I'm been seeing this topic come up a lot across the Generations of Fans and Continuity topics so I figured it might be better to make a separate topic for it to keep things organized. I'm hoping that by discussing it, we might be able to better understand each other's viewpoints. To be clear, this is more about how characters are portrayed rather than the stories themselves really. Honestly, while I think each 'era' has it's own merits, I'm more in the Adventure camp of characterization. The presentation might seem a bit wonky, but I'd say that the core traits are well defined and they actually tried to create fitting character arcs. Sonic I will admit might seem a little more static, but as he says in his own words "what you see is what you get". Dark era is a mixed bag for me but I appreciate what they were attempting to do with Shadow up until '06 with him eventually joining GUN and his failed temptation from Mephiles. I also like how Sonic was portrayed in Unleashed & Black Knight, expanding a little more on his good-natured sense of adventure and what it is he really believes in respectively. The Modern era is where I will have the most criticism. Aside from the constant cracking of bad jokes, which is more a writing issue than a characterization issue to be fair, I feel as if all the characters were made a little more one-note and less interesting. We all know the complaints about Tails and Shadow so I'm not going to beat a dead horse there, but others like Knuckles and Sonic have some very confused and mixed interpretations. I will say I think how Amy has developed in Forces is an interesting and refreshing take on the character by making her just a little more serious. I am curious though why some people are saying they're a lot rounder characterizations though. Classic Era I kinda hesitated to put on here since that's all relegated to the manuals and ancillary information, but I figured someone might have some points I haven't considered. Just a few starting-off points, I'd love to know what everyone thinks.