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The best and worst Sonic characters

Who should make a return in Sonic: Lost World

3. Shadow The Hedgehog

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The GameCube title Shadow The Hedgehog is to blame for Shadow's bad reputation. In an ill-advised attempt to make a Sonic character appear cool, Sega gave him a gun. It was weird to see a cartoon character wielding a weapon in a game which appeals to children.

But let's not also forget that Shadow also starred in Sonic Adventure 2, the GameCube version of which (Sonic Adventure 2: Battle) some regard to be one of Sonic's finest moments.

As for the character himself, he's Sonic's arch-rival and, with the power of his hover shoes, he's even faster than the blue blur. Maybe that's why you voted for him as one of the best Sonic characters ever.

You say: Every boy wants to be like him and every girl has a crush on him. What's his name? Why, it's only Shadow the Hedgehog, the best character ever. He's the coolest, darkest and most alluring of all the characters. And he knows it. PeterPan

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  1. GThing Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 07:47

    Today's the day is it ONM? Then I must be a time traveling wizard, as I already saw it!

  2. jason1297 Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 08:06

    Surely Vector the crocodile is worse than Silver??? :?:

  3. GThing Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 08:12

    Surely Vector the crocodile is worse than Silver??? :?:


    Yes. Silver's actually one of my favourites. Vector just needs to go away.

  4. Herbert_Rarr Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 08:39

    The main problem I have with the other Sonic characters is the way they are implemented in the games. Levels where you're forced to use a character with a different moveset and strange level design make the game annoying, and you'll think it's the character that's annoying. This is mostly a problem in the 3D games though.
    I think Sonic Advance got it just right. You had to complete all the stages with Sonic first, and then you could play with any of the other characters later on, but it didn't force you. It was a Metroidvania-ish way of doing it and the series benefitted from it.

    And it's Robotnik. Eggman is his adopted nickname.

  5. Legendary Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 08:57

    I read that Sega was planning to get rid of Big the Cat because they can't find a good use for him.
    IS THIS TRUE?

    Is it also True that Sonic the Hedgehog 06 was a rushed game

  6. shy guy 64 Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 09:27

    hurray for tails

    but i am the only one who likes cream?

  7. NintendanGX Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 09:45

    So may grammar errors...

  8. DragonEleven Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 09:53

    the echidna joined Miles and Tails in the battle against the villain


    Ten gold rings to anyone who can spot what's wrong with that line.

    Anyway... Shadow would be my favourite... not only do I like his look, but also his back story... then there's the shoes that allow him to keep up with Sonic (I'd love a pair of them). He get's a bit of stick for the gun thing, but I actually like that, as it sets him apart from the rest of the Sonic crowd.
    As for his design, it's not lazy... a 'dark' equivalent of Sonic would obviously be a hedgehog with similar abilities... so they'd inevitably look alike, regardless of how much time was spent on development.

  9. shadowlugia101 Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 10:17

    Why the hate for silver? i love that guy and so desperately want to play as him again, i loved him from the first time i played sonic 06. also am i in a minority when i say i love vector the crocodile?

  10. Twinkle Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 11:24

    Tails is a really good character in my opinion and deserved to be on the best character side! :D 8)

  11. mattym727 Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 11:26

    Why the hate for silver? i love that guy and so desperately want to play as him again, i loved him from the first time i played sonic 06. also am i in a minority when i say i love vector the crocodile?


    I dont love him, but I dont understand the hate for him !
    And Miles is Tails' real name, I think. :P

  12. Owz_The_Future Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 11:29

    Oh god, just the mention of Sonic 06 brings back horrible memories...that was such an awful game.

    Also, I believe the Werehog should be in the top 5 worst. Really don't get the design process by Sega for Unleashed: "Yes, here is a game that's all about speed. So let's make half of it a slow and clunky brawler with terrible platforming."

  13. shy guy 64 Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 12:02

    also am i in a minority when i say i love vector the crocodile?

    perhaps, but there are plenty of us who like him (as well as the rest of chaotix)

  14. row101 Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 12:27

    There are some errors in the HTML.

  15. haaroon fama123 Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 13:05

    Silver should be one of the best also amy!!!!!!!!!!!!! why? :?

  16. Guybrush20X6 Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 13:50

    I kinda like Amy but it depends on who's writing her. Compare her in Adventure 2, where she she teases Sonic "if I let you out will you marry me?" to Heroes where she goes Silver-Age Lois Lane on Sonic's butt and fights him to get him to marry her.

    But Blaze is my favourite.

  17. Samster296 Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 14:42

    Silver is such a terrible character...

  18. Rnald Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 15:04

    I actually liked Shadow's game and definitely the character itself.

    I feel I need to experience some of the titles I missed e.g. Sonic 06 & Generations.

  19. Fubz Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 15:40

    hurray for tails

    but i am the only one who likes cream?


    I like Cream as well, but I can clearly see why people hate her :P
    Knuckles definitely deserves first place hehe.

    What about Vector and that Bee guy and that person who's a ninja. I still don't understand why they were made and why they still appear.

  20. TheVelvetRoom Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 15:45

    I get the feeling people are still bitter about Silver's "It's No Use!" boss fights in the horrid Sonic 06. Though to be fair, he's only been a bit player in spinoffs for the most part since, though I rather enjoyed his battle in Generations.

  21. WOLFENFTW Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 16:10

    Am I the only one who likes Sonic 06? I understand that it could have been a lot better but what we got wasn't bad, certainly better than Secret rings, Unleashed and Black Knight.

    Silver isn't rubbish, he just hasn't had enough of a chance to prove himself yet. As for Knuckles and Shadow, easily the best characters in Sonic, I pray that they'll be in Lost World.

  22. CDS Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 17:55

    I like Metal Sonic and Shadow, but others in my top five would be:
    Espio - He's a chameleon and a ninja. What more could you want?
    Cream - Despite appearance, Cream is one of the characters that can be explored in more detail, and given proper writing, she can be just as interesting as Tails or Knuckles. From the first appearance in Sonic Advance 2 when she set out to save her mom after being rescued by Sonic, you got the sense that this character might be properly expanded on. Instead she got pushed to the sidelines. Sonic X did more with her than any game after Advance 2.
    Even though they are minor characters, Orbot and Cubot rate a mention. Orbot appears in Unleashed and Colours, with Cubot only appearing in Colours, but these two have more character than most of the others put together. They could be brought back, despite being abandoned some time after Colours.

    As for worst, I definitely agree with Big. Charmy Bee also springs to mind. Vector also springs to mind. He's the boss of The Chaotix, but comes across like one of those Bounty Hunters or mercenaries. Only caring about the money. He does have a heart, but very little of it. Amy also gets on this list because she is annoying with the whole 'stalking' of Sonic. She has got a little better from Generations, but there's a lot to work up to it. Silver... I can't say. Only game I've played as him is Rivals 2. However, the game he was introduced in, 06, is the worst in the series based on story. It had one of the best dark era stories, but was let down by every single continuity breaking part. And also, I have seen the boss fight of 06 with Silver. Terrible. "Take this!" "It's no use!" x100+

  23. Tamzily01 Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 19:10

    Silver improved a lot in Generations. His boss battle was actually challenging compared to Metal Sonic and Shadow.

  24. CDS Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 19:38

    For the goodness of gamers, someone ban this idiot.

    before I saw the paycheck which was of $5203, I didn't believe that...my... father in law had been actually bringing home money in there spare time on their apple labtop.. there great aunt had bean doing this for less than twentey months and by now repayed the loans on there appartment and got a great new Mitsubishi Evo. I went here, Exit35.com

    As to Silvers boss fight in Generations, I have to agree that it was more challenging than the others. Every time I revisit it, I get the challenge presented from other bosses from other games.

  25. fisher2007 Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 20:21

    I actually liked Shadow he's just badass.

  26. The_BAAD_Man Thursday 30th May 2013 at 04:06

    A lot of typos and grammatical errors present in this article. Give things a proof reading before publishing them :)
    Also, Miles & Tails....one and the same, haha!

    I think what makes most of the bad characters bad are the awful voices.

  27. Pyron12 Thursday 30th May 2013 at 06:40

    All the hate for Silver comes from the fact that his boss fight is terrible, but as a character, Silver is surprisingly deep. I object to Amy, mainly because she is fun to play as in SA1 and the Sonic Advance series.
    Elise would be my number one worst. She is worse than Big and Peach combined.

  28. HaydnRhys Thursday 30th May 2013 at 08:10

    I love Amy Rose :cry:

  29. MartinIsAwesome Thursday 30th May 2013 at 09:08

    I'm I think I might have taken this too seriously. ^^;
    I never considered picking Eggman as a best character, at it's true he's pretty awesome and I'm a big fan. However, I can't believe there are still people that get snippy at you for not calling him Robotnik, especially considering that he has always been known as Dr. Eggman in Japan, and canonically his fulll name these days is Dr. Ivo 'Eggman' Robotnik. Personally I interchange depending on context.

    As for Big as the worst... hmm, yeah I guess he is irritating, but not th worst by any stretch. I mean his Sonic Adventure 2 cameos are mostly pretty fun to see. If he was changed to a background cameo character, seeing him standing at a bus-stop like Totoro, it be an interesting way to keep him around.

    But I still think the Babylon Rogues are the worst characters.

  30. CDS Thursday 30th May 2013 at 09:22

    Oh. How could I have forgot them. The Rogues.
    And now I think about, Rouge the Bat is more worse than Amy Rose. Granted, Amy does fancy Sonic with a passion, but that is her only flaw. Rouge has many, not least of which, as far as I'm aware, is that her story is now just being a GUN operative and there is no expansion on that. They just use it to place her in the story.

  31. Tamzily01 Thursday 30th May 2013 at 09:24

    Compared to Amy, I actually like Rouge. She just feels a bit underused in recent years, similar to the Chaotix.

  32. WOLFENFTW Thursday 30th May 2013 at 09:39

    Elise would be my number one worst.


    Couldn't agree more!

  33. BanksLad Thursday 30th May 2013 at 10:07

    Hmm. Possibly showing my age here, but I think it's a shame that none of the Chaotix Crew are in here. Vector, Espio, Charmy and the illusive Mighty were all characters I loved, but I guess that developed more from the comics and cartoons than the games.

    Speaking of which, the reason Dr. Ivo Robotnik is called so, is because it is the reverse of his name before the horrible accident that turned him mad- Dr. Ovi Kintobor. I loved that as a story. Sonic called him Eggman originally to make fun of him...why would he adopt that?! It's reflective of the sort of horrible decisions Sega sometimes take with the franchise that have caused its popularity to drop. And I feel bad that some of the characters are on the list for their voice, it's not their fault! If it were taken into account Sonic would probably be on it for the awful, embarrassingly 90's, 'tude he had for so long.

  34. daniel bowden Thursday 30th May 2013 at 11:09

    Am i the only person who thinks they don't really need to get rid of so many characters. I mean i really like Amy and i admit cream is a little annoying but that's no big deal. I mean none of these are half as bad as Charmy the bee, i mean come on his voice is annoying he can't do anything and in conclusion is a complete wast of time.

  35. MartinIsAwesome Thursday 30th May 2013 at 12:33

    Hmm. Possibly showing my age here, but I think it's a shame that none of the Chaotix Crew are in here. Vector, Espio, Charmy and the illusive Mighty were all characters I loved, but I guess that developed more from the comics and cartoons than the games.


    I loved reading the adventures of The Chaotix and the Omni-Viewer too.

    Speaking of which, the reason Dr. Ivo Robotnik is called so, is because it is the reverse of his name before the horrible accident that turned him mad- Dr. Ovi Kintobor. I loved that as a story.


    Although after introducing Robotnik's extended family (his grandfather Gerald and cousin Maria) in Sonic Adventure 2, that "origin" story doesn't really work anymore.

    Sonic called him Eggman originally to make fun of him...why would he adopt that?!


    There's actually a very good reason for this. There is a strong history of names or words used to cause offence in real-life that have been 'reclaimed' by the individuals who are the target of such insults in order to proove that they are stronger. The fact that Robotnik does adopt the name "Eggman" makes him a more interesting character.

  36. DragonEleven Thursday 30th May 2013 at 14:33

    Speaking of which, the reason Dr. Ivo Robotnik is called so, is because it is the reverse of his name before the horrible accident that turned him mad- Dr. Ovi Kintobor. I loved that as a story. Sonic called him Eggman originally to make fun of him...why would he adopt that?!


    That backstory was manufactured by Sega of America, and conflicts with the proper one by Team Sonic... most noticeably in the fact that his grandfather, Gerald, and cousin, Maria, both share the surname Robotnik.
    Plus, it was originally written in Japanese, which uses syllables rather than individual letters, so spelling it backwards would come out differently.

    As for the nickname... I always assumed it to be something he'd picked up as a child, possibly even coming up with it himself... he seems almost proud of it the way he uses it to name things.
    And as for making fun of it... I always thought Robotnik was worse for that... I still remember the cartoons from when I was little where Sonic would call him Butt-nik.

  37. BanksLad Thursday 30th May 2013 at 16:33

    Yes, I know reclaiming a bad nickname is a way to combat it, but I don't know. Robotnik is just so much better. Imagine if Bowser (or King Koopa as a better example) changed his name to turtlelizard. Also, it means badniks sort of don't make sense to those playing the game now. Should they become badeggs? It doesn't matter that much, it just grates on me when I hear it.

    I would love it if they decided (from Generations onwards) to split the Sonic Universe in two. One where Sonic and Eggman are on Earth, with the Sonic Adventure 2 backstory and all that-which I actually quite like. And the other with the comic backstory for Robotnik and Sonic has back on Mobius saving animals instead of humans...and he doesn't talk. Ha.

  38. jdofthefunk Thursday 30th May 2013 at 16:56

    I think all Silver needs is to star in a proper Sonic game to redeem himself. His backstory is actually quite interesting; a hedgehog who goes back to the past in order to save the future (sort of like Sonic CD) and his telekinetic powers could make for an interesting way of playing if SEGA got it right instead of his attacks in 06. Because no one wants to hear the words "ITS NO USE!" ever, ever again.

  39. sonicka Friday 31st May 2013 at 15:41

    Am I the only one who likes Sonic 06? I understand that it could have been a lot better but what we got wasn't bad, certainly better than Secret rings, Unleashed and the black knight.


    Haha! XD That's an amazing quote. Good for you on finding something to enjoy in that game though.

    Actually, I do agree that The Black Knight is as terrible (if not worse) than Sonic '06. But The secret rings is at least a playable game attempting something new. I'm surprised you prefer Sonic '06 to Unleashed though, The XBOX/PS3 version of that game is genuinely seen as the title that began getting the Sonic series back on track again (with Colours/Generations refining the best gameplay elements later on).

  40. PT PRANA Saturday 1st Jun 2013 at 19:35

    Charmy Bee is soo much more annoying than Big! :shock:

  41. BanksLad Monday 3rd Jun 2013 at 00:44

    Oh come on, Charmy's great! I love that little guy. Always imagined if he had a super transformation that he'd turn Hornet coloured.

  42. WOLFENFTW Wednesday 5th Jun 2013 at 15:01

    I'm surprised you prefer Sonic '06 to Unleashed though, The XBOX/PS3 version of that game is genuinely seen as the title that began getting the Sonic series back on track again (with Colours/Generations refining the best gameplay elements later on).


    I guess I really have different views to many people. I found the normal sonic gameplay in Unleashed to be very good but there just wasn't enough of it. The wherehog levels were just boring and I had no fun playing them at all (a shame really cause unleasheads story was very good, werehog just ruined it). Generations I liked but again both versions were incredibly short. Colours on the other hand I consider to be the worst Sonic game since the Game Gear! The gameplay was just boring! Most of the level design sucked (the exception being aquarium park) and the music standard was just low compared to past games. The game just felt more like an on rails rather than giving us the freedom of the level that the adventure games, sonic heroes and even Sonic 06 gave us. Wow this rant went on far longer than it should've, sorry guys :D

    EDIT: Something I didn't make clear is my opinion on Secret Rings, I actually enjoyed it (although I think Shadow or Silver should've been King Solomon) I just think 06 was better.

  43. Pyron12 Wednesday 5th Jun 2013 at 17:31

    I've got it. Elise is the worst character in the Sonic franchise because no one has dared to mention her.

  44. CDS Wednesday 5th Jun 2013 at 20:22

    Where's the Like button?

  45. DAZZ1566 Thursday 6th Jun 2013 at 14:32

    No big, no rouge, no shadow, no cream, no silver, and deffo no charmy bee that is all

  46. DAZZ1566 Thursday 6th Jun 2013 at 14:35

    Tails is the proverbial "fly in the portaloo". annoying, excrutiating and gets under your nose

  47. Shadowkelsey Monday 22nd Jul 2013 at 20:36

    er shadow is like one of the best ever characters hes defo not a worst tell you whats crap silver i mean talk about camp and stupid

  48. StriderHedgehog Tuesday 24th Sep 2013 at 14:09

    The worst list actually surprised me a bit. Yes Amy's become annoying as of late (mainly down to her new voice "actress" - Lisa Ortiz FTW), but she isn't that bad. In Sonic Adventure she actually got character development unlike Sonic and Big. With Silver, I can understand the hate - his voice is somewhat marmite and his debut game was questionable to say the least. Even still, he did have an endearing personality and he did develop throughout the game so he's far from bad...just a slow starter.

    I'm surprised that Charmy didn't get any mention. Not as bad as Cream but he still contributes very little and ticks a lot of people off. Personally, I feel the horrid one-shot characters deserved honourable mentions (i.e. Marine , Elise ) but since they probably won't appear again, I understand their absence.

    Apart from that, good feature. I especially loved Metal Sonic being on the best list as he's my favourite villain by far, narrowly beating out Mephiles and Eggman.

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