Talking about if he should have stayed dead or not is pointless; its been twenty fucking years already, he ain't going anywhere. I'm not gonna act like I've loved every single one of Shadow's appearances in current Sonic media, and I've called out when he's used badly too. But he's pretty inoffensive now days that whenever I see people get up in arms about him, it just always confuses me. And like, don't get me wrong, a Shadow that's well-written is one of my favorite characters, but that doesn't mean I need to hyperfixate on whenever he's written poorer than usual. Its not the 2000's anymore; that age where characters had multiple, game-spanning character arcs ain't here no more. Its all about that static characterization, for better or worse.