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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Easter Eggs and Reference Guide

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Echidna Backstory

The loving Easter egg of the first movie gets fleshed out in this film as we learn more about Knuckles’ people, the Echidnas. Knuckles explains that his people were in a centuries-long battle with the Owls for the Master Emerald, which the latter had hidden away.

The appearance of the Echidnas comes right out of Sonic Adventure, complete with the vaguely Mayan aesthetic. The fact Knuckles has a dad is one that was explored in the Archie Sonic comics, though it should be noted that his father in the film is clearly not directly based on that character who was more of a scientist and all around dick to Knuckles.

THE WORRRSSSSSTTTT

When Sonic is left alone for the weekend he and the family dog cause all manner of chaos and mayhem. When things quiet down though, Sonic asks what they should watch but makes it clear that, “I’m not watching Snow Dogs again. That movie is the WORSSSSSSTTTT.”

This is a reference to a famous line uttered by a character Ben Schwartz (voice of Sonic) played on Parks and Rec, Jean Ralphio. He delivers it in nearly the same cadence here.

Interestingly, this was also referenced in Sonic’s guest role in an episode of the Cartoon Network series OK K.O.! There, the line was said by then-current Sonic actor Roger Craig Smith and was referencing (the then recently cast as Sonic) Schwartz. It all comes full circle!

Unlike Sonic, Knuckles Doesn’t Chuckle

A running gag throughout the film has Sonic making his trademark quips at Knuckles, who informs him he’s not very good at telling jokes. This might be a stretch but the famous Knuckles rap from Sonic Adventure, “Unknown from M.E.” has this following lyric: “Unlike Sonic I don’t chuckle, I’d rather flex my muscles.” Knuckles does not chuckle, so of course he wouldn’t laugh at Sonic’s jokes. (This is ignoring the fact that one of the first things he does in his original video game appearance in Sega Genesis’ Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is laugh at Sonic but perhaps that was more of a taunt?)

We recently spoke with Jeff Fowler, director of both live-action Sonic films, and had to know if that was an intentional reference. He coyly dodged the question by simply stating, “I don’t want to confirm or deny. I think the fun is in the mystery. I will just leave it ambiguous.”

You can’t hide the truth forever, Fowler! Soon we will get acknowledge that Knuckles does not chuckle in the movie canon!

G.U.N.

Amidst the live-action wedding plot detour in the film, we get a major Sonic reference. The government group tasked with taking down and capturing Sonic? It’s G.U.N.: Guardian Units of Nations. They first appeared in Sonic Adventure 2 and were a worldwide military group made to protect Earth from danger. With Sonic and the gang running around, they were pretty busy.

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