Didya hear? Sonic and his friends are getting a facelift—and being that he's one the most iconic video game characters out there, people have reacted strongly to his new look.

As you might expect, there's a lot of poking fun at Sonic—most people seem baffled or amused by the new designs. Here's a selection of the reactions from around the web.


Most reactions to Sonic focused on a few key things: his new scarf, his long legs, and the bandages. Joking about these things wasn't immediate, though: a lot of people seem to react negatively. Most people wondered about the design process...

Especially when you notice weird things like:


Some of the things people noticed made sense, of course—say, for example, how Sonic's scarf reminds them of Nathan Drake. The studio behind the title was formed by a former Naughty Dog dev, after all. Other similarities were a bit more silly, though—like this one 'shopped by our own Steve Marinconz:

And you can't have a scarf in the picture without someone screaming hipster, so this shop by our own Chris Person was also inevitable:

But it was only a matter of time before people started accepting the changes—neoGAF user Kriken knows how these things go.

After watching the trailer for Sonic Boom, captainanaugi couldn't help but draw this up:

Really, Sonic in bandages has become a thing now. Folks like msdbzbabe even dressed up their old Sonic plushies to commemorate the new Sonic.

Lets not forget Sonic's legs.

(By dongwoochan)

Still, one can't help but muse over other possible designs for the gang...

(By kilometersprower)

Really, the entire thing caused all of us to ask the hard questions.

Forget about Sonic for a second, though. The thing people seem fixated on the most is Knuckles—I mean, the bro is SWOLE AS F- now. I'd say it's weird, except that as sailorgradius notes, maybe old Knuckles toys should have clued us in on what was coming...

Still, though—some consider it a little too much.

(That's a parody account, by the way!)

What could he have done to get so buff, I wonder?

He practically looks like a roided up wrestler!

And why didn't other characters get a similar treatment, anyway?

Maybe cause he looks too dopey?

Its cool though, not everyone dislikes the new Knuckles. I for one think he's very huggable now. I'm not the only one that thinks favorably of him, either!

Nevermind all of this. How will it play?

And finally...in case you needed to know how the new Sonic design fares in the real world, here's a NSFW cosplay that will tell you everything you need to know. Don't click that unless you're ready for nudity!

How do you feel about the new Sonic designs? Let us know in the comments.