I've just realized that the reason a lot of the new characters IDW introduced such as Tangle and Whisper are so appealing is because they're designed like Sonic OC's and not actual Sonic characters. Not joking lmao, canon Sonic characters have honestly pretty limited designs and tend to remain very simplistic. I cannot ever see Sonic Team themselves designing a lemur character. I'm glad IDW's artists/charadesigners have the freedom to get creative because as a guy who follows a lot of really good Sonic fanartists I'm honestly a bit disappointed at how many amazing designs they make, that I know Sonic Team would never try themselves. The mobian character "template" can do way more than the actual Sonic creators ever use it for.