This is actually something I've wanted to ask here for quite some time, but haven't really felt the need to. But with this new third character for Forces, I do want to see what you folks think of this. So yeah, Sonic's friends, too many of em, they're dumb, yadda yadda. I don't think I need to say much about the stigma anyone outside the main trio faces. Think about your least favorite character in the series, for whatever reason that may be. Gameplay, personality, story, design, whatever. Now imagine that said character was introduced not only in a Sonic game with your preference of playstyle (Classic, Adventure, Boost, whatever.), but was built around that playstyle in a meaningful and fun way, ala Tails and Knuckles in Sonic 3. If this had been the case, do you think you would dislike said character as much as you do? It's just something I've tended to notice with a lot of people these days, myself included. I use to detest Amy, she was annoying, one note and a pain to play as in most of her incarnations. But as I went back to the Advance trilogy and found myself trying her out, I kind of grew to love her playstyle in those games, and I started to notice her showing up wasn't nearly as groan-inducing as it use to be, and I've actually become quite fond of how she's handled these days... Though that may be because they've mostly toned down her Sonic obsession. But I digress. Then we have characters like Cream and Blaze, who I barely ever see grouped up in the "dumb Sonic characters" mindset. They were both introduced in games that didn't sacrifice the formula for them, and were simply just fun extra ways to play through the game again. So I really began thinking about if other characters I dislike would be able to earn my respect a bit more if they were handled in ways that didn't completely change the game, or just glorified reskins. So again, I ask: If a character you dislike were to have been worked into an ACTUAL Sonic game/your preferred style, do you think you'd take it easier on them? Do you think those outside the deeper fanbase wouldn't give Sonic's friends as much flack?