Sadly, there is a lot of negativity that floats around this sort of fandom, in many sorts of ways. Over the years, many fans have grown tired and annoyed by changes that they move on to look for something else to play, perhaps, while some still stay and remain faithful. When that happens, then there arent that many older fans around, and more fans that are younger than 13, which are usually immature and cant handle when others disagree with them. They might go into a flaming spree, and they get angry when people disagree with them, see.
It is quite noticeable, that while there are a lot of old and faithful fans, as well as the smart fans that like Sonic, unfortunately, perhaps less than 15% are in that range. The rest lies in a section in what I like to call Corrupted Sonic Fans.
While older fans do know that everyone has their own opinions, and that they should be respected, sometimes they tend to flame back anyways. It might just be that youre in a bad mood. Thats understandable, but sometimes flames can cause the other user to flame back, and throw people in an endless loop of hate and hurtful language even after youre no longer in a bad mood. Sometimes though, both users might apologize and settle their differences, and that would be a good way of handling it I guess.
Smarter users do handle respecting peoples opinions better than the others, and they might try making friends with people with different opinions. Such as a SonAmy supporter being friends with a SonSally supporter.
These kinds of fights seem to start from silly couplings, and just which characters one person likes or hates. Say that I like Sonic, but severely hate Shadow, what do you suppose happens? Suddenly, a bunch of 9 year old noobs send me PMs that consists of flames such as You suck for hating Shadow! or Ur stupid! Sonics the gay one! and whats with all the derogatory in this fandom. I always hear such comments as Sonics gay! when asked, Why do you hate Sonic? and Im pretty sure they were saying, Hes stupid. Stop being stupid morons and making fun of people. I say to anyone who uses that excuse: Youre just as bad as the homophobes out there, and you are stupid if you think using those kinds of words in that way is cool. Seriously, its annoying when people use terms in a derogative way.
Then with couples, it just never ends. The most seems to come from SonAmy fans (Sonic and Amy). Then there is the constant fighting with Taiream fans (Tails and Cream) and Taimo fans (Tails and Cosmo). SonAmy fans now, tend to hate characters other people pair up with Sonic or Amy, such as Sally due to SonSally, Elise because of SonElise, Blaze for SonBlaze, and possibly Shadow for ShadAmy. Theyre just silly couples, dont go hating other characters because of a silly coupling some other person made. Thats the worst way you can hate a couple or a character. If you dislike a character, youd better have a good reason to dislike them. Otherwise, people would classify you as a noob, or as Id like to call it, Corrupted Sonic Fans. Come on; try it! Its fun to say XD
As of now, I feel really bad for Cosmo. The main reason shes hated are because shes either a non-Canon character, or because of Taimo coupling. Now really, because of jerks being so insecure of their favorite coupling, and kill art of Cosmo, I just stopped supporting Taiream. Noobs tend to make everyone look bad.
With that being talked about, I can really see that there is a lot of hate that people cant bottle up for this fandom. Look around dA, and look at all those hate clubs. Have you ever seen so many hate clubs before? Well I havent, quite a shame isnt it? You dont see Mario characters being hate so much, do you? Well, people might hate some of Nintendos characters also, but at least they keep it to themselves and dont go crazy with the kill art. Now thats a biggie for the Sonic fandom. Just about anywhere, Ill see Sonic kill art. Usually is of Sonic himself. Now why are you hating on the character that started the entire series? Well Eggman and SonicTeam were there too, but you get what I mean. Sonic is the main character, and yet he seems to be the most hated character in the series. Why? Are Shadow fans just jealous hes the main character and not Shadow? Well, I think kill art is rather immature, thats why I rarely do kill art. People should keep their feelings to themselves. It hurts weak hearted fans to see their favorite character killed in so many horrible ways, and it sickens me so. I mean kill art, and those who go crazy with it because they hate that particular character, and theyre so insensitive to care about how others feel. They wouldnt care if a Sonic fan asks them to stop or if a crazy girl wants to commit suicide after seeing their work, they just feel like making more, because they hate Sonic so much. I want to swat them, but look at me; do I look like the person that hits people? My character Alex might if he were real, but I likely wouldnt. Ease up with the kill art, thats not what fandom is supposed to be about. Its not about Shadow shooting Sonics head off because hes better or any of that stuff, its supposed to be about art that supports your favorite character, and even if you dislike a certain character, you can still draw them in a positive way anyways.
So far, what have we talked about? Derogative terms, silly hating over couples, kill art, and flaming because of different opinions. Doesnt this all seem childish? I think we, as a community should really try to avoid doing these things. They really are pretty stupid and immature things to do. Are you new to Sonic, and are people being mean to you? Sadly, it seems most of the fandom is like this, and it truly does make the rest of us look bad and dull, just like them.
Lets have a small overview with how the characters suffer.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Do I like him? Yeah, of course I do. Hes on the top of my list, because hes just simply awesome. So how does he suffer? Lets recap a few things.
He suffers from being recolored by a lot of fans. They are usually made with little effort at all. He also seems to be the most hated character in the franchise. Why? Is it because hes the main character, and Shadow isnt? I hardly see any reasons for hating Sonic that are actually true, or reasonable.
He suffers from couple extremists sometimes. I mean the SonAmy fans just wont stop pairing him up with Amy. I have nothing against SonAmy and all, but it just gets too crazy sometimes. I mean they go completely ballistic at people whom disagree with them, or support SonicXSomeone else or AmyXSomeone else. Sonic also seems to be hated by people whom support ShadowXAmy. Wow, thats rather mature, hating a character because of a pairing.
Sonic, in my point of view, gets subdued to the most bashing in sprite comics, or fan fiction. I mean its fine with Sonic dies, if there was a good reason, such as a hard long fight with an enemy, or sacrificing himself to save the world. However, all I ever see is something like the following, Shadow shooting Sonics head off, Shadow Chaos Blasting Sonic to a smoldering ash. Its NOT THAT SIMPLE! Think about it, Sonic knows a gunshot is coming; he isnt just going to stand there and do nothing. Hed move away from the shot. And I think kids are forgetting. Guns ARENT instant kill! Not unless it hits a fatal area I mean.
I know a lot of Sonic haters that still respect him in some way because he started the series, and without him, their favorite character wouldnt exist, but still, most wont do that. And I dont know why, but a lot of Sonic haters seem to support Sonadow (SonicXShadow) I dont know why it seems that way.
And almost all the time, people make Sonic the stupid one in the story, and even Knuckles can poke fun at him, or point out his stupidity. Seriously, you know Knuckles is dumb, and he should NOT be able to poke fun at Sonic. And then most of the time, Sonic becomes the Kenny that becomes killed in every issue. For that reason, I come to dislike most fan fiction and sprite comics, because nothing makes sense at all. I mean if it was reasonable, and not senseless, it would be fine. The kids are just too lazy and want to make Shadow look cool by killing people so easily. Well, Im sure if youre Sonic, youd be running around like heck avoiding deadly attacks, and shooting back your own deadly attacks. Go make some sense or something.
Miles Tails Prower
Hes an all right guy, smart and all, but why must a little 8 year old suffer along with the others?
He too suffers from couple extremists. Im talking about the fighting between Taiream fans and Taimo fans. It just makes Tails look a bit stupid and all. They just keep fighting and fighting, and flaming each other, and draw pictures of Cosmo getting killed to piss of the Taimo fans. Theyre fictional characters that dont exist. Theres no need to be like all Tails loves that girl and hates the other.
Then, because he sounds like a girl now, people kind of hate him, or call him girly. That, and his attitude are also attributes people might hate about Tails
Knuckles the Echidna
Well, he doesnt seem to suffer as much actually. People I guess hate his voice because it reminds everyone of Yami Yugi. I see nothing I can put here, if you have any. You can post in your comments.
Shadow the Hedgehog
Well, Shadow here, he suffers probably just as much as Sonic. He has several annoying fans and all, but he has some smart fans. Heck, some of my friends like Shadow, and Im cool with that.
Shadow fans though, usually make recolors of Shadow, or Amy, and pair them up with Shadow, or make it his sibling. Changing the Sonic history again, I see? Thats not cool. Its SonicTeams choice to decide if he has a girlfriend or sibling. Not yours. However, I do know that people tend to do this in the beginning. I didnt though.
Because of his immature fans, some Sonic fans tend to hate Shadow, because hes too overrated or annoying, or just because of his outrageous fans. That reason to hate Shadow isnt as good.
His fans tend to flame those whom disagree. Like I said before, I once was flamed, and even in their posts, they posted actions directed towards me, such as -smacks Ginks head- Its not good to hate Shadow. And another time, some guy even called me a racist for hating Shadow. His colors had nothing to do with why I hated him. I actually like the colors Black, and red. Bah! It makes the smart Shadow fans look bad. I used to like Shadow, but he just became super annoying, and I could no longer take it, so I stopped idolizing the dork. Partial blame goes to the stupid Shadow fans, and the rest are for reasons why I dislike him.
But one time, I did actually come across a Sonic fan that actually said, I hate Shadow because hes black. Now that is being kind of racist. Racism is bad, and should be looked down upon. Shame on that Sonic fan.
Rouge the Bat
Well, people often call her a slut, probably due to her new voice. I dont really know if theres any other reason she might be hated.
Not sure about him either. He seems to have some haters, whom hate him because hes ugly, or evil. Most seem neutral to him though
Amy, shes okay, but a bit annoying. Some people might hate her, because shes stupid and shes annoying. Some might even hate her because of ShadAmy. Shes not that bad, but people seem to poke fun at her a lot. Some might just dislike her personality and her obsession for Sonic.
Cream the Rabbit
Some might hate her, because her voice is too high, or inaudible. She might be annoying to some people, and might be viewed as a crybaby, or godmodded.
Big the Cat
I personally like Big, because hes a bit goofy, and slow. Too bad most hate him because of that. Some accuse him of being a retard, but you should know, that he isnt stupid.
A stupid person cant coordinate, and fish Froggy out of Chaos. A stupid person might get lost on the Egg Carrier, and I believe Big didnt get lost. And Big was able to fly the Tornado off the Egg Carrier. Could a retard do that? I dont think so.
And if youll argue that hes fat and ugly, plus hes slow, I disagree. Big is fluffy and cute to me, hah! He might be slow and all, but have you seen him climb those ladders? He might be fat and all, but hey, theres a new in the Sonic franchise. If Big is fat, does that mean you hate fat people in general? You shouldnt hate people because of their appearance.
Espio the Chameleon
Well, I dont think he really is hated much.
Okay, seriously! Why do so many people hate this guy? Sure, hes a bit annoying and all, but what do you expect? Hes a pestering 6-year-old. Im sure we were annoying once when we were kids. Are you denying your annoyance and all, and hating Charmy because he bugs everyone. Youre pretty much hating what you used to be then. Dont deny it, we all must have been annoying at one point of our lives.
I guess it could also be the voice, but I find the voice interesting. His 4KIDS voice though, is very unfitting in my opinion. He needs a better voice, because the current one makes him sound nerdy and stupid. Not sure how those two fit, but it just sounds stupid.
Vector the Crocodile
Well, people might hate him because hes a bit of a whack, or that he has an odd interest for Vanilla or something. They might hate him because hes greedy, and usually leads the team to humiliating predicaments or something. I dont really know, so Im leaving this at how it is.
Jet the Hawk
Most likely, people hate him because of his voice, his attitude, what he did throughout the story, or just because hes a whiny brat.
Wave the Swallow
People might hate her because she dissed Tails, and sabotaged Sonics board. They might also dislike her attitude
Storm the Albatross
They might hate him because he sort of resembles Big or because hes fat
Blaze the Cat
She might be hated for being new, or looking fan character-ish
So lets summarize. What are the issues that go on in the world? Theres racism, homophobia and derogatory, discrimination, and a lot of issues. Wouldnt the world be a better place if people werent going out of control with their right of speech? Of course you can say you hate a particular character, but did you really have to abuse that right to the point of screaming at those whom disagree, and hurt peoples feelings. I think we should all control it, and/or just keep it to ourselves.
Leave comments if you want, but if youre gonna argue or go ballistic on me, I will try to counter-argue back, unless theres nothing I can say back. If that happens, Ill say something else I guess.