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Sonic OCs (short for Sonic Original Characters) stands for a series of fan-made characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog universe. Whereas their large quantity has made them a notable popular part of the Sonic Fandom, elsewhere on the internet they are common targets of mock due to the overall low quality of some characters and their association with the younger audiences.
Sonic the Hedgehog is the titular character from the similar series. Since his first introduction in 1991, Sonic has become one of the world’s best-known video game characters. Over the course of the series, Sonic has received various allies and enemies. Even though some of those have a more unique look, most of the main and supportive cast features the same type of character design as Sonic, having a big head on top of an overall small body with smaller limbs but larger extremities. Amongst these new characters were various other species of animals introduced, most popular being Tails the Fox and Knuckles the Echidna.
Because of the large variety in options for species and looks, creating an unique fan-made character is relatively easy. This has resulted in a large amount of fans creating there own characters. Over the course of the the games and several animated series, Sonic has also been introduced to various alien species even within the Sonic universe, thus giving the fan-made characters a large array of options surrounding their background as well.
Over time, Sonic OCs have become one of the most popular type of fan-made characters. On DeviantArt, searching for “Sonic OC” brings up nearly 65,000 results as of July 16th, 2012. There are also various DeviantArt groups dedicated to sharing Sonic OCs such as Sonic OC Universe, FanCharactersOfSonic and Sonic OC Riot. The Sonic Fandom Wiki contains nearly 10,000 pages. Even though some of these are related to other information such as trivia and locations, many of its pages are dedicated to Sonic OCs. The Sonic Character Designer also offers people to quickly create their own character. Similar to various character designers on DeviantArt (shown below).
Besides their popularity, Sonic OCs are a common target to use online when mocking the Sonic fandom. Bad Sonic OCs have gained the reputation of being some of the worst original characters that can be found, often seen as humerous so bad it’s good-type of characters. They often get blamed for being unoriginal or of overall low quality, in which recolors (similar looking characters with different color palletes) and low quality images are the most popular type of characters to mock. The Tumblr blog FYeahBadSonicArt commonly features original characters and the blog Terrible Sonic the Hedgehog OCs even focusses on them.
Usage in Online Forum Games
A popular online forum game used with Sonic OCs is to ask of participants to go on sites such as DeviantArt or the Sonic Fanon Wiki and search for their name, often followed by “the Hedgehog” or a different species. The participants are then asked to post one of the images that turned up and give their reaction to it in a style of You X, You Lose.
Steve the Hedgehog
Dave the Hedgehog
Greg the Hedgehog
Sonichu is a Sonic OC and webcomic series created by infamous vlogger Chris-chan. The character itself is a combination of Sonic the Hedgehog and Pikachu from Pokémon. Originally characterized through the overall low quality of the webcomic, the series didn’t fully take off until it was later turned into the author’s enhanced autobiography.