'T I just don't personally recommend it :lol:
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goozulgah Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
*reads description*

Will you be my new best friend?
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:iconjarredspekter:
jarredspekter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm always happy to be friends :D
I'm also glad someone else agrees with me a little here XD
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goozulgah Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
Unlike most fans, I fully intend to do something about the problem.
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:iconjarredspekter:
jarredspekter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You have my support! :D
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goozulgah Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
That makes three of us, including WOLFBLADE111. We must gather moar!
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Freak-Ops Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Plot Excuses for modern games sucks now, and people can't even adding plot excuses for any literature, so, we need more storylines. Even first Sonic game have animal abuses, Robotnik uses little animals to engineering his droid mooks.
Most people in Sonic Fandom now are just whiners, ungrateful sucker.
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Rhuen1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
Well Sonic from its hayday was a colorful series masking a darker ecological story underneath, Robotnik trapping small animals inside robots and building huge seemingly pointless mechanized wastelands populated by death traps.

Sonic SATam/Archie Comics took this to a logical extreme, while the games tried after the third to tone it down a little.

Sonic's problem has always been trying to find a story, the games don't want to rip-off the Archie comics and also try to rated-E and approachable to a wide demographic. these handcuffs on the story writers have resulted in weirdness trying to be subtle covered in colorful, from Eggman Empire, Shadow's screwed up ultimate weapon and childhood friend death past, monsters and aliens trying to conquer, destroy, the world and even time. Problem is each time they have tried a big story it has been attached to a mediocre game that doesn't sell as well and Sega gets a mixed message; thinking the story was part of the reason...especially when people angry at glitches add elements of the story into their rants.
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EbbiTheTigress Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student Artist
and honestly, so what if it's colorful, dark, edgy, childish, or any sort of way? I think every individual artist could portray sonic however they want. (My way is dark but sometimes goofy.)
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ASkinnyWhiteGuy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
My portrayal of Sonic would be some sort of combination of Sonic (duh), Gears of War, Saving Private Ryan, SatAM, and deathcore.
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EbbiTheTigress Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Student Artist
Interesting
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ASkinnyWhiteGuy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
I'd make every follower of the story learn to hate Robotnik's fucking guts, and then give him a death that can only be described as nothing short of brutal.*



*I'd have him get knocked off the top of his central tower in Robotropolis (or maybe fall out of a hovercar or something) and get skewered onto a radio antenna below, then as he's bleeding out Cluck (his robotic bird pet) would land on him and start eating his face off (one of the scenes would be Cluck pulling Robotnik's eye out and eating it)...while Robotnik is still alive and screaming.
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EbbiTheTigress Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student Artist
Dude.... You have the mind of Sonic.EXE...
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ASkinnyWhiteGuy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
Idk, lol.
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EbbiTheTigress Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student Artist
That wasn't a question.Facepalm 
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ASkinnyWhiteGuy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
I couldn't think of anything to say.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I agree, that's cool!
I'm just unhappy when people say the ONLY way Sonic can be is goofy and bright colored :lol:
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EbbiTheTigress Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student Artist
I like to combine serious with goofy.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I do too :D
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EbbiTheTigress Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student Artist
Cool! :D :D :D
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EbbiTheTigress Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student Artist
Why does this picture remind me of Assassin's Creed?
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It does kind of :lol:
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EbbiTheTigress Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student Artist
Yeah! Love both game designs
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Cyberphonic4D Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Sonic isn't a dark character or a dark series, Unleashed was perfect and I'm personally ok with 06's story, it just needed to be a little more Sonic-like. The storybook games were also perfect, Sonic doesn't need to be politcally correct and he doesn't need to be the next furry drama, which the storybook games and Unleashed hit perfectly.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:) I'm glad! I honestly don't like politically correct things either XD

Yeah, over the years I've re-evaluated my stance on Sonic. I would personally love to see a furry drama but maybe Sonic isn't the right rack to hang that particular hat ^^;
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Cyberphonic4D Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oh, cool. Yeah though, an original series or maybe Sly Cooper or something for that type of thing but Sonic isn't the kind of thing for furry drama, it's pretty unique in it's style and I'm glad they stayed away from that.

I most likely wouldn't have been a fan of Sonic if he started to wear clothes, had more human like proportions, was more dramatic, and romance had a place in the stories, he doesn't seem like an icon then or even something cool but that's just to me, not sure about anyone else.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh sure :D
Everyone has their own opinions so it's perfectly cool XD

I like both versions, but maybe indeed the more dramatic Sonic would be better off just being a different story entirely.
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jlnhlfan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Much lies. Wow. So dark. Such Sci-fi.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm?
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jlnhlfan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I took inspiration from a meme.
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jlnhlfan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Noooooooooo! Not the "Bite of '93"!!!!!!!!! This is my name for the U.S. comics.
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Mr86Returns Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There seems to be a shortage of vocabulary here. People talk about wanting Sonic to be darker, when the truth is that what the series needs to be is smarter. Not necessarily more cerebral or more introspective, just... smarter. It needs to present its audience with a story that takes itself seriously without becoming a parody of the silliness or edginess at the two extremes of how it's previously been written. Furthermore, it needs to make its audience feel that they aren't being talked down to in any way. That's the rendition of Sonic I can respect.
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Cyberphonic4D Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're right kinda. But people do want a non politcally correct Sonic from the storybook games and Unleashed too. They want a cool story which a darker story could bring since Sonic is pretty much pitch white right now. A smarter story is only part of it but yeah.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's...perfect O_o

I actually couldn't describe it better. Very nicely put!
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Mr86Returns Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it's the underlying idea behind a fanfic/fan game concept of mine. Long story short, the whole thing's a merger of all of the games, comics and cartoons. It was spurred on by my frustration at how people in the Sonic fandom can't seem to agree on anything. Naturally, I had to figure out what everyone wanted deep down but couldn't articulate before I could really get down to writing. Anyway, that's my :twocents:.
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EbbiTheTigress Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student Artist
agreed
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XaviorTheLycan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Yeah, you can say that Sonic is never supposed to be blah blah blah, but here Sonic is a ninja, so everyone's arguments are invalid....I have no idea when this meme will stop, so don't ask me
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Sonicgirl1552000 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
I don't mind serious Sonic storylines. The problem is that the Archie comics overdo it. It seems that there is drama in every single panel. It gets annoying very fast. Sonic X did the seriousness right. It wasn't TOO serious or TOO goofy. It had its serious moments as well as its lighthearted moments. That's why its my favourite Sonic show. Don't take this the wrong way. You're allowed to like the Archie comics, but I think that they overdo the drama.
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preadatordetector Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
To a writer, the art is not in making a middle ground for everyone to experience everything, it is to guide the reader to keep going and stay interested. The comics kept the reader going. So did, to an extent, Sonic X. Sonic X however did not do very effective character balance, and that resulted in a lot of hate for Chris, which seems to have too much power in the story, and the trio of machines Robotnik carries alongside him, which is way too weak for the story and obviously should have been processed into scrap metal.

Keeping a reader interested is a very fine science, one that is not ruled by middle ground, rather ruled by natural selection. Humans did not win over because they were a balance between intelligence, immunity and brute force, we were rather specialized in what we could do, and because of the ability we had having more applications that could make up for what we are missing. Likewise the success of a story is determined not by middle ground, as you can have a lot of imbecilic jokes and later have an action scene that uses the characters broken by the jokes, but that is not likely a good story design, as nobody wants to give those characters any respect anymore.
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TayzeJacksonBell Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
Characters and franchises evolve, change and... ultimately... grow up, at least they should.  And the idea that if it's for kids  it can't be deep or dark is just SOOOOOOOOO stupid! Watch Avatar, or Batman the animated series! Or whatever! Some people...

Now that I think about it... I wrote a darker Sonic story focusing on Metal Sonic actually... I have it on Deviant Art... it's not the best but I tried
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shanedaman2014 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014   Filmographer
What ever happn to him running around stomping on robots to save forest animals. That was the good old days
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preadatordetector Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
What happened was that you let your obsession with Kirby and cuteness corrupt your expectations of Sonic. Throw it all away, as you are now shitting on this franchise.
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shanedaman2014 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015   Filmographer
also I was doing a joke
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