Tails is clever and resourceful and totally loyal to Sonic, no matter how thoughtlessly Sonic treats him. Sonic doesn't appreciates Tails' abilities but the little fox never complains and continues to look up to him. The reader should always be aware that Tails is really competent and brave and feel sympathy with him when Sonic is unappreciative, which he always is. Like I just said, Sonic is a terrible friend, by design, apparently. And poor Tails, whose lot in life is to be abused and unappreciated, but to somehow love Sonic for it anyway. Classic abuser/abused relationship. Unrelated to Sonic's attitude, but I figure this is the place to ask: I was surprised when I first read StC to see the character Porker Lewis. I remember liking "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" as a kid, but I would have never expected it to have been known in the UK. Was that show actually popular there, or was it something obscure that went over most readers' heads?