… I LOVE this episode.
Robotnik is attacking, but Knuckles is hanging out with a villager, whose name is Mike apparently, and doesn’t wanna fight. Trying to save the day, Sonic tells Mike he can’t come to fight Robotnik saying, “You’re just a guy.” Now, we know what he’s saying, and everyone instantly hates him for saying it the way he did.
Sonic apologizes, then the same thing happens with a similar crack, referring to the people he’s saving as “You People.” They hate him again. After an explanation of how absurd everything has been, something every hero has to do at least once, he says “Fuck it,” and quits.
Almost instantly, things take a turn for the… Not worse, more like annoying. The people immediately realize, “Hey, things suck without this guy around,” and ask for his help. Eventually, Sonic does what he does best, the villagers smarten up, and everything ends well.
It’s immediately relatable, in the way that it’s immediately maddening. Everyone has been through this in their life, for whatever reason, and it always sucks. It’s like those fights you have with your friend, where they’re like, “I love strawberries,” and you’re like, “Yeah, they’re alright,” and they’re like, “Just alright? How can you think that?” YOU know how absurd it is to take offense to something like that, but somehow THEY don’t, and now you have to deal with that for a few days… I’m sure you can some up with better examples.
Let’s isolate the inciting incident in this episode: Mike asks we he can’t come to the Robotnik fight. Sonic is saying, “You mean you, someone who isn’t qualified at all to be anywhere near a giant angry robot, you wanna come and get in our way and risk getting hurt? Yeah no, we’re not doing that.” And the short hand way to saw all of that was, “You’re just a guy.” Perfectly reasonable if you ask me. But no, people are reactionary and dumb, so now you have to pretend you’re the bad guy in this scenario… I think this episode is making me realize just how much of an objectivist I am — I could sit here and educate you on why you’re all acting like jackasses, but instead I’m gonna go make the world a better place~
Again, it all ends well, Mike helps a smidgen and Sonic calls him a hero. Self-Identity assured, villains defeated. But ask yourself honestly. If you had Sonic’s abilities, would you even bother? ‘Cos I don’t think I would… I mean, put up with that, of course I’d still save people, what do you take me for?