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You’re Too Slow! is an infamous taunt performed by Sonic the Hedgehog in the Nintendo crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in which Sega’s mascot runs in place rapidly with his feet drawing an infinity sign while calling out the line. Online it is used in a great many remixes and parodies of both Smash Bros and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Like many other taunts said in Super Smash Bros Brawl, “You’re Too Slow!” is a line that was specifically written for the game. However, like Ike Quotes, this is not necessarily out of character for Sonic is known for faulting his ability to run at high speeds.
The first time Sonic has been shown running in the figure 8 fashion was in his Super Peel Out move in Sonic CD, where he will instantly accelerate to beyond his normal max speed after charging the move up.
After the release of Super Smash Bros Brawl in the United States videos online started circulating showing off many of the characters taunts, a special animation that can be performed at any time to provoke opponents or as a short victory quote.
In Brawl the Super Peel Out is not performed in combat, only being used as a motion for the “You’re Too Slow!” taunt. The move gained infamy due to it being irritating to many people and it’s spamability in both game and in message boards.
“Come on, step it up”, another of Sonic’s taunts, also became memetic due to a popular machinima.